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The Launch of The New 1.5L Gran Max Panel Van (AT)


3rd September 2018, SHAH ALAM: Since its establishing years of Daihatsu in Malaysia, starting from year 1980, Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. has sold more than 67,254 units of commercial vehicles. Today, the renowned corporation introduces the very first automatic transmission (AT) in the light commercial vehicle segment – The New Gran Max Panel Van (AT).

The new panel van (AT) is specially designed to accommodate the requirements of mobile SME businesses (business ‘on-wheel’) that is blooming in the country as well as other corporations and government agencies.

Being innovative yet true to Daihatsu’s winning design DNA, the vehicle is compact and lightweight – making the new product ideal for many delivery-based businesses such as retail, trading, catering, utility, security and many more.

The vehicle is able to accommodate up to 2,000 kg of gross weight (with load) and runs on Electric Fuel Injection (EFI) powered by DOHC DVVT 1.5 litre engine, that produces maximum power of 71kW/6000rpm and maximum torque of 134Nm/4400rpm. This will benefit owners with economical petrol cost without compromising the power to accelerate. The engine is compatible with RON 95 petrol which is easily accessed around the country.

The multi-purpose panel van is also equipped with rear-wheel drive (RWD) that improves driving grip while transporting its goods, especially on uneven road conditions.

The 4-speed automatic gear, with light powered steering and 4.7m small turning radius is a power-combo to boost easy vehicle handling. The automatic transmission also takes advantage of torque converters and wider spread of gear ratios allowing better maneuverability through busy city roads, tight corners as well as driving up the hills.

For extra safety and comfort, Daihatsu also adopted the new product with anti-lock braking system (ABS) and dual front SRS airbags along with its high rigidity monocoque body structure.

“Although the new product is manufactured in Jakarta ADM Plant, all three arms of Daihatsu Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia took pride of working hand-in-hand, conducting in-depth research of our very own local environment and habits. The dynamics of driving a commercial vehicle is different from driving a common passenger car. And we know, many of our customers will be first timers of owning and driving a commercial vehicle. In order to help them maneuver well – we have equipped the panel van with automatic gear transmission and other enhanced features for easy driving experience, while keeping the carriage safe,” said Dr. Iqbal Shaharom, Managing Director of Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and Acting President & Chief Executive Officer of MBM Resources Bhd.

“We believe there is a large potential in the country, as based on reported Malaysia statistics*, there are more than 900,000 SME establishments (not including – the bigger corporations and government agencies). As such, we want to tap into this segment and are happy to develop a vehicle that will help Malaysian businesses reach out to their customers and support the idea of ‘go-to-the-market’,” he added.

In line with the Daihatsu Group’s vision, The New Gran Max Panel Van (AT) is an evidence of the company’s commitment in enlightening its customers and community with:

  1. brilliant product that caters to specific needs,
  2. renowned Japanese high-quality,
  3. with affordable cost of purchase and cost of maintenance.

The New Gran Max Panel Van (AT) model is priced from RM69,888.00**, excluding insurance and comes with 3 years of warranty/100,000 km. First 100 customers who made bookings before the 30th September 2018 will enjoy special early-bird promotion – Free 1 Year Service Maintenance Package.

Hassle-free aftersales care is also included where service maintenance can be scheduled right at customer’s doorstep – through our very own “Daihatsu Mobile Service” team. The service provided inlcudes replacing of timing belt, brake pad, battery, absorber, wiper and brake fluid at customer’s convenience while being charged at our standard service centre rate. Daihatsu Mobile Service is currently available within Klang Valley, Johor and soon will expand to other regions.

Alternatively, customers may also visit a total of 50 Daihatsu trust-worthy service centres and authorized service dealers throughout Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, which guarantee service of original parts and fluids.

Allow Daihatsu to give you a personalized Gran Max product presentation at its 26 showrooms around the country, or book your appointment today at tel: +603 – 5510 9988. Otherwise, find out more info via the official website at or drop a note to email add:


*Source by SME Corporation Malaysia

**Price for Peninsular Malaysia




The Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. group business is devoted to five core areas: (1) Franchise Holder for the 26 sales and 46 aftersales service of Daihatsu pick-ups and panel vans; (2) Dealerships for 17 sales and 13 aftersales service of Perodua vehicles; (3)Dealerships for 8 sales and aftersales service of Hino trucks and buses; (4) Body and paint, and engineering which focuses on bodyworks and accessories for light commercial vehicles; (5) New and renewal of motor vehicle insurance and replacement parts for motor vehicles.


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Muhammad Fahmi Norrizan Cherylene Chee
Senior Marketing Manager Assistant Marketing Manager
Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
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