GEORGE TOWN – The delay in the delivery of the fuel-efficient Axia is not due to capacity issue but having the right parts, said Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) president/chief executive, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh.
He said the delivery could be delayed by six months and the company hoped to reduce it to 1.5 months by year-end.
“The delay is due to the overwhelming response. Perodua has received 32,000 bookings since it was launched August 15.
“It (the delay) is not due to the issue of capacity as Perodua’s plant produces 7,000 to 8,000 units a month. It is the issue of having the right parts and we are now working closely with the vendors,” he said.
Aminar was speaking to reporters after the signing of the memorandum of agreement between Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd and Wawasan Open University (WOU) on the offer of a specialised Graduate Diploma in Sales and Services Management (GDSSM) to Perodua’s employees, here today.
Also present was WOU’s vice chancellor/chief executive officer, Prof Datuk Dr Ho Sinn Chye.
On Budget 2015, which would be tabled in Dewan Rakyat tomorrow, Aminar hoped the financial institutions would not be too strict on interest rates for car loans.
He said the government encouraged Perodua to produce affordable vehicles but on the converse, strict regulations on hire purchase had pressured the industry.
Meanwhile, Aminar said the partnership with WOU would refine the skills of Perodua’s human capital to their fullest potential in order to best serve its customers and stay competitive in the global market.
The two-year GDSSM programme, with 12 courses specially selected from WOU’s fully-accredited degree programmes after consultation with Perodua, aims to meet the needs of the sales and services segment of its workforce.
The first intake of 13 employees, which started January last year is currently in the final semester while another four persons are joining the second batch, which will likely start in January next year.— Bernama