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What will be next model from Indonesia? Kijang?

 

 

(SINGAPORE) The first Indonesian-built Honda will be launched in Singapore this weekend by authorised distributor Kah Motor. The Freed is a compact seven-seat MPV, and the cars headed here will be produced outside Jakarta, at Kawarang.

 

But the Made-in-Indonesia label is not new to the local automotive market - Suzuki introduced its APV multi-purpose vehicle here in mid-2005. Other Japanese models are also sourced from Asean countries, such as Thailand (Toyota Vios, Corolla Altis and Camry, as well as Honda City and Accord) and Malaysia (Proton and Perodua). For a while, starting in mid-2004, there was also a Ford Laser from the Philippines.

 

Because of its large manufacturing footprint, Honda has production facilities worldwide. Japan's second-biggest auto-maker began exporting cars to Singapore from other than its home base when the first Thai-made City sedan arrived here in 1996.

 

This was followed by an Ohio, US-sourced Accord in 1998. Then in 2003, an Accord began arriving here from Thailand. In 2007, the sporty Civic Type R from the Swindon plant in the UK made its maiden appearance in Singapore.

 

The Freed is a 1.5-litre mini-MPV that debuted in Japan in May 2008. A month later it became available here through parallel importers.

 

It is based on the Jazz Hatchback platform, but with a longer 2,795 mm wheelbase and, of course, a third row of seats. Thanks to the tall roof and low cabin floor, the last row can accommodate two average-size adults in relative comfort.

 

The Freed also has dual rear sliding doors. On the Kah Motor model, these are electrically powered.

 

Kah Motor reckons the car will be a winner. 'If you look at the success of the Jazz, with all its desirable qualities like fuel economy and manoeuvrability, then it follows that the Freed, with its convenience of a third row of seats, will also be popular,' said Kah Motor's product manager Vincent Ng.

 

Prices will only be announced on Friday, but the Freed is likely to cost more than the most expensive Jazz - currently the Jazz 1.5, which is priced from around $75,000.

 

The authorised Freed will also be dearer than the $70,000 or so that parallel importers are asking for.

 

In the 12 months since the Freed has been available here, about 600 units have been registered.

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What will be next model from Indonesia? Kijang?

 

 

(SINGAPORE) The first Indonesian-built Honda will be launched in Singapore this weekend by authorised distributor Kah Motor. The Freed is a compact seven-seat MPV, and the cars headed here will be produced outside Jakarta, at Kawarang.

 

But the Made-in-Indonesia label is not new to the local automotive market - Suzuki introduced its APV multi-purpose vehicle here in mid-2005. Other Japanese models are also sourced from Asean countries, such as Thailand (Toyota Vios, Corolla Altis and Camry, as well as Honda City and Accord) and Malaysia (Proton and Perodua). For a while, starting in mid-2004, there was also a Ford Laser from the Philippines.

 

Because of its large manufacturing footprint, Honda has production facilities worldwide. Japan's second-biggest auto-maker began exporting cars to Singapore from other than its home base when the first Thai-made City sedan arrived here in 1996.

 

This was followed by an Ohio, US-sourced Accord in 1998. Then in 2003, an Accord began arriving here from Thailand. In 2007, the sporty Civic Type R from the Swindon plant in the UK made its maiden appearance in Singapore.

 

The Freed is a 1.5-litre mini-MPV that debuted in Japan in May 2008. A month later it became available here through parallel importers.

 

It is based on the Jazz Hatchback platform, but with a longer 2,795 mm wheelbase and, of course, a third row of seats. Thanks to the tall roof and low cabin floor, the last row can accommodate two average-size adults in relative comfort.

 

The Freed also has dual rear sliding doors. On the Kah Motor model, these are electrically powered.

 

Kah Motor reckons the car will be a winner. 'If you look at the success of the Jazz, with all its desirable qualities like fuel economy and manoeuvrability, then it follows that the Freed, with its convenience of a third row of seats, will also be popular,' said Kah Motor's product manager Vincent Ng.

 

Prices will only be announced on Friday, but the Freed is likely to cost more than the most expensive Jazz - currently the Jazz 1.5, which is priced from around $75,000.

 

The authorised Freed will also be dearer than the $70,000 or so that parallel importers are asking for.

 

In the 12 months since the Freed has been available here, about 600 units have been registered.

 

Nice car, I almost got it but decide to go for Mazda 5 [rolleyes] .

 

Any decent car now is more expensive than my 2L car [sweatdrop]

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4th Gear

i rather go for tom yam then.

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Turbocharged

made in indon but cost that much??? really rip off.

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Neutral Newbie

Indo and cost so much? Very high margins leh.

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1st Gear

Indo and cost so much? Very high margins leh.

 

it doesnt matter where it is being made. so long as it cost that much and there is still demand. this is how the price is being set. you think microsoft office DVD itself cost few thousands buck?

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Hypersonic

If you want a Freed, buy from PI then, at least is a JDM model..

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5th Gear

Read between the lines - "Prices will only be announced on Friday, but the Freed is likely to cost more than the most expensive Jazz - currently the Jazz 1.5, which is priced from around $75,000."

 

How can they sell Freed cheaper than the Jazz? Otherwise everyone will go buy Freed instead.

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Read between the lines - "Prices will only be announced on Friday, but the Freed is likely to cost more than the most expensive Jazz - currently the Jazz 1.5, which is priced from around $75,000."

 

How can they sell Freed cheaper than the Jazz? Otherwise everyone will go buy Freed instead.

 

They can market it below the Jazz's price if they want to. It's up to the management. The car is not selling well in the PI's market and a lot of it is registered as taxi... so [sleeping]

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Hypersonic

The Freed are using a lot of cheap hard plastics compare to others Honda model like Civic or Stream. I made a check on it last year when first introduced by the PI, but give it a miss after see the lousy quality for this car.

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Turbocharged

don't look down on Made in Indonesia car hor..

 

i have a Toyota Kijang in Jakarta..registered around 1996..still running strong now..the odometer reset twice liao..reliability is top notch..

 

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1st Gear

a salesman fr AD told me to calculate new rides base on OMV:

 

OMV x 2.237=cost oredi, then add COE, then u can see what margin the AD is making out fr anew ride.

 

pressume perodua viva OMV is around $5,5OOx2.237=$12,3O4/=

add COE $14,OOO/= so minus fr selling price, then it seems tax alone dont really contribute high selling prices, lets put aside yen inflate for time being.

 

correct me if salah, kamseah....... [gorgeous]

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2nd Gear

Price out (listed price, not sure about actual price):

Honda Freed 1.5 MUV 5AT i-VTEC (EX) $84,800

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