Most people believe value for money motoring cannot be combined with innovative technology, but Perodua proves the exception to this rule. Developed through the Toyota/Daihatsu/Perodua joint venture, the Perodua range of vehicles offers latest generation technology and quality at bargain prices. Perodua, for example, is one of few manufacturers within the small car sector to offer a twin cam engine with four valves per cylinder and dynamic variable valve timing. This level of technology is featured throughout Perodua cars and contributes to their lively performance, good handling and excellent economy.
The joint venture with Toyota & Daihatsu contributes far more than just cutting edge technology, however. The state of the art manufacturing plant is now producing cars for all three brands and is operating to the Toyota Production System (TPS) which means that every vehicle is produced using the very latest assembly techniques resulting in the highest levels of build quality and finish.
The current Perodua range consists of the Kelisa super mini and the Kenari mini MPV. The Kelisa EX entry-level model starts from an amazingly low £4,699 delivered* while the Kenari GX is available from just £6,130 delivered*. Both vehicles feature power steering, dual airbags, 5 doors, and an advanced engine immobiliser as standard. Kelisa and Kenari are among the few vehicles in their class with the option of a fully automatic transmission which is ideally suited to today’s urban environment.
Perodua’s future model range is being jointly developed between the three manufacturers and the first results of this will see Perodua entering a new market sector towards the end of 2005. Tim Slaughter, Perodua UK’s Managing Director, says: "we are very pleased to be able to offer high levels of technology, build quality and finish on our current range of cars but the planned new model range signifies an even more exciting future for Perodua".
*Plus £95.75 road fund licence and first registration fee (6 months)
To read our in depth road test of the Perodua Kelisa [ click here ]Published 9 December 2004