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Yet more expansion on the Perodua front – the automaker and Daihatsu have announced that they will be investing RM600 million to set up an engine manufacturing plant in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan. Construction of the facility is expected to begin in September.

When completed, the new engine plant will have a production capacity of 140,000 units a year. The 142,000 sq metre facility will feature a 19,000 sq metre plant area and will employ an initial work force of 150. Its core businesses will include the manufacturing and sale of automotive engines as well as the development, design, manufacturing of engine parts and equipment.

The announcement of the engine plant follows on the new Perodua Global Manufacturing (PGM) assembly plant in Sungai Choh, Rawang. The new 65,000 sq metre plant – which will mirror Daihatsu Motor Kyushu’s Nakatsu Plant 2 in tech, practices, efficiency and low defect per unit (DPU) rate – is scheduled to begin operating soon.

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The new PGM plant will of course produce Perodua’s next model due later this year, the “Global EEV” that might or might not be known as the Perodua Axia. As for the new engine manufacturing plant, it’ll add to the build of the upcoming car’s new aluminium engine when it eventually comes online.

Though not officially disclosed, the 1.0 litre Daihatsu D26F-1KR-FE that was on show in an engine layer display at the automaker’s stand at KLIMS13 is likely to be the new mill – the 66 PS and 87 Nm three-cylinder, 12-valve twin-cam unit powers the Daihatsu Ayla and Toyota Agya eco-cars for the Indonesian market.

The new engine plant will be the second investment Daihatsu has made in Sendayan – the Japanese automaker’s recently-opened Electronic Automatic Transmission plant, known as Akashi Kikai Industry Malaysia, is also located in the area. Perodua has 10% equity in that particular venture.