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Suzuki has ceased assembly operations in Malaysia with the shutting down of its assembly plant in Prai, Penang. The plant assembled scooters and kapchais, including the Suzuki Address, Nex, Axelo and Belang, amongst other sub-150 cc models.

Due to the limited economies of scale due to the factory’s size, the decision was made to cease operations. According to a Nikkei Asian Review report, production at the plant had been halved to 8,000 units in 2015 compared to the numbers in 2013.

With the shutting down of the plant, Suzuki Assemblers Malaysia will concentrate on the large-displacement motorcycle market, with units imported from Japan. According to industry sources, Suzuki intends to maintain a presence in Malaysia for the foreseeable future.

Current owners of Suzuki scooters and kapchais can rest assured that spare parts and service will continue to be available via Suzuki’s dealer network and parts stockists.