The manufacturing arm of the Naza Group, Naza Automotive Manufacturing (NAM), has recorded the production of its 150,000th vehicle at its facility in Gurun, Kedah. The milestone was reached yesterday. To mark the historic occasion, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir commemorated the 150,000th vehicle, a Naza Forte 1.6SX, produced at the facility.

NAM began operations in May 2004 with a RM500 million facility on an 140-acre parcel of land, and rolled out its first vehicle, a Naza Ria, in August that year.

The facility has produced 18 models at the plant since commencing operations, these being the Ria, Citra, Sorento, Spectra, Suria, Bestari, Forza, Sportage, Spectra 5, Optima, Rondo, Pregio, Picanto and Forte, as well as the Peugeot 407, 308, 207 and the 3008.

Currenly, the following models – Forte, Pregio, Citra, Rondo and the Peugeot 407, 308, 207 and 3008 are assembled at NAM. For 2011, NAM is on track to deliver 15,540 units, with the target for 2012 being 30,050 units. On the export front, NAM has been exporting units of the Peugeot 207 to Thailand and Indonesia, while the Kia Pregio van is being exported to Indonesia.

The facility is currently undergoing a RM714 million upgrading and expansion exercise over a six-year period, which began last year. Under this exercise, NAM will invest in the upgrading of facilities, plant expansion, new model introductions and research and development.