Honda Malaysia (HM) today held a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for a new Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) Centre and Vehicle Quality Test Course at its plant Alor Gajah, Melaka. Expected to be completed by June this year, the facilities will cost HM RM40.12 million. This sum includes land acquisition, building and equipment.

The PDI Centre will do incoming inspection, accessorisation, warehousing, final inspection, car tracking and washing to ensure vehicles meet Honda’s pre-delivery requirements. “With this new PDI Centre, we will be able to expedite the delivery process of new cars to all our dealers nationwide. The new PDI Centre will be able to process 30% more vehicles. This also means that we will be able to offer more job opportunities for fellow Malaysians,” said Yoichiro Ueno, MD and CEO of HM.

The existing PDI Centre operates on a single shift with 51 staff processing 180 units of vehicles at any one time. The new facility is specially designed without sidewalls for good air circulation, but equipped with a roofed loading bay for bad weather. Total built-up area is 6,570 square metres and parking capacity is 1,522 vehicles. Upon completion, it will be able to process 410 vehicles at any one time over two shifts.

Meanwhile, the 2.148 km Vehicle Quality Test Course will be able to fully test new vehicles on various road conditions. Surfaces include slippery, pot-holed, hilly, bumpy and cobbled-stone roads. There are also dynamic testing zones (max speed 140km/h) to check on body noise, wind noise, hard brake, car pulling, steering spoke angle, transmission function and reverse function.

The two new facilities will process CKD models produced in Melaka as the City, Civic, Accord and CR-V. HM has another PDI facility in Bangi that processes imported CBU vehicles. Built in 2008, the Bangi PDI is able to process 60 vehicles in one shift.