Go Automobile Manufacturing (GoAuto) has officially launched the CKD versions of the Great Wall M4 – both locally-assembled manual and automatic variants of the compact SUV were introduced at the company’s manufacturing plant in Gurun at an event officiated by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.

Production of the M4 began in December 2014 at the company’s plant in Gurun. First previewed in left-hand drive form in January last year, the M4 was initially launched in its fully-imported form in July. In August, on-the-road pricing was revealed, with six variants of the SUV going on sale.

At point of introduction, pricing ranged from RM46,990 for the Standard to RM56,990 for the Premium in manual form, while the auto versions went from RM48,990 for the Standard right up to RM59,990 for the Premium. It was announced at the start of CKD production that the locally-assembled M4s will follow the pricing of the CBU units.

The front-wheel drive M4 is powered by a normally-aspirated 1.5 litre VVT MPI four-pot offering 105 hp at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm at 4,200 rpm. The manual is a five-speed ‘box, while the auto version of the M4 is called the AMT and utilises a six-speed manual transmission with automated clutch operation (the Getrag 6AMT160).

GWM Launching Gurun Kedah

Incidentally, the AMT variant is differentiated by a facelifted front end, complete with DRLs in the foglamp assembly (in the pix above, the car on the right). As mentioned back in July, the AMT version also features ESP, though it’s not available on the Standard AMT, only found on the Comfort and Premium variants.

At the event, GoAuto also announced that development of its second factory had begun – the new plant, to be built at a cost of RM250 million, will increase production capacity from the current 25,000 units per year to 50,000. The company is targeting 60% of production volume for export.

The development marks the second phase of GoAuto’s five-year, RM2 billion investment plan in partnership with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor (GWM). The final phase in early 2019 will see estimated total production capacity being increased to 100,000 units annually.

The company says that almost 300 units of the manual have been sold thus far, with 2,500 bookings on hand, primarily for the automatic version. It aims to manufacture a mix of 12,000 units this year, said CEO Ahmad Azam Sulaiman.

“We are also adding three more sales centres with 3S capabilities, making a total of 27 3S service centres across Malaysia this year. This will help achieve GoAuto’s target of 6,000 unit sales for 2015,” he added.