Mercedes-Benz Malaysia maintains vehicle price

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic by TMR FILE

MERCEDES-BENZ Malaysia plans to maintain the price points of its vehicles despite the increase in the cost of raw materials globally.

President and CEO Sagree Sardien said the company believed it can maintain the price points as it is very well-hedged.

“Of course, we will continuously face rising costs when it comes to raw materials and we have to continuously evaluate them, to see where we are still in the right pricing band.

“I do think we are quite comfortable at this state and time to maintain the price point as we see it,” she said during the launch of Mercedes-Benz Autohaus in Setia Alam, Selangor, today.

Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia VP of sales and marketing Michael Jopp when commenting on the Sales and Service Tax (SST) exemption for new vehicles, said the company was still waiting for clarity on the details of the announcement.

“We have followed up with the Finance Ministry and the Malaysian Automotive Association on how it would be implemented; what kind of proof is required for the cars that are delivered post-June 30, and what qualifies for the reduction of sales tax.

“We hope to get clarity on this as soon as possible,” he said.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia and Hap Seng Star launch their new Autohaus in Setia Alam featuring its new luxury retail brand presence in the Klang Valley.

The new Hap Seng Star Setia Alam outlet features enhancements and upgrades that embody a luxurious retail experience for customers while strengthening its customer-centric efforts in the nation.

Sagree said the launch is a testament to the company’s joint commitment to redefining a luxurious brand experience for Malaysian customers at every point of their journey.

The showroom floor spans over 11,526 sq ft with 16 cars on display and features new amenities such as a self-service café, children’s playroom and a luxurious ladies’ powder room.

Hap Seng Consolidated Bhd Group COO and Hap Seng Group Automotive Division chief executive Harald Behrend said the location of the new outlet is a prominent fast-booming township full of potential.

“Hap Seng Star is continuously looking for ways to innovate our services and offerings while embracing the Mercedes-Benz spirit of luxury.

“With our passion for excellence, we will continue to set the benchmark in delivering the best customer services and experience,” he said.

Hap Seng Star has also increased its customer services capacity for the Setia Alam Autohaus with a work area spanning over 29,549 sq ft with expandable work bays and maximised service capacity of up to 1,500 cars a month.

It is managed by 29 personnel and spans close to 79,000 sq ft of land area with a total of seven floors and has invested a total of RM673 million to date, including the recent RM99 million investments.

Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz launched two of its model updates in the SUV line namely the new locally-assembled Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 e 4MATIC Coupé and the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC.

The GLC 300 e 4MATIC Coupé is available at the recommended retail selling price of RM374,073.67, valid until the end of the SST exemption on June 30.