Volkswagen Joins SOCAR in the Malaysian Car-sharing Revolution
A fleet of 50 Volkswagen Polo 1.6 will adorn the SOCAR logo and serve the car-sharing economy in the Klang Valley.
SOCAR which launched in Kuala Lumpur just three months ago is continuing to reshape the way Malaysians think about mobility by leading the 'multiflex movement'.
Key to SOCAR's success is fast expansion which provides increased availability and convenience for their members. Another important element is to complement varying lifestyles and bring joy to the drivers on the platform. "The beauty of the car-sharing model is that as a member, you have several types of cars at your fingertips serving your different needs from a leisurely cruise out of the city to a trunk heavy trip to Ikea," says Chief Executive Officer of SOCAR Malaysia, Leon Foong.
Signing Volkswagen as one of their preferred partners is just the beginning.
"The Volkswagen Polo was a natural choice for SOCAR's fleet expansion," adds Foong, "because it is the perfect city car, offering an assuredly safe, yet fun quality drive. It is also one of the world's most widely produced car models." He also says that the current demographic of SOCAR users in Malaysia are in their mid-30s, who want to try new car models or are households that need to use a second or third car from time to time.
"We are pleased to collaborate with SOCAR. Through this partnership, we are able to offer the members of the public easy access to Volkswagen cars and have them enjoy its German engineered capabilities. The Polo is perfect for city driving, though it may be small in stature it offers a dynamic drive without compromising on safety and comfort," says Erik Winter, Managing Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM).
The first batch of 21 Volkswagen Polo cars have been delivered with the remaining 29 due by mid-May.
The Polo 1.6 hatchback comes equipped with a 1.6-litre 105PS petrol injection 16-Valve Multi Point Injection (MPI) engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic, the Polo 1.6 comes with a maximum torque of 153Nm available at a low 3800rpm with fuel consumption at 6.3L per 100km.
SOCAR app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play Store. The Volkswagen Polo for the month of May is priced starting from RM13.90 per hour which is inclusive of petrol and comprehensive insurance.