Greetings from the management of Weststar Group of Companies.We are proud to introduce an  interesting new model of Weststar Maxus  and would like  to share with you  the benefits of owning and using this product to further improve  your mobility, comfort, security and  versatility.


New technologies and powerful machine

Weststar Maxus finally has its leading commercial Multi Purpose Vehicle on the road. This stylish and versatile vehicle has many improved features to affirm its leading role as renown international commercial brand and the new technologies being introduced.

New Weststar  Maxus V80 is a Big and Spacious Van that comes in two variants – Medium Roof and High Roof. It also comes with a turbo charger producing 10% more torque (330Nm@ 1800 rpm) than the earlier Maxus model while maintaining low exhaust emission level which complies with Euro 4 standard. Power is supplied by turbocharged 2.5 litre diesel engine producing 136hp @ 3800 rpm.


Friendly Packed Features

 The  monocoque integrated frameless and closed loop construction of Maxus Van produces low noise, vibration and harshness levels and high safety features. You will experience car-like driving and driving comforts.  Low floor clearance and low centre of gravity gives the vehicle greater stability and smooth ride. It also offers other portfolio features to satisfy your demands which include :

  1. Two Roof Height –giving you better head room
  2. Single Left-side sliding door.( Twin sliding doors are coming soon) – for easy access.
  3. Lowest Floor Clearance (only 517 mm) among similar products- suitable and convenient for the young and elderly
  4. Large cabin space –  you will have bigger luggage space for 12 seats van and an ample space for 15 seats van.
  5. Large inner space volume (11.6 cubic meter)- this is true for commercial purpose. Proven by the many mobile applications like Ambulance, Mobile Post Office, Mobile Office, Mobile Kitchen, Broadcasting Unit, Forensic laboratory, Bread Distribution Van, just to mention a few.
  6. Maximum inner height 1.9 m and Width is 1.77 m – Seeing is believing!
  7. Wide side sliding door – You can load wheel chair easily from the side.
  8. Wide rear access door (open at 180 degree) – Ambulances need to have this as pre-requisite. Handicapped person need this feature too for easy access.


Hence, this vehicle not only is powerful and energetic but also friendly and has wider range of  applications liked and loved by people for business and pleasure.


Weststar Maxus Offers Unique Proposition.

Weststar Maxus Limousine Taxi is a new product , although Weststar Maxus Tour Coaches or Mini Buses are already in the market since its introduction a few years back.  The van can easily and comfortably accommodate 15 passengers with ample baggage room at the back. Passengers do not have to squeeze themselves among the baggage. If the van is made to carry 12 pax, luggage can take up 1/4 of the van  and yet, they will find themselves very comforting and relaxing. This is what Maxus is offering you. If you would prefer to carry maximum passengers, Weststar Maxus 15-16 seater is very ideal. Though there are other brands in the market, Maxus unique proposition is comfort, safety first and value for money.

Malaysia is a great heaven of tourism and tourists arrival has been on the increase. Based on the yearly statistics, Malaysia can achieve a Gross National Income of  RM 0.9 billion from the tourism sector alone by year 2020. Transportation industry plays a vital role in this sector. On  average a tourist spends 10% of their expenses on transport. More transport is needed to support the growth of the industry. Tour operators and government departments should take this opportunity, when the cost of owning Maxus Van is considerably low at the moment. Government of the day understands the need of the people and the businessman. Weststar plays it parts by providing a suitable vehicle for transportation. So helping us by buying the van also helps to reduce the  industry shortage of  decent  transport. Similarly government servants can travel in the van with comfort. Good and decent transport  will be highly appreciated by tourists and everyone who want safety and comfortable journey.

The engine is strong and energetic at the same time produces a quiet performance, making the journey car-like driving comforts. We are not exaggerating! The standard  seats are upholstered from a mixture of  fabric and leather or pvc and you can always opt for a better one. For premium standard,  we have full leather to suit VIP taste. You can add on an  in-house entertainment system  to create a live environment and enjoy a pleasant all time happy journey.


Safety is our concern

Maxus V80 is the first and only MPV in China to pass the rollover tests. As compared with the national standard of 35 degree, the Maxus V80 has done at 43 degree.

Maxus V80 has also undergone several crash tests totalling 40 tests  including frontal collision, rear collision, side collision, oblique collision, corner collision, pole collision and several rollover test at 32kmph and 56 kmph. Those tests proved that  Maxus V80 having integrated frameless and closed- loop vehicle body structure plus airbag plus pre-tensioner seatbelts effectively protect passengers in the car during rollover. Other safety protection incorporated in the vehicle include ABS, EBD,BAS and TPMS.


Suitable For Great Many  Applications

The power pack and the dimensions are the critical aspect of the vehicle for  specialised mobile applications. As mentioned you will find this vehicle is most suitable for the kind of  domestic, social, logistic and engineering  work you have in mind. Proven applications include Mobile Post Office, Hospital, Dental Clinics, Broadcasting, Surveillance, Workshop, Fire Fighting & Rescue Support, Mobile Offices, Forensic Laboratory, Local Council Mobile Payment Counter, Cash Delivery, Goods Delivery , Laundry Delivery, Special People Transporter, etc. This vehicle is truly  working, rewarding and satisfying.



After Sales Support

With the appointment of more After Sales Service Dealers and more outlets distribution throughout the country, the company hopes to provide better after sales services. The company main distribution centre located at 366, Jalan Tun Razak is a 3S Centre and all other  32 appointed outlets feature a 1S facility whilst 5 others have 2 S facility. More new outlets are being identified nationwide in anticipation of increased demand and growing population of the Maxus Van.


Flexible Warranty

Our warranty terms are spelled out as below:

Engine, Gearbox, Axles and Air Condition come with 3 years or 100,000 km whichever comes first.


Limitations/ Exclusions :

Tyres   –  60 days or 5,000km whichever comes first (as stipulated by vendors).

Battery            – 6 months or 20,000km from Date of Installation or Purchase, whichever comes first.

Original Maxus V80 Parts – 6 Months or 10,000km whichever comes first.

No Warranty : Serviceable Items include

i)                      Lubricants

ii)                    Replenish of Oils or Fluids

iii)                  Filters

iv)                  Brake Pad

v)                    Clutch Lining

vi)                  Drive Belts

vii)                Upholstery

viii)              Bodywork Cleaning

ix)                  Polishing

x)                    Light Lenses

xi)                  Bulbs and Fuses



Maintenance Services

Service Interval

1st Service –  Free Labour, Parts and Lubricants. 3 months or 5,000km whichever comes first.                   

Subsequent Services are chargeable at every 6 months or 10,000km whichever comes first.

Air Condition Service – 1 year or 30,000km whichever comes first.


For your hassle free maintenance, you may opt to have your vehicle maintained by our team at some minimal cost. We can discuss the details on the contents of the package until you are completely satisfied before you sign up.


Weststar Maxus Distributors (WMD) will not be responsible for any modification on bodywork or electrical system that is done by non-authorised Service Dealers.

Vehicle must be maintained following the Service and Maintenance scheduled by WMD Service Centre or Authorised Service Dealers to avoid Warranty withdrawal.

Terms & Conditions of this Warranty Policy may change without prior notice.


More news from my next article………

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Features and Advantages of New Weststar Maxus V80

After a long wait, Weststar Maxus V80 finally has its leading commercial Multipurpose Vehicle on the road. This stylish, versatile and reliable vehicle has many improved features to affirm its leading role as renown international commercial brand and the new technologies being introduced.

New Weststar Maxus V80 is a Big and Spacious Van that comes to Malaysia in two variants i.e the Medium Roof and High Roof ( Please refer to my earlier introduction on the models). It also come with a turbocharger producing 10% more torque (330Nm@1800 rpm) than the earlier Maxus model while maintaining low exhaust emission level which complies with Euro 4 standard.

Power is supplied by turbocharged 2.5 Liter diesel engine producing 136 hp@ 3800 rpm. This monocoque construction of Maxus Van produces low noise, vibration and harshness levels. Low floor clearance and low center of gravity gives the vehicle greater stability and smooth ride. It also offers other portfolio features to satisfy your demands which include:
Two Roof Height,
Single and Twin Sliding Side Doors
Lowest Floor Clearance (only 517mm) among similar products
Large Cabin Space
Large Inner Space Volume (11.6 cu m)
Maximum Inner Height (1.9m) and
Higher travel speed of 160 km/hr.(warning: Malaysia traffic regulations allow a maximum speed of 110 km/hr)

Hence this vehicle has wider range of applications to offer, either for business or pleasure.

I would suggest that you also visit SAIC website at to see the many applications the Chinese have done.

To my fellow Malaysian entrepreneurs you will not regret owning this vehicle because the new Maxus V80 is simply the best in its class. Having it maintained regularly, the owning and operating cost will break even in shorter time. We produce quite a number of special vehicles. Weststar Maxus Ambulance, for example, is a specially made single stretcher Ambulance.The interior has been configured based on the MOH (Ministry of Health) Ambulance specification. We can also produce two stretcher version. Nevertheless, it also allows you the freedom to redesign the interior for your local needs.Ambulance Service Providers can now have bigger and reliable Ambulance at much more reasonable price and yet you will never be left behind!.

Similarly, Car Rental and Tours Operators can add to their fleet bigger MPVs or Large Taxis to take advantage of big families by offering them a single vehicle to ferry the whole family and their luggage.Getting them together in a single vehicle is already a plus sign in term of saving the Dollar. Indirectly, big van helps increase bonding between family members and improves family values. They will definitely cherish their moments of togetherness!.

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Weststar Weapon Platform Provides An Economical Alternative Solution

This Weapon Platform Offers Alternative Economic Solution While Maintaining Firepower and Operational Capability.

Suitable For Training and Real Operation

Front View

Changes in operational requirements  has enabled  Weststar  to provide solutions immediately the need arises. GKM Weapon Platforms offers  solution in terms of model and  pricing alternative to meet the growing needs of  rapid reaction forces  for a highly mobile weapon platform with versatile firepower at much more cost effectiveness.


GKM  Weapon Platform  comes with a 3.0 L  Tdi power pack. The power train is common with that fitted to most commercial vehicles, giving high level of parts commonality  and simplicity of logistic support





1KD-FTV /3.0   TDI Inline 4 cylinder  Common rail 16   Valve



Max   Output[Kw(bhp)@rpm]

120(160)   @3400

Maximum   Torque[Nm@rpm]



5   Speed  Automatic

Transfer   Case




Suspension   –Front

Independent   Double Wishbone Coil Spring


Semi   Elliptical Leaf Spring

Brakes          Front

Ventilated   Disc




4 Channel




LT   245/75R16  Mud Terrain



GVW [kg]


Kerb   Weight[kg]






Turning   Radius[m]


Power to   Weight Ratio


Fording   Depth[mm]




Towing   –Brake trailer[kg]

              Unbrake trailer[kg]



Fuel Tank   capacity[litre]




Overall   Length[mm]


Overall   Width[mm]


Wheel Base[mm]






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Maxus 80

The New Maxus V80 comes with different terminology on vehicle configurations. We used to have configurations like Standard Roof, High Roof and Extra High Roof. Now the Maxus V80 standard configurations comprises of the High Roof and the Extra High Roof which are referred to as Medium Roof and High Roof respectively. The dimensions, however, remain the same.The full line shows the Medium Roof configuration .The dotted line shows the High Roof configuration.

I am very excited about this vehicle so do most of my clients . The new vehicle has more power and torque ,about 12 percent extra than the previous version. With 136 hp (100 kW) and 330 Nm torque, this locally assembled vehicle is the most powerful engine among the 2.5L Tdi van category available in Malaysia .

We offer value added features. This vehicle is not short of good specifications .We exceed what our competitors have. Gross Vehicle Weight of 3500 kg and relatively high payload of between 1290 kg to 1590 kg make it more versatile for varied applications. For light weight to medium and heavy duty tasks, remember us as your mobile solution provider.

If you have business in Johor Bahru or Singapore, do visit our Southern Branch. You can view some on the models in order to appreciate the features we are talking about.

Johor Bahru Satellite Showroom has just started operation at No.4, Jalan Permatang 1, Taman Desa Jaya, 81000 Johor Bahru. Our contact person is En Ismail ( or popular with his nickname ‘AL’ ) HP 016-6216666 and office No. 073515467/073515469. He may be contacted via email at:

Map of Taman Desa Jaya


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Photo Gallery 3

A Line up of GS Cargo vehicle

Front View -prototype

Chassis Cab -The new Platform for 3/4 ton GS Cargo

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Maxus Van Applications

No doubts when you are looking for a van, you will examine your needs rather than your wants. Next, ask yourself, what you use your van for. Is it for transporting passenger, mobile office, or special purpose? How many people do you need to transport? How much equipment to carry? What kind of special equipment will be fitted in the vehicle? How much space do you need to be available? How big the power of the vehicle. Is manual transmission a hindrance in accomplishing the job? Is it necessary for the vehicle to be at the basement car park? Must it be low roof or extra high roof? Is diesel powered engine eco friendly and fuel saver? Will you get a better warranty or excellent after sales services? These are some questions to keep in mind when you are looking for a new van. Let your needs drive your decision.
You will certainly agree that Weststar Maxus answers all your questions. For your basic understanding, I am giving you a brief description on some of the Maxus applications which you will find it very useful in assisting you making a fast decision.

Parcel & Package Delivery Van

Now you can depend on Weststar Maxus Distributors to provide innovative parcel and package delivery vans to deliver your products to your customers on-time, every time. A Weststar Maxus parcel delivery van offers your drivers easy access to packages and cargo, maximum comfort and safety and a customized cargo area. It has great volume and you can stuff in as many parcels.

Our walk-in van bodies are designed, engineered and custom built to tackle any parcel or package delivery challenge your business might have. You may load your parcels from side doors or rear door.

You may choose from full blind panel for security reason or glass up part of the side walls whatever your choice.

The LWB version of the Maxus has an internal load width of 1770mm and a distance of 1385mm between the wheel arches. The Maxus gross vehicle weight is 3.5 tonne and is capable of carrying a payloads ranging from 917kg to a maximum of 1,616Kg. The van’s maximum interior volume is 11.4m3.

Laundry Van
We can design, engineer and custom build a walk-in van body to tackle laundry, linen, uniform, rug and textile delivery.
A Weststar Maxus laundry or uniform delivery van is custom built for easy accessibility, allowing for easy access for loading and unloading laundry. The cargo area is customized to transport large textiles or rugs. The walk-in van body is designed with maximum driver comfort & safety in mind, which creates more productive and more efficient deliveries.

Wheelchair Van
We offer a custom built fully equipped wheelchair van for senior citizens and people with physical disabilities who require special transporter. Our Van is spacious enough to accommodate two wheelchairs and 4 to 6 passengers with access from rear and side door.

Maxus wheelchair van

Van For the Disabled with simple Sheelchair Platform

Weststar Maxus Van -Passenger Van
The van has become a favourite with Government agencies and numerous other Government Departments, the Military and Police Force services. The van is also a popular model with tour companies. The van provides up to 15 passengers with ample leg space and head room. We offer standard passenger van as well as VIP coach.

Performance wise, Maxus vans are fitted with 2.5 litre CDi common rail, direct injection, turbo charged, intercooled engines, with power rating of 120bhp. The engines are up to scratch and powerful enough for comfortably carting heavy loads onboard. You can be assured of loaded van climbing Genting highland without much problem.

The Maxus offers a great load space with a choice of 2 roof heights 1710mm for the medium roof van and 1925mm for the hi-roof version. Currently we are a Long Wheel Base (LWB) version which is 3850mm long and has an internal load length of 3355mm.
The LWB version of the Maxus has an internal load width of 1770mm and a distance of 1385mm between the wheel arches. The Maxus gross vehicle weight is 3.5 tonne and is capable of carrying a payloads ranging from 917kg to a maximum of 1,616Kg. The van’s maximum interior volume is 11.4m3.

The Maxus 2 man cab area is roomy with a 5 speed gear leaver mounted on the dashboard, which allow unrestricted access across the cab.

Mobile Postal Van

Over 20 units of fully functioning mobile post offices are serving rural communities across the country. A dedicated rural mobile comes fully equipped with everything you would expect to see in your local post office.

Customers make transaction via the side counter. The unit can accommodate up to four adults, 2 in the cab and 2 in the operation office or the counter in the rear. The interior is fully insulated and air conditioned for the comfort of the counter clerk. Customers stand outside on the left side of the vehicle where the counter is located. The vehicle is fitted with extendable awning on the left side to provide shade for customers against sunshine or light rain.

Post van

Security and power provisions are crucial for the service to operate in remote locations. A fully independent inverter system is installed to transfer power from the onboard auxiliary batteries into mains voltage to power the equipment. Based on customer’s specification and requirement, a standby gen set is an equally efficient source of power for static operation. A standby generator set installed in the side of the van. It operates the printer, fax and horizon computer which provides customers with the full range of services available at a ‘normal’ post office.”

A number of covert security features, tinted glazing, security netting and a wide entrance step with secure grab rails are fitted to provide a safe and secure environment for the staff.

To accommodate a seamless service, GSM mobile communication is installed for use in remote locations. Information can then be transferred while at the remote location via a wireless modem and then fully downloaded when the vehicle returns to base, where the auxiliary batteries are recharged overnight.


Weststar Maxus has won over RM 40 million order to supply more than 200 Maxus-based ambulances. Ministry of Health and Ministry of Defence Malaysia have ordered the ambulance to serve as patient transfer vehicles and these specialist vehicles are also widely used by private hospitals and other healthcare providers in Malaysia and Brunei.

Local Ambulance

We built and supply Ambulances type A, B and C based on Malaysian Ministry of Health ambulance specifications. All ambulances have the following fitted or supplied :Emergency and trauma kit (EMTS), foldable wheel chair, spinal board, scoop stretcher, primary stretcher and oxygen tank. This is the basic equipment for Ambulance type C.

For type B you will have additional equipment like oxygen resuscitator, portable suction machine,automated external defibrillator, vital sign transport monitor,immobilization kit, handheld pulse oxymeter and sharp container.
Whilst the type A ambulance has more equipment including portable automatic ventilator, paramedic suite helmet,safety boot, glucometer, triage card and dead body management kit.

Chinese Ambulance

Basically each ambulance has storage cabinets for storage of first aid cases, medical equipment, instruments and supplies. A wash hand basin, paramedic seat and three (3) swivel seats with fold-flat function which can be converted into another temporary additional stretcher.

We also provide dual outlets oxygen pipeline system complete with hose assembly and probe. There is oxygen cylinder (based on specification), single flow meter with fixed probe, single stage regulator and pin index and oxygen adult facemask with 2mm tubing.
A bar light system with long range optical signal, loud acoustic sound, controller, an amplifier PA system siren and speaker, two red probe warning lights at front grille and two red probe warning lights at centre roof side left and right. You may opt other light combination.

Mobile Technologies

We form a smart partnership with few engineering and body building companies who built speciality vehicles for us.

At Weststar we strive to meet our customers needs no matter what the project goals are. We deal with an assortment of Broadcast Trucks and Vans, Mobile Command Vehicles and Trailers, Mobile Satellite Uplink Vehicles, Mobile Offices, Fire and Rescue Support Services, Mobile Laboratories, to name a few.

Moreover, we also construct Security Vehicles and Communication Units. We can design and engineer specialty vehicles to meet your customization needs such as a Mobile Video Display , Mobile Cinema, Mobile Broadcast and Propaganda Unit or even a Mobile Toilet.

School Bus
Weststar Maxus school bus certified by local Road Transport Department to carry 14 sitting and 7 standing students. All seats are forward facing. The van has incorporate optimum safety features to ensure students are not exposed to unnecessary risks.

China Schoolbus

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Importance of Team Work

There are great challenges in the automotive business. Both the front end and the back end are facing the customers everyday. The After Sales services will have a lot of problems dealing with vehicles and customer’s expectation. All after sales staff need to work together in a very coordinated manner so that they speak in one voice at the same frequency.

All key personnel must work as a team in order to be able to deliver a good result efficiently, effectively and timely. No one can claim credit as after sales must be handled by a group of people and the team will have to manage the customer care holistically.

I pay a lot of interest in the team’s effort because a poor After Sales not only paints a bad image to the company but it also affects the front end business of selling the vehicles. Customers shunt away if they come to know of the bad after sales services, poor workshop management, lack of spare parts and slow delivery of after sales services. Poor after sales service is associated with many customer complaints, repeated come back jobs, unresolved problems, lack of technical trouble shooters, poor mechanics, poor processes and poor communications.

If one goes deeper into the troubled After sales department, the most revealing cause is lack of team work. Team work can be between team own members, between the team and suppliers and team and the management. If these links are not synchronised, the team may not be able to achieve what they want.

A team is a group of two or more persons working with a common purpose and the members work together jointly to produce certain contribution. A highly performing team usually aspire to achieve a certain standard of performance. We can judge whether a team is efficient and effective by looking at the team members behaviour and work ethics. We expect such team members knitted closely together who will help one another to resolve issues and problems. In whatever situation, they are fully committed to their work or assignment , share a common purpose and goals. Very often they focus on collective efforts and make decision collectively.

The team cannot function if they do not trust each other and do not have a sense of urgency. Thus it is very important for them to leverage on each member strength, expertise and experience. As a matter of principle, each team must have a team leader who will set a clear direction. A leader may not be able to manage effectively a big team. Too many team members may not be effective as we often heard the saying “ too many cooks spoilt the brooth”. If you have a big number, it is best to break them up into several teams for different projects. Of course do not deal with issues you are not competent with. An active team leader will conduct regular review meeting with members to fine tune their performance strategies.

According to Henry Ford- “coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success”. Similarly if everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. Team work is like the coordination of human body if one part of the body feels pain, the whole body will also feel the pain and share the suffering.

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