Weststar Maxus Nato Stock Number YA866

Text: Zyed Ahmad Hassan

I have been in Jakarta for holidays and played few round of golf in Surabaya.I certainly not going there for a vacation this time. I will miss a lot of things..but there is always another time. Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta is just a 2-hour flight and now the flight is affordable that everyone can fly.

My new message today is about Indo Defence 2012. Indo Defence 2012 is just around the corner. It is to be held at JIExpo Kemayoran Jakarta.For your information, this is Indonesia’s No.1 Tri Services Defence, Aerospace and Marine Industry Event. The organiser incorporates aerospace and maritime this time around because I think Indonesia wants to showcase some of the new products they are buying like the Submarine, German tanks and etc. Just like Malaysian DSA ,the Indo Defence is held every 2 years and this is the 5th event, where it first started in 2004.

The event is expected to attract 500 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and over 20,000 delegates and trade visitors.

Weststar will display its new Maxus V80. Our Nato Stock Code No is YA866. Though it is not a full military product, Indo Defence is a good platform to tell the world and especially visitors from Asian that we have this also defence-related product for their domestic use.Being in the big capacity van category, potential users will find this van very useful in many areas of work and activities including military applications.Back in Malaysia , Weststar has supplied to the Malaysian Army hundreds of Maxus Personal Transporters, Maxus Ambulances, and Maxus Surveillance Units.

This special event in Jakarta presents an ideal opportunity to the public and the military to enter into collaboration and joint ventures with us to market the product in their respective areas. If you read this article, if you are curious about Maxus V80 and if you are there, drop-by at our Booth A044. Let us chat, talk and discuss your needs. We will be in a win-win situation.See you there.

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Maxus V80 A Great Transformation

The Maxus V80 is generally a new product, transformed from the battered LDV to greatly improved technologies. I have observed the new Van with interest and some of the tour guys who had added to their fleet this new Maxus V80 will agree with me. So far it performs very well and none of those issues they had if any, in the LDV, arise here in the Maxus V80.

In reality we have several types of people-users. Those who strongly support the product and the company program and those who strongly object. People with positive attitude will offer or find solutions to the problems and those with negative mindset and strong objections will always find ways to condemn or penalize the product or the other party. The ones on the fence are the non decisive people who do not have concrete goals and have poor planning about their future.

People do not buy certain product for one or several reasons.We have to respect their decision because the buying power is in their hands.Justification to buy is the prerogative of the buyer.What stop people from buying a product known to be versatile, practical and value for money? Honestly ,the salesman and the entire management of the company who sell the product can answer this question without any doubts.

In fact I have reasoned out at great length in my earlier article. If the management takes this issue lightly and treats it as trivial matters, they will have a long way to satisfy the customers. Implementing CRM and other transformation programs without proper monitoring does not mean anything. I came across many incidences where the staff of a company implementing the program called me (as customer) but gave up upon failure to communicate on first attempt. She or anybody else from the company abandon the follow-up.

My question. Are our clients haunted by past bad experience? Are they poor maintenance service, poor customer service, lack of spare parts, unskilled mechanics, or simply a hostile encounter or bad moment of truth!.Then, what have we done about it? Customers are counting the days when their wishes and expectations can be met by the company, before they come back.This is real because customers want the product and services they buy worth every cent of their money.

I hope you do not generalise the Maxus as a bad product. There are many good things about the Maxus over the few bad things people like to talk about.Man generally capture a lot of stories and images and the bad ones will stay longer in the mind than the beautiful ones.So it is no surprise that people keep on talking about the negatives and continue bashing the principal and the product without giving them a single credit.

Over the past one year, a lot of money has been spent on R&D to upgrade the machine.The transfer of technology from Britain and Italy to China had already a very powerful, positive and significant impact on the product in the global market. You can now see the products going strong and steady in Chile, Africa, Australia, the UK and many other countries. Of course the main market is still within the mainland China.

The Maxus LDV is thing of the past.It proved that poor management which led to crisis and bankruptcy is not unique to the industry. Many great car giants like General Motors USA, Land Rover UK have closed shop in the country of origin but survive and revive after being taken over by a strong and progressive team. Weststar Maxus has learnt from experience and the collaboration with SAIC and our very own internal reorganisation is a step forward to a brighter and more dynamic future.

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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 http://www.saicmaxus.com 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: al@weststarmaxus-distr.com

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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