MODENAS was established in tandem with Malaysia’s efforts to achieve industrialized nation status, now ubiquitously known as Vision 2020. MODENAS spearheads the technology transfer and development of motorcycle manufacturing, to eventually enable the country to proudly produce indigenous motorcycles. Although the vision will not be realised within a short time span, it is a strongly-held conviction that Malaysia will one day become one of the formidable manufacturers of motorcycles for worldwide distribution.
With an investment of RM100 million, the MODENAS project was one of the fastest completed projects in the DRB-HICOM stable of companies. Building construction and infrastructure were completed in May 1996, within 9 months of the ground-breaking ceremony in August 1995. In June 1996, the first pilot unit rolled off the assembly facility.
The first 100 units of MODENAS motorcycles were then paraded in the 1996 Merdeka Day celebrations and the sales of MODENAS Kriss, the 4-stroke, 110 cc moped began in November 1996. Hardly one year after sales commenced in the domestic market, MODENAS launched its product in the international market on October 17, 1997.
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