GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has confirmed receipt of 15 new units of Toyota Camry 2.5 CBU for official use, replacing the previous CKD model.
State financial officer Datuk Sarul Bahiyah Abu said the new fleet of cars was received last Thursday.
She added that the decision to replace the old cars was made during the state executive council meeting on March 13.
Each car is priced at RM184,912.50, and the state managed to obtain a discount worth RM4,990.
“A decision was made to replace the (older) cars to reduce maintenance costs as well as for safety reasons.
“The old fleet of cars have been in use for the past six years and is no longer under warranty. They also need to be sent for constant maintenance, costing about RM11,030 annually for each unit (between 2013 and last year),” she said today.
Sarul said for the old fleet of cars, 10 units would be sold through open tender while the other five would still be used by the state government.
Meanwhile, Sarul said the state government was still waiting for feedback from a supplier on the most suitable model for the Chief Minister’s official car before making a decision.
“The average maintenance cost for the Mercedes Benz S320 used by the Chief Minister has also increased since 2013 at RM36,169.00 annually (until last year),” she added.
In August 2013, the Penang government replaced 15 official cars with new Toyota Camry 2.5 Auto units.
Prior to that, Mercedes Benz and Proton Perdana units were used for an average of 15 years.
At the time, the specially ordered Camry was priced at RM113,700 each compared to the government-approved market price of RM174,820.