The four-car Innovia 300 trains were ordered by Prasarana in 2017 under a Ringgits 1.7bn ($US 408m) contract and follow the original contract for 14 trains of the same type awarded in 2013.

The new trains were manufactured in Plattsburgh, United States, with final assembly and interior fit-out carried out at the consortium’s Westport facility in Malaysia.

Bombardier says local assembly is part of continuing initiatives to upskill Malaysia’s workforce. “Bombardier has been investing in local production in Malaysia for more than 20 years, supporting employee training and development plans for our customers, supervised by Technology Depository Agency,” says Mr Jayaram Naidu, Bombardier Transportation’s president for southeast Asia.

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