Business as usual for Hyundai's CKD plant in Kulim despite new Indo plant

Eric · Jan 26, 2021 11:12 AM

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Earlier this month, we reported that Hyundai will be moving its Asia Pacific training centre and regional headquarters from Mutiara Damansara to Indonesia.

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While this may seem like bad news for upcoming Hyundai models in Malaysia, it’s actually quite the opposite.

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According a report by The Edge, Sime Darby Motors Sdn Bhd has confirmed that there will be more complete knock-down (CKD) projects in the pipeline as its product line-up grows in the future.

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“HSDM has plans to introduce several fully imported models to the Malaysian market in 2021, followed by locally assembled SUV models in 2022. These award-winning models are highly anticipated models with great success in sales volume during their recent global launches,” a Sime Darby Motors spokesperson told The Edge.

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The CKD plant in Kulim will continue assembling Hyundai models for the Malaysian market. At the moment, the plant only assembles the Hyundai Santa Fe; the rest of Hyundai’s line-up is imported from South Korea.

Following the introduction of the imported Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Kona, HSDM has plans to introduce a few more CBU models later this year, followed by locally-assembled SUV models in 2022.

So what models can we expect from HSDM in the near future? Let's see.

  • 2021 Hyundai Tucson: possibly CBU
  • 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe: possibly CKD
  • 2022 Hyundai Creta: possibly CKD

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Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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