CKD Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan confirmed for Malaysia, price approval pending

Hans · Sep 10, 2021 03:48 PM

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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has finally confirmed the open secret the locally-assembled (CKD) Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan will be launched in Malaysia. Earlier in February, the company confirmed that it will be expanding its line-up of CKD compact cars and SUVs.

At a virtual meeting with the newly appointed MBM CEO Sagree Sardien, as well as Vice-President Michael Jopp earlier today, the company has for the first time officially confirmed the identity of the first CKD compact car to be assembled at its plant in Pekan.

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However, the company cautioned that it is one thing to produce the car, and quite another to sell it.

“The mere fact that we have produced cars, doesn’t necessarily mean that we can sell cars. Because before we are able to sell cars, there are a couple of other pre-conditions that needs to be meet, both internally, in terms of a pure production release perspective, and secondly, referring back to the government, in terms of pricing approvals that we don’t have at the moment,” said Jopp.

Also readCKD Mercedes A-Class and GLA delayed for Malaysia, travel restrictions complicating plant setup

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As for the estimated launch timing, Jopp said unfortunately MBM cannot confirm this yet.

“Honestly I don’t know, I cannot say at this moment,” he added.

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Previously, the A-Class Sedan was imported either from the joint Daimler-Nissan-owned COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes) in Mexico, or the Rastatt plant in Germany. Early models launched in 2019 came either from Mexico or Germany, but later 2020 models were imported exclusively from Rastatt.

The 1.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder A200 Sedan (163 PS / 250 Nm, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, front-wheel drive) was last sold at RM 222,121, while the 2.0-litre turbocharged A250 Sedan (224 PS / 350 Nm, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, front-wheel drive) at RM 259,255.

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Local assembly allow the A-Class Sedan shave off some import and exise tax, thus giving the 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged BMW 218i Gran Coupe (140 PS / 220 Nm, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, front wheel drive), which sells for RM 211,367 – the next closest alternative here – some much-needed competition.

After the A-Class Sedan, the GLA-Class should be the next CKD model. The GLA is already locally-assembled in Indonesia, alongside the A-Class Sedan.

Also readLaunched ahead of Malaysia – CKD Mercedes A-Class Sedan and GLA debuts in Indonesia

Hans

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Over 15 years of experience in automotive, from product planning, to market research, to print and digital media. Garages a 6-cylinder manual RWD but buses to work.

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