EON is a name mostly associated with Proton back when the Malaysian Tiger was still a cub but it has since expanded to offer other brands across its dealership networks. One of those brands is Smart which is now under the ownership of Geely.
In the latest short video uploaded on Smart Malaysia’s social media page, EON Berhad’s Head of Automotive Distribution and CEO, Akkbar Danial gave his thoughts on EON’s partnership with Smart as well as what Malaysians will be expecting when the brand makes its return to the market.
In the video, Akkbar expressed his gratitude to Proton New Energy Technology Sdn Bhd (PRO-NET) for appointing EON as one of the first few official dealers for Smart’s range of exciting EVs. He cited that EON’s experience in the industry will help make Smart the preferred EV choice in Malaysia.
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"EON is one of the largest multi-brand dealerships in Malaysia (and is) strategically positioned to deliver enhanced experience that customers expect from the Smart brand. With vast experience in automotive retail, very strong after-sales, leasing, and now with our digital platforms and solutions, we are very much confident to support in making Smart the preferred EV choice in Malaysia as part of the nation's strategy for a more sustainable automotive future," Akkbar said in the video.
He continued, "EON is very much committed to a continued growth with PRO-NET in bringing that delightful and wholesome EV ownership to all."
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EON is the second dealer to be announced by PRO-NET which is the distributor for Smart in Malaysia and Thailand following Hap Seng Smart. Since then, Smart has announced the appointment of 5 more dealers around West Malaysia.
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On his thoughts on the Smart #1, Akkbar gets excited and can’t wait for Malaysians to fully experience the electric SUV once it makes its way into the country. In the video, he is very impressed at the engineering and design elements “that would make every journey a delightful experience”.
"It is definitely more than meets the eye. You have to see it, feel it, drive it, and experience it to believe it," the CEO shared in the video. "As for the performance, needless to say, you will have to wait for the drive. Hopefully it won't take that long."
The Mercedes-Benz-designed Smart #1 is planned for arrival in Malaysia by the end of 2023 but it won’t be alone for too long as the bigger Smart #3 is also earmarked for a Malaysian launch soon. For now though, if you too are anticipating the arrival of the Smart #1, check out our quick review below.
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