Come 15-June, all locally-assembled (CKD) passenger cars will be granted full exemption from the 10 percent sales tax. The keyword here is passenger cars.
So although the Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max are locally-assembled, both models will continue to be taxed at the current 10 percent rate because pick-up trucks are classified as commercial vehicles (though private registrations are allowed).
The Toyota Hilux is assembled at UMW Toyota Motor’s Assembly Services Sdn. Bhd.’s manufacturing subsidiary’s Shah Alam plant, alongside the Toyota Fortuner and Toyota Innova.
The Isuzu D-Max is assembled at the DRB-Hicom plant in Pekan, Pahang. The only exceptions are the 1.9L 4x2 MT Low-Ride and 1.9L 4x2 AT Hi-Ride, both of which are imported from Thailand.
All other pick-up truck models on sale in Malaysia are imported from Thailand. These will also be taxed at the same 10 percent sales tax rate as before, same as the locally-assembled Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max.
The Mitsubishi Triton is imported from the Laem Chabang plant in Thailand, while both the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 come from the Ford-Mazda co-owned Auto Alliance Thailand plant in Rayong. The Nissan Navara is imported from the Samut Prakan plant.