Not just Malaysia, Geely's Smart #1 will be launched in Thailand by H2 2024

Eric · Aug 18, 2022 06:17 PM

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  • Smart #1 to reach Thailand by H2 2024
  • Proton still studying Thailand's EV market

During the signing of Proton and Smart’s new partnership earlier today, it was revealed that Proton will be entering Thailand with the Smart #1 by the second half of 2024.

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Thailand will be getting the Smart #1 slightly after Malaysia, as we are set to receive Smart’s first-ever EV by Q4 2023.

Also Read: Geely's Smart #1: Q4 2023 launch, 800 to 1,000 units per year, to be Malaysia's best-selling EV?

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According to Proton deputy CEO Roslan Abdullah during the press conference, “As we mentioned, Malaysia will get first by early Q4 2023. So for Thailand, we’re looking at somewhere in 2024, perhaps in the second half of 2024. I hope the Thais can wait for Smart to arrive.”

Also Read: Proton signs deal to sell Geely-Mercedes' Smart EV models; Sales by Q4 2023, own charging network planned

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He added, “The challenges are mostly for Malaysia, for us to breakthrough. For Thailand, as I mentioned earlier, we are planning to start with Malaysia next year. Thailand will be some time in 2024. In Thailand, the EV race is great now, there’s a lot of competition.”

Also Read: First EV to be sold by Proton, are Malaysians willing to pay RM 120k for the Smart #1?

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“We need to be careful; will our product be competitive if we join the EV race? We need to assess the situation over there while we are focusing on the Malaysian market. At the same time, we are studying the expectations of the Malaysian market as well as the Thailand market and competitor movement over there,” he added.

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Closer to home, Proton will be debuting the Smart #1 by Q4 2023. Previews in Malaysia could start as soon as May 2023 and Proton aims to sell 800 to 1,000 units of the Smart #1 yearly.

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The Smart #1 is the first product by Smart, under the Geely-Mercedes-Benz joint venture. Mercedes-Benz lead the design of the product, which will be built on Geely's EV-only SEA platform. The latter will also build the cars in China for China as well as export markets.

Three variants are offered in China at the moment, with a maximum range of up to 560 km. Power comes from a rear-mounted electric motor that does 272 PS and 343 Nm.

Also Read: First look at Smart #1 - Soon to be Proton Edar's first EV, developed by Mercedes-Benz, built by Geely

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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