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Production of CKD Subaru XV in Segambut has been paused since June 2023

Hans · May 31, 2024 09:08 AM

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Following our earlier post regarding a Hong Kong stock exchange filing by Tan Chong International Limited (TCIL), saying that Subaru will cease all local assembly (CKD) operations in Southeast Asia by 2025, we can now confirm that no new Subaru has been produced in Malaysia since June 2023.

Local distributor TC Subaru’s sole CKD model in Malaysia is the Subaru XV. The model is assembled at contract manufacturer Tan Chong Motor Assemblies’ (TCMA) plant in Segambut.

Checks with production data compiled by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) showed that no new Subaru rolled off the local assembly line since June 2023.

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A total of 1,589 units of the XV were produced between January to June 2023.

The CKD Subaru XV is still listed on TC Subaru’s website with the following prices:

  • XV 2.0i-P Eyesight: RM 149,788
  • XV 2.0i-P Eyesight GT Edition: RM 156,788

The Subaru Forester was also previously assembled at TCMA, but by 2019, when the second-generation Forester was launched, TC Subaru switched its sourcing to the Tan Chong Subaru Automotive Thailand (TCSAT) plant. That plant will soon be shuttered.

Production of CKD Subaru XV in Segambut has been paused since June 2023 01

Current generation Forester is imported from Thailand, but will soon switch to Japan

Moving forward, all Subaru models will be imported from Japan (CBU).

Following the announcement by TCIL, TC Subaru will be making a separate announcement, specific for the Malaysia market soon.

It should also be noted that the Tan Chong group that is handling Subaru is an entirely different entity from the Tan Chong group handling Nissan in Malaysia.

The Subaru-affiliated Tan Chong International Limited (TCIL) is a Singapore-based company, which also distributes Nissan vehicles there. TCIL owns Motor Image, the distributor for Subaru vehicles in Asia.

Despite the Tan Chong name, TCIL is not related to the Bursa-listed, Malaysia-based Tan Chong Motor Holdings (TCMH), which owns Nissan distributor Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM).

Both TCIL and TCMH (or ETCM) are owned by different branches of the Malaysia-Singapore Tan family. Although they share a common history, both companies have since gone on their separate ways, just like the separation of Malaysia and Singapore.

Malaysia's TCMA's relationship with Subaru is purely that of a contract manufacturer.

Hans

Head of Content

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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