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Minister: This is why Malaysia's automotive sector is unsuccessful

In a parliament sitting last week, Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar explained why Malaysia lags in the automotive sector. "Focusing on the automotive sector, we can see that Proton and the government policies back then were stumbling blocks to the development of the national automotive industry,” said Wan Junaidi, in response to a question posed by Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (BN, Pontian) at the Dewan Rakyat sitting last Wednesday


Aug 10, 2020

Geely joins IATF to influence international automotive quality standards

Geely has become the first Asian automaker to join IATF, a global automotive quality standards organization. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) is a group of automotive manufacturers which aims at providing improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide. With its admission, Geely will now participate in the formation and improvement of international quality standards with other global automotive groups to promote the sustainable development of the world’s automotive indu


Apr 9, 2021

China’s Hisense to buy over Japan’s automotive A/C supplier Sanden

China’s white goods manufacturer Hisense Home Appliances Group will acquire Japan’s automotive air-conditioning manufacturer Sanden for JPY 21.4 billion (about RM 809.7 million). The move will allow Hisense to diversify into the automotive air-conditioning system market. Hisense has ambitions to manufacture air-conditioning units for electric vehicles. In an announcement by Sanden made earlier this week, the company says Hisense will acquire 75 percent of voting rights in the company for 21.4 bi


Mar 9, 2021

MCO 2.0: Car workshops and automotive factories allowed to operate

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has released a list of companies that are allowed to operate during the second round of the Movement Control Order (MCO). Updated: MITI has done a U-Turn on the list of essential services, read more about it here. Update No.2: MITI has once again revised the essential services list, car factories will be allowed to continue operations effective immediately. On Monday (11/1/2021), Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that MCO wi


Jan 12, 2021

All-new 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander spied, global debut soon?

The all-new 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander has been spied doing its development rounds. The new Outlander will be based on a new plaform shared with Renault and Nissan, and will feature hybrid powertrains. The next-generation model, which is heavily camouflaged, gives us a clearer look at its exterior design. At the front, the new Outlander adopts a unique front-lighting arrangement. At the top sits the LED daytime running lights and turn indicators, and lower down are the main headlamp units. This f


Jul 14, 2020

Malaysia mulls CO2 emission as requirement for EEV, more hybrids to come?

The Malaysian government is drafting a proposal to tighten requirements to qualify for excise tax deductions under the Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV) program. EEV is a tax incentive package for fuel efficient, locally-assembled cars. Not to be confused with EV (electric vehicles), EEV is technology-neutral and encompasses all types of powertrain. Currently, EEV incentives are decided on a case by case basis, based on several factors including (but not limited to) the value of project and econom


Dec 17, 2020

Volkswagen Malaysia offers its 5-Star Service Check for free nationwide

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) invites all Volkswagen owners for a free 5 Star Service Check available at all service centres nationwide. As part of the check, a service advisor will conduct the check with the car owner to review and highlight potential wear-and-tear and identify severe issues in vehicles. Inspected items include the body and paint condition of the car, lighting, brakes, windscreens, windows, wheels and tyres. Starting from now till 31-December 2020, all Volkswagen ow


Jul 1, 2020

New MD appointed at Michelin for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

Effective since 1 September 2019, Tushar Gupta was appointed as the new managing director for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. His predecessor, Pascal Nouvellon, was promoted to a new global role at Michelin headquarters in France. Armed with an accounting degree and an MBA, Mr. Gupta joined Michelin Group in 2010 as a Corporate Development Manager. In the span of 6 years, he moved up to Zone Director of Michelin Aviation Tyres, Asia Pacific in 2016 until July this year after the success turning


Nov 19, 2019

Facelifted Porsche Macan S Launched In Malaysia, From RM 625,000

Sime Darby Auto Performance, the local distributor of Porsche models in Malaysia has introduced the facelifted Macan S at the Sportscar Together Day event in Sepang. Priced from RM 625,000 (on-the-road, without insurance, road tax, registration fees), the facelifted Porsche Macan S comes with the Premium Package as standard, which includes: 14-way power seats Comfort lighting package Power Steering Plus Park Assist with reverse camera Automatic dimming mirrors Bose Surround Sound System The face


Aug 6, 2019

Malaysia now classified as a risky investment destination by some manufacturers

The recently announced 2020 National Automotive Policy (NAP) and recent changes in the government are not sitting well with car manufacturers operating in Malaysia. “It’s a bit unsettling. Less than a week after announcing an auto policy that doesn’t say anything meaningful, the prime minister is stepping down?,” said an executive at a German automotive brand. However, the executive remained optimistic about the mid-term prospects of Malaysia, and sees the current episode merely as a speed bump


Feb 24, 2020

Toyota: CKD hybrids planned for Malaysia but clearer NAP needed

Following the announcement of the new National Automotive Policy (NAP) by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry earlier today, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has released a statement saying that it welcomes and supports the government’s directions for the automotive industry. “We are pleased that the government has provided an updated ‘roadmap’ for the development of the industry and this will provide direction and guidance which will be of great value to forward planning, especially where i


Feb 21, 2020

Groupe PSA begins export of Peugeot vehicles from Malaysia

The first shipment of Malaysia-assembled Peugeot 3008 is expected to arrive in the Philippines at the end of this month. The export business is an important milestone for the Naza Automotive Manufacturing (NAM) plant in Gurun, Kedah, which now counts Groupe PSA as its joint venture partner. The plant is now Peugeot’s export hub for the ASEAN region. In February 2018, Naza Corporation Holdings and Groupe PSA signed a share sale and joint venture agreement to officially establish shared operation


Jul 23, 2019

While Malaysia dithers, Thailand and Indonesia have overtaken Malaysia in EV race

As recent as 2017, Malaysia was the leading country in the ASEAN region for electrified vehicles. We were the first in the region to assemble plug-in hybrid vehicles and for several years, Malaysia was among BMW’s top-five largest markets in the world for plug-in hybrid models, behind USA, UK, Japan, and China. Thanks to generous tax rebates for locally-assembled energy efficient vehicles (EEVs), Malaysia was, at one time adopting plug-in hybrid vehicles faster than Germany, despite Germany’s ne


Sep 30, 2019

You can now add illuminated turbine vents to your old Mercedes-Benz

Ambient lighting is a reasonably new feature on Mercedes-Benz models, as the feature was first introduced on selected models starting from 2017. So, what if you have a Mercedes-Benz that isn’t fitted with ambient lighting? No worries as some ingenious seller from China came up with a solution in the form of aftermarket air-conditioning vents with lighting, as well as light strips for the cabin. According to the seller, the air-conditioning vents are available for the W205-generation C-Class, W17


Jun 9, 2020

After MCO, chip supply shortage is slowing car production in Malaysia

Just when you thought the car industry can get some respite after MITI’s corrective U-turn to allow automotive manufacturing to resume as the whole of Malaysia except for Sarawak goes back into MCO mode, we have been told by our friends working in the manufacturing sector that the much talked about worldwide shortage of semiconductor chips has hit Malaysia, threatening to halt production lines once more. Not all manufacturers are facing the problem yet but we understand that several major local


Jan 21, 2021

Hyundai Staria teased, is this the Starex replacement that's coming to Malaysia?

This is our first glimpse of the Hyundai Staria, the Korean carmaker's upcoming multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). Characterised by a smooth silhouette and clean lines, the Staria won't look out of place in your usual sci-fi movies. Take a look at the front fascia with its Robocop-ish prominent LED strip that runs the width of the hood. The strip gently flows into the sides which - other than the fancy wheels - have low belt lines and expansive windows, features that should lend to a rather airy cabin


Mar 11, 2021

Your guide to choosing the perfect 2021 Toyota Fortuner variant in Malaysia

UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) kicked off this year with a pair of new models, the 2021 Toyota Innova facelift and this, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner facelift. We've done the buyer's guide for the Innova already, so this time around we'll help you decide which Fortuner variant is best for you. Most apparent - variant shake-up Apart from the new engine (we'll get to that later), Peninsular Malaysia buyers will lose out on the base 2.4 AT variant - now reserved only for Sabah, Sarawak, and Labuan. Here's the


Feb 12, 2021

In Brief: Peugeot 3008 – the crossover many overlooked

(Model | Gallery) The Peugeot 3008 is the French company’s entry into the highly competitive C-segment SUV market. It was previously imported from Peugeot’s plant in France, but Nasim has commenced locally assembly (CKD) at the Naza Automotive Manufacturing (NAM) plant in Gurun. How Much Is It? Two variants of the Peugeot 3008 are available in Malaysia, 3008 Active THP and 3008 Allure THP, priced from RM 150,888 and RM 163,888, respectively. Both variants use a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylind


Oct 30, 2019

2020 MINI JCW GP launched in Malaysia, 10 units only - 306 PS & 450 Nm, RM 377,470!

Unveiled alongside the most environmentally friendly MINI ever, is the MINI John Cooper Works GP, a track-focused hot hatch. Only 10 units of the Oxford-assembled model, out of the 3,000 units worldwide, will be made available to the Malaysian market, priced at RM 377,470 (OTR without insurance and 50% SST) each – that's RM 75,000 more than a standard JCW 3 door hatch. Headline figures for the JCW GP is a reworked B48 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine now pushing 306 PS and 450 Nm of torq

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Aug 26, 2020

Lampu kecemasan: Tiada undang-undang khusus? Di Malaysia bagaimana?

Kita telah melihat pelbagai kenderaan yang menyalakan lampu kecemasan sewaktu memandu dalam keadaan hujan lebat atau rebut petir. Ia dipercayai memudahkan untuk dilihat oleh kenderaan lain. Namun begitu, terdapat beberapa isu apabila anda memandu dalam keadaan lampu kecemasan menyala. Antaranya ialah: Lampu kecemasan akan mematikan fungsi lampu insyarat. Oleh itu, pemandu lain tidak boleh mengetahui sekiranya anda ingin pusing ke kiri atau kanan. Kereta di belakang akan berfikir bahawa anda seda


Sep 30, 2020

Just a longer 3 Series: 2021 BMW 330 Li (G28) previewed in Malaysia, est. price from RM 300k

After India and most recently Thailand, it is now Malaysia's turn to launch the 2021 BMW 330 Li (G28), the long-wheelbase (LWB) counterpart of the regular 3 Series. Locally assembled (CKD) in BMW's Kulim, Kedah plant, only one variant is offered - the 330 Li M Sport. The 2021 BMW 330 Li (G28) has an estimated price of RM 300,800 (OTR excluding insurance, inclusive of SST and extended warranty + service package). Dimensions - G28 vs G20 The price tag puts the G28 right in between the 330i M Sport


Apr 9, 2021

2021 Renault Koleos facelift launched in Malaysia; Priced from RM 181k, new headlamp design

TC Euro Cars (TCEC) has launched the new 2021 Renault Koleos facelift without much fanfare. Three variants are available with prices starting from RM 181,886. New on the facelifted Koleos is the redesigned PureVision full LED headlamps and tail lamps for a sleeker modern look. There are also new dynamic turn signals to pair with the new headlamps. Renault has also updated the PureVision LED technology to not only deliver better lighting performance than its predecessor, but it is also 10 percent


Apr 8, 2021

Honda’s 3S Centre in Perak is Malaysia’s first Gold-Rated Green Building Index car showroom

Honda Malaysia’s newest 3S Centre in Perak has been rated ‘Gold’ under the Green Building Index (GBI), making it the first car showroom in the country to be awarded with such certification. The GBI is a green rating tool for buildings that is recognised by the industry in Malaysia, aimed at raising awareness on environmental issues and promoting sustainability in the built environment. Operated by Ban Hoe Seng (Auto), the new 3S centre is the result of a RM15 million investment. Sixty percent of


Jul 24, 2019

Economist calls to lift import and excise duties on CBU cars in Malaysia

An economist has called for the government to consider ending Malaysia's protectionist measures for the automotive industry by lifting import and excise duties on imported completely built up (CBU) cars. Barjoyai Bardai, a lecturer from the Universiti Al-Madinah, told Free Malaysia Today that the protectionist measures will ultimately have to come to an end one day. The government should take this opportunity during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) to make a trial run. Under the presen


Jun 23, 2020

2021 Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy facelift launched in Malaysia; RM 326k, drops 6MT

TC Euro Cars (TCEC) has launched the facelifted 2021 Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy, priced at RM 326,476 (OTR without insurance, with SST discount). The hot hatch will also be available for subscription, with monthly fee from RM 5,200 for a 3-year plan. The Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy features an upgraded 1.8-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that churns out 300 PS and 420 Nm of torque (compared to 280 PS/390 Nm from before), paired exclusively to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission (no more m


Mar 25, 2021

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia explains why we can’t have the EQC yet

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is ready to introduce its EQ brand of electric vehicles (EVs) in Malaysia but for that to happen, the company needs a certain level of assurance in terms of long-term stability with regards to the government’s direction and better clarity in our National Automotive Policy (NAP). Speaking at a virtual meeting with the Malaysian media yesterday, Dr. Claus Weidner, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia said, “As we have always said, we are looking into the feasibility of


Feb 18, 2021

Malaysia-assembled Peugeot cars return to Thailand under new distributor

After a short hiatus, Malaysia-assembled Peugeot cars will return to Thailand. Belfort Automobiles (Thailand), a subsidiary of the Master Group Corporation (Asia) Co., Ltd., is the new exclusive importer and distributor of Peugeot brand cars in Thailand. The company will take over from previous distributor Yontrakit Automobiles. The first two Peugeot models spearheading the French marque’s re-launch in Thailand are the 5008 and 3008 – both exported from the Naza Automotive Manufacturing plant in


Jul 29, 2019

All-New Mazda 3 Now In Malaysia, Yours From RM 139,770

The all-new Mazda 3 is now here in Malaysia, available as a sedan or a hatchback with two engine choices. The variants include: Mazda 3 1.5 Hatchback – RM 139,770 Mazda 3 1.5 Sedan – RM 139,770 Mazda 3 2.0 Sedan High – RM 150,059 Mazda 3 2.0 Sedan High Plus – RM 160,059 Mazda 3 2.0 Hatchback High Plus – RM 160,059 Prices are considerably higher than the previous generation model, as Mazda is gradually moving more upmarket. Coupled with the fact that the model is now imported from Japan makes for


Jul 30, 2019

MAA: Loan moratorium expiry to impact Malaysia auto industry negatively

The 6-month long loan moratorium is set to expire in September and its expiry could have some negative impact on the Malaysian automotive industry. The loan moratorium went into effect in April as the country entered the Movement Control Order (MCO) period. Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) president Datuk Aishah Ahmad told The Edge, “People will not have the money to buy new vehicles. But I think it depends on the category of vehicles. I think high-end vehicles will not be impacted; people


Jul 27, 2020

All-new Lexus ES 250 launched in Malaysia, 2 variants priced from RM300k!

(Model | Gallery) All-new Lexus Global Architecture – K (GA-K) platform 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder with 204 PS/247 Nm Priced incredibly competitive despite being fully imported from Japan We last saw the all-new seventh-generation Lexus ES 250 at the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS). Ten months later, the luxury limousine is now officially available to the local market. Lexus Malaysia is offering the ES 250 in two different trims, Premium and Luxury. Being a Le

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Sep 10, 2019