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Prices of imported (CBU) cars in Malaysia to increase by June 2020, gap between CBU/CKD to reduce

Following our earlier report that prices of new cars in Malaysia, especially locally assembled ones, will go up in prices after Chinese New Year, we now have additional information confirming that prices of imported cars will also increase, also due to changes in taxation. Come June 2020, prices of imported (CBU) vehicles will also see an increase, although the quantum of increase will be a lot lesser than those of locally-assembled models, which are projected to go up by around 15 to 25 percent


Jan 16, 2020

Spied: 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross spotted in Malaysia, CBU first, CKD later

Several units of the upcoming 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross sans camouflage have been spotted at Westport, Klang. It looks like the new B-segment SUV will start as a fully imported model (CBU) from Thailand, before operations to locally assemble (CKD) the car starts at Toyota’s Bukit Raja plant. From what we can see from the photos, the Corolla Cross in the pictures is the lower spec G variant. The interior of the Cross bears close resemblance to the Toyota Corolla Altis, featuring a similar 9-inch


Feb 17, 2021

The 2019 Japan Car of the Year is coming to Malaysia in 2020

Results are in for the annual Japan Car of the Year awards and the winner is the Toyota RAV4 with 436 votes, beating out the Mazda 3 (328 votes) and BMW 3 Series (290 votes). The new Toyota RAV4 is still not made available in Malaysia, although we are expecting the SUV to finally make its return into the C-segment SUV market in 2020. According to sources familiar with the matter, the Toyota RAV4 will be introduced in this region next year, with Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia on the list. Sourc


Dec 11, 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

2020 DS7 SUV launched in Malaysia, CBU from France, price up by RM 60,000

Naza Euro Motors has quietly launched its 2020 DS7 SUV which is now fully imported (CBU) from France. The CBU unit replaces the previously locally-assembled (CKD) units that were introduced to the local market in June 2019. The DS7 SUV CKD was priced at RM 199,888 however, now that it is CBU, it gets slapped on with hefty duties which skyrocketed the selling price to RM 259,888 (OTR without insurance). That is a RM 60,000 increase. Specification on the CBU remains identical to the CKD you get th

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Apr 28, 2020

Volvo S60 CKD launching in 2020, same price & spec as CBU for Malaysia

At Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) annual business review, the company has confirmed that the locally-assembled (CKD) 2020 Volvo S60 will be launched in Malaysia in 2020, replacing the fully imported (CBU) units that were launched in 2019. VCM did not disclose the timeline of the launch but assured that the pricing and specification of the S60 CKD model will be identical to the CBU units that were offered in a sole S60 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid R-design priced at RM 295,888 (OTR without insurance).

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Jan 28, 2020

Stuck at home during MCO? Here’s a list of awesome car movies to binge on!

In case you missed it, the whole of Malaysia except Sarawak will be observing the Movement Control Order (MCO) until 4 February 2021. While we can’t show our love for our cars by driving them, we can always sooth our souls with some car related action movies. Here’s a list of car movies that you can binge on during the lockdown! The rather mainstream films (No Fast and Furious movies included) Need for Speed If you’re looking for something to kick start your weekend, then Need for Speed is the s


Jan 23, 2021

2021 Kia Seltos launched in Malaysia: 1.6L NA, CBU India, 2 variants, from RM 116k

Naza Kia Malaysia has officially launched the 2021 Kia Seltos in Malaysia, nearly a year since the model was first previewed to dealers in February 2020. The model is imported (CBU) from India. Below are the prices of the Kia Seltos in Malaysia: 2021 Kia Seltos Price in Malaysia Variant Private Registration Company Registration 1.6 EX RM 115,888 RM 116,088 1.6 GT Line RM 133,888 RM 134,088 All prices are on-the-road without insurance and with 50% SST reduction for CBU cars, valid until 30-June 2


Jan 15, 2021

CBU 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8G sold out in less than 1 week, orders to be converted for CKD variants

Despite what social media comments are saying, all 750 units of the fully-imported (CBU from Thailand) 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8G allocated for Malaysia have been sold out, less than one week after it was launched. Deliveries of the 1.8G variant is immediate, while those who booked the 1.8V variant can only start receiving their cars from July onwards. Also Read: Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA For now, Toyota dealers have been


Mar 31, 2021

5-year waiting list for the Suzuki Jimny in Indonesia

With talks of the Suzuki Jimny being locally assembled in Indonesia, Autonetmagz mentioned that the waiting list for the Jimny has reached 60 months or 5 years. It is estimated that orders for the Suzuki Jimny have exceeded 3000 units, and Suzuki Indonesia is only able to fulfill 50 of them per month due to import restrictions (the Suzuki Jimny is currently imported from Japan). This gives a rough calculation for the waiting list of around 60 months or so. To refresh, the Suzuki Jimny is powered


Dec 9, 2020

Used car dealers in Malaysia experiencing record-high sales in July 2020

Looks like car manufacturers are not the only ones that are currently enjoying a surge in sales. Used-car dealers are also reporting record-high sales in the few months since the Recovery Movement Control Order was put into effect. According to the Federation of Motor and Credit Companies Association of Malaysia (FMCCAM) president Datuk Tony Khor, the surge in demand for used cars is so good that the scenario is “simply too good to believe”. The surge in vehicle sales is believed to be spurred b


Aug 3, 2020

Volvo Car Malaysia adds one more 3S centre in Johor

Following its earlier announcement in August, Pekin Auto Sdn. Bhd.’s Volvo Car 3S Centre in Skudai is now open for business. Located in the outskirts of Johor Bahru, dealership is the latest to be built in accordance to the Volvo Retail Experience (VRE) – a dealer guide that best communicates the brand’s Scandinavian-inspired values – and has five service bays. This will be Volvo Car Malaysia's second dealer in Johor. The other dealer is located in Batu Pahat, operated by AJ Premium. In total, V


Sep 9, 2019

Toyota Harrier has 9 months waiting list in Japan, delays Malaysian launch

The fourth-generation all-new 2020 Toyota Harrier is a surprisingly popular car in Japan. Since its official launch in June 2020, the premium SUV has racked up a backorder of close to 100,000 units! Unfortunately, Toyota’s factory is unable to keep up with the overwhelming demand causing a 9-month delay. According to BestCarWeb, sales of the Toyota Harrier has increased a total of 461.7 percent in November compared to the same month of the previous year. That is almost 5 times more than previous


Jan 7, 2021

A new car with Android Auto from just RM50k? Here's the list of the cheapest cars with it

It is no surprise that I am a strong believer of Android Auto – it encompasses everything you could possibly ask for in an infotainment system, including voice command, navigation, and music streaming. There's no need to fawn over the Proton X70's voice command, which we have to add, doesn't come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. With Android Auto, you use voice control to read/reply WhatsApp messages and enter a destination to Google Maps or Waze, as well as selecting your playlist on Spotify


Dec 5, 2019

All-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra launched in Malaysia, priced from RM 158,888, full ADAS, CBU Korea

A week after previewing the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra in Malaysia, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motor (HSDM) has launched the new C-segment here. Introductory prices start from RM 158,888 for the sole 1.6 variant. Now in its seventh-generation, the all-new Hyundai Elantra competes against rival C-segment sedans such as the Honda Civic, Mazda 3 Sedan, and Toyota Corolla Altis. The all-new Hyundai Elantra is now imported (CBU) from Korea. Compared to its rivals, the Hyundai Elantra is priced closer to th


Dec 10, 2020

Why the 2020 Volvo S60 CKD isn’t cheaper than the CBU model

Volvo S60 gallery Earlier today, Volvo Car Malaysia introduced the locally-assembled (CKD) Volvo S60, roughly seven months after the imported (CBU) model was introduced here. If you were expecting the locally-assembled S60 to be priced lower than the USA-made model, sorry to burst your bubble as that is not the case. The Volvo S60 CKD is priced from RM 295,888 (on-the-road, without insurance), identical to the USA-made model. The reason is less about the CKD version being cheaper and more about


May 18, 2020

Proton X50 open for booking in Brunei, first CBU market for X50

Looks like the Kingdom of Brunei will be the first country to fully import (CBU) a right-hand drive Geely Binyue/ 2020 Proton X50 as Pad Motors Proton Brunei has opened bookings for the B-segment SUV. Yet again Brunei is the first country to import a Proton SUV as the country is the first to CBU the updated Proton X70 in September 2020. The Proton X70 is one of Brunei’s best-selling SUVs, so it would be interesting to see how the Proton X50 will do in the Kingdom. To recap, the Proton X50 was la


Nov 18, 2020

A flop in Malaysia, Kia Seltos outsells Honda HR-V by 5x in Vietnam in Jan 2021

Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (VAMA) has just released sales data for the B-segment SUV market for the month of January 2021 and taking pole position for the month is the Kia Seltos with 1,226 units sold. What’s amazing is how much market share the Kia SUV captured in the Vietnamese market. According to VAMA’s sales data, the Seltos captured a 43% market share, easily dominating over its rivals. In second place is the Toyota Corolla Cross with 853 units sold that same month. This

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Feb 23, 2021

Car sales in Malaysia rebounded by 94.7% in June, SST-free period to drive sales up

The upward trend for vehicle sales in Malaysia has continued into its second month, as data from the the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has indicated that vehicles sales in Malaysia has increased by 94.7% in June 2020. Back in June, sales amounted to 44,965 units, which is an increase of 21,735 units or 94.7 percent compared to May. Although sales figures over the past two months were encouraging, year-to-date figures paint a different figure. With 174,675 units shifted from January to J


Jul 24, 2020

Volvo Car Malaysia opens new 3S centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

There’s a new Volvo 3S centre in Malaysia and this time it is located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The latest 3S centre will add to their list of 14 dealerships nationwide and will be run by their new dealer partner Sebangga Mitsinbo Sdn Bhd. The new 2-storey 3S centre spans 5,432 square-foot and is built to adhere to Volvo Car’s retail standard known as the Volvo Retail Experience (VRE). The facility is prepared to put the Volvo Car Lifestyle Collection and Accessories on show and ready to facilita


Jul 30, 2020

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

MINI JCW Hatch now under RM 300k, MINI Malaysia announces price list for 2021

Alongside the BMW price revision announcement, MINI Malaysia has also updated the price list for 2021. Like new BMW models, standard is a 2-year warranty without free service package. But customers can opt for the 4 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service (“Extended Warranty & Service Package”) at the same cost as before. For example, the MINI JCW Hatch can be purchased at a recommended retail price of RM 294,861 (OTR without insurance, with SST exemption) with the standard


Jan 18, 2021

2020's new car sales (TIV) in Malaysia is lowest in 13 years, 529,514  units

The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has announced its tally for total new car sales, better known within the industry as Total Industry Volume (TIV), for year 2020. A total of 529,514 new motor vehicles were sold in 2020, down 12.4 percent from 2019. The cause of the downturn is of course due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated MCO restricting normal economic activities. For two and a half months between March and May 2020, no cars were sold as showrooms were not allowed to operat


Jan 22, 2021

Sales tax exemption: Car companies scrambling for answers

It’s a frantic start of the week for many staff at car companies. Following Friday’s announcement by the Prime Minister that locally-assembled cars will be exempted from paying 10 percent sales tax while imported vehicles will see the rate reduced by half, many car companies are swamped by calls from their dealers and stakeholders asking for details on what’s the next step. Without the necessary paperwork, the Accounts/Finance division at car companies are unable to proceed or give any answers.


Jun 9, 2020

2020 Proton X70 teased in Pakistan, 1.5L turbo with 177 PS and 255 Nm, CBU Malaysia

The locally-assembled Proton X70 is heading overseas, as Al Haj Proton, the official distributor of Proton vehicles in Pakistan, has just teased the new model. As seen on their social media account, the CBU Malaysia Proton X70 was driven 2,286 meters above sea level to Gabral, a village and hill station in the Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. This is not the first time the Proton X70 was spotted in Pakistan, as the X70 was caught a couple of months back covered in copious


Jun 1, 2020

Gov to cut 100% sales tax for CKD cars and 50% for CBU cars, cheap enough?

In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced a number of measures to help boost Malaysia’s economy, including the automotive sector. In an effort to boost new car sales, the Prime Minister has announced that there will be a 100 percent sales tax exemption when purchasing a new locally-assembled (CKD) car and 50 percent sales tax exemption with an imported car (CBU), beginning from 15th June to 31st December 2020. At the moment, sales tax is set


Jun 5, 2020

Is CBU (fully imported) really better than CKD (locally assembled? Let's discuss

Malaysian consumers have a long-standing (and weird) obsession with the “made in” stickers on their vehicles. Seemingly thinking that fully imported (CBU) models are of higher quality than locally assembled (CKD) products. This is an unjust misconception and undermines the expertise of our local talents who are equally qualified to assemble cars that meet the manufacturers stringent global manufacturing standards. What Are CBU and CKD? CBU (Completely Built-Up) refers to cars that are assembled

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Jan 29, 2020

Volvo Car Malaysia launches new 3S centre in Mutiara Damansara with Ingress Swede Automobile

Volvo Car Malaysia today launched its newest 3S centre in Mutiara Damansara with its dealer-partner Ingress Swede Automobile Sdn Bhd (Ingress Swede). Mr Nalin Jain, Managing Director of Volvo Car Malaysia said, “In the premium segment, the product is not the sole factor in the consumer’s purchase decision. What’s equally important is the value, quality, and accessibility of services that they can enjoy throughout their journey with the brand. We are looking at incorporating technologies and proc


Sep 12, 2019

Mitsubishi Xpander has far too many fans than it can handle, 8 months waiting list!

We get it, the most popular car in Malaysia this year is probably the 2020 Proton X50. It had a headline-grabbing six-month waiting list (that Proton is working on rectifying), but it seems the 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander one ups that with an eight-month waiting period. Yes. Quartz White Pearl - best Xpander colour? With over 3,700 bookings collected in its first month of sales, there's no denying Malaysians love the Xpander. However, it seems there's a bit more love for the white one as the waiting


Dec 30, 2020

BMW Malaysia updates price list for 2021, BMW 320i cheaper by RM 1,911

BMW Malaysia has released the updated price list for 2021 with a few notable changes. Prices have fluctuated for some models while some remained the same, like the BMW 218i Gran Coupe and BMW X1 sDrive 18i. Here’s the interesting part – the prior 5-year warranty and service package is now optional; standard is a 2-year warranty without free service. This means prices have dropped across the board with the standard 2-year warranty, but goes back to the same price as before should customers opt fo


Jan 18, 2021