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national automotive policy

Government needs to stop flip-flopping on auto industry policy

From fuel standards to Approved Permits to tax structures, the last 18 months have been marked by a lot of uncertainties in the Malaysian automotive industry.Last October, the government announced that it is backtracking on its commitment to roll out lower sulphur Euro 4M standard RON 95 petrol by 14 months, from 1-October 2018 to 1-January 2020.The Ministry Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs nonchalantly announced the postponement only on 5-October 2018, saying that the delay was due to the in

Hans

Hans

Oct 21, 2019

Full speed ahead for Thailand’s National EV Policy Committee, 750k xEVs by 2030

Covid-19 might have dominated the headlines for 2020 and gave the impression that little else is happening around the world. That’s not true, especially in the field of clean energy and electric vehicles.Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, took delivery of the first 20 wind farm turbines for its 400 MegaWatt Dumat Al-Jandal wind farm – the largest clean energy project in the Middle East.Saudi Arabia aims to generate 50 percent of its electricity

Hans

Hans

Oct 25, 2020

“National Car” to be defined in NAP 2019

In view of the soon-to-be launched third national car, Chief Executive Officer of Automotive, Robotic and IoT Institute (MARii), Datuk Madani Sahari has said the criteria of “National Car” will be defined in the new National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2019.“There is a need for the automobile industry to move away from petrol-based engines to hybrid and electric ones,” said Datuk Madani, as quoted by Bernama. Last month, Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said that the t

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Sep 18, 2019

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 Rak

Sanjay

Sanjay

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

Arif

Arif

Apr 9, 2021

NAP 2020: A lot of buzzwords, little meaning, but the industry can now at least move on

Waiting for the announcement of the new National Automotive Policy (NAP) is a bit like waiting for the next installment of the Fast and Furious. You know it’s going to be bad but you still want to watch it.Although the automotive industry already knows what to expect – more of the same old, a lot of lofty goals but lacking in details. However professional managers are obligated to make decisions based on data and official sources of information, so car companies will still need to wa

Hans

Hans

Feb 21, 2020

MAA: We don’t need third national car and every car company should pay equal duties

The Malaysia Automotive Association (MAA) feels that the country does not need a third national car as the existing two are enough.MAA president Datuk Aishah Ahmad told The Edge, “From the industry’s standpoint, we already have two national cars — that’s already too many. To have a third national car? I don’t think we need it.”She also did not comment on Perodua’s intention to be involved in the third national car project as MAA does not have details of

Eric

Eric

Jul 27, 2020

MAA: Car prices confirmed to increase after December 31, 2020

The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has confirmed that new car prices are set to increase after December 31, 2020.Its president, Datuk Aishah Ahmad has confirmed that the updated Open Market Value (OMV) calculations will bump car prices up, between 0-20%, depending on model.She told reporters, “Any increase in OTR prices would be fully absorbed or exempted by the MoF for this year and the difference in duties for past years will also be exempted.”She also said that the increas

Eric

Eric

Jan 22, 2020

Have you been to Malaysia’s National Automobile Museum? It’s really small

A museum’s purpose is to preserve parts of history and to educate the public. If a museum is interesting enough, it makes a city or town more attractive and might even bring in foreign tourists. The Louvre Museum in Paris is a famous example.The Louvre Museum in Paris. Photo: KlookHaving a successful museum is great for the economy, but the main purpose of the museum still remains the same – preservation of history and public education. Mercedes-Benz Museum in StuttgartIf we tal

Arif

Arif

Sep 21, 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 plann

Hans

Hans

Feb 21, 2020

Thailand announces 8-year tax breaks for EV investments, now including bikes and ships

The Thailand government is working overtime to move the country’s automotive industry from away from its current reputation as ‘Detroit of the East,’ which carries with it an image of it being a very truck-centric industry.BMWs battery plant in ThailandAlthough Thailand is now also a regional manufacturing hub for A/B segment cars like the Mitsubishi Mirage/Attrage as well as the Toyota Vios/Yaris Ativ, Honda City, and Nissan Almera. Thailand is very well aware of its neighbour

Hans

Hans

Nov 5, 2020

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 epis

Hans

Hans

Feb 24, 2020

MG Thailand doubles xEV battery production, boost in demand for PHEVs

MG Thailand will double its battery production for PHEVs to serve growing demand in the market.Bangkok Post reports that MG’s manufacturing plant in Chon Buri will ramp the battery production to 700-800 units per month from the current 300-400 units per month.One of the PHEVs sold by MG Thailand is the MG HS PHEV.Also read: New 2021 MG HS PHEV launched in Thailand – Proton X70 rival goes electric!The full-electric MG ZS EV. The doubled battery production is for increasing demand for

Arif

Arif

Mar 23, 2021

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,

Hans

Hans

Sep 30, 2019

BMW Group Malaysia’s deliveries down 19 percent on the back of a weaker economy

The BMW Group Malaysia delivered 11,567 vehicles in 2019 – contributed by 9,300 units of BMW cars and 1,142 units of MINI cars, plus 1,125 units of BMW Motorrad motorcycles.The figure is 19 percent lower than 2018’s record sales of 14,338 vehicles. Sales of the company’s namesake BMW brand cars dropped 23 percent while the youthful MINI brand contracted by 5 percent.Archrival Mercedes-Benz Malaysia sold 10,020 cars in the same 12-month period. Like BMW, Mercedes-Benz too experi

Hans

Hans

Feb 4, 2020

Tun Mahathir wishes the Proton Saga a happy 35th birthday

In a recent Facebook post by Tun Mahathir, he wished the Proton Saga a happy 35th birthday, on top of sharing photos from back in the day.Keep in mind that Proton can be considered as Tun Mahathir’s brainchild, as he conceptualized the idea of a national car way back in 1979 when he was the Minister of Trade and Industry.The National Car Project was greenlit by Tun Mahathir in 1982, a year after he became the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. Mitsubishi was selected to participate in the

Eric

Eric

Jul 10, 2020

6,468 units of Toyota sold in October - Yaris the No.1 non-national hatchback

Following Perodua’s sales growth for the month of October, UMW is on another roll with its other automotive segment, UMW Toyota (UMWT) posting positive sales in the same month.According to a statement, UMWT has sold 6,468 units in October. This is a 15.4% increase from the 5,605 units that were sold in the previous month.This gives the total number of Toyota units sold in the first 10 months of 2020 to 43,807 units, which are on track to reach its revised sales target of 53,000 units for t

CY Foong

CY Foong

Nov 4, 2020

Khairy: Third national car? Never even discussed

The third national car company project has been a very controversial topic among Malaysians ever since it was proposed. Even with a change in government, the project seemed to be ongoing despite not knowing where some of the funds went.Interestingly, another minister has said that the third national car project might not even be considered for development. This was first pointed out by Careta.Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin has said in a townhall livestrea

CY Foong

CY Foong

Aug 21, 2020

The all-new 2020 Honda City for Malaysia will see a price hike, no turbo engine

The all-new 2020 Honda City has just made its global debut in Bangkok yesterday. It comes with a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine.Prices in Thailand have dropped by around 2 to 10 percent, depending on variant, but that’s mostly because the cleaner emissions 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine now consumes just 4.2-litre/100 km under the UNECE R101 test cycle, with CO2 emissions just under 100 g/km, thus qualifying it for lower excise duties - down from 20 percent in t

Hans

Hans

Nov 26, 2019

LGE denies car prices going up, but also said changes (if any) will be gradual – wait…what?

More than a week after The Star reported that prices of locally-assembled cars will be going up, Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng have finally gave a reply on the matter, but unfortunately it only served to confuse more than inform.Speaking at yesterday's press conference of the Budget 2020: Government Guarantee Schemes for SMEs, Lim was asked by reporters from the mainstream media (no automotive media were present, as it was a non-automotive related event) to comment on the matter, Lim aske

Hans

Hans

Jan 22, 2020

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 f

Hans

Hans

Mar 9, 2021

Government to review the 18% discount plan for Plus Highways

Image credit: KLSE ScreenerThe government has announced that they will be reviewing the 18 percent discount plan under the North-South Expressway Project (Plus). This is to reassess the impact the plan will have on the National Privatisation Policy.The discount was first introduced by the previous Pakatan Harapan government under the leadership of Tun Dr. Mahathir in January 2020.Image credit: The Malaysian ReserveIn the report, the government announced that they will not be selling Plus Highway

Jerrica

Jerrica

Aug 13, 2020

DreamEdge and Daihatsu To Spearhead Third National Car Project

DreamEdge will be in charge Daihatsu to provide technical knowledge Goes on sales in March 2021Last week, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Darell Leiking revealed the company responsible for the third national car company is DreamEdge.According to the slides provided during the press conference, the first mock-up will be shown towards the end of August 2019. By March 2020, the first prototype model will be completed, and the car is expected to be launched by March 2021.Apart f

Jack

Jack

Aug 15, 2019

It’s time to stop using the term national cars to describe Proton and Perodua

Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional, the company which we now know as Proton Holdings, was established in 1983 as Malaysia’s national car company. Ten years later in 1993, Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua, better known as Perodua, was established as our second national national car company.We are now in the midst of setting up a third national car.All three national car companies were mooted by our then Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.In the early days, both Proton and Perodua were in every sense, a

Hans

Hans

Sep 6, 2020

New National Car Project still on, Perodua possible contract manufacturer

“Despite having a new government, the project is still on”, said International Trade and Industry Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali during an MoU exchange at the Perodua Headquarters.The Star reports that the MoU between the Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), Perodua, the Perodua Suppliers Association and Perodua Dealers Association entails the vendor system for the project.The MoU aims to create new employment opportunities for 1,000 local talen

Arif

Arif

Jul 3, 2020

Frankfurt 2019: All-new fourth gen Honda Jazz coming in 2020, hybrid-only for Europe

At the opening of the 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show, Honda hosted the world premiere of the Honda e, a fully electric hatchback that will go on sale in Europe (only) first half of 2020, priced below a Nissan Leaf.Aside from that, Honda also gave slip some preliminary information regarding the all-new Honda Jazz. First launched in 2014, the Honda Jazz is due for a replacement soon. Tom Gardner, Senior Vice-President of Honda Motor Europe said, “In 2020, Honda will launch the next

Hans

Hans

Sep 13, 2019

Customs: Tan Chong owes RM 180 million in excise tax

Tan Chong Motor Assemblies (TCMA), the manufacturing subsidiary of Tan Chong Motor Holdings (TCMH), has been slapped with a bill of demand by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department, asking for RM 180,105,596.86 in unpaid taxes.In an announcement made to Bursa Malaysia earlier, the listed parent company TCMH said:“The Board of Directors would like to announce that Tan Chong Motor Assemblies Sdn Bhd (“TCMA”), a subsidiary of the Company, has on 22 May 2020 received bills of deman

Hans

Hans

May 27, 2020

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

Hans

Hans

Feb 18, 2021

Less choices for consumers as Toyota and Honda decline, Proton/Perodua extend lead

Over the next 5 years, the new normal for the Malaysian car market will eventually see less choices for consumers as the Big-3 Japanese car makers – Toyota, Honda, Nissan – retreat and cede ground to Proton and Perodua, whose upcoming range of models are more than a match against alternatives from Toyota and Honda.The Proton X70 has already eroded Honda Malaysias sales, though its still the No.1 non-national brand here. The Proton X50 will certainly suppress Honda’s progress ev

Hans

Hans

Feb 8, 2021

Wapcar Morning Insiders (Sep. 19, 2019)

Today is Thursday, Sep. 19 Local News New Isuzu D-Max 2019 launched in MalaysiaIsuzu Malaysia has just introduced the updated Isuzu D-Max 2019, now available with the new 1.9-litre Ddi BluePower turbodiesel engine.The new smaller capacity 1.9-litre engine replaces the older 2.5-litre engine. Although smaller, it makes 14 PS more power (150 PS) and 30 Nm more torque (350 Nm). The larger 3.0-litre engine remains available.For buyers who place their bookings placed between 18 Septemb

Tasia

Tasia

Sep 19, 2019