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Old July 27th, 2006, 06:33 PM   #1
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Malaysian motorvehicle thread

can't find the local car thread anywhere. anyway this thread is for news, photos & views about the local motorvehicle industry
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Old July 27th, 2006, 06:34 PM   #2
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Most interesting news

Perodua cements position as No 1 national carmaker
By Ashwin Raman

Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) has cemented its position as the market leader for passenger car sales, overtaking Proton Holdings Bhd, by capturing a 42.4% market share in the first half of the year (1H06).

Toyota maintained its position as the market leader among the non-national makes, with a passenger car market share of 7.3% and overall vehicle market share of 16.9%.

Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) president, Datuk Aishah Ahmad, said Perodua sold 78,396 units of cars in 1H06, up 28% from 61,152 units in 1H05.

Proton's market position fell behind with a share of 33% of the car market. Proton's sales fell 20.7% to 60,246 units in 1H06 from 75,983 units sold in 1H05.

Aishah said total national vehicle sales, including commercial vehicles and four-by-four, was down 3.7% in 1H06 to 144,060 units from 149,665 units a year earlier. National cars accounted for a 78% share of the car market.

Perodua was also number one with a share 32.1% of the overall vehicle market from sales of 79,738 units. Proton was second with sales of 60,291 units translating into a market share of 24.3%, while Toyota was third with total sales of 42,002 units.

Speaking at a media briefing in Petaling Jaya on the total industry volume for 1H06, Aishah said Perodua’s sales overtook Proton’s from February onwards.

“The Myvi has been a success and people are also downsizing, preferring to buy smaller cars,” she said.

Aishah said the MAA had found more consumers choosing smaller passenger cars as they were more economical in light of high oil prices. She said the lag in Proton’s sales could also be attributed to the carmaker’s brand perception.

Meanwhile, Toyota was also the market leader in the commercial vehicle segment in 1H06, commanding a market share of 47.1% with sales of 21,401 units.

For the non-national segment in 1H06, Honda came in second with total vehicle sales of 13,322 units (5.4% overall market share), including 12,554 cars (6.8% market share).

Nissan was third with total sales of 12,878 units (5.2% overall market share) and car sales of 4,414 units (2.4% market share).
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Old July 27th, 2006, 06:38 PM   #3
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High petrol & interest rates beginning to slow things down

Car sales to drop by 8% this year, says MAA
By Ashwin Raman

Passenger car sales is now expected to contract by 8% this year on the back of higher interest rates and fuel prices as well as falling used car prices, the trade body, Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) said.

This is a sharp contrast to its earlier projection of at least 3% growth for car sales. The downward revision comes after a 7% decline in car sales in the first half of the year (1H06).

The decline was inspite of the unveiling of National Automotive Policy (NAP) earlier this year that had removed a lot of uncertainties, but was more than offset by the other factors.

MAA president, Datuk Aishah Ahmad, said ironically, the NAP partly contributed to the decline in sales when it led to reduction in prices for completely knocked down units, but triggered a drop in resale values.

She said rising interest rates, more stringent approvals on hire purchase loans and shorter repayment periods were the other contributing factors.

Speaking at a media briefing in Petaling Jaya on July 27, on the TIV data for 1H06, Aishah expects the downward trend to moderate in the second half but at best, sales would remain at the same level as last year. She expects growth next year.

"We think the second half will improve as used car prices will be accepted," she said, adding that rising interest rates would not pose too much of a problem unless there was a big hike.

Aishah said the MAA had spoken to the government on providing incentives in the form of a certificate for people to trade in used cars of a certain age for scrap, in exchange for newer used cars.

MAA expects TIV to contract by 6% (versus earlier forecast of 3% growth) to 520,000 units this year from 551,042 units in 2005. Car sales are expected to decline by 8% from 400,835 units last year to 368,000 this year.

Commercial vehicles and four-by-four vehicles are expected to register a growth of 1% each to 114,000 units and 38,000 units, respectively.

In 1H06, total industry volume (TIV), which includes commercial and four-by-four vehicles, fell 5% to 248, 407 units from 261,111 units in 1H05.

Car sales fell 7% to 184,725 units in 1H06 from 199,554 units, while 45,464 units of commercial vehicles were sold, up 4% from 43,657 units.

Four-by-four vehicle sales were registered at 18,218 units in 1H06, up 1.77% from the same period last year when 17,900 units were sold.

Passenger car sales represented a 74% share of the total motor vehicle industry during 1H06, while commercial vehicle sales accounted for 18%.

Aishah said other ASEAN countries had experienced a slowdown in TIV during the first half as a result of high oil prices.

Indonesia faced the biggest contraction of 49% while the Thailand and the Philippines experienced declines of 3.2% and 3% respectively.
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Old July 27th, 2006, 06:49 PM   #4
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so guys buying a car now if you can maintain it is a good idea, as its very competitve now & preused cars are even better bargains. unfortunately you will not get a good trade in price for your car if you need to sell it

As i said in another thread, high petrol prices are going to cause a slow down everywhere, locally & in our export markets. We really need those 9th malaysia plan projects to start now to keep the local economy moving, no mega projects...bad for economy
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 07:07 PM   #5
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Japanese-style "Train The Trainer" Centre For Local Auto Sector

October 21, 2006 12:31 PM
By P. Vijian

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 (Bernama) -- Japan will help Malaysia set up the proposed Skills Training Centre to help train Malaysian automobile technologists so that they can compete in the world market.

The Japanese-sponsored project is part of a joint initiative to enhance co-operation between the Japanese and Malaysian automotive industries under the Japan-Malaysia Economic Partnership Agreement signed last December. It came into force in July.

Dubbed as the "train the trainers programmme", Japanese automobile experts will arrive in Malaysia later this year to draw out a comprehensive training programme to further develop the local automobile sector, which is more than 20 years old.

"Without training capabilities, it is difficult to learn state-of-the-art technology in the automobile industry," Tsuneo Tanaka, managing director of the Japan External Trade Organisation's (JETRO) Kuala Lumpur office, told Bernama in an interview here.

"The overall knowledge and skill level of technologists working in the Malaysian automobile industry have yet to reach the competitive level in the world market.

"The Malaysian government itself recognised this and had requested the Japanese government to assist in this field," he said.

The primary objective of the Skills Training Centre is to foster world-class technologists while offering introductory to advanced training courses to raise the competency of auto industry workers from the novice to top-class levels at the same time.

To be located at Shah Alam, the training centre, mainly for leaders in the local automotive industry, will also act as a model institute for existing public vocational training schools in Malaysia.

Tanaka said a preliminary study team from Japan which was despatched to Malaysia earlier found that the existing training system was inadequate.

The team members had found that advanced training was crucial for the further progress of the Malaysian automotive sector.

Under the initial proposed five-year programme, the centre will train advanced technologists into master trainers who will then play a key role in training co-workers at their respective companies.

During the first three years of the training project, the curriculum for local trainers will be developed and the actual training will only begin three years later.

"In the following two years, training courses will be progressively launched and the centre will spread the state-of-the-art training know-how to more automotive industry workers later, Tanaka said.

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Old January 9th, 2007, 11:34 AM   #6
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Tuesday January 9, 2007

Car number plates to be controlled item with e-plate system

PUTRAJAYA: Car number plates will become a controlled item to be distributed and sold only by authorised dealers appointed by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) once the e-plate system comes into effect.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said once implemented, the e-plate, which uses a microchip with Radio Frequency Identification, would become available to everyone buying new cars.

"The number plates will contain a microchip with the car chassis and engine numbers and the design will be standardised. This feature is an enhanced security measure for car owners.

"Using the e-plate will significantly reduce the number of stolen cars being smuggled across our border points into neighbouring countries as well as help the Government to better enforce road rules under our camera surveillance system.

"At present, the Government has decided that the system will be implemented only for new cars and this will happen gradually over a period of between three and five years,” he said.


Chan said in many advanced countries like Australia and Europe, car number plates were already a controlled item.

He said car owners could change their existing number plates for the e-plate if they felt the enhanced security feature would help protect their vehicles from theft, he added.

"So far, the Government has received 13 proposals on the e-plate technology which are currently under technical evaluation by JPJ and we have yet to make decision.

"We don’t want to hurry but we hope the e-plate system can be implemented later this year."

Asked if car registration fees would increase due to the use of the e-plate technology, Chan said this would not be affected.
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Old January 9th, 2007, 01:34 PM   #7
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i still don't really understand bout the e-plate..some1 mind to explain further?
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Old January 9th, 2007, 01:54 PM   #8
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my understanding is the e-plate has a microchip with info abt the car's chassis or engine no, this can then be matched to the car, like engraving the car's plate no. on the windscreen but more secure. If it does not match then the car could be stolen.
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Old January 15th, 2007, 05:48 PM   #9
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BMW Malaysia launches navigation system for its cars
By By Diana Yeoh

16 January, 2007

MORE than 500 BMW enthusiasts attended the launching of BMW Navigation System on 325i Sports and 730i models at its sole BMW dealer in Perak, held at Tian Siang Premium Auto Sdn Bhd (pix below). BMW is the first car manufacturer in the country to offer integrated navigation system in its cars in Malaysia. The navigation system provides orientational guidance like visual arrow displays and voice directions to guide drivers reliably to a location marked on a digitised map.

has anyone tried GPS navigation in Malaysia
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Old January 15th, 2007, 06:15 PM   #10
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Not in Malaysia but I've tried it in Europe and Australia.

I'm wondering if I understand your post correctly? Prior to BMW recently being the first car manufacturer to have this, no other car manufacturer in Malaysia offers a satnav system??? Can you get third party satnav systems then? I know tomtom is a popular brand, haven't seen any here in Malaysia though. Anyways, its pretty old technology, its been around for ages, any reason why its taken SO long to be adopted in Malaysia?
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Old January 15th, 2007, 06:39 PM   #11
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Third party systems are available, but BMW is the first car manufacturer to offer integrated BMW navigation system in their local cars with malaysian maps as an optional assessory. GPS was not popular previously i feel due to the poor local road maps and the cost.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 08:20 AM   #12
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my understanding is the e-plate has a microchip with info abt the car's chassis or engine no, this can then be matched to the car, like engraving the car's plate no. on the windscreen but more secure. If it does not match then the car could be stolen.
So....that mean this microchip has the sensor to locate the stolen car if the plate num car matched wit the e-plate?? Is it? Then how the owner can noe where his/her car located??
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So....that mean this microchip has the sensor to locate the stolen car if the plate num car matched wit the e-plate?? Is it? Then how the owner can noe where his/her car located??
Stolen car would normally use a fake plate number. This fake plate number would not have all the information stored in the microchip of the origal plate number. Scanning of the plate number would tell the plate is fake.

I guess after this all cars that pass through border checkpoints will be scanned.
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Waoh...good oh!!
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So....that mean this microchip has the sensor to locate the stolen car if the plate num car matched wit the e-plate?? Is it? Then how the owner can noe where his/her car located??
Not really. Depends on the tag being active or passive. Active tags are cheap, small and with a reading distance measured in a few metre's and passive tags being expensive and a bit on the large size for a number plate.

Any thief will remove the number plate and exchange for fakes from a similar vehicle. Only if the car is stopped and the e-plate details are verified with the chassis and engine number will this work.


Just had another thought... Maybe there should be two tags with a connection to the engine management system and the e-plate. If the e-plate is removed the engines dies.

Last edited by andyf; January 16th, 2007 at 01:20 PM. Reason: another thought
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Then what if the thief so stupid tht he din remove the real num plate car....will the e-plate still work?? Coz u said tht the e-plate oni has all info for the real num plate.....Like this the stolen car can't be locate liao lor if the thief din remove the real one....
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Then what if the thief so stupid tht he din remove the real num plate car....will the e-plate still work?? Coz u said tht the e-plate oni has all info for the real num plate.....Like this the stolen car can't be locate liao lor if the thief din remove the real one....
then the police can locate the car just by looking at the number plate. unless the thief hide it somewhere and don't use the car
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then the police can locate the car just by looking at the number plate. unless the thief hide it somewhere and don't use the car
Tht way I mean lar...if the thief hide the stolen car somewhere...or drive to nowhere tht police can't locate....same oso the car kena stolen. But...yalar...the number of stolen car memang reduce de.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 08:29 PM   #19
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too "chim" for me leh.. maybe the e-plate will be a success if all msian registered cars is a must to have the e-plate but right now only new cars will have it. the microchip is in the e-plate.. so when the thief stole the car and change the plate there wont be any chips!? and the polis wont know the car whether have chips or not in the first place... aduh...pusing2
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