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Old June 17th, 2006, 09:04 PM   #81
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It is the exact same model as the one recently launched shown above
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Old June 19th, 2006, 04:22 PM   #82
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I must admit, I've only seen Protons a couple of times in the UK, or anywhere else outside of Malaysia (where there are so many). I think it might be hard to break out into SE Asia or other markets because the brand name just isn't as well-known as Toyota or VW.
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Old June 20th, 2006, 02:51 PM   #83
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Konsortium set for regional automotive logistics expansion
By Jimmy Yeow


Konsortium Logistik Bhd wants to expand its automotive logistics business beyond Malaysia and Thailand to other Southeast Asian markets as well as India and China, its executive chairman and president Mirzan Mahathir said.

“We can definitely grow beyond Thailand. We are already talking to an automotive industry player in another country,” he told reporters after the company’s AGM in Petaling Jaya on June 20. He declined to elaborate.

Last year, Konsortium Logistik expanded the business by securing contracts from Naza Automotive manufacturing Sdn Bhd in Malaysia and a large original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in Thailand.

“We are doing pretty well in Thailand and hope to secure more contracts from there,” he said.

The company via its 49% owned Thai joint venture recorded RM10.3 million in revenue for the provision of automotive logistics services last year.

Mirzan said apart from Thailand, China and India, Vietnam was another potentially large market.

“Vietnam is a very large market with a dynamic gross domestic market. However, for a country of 75 million people, its automotive industry has a market of 100,000 units a year,” he said.

Mirzan said Konsortium Logistik was also exploring the possibility of providing logistics services to the oil and gas and project cargo sectors in Vietnam. The company is talking to potential partners and may set up an office in Vietnam soon.

He also said the company hoped to grow its overseas revenue contribution to 50% within five years from 10% by the end of 2006.

“Our haulage business is still the main contributor to revenue following the merger with Diperdana Holdings Bhd’s fleet,” he added.

Mirzan said the additional fleet gave the company new customers and allowed it to enjoy the economies of scale. “We are quite confident of turning it around despite the challenges in the sector,” he added.

He said Konsortium Logistik would also continue to dispose of non-core and non-income generating assets as part of its business realignment exercise.
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 01:28 PM   #84
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 02:48 PM   #85
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Old July 7th, 2006, 03:09 PM   #86
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Malaysia is TRW's most important mart in S-E Asia

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July 6 2006


US-BASED TRW Automotive, one of the world's 10 largest automotive suppliers with US$13 billion (US$1 = RM3.64) revenue annually, says Malaysia is its most important market in South-East Asia.

TRW sales and business development director Gordon Bennet said Malaysia generates about half of its revenue in the region.

"Our revenue in Asia Pacific is US$700 million (RM2.5 billion) and South-East Asia makes up about 10-12 per cent of this," he said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Showing its commitment here, Bennet said, TRW has made Malaysia its IT development centre for South-East Asia, to complement its Asia Pacific hub in Shanghai, China.

Some 200 TRW staff would move to the new regional centre in Cyberjaya by the end of the month, from their current office in CP Tower in Petaling Jaya, he said.

Bennet said TRW, maker of active and passive safety products for the automotive industry, was considering relocating output of some products from other countries to Malaysia to bring down cost.

The company now has more than 200 facilities worldwide, including three in Malaysia - in Selangor, Penang and Johor. The Malaysian factories manufacture braking systems, steering systems, chassis module and electronic parts.

TRW products are supplied to all major vehicle manufacturers such as Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Volkswagen, General Motors, Renault, Nissan, Fiat, Peugeot, Toyota, Honda, BMW and Hyundai.

It supplies to some of the world's most prestigious brands like Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati and Porsche.

In Malaysia, it supplies to both the national car manufacturers Proton Holdings Bhd and Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd.

"We have been in Malaysia since the 1960s and have been very active in the last five years," Bennet said, noting that it had spent US$70 million (RM254.8 million) in the past 40 years, with the bulk of the money coming in the last five years.

Proton remains TRW's largest client, but Perodua is gradually becoming more important. The steering wheel in the popular Perodua Myvi, whose sales orders have breached 110,000 units since May 2005, comes from the American company.

Bennet said Proton used to make up 85 per cent of TRW's business here four years ago, but the portion has gone down to around 60 per cent now.

TRW, he said, would continue to bid for more contracts from Proton, having already supplied parts and components for the Waja, Gen.2 and Wira, among others.

TRW engineering director Kevin Elgood said the company hopes to work with the Malaysian authorities and automotive industry to address the rising accidents related to roads and vehicles, which cause the country RM7 billion losses a year.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 12:05 AM   #87
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The Proton Wira did awesome during it's heyday during the WRC
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Old July 8th, 2006, 02:59 PM   #88
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Naza explores business opportunities in South Korea


July 8 2006


SEOUL: The Naza Group of Co is eyeing business opportunities in South Korea apart from seeking new partners in the automotive sector, its senior manager (corporate/government affairs) Md Khalid Abdullah says.
He said Naza is also involved in non-automotive business, namely, in property and hospitality industries.


"Although, our main activities are in the automotive sector, there could be a possibility that the group will tap the potential business in the tourism industry," he said in an interview in Seoul, South Korea.


He said Naza, which owns three-star hotels in Penang, Johor and Malacca, in in midst of expanding the hospitality industry.


"We can offer the South Korean tourists who wish to come over to Malaysia under a package or a tour group to stay at our hotels," he said.


The group also owns two hotels in Los Angeles.


Md Khalid is a member of the trade mission led by the Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz to South Korea and Japan from July 5 to 13.


The mission, jointly organised by Malaysian Industrial Development Authority and Malaysia External Trade Development Corp, is aimed at attracting investments and enhancing bilateral economic relations among Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.


Touching on the automotive sector, Md Khalid said Naza has already established strong partnerships with Kia in South Korea.


"But that doesn't stop us from seeking opportunities and tie-ups in the automotive sector, particularly with other vehicle component manufacturers in the country," he said.


Md Khalid said 10 South Korean component manufacturers had already agreed to meet him during the business-matching session yesterday. - Bernama
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Old July 8th, 2006, 03:20 PM   #89
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any info on the arena? Their fastback models looks cool for a pickup...
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Old July 10th, 2006, 01:57 PM   #90
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any info on the arena? Their fastback models looks cool for a pickup...
Proton Arena

Performance/Safety
http://www.proton.com.my/showroom/ar...urrentButton=8

Specifications
http://www.proton.com.my/showroom/ar...452f2be25abe40
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Old July 11th, 2006, 02:29 PM   #91
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Myvi sales hit 105,000 units after launch

KUALA LUMPUR: The sale of Myvi has reached 105,000 units since its launch in May last year.

Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) managing director Syed Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar said sales of the compact car hit a new high of 15,200 units each in May and June this year.

In the first six months of this year alone, the second national car manufacturer delivered about 74,000 Myvis. He said Perodua aimed to raise total sales by 12% to 155,000 vehicles this year from 138,466 cars in 2005, with some 45% contributed by the Myvi.

He said Perodua’s sales remained good for the first six months of the year despite the fact that second hand car prices had tumbled.

To cope with the higher demand, Perodua raised its production and delivery over the last three months.

“We are on track to set the waiting period at five months by July as originally planned,” Syed Hafiz said. – Bernama
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Old July 12th, 2006, 03:21 PM   #92
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2,000 bookings for Satria Neo since launch

PETALING JAYA: Proton has received more than 2,000 bookings for its latest model, Satria Neo, since its launch last month, Proton Edar Sdn Bhd chief executive officer, Datuk Maruan Mohd Said.

The company has met its initial target of selling 2,000 to 2,500 Satria Neos per month, he said.

The company’s production capacity was enough to meet demand, Maruan said after the handover of Satria Neo cars to the first 30 customers here yesterday.

He said the 1.6-litre automatic model was customers’ main choice.

The Satria Neo is the latest hatchback from Proton. It is priced between RM43,500 and RM54,500. – Bernama
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Old July 12th, 2006, 03:22 PM   #93
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UMW Toyota working hard to meet target

BY GOH EE KOON



KUALA LUMPUR: Sales of Toyota vehicles in the first half of the year fell 2% to 3% compared with the corresponding period in 2005.

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd had a target to sell 100,000 cars for this year. For the first six months, it had sold 42,000 units, according to managing director David Chen. Of all the Toyota models, the Avanza was the most popular, making up over 40% of total sales.

“We are slightly behind, but we are working hard to meet the target,” he told reporters after the opening of UMW Toyota Motor’s new 3S (service, sales and spare parts) branch in Cheras yesterday.


UMW Toyota Motor chairman Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin signing a plaque at the opening of the 3S branch in Cheras.With him are (from left) David Chen, group MD/CEO Datuk Dr Abdul Halim Harun and deputy chairman Yoshimi Ishii
Overall, car sales were undergoing a slump due to high financing costs, he said, while the trade-in business was in turmoil. “Yes, the second-hand sales business is tough, as customer expectations versus the actual value of cars has dropped by 15% to 20% and represents one of the bigger problems for the second-hand car business,” Chen said.

UMW Toyota Motor is also working with various finance companies to come up with different packaging solutions in order to meet the needs of different customers, like extending the term of payment but without incurring additional costs.

The company is also investing RM150mil to refurbish six of its 1S centres, and upgrading them to 3S centres. “They are in various stages, some have begun construction and others are nearing completion,” Chen said. These are located in Penang, Sitiawan, Kuantan, Kota Baru, Johor Baru and the Klang Valley.

With the 3S centre in Cheras, costing RM19mil, UMW Toyota Motor now has 42 3S centres, 31 of which are its own branches and the remaining 11 taken up by independent dealers. It also has 59 1S centres, of which 44 are operated by independent dealers and five by UMW Toyota Motor.
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13-07-2006: Alado to assemble Chery cars in M’sia by year-end

By Gan Yen Kuan


Alado Corporation Sdn Bhd, the franchised distributor of Chery Automobile Co Ltd’s cars, will locally assemble Chery’s multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) by year-end with Proton on top of its list of preferred assemblers.

Alado group executive chairman Tan Sri Cam Soh Thiam Hong said although the company had not decided on where to assemble the vehicles in Malaysia, it preferred to team up with national carmaker Proton.

“We are in talks with Proton now; I personally prefer to tie up with GLCs (government-linked companies),” he told reporters after the launch of the Chery QQ model in Kuala Lumpur on July 13.

Chery International general manager Zhang Lin, who was present at the launch, said it hoped the alliance between Chery and Proton would materialise as soon as possible, as it would help both companies to improve competitiveness and achieve economies of scale.

If the deal goes through, Proton will assemble its models at Chery’s plant in China, while Chery cars will be assembled at Proton’s plant in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Husin, who officiated at the launching ceremony, said the collaboration between Alado and Chery was mutually beneficial.



He said such a tie-up served as a good example of integrating China with the Asean Free Trade Area for more future collaborations.

“We want to place Malaysia as an attractive (car production) base in Asean; we also want to have success of Proton cars entering China through (joint ventures with) Chery,” he said.

The newly launched Chery QQ and its special edition QQR, with on-the-road prices of RM39,888 and RM41,888 respectively, are five-speed manual transmission compact cars powered by an 812cc, 12V three-cylinder DOHC (double overhead camshaft) engine.

The cars were launched in Singapore last week, while Indonesia would be the next stop after Malaysia, Soh said. The cars are now available at Alado’s 30 dealers nationwide.

Soh said it was targeting to sell only 200 units of both Chery QQ and Chery QQR by year-end, as it intended to position the model as an exclusive car. “We expect a good start for Chery QQ here; we will revise our sales target two months later,” he said.

The automatic-transmission Chery QQ would be available in Malaysia by year-end.

On the Chery A160 model, which was launched last year, Soh said it had to date sold 180 units.

Zhang said Chery Automobile planned to bring in two new models to Malaysia next year, one each from the MPV and SUV segments.

He said Chery Automobile had sold 250,000 units of Chery QQ worldwide since its launch in China in 2003.
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It's a photoshopped Volkswagen Passat .. Not a long time ago Proton make a statement that they will collaborate with Volkswagen to make a new model to replace the Perdana.Others speculated that the Perdana replacement will be based on Volkswagen Passat ..

Now, there is no partnership between Volkswagen and Proton anymore..so this photoshopped Perdana will not be realised

It's actually a photoshopped Skoda Superb - itself sitting on a stretched version of the last-gen Passat platform.
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PERODUA MYVI 1.3
The Myvi was a collabration with Toyota...who also sell a version, as does Daihatsu (which is owned by Toyota).

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sorry duplicate.
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Naza Sutera 1.1
This is also sold as the Hafai Lobo in China...it's a rather original Pininfarina design.
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Naza 206 Bestari

It is based on Peugeot 206
Based on? It's simply a rebadged Peugeot 206 built under licence now that the car is defunct in Europe.
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I like the Satria Neo's design......really cool.
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