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Old September 24th, 2009, 03:55 AM   #421
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Sexiest station wagon in the market
By Zuraimi AbdullahPublished: 2009/09/23



Car buyers here do not have the luxury of choice when it comes to buying a station wagon. There was only a handful of such vehicles launched in the past decades with the more prominent one being Nissan AD Resort.

SWEDEN's Volvo is among the few carmakers to have introduced station wagons in the country on a consistent basis. It unveiled the likes of the 740 Turbo, the 850 T5, the V40 and the V70.

The latest station wagon from the Gothenburg-based carmaker to hit our local roads is the V50.

Packaging

Actually, the V50 with a turbo-charged engine (called V50 T5) was unveiled here a couple of years ago but late last year, we received an upgrade of that very versatile vehicle.

The cosmetically-updated V50 came with a 2.4 natural aspirated engine and some notable refinements.

The new V50 is essentially the station wagon variant of the S40 sedan launched by Volvo Car Malaysia Sdn Bhd (VCM) slightly earlier as both ride on the same P2 platform.

Some car enthusiasts think the V50 is sexier than the sedan version, but the majority will have no doubt that it is the sexiest station wagon in the market.

From the front, the cosmetic changes are similar to those on the latest S40 with the "softer" nose and a grille that has a three-dimensional look with its chrome surround.

The headlights have also been redesigned, both in size and looks, and look more distinctive.

The rear end retains the distinctive vertical tail lights with the position of each of the elements changed. The bumper is also new and has a "two-piece look".

Interior changes include a redesigned front door inner panel for better storage and a new loudspeaker grille, redesigned multi-directional air vents, new power window switches in door panels and some minor changes to the instrument panel.

The thin "floating" console that is a centrepiece of the dashboard design is present and still looks good.

Along the centre console between the front seats, the changes are more significant. There is better storage and the handbrake lever has a "Z operation", which makes it easier to pull up but it is still offset to the left side, next to the passenger's seat.

For children, there are child-booster cushions at the rear, plus ISO-FIX child seat mounts on both the rear seats.

The rear seats split and fold in various combinations to allow for placement of large and bulky items, and there is a tonneau cover to shield your rear cargo from prying eyes.

The sound system is decent, and the air-conditioner is of the climate-control type with a filter.

The V50 has four-wheel independent suspension with a multi-link layout at the rear. Volvo has always held the position of being No 1 in safety, so the handling of the V50 is of the "fail-safe" type.

Emergency Brake Assistance (EBA) is also provided, this inducing a boost of pressure in the brake system when an emergency braking situation is detected.

As an additional protective feature, there is a load-protection net at the rear.

Mechanical

The 2.4-litre petrol engine is the same as that in the S40. This means it is a five-cylinder unit producing 170 bhp/230 Nm and the power reaches the road through the 16-inch front wheels via a five-speed Geartronic automatic transmission, (Volvo's version of manual shift option).

The V50 delivers a claimed fuel consumption of 9.1 litre per 100 kilometres.

On The Road

We took a V50 for a weekend drive to Morib and Bagan Lalang. Driving it as a family-type of person with decent speeds of 110km-130km, the stationwagon has adequate power, although it is not as fast on acceleration as the V50 T5.

With the naturally aspirated engine, the V50 offered frugal fuel consumption.

The vehicle gave comfortable ride and good handling characteristics. On the stretches that are clear and safe, the V50 was stable even at 200km/h. We felt secure as we know the brakes will do the job if we had to brake.

The V50 gave the dynamics and comfort of a sedan plus the utility of a sports utility vehicle, hence providing its owner the best of both worlds.

Price and Equipment

As with the new S40, VCM is offering the V50 2.4 at a price of under RM200,000, or RM185,900 without insurance to be exact.

This makes the V50 a much more attractive proposition against the Japanese executive sedans, especially as it has the European premium image.

Besides EBA, there are also the electronic brakeforce distribution, an anti-lock braking system and a stability and traction control system. For ladies, there is Park Assist. -By Zuraimi Abdullah
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Old September 29th, 2009, 07:11 AM   #422
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Naza edar Toyota Estima Hibrid

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MPV Estima Hibrid pertama yang akan berada di ruang pameran Naza World dijangka menjadi tumpuan peminat kenderaan hibrid tidak lama lagi.

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PETALING JAYA - Kumpulan Syarikat Naza, menerusi Naza World akan mula mengedarkan model hibrid kenderaan pelbagai guna (MPV) pertama di negara ini, iaitu Toyota Estima Hibrid (Estima Hibrid).

Pengurus Besarnya, Richard Tan dalam satu kenyataan media berkata, ia merupakan kenderaan hibrid pertama yang bakal dipasarkan oleh syarikat tersebut di negara ini.

Bagaimanapun, syarikat belum membuat sebarang pengumuman mengenai harga kenderaan tersebut sehingga majlis pelancaran kereta berkenaan yang dijangkakan pada minggu ini.

Estima Hibrid itu merupakan generasi hibrid terbaru yang dilengkapi dengan THS II, yang berperanan memberikan prestasi pemanduan MPV yang lebih baik dan dalam masa yang sama memulihara alam sekitar.

Ciri-ciri THS II ini disandarkan kepada konsep Hybrid Synergy Drive yang mana ia bertujuan meningkatkan kecekapan penggunaan bahan api, pengurangan penghasilan asap kenderaan, operasi kenderaan yang lebih senyap dan prestasi keseluruhan kenderaan yang lebih baik.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 04:33 AM   #423
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BMW Confident Of Success For Its Efficient Dynamics Cars


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 (Bernama) -- BMW Malaysia Sdn Bhd is confident that its efficient dynamics diesel-powered cars will take off well in Malaysia, its managing director, Geoffrey Briscoe, said on Thursday.

The four new diesel models are BMW 320d Sports, BMW 520d Sports Edition, BMW X3 xDrive20d executive edition and the flagship BMW 730ld.

"The timing of the introduction of these models in Malaysia is right, especially with the change in consumer sentiment towards environment," he said at the launch of BMW EfficientDynamics here on Thursday.

BMW EfficientDynamics is a continuous strategy by the carmaker to reduce fuel consumption and emission level, while at the same time enhancing the vehicle's performance and driving pleasure.

"Diesel-powered engines provide 75 percent better torque and 15 percent more horsepower.

"However, what is more impressive when compare to petrol engines is that diesel engines use up to 30 percent less fuel and carbon monoxide emission is reduced by 20 percent," he said.

He said BMW's EfficientDynamics cars could travel up to 1,000km on a single tank of fuel.

"For the layman, this means that for every six days of travel, two days are considered free of fuel cost. Most importantly, it is better for the environment," he said.

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BMW turns to diesel cars to rev up sales
By JAGDEV SINGH SIDHU


It launches four diesel-powered models to make greater impact

KUALA LUMPUR: BMW Malaysia Sdn Bhd has taken a bold move by introducing four diesel-powered cars to consumers in the hope that such cars will find greater acceptance over time.

The company is banking on greater fuel efficiency and more power of the diesel-powered cars – all under the EfficientDynamics tagline – to drive acceptance and sales.

“Diesel is something we can do under the EfficientDynamics brand and get an immediate impact,” managing director Geoffrey Briscoe said at the launch of BMW EfficientDynamics yesterday.


MD Geofrey Briscoe with a BMW 520d Sports

The cars are the BMW 320d Sports, the BMW 520d Sports Edition, the BMW X3 xDrive20d Executive Edition and the flagship BMW 730Ld.

The selling point of the new diesel-powered cars is the fuel efficiency and performance as the 320d Sports costs RM7,000 more than the petrol version.

Briscoe said BMW’s diesel-powered engines provided 75% more torque and 15% more horsepower than its petrol versions while consuming 30% less fuel and emitting 20% less carbon monoxide.

“Our new BMW EfficientDynamics enable our cars to travel up to 1,000km on a single tank of fuel. For the layman, this means that for every six days of travel, two days are considered free of fuel cost and, more importantly, it is better for the environment,” he said.

Based on a rough calculation, BMW claims the payback for the RM7,000 extra for the 320d is three years if the car is driven 15,000km a year.

The 320d without insurance costs RM255,800, the 520d RM379,800, the X3 RM333,800 and the 730Ld RM698,800. The prices include BMW’s three-year/60,000km warranty.

Briscoe said the improved quality of diesel would help and called it a bonus but the company had been planning to introduce its EfficientDynamics cars for the past 18 months.

“The time is right. There is a huge shift in environmental thinking in Malaysia,” he said.

Briscoe feels the spread of the benefits of the new diesel-powered cars by word of mouth will slowly drive up demand and sales.

BMW said the current Euro 2 standard of diesel in the country, although not perfect for its diesel engines, would not harm its performance and reliability.

All four diesel models will be available at BMW Malaysia’s 14 showrooms nationwide from this weekend.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 04:42 AM   #425
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Jaseri upbeat on sales of Porsche cars
By EUGENE MAHALINGAM


Reception for new sedan models very good, says chairman

KUALA LUMPUR: Jaseri Automotive Group Sdn Bhd, the official importer of Porsche cars in Malaysia, hopes to sell 30 to 40 units of its newly launched four-door, four-seat luxury sedan Porsche Panamera cars a year, says chairman Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir.

“Reception has been very good. We have existing (Porsche) owners and potential buyers all curious to see what a four-door Porsche sedan looks like,” he told StarBiz after launching the Porsche Panamera S, 4S and Turbo models on Saturday.

“So far, six units have been pre-sold and 16 units booked by potential customers who want to see the cars first. Hopefully, this will translate into sales also,” he added.


Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir with a Porsche Panamera at the launch

He said other countries in the region had started unveiling the Panamera since its introduction at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.

On whether it was a good time to launch, in view of the current economic downturn, Mokhzani said: “There is never a perfect time but people are getting more confident about the economy. The stock market is moving so hopefully, it will get better.”

According to Mokhzani, Jaseri expects to sell over 100 Porsche cars this year. It sold over 120 units last year, with the Porsche Cayenne and Cayman models being its best sellers.

“This year, we are expecting a slowdown in view of the economy. But hopefully the launch of the Panamera will help boost sales for us,” he said.

In an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and boost fuel economy, the Panamera models come with a fuel-saving stop/start measure, whereby the engine is automatically switched off when the car comes to a standstill, such as at traffic lights and in traffic jams.

All the driver needs to do is to keep his foot on the brake. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his foot off the pedal.

The basic price starts from RM998,000, RM1.1mil and RM1.4mil for the Panamera S, 4S and Turbo variants respectively. All cars are built at Porsche’s plant in Leipzig, Germany.

Mokhzani hinted that Jaseri may bring in the Panamera Hybrid and GT3 RS models after their launch by the German principal next year.
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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia upbeat on second half sales
By Zuraimi AbdullahPublished: 2009/10/09



MERCEDES-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd expects to sell more cars than 2007 but will not beat the volume set in 2008, its top executive says.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia president Peter Honegg said sales of passenger cars and commercial vehicles under the Mercedes-Benz, Smart and Fuso brands for 2009 should be more than the 3,600 units registered in 2007.

But it is unlikely to match some 4,200 units sold last year, he told reporters after launching the Mercedes-Benz pre-owned car programme called Proven Exclusivity in Bandar Kinrara yesterday.

"Our sales volume was down in the first quarter but has recovered since the second quarter," added Honegg, who is also Mercedes-Benz Malaysia CEO.

In the first six months of this year, the company's passenger cars volume dipped a marginal 2.2 per cent to 1,869 units from 1,912 units a year ago. Sales of trucks, prime movers, buses and vans eased to 563 units from 690 units previously.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is more bullish about its second-half performance, especially when the new generation E-Class is introduced here.

A senior executive said the car, which will be coded E212, is due to be unveiled next month in three variants - E200, E250 and E300. It will boast many new features and improvements, but prices should only be slightly higher than the current E-Class.

Meanwhile, Honegg expects low sales for pre-owned Mercedes-Benz initially under the Proven Exclusivity programme. But next year, the volume is expected at 200 to 300 units as the momentum builds up.

"Proven Exclusivity is ideal for Mercedes-Benz enthusiast to confidently purchase pre-owned Mercedes-Benz as they carry the company's seal of approval on quality and performance backed with
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Used Mercedes-Benz cars at the launch of Proven Exclusivity programme

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Perang rebut pembeli kereta

Oleh AHMAD SYUKRAN ZAINUDDIN
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PERSAINGAN di antara pengeluar kereta dalam melariskan jualan kereta masing-masing menguntungkan pengguna. - Gambar hiasan.

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KUALA LUMPUR - Jika anda berhasrat membeli kereta baru, sekarang ialah masa terbaik untuk membuat pelaburan tersebut. Alasannya ialah selain harga kereta yang lebih murah, anda juga mungkin ditawarkan pakej pelancongan, komputer riba, rebat tunai, cukai jalan percuma dan rebat petrol atau diesel.

Tidak terhad kepada pengeluar kereta nasional, jenama luar juga bersaing memberi tawaran terbaik dengan trend ini dilihat berterusan sejak awal tahun ini.

Promosi sensasi terbaru turut ditawarkan oleh pengedar kereta dari China, Chery.

Beli sahaja mana-mana model kereta Chery sama ada Tiggo, Eastar atau A520, anda berpeluang mendapat pakej percutian ke Bali, Phuket dan destinasi pelancongan dalam negara termasuklah Langkawi, Port Dickson serta Pulau Perhentian. Tidak cukup itu anda juga boleh menginap di hotel lima bintang di Lembah Klang.

Bagi mereka yang mahukan keuntungan jangka panjang, tawaran pelan pembayaran fleksibel menjadi pilihan. Nasim Sdn. Bhd. yang bertanggungjawab menjual Peugeot memperkenalkan Step Ahead Flexi-Plan.

Pelan itu menawarkan bayaran bulanan yang rendah untuk model 308 VTi, sedan 407 dan model 207cc. Buktinya, dengan hanya RM899 sebulan pengguna boleh membawa pulang Peugeot 308 VTi 1.6 liter.

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia pernah menawarkan komputer riba Sony Vaio P23 Pocket PC bernilai RM3,500 percuma untuk setiap pembelian trak pikap Triton 4x4 2.5.

Jurucakap Nasim memberitahu, kempen promosi yang kian rancak sempena musim perayaan dibuat bagi mengekalkan momentum jualan.
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Beli kereta sebelum AFTA, kata MAA

KUALA LUMPUR - Beli kereta sekarang, jangan tunggu sehingga Perjanjian Kawasan Perdagangan Bebas ASEAN (AFTA) dilaksanakan pada 1 Januari depan.

Bagi Presiden Persatuan Automotif Malaysia (MAA), Datuk Aishah Ahmad, ramalan persatuan itu ialah harga kereta tidak mungkin turun tetapi kekal atau naik lagi apabila AFTA bermula kelak.

Alasan beliau ialah hanya duti import dari negara-negara ASEAN akan dikurangkan daripada paras lima peratus sekarang kepada sifar untuk kenderaan siap bina (CBU).

"Walaupun kita mengambil peluang ke atas import duti yang rendah sebanyak lima peratus yang ditetapkan mengikut perjanjian AFTA, harga kenderaan masih tinggi berbanding negara lain di rantau ini.

"Ada kemungkinan harga kenderaan akan naik lagi tahun hadapan seiring peningkatan mata wang asing berbanding ringgit.

"Tidak usah tunggu lama, lagipun banyak tawaran harga lebih rendah dan pelbagai keistimewaan diberikan menjelang penghujung tahun bagi menghabiskan stok,'' katanya ketika dihubungi semalam.
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Analysts: 500,000 car sales for 2009 possible
By EUGENE MAHALINGAM


Forecast car sales achievable

PETALING JAYA: Local automotive analysts are mostly optimistic that 2009 car sales would meet or surpass the Malaysian Automotive Association’s (MAA) full year forecast of 500,000 units.

An analyst from a local bank-backed brokerage said the 500,000-mark was achievable despite a tendency for vehicle sales to slow down in the final quarter of the year – regardless of an economic downturn or not.

For the first eight months of 2009, vehicle sales stood at 351,558 units compared with 379,184 units sold during the same period in 2008. The MAA will be announcing vehicle sales for September later this month.

“You would need to sell another 148,442 units in the last four months of the year to reach 500,000 units. That’s an average of about 37,110 units a month,” the analyst told StarBiz.



“Monthly vehicle sales were lowest in February at 36,675 units, due to poor consumer confidence as a result of the global economic downturn and because it was the shortest month. Sales since have been over 40,000 units a month so the MAA forecast is achievable,” he added.

In its half-year briefing in July, the MAA revised upwards its total industry volume (TIV) forecast for this year to 500,000 vehicles from 480,000 due to improved economic conditions and consumer sentiment.

At 500,000 vehicles, the TIV is down 9% from the 548,115 units sold in 2008.

OSK Research auto analyst Ahmad Maghfur Usman also said MAA’s full-year target was “achiveable for sure,” adding that TIV in the fourth quarter was expected to ease.

“Most (buyers) would prefer registering their vehicle purchases towards next year. Some are also more keen to wait for new models as it has been rather quiet lately,” he said.

On whether he expected anything from Budget 2010, to be tabled next week, Maghfur said: “I expect a more liberalised auto sector as the Government tries to lure more value-added investments.

“Nonetheless, I don’t expect any change in the tax structure. Even if there were, it would be rather minimal; otherwise it would disrupt the secondary market.”

An AmResearch analyst who monitors the automotive sector said he was maintaining his initial forecast of a 14% drop in the TIV to 479,400 units for 2009.

“We’re still maintaining (the forecast) for now as risk leans more to the upside. Fourth quarter sales typically weaken as consumers hold back purchases for new year registrations.

“Perodua’s MPV (multipurpose vehicle) launch in November could provide a boost, but meaningful registration numbers (not bookings) are only expected probably from December or January,” he said.

The analyst said sales for September were likely to be weak or flat compared with August.

“Sales typically weaken towards the end of the year. August probably marked the start (of the slowdown). September this year also coincided with the Hari Raya festivities, (meaning) a shorter working month.”

He added that sales in September 2009 were unlikely to surpass the 50,729 units sold in September 2008.

“September last year was strong, being the month prior to Hari Raya when there were a lot of promotions.”
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Motor vehicle sales in Malaysia dip in Sept
Published: 2009/10/16





MALAYSIA'S vehicle sales in September 2009 dropped 5 per cent to 2,469 units when compared against the previous month, said the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

The lower volume was because of the shorter working month due to the Hari Raya festive holidays

"Sales volume for October 2009 is expected to be maintained," the trade body said in a statement released yesterday.

Motor vehicle sales for September 2009 fell 9.2 per cent to 46,069 units from 50,729 units in the same period last year, MAA said.

For the first nine months of this year, the industry registered vehicle sales of 397,619 units, a 7.3 per cent drop compared with 429,913 chalked up in the same period last year.

Of the total, about 91 per cent or 361,463 units were passenger vehicles.

September's vehicle production fell 17.7 per cent to 35,099 against 42,638 units in September 2008.

For the first nine months, production fell 11.7 per cent to 356,490 units from 403,707 units in the comparable period a year ago.

Out of the 356,490 units, 325,644 units were passenger cars.
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BMW's X1 coming soon


The BMW X1 ... It might be smaller than the X3 and X5 but it's still a Beemer nevertheless


IF you are looking for a smallish premium SUV that is as green as they come, hold your horses until January to March.

BMW Malaysia is expected to launch the X1 SUV then. You will have a choice of a 2.0-litre diesel and a 3.0-litre petrol versions to choose from. Plus the bragging rights to own the first vehicle in a new segment.

That’s right. This is the vehicle that is blazing a new trail that will soon see followers. The X1 will add to the X Series range that is now made up of the X6, X5 and X3.

The X1, about the size of a 3 Series, is the first X to offer a rear-wheel drive option but it’s only the all-wheel drive units that will make it to Malaysia.


Front view of the BMW X1


BMW rolled out the five-seater X1 to the international media earlier this month at its plant in Leipzig, Germany.

Five diesel engine options vs two petrol options signals that Europeans, not the Americans, will be the X1’s biggest customers.

The X1’s emissions of a mere 136g CO2 (X1 sDrive 18d) makes it the most efficient model in its segment for now.

Expect plenty of storage spaces, a higher seating position and agility in a vehicle that is certain to turn heads when it arrives soon.

Read Starmotoring’s take on the X1 in its Oct 25 issue.
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Honda sasar jualan 600 Civic Taffeta sebulan





KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Okt. - Honda Malaysia berhasrat menjual 600 buah model Civic Taffeta Generasi Ke-8, variasi warna putih yang baru diperkenal.

Syarikat itu berkata, model baru itu dijangka menyumbang hampir 20 peratus daripada keseluruhan jualannya bagi 2009. Baru-baru ini, Honda mencapai jualan terkumpul 30,000 buah di Malaysia.

"Kami yakin model ikon ini akan terus menarik minat mereka yang sentiasa mencari kemajuan dan mencintai kehidupan," kata Pengarah Urusan dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Honda Malaysia, Toru Takahashi, dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Civic Taffeta Generasi ke-8 1.8L dan Civic 2.0L diberikan wajah baru pada Mac tahun ini dan kini muncul dengan penampilan menarik bagi memenuhi permintaan tinggi pembeli Malaysia.

Sebanyak lebih 40,000 buah Honda Civic (Generasi ke-7 dan ke-8) meluncur di jalan raya Malaysia sejak 2001 dan menguasai 40 peratus agihan pasaran tahun lepas.

Baru-baru ini, dua lagi model Civic Generasi ke-8, iaitu Hybrid dan Civic Type-R, masing-masing melepasi tahap jualan 200 unit di Malaysia. - Bernama
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Foreign firms can manufacture luxury cars in M'sia, AP to be scrapped by 2015
Updated: Wednesday October 28, 2009 MYT 12:02:19 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign firms will be given manufacturing licenses to hold 100 per cent equity in firms which produce luxury vehicles with an engine capacity of more than 1,800 cc and costing more than RM150,000 while the controversial Approved Permits (AP) system will be scrapped in 2015 under the review of the National Automotive Policy announced Wednesday.

Under the review announced by Minister of International Trade and Industy Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, the import duties of all completely-built-up (CBU) and completely-knocked-down (CKD) cars will be maintained. Incentives and exemptions will be increased to develop local auto parts so that there would no longer be parts imports by 18 months' time, a move which help do away with imported and used spare parts outfits.

Vehicles which are 15 years and above would also have to go through mandatory testing to ensure their roadworthiness but provisions would be made for vintage cars, he told a media conference to announce the long-awaited review of the NAP.

He said that the review was undertaken after extensive discussions with industry players including manufacturers, assemblers, auto parts makers, non-governmental organisation as well as car associations.

Mustapa said that there were 18 new policies and measures covering licencing, duties, incentives, technology and environment, safety and standards and APs introduced under the NAP review.

New policies and measures would be effective from Jan 1, 2010.

Under the new measures new strategic partnership between Proton and a global established Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) will be established.

Currently, Proton is in talks to establish strategic partnership with international partners.

"Up to now, Proton has yet to find a strategic partner," he said.

Elaborating on APs, he said the AP system for imports of CBU vehicles will be terminated whereby open APs for used vehicles will be terminated by December 31, 2015, which means importation of used vehicles using the AP permit would no longer be allowed after 2015.

"No new applications for open APs will be considered and franchise APs will be terminated by Dec 31, 2020," he said.

Mustapa said as part of ongoing efforts to help Bumiputera entrepreneurs in the automotive industry, a Fund for Bumiputera Development will also be established.

Besides this, he said that a charge of RM10,000 for each open AP will be introduced as announced in the 2010 budget last week whereby under current status, APs are issued for free.

A fund will be established to assist Bumiputera companies venturing into the automotive and other related businesses, he said.

The government would also introduce a mechanism to prohibit the import of used parts and components effective June 2011, said Mustapa.

Currently, imports of new and used parts and components were allowed without any restrictions and might in some cases affect safety and environment, he said.

A new measure under the review of the NAP is the establishment of a gazzetted price for imported used CBU motor vehicles by the Royal Customs, a move designed to stop the under-declaration of imported used-cars and abuse of the AP system.

Currently only prices for new imported CBU motor vehicles are gazetted for the purpose of duty compilation, he said.

Mustapa also said that the review would maintain the freeze on manufacturing licences (ML) for rebuilt activities.

"At the moment, new ML for rebuilt activities is frozen," he said.

He said that no equity condition is imposed for new ML under the revision of NAP.

However, the review maintains current policy on contract assembly to utilise existing excess capacity.

Mustapa said that the freeze on issuance of new ML will also be lifted for selected segments include hybrid and electric vehicles, pick-up trucks, commercial vehicles and motorcycles with engine capacity of 200cc and above.

Touching on the current rates of import duty and excise duties being maintained, he said that currently, the excise duty for CBU and CKD vehicles based on engine capacity was 75-105 per cent for passenger cars, 60-105 per cent for multi-purpose vehicles and vans, 65-105 per cent for four-wheel drives and 20-30 per cent for motorcycles. - BERNAMA
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Local parts suppliers to shop their wares to European carmakers
October 30, 2009
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erman carmakers have been identified as an attractive
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FRANKFURT, Oct 30 — A high-powered marketing mission of Malaysian suppliers of auto parts and components will be in Germany and France on a week-long visit from Sunday to scout for business prospects as more and more European car manufacturers seek foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs).

Malaysia, with a strong auto-parts and components supplier base, is looking to make an impact on car manufacturers in Germany such as Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and others that rely on a steady supply of quality products for their cars.

“We’ve already set up meetings for the suppliers with their German counterparts. We’re confident the visit will generate good business for Malaysian suppliers on a long-term basis,” said Mohamad Sabri Ab Rahman, the Malaysian Trade Commissioner in Frankfurt and the man in charge of the mission’s visit to Germany.

The visiting group comprises 12 companies engaged in a wide range of automotive parts and components from hi-tech and sensitive parts to components. Sabri said the mission’s primary aim is to help Malaysian automotive parts and components manufacturers expand their export market, and Germany and France are two attractive markets.

The visit will also provide insights for Malaysian companies on the latest technology and automotive market trends. In Germany, the delegation will visit Stuttgart and Frankfurt. Stuttgart is home to leading car manufacturers, particularly the Mercedes-Benz Group, which has significant operations in and around that city, said Sabri.

The Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) had arranged for one-on-one business meetings for the Malaysian suppliers with their potential buyers.

Sabri said: “There is good potential to contract business from the German automotive sector which sources about 80 per cent of its parts and components from overseas suppliers. In terms of contribution to the total production cost of a car, some 60 to 70 per cent of the value is accounted for by systems and modules suppliers.

“The German industry depends on innovations from these suppliers to manage its cost and value-added attributes,” he said.

According to information received from the Malaysian Trade Commission in Frankfurt, Germany is expected to produce about six million vehicles next year. This figure includes both passenger and commercial vehicles.

The value of Malaysia’s exports of automotive parts and components in 2008 amounted to US$4.35 million, up from US$4.09 million in 2007.

Malaysian companies have also been supplying automotive parts and components to Japanese and European car manufacturers. Malaysia faces fierce competition from India which has become a dominant force in the spare parts and components sector.

It is not unusual to see huge delegations of over hundred exhibitors from India showcasing their wares at the Frankfurt Automechanika Trade Fair, the world’s largest event for autoparts and components segment. — Bernama
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