Volkswagen and Edaran Otomobil Nasional Berhad (EON) are said to be close to signing off a dealership deal for the distribution of Volkswagen cars in Malaysia by the latter company. EON had originally been in talks with Volkswagen back in 2002, but something came out of it as Volkswagen started talks with Proton on a partnership. Since nothing came out of the Proton-VW talks, Volkswagen has been talking to other Malaysian companies on distributorships.
Volkswagen has already investment in a HQ in Malaysia, and was set to start selling cars but it had to delay it’s plans due to the new NAP which tax brackets made Volkswagen cars uncompetitive here in Malaysia. EON is already distributing one of Volkswagen’s marques – Audi, which is handled by EON subsidiary Euromobil. The other Volkswagen marque in Malaysia is Skoda, which is distributed by Quasar Carriage Sdn Bhd.
Volkswagen has also been in talks with Cycle & Carriage Bintang for a superdealer agreement, so I am not sure how the pieces of the puzzle fit together with both EON and Cycle & Carriage Bintang in the picture. There is also someone else with a slice of the Volkswagen pie – AutoStadt Asia Sdn Bhd which hold the rights to Volkswagen APs in Malaysia.
On an unrelated note, there will be no more posts today and perhaps Wednesday as I will somewhere without access to a computer or the internet. Be good!