No, it’s not Artiga, or Ertiga, but Artega, the German sports car manufacturer. Reader Kent spotted a Mutiara Motors showroom in Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, in the process of being completed, and sent along a few photos of the place to us.
Project signage for the building indicates that the owner is Artega (Asia), a subsidiary of the Johor-based Mutiara Motors Group and the sole distributor of Artega products here in Malaysia. By the looks of it, this suggests a new home for the brand in KL, but this might not be the case.
That’s because the German automaker discontinued production of its sole production model, the Artega GT sports car, in September last year. Earlier, it had reportedly filed for bankruptcy in mid-2012 after failing to sell the company to “an Asian investor.” The company has also changed hands before. So, it could simply be a MMG outlet owned and run by Artega Asia.
The Artega GT is a mid-engined coupe penned by Henrik Fisker, and is powered by a Volkswagen-sourced 3.6 litre V6, with 300 hp and 350 Nm for output numbers, with claimed performance being a 0-100 km/h time of less than five seconds and a top speed of more than 270 km/h. An electric version called the Artega SE made its debut in 2011.