In light of the National Automotive Policy (NAP 2014) which was announced on Monday, several carmakers have been quick to issue official statements or responses. You’ve seen Proton’s; now BMW and Toyota have released theirs.
In BMW Malaysia’s “Post-NAP 2014 Commentary,” CEO Dr Gerhard Pils lauded the widening of the definition of Energy-Efficient Vehicles (EEV) to encompass all and any technology, propulsion method and engine size, deeming it “a key step forward” towards enhancing the competitiveness of the Malaysian car industry.
He called for further transparency and discussions between MAI, MITI and industry players to shed more light on the actual exemptions that would be awarded to locally-assembled EEVs. This would allow, he said, firm business decisions to be made regarding the market.
Pils also hopes a decision will be made regarding the implementation of Euro 4 fuel, saying that many ASEAN countries are already working with Euro 4 or better fuel standards today. “The improvement of Malaysia’s fuel standards will be an important factor in determining the viability of Malaysia as an automotive exporter, and be very critical in allowing us to achieve an export volume of RM5 billion by the year 2020 as outlined in this review of the NAP,” he said.
UMW Toyota Motor president Datuk Ismet Suki also supported the EEV definition and specifications, saying that the CKD Camry Hybrid would be introduced by the end of this year. Additionally, Toyota would be reviewing its current as well as future model line-ups to meet the EEV specifications.
“To increase our customers’ affordability and product acceptance, UMW Toyota Motor will continue to provide the best in pricing. With an array of technological advancement features and designs, we believe there is a Toyota and Lexus for every type of customer which is in line with the NAP 2014 objectives of offering competitive prices for new models and variants to safeguard consumers’ interest,” he said.
The UMW Toyota Motor president also welcomed the government’s plans to implement a Voluntary Vehicle Inspection (VVI), opining that distributor facilities should be allowed to conduct mandatory inspection. However, he added that “the detail criteria, mechanism and appointment of inspection agency should be discussed further with industry players.”