Perodua 1H2015 Slides 2

At Perodua’s announcement of its sales performance in the first half of the year, it was also confirmed that construction of the RM600 million engine plant at the Sendayan TechValley near Seremban – shared with Daihatsu – is reaching 80% completion, adding that it is planning on completing the facility by the fourth quarter of this year.

That’s at least six months ahead of schedule; the company only broke ground last October, and the factory wasn’t expected to be operational until the second half of next year. Once completed, the plant will be able to produce 140,000 engines a year on a two-shift cycle.

Built there will be 1.3 and 1.5 litre mills from Toyota’s NR engine family; these are probably for use on future models, as none of Perodua’s current cars utilise NR engines – could these engines be for the upcoming sedan instead? The 1.0 litre engine in the Axia will continue to be produced in Rawang.

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The upcoming plant will be the second by Perodua and Daihatsu in Sendayan – the duo also have a RM200 million transmission plant, known as Akashi Kikai Industry Malaysia, that supplies four-speed electronic automatic transmissions (E-AT) and five-speed manual transmissions to Perodua.

Interestingly, president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh also revealed that the company is currently looking to supply its engines and transmissions to other carmakers. “We are hoping in the near future to offer [powertrains] to other OEMs,” he said. “In fact, we have offered our engines and our transmissions to Proton.”

What do you think – could Proton benefit from the powertrains that Perodua produces, or would it be better to press on with technology from its partnership with Suzuki instead?