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  • EV sales in Malaysia up 112% to 6,617 units in 1H 2024

    EV sales in Malaysia up 112% to 6,617 units in 1H 2024

    At today’s Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) press conference, it was revealed that sales of electric vehicles (EVs) in Malaysia during the first half of 2024 stood at 6,617 units. This represents a 112% increase from the 3,117 units recorded in 1H 2023.

    The latest figure is also indicative of the rise in EV adoption in the country over the years, as a total of 10,159 EVs were sold in 2023, while the figure was considerably less in 2022 and 2021 at 2,631 and 278 units respectively. Keep in mind that Tesla is not a member of the MAA, so its not included in the association’s data.

    The current EV incentives provided by the government is surely the driving force behind the increased uptake here. At present, fully-imported (CBU) EVs currently enjoy import duty and excise duty exemption until December 31, 2025, while locally-assembled (CKD) ones are exempted from excise and sales tax until December 31, 2027.

    Data provided by the MAA also showed 15,884 hybrid vehicles sold in 1H 2024, which, when combined with EV sales, brings the total number of electrified vehicles (xEV; includes hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs) sold to 22,501 units. Last year’s total xEV sales was 38,214 units, an increase from 2022 (22,619 units), while 2021 saw 8,153 units.

    With another second half of the year to go, could total EV sales in 2024 beat out what was recorded in 2023? Historically, EVs have been outsold by hybrids for the past three years, and we don’t expect this to change in 2024.

     
  • Malaysia vehicle sales up 6.6% to 390,296 units in 1H 2024 – full-year forecast revised, up from 740k to 765k

    Malaysia vehicle sales up 6.6% to 390,296 units in 1H 2024 – full-year forecast revised, up from 740k to 765k

    It looks like it will be a strong year ahead for the automotive industry, with the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) releasing vehicle sales results for the first half of 2024. According to data released by the organisation today, the total industry volume for the first six months reached 390,296 units, 6.6% higher than the 366,176 units recorded during the same period last year.

    This encouraging performance was driven by a particularly strong showing from the passenger car market, which grew 9.2% (or 30,162 units) to 356,859 units. This more than made up for the shortfall on the commercial vehicle side, which contracted by 15.3% (or 6,042 units) to 33,437 units.

    Malaysia vehicle sales up 6.6% to 390,296 units in 1H 2024 – full-year forecast revised, up from 740k to 765k

    A few key factors of the positive growth were given by MAA, including a resilient economy that saw Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) increase by 4.2% in the first quarter of the year, as well as the overnight policy rate (OPR) remaining unchanged at three per cent since March 2023. A stable employment market and socio-political environment were also cited.

    In addition, the TIV was helped by several new model launches (including electric vehicles, sales of which shot up 112% to 6,617 units) and a strong backlog of orders, particularly for A-segment vehicles like the Perodua Axia. Speaking of Perodua, the company’s strong sales performance helped propel the market share of national makes – which also includes Proton – to 62% (up 1.7%), with combined sales of 241,937 units.

    Malaysia vehicle sales up 6.6% to 390,296 units in 1H 2024 – full-year forecast revised, up from 740k to 765k

    As a result of the increased TIV, MAA has revised its full-year forecast upwards, from its original target of 740,000 to 765,000 units. This is despite the elephant in the room of the government’s fuel subsidy rationalisation programme, which has already seen the price of diesel jump to RM3.35 per litre, with a similar increase for RON95 petrol expected to be imminent.

    President Mohd Shamsor bin Mohd Zain said that car companies already have strategies to address this (although he did not elaborate on exactly what those strategies entail), but added that MAA does not expect a big impact on vehicle sales this year.

     
  • EVx 2024: Experience the luxury, performance of the Lotus Eletre S – 612 PS, 0-100 4.5s, 600 km EV range

    EVx 2024: Experience the luxury, performance of the Lotus Eletre S – 612 PS, 0-100 4.5s, 600 km EV range

    The paultan.org Electric Vehicle Expo (EVx) returns in 2024 and will be held from July 20-21 at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC). The third edition is co-sponsored by Carro, Gentari, RHB and JuiceUp and is the perfect place discover more about electrified vehicles.

    Lotus Cars Malaysia will be present at EVx 2024, with the Eletre set to be showcased at the two-day event. The brand’s first electric vehicle (EV) takes the form of a stylish SUV that is not only practical for daily use, but also delivers on the performance you would expect of a Lotus.

    Even in mid-spec Eletre S guise, the EV’s dual-motor, all-wheel drive powertrain delivers a mighty 612 PS (603 hp or 450 kW) and 710 Nm of torque, which propels it from 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 258 km/h. Those are sports car-beating numbers from an SUV with a luxurious and well-equipped cabin.

    On the daily runabout, the Eletre S’ 112-kWh battery offers a WLTP-rated range of up to 600 km; plenty to get you from Kuala Lumpur to Penang without needing to stop for a charge. Even if you need to pull into an EV charging station, the Eletre S’ advanced 800V electrical architecture that enables DC fast charging up to 350 kW means you won’t be stationary for long, with a 10-80% state of charge achieved in just 20 minutes.

    EVx 2024: Experience the luxury, performance of the Lotus Eletre S – 612 PS, 0-100 4.5s, 600 km EV range

    In addition to Lotus, other brands that will be at EVx 2024 include Mercedes-Benz, BMW, MINI, smart, Hyundai, Kia, BYD, Chery and MG, while Kineta and Trapo will also present to showcase their line-up of products.

    Book a new car at EVx and you’ll receive RM1,500 worth of vouchers – a RM500 voucher for auto window film (V-Kool), RM500 voucher for car mats (DodoMat) and a RM500 voucher for personalised and customised leather seats (DK Schweizer). These vouchers will only be given out on the spot at EVx on July 20-21 and are limited to the first 100 new EV bookings, so get them while you can.

    There will also be new car previews and test drives available at the event, along with information talks by industry experts as well as ownership discussion forums so you can learn more about what it’s like to live with an EV. Relevant stakeholders such as EV charge point operators (CPOs) and related agencies are also available for any queries you have about charging and infrastructure.

    There’s plenty to look forward to at EVx 2024, so if you’re curious if you’re ready to make the switch and want to learn more, head on over to the two-day EV showcase at SCCC from July 20-21 – admission is free.

     
  • 2024 Porsche Panamera sets new Nürburgring lap record for production executive cars – 7:24.17 minutes

    2024 Porsche Panamera sets new Nürburgring lap record for production executive cars – 7:24.17 minutes

    The third-generation Porsche Panamera has managed to set a new record for production executive cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, just a few months after the model made its debut in November last year.

    With a time of 7.24.17 minutes, the latest Panamera is 5.64 seconds faster than previous comparable model. The German carmaker didn’t specifically state which version of the Panamera achieved the feat with test driver Lars Kern behind the wheel, but it did say that the car represents an upcoming, unnamed top model.

    Porsche did state the pre-series variant used features an electrically supported eight-cylinder engine, which likely points towards the new Turbo S E-Hybrid variant equipped with Active Ride active suspension. The lesser Turbo E-Hybrid was one of the variants announced for the third-generation Panamera and packs 680 PS (671 hp or 500 kW) and 930 Nm from a 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 augmented by an electric motor.

    It should be worth noting Kern previously set class records on The Green Hell in 2016 and 2020 in the Panamera, most recently in a Turbo S (7:29.81 minutes) back in August 2020. For his latest attempt, the car he drove was equipped with a racing seat and mandatory safety cage. Other highlights include staggered Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, the optional Carbon Aerokit to reduce lift at the front and a Gurney flap on the adaptive four-way rear spoiler for downforce.

     
  • School zone speed limit to be lowered to 30 km/h: DPM

    School zone speed limit to be lowered to 30 km/h: DPM

    The speed limit in school zones will soon be lowered to 30 km/h from the current 40 km/h limit in order to lower the rate of road accidents in these zones, said deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, reported The Star.

    On average, 67 people die annually in school zones, according to the deputy prime minister, and that 322 road accidents were reported in school zones nationwide last year, according to police statistics.

    The deputy prime minister also cited international research as having shown that every 1 km/h of speed reduced would drop the fatality rate by 4-5%, and a speed reduction of 5% could reduce fatal accidents by 30%.

    School zone speed limit to be lowered to 30 km/h: DPM

    “A working committee will have to be formed to decide on the timing and road stretches at school zones where the new speed limit will be implemented. I was also told by the police that road accidents had risen by 8.39% compared with the same period last year. The approach we need to take to curb accidents is not merely by creating awareness and education, but also by intensifying enforcement,” Ahmad Zahid said.

    The deputy prime minister cited police records as showing that of the 267,013 road crashes and 2,742 fatalities recorded until May 2024, more than two-thirds of the victims were motorcyclists and pillion riders.

    The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) proposed a 30 km/h speed limit for built-up zones in May 2021, and proposed the lower speed limit for another 10 roads in Kuala Lumpur city in June 2022. At the time, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had already imposed a 30 km/h speed limit in some school zones, said MIROS chairman Wong Shaw Voon.

     
  • Toyota GR86 updated with retuned dampers, EPS – Hakone, Ridge Green Limited special editions added

    Toyota GR86 updated with retuned dampers, EPS – Hakone, Ridge Green Limited special editions added

    The Toyota GR86 has been given a running update three years after its initial debut, which also sees the introduction of limited special-edition models in Japan and the United States. According to the carmaker, the revisions serve to improve handling with insights gained from motorsports.

    For manual and automatic versions of the GR86, the shock absorber damper characteristics have been improved for a better sense of contact with the ground while maintaining the direct handling response.

    Additionally, the electric power steering (EPS) has been retuned for better interaction with the driver, which the company says results in agile response performance without jeopardising steering stability, while also improving steering sensation at the upper limits of performance.

    Specific to manual transmission vehicles is a modified engine torque control to enable easier blipping when performing heel-and-toe shifting. The throttle control also gets some tweaking to provide more direct response to accelerator operation, which improves ease of handling at the upper limits of performance.

    As for automatic transmission vehicles, the engine-speed tolerance range during downshifting has been expanded, enabling sporty driving supported by a wider torque band. Toyota also touts a newly available tyre pressure warning system and daytime running lights for the GR86.

    In Japan, the special-edition model is called the Ridge Green Limited that is based on the existing RZ trim. It comes with a Ridge Green exterior finish paired with bronze wheels, while the primarily black interior gets tan accents as well as exclusive embroidery on the door trim. The optional performance package that includes Brembo brakes and Sachs shock absorbers are standard here too.

    Over in the US, the Ridge Green Limited is known as the Hakone Special Edition, which gets the same enhancements, albeit with further aesthetic touches like a boot lid badge as well as a branded shift knob and puddle lamps.

    Only 860 units of the Hakone Special Edition will be offered in the US, while the Ridge Green Limited is even rarer in Japan with just 200 units offered through a lottery system ending July 28. Pricing for the revised GR86 in Japan ranges from 2.936 million to 3.616 million yen (RM87k to RM107k), with the newly added Ridge Green Limited being the most expensive variant at between 3.897 million and 3.995 million yen (RM115k and RM118k) depending on the transmission.

    Order taking has already begun in Japan, with deliveries set to commence on August 1. The US will get their 2025 model year cars in the fall (between September to November), although pricing has yet to be announced for the market.

    GALLERY: 2024 Toyota GR86 (Japan market)

    GALLERY: 2025 Toyota GR86 Hakone Special Edition (US market)

     
  • Agong Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar coronation happening on July 20 – 14 roads in KL to be temporarily closed

    Agong Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar coronation happening on July 20 – 14 roads in KL to be temporarily closed

    The installation ceremony of DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar as the 17th King of Malaysia at Istana Negara will take place this Saturday (July 20, 2024), which will see 14 roads in Kuala Lumpur be temporarily closed in stages to facilitate proceedings.

    According to KL police chief Datuk Rusdi Mohd Isa, a total of 387 traffic personnel will be mobilise for the ceremony to escort dignitaries, control traffic and enforce traffic rules and regulations. The 14 roads that will be temporarily closed include:

    • Jalan Tun Razak
    • Jalan Kia Peng
    • Jalan Raja Chulan
    • Jalan Ampang
    • Jalan Sultan Ismail
    • Sultan Iskandar Expressway
    • Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim
    • Jalan Semantan
    • Jalan Damansara
    • Jalan Istana
    • Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Expressway
    • Jalan Kuching (southbound)
    • Dato Onn Roundabout
    • Jalan Parlimen

    “These roads will be temporarily closed in stages starting at 8am for the installation ceremony and later at 8pm for the royal banquet,” Rusdi said in a statement. The temporary closures are to allow the royal guests to arrive on time for the events and will be reopened immediately after they pass through.

    Motorists are advised not to use the road involved and to follow the instructions of the traffic police officers on duty at the locations on the day.

     
  • EVx 2024: Buy a Carro Certified Car and stand a chance to win an Apple Watch Series 9 worth RM1,899

    EVx 2024: Buy a Carro Certified Car and stand a chance to win an Apple Watch Series 9 worth RM1,899
    Less than a week to go before the paultan.org Electric Vehicle Expo (EVx) returns this weekend, July 20 and 21 at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC). As we’ve mentioned previously, there will be plenty of shiny new metal for you to check out, but if your bank balance can’t quite stretch that far, there will also be an array of quality pre-owned vehicles on offer, thanks to the event’s co-sponsor Carro.

    At EVx, you’ll be able to browse from a wide range of Carro Certified Cars, replete with several benefits to ensure total peace of mind. Each one has undergone a 160-point inspection and come with a five-day money-back guarantee and a 12-month warranty for the engine and gearbox; they are also guaranteed to come with no mileage tampering or any kind of major accident, fire or flood damage.

    What’s more, the sticker price on each car is all-in and includes no hidden fees – meaning you won’t be ambushed with any extra processing or inspection fees once you’ve already decided to purchase a car.

    And there’s more – buy any Carro Certified Car at EVx and you’ll be entered into a lucky draw where you’ll stand to win several great prizes. These include six RM100 Lazada vouchers, four RM100 Aeon vouchers, four RM250 Petronas fuel cards and the grand prize of an Apple Watch Series 9 worth RM1,899.

    EVx 2024: Buy a Carro Certified Car and stand a chance to win an Apple Watch Series 9 worth RM1,899

    Aside from Carro, you’ll be able to check out other co-sponsors of EVx 2024, including Gentari, RHB and JuiceUp. Of course, it would be remiss of us not to mention the full range of EVs you’d be able to peruse, including from the likes Mercedes-Benz, BMW, MINI, smart, Hyundai, Kia, BYD, Chery, Lotus Cars and MG – each with exclusive new car previews, test drives of various models and their own attractive deals. Kineta and Trapo will also be present at the event.

    There are even more deals in store – place a booking on a new car at EVx and you’ll receive RM1,500 worth of vouchers – a RM500 voucher for auto window film (V-Kool), RM500 voucher for car mats (DodoMat) and a RM500 voucher for personalised and customised leather seats (DK Schweizer). Better hurry, as these vouchers will only be given out during the event and are limited to the first 100 new EV bookings.

    New to EV ownership? You’ll be able to learn all about the various aspects of electrification through talks by industry experts, and find out what it’s like to live with an EV through ownership discussion forums that will be held throughout the event. You’ll also be able to ask any burning questions regarding charging and infrastructure, as stakeholders such as EV charge point operators (CPOs) and related agencies will be present and ready to accept any queries you might have.

    So be sure to head over to EVx 2024 next weekend, July 20 and 21, at SCCC from 9m to 7pm. Admission is free, so don’t miss out!

     
  • UMW Toyota sells 7,600 vehicles in June – year-to-date sales for 1H 2024 now at 47,000 units, down 3.4%

    UMW Toyota sells 7,600 vehicles in June – year-to-date sales for 1H 2024 now at 47,000 units, down 3.4%

    Time has most certainly flown – we’re already into the second half of the year, and most companies are now looking back at their performance in the first half. One of those is UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT), which has announced it sold 7,600 vehicles in June 2024.

    This figure is a decrease of about 9.8% over the preceding month and 12.3% down over what the company shifted in June last year. It’s no surprise, then, that its year-to-date performance in the first half has slipped slightly behind 2023, with the figure of 47,000 units being around 3.4% lower than during the same period last year.

    Still, UMWT considers this a strong month, something it attributed to promotional efforts and a focus on customer satisfaction and social responsibility. “We are grateful for the trust our customers have given us, which is reflected in our sales this month,” said president Ravindran Kurusamy. “This trust strengthens our commitment to society and aligns with our vision to Move Your World.”

    UMW Toyota sells 7,600 vehicles in June – year-to-date sales for 1H 2024 now at 47,000 units, down 3.4%

    To build some momentum this month, the company has introduced a “Peace of Mind with Every Drive” promotion that offers up to 100% financing for selected models – a practice that will soon be outlawed. There are discounts including up to RM7,500 off the Yaris – with monthly instalments from as low as RM688 – as well as the Toyota Service Savers programme with instalments as low as RM31.

    Also held this month was the Toyota Showroom Weekender event last weekend, July 13 and 14. This event, which took place nationwide, highlighted the Yaris, Vios, Corolla Cross and Hilux, with test drives, sales offers, trade-ins and Topmark pre-owned car options. The company said it will hold more Toyota Showroom Weekender events, which UMWT added also provide opportunity for community involvement and engagement, every month.

    “We are excited to continue hosting events like the Toyota Showroom Weekender, which allow us to engage with our customers and communities directly, emphasising Toyota’s ‘Customer First’ ideology,” said Ravindran. “These interactions are vital in fulfilling our commitment to exceptional service and our vision to Move Your World.”

     
  • EVx 2024: Download Gentari Go, enjoy a RM30 reload pin with the largest EV charging network in Malaysia

    EVx 2024: Download Gentari Go, enjoy a RM30 reload pin with the largest EV charging network in Malaysia

    The paultan.org Electric Vehicle Expo (EVx) is taking place this weekend at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC) on July 20 and 21, where the premier consumer electric vehicle showcase returns for its third edition, featuring the latest that the Malaysian EV market has to offer in terms of passenger vehicles, charging equipment and more.

    EVx 2024 is co-sponsored by Carro, RHB, JuiceUp as well as Gentari, and the national clean energy solutions provider will be at the expo with Gentari Go, an integrated mobile app-based platform for myriad EV-related ecosystem products and services from the largest network of licensed EV charging stations in Malaysia.

    Available for Apple iOS and Android devices, Gentari Go is aimed at offering customers an integrated sustainable lifestyle experience, facilitating clean energy from roof, to wall, to wheel. In addition to locating available local public EV charging points, Gentari Go also brings added functionality as an integrated platform that includes cross-border roaming, EV rentals, home charging solutions and more.

    Now, Gentari is offering packages that will be exclusive to customers at EVx 2024 on July 20 and 21, starting with the RM30 Reload Pin for first-time users of the Gentari Go mobile app. Customers who download and sign up will get to redeem a free first-charge worth RM30, for use at any Gentari public charging station across Malaysia, for both AC and DC fast charging facilities.

    EVx 2024: Download Gentari Go, enjoy a RM30 reload pin with the largest EV charging network in Malaysia

    New to the EV lifestyle? The RM899 Power Pass with the RM100 Reload Pin brings a rebate of RM100 in charging credits, and you’ll enjoy 50% off charging rates at all Gentari public charging stations, AC and DC, across Malaysia. Depending on your EV’s eligibility, you may also get to enjoy the AutoCharge feature; this pass is valid for 12 months upon activation, and your subscription receipt may be claimed as part of your tax deductions; terms and conditions apply. Find out more about Gentari Go, here.

    In terms of participating car brands, attendees will get to view a broad range of EVs from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, MINI, smart, Kia, BYD, Chery, Lotus Cars and MG, and the venue will also host new car previews and test drives. Also participating at EVx 2024 are Kineta and Trapo.

    If you have yet to be immersed in the world of electric vehicles, EVx 2024 is a great place to have your vehicle charging and infrastructure questions answered, stakeholders such as EV charge point operators (CPOs) and related agencies ready to field any queries you might have.

    There’s more – place a booking on a new car at EVx and you’ll receive RM1,500 worth of vouchers – a RM500 voucher for auto window film (V-Kool), RM500 voucher for car mats (DodoMat) and a RM500 voucher for personalised and customised leather seats (DK Schweizer). Better hurry, as these vouchers will only be given out during EVx on July 20 and 21 and are limited to the first 100 new EV bookings.

    Happening this week, EVx 2024 is taking place at the Setia City Convention Centre on July 20 and 21, and admission is free of charge. See you there!

     
  • EVx 2024: Check out and purchase the new smart #3 to get complimentary gifts; up to RM30k off #1 Brabus

    EVx 2024: Check out and purchase the new smart #3 to get complimentary gifts; up to RM30k off #1 Brabus

    We’re only a few days away from the paultan.org Electric Vehicle Expo (EVx), which returns for 2024 at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC) from July 20-21 (9am to 7pm daily). Co-sponsored by Carro, Gentari, RHB and JuiceUp, EVx 2024 is the place to be to learn more about electrified vehicles and will see participation from a variety of brands.

    This includes smart, which is being represented by Hap Seng, and you can look forward to test drives as well as valuable insights into the brand’s ecosystem from experts at EVx 2024. Both the #1 and #3 will be at the event, the latter being a recent introduction after going on sale here on July 10, 2024.

    The #3 is the “coupe-styled” sibling to the #1 and comes in three variants, including the entry Pro at RM175,000, the Premium at RM215,000 and Brabus at RM255,000. Stylish and well equipped, the Pro variant comes with 19-inch ‘Flux’ wheels and a new industry-first seat rivet design with headrests featuring the smart logo. With a 49-kWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery, the Pro provides a WLTP-rated range of up to 325 km.

    For more range, there’s the Premium with a 66-kWh nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) battery that enables up to 455 km. Stepping up to this variant also nets you ‘CyberSpark’ matrix LED headlamps as well as an illuminated front grille for greater presence. Both the Pro and Premium have a rear-mounted electric motor producing 272 PS (268 hp or 200 kW) and 343 Nm of torque, good for a 0-100 km/h time of 5.8 seconds.

    If more performance is what you need, the Brabus variant is the one to go for with a century sprint time of 3.7 seconds thanks to a dual-motor setup rated at 428 PS (422 hp or 315 kW) and 543 Nm. Even with this level of performance, the #3 Brabus provides up to 415 km of range from the same battery shared with the Premium.

    A standout feature of the Premium and Brabus variants is support for AC charging at a max capacity of 22 kW, which is uncommon in the local EV space. With a home charger capable of delivering said amount of power, a 10-80% state of charge can be reached in just three hours.

    This is great if you prefer to reduce dependance on public chargers – particularly DC ones – that can be costly. Should you find yourself needing a DC top up, its 130 kW for the Pro and 150 kW for the Premium and Brabus, with around half an hour needed to get from the same 10-80% state of charge.

    EVx 2024: Check out and purchase the new smart #3 to get complimentary gifts; up to RM30k off #1 Brabus

    Purchasing a #3 at EVx 2024 will allow you to unlock exclusive launch packages that include several complimentary items like a smartCharge home charger worth RM3,200 with a two-year warranty, a six-item accessories package worth RM2,500, a vehicle-to-load (V2L) adapter worth RM800 with a two-year warranty and a five-year/60 GB internet data plan.

    These add to the peace of mind you get with a four-year/unlimited-mileage vehicle warranty, a two-year/unlimited-mileage spare parts warranty, an eight-year/200,000-km high-voltage battery warranty, an eight-year/150,000-km high-voltage component warranty as well as 24/7 roadside assistance.

    The #1 isn’t left out by Hap Seng as part of its EVx 2024 promo, as the Brabus variant is being offered at up to RM30,000 off as part of the company’s smart Fest offers. That’s not all, as booking a new car at EVx 2024 will entitle you to RM1,500 worth of vouchers, including RM500 for auto window film from V-Kool, RM500 for car mats from DodoMat and RM500 for personalised and customised leather seats from DK Schweizer – limited to the first 100 new EV bookings made at the event.

    In addition to smart, EVx 2024 will also be participated by brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, MINI, Hyundai, Kia, BYD, Chery, Lotus Cars and MG, while Kineta and Trapo will also be showcasing their range of products.

    Talks by industry experts as well as ownership discussion forums will also be held at EVx 2024 for those who want to find out what it’s like to live with an EV. Those with charging and infrastructure questions can pose them to stakeholders such as EV charge point operators (CPOs) and related agencies.

    Once again, EVx 2024 is set to take place this weekend from July 20-21 (9am to 7pm daily) at SCCC, so come on over to experience the world of electrified vehicles and brush up on your knowledge of them.

     
  • Govt has streamlined EV charger installation approval process; to focus on more DC chargers now – Zafrul

    Govt has streamlined EV charger installation approval process; to focus on more DC chargers now – Zafrul

    The Malaysian government’s streamlining of the installation approval process for electric vehicle chargers has aided the growth of the vehicle charging network, which has grown by 12.5% as of June 25, reported Bernama.

    The government has heightened its target for DC fast chargers to 1,500 points this year, said the minister of investment, trade and industry Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz. This is up from the original target of 1,000 DC fast chargers as laid out in the Low Carbon Mobility Action Plan 2021-2030, which, at the time, aimed to roll out 9,000 AC chargers and the aforementioned 1,000 DC chargers.

    Thus, the government is keeping to its target of having 10,000 electric vehicle charging stations up and running nationwide by 2025. As of June 25, 2,585 EV chargers have been installed nationwide, excluding the federal territory of Labuan, according to the ministry.

    Govt has streamlined EV charger installation approval process; to focus on more DC chargers now – Zafrul

    While approvals previously involved several agencies and ministries including the Energy Commission, local authorities as well as the fire and rescue department, the growth in the number of EV chargers in the country has been driven by the government’s efforts to reduce bureaucratic hurdles in the process for installing EV chargers, the minister said.

    “The increase over the past two to three months has been significant. Initially, there were approval challenges, but meetings chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof successfully streamlined the process. We now have a one-stop centre to speed things up,” Zafrul said.

     
  • Chery Bukit Puchong 3S centre officially opens – Lesydear switches from Proton to Chery dealership

    Chery Bukit Puchong 3S centre officially opens – Lesydear switches from Proton to Chery dealership

    Chery Auto Malaysia has announced it has official opened its new dealership in Bandar Bukit Puchong. The 3S outlet, located on No. 2 Jalan BP 4, Bandar Bukit Puchong, 47120 Puchong, Selangor, is owned and operated by Lesydear Automobile Sdn Bhd.

    If the Lesydear name sounds familiar, that’s because it was previously a Proton dealer – indeed, the facility used to sell and service Protons. The company also operates a 1S showroom in Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, which has also switched over from Proton to Chery.

    Anyway, the new 3S centre in Bandar Bukit Puchong will display the full range of Chery vehicles and comes with a customer lounge, service centre and workshop. The latter is equipped with 12 service bays and staffed by trained Chery technicians.

    “The opening of this dealership allows us to connect with more customers in the bustling commercial and business hub of Puchong,” said Chery Auto Malaysia president Leo Chen at the outlet launch. “We are now better positioned to serve those living and working in this vibrant district.”

    The Chery Bandar Bukit Puchong showroom is open daily from 9am to 8pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 6pm on Sundays. The service centre, meanwhile, is open from 8:30am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday and is closed on Sundays and public holidays.

     
  • Car sales shouldn’t be affected by implementation of e-Invoicing, but full loans will have to stop – Zafrul

    Car sales shouldn’t be affected by implementation of e-Invoicing, but full loans will have to stop – Zafrul

    The ministry of international trade and industry (MITI) has said it does not expect the implementation of the e-Invoicing system (beginning August 1, 2024) to impact overall total industry volume (TIV) or vehicle sales.

    “I have discussed with the Malaysian Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and we think there will be no impact with the implementation of e-Invoicing. There may be some annoyance among small companies considering it will involve systems they need to have,” said MITI minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, as reported by Berita Harian.

    “If we look at the timeline, the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (LHDN) and the ministry of finance (MoF) have informed we will start [with e-Invoicing] with companies with income or revenue exceeding RM100 million,” he added.

    Zafrul pointed out that most vehicle dealership companies do not earn revenue exceeding that amount, so there is little impact to them. However, he did say there are a few dealerships who offer full loans for vehicles, which is a practice that is set to go away with e-Invoicing coming into effect.

    Car sales shouldn’t be affected by implementation of e-Invoicing, but full loans will have to stop – Zafrul

    We’ve covered the topic of e-Invoicing and how it can potentially impact full loans offered by dealers to car buyers. The new system is aimed at ensuring accuracy, in that the amount stated in all relevant invoices match with one other, thus preventing the practice from happening.

    In a full loan scenario, buyers aren’t required to pay the usual 10% downpayment in a 90% hire purchase loan. Instead, the sales agent marks up the price in the invoice when submitting a loan request to the bank, so that the approved loan amount matches or exceeds the actual price of the car.

    After this, the sales agent could submit an invoice with a different amount to the government – this is the omission of information that the e-Invoicing system is supposed to prevent. With e-Invoicing, all invoices must go through LHDN, so the SA can’t simply mark up an invoice as the numbers on all other invoices must tally.

     
  • 2024 Zeekr 009 to launch in HK on July 19 – updated EV MPV to gain 6-seat option, LiDAR, RWD powertrain

    2024 Zeekr 009 to launch in HK on July 19 – updated EV MPV to gain 6-seat option, LiDAR, RWD powertrain

    Zeekr has officially announced it will launch the updated 009 in Hong Kong on July 19 this year, barely two years after the MPV went on sale in China in November 2022. Ahead of the event, the Chinese carmaker (owned by Geely) has released images of the new MPV that is expected to fall in the same price range as before: 500,000 to 789,000 yuan (RM322k to RM507k).

    Visually, the 009 doesn’t differ significantly from the previous model, save for the addition of more chrome in the front apron as well as a roof-mounted LiDAR sensor – the latter is already found on the Grand version of the MPV.

    Overall length is up by a scant eight mm to 5,217 mm, according to Chinese media outlets, but the width (2,024 mm) and wheelbase (3,205 mm) remain unchanged. However, the height has been reduced by 36 mm to 1,812 mm, possibly due to the omission of the shark fin antenna, which has since been integrated into the rear spoiler. Two new colours, namely Azure Gray and Aurora Green, have been added to the existing Polar Night Black, Polar Day White and Starry Blue.

    As for the inside, the revised 009 will gain a new seven-seat option with a 2+2+3 layout. This joins the existing four- and six-seat configurations that were already available with the current model and will continue to be offered with the new one.

    The seven-seat version will still have executive seats in the second row, although they aren’t as wide as those in the six-seater, allowing for a passthrough in the middle to the third row. CarNewsChina reports the six-seat 009 will come with more luxurious seats in addition to Nappa leather upholstery, a Yamaha sound system, ambient lighting and a 17.3-inch ceiling-mounted display. Other features reported include a 35.95-inch head-up display with augmented reality, a wireless charging pad, ‘Sofaro’ front seats, a front passenger “boss key” and a refrigerator.

    In terms of powertrains, a new rear-wheel drive option is said to be added with claimed outputs of 340 PS (335 hp or 250 kW) and 421 PS (416 hp or 310 kW). All-wheel drive variants will continue to be offered, albeit with uprated figures of 612 PS (603 hp or 450 kW) and 789 PS (778 hp or 580 kW) – the latter is same power rating for the Grand version.

    The 009 has been earmarked for Malaysia but has yet to go on sale here. It remains to be seen if we’re getting to the updated model or otherwise. We’ll bring you more details following the launch of the updated 009 due in a few days’ time.

     
 
 
 

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