Volkswagen Group Malaysia Sdn Bhd has appointed AutoStadt Asia Sdn Bhd as the sole importer of Volkswagen cars in the country. Want to know who owns AutoStadt? 499,999 shares are held by a certain Zulkifli Ishak and 1 share is held by his wife, Annie Tajul Arus.
Annie’s name might come across as familiar to some people. Yup, she is Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz’s niece. The husband and wife businessmen recently lost part of their rice bowl as MITI stopped giving out franchise APs for Kleemann cars. Their company Emeritus Equities Sdn Bhd used to receive franchise APs for the Kleemann-tuned Mercedes Benz cars they were selling.
MITI has not released 2006’s AP allocations yet but I think we can assume AutoStadt has gotten hold of Volkswagen’s franchise APs since they obtained the sole importer status.
I wonder what happened to the talk of Quasar Carriage becoming Super Dealer. Will they still hold Super Dealer status? And why if yes, why not let them be the importers as well? An industry player stated “VW Malaysia prefers to have an exclusive tie-up with a player that does not currently have a major commitment to other brands. Quasar fits the bill because it is also a distributor of Skoda”. Skoda is a marque under the Volkswagen Group.
Over the next two years, Volkswagen will introduce a total of 9 models beginning with the lower end models like the Volkswagen Fox and the Volkswagen Polo. As time goes on, the more premium models like the Beetle, Golf GTI, Passat and the Sharan MPVs will be brought in. These will be CBU models, which means fully imported as a whole. In 2008/2009, Volkswagen will begin assembling CKD kits here in Malaysia with a local partner which was not revealed, or unknown.
Volkswagen will also be officiating it’s new Malaysian headquarters in Wisma UOA, Bangsar tomorrow. Their office takes up 5 floors and will be the nerve centre of the VW Group’s activities in Malaysia.