Known internally in Nasim as Project T73, locally-assembled versions of the Peugeot 408 sedan have been spotted being tested on Malaysian roads for over half a year so far, and these tradeplate-bearing locally-assembled units have been slowly losing their disguise since we first spotted them way back in mid-2011.

We first heard news that Nasim was going to assemble the Peugeot 408 in mid-2010. The 408 is Peugeot’s C-segment sedan competitor, loosely based around the Peugeot 308, but this time Peugeot didn’t simply tack on a boot to the car, like it did with the 207. The Peugeot 408 gets a longer 2,710 mm wheelbase and a redesigned roofline, so it looks pretty good unlike a typical hatch-turned-sedan.

These pictures were snapped by reader Barry Lim in Malacca. Thanks, Barry! Globally, the 408 is available with various engine options including a 110 hp / 147 Nm normally-aspirated 1.6 litre engine, a 147 hp / 200 Nm normally-aspirated 2.0 litre engine and a variant called the Peugeot 408 Sport, which has the Prince THP 1.6 turbo engine making 163 PS.