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The Volkswagen Jetta and Polo Sedan – assembled in Pekan, Pahang – are set to be exported to ASEAN countries next year. Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) is currently in talks with its local partner DRB-Hicom and the Malaysian government on the matter, Bernama reports.

“We have reached the local content target of 40% which is necessary for us to export our models and hopefully we can start to do it next year,” VGM’s MD Armin Keller told reporters. “We are technically ready and now awaiting the approval from the authority before we proceed with the plan,” he added.

In an interview last month, Keller said that because the cars currently being produced in Pekan are right-hand drive, VGM is currently focusing on RHD countries such as Thailand and Indonesia. However, he did not rule out producing left-hand drive cars for countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines if the business case “makes sense”.

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Despite reports that VW has applied to set up an assembly plant in Thailand under the second phase of the country’s Eco Car scheme, Keller insisted that the German giant remains committed to Malaysia as its regional production hub. He added that while VW’s application has indeed been approved by Thailand, it has yet to make a decision on pushing ahead with the plan at this moment.

Besides the Jetta and Polo Sedan, Volkswagen also assembles the Polo Hatchback and Passat in Malaysia. The latter D-segment sedan kicked off local assembly here in 2012. VW production at Pekan will total around 7,000 to 8,000 units this year.

Besides local brands Proton and Perodua – which exports the Myvi to Indonesia as the Daihatsu SirionHyundai, Mazda, Peugeot, Volvo and Subaru are the other car companies currently exporting from Malaysia.