Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has a new price list for its Nissan vehicle line-up, and this should officially come into effect from June 1, when the 6% goods and services tax (GST) that is in place will be zero-rated as per the announcement made by the new Pakatan Harapan government on May 16.

The new on-the-road (OTR) excluding insurance prices will remain in effect until GST is eventually replaced by the sales and services tax (SST). The exact return of SST has not been revealed, but according to Tun Daim Zainuddin, head of the government’s Council of Eminent Persons, SST should be back in place within a two to three month timeframe.

With the removal of GST, savings range from RM3,861 for an Almera 1.5E manual transmission to RM9,420 for an X-Trail 2.5L Premium Impul. The Almera 1.5E manual, which is priced at RM68,500, will be RM64,639 once GST becomes zero-rated. The X-Trail 2.5L Premium Impul, meanwhile, will see its OTR price being adjusted from RM167,600 to RM158,180 from the start of next month.

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As is the case everywhere else, the differences as listed are never directly six percent, based on an OTR price comparison with and without GST. As mentioned in earlier reports, the 6% GST is only applied on the selling price of a car (and in the case of CBU models, a Puspakom inspection fee), with road tax, registration fee as well as an ownership endorsement fee then added on top of that (these with no GST applied) to form an OTR price without insurance.

During the launch of the C27 Serena S-Hybrid, ETCM had stated that a price protection scheme similar to what Motor Image announced for Subaru vehicles – would be introduced to protect customers against impending price movements.

Under the programme, customers who purchased their cars starting this month will get the difference refunded to them should prices go up with the move from GST to SST, although exactly what form the refund will take has yet to be decided.