Porsche confirms CKD operations in Malaysia from 2022 at Sime Darby plant – first outside of Europe!

Porsche confirms CKD operations in Malaysia from 2022 at Sime Darby plant – first outside of Europe!

Breaking news! Porsche has officially announced that it will set up CKD operations in Malaysia, which will be the first outside of Germany. According to the carmaker, the move is aimed at strengthening its presence in emerging markets within Southeast Asia that has seen encouraging growth.

Local assembly will be done together with Porsche’s long-standing partner Sime Darby, who is the official distributor of Porsche vehicles in the country via Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP). Currently, Sime Darby Motors has the Inokom vehicle assembly plant in Kulim, Kedah, which also assembles BMW, Hyundai, Mazda and MINI cars, with an annual production capacity of 38,000 vehicles.

For now, there’s no mention of what Porsche models will be CKD, but it is said that “the vehicles will specifically match local requirements and will be available for Malaysia only,” with operations set to begin from 2022 onwards. A previous report tipped the Macan and Cayenne as leading candidates, which makes sense given the popularity of SUVs these days – the Cayenne is Porsche’s top-selling model on the regular.

“We’re fortunate that, due to careful planning, our existing factories are more than up to the task of meeting current and future global demand for our cars,” said Albrecht Reimold, member of the executive board for production and logistics at Porsche. “However, the new assembly site in Malaysia meets specific market needs and, although a standalone project and modest in size and capacity, it signals our willingness to learn and adapt to specific local market conditions,” he added.

Porsche confirms CKD operations in Malaysia from 2022 at Sime Darby plant – first outside of Europe!

“Malaysia and the whole ASEAN is a region of great potential and we look forward to the first locally assembled models reaching our Malaysian customers next year,” said Detlev von Platen, member of the executive board for sales and marketing at Porsche. “As Porsche is moving into a new era of mobility, Malaysia and the ASEAN region are gaining an increasing importance. This step now is part of a long-standing initiative to keep pace with rapidly evolving customer and market demands,” he added.

Besides announcing CKD operations in Malaysia, Porsche also revealed that it will set up a new permanent research and development centre in China, its largest single market that it won’t set up an assembly plant in. The satellite facility will serve to increase the company’s understanding of its Chinese customers and their requirements, and to improve the local product development.

With Porsches set to be CKD in Malaysia, will we be seeing more affordable models coming our way soon? Let us know what you think below.

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Comments

  • Wow…. Discounts on Porsches! Malaysia boleh indeed!

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  • Bieight on Aug 30, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Come on…ckd the 911 gt3rs and gt2rs!

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  • donno on Aug 30, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    Bargain priced boxers and caymans?

    Yes please.

    Also proton, if a company like porsche sees CKD in malaysia is a good business sense, why not the idea of proton taking over the Elise design and production to be made in Malaysia and be exported around south east asia? The Elise with the X50 turbo engine selling for around RM120K will have plenty of takers.

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    • seancorr (Member) on Aug 30, 2021 at 7:04 pm

      Dream on boss, they gonna CKD uncle Cayenne which is their best selling model.

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Aug 30, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    mimpi semua orang ni…they gonna ckd macan and cayenne

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  • A S Chuah on Aug 30, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    With the introduction of CKD Porsche in 2022, the new pricing of the vehicle will now definitely be more affordable. The qestion is how much will be % reduction in price before and after CKD for a specific Porsche model?

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    • digidigi on Aug 30, 2021 at 6:00 pm

      On average 10 percent for ICE vehicle

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      • X y F on Aug 30, 2021 at 7:55 pm

        people in this segment wouldn’t be bothered with the slight reduction. Wonder if there are planning to export msia assembled porsche to neighbouring countries

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  • Alan Tan on Aug 30, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Dream come true????

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  • Aiman on Aug 30, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Finally, I have my own Porsche.

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  • Celup King on Aug 30, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Other countries may gets Toyotas, Hondas, so what. We got Posh! Take that haters, mwuahahahahaha!!!!

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  • Yes for cheaper Porsche. No for CKD due to poor assembly skill. It’s proven. All European makers local CKD prompt to factory defects. Keep malfunction once in awhile especially with all the electronic control devices. Well, you buy a cheaper version comes along with all the problems later.
    Rather buy a grey import CBU with low mileage used. Also cheaper without full import tax but guarantee superb workmanship last very long time. Peace of mind.

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    • How you come to the conclusion that poor CKD assembly skills lead to electronics malfunction and that you are so confident it is proven? Electronics failures are caused by poor parts quality and while it may be true that CKD cars usually get inferior/cheapened parts it still comes back to the brand itself.

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    • How did U come to conclusion of CBU is inferior and last a “long time”?!! European car especially bmw has a ton of issue even cbu unit.. and most of them doesn’t last a long time.. even European themselves knows that..

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      • Ng Zhi Young on Sep 05, 2021 at 9:28 pm

        Localized European car has always something that is different than the CBU one

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  • SlyGTR on Aug 31, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Finally. I can now put a Porsche in my porch. Now which one its gonna be? Macan Turbo or Taycan Turbo? Hmmmm. #sdap

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  • Hope they’re “FREE” from political influence…

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  • PlainBS on Aug 31, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    Good news. I believe after this the widow maker is finally back.

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  • Aziz Halim on Sep 01, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Congratulations Sime Darby & to Malaysia. Malaysia boleh

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  • hazri on Sep 06, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    nothing to be proud of. same like mercedes & benz ckd car in pekan, and honda in alor gajah. they will ckd macan & cayenne only. macan is 500k, cayenne is 800k. saving you can get after ckd only 10%. so macan will be 450k & cayenne 720k. see here http://myporsche.com.my/360financing/cayenne.aspx

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  • Hope they make taycan ckd.

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  • M Fauzi on Sep 13, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    ICE cars like Cayenne and Macan are the past. Hopefully Porsche will assemble Taycan RWD here, with air suspension. Many many cars can sprint 0-60 in 5-6sec nowadays, but few can offer sporty looks + luxurious ride ~ the white space in Malaysian market. The one that people actually buy brand new.

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  • Tan Chin Sown on Nov 15, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    This was boasted by Azmin Ali on the investment high tech stuff. However after reading articles from Porsche AG. Porsche AG open research centre in China and CKD Assembly in Malaysia. What high tech stuff Malaysia is getting? Assembly of CKD is nothing to shout about unless Porsche announced plans to open R&D centre here. Then it is high tech stuff coming to Malaysia.
    I can see the future where our politicians will claimed their VellFire is not good enough. Have to change to Porsche Cayenne to serve the Rakyat better….The Rakyat taken for a ride….

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