China’s Hozon Auto hiring country head for Malaysia – RM68k CKD Thailand Neta V EV coming soon?

China’s Hozon Auto hiring country head for Malaysia – RM68k CKD Thailand Neta V EV coming soon?

What is Hozon Auto? It might seem like “just another” Chinese EV company but this one has concrete plans for our region. Many others do, we hear you say. Yes, but Hozon Auto has secured CKD local assembly rights in Thailand via Arun Plus, the EV subsidiary of Thai energy giant PTT.

The first product for Thailand is the Neta V. Launched there last month, the EV will be a CBU import from China for the first two years, before CKD production starts. Eventual exports to ASEAN using Thailand as a base has been mentioned by Hozon more than once, and Malaysia and Indonesia are also right-hand drive markets, like Thailand, making things easier.

‘Coming to Malaysia’ isn’t just speculation though. We found a recruitment ad by Hozon Auto on LinkedIn CN looking for an ‘International Senior Sales Manager’ for the Malaysian market. The job description sounds very much like a country head’s, and the candidate will have to oversee the development of sales and marketing for Malaysia, as well as appoint and oversee a local distributor, among other tasks.

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The ad, which went up four weeks ago, did not mention if the job is based in China or Malaysia. Screenshots of the ad are above, in the original Chinese and translated English. Laying the groundwork as we speak.

The Neta V is very affordable – with a price tag of just 549,000 baht (RM68,376), this EV is priced similarly to the entry-level new Yaris Ativ (Vios to us) in Thailand. For that, you get a 38.5 kWh lithium-ion battery powering an e-motor with 95 hp and 150 Nm. The Neta V is front-wheel drive.

With those output figures, the Neta V won’t be one of those super fast EVs. Indeed, manufacturer figures put 0-50 km/h acceleration at 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 101 km/h, making it a strict city car. Range is 384 km in the NEDC, which typically shows higher numbers than the WLTP standard most carmakers use these days (WLTP range is typically around 20% lower). Not the highest then, but good enough for a city car especially if you have access to EV charging facilities at home.

China’s Hozon Auto hiring country head for Malaysia – RM68k CKD Thailand Neta V EV coming soon?

Speaking of charging, the Neta V has a CCS2 plug and the quoted AC charging time from 0-100% is eight hours. DC fast charging from 30 to 80% SOC takes 30 minutes. A 3,300-watt V2L power output function means that the EV can power your gear.

Theres no way of guessing the size of the Neta V without looking into the spec sheet, as it’s a rather oddly shaped crossover of a car. It’s actually rather small. At 4,070 mm long and 1,690 mm wide, the EV is 95 mm shorter and 40 mm narrower than a Toyota Yaris. It’s 40 mm taller than the B-segment hatch, though. Boot capacity is 335 litres, expandable to 552 litres with the rear seats folded.

Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloys, auto headlamps (halogen projectors), LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, keyless entry with Ride & Go system, 12-inch digital instrument panel, cruise control, electronic parking brake 14.6-inch infotainment touchscreen with reverse camera and six speakers, synthetic leather upholstery and four-way adjustable electric front seats. Only two airbags though, never mind ADAS.

So, the kit list for the single-spec Neta V isn’t very long, but it’s very cheap for a regular sized EV, less than half the price of the base Hyundai Kona Electric, in fact. What do you think – would this EV take off in Malaysia?

GALLERY Neta V, Thai-spec

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • sohai on Sep 02, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    Where’s PoTong & PoTwo promised the MYR39,000 EV car… ? Where…? Still want to be Asean-Auto-Hub or not , then pls immediate launch all new EV car @rm39k pls…

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    • Mee USR on Sep 02, 2022 at 7:06 pm

      No need EV for P1 and P2, we need imported EVs

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    • At this price, habis laa Vios and City.

      Toyota Honda should sell EV ASAP.

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    • Legenda Mat Kutip Chukai on Sep 05, 2022 at 10:28 am

      Bufori will launch new EV soon be patient my customer

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  • EVInter on Sep 02, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    It is a START for cheaper EVs to enter the Malaysian Market. RM60K is good enought for many users once you consider the COST savings in maintenance and LOG term repairs of ICE vehicles. Plus per mile basis … it can be cheaper by 50% to run versus ICE vehicles. …Neta would be smart to have their assembly plant in Indonesia due to MANY factors. But $$$$$ is the main consideration.

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  • This Malayaian head for Hozon Auto should do the following :

    1. Bring Neta V pro, which has ADAS, L2 autonomous.
    2. Send for Asean NCAP Crash Test.

    Make it is not low spec tin kosong.

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    • Rubaganthan on Sep 03, 2022 at 5:13 pm

      Let it be cost more by additional 10k or 20k
      make it worth the money paid.Increase the range to a minimum of 300kilometer at per charge and include airbags for back sittings

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  • alldisc on Sep 02, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Looking at borgward and haval in malaysia, I am very skeptical about this brand. Ppl say chinese car makers are outstanding nowadays but haval fails to pass 200 units every month.

    Besides, all think the G will ever allow foreign car brands to sell cheaper than P1 and P2?

    Keyword here is price-setting. And answer is.NO.

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  • Arampan on Sep 03, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    This is the most probable EV for Malaysian Market and the price range is suitable for volume production

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  • With uncertainty in fuel subsidies, affordable EVs is the way to go regardless of make. We can barely pay loans let alone babysit anyone anymore in this kaptain amurika led world inflation.

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