NAP 2019 Archive

  • Khairy bemused by flying car mention in NAP review

    It does look like the National Automotive Policy (NAP) review will include flying cars, or at least an outline of standards and specifications for the type, as first suggested earlier this week.

    Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin tweeted a couple of photos of a draft of the revised policy prepared by the ministry of international trade and industry (MITI). The document was made available for viewing to MPs in parliament yesterday.

    On one of the pages, mention is made of ‘flying vehicle’ as a segment in which standards will be established, the Malay Mail reports. “Seriously, YB @imokman?” Khairy tweeted to deputy international trade minister Ong Kian Ming, highlighting the particular mention and apparently bemused by the inclusion.

    Last month, entrepreneur development minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof had announced that Malaysia is set to unveil its first flying car prototype sometime this year. The vehicle, said to be capable of flying safely at low altitudes at a reasonable speed, will apparently not be for general use, but will find its way into applications in the agriculture and aerospace sector.

    Aside from a review of Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) specifications for passenger vehicles, the NAP revision also aims to define standards in six other areas of primary focus. Besides that for flying cars, a regulatory framework will be established for EEV motorcyles over 250 cc – inclusive of interim standards – as well as for commercial vehicles.

    Standards will also be defined for electric vehicles and next-generation vehicles (NxGV), along with the establishment of an autonomous and connected vehicle testbed. The last is in line with that mentioned by the Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) back in January.

    The plan is to set up a test bed in Cyberjaya to trial various technologies relating to autonomous vehicles to assess its compatibility with the infrastructure and environment in Malaysia.

    Last week, MARii CEO Datuk Madani Sahari said that the necessary rules and regulations governing the automotive industry were now being formulated and will cover many facets of personal mobility, including electric vehicles, autonomous driving and of course flying vehicles

  • NAP review to incorporate EVs, autonomous driving

    The review of the National Automotive Policy (NAP) is on course to be revealed at the end of the year, and deputy minister of international trade and industry Dr Ong Kian Ming said that the new plan will incorporate electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies.

    Speaking at the Kuala Lumpur International Automotive Conference (KLIAC) 2018 today, Ong said, “Since [the last NAP review in 2014], we have moved on in terms of the technology of the automotive sector, for example electric vehicles and now also autonomous vehicles. This is part and parcel of the larger ecosystem that we need to take into account when we talk about the NAP review.”

    Ong added that the upcoming review will also be sympathetic towards automotive parts makers. “Our own component makers, many of them being local players, supply 70 to 80% of the component parts to the automotive industry.

    “So it’s important, as we are undergoing the NAP review, that the needs of our components parts makers vendors are also taken care of. And those needs do not just include what is happening here in Malaysia, but also take into account the many export opportunities that they have to ASEAN and beyond,” he said, adding that the new national car project (NNCP) will only form part of a more holistic review of the NAP.

    Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) CEO Datuk Madani Sahari elaborated on the details of the review, saying that it will also incorporate Mobility as a Service (MaaS) operators – including ride-hailing companies such as Grab – as well as artificial intelligence and connected services as part of Industry 4.0. However, he insisted that the review will not nullify the policies outlined in the 2014 review.

    “The previous NAP talked about EEV [Energy Efficient Vehicles], but more importantly it talked about enhancing the competitiveness of the Malaysian automotive industry. In order to be competitive, there is the element of technology that we need to acquire, we need to adopt, we need to deploy, we need to commercialise. The aspects of the NAP will remain the same; we are adding in all the new elements to move the industry forward.”

  • NAP review to be announced by year-end will ensure the automotive industry remains competitive – MITI

    The government says it will announce the National Automotive Policy (NAP) review by the end of the year, and the revised policy will ensure that the automotive industry remains competitive whilst benefitting the rakyat, Bernama reports. It will also set out to dismantle monopolies, according to deputy international trade and industry minister Dr Ong Kian Ming.

    “We are reviewing the NAP and we will announce a new, more competitive policy that offers more reasonable prices for vehicles. We are also looking again at the RM10,000 fees that vehicle traders have to pay for every open Approved Permit (AP) import licence,” he told the Dewan Negara.

    Ong was replying to a supplementary question from senator Datuk Chai Kim Sen on the AP fees imposed on vehicle traders, and said that the new policy will place an importance on the revamp of all monopolies in the industry.

    Replying to the original question from Chai, who wanted to know whether the government planned to abolish the AP in fulfilling a Pakatan Harapan promise to reduce vehicle prices, Ong said the government had no plan to abolish the AP as it was not a factor in determining vehicle prices in the market.

    He did however say that aspects of the subject would be looked into, including the exploitation of APs. “We will also adopt several stringent measures to ensure that the AP is not misused,” he said.

  • NAP review set to be completed by year-end – third national car project open to input and ideas, says MITI

    The ministry of international trade and industry (MITI) says it is confident that the review of the National Automotive Policy (NAP) will be completed by the end of the year, The Sun reports.

    According to its deputy minister Dr Ong Kian Ming, the NAP will look at new mobility pathways and trends in driving patterns, and it will also be adjusted with the improvements in public transportation and look at vendor development within the ecosystem.

    The proposed third national car will also be taken into account, and Ong assured that the project mooted by prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad “will not be like Proton.” He said that Mahathir’s concept of the national car project is not about having another Proton.

    “There are many things that can be updated in terms of how we want to make the aspiration of Dr Mahathir to propel the automotive industry into something more sustainable and green. Input from the industry and stakeholders is important to help MITI shape this NAP. We hope the public does not think that Dr Mahathir’s intention is to revive Proton as Proton 2.0. There are many more ideas that he has,” Ong said.

    Ong added that the third national car project – which is set to get underway by 2020, according to entrepreneur development minister Mohd Redzuan Yusof – will be open to all input and ideas of cooperation.

    “Dr Mahathir has spoken on the possibility of having an ASEAN car with cooperation with Indonesia, so there is opportunity to explore with other players, but looking at the angle of how the NAP is going at an international level, moving towards electric cars and energy efficient vehicles (EEV), and the value chain that comes along it, which includes electronics, artificial intelligence, internet of things – that would be part and parcel of the ecosystem,” he explained.

  • NAP 2018 to be unveiled in Q3 this year – to focus on connected mobility, AI and new generation vehicles

    The National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2018 will be unveiled in the third quarter of this year, according to the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI). According to MAI CEO Datuk Madani Sahari, the updated policy will place an emphasis on aligning the local automotive industry with connected mobility, Bernama reports.

    He said the agency, together with the ministry of international trade and industry (MITI), were currently reviewing the policy, which was introduced in 2014. The update will encompass four key pillars, namely connected mobility, Industry 4.0, new generation vehicles and artificial intelligence.

    “We are talking to every original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the automotive sector to determine when they will be ready to produce connected vehicles. We have asked them what is needed to align their plans (in producing these),” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Malaysia Autoshow 2018, which began yesterday.

    Madani said the NAP 2018, which would run until 2030, will focus on aligning the local automotive industry with connected mobility and put into place measures to assist the OEMs to be ready for this. He added that the critical years will be between 2020 and 2022.

    “Car producers cannot just simply think of manufacturing cars. They must produce cars with a certain level of connectivity, intelligence and ability to communicate,” he explained.

    Madani said that it was important for everyone to understand the technology, not just those in relevant industries but also the public. “Under NAP 2018, we will outline the measures for the car producers, related ministries and agencies. These measures will also make sure that we are ready across the ecosystem, including preparing the society (to accept connected mobility),” he said.

    The connected mobility industry is also expected to create more than one million jobs within a five-year period. Madani said the target was based on a preliminary research on the ecosystem of the industry, which was seen to be growing.

    “Connected mobility is targeted to undergo transformation from a product to a service in the long term, and thus open up business opportunities and occupations for the groups taking this opportunity,” he said.

    He added that national automaker Proton is expected to be at the forefront of connected mobility through its partnership with Geely, which will enable it to have access to the technology needed to support the vision outlined by the NAP.

  • National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2018 is work in progress, to be announced by mid-year – Mustapa

    The National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2018 is work in progress and will be announced by the middle of the year, minister of international trade and industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad said. He was briefing the media and stakeholders at the Updates on the Automotive Industry 2017 and Outlook in 2018 event held in Kuala Lumpur today.

    The current NAP was announced in 2014, and the main focus then was on Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEVs). That push has been successful – according to data released by MITI today, EEV penetration increased for the fourth straight year in 2017, reaching 52% of vehicles sold in the country. That’s 2% higher than the target set and a jump of nearly 10% from 2016. Adoption rate is expected to touch 60% (350,000 units) in 2018.

    The regulators, MITI and the Malaysian Automotive Institute (MAI), are currently having consultations with auto industry stakeholders and are not yet ready to share details of NAP 2018. However, presentation slides reveal the main pillars of the future roadmap – connectivity, mobility, next-generation vehicles, big data and lifestyle. All very current and very broad terms, so we’ll have to wait for the full reveal.

    Also spotted among the wealth of figures presented today are expected 2018-2022 (likely the NAP 2018 period) committed localisation value of RM15 billion and committed investments of RM3.99 billion. From 2014-2017, the committed localisation value was much greater at RM43.67 billion, which hints at most of the localisation work being already done. Our mature auto market attracted RM7.6 billion of realised investments from 2014 to 2017.


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Last Updated 11 Aug 2022