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Besides the new Perodua compact SUV, what’s really going on in Malaysia’s auto industry?

On the surface, it’s business as usual.

Perodua is already taking on-line bookings for its soon-to-be-launched SUV. 

Based on the Toyota Raize which was launched in Japan last November, Perodua’s new SUV is the first compact SUV produced by Daihatsu Japan.

As a compact SUV, this model which is the inheritor of the Daihatsu Terios aka Perodua Kembara, goes forward with the next-generation Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform featuring a 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo-charged engine and a fuel-sipping consumption of 18.9 km/litre. It is estimated that prices will start from RM62,000 to a range topping RM72,000. 

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5G is a boon for Malaysia’s car industry

6 ways Malaysia can propel its car industry supply chain.

I’m really very chuffed about the accelerated roll-out of 5G as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday.

For once, I thought that here is real leadership of a nation in need of a leader. And not just from the point of view of the covid-19 pandemic, but also from the perspective of the economics of development.

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Everyone’s birthday except for 5

Singapore’s most fatal car crash in a decade is the most honest reflection of a national unity compared to Malaysia’s.

That’s the biggest takeaway from the self-inflicted car crash in Singapore last week that killed all five of its occupants.

Considered from almost any logical angle, it was an act not of a sane person. To drive at a speed of more than 200 kph in a built environment of a narrow road meant for 50 kph is like a game of Russian Roulette.

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Fuzi Magic NGO Damansara Damai

Fuzi Magic is her nickname and this petite lady is unstoppable.

We met at “I Play Park” the MBPJ designated recreational site of Damansara Damai, which is a mixed housing area of about 120,000 residents of which 60 per cent at in the B40 category where the household earns less than rm4,850 a month.

“I don’t do any magic. I believe in God and destiny,” Fuzi Hanim, hurries to add.

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FDI and the auto industry

For Malaysians who are looking for the smartest jobs in the world – think 5G, Artificial Intelligence — don’t give up on the domestic automotive industry just yet.

Yes, Malaysia is not in the investors good books just yet as indicated by UNCTAD’s reckoning that Malaysia’s FDI (foreign direct investment) had dropped 68 per cent, compared with ASEAN’s average of 31 per cent drop in 2020.

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Kia owners in Malaysia – a survival kit for the interim

Kia car owners in Malaysia will have to wait for another few months until the new importer and distributor is officially appointed by Kia Motor Corporation (KMC) based in South Korea.

“It should be about the 2nd half of the year. We also have to negotiate and operationalise the local assembly of new and current models,” said a senior manager participating in the formation of the new Kia car franchise in Malaysia.

The Hyundai-Kia car brand is one of the stellar performers in the global car industry, in fourth place after Toyota, VW and the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

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Saliva Direct Covid-19 test

Stay ahead of the curve

The race is on to provide a cheaper and more friendly Covid-19 test kit in Malaysia.

Testing the saliva for the virus that causes Covid-19 should be available within March at an approximate cost of RM40. The result can be obtained within three hours.

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How to improve your covid-19 safety when you are in a vehicle

In this Pandemic, a car in operation can be a dangerous environment when the air-conditioner is running without any outside ventilation to dilute the viruses, if any.

Imagine, if either the driver or passenger is a spreader of the Covid-19 virus, then either of you are in the perfect Pandemic storm: a confined, air-conditioned environment with a crowd – yes, two people in a car is a crowd.

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Beat the queue for the Proton X50

There’s a nine-month waiting list for the X50 and here’s how to jump the queue and get yours tax-free

If you’ve booked the hottest car in the Malaysian market, the Proton X50, here’s the way to jump the 9 month queue.

In the meantime, ignore the terrible rumours about why the waiting list is so long because many of these rumours are fed by people, some of whom have their own agendas.

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