Category: auto industry

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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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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