Ford Malaysia (AMIM Holdings Sdn Bhd) announced today (7/8/00) that it is to assemble its latest 4WD sports utility vehicle (SUV) at the AMI plant, Shah Alam, Selangor, in Malaysia, for introduction next year, say Malaysian media reports. The company is also considering making Malaysia the ASEAN regional source for the `Escape` model, depending on how soon tariff reductions in the automotive sector, under AFTA (ASEAN Free Trade Agreement), are implemented in Malaysia, says Mr. Richard Canny, Ford Malaysia Managing Director.