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Will Geely take control of Proton?

13 Feb 2017 | Staff reporter

Shares in Proton Holding’s main shareholder, DRB-Hicom Bhd, rose to a three-month high last week as speculation mounted that China’s Geely Automobile Holdings is the front-runner to take control of Malaysia's first national car company.


Time is running out for Proton - Analysis

28 Sep 2016 | Staff reporter

Malaysia’s DRB-Hicom has stepped up its efforts to find a strategic partner for its struggling car subsidiary Proton, just four years after it acquired a controlling stake in the country’s first national car company.


ANALYSIS: Perodua is the main beneficiary of Proton's decline

4 Jun 2015 | Staff reporter

Malaysian nation carmaker Proton has been in decline as protectionist trade measures in Malaysia have been eroded under regional trade agreements. However, Malaysia number two maker - Perodua - has fared relatively well recently. Tony Pugliese examines the picture.


ANALYSIS: Malaysia's revised National Automotive Policy

21 Feb 2014 | Staff reporter

The Malaysian government announced a second update to its National Automotive Policy (NAP) in January. Tony Pugliese provides an assessment of a policy that looks ambitious.


ANALYSIS: Tan Chong steps up regional expansion in SE Asia

19 Dec 2013 | Staff reporter

Malaysia's Tan Chong group has stepped up its efforts in the last few years to expand its regional footprint and cement its position as one of South-east Asia's largest independent pan-regional vehicle distributors.


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Malaysia's new prime minister mulls new national car

11 Jun 2018 | Staff reporter

Newly elected Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said his office would explore opportunities to establish a new national car project in his country.


Malaysia sales rise 10% in April

23 May 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Malaysia rebounded by 10.2% to 47,089 units in April from 42,746 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


BMW opens new engine plant in Malaysia

4 May 2018 | Staff reporter

BMW and its local partner Sime Darby Motor opened a new engine assembly plant in Malaysia this week to cater for growing regional demand for its vehicles.


Malaysia sales fall 7% in March

20 Apr 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Malaysia fell by 6.9% to 49,985 units in March from 53,718 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Malaysia sales flat in January

23 Feb 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Malaysia fell by 0.2% to 44,575 units in January from weak year-earlier sales of 44,667 units, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Malaysia sales fall 16% in December, flat in 2017

23 Jan 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Malaysia plunged by 15.6% to 54,728 units in December from 64,831 units in the same month of the previous year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Malaysia sales flat in November

19 Dec 2017 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Malaysia were just slightly higher in November, by 0.2% at 49,184 units from 49,095 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Malaysia sales fall 2% in October

16 Nov 2017 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Malaysia fell by 1.8% to 47,041 units in October from 47,880 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Perodua launches new Myvi subcompact car

9 Nov 2017 | Staff reporter

Malaysia's second national carmaker Perodua launched the redesigned Myvi subcompact car in its domestic market this week, as it looks to strengthen its lacklustre sales performance.


Petronas to install 100 Malaysia EV stations by 2018

23 Oct 2017 | Simon Warburton

Petronas Dagangan Berhad (PDB) has inked an MoU with Malaysian Green Technology (GreenTech Malaysia) and Tenaga Nasional Berhad Energy Services (TNBES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), to increase emission reduction targets. 



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