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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Car buyers holding out for a hybrid

PETALING JAYA: It’s close to the Chinese New Year and many in the community will usually shop for a new set of wheels.

But this time, many are holding their purchases and bookings what with the new National Automotive Policy set to be unveiled on Monday.

A check at various car showrooms yesterday showed people “window shopping” with the announcement in mind. First-time car buyer Ahmad Faizuddin Abu Bakar, 26, said that he was looking to purchase a hybrid car but will wait as the policy is expected to involve hybrid and environmentally-friendly vehicles.

“There have been a lot of offers from car dealers especially during the Chinese New Year season but I think I will wait before deciding.

“I hope the Government will give some incentives or exemptions for hybrids and electric cars,” he said at the Nissan showroom in SS19.

Another prospective car buyer, Sherrina Salleh, 34, said a hybrid’s spare parts are much more expensive compared to conventional ones. “I have always wanted a compact car which is fuel efficient and the best choice for me is to get a hybrid car. It will be better if there were more incentives for those who want to buy hybrid cars,” she said.

A Honda sales adviser said hybrid cars were becoming increasingly popular and lots of enquiries were being received. “Most of them are frequent travellers and they choose hybrid models as they are more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient,” he said.

Proton sales adviser Hazimi Omar said that sales of cars have been positive so far. “The most popular model for our branch is the Saga FLX because of its low price but we also have quite a large number of orders for the Exora model from those with larger families,’’ he said.

Among others, the NAP is expected to re-introduce the end-of-life vehicle policy, which was scrapped in 2009.

It is also expected to attract more foreign direct investments into the auto industry by promoting energy-efficient vehicles.

The NAP is also expected to contain the roadmap to place Malaysia as the hub for Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV).

Tags / Keywords: Automotive , Hybrid cars , National Automotive Policy , proton


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