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National cars maintain lead

National carmakers Proton and Perodua dominate sales over their foreign counterparts in the first half of this year as more customers traded their cars for more competitively-priced sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) despite the uncertain economic conditions.

Strong demand: Proton says 15,175 units of its X70 have been delivered in the first half of the year.

Toyota’s US$2b pledge revs up Indonesia’s electric car push

JAKARTA: Toyota Motor Corp. will lead 50 trillion rupiah ($3.6 billion) in investments that global car makers have pledged to plough into Indonesia’s electric-vehicle program in the next five years, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said.

Auto sales expected to moderate in 3Q19

KUALA LUMPUR: Sales volume in the local auto industry is expected to moderate moving into 3Q19 as customers would have taken advantage of the attractive Raya deals last month, says Affin HWang Capital research.

MAA maintains TIV forecast of 600,000 units

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) is maintaining its total industry volume forecast of 600,000 units for 2019, as consumers and businesses are expected to remain cautious in light of the current economic environment.

MAA president Datuk Aishah Ahmad

Bermaz bullish about new Mazda3

PETALING JAYA: Bermaz Auto Bhd is confident of getting good acceptance for its newly launched Mazda3 model which now comes with higher levels of refinement, performance and connectivity package.

Better package: Yeoh (centre) with (from left) Amer Hamzah, Niinai, Lee and Foo at the launch of the Mazda3 in Petaling Jaya.

NAM starts exporting cars for Asean market

PETALING JAYA: Naza Automotive Manufacturing (NAM) is exporting its first shipment of cars for the Asean region, estimated to arrive in the Philippines by month-end.

Noel: The Philippines is the first Asean country where our cars manufactured at NAM is being exported to under Afta.

Perodua aims for record sales

KUALA LUMPUR: National carmaker Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) is targeting record-high sales of 235,000 units for this year, driven by stellar demand for all its models.

Higher sales: (from left) Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Dr Zahari Husin, Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad and Perodua Auto Corp Sdn Bhd president Masanori Takahashi at Perodua’s press conference to announce sales for the first half of 2019. The firm sold 121,800 vehicles, up 4% from the 117,100 units sold in the previous corresponding period.

Perodua revises upwards sales target to 235,000 units

KUALA LUMPUR: National carmaker Perodua has revised upwards its 2019 sales target to 235,000 units from 231,000 units initially, underpinned by sustained healthy demand for all its models.

Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad