PETALING JAYA: Ministers and deputy ministers will soon be zooming around in Honda Accord 2.4 following a decision by the Cabinet to phase out the use of Proton Perdana V6 Executive.
It is understood that the Cabinet made the decision last week after the national carmaker announced that it would stop the production of the premier model.
According to a Government source, ministers and deputy ministers were already in the process of changing their cars to the Accord.
The Accord is assembled locally in the DRB-Hicom plant in Pekan.
However, heads of government agencies and senior officers will still be using the Proton Inspira after their own Perdana models were phased out in 2011.
There have been reports that the maintenance cost of a Perdana was much higher compared to cars of other makes and models.
Former Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said the decision by the Cabinet was a good move as the Perdana was only suitable for city driving and not for long distance travelling.
Reminiscing about his time in the Government, he said the gearbox of his official car had to be changed three times in the four years that he was deputy home minister.
“I think the Honda Accord will be a vast improvement to the Perdana. It will be a much hardier car,” he said.
The Pakatan Rakyat Perak government first broke away from tradition in 2008 when they replaced their official Proton cars with the Toyota Camry before the Barisan Nasional government in Terengganu joining suit to use the Mercedes-Benz E200 Kompressor.
Citing high maintenance costs and the fact that the Perdana would be phased out, the Selangor and Sabah governments had also opted for foreign makes.
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