^^ TD still has no model of their own design.
I think China cars that are not allowed to be sold in the EU should be banned in Malaysia too. I can't believe NAZA would risk their reputation by selling rebadged Chinese cars.
Naza unit likely to sell Chinese cars
Updated : 19-12-2005
Media : Malay Mail
NAZA Group, a mainly automotive business controlled by tycoon Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin,
is believed to have set up a company called N-2 Sdn Bhd, to assemble and sell Chinese made cars here.
Mail Money was told that N-2 will initially focus on assembling and distributing the Chinese made mini cars.
The cars will carry, the Naza brand name, and will be priced to fight for market share with Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd's (Perodua) popular Kancil cars.
The plan will likely be executed by the first half of next year, with the Chinese company taking a stake in a joint venture company to assemble the car in northern Malaysia.
Little is known about the Chinese company, except that it is from Chongqing, the largest automotive base in west China.
One of the biggest players in Chongqing is the privately held Changan Automobile Group Co Ltd, which has dealings with automotive giants such as Ford, Suzuki and Mazda.
Last week, the Shanghai Daily reported that Changan was planning to set up a manufacturing joint venture in Malaysia next year to assemble its cars.
The Naza Group had its start in 1975, when the nucleus of the group, Naza Motor Trading Sdn Bhd, was formed.
Naza Motor started off by dealing in used cars, but over the years it branched out to assembling mainly Korean cars such as Kia, and positioning itself as the country's biggest importer of luxury and high-end cars.
Despite its growing stature, which has seen the group farm out to other areas of business, such as property development and hotel ownership, the Naza group remained low profile, until last year.
Last year, the group's founder, Nasimuddin was involved in a tussle with Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhary for control of DRB Hicom, the country's largest integrated automotive company.
Alado Bumi brings in China-made cars
Updated : 20-12-2005
Media : Business Times
THE first made-in-China car has entered the shores of Malaysia, imported by its exclusive distributor, Alado Bumi Automobile Sdn Bhd.
'This marks the first entry of China-made cars into Malaysia. By virtue of the National Automotive Policy framework, Alado Bumi is recognised with the relevant numbers of approval permit to bring these passenger cars,” Alado Bumi executive chairman Datuk Cam Soh Thiam Hong said.
Selling from RM59,444.30 to RM61,496.30, the 1.6-litre manual transmission Chery A160 made by Chery Automobile Co Ltd of China promises to blow away the pricing of its competitors.
'The Chery A160 will definitely be a champion of the value-for-money market segment,” Soh said, adding that his company is offering a two-year warranty or 40,000km free service of engine oil, oil filter and workmanship.