New national car to roll out before 2020

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THE new national car project is expected to roll out its first model before 2020, said Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof (picture).

He said the semi-autonomous car was planned to enter the global market and would cater to demand from young people.

“We are now short-listing two to three partners to participate in this project, including Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd, and expect (the selection) to be concluded by year-end.

“The prototype for this (car) model is expected to be ready by early next year,” he said at a media briefing on the new national car project yesterday.

Mohd Redzuan said the project will be fully funded by the private sector with the help of several government ministries.

Asked on whether this project is feasible given the short time for completion, Mohd Redzuan said the project would use the latest technology.

“This new car will use 100% disruptive technology instead of the conventional car manufacturing (methods).”

Also present at the briefing was Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (Might) president and CEO Datuk Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman.

Mohd Yusoff said this project is totally new and differentiates itself from the previous national car project by embracing Industry 4.0.

He said the role of Might is to emphasise the importance of having a new car that would help spur development.

“Besides that, Might is also mandated with the task to coordinate with various ministries, agencies and the industry, as well as the academia to make the project a success,” he said. — Bernama