Dr Mahathir to announce NAP2020 next month

The long-awaited policy is expected to include measures that support green initiatives

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE long-awaited National Automotive Policy 2020 (NAP2020), which is expected to include measures and policies that support green initiatives, is set to be announced by Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (picture) next month.

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry secretary general Datuk Lokman Hakim Ali said the policy has been finalised with certain refinement by the Cabinet.

“We have escalated it back to the PM and once he is happy to see the revision, it will most likely be announced after this Chinese New Year, sometime in February,” he told reporters after the launch of Volvo Car Malaysia Sdn Bhd’s Regional Training Centre in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute CEO Datuk Madani Sahari, who was also at the event, said NAP2020 is quite comprehensive in tackling the ecosystem within future industries, including recycling, setting up of the ecosystem, charging and batteries platform.

“I think it’s going to be a more exciting time for Malaysia as I can assure the NAP this time around covers the entire supply chain of the automotive and connected mobility,” he said.

Madani said NAP2020 will allow the evolution of technologies in the local market by incorporating next-generation vehicles and Mobility-as-a-Service, in line with global trends.

Meanwhile, premium carmaker Volvo Car Malaysia announced its highest year-on-year growth in retail delivery at 36.1% in 2019 compared to the previous year.

“We grow 36.1% with the support of the buyers. We hit a record high last year with 1,883 units, the highest retail delivery for Volvo Car Malaysia and occurred in a segment that was declining last year,” said Volvo Car Malaysia marketing and public relations director Akhtar Sulaiman.

Despite the decline that is being experienced by the Malaysian premium segment, Volvo Car Malaysia’s most sought-after model in 2019 was the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

Its new Volvo Car Regional Training Centre in Symphony Square, Petaling Jaya will play a pivotal role in annually delivering up to 7,500 man-days of training to staff and dealers from across the Asia-Pacific region on technical and non-technical areas.

The training centre and other shared services such as finance cluster, technical hub and procurement are expected to generate export service revenue of over RM100 million in the next five to seven years.

Akhtar said the company is on the right trajectory and is excited to show customers what’s in store in 2020.

“We are confident that we can continue to improve further in the coming year,” he added.

Riding on this momentum, two new cars — the S60 T8 CKD and S90 Facelift — and a new dealership in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, are set to launch very soon.

Volvo Car Group VP Richard Snijders said sustainability is a strong theme for Volvo this year and in the future.

As part of its support of the government’s initiative to promote electrification in the locomotive industry, the company aims for a global shift towards electrification and to become carbon neutral by 2040.

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