Proton supports NAP 2020’s push for local next-generation vehicle development

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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 21): Proton Holdings Bhd said it supports the National Automotive Policy 2020’s (NAP 2020) measures to develop Malaysia into a hub for the development and production of next-generation vehicles (NxGV) and critical components.

In a statement, the carmaker said the policy’s new direction follows the move to develop energy-efficient vehicles under the policy’s last iteration in 2014, presenting opportunities for automobile industry stakeholders to introduce new technologies to Malaysia while also raising the bar for the skills and capabilities of local vendors.

“The unveiling of NAP 2020 shows Malaysia is moving towards the adoption of new technology vehicles featuring electric and hybrid powertrains as well as autonomous and connectivity technologies,” said Proton chief executive officer Dr Li Chunrong.

“Proton’s two shareholders grant us access to Malaysia’s automotive industry ecosystem as well as the technologies needed for NxGV models, one of the main thrusts of the policy. There are still many steps to take and Proton is confident with the correct policies in place, we will be able to contribute towards Malaysia achieving the goals set out in NAP 2020,” he added.

The automaker noted that it will continue with its investing schedule into new products and technologies, plant and manufacturing facilities in this early stage.

It will also simultaneously work with its local vendors to promote investments in new technologies, especially through strategic collaborations to infuse technical capabilities and expand commercial viability.

Additionally, Proton will continue with its expansion of integrated services in its 3S and 4S outlets nationwide.