Volkswagen Malaysia looks into exporting locally-assembled car in the Asian region

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BUKIT MERTAJAM (Nov 18): Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen AG is looking to export its Malaysian-produced Jetta and Polo Sedan models to countries in the Asian region next year.

Its Malaysian unit, Volkswagen Group Malaysia Sdn Bhd’s managing director Armin Keller said there are ongoing discussions with the federal government and DRB-Hicom Group on how the initiative could be achieved.

Speaking at a media briefing today, Keller said Volkswagen Malaysia had achieved its commitment of ensuring more than 40% local content was included in all its four models.

“We have achieved the necessary commitment of ensuring 40% locally-sourced content for our cars.

“Therefore, we are in talks with the government and DRB-Hicom on how to execute the export. We plan to export the Jetta and Polo Sedan models beginning next year,” he said.

In Malaysia, the carmaker, which has a 2% market share in the automotive sales industry, assembles cars including Polo, Passat and Jetta at the DRB-Hicom's plant in Pekan, Pahang which produces between 7,000 and 8,000 units annually.