Sunday, October 9, 2011

Proton sees fillip to green car ownership

The government's efforts in driving the "green" initiative as outlined in the 2012 Budget, will encourage market acceptance and further motivate Malaysians to own green vehicles, says Proton Holdings Bhd (Proton).

Its Group Managing Director, Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said: "This is a positive point for Proton as we are moving towards this direction with the development of green vehicles, namely the Saga EV and Exora REEV."

Both cars are now being put on road-trial via Proton's Fleeting Testing Vehicle (FTV) Programme with the government, he said in a statement today.

However, he hoped, that this will be subsequently followed with more initiatives by the government to further encourage the take-up of such vehicles, including measures to reduce cost of ownership and localisation of related component parts.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in tabling the 2012 Budget in Parliament yesterday, proposed a full exemption of import and excise duty on hybrid and electric cars to continue to be given to franchise holders, to promote green technology and ensure sustainable development of the industry.

Meanwhile, Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) Managing Director, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said the 2012 Budget will definitely help lessen the impact of global economic challenges. -- Bernama

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