Perodua MD: Challenging but exciting times ahead

PHUKET, Nov 12 ―  The automotive industry will continue to face challenges but will be exciting next year amid world economy uncertainties, says Perodua managing director Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh.

He said the sovereign debt crisis in Europe remained a “dark cloud” hanging

over the world economy while the US economy was clearly struggling to recover

from the recession.

“Malaysia is an open economy, whatever happens in european countries, the United States and emerging markets like China and India have an impact on us,” he told reporters after the 1.5-litre Myvi engine media test drive here.

On whether Perodua might unveil a new model next year in sync with its plan to introduce new models every two years, Aminar said that it was not necessary.

“We would like to keep to that period if we can but sometimes the market environment is not on our side,” he said.

He said that it was also premature to talk about what the new products would look like but Perodua always planned something special to survive and protect market share.

Asked on his contract as Perodua managing director, Aminar said that it was up to the top management to decide on his contract, which would expire by year-end.

He was appointed managing director on Nov 16, 2009.

On another matter, Aminar said Perodua would start exporting Myvi to Sri Lanka in the second half of next year.

“We are now reviewing our plan following latest developments there and was looking at the best month to launch the compact car,” he said.

Myvi, which has won several awards including the “Best Model of the Year Award”, was supposed to be launched by year-end.

Perodua scrapped the plan after the Sri Lankan government announced new tax structures including import duty. ― Bernama


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