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  • SST to be set at 10%, no implementation date set yet

    The government has revealed that the sales and services tax (SST) will be reintroduced this year, and will be set at 10%, the same rate it was when it was replaced by the goods and services tax (GST) in April 2015, The Sun reports.

    This was announced by Lim Guan Eng in his first press conference as finance minister earlier today. He explained that SST will be reintroduced at the same rate as per Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto and any changes will be announced, but did not mention exactly when it will be reintroduced.

    “We want to replace the GST with SST as soon as possible. It will definitely be this year, but let us work it out before we give a date,” he told reporters.

    Last week, Tun Daim Zainuddin, head of the government’s Council of Eminent Persons said that SST can be established in two to three months. He added that the return of the SST is estimated to raise approximately RM30 billion and will mitigate the loss from GST collection. Ahead of SST’s return, GST will be revised from 6% to 0% as of June 1.

    It is important to note that when GST was introduced, prices of cars did go down. This creates a likelihood of prices going up by a few percent when SST returns. So, with companies announcing GST-free prices, it would be wise to take advantage of this tax-free period.

  • GST zero-rated: Mazda models up to RM17k cheaper

    With the government’s impending abolishment of the goods and services tax (GST) looming, more and more car companies are releasing price lists of vehicles sans the six-percent tax. Official Mazda distributor Bermaz is the latest, with its range of cars becoming cheaper come June 1, until the sales and service tax (SST) is formally reintroduced later this year.

    The savings range from RM4,221 for the cheapest Mazda 2 mid spec, all the way up to RM16,784.29 for the CX-9 AWD. All Mazda 6 models (except for the base 2.0 litre variant) are over RM11,000 less expensive than before, while the MX-5 RF roadster is another big beneficiary of zero-rated GST, with savings of over RM13,000 for both manual and automatic versions.

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    As with a few other companies, Bermaz has also decided to trim down its lineup, removing the base BT-50 2.2 manual. The pickup is now priced starting from RM101,428.88 for the high-spec 2.2 manual, RM6,028.82 cheaper than before.

    Keep in mind that all BT-50 prices listed here include the RM6,415.10 Sports Package, which Bermaz has decided to include in its price list.

  • Volvo V40 T4 now available in Malaysia – RM154,649

    Volvo V40 T5 with R-Design items

    The facelifted Volvo V40 can be had in a lower-spec T4 variant, after it was first sighted in Volvo Car Malaysia’s zero-rated goods and services tax (GST) price list. The T4 joins the existing T5 already on sale since January last year.

    Like the T5 pictured here, the T4 comes with a few R-Design exterior items, including the front grille, bumper, rear diffuser and a pair of larger exhaust pipes. However, instead of the 17-inch five-double-spoke ‘Spider’ alloy wheels, the T4 is fitted with a set of 16-inch five-triple-spoke ‘Markeb’ alloys instead (with 205/55 profile tyres).

    Under the bonnet, the T4 is powered by a Drive-E 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 190 hp at 4,700 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 1,300-4,000 rpm. Those figures are less than what the T5 offers (245 hp and 350 Nm), and the T4 gets a Geartronic six-speed automatic gearbox instead of the T5’s eight-speed unit. The top speed is rated at 210 km/h and the 0-100 km/h sprint takes 6.9 seconds.

    Equipment-wise, the T4 shares many similarities with the T5 like the Intellisafe suite of systems – City Safety, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Cross Traffic Alert (CTA), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and many more.

    Volvo V40 T5 with R-Design items

    There’s also auto-levelling LED headlamps with Thor’s Hammer daytime running lights, dual-zone automatic climate control with a Clean Zone air quality system, eight-speaker audio system, leather upholstery and powered Comfort seats with memory function for the driver.

    Being the base V40 variant, the T4 gets a standard instrument cluster instead of the T5’s digital display system, rear Park Assist only (T5 gets front and rear) and a five-inch display for the Sensus infotainment system (T5 gets a seven-inch display). Other differences include the absence of a decor inlay for the leather steering wheel, keyless entry and drive and Park Assist Pilot.

    In terms of pricing, the GST-inclusive on-the-road price without insurance is set at RM163,888 until the end of May 2018. Of course, you’ll be more interested with the GST-free price, whereby the V40 T4 will retail at RM154,648.93, or RM9,239.07 less. When compared to the GST-free T5, the T4 is cheaper by RM16,037.74.

    A five-year/120,000-km mileage warranty comes as standard, and customers can choose from four exterior body colours – Bright Silver, Onyx Black, Osmium Grey and Ice White. Interested?

    GALLERY: Volvo V40 T5 with R-Design items

  • GST zero-rated: Proton cars up to RM4.3k cheaper – with promo, savings for Suprima S reach RM15k

    Proton has released a new price list that will come into effect from June 1, when the goods and services tax (GST) will be rolled back to 0% from the current 6%. The effective removal of GST was announced by the new Pakatan Harapan government last week, fulfilling a major campaign promise.

    These new prices – which are on-the-road excluding insurance – will remain in effect until the sales and services tax (SST) comes back in to replace GST. The change will happen “in two, three months” time according to Tun Daim Zainuddin of the government’s Council of Eminent Persons. That’s a fairly long tax holiday, should you want to take full advantage.

    Without GST, savings range from RM1,939 for the Saga 1.3 MT Standard to RM4,384 for the Suprima S. There are usually slight variations in the percentage of reduction, which is typically slightly less than 6% flat. This is because 6% GST is only applied on the selling price of a car, before GST-free registration essentials such as road tax, registration fee and ownership endorsement fee are added on.

    In Proton’s case, the current selling price is the standard OTR inclusive of 6% GST but excluding insurance figure, but the “NSP” you see here is the net selling price without OTR costs and accessories. “Total savings” include interest rate savings from the 0% promo.

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    Proton first responded to the GST rollback on May 17, when it said that service vouchers equivalent to the price difference will be provided to customers who purchase from May 16-31, before adding one day later that it will also offer the option of cash rebates. That remains, so one does not have to wait till June 1 to purchase.

    In addition to GST-related savings, Proton is having its Kosong-Kosong promotion. The campaign offers 0% first year financing for selected models with Hong Leong Bank (Iriz Executive and Premium, all Ertiga and Exora variants), free three months instalment with Proton Commerce (Persona and Saga, variants of the latter also with free bodykit) and discounts of up to RM15,172 for the YM2017 Suprima S. Add GST savings to the C-segment hatchback and it will be 23% off the list price. Full list of carrots according to model above.

    New car sales aside, Proton is offering a 6% discount for after sales (labour and periodical maintenance parts only), should you need to bring your car in this month.

  • Big Blue Taxi wants the gov’t to stop supporting Grab

    In a report by Berita Harian, Big Blue Taxi Services wants the new Pakatan Harapan government to restrict Grab Malaysia’s operations in the country.

    The company’s advisor, Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, said the government should not provide any support or cooperate with any e-hailing service provider as they (taxi drivers) have been treated unfairly in the past. He claims that before the existence of Grab, the company previously known as MyTeksi had manipulated taxi drivers for their own personal gain.

    “Once in the past, taxi drivers fully supported MyTeksi’s efforts but once it reached a high level of success, the company introduced services where vehicles without proper licencing were allowed to ferry passengers,” Shamsubahrin said.

    “The move caused taxi fleet operators and drivers to lose their source of income, not to mention the [e-hailing services] operated without regulation. The taxi industry is keen to modernise and is agreeable to use technology to improve its service but many things must first be revised, including the management of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD),” he added.

    Shamsubahrin also called upon prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to look into the issues relating to the taxi industry, e-hailing and land transport laws. “We agree that ride-sharing services are under the purview of SPAD and local industry players, but on the condition the vehicles used must follow the same rules as a regular taxi,” Shamsubahrin noted.

    In a previous report, it was already announced that all drivers providing e-hailing services are subject to the same regulations and requirements as taxi drivers as of April 6, 2018. Under the new regulations, e-hailing drivers will need to undergo evaluations involving their background, traffic offences, health, training level and vehicle roadworthiness.

    The change has already been in the works since December last year, where discussions to replace/update the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) license were made, following amendments made to the Land Public Transport Act 2010 and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987.

  • Global sales of electrified BMWs grew 41.7% in Q1 – plug-in hybrids form 52.7% of total Malaysia sales

    BMW has announced that it sold 36,692 units of electrified vehicles in the first quarter of 2018, a growth of 41.7% over the same period last year. That’s a combination of BMW’s i electric cars, iPerformance plug-in hybrids and MINI PHEVs.

    With the big Q1 result, there are now over over 250,000 electrified BMWs on the road, and the group is on track to deliver its target of 140,000 such vehicles this year.

    Malaysia is a big market for BMW’s electrified vehicles, even in the global scheme of things. In the first four months of 2018, plug-in hybrids accounted for 52.7% of BMW Group Malaysia’s total sales. There was a point in time where Malaysia was the leading market in ASEAN and the fifth largest market in the world for BMW PHEVs. Malaysia was also the second largest market in the world for the X5 xDrive40e.

    “Our portfolio of visionary mobility vehicles have been developing from strength to strength here, and we now have a plug-in hybrid vehicle variant for almost all models which makes for the largest portfolio currently available in the Malaysian automotive industry,” said Harald Hoelzl, MD and CEO of BMW Group Malaysia.

    In the first four months of 2018, BMW introduced two new PHEVs in Malaysia – the BMW 530e Sport in January (the fifth BMW iPerformance model to be introduced here) and the MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid last month, MINI’s first-ever PHEV model.

    The group’s PHEVs are supported by growing charging infrastructure. This year, new BMW i charging stations were set up in Ipoh (Weil Hotel); Holiday Inn Melaka and The Equatorial Melaka; and at CityOne Megamall Kuching, Sarawak. Owners are also supported by the ChargEV platform, which has a growing network of more than 270 charging facilities nationwide.

    With incentive-assisted prices and great performance, we’re fans of Munich’s PHEVs – read our full reviews of the G30 BMW 530e and F60 MINI Cooper S E Countryman All4.

  • GST zero-rated: Volvo car prices up to RM23k less

    Volvo Car Malaysia has released a new price list for its models, which will come into effect on June 1, 2018, in line with the government’s move to set the goods and services (GST) tax rate at 0% then. The new on-the-road prices here are without insurance, and will remain in effect until further notice from the Ministry of Finance.

    Without GST, savings range from RM9,239.07 for the V40 T4, to RM19,424.17 for the XC60 T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus, and up to RM23,386.44 for the XC90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus. The top-spec S90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus will retail at RM366,913.08 from RM388,888, representing a saving of RM21,974.92.

    There may be slight variations in the percentage of reduction, which is typically slightly less than 6% flat. This is because 6% GST is only applied on the selling price of a car (and in the case of CBU models, a Puspakom inspection fee), before GST-free registration essentials such as road tax, registration fee and ownership endorsement fee are added on.

    The company also stated zero-rated GST will be applicable for part and servicing prices at all authorised dealers. This includes purchases of Volvo Service Agreement (VSA) packages, where the VSA 3+ package can be had for RM5,900 (RM354 savings) and the VSA 5+ package for RM9,200 (RM552 savings). The package covers both scheduled maintenance as well as wear and tear parts.

  • GST zero-rated: Nissan rebates begin ahead of June 1

    Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM), which has revealed its new Nissan price list with 0% GST that will come into effect on June 1, has announced that it is pulling ahead the new implementation by offering GST rebates for Nissan passenger vehicles registered from May 16-31.

    Under this promotion, ETCM says it will provide a full cash rebate on GST for Nissan passenger vehicles registered during the mentioned period, and added that with the GST rebates in effect, the price protection promise it mentioned earlier is no longer valid. The company had said during the C27 Serena S-Hybrid launch that the scheme would be introduced to protect customers against impending price movements.

    Aside from the GST rebate, customers will also be able to enjoy greater savings with Duit Raya rewards via the ongoing Blissful Journey with Nissan promotion throughout the month of May. The promotion adds on further savings of up to RM13,000 on top of the removal of GST from the equation. In the case of the X-Trail and 2017 Navara models, total savings can amount to more than RM19,000.

    The new 0% GST on-the-road (OTR) prices, excluding insurance, will remain in effect until GST is eventually replaced by the sales and services tax (SST). The exact return of SST has not been revealed, but according to Tun Daim Zainuddin, head of the government’s Council of Eminent Persons, SST should be back in place within a two to three month timeframe.

    Check out our earlier report detailing the revised prices of Nissan vehicles without GST.

  • Canadian food mogul buys 10% of McLaren for £204m

    The McLaren Group has seen the entry of a new major shareholder in Canadian Michael Latifi. The owner of Sofina Foods, the third largest food company in Canada, invested almost £204 million (RM1.09 billion) in return for a 10% stake in the group, which includes McLaren Automotive, McLaren Racing and McLaren Applied Technologies.

    He’s the third largest shareholder in McLaren now, behind the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (56%) and Mansour Ojjeh’s TAG Group (14%).

    “This injection of capital is a vote of confidence in our future strategy and the group remains as focused as ever in positioning for growth. We are delighted Michael Latifi has joined the McLaren family,” said McLaren Group executive chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa.

    Latifi, whose son Nicholas is a Force India F1 test driver and F2 regular with DAMS Racing, said. “I have been an admirer of the McLaren brand and its businesses for some time. McLaren is a unique organisation in automotive, racing and technology with exciting long-term growth prospects, which is why I have made this investment. I am proud to be part of McLaren and this incredible brand.”

    “This new capital, which is part of the group’s simplification over the last 12 months, will significantly strengthen the group’s balance sheet and underpins its ambitious growth plans laid out in its five-year business plan,” McLaren said in a statement.

    The McLaren F1 team, which has ditched Honda power for Renault engines, is currently fifth in the constructor standings after five races. With 40 points, it’s a point behind the works Renault team but 40 points behind fellow Renault customer Red Bull. The road car division came up with the Senna late last year, a wild 789 hp road-legal track monster.

  • BMW iNEXT teased – electric vehicle due out in 2021

    The BMW iNEXT may still be at least three years away from production, but Munich has already released the first teaser sketch of its next-generation, fully-electric BMW i model.

    From the sole side view provided, the car features a long, low-slung roofline, with notched side windows that were also seen on the i Vision Dynamics concept. The prominent fender bulges hint of it being an SUV, which would put it into contention with other bespoke electric premium SUVs.

    These include models such as the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Audi e-tron quattro and Jaguar I-Pace. The company already has the iX3 in development that will take on these vehicles in the short term.

    Set to offer advanced technologies such as full connectivity and highly automated driving, the iNEXT will be previewed by a concept car later this year, similar to how the i Vision Dynamics presaged the upcoming i4. The car will be built on a new modular architecture that will be shared with other models in the BMW lineup.


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