TWICE BITTEN, THREE TIMES SHY OR NOT – MAHATHIR CHARGES AHEAD WITH NEW NATIONAL CAR: LAUNCH DATE NOW SET FOR MARCH 2021 – LOCAL ENGINEERS TO DESIGN & DEVELOP 3RD NATIONAL CAR AFTER PROTON, PERODUA

THE new national car, which will be designed and developed by Malaysian engineers, is expected to be launched in March 2021, said International Trade and Industry Minister Darell Leiking.

He said the project will be undertaken by a Malaysian company called DreamEdge Sdn Bhd, while Daihatsu Motor Company will provide advanced technology support.

“The new national car will be fully designed and developed by Malaysian engineers, focusing on a new upper body, interior and human-machine interface systems, as well as enhancement of noise, vibration and harshness, and ride and handling,” he said in a statement today.

“The new national car will be a new model with advanced technology, and will utilise existing competitive and proven vehicle architecture.”

The 10-year-old company has been providing technical and long-term strategic collaboration to support clients within and outside of Japan, with local Malaysian engineers based in Japan.

“The company has developed the required in-house capabilities and experience to provide end-to-end automotive engineering services, through a skilled workforce capable of offering shorter, accelerated lead times in delivering engineering projects,” he said.

It has a track record of providing multi-vertical mechanical design and process engineering in oil and gas, rail, defence, ship building and repair, and digital dentistry.

DreamEdge also has capabilities in energy efficient vehicle, and motorsport research and development.

“The company has developed robotics and augmented reality design capabilities that add value to smart manufacturing for the automotive industry.”

He said the new national car will be an industrial catalyst that will spur Malaysian companies’ participation in advanced technology.

The project is expected to create opportunities for local vendors and talent to participate in a high technology value chain.

“Most importantly, local businesses are able to explore activities that are in demand in the future, in a conducive environment, minimising risks associated with high investment when such operations are supplied locally at the infancy stage.”

The new national car, he said, will set itself apart from the previous national cars due to its advanced technologies and affordable offerings.

The first model of the prototype is expected to be released in next March.

DreamEdge founder and chief executive officer Khairil Adri Adnan was reported saying that the company is looking at developing a C-segment sedan.

It had yet to decide on the type of engine, and was considering a hybrid engine, he added.

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