Malaysia partners with China to set up next-generation vehicle hub

A Malaysian government agency, the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and Internet of Things Institute in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, said on January 7 that it is collaborating with Chinese companies and organisations to establish the first next-generation vehicle hub in Southeast Asia.

The institute signed memoranda of understanding with the China Automotive Technology and Research Center, Malaysian conglomerate DRB-HICOM and the country’s national car maker Proton on a strategic cooperation to develop next-generation vehicles within Malaysia and the wider region.

Next-generation vehicles are defined as environmentally-friendly vehicles with high fuel performance and low or no emissions of air pollutants, including nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. The four major categories of next-generation vehicles are electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.

Testing and certification

The hub will include three testing and certification facilities which should be operative by 2023, a statement by the operators said. The investment in the facilities are being shouldered by the Malaysian government and private investors at an undisclosed sum.

Plans are not only to develop next-generation vehicles, but also study the potential for interconnectivity within a bigger mobility concept. This will include big data analytics, robotics, Internet of Things, smart city planning and telematics in collaboration with at least ten specialised companies.

Combined with Proton’s own research and development activities, the cooperation should boost the Malaysian carmakers product line-up and accelerate the incorporation of new technologies in line with Malaysia’s next-generation vehicle aspirations, the statement noted.

A Malaysian government agency, the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and Internet of Things Institute in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, said on January 7 that it is collaborating with Chinese companies and organisations to establish the first next-generation vehicle hub in Southeast Asia. The institute signed memoranda of understanding with the China Automotive Technology and Research Center, Malaysian conglomerate DRB-HICOM and the country’s national car maker Proton on a strategic cooperation to develop next-generation vehicles within Malaysia and the wider region. Next-generation vehicles are defined as environmentally-friendly vehicles with high fuel performance and low or no emissions of air pollutants,...

A Malaysian government agency, the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and Internet of Things Institute in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, said on January 7 that it is collaborating with Chinese companies and organisations to establish the first next-generation vehicle hub in Southeast Asia.

The institute signed memoranda of understanding with the China Automotive Technology and Research Center, Malaysian conglomerate DRB-HICOM and the country’s national car maker Proton on a strategic cooperation to develop next-generation vehicles within Malaysia and the wider region.

Next-generation vehicles are defined as environmentally-friendly vehicles with high fuel performance and low or no emissions of air pollutants, including nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. The four major categories of next-generation vehicles are electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.

Testing and certification

The hub will include three testing and certification facilities which should be operative by 2023, a statement by the operators said. The investment in the facilities are being shouldered by the Malaysian government and private investors at an undisclosed sum.

Plans are not only to develop next-generation vehicles, but also study the potential for interconnectivity within a bigger mobility concept. This will include big data analytics, robotics, Internet of Things, smart city planning and telematics in collaboration with at least ten specialised companies.

Combined with Proton’s own research and development activities, the cooperation should boost the Malaysian carmakers product line-up and accelerate the incorporation of new technologies in line with Malaysia’s next-generation vehicle aspirations, the statement noted.

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