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Malaysia revamps auto policy with third national car in mind

Carmaker shifts gears to next-generation vehicles amid challenging market conditions

Workers assemble cars on an assembly line in the Proton manufacturing plant in Malaysia.    © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia unveiled on Friday a much-delayed automotive policy, hoping to stay ahead of Thailand and Indonesia by shifting the focus from energy-efficient cars to next-generation vehicles production for the region.

The National Automotive Policy 2020 also sought to redefine its national car classifications to accommodate a third national car maker, after China's Geely-backed Proton and Japan's Daihatsu-led Perodua.

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