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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia seeks Toyota and Nissan's help for national car project

Contact made by unnamed company while delegation schedules talks with Daihatsu

In a speech on Aug. 7, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad spoke of environmental-friendly cars, such as Toyota hybrid vehicles, as the choice for the future.    © Reuters

FUKUOKA, Japan -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday that assistance had been sought from Japanese automakers including Nissan Motor and Toyota Motor for a potential third national car project.

Mahathir told reporters on the sidelines of a four-day working visit to the city of Fukuoka that accessing Japanese automotive expertise would be "essential" to manufacturing cars to modern standards.

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