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  • GST: All Proton models now cheaper, by up to 3.25%

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    Proton has announced its new car prices following the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which comes into effect today. Prices across the automaker’s model range have dropped, with a reduction of up to RM1,475 or 3.25% from pre-GST prices.

    The new on-the road prices includes all models in the Proton line-up, covering the Saga, Persona, Inspira, Satria Neo, Exora, Preve, Suprima S, and Iriz.

    The automaker’s entry-level model, the Saga SV 1.3 MT, is now cheaper by RM803 post-GST, while the RM1,475 reduction mentioned earlier is for the Iriz 1.3 CVT Standard, which has seen its old price of RM45,540 being revised to RM43,975.

    Proton GST pricelist

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    “Consumers can now look forward to not only value-for-money cars but cars with enhanced quality and safety features. For example, consumers can now buy a Proton Saga from as low as RM33,242 or a Preve 1.6L CVT Executive at RM61,023. All these prices have taken into account the 6% GST and are the on- the-road prices,” said Proton CEO Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah.

    We have updated the above price list to include all available variants in the model ranges. For a complete look at GST and its impact on car prices, read our detailed report on the subject.

  • GST: Honda Malaysia releases new prices – all CKD models cheaper by RM500-2,500, Odyssey pricier

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    Honda Malaysia has released its full GST price list – all locally-assembled (CKD) models and their variants are cheaper by between RM500 and RM2,500 except for the fully-imported (CBU) Odyssey, which sees an increase of RM1,008 for the EX and RM513 for the EXV.

    The Odyssey is Honda Malaysia’s only CBU model – all other models are assembled in Pegoh, Melaka. The company attributes the differences in price drops to the different features and accessories in each model and variant, and says the price drops are due to savings from the implementation of GST being passed down to the consumer.

    “In the automotive industry, the difference in the car prices is not as straightforward as 10% minus 6% as there are many factors involved. The main difference in the tax calculation is the difference in the taxable base for SST (Sales and Services Tax) and GST,” said Honda Malaysia MD and CEO Yoichiro Ueno.


    “For example, the SST was based on the distributor’s value of the car and is then charged 10% tax excluding dealer margins, transportation costs, handling fee, accessories and other miscellaneous distribution costs while GST is charged based on the final selling price of the car on the road.”

    And it’s not just the cars themselves – Honda Malaysia has also announced that its spare parts will now be cheaper by 3.7% on average, across all models. GST will be added to the labour charge, but the total maintenance cost is estimated to be reduced by 2-4%, depending on the model.

    “We hope that the market will stabilise promptly after the introduction of GST. We will also continue to work closely with our suppliers and dealers, and monitor our finance processes to ensure the correct calculation of the GST in order to avoid under-charging or over-charging of the new GST,” Ueno said.

  • GST: New BMW Malaysia price list – all same as before

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    We now have BMW Malaysia’s full GST-adjusted price list and well, if you’ve been hoping for a price reduction of some sort, you’re not in luck. Everything on the list seems to be the same as the equivalent pre-GST prices.

    As you can see, BMW Malaysia markets quite a number of models here. The 1 Series hatchback, standard 3, 5 and 7 Series sedans, coupes, convertibles, full-fledged M models, X series SUV, you’ll find them all on that single list.

    For a more detailed overview of all the models that on sale in Malaysia, check out our sister site

  • GST: Toyota, Lexus cars cheaper by up to RM4k or 2%


    Not everything will be more expensive with the new Goods and Services Tax (GST), certainly not cars from Toyota and Lexus. But it’s not as simple as 6% GST replacing the old 10% sales tax for a 4% reduction either, as UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) is keen to explain.

    “There will be price reduction up to RM4,000 or 2% for Toyota and Lexus models. UMW Toyota Motor vehicles will pass 100% of the cost savings to the customers upon purchasing any Toyota and Lexus models during the new tax structure’s implementation,” said UMWT president Datuk Ismet Suki.


    A UMWT press statement explained that under the GST regime, there are different implications to businesses in various areas ranging from tax computation, collection, refunds, reconciliation to costing, as compared to the outgoing Sales and Services Tax (SST) system. See the attached chart for a better idea of how GST works, and read our GST feature to learn more.

    Affirming UMWT’s support for the implementation of the GST, Ismet said the company would be transparent in its business transactions and will strictly adhere to the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2014.

    There has been an issue of pre-GST stocks being “double taxed” but UMWT has committed to not transfer increased cost of business to customers, even for pre-GST stocks. Also note that the price reduction in question here exclude insurance, which will now be subject to its own 6% GST.

    We will update you with the prices of Toyota and Lexus models with GST once they are released.

  • GST: Renault revamps prices, decrease of up to 1.12%

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    Following the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) today, Renault has announced a range-wide price update. The entire lineup will see a decrease with up to 1.12% touted. For starters, the CKD Renault Fluence is now priced at RM113,888 on-the-road (OTR) without insurance – a separate 6% charge will be imposed on insurance costs.

    The most significant decrease in price on any Renault model is reflected in the CBU Megane RS 265 Sport with a RM2,111 decline. The aforementioned decrease of 1.12% comes courtesy of the updated price for the CBU Renault Koleos which sees a new tag of RM178,888 OTR without insurance, as opposed to the earlier figure of RM180,921.

    Renault GST pricelist Sheet1 copy

    Not GST-related but new nonetheless is Renault’s decision to attach a varying price tag for its assembled-in-France Clio RS 200 depending on colour options. Going for a Flamme Red Clio will now cost you RM171,888 OTR without insurance post-GST while ordering a black, silver or white variant requires you to part with RM168,888. The Clio RS 200 Red Pack now costs RM170,888 OTR without insurance.

    GALLERY: Renault Clio RS 200 Red Pack

  • GST: New Peugeot price lists released – no changes

    Peugeot vehicles in Malaysia will carry over the same prices into the GST era, official local distributor Nasim has confirmed. These new price lists, 16 in all, match the previous on-the-road with insurance figures, so it’s all status quo as far as Peugeot is concerned.

    From the B-segment 208 to the top-of-the-range 508 GT, they’re all there, except for the soon-to-be-launched 2015 Peugeot 308 THP, 508 SW GT and the RCZ coupe models. Prices of the latter two models will be confirmed at a later date, while the post-GST price list of the second-gen 308 has already been leaked.

    The all-new 408 Sedan and the facelifted 508 range will be introduced to our market later this year, while the updated 208 hatchback will arrive sometime next year.

  • GST: Citroen prices stay as before – still RM118k-190k

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    Naza Euro Motors has announced the post-GST prices of new Citroen models in Malaysia, and surprise, surprise, they remain exactly the same as before. Those interested can check out the official price lists of the DS3 VTi 120, DS4 THP163, DS5 THP156 and Grand C4 Picasso e-HDi embedded here.

    The model line-up – all locally assembled – starts from RM117,888 for the stylish B-segmenter DS3. The C-segment DS4 goes for RM149,888, while the larger DS5 brings it up to RM188,888 (below).

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    At the top of the pile sits the diesel-powered Grand C4 Picasso seven-seat MPV, which is priced at RM189,888. All prices stated here are on-the-road with insurance figures.

    Two more models will soon join the existing four: the C3 VTi 120 and Grand C4 Picasso THP163. Recently previewed, the pair is estimated to be priced around RM105,000 and RM183,000 respectively.

    Citroen DS3 VTi 120

    Citroen DS4 THP163

    Citroen DS5 THP156

    Citroen Grand C4 Picasso e-HDi

    Citroen C3 VTi 120

    Citroen Grand C4 Picasso THP163

  • Fuel prices unchanged for April, RON 97 with 6% GST

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    UPDATE:This story has been revised as of 1.30 am, April 1.

    The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism ministry (KPDNKK) has announced that fuel prices will remain the same for April 2015 – RON 95 petrol will continue to be priced at RM1.95 a litre, RON 97 petrol at RM2.25 a litre and diesel at RM1.95 a litre. However, a KPDNKK spokesperson told Bernama that RON 97 petrol will be subject to the 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) from April 1.

    We decided to check on just how GST would be incorporated into the selling price of RON 97, heading out to fill up so we could get our hands on a receipt, which would show the mechanism of the tax within the RON 97 pricing structure.

    We had initially reported that the inclusion of GST would effectively raise the price of RON 97 to RM2.385 a litre. It turns out that this isn’t the case – RON 97 essentially remains unchanged in price at RM2.25 per litre, and this is with GST included in the per litre retail price.

    As shown in the receipt of our example fill, we pumped 16.448 litres of RON 97, amounting to RM37. The amount of 6% GST is listed in the receipt, but does not add to pricing per se (the particular receipt looks confusing because it was a ‘full tank’ fill off a RM100 deposit). Which means that however manner you choose to fill up (by litre or a set amount), RON 97 will always be priced at its retail point, GST inclusive.

    Thanks to reader Jean, whose comment prompted us to verify the GST structure in RON 97 petrol.

  • 2015 Toyota Camry – specs and equipment released

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    UMW Toyota Motor has released official specifications of the updated 2015 Toyota Camry, which will be launched on April 2. A new engine, a new hybrid variant and added kit – let’s go through all of them, shall we?

    First up, what’s under the bonnet. As mentioned previously, the Camry gets an all-new engine – a 6AR-FSE 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine with VVT-iW and D-4S direct and port injection. Producing 167 PS at 6,500 rpm and 199 Nm at 4,600 rpm (17 PS and 9 Nm from before), it finally ditches the old four-speed automatic transmission for a six-speed unit with Super-ECT.

    The new mill is capable of running on both Otto and Atkinson cycles, the latter for better efficiency. As such, it achieves a combined ECE-rated fuel consumption figure of 7.3 litres per 100 km, down from 8.3 litres per 100 km previously.

    Bigger news is the availability of a new 2.5 Hybrid model, which mates a 2AR-FXE 2.5 litre VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine (160 PS at 5,700 rpm and 213 Nm at 4,500 rpm) with a 105 PS/270 Nm electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery. Combined, they produce a total system power output of 205 PS and deliver a combined fuel consumption of 5.2 litres per 100 km.

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    Two trim levels are available for the 2.0 litre – the base 2.0E and the mid-level 2.0G, doing away with the recent 2.0G X variant. Both models now come with HID projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, dual exhaust outlets, keyless entry and push-button start, but otherwise equipment levels remain the same.

    The 2.0E gets manually-adjustable fabric seats, a basic radio and CD/MP3 player with USB and iPod connectivity, six speakers, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear air vents and an Optitron instrument cluster with a new full-colour multi-info display. Going up to the 2.0G nets you eight-way power-adjustable leather seats, cruise control and security and solar film for the windows.

    Sitting at the top of the range, the 2.5 Hybrid replaces the old 2.5V and comes with automatic LED twin-projector headlights, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a new seven-inch touchscreen navigation system with Bluetooth connectivity and reverse camera, a 10-speaker JBL Green Edge Tech sound system, a Panasonic Nanoe air ioniser and Qi wireless charging. We don’t get the Thai-market car’s power-reclining rear seats and triple-zone climate control, though.

    Click to enlarge the comparison tables.

    Last but not least, we come to safety – the 2.5 Hybrid gets the full complement of seven airbags (including one for the driver’s knee), VSC, Hill Start Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), but misses out on pre-crash alert, lane departure warning and dynamic radar cruise control, all of which come on cars from across the northern border.

    As before, the 2.0 litre models get two airbags – on par with the Honda Accord but behind the six-airbags-as-standard Nissan Teana. Disappointingly, the base 2.0E soldiers on without VSC, either. On the options list for the 2.0 litre models is an aerokit derived from the Thai-market Extremo variant, a seven-inch touchscreen DVD-AVN system with Bluetooth and a reverse camera, as well as security and solar film for the 2.0E.

    All that remains to complete the puzzle are prices for all variants, which we’ll find out during the launch of the 2015 Toyota Camry in two days time.

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    2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5HV

  • SPYSHOTS: New BMW 7-Series M Sport pack sighted

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    We’ve already featured spyshots of new BMW 7-Series quite a few times before, and we’ve even seen the car completely undisguised in some facility, but this is the first time we’re featuring what appears to be a 7-Series shod with an M Sport package on test.

    Here’s a comparison of the front view – the regular car is on the left and the M Sport is on the right. Generally, M Sport cars use V-shaped central air intakes while true M cars use an inverted V instead.

    We know this is an M Sport and not a true M7 because although the camo on the car makes it look like it could be an M7, look close enough and you’ll see a proper V shape behind the camo on the right.

    On the rear, these two cars look similiar because of all the camo covering the rear bumper design, but if you look closely you’ll see a diffuser-like cutout on the bumper of the car on the right – that’s the M Sport model.

    If this was a proper M7, we’ll probably be looking at quad tail pipes. So yes, no M7… yet?

    GALLERY: Next generation BMW 7-Series M Sport spyshots

    GALLERY: Next generation BMW 7-Series spyshots


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