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TOKYO: Honda Motor Co Ltd is in talks with the Malaysian government to replace the latter’s ageing fleet of Proton Perdana cars used by its ministers and deputy ministers.
Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd managing director and chief executive officer Yoichiro Ueno has confirmed ongoing talks between Honda Motor Co, Proton Holdings Bhd and its parent DRB-HICOM Bhd, and the government.
“Honda Motor Co is currently negotiating with the Proton management on a headquarters-toheadquarters basis, as well as with the government ... one of the options is to do a feasibility study.
“If Honda Motor, Proton and the government reach a consensus, then Honda Malaysia will be involved.
“At the moment, discussions are at a higher level between the management of Proton and Honda,” Ueno said here on the sidelines of a business seminar on investment and business opportunities
The seminar was led by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, who is leading a trade mission to Japan and South Korea until tomorrow.
Ueno was commenting on news reports that Honda is in talks with the government to replace its Perdana V6 Executive cars with the Honda Accord 2.4-litre model.
The report also stated that the Pahang government has opted for Volkswagen Passats.
Both models are assembled by DRB-HICOM at its production plant in Pekan, Pahang.
The new cars will be for ministers, deputy ministers and state executive councillors.
Ueno, however, declined to reveal the total replacement cost of the Perdana, the production of which was stopped in 2010 amid reports of high maintenance cost.
In 2008, the Terengganu state government replaced its 2004 Perdana V6 Executives with Mercedes-Benz E200 Kompressors.
Both Selangor and Perak have also replaced their Perdana cars with Toyota Camrys, while the Sabah government has opted for the Volvo S80s.