Malaysian Carmaker Promises Hybrid Model for 2012

DRB-HICOM is a distributor and assembler of prime foreign marques as well as local vehicles such as Proton, HICOM Perkasa and Modenas.

Published: 30-Dec-2009

SHAH ALAM -- Malaysian automotive conglomerate, DRB-HICOM Bhd, aims to introduce its own hybrid car by 2012 in line with the government's objective to promote hybrid and electric vehicles and development of related infrastructure.

Group director of automotive, Datuk Nik Hamdam Nik Hassan, said the company was currently in talks with three potential partners to manufacture the car and hoped to finalise the deal next year.

"Besides the assemble, we want to have our own hybrid car that we can call it HICOM hybrid. It will take 18 to 24 months to have this car to come on stream," he told a media briefing on the company's automotive business update here on Wednesday.

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