SUV Proton X70 price should be reduced, says Najib

KUALA LUMPUR : The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government and Proton should consider reducing the price of the sport utility vehicle (SUV) basic model Proton X70 by RM10, 000 or RM15, 000.

 Former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said, RM99,800 being the price of the SUV should be reduced so that many people can afford to buy it as the Malaysian government had helped a lot by providing easy loan and allocation for research and development (R&D).

“Many people like the shape and design of X70 and its sophisticated accessories but disappointed with the high price that ranges from RM99, 800 till RM123, 800.

“I still remember when the Barisan Nasional government announced to give easy loan (soft loan) and allocation for R&D to Proton with the cooperation of Geely, in the briefing we were given the impression that the sale price of Proton X70 would be between RM70, 000 to RM90, 000.

“At that time, I was told the SUV price in China started with RM63, 000 and the sale in Malaysia would be between 10% until 20% higher, following the differences in taxes and accessories,” Najib said in a statement posted on his facebook today (Dec.13).

Meanwhile the Standard 2WD (two wheel drive) is priced RM99,800, Executive 2WD at RM109,800;  RM115,800 for Executive AWD (all-wheel drive) and RM123,800 for Premium 2WD.

All prices are on the road without insurance and the prices are the same in all states including Sabah and Sarawak.

The prices were announced during the X70 official launch by Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Wednesday (Dec.12) evening.

Dr. Mahathir in his speech hopes the collaboration between Proton Holdings Bhd. and Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group (Proton-Geely) will produce a truly Malaysian car in the future, reported a local news agency.

Since teaming up with Geely, Proton has made progress including the launch of its first SUV the X70. – Malaysia World News  

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