Daihatsu confirms its involvement with DreamEdge in development of Malaysia's new national car project

Daihatsu Motor Company (DMC) has confirmed the company’s involvement in Malaysia’s new national car project, which is being led by Malaysian company DreamEdge.

The confirmation came from Soichiro Okudaira, president of DMC, who spoke to Malaysian journalists at the sidelines of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. He said that the compact car specialist is in talks with DreamEdge, but did not elaborate on what the talks were about, or the extent of DMC’s participation in the project.

This is the first time we’ve heard about the new national car from an official partner source since the announcement on August 9 by the ministry of international trade and industry, which named DreamEdge as the lead company.

In August, DreamEdge CEO Khairil Adri Adnan said that the new national car would be an “exclusive model with a new approach to segmentation, and that it would be a plus-sized B-segment sedan (initially mentioned during the press conference as C-segment, and later corrected) equipped with either a regular ICE or hybrid powertrain. The car would be built by a contract manufacturer, with rumours of this being Daihatsu subsidiary Perodua.

At that point, DreamEdge and MITI had said that the engineering capability model mock-up was slated to be shown at the end of August, but that month came and passed without a word from either party.

They also said that mid-September would see the kick-start of additional recruitment for the project, and that the first model prototype of the new national car will be shown in March 2020, with the final product set to make its market debut in March 2021.

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