Automobile Companies Must Upgrade And Innovate, Says Dr MBy Zarul Effendi Razali
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 (Bernama) -- Automobile companies must upgrade and innovate or otherwise see a rapid inglorious end, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The former prime minister cited examples of well-known old makes which have disappeared, especially British cars.
"We no longer see British Austins and Morris, the German Borgward and the Studebaker and Hudson of America and many others," he told a special luncheon keynote address at the third Kuala Lumpur International Automotive Conference 2010 here Thursday.
With much innovation going into a vehicle, Dr Mahathir said the model and brand which offered the most powerful torque, higher speed and good road handling, were the ones that would sell well.
At the same time, there are also specialty cars carrying well-known brands and selling only in limited numbers each year but they can still survive because of their special attributes, he said.
Dr Mahathir said it would be difficult for a company to survive if it cannot sell in the world market.
"Though brands and makes may have disappeared, he said, the use of automobile as personal transport will always be there because of the demand from the people.
"No matter how good the public transport system, the automobile will still remain with us for the possible future.
"In fact, people would rather rent a house and be quite happy, but no one could rent a car except for temporary use away from home," he said.
Dr Mahathir predicted that there would be less number of players in the automotive industry but the industry itself would not disappear.
He said that only the aggressive and people with extensive research development capacity would remain.
As for Malaysia, Dr Mahathir said the country has too many cars and the price was too low.
He pointed out that in 1985 when Proton was launched, annual vehicle sales was about 50,000 but now the number is 570,000 annually.
"Therefore, we need to raise the price through high taxes to reduce the number of cars," said Dr Mahathir, who is also advisor to Proton Holdings Bhd, the national carmaker.
He said the number of cars could be reduced with efficient and non-polluting mass transit electrified rail system and electric power railways.
Aku ada buat survey :
Harga kereta Toyota Camry dan kemampuan seorang guru membelinya di Malaysia, Indonesia, USA dan Singapore:
gaji asas guru 1st degree usd4000 (monthly)
..4.9 kali ganda gaji
Gaji guru sebulan rupiah 3,000,000.
...151 kali ganda gaji
Sing dollar 130,000
Gaji asas guru 1st degree..sing dollar 2,900
..44.8 kali ganda gaji
gaji asas guru 1st degree rm1600
106 kali ganda gaji
Itu belum dikira kereta nasional yang sangat mahal berbanding kos pembuatan yang jauh lebih rendah jika dibandingkan kereta nasional negara lain ( nisbah dengan pendapatan penduduk golongan sederhana)
3 GOLONGAN YG BUAT UNTUNG
1.Kerajaan melalui cukai tinggi
2.Proton, Naza, Produa
Naik taraf sistem pengangkutan awam, InsyaAllah tak perlu banyak kereta