Mercedes-Benz calls for fuel efficiency-based tax
KUALA LUMPUR: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd hopes the government will introduce the fuel efficiency or low carbon emission-based tax in the upcoming National Automotive Policy (NAP).
President and chief executive Roland Folger said such taxes will enable Malaysia to become an automotive hub for high quality vehicle and create a cleaner environment.
"Our ability to fully achieve our aspirations and implement sustainable mobility to its optimum level, particularly in Malaysia is highly dependent on the support system available with the right infrastructure," he said after Mercedes-Benz's briefing on The Road To Emission-Free Driving, here, yesterday.
The two crucial components in the effective implementation of sustainable mobility, said Folger, are the improvement of fuel quality and proper application of a tax incentive structure for True Energy Efficient Vehicle.
In terms of fuel quality, he hopes that the government would upgrade the current Euro 2 diesel to Euro 4 diesel.
The upgrade would enable Mercedes-Benz Malaysia to import its new hybrid car models into the country.
Folger said the introduction of its new hybrid cars is already in its short- to medium-term plan as the company has set aside RM250 million for the import and enhance its distribution network for the completely-knocked down models that are available in Malaysia.
"We are discussing with the government on matters related to tax incentives, upgrading fuel quality and proper infrastructure to enable Malaysia to become an automotive hub," he said.
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