New fuel pricing may trigger decline in luxury auto purchase

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New fuel pricing may trigger decline in luxury auto purchase

Postby admin » Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:54 am

JOHOR BARU: Sales of luxury cars will decline with the new ruling that cars with bigger engine capacity will pay more for fuel, say car dealers.

Proton showroom manager Abu Bakar Ahmad said many customers were holding back purchasing the Perdana due to the recent announcement.

“I hope the 2,000cc Perdana will be exempted from the new ruling. Currently, the Perdana is doing quite well because it is not as expensive as foreign models with the same engine capacity.”

Abu Bakar also explained that any ruling should be in the best interest of national cars.

Naza Kia Sdn Bhd assistant sales manager Adha Idzuan (pic) said most of its customers preferred fuel-efficient vehicles.

“It doesn’t matter if they are purchasing big cars or small ones, everyone is feeling the pinch paying for petrol.

“The new ruling will definitely affect the sales of cars with bigger engine capacity,” he said.

However, Mutiara Motors Sdn Bhd assistant manager Mohd Effendy Abd Razak said the drop in sales would not be so evident for high-end luxury cars.

“Our customers are also conscious of prices but they purchase expensive cars because it is their passion.

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