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  • GST zero-rated: MINI prices reduced by up to RM19k

    BMW Group Malaysia has released a new price list for MINI that will come into effect from June 1, when the goods and services tax (GST) will be rolled back to 0% from the current 6%. The effective removal of GST was announced by the new Pakatan Harapan government two days ago, fulfilling a major campaign promise.

    These new prices – which are on-the-road excluding insurance – will remain in effect until the sales and services tax (SST) comes back in to replace GST. The latest update is that it will happen “in two, three months” time according to Tun Daim Zainuddin of the government’s Council of Eminent Persons. That’s a fairly large tax-free window of opportunity, should you want to take full advantage.

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    Without GST, savings range from RM11,241 for the MINI 5 Door Urbanite Edition to RM19,707 for the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. There are slight variations in the percentage of reduction, which is typically slightly less than 6% flat. This is because 6% GST is only applied on the selling price of a car (and in the case of CBU models, a Puspakom inspection fee), before GST-free registration essentials (road tax, registration fee, ownership endorsement fee) are added on.

    Buying a MINI from the official source will also get one four years of unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service, and MINI Black Card membership.

  • GST zero-rated: Honda absorbs 6% GST for Civic, City, CR-V and HR-V; rebates up to RM9.5k – May 18-31

    Honda Malaysia has announced a GST Bonus programme that will see it absorb the 6% goods and services tax (GST) on selected vehicles. This, after the newly-formed Government revealed that it will roll back GST to 0% (effective June 1) from the current 6%.

    The Honda models applicable for this are the City (non-hybrid), Civic, CR-V and HR-V. As expected, the rebates get bigger the more expensive the car is, ranging from RM4,282 for the City 1.5 S all the way up to RM9,497 for the CR-V 1.5 TC-P in White Orchid Pearl. These rebates go on top of those already offered for Honda’s Welcome Ramadan Rewards campaign, resulting in a saving of up to RM11,497.

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    Other models such as the Jazz, Jazz Hybrid, BR-V, Accord, Odyssey, Civic Type R and City Hybrid are not eligible. Instead, those models are only entitled to the aforementioned Ramadan bonus.

    The GST Bonus programme starts from May 18 to May 31. Honda Malaysia will soon announce its new vehicle pricing prior to the re-introduction of the Sales and Services Tax, or SST. In the meantime, you may read in further detail on how GST affects the selling price of a car, here.

  • GST zero-rated: Proton now offers GST rebate option

    Proton previously announced it would provide service vouchers to customers who purchased and registered their cars from May 16 to May 31 as a response to the ministry of finance’s (MoF) switch to zero-rated goods and services tax (GST). The national carmaker is now expanding that initiative by providing customers the option of a cash rebate as well.

    “Yesterday Proton announced an initiative to give Malaysian car buyers the benefit of paying zero-rated GST prices before it comes into effect. Today, we are giving them options on how they would like to receive this benefit, either as service vouchers or a cash rebate. There is now no reason to wait until June 1, 2018 to buy a new Proton as we have delivered the savings ahead of time,” said Abdul Rashid Musa, Proton’s VP of sales and marketing.

    As was the case with the service vouchers offered, the cash rebates will be equivalent in value to the difference between the current and new price of the car after GST is zero rated.

    Other initiatives include a 6% discount by Proton Customer Care on periodical maintenance (labour and periodical maintenance parts only) to all owners who bring their car in for servicing at authorised service centres. This service initiative will run from May 19 to May 31.

  • SST will return in two to three months’ time – Tun Daim

    As previously reported, the new government has announced the current goods and services tax (GST) will be revised from 6% to 0% on June 1. This will be followed by the reintroduction of the sales and service tax (SST), and it has now been revealed that such a move will take place within two to three months.

    This is according to Tun Daim Zainuddin, head of the government’s Council of Eminent Persons during a recent press conference. “SST can be established in two, three months,” he said, according to a report from The Edge. Daim didn’t explicitly state from when the timeframe will begin, but it is likely an ongoing process – GST zero-rated will apply till then.

    He added that the return of the SST is estimated to raise approximately RM30 billion and will mitigate the loss from GST collection. However, he did not disclose what the SST rate will be, which was previously set at 10%.

    With this revelation, consumers will enjoy a relatively lengthy “tax-free window” after June 1 until the SST comes into effect, with many car companies already releasing updated price lists sans GST. This includes UMW Toyota, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM), TC Subaru and BMW Group Malaysia, where price reductions on all models are realised, although not all at precisely 6%.

    Keep in mind that there is a likelihood that the implementation of the SST might result in car prices going above the GST zero-rated prices being offered from June 1, but we’ll have to wait for the exact SST rate to deduce anything further. For now, will you be looking to take advantage of the GST-free pricing?

  • GST zero-rated: Perodua to offer GST rebate in cash for sales, service and parts between May 18 to May 31

    Perodua has announced that it will fully reimburse the goods and services tax (GST) to customers who purchase a new Perodua vehicle between May 18 and 31, ahead of the implementation of zero-rated GST on June 1. The automaker added that the GST-based rebate will also be applicable to those who service their Perodua vehicle or buy parts during that particular timeframe.

    “Perodua will fully reimburse our valued customers the GST amount in cash upon registration or servicing of their vehicles as well as parts purchased,” Perodua Sales MD Datuk Dr Zahari Husin said.

    “Starting from tomorrow, May 19, our customers will receive an instant 6% cash rebate for vehicles serviced. For our customers who have made transactions at any of our service centres today (May 18), we will reimburse you in the form of e-vouchers, which is valid on June 1 onwards,” he explained.

    The company has also listed out the value of the GST-based rebate on all its vehicle models. In this case, the published GST rebate amounts are based on the vehicles’ nett selling price without GearUp accessories, insurance and other selling expenses.

    As previously mentioned in earlier reports, the 6% GST is only applied on the selling price of a car (and in the case of CBU models, a Puspakom inspection fee), with road tax, registration fee as well as an ownership endorsement fee going on top of that – with no GST applied – to form an on-the-road (OTR) price without insurance.

    Rebates start from RM1,345 for the Perodua Axia 1.0 Std E manual transmission, which means that the current OTR (without insurance) price of RM23,966 inclusive of GST for the model will now be RM22,621. The price drop goes all the way up to RM3,572 for the Alza 1.5 Advanced auto – priced before this at RM63,390 OTR without insurance, the car will go for RM59,818 with GST removed from the equation.

  • FIRST DRIVE: 2018 C27 Nissan Serena video review

    The C27 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid has finally arrived in CKD form, and the mild-hybrid MPV is available in two variants – Highway Star (RM135,500) and Premium Highway Star (RM147,500).

    To recap, power comes from a carryover MR20DD 2.0 litre direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine, now revised to make 150 PS at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm at 4,400 rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels through an Xtronic CVT, and assisting propulsion is a 2.6 PS/48 Nm ECO electric motor that provides torque boost for up to one second when moving away from a standstill.

    The model we reviewed in this video is of the Premium Highway Star variant, clad in the new Cashmere Gold paint with Imperial Umber roof. It’s also fitted with the two-tone Truffle Brown and Chestnut leather upholstery. Is it better than the outgoing C26 model? If so, by how much? Watch the video to find out!

    GALLERY: 2018 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid (Premium Highway Star)

  • BMW Motorrad removes GST from motorcycle prices

    In response to the Ministry of Finance directive that goods and services tax (GST) will be set at 0% effective June 1, BMW Motorrad Malaysia has released an updated price list for their motorcycle models. BMW Motorrad stated that the 0% GST rate will remain in effect till further notice is received from the Ministry of Finance.

    This reduction in tax does make some of the BMW Motorrad models slightly more attractive to the rider who purchases brand new. Its best-selling model, the R1200 GS adventure bike in base trim now goes for RM97,100, down RM5,800 from RM102,900.

    The bigger R1200 GS Adventure goes from RM114,900 to RM108,421, a drop of RM6,479. Reductions at the lower of the scale are much less, of course, with the G310 GS going for RM28,223, down RM1,677 and the mid-range F800 GS now priced at RM58,415, down from RM61,900.

    In the sports bike stage, the R1200 RS sports-tourer can be yours for RM96,157, a reduction of RM5,743 from the GST attached priced of RM101,900. Meanwhile, the S1000 RR super bike is now priced at RM102,761 from RM108,900, dropping RM6,139 with the removal of GST.

    As for the naked sports category in BMW Motorrad’s catalogue, the top-of-the-range R1200 R goes from RM97,900 to RM92,383 while the G310 R shows a less significant drop of RM1,508, going from RM26,900 to RM25,392. In the touring category, BMW Motorrad’s big six-cylinder machine, the K1600 GTL drops RM9,592 from RM169,900 to RM160,308.

    Greatest savings comes from the track-only HP4 Race, dripping in carbon-fibre and going to RM491,420 from RM520,900, a drop of RM29,480. What do you think dear reader? Is this enough to make you feel the effort of changing the government was worth it?

  • GST zero-rated: BMW prices reduced by up to RM70k

    Now that Volkswagen Malaysia has announced its price list with the goods and services tax (GST) rated at 0% from June 1, 2018, compatriot BMW has followed suit with its own revised list. The rolling back of GST was announced by the Pakatan Harapan ruling government earlier this week.

    These prices are on-the-road, excluding insurance, and will take effect until the sales and services tax (SST) is reinstated to replace GST. However, no date was given for the return of SST. Calculated thus, the savings for purchase of new BMW vehicles in Malaysia range from RM9,992 for the BMW 118i Sport, up to RM69,877 for the mid-engined, plug-in hybrid i8.

    The revised pricing appears to be interim, as BMW Malaysia states that prices are listed as such until further notice from the Ministry of Finance. Below is the table reflecting current prices before the change, after and the difference.

    “While we await further announcements and confirmation from the Ministry of Finance Malaysia, we look forward to continue serving our customers seamlessly. Rest assured, BMW Group Malaysia continues to offer the complete Premium Ownership experience,” said managing director and CEO of BMW Group Malaysia Harald Hoetzl.

    The revised prices include BMW’s five-year unlimited warranty with free scheduled service programme, 24-month tyre warranty programme for run-flat tyres, roadside assistance and accident hotline, the BMW Group Loyalty+ mobile app, BMW White Card and BMW Excellence Club membership programme, and BMW Service Online.

  • GST zero-rated: Subaru prices down by up to RM17k in June, Price Protection Scheme continues till August

    TC Subaru has released a new price list that will come into effect from June 1, when the goods and services tax (GST) will be rolled back to 0% from the current 6%. The effective removal of GST was announced by the new Pakatan Harapan government two days ago, fulfilling a major campaign promise.

    These new prices – which, typically for TC Subaru, are on-the-road excluding insurance but inclusive or standard discounts – will remain in effect until the sales and services tax (SST) comes back in to replace GST. The return of SST was not mentioned in the 0% GST announcement two days ago, but the finance ministry confirmed yesterday that SST will be back, although no date was given.

    Without GST, savings range from RM6,681 for the locally assembled XV 2.0i to RM17,460 for the CBU Japan WRX STI. There are slight variations in the percentage of reduction, which is typically slightly less than 6% flat. This is because 6% GST is only applied on the selling price of a car (and in the case of CBU models, a Puspakom inspection fee), before GST-free registration essentials (road tax, registration fee, ownership endorsement fee) are added on.

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    You might recall that Subaru was the first car company to respond to potential impact of price changes following Pakatan Harapan’s shock election win, due to the coalition’s promise to abolish GST. The Price Protection Scheme‘s aim was to shield customers from price fluctuations that were not on their side, and to counter the “wait and see” sentiment.

    The scheme spelled out that in the event of a price increase of any booked vehicle that is not yet registered due to tax regime changes, TC Subaru will honour the original (lower) price. If a car had been registered, and the new price is lower, the customer will receive service vouchers equal in value to the price difference (up to a limit of RM3,000).

    We now know for sure that prices will come down on June 1, so most potential customers will wait for next month to make a purchase. But if for some reason a customer wants to purchase a Subaru this month, he will be charged 6% GST before receiving service vouchers to make up the difference in return.

    In any case, the Price Protection Scheme will be in effect till August 18. We know that it’s a matter of when, not if SST will be back, and when it does, prices will surely be higher than in the June price list. So, the coming months will be a great time to buy a Subaru if you have been eyeing one.

  • 2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider, Softail Slim and Heritage Classic now in Malaysia, from RM121k ex GST

    Now in the Harley-Davidson showroom in Petaling Jaya is the 2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider at RM120,800, the 2018 Softtail Slim at RM123,000 and 2018 Heritage Classic beginning from RM148,100. All prices for 2018 Harley-Davidsons in Malaysia exclude GST from June 1, 2018.

    Carrying the Milwaukee 8 1,745 cc V-twin, the Low Rider comes in two versions for Malaysia – in Vivid Black at RM120,800 and in Wicked Red as pictured for RM122,700, dropping from RM128,048 and RM130,062. Fed by EFI, the Low Rider puts out 149 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm.

    A variant on its Softail line, the Softail Slim comes with bobber styling and the Milwaukee 8 engine, displacing 1,745 cc and producing 145 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm. Pricing for the Softail Slim in Vivid Black is RM123,000 and coloured paint will cost RM124,800, coming down from RM130,380 and RM132,288 for GST prices, respectively.

    The touring version of the Softail, the Heritage Classic, comes with 1950s styling and saddlebags. It is powered by two versions of the Milwaukee 8 – the 107 at 1,745 cc and 145 Nm of torque and the 114 which displaces 1,868 cc and 155 Nm of torque.

    As for pricing, the Heritage Classic comes in three paint options – Vivid Black, Colour and Two-tone. For the Heritage Classic 107, Vivid Black costs RM148,100, Colour at RM150,000 and Two-tone goes for RM152,000, while the Heritage Classic will cost RM160,000, RM161,800 and RM163,800, respectively.


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