After a 3-year hiatus from the Malaysian market, Suzuki could make a return here under the Berjaya Group.
According to a report by New Straits Times, Berjaya Group’s Vincent Tan is expected to fly to Japan early next month to sign a distributorship agreement with Suzuki Motor Corp, with Suzuki chairman Osamu Suzuki witnessing the signing at the company’s headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan.
Suzuki exited the Malaysian after entering a partnership with Proton back in 2015. The Proton and Suzuki partnership was short-lived and the only product to come out was the Ertiga.
Prior to its partnership with Proton, Suzuki was represented in Malaysia by DRB Hicom through a joint venture company called Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd, with the best-selling model being the Swift.
It was also reported that other local companies such as Sime Darby Berhad were interested in the Suzuki franchise.
Just to clarify, Berjaya Auto's name changed to Bermaz Auto after a management buyout back in 2016 as the company is no longer a major subsidiary under the Berjaya Corp Bhd.