Making Malaysia Safer and Better Since 1966

A decade into independence, Malaysia was just establishing its industrial debut on the world’s stage which included an automotive policy to accelerate national industrialisation through the local assembly of vehicles and manufacturing of automobile components. Volvo Car Manufacturing Malaysia (previously known as Swedish Motor Assemblies Sdn. Bhd.) were among the first to respond to the government’s worldwide call for technology transfer, local skill development and foreign investment.

They then became the first foreign carmaker to establish an automotive assembly plant in the country. Situated in the heartland of Shah Alam, it is one of Malaysia’s longest surviving car-making plants. Volvo’s assembly plant commenced operations in March 1967 with production of the Volvo 144 – the first car proudly assembled in Malaysia and a big step forward for the nation’s automotive industry. Considering the Shah Alam plant was also Volvo’s first outside of its home country of Sweden, this was a tremendous distinction for Malaysia.

Volvo has shared a long history with Malaysia, growing in tandem with the country’s development by introducing automotive innovations and providing more Malaysian drivers access to Swedish style and safety.  The locally-assembled Volvo 144 was followed swiftly with many more models over the years, featuring Volvo’s landmark inventions such as the three-point seatbelt and the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) – safety features which are now standard on all modern cars today.

In 2016, Volvo Car Malaysia was the first luxury car brand to introduce a locally assembled plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) through the Volvo XC90 Recharge – an effort that supported the government’s ambition of transforming Malaysia into an ASEAN hub for Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEVs). At the time, Malaysia was the only country outside of Sweden to assemble the all-new Volvo XC90 Recharge. Later in 2021, Volvo Car Malaysia became the first automotive car maker in Malaysia to offer a complete lineup of plug-in hybrids.

In 2022, Volvo Car Malaysia marked another turning point for the Malaysian automotive industry, with the launch of the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, the country’s first locally assembled fully-electric car. Through the capabilities of its local assembly plant, Volvo further spurred the local electric vehicle scene to support the country’s Twelfth Malaysia Plan (12MP) in accelerating the adoption of EEVs. Subsequently, Malaysia also became Volvo’s hub to export its Pure Recharge models to the ASEAN region, building on its existing export network.

Volvo, born in Sweden but rooted in Malaysia for 57 years, continues its mission to give car owners the freedom to move in a personal, sustainable and safe way. Since the announcement of its electrification agenda in 2022, which aims to offer only a fully-electric range by 2030 while becoming a climate-neutral company by 2040, Volvo is leading drivers’ transition towards electrification one step at a time.

For Volvo, the future is electric, and this vision is asserted towards making a better tomorrow for Malaysia. While it has ambitious plans to pivot fully towards electric cars, it also acknowledges that there are drivers who need time to adapt to an electric lifestyle. Every driver is different with diverse needs and daily commutes, and the anxiety of having sufficient electric range is still a significant barrier to electric vehicle ownership.

Volvo Car Malaysia has a complete line-up of PHEVs that are fitted with both electric and petrol powertrains to address this. With a hybrid powertrain, drivers can go fully electric in their daily commutes with up to 90km of range such as in the Volvo XC90 Recharge.

When battery power runs out such as during unexpected longer journeys, Volvo PHEVs can fall back on the cars’ hybrid “back-up plan” with the petrol engine working in tandem with regenerative charging for more efficient petrol consumption. Thus, PHEVs can reduce or even eliminate tailpipe emissions with every drive.

For drivers ready to make the immediate switch to pure electric driving, the Volvo XC40 and C40 Pure Recharge models are available today with up to 450km of range from a full charge, going from a standstill to 100kph in a brisk 4.7 seconds.

From now until 30 September 2023, customers who purchase a new Volvo Recharge Pure Electric model (XC40 Recharge Pure Electric or C40 Recharge Pure Electric) with Volvo Car Financial Services will enjoy the benefits of instant final price reduction worth RM20,000 with additional savings via a principal reduction method. There are the benefits of a shorter financing tenure with no exit fees upon early settlement. This promotion is also applicable when you order the Volvo XC40 Pure Recharge or Volvo C40 Pure Recharge online at

Similarly, customers who purchase any Volvo hybrid electric vehicle within the same time period will enjoy complimentary car insurance and VSP (5-year Volvo Service Plan) worth almost RM20,000. VSP is a comprehensive car service package valued at RM12,900 that covers your first five car services including wear-and-tear items and labour costs, free software updates and vehicle health checks, while the complimentary car insurance for the first year is worth RM7,000.

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