Proton New Energy Technology Sdn Bhd (PRO-NET) has just appointed Edaran Omobil Nasional (EON) as an official dealer for the upcoming Smart brand in Malaysia. EON is the second-appointed dealer for the brand in Malaysia after Hap Seng Smart.
Following these two dealer announcements, PRO-NET will soon announce five other dealerships that it has appointed. EON is an automotive retail arm of DRB-HICOM. The retail arm represents brands such as Proton, Volkswagen, Audi, Mitsubishi, and Isuzu.
PRO-NET CEO, Zhang Qiang said, “We are very excited to be partnering with a well-established and trusted brand in the automotive industry. Pro-Net believes EON’s vast knowledge and experience coupled with DRB-Hicom’s extensive customer reach will create an ideal synergy that will propel smart Malaysia’s vision to great heights.”
DRB-HICOM CEO and head of automotive distribution, Akkbar Danial said, “EON is committed to contribute towards the success of this new partnership. We are led by a dynamic team with vast experience which gives us the advantage to create synergy with smart Malaysia to meet the demand for the smart #1 and yield a significant impact on the local market. We have chosen to start our pure EV journey from our iconic building along the Glenmarie automotive corridor to serve customers from the region.”
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The upcoming Smart vehicle is the Smart #1. It is a fully-electric car with a single-motor rear-wheel drive (RWD) powertrain that makes 272 hp (metric) and 343 Nm and provides a 6.7-second century sprint time. The Smart #1 houses a 66-kWh battery pack that provides an all-electric driving range of 420-440 km on the WLTP test cycle. There is also a Brabus-tuned version of the Smart #1 with a dual-motor setup.
Set to launch in Malaysia in the fourth quarter of 2023, the Smart #1 scored a perfect 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test in November 2022.
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