Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD signed a contract on September 28 with Sime Darby Motors (SDM) Malaysia, reaching a cooperation agreement regarding passenger cars. Under this deal, the latter will distribute BYD pure electric vehicles in Malaysia, including the Atto 3 (named the Yuan Plus in China) and the e6 EV model.
It was previously reported that SDM will take the lead in introducing 2,000 BYD electric vehicles for local sales before the end of this year, and will continue to introduce another batch of 10,000 BYD electric vehicles next year. It is worth mentioning that BYD’s general agent in Singapore is Vantage Automotive Limited, which is a subsidiary of SDM.
The Atto 3, which will enter Malaysia by virtue of this cooperation, went on sale in Thailand this month and has already gone on sale in Australia. This model uses a front motor with a rated power of 204 horsepower and torque of 310 Nm. It is equipped with a “blade battery” – that is, a lithium iron phosphate battery of 49.92 kWh (345km WLTP) or 60.48 kWh (420km WLTP), which supports fast charging and can be brought to 80% in 45 minutes.
As for the e6, it comes with a 71.7 kWh battery, a front-mounted motor, 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW), 180 Nm of power, and the WLTC is rated for 522 km, similar to the blade battery.
According to sales data, BYD sold 201,259 vehicles in September, including 200,973 passenger cars, up 154.3% year-on-year and 15.5% quarter-on-quarter. The sales volume of passenger cars, including 7,736 export vehicles, can be described as an excellent domestic and international sales performance. BYD’s cumulative sales volume so far this year has been 1,180,054 vehicles, showing a year-on-year increase of 249.56%.
While performing well in the Chinese market, BYD is also rapidly advancing its globalization goals. According to public information, BYD’s passenger car business abroad often cooperates with well-known local car dealers, and its store distribution network is constantly expanding.