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and the partner for the third national car is the partner for the second national car

And the partner for the third national car is the partner for the second national car?

Daihatsu will provide technological support to DreamEdge as it leads the third national car project with a launch date of early 2021

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Dinesh Appavu

9 Aug 2019

After a number of song and dance numbers around a few trees, the government has finally announced the company together with its partner to back up the third national car project and it would appear to be the very same partner behind the second national car project; Perodua.

Minister of International Trade and Industry; Datuk Darell Leiking, made the announcement at an event in Cyberjaya this morning.

DreamEdge will be leading the third endeavour. For those that haven’t heard of the firm, DreamEdge is an innovation and digital engineering services company that will get a helping technological hand from a familiar face; Daihatsu Motor Company, for the project.

The entire effort will be privately-funded but unlike Perodua, Daihatsu will not possess a stake or equity in the effort.

Much like details regarding the project prior to this, the announcement today didn’t give out much save for the body type of the first model and the expected launch date. It’ll be a plus-sized B-segment sedan powered by a regular internal-combustion engine or possibly a hybrid drivetrain.

Even the presentation during the briefing lacked any solid details. DreamEdge and Daihatsu will have an engineering capability model mocked up by the end of this month with recruitment set to begin in September. March 2020 will be the debut of the first prototype with an expected launch date of March 2021.

Although starting out with a focus on CAD/CAE modeling for product design, DreamEdge has, according to its website, been involved in turnkey projects for new vehicle development that comprises designing, prototyping and systems development for production.

Besieged by months of delays, the announcement will only serve to reignite the debate regarding the need for a third national car project and fuel public opinion on the matter. Prior to today’s announcement, the project was to deliver a prototype this year with production rolling out cars in 2020 but obviously that timeline has been revised… hopefully for the last time.