Sime Darby Motors signs agreement to distribute BYD electric vehicles

PETALING JAYA: Leading local automotive player, Sime Darby Motors (SDM) Malaysia, today inked a distribution agreement with China's electric car maker BYD.

This will mark the entry of BYD’s electric vehicles (EV) for the Malaysian passenger car market, with SDM as the distributor.

(From left) Liu, Zhao, Gan and Andrew showing the distribution agreement documents .
(From left) Liu, Zhao, Gan and Basham showing the distribution agreement documents .

At an agreement signing at Sime Darby Motors City here, SDM Malaysia was represented by its managing director of retail and distribution, Jeffrey Gan, while BYD was represented by Eagle Zhao, managing director of BYD Malaysia Sdn Bhd and PT BYD Motor Indonesia.

Also present were SDM managing director Andrew Basham and

BYD Asia Pacific Auto Sales Division general manager Liu Xueliang.

The agreement will see SDM distributing BYD’s ATTO 3 and new e6 models. No timeframe was announced.

The agreement follows a similar arrangement by Proton to distribute the smart electric cars in Malaysia by Q4 2023.


Basham said the distribution agreement was in line with the group's commitment to encourage EV adoption among Malaysians.

“We are pleased to welcome BYD to our stable of world-class brands, enabling us to continue growing our EV pipeline of models. BYD is the world’s leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles and this partnership will bring BYD’s expertise to the Malaysian market through a wide range of EV models.

“Our collaboration with BYD is one of the steps Sime Darby Motors is taking towards our aim of becoming a leader in EV. This is also aligned with the Malaysian government’s push towards low carbon mobility,” he said.


Liu said Malaysia is a key market for BYD's expansion as there are vast opportunities for the EV ecosystem to grow and evolve.

“Given its proven track record and well-established presence in the automotive sector in the Asia Pacific region, we look forward to partnering with Sime Darby Motors to serve Malaysia’s growing EV demand,” he said.