ACIM to promote sustainability of the local automotive industry
As one of Malta’s mayor economic players, employing over 600 technical and administration personnel, the automotive industry in Malta will be embarking on a sustainable strategic plan which would enable it to meet the present and future challenges of the industry. The plan seeks to promote cleaner and safer personal transport alternatives, which can only be achieved through the sale of new cars.
This was announced by the president of the Association of Car Importers Malta (ACIM) Joseph A. Gasan during a business breakfast held a Villa Arrigo in San Pawl tat-Targa. Mr Gasan also announced throughout this campaign ACIM, will be promoting two main messages, ‘Choose safety. Choose new’ and ‘Choose environment. Choose new’.
The business breakfast was also addressed by the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon Joe Mizzi who shared his views on the Government’s commitment to enhance the sustainability of the industry as well as introduce initiatives which are aimed at improving traffic management.
Mr Gasan added that for the industry to remain sustainable, ACIM is recommending a number of initiatives including the setting-up of a permanent scrappage scheme, the lowering of the registration tax, improved incentives for electric and hybrid vehicles and better regulation of foreign registered cars. From its end, ACIM needs to be more proactive in its endeavour to encourage consumers to invest in brand new vehicles which are equipped with the latest technologies and inform consumers to entrust such cars to authorised repair centres which are equipped with cutting-edge equipment and informed technicians.
Mr Gasan went on to explain that when consumers buy new cars they are investing in their family’s safety, as car manufacturers are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the cars that they produce boast of the highest safety levels.
Another important characteristic of the new car industry is the respect and commitment towards the environment. Today, Mr Gasan explained, “I am proud to report that ACIM members have contributed in no small way to reduce Malta’s carbon footprint, by importing vehicles which are low on emissions and also fuel efficient.” All new motor vehicles being imported by the members of our association are EURO 6 certified. This certification has been a major achievement for new motor vehicles with regulated emissions being slashed to near-zero levels.
In conclusion Mr Gasan explained that ACIM was set up in 1960 and is made up of 13 long standing family owned businesses which bring together the importers of new passenger cars and commercial vehicles. ACIM members are major contributors to the economy and are continuously investing in training and technology to keep abreast with the technological advancements of their principals and car manufacturers.