It looks like Penang Chief Minister will be rolling in 2014 in style, as his new ride with the customary PG1 number plate is a long wheelbase W221 Mercedes-Benz S300L in Palladium Silver with a grey interior. Photos of the freshly registered car uploaded by dealership personnel appeared on Facebook earlier today.
According to sources, only one unit was procured from Lowe Motors, a Mercedes-Benz Malaysia dealership in Georgetown, Penang. Being a government purchase, no tax was paid on it. The car comes with a four year unlimited mileage warranty and is locally assembled in Pekan, Pahang.
Given that the new W222 S-Class has already been released, this previous generation car must have been procured at quite a bit of savings. A quick check for brand new S-Class on oto.my Malaysian car classifieds reveals a brand new year 2012 unregistered car advertised by an official Mercedes-Benz Malaysia dealer for RM560k (with tax), which is a reduction of RM100k from the car’s new price. (new cars cost RM860k for the S350).
The PG1 number plate used to be on an 18 year old W140 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It was moved for a brief period to a black Toyota Camry that was part of the new fleet of Toyota Camry 2.5V purchased as the state’s official car at a cost of RM113,500 per car – tax free as well.