Putrajaya is reportedly replacing its long-term Proton Perdana V6 Executive limousines with new Honda Accords. Although the move contradicts the National Automotive Policy (NAP) of using locally made cars for federal and state governments, it is said that the high maintenance of the Perdana V6 pushes the government to switch to the more reliable Accord. Meanwhile, the Pahang government has opted for the Volkswagen Passat as their new official cars.
Reports suggest that Putrajaya is interested in taking the Accord 2.4 variant while the Pahang government will purchase the 2.0-litre Passat. The Pahang government has also bought a unit of the Volkswagen Toureg.
Putrajaya and Pahang are not the first to change their official cars. In 2008, to replace their 2004 Perdana V6 Executives, the Terengganu government bought 14 units of the Mercedes-Benz E200 Kompressor costing RM3.43 million. In the same year, the Perak government bought 16 units of Toyota Camry 2.4Vs with the cost of approximately RM2.7 million. The Selangor government followed suit in 2009, purchasing 15 units of the same car for RM2.25 million, while the Sabah government opted for the Volvo S80s.
Between 2004 – 2007, Proton had talks with Volkswagen to build a Perdana replacement based on the Passat platform but the plan was cancelled when the German carmaker announced that partnership talks had failed. In 2005, Proton tried to tie up a with Mitsubishi Motors Australia to re-badge the Mitsubishi 380 as a new Perdana but the negotiation failed and the 380 sedan ceased production three years later. Proton also considered using the Proton Exora platform, the Nissan Fuga or sharing the chassis with the Honda Accord but that went sour too.