The Naza Group of Companies began operations in 1974 as a motor trading company by the late Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin. He later expanded the companies in the group to include automotive franchises, property development, hotel management and food and beverage (F&B).
The group captured its first automotive franchise in the late 90s from South Korean carmaker, Kia Motors Corporation, through its unit, Naza Kia Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which later in 2001 became a full-fledged auto assembler with the introduction of the locally-assembled Kia Spectra. In 2008, the Naza Group's unit, Nasim Sdn Bhd, became the exclusive distributor of the French marquee, Peugeot. Following the group's success in marketing the Peugeot brand in Malaysia, the French carmaker announced in 2010 Malaysia will be made its hub for the Asean region.
Subsequently in 2013, PSA Peugeot Citroën appointed Naza Group as the official distributor for the Citroën brand in Malaysia. Besides Kia and Peugeot, the Naza Group is also the official distributor for Ferrari, Koenigsegg, Maserati, Brabus, Chevrolet, Harley-Davidson, Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia, Gilera, Indian Motorcycle and Ducati in Malaysia.
Naza Automotive Manufacturing in Gurun, Kedah is the assembly plant of the Naza Group, producing Kia, Peugeot and Citroen vehicles for the Malaysian market as well as export to Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and Australia. On property development, Naza TTDI is the developer for several high-impact property projects namely KL Metropolis and Platinum Park in Kuala Lumpur and TTDI Gateway in Shah Alam, as well as renowned townships such as Taman Tun Dr Ismail, TTDI Grove Kajang and TTDI Alam Impian.
Besides the automotive and property development businesses, the Naza Group is also involved in the F&B industry as the franchise holder of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co chain, GyuKaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant chain and Morelli's Gelato chain in Malaysia and the master license holder for TuttiFrutti Frozen Yogurt in Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and India. For more information on the Naza Group of Companies, please visit www.naza.com.my