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The Launch Of 2023 Proton Exora in Malaysia

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Wapcar – It is probably the most profitable vehicle for Proton after the Proton story. Why? Well, Exora has been on sale for 13 years and has only had an upgrade (last five) in 13 years with a few technical changes. This means that all supplier parts and technology costs have been paid for, and these are only minor changes that a handful of vendors have to work on to bring a new model into the rooms.

Also, there is NO real price rival for 2023 Proton Exora. Today, the closest is Mitsubishi Xpander and Honda BR-V, the price is 50% higher. Years ago, we sold Honda Stream (double price) and  Honda Freed. You can then choose to purchase a refurbished Toyota Wish for about 50% more. 

So the Exora has been commercially successful over the years without any real interference and even as the improved Suzuki  Ertiga arrives in Proton showrooms, there is little competition. because Exora is larger and has some persistence in the design language that allows it to continue to be popular. 

So there will finally be a BRAND NEW Proton Exora this year? Well, during the recent Proton Saga facelift, the management team hinted at the release of three new models this year and we assume that a brand new Exora will be one of the new models. there. Geely Auto, 

Proton’s 49.9% technical and commercial partner,  has a midsize pickup truck in the barn and it’s called  Geely Jia Ji. Like the Exora in terms of shape and design language, the Geely Jia Ji is expected to launch this year to replace that 13-year-old pickup truck. 

Geely Jia Ji has four powertrain options and it is the 1.5L turbocharged 3-cylinder model that we believe will arrive in showrooms in Malaysia as it is the same engine currently in use. in the Proton X50 crossover and the same engine will be introduced in the upcoming Proton X70 facelift. The Jia Ji has a hybrid powertrain, but we’re sure it won’t be introduced as an expensive hybrid powertrain would drive up the launch price. 

Proton is expected to launch the car at a retail price close to the current Exora, priced from RM59,800 to RM66,800. Therefore, we assume the price of Exora 2023 is between RM69,800 and RM78,800. Let’s wait and see. 

The Geely Jia Ji is reasonably sized with a 2805mm wheelbase, 4706mm long, 1909mm wide and 1690mm tall. Jia Ji’s cabin will have three rows of seats, and the rear passengers will have their own safety and climate control features. Drivers have a 12.3-inch central display and you can expect all the comfort and entertainment features of the Proton X50 to be shared in the latest Proton Exora. 

In terms of modifications, the Exora’s exterior now features the latest Proton logos on the grille and tailgate, and the rear fog lights have been removed.  LED daytime running lights have remained exclusive to the Premium since the 2017 update, as are the  16-inch two-tone alloy wheels. The front end is also the only one with side skirts,  rear spoiler,  black roof and black tailgate trim. 

Inside, the Premium now has full leather seats instead of half leatherette. As with the exterior, you’ll also find the current Proton logo on the steering wheel. Aside from these changes, everything else in the cabin remains unchanged from before, including the 2-3-2 seating arrangement with the second row folding 60:40 and the third row folding 50:50. 

In terms of equipment, the Executive comes with halogen headlights, 16-inch monochrome alloys (also replaced from before), manual-folding rearview mirrors,  urethane steering wheel, multi-information display instrument cluster, upholstered seats cloth, manual climate control with rear vents and N95 cabin filter,  standard head unit with Bluetooth and four speakers. 

Premium builds on the Executive by including the aforementioned LED DRLs, two-tone alloys, exterior accessories and full leatherette upholstery, as well as a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel and row armrests. front and second seats (first row Executive only). as a sunshade for the  driver and front passenger (for the front passenger in Executive only). 

For the premium, you also get a seven-inch touchscreen head unit based on Geely’s Global Key User Interface (GKUI), with ‘Hi Proton’ voice commands and 4G internet connectivity with the integrated eSIM card. Additional features include music streaming, live navigation, smartphone connectivity, mirroring for Android, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. 

On the safety front, ESC is now standard on the Executive and Premium, but only the latter has a reverse camera. Other features are shared and unchanged from before, including dual airbags (after the 2017 update), EBD, EBD, dual rear parking sensors and an emergency stop signal. 

Five colors are offered – Snow White, Indiana Grey, Rosewood Maroon, Ruby Red and Cocoa Gray – all of which are identical to the previous color and are available in both variants. Every purchase comes with a five-year/150,000 km warranty, three-times free labor service, and a 5-year data plan (1GB/month). Roslan Abdullah, Deputy CEO of Proton said: 

“Malaysia’s first pickup truck 2023 Proton Exora, was designed and built with Malaysians in mind. 

 “With this latest update, we’ve taken a cutting edge product and made it even better for drivers and passengers, across a wide variety of applications, enhancing power, space, and power. With over 180,000 units sold in over 13 years,  Proton Exora is the best-selling C-segment minivan in Malaysia and still holds that spot to this day,” he added. 

Have you expected the launch of 2023 Proton Exora for a long time? Welcome your comments below this section.

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Why do Businesses Need Human resource Consulting Services?

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Human resource consulting firms play a vital role in today’s business landscape. They offer several key benefits and importance to organizations:

Expertise and Specialization:

HR consultants bring specialized knowledge and expertise to the table. They stay up-to-date with the latest HR trends, best practices, and legal regulations. This expertise is precious for businesses without dedicated HR staff or require support in complex HR areas.

Cost-Effective Solutions:

Engaging HR consultants can often be more cost-effective than hiring and maintaining an in-house HR department. Businesses can access high-quality HR services as needed, reducing fixed labor costs.

Customization:

HR consultants tailor their services to meet the specific needs of each client. Whether recruitment, employee training, or policy development, consultants design solutions that align with the organization’s unique goals and challenges.

Objective Perspective:

Consultants offer an objective and impartial perspective on HR matters. They can provide insights and recommendations without being influenced by internal biases or politics, which can be valuable for making difficult HR decisions.

Efficiency and Productivity:

HR consultants can streamline HR processes, making them more efficient. This can improve productivity, as employees spend less time on administrative tasks and more on strategic activities.

Compliance and Risk Management:

HR consultants help organizations comply with labor laws and regulations, reducing the risk of legal issues, fines, and reputational damage. They also assist in implementing best practices for risk management.

Strategic Focus:

Organizations can free up their internal resources by outsourcing HR tasks to consultants to focus on core business activities and strategic initiatives. This can lead to improved business performance and growth.

Scalability:

HR consulting firms can adapt to an organization’s changing needs. Whether a business is expanding, downsizing, or facing other transitions, consultants can provide flexible HR solutions to support these changes.

Access to Technology:

Many HR consulting firms have access to advanced HR technology and software solutions that may be cost-prohibitive for smaller organizations to implement independently. This technology can enhance HR processes and data management.

Talent Acquisition and Development:

HR consultants excel in talent acquisition and development. They can help organizations attract top talent, assess employee potential, and implement training and development programs to improve workforce skills.

Confidentiality:

HR consultants are bound by confidentiality agreements, ensuring that sensitive HR issues and employee data are handled with discretion and professionalism.

Conflict Resolution:

Consultants can mediate and assist in resolving workplace conflicts and issues, promoting a harmonious work environment.

Global Expertise:

 For businesses with international operations, HR consultants with global expertise can help navigate the complexities of international HR regulations and practices.

In summary, human resources consulting firms provide valuable support to organizations by offering expertise, cost-effective solutions, and a strategic approach to managing their workforce.

Their ability to adapt to changing needs, ensure compliance, and improve HR processes makes them an essential resource for businesses looking to thrive in today’s competitive environment.

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PayPal quietly reintroduces $2,500 “misinformation” fine

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Not long after issuing an apology and retracting a $2,500 fine to its users, PayPal has quietly re-introduced the fine into their terms of service and legal agreements.

If enforced, the leading payment processor could fine users the hefty $2,500 sum for spreading “misinformation,” or “hate”, or whatever they deem “unfit for publication.”

While the wording has been changed up, the company has listed several things they would consider fining users over, purely based on speech:

PayPal restricted and prohibited activities

  • The promotion of hate, violence, racial or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory or the financial exploitation of a crime
  • Items that are considered obscene
  • Certain sexually oriented materials or services
  • Act in a manner that is defamatory, trade libelous, threatening or harassing
  • Provide false, inaccurate or misleading information

The original documents, which PayPal said were published in error, had much looser language on what would get users fined $2,500 over – namely the “sending, posting, or publication” of any “messages, content, or materials” that are “harmful, obscene, harassing, or objectionable.”

PayPal has seemingly taken a firm stance against adult / pornographic content in both policies, while the former prohibited things that “depict or appear to depict nudity, sexual or other intimate activities” the new policy vaguely prohibits “certain sexually oriented materials or services.”

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Employee Retention Tax Credit 2022

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The employee retention tax credit 2022 (ERC) is a tax credit available to employers who keep and retain their employees. The credit is available to employers with 100 or fewer full-time employees. It applies to qualifying wages paid to employees during the business’s first quarter.

If your business is a small business, you can use Form 941-X to claim the credit retroactively.

Employers with 100 or fewer full-time employees

Employers with 100 or fewer employees are eligible to claim a refundable payroll tax credit called the Employee Retention Tax Credit.

This credit was created by Congress under the CARES Act to encourage employers to retain employees. It was originally set to expire on January 1, 2022, but Congress has extended the credit twice. This means that eligible employers can still claim the credit for their taxes for 2020 and 2021.

The credit is limited to wages paid between March 12 and Sept. 30, 2021. In addition, wages paid under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) cannot qualify for the credit. The credit amount is limited to $5,000 per full-time employee in 2020. In 2021, it increases to $7,000 per quarter, with a total credit of up to $21,000 per employee.

Paycheck Protection Program loans are not eligible for the employee retention tax credit

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is a tax break for businesses that offer a payroll protection program for their employees. Until recently, employers could not qualify for both programs at the same time. But the new legislation has changed this and now businesses can take advantage of both programs.

To receive the credit, employers must file a Form 941-X, or Adjusted Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, for each quarter that an employee was a PPP borrower.

The credit is based on wages paid between March 13 and Dec. 31, 2020. For the third quarter of each year, the credit is available for up to $10,000 per employee.

Qualified wages are based on the quarter the business began

To qualify as a severely distressed employer, your business must have had a 90% decline in gross receipts in the previous year.

You must have employed at least one person during this time. The CARES Act does not apply to businesses that are still operating, but it does apply to those that have ceased operations and declined in gross receipts.

Form 941-X is used to retroactively file

The IRS has recently released a new form called Form 941-X. The new form is designed to be filed retroactively and corrects any mistakes that you may have made in filing your original Form 941.

The form must be filed no later than two years after you paid the tax. To file this form, you will need to mail it to the IRS. The IRS does not have the capability to accept it online. If you’ve made significant changes to your business, you may be eligible to claim the ERC. The ERC is equal to 6.4% of the wages you paid to employees during the credit generating period. This credit is not available to corporations with more than 500 employees

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