The Naza Group of Companies began operations in 1975 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, food and beverage (F&B) and telecommunications.
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 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 marque, 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, Peugeot and Citroen, the Naza Group is also the official distributor for Ferrari, Koenigsegg, Maserati, Brabus, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Vespa and Aprillia in Malaysia.
It also imports used-luxury bikes and manufactures scooters and bikes under the Naza brand at its RM30 million motorcycle manufacturing plant in Shah Alam, Selangor.
As a major player in the Malaysian automotive industry, the Naza Group has established several initiatives to train and develop talent. At Gurun, the group established the Naza Academy to provide technical and management diploma programs to employees and the general public.
Outside the automotive and two-wheeled motor vehicle industries, the Naza Group is an established player in the property development market through its subsidiary, Naza TTDI, which is known today for being the developers of the high-impact mixed development RM15 billion KL Metropolis and the iconic RM4 billion Platinum Park, a world-class high-end integrated residential and commercial development in the prestigious Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
Naza TTDI is also the developer for acclaimed townships such as Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur, TTDI Grove Kajang, TTDI Alam Impian and The Valley TTDI, Ampang, amongst others.
Asset investment is another sector that the Naza Group is involved in. Among the assets acquired are the Cedar Creek Apartments in the United States, retail and oce space in TTDI Sentralis, Shah Alam, Selangor.
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, Gyu Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant chain and Morelli's Gelato chain in Malaysia and the master license holder for Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt in Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and India.
Apart from these industries, the Naza Group has subsidiaries involved in limousine services (Prestige Limo), transportation (Naza transport), taxi services (Zalnas Limousine and Naza Citycab), aftermarket accessories (NZ Galaxy), financing (Naza Credit and Leasing), auto insurance (Naza Coverage and Eight Valuation) and plantations (Wood Vision).
Another diversement of the Naza Group is Premium Radius which researches and develops telecommunications engineering solutions. Licensed under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, the company deploys focused telecommunication infrastructure to all telco operators in Malaysia.