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Perodua Ativa (D55L) – Is it an A-segment or a B-segment car? Same as Proton X50?

Depending on who you ask, the soon-to-be-launched Perodua Ativa (D55L) is either an A-segment car or B-segment car. So which is the correct answer? More importantly, what is this A / B / C segment thing? The answer from us is simple, but others might / can disagree: The Perodua Ativa (D55L) is a (lower) B-segment SUV. And yes, you can loosely group the Ativa together with the (upper) B-segment Proton X50, keyword 'loosely.' Both the X50 and Ativa are not direct rivals but remember that the loose


Feb 26, 2021

Owner Review: A C-Segment Sedan with D-Segment Space – The Joy of Owning a Honda Civic

** This article is the personal experience of a 2018 Honda Civic Turbo Premium (TCP) owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of Wapcar Facebook: Kelvin Leng The Love for Honda I have been a car freak since I was born and Honda cars are no stranger to me through my childhood. My mom had owned a couple of Honda vehicles throughout the years. The passion grows even further as my late-father got me my very first car after I got my driving license at 18, a 2011 Honda City. Throughout seven y

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Jul 6, 2020

Why Would Anyone Want To Buy A C-Segment Sedan Anymore?

Shrinking demand for sedans Hard time fending itself against SUVs and Crossovers Manufacturers shifting focus from sedan to SUVs When Honda Malaysia pulled the wraps off the 10th-generation Honda Civic (FC) in June 2016, it went on to chart unprecedented success in the shrinking C-segment sedan space. The Civic FC single-handedly revitalised the segment and at one point led the segment with more than 68% market share. The Civic remains the most popular model in the segment, having sold more than

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Aug 29, 2019

Video: Would you still buy a C-segment sedan?

The demand for C-segment sedans has declined substantially over the recent years as buyers have taken a stronger interest in SUVs and crossovers. However, in markets like the USA, sales of the Honda Civic is stronger than ever. In Malaysia, Japanese carmakers have shifted the positioning of their C-segment sedans to be more upmarket, high-tech and not to mention expensive. We discussed the three hottest C-segment sedans currently in Malaysia – all-new Mazda 3, all-new Toyota Corolla Altis and th

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Oct 7, 2019

Rendered: Proton S50, the C-segment saloon Malaysia deserves?

Although Proton has introduced two SUVs to the market (X50 & X70), interest for a sedan Proton still remains high. Thus, the speculation of an upcoming Proton S50 intrigued many of us. That is quite understandable since Proton has given the people some decent saloons in the past. One that had so much promise was the Proton Preve. The Proton Preve was a C-segment saloon with high ambitions of being a global car. It was good looking, and had styling cues similar to the Honda City and Kia Forte of


Feb 3, 2021

In Brief: New Honda Civic 2019, Best-Selling C-Segment Sedan In Malaysia

(New Honda Civic 2019 Model | Gallery) New Honda Civic 2019 iss Malaysia’s best-selling non-national C-Segment sedan. For young executives and families looking for a sporty, spacious and well-equipped sedan, the new Honda Civic 2019 is an attractive package. What is the price of New Honda Civic 2019? The New Honda Civic 2019 is a five-door C-segment sedan and Honda Malaysia offers three variants priced between RM 108,165 to RM 128,631. There are two petrol engines to choose from, a 1.8-litre nat

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Aug 30, 2019

A Honda Civic holds 2x better value than a Fluence? Which C-segment sedan is the resale value king?

Let's face it. Unless your car is a rare piece of machinery, it will depreciate. This is why, for many people, resale value is as important for car buyers as the cost of maintenance. While there are some myths about resale value that are pretty much busted, there is still a prevailing perception that some buyers won’t choose certain brands because of how bad their resale value is. Trade in User's Car Form For this article, we’ll be taking a look at a few notable C-segment sedans including the Ho

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Mar 31, 2021

Testing: Honda Jazz 1.5L , a good B-segment car

The Honda Jazz 1.5L CVT is powered by the Earth Dreams Technology 4-cylinder engine.Its maximum output is 118 hp / 6600 rpm and the maximum torque is 155 Nm / 4600 rpm. Honda Jazz 0-100km/h Accelerated Test: 9.39s The Honda Jazz CVT transmission allows a maximum starting speed of 2000 rpm, but after several attempts, it was found that releasing the brakes at the moment of the full accelerator pedal is the fastest way to get started. The moment of starting is still quite aggressive, although the


Jul 29, 2019

Honda Accord maintains itself as D-segment sedan market leader in Malaysia

As of June 2020 Honda Malaysia has received 920 bookings of the 2020 Honda Accord. This has allowed the Accord to maintain its dominance in the D-segment sedan market for the first half of 2020 making up 40 percent of the market share. To break down the sales, the range-topping 1.5-litre VTEC Turbocharged Premium (TC-P) is the most popular variant amongst buyers as it makes up 78 percent of the model’s sales number. Unsurprisingly, the Platinum White Pearl is the colour of choice even though it


Aug 27, 2020

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia led the premium segment in 2019

With a total of 10,020 cars sold and a 1.8 percent market share in 2019, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) retains its lead in the premium luxury segment. Although it is a decline from the previous year at 13,079 units. Key launches that took place includes the E-Class with the debuting the E350 AMG Line, E200 Avantgarde and the E300 Exclusive Line, the A-Class sedan with models A200 and A250, the latest GLC and GLE SUV models, the Mercedes-AMG A35, the Mercedes-AMG GT R and GT C. The year also witne


Jan 23, 2020

What is a B- or C-segment car, and do you really need a bigger car?

The car segment classification is rather loosely defined. What is a B-segment or a C-segment car? In this case, B-segment is described as the second smallest cars while C-segment are considered medium sized cars. Examples of B-segment cars are the Proton Persona, Honda City, Toyota Vios, etc. They are the second smallest in the sense that there are still cars such as the Perodua Axia and Proton Saga in the A-segment. On the other hand, C-segment includes the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla


Oct 17, 2019

Is there a city car with a better interior than this all-new Honda Jazz?

By now you would’ve seen the all-new Honda Jazz, which made its world premiere yesterday at the opening of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan, where the Jazz is sold as the Fit. The fourth generation Honda Jazz will only go on sale in Japan in February 2020 so details like body dimensions and engine specifications are still unclear, but we do know that in Japan (and Europe), the all-new Honda Jazz will be sold exclusively as a hybrid. It will most likely be a 1.5-litre full hybrid but unlike the


Oct 24, 2019

Proton's Saga returns to the top of A-segment sedan sales chart

Proton is proud to announce that the brand has reached a new milestone in terms of sales breaking the record held in 2018. Proton achieved the highest market at percentage 20.2% (estimated) with 8,934 units (both domestic and export sales) registered in September 2019, that is a growth rate of 97% compared to 2018 of the same month. Results were achieved with the help of both the Proton Saga and the Proton X70. The brand saw the Proton Saga return to the top of the sales chart as the best sellin


Oct 3, 2019

2020 Honda City is now Thailand’s best-selling B-segment sedan

South-East Asia’s toughest car market is still the B-segment sedan, but yet, according to Headlightmag, the 2020 Honda City managed to reign supreme in the Thai B-segment sedan market between January to June 2020. Based on Headlightmag’s ranking charts, the top-selling B-segment sedans in the first half of 2020 are mostly made up of cars launched at the end of last year. The Honda City, in particular, was launched in November 2019 at the Bangkok Motor Expo. When the all-new fifth-generation City


Aug 3, 2020

Honda City vs Nissan Almera vs Toyota Vios: Which B-segment in Malaysia offers the best fuel economy?

With claimed fuel consumption for all these newly-introduced B-segment sedans hovering below the 6-litre/100 km mark (2020 Toyota Vios: 5.8-litre/100 km, 2020 Honda City: 5.4-litre/100 km, 2020 Nissan Almera: 5.4-litre/100 km), which one of these non-national B-segment sedans will offer the best fuel consumption under real-world conditions? Fuel Economy (Claimed, L/100 km) Nissan Almera 5.4 Toyota Vios 5.8 Honda City 5.4 To find out, we pitted all three models through our WapCar instrumented tes


Dec 17, 2020

1 in 3 B-segment sedan sold in Thailand is a Honda City

Ever since Honda introduced the all-new GN-series Honda City in Thailand back in November 2019, it has topped the sales charts ever since. Based on headlightmag’s sales data, the Honda City currently dominates the Thailand B-segment sedan market, with 3,200 units sold in November, marginally ahead of the Toyota Yaris Ativ (Vios to us, 2,349 units), Nissan Almera (2,089 units), Mazda 2 Sedan (1,698 units), and Toyota Vios (different from our Vios, 466 units). Even the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic ha


Jan 4, 2021

2020 Proton X50 – how will it affect other B-segment SUVs?

The debut of Proton X70 in December 2018 took Malaysia by storm, so well that the C-segment SUV set a record for the most registration by an SUV during launch. Proton X70 This is reinforced even further when the X70 took home Midsize Crossover and SUVs 5-seater category, and the Overall Car of The Year 2019 at the 18th Malaysia Cars of the Year Awards (previously known as COTY). It catapulted Proton back to the top of the pyramid, once again becoming a major threat to other manufacturer in the l

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Mar 20, 2020

Owner Review: The C-Segment Underdog - Hyundai Elantra

** This article is the personal experience of a 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.6T owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Facebook: Joshi Immanuel When C-Segment Sedans are mentioned the first thought that comes to people's mind is the Honda Civic FC, Toyota Corolla Altis E210 and Mazda 3 BP. The Hyundai Elantra AD will unlikely be meat and potatoes of the conversation. However, in this story, it will. I still remember vividly the first time I saw the spy shots of the Hyundai E

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Aug 12, 2020

Which B-segment sedan offers the best power-to-weight ratio?

The B-segment sedan market in Malaysia is perhaps one of the most competitive segments around, as various car manufacturers have their sights set on this segment. But not all sedans are created equally – some are more powerful, while others offer a more upmarket interior. Speaking of power, let’s take a closer look and see which B-segment sedan offers the best power-to-weight ratio. Honda City – The most popular, for a good reason Honda City gallery The Honda City is Malaysia’s most popular non-


May 14, 2020

Rendered: Proton S50 C-segment saloon, Preve and Waja successor?

Proton had always been known for its saloon cars that were popular with Malaysian families. The Proton Saga, Wira, Waja, Perdana, and Preve are some to name. The most ambitious of them all would have been the Proton Preve, claimed as Proton’s first global car. Under the Proton-Geely partnership, several future model names have been registered. Including the X50 and X70, several other names have been registered too like the C50 and S50. The C50 is probably reserved for a hatchback model while the


Jan 31, 2021

Honda Civic continues to pull strong in USA, shrugs off talks of slowing C-segment

If the C-segment class of compact cars is indeed shrinking, Honda doesn’t seem to be aware of it. Sales of the Civic in USA – still Honda Motor’s biggest car market – continue to grow strongly even as archrival Toyota has just released an all-new Toyota Corolla. Despite being an aging model, the Honda Civic appears to be unaffected by the new generation Corolla, with sales growing by 26 percent month-on-month in August, totaling 34,808 units. According to a report by USA’s Automotive News, the H


Sep 23, 2019

Which B-segment hatchback has the best power-to-weight ratio?

Like the B-segment sedan market, the B-segment hatchback market is also a very competitive segment. Depending on which hatchback you pick, some are either very practical, or offer class-leading ride and handling prowess. But if power is what you’re chasing after, let’s take a closer look and see which B-segment hatchback offers the best power-to-weight ratio. Honda Jazz – Solid all-rounder, but starting to show its age Honda Jazz gallery Like its Honda City sibling, the Honda Jazz is a very popu


May 17, 2020

Can Geely's new Proton Perdana revitalise the D-segment? Or is it too little too late?

The recent launch of the Geely Preface sedan, coupled with the teaser of two mystery sedan models in Proton’s new product pipeline, has got Malaysians excited over the possible return of the Proton Perdana. Not only could the return of the coolest and most beloved nameplates bring back memories of Proton’s halcyon days, but there is also a chance it could revitalise the flatlining D-segment market. It is no secret that the once de facto choice of uncles has seen better days. Though it is hard to


Sep 12, 2020

Owner Review: C-segment For Under RM100K - My Proton X70

** This article is the personal experience of a 2020 Proton X70 Executive owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Facebook: Norazam Manan Proton X70, C-segment For Under RM100K I had been waiting for the launching of the Proton X70 CKD for the longest time, when it finally came on 12th February, and booking for the Standard model was made the very next day after a test drive. I had also tested Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail and not forgetting the CBU model. The shortl

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Aug 5, 2020

WapCar readers prefers the Toyota Camry 2.5V over other D-segment sedans

We recently established a Malaysia Car Fans (WapCar) Facebook group where members can discuss, share and help one another on all things automotive. One particular poll by Facebook user Envy Issak who sought opinion on D-segment sedans caught our attention. Issak listed the Toyota Camry 2.5V, Honda Accord 1.5 TC-P while other group members added Volkswagen Passat Elegance, reconditioned Mercedes-Benz E-Class and a Mazda 6 wagon. To our surprise, the majority of the respondents picked the Camry 2.

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Apr 3, 2020

Toyota's new C-segment SUV for 2022, slots between Corolla Cross and RAV4

Toyota is working on a new small SUV positioned below the Toyota RAV4, sharing the same TNGA-C platform as the Toyota C-HR. Recall also that Toyota is working on a Toyota Corolla Cross, which is also based on a Toyota C-HR’s TNGA-C platform but minus the expensive and bulky double wishbone rear suspension, replaced by a cheaper torsion beam that also frees up more interior space. Toyota RAV4 Thanks to Mag-X, we now know that Toyota is working on another C-segment SUV, which according to Japanese


May 6, 2020

2020 Mitsubishi Xpander vs Aruz and BR-V – Will it conquer the segment?

Malaysia welcomes the newest addition to the 7-seater B-segment SUV market, the Mitsubishi Xpander. The Xpander has been sold in the ASEAN region since 2017. The newest iteration of the Xpander has been introduced in Indonesia in February and Thailand in October. The Xpander challenges current compact 7-seaters like the Perodua Aruz and Honda BR-V. The price of the Mitsubishi Xpander is yet to be announced, but we expect it to closely rival the Honda BR-V. All three B-segment SUVs are locally as


Oct 22, 2020

Civic is too strong, Binrui weak, will the Proton S50 have a chance in Malaysia?

First things first. There is no such thing as a Proton S50. The name exists not on any Proton car but merely on a list of nameplates trademarked by Proton, along with the Proton V70 and Proton C50. Still, Malaysians have a very high level of interest in Proton and for whatever reason, S50 is fast becoming a trending topic. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Local Internet users have somehow collectively concluded that the Proton S50 is a natural successor to the Proton Preve/Proton Waja, nevermi


Feb 1, 2021

The 2019 Japan Car of the Year is coming to Malaysia in 2020

Results are in for the annual Japan Car of the Year awards and the winner is the Toyota RAV4 with 436 votes, beating out the Mazda 3 (328 votes) and BMW 3 Series (290 votes). The new Toyota RAV4 is still not made available in Malaysia, although we are expecting the SUV to finally make its return into the C-segment SUV market in 2020. According to sources familiar with the matter, the Toyota RAV4 will be introduced in this region next year, with Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia on the list. Sourc


Dec 11, 2019

Is the new 2021 Toyota Vios facelift a better car than the City and Almera?

The B-segment sedan race is heating up for sure with UMW Toyota just only announcing (estimated) prices for the latest 2021 Toyota Vios facelift. Malaysians are pretty much spoilt for choice in getting a brand-new B-segment sedan with rivals like the Honda City and the Nissan Almera also vying to get buyers. However, which of the three would be the right choice? We’ll take a quick look and compare the highest specs (highest petrol-powered variant in the case of the City) of the 3 popular non-nat

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Nov 17, 2020