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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 ageHonda Jazz galleryLike its Honda City sibling, the

Eric

Eric

May 17, 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 reasonHonda City galleryThe Honda City is Malaysia’

Eric

Eric

May 14, 2020

MoF has denied MAA’s appeal to extend SST cut, car prices to go up on 1-Jan 2021

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has denied appeals by the Malaysia Automotive Association (MAA) to extend the current SST exemption/discount to 30-June 2021.According to a report by Careta.my, the cut-off point for new cars to qualify for the 10 percent sales tax exemption is 31-December 2020, and the cars must be delivered to dealers/sales outlets latest by 31-December 2020, and registered before 31-Jan 2021.Cars that are delivered to dealers/sales outlets after 31-December 2020 will be charged t

Hans

Hans

Dec 24, 2020

2020's new car sales (TIV) in Malaysia is lowest in 13 years, 529,424 units

The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has announced its tally for total new car sales, better known within the industry as Total Industry Volume (TIV), for year 2020. A total of 529,424 new motor vehicles were sold in 2020, down 12.4 percent from 2019.The cause of the downturn is of course due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated MCO restricting normal economic activities.For two and a half months between March and May 2020, no cars were sold as showrooms were not allowed to operate

Hans

Hans

Jan 22, 2021

This 1,200 PS Lexus RC F is the world's most advanced drift car

Professional drift cars are powerful, that much is obvious. All that grunt is needed to go sideways, vaporise tyres and send vlouds of smoke up in the air. This Lexus RC F you see here is one of the most powerful professional drift machines out there today, but that's not what makes it special. The proof of the pudding is in its chassis. For once, the 1,200 PS in this Lexus isn't the biggest headline-maker. What's truly remarkable about this particular RC F is the fact that

Jason

Jason

Aug 2, 2020

Driving too slow can harm you. Here's why

You’re cruising along the expressway at a steady 110 km/h, and suddenly another car merges into your lane, at 70 km/h. What happens next? You will definitely need to slow down to match the speed of the car ahead.This scenario is almost a daily occurrence on our roads. And this issue is prevalent because most road users are unaware of their traffic speed differential. Traffic speed differential is basically the difference of your own vehicle’s speed versus the speed of moving traffic.

Jason

Jason

Jun 5, 2020

How to get your car loan approved? Here are 5 things that affect your chances

In 1949, the loan tenure for a VW Beetle was 12 months with an interest rate of 9 % per annum. Things have changed. In Malaysia today, car loan tenures are usually of 5,7, or even 9 years with interest rates hovering around 3% per annum (calculated on principal). Cars are getting more expensive and are almost impossible to purchase without using a loan.But is taking a car loan a bad financial decision? Well, it depends on your financial circumstances (mainly your income), how much you benefit fr

Arif

Arif

Jan 28, 2021

Owner Review: The hybrid system failed so I decided to engine swap my car - My Honda Jazz/Fit "Hybrid" RS

** This article is published on WapCar Community. Click the link below to enter the community for car enthusiasts in Malaysiahttps://www.wapcar.my/forumBasic information2012 Honda Jazz Hybrid (CBU) a.k.a Honda Jazz/Fit "Hybrid" RS Reason why I bought this carHybrid Tax Exemption Car selection process I had a budget of: RM100k Models that I have considered include: Toyota Vios, Toyota Prius C, Honda City Reasons why I chose this car: Trim spec offered better than the restUser experien

Owner Review

Owner Review

Dec 2, 2020

5 perkara yang merosakkan sistem stereng kereta anda

Masalah stereng semakin kerap berlaku masa kini, walaupun bagi kereta serba baru. Mungkin anda pernah lihat kes kereta terhenti di jalan raya dan tayarnya berpintal keluar dari ruang roda. Masalah ini patut diambil serius oleh pemilik kerana sistem stereng yang rosak adalah sangat berbahaya dan boleh meragut nyawa.Pembuat kereta yang menghasilkan unit dengan sistem stereng rosak pastinya harus mengaku atas kesilapan mereka dan berusaha untuk selesaikan isu ini.Komponen asas redaman (‘dampi

Mersita

Mersita

Nov 7, 2020

CKD Proton X70 won’t be here until Q1 2020

If you’re waiting for Proton to introduce the locally-assembled (CKD) Proton X70 soon, don’t hold your breath as it won’t arrive so soon.According to sources familiar with the matter, the CKD version of the Proton X70 has been postponed, possibly until Q1 2020, a slight push-back from the originally scheduled November 2019 timeline.A quick check with several Proton dealers also indicates that many dealers are offering discounts ranging from RM 2,000 up to RM 6,000 for a Proton

Eric

Eric

Oct 29, 2019

Woman born without arms drives a Perodua Axia, holds a job – what’s your excuse?

Life has always been unfair for Norfarrah Syahirah Shaari, who was born without arms. Completing simple daily tasks that most of us take for granted, she has to complete it using only her legs.Still, not having a pair of arms has not stopped the spunky 32-year old from Perak from living an independent life. Recently, Norfarrah made a name for herself when it was reported that she has been voluntarily sewing protective gowns for medical frontliners battling Covid-19.Yes, she threads a needle with

Hans

Hans

Apr 16, 2020

Geely Preface nets 10k bookings in just 20 days

The Geely Preface is well on its way to becoming one of China’s most popular cars. Not only did it won the 2021 Chinese Car of the Year award, but it has also gathered a huge order book and is well on its way to joining China’s 10,000-car club. And it’s only been a month since the launch of the car!Sold as the Geely Xing Rui in China, an article posted on Baidu quoted a Geely executive that the Xing Rui has already sold over 7,000 units since its launch in November 2nd.The exec

Jerrica

Jerrica

Dec 16, 2020

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross vs Honda HR-V – add RM 6k for a bigger car, should you?

At long last, the 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross is here. The new SUV from Toyota will be competing in one of the most competitive segments in Malaysia.Let’s dive into one of the most highly-anticipated comparisons of the year, comparing the Corolla Cross against established rivals such as the Honda HR-V. The Corolla Cross is actually closer to a Subaru XV than a Honda HR-V but since the XV is a slow seller here, theres not much sales for Toyota to pull from Subaru. Instead, Toyota will of cour

Eric

Eric

Mar 25, 2021

Owner Review: My Suzuki Swift - What it's like owning the car for 7 years

** This article is the personal experience of a 2007 Suzuki Swift owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Hoo SHSuzuki wants redemptionWhen Suzuki announced their new distributor for Malaysian market back in 2005, they know they are going against the guns of Toyota, Honda and Nissan. Suzuki had launched the new Swift back in 2004 for the European and Japanese market, where it’s praised by media and test drivers. Back then, I was still in my school days and not knowi

Owner Review

Owner Review

Aug 14, 2020

How much will car prices go up after 31-Dec 2020 – SST returns, don’t forget new OMV

Despite Covid-19, the Malaysian car industry is expected to end 2020 on a reasonably OK note thanks to the temporary suspension/discount on sales tax. After 31-December 2020 however, the 10 percent sales tax will return and this time, it will return with a new Open Market Value (OMV) calculation, which could see car prices increasing by up to 20 percent, more on that later.Malaysia’s Total Industry Volume (TIV) – the industry’s lingo for new car sales – is projected to re

Hans

Hans

Dec 21, 2020

This is your first look of the Mercedes EQS! Slated for debut in early 2021

Mercedes-Benz has given us a quick sneak peek of their upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQS! The full-electric luxury sedan is slated to make its world debut in early 2021.The EQS is the fully electric member in the new S-Class programme. Hence why the model will be produced alongside other S-Class models, soon to include the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, in Factory 56 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen (Germany).From what we can see of the EQS, the limo will have a sloping coupe roof and a shorter re

Jerrica

Jerrica

Dec 21, 2020

Global shortage of semiconductor chips for cars will drive prices up

Car manufacturers are bracing for an increase in manufacturing cost for at least the next 6 months as chronic shortage in semiconductor chips for cars drive up prices.The matter is serious enough that manufacturers from USA, European Union, Japan have reportedly escalated the matter to their respective countries’ diplomatic channels to secure for more supply from Taiwan, according a report from Reuters.Taiwan is one of the world’s biggest supplier of semiconductors and the global sho

Hans

Hans

Jan 26, 2021

The Perodua Ativa's (D55L) 0-100 km/h time is almost as fast as the Proton X50 Flagship...how?

If 2020 was characterised by the Proton X50, then the 2021 Perodua Ativa is most likely this years show stealer. Some may think that they are both very different cars - but in terms of 0-100 km/h times, they may be more similar than initially thought. 0-100 km/h, X50 vs AtivaNot quite 100 km/h, but our Ativa is touted to get this digital instrument clusterYou may be surprised at how quick the Ativa could be. Japanese media have run the Toyota Raize (our Ativas base car) through the century sprin

Sanjay

Sanjay

Feb 22, 2021

2021 Perodua Ativa 1.0 AV vs Proton X50 1.5T Standard – Do you need a bigger car?

We can already hear a pack of keyboards firing away so yes, the 2021 Perodua Ativa (D55L) and Proton X50 are not direct rivals. But as we mentioned before, they are close enough to fall in the same shopping basket and will inevitably attract similar demographics.If you are among the said demographics, then here is a guide to assist in your buying decision.Let’s start with the price. The Perodua Ativa has 3 variants on offer – X, H, and AV, priced at RM 61,500, RM 66,600, and RM 72,00

Shaun

Shaun

Mar 3, 2021

Honda Civic driven against traffic, causes 4 vehicle pile-up in Penang

On Sunday evening, a woman behind the wheel of a Honda Civic that was driving against traffic on a highway exit ramp near Jalan Perusahaan, Butterworth caused a four-vehicle pile-up.The pile-up involved the aforementioned Civic, a Perodua Myvi, a Proton Exora, and a Yamaha Y15ZR.The accident which occurred at 6.20 pm that day did not cause any deaths. However, the 31-year-old motorcyclist sustained leg injuries while a 26-year-old man who drove one of the cars suffered chest pains. (function(d,

CY Foong

CY Foong

Feb 16, 2021

The Toyota GR Yaris is a reborn Lancer Evolution, WRC car by Tommi Makinen for the streets

At the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota has just unveiled the brand-new GR Yaris, its latest addition to the ever-growing GR line-up.Toyota co-developed the GR Yaris with the help of Tommi Makinen Racing, with the goal of transforming the Yaris into a street-legal rally car.The all-new GR Yaris is the culmination of the knowledge Toyota gained from competing in the World Rally Championship (WRC), and it shows.Underneath the pretty 3-door hatchback’s sheet metal is the same TNGA-B plat

Eric

Eric

Jan 10, 2020

Which pick-up truck offers the most power for the least money?

Earlier, we’ve established that if you want to buy a new car in Malaysian without tax, get a pick-up truck.But what about pick-up trucks that offer the best RM-per-PS ratio?Isuzu D-Max - D-Max 3.0 is the surprising champ(Isuzu D-Max Spec and Prices | Gallery)If you’re in the market for a pick-up truck that offers the most power for every Ringgit you spend, the Isuzu D-Max 3.0 is your best bet.No, really.Initially, we thought that the RM 144,888 Ford Ranger Wildtrak and its 213 PS&nbs

Eric

Eric

Apr 15, 2020

Kia patents 'Movement that Inspires' slogan with new logo, to come in 2021?

Kias refreshed brand identity has been brewing for sometime, and now we get a better look at it courtesy of these leaks of the Korean carmakers new logo and slogan.The patent filings as seen on KIPRIS site.According to sources, Kia has already taken the old Kia Motors logo off its headquarters and recently filed for a new slogan with the South Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPRIS). This means the current slogan - The Power To Surprise - is very likely to make way for Movement That Inspire

Sanjay

Sanjay

Dec 31, 2020

Mod My Car: 1994 Mercedes Benz E280 (W124): Straying away from ‘standard’

** This article is the personal experience of a 1994 W124 Mercedes Benz E280 owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Instagram: @chrisxchingAbout the Mercedes-Benz E280 (W124)The Mercedes-Benz W124s, or people like to call them “German tanks”, have a reputation of being built to last, not to mention over-engineered as well. Some people say that these cars are the last “real” Mercedes-Benz ever built, due to the newer models having more electronics, redu

Mod My Car

Mod My Car

Aug 21, 2020

Once poorer than Malaysia, how Korea’s car industry progressed further than ours?

Last week, we’ve chronicled how Hyundai grew from a small workshop to a world-class automaker. What was left out however, was the hows and the whys behind the rise of Korea’s car industry, which will be discussed in the following text.When Malaysia gained its independence, Korea was a failed state. It relied on donations from the US for 70 percent of its budget, and had nothing worth exporting.Seouls Han River - 1960 vs today. Economists call it the Miracle of the Han RiverIn 1960, M

Hans

Hans

Nov 23, 2020

Choosing the right engine for your needs - Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max, Toyota Hilux

Performance figures published by car manufacturers are a two-sided coin, as figures alone don't dictacte the vehicle's overall driving experience.Instead, factors such as the vehicle’s weight should be factored in as well, as having a high output vehicle with a heavy weight would penalize its performance. Do keep in mind that having the most powerful engine does not necessarily equate to being the most durable or reliable.Ford Ranger - The most powerful pick-up truck mone

Eric

Eric

Apr 16, 2020

23,476 units of Hondas recalled for airbag replacement

Honda Malaysia announced today that it is recalling of 23,476 units previously recalled Honda vehicles for yet another airbag replacement exercise.These Honda vehicles have previously went through the first round of replacement procedure. Due to stock concerns Honda Malaysia was unable to provide a number of cars completely new inflatorsdsAs odd as it seems, this measure is not unique to Malaysia, and is no different from what's done in other countries.  I have already replace

Jerrica

Jerrica

Oct 4, 2019

Think the 98 PS Toyota Raize/Perodua D55L is slow? Watch it smoke bigger engine cars

We’ve seen our fair share of strange drag races, but this drag race that KUHL Racing TV prepared is one to soothe the Toyota lover’s soul. It’s a battle of the Toyota SUVs and MPVs and the Toyota Raize aka the Perodua D55L is part of the race. Where do you think the Raize will finish?Surprisingly, the Raize managed to finish third despite the little turbocharged 1.0-litre engine dispensing only 98 PS and 140 Nm. It lost out only to the Toyota Harrier and the Toyota Alphard.This

Jerrica

Jerrica

Feb 1, 2021

MG Thailand doubles xEV battery production, boost in demand for PHEVs

MG Thailand will double its battery production for PHEVs to serve growing demand in the market.Bangkok Post reports that MG’s manufacturing plant in Chon Buri will ramp the battery production to 700-800 units per month from the current 300-400 units per month.One of the PHEVs sold by MG Thailand is the MG HS PHEV.Also read: New 2021 MG HS PHEV launched in Thailand – Proton X70 rival goes electric!The full-electric MG ZS EV. The doubled battery production is for increasing demand for

Arif

Arif

Mar 23, 2021

The Geely KX11 has a name! It is officially the Xingyue L

Last month, Geely revealed official photos of the upcoming Geely KX11 SUV. Now more photos, including the interior, have been released and the car finally has a name! The Geely KX11 will go on sale in China in a few months time as the Geely Xingyue L.The Geely Xingyue L will be the third CMA platform-based Geely model to use the "Xing" name prefix.If you look at Geely’s “Xing” family (directly translates as Star), it is currently made up of the Geely Xingyue (known as

Jerrica

Jerrica

Feb 24, 2021