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Pros and Cons of installing a roof box or roof rack on your car

A roof box is handy for increasing storage space in in your car. You can install a roof box on your car by yourself, or you can get the shop to do it for you. If you're planning to install a roof box, there are several types of factory-fitted roof mounts: raised rails solid-type rails fixed mounting points no mounting points Some cars come with roof rack mounting points, while some don’t. Having factory-fitted mounting points makes installing the roof box easier. Not having them just means you n


Mar 6, 2021

Nak pasang roof box dan roof rack - apa kelebihan dan kekurangannya?

Pernah lihat kereta yang ada rak dan kotak plastik di atas bumbungnya? Kotak bumbung (roof box) ini cukup berguna untuk meningkatkan kapasiti ruang simpanan di dalam kereta anda. Anda boleh pasang sendiri kotak bumbung ini ataupun pergi ke kedai aksesori jika anda malas nak pasang sendiri. Jika ada merancang untuk memasang kotak bumbung, ada beberapa jenis pelekap bumbung (roof mounts) yang dipasang dari kilang kereta itu sendiri: Rel yang dinaikkan (raised rails) Rel jenis padat/padu (solid) Ti


Mar 21, 2021

Why the VW Tiguan Allspace has ridges on its roof?

Earlier today, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) launched its first-ever VW Tiguan Allspace, a long wheelbase, 7-seater (more like a 5+2 seater) version of the regular VW Tiguan. The Tiguan Allspace is available in two variants – a 1.4 TSI Highline (150 PS/250 Nm) and a 2.0 TSI R-Line (220 PS/350 Nm), the latter is basically a taller Golf GTI with seven seats, adaptive DCC dampers included. The models, all locally-assembled (CKD) in Pekan, will be sold alongside the existing 5-seater Tig


Aug 12, 2020

Watch: Styrofoam box skilfully bounces back into the truck bed

While parcels and boxes falling out of truck beds are rather common occurrences, a box falling out and then somehow managing to bounce back into the truck is a rare sight indeed. This road user encountered a very interesting scene when driving on a bridge. As you can see, a Styrofoam box fell out of the truck ahead and skilfully bounce its way back into the truck, not just once but multiple times! And it looked like the box continued its adventures bouncing back into the truck even after the vid


Jun 10, 2020

To be assembled in Singapore, RWD Hyundai Ioniq 5 makes world debut with solar roof

The Ioniq 5 has finally made its world debut! This is the first model under Hyundai’s newly formed dedicated electric vehicle (EV) brand, Ioniq, and is the first production model to be built on Hyundai’s new E-GMP architecture dedicated to underpin all Hyundai Motor Group’s (including Kia) future battery EV (BEV) models. Also read: The Singapore-assembled Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be rear-wheel drive Designers drew inspiration from the Hyundai Pony, the company’s first production car 45 years ago for


Feb 25, 2021

Owner Review: Alternative to Uncle's Car? - My Process of Owning & Refining the BMW 320i

** This article is the personal experience of a 2016 BMW 320i Sport Line owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar Facebook: Andrew Chum Prior to Purchasing the BMW 320i This is my current daily, a 2016 BMW 320i LCI Sport Line. I purchased this car back in early 2017 from Premium Selection after considering a numbered of cars in the same segment as well as a different segment with a similar price range. The survey started more than 6 months before settling down with this unit. S

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Jun 26, 2020

Dispose your e-waste properly at your nearest Volvo Car showroom!

Volvo Car Malaysia has partnered with E-waste Recycling Through Heroes (ERTH) to provide E-waste Green Boxes in all Volvo Car dealerships nationwide as well as at the Volvo Car Manufacturing Malaysia (VCMM) plant site in Shah Alam. This is part of an ongoing sustainability campaign called the Volvo Green Planet which aims to bring greater awareness towards today’s pressing climate concerns and propel the brand closer to its long-term goal of becoming climate neutral by 2040. Along with other Vol

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Mar 22, 2021

Used Car Guide: RM 20k for a used Proton Preve, should you consider it?

When it made its debut in 2012, the Proton Preve was the most affordable C-segment sedan on the market and the spec-sheet was rather impressive as well. So, is it worth your consideration as a used car? During its 8-year run, the Preve was updated twice. It also helped Proton reach numerous milestones such as achieving the brand's first 5-star rating at the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP). The Preve was also well-liked for its 1.6-litre CamPro CFE Turbo engine, Proton even cash


Nov 7, 2020

The Daihatsu D-Compact X-over is the Perodua Myvi Style that we wish we had

Perodua is expected to introduce a crossover version of the Myvi soon, ala Perodua Axia Style. Expect the forthcoming taller riding Perodua Myvi to feature faux SUV-style side claddings, sharing the same ‘Style’ moniker. The idea of a Perodua Myvi crossover is not new. Back in 2006, two years after the first generation Daihatsu Boon/Toyota Passo twins were introduced in Japan and one year after a lightly re-designed Boon/Passo became the Perodua Myvi, Daihatsu had introduced the D-Compact X-over


Jun 2, 2020

Why WFH when you can work from van in this Nissan Caravan Office Pod?

With MCO 2.0 out in force, some of us are forced to work from home yet again. But for those who think that the office gives them more productivity, Nissan has a solution for you with a mobile office van. Called the Nissan NV350 Caravan Office Pod, it’s a concept that allows you to combine both office work and nature. That’s right, Nissan envisions a perfect vehicle for those who want to enjoy the great outdoors while organising spreadsheets. Based on the Nissan NV350 Caravan (once sold here as t

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Jan 21, 2021

This is how BMW Indonesia is delivering cars during Covid-19

While it is totally normal to see boxes loaded on trucks for delivery, it definitely isn’t common to see a box the size of a container being towed on the road. As a safety precaution to keep the car clean during delivery during the lockdown, BMW Indonesia are using these massive container size boxes as a shield. The monster boxes with BMW’s branding on the roads have gone viral in Indonesia when it was first spotted on social media. It exploded even more when BMW Indonesia posted a picture of a


May 26, 2020

Mazda teases its first ever electric car ahead of Tokyo Motor Show

Hold on to your rotaries as Mazda has released an official teaser of their first ever electric car. We previously heard that Mazda was quietly testing an electric-powered CX-30 e-TPV (Electric Technology Prove-Out Vehicle) prototype. And while it was a quiet preview, there was barely any coverage when the car was touring around Oslo, Norway. From what little we can see of the video, it looks like the electrified Mazda will have a sloping roof and four doors. It will most probably adopt the same


Oct 22, 2019

Owner Review: A Dad's take on a Soccer Mom's Car - 2013 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid

** This article is the personal experience of a 2013 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid C26 owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Facebook: EZ Wong About My Car It's actually my CFO’s car & I will narrate it as my own :) The Nissan Serena S-Hybrid was originally registered at the end of 2013 & we bought it at a very good price as a Nissan Pre-Reg unit in February 2015. The C26 is powered by a MR20DD 2.0-liter engine with 147 PS and 210 Nm (figures are from the engine alone, excluding 5

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Jul 15, 2020

2020 Mitsubishi Xpander open for booking in Malaysia: Nov launch, bigger than BR-V and Aruz!

We have another much-awaited car to talk about this week as the locally-assembled (CKD) in Pekan 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander is now open for booking in Malaysia. Due to be officially launched in November, only one variant of the B-segment SUV is offered and prices aren't revealed yet. Only one variant to choose Only one variant of the Xpander is offered, but it comes with a host of features including: LED head and tail lamps 360-degree camera Android Auto and Apple Car Play support We'll cover the f


Oct 22, 2020

All-new 2020 Kia Optima ditches the 3-box design for a sleek fastback design

The 2020 Kia Optima gets a radical change in its design from the outgoing generation, now with a fastback sloping roofline akin to an Audi A7. Inspired by the texture of shark skin, the grille is said to give a powerful and sporty image. The headlamps are seamlessly intergrated with the grille, featuring a unique daytime running light signature, which Kia calls ‘heartbeat’. Further enhancing its four-door coupe appeal are the frameless doors, with the chrome trim now extending around the rear of


Nov 18, 2019

Homemade drifting Perodua Kancil shows the best of muhibbah in the Malaysian car community

There is zero doubt that Malaysians are a very creative bunch who are capable of very big things. After all, the ubiquitous pen drive was created by a Malaysian anyway. Somewhere in the veins of awesome Malaysian creations is this drifting Perodua Kancil. Don’t rub your eyes, you read that correctly - this little box can and will go up against big boys like the Cefiro A31. Don’t believe me? Watch this: Built by the multiracial ragtag Streetkilla crew, this kei car has got performance that betray


Aug 20, 2020

Selling your car soon? Here's some low-cost ways to refresh your car's interior

Over the years of owning your car, the interior would have picked up a fair bit of dirt, in addition to the usual wear and tear. Here’s some quick and low-cost tips on how you can refresh your car’s interior and maximixe your car's value. A good cleaning does wonders First things first. You should give the interior a good cleaning. Take a microfibre cloth soaked in mild soap water and gently clean the plastic surfaces of your car’s interior. Afterwards, wipe the areas you washed earlier with a d


Apr 4, 2021

Volvo S60 T8 is the cheapest new car on sale with over 400 PS

In a world where a 1,500 PS Bugatti Chiron is allowed to roam freely on the public roads, we have become desensitised to horsepower figures. It wasn’t too long ago (the 90s wasn’t too long ago, right?) that 400 PS was reserved for supercars and super sports cars like the Ferrari 360 Modena (400 PS from a 3.6-litre V8) and Porsche 996.2 GT3 RS (405 PS from a 3.6-litre in-line 6). These days, everything from a little hatchback to a family saloon can pack 400 PS or more. Hence, it’s quite easy to s

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Nov 4, 2019

Your guide to choosing the perfect 2021 Toyota Fortuner variant in Malaysia

UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) kicked off this year with a pair of new models, the 2021 Toyota Innova facelift and this, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner facelift. We've done the buyer's guide for the Innova already, so this time around we'll help you decide which Fortuner variant is best for you. Most apparent - variant shake-up Apart from the new engine (we'll get to that later), Peninsular Malaysia buyers will lose out on the base 2.4 AT variant - now reserved only for Sabah, Sarawak, and Labuan. Here's the


Feb 12, 2021

Review: 2019 Proton Exora, old car with new tricks, still good enough?

(2019 Proton Exora Premium Price & Specs | Gallery) The Exora is Proton's family car option launched in 2009 and currently the brand's only MPV. In its 10-year production, the MPV went through 3 updates that saw the addition of the turbocharged (but still port injection) engine (Exora Bold) in 2011 and a cosmetic update in 2017. The latest rendition you see here was introduced in 2019. Upgrades in this cycle saw mostly tech additions on the Proton Exora's interior. The MPV now comes with the hea


Dec 6, 2019

Check out Wuling’s new toy car-looking Hongguang Mini EV

Looks like the Mini EV2 X2 has a new rival in China. This Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV is the latest small electric vehicle (EV) on the market and it is cheaper and more practical than all its rivals. As like most small cars, the boxy 3-door Wuling EV’s design is inspired by Japanese Kei-cars. Overall, the Hong Guang looks very much like a life-size toy car with its straight simple lines and a colour scheme that gives the EV the illusion of a floating roof. Thanks to its size of 2,917 x 1,493 x 1,6


Jul 3, 2020

All-new Isuzu D-Max launched in Thailand

Isuzu Thailand has just taken the wraps off the all-new D-Max, just a week after teasing the all-new pickup truck. From the exterior, the all-new Isuzu D-Max gets a redesigned front fascia, incorporating a massive front grille with the Isuzu nameplate sitting right on top. Depending on the variant, the front grille is finished either in matte black (D-Max V-Cross), black with chrome (D-Max 2- & 4-door) or grey (D-Max Spark). Bi-beam LED projector headlights are also available on upper variants o


Oct 11, 2019

What is a car platform? It’s not necessarily what you think it is

BMA, CMA, MQB, MLB, TNGA, DNGA, these are just some of the more commonly spoken alphabet soup of acronyms (actually they more like marketing words) that refer to car platforms. But what exactly is a platform and why it’s such a big deal to some companies, but not others? Companies like Geely/Proton, Toyota, and Volkswagen bang heavily on modular platform technology in their marketing communications, while others like Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Mazda don’t bother talking about it – with good reaso


Dec 18, 2020

Toyota Sienta Welcab launched in Indonesia – first outside Japan?

PT Astra Toyota Motor, Toyota’s Indonesian distributor, has launched the Sienta Welcab in Indonesia. This marks the first time Toyota’s assisted-mobility vehicle was offered officially outside of Japan. The Indonesian-spec Sienta Welcab is powered by the same 1.5-litre 2NR-FE engine as the rest of the Sienta line-up as well as the Malaysian-spec Vios and Yaris. That engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT. One of the major features that stand out in the Sienta Welcab is of course the

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Aug 17, 2020

Daihatsu to launch full-hybrid kei car in Japan in 2021, how will this affect Perodua?

Toyota’s compact car specialist subsidiary Daihatsu will launch a new full-hybrid ‘kei’ (mini) car within financial year 2021, reports Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. The business daily also added Daihatsu’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) will go on sale on year later, in financial year 2022. Unlike mild-hybrids, full-hybrids can accelerate from standstill using electric power alone, thus offering a smoother driving experience in stop-go traffic. The stronger electric motor also delivers bet


Dec 29, 2020

RM 1 million more than a Porsche 911 GT3, is the 911 Speedster the one for you?

The Porsche 911 (991) Speedster is now available in Malaysia. It can be yours if you part ways with RM 2.7m, and that's before options. What's the Speedster all about? Think of it as a 911 GT3 with a manual roof and lots of carbon fibre. Yes, the roof mechanism in a RM 2.7m car is manually operated. Here’s a tidbit, the original intention was for the Speedster to have no roof at all. The concept car didn’t have a roof, only a tonneau cover. But Porsche thought it needed a roof as a production ca


Jun 4, 2020

Top Rank: 15 most important Malaysian car launches of 2020 - Honda City, Proton X50, and more!

From affordable A-segment sedans to large D-segment saloons, let’s recap and a take a look at some of the most important car launches of 2020. Keep in mind that 2020 has been an unprecedented year, considering that the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the entire economic sector, not just the automotive industry. 2020 Honda City (GN2, GN3) RM 74,191 - RM 86,561 Who can forget Honda Malaysia’s marketing campaign for the all-new 2020 Honda City back in August – one that fired shots at the Toyota


Dec 17, 2020

Why I Buy: Love at second sight- My story of my Mazda CX-5

** This article is the personal experience of a 2020 Mazda CX5 new owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. About My Car -Car info: 2020 Mazda CX5 2.0 High spec -Order date: September 2020 -Delivery date: September 2020 -Price: RM157k (incl. premium colour surcharge and ‘optional’ accessory package) -Promo, offer: 0% SST Reason to buy Exterior The exterior aspect of the vehicle that I will be driving everyday is one of my top priorities as I would want one that I would take a

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Oct 16, 2020

Owner Review: A Car That I Can't Resist- My Story With My Toyota Yaris

** This article is the personal experience of a 2019 Toyota Yaris owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar Facebook: Mike Maximiliano I fell in love with the Toyota Yaris the moment Toyota has teased it to the world. Being a college student, my options were limited by my parents. During the 2019 Malaysian Autoshow, I was taken aback by its design and features it has. Air conditioning, headlamps with follow-me-home function, an infotainment display, and electrochromic rearview m

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Jul 2, 2020

Here's why the manual transmission still matters

Just a few days back, my colleague Arif opined that the world doesn't need manual cars anymore. Chaos ensued, tables and chairs were thrown in the office (some were thrown in Adrian's direction too, for saying this). After the dust has settled, I'm happy to report that we're all still friends and colleagues (I was forced to type this). Jokes aside, I am only too aware of the passage of progress, and Arif does have valid points about the need to continue moving forward. Electric cars and autonomo


Aug 2, 2020