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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

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 youre 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 pointsThe Perodua Aruz is equipped with solid-type roof railSome cars come with roof rack mounting points, while some don’t. Having factory-fitted mounting points makes install

Arif

Arif

Mar 6, 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

Are bigger wheels good for your car? Or just all show but no go?

A simple way to give your car a fresh look is to fit it with a set of new wheels. It is the easiest form of “modification” and window shopping the right fit for your car can be fun. While the design/pattern of the wheel is subject to individual taste, one common “upgrade” is to go for wheels with a bigger diameter.Perodua Myvi GTBigger wheels are aesthetically pleasing and give the car a more athletic look. Even manufacturers seem to agree to this and fit bigger wheels on

Arif

Arif

Dec 17, 2020

Why is RWD life to some, while others prefer a FWD car?

There are three ways that a car's engine drive a car. Power from the engine can be sent just to the front wheels (front wheel drive/ FWD), just to the rear wheels (rear wheel drive/ RWD), or to all four wheels (all-wheel drive/ AWD or four wheel drive 4WD). For the first 50 years since Karl Benz invented the car, cars were powered by their rear wheels.Several manufacturers started experimenting with FWD layout but it wasn't until the 1950s, when a certain Mini came along&n

Jerrica

Jerrica

May 15, 2020

Owner Review: The Everyday Sports Car - Living With My Lotus Elise

** This article is the personal experience of a 2008 Lotus Elise 1.8 S owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Facebook: Kelvin TeeThe Everyday Sports CarCars, what are they to you? A tool to get from A to B? A fun, great (not to mention pricy) hobby?This is a story about the car that I love and adore. A 2008 Lotus Elise 1.8 S. People have various reasons for owning a car but for myself, it has always been more than a tool for going around and about. I

Owner Review

Owner Review

Jul 22, 2020

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 FK8 Type R Limited Edition on 2020 World Touring Car safety patrol duty

This Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition has been appointed the Official Safety Car of the FIA World Touring Car Championship for the 2020 season.The limited-edition Type R was unveiled earlier this year at JAS Motorsport HQ in Milan. JAS Motorsport is Honda’s long-term motorsport collaborator and official partner.Painted in a resplendent livery featuring the “Sunlight Yellow” colour, the Type R Limited Edition Safety Car is 47 kg lighter than the GT-specification Type R.In addi

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jun 30, 2020

Scoop: Nissan plans flagship mid-engine sports car with 3.0L V6 for 2024

Youre looking at what Nissans flagship sports car would look like and not only does it look tantalising but so are the specs: Mid-engine, V6-powered, and rear-wheel drive.Are we looking at Nissans comeback?Nissan Z ProtoWhile last years Nissan Z Proto brought much excitement to car enthusiasts all over the world, that is clearly an appetiser of exciting things to come from the beleaguered Japanese giant according to Japanese media.Nissan MID4 IIThe idea of a mid-engine Nissan flagship isn’

CY Foong

CY Foong

Jan 22, 2021

Are wider tires better for your car or just plain stupid?

From an aesthetic point of view, wider tyres always look better. High performance cars always use wider tyres too, so the general perception is that they offer better performance as well. On the surface, upsizing to wider tyres is a no brainer (looks AND performance combined? Sign me up!).Extra wide. Photo: autoevolution.comYou might even consider “upgrading” to wider tyres on your car. However... While the idea seems exciting, you might want to think twice before doing that.yay or n

Arif

Arif

Nov 28, 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

New 2020 Mazda 2 facelift - still the most expensive looking car under RM 100k

At today’s opening of the 2019 Thailand International Motor Expo, the new 2020 Mazda 2 facelift made its debut in the Thai kingdom.As our Malaysian market Mazda 2 is imported from Thailand, we can also expect the new Mazda 2 facelift to be introduced here within the next few months.First launched in Malaysia in January 2015, the Mazda 2 is due for a mid-life update - a second one for Malaysia. The first was done in 2016, which saw the previous car’s halogen headlamps being replaced w

Hans

Hans

Nov 28, 2019

Strut bar – does it really make your car handle better and safer?

Factory-installed strut bar in the 2020 Honda Accord 1.5.You’ve probably seen or heard a certain aftermarket strut bar company suggesting you to install a strut bar in your car with a promise of improved chassis rigidity, enhance cornering performance and a much safer car. It is true, but there are drivers that thinks it is nothing more than just another gimmicky product.So here comes the question – do you really need one and does it work?Factory-installed strut bar in the 2019

Zamil Syaheer

Zamil Syaheer

Mar 4, 2020

First tuner electric car? TECHART refines the Porsche Taycan

German Porsche tuner, TECHART, has announced its new product range for the Porsche Taycan. The engineering department at TECHART is concerned with all spheres of customization for the Taycan such as exterior styling and aerodynamic design, carbon fiber parts and trims as well as all kinds of interior refinement and high-grade materials processing.The new 22-inch TECHART Formula VI forged wheels will be available from August 2020. The wheels feature slender spokes, low weight, appealing dimension

Arif

Arif

Jun 20, 2020

Run flat tyres, tyre repair kits, or spare tyres. Which is best?

Your car ownership experience isn’t complete without having at least one flat tyre incident. For this, manufacturers have given us full-sized spares, space-savers, run-flat tyres, and even tyre repair kits. What you have in your car has been pre-determined by the manufacturer.The question is, which is the best?The answer depends on the type of driver you are, the type of commute you do, and where you live. Each option offers its own pros and cons.1. Full-sized sparesA full-sized spare

Arif

Arif

Jun 9, 2020

New Proton Saga – Could This Be A Better Car Than The Perodua Bezza?

The Proton Saga is Proton’s bread and butter model, a model that has been (and still is) the default first car option for many car buyers. That quickly changed when Perodua introduced its first-ever sedan, the Bezza, back in 2016. Car buyers now have a new alternative to the evergreen Saga.The third generation Saga was introduced just two months after Perodua unveiled the Bezza, giving its core model a much-needed upgrade. Earlier this week, Proton launched the new Saga, which is

Jack

Jack

Aug 8, 2019

Shifting to 'P' before pulling the handbrake is how you damage your automatic transmission

An article from fortune.com back in 2016 suggested that a car spends about 90% of its time parked. Is there any truth to that? Well, even if you did drive 2 hours a day, it would only amount to 8.3% of the 24 hours we have in a day. There’s still a good 91.7% left.Parking Pro-tip: Keep all 4 wheels on the groundIf you drive an automatic, you need to shift to “P” and engage the parking brake to park the car. There are however, two different types of people in terms of the sequen

Arif

Arif

Jun 29, 2020

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

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

BRZ vs GTI: Different ways to driving pleasure

The beauty of the automotive world is that cars, they come in all shapes and sizes. This is no different for the enthusiasts looking for something that makes their hearts skip a beat. There are many ways for us to get our kicks from.For example, on one end of the spectrum, you have the hot hatch of hot hatches, the VW Golf GTI. On the other, you have the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ. These two cars are as divergent as they come. Yet they bring driving pleasure in their own unique ways. How do I know? I&

Jason

Jason

Jul 3, 2020

When to change your shock absorbers? Here are 6 signs the time has come

Sometimes you think your shock absorbers are fine but the tyre shop tells you otherwise. They say they need replacing. Are they telling you the truth? How do you even tell that your shocks need to be replaced? You've never really paid attention to your shock absorbers and that's normal for the majority of car owners.A beater car. Notice the slight “squatting” in the rear end. Photo sourceWhen purchasing a used/recon car, it is common to get a car with bad/shot/leaking sh

Arif

Arif

Jul 18, 2020

Car prices to go up by 15 to 25 percent after Chinese New Year.

Earlier this week, The Star published an article “Locally assembled cars may cost more.” The article claims that prices of locally-assembled (CKD) cars will cost more due to potential restructuring in tax structures.Yes, the claim mentioned by the English daily is true. WapCar’s own sources within the automotive industry have also confirmed the claim.The reason behind the increase in prices is due to two factors: Withdrawal of EEV incentives and changes in Open Market

Hans

Hans

Jan 15, 2020

Review: Porsche Taycan 4S - an electrifying, synapse-frying performance car

"Why do petrolheads hate electric cars?" Asked my colleague Shaun as we barrelled along in the Porsche Taycan 4S. I didnt have an answer actually, because up until now, electric cars didnt really do it for me. I have driven a Nissan Leaf before this, and I quite liked it. But did it stir my loins and make me wanna buy one? Not really.But a Porsche Taycan? Who would say no to that? Well, at RM 699,986 (OTR without insurance, 0% SST) as tested, my bank account, most likely. Porsches firs

Jason

Jason

Mar 20, 2021

Owner Review: The Underrated Gem - Why the Kia Picanto EX is the Perfect Car for a First Time Owner

** This article is the personal experience of a 2018 Kia Picanto EX owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Facebook:  Zenyu LohChoosing My First Car - A Straightforward Choice?The story begins back in 2018 when I was scouting for options as my first ride. I have been heavily dependant on public transportation and good-will from friends and family alike for most of my commute needs up till this point. Naturally, as a fresh graduate, I would want something afford

Owner Review

Owner Review

Jul 9, 2020

Proton Iriz 1.3 Turbo - The 6-speed, 142 PS hot hatch we never got

Amidst all the buzz surrounding last week’s Proton EV auction, there was one very interesting model. It was a turbocharged 1.3-litre Proton Iriz with a 6-speed manual transmission.The Proton Iriz is a formidable rival to the Perodua Myvi with great handling but hampered by the uninspired Punch CVT gearbox.While the Iriz is available with a manual transmission, the 95 PS 1.3-litre isn’t really hot hatch material and the 109 PS 1.6-litre manual variant has been discontin

CY Foong

CY Foong

Jul 27, 2020

Review: 2020 Toyota RAV4 2.5 – The perfect car for humble rich people

Toyota cars are ubiquitous. The Toyota Vios, Toyota Corolla, and the Toyota Hilux are common sights on our roads. Even Toyota luxury MPVs like the Alphard and Vellfire are seen just about everywhere in Malaysia. However, the same could not be said about the 2020 Toyota RAV4. From our 2020 Toyota RAV4 review, you can know the reason.2020 Toyota RAV4 PriceAt a price tag of RM223,880 (with SST), the 2020 Toyota RAV4 is expensive. And from a value perspective, it doesnt make any sense. The RAV4 does

Arif

Arif

Oct 1, 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

Mazda files patent for a capacitor-based, in-wheel motor hybrid AWD, possibly rotary

Mazda RX-Vision ConceptMore news that Mazda’s signature rotary engine is making a return. Previously, it was speculated that Mazda’s upcoming SkyActiv-R rotary engine will return only as a small capacity range extender engine, used to charge a series hybrid’s or an electric vehicle’s battery.The idea of a rotary engine being the primary source of motion in a car today is pretty much out of the question because the inherent nature of rotary engine means that it will not pa

Hans

Hans

Apr 17, 2020

Proton EVs for sale - including Proton EMAS and Saga EV!

Remember Proton's electric vehicle (EV) project? Today, we found out that Proton was putting up models such as the Proton Saga EV, Proton Iriz EV, and even the Proton EMAS concept car up for auction. This following last week's auction of historic concepts and prototypes. UPDATE: The Proton EMAS concept car has been withdrawn from the auction. Thumbs up to Proton! It's impossible for a manufacturer to keep every protoype/concept car, but the EMAS deserves a spot in

CY Foong

CY Foong

Jul 22, 2020