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Bermaz to expand beyond Mazda – what new brands are coming to Malaysia?

At the moment, Bermaz Auto’s business is limited only to Mazda, Ssangyong and Changan. The latter two are active only in the Philippines, where Bermaz Auto is also doing brisk business there.Rumour has it that Bermaz Auto have been in talks with several car brands, some already present in Malaysia under another distributor, while others are new entrants. At least one European brand and two more Asian brands are said to have been in contact with Bermaz Auto.Details of the discussions and pa

Hans

Hans

Aug 27, 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

Geely celebrates Chinese New Year with a Guinness World Record-breaking car mosaic

Being one of the largest car makers in the world, you can expect Geely to do things huge, including celebrating Chinese New Year. This year, Geely ushered in Chinese New Year by breaking the Guinness World Record for creating the world’s largest car mosaic.Over 2,000 Geely Emgrands (known in China as the Geely Dihao) were used to make the record-breaking car mosaics at Geely’s second manufacturing base in Cixi, Zhejiang. The cars were used to form 2 images.The first image is of an ox

Jerrica

Jerrica

Feb 16, 2021

Who makes 2020's most reliable cars? What’s the 10 best car brands to buy from?

What’s the most reliable car brand? What brand should your next car be? Depending on who you ask, you will get different answers, depending on how they choose to make their assessment.If you were to ask the Americans at Consumer Reports, the best brands to buy are Porsche, Genesis, Subaru, Mazda, and Lexus, in that order.Something is clearly not right when a brand like Porsche tops the list of a consumer-friendly buying guide so take this with a pinch of salt. But Consumer Reports is

Hans

Hans

Feb 28, 2020

Why did Suzuki, Jeep and these 8 brands say "Bye bye Malaysia"?

Looking at our WapCar car list, we have 35 car brands in Malaysia. Other sites might have posted more but even so, that’s quite a lot. Yet, there are some complaints that we have so few brands being represented here.Sometimes, there's no choice...To be honest, the Malaysian automotive market is pretty small in comparison to some of our neighbours. There’s also the fact that it might be difficult to convince Malaysian buyers to buy something different from the norm.It do

CY Foong

CY Foong

Oct 24, 2020

How symbols derive their power - the myth of car brands and the influence they have over us

Some brands, no matter how good their products are, can never attain the nearly mythical levels of influence that others haveAt its most fundamental level, cars are merely a collection of metal and parts. But few car companies will sell you a car at the price of the sum of its materials and cost it took put the car together.Premium brands especially, want to sell you not just a car but also an admission in their deeply storied heritage, and a certain lifestyle that their marketers promise you.&q

Hans

Hans

Apr 4, 2021

We have 2 national car brands, but still no product recall law, why?

A car has on average, about 30,000 to 50,000 parts, depending on vehicle type. Despite a manufacturer's best effort, every now and then, some defective parts will inevitably slip through.As cars get more complicated and consumer rights protection are strengthened in many parts of the world, it’s only natural for recalls to become increasingly common. As much as manufacturers try their best, there’s no such thing as a zero-defect manufacturer.The nature of how mass produ

Hans

Hans

Aug 16, 2020

Geely joins the driverless car game with Baidu’s help

Baidu Apollo fleet collaboration with other Chinese brandsGeely Holdings will join forces with Baidu to build a driverless electric car on Geely’s new Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) platform.The strategic partnership will focus primarily on the joint research, development, and production of intelligent and connected electric vehicles. Note, “intelligent” here meaning self-driving cars.Baidu Apollo fleet collaboration with Hongqi brand testingThe partnership could see

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jan 11, 2021

Caution: Seiyong S1, a Chinese industrial garbage could end up in Malaysia

Seiyong S1 picturedHo Wah Genting Berhad (HWGB) and its subsidiary HWGB EV has over the last five days, signed three separate but related Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with 3 Chinese parties, all related to the manufacturing and sale of Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) in Malaysia.But before that, it is important to point out that Ho Wah Genting is not related to the Lim family’s Genting Highlands Resort. The first MoU is with Seiyong Motor, a little-known Chinese electric car maker fo

Eric

Eric

Mar 25, 2021

MCO 2.0: MKN finalises Chinese New Year SOPs

The National Security Council (MKN) has released the final standard operating procedures (SOP) for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration during the Movement Control Order (MCO). Effective on 11, 12, and 19 February only, all religious activities are not allowed and family reunion dinners are only limited to members living in the same household.As expected, cross border travelling is still prohibited during the festive period so any Chinese New Year activities such as visiting family members

Jerrica

Jerrica

Feb 5, 2021

More premium than Harrier, Toyota Crown Kluger leaked by Chinese gov

The Toyota Crown is one of Toyota’s longest-running nameplates, having been introduced in 1955. Though the name has been applied to a few body styles all these years, including pick-ups and station wagons, the Crown is more familiar on sedans.The patent images of the Crown KlugerWith sales of sedans dwindling across the globe, there are rumours that could see the royal emblem continue on as an SUV. Previously, we reported that FAW Toyota has registered the Crown Kluger name in China, and n

CY Foong

CY Foong

Apr 14, 2021

New Chinese EV spotted in Malaysia, DFSK Glory EV3 charging at Sunway

A new Chinese EV has been spotted in Malaysia – the DFSK Glory E3, known as the Seres 3 in Europe. With almost all badges covered, but barely camouflaged, the car was spotted charging at the DC Fast charger at ABB Sunway.These images have been shared by a member of the Malaysian Electric Vehicle Owners Cub (MyEVOC). The DFSK EV is left-hand-drive and was sporting trade plates, suggesting that this is most likely a training unit.Charging with a CCS2 socketAlthough the car has several names,

Arif

Arif

Apr 1, 2021

MCO 2.0: Yet another Chinese New Year SOP update

The National Unity Ministry has announced that family reunion dinners for Chinese New Year will now be permitted though it will be limited to 15 family members living within a 10 km radius. Interstate or inter-district travel is still not allowed.According to a statement from the National Unity Ministry, the latest revision on 7 February 2021 came after a technical meeting with the National Security Council (MKN).Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was also present at the technical m

Jerrica

Jerrica

Feb 8, 2021

Geely sells 10 millionth car - from cloning Daihatsus to buying Volvo and Proton in just 23 years

Geely may be relatively new to Malaysians since they acquired 49.9% of Proton just three years ago in May 2017. Not many know theyve been making cars in China for much longer than that, after being founded by Li Shufu in 1997. 23 years is relatively young in the automotive world - Proton have been around for 35 years - but that hasnt stopped Geely from selling its 10 millionth vehicle recently.The 1997 HQ.Geelys first car was the HQ (Hao Qing). Touted as a cheap, local alternative to relatively-

Sanjay

Sanjay

Nov 27, 2020

Yema Spica EV is a mini–Chinese Alphard for small businesses

This is the Yema Spica, an MPV from China that gives you Toyota Alphard vibes, especially when you look at it from the rear! The Spica has been on sale since 2015 but now, Yema has updated the MPV include a fully electric version to sell alongside their combustion engine range as a cleaner alternative for business owners.We know what you’re going to say, another replica from China! But in their defence, most of China’s car brands have left copying designs behind in the past as is obv

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jan 20, 2021

Move over, Geely: GWM is set to be SEA's most influential Chinese carmaker, here's why

Great Wall Motor (GWM) recently officiated their entry into Thailand with a bang, outlining their plans in the country by introducing 9 models over three years. Four of them are slated to take place this year, with only two revealed so far - the 2021 Haval H6 and the Ora Good Cat.Now, it seems that theyre well on the way to be South East Asias most influential Chinese carmaker, and heres a few reasons why. GWM will have 3 plants in the regionGWMs massive Rayong plant.Last year, we learnt that GW

Sanjay

Sanjay

Feb 18, 2021

Chinese-spec 2021 Nissan Kicks facelift kicks it with 122 PS and mini X-Trail looks

The Nissan Kicks has been on sale in numerous countries and in different iterations too. The Malaysian-bound Kicks would most likely be shared with the Thai-, Indo-, and Japanese-spec Kicks but India has a different version of the Kicks. Ditto the Chinese Kicks facelift which sports a slight redesign from the rest of the world.Based on these spyshots, the Chinese-spec Nissan Kicks will be getting a slight redesign and will be using a different engine to the Thai-assembled Kicks too. For this red

CY Foong

CY Foong

Feb 5, 2021

BMW's big grilles, are the tastes of Chinese buyers that bad?

Remember the BMW Concept 4? Some were surprised, put off, or even amused by it, thinking that it's just a concept. But we'll get back to it in a moment.Peter Henrich, who is the Head of Product Management at BMW, told Autocar that the feedback from customers about the change in styling on recent models like the 7 Series and X7 has been positive.It would seem that the bold move to introduce a huge grille on the 7 Series and X7 has paid off then, and BMW doesn't pla

Shaun

Shaun

Feb 24, 2020

Truck driver who sideswiped another car gets rewarded with free plane tickets for honesty

They say “honesty is the best policy” and it couldn’t be truer when it comes to this incident in Singapore where a truck driver was rewarded for owing up to side-swiping another person’s car. Not only was he rewarded with plane tickets to bring his family over, but many other chain brands also joined in with dishing out rewards.The note says: Driver Wang Yao Wen, Ive accidentally hit your car. Im so sorry, this is my contact number According to AsiaOne, the truck driver i

Jerrica

Jerrica

Nov 6, 2020

Ssangyong files for bankruptcy, how will this affect Berjaya’s plan for Malaysia?

Ssangyong Motor, which no longer has a presence in Malaysia but is sold in the Philippines under Ssangyong Berjaya Motor Philippines Inc, has filed for bankruptcy. This is the second time the Korean automaker went under with the first being in 2009.According to Forbes, the Korean car manufacturer missed 150 billion won (RM 550 million) in repayments to the main creditor, the Korea Development Bank (KDB) along with other foreign financial institutions.In a statement, Ssangyong Motor decided to &l

CY Foong

CY Foong

Dec 23, 2020

No Volvo Cars and Geely Auto merger, but more technical collaborations to come

Last year, Volvo Cars and Geely Auto (not to be confused with Geely Holdings, which owns Volvo Cars Group) announced plans for a full merger but according to its latest press release, that plan has been scrapped. Rather, both carmakers will strengthen their partnership in powertrains, electric vehicle (EV) architecture, and autonomous drive technologies, among others.Ever since Volvo was taken over by Geely Holdings in 2010, the Swedish brand has collaborated with the Chinese carmaker on numerou

CY Foong

CY Foong

Feb 25, 2021

Housing 9 different brands, Sime Darby Motors City is ASEAN's biggest auto complex

Ever imagined cross-shopping between a BMW X3, a Hyundai Santa Fe, a Volvo XC60, and a Ford Everest all within one place? Well, now you can at Sime Darby Motors City!The automotive complex, located in Ara Damansara is the biggest of its kind in Southeast Asia and houses six flagship centres across nine brands distributed under Sime Darby Motors. These brands are: BMW MINI BMW Motorrad Ford Jaguar Land Rover Hyundai Porsche VolvoThe facility spans 8.6 acres with an overall built-up area of 1.3 mi

CY Foong

CY Foong

Apr 13, 2021

Spied: Chery Tiggo 5x spotted in Malaysia, another Chinese X50 rival arriving here?

Photo credit: Leslie JyWell, looks like we might be seeing another Chinese brand making its way back into Malaysia. The camouflaged SUV you see here is very likely a Chery Tiggo 5x, doing its testing rounds in Malaysia.Also read: Spied: GACs Trumpchi GS3 Power spotted in Malaysia - new X50 rival coming soon?The original TiggoAccording to the user who posted this in a Facebook group, this SUV was spotted in Puchong. It’s interesting to hear the Chery name again after all these years.Chery h

CY Foong

CY Foong

Mar 11, 2021

Chinese station 988 FM asked opinions on penalties for drunk driving

There has been a rise of drivers driving under influence (DUI) cases on Malaysian roads recently, sparking many heated discussions across social media. This has even prompted the Ministry of Transport to propose an amendment on Act 333 of the Road Transport Act 1987. Chinese radio station, 988 FM, invited listeners to share their opinions on the appropriate respond or punishment needed to stop drunk driving and the lost of lives.In the 988 discussion, the general consensus agrees there

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jun 2, 2020

Which car brands' CKD plants are affected by the MCO stop work order?

Now that the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has made a U-turn on their decision to allow car factories to continue operating during the reinstated Movement Control Order (MCO), what are the car factories that are affected by the new standard operating procedures?Honda plant in Pegoh, MelakaAs you know there are numerous car factories in Malaysia, car factory hotspots mainly focus in Kedah, Selangor, and Pahang. The Honda plant is the only car producing factory located in Peg

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jan 14, 2021

What break-up? Nissan keeps its 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors

The automotive industry was rocked by a report from Bloomberg that Nissan is ‘exploring’ to sell its 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. However, Nissan quickly denied the break-up plans in a press release.It has only been a few years since Mitsubishi was announced as the third partner in the trifecta alliance that includes Renault and Nissan.Mitsubishi saw a slight boost thanks to this partnership but things weren’t really the same at Nissan in the midst of its ex-boss, Carlos Gho

CY Foong

CY Foong

Nov 17, 2020

Hongqi H9 is now exported to Korea, this is not a joke

Previously, it was reported that Chinese luxury brand Hongqi will be making its way to the Japanese market though some media reports have debunked the news. The fate of the car debuting in the highly competitive Japanese market is still unclear but if Hongqi really does start exporting cars to Japan, the land of the rising sun will be the third country that Hongqi is breaking into. (function(d, s, id) { let js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return;js = d.createEl

Jerrica

Jerrica

Feb 6, 2021

Why is a Proton X70 cheaper than a Honda CR-V by RM53k? What's the difference in taxes?

The most expensive Proton X70 Premium X variant sells for just RM 122,800. A similarly equipped Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P sells for RM 175,900. Both cars are from the same segment but there’s a whopping RM 53,100 difference in prices!To give you a better perspective, for the price of a top specs Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P, you can buy the most expesive Proton X70 variant, then head over to a nearby Perodua showroom to buy another mid-specs Perodua Myvi 1.5H, and still have some chan

Hans

Hans

Apr 15, 2020

Geely is developing next gen 3-cylinder engines, no reason to switch back to 4

The 3-cylinder engine is set to remain as the mainstay for Proton and Geely cars. In a recent video released by Geely Group, CEVT’s Director of Powertrain Strategy at CEVT Dr. Hakan Sandquist shared that the Geely Group will continue to improve the 1.5TD engine – the base engine used by the Proton X50 MPI and TGDI – to meet future exhaust emissions regulations.“We are working on the next generation 3-cylinder engines, so we will stick to this kind of concept,” said

Hans

Hans

Mar 23, 2021

Geely's Peter Horbury wins Autocar's Lifetime Achievement award

If balance and rising to the top from obscurity are what makes winners, then Geely Auto and Peter Horbury have a lot in common. It’s little wonder then, that Horbury is Geely Auto’s executive vice-president of design, and now, Autocar’s Lifetime Achievement award winner.The Lynk & Co 01.At Geely Auto, Horbury is tasked with using every ounce of creativity and talent as he guides the Chinese global car conglomerate that does almost everything - building upcoming brands like

Sanjay

Sanjay

Jul 8, 2020