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Save up to RM 50k on a recond car or go for Certified Pre-Owned car?

When it comes to shopping for a car, terms like reconditioned cars and certified pre-owned (CPO) cars get tossed around a fair bit. On paper, both CPO and reconditioned (recond) cars are very similar – both are cheaper than a new car, allowing the buyer to save some money. But that’s where the similarities end, as they are world’s apart once you look closer. Recond cars – good on paper, but buyers beware Recond Toyota Land Cruisers sitting in a dealer lot While it may seem tempting to save RM 40


Apr 23, 2020

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

Toyota Harrier, buy a recond and save over RM20k or buy an official import?

Toyota Harrier Alongside the Toyota Alphard/Vellfire, the Toyota Harrier is an immensely popular luxury SUV. Part of the reason why the Harrier is so popular is the lack of competition – it has no direct rival either from Honda or Nissan. But the question remains – should you buy a cheap reconditioned (recond) unit or pay up for an officially-imported unit by UMW Toyota Motor? Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons. Prices – Recond is cheaper, but for a good reason Prices start from RM 24


May 9, 2020

Top Rank: 6 cars to buy recond over official

Yes, you read the title correctly – we’ve compiled a list of 6 cars you should buy recond over official units. For those who have been following us would know that we don’t usually recommend recond cars, but for this post, we’ll make an exception. But before we get started, we should clarify the misconception that recond car are better equipped than local spec cars isn’t true. Companies like Toyota and Mercedes-Benz have been fitting their cars with generous safety equipment, matching or even su


Aug 22, 2020

A recond Toyota Alphard/Vellfire is nearly RM 44k cheaper than UMW Toyota's official import, should you buy the recond?

There's no doubt that the Toyota Alphard (and its Vellfire twin) is the best luxury MPV on the market. Few other cars can match the Alphard/Vellfire's spaciousness and ease of entrace/exit. Compared to a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Alphard's sliding doors allow you to step in/out of the car as if it's a room, rather than a car. The only question left is whether to buy a cheap reconditioned (recond) unit or pay up for an officially-imported unit by UMW Toyota Motor? Let’s take a closer look at the


May 2, 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. Daihatsu Move Canbus shown 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 elect


Dec 29, 2020

Poor customer crashes Toyota Raize, only 5 km on the odometer

With just 5 km on the odometer on this Toyota Raize, it is possible that one very unlucky owner got rear-ended just after taking delivery. These crashed photos of the Toyota Raize were shared by Twitter use @taku531531, which shows the B-segment SUV with a crushed front and rear end. Judging from the photos, the frontal impact was severe enough to deploy both front airbags. Furthermore, the rear end also sustained some damage, though the severity of the damage is unknown. While the damage may ap


Apr 27, 2020

Good enough for Japan? Thailand-made Nissan Kicks launched in Japan

The brand-new 2020 Nissan Kicks e-Power will kick off sales in Nissan’s home country of Japan from June 30th onwards. The new compact SUV will be exported to Japan from Thailand. The new Nissan Kicks made its global debut in Thailand just last month. Its arrival in Thailand marked the first time Nissan’s e-Power hybrid electric drive powertrain was sold outside of Japan. This is not the first time that Nissan is importing cars from Thailand to Japan. They have previously imported the Nissan Alme


Jun 25, 2020

Mitsubishi UK auctioning off 14 heritage models including Evo VI TME, Evo IX MR, and 3000GT

Even though Mitsubishi Motors announced that it will not pull out of the European market after all, that does not mean it is completely smooth sailing for the Three Diamonds brand. Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) United Kingdom is liquidating its heritage fleet and as a result, 14 vehicles from their collection are up for grabs at an auction. Also read: Mitsubishi will save their European presence by rebadging Renaults According to the listing, the Mitsubishi Heritage Fleet auction will begin on 1-April

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Mar 18, 2021

China's flagship Hongqi H9 to enter Japan, is this a joke?

Recently, an account known as “Hongqi Japan” has surfaced on Chinese social media site Weibo with the picture of a Hongqi H9 captioned “launching in Japan on February 2021”. This has caught the attention of many who started wondering if the Chinese car brand Hongqi is planning to join the Japanese market to compete with cars like Toyota, Nissan, and Honda? Many of you probably have never heard of the brand Hongqi, but if you’re savvier with Chinese manufacturers, you would know that Hongqi is Ch


Jan 30, 2021

Toyota Harrier has 9 months waiting list in Japan, delays Malaysian launch

The fourth-generation all-new 2020 Toyota Harrier is a surprisingly popular car in Japan. Since its official launch in June 2020, the premium SUV has racked up a backorder of close to 100,000 units! Unfortunately, Toyota’s factory is unable to keep up with the overwhelming demand causing a 9-month delay. According to BestCarWeb, sales of the Toyota Harrier has increased a total of 461.7 percent in November compared to the same month of the previous year. That is almost 5 times more than previous


Jan 7, 2021

All-new 2021 Subaru Levorg recognised as the best car to come out of Japan this year

The all-new 2021 Subaru Levorg has won the Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) 2020-2021. It scored a total of 437 points, comfortably surpassing the runner-up which is the Honda Fit (Honda Jazz) that scored 320 points, and the Toyota Yaris with 300 points. We love wagons, don't we? JCOTY praised the Subaru Global Platform that “provides a high level of both maneuverability and comfort”, the newly developed direct injection turbocharged engine with good drivability, the up-to-date interior, and the pr


Dec 8, 2020

2020's top 10 most popular cars in Japan, Toyota Alphard is No.5

The Japanese fancy boxy vehicles, no matter the size. This is shown in everyone's favourite luxury breadvan, the Toyota Alphard which became the fifth best-selling car in Japan in 2020. At least in the non-Kei car category. According to the latest information by the Japan Automobile Dealer Association (JADA), Toyota sold 90,748 units of the Alphard in 2020. This puts it fifth behind the Toyota Yaris, the Toyota Raize, the Toyota Corolla, and the Honda Fit. With that, the Alphard is easily the be

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Jan 11, 2021

This rare Proton Satria Neo rally car is yours for a reasonable RM 450k

A very rare English Proton Satria Neo rally car is for sale on Motorsports Auction for 85,000 GBP. Unlike the Satria Neo S2000 rally car, this Satria Neo runs a British-made engine – the 2,500 Millington Diamond Engine. Specifically, the 2,500 cc Millington Diamond series 2+. The history of the Millington Engines dates all the way back to 1971 with Roy Millington working on diesel engines of the family farm. The first diamond engines are based on the 4-cylinder Cosworth YB engine. Photo: Milling


Jun 23, 2020

Sayonara Honda NSX - Honda discontinues the hybrid supercar in Japan

The Honda NSX is coming to an end, at least in Japan. According to Japanese media, Honda has announced that it is discontinuing sales of the reborn supercar in the Land of the Rising Sun. The NSX production line in the States This doesn’t mean that the second-generation’s time is up. The current NSX is still being produced at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, USA. The second-gen NSX was launched in 2016 after numerous concepts were shown. Though it is powered by a V6 engi

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Mar 17, 2021

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 the museum. Today's auction was

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Jul 22, 2020

Honda shifts away from UK plant, to produce more models in Japan

Some iterations of the next-generation Honda Civic could be totally be homegrown models as Honda has decided to transfer some production from the United Kingdom to Japan. The Swindon plant currently produces the Civic hatchback and the Type R - be it for sale within Europe or beyond (the Type Rs we get are made there) among others. The plant is also shutting down in 2021. This decision comes as the UK is set to leave the European Union. As such, the British and Japanese governments are reportedl


Aug 26, 2020

2021 Honda Odyssey, USA vs Japan - two very different cars, same name

For a select few who dare to be different, the Honda Odyssey is what pops in their mind if someone says '7-seater Japanese MPV'. As we start the new year and look towards welcoming the Odyssey here in Malaysia sometime in 2021, let's take a look at the differences between the Japan- and American-spec Odyssey. Same name, different cars First-gen 1994 Odyssey. Yes they share the same name, but both cars are actually rather different. You have customer choices to thank for that. The first-generatio


Jan 10, 2021

Unlucky Toyota GR Yaris written off after barely over 1k km!

The Toyota GR Yaris is an exclusive hot hatch with only 25,000 units being produced worldwide. Sadly, it appears there’s one less in the world with this sorry sight of a GR Yaris that’s been trashed with only 1,048 km of mileage! "Sir, your hood is open" According to data from a Japanese salvage auction site, this was a First Edition variant. Looking at the bodywork, it appears to be a total loss with both the front and back of the hot hatch completely ruined. Car enthusiasts would be so disappo

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Jan 21, 2021

Japan too has a problem with cars driving against traffic

The problem of motorists riding/driving against traffic is not unique to Malaysia, although your Facebook feeds will give you that it’s a growing problem confined only to Malaysia. Yesterday, a 35-year old man in Japan was killed when his Honda N-Box was hit head-on by a Toyota Crown driven by a 78-year old man who was driving against traffic. The incident happened yesterday 6-January, at 12.40 am at the Nishimeihan Expressway in Yamatokōriyama city, in Nara prefecture. The younger driver died o


Jan 7, 2021

Under pressure from Toyota Yaris, Japan-market Honda Jazz (Fit) to get new nose job

Once Japan’s No.1 selling car, the Honda Jazz (sold as Fit in Japan) is now languishing in Japan’s sales charts. On certain months, it even bumped off the top-5 list, which is now dominated by Toyota. The new TNGA platform Toyota Yaris (not available outside of Australia, Europe, Japan) is now the No.1 selling car in Japan, followed by the Toyota Raize (twin of Daihatsu Rocky, donor car for upcoming Perodua D55L), Corolla, and Harrier. In certain months, the even the Toyota Alphard sells more th


Dec 2, 2020

Mazda CX-8 receives a running change in Japan

While we wait for the official prices of the 2019 Mazda CX-8 to be announced, Mazda has already updated it in Japan. Don’t worry though if you’ve already booked one, the changes are pretty minor. Here’s a quick run through on the updates: USB ports for the third-row seats Optional powered sunroof Larger center display, up by an inch to 8 inches Extra sound damping material on the roof to reduce rain noise Walk-in switch to electrically fold the second row seats down AWD models get Off-Road Tract


Oct 23, 2019

Once upon a time, retro-inspired JDMs were popular in futuristic Japan

You might see Japan as this fascinating nation that is built on the future but there was a period of time when Japanese carmakers were fascinated by the past. And yes, we’re going to focus on that weird van in the recent Honda HR-V spyshot. Despite its old-school looks, it comes with keyless entry! We identified that van as a 1997 Daihatsu Atrai Classic, a retro variant of the Daihatsu Atrai, which was a more luxurious version of the Daihatsu Hijet van. The thing is, this is an official model fr

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Feb 1, 2021

Perodua developing Daihatsu models in Japan, independent model development aimed

Perodua is now entering the third phase of its transformation plan aimed at raising the company’s competitiveness beyond Malaysia as well as aiming for a sustainable future, one that is integrated into Daihatsu’s global supply chain. Yesterday, Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zainal Abidin said that Perodua is also working with all its partners to see where existing expertise can be utilised beyond Malaysia. He gave the example of how Perodua staff are now working to design D


Feb 17, 2021

This is the all-new TNGA platform Toyota Yaris for Japan, to replace Vitz

At the sidelines of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota gave us a sneak peak of its upcoming all-new Toyota Yaris. Curiously, the Yaris was not presented at the motor show’s venue, but at a nearby mall located next to Toyota’s MegaWeb brand experience centre. Like its archrival the Honda Jazz (sold as the Fit in Japan), the all-new Toyota Yaris will only go on sale in Japan in February 2020. As such, details on the vehicle’s specifications are still lacking and the display car was locked with a ‘D


Oct 28, 2019

In Japan, Toyota Yaris Cross has a 6 months waiting list, more popular than Perodua D55L/Toyota Raize

Within Toyota’s model line-up for Japan, the two B-segment Toyota Yaris Cross and Toyota Raize (twin of Daihatsu Rocky, donor car to our upcoming Perodua D55L) sit in a somewhat overlapping position. Both B-segment SUVs are priced quite closed together and are chasing more or less the group of customers, but such is the nature of Japan’s saturated car market. Also, the booming SUV market demands for greater choices. Better to lose sales to your own models than to a competitor’s. The Toyota Yaris


Dec 23, 2020

Toyota Raize/Daihatsu Rocky launched in Japan, Myvi size and priced below a Honda HR-V

Remember the unnamed Daihatsu compact SUV that we saw at the recent 2019 Tokyo Motor Show? Well it has now gone on sale in Japan as the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize. The model is produced by Daihatsu at its Shiga plant, which also builds the same car for its parent company Toyota, which will then sell it as the Toyota Raize. For now, the Raize/Rocky is only for Japan but we are pretty certain that the same model will eventually find its way to our region. If it doesn’t appear as here a Perodu


Nov 5, 2019

New 2021 Toyota Camry facelift launched in Japan: 10 variants, improved TSS ADAS

Toyota has just launched the updated 2021 Toyota Camry in Japan, updating its D-segment sedan with new looks and improved safety. Regular Camry pictured Like the American and European model, the Japanese market Toyota Camry gets a restyled exterior that encompasses a new front bumper as well as mildly-updated tail lights. New wheel design round off the Camry’s exterior. Sportier Camry WS Japanese buyers also have the option of a sportier Camry WS. In addition to the sportier-looking front bumper


Feb 2, 2021

The economy is tanking but why are modern classic Honda Civics fetching high prices?

A global pandemic and signs of an impending economic depression are already slamming the automotive industry five ways to Thursday. Car sales are down, people are losing their jobs, and businesses are going bankrupt. We may be a meal away from financial Armageddon, which for some means it is a good time as any to buy an old Honda Civic Type R for RM300,000. Wait, what? That isn’t a lone case. More recently somebody bought a Mugen Civic Type R for half a million Ringgit. If that wasn’t brave enou


Aug 9, 2020

When Japan stopped working half Saturdays, the Toyota RAV4 became No.1. Here’s why

The Toyota RAV4 is the world’s most popular SUV, holding a strong lead over the Honda CR-V and Nissan X-Trail. The RAV4 is also the fourth best-selling car model worldwide, after the Ford F-Series, Toyota Corolla, and Honda Civic. Earlier this year, the Toyota RAV4 crossed its 10 millionth unit sales milestone, after 26 years on the market (since 1994). All these might come as a surprise to many Malaysians because the Toyota RAV4 has never been a strong contender in here. Few RAV4s were sold her


May 1, 2020