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15 years ago, this Korean car invented the SUV-coupe, not BMW!

Love it or hate it, the crossover coupe segment is here to stay. Car manufacturers from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and even Volkswagen have dipped their toes into this emerging segment. Sales in 2019 have gone up according to industry analysts, especially in China where the market is saturated with them.Even Proton’s owner, Geely jumped into this opportunity with the Xing Yue in 2019. In Malaysia, you could see BMW’s X6, X4 and Mercedes’ GLE Coupe prowling on the road, scarin

CY Foong

CY Foong

Jun 29, 2020

German cars are better? Korean cars are bad? Here are top-5 myths on German vs Japanese/Korean cars.

Despite what classical economomic theories say, consumers are not the logical, rational, always calculating beings that the likes of Adam Smith say we are. We all have our own biases and prejudices and there is often very little logic behind our purchase decisions. Its exactly why the advertising industry is so big.Korean cars are bad. German cars are better than Japanese ones. CKD cars have lower quality. How many of these stereotypes/myths are true?1. German cars are safer than Japanese/Korean

Hans

Hans

May 8, 2020

This Korean professor created a self-driving car way back in the '90s! Tesla who?

Autonomous driving, or aka self-driving cars and driverless cars, is now all the range. Everybody from Tesla and Google to Mercedes-Benz and more are looking into developing autonomous cars! But before driverless cars became an ‘it’ thing, here is an autonomous car that was created back in the 1990s by a South Korean professor and his students.Also read: Watch this self-driving Perodua Axia handle the busy roads of KL!Han Min Hong, now 79, led the team that created South Korea’

Jerrica

Jerrica

Apr 8, 2021

Korean gov requires Hyundai and Kia to up EV sales, penalty if target not achieved

The Korean government has required Kia and Hyundai to increase the proportion of EVs and hydrogen-electric cars to over 10% from the total sales for 2021. For 2022, proportion will be raised to over 12%.This effort is in-line with the Korean governments goal to increase the number of pollution-free cars sold this year to 300,000 units.Business Korea reports that other car makers like GM Korea, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Toyota, and Audi Volkswagen are required to increase the proportion of pollution-fr

Arif

Arif

Mar 15, 2021

Kia previews latest Korean humvee concept at defence exhibition

Did you know that Kia has been building tactical defence vehicles for the Korean Army since 2016? Tactical vehicles have been a huge part of Kia, so it’s not a surprise that the company is currently showcasing 2 light tactical defence vehicles at the 2021 International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in the UAE.IDEX is the largest international defence exhibition in the Middle East and Africa. If you’ve watched the episode of Richard Hammond and the Marauder, you know that t

Jerrica

Jerrica

Feb 23, 2021

Italian style, Korean chassis, built in Malaysia, meet the Fauxrrari F430

The Ferrari F430 is not the greatest Ferrari of all time, nor is it even the greatest Ferrari of the 2000s but spotting one on the road is pretty awesome. This, however, is not an actual Ferrari F430. In fact, let’s just call it a Fauxrrari instead because underneath this fake Italian stallion is a Korean sports car, and its built in Malaysia.Actually, scratch that, the first-gen Hyundai Coupe isn’t what you might even call a sports car in the first place. But according to the KL Pow

CY Foong

CY Foong

Jan 7, 2021

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

Korea’s best-selling car is not the Hyundai Sonata, but something rarely exported

The Hyundai Sonata might be the representative icon of Korean cars but you might be surprised to know that Korea’s best-selling car for 2020 is not a Hyundai Sonata, or any SUV. Instead, Korea’s No.1 selling car for 2020 is the Hyundai Grandeur.Hyundai sold 145,463 units of the Grandeur in 2020, making it the No.1 selling car in Korea, ahead of second-placed Hyundai Porter truck (95,194 units) and third-placed Hyundai Elantra (87,731 units). The Kia K5 (84,550 units) and Kia Sorento

Hans

Hans

Jan 25, 2021

Whine like a turbo - 2020 Mazda 3 Turbo left-hand drive only

So, the long-awaited 2020 Mazda 3 Turbo hot-hatch is finally launched in America and is apparently only available in left-hand drive (LHD) for now. Excuse me while I wipe away raging tears from my keyboard.Mazda announced its arrival to American shores with a sleek launch film which features the first-generation Cosmo, 787B Le Mans car, and a Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo with some added aero kits.The Mazda 3 Turbo is powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged Skyactiv-G that produces up to 253 PS and 434 Nm

CY Foong

CY Foong

Aug 5, 2020

South Korea ups electric car subsidies in 2021, but does not help Tesla

South Korea will increase subsidies for electric vehicles in 2021, as part of the Green New Deal initiative from July 2020. The South Korean government will also install 31,500 EV charging stations and 54 hydrogen stations nationwide in 2021.Hyundai Kona ElectricAccording to a report by Pulse, up to 19 million KRW in subsidies will be offered for those who buy an electric car this year. The budget allocated for 121,000 EVs is 1.02 trillion KRW.The subsidy favours cars below 60 million KRW. Sourc

Arif

Arif

Jan 25, 2021

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

Think Hyundai cars have poor resale value? HSDM wants to fix that!

Hyundai currently makes some of the prettiest-looking cars, but it is hampered by the perception of poor resale value. Globally, you would see Hyundais plying the roads and they also score very high in reliability ratings.But here, Malaysians prefer the appeal of the mighty lambang H and its Japanese derivatives to a Korean brand. So, how true is the notion of Hyundais having poor resale value? Lets find out.For this article, we compare the fifth-gen Hyundai Elantra, the Honda Civic FB, and the

CY Foong

CY Foong

Jan 2, 2021

What are the factors that harm the resale value of your car?

As Malaysians, we like to squeeze as much money out of everything we own as possible. Cars generally depreciate 20 percent of its value in the first year of ownership. After that, the value of the car would drop 15 percent every subsequent year until the 10th year.By the 10th year, the car would be worth 10 percent of what it originally cost when you bought it.But depreciation value also varies according to car brands and models, as well as the geographical location, i.e, if you’re living

Jerrica

Jerrica

Apr 2, 2021

Slow Hyundai Sonata sales causes halt in production at Korean plant

It’s not exactly the winter sonata that Hyundai wanted but production at one of Hyundai Motor’s plant in Korea will be temporary suspended for 2 weeks. According to Koreas Yonhap News Agency, production in the Asan plant will be put on pause due to poor sales of the Hyundai Sonata.Hyundai Motor Company has released a statement on 22-Dec that work in the Asan plant will be on hold from 23-Dec 2020 to 6-Jan 2021. Besides the Sonata, the Grandeur is also produced at the same plant.COVID

CY Foong

CY Foong

Dec 29, 2020

Kia Carnival 2021 nampak cantik di dalam dan juga luar!

Bulan lepas, Kia menayangkan gambar rasmi Kia Carnival 2021. Kami sangat setuju jika anda katakan yang ia Grand Utility Vehicle yang sangat ‘hensem’ (Kia enggan menggelarnya MPV). Ini membuatkan ramai tertanya-tanya bagaimana rupa sebenarnya bila dipandu di atas jalan.Tapi, sekarang dah tak perlu nak teka-teki! Kami memperoleh info eksklusif daripada rakan kami di Korean Car Blog yang berkongsi gambar Carnival generasi keempat ini yang melakukan pandu-uji di sekitar Namyang R&D C

Mersita

Mersita

Jul 9, 2020

Undisguised! 2021 Kia Carnival looks good inside and outside!

Last month, Kia revealed the official pictures of the 2021 Kia Carnival. We definitely agree that it is a very good-looking Grand Utility Vehicle (Kia doesn’t want you to call it an MPV), and we really can’t help but wonder if it looks as good in real life.Well, wonder no more! We got the inside scoop from our friends at Korean Car Blog who shared images of the fourth-generation Carnival doing some tests around the Namyang R&D Center completely undisguised!From these few ima

CY Foong

CY Foong

Jul 8, 2020

New 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe gets Korean 'Thor Hammer' headlights?

We’ve seen spy shots of the new facelifted 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe and noticed that the facelift will feature very stylish head and tail lights, turns out we’re not wrong. Hyundai's new 7-seater SUV will feature a set of very stylish T-shaped headlamps, a vertical version of Volvo's 'Thor Hammer' motif.The teaser image from Hyundai reveals a very aggressive new look for the Santa Fe. The grille has been completely redesigned and gives the SUV a very bold look. The DRLs

Jerrica

Jerrica

May 26, 2020

In Brief: 2019 Honda Civic Type R FK8, rascal all grown up

(Model | Gallery)The Honda Civic Type R (codename FK8) is the hottest and most exciting Civic money can buy. Other than the Civic hatchback shell and cabin features, the Type R is nothing you’re your regular Civic. It is a proper hot hatch for the enthusiast to rip apart racetracks and a comfortable hatchback for the family – we’ll get to that later.How Much Is It?Manufactured at Honda’s Swindon plant in the UK, the all-new Type R is not cheap. Excise duties and taxes app

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Sep 3, 2019

Leaked! Kia's new logo that might debut in 2020

It seems that Kia cars will soon sport a new logo on their noses as images of a vastly different Kia logo has surfaced online.Kia’s old logo features the alphabets K, I, and A clearly spelled out within an oval. For the new logo, Kia has opted to drop the oval and the alphabets are now spelled out in strong triangular motif and the letters are connected.The new design was filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) in both red and black.The media are pre

Jerrica

Jerrica

Dec 16, 2019

2021 Hyundai Palisade launching in Malaysia soon – 3.8L V6, 291 PS/355 Nm

Hyundai Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) is looking to up their premium game with the incoming launch of the 2021 Hyundai Palisade flagship SUV in Malaysia sometime this year. This announcement comes alongside the imminent local arrival of the refreshed Kona B-segment SUV.The Palisade is a 7-seater SUV that is as premium as the Germans when it comes to equipment. The Malaysian-spec Palisade is powered by a naturally-aspirated Atkinson-cycle 3.8-litre direct-injected V6 engine that produces 291 PS and 35

CY Foong

CY Foong

Mar 12, 2021

2020 Kia Seltos – One name, three faces, which one for Malaysia?

The Kia Seltos made its global debut back in June 2019 as Kia’s entry into the ever-growing B-segment SUV market.Being a global model, the Seltos is manufactured across several Kia production facilities, including Korea, India, and China.Looks the same, but there are some subtle differencesBarring the production facility in China that caters to the domestic market, the plants in India and Korea are responsible for various export markets.At a glance, both Indian- and Korean-built Seltos mod

Eric

Eric

Feb 7, 2020

Spied: All-New 4th generation 2020 Kia Grand Carnival bumper completely undisguised

The Kia Grand Carnival is due to enter a whole new generation globally and spy shots of the new bumpers, completely undisguised, have surfaced on the internet giving us a glimpse of the cosmetics change to come.If all goes according to plan and the coronavirus does not give too much disruption in production, Kia Motors is expecting the fourth generation all-new Kia Grand Carnival’s arrival into the market in July.Clearer view of the new generation Kia Grand Carnival new bumperBased on the

Jerrica

Jerrica

Apr 13, 2020

Review: 2020 Hyundai Kona - the Korean alternative to the Proton X50

Just recently, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in Malaysia, organized a media preview of the 2020 Hyundai Kona ahead of the models introduction.Lets take a look at how well the Hyundai Kona fares in Malaysia, as weve driven the Kona in New Zealand a couple of years ago.2020 Hyundai Kona ExteriorDespite being a three-year-old model (Hyundai also just introduced the facelifted model overseas), the Hyundai Kona still looks fresh. Nothing else in the B-

Eric

Eric

Sep 30, 2020

Hyundai Creta spied in Indonesia, would it make it to Malaysia?

The Hyundai Creta has a funny name as it sounds like the Malay word for car. A Hyundai Car, as if that wasn’t obvious enough.Indian-spec Creta shownIn some markets, the Creta is called the ix25. In India, Hyundai’s B-segment SUV is a best-seller there and the Korean giant might be introducing the Creta for the Indonesian market soon based on the spy shot seen in the cover photo.Indian-spec Creta shownTaken by Otodriver at Hyundai’s newest plant in Cikarang, Indonesia, the highl

CY Foong

CY Foong

Nov 13, 2020

Hideyuki Miyakawa – Japan’s secret agent of car design you never heard of

The early days of the car industry was dictated by Europe and America. Germany invented the combustion engine and the automobile, Italy made the best bodies, while USA pioneered mass production and market segmentation.1917 Mitsubishi Model A was Japan's first passenger car, 22 units were made, none survived today. This is a replica.Although Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Isuzu – the earliest of Japanese manufacturers - traced their history back to the 1930s, Japan didn’t enter t

Hans

Hans

May 31, 2020

Live photos: 2020 Toyota Corolla Cross unveiled in Thailand

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Cross is officially unveiled in Thailand and we have some photos courtesy of our friends at Autofun. Let's take a closer look at the newest Toyota crossover.Straight away, we would definitely call this Corolla Cross a looker. We initially thought it might look like a jacked-up Corolla hatchback with plastic cladding but this is better.There is black plastic cladding that surrounds the bottom and the wheel arches. The top of the line 1.8-litre Hybri

CY Foong

CY Foong

Jul 10, 2020

Hyundai Creta coming to Malaysia in 2022?

Second generation Hyundai CretaWhen Hyundai Motor Group first announced plans to build their first factory in Indonesia, many saw it as just the company expanding their business in the ASEAN region. But when Hyundai followed up with an announcement that the plant focuses on sedans, compact SUVs and compact MPVs, this has sparked speculation that the South Korean brand has plans to introduce of new models in the region as well.First generation Hyundai Creta in IndiaThat h

Jerrica

Jerrica

Apr 10, 2020

Kia & Peugeot to say bye bye Naza, hello Bermaz?

The Naza Group has been pretty synonymous with Kia and Peugeot cars in Malaysia for years but it seems that partnership might be ending.According to a report from New Straits Times (NST), Naza Group is planning to give up its Kia and Peugeot distributorships amid the soft automotive market which is made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.Sources told the publication that Bermaz Auto Bhd (BAuto) had emerged as the frontrunner to take over the South Korean and French marques with a larger interest in

CY Foong

CY Foong

Oct 12, 2020

Owner Review: My dream car is a Hyundai - My story of my Hyundai Elantra

** This article is the personal experience of a 2019 Hyundai Elantra owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Facebook: Vijay SaravanenI always loved the sleekly, sexy, and sporty design of Hyundai Elantras I see on the road. I told myself my next car change would be a Hyundai Elantra. I was already driving the Hyundai Accent 1.5 (Aeroback) 2007 Model. Over the years, I have owned Proton Saga 1.3 (Aeroback), Proton Wira 1.5 (Sedan), Proton Satria1.3, Exora 1.6(MPV), a

Owner Review

Owner Review

Sep 7, 2020

Top-10 of the last 10 years - trends that changed the Malaysian car market

When the world bid farewell to 2009 and entered the new decade of the 2010s, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was still on sale, BMWs were still rear (or all) wheel drive, and Carlos Ghosn was still emperor of a French-Japanese automotive empire.Ten years later, the world is quite a different place today.Here are the top 10 trends that defined that last decade, and how some of it put us on a path that we could never turn back from.Rise of SUVsIn 2010, the market share for SUVs was less than

Hans

Hans

Jan 2, 2020