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Proton's Saga returns to the top of A-segment sedan sales chart

Proton is proud to announce that the brand has reached a new milestone in terms of sales breaking the record held in 2018. Proton achieved the highest market at percentage 20.2% (estimated) with 8,934 units (both domestic and export sales) registered in September 2019, that is a growth rate of 97% compared to 2018 of the same month. Results were achieved with the help of both the Proton Saga and the Proton X70. The brand saw the Proton Saga return to the top of the sales chart as the best sellin


Oct 3, 2019

The 2021 Perodua Ativa's standard safety kit is better than the Proton X50

With every passing day, we find out more information about the hotly-anticipated Perodua Ativa/D55L. If you didn't already know, the Ativa boasts a lot of car for not a lot of money. Today, we take a look at the safety features that are on offer in all the variants that will be sold in Malaysia. Impressive standard safety features It's quite commendable of Perodua to include the safety systems I consider non-negotiables, which are ABS, VSC and the usual gamut of airbags (front, side, curtain). M


Mar 3, 2021

Critics can keep quiet. Perodua has just set its highest ever monthly sales in 26 years

You can say that you want about Perodua. Good if you like the company, but the company couldn’t be bothered if you think lowly of its budget cars anyway. Since launching the first Kancil in 1994, the company has developed a laser-like focus on its customers, giving them what they want, which turns out to be just very regular cars that are cheap to buy, cheap to run, cars that go about their duties with zero drama. Perodua ended September by recording its highest ever monthly sales of 25,035 unit


Oct 14, 2020

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

Sales tax exemption: Car companies scrambling for answers

It’s a frantic start of the week for many staff at car companies. Following Friday’s announcement by the Prime Minister that locally-assembled cars will be exempted from paying 10 percent sales tax while imported vehicles will see the rate reduced by half, many car companies are swamped by calls from their dealers and stakeholders asking for details on what’s the next step. Without the necessary paperwork, the Accounts/Finance division at car companies are unable to proceed or give any answers.


Jun 9, 2020

Toyota Raize and Harrier dominates Japan's 2020 new car sales

According to the latest info from the Japan Automobile Dealers Association (JADA), Toyota is dominating November sales with the Toyota Raize (the basis for the Perodua D55L) and Toyota Harrier both topping the SUV best-sellers chart. With 10,627 units and 9,897 units sold for both the Raize and Harrier respectively, both weren't the top 2 best-selling cars in Japan for last month, however. Instead, that honor belongs to the Toyota Yaris with 19,921 units sold. This sales figure includes models t

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Dec 17, 2020

RM 17k discount for a new Toyota? Fake news, wait for the official announcement

An image purporting to be new retail prices for Toyota models has surfaced on social media, indicating that one can save as much as RM 17,391 off a brand-new Toyota in the upcoming zero percent sales tax period. But that isn’t the case, as Toyota have yet to officially announce the updated prices. Before the new prices can be announced, there are a lot of questions to be answered, like what’s going to happen to existing stocks that have already been delivered to dealers, or who is going to absor


Jun 9, 2020

Perodua – What to expect for 2020 and beyond, new D55L SUV and 1.0 Turbo!

Malaysia’s number one car manufacturer recently held their full-year review, sharing their 2019 performance and what to expect from them in the near future. Which model sold the most? As expected, the Perodua Myvi (81,966) continues to lead the sales chart, followed by the Axia (67,267), Bezza (45,656), Aruz (30,115), and Alza (15,337). In total, Perodua sold 240,341 cars in 2019 – gaining almost a 40% share of the Malaysian market (TIV 604,775 units). While we move into 2020, Perodua said that


Jan 22, 2020

Proton says the Saga outsold the Perodua Bezza, but did it really?

The updated Proton Saga is now the best-selling model in the A-segment class. According to Proton, the Proton Saga had broken the 4,000 unit sales per month barrier for three consecutive months, bringing its cumulative sales for 2019 to 34,422 units. The number represents a 32 percent year-on-year growth. “The Saga has been a big success for Proton since its launch in August. In just four months, we have already achieved more than 35,000 bookings and currently, every unit our factory can deliver


Dec 4, 2019

Why the Perodua Myvi continues to struggle in export markets?

Before you brush this off as yet another criticism against our own domestic products, let us make it clear that the Perodua Myvi is probably the best point A to point B car on sale right now. As a daily car, the Perodua Myvi is close to perfection. It does its job so well that it’s quite hard to justify paying more for a Honda Jazz – does the Jazz have a built-in Smart Tag, or AEB? Guessed so. The Honda Jazz’s Ultra Seats is nice to have but how often do you even fold the rear seats? So what’s t


May 15, 2020

Proton Saga breaks its own sales records in June 2020, highest number sold since 2014!

Proton is on a roll as they follow their sales success in May 2020 with yet another healthy number in June 2020. Other than that, the Proton Saga also broke its own monthly sale record with the highest numbers sold since August 2014. Proton recorded 9,623 units sold in June 2020. This number is the second-highest the brand recorded in 2020 and a growth of 69.5 percent over May 2020. Bear in mind that June is also the first full month that Proton has been operating since the Movement Control Orde


Jul 2, 2020

Malaysia has the 4th worst traffic jam condition in SEA with second highest CO2 emission levels

As drivers, we’ve all complained about the traffic jam in the big city before. But as much as we like to complain about the traffic situation in Malaysia, it really is not as bad as our neighbouring countries and this Traffic Index by City 2020 Mid-Year by Numbeo proves that out of the ASEAN countries, Malaysia's traffic congestion situation ranks fourth! The report covered 81 different countries and focusses on the average time spent in traffic, the amount of carbon dioxide consumed in traffic,


Jan 15, 2021

It’s time to stop using the term national cars to describe Proton and Perodua

Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional, the company which we now know as Proton Holdings, was established in 1983 as Malaysia’s national car company. Ten years later in 1993, Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua, better known as Perodua, was established as our second national national car company. We are now in the midst of setting up a third national car. All three national car companies were mooted by our then Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. In the early days, both Proton and Perodua were in every sense, a na


Sep 6, 2020

Geely joins IATF to influence international automotive quality standards

Geely has become the first Asian automaker to join IATF, a global automotive quality standards organization. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) is a group of automotive manufacturers which aims at providing improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide. With its admission, Geely will now participate in the formation and improvement of international quality standards with other global automotive groups to promote the sustainable development of the world’s automotive indu


Apr 9, 2021

Proton, Perodua terlalu selesa. Hyundai-Kia mendominasi, kerajaan Korea beri sasaran, bukan ganjaran

Dalam dua bulan pertama tahun 2021, bahagian pasaran kereta domestik Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) di Korea, termasuklah bahagian pasaran Kia, mencecah 78.5 peratus. Setelah digabungkan dengan kereta impot, bahagian pasaran Hyundai dan Kia semua sekali berada pada 65.4 peratus. Pada 2015, ketika ada lebih saingan dari pengeluar kereta domestik yang lain seperti Renault-Samsung, GM Korea, dan Ssangyong, bahagian pasaran kereta domestik HMG berada pada posisi 12 peratus lebih rendah iaitu pada 66.5 pe


Apr 1, 2021

Video: Jeep Wrangler rolled over onto its side after hitting barrier in crash test

IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) is an independent, nonprofit organization funded by insurance companies based in the US. In their latest driver-side small overlap frontal crash test, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler 4-door tipped over onto its side after hitting the barrier. Fiat Chrysler questioned the IIHS on the method of testing after the Wrangler tipped over in the test, and the IIHS agreed to conduct another test using another method which Fiat Chrysler themselves approved. It still ti


May 11, 2020

Hyundai-Kia’s 80% market share worries Korea, Malaysia indifferent with Proton/Perodua

In the first two months of 2021, the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG)’s domestic cars market share in Korea, including that of Kia, reached 78.5 percent. After including imported cars, the combined market share of Hyundai and Kia in Korea stands at 65.4 percent. In 2015, when there was more competition from other domestic manufacturers like Renault-Samsung, GM Korea, and Ssangyong, HMG’s domestic car market share stood 12 percent lower, at 66.5 percent. The Korean government, along with several academi


Mar 16, 2021

Proton X50 vs Perodua D55L – Should you, and can you even compare the two together?

Is the upcoming Perodua D55L an A-segment or B-segment SUV. Is it even in the same segment as the Proton X50? The short answer is yes. Both the Proton X50 and the yet-to-be-named Perodua D55L are B-segment SUVs although many will insist that the latter sits in the A-segment, but they are not entirely wrong. Wait, what? We will explain more on that later. What is this ABC-format vehicle segment? Before we go further, we need to establish a few things. The Euro-style ABCD vehicle segmentation is c


Aug 29, 2020

This kills far more people than Wuhan coronavirus, but Malaysians don’t seem to care

First alerted by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 31-December 2019, the so-called Wuhan coronavirus (scientists call it 2019-nCov) has infected close to 6,000 people and has killed over 132 people (as of noon 29-Jan). The public is understandably scared, and news channels are providing hourly updates on the matter. Bloomberg actually has a counter that says how many are infected and how many dead. Making matters worse are the spreading of fake news and bad advices by people who don’t even


Jan 29, 2020

Toyota Harrier is Japan’s No.1 premium SUV for 2020, Toyota Raize tops all SUV sales

The Japan Automobile Dealers Association (JADA) has released its list of top selling models in Japan for Financial Year 2020 (April 2020 to March 2021). Seven out of the top-10 best-selling models in Japan came from Toyota. The Toyota Yaris (including Yaris Cross and GR Yaris) is Japan’s most popular nameplate, with 202,657 units sold in the last year. This was followed by the Toyota Raize, our Perodua Ativa’s Japanese cousin, with 120,998 units, making it Japan’s best-selling SUV. The Raize’s t


Apr 7, 2021

Audi and VW tweaked their logos to encourage social distancing

Covid-19 has brought the world to its knees with many countries putting a movement restriction or a full-on lockdown in place. Car manufacturers are shutting down factories in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Audi and Volkswagen have adapted their logos to encourage social distancing on their respective posts through Twitter. By now the phrase social distancing should be familiar. The World Health Organization advises the public to maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance betw


Mar 25, 2020

Have an electric car start-up idea? Kia and LG Chem might just invest with you

Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, and LG Chem are jointly sponsoring the “EV & Battery Challenge” (EVBC), a global competition to identify up to 10 EV and battery start-ups for potential investment and collaboration. New Energy Nexus, the international start-up support organization, will manage and facilitate the competition. Hyundai and Kia have gained prominence in the global market with a comprehensive portfolio of EVs. Hyundai Motor Group is planning to deploy 44 eco-friendly mo


Jun 24, 2020

Proton expands business in Kota Kinabalu

Proton has officially cut the ribbon to their new 3S centre in Kota Kinabalu. The new centre is run by Shirba Auto World Sdn Bhd and is the third Proton outlet to open in the city. Shirba Auto 3S centres spans a total of 2,259 square metres and has a capacity to fit 12 service bays, 6 service hoists, a comfortable customer lounge and even offers free WiFi. Proton’s efforts to encourage upgrading of all their facilities and to attract more dealerships has been a success so far. The brand now has


Oct 21, 2019

When was the last time you checked your tyre pressure?

I know I haven’t checked mine in a while, to be fair. I also can’t remember the last time I pumped air into my tyres, let alone checking the tyre pressure. It wasn’t until my colleague Adrian pointed out that the ride of my car felt odd, and recommended that I checked my tyre pressure just to be sure. I swung by a nearby petrol station to get my tyre pressure checked, and yes, all four of my tyres had really low pressure, one of them as low as 23 PSI. Yup, 23 PSI. That is much lower than the man


Oct 12, 2019

Perodua Nautica – Apa cerita dengan pengganti Perodua Kembara ini?

Perodua Kembara telah menjadi ikon negara kerana ia cukup laris. Untuk itu, Perodua berhasrat untuk menyambung kejayaan tersebut melalui Perodua Nautica. Tanpa sebarang permasalahan teknikal, ia telah menjadi model Perodua yang paling teruk dari segi jualan. Sebelum kami merungkai punca sebenar, mari kita ikuti sejarah kereta "nasional" yang bermula sejak tahun 1985. Sekiranya anda mengikuti sejarah automotif di Malaysia, anda mungkin mengetahui bahawa syarikat Proton dan Perodua memiliki keisti


Oct 15, 2020

Hyundai Nexo Wins Top Safety Pick+ Award

The IIHS test helps the public to shake the "explosive" image of Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. As the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (HFCV) to be tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Hyundai Nexo SUV is entitled Top Safety Pick + by the organization. The vehicle first appeared at the International Consumer Electronics Show in 2018. To get the Top Safety Pick +, the first thing a vehicle needs to do is be able to withstand a series of crash tests. Simply as it might sound


Aug 12, 2019

Parliament sitting postponed to May 18, delays new law against drunk and reckless driving

Amidst the current political upheaval facing Malaysia, the new formed government headed new Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin has postponed March’s parliamentary sitting by two months, from March 9 to May 18. The delay also means that the proposed amendments to the Road Transport Act to increase penalties for driving under influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol, as well as reckless driving will be postponed. Prior to the dissolution of the Pakatan Harapan-led cabinet, ex-Transport Minister Ant


Mar 4, 2020

UMW Toyota Motor to relocate head office out of Shah Alam?

UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT), the sole authorized distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia, will be moving out of its current head office building in Persiaran Raja Muda in Shah Alam, according to sources familiar with the matter. The relocation has been planned several years earlier so the decision is not directly related to the current poor market outlook, although the Toyota’s falling market share over the last 5 years was probably a motivating factor in right-sizing the organization.


May 14, 2020

Perodua issues fuel pump recalls for 2018/2019 Perodua Myvi

Looks like the Perodua Myvi is affected by the global fuel pump issues as well. Following the recalls issued by UMW Toyota (UMWT) for Toyota and Lexus vehicles and Honda Malaysia in June, Perodua has also issued a recall for their third-generation Perodua Myvi. The global fuel pump recall exercise was first issued by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in March 2020. The recall affected over 3.2 million vehicles under the corporation and looks like this includes Daihatsu as well. TMC first started lo


Aug 7, 2020

Quick review: 2021 Perodua D55L – The best Perodua to date?

The question that many of you guys have been waiting for is almost here – how well does the upcoming 2021 Perodua D55L drive? Keep in mind that this review was done at Perodua's Rawang test track, but no photos were allowed. Apart from opening bookings a week ago, Perodua has only revealed estimated prices of the D55L. The D55L range kicks off with the X variant, priced from RM 62,500, while the H variant is price from RM 67,300. As for the range-topping AV variant, its estimated price is RM 73,


Feb 24, 2021