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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 be

Jerrica

Jerrica

Oct 3, 2019

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 ha

Jerrica

Jerrica

Oct 21, 2019

Proton acknowledges spare parts shortage problem, reaches out to customers in need

Like any organization experiencing rapid growth and change, there will be growing pains. Proton is experiencing this first hand, not just with supply issues of the very high in demand Proton X50, but also shortage in spare parts supply for its service centres.To Proton’s credit, the company has taken a very brave move to publically acknowledge the shortcomings in its after-sales services.At today’s announcement of Proton’s February 2021 sales performance, Proton said it recorde

Hans

Hans

Mar 2, 2021

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 Order.

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jul 2, 2020

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 didnt 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 featuresIts 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). More

Jason

Jason

Mar 3, 2021

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

Arif

Arif

Apr 9, 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 g

Hans

Hans

Jun 9, 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

Eric

Eric

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 werent 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 that

CY Foong

CY Foong

Dec 17, 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, Malaysias 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 traf

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jan 15, 2021

Future Geely models to be closer to Volvo’s, but Proton might lose out – here’s why

Last week, Geely Auto, not to be confused with parent company Geely Holding which owns the Volvo Car Group, announced that it will no longer merge with Volvo Car. Instead, both Geely Auto and Volvo Car will remain separate (but still operating under the umbrella of Geely Holding), but will instead work together on specific electric vehicles- and driverless car-related projects.In layman’s terms, it means that the Swedes at Volvo Cars and Chinese at Geely Auto will continue to do their own

Hans

Hans

Mar 2, 2021

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

Eric

Eric

Oct 12, 2019

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 de

Hans

Hans

Dec 4, 2019

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

Hans

Hans

Oct 14, 2020

Will the new 2020 Honda CR-V do better against the Proton X70 and Mazda CX-5?

Thailand market model shown - colour options may differBooking for the new 2020 Honda CR-V is now open and with a new and upgraded model, we will of course have to revise our WapCar Ratings for the top-3 best-selling C-segment SUVs in Malaysia.All variants of the new CR-V will now come with Honda LaneWatch blind spot detecting camera as a standard safety feature while higher range variants will get an upgraded power-operated tailgate – now hands-free and you can open it by simply

Hans

Hans

Oct 21, 2020

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 tip

Shaun

Shaun

May 11, 2020

Proton was doing the right thing in disposing its old rally and concept cars, here’s why

Earlier this week, Proton received a lot of flak for auctioning off its prototypes, concept cars including the ItalDesign Giugiaro’s Emas concept, and even Karamjit Singh’s former PERT rally car.Critics say that Proton’s new Chinese owners from Geely were being disrespectful of Proton’s heritage, and that many of these cars deserve a spot in a museum. But I digress.Proton left the car in this state, not GeelyRewind for a moment the timelines. These cars have been locked a

Hans

Hans

Jul 26, 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 e

Hans

Hans

Jan 29, 2020

Review: 2020 Proton Saga 1.3L Premium facelift, true definition of value for money

Proton took the right approach when they launched the 2020 Proton Saga facelift. Offering improved features and drivability at a lower price point for consumers. Their strategy of giving better value for money to the consumers is being rewarded in their sales numbers, with a monthly average of 3,500 cars delivered. The Saga facelift was crucial in helping Proton achieve their 2020 sales target of 100,000 units.Even as archrival, Perodua launched their updated Saga competitor, the price tag is ju

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Feb 28, 2020

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

Hans

Hans

Sep 6, 2020

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.Stay at home, keep your distance, stay healthy, support each other – we are in this together. As a global company and a global community, our highest pr

Shaun

Shaun

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

Arif

Arif

Jun 24, 2020

Indonesia will limit import of Proton X70 until Malaysia opens up its car market further

Last week, this column discussed the challenges that lie ahead in exporting the Proton X70 to Indonesia. While the Proton X70 was able to race to the top of the sales chart almost as soon as it was launched, it will not enjoy such luxury in Indonesia.As an imported model, the Indonesian government will certainly not grant Proton any tax incentives the way the Malaysian government does. Without a significant price advantage, it’s will have a harder time going up against the Honda CR-V.

Hans

Hans

Apr 10, 2020

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 per

Mersita

Mersita

Apr 1, 2021

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 sever

Hans

Hans

Mar 16, 2021

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.Si

Gemma

Gemma

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

Hans

Hans

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 organizat

Hans

Hans

May 14, 2020

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.Upcoming Perodua D55L will be based on the Japanese market Toyota Raize/Daihatsu Rocky twinsWhat is this ABC-format vehicle segment?Before we go f

Hans

Hans

Aug 29, 2020

What Tun Mahathir feels like when driving the VinFast SA2.0 SUV in Hanoi?

According to Bernama, the Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad test drove the SUV (sports utility vehicle) LUX SA (A) 2.0 model for about 10 minutes during a visit to the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park in Hanoi. Too vague huh, let's walk the whole car test tour together!Accompanied by Vingroup Chairman Pham Nhat Vuong and VinFast technician Nguyen Anh Hieu, the prime minister is observing the exterior of the SA2.0...The LUX SA2.0 is based on the F15 BMW X5 and presents a tough mid-sized luxury SUV

Tasia

Tasia

Aug 30, 2019