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Do you really need a bigger car, or do you just want one?

The car segment classification is rather loosely defined. In this case, B-segment is described as the second smallest cars while C-segment are considered medium sized cars. Examples of B-segment cars are the Proton Persona, Honda City, Toyota Vios, etc. They are the second smallest in the sense that there are still cars such as the Perodua Axia and Proton Saga in the A-segment.On the other hand, C-segment includes the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla Altis, etc. They sit below

Shaun

Shaun

Oct 17, 2019

Spied! 2021 Nissan Magnite production car testing on road

The upcoming Nissan Magnite Concept was just unveiled last week, but the production car is already spotted testing on the roads of India. From the picture, it looks like the production 2021 Nissan Magnite is very close to the concept in looks.Nissan’s smallest SUV will bear the most resemblance with the bigger 2020 Nissan Kicks. The Magnite shares the same sweptback headlamps and a large octagonal grille finished with chrome trim.As seen on the concept, the production Magnite als

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jul 20, 2020

2020 Kia Sonet debuts: Kia's smallest SUV is big on features, enters hotly-contested market

After months of waiting following its concept reveal in February, Kia finally lifts the covers off the 2020 Kia Sonet in a digital presentation held earlier today. The Sonet is developed from the ground-up jointly between Kia Motors India and Kia’s R&D headquarters in South Korea, and is manufactured at the carmaker’s Indian facility in Andhra Pradesh.Three engine options are available at launch - a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated mill, a 1.0-litre turbocharged mill (both petr

Sanjay

Sanjay

Aug 7, 2020

Pros and Cons: Perodua Axia – The best car for young Malaysians?

If you wanted something small and affordable, it is very hard to look away from the Perodua Axia. Launched in 2014, the Axia has received two facelifts in 2017 and 2019. The first facelift gave the Axia a new VVT-equipped engine, and the second facelift removed the manual transmission from all variants except the “E”.Virtually unrivalled in its segment (A-segment hatchback), those shopping for the Axia might even consider the Proton Saga or the Perodua Bezza as alternatives.Should yo

Arif

Arif

Oct 14, 2020

First look: Nissan Magnite Concept officially unveiled

After a number of teaser images and videos, Nissan has finally pulled the proverbial cloak off their smallest B-segment SUV yet. Not much was revealed at the preview but Nissan did announce that the production version of the Nissan Magnite is expected to arrive in early-2021 in the Indian market. There are also plans to sell the car globally.At the unveiling, Nissan confirmed that the Magnite will be equipped with cruise control, Around View Monitor (360-degree camera), and an 8-inch touchs

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jul 17, 2020

This Isuzu D-Max "Blue Monster" will take on Borneo Safari!

While Malaysians are still getting acquainted with Isuzu’s new D-Max 1.9, Isuzu has already completed its set-up to send their newest pup on Borneo Safari.For over a decade, the Isuzu D-Max 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre have proven to be one of the most capable vehicles in the Safari.The D-Max representative has always successfully ferried its passengers safely and affectively across the most gruelling track known to metal-kind with minimal modifications done to the car.Now Isuzu is hoping to pu

Jerrica

Jerrica

Oct 17, 2019

The VW Polo started life as an Audi? Say what?

Audi did not start off as the luxury car brand that we know of today. Back in the 60s, before the Audi started competing with luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Audi was rolling out affordable cars like the small hatchback Audi 50.Which… Volkswagen later took and rebadged into the Volkswagen Polo. Say what? But it’s true! The first Volkswagen Polo introduced to the world back in 1975 was actually a rebadged Audi 50.Audi 50 3-door hatchback launched in 1974This is because when

Jerrica

Jerrica

Dec 24, 2019

COTY 2020: It's WapCar's first Car of the Year awards and you're invited!

The year 2020 is coming to a close and that means it’s time for WapCar’s Car of the Year 2020. We have our very own shortlist but we’re also letting you, our beloved readers, to decide on the cars that deserve to win our inaugural Car of the Year award!VOTE HERE!As we’ve said before, we have selected 18 cars across three categories for you to vote for. The categories are Luxury Car of the Year, 7-seater Family Car of the Year, and of course, the Overall Car of the Year. W

CY Foong

CY Foong

Dec 18, 2020

You should skip the Perodua Axia Style and go for the Axia SE. Here's why.

Back in September, Perodua gave the Perodua Axia a quick mid-life update to keep the model fresh as we enter the new decade.The updated Perodua Axia range saw the dropping of manual transmission options for the G and SE variants but included two quirky looking new additions - the Perodua Axia Style and GXtra, bringing the total variants to six.The Axia GXtra is basically an Axia G but with VSC, a different front and rear bumper, and foldable side mirr

Jerrica

Jerrica

Dec 30, 2019

2021 Nissan Magnite quietly launched in Indonesia; 360-degree camera, Android Auto

As we have mentioned a few days ago, Nissan is set to launch its smallest SUV in Indonesia. Sure enough, the 2021 Nissan Magnite arrived in the country without much fanfare and bearing specs similar to the Magnite in India. The Magnite slots below the Nissan Kicks which was also launched in Indonesia earlier this year.Image credit: Aghesbarker InstagramThe new Nissan Magnite in Indonesia is powered by a HRA0 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 100 PS and 160 Nm. The car also c

Jerrica

Jerrica

Dec 22, 2020

2021 Kia Sonet launched in Indonesia - a more hip alternative to the Perodua D55L?

Just three months after the 2020 Kia Sonet made its global debut in India, Kias smallest SUV has been launched in Indonesia earlier today. Assembled in India, five variants are available: starting with the lower-range Standard and Active, the mid-range Smart, higher-range Dynamic and range-topping Premier.Exterior Its a plucky little car that frankly looks very good! Up front, a pair of LED headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRLs) flank Kias signature Tiger Nose grille.The distinctive s

Sanjay

Sanjay

Nov 11, 2020

The Mercedes-Benz CLS 260 is so stylish, there’s little left for power – 1.5L turbo, 184 PS

At the rate that things are progressing in many parts of the world, where governments are waging wars against high CO2 emissions cars and speeding, it’s inevitable that car buyers will soon trend towards lifestyle cars that are packed with the latest infotainment, powered by the smallest available engine.We have already seen this in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan, where 180 series engines are the norm for Mercedes-Benz A-Class and C-Class models.Here in Malaysia, the lowest available engi

Hans

Hans

May 12, 2020

New 2020 Honda CR-V will cover all bases but can it win you over the Proton X70?

Thailand market model shown, colour options may varyHonda Malaysia has announced that it will be launching a new 2020 Honda CR-V before the year ends, and it will have an expanded list of features.The new CR-V is equipped with full suite of Honda Sensing, which will now be available even on the 1.5L VTEC Turbo 4WD variant, while LaneWatch blind spot detecting camera will now be standard on all variants.Hands-free power operated tailgateThe power-operated tailgate will be upgraded to a

Hans

Hans

Oct 25, 2020

Top-3 most powerful cars with a 3-cylinder engine

Previously, we’ve explained why manufacturers continue the use of 3-cylinder engines. Fuel-efficiency and emission are among the top reasons, but what if they decide to extract every bit of performance from a 3-cylinder engine?So without further ado, here are the current top-3 most powerful cars, which are either on sale or will be on the market, with a 3-cylinder engine.BMW i8, from RM 1,408,800The BMW i8 is actually more than 6 years old now and it still looks like it belongs in a s

Shaun

Shaun

Apr 15, 2020

The Toyota Yaris Cross will get a Lexus BX twin, coming to Malaysia in 2023?

Just as the Toyota C-HR has spawned the Lexus UX, the Toyota Yaris Cross will also spawn yet another baby Lexus, the Lexus BX.Just when we thought the Lexus UX is the smallest Lexus, Chinese website autohome reports that Lexus is looking to launch a new Lexus BX in 2023.Like the Lexus UX, the baby Lexus BX will have a completely different design from the donor Toyota model. However, it will share the same TNGA-B platform underneath.Powertrain will also mirror the Toyota Yaris Cross, a 1.5-litre

Hans

Hans

May 14, 2020

Maintenance cost comparison: Proton X50, Honda City, Mitsubishi Xpander - Which car is the cheapest?

Before we get started, let’s dive into the figures first. Capping the period to 5 years/100,000 km, the Honda City costs RM 3,669 to maintain, while the Proton X50 costs RM 4,326 and the Mitsubishi Xpander costs RM 4,215.But before we go further, there is a reason why we are comparing an SUV, a sedan, and an MPV.The simple reason is because like all crossovers/SUVs these days, the X50 and Xpander are aimed at sedan/hatchback owners looking for an upgrade.Theres no real reason why anyone ne

Eric

Eric

Dec 27, 2020

Court says car park operators liable for car thefts!

The Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court ruling that the management of a car park is liable of negligence rendering disclaimers of exemption clauses posted by the car park non-viable.Sunway Parking Services Sdn Bhd was ordered to pay about RM 117,000 of damages to Euro Rent A Car Sdn Bhd in the case where the rental car company’s vehicle was stolen from the premises.This means that car park disclaimer notices posted at various locations of a parking lot informing visitors that the mana

Jerrica

Jerrica

Dec 8, 2020

Lynk & Co 06 debuts, can our Proton X50 look as sexy as this?

Lynk & Co has officially presented their latest compact SUV, the Lynk & Co 06. It’s their smallest SUV to date and it looks very good!The 06 is built on the B-Segment Modular Architecture (BMA) platform shared with the Proton X50, Geely Binyue and Geely ICON. In terms of dimensions, the 06 is slightly larger than the Binyue (X50) with a longer wheelbase of 2,640 mm (+40 mm than the Binyue).As seen in previous spyshots, the 06 SUV gets that unique Lynk & Co family design with a

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Jun 17, 2020

Proton X50 vs Perodua D55L; How do they compare in size?

The Proton X50 and Perodua D55L are probably 2020’s most talked-about cars in Malaysia. Though both SUVs have yet made their debut, the comparisons between the 2 cars have started since sightings of the Daihatsu Rocky/ Toyota Raize (Perodua D55L in Japan) started surfacing during the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. But how do the 2 SUVs compare in size? Here’s a quick size comparison.While there is much talk about the two being the strongest “competitors” in the B-segment SUV mark

Jerrica

Jerrica

Aug 9, 2020

Volvo Car Malaysia launches its official used car programme called Volvo SELEKT

Volvo Car Malaysia today paved a new path for customers with the launch of its 360 total-care used car programme known as Volvo SELEKT.The programme is created for the discerning customers in mind, who want the same uncompromising excellence and quality of a new Volvo car but at a price point they desire.Each pre-owned Volvo car under the Volvo SELEKT programme is guaranteed to be under five years old and has less than 100,000 km in mileage. Once it qualifies under the programme, the car wi

Brian

Brian

Jun 24, 2020

2021 Toyota Yaris Cross to make ASEAN debut in Singapore later this week

Just like the all-new Honda Jazz (which Malaysia is missing out), Singapore is set to be the first market in ASEAN to get the all-new 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross this week.Borneo Motors, the official distributor of Toyota vehicles on the island, has set up an inquiry page on its website. The Yaris Cross will be unveiled virtually via Facebook on Thursday, 14-January 2021 at 8.30 pm.It is still unclear what are the variants on offer for the Singaporean-spec Yaris Cross. In Japan, the Yaris Cross is o

CY Foong

CY Foong

Jan 11, 2021

2021 Kia Sonet 7-seater debuts in Indonesia – Ready to fight the Rush or Raize?

Though the 5-seater Kia Sonet made its world debut in India last year, its larger 7-seater variant (a 5+2 to be more precise), the 2021 Kia Sonet 7 was unveiled to the world in Indonesia.That makes sense since 7-seater MPVs and SUVs are still wildly popular in the archipelago. The Sonet 7 is fully imported (CBU) from India, just like the regular Sonet. Dimensions Model Kia Sonet Perodua Ativa Length 4,120 mm 4,065 mm Height 1,615 mm 1,635 mm Width 1,790

CY Foong

CY Foong

Apr 13, 2021

RM 50k for a used Subaru XV, but what are the common problems?

The most popular Subaru in Malaysia is none other than the Subaru XV. It is the smallest car Subaru Malaysia has on sale and considered the entry-level car to enjoy the balance of a boxer engine and the famed Symmetrical AWD. The first generation XV is now on sale in the used car market for around RM 50,000 but what are the issues you should look out for before buying one used?Subaru XV Club MalaysiaCommon problemsTo find out more about the common issues owners usually face on the first-generati

Jerrica

Jerrica

Feb 14, 2021

Snake in a car!

Though Kuala Lumpur is now a sprawling metropolis, it still bears signs of the jungle that it was before urbanisation took hold. We’ve often heard about Bomba being called to homes to remove dangerous animals that have broken and entered in, especially snakes. But we’ve definitely have not seen or hear a snake breaking into a car!A few pictures of a yellow snake slithering out of an air-conditioning vent of a Toyota Vios have since gone viral across social media. It is believed

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jun 4, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover's new plug-in hybrid powertrain features a 3-cylinder engine

Previously, we’ve talked about why premium brands like Volvo and BMW use 3-cylinder engines in their cars. Now, Jaguar Land Rover has joined the gang by introducing a new plug-in hybrid powertrain with a 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine.The 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine is the smallest in the Ingenium range, it sends 200 PS/280 Nm to the front wheels through a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Similar to Volvo’s T8 system, the electric motor mounted on the r

Shaun

Shaun

Apr 23, 2020

Kia KY set to be introduced this year - soon-to-be competitor to the Perodua Alza?

Kia Carens pictured.Fans of Kia can expect a new compact 7-seater MPV from the Korean carmaker this year - the Kia KY - according to a leaked document.Sighted by Indian media, the leaked presentation file shows Kias plans for 2021. While specification details are still shrouded, the KY is said to be a compact 7-seater MPV - think therabouts the size of the Perodua Alza.The 2020 Kia Sonet made its world debut in India, and was subsequently launched in Indonesia.Meanwhile, its been rumoured that t

Sanjay

Sanjay

Jan 7, 2021

The evolution of Perodua “kosong” spec cars

Cars are expensive. We usually take 5, 7, or even 9 years just to pay them off. Some of us may take the Dave Ramsey route of avoiding loans, but that’s not a popular thing to do. With the tight-budgeted consumer in mind, auto manufacturers have provided us with base spec or “kosong” spec cars.As basic as they are, they serve the purpose of taking you from one place to another. A “kosong” spec car may have been your first car, the company car, or the car you lea

Arif

Arif

Sep 27, 2020

Man in stolen car crashed into woman also in stolen car, coincidence much?

If you don’t believe in coincidence, then perhaps this incident might change your mind. A 27-year-old man in Oregon, USA was trying to escape the police when he conveniently crashed into another stolen car.According to Fox-affiliate KPTV, the police were able to locate the Toyota Land Cruiser after it was reported stolen. A car chase ensued when the police spotted the stolen SUV in the town of Newberg driven by the car thief.In an attempt to escape, the car thief raced through the town onl

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jul 8, 2020

Car owners can't afford to sell their cars due to outstanding car loan balance

It turns out that it wasn’t just used car sales that saw an increase throughout the past few months, used car dealers in Johor Bahru are reporting an increase in car owners trying to sell their vehicles after the Movement Control Order (MCO) ended in June.One second-hand car shop manager Chang Keng Keong told The Star that there has been a 30 percent increase in the number of people who came to his shop enquiring for information about the disposal of their cars.This was especially apparent

Jerrica

Jerrica

Nov 25, 2020

MAA: We don’t need third national car and every car company should pay equal duties

The Malaysia Automotive Association (MAA) feels that the country does not need a third national car as the existing two are enough.MAA president Datuk Aishah Ahmad told The Edge, “From the industry’s standpoint, we already have two national cars — that’s already too many. To have a third national car? I don’t think we need it.”She also did not comment on Perodua’s intention to be involved in the third national car project as MAA does not have details of

Eric

Eric

Jul 27, 2020