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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

Minister: This is why Malaysia's automotive sector is unsuccessful

In a parliament sitting last week, Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar explained why Malaysia lags in the automotive sector. "Focusing on the automotive sector, we can see that Proton and the government policies back then were stumbling blocks to the development of the national automotive industry,” said Wan Junaidi, in response to a question posed by Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (BN, Pontian) at the Dewan Rakyat sitting last Wednesday


Aug 10, 2020

China’s Hisense to buy over Japan’s automotive A/C supplier Sanden

China’s white goods manufacturer Hisense Home Appliances Group will acquire Japan’s automotive air-conditioning manufacturer Sanden for JPY 21.4 billion (about RM 809.7 million). The move will allow Hisense to diversify into the automotive air-conditioning system market. Hisense has ambitions to manufacture air-conditioning units for electric vehicles. In an announcement by Sanden made earlier this week, the company says Hisense will acquire 75 percent of voting rights in the company for 21.4 bi


Mar 9, 2021

MCO 2.0: Car workshops and automotive factories allowed to operate

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has released a list of companies that are allowed to operate during the second round of the Movement Control Order (MCO). Updated: MITI has done a U-Turn on the list of essential services, read more about it here. Update No.2: MITI has once again revised the essential services list, car factories will be allowed to continue operations effective immediately. On Monday (11/1/2021), Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that MCO wi


Jan 12, 2021

Yoshihiko Matsuo, father of the iconic Datsun 240Z, passes away aged 86

Yoshihiko Matsuo, designer of the iconic Datsun 240Z (or Fairlady Z in Japan), passed away on 11 July 2020. He was 86. Matsuo was born in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture in Southern Japan on July 10,1934. Before he landed his job in Nissan, Matsuo was part of the team that designed the Daihatsu Midget, while he was still a student at the Nihon University College of Art, cited Japanese Nostalgic Car. Upon graduating, Matsuo went straight to Nissan. Amongst the cars he was tasked with designing was the D


Jul 17, 2020

Owner Review: My family own this car since I was born and now it's mine - My 1997 (The JET) Proton Saga Iswara 1.3S

** This article is published on WapCar Community. Click the link below to enter the community for car enthusiasts in Malaysia https://www.wapcar.my/forum Basic information about my car 1997 (The JET) Proton Saga Iswara 1.3S Reasons why I bought this car My family needed a car for transporting a baby (which was me by the way). The reason we picked this car because at the time it had massive boot space and ample room in the cabin and we heard stories of how reliable the Mitsubishi version Saga’s w

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Dec 12, 2020

Kia poaches ex-BMW and ex-Infiniti designer Karim Habib

After a short and tumultuous two years at Infiniti (the fallout between Carlos Ghosn and Nissan), Karim Habib has now been confirmed to have taken up a new position at Kia. Habib will start his new position as Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Center in October, and will be based at Kia’s global design headquarters in Namyang, Korea. Habib will oversee the work of Kia’s exterior, interior, color, and material teams, and help determine the future design strategy and direction of the Ki


Sep 10, 2019

Mr Hypercar: The man who turned every car he touched into gold 

Working for Lamborghini, Pagani, Koenigsegg, KTM and Dallara since 1974, Loris Bicocchi has a bigger ambition to do his own car at the age of 61. And the man drives like this: Sometimes, it's better to wait While Football is the most popular sport in Italy, it's not the most popular for Bicocchi. “I was never interested in football, just cars,” he says. Bicocchi shared the hometown of Sant'Agata Bolognese with Lamborghini, in the north of Italy. He used to stand in front of the company gates wai


Sep 9, 2019

Once unbeatable, Proton lost its No.1 rank not because of Perodua, but the PC. How?

In the early 2000s, the hardworking people at Perodua were scratching their heads trying to understand why sales of their oldest model, the Perodua Kancil was increasing. Isn’t that a good thing you ask? Well normally, you would expect demand for an ageing model to decline over time. However, between 1995 and 2002, sales of the Perodua Kancil grew by 56 percent, from 39,856 units to 62,279 units, outpacing the industry’s overall growth by 6 percent. This is highly unusual because by 2002, the Ka


Jan 31, 2021

Want your car to last a million miles? Take advice from a man who did 3.2 million

Whether you use the metric or imperial measurement unit, the numbers on an analogue odometer usually only went up to 999,999. Hitting a million miles or a million kilometres then, would ‘reset’ your odometer. Although achieved by various commercial vehicles, it is quite rare for a private owned passenger vehicle to cross the million-mile mark. A million miles equals 1,609,344 km. On average, Malaysian drivers cover 28,188 km in a year. That means the average Malaysian would take 57 years to hit


Jun 25, 2020

Owner Review: A Car That I Can't Resist- My Story With My Toyota Yaris

** This article is the personal experience of a 2019 Toyota Yaris owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar Facebook: Mike Maximiliano I fell in love with the Toyota Yaris the moment Toyota has teased it to the world. Being a college student, my options were limited by my parents. During the 2019 Malaysian Autoshow, I was taken aback by its design and features it has. Air conditioning, headlamps with follow-me-home function, an infotainment display, and electrochromic rearview m

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Jul 2, 2020

Woman born without arms drives a Perodua Axia, holds a job – what’s your excuse?

Life has always been unfair for Norfarrah Syahirah Shaari, who was born without arms. Completing simple daily tasks that most of us take for granted, she has to complete it using only her legs. Still, not having a pair of arms has not stopped the spunky 32-year old from Perak from living an independent life. Recently, Norfarrah made a name for herself when it was reported that she has been voluntarily sewing protective gowns for medical frontliners battling Covid-19. Yes, she threads a needle wi


Apr 16, 2020

Mugen is founded by Mr. Honda’s only son Hirotoshi, and this is his story

Mugen is synonymous with Honda, but not quite in the same way Gazoo Racing is with Toyota or STi is with Subaru. This is despite the fact that Mugen has a much longer history – since 1973 - and is the only one who can boast of victories in Formula One (1999, Jordan-Honda). For many people in this part of the world, their first encounter with the Mugen brand is on some tacky stickers on a badly modified Honda, partly because Mugen is independent from Honda, which also means that it doesn't benefi


Nov 9, 2019

Owner Review: Perfect daily car for the family - Our story with the Proton Persona

** This article is the personal experience of a 2009 Proton Persona 1.6 Highline owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Facebook: Afiq Bazli What is it? The Proton Persona is a compact sedan that was launch back in August of 2007. My car that you see here was bought in April of 2009. Originally the Proton Persona was powered by the carried-over 1.6L DOHC 16-valves CamPro petrol engine from the Proton Gen2 hatchback. Eventually, it was replaced by the newer 1.6 DOHC 16-valves

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Aug 13, 2020

MITI expected to allow car manufacturers to resume operations next week

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is expected to backtrack on its earlier decision to remove automotive manufacturing from its list of essential services sectors, and will allow automotive manufacturing to resume operations next week. The government has yet to make an official announcement on the matter and those involved have been told to not speak to the media. However WapCar.my understands that discussions is almost complete and automotive manufacturing might be re-insta


Jan 15, 2021

MITI makes corrective U-turn, car plants and suppliers allowed to resume operations

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has once again updated the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the reinstated Movement Control Order (MCO), this time automotive plants, including vehicle assembly and component suppliers, will be allowed to continue operating for the duration of the country’s second MCO. This is yet another U-turn from the MITI on the essential economic services SOP. Previously, when MITI first released the MCO SOP for essential services on 12 January


Jan 16, 2021

Owner Review: First time owning a German machine - My BMW 318i

** This article is the personal experience of a 2018 BMW 318i owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Fazrul Aziz I bought this BMW 318i LCI recently from my sister as she bought a new Toyota Alphard. The mileage clocks at 25k only! Even though she sold it to me at the market’s price, the conditions & maintenance is top-notch. Also, the car is still under BMW warranty programme and free scheduled service for the next 3 years. How everything started Back in my university days,

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Aug 22, 2020

Government needs to stop flip-flopping on auto industry policy

From fuel standards to Approved Permits to tax structures, the last 18 months have been marked by a lot of uncertainties in the Malaysian automotive industry. Last October, the government announced that it is backtracking on its commitment to roll out lower sulphur Euro 4M standard RON 95 petrol by 14 months, from 1-October 2018 to 1-January 2020. The Ministry Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs nonchalantly announced the postponement only on 5-October 2018, saying that the delay was due to the


Oct 21, 2019

Proton Edar calls for gov to extend SST exemption

Beginning from 15-June to 31-December 2020, the government has waived the 10% sales tax (SST) on locally-assembled models (CKD) while imported cars (CBU) were only reduced to 5%, half of what the CKD models were given. Seeing the overall positive growth in the automotive industry, Proton Edar Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer, Roslan Abdullah hopes that the government will extend the SST exemption period. “Those of us in the automotive industry hope the government will consider in extending the SS

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Oct 6, 2020

New revised price list for Kia, Peugeot, Citroen, and DS

Naza Automotive Group, the automotive division of Naza Group, announced a new pricelist for vehicles under its automotive brands in line with the Government’s announcement. The new price list is recalculated in accordance to the sales tax exemption for locally-assembled vehicles and tax reduction for imported cars until year-end as part of the national economic stimulus plan, Penjana. The revised pricelist will be effective from 15th June 2020 until 31st December 2020, and covers the wide range


Jun 15, 2020

Tak cukup dengan kamera drone, DJI ceburi kereta elektrik berautonomi pula!

Syarikat pengeluar drone komersial terbesar di dunia, DJI, dikhabarkan akan menghasilkan kereta elektrik (EV) berteknologi tinggi di China tidak lama lagi. Syarikat DJI yang terkenal dengan produk-produk mereka seperti rangkaian drone Mavic serta pengimbang OM telah menubuhkan satu lagi syarikat dipanggil DJI Automotive, lapor CarNewsChina.com. Sebagai permulaan, DJI Automotive akan menayangkan sebuah kereta konsep di Shanghai Auto Show yang akan berlangsung di sana hujung bulan ini. Jika diamat


Apr 13, 2021

Indonesia cuts tax for all cars between March until May

The Indonesian government will remove the luxury tax imposed on cars below 1,500cc from March 2021 to May 2021. Reuters reports that the tax removal is to bolster the Indonesian automotive industry. Currently only LCGC (Low-Cost Green Cars) are exempted from the luxury tax. LCGC in Indonesia includes locally produced (CKD) hatchbacks, MPVs, and cars below 1,200 cc. The current luxury tax for sedans and other car below 1,500 cc is between 10% and 30%. The tax exemption for cars below 1,500 cc wil


Feb 15, 2021

Malaysian car manufacturers to stop work again? Eurocham denies Feb-4 lockdown

A leaked memo from the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Eurocham) to its members says that the manufacturing sector should prepare itself for a shutdown/strict lockdown if the Covid-19 situation doesn't improve. The memo adds that the organization’s CEO Sven Schneider had a meeting with MITI on 22-January and was told that the Ministry of Health (MoH) has made a clear stance for a complete shutdown of the economy if Covid-19 cases continue to rise. 99 of the 300 Covid-19 clusters in


Jan 24, 2021

Who makes 2020's most reliable cars? What’s the 10 best car brands to buy from?

What’s the most reliable car brand? What brand should your next car be? Depending on who you ask, you will get different answers, depending on how they choose to make their assessment. If you were to ask the Americans at Consumer Reports, the best brands to buy are Porsche, Genesis, Subaru, Mazda, and Lexus, in that order. Something is clearly not right when a brand like Porsche tops the list of a consumer-friendly buying guide so take this with a pinch of salt. But Consumer Reports is not wrong


Feb 28, 2020

MITI’s latest directive on relaxing MCO for workshops and car plants confuses more than informs

At 9am today, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry’s (MITI) website will begin accepting applications from businesses who wish to reopen during MCO. Last Friday, MITI Minister Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali announced a list of business sectors that are allowed to resume operations. Among the sectors are automotive workshops and automotive manufacturing plants (exports only). However, Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob clarified yesterday that MITI’s announcement doesn’t cover the whole of Ma


Apr 13, 2020

The 2020 Porsche Taycan is the world’s most innovative car

Although not quite reinventing the wheel (those are still round), the boffins at the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) have awarded the 2020 Porsche Taycan as the most scientifically innovative car in the world. CAM’s Automotive Innovations report reveals that the all-electric sports car comes with 27 groundbreaking developments and features, 13 of which are the world's first. Innovations that were recognised by the scientists include its 800-volt architecture, two-speed transmission on the


Jul 15, 2020

Drone maker DJI is not making flying cars yet, developing autonomous driving tech

DJI, the world's largest maker of commercial drones, is reportedly stepping into the automotive industry by developing autonomous driving systems. According to Chinese media, the company has set up a seperate arm called DJI Automotive. But this doesn't mean that DJI will be building their own cars anytime soon, but rather act as 'Tier 1' suppliers (direct to OEM) to carmakers. DJI Automotive will be dedicated to creating smart driving systems, including Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor


Apr 13, 2021

BMW Group Malaysia’s deliveries down 19 percent on the back of a weaker economy

The BMW Group Malaysia delivered 11,567 vehicles in 2019 – contributed by 9,300 units of BMW cars and 1,142 units of MINI cars, plus 1,125 units of BMW Motorrad motorcycles. The figure is 19 percent lower than 2018’s record sales of 14,338 vehicles. Sales of the company’s namesake BMW brand cars dropped 23 percent while the youthful MINI brand contracted by 5 percent. Archrival Mercedes-Benz Malaysia sold 10,020 cars in the same 12-month period. Like BMW, Mercedes-Benz too experienced a similar


Feb 4, 2020

Proton Pakistan sedia kilang USD 30 juta untuk pemasangan Proton Saga dan Proton X70!

Proton Holdings Berhad akan memulakan projek CKD di Pakistan seawal suku ketiga tahun 2021. Rakan perniagaan Proton di Pakistan, Al Haj Automotive telah bersedia dengan rancangan CKD pada kilang terbaru mereka seawal Julai 2021. Kilang tersebut dibina di Karachi dan mempunyai kapasiti pengeluaran yang dianggarkan sebanyak 25,000 unit setahun. Sebanyak USD 30 juta telah dilaburkan untuk pembangunan kilang tersebut. Pada awalnya kilang ini sepatutnya beroperasi pada akhir tahun 2020. Walaubagaiman


Apr 12, 2021

Video: Why is Zerotohundred racing in a Toyota Vios?!

Zerotohundred.com is an automotive enthusiast site most popularly known for its automotive forum in the early days of the internet. Look up ZTH on Instagram and YouTube, you’ll be treated with adrenaline-pumping content from the all-new Toyota GR Supra to Ferraris. However, this weekend (9 – 10 November 2019), founder of ZTH, Tom Goh will be behind the wheel of a Toyota Vios for the Season 3 Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival Toyota Vios one-make series. We caught up with Tom to find out why are big n

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Nov 9, 2019