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The emotional roller coaster of VW ads from the 2000s

Ads are annoying and even some people in ad agencies can attest that (I used to work in one, so I know the feeling is mutual). However, there are still some ads that make you intrigued and wanting to know more. For automakers, probably one that stood out was Volkswagen. The history of Volkswagen’s iconic ads began in the 1950s and 1960s when the German car company hired Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB) to be their ad agency. What resulted was a series of witty and simple print ads depicting the Beetle

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Aug 15, 2020

Honda CR-V facelift revealed in U.S. without much changes

New 2.0-litre Hybrid system for U.S. market Refreshed exterior Honda Sensing standard across all variants in U.S. Honda has presented its refreshed Honda CR-V for the U.S. market, complete with refreshed styling, new features and hybrid powertrain for the local market. Exterior changes are minor, include a bolder front bumper, restyled rear bumper garnish and new alloy wheel design that now measures 19-inch in diameter. The Honda CR-V hybrid gets an additional “Hybrid” moniker to set it apart. H

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Sep 19, 2019

Subaru Forester SK 2019 Review

Subaru is one of the most popular Japanese car brands. It enjoys a good reputation in the industry with its horizontal opposed-engine and left-right symmetrical four-wheel drive system. As a low-key and pragmatic representative, some of subaru's product highlights often need to be more in-depth experience to find. We bring you the report of the new generation (5th generation) forester after the in-depth experience. If only from the appearance of the interior design changes, it does not seem to m


Jul 22, 2019

Update: PDRM removes Neelofa notice but proof still needed for travel permit

On Monday, a photo of a notice posted at a police station - stating that due to a certain 'Instafamous celebrity’, anybody who wishes to apply for an interstate permit will be required to provide proof of their activities on each day of their application - went viral. Now, Sinar Harian reports that the notice has been removed. Also read: In case of another Neelofa, PDRM to hold stricter interstate measures during Ramadan When asked about the notice, ACP Mohamed Mokhsein Mohamed Zon, Cheras distr


Apr 7, 2021

Review: Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0 4WD; Long in the tooth but still worthy of attention

The Mitsubishi Outlander has been on sale in Malaysia since 2017 and calling it a little long in the tooth is an understatement. The model itself has been in its third generation since 2013 and looking at the spec sheet, we have to say that the 7-seater C-segment SUV is in serious need of an overhaul. But spec sheet aside, is the Outlander still worthy of your consideration? When you say 7-seater C-segment SUV, the Outlander rarely comes to mind over competitors like the Nissan X-Trail and the K


Sep 23, 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 manageme


Dec 8, 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 will


Jun 24, 2020

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 that the snake w


Jun 4, 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 only to


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 in


Nov 25, 2020

Owner Review: A Childhood Dream Fulfilled - How I Got My Honda Accord

** This article is the personal experience of a 2016 Honda Accord owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar Facebook: Shawal Ali My Previous Encounter with the Honda Accord The allure of large sedans is unquestionable. Unlike booted hatch or compact sedans with their weird looks to aide with practicality, large sedans do not need to sacrifice its looks for usability. Their strong muscular lines flows coherently from the front all the way to the back without needing to sacrifice

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Jun 30, 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 the plan. Datuk Aishah also said that ev


Jul 27, 2020

Save up to RM 50k on a recond car or go for Certified Pre-Owned car?

When it comes to shopping for a car, terms like reconditioned cars and certified pre-owned (CPO) cars get tossed around a fair bit. On paper, both CPO and reconditioned (recond) cars are very similar – both are cheaper than a new car, allowing the buyer to save some money. But that’s where the similarities end, as they are world’s apart once you look closer. Recond cars – good on paper, but buyers beware While it may seem tempting to save RM 40k to RM 50k on a recond car versus a brand-new car,


Apr 23, 2020

Giant lizard in a car!

We’ve heard of the occasional cockroach or even a cat getting stuck in the engine of a car. We’ve previously been shocked when a snake was seen slithering out of an A/C vent, but never have we heard a lizard the size of an alligator trapped within the car engine bay! This Toyota Vios owner had the shock of his life when he opened his car bonnet and discovered a flipped over lizard that looks like a Komodo dragon inside. From what we can see in the photos, it looks like the Toyota Vios owner had


Jun 17, 2020

PDRM busts clone car syndicates involving used car dealer and insurance companies

A syndicate specialising in cloning cars by tampering the chassis number and forging documents was recently busted by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM). In the process, 19 vehicles, including luxury cars amounting to a total of RM 3.5 million, were confiscated. Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin said in a press conference at the KL police headquarters that PDRM first received a tip of the syndicate back on February 2 when KL CID raided a used car dealership in Cheras. Du


Mar 8, 2021

COTY 2020: Which car deserves to be WapCar's Car of the Year 2020?

2020 has been a challenging year for many but it is coming to an end. Still, there have been some exciting cars launched in spite of these trying times. With that being said, bringing this year to a close is WapCar’s first-ever Car of the Year awards, and you can be a part of it! That’s right, you can help to choose the cars that deserve our coveted prize (which is probably an Oscar trophy with Adrian’s face)! Voting will begin on 18-December 2020 so mark your calendars! In order to qualify, the

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Dec 16, 2020

Owner Review: My Perodua Kelisa - Great car for those who are thinking of getting their first car

** This article is the personal experience of a 2003 Perodua Kelisa 1.0GXi Manual owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Shermann Jit Singh My small Little Kelisa is a first Generation Perodua Kelisa from the year of 2003 with the 1.0GXi Manual variant. My SLK short for Small Little Kelisa had an engine swap last year due to the standard engine being old and was high in mileage by the previous owner caused it to give way, as the piston rings were the main culprit. I had fitt

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Sep 14, 2020

Mod My Car:  Shopping for a niche 15-year old car - My Subaru Impreza WRX STI

** This article is the personal experience of a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Timothy Tam ↓↓↓ Press Here To Share Your Story ↓↓↓ I first fell in love with JDMs back in 2003, fuelled by 2 Fast 2 Furious and Need For Speed: Underground. I used to spend hours on end customizing my cars on NFS:U and always wanted to own one of them one day, with the Skyline R34, Evo and Impreza being my favourites. Fast forward 15 years later, I finally decid

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Jul 21, 2020

Khairy: Third national car? Never even discussed

The third national car company project has been a very controversial topic among Malaysians ever since it was proposed. Even with a change in government, the project seemed to be ongoing despite not knowing where some of the funds went. Interestingly, another minister has said that the third national car project might not even be considered for development. This was first pointed out by Careta. Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin has said in a townhall livestream o

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Aug 21, 2020

Running in your new car, still relevant?

Running in (or breaking in) your new car is a standard practice that has been recommended by car manufacturers for the longest time. The task is simple – drive the car until the designated mileage set for the first service (anything from 1,000-2,000 km), but do not exceed 3,000-4,000 rpm to let all the mechanical bits ‘set in’. However, automotive technology have advanced tremendously in the automotive world, with manufacturers utilizing better quality materials for the mechanical bits, all in t

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May 31, 2020

Mazda 3 TCR race car revealed

The Mazda 3 Touring Car Racing (TCR) is the latest addition to Mazda’s motorsports program, which will hit the racetrack in 2020. Information on specifications are scarce but what we do know is that power comes from a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, making 350 horses mated to a 6-speed transmission with paddle shifters. The designers have spent countless hours to ensure that the Mazda 3 TCR is compliant with all TCR regulations and flows with the smooth lines on the Mazda 3, retaining the signat


Oct 4, 2019

Flux it with a monthly car subscription plan

Instead of renting a car or financial agility packages, Flux offers either a monthly subscription or a 3-year plan for the car you pick. All you have to do is head to their website www.driveflux.com, pick a car from their wide range of selection and then pick your subscription plan. Month to month subscription plan Flux offers allows total flexibility while the 3-year for best value. Users will then be require to pick a mileage package between Lite, Standard and Unlimited. These packages offers


Oct 11, 2019

6 traits that make a great handling car

Every so often, you find people in the motoring fraternity raving about a certain car that has sublime handling, and is a joy to drive. What does it even mean? Beyond good looks, there’s a lot going on under the skin that can determine how well a car drives. Let’s dive into what makes a car handle great, in a road driving context. Balanced chassis A car’s chassis is the starting point of vehicle dynamics. A great-handling car usually has a very rigid chassis. Why? A stiff chassis reduces flex, i


Dec 6, 2020

Xiaomi teases new car, but there's a twist

It seems that Xiaomi could be hinting the launch of a new car based on a now-deleted image on Xiaomi’s Weibo account. But wait, there’s a twist! The photo of this Suzuki Jimny resembling-car was uploaded on Xiaomi’s social media account. Speculations have been going around on social media that Xiaomi will be producing yet another new car. This isn't the first car Xiaomi has ever launched. Back in 2019, they collaborated with Bestune to produce the Bestune T77 SUV. Earlier this year, they also wo


Jun 29, 2020

How often should you service your car?

Many people have different theories as to when they should service their cars. Some swears by the owner’s manual, others follow their gut feel. The latter, which we strongly advise against. First, let’s break down the science. A ‘regular service’ includes an engine oil change along with an inspection of all relevant components. There are many factors that affect the interval, or frequency, of your oil change process. Traditionally, it is recommended to change your oil every 5,000 km when using m

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Sep 27, 2019

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

“National Car” to be defined in NAP 2019

In view of the soon-to-be launched third national car, Chief Executive Officer of Automotive, Robotic and IoT Institute (MARii), Datuk Madani Sahari has said the criteria of “National Car” will be defined in the new National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2019. “There is a need for the automobile industry to move away from petrol-based engines to hybrid and electric ones,” said Datuk Madani, as quoted by Bernama. Last month, Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said that the third national car shoul

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Sep 18, 2019

Since when MBSA officers offer car wash services?

If ever anything can go wrong during a car wash, it is when the carwash workers abandoned the car halfway through the wash. This Perodua Axia owner almost had to remove the suds on her own when MBSA officers decided to help her out. According to the owner’s Tweet, the carwash workers abandoned their posts when officers of the Shah Alam Municipal Council (MBSA) arrived to raid the carwash. All the workers were foreigners and would have been arrested if they were caught. Unfortunately for the MBSA


Jun 28, 2020

What paperwork do you need before selling your car?

It’s time to sell your car. You’ve already figured out how to get the highest price and how to clean the interior, but how do you sell your car without going through a used car dealer? Assuming that you’ve somehow managed to find for a buyer that’s willing to buy your old car, there are some steps to follow before you can sell off your old car. Also Read: Selling your car soon? Here's how to ensure you get the highest price If it’s a cash sale and there’s no outstanding loan, it’s pretty straigh


Apr 6, 2021

Concept kei car from Mitsubishi teased

Along with the MI-Tech concept, Mitsubishi has also teased the Super Height K-Wagon, a concept kei car. Kei cars are popular in Japan for its price and convenience. Its boxy design maximizes interior space while the compact dimensions makes it easy to park. It features the MI-Pilot assistance for highway driving in the same-lane, forward collision mitigation braking, mis-acceleration mitigation and other advanced active safety systems. The Super Height K-Wagon and the MI-Tech will be exhibited a


Oct 9, 2019