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What is a car platform? It’s not necessarily what you think it is

BMA, CMA, MQB, MLB, TNGA, DNGA, these are just some of the more commonly spoken alphabet soup of acronyms (actually they more like marketing words) that refer to car platforms.BMA platform, developed by Geely-Volvos CEVT, used by the Proton X50But what exactly is a platform and why it’s such a big deal to some companies, but not others? Companies like Geely/Proton, Toyota, and Volkswagen bang heavily on modular platform technology in their marketing communications, while others like Merced

Hans

Hans

Dec 18, 2020

Owner Review: A Dad's take on a Soccer Mom's Car - 2013 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid

** This article is the personal experience of a 2013 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid C26 owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Facebook: EZ Wong About My CarIts actually my CFO’s car & I will narrate it as my own :)The Nissan Serena S-Hybrid was originally registered at the end of 2013 & we bought it at a very good price as a Nissan Pre-Reg unit in February 2015.The C26 is powered by a MR20DD 2.0-liter engine with 147 PS and 210 Nm (figures are from the engine alone, ex

Owner Review

Owner Review

Jul 15, 2020

What to do if your AEB-equipped car has a broken windscreen?

The short answer is that the AEB hardware needs to be recalibrated, which can only be done at an authorized service centre (at the moment, unless there is an independent repairer here that has invested in the necessary tools).You can still have the windscreen replaced at the windscreen repairer of your choice, but after replacing the glass, you need to bring the car back to the authorized service centre to have the AEB camera recalibrated.Well, this is the unfortunate downside of insisting on ha

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Hans

Sep 20, 2020

Bermaz is considering a hybrid Mazda MX-30 for Malaysia, rotary-powered?

The Mazda MX-30 made its debut late last year at the Tokyo Motor Show, as Mazda’s first series production electric vehicle. The model made its debut as a battery electric vehicle (BEV), meaning it runs entirely on batteries, and is said to go on sale later this year.What is less said however, is that the MX-30 won’t exist purely as a BEV model. A hybrid model is expected to join the line-up. At the same time, Mazda have repeatedly mentioned that it is working on a return of its

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Hans

Jun 19, 2020

In Brief: Nissan Serena S-Hybrid, finally a worthy family MPV

(2019 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Price and Specs | Gallery)When shopping for a family MPV, the biggest deciding factor should be the availability power sliding doors, as this feature is a blessing for parents with young kids.The Nissan Serena S-Hybrid is the only sub-RM150k MPV to offer this feature. How Much Is It?Two variants of the Nissan Serena S-Hybrid are available in Malaysia- 2.0 Highway Star and 2.0 Premium Highway Star, priced from RM 131,888 and RM 141,888, respectively. Opting for the tw

Eric

Eric

Nov 15, 2019

Honda Jazz Hybrid And City Hybrid – Here’s What You Need To Know

Introduced 2 years ago, the Honda City Hybrid and Jazz Hybrid are Honda Malaysia’s answer to affordable, mass market hybrid models.Malaysia is the only country in the world to locally-assemble and sell the Honda Jazz Hybrid and City Hybrid.Specifications for Honda City Hybrid Engine: 1.5-litre, naturally-aspirated, port injection, i-VTEC Power: 138 PS (combined system output) Torque: 170 Nm (combined system output) Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, front-wheel drive Safety: 4 ai

Jack

Jack

Aug 28, 2019

The Geely Azkarra is a Proton X70 you can’t have – 48V mild hybrid, e-AWD

Following the debut of the Geely Coolray (Proton X50 to us) in the Philippines, the Hangzhou-based company has teased its next model, the Azkarra. The model is visually identical to the China market Geely Boyue Pro, but what sets it apart from the Boyue Pro is what lies under the skin.  (function(d, s, id) { let js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src ='https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#

Eric

Eric

Mar 25, 2020

Owner Review:  Bang for the buck car - My 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

** This article is the personal experience of a 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid HEV Plus 1.6 owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Subramaniam VenkatachalamKimchi cars do not attract much attention among car buyers in Malaysia, what more if it is a Hybrid? A big NO-NO. But this 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid HEV Plus 1.6 is what I ended up with, and have no regrets to date. Before I begin, here is a little backstory, the first car that I drove was a 2008 Myvi 1.3 SXi. A family car that

Owner Review

Owner Review

Aug 20, 2020

Porsche says no to full-electric Porsche 911, but a hybrid is possible

Porsche CEO, Oliver Blume, has confirmed that the Porsche 911 will never become a fully electric car. The reason being that the 911 platform has been optimised for the Internal Combustion Engine, not an electric system. However, a hybrid Porsche 911, might just become a reality.In a phone interview with European media, CEO Oliver Blume said "In the future for the 911, there are good ideas for a special kind of hybrid, a very performance-oriented hybrid, where we use, for example, a 400-volt

Arif

Arif

Nov 10, 2020

Volvo XC60 T5 vs T8 – Should you consider a hybrid?

There are 3 variants available for the Volvo XC60 – T5, T8 Inscription, and T8 Inscription Plus. Volvo XC60 T5 – RM 298,888 Volvo XC60 T8 Inscription – RM 333,888 Volvo XC60 T8 Inscription Plus – RM 343,888The T8 variants are plug-in hybrid models while the T5 is solely powered by a combustion engine.Volvo XC60To recap, the Volvo XC60 T5 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine producing 254 PS and 350 Nm of torque. Drive is sent exclusively to the front w

Shaun

Shaun

Aug 29, 2020

Indonesia may get a Toyota Avanza Hybrid soon, Malaysia sticking to 1.5 NA?

President Director of PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN), Warih Andang Tjahjono, said that Toyota Indonesia will produce hybrid vehicles starting next year in 2022. One of the speculated hybrid models is the Toyota Avanza.“The assembly process will be carried out by Toyotas facilities in Karawang, West Java,” said Warih. “This hybrid car is not only present for the domestic market, but is also targeted for export,” he added.Bob Azam, TMMINs Director of Admini

Shaun

Shaun

Apr 14, 2021

2021 Nissan Kicks e-Power is a hybrid alternative to Proton X50 and Honda HR-V

Nissan initially plan to launch Nissan Kicks and Almera by this year Introduce new e-Power hybrid technology to the market Plans delayed, possible 2021 launch insteadAccording to Headlight Magazine, Nissan was set to launch a new subcompact SUV called Nissan Kicks e-Power in Thailand at the 41st Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS). However, no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show (and everything else) had to be postponed.Nissan KicksImage by Headlight Magazine.As we all are aware, majo

Zamil Syaheer

Zamil Syaheer

Mar 30, 2020

Daihatsu to launch full-hybrid kei car in Japan in 2021, how will this affect Perodua?

Toyota’s compact car specialist subsidiary Daihatsu will launch a new full-hybrid ‘kei’ (mini) car within financial year 2021, reports Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.The business daily also added Daihatsu’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) will go on sale on year later, in financial year 2022.Daihatsu Move Canbus shownUnlike mild-hybrids, full-hybrids can accelerate from standstill using electric power alone, thus offering a smoother driving experience in stop-go

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Hans

Dec 29, 2020

What Malaysian customers can expect from the BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid

Revealed last year, the BMW X5 (G05) xDrive45e replaced the previous generation X5 (F15) xDrive40e which was one of BMW Malaysia’s popular SUV or as they call it, SAV model.The BMW X5 (G05) is currently available in only one variant, the xDrive40i M Sport that is fully imported (CBU) and is priced at RM 618,800. It is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine that makes 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque.In the plug-in hybrid variant, the xDrive45e is also powered by the same e

Shaun

Shaun

Apr 9, 2020

Owner Review: The hybrid system failed so I decided to engine swap my car - My Honda Jazz/Fit "Hybrid" RS

** This article is published on WapCar Community. Click the link below to enter the community for car enthusiasts in Malaysiahttps://www.wapcar.my/forumBasic information2012 Honda Jazz Hybrid (CBU) a.k.a Honda Jazz/Fit "Hybrid" RS Reason why I bought this carHybrid Tax Exemption Car selection process I had a budget of: RM100k Models that I have considered include: Toyota Vios, Toyota Prius C, Honda City Reasons why I chose this car: Trim spec offered better than the restUser experien

Owner Review

Owner Review

Dec 2, 2020

Why is my ABS warning light on? And what is a wheel speed sensor?

One of the warning lights in your car is the ABS warning light. ABS stands for anti-lock braking system, and it ensures you have complete control of your car in emergency braking situations.What does a glowing ABS warning light mean?Unless you see leaking brake fluid, the most common reason for the ABS warning light is a faulty wheel speed sensor. In fact, some car brands have this as a recurring problem.Check for leaking brake fluid first. If there is no leak, the ABS light is usually triggered

Arif

Arif

Feb 21, 2021

What cars do rally legends buy? A WRC rally car of course

Do you ever wonder, what kind of cars do racing legends contend themselves with? More often than not, you'd think that they will buy cars they used to race in. And you'd be correct. Take for example, one Nicky Grist who purchased a racer he had fond memories of, the Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185. No, not a replica, an actual car that participated in the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 1992.Juha Kankkunen & Nicky Grist, WRC-winning partnership in 1993By now you'd be asking, Nicky

Jason

Jason

Jul 12, 2020

Owner Review: A not so mini "Mini" - My Mini Cooper Countryman Hybrid Review

** This article is the personal experience of a 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman Hybrid owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Sean TanFirst, I want to thank WapCar for providing me with this opportunity to write my first car review. I’ve always been an avid car fan and test-driven various cars as well. But here goes.I’m sure when you hear of Mini Cooper, you won’t hear the words like performance, great handling, fantastic acceleration, or maybe even bi

Owner Review

Owner Review

Sep 18, 2020

What makes a car a 3-door or a 5-door?

You’ve often heard the term 3-door and 5-door used when describing a car. For example, MINI literally names their famous hatch MINI 3-Door and MINI 5-Door. But why does MINI name their cars a 3-Door or a 5-Door when there are only either 2 doors and 4 doors for ingress and egress on the cars?Put simply, any door like structure which includes window on a car large enough for an adult to climb in and out of is considered a “door”. So, the t

Jerrica

Jerrica

Apr 10, 2020

The all-new 2020 Honda Jazz hybrid doesn’t have a gearbox, no gearbox problems ever!

The all-new fourth generation Honda Jazz will go on sale in Japan in February 2020. The model is known in Japan as the Honda Fit. Introduction of the all-new Honda Jazz in Malaysia is still some years away, but it will certainly reach here, probably by around 2021, mostly due to additional lead time required for local assembly. For Europe and Japan, the all-new Jazz will be sold only as a hybrid but unlike the outgoing model, it won’t use the single motor i-DCD (Intelligent Dual

Hans

Hans

Oct 30, 2019

Is there a city car with a better interior than this all-new Honda Jazz?

By now you would’ve seen the all-new Honda Jazz, which made its world premiere yesterday at the opening of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan, where the Jazz is sold as the Fit.The fourth generation Honda Jazz will only go on sale in Japan in February 2020 so details like body dimensions and engine specifications are still unclear, but we do know that in Japan (and Europe), the all-new Honda Jazz will be sold exclusively as a hybrid.It will most likely be a 1.5-litre full hybrid but unlike

Hans

Hans

Oct 24, 2019

Owner Review: This car bring enough safety and comfort for my girls when traveling - My 2020 Corolla Cross Hybrid Premium

** This article is shared by a Thailand reader and published on WapCar Community. Click the link below to enter the community for car enthusiasts in Malaysia.https://www.wapcar.my/forumBasic information2020 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid PremiumReasons why I bought this carAs a person who likes to travel long distances, I am a tourist who likes to travel to nature and forests. In addition, my houw is still in the country, Its far from the place of work. Another important reason is that a girl needs

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Wapcar UGC

Jan 22, 2021

Buying a used Toyota Camry? Priced from RM 20k, here's what you need to know

Last week, we talked about what to look out for when purchasing a used Honda Accord, this week, we direct your attention to its direct rival, the Toyota Camry. Well known as the “uncle car”, the Camry has been offering reliability in an executive package since the early 2000s. Now that you can purchase a Camry for as low as RM 17,000, is it worth considering?Unlike the Honda Accord which we highly recommend setting your aim for the ninth-generation model, we don’t have a specif

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jan 2, 2021

2020 Toyota Urban Cruiser looks like a mini Fortuner but with mild-hybrid tech

Earlier this month, we reported news that Toyota is set to launch another crossover called the Urban Cruiser, this time in India. It is a rebadged Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza which is the sub-4-metre little brother of the global Suzuki Vitara.Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd, Toyota’s Indian subsidiary has released pictures and bookings for the little crossover on their official website. The Urban Cruiser is Toyota’s second partnership model with Maruti Suzuki after the Baleno-based Gl

CY Foong

CY Foong

Aug 25, 2020

Aston Martin develops a new hybrid 3.0L V6 engine, more than 1000 PS possible

Aston Martin has confirmed the development of a fully in-house designed 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine. It will power a new range of Aston Martin mid-engined cars, starting with the Valhalla that is slated to be released in 2022.The engine will be electrified and Aston Martin claims this new range of hybrid engines, with plug-in capability, will become the most powerful in the Aston Martin range.Final power and torque figures for the new 3.0-litre V6 have not been published, only that it will

Shaun

Shaun

Mar 26, 2020

What Is ADAS?

The Proton X70 has it. The Honda CR-V has it. Even a Perodua Myvi has a basic version of it. Different manufacturers refer to it in different names. Honda calls it Sensing, Mazda calls it i-ActivSense, Subaru calls it EyeSight, while Proton uses the generic ADAS term. So what is ADAS? Is it worth paying for? Is it reliable? What cars come with ADAS?ADAS is short for Advanced Driver Assistance System. According to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) code of practice for

Robert

Robert

Sep 2, 2019

Mazda files patent for a capacitor-based, in-wheel motor hybrid AWD, possibly rotary

Mazda RX-Vision ConceptMore news that Mazda’s signature rotary engine is making a return. Previously, it was speculated that Mazda’s upcoming SkyActiv-R rotary engine will return only as a small capacity range extender engine, used to charge a series hybrid’s or an electric vehicle’s battery.The idea of a rotary engine being the primary source of motion in a car today is pretty much out of the question because the inherent nature of rotary engine means that it will not pa

Hans

Hans

Apr 17, 2020

No GR Yaris, no problem - maybe a GR Perodua Myvi is what Malaysians need

The Internet is a wonderful place for rumour mills (remember the hullabaloo surrounding the Proton X50?) All one needs is to put in a photo, and boom, people will start talking about it.No quite the GR Yaris, but the facelifted 2021 Toyota Yaris is now open for booking.Which is what we saw happen when Toyota Malaysia teased the GR Yaris. People went crazy over it, and thats fair - its an exciting car, but not expected to be cheap. But if you really need some Gazoo Racing flavour, maybe this can

Sanjay

Sanjay

Nov 2, 2020

What if you could afford a RM600k electric SUV?

If you love the sound of a revving engine, the aroma of gasoline, and shifting your own gears, you might not like where this is going. The Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, and the Mercedes-Benz EQC, are stuffs of nightmare for the orthodox petrolhead. Not only are the cars crossovers, or “SUVs”, they’re also electric. But some of us are keen on electric cars. So let us ponder...The Audi e-tron 55 Quattro is priced at 74,800 USD, the Jaguar I-Pace at 69,850 USD, the Mercedes-Benz EQC

Arif

Arif

Jun 14, 2020

Singapore is first in ASEAN to launch 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross - hybrid only, TSS, from SGD 102k

The 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross has just been launched in Singapore, making the island the first ASEAN country to get the all-new crossover. Two variants are offered, and prices range from SGD 102k (~MYR 311k) to SGD 107k (~RM 326k).Toyota Yaris Cross Variants and SpecsAs mentioned, the Yaris Cross comes in two variants there: the Active, and the pricier Excite. Active Variant pictured.Whats similar between them is the Toyota Corolla Cross/RAV-4-inspired look, especially with the gaping (albeit rela

Sanjay

Sanjay

Jan 14, 2021