Now that Proton has launched its latest 4 door sedan the question that begs to be asked is whether the Malaysian public can accept the fact that the darn thing (in its top-of-the-line 1.6 CFE spec) costs seventy two thousand of their Malaysian Ringgit. I think that this fact even outweighs all other factors including the fact that Proton has stuffed all the goodies into it and whether or not the car drives fantastically well or otherwise. It has been obvious that in nearly every conversation that I've entered into about Proton usually begins or ends with someone stating their cars are crap and that the only reason they're selling is that they are cheap. So does anyone who reads this article really give two hoots about what I actually think of the way the Proton Preve drives then? They may already have the built in assumption that all Proton cars have shoddy plastics, bad build quality but 'Handling By Lotus'. And then they go out and buy a Toyota Vios, a Honda City or a Perodua … [Read more...] about The Proton Preve 1.6 CFE Premium Driven
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When was the last time a new model from Toyota created so much hype? Sure, car guys like the Toyota 86 and many within the same group are eagerly anticipating the new Supra, but if you haven’t already realised, there’s a real world out there with actual car buyers. And normal people really like SUVs. But in a landscape already saturated with SUVs, how does a latecomer stand out? Go for broke, design-wise – that’s what Toyota did with the C-HR. UMW Toyota Motor’s long tease of a nationwide pre-launch campaign drew massive interest from Malaysians, who flocked to showrooms and roadshows for a closer look at the Coupe High Rider (Compact High Rider and Cross Hatch Runabout are the alternate names, but I like coupes and we’ll stick to that). Local previews started in May 2017, culminating in a key handover ceremony last month, but appetite has been building since the C-HR’s debut in March 2016. Let’s not forget that a car-based Toyota SUV in … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Toyota C-HR 1.8L
As Round 2 of MSF Racing Series approaches this coming weekend, the entry list has been finalised and we’re looking at some astonishing numbers of vehicles that will be racing in what is without a doubt the biggest racing series in Malaysia today. Participating vehicles include a whopping 195 racing cars, 60 superbikes in the brand new, first ever MSF Superbike racing, 10 Caterhams from the Caterham Motorsports Asia series, and 20 drift cars taking part in the MSF Drift Gonzo support event on Saturday. MSF Superbikes Legendary Malaysian superbike racer Oh Kah Beng attended a briefing organised for the new riders earlier this week. “Race hard, race smart, be safe, and don’t forget to have fun!” exclaimed Kah Beng, who went wheel-to-wheel with the world’s best in the mid-80s at the now defunct Batu Tiga circuit and around Australasia. With his support and blessing, the MSF Superbike riders are hyped and ready to rock and roll. The Super400 category of MSF … [Read more...] about Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF) Racing 2018 Round 2 sees huge entry list, promises epic racing weekend!
Hello people. This is a review on the Peugeot 308 1.6THP Turbo auto that is sold here in Malaysia on a UK based website. One important point I have to state is that the review was written from a Euro-centric point of view, where car prices make sense and you don't get a 308 turbo selling for the same price as a Lancer 2.0GLS or a Civic 1.8 or much cheaper than a 1.6 Golf Mk5 that sold here for RM150K. In our market, I guess you HAVE to live with its major handling shortcomming as no car in the RM115K price range would give you a corker of an engine, overstyled French design, a decently large interior and high speed cruising pleasure (not windy road pleasure, mind you). If you were to compare to the others in the price range, you may be swayed by what the Peugeot 308 offers. The Missus and I are trying to poison my sister-in-law to go get the 1.6 normally aspirated version that costs around RM95K. RM95K for a French car against a RM84K Kia Forte, RM90K Honda City, RM80K Toyota Vios, … [Read more...] about A Peugeot 308 1.6 Turbo review for CarThrottle.com
We hear it pretty often that Malaysian car buyers don’t give two hoots about segments. You know, the alphabets that separate the Toyota Corolla Altis (C-segment) from the Camry (D), and the Honda HR-V (B-SUV) from the CR-V (C). We’re told that the man on the street creates his own segments based on price – a RM50k car, an RM80k sedan and around RM150k for an executive sedan, for instance. As cars grow bigger, the size boundaries of the traditional segments are blurring, with the smaller ones catching up quickly. But while size is the easiest method to pigeonhole a car – it doesn’t take an expert to see that a model is big or small – it’s far from the only difference manufacturers add to their range. Features, tech and sophistication count, too. Proton will be hoping that Malaysians take the latter into account when forming opinions on the new Persona, which will be followed by the debut of the new Saga later this month. Two new sedans in two … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: 2016 Proton Persona 1.6 CVT review
We’re back from Bangkok, where the 2017 Bangkok International Motor Show opened to the press earlier this week. Plenty of interesting metal on display at Impact Muang Thong Thani, the kind that is within the reach of the masses. True enough, crowds were waiting for the doors to open at noon on public days. Plenty of what’s interesting at BIMS 2017 is applicable to Malaysia too; not just that, some are just around the corner and are set for a 2017 local debut. Our first stop was the Honda booth. Like the folks at Honda Malaysia, their Thai counterparts are in a bullish mood – how about two launches in a month? That’s what happened there in March, first with the Civic Hatchback and then the fifth-generation CR-V. The CR-V is the bigger of the two, and not just literally. It’s a mainstay in the midsize SUV segment and has served families in our region since the first generation – the CR-V is a car we know well and love. But Honda didn’t just … [Read more...] about Bangkok 2017: Khob khun ka from the ladies of BIMS