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  • Perodua Axia orders hit 13,500 units as of launch date; company to target 30,000 units by end of 2014

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    Initial bookings for the new Perodua Axia have hit 13,500 units – a record high for the manufacturer, as of September 15, according to Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid. Not surprising when you consider the fact that the order books are chalking up around 500-600 bookings a day since order-taking began on the morning of August 19.

    Perodua is projecting the final sales figure for the Axia to amount to 30,000 units by the end of this year. Out of the six available variants, the mid-spec Standard G variant with the manual and automatic transmission form the bulk of the orders – around 50% split between two transmission options. The AV, or Advance variant, along with the basic Standard E variant make up for 16%-17% of the remaining total orders with the other variants filling up the rest.

    Driving schools have also taken an interest in the new Axia – with one school placing a fleet order for the Standard E variant, with more set to follow over the next one or two years. With the Standard E variant coming without a radio and speakers, some may assume that only driving schools would order the car with this specification but customers apparently are interested as well, with the Standard E variant having 16% of orders for the base car as opposed to Perodua’s own projection of 4%-5% for said spec.

    The waiting period for the new Axia has been pegged at a maximum of two months – best case scenario, from the date of order. As of now, customers will have to wait for around a month and a half before taking deliveries of their car. Read more about the specifications of the new Perodua Axia here and have a look at our story of the launch event.

  • VIDEO: 2014 Perodua Axia Features Presentation

    This product video was part of the Perodua Axia’s launch ceremony. If you prefer learning about the product in audio visual form instead of reading through paragraphs of text, you’ll want to watch this – Perodua takes us through the various features and equipment of the new Perodua Axia.

    Of course, we plan on coming up with our own walk-around video soon, so watch out for that one to learn about the Axia from a third party perspective. For now, enjoy the video above.

  • VIDEO: Perodua snubs Proton in Axia launch gambit

    Perodua did something cheeky during the Perodua Axia‘s launch gambit last night. During one of the scenes showcasing the Axia’s claimed fuel economy, the numbers counted up to 18.2 km/L and paused for a while before rising up to the Axia’s claimed 21.6 km/L.

    No official word about it, but this is clearly a reference to the Axia’s 1.0 litre 1KR-DE’s number beating the fuel economy figures released by Proton on the PCC/Iriz‘s new 1.6 litre VVT engine last week – 5.5 litres per 100 km at a constant 90 km/h, which translates to 18.2 km/L. Proton also claims NEDC cycle numbers of 6.6 litres and 7.4 litres per 100 km for the manual and CVT variants respectively.

    Of course, the Perodua Axia is not in direct competition with the new baby Proton – one being in the A-segment and the other in the B-segment, one having a small three-cylinder engine and the other, a bigger (comparatively, of course) four-cylinder engine – but Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid was quick to wish the first national carmaker well on its new car.

    “We wish them well, we hope this is the turning point for Proton,” he said yesterday at the pre-launch press conference. “We are in different segments, and each (product) has its own strengths. Let’s together be successful.”

    You can watch the video below for the launch gambit – skip to the 1 minute 26 second mark for the part with the fuel economy numbers.

  • Perodua extends five-year warranty to Myvi, Alza with immediate effect, three-year free service discontinued

    Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid revealed to members of the media yesterday that the recently-launched Axia‘s five-year/150,000 km factory warranty will be extended to the Myvi and Alza with immediate effect, making it now standard across all Perodua models.

    However, with that extension, the three-year/60,000 km free service package previously offered with the Myvi and Alza is discontinued. Along with free service, the Myvi and Alza previously came with a three-year/100,000 km factory warranty, with the option of a two-year/50,000 km extended warranty package.

    He also shared that Perodua is on track with regards to its pre-owned vehicle programme, with operations having already begun in the northern and southern regions of the peninsular. The East Coast, Sabah and Sarawak are set to follow suit. Perodua also aims to have its first pre-owned vehicle retail outlet by the end of the year.

  • Perodua Axia launched – final prices lower than estimated, from RM24,600 to RM42,530 on-the-road

    Perodua Axia launch

    The first of the two small hatchbacks from the two national car companies making their debut this month has arrived – the Perodua Axia is the first of the duo to arrive, the car being officially launched moments ago at an event in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

    As has already been mentioned in previous articles, the Axia – touted by its maker as the nation’s first energy efficient vehicle (EEV) – is an A-segment five-door hatchback, effectively the replacement for the Viva, which has been around since 2007.

    Bigger than the Viva, almost the equal of the Myvi

    The successor, based on the Daihatsu Ayla sold in Indonesia, is a slightly larger car – the Axia measures 3,640 mm long, 1,620 mm wide and 1,510 mm tall, with a 2,455 mm wheelbase, while the Viva stretches the tape at 3,575 mm long (-65 mm) and 1,475 mm wide (-145 mm). It is marginally taller than the Axia, at 1,530 mm (+20 mm).

    Comparing further, the Ayla – which provides the basis for the Axia – is 3,580 mm long (-60 mm), 1,600 mm wide (-20 mm) and 1,510 mm tall (equal), with a 2,450 mm wheelbase (-5 mm).

    The Viva, meanwhile, has a 2,390 mm-long wheelbase (-60 mm). How the Axia stacks up in terms of exterior dimensions – against both the Viva and in-segment competitors – is tabled in a graphic here.

    Other quick numbers are a 260 litre boot space, a significant improvement over that offered by the Viva, which is a mere 146 litres (-114 litres). The Axia’s cargo carrying capacity is even an improvement over that of the Myvi, which offers 208 litres of space.

    While not in direct competition with each other, here’s a quick look at how the Axia measures up against the other upcoming debutant, the Proton Compact Car. The one-segment up “Iriz,” which is actually a Myvi-fighter, measures in at 3,905 mm long (+265 mm), 1,720 mm wide (+100 mm) and 1,550 mm tall (+40 mm), with a 2,555 mm wheelbase (+105 mm). It does have a smaller boot though, at 215 litres (-45 litres).

    The interior’s dimensions continue the progression of the new car over the Viva. The Axia’s cabin is 1,900 mm long, 1,385 mm wide and is 1,240 mm tall. In comparison, the Viva measures in at 1,845 mm long (-55 mm), 1,300 mm wide (-85 mm), making its cabin a shorter and narrower space. It does have a slightly taller space at 1,250 mm (+10 mm).

    It’s not just the Viva that the Axia aces in interior space – in some aspects, it is more than able to compete with the class-up Myvi, and short of in-cabin height, where it is 25 mm lower to the Myvi’s 1,265 mm, it gives nothing away in interior length (+50 mm over the Myvi’s 1,850 mm) and is even a shade wider by five millimetres to the Myvi’s 1,380 mm.

    One car, two faces, four variants, six models

    The Axia goes on sale in four variant forms, these being the entry-level Standard E, Standard G, Special Edition and range-topping Advance. As already seen, the car will have two “faces,” with markedly different bumper/grilles as well as headlamp types.

    The one adorning the SE and Advance specification models is the more aggressive-looking piece of kit – a large, gaping trapezoidal grille takes up plenty of surface area, and the variants feature fog lamps as well as projector headlamps.

    The bumper dressing up the Standard E and G versions is more sedate-looking, with a wide horizontal element housing the number plate holder separated by two openings. There’s also no chrome “wing” across the upper grille, no fog lamps, and the headlamp adorning the Standard models is a complex surface reflector design.

    At the back, the baseline Standard E model comes without a rear windscreen wiper, and the Standard variants get a different rear bumper to the SE/AV, which also features LED tail lamps with a clear lens cover as well as a spoiler.

    An all-aluminium 1.0 litre engine

    All Axia variants will be powered by the company’s new all-aluminium 1KR-DE2 1.0 litre mill, which has a bore/stroke measurement of 71 x 84 mm – output is 66 hp at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm at 3,600 rpm for the 997 cc, twin-cam, 12-valve Euro IV-ready unit.

    The output numbers for the 69 kg unit is almost identical to the same three-cylinder engine, the D26F-1KR-DE, found in the Daihatsu Ayla and Toyota Agya sold in the Indonesian market. In those applications, 65 hp and 87 Nm is quoted.

    The company’s current Euro II-compliant EJ-VE 1.0 litre cast iron engine used in the Viva, meanwhile, offers 60 hp at 6,000 rpm and a similar 90 Nm at 3,600 rpm, with a bore and stroke of 72 x 81 mm. Comparatively, the mill in the Axia is a lot lighter, has a longer stroke, but omits DVVT variable valve timing.

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    The engine is paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed E-AT auto ‘box. Fuel consumption figures of 20.1 km and 21.6 km per litre are touted, running in ECO mode operation – the former for the automatic, the latter for the manual. Perodua says that the claimed consumption figures were achieved with the engines in the test cycle units running on 0W-20 weight fully-synthetic SN classification oil.

    Pricing and equipment

    In total, there are six versions available for the four variants of the Axia, and these are priced at:

    • Standard E (1.0 E manual) – RM24,600 (solid), RM25,000 (metallic)
    • Standard G (1.0 G manual) – RM29,800 (solid), RM30,200 (metallic)
    • Standard G (1.0 G automatic) – RM32,800 (solid), RM33,200 (metallic)
    • Special Edition (1.0 SE manual) – RM36,800 (solid), RM37,200 (metallic)
    • Special Edition (1.0 SE automatic) – RM39,800 (solid), RM40,200 (metallic)
    • Advance (1.0 AV automatic) – RM42,130 (solid), RM42,530 (metallic)

    The final on-the-road pricing for the Axia is lower than the tentative pricing indicated earlier.

    Standard equipment across the entire variant range includes electric power steering (EPS is found on the new Myvi, but the Viva never had it), power windows, an Eco Drive indicator and immobiliser. Completely unique to the Axia is the inclusion of an anti-snatch hook in between the front seats – useful to hang your handbags to be out of reach from snatch thieves. The hook has a maximum load of three kilogrammes.

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    In terms of safety equipment, the four-star ASEAN NCAP-rated Axia is equipped with two airbags across the board. Other safety features such as ABS with EBD and brake assist are only available for the SE and Advance variants. Unfortunately, there’s no stability control to be found, even on higher end versions.

    The company states that the Axia is shod with what it says are firsts in a Perodua A-segmenter, such as front corner parking sensors, a multi-info display, EPS and touchscreen multimedia system, complete with steering-mounted audio switches. Other features include a buzzer to remind drivers if the headlights are left on, as well as when the key is left in the ignition when the engine isn’t running.

    Common throughout the entire range is a 14-inch wheel size, with 175/65 tyres, steel for the Standard E and an eight-spoke alloy for the Standard G. The SE gets a different wheel design, a five split-twin-spoke, which the Advance also wears. The automaker adds that the chosen low rolling resistance Hankook Kinergy Ex tyres contribute their bit to improving fuel consumption – incidentally, they are set to run on a rather highish 250 kPa (36 PSI) air pressure.

    The breakdown on the different variants

    Earlier, we broke down the differences of the variants and add-on kit as the range progresses, and to make it easier see what they are, here they are, listed in more detail.

    Perodua Axia 1.0 E

    The base E grade Axia is only available with a five-speed manual transmission – no auto option. It’s basic as expected, and is the only variant with steel rims and wheel caps, but body colour bumpers and door handles are at least standard.


    • 14-inch steel wheels
    • LED rear combination lamps
    • Body coloured bumpers
    • Painted door handles
    • Vanity mirror for driver
    • Fabric seats
    • Power windows
    • ECO Drive indicator (fuel efficiency coach)
    • Power steering
    • Dual airbags (driver and passenger)
    • Immobiliser


    • 1.0 E Manual – RM24,600 (solid)
    • 1.0 E Manual – RM25,000 (metallic)

    Perodua Axia 1.0 G

    The Axia 1.0 G is the next variant up, and the entry level if you want automatic transmission (a four-speed torque converter unit). A five-speed manual is also available. The G-level specification brings alloy wheels and remote control entry and alarm (old school key for E), as well reverse sensors and an audio player.


    • 14-inch alloy wheels
    • Remote control entry and alarm
    • Reverse sensors
    • Electronically-controlled side mirrors (retractable)
    • Rear wiper and defogger
    • CD player with four speakers
    • Driver’s side seat height adjuster
    • Anti-snatch hook (for handbags) in between the front seats
    • Seat hook on the back of the front passenger seat
    • Package tray
    • Tissue compartment for the rear seats
    • Coin box / multipurpose container
    • Isofix mounts for child seat
    • Seat belt warning buzzer


    • 1.0 G Manual – RM29,800 (solid)
    • 1.0 G Manual – RM30,200 (metallic)
    • 1.0 G Automatic – RM32,800 (solid)
    • 1.0 G Automatic – RM33,200 (metallic)

    Perodua Axia 1.0 SE

    The Axia 1.0 SE has a different exterior compared to the standard E and G grades. Here’s what the 1.0 SE adds on to the 1.0 G model.


    • Projector headlamps
    • SE bodykit with aero bumpers, side skirting and rear spoiler
    • Fog lamps
    • Front parking sensors
    • Chrome front grille
    • Audio head unit with CD, MP3 and Bluetooth support
    • Painted door armrest
    • Fabric door trim
    • Semi-bucket seats
    • Silver and chrome interior finish
    • Separated rear headrest
    • Shift lever knob with ‘ornament’
    • Handbrake lever with ‘ornament’
    • ABS, EBD and brake assist
    • Security tint film


    • 1.0 SE Manual – RM36,800 (solid)
    • 1.0 SE Manual – RM37,200 (metallic)
    • 1.0 SE Automatic – RM39,800 (solid)
    • 1.0 SE Automatic – RM40,200 (metallic)

    Perodua Axia 1.0 Advance

    The top-of-the-range Axia Advance, or AV, is only available with a four-speed automatic gearbox. Exterior-wise, it’s the same as the SE model, but adds the following specs to the interior:


    • Touchscreen multimedia audio system with DVD, Bluetooth and GPS
    • Leather seats
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls


    • 1.0 Advance Automatic – RM42,130 (solid)
    • 1.0 Advance Automatic – RM42,530 (metallic)

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    Eight exterior colours in all

    For exterior colours, six shades are available for the Standard E and G models, five of which are metallic – Midnight Blue, Ebony Black, Glittering Silver are joined by two new shades called Chery Blossom and Lemongrass Green. The single solid paint is Ivory White.

    The Special Edition and Advance versions also share the Midnight Blue, Glittering Silver, Ebony Black and Ivory White shades, and get two dedicated colours called Sunflower Yellow and Lava Red.

    The Perodua Axia comes with a five-year or 150,000 km warranty, the first Perodua to feature such a warranty. Bookings for the car stood at 13,500 orders as of yesterday.

    We’ve driven the car – read our three-opinion drive impressions of the Perodua Axia. You can check out the Perodua Axia’s full specifications and equipment list in great detail on

    Perodua Axia Advance

    Perodua Axia Standard G

  • GST on petrol not yet decided, says Deputy Minister

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    While a Royal Malaysian Customs Department (Kastam) official announced three days ago that fuel will not be exempted from Goods and Services Tax (GST), Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan has denied the claim, instead saying that no decision has been made on that matter.

    The earlier suggestion would imply that the price of petrol is set to increase (GST will be fixed at 6%) come April 2015. That may not be the case at all, as the ministry “has not made a final decision,” Ahmad Maslan told The Star.

    We’ll know the fate of our fuel prices soon enough, as the final list of zero-rated or tax-exempted items will be gazetted on October 10, the day Budget 2015 will be tabled in Parliament.

  • Toyota C-HR concept teased ahead of Paris reveal


    Next month’s Paris motor show is set to welcome the Toyota C-HR, a compact crossover concept with a hybrid powertrain that marries “a bold new design language” to “an agile, engaging driving experience.”

    The carmaker says the C-HR reveals its “unique take on the C-crossover segment.” The above teaser image shows slender high-mounted headlamps, a rakish windscreen and rear window, a roof spoiler and some striking LED tail lamps, but little else.

    Toyota has been testing an SUV with an Auris body on top of it – see spyshots below. This reminds us of when the Lexus NX prototype was being tested with a Lexus CT body.

    Could this be the production version of the C-HR concept?

  • AD: Great deals for new and pre-owned Volkswagens plus an enticing ownership experience at FA Wagen!


    If you’re looking for a new Volkswagen, FA Wagen – a subsidiary of Federal Auto – should be first on your list to visit, for right now, the authorised Volkswagen dealer is conducting a mega sales promotion for both their new and pre-owned cars.

    Rebates of up to RM103,000 are up for grabs for brand new Volkswagen models, while pre-owned cars are available with rebates of up to RM140,000 for selected models.

    For every brand new Volkswagen, customers have the option to choose between a cash discount of up to RM103,000* or opt for the unique “Give Me 5″ campaign. Selected new Volkswagens, purchased by October 31, come with five amazing offers:

    • 5-year warranty
    • 5-year free maintenance
    • 5-year mobility guarantee
    • 5-year free road tax
    • RM500 petrol voucher


    So that’s a five-year warranty, five-year free maintenance, five-year mobility guarantee plus five-year free road tax! And that’s not all – you even get a RM500 petrol voucher. How cool is that?

    The promotion is extended to a variety of new Volkswagen models which include the CC, Cross Touran, Golf, Jetta, Passat, Polo, Scirocco, Sharan, the new Beetle, Tiguan and Touareg, with model years ranging from 2012 to 2014.

    And you’d be delighted to know that some performance models are in the mix as well – such as the Golf GTI, Golf R, Scirocco R and the rare Passat CC R-Line.

    That’s not all, as the great deals continue with more than 70 pre-owned Volkswagen cars up for sale, with rebates from RM1,500 up to RM140,000 for selected models. Every pre-owned Volkswagen model purchased during this period comes with a complimentary three-year service package.

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    The pre-owned model range comprises the Golf, Jetta, Beetle, Passat, Polo, Scirocco R, Sharan, Tiguan and Touareg, with model years ranging from 2011 to 2014.

    Customers can look forward to an enriching Volkswagen ownership experience through FA Wagen, backed by years of strong automotive sales and after-sales experience via its parent company, Federal Auto Holdings Berhad.

    Excited? Then you have no time to lose. For more information, please visit FA Wagen’s website or your nearest FA Wagen showroom. You can also check out FA Wagen’s updated online list of pre-owned cars for sale.

    *Terms and conditions apply.

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  • Daihatsu UFC-3 Concept to debut at IIMS 2014 – previews next generation Perodua Alza?


    The blue compact MPV you see above is the Daihatsu UFC-2 Concept, which premiered at last year’s IIIMS in Jakarta. It was an updated version of the original UFC Concept from IIMS 2012.

    Daihatsu is said to be launching an updated UFC-3 Concept (yellow image of the car leaked can be seen below) at this year’s IIMS 2014, with a production version of the car possible launching next year.

    The product is essentially a front wheel drive 7-seater B-segment MPV based on a passenger car platform, a big contrast from Daihatsu’s previous take on a 7-seater MPV for Indonesia, the Daihatsu Xenia, sold here in Malaysia as the Toyota Avanza. This change reflects the Indonesian consumer’s new more sophisticated taste buds, looking for a more car-like driving experience for their 7-seaters.

    ufc3-smallBy now you would have already figured this out – this will eventually become the next generation Perodua Alza. Daihatsu’s competitors have already launched similiar products in the country – you have the Suzuki Ertiga, the Mazda VX-1 (a rebadged Ertiga), the Honda Mobilio and the Chevrolet Spin.

    Perodua once said that it would be launching a car every year, cycling between an all-new model and a product update. With this year’s big launch being the Perodua Axia (launching tonight), what’s next for the company?

    We think the next candidate for a full model change is most likely a new Perodua Alza, which will likely be based on the production version of this Daihatsu UFC Concept. The Alza was first launched in late 2009 and facelifted earlier this year, so a full model change would be logically next in line.

    We think we could possibly see a full model change for the Perodua Alza sometime in 2016, with perhaps a facelift for the second generation Perodua Myvi (launched mid-2011) coming next year.

  • GALLERY: Porsche Macan in Malaysian showroom

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    Launched last week, the Porsche Macan is already making Sime Darby Auto Performance’s showrooms busier then ever. This will be a proper volume seller for Porsche, much more so than the Cayenne and Panamera. No surprises there, considering the new Macan’s (relatively) attractive prices.

    The base Macan starts from RM420,000. We say start because that’s the figure before you factor in the various optional packages available. Start ticking all the boxes and you’ll be paying a lot more than the base price. And before you say that that will make it too close to the base RM550,000 Cayenne V6, remember again that that, too, is the pre-options price.

    Prices aside, the Volkswagen-sourced but Porsche-tweaked 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine pushes out 237 hp and 350 Nm of torque here. It’ll do 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 223 km/h through the range-standard seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. It’s claimed to consume just 7.2 litres per 100 km in the combined cycle.

    Exterior wise, you can spot the base Macan by its badge on the rear hatch, black brake calipers (instead of silver on the Macan S/Macan S Diesel and red on the Macan Turbo; optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is yellow) and two rhombus-shaped tailpipes (quad round pipes on Macan S/Macan S Diesel, quad rhombus on Macan Turbo). Other visual differences (chrome highlights, aluminium roof rails, carbon-fibre side blades, etc.) are optional extras.

    Inside, you get a choice between piano black, brushed aluminium, wood or even carbon-fibre trim on the dashboard. The tidy clock above the front fascia is part of the optional Sports Chrono Pack, and the cabin looks rather bare without it installed. Available as cost options are 14-way comfort seats, 18-way sports seats, leather-covered dashboard, panoramic sunroof and plenty of other details.

    Standard features vary between the variants. For instance, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) dynamic dampers is standard across the range, but all models above the base Macan (RM545,000, 245 hp/580 Nm Macan S Diesel, RM560,000, 340 hp/460 Nm Macan S and RM785,000, 400 hp/550 Nm Macan Turbo) get air suspension with ride-height adjustment too.

    All prices are Nett Selling Price before OTR costs (registration fee, road tax) and insurance. As usual, all Macan models come with a four-year warranty as well as a four-year free service, parts and maintenance package.

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    Porsche Macan S Diesel
    Porsche Macan S


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