Category: OnTrack / Tests

Mazda CX-5: International Quality with Localized Pricing

Comparatively, between the CKD Mazda CX-5 and the fully-imported or CBU CX-5; only these items are not included: a sunroof and 11-speaker Bose sound system (the locally-assembled CX-5 gets 6 speakers which is not too shabby). In addition to the omissions, Mazda Malaysia has decided to offer a no-frills version of the CX-5 for the budget-conscious; this version is more reasonable but misses out on Bi-Xenon headlights, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Headlamp washers, GPS, Power seats, Smart Keyless Entry, Front & Rear Parking sensors and leather seats.

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Kia Rio: a possible B-Segment contender from the Koreans

Naza Kia is determined to make the Kia Rio among the country’s favorite compact cars. The good news is they are dead on when it comes to the opportunity and economies of scale; the Kia Rio’s 1.4-liter displacement and price tag make it very affordable for road tax and insurance, and for fuel efficiency and overall styling, the Kia Rio can rival some of the best B-segments out there.

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The new Volkswagen ‘Icon’ lands in town

The arrival of the new Volkswagen Beetle in the country heralds the return of the ‘Icon’. The Volkswagen Beetle – the Icon – has been around since the late 1950’s and its design has always been based on the all- too-familiar Beetle that was the brainchild of Ferdinand Porsche. Yes that’s right, the grand pappy of the famous Stuttgart Sports cars makers: Porsche AG.

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Peugeot 508 SW GT: Luxury you can afford

The Peugeot 508 Station Wagon (SW) GT is one of the best attempts from the Lion marque to stamp their potent mark in the European and global markets. Nasim, the distributors of Peugeot cars, offers the 508 variant in five denominations; the 508 Turbo S, 508 Premium, 508 SW, 508 GT and 508 SW GT, ranging from RM 155,888 to RM 209,888 on-the-road.

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The new Suzuki Swift, how new is it?

A locally-assembled Swift costs RM 62,000 OTR, if you’d look hard enough on the Net. It came with a 1.5 liter engine, with all the safety features as the standard non- CKD version and is a decent car with good handling that most Swift owners would be familiar with. On the other hand, the new Swift variant costs about RM 77,888 and comes with a 1.4 liter engine.

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