The Malaysia Car of the Year (COTY) 2018 recognizes the cointry’s most influential models and brands in the automotive industry. Interestingly, major political figureheads are also recognized for their Big contributions in the industry. The Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad got a Lifetime Automotive Award for his deep-rooted influence with National carmakers Proton.

Maharthir spearheads Automotive industrializatiom

Mahathir’s industrial vision for Malaysia was the creation of nation’s automotive industry, seen through the establishment of the Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia (HICOM) in the early 1980s, creating the numerous automotive ventures seen throughout the industry supply chain, still going strong four decades later. This set the path for the creation of the nation’s first national car, Proton and the numerous parts and component manufacturers that exist within its supply chain.
While the conception of Proton spurred a booming after sales sector and a significant raw materials and education system to support such a massive technological effort, it then created the space for Malaysia’s second national car, Perodua to establish itself as a player within the automotive landscape.
The vision of Tun Mahathir has created an unmistakable technological critical mass within the overall Malaysian economy, standing proud today with more that 700 automotive parts and components manufacturers, distributors and dealers, as well as a 700,000 strong Malaysian workforce directly contributing to the nation’s industrialisation agenda.
Industry 4.0 compliance key to future industry growth, MAI to be rebranded to spur robotics and IoT Adoption
Each year, the Car of the Year awards not only highlights the year’s best and most popular cars, but also gives special focus to the personalities that have played key roles in elevating the automotive industry to its current standing seen by the nation today.
The country is nowrealizing the value and growth through the convergence of new technologies, as the manufacturing sector is seeing unprecedented transformation driven by Industry 4.0 technologies. The National Policy on Industry 4.0 (Industry4WRD), recently launched by Tun Mahathir.
Peugeot 3008 nabs Car of the Year accolade
The Peugeot 3008 1.6 Active compact crossover was named Malaysia Car of the Year (COTY) at the 2018 Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) Awards. Addtionally, the 3008 took the Compact Crossover of the Year and Good Design titles.
The other big winner was Mercedes-Benz Malaysoa as they nabbed The German luxury marque took five awards; Premium Crossover of the Year (GLC200), Premium SUV of the Year (GLC43 AMG), Executive Sedan of the Year (C200 AMG), Premium Sedan of the Year (C43 AMG) and Limousine of the Year (S450L AMG).
The list of the winners are:
  • Entry Level Car of the Year — Perodua Myvi 1.5
  • Hot Hatch of the Year — Volkswagen Golf 2.0 GTi (Facelift)
  • Pick-up Truck of the Year (Twin Cab) – Ford Ranger 2.2 WildTrak
  • Compact Crossover of the Year — Peugeot 3008 1.6 Active
  • Mid-size Crossover of the Year – Mazda CX-5 2.2 GLS SkyActiv-D 2WD
  • MPV of the Year (Below RM200,000) – Kia Grand Carnival 2.2D SX
  • MPV of the Year (Above RM200,000) – Toyota Alphard 3.5
  • Entry Level SUV of the Year – Subaru XV 2.0i-P AWD
  • Mid-size SUV of the Year – Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 4WD
  • Mid-size Premium SUV of the Year – Volvo XC60 T8 Inscription
Nominees for the Malaysia COTY Awards were judged based on the following criteria:
  1. coherence of exterior (stance, proportion) and interior design (ergonomics, comfort, space);
  2. technical specifications and engineering innovations that match the vehicle’s fitness for purpose, enhance the user experience of both the driver and passengers or advance the evolution of the automobile in some way;
  3. safety features (passive and active safety aids) and ratings;
  4. energy efficiency and environmental friendliness; and
  5. value based not on just the lowest purchase price but the best overall value for money.
The winners were picked after a thorough evaluation process by a panel of nine judges comprising respected professionals and enthusiasts from various industries, including automotive experts, motoring editors and business journalists.
Special mention awards went to BMW as the best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) brand and Honda as the best-selling hybrid brand in Malaysia. Mazda also received a special mention award as a top export brand from Malaysia.
Malaysia Autoshow 2019 dates announced at COTY
The dates of the Malaysia Autoshow 2019 were also announced during the awards night. It is set for 11 – 14 April at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Sepang (MAEPS) from 1