Happy New Year Everyone!
2018 is here and allcarschannel.com would like to present the eight models expected to create a buzz through the new year in the country. The eight models are chosen from sales records, being the top model in the brand’s entire line-up, popularity in their particular segments and rarity.
Number one on the top eight list is a no-brainer with the new Perodua MyVi, As the leading model for more than a decade, the MyVi will undeniably be the buzz, since it came out in mid-November last year.
By the end of November, Perodua reported that the MyVi has grossed some 6,000 units of bookings, in only two weeks. What makes the MyVi so popular? Again, affordability and a car that simply fits the bill are the two main factors here.
Perodua has made the new MyVi a little sleeker and more relevant than its predecessor. Some of the new features inside and out are updated as well. With five variants and a starting price of RM44,300, the MyVi is a sure-in for first time car buyers and others.
The Mazda CX-5 is now into its second generation and opportunities never looked so good. The first generation has yielded Mazda Malaysia exceptional sales numbers in the TIV (Total Industry Volume). Will the second generation be able to repeat that feat?
We think it should keep the momentum going for Mazda Malaysia due to several factors: it’s price tag is just about right for a compact-mid-sized SUV, borderlining a premium SUV; the CX-5 has a strong legacy as the first model with the essential KODO – Soul in Motion design; and no other Mazda model is as popular as the brand’s beloved SUV.
With a redefined exterior, the CX-5, with the choice of a petrol or diesel engine, sports a bolder, more dynamic stance to convey the feeling of acceleration in a single movement. Such updates as a honeycomb-style grille and signature chrome wing, combined with sleeker headlights and rear lights with a double-layer molded outer lens, give the make the desirable makeover it deserves, sexy curves and all, to appeal to everyone. Symbolic of Mazda’s Soul in Motion design philosophy, the fresh release is a personification of the corporation’s ongoing vision to present both brand loyalists and first-time buyers with a “living being” rather than just a mass of metal. Interior-wise, the model now sports an exceedingly symmetrical dashboard and elevated commander console to aid with orientation, grit, ergonomics, stability, and control.
The price of the CX-5 2.0l variant starts at RM134,205.50, and the 2.5l at RM160,596.70. The 2.2l begins at RM164,179.10 (all rates are without insurance).
Peugeot 3008, the European Car of the Year
Unquestionably, the Peugeot 3008 was due to arrive earlier than its actual release date. But, Peugeot Malaysia (Nasim) deferred the introduction and went ahead to capture pre-release bookings before its official touchdown to understand the market’s acceptance rate. It debut around mid-September last year.
The key aspects to consider the Peugeot 3008 as your next new ride are aplenty, from the tantalizingly good looks to the competitive starting prices for both the Active and Allure variants. For this generation of 3008, there’s the redesigned front fascia, paired to the chequered wide grille with chrome plated trims. Then, there’s the chromed 3-D foglights which seem to emerge from the bumpers. Side view, you just can’t take your eyes off the 18-inch Los Angeles Shiny Haria Grey alloy wheels. From the rear, you’ll be hooked on the new signature 3D rear claw taillights.
Powered by the able 1.6 THP with VVT powerplant, the 3008 pushes 167 ps at a maximum capacity of 6,000 revolutions per minute easy. The torque of 240 Nm simply makes the SUV even more effective when accelerating from idle or traffic. Oh, in case you haven’t noticed, the new 3008 happens to be the most powerful SUVs in its segment, with its current torque rating. At present, the Peugeot 3008 SUV in Active and Allure trims go for RM142,888 and RM 155,888 respectively.
Hyundai IONIQ holds a high popularity rating amongst environmentally-conscious drivers
Hyundai IONIQ has been making headlines the world over, and in Malaysia, as well. As one of the most affordable hybrid cars, the IONIQ has been updated for the year with an advanced Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) system.
Built around the Android operating system, the upgraded 8-inch AVN system comes with a wide range of functions and applications, which include: Radio, MP3 Playback, Spotify app, Bluetooth, ss well as My Hyundai app, Nothing has been offset on the exterior or the interior, in a major way. The price point of RM99,888 is expected to make the locally-assembled IONIQ one of the most sought after hybrid cars in the country in 2018.
Four other models that made the cut in the top eight are the Proton Saga, Kia Rio, Honda Civic Type R and Mercedes-AMG GT-R.
The Proton Saga is the National carmaker’s best seller for several years now. Updated for 2017 was a quieter cabin, which reduces NVH for a better ride. The 2017 Saga came with a more stylish outlook and offered greater practicality, safety, convenience and comfort. As a best valued trotter, the Proton Sage starts at just RM36,800 for the standard variant.
Next up, the Kia Rio which is now in its fourth-generation, came in at a starting price of RM79,888. The completely restyled design of the 4th-gen Kia Rio conveys a fun and practical hatchback for city dwellers. At a price of RM79,888 on the road without insurance, the Kia Rio with four colors is sure to make the headlines in 2018.
As one of the iconic models known globally, the Civic Type R needs no further introductions. It is the brand’s most powerful road model and expresses Honda’s Racing Spirit & ‘Fun to Drive’ DNA to the core. Launched locally in November, the new Civic Type R is fitted with a 2.0l VTEC Turbocharged engine that churns 310PS and maximum torque of 400Nm.
Exterior-wise, the Civic Type R shares its unmistakable identity as previous generations; though the current generation is designed as a hot hatch, built on the Civic Hatchback platform, with low and wide stance. Only available in exclusive Championship White, the Civic Type R runs for RM320,000, in very limited numbers.
In early November 2017, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia brought forth their pride and joy; the Mercedes-AMG GT-R. The introduction was set on the motorsport playground, the Sepang International Circuit. Its debut price was estimated at about RM 1.7 million, in very limited quantity.
There’s no words to describe Mercedes’ top performer, this magnificent creation hit the Nordschleife Nürburgring with a lap time of 7:10.92. Its design is a sight to behold, beginning with the new AMG Panamericana grille (that’s inherited from the 300 SL racer), along with 15 chrome-plated vertical fins, as well as wide front splitter, air Curtains and the double wheel arch radiators. At the side, the GT-R is accentuated by AMG 10-spoke forged wheels in titanium grey, sized at 10.0 J x 19 ET56 at the front and 12.0 J x 20 ET52 at the rear. The wheels afford a clear view of the brake callipers, which are painted in yellow exclusively for the AMG GT R. Profile highlights include side sill panels, inserts in high-gloss black and high-gloss black caps on the housings of the door mirrors.
As a ready-to-race performer, the AMG GT-R’s interior obviously comes with sport bucket seats; in this case the AMG Performance seats upholstered in nappa leather or DINAMICA microfiber as an option. The interior also include Night package which comprises high-gloss black shift paddles, gloss black steering wheel bezel, gloss black door sills and boot cross member. The other standard-specification is the AMG Interior Piano Lacquer package or the optional matt black carbon fiber trimming.
The AMG GT-R comes stacked with a thumping AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine, paired with a configurable seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It pushes an output of 430 kW (585 hp) and a peak torque of 700 Nm, between 1900 and 5500 rpm.
Keep following us in 2018!