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Honda Celebrates Selling 1 million Cars in Malaysia

Honda 1 million

Honda Malaysia (or the Company) recently concluded the “1 Million Dreams Campaign” at the 1 Million Dreams Brand Collaboration –Prize Giving Ceremony with its brand partners –CUCKOO, Shopee and Watsons. The 1 millionth Honda customer was also presented with a token of appreciation at the same event.

This final event of the month-long campaign saw the presentation of the final three1 Million Special Edition models to the lucky winners from brand partners. The company also announced the 1 millionth Honda customer at the event.

Three  lucky  winners  who  drive  home  the  1  Million  Special  Edition  models  which  are  the All-New City, HR-V and BR-V were presented by the brand partners, CUCKOO, Shopee and Watsons respectively alongside Honda Malaysia at the event.

Honda 1 million

Seven special models

The seven 1 Million Special Edition models are exclusively designed for the 1 millionth sale unit milestone. The unique features in the exterior are Dual Tone Exterior, Front Fascia with Red Highlights, Sporty Red Line Side Mirrors, Black Painted Alloy Wheels with Red Highlights and 1 Million Dreams Signature Emblem on both front fenders of the cars.

Interior-wise, the Special Edition models come with 1 Million Dreams Embossed Leather Headrest for both driver and front passenger seats as well as Leather Steering Wheel with Red Stitching and Center Mark. The Special Edition models also come with a1 MillionSpecialEdition Leather Key Pouch.

1 millionth customer

Adding to the excitement, Honda Malaysia also announced the 1 millionth model which is the Civic, and it belongs to Mr. Ahmad Sirwan Bin Mat Tuselim. Honda Malaysia together with CUCKOO, Shopee and Watsons presented Mr. Ahmad Sirwan with a token of appreciation that is worth more thanRM8,000, as an appreciation gift for the 1 millionth Honda owner in the country.

New boss says…

Honda Malaysia’s new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Madoka Chujo, who took office on 1stApril 2021said, “Thanks to the excellent leadership of my predecessors, the strong commitment of our Honda associates and dealers as well as the support from the Malaysian Government has led Honda Malaysia to achieve many remarkable milestones. Last month,  Honda  Malaysia  reached  the  1  millionth  sale  unit  milestone and  celebrated  the achievement with all Malaysians.”

“The Company presented four of the 1 Million Special Edition models to the lucky winners at the 1 Million Dreams Grand Finale. Today, I am very privileged to be here celebrating this outstanding achievement with all of you and presenting another three 1 Million Special Edition models to the lucky winners from our brand partners.”

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Madoka Chujo Takes Charge as Honda Malaysia’s New CEO

Madoka Chujo

Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd recently welcomed its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ms.Madoka Chujo who will also be succeeding Mr. Toichi Ishiyama.

Ms. Chujo officially assumed office in Malaysia on the 1st of April 2021. Prior to this role, she was the Vice President at Honda Canada Inc., strategizing the Company’s Sales and Marketing since 2019.

Ms. Chujo’s career in Honda started 23 years ago in 1997 and over the years, she has held various roles in Japan, China, Spain and Canada. Her expertise and experience are in the area of Sales Strategy during her various stints in the countries she served. 

First ever lady boss

Commenting on her new role at Honda Malaysia, Ms. Chujo said, “Malaysia is indeed an important market in the Asia and Oceania region with Honda Malaysia achieving various significant sales milestones and have become one of the leading automotive brands in the country.

“I am looking forward and excited for my first assignment as the MD and CEO of Honda Malaysia, and at the same time I am also eager to explore Malaysia as the country is unique and a melting pot of diverse cultures and people, with enormous potential and of course a fast-paced work environment.”

Ms. Chujo’s predecessor Mr. Ishiyama, joined Honda Malaysia in November 2017 and his first launch in Malaysia was the World’s Fastest (FWD) Production Car, the Civic Type R in 2017.

All-new Honda City

2021 honda city rs

Throughout the following years, Mr. Ishiyama also launched various new models notably the 5th Generation All-New City as well as the World Premiere of RS e:HEV in October 2020. At this world premiere, Honda’s e:TECHNOLOGY initiative was officially introduced for the first time in the Asia and Oceania Region.

During his tenure of over three years in Malaysia, Mr. Ishiyama successfully led Honda Malaysia to achieve 900,000 sales in 2019 and also maintained its position as the No. 1 Non-National Car Brand for six consecutive years in 2020. In addition, under Mr. Ishiyama’s watch, the Company celebrated a remarkable milestone of reaching the 1 millionth sales unit in March 2021. This achievement is particularly noteworthy as Mr. Ishiyama had to manoeuvre the Company through a challenging time during the COVID-19 pandemic since March last year.

Mr. Ishiyama has headed back to Japan to assume a new role in Business Automobile,
Business Strategy Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Japan.

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2021 Honda City RS e:HEV Price Finally Announced – RM106k

2021 honda city rs

Honda Malaysia has finally announced the price of the All-New Honda City RS e:HEV, which asks for RM105,950 on the road without insurance, minus SST. Malaysia also happens to be the first country in the world to unveil this version.  

The All-New City RS e:HEV variant will be the first Honda model in Malaysia to be equipped with the Honda Connect technology that was launched yesterday.

2021 honda city rs

Honda Connect

Honda Connect utilizes smart Telematics Technology to bring connectivity to a whole new level for Honda car owners. Its advanced and integrated communications system is available 24-hours and functions to ensure Safety, Security and Convenience to Honda car owners.


Coming back to the City RS e:HEV, key features on the exterior includes a gloss black front grille, a lower front grille, a new rear bumper with diffuser, a new gloss black trunk spoiler and new gloss black door mirrors that give a sporty two-toned impression of the body colour.

2020 honda city interior

Further complementing the appearance of the car are the new LED Headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), New LED Fog Lights with Garnish, New LED Taillights as well as Dual-Tone 16-inch Alloy Wheels.

Torque King

2021 honda city rs

The All-New City RS e:HEV is equipped with a highly efficient 2-motor hybrid system powered by a 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) system, delivering 109 PS and a best-in-class torque of 253 Nm.

The e:HEV system will switch automatically between the three driving modes which are EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. This variant also comes with Deceleration Selector Paddles that enable the driver to engage on the paddles for power regeneration and to decelerate the vehicle without stepping on the brake pedal.


2021 honda city rs

Inside, this variant features a 7-inch Interactive Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Meter that accentuates the high-quality design. It also comes with Sport Pedal Pads that provides a sportier feel and is fitted with Ultrasuede Seats and Red Stitching at interior areas. An 8-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity is also available in this variant.

Honda Sensing

The All-New City RS e:HEV also comes with Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance systems which include:

1. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) 
2. Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
3. Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
4. Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
5. Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
6. Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
7. Auto High Beam (AHB)

The Remote Engine Start feature is also a first in segment technology which allows the driver to start their car while the doors are locked and to activate the air-conditioning in order to cool down the cabin with a simple push of a button on the keyless remote. This variant also comes with Electric Parking Brake (EPB) that provides additional convenience to the driver with just a lift of a button.


Where safety is concerned, the All-New City RS e:HEV variant is equipped with 6 airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Rear Seat ISOFIX I-SIZE Type and New Rear Seatbelt Reminder.

2021 honda city rs

Other additional safety features in this variant include Reverse Sensors with Multi-angle Reverse Camera and Auto Brake Hold (ABH) which enables the vehicle’s stationary position to be held with only a push of a button.

The All-New City RS e:HEV variant is offered in three colours – Passion Red Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic and Platinum White Pearl.

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2021 Honda City RS to feature Honda CONNECT

2021 honda city rs

When Honda launched the all-new Honda City last October, the main highlight was the range-topping City RS e:HEV hybrid variant which made its world debut in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the pricing for the City RS e:HEV wasn’t revealed, and the model was only slated to be delivered to customers this year.

Well, guess what? The company today confirmed that the All-New Honda City RS e:HEV will indeed be reaching its rightful owners later this month, and that is not all. Honda Malaysia has also introduced its latest innovative and advanced technology, the Honda Connect which will be available for the first time in the All-New Honda City RS.

What is Honda Connect?

honda connect

Applying smart Telematics Technology, Honda Connect allows the users to connect with their cars with a touch of their fingertips via a smartphone application.

Key functions of the Telematics technology in Honda Connect include Vehicle Diagnostics, Remote Applications, Security Applications, Vehicle Tracking and Support Services – all of which are aimed at easing owner’s accessibility to their vehicle and its information whenever and wherever.

Under Safety and Security, Honda Connect is equipped with Automatic Collision Detection System, Security Alarm Detection, Speed Alert, Find My Car, Geo-Fencing Alert and Emergency Call.

The Automatic Collision Detection System provides immediate support to the driver via Honda’s 24 Hours Roadside Assist Call Centre in case of an accident or air bag deployment in the car, where a notification will be sent to the Call Center and emergency support will be dispatched.

Monitor your car remotely

honda connect

And then there is the Security Alarm Detection feature which remotely monitors the car situation from wherever the owner is. A push notification will then be sent to the owner as well as Honda’s 24 Hours Roadside Assist Call Centre when the car door, trunk or bonnet is forcibly opened.

Owners are also able to conveniently and safely locate their vehicle with the Find My Car function in Honda Connect which allows owners to park with ease anywhere knowing that they can now easily locate their car on a map that is linked to their smartphone.

Besides that, there are the Speed Alert and Geo-Fencing Alert functions to alert and notify the owner when the vehicle is being driven out of the set conditional parameters of driving radius and speed limit.

Honda Connect also includes Remote Vehicle Control; Car Status and Service Reminder; Vehicle Dashboard and Point of Interest (POI) search.

24 Hours Roadside Assist Call Centre

Owners can also request for Honda’s 24 Hours Roadside Assist Call Centre to unlock the doors remotely if the car keys were accidentally left inside.

Besides the car lock, this feature can also remotely start or stop the car engine, switch on or off the air conditioning to conveniently cool the cabin as well as remotely switching on the lights to help the owner locate the parked car at night time – all of which truly redefines safety and convenience while bringing the joy of connectivity and mobility to customers.

honda city rs

An emergency call function enables users to quickly connect with emergency contacts which can promptly support and assist user in emergencies. Driving behaviour and Trip logs work to track and record driving styles with driving data from the connected vehicle.

The Service Reminder function provides users with updates on all past service information including reminders for next periodical maintenance. Users can check Service History, Parts List and Estimation cost for future vehicle service as well as contact a Honda Dealer to make a service appointment.

honda city rs

Honda Connect’s Remote Diagnostic Support provides initial assessment and necessary diagnosis on the issue at hand. It can detect any issues with the 11 main indicators, after which Honda’s 24 Hours Roadside Assistance Call Center will arrange for necessary support if requested by the owner.

Similarly, with the other safety and security features, a push notification will be sent to users when trouble occurs with the vehicle and is detected on the warning lamp.

11 indicators

The 11 indicators supported by the Remote Diagnostic Support are Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Supplemental Restraint System, Brake System, Engine Malfunction, Charging System, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System, Electric Power Steering (EPS) System, Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC), Safety Support and Power System. 

Last but not least, Honda Connect also works to offer an advanced form of communication through the One-to-One Message function, Social Network Services (SNS) Posting and Customer Inquiry features.

The One-to-One Message are reminders on service maintenance, insurance renewal and annual vehicle tax deadline while SNS Posting allows users to share their vehicle trip logs with their community via social media.

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KTM, Honda, Yamaha, Piaggio Electric Bikes to Get Swappable Batteries

honda pcx electric

As the whole global automotive scene is heading towards electromobility, it is not only the car and truck companies that have accelerated their efforts towards the shift, but also motorcycle brands.

While commercial vehicle brands have already started testing semi-autonomous driving technology and delivering electric powered trucks across Europe, electric cars have made even more progress.

Even our market has witnessed the arrival of numerous electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and various Tesla models among others.

Come to think about it, it would not be an exaggeration to say that everything from prime movers to scooters will be powered by batteries instead of engines within the next few decades, and looks like there is not going to be two ways about it.

Yamaha EC-05

Interchangeable batteries

That being said, the most recent development in the transformation towards electromobility is that Honda (motorcycles) has signed a letter of intent with KTM, Piaggio, and Yamaha to set up a Swappable Batteries Consortium for Motorcycles and Light Electric Vehicles in the near future.

In line with the transition towards electromobility, the founding members of the Consortium believe that the availability of a standardized swappable battery system would both promote the widespread use of light electric vehicles and contribute to a more sustainable life-cycle management of batteries used in the transport sector. 

Also, by extending the range, shortening the charging time and lowering vehicle and infrastructure costs, the manufacturers will try to answer customers’ main concerns regarding the future of electromobility.  

The aim of the Consortium will, therefore, be to define the standardized technical specifications of the swappable battery system for vehicles belonging to mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and even ATVs.

International standards

By working closely with interested stakeholders and national, European and international standardization bodies, the founding members of the Consortium will be involved in the creation of international technical standards.

The Consortium will start its activities in May 2021. The four founding members encourage all interested stakeholders to join the cooperation to enrich the Consortium’s expertise.

“For the widespread adoption of electric motorcycles, problems such as travel distance and charging times need to be addressed, and swappable batteries are a promising solution. Considering customer convenience, standardization of swappable batteries and wide adoption of battery systems is vital, which is why the four member manufacturers agreed to form the Consortium,” said Noriaki Abe, Managing Officer, Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor

Honda views improving the customers’ usage environment as an area to explore cooperation with other manufacturers, while bringing better products and services to customers through competition. Honda will work hard on both fronts to be the ‘chosen’ manufacturer for customer mobility.”

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Honda Malaysia Launches “1 Million Dreams” Campaign

Honda 1 million dreams

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the ongoing lockdown and what not, 2021 will be a year for Honda Malaysia to remember as the company will be celebrating its 1 millionth sales unit very soon.

In order to celebrate the milestone event, Honda Malaysia just launched “1 Million Dreams” campaign in which seven special models, namely the Jazz, all-new City, BR-V, HR-V, Civic, new CR-V and Accord will be given away to lucky customers.

honda 1 million dreams campaign

Special Edition Models

The seven Special Edition models feature a Dual Tone Exterior, Front Fascia with Red Highlights, Sporty Red Line Side Mirrors, Black Painted Alloy Wheels with Red Highlights as well as 1 Million Dreams Signature Emblem on both front fenders of the cars.

honda 1 million dreams campaign

The Special Edition cars’ interior are also fitted with ‘1 Million Dreams’ embossed leather headrest for both driver and front passenger seats as well as Leather Steering Wheel with Red Stitching and Centre Mark. Each 1 Million Dreams Special Edition model also comes with Special Edition Leather Key Pouch.

The campaign runs until the 24th of March 2021, with a variety of exciting activities in store for Malaysians.

On top of the seven Special Edition cars, there are prizes worth 1 Million Shopee coins to be given out to 150 lucky winners on a weekly basis, and throughout the campaign we have prizes worth 5 Million Shopee coins.

How to win?

All you have to do to participate is take part in any of the six activities prepared by Honda Malaysia to earn as many entries as you can, and submit the entries at Honda authorised dealers or via Honda Malaysia’s official website.

You can then collect the entries by downloading and signing up for HondaTouch application, playing the 1 Million Dreams Quiz Game at Honda Malaysia’s official website, test driving a Honda car, booking a new Honda car, servicing or repairing a Honda car, or registering a new Honda car within the ‘1 Million Dreams Campaign’ period.

The more entries you collect, the higher your chances are to win one of the special edition cars.

Honda Malaysia will announce the lucky winners of the Special Edition cars at the Grand Finale which is scheduled for March 2021.

2020 at a glance

In 2020, Honda Malaysia launched five new models – the Civic, Accord, BR-V, the All-New City, as well as the New CR-V. The new models made important contributions to Honda Malaysia’s sales record last year, helping the company to maintain its strong sales momentum with more than 60,460 units sold even during these difficult times arising out of COVID-19.

The best-selling model is the City with the highest sales at 34% of the total sales. 2020’s sales record is also attributed to the Civic and HR-V at 20% and 17% respectively.

The encouraging sales performance has enabled Honda Malaysia to maintain its position as the No.1 car brand in the Non-National segment for the sixth consecutive year.

Only in 2019, Honda Malaysia celebrated the 900,000th unit sales record with Malaysians, and within two years, the company managed to chalk up yet another impressive record by reaching the 1 millionth unit sales milestone.

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All-New 2021 Honda HR-V Breaks Cover

Honda HR-V e:hev 2021

Honda has unveiled the latest generation of its popular HR-V compact SUV, available with a powerful and responsive two-motor e:HEV powertrain as standard for the first time.

Available in Europe from late 2021, the all-new HR-V is the latest model in Honda’s line-up to wear the e:HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) badge, following the refreshed CR-V and all new Jazz that launched in 2020.

2021 Honda HR-V

It expands Honda’s electrified line up as the brand moves further towards its goal of electrifying all of its European mainstream models by 2022.

The all-new HR-V delivers exceptional hybrid efficiency and advanced safety and technology features, all incorporated into a bold and sleek coupe-inspired form designed to enhance the class-leading interior space and comfort the nameplate is known for.


2021 Honda HR-V

The next-generation HR-V e:HEV achieves a distinctive SUV presence in a compact coupe-inspired design. The new model embodies the brand’s seamless, clean, modern design philosophy seen in other recent new Honda models, that follows the key concepts of function and beauty.

The design includes a new bold integrated grille, while the body shape incorporates a long bonnet and sharper, more vertical sides to ensure there is no impact on interior space.

2021 Honda HR-V

The bonnet centre is low and flat, with a shoulder line that flows to the base of the A-pillars, projecting a sense of stability and security that further enhances the SUV aesthetic.

Space, comfort and utility

The all-new HR-V achieves a compelling combination of premium SUV styling and exceptional spaciousness thanks to the clever packaging of its hybrid drivetrain components. As a result, the HR-V retains its predecessor’s class-leading interior space, with four adults able to sit in maximum comfort.

2021 honda hr-v interior

As with the exterior, the spacious interior has a solid, premium SUV feel, but with contemporary fabrics and soft-touch materials. The modern minimalist aesthetic, which is initiated by the horizontal sweep of the instrument panel, is the result of an uncluttered interior and dashboard, with each element carefully positioned to contribute to the sense of space.

2021 honda hr-v

The feeling of airiness and space is elevated by a new air diffusion system that creates a curtain of fresh air beside and above passengers, flowing from unique L-shaped vents positioned in the top corners of the dashboard.

2021 honda hr-v

Thanks to Honda’s compact, integrated powertrain technology and centre tank layout, the all-new HR-V also retains the versatile Magic Seats that offer both ‘fold-flat’ or ‘flip-up’ seat flexibility, depending on cargo space required.

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2021 Honda HR-V Teased

2021 honda hr-v

In exactly one month, Honda will be unveiling the all-new 2021 HR-V, which will be succeeding the current HR-V which has been around for eight long years.

The main highlight of the 2021 Honda HR-V is that it will feature the company’s advanced two-motor e:HEV hybrid powertrain technology as standard for the first time.

2021 Honda HR-V

The e:HEV hybrid system is the same as the one powering the all-new Honda Jazz which will most probably not be arriving here. Instead, we will be getting the City Hatchback that has already been launched in some markets in the ASEAN region.

Coming back to the all-new HR-V, Honda says that the compact SUV will exemplify the brand’s commitment to achieving its ‘Electric Vision’ strategy that will see all of its European mainstream models electrified by 2022.


The HR-V is the latest model in Honda’s line-up to wear the e:HEV powertrain badging, joining the CR-V and all new Jazz which was launched in Europe last year.

Our guess for the 2021 HR-V is that it will be powered by the same electric motor as the new Insight, which produces 131 PS and 267 Nm of torque, which complements an engine that makes 108 PS and 134 Nm of torque, bringing the combined output to 153 PS.

2021 Honda HR-V rendering
Just a rendering… Don’t get excited

While Honda has confirmed that only the e:HEV version will be sold in Europe, what will come to this part of the world remains unknown. Looking at what Honda is offering in market such as ours – both the regular petrol version and also the hybrid – there is hope for the new HR-V e:HEV to make it to our shores in the future.


Other than that, we can expect all the latest technology and gizmos from Honda such as the Honda Sensing suite of safety features, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless charging among others to be featured in the all-new HR-V.

Design wise, the all-new HR-V will definitely be looking more angular and less curvaceous as the one we have now. Looking at the teaser images, the compact SUV is hinting at something that will look quite premium versus what we have at the moment.

2021 honda hr-v rendering
This is just a rendering…

Among the few details which we can notice in the teaser images include a muscular look with protruding wheel arches, LED lights, a glass roof, as well as a rear spoiler and character lines that give the HR-V a sportier appearance.

Having said that, watch this space for more details on the 2021 Honda HR-V as the countdown for the world premiere has officially started.   

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Honda HR-V Updated with More Features – From RM104k

2021 honda hr-v

Honda Malaysia today officially introduced the enhanced 2021 HR-V with a new feature and exterior upgrades for the Hybrid variant.

In addition to the Platinum White Pearl colour, all variants are now equipped with a new 7” Display Audio that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and two new USB ports in the centre console for added convenience. 

Meanwhile, the HR-V Sport Hybrid intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive (i-DCD) variant comes in a refreshed modern appearance with exterior upgrades consisting of stylish LED Headlights, LED Guide Taillights and LED Front Fog Lights. Completing the new styling are the new Chrome Door Handles and 3 Spoke Leather Steering Wheel, giving a sporty driving impression.

The HR-V is available in 4 variants; namely the E, V, RS and Sport Hybrid i-DCD. The E, V and RS variants are powered by a 1.8L SOHC i-VTEC engine combined with Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT).

Besides that, the HR-V RS is equipped with Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) steering system for a sportier driving experience. The RS variant’s bold new look is further complemented by a Sporty 18-inch Dual-Tone Alloy Wheels, Sporty Design Front Grille, as well as Black Front and Rear Bumper.  

The prices of the four enhanced HR-V variants are maintained as follows:

  • HR-V E – RM104,000
  • HR-V V – RM113,422
  • HR-V RS – RM118,582
  • HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD – To be announced

The Company informed that the price of the HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD variant will be announced later.

The HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD is equipped with 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine with Direct Injection combined with 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission and Integrated High Power Motor. Assisted by the High-Power Lithium-Ion Battery, the combined output of the engine and motor provides Hybrid power that is equal to a 2.0L engine performance with quick response and an exhilarating drive.

Other key features of the new HR-V include the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, 8-way Driver Power Seat, Leather Seats, and Honda LaneWatch.

2021 honda hr-v infotainment

The new HR-V is also equipped with a host of standard safety features such as Six Airbags, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Automatic Brake Hold (ABH), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Rear Seat ISOFIX.

To place a booking for the enhanced HR-V, customers can access the New Car Pre-Booking Online Platform at prebook.honda.com.my to pre-book their car or visit any of Honda Malaysia’s authorized dealers.

The HR-V was first introduced in Malaysia in 2015 and there are currently over 98,600 units on Malaysian roads. The facelifted HR-V which was launched in January 2019 continued its popularity with the introduction of RS and Sport Hybrid variants for the first time for this model. In 2020, the HR-V emerged as the 3rd best-selling model, contributing 17% to Honda Malaysia’s total sales.

The V variant recorded the most promising sales numbers with 41% contribution to total sales of the HR-V.

Meanwhile, a large majority of Malaysians presented a preference for the Passion Red Pearl colour which accounted for 30% of the total HR-V sales received. The HR-V remained the favourite amongst Malaysians, maintaining its No. 1 position in the Non-National Compact SUV segment with a 73% market share as at November 2020.  

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Toyota GR Yaris VS Honda Civic Type R – Which is the Ultimate JDM Hot Hatch?

toyota gr yaris vs honda civic type r

Following the government’s announcement that the SST exemption will go on until June 2021, came the interesting news that the most anticipated car of the year after the Proton X50 – the 2020 Toyota GR Yaris, is about RM12,000 cheaper now, at RM286,896.

Dubbed as the “ultimate modern JDM hot hatch” by many excited purists and enthusiasts, the Toyota GR Yaris, which is limited to less than 200 units in Malaysia, was actually priced at RM299,900, which is about the same as the car that is also known as the “king of modern JDM hot hatches” – the FK8 Honda Civic Type R.

So, which is one is it? Let us put both of them side-by-side and see what they have to offer, shall we?

toyota gr yaris

First – the Toyota GR Yaris, which is essentially a rally car that has been tweaked for the road, powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre 3-cylinder engine that produces 261 PS and 360 Nm of torque.

toyota gr yaris

Paired to the engine is a 6-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching, a full-time four-wheel drive system, an electronically controlled multi-plate type clutch, a Torsen limited slip differential (LSD), beefier suspension, 18-inch forged BBS Alloy Wheels, as well as Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

toyota gr yaris

Weighing just 1,280kg, the GR Yaris is fitted with various lightweight components like the roof made of a new forged (rather than woven) carbon material and C-SMC (carbon sheet moulding compound), aluminium doors, thin-sheet steel wings, as well as light and strong high-tensile steels in critical areas.

toyota gr yaris

Stopping power comes in the form of 356 mm ventilated two-piece brake discs with a four-piston red aluminium GR calipers at the front, and 297 mm ventilated discs with a two-piston aluminium red GR calipers at the rear. The GR Yaris is also fitted with a mechanical hand-operated parking brake for extreme cornering in rally stage driving.

toyota gr yaris

As for the Civic Type R, power comes courtesy of a 2.0-litre VTEC turbo engine producing 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox, helical LSD with cornering aid, as well as automatic rev-matching that can be turned off.

Stopping power is supplied by Brembo four-piston callipers, 350 mm front ventilated discs, and 305 mm discs in the rear. In terms of weight, the Civic Type R weighs exactly 100 kg more than the GR Yaris at 1,380 kg.

honda civic type r fk8

In terms of performance, the less powerful yet lighter GR Yaris is actually able to sprint from naught to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the bigger and heavier Civic Type R, which does it in 5.7 seconds.

So, when it comes to downright straight line quarter-mile sprint, the Toyota is actually the winner here, but what about corners and twisty bits?

honda civic type r fk8

Looking at the specifications list, it seems like the GR Yaris once again has the upper hand as it has something very vital which the Civic Type R lacks – an all-wheel drive system which simply translates to more grip. Plus, the GR is 100kg lighter, and has a shorter wheelbase as well as overall length, which usually means better handling.  

That being said, the Toyota GR Yaris here looks like it is the better car when it comes to downright performance. However, sometimes it is more than just the driver’s seat. Where the Civic Type R wins is in terms of practicality, as it is a spacious four-door car that is comfortable enough to be used as a family car.

The GR Yaris however is obviously less family-friendly as it is a two-door hatchback with very limited rear seat space. The boot is also much smaller than the Civic Type R. Comfort wise, both cars come with comfortable and supportive seats, and the level of noise, vibration, and harshness is low in both cars as well.

If we are compare the cost of ownership, the Toyota GR Yaris should be asking for less, thanks to the 1.6-litre engine which means cheaper road tax, and also the smaller tyres (18-inch VS 20-inch).

Last but not the least we have the design of both cars. While the Honda Civic Type R would appeal to those who want something visually super-loud, the Toyota GR Yaris is actually designed to go much easier on the eye, with so much lesser happening than the Civic Type R.

honda civic type r fk8 limited edition

If at all you end up reading this article and feel like purchasing one of the above, those who wish for the GR Yaris can drop by selected Toyota showrooms around the country and check if it is still available.

As for the Honda Civic Type R, we have a bit of a bad news for you as the car is no longer listed in the company’s official website. This could mean two things – either you will have to wait for the new one, or just get a used one.

Either way, both machines are worth every sen they ask for (if you can afford them) as they are arguably the most exciting modern Japanese hot-hatches at the moment, that are without a doubt – future classics.

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