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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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Honda Sells 60,469 Cars in 2020

Honda Sales 2020

Honda Malaysia today announced that it has achieved total sales of 60,469 units in 2020, and maintained its undisputed leadership position as No.1 in the Non-National Segment for the sixth consecutive year.

This sales achievement was largely contributed by the City which recorded highest sales at 34% of total sales. The second best-selling model is the Civic followed by HR-V at 20% and 17% contribution to the total sales respectively.

The All-New City recorded highest monthly sales in its history with over 5,500 units sold in December 2020. Officially launched in October 2020, the All-New City received positive response from the market with more than 15,200 bookings to date, making it one of the highest booking figures for a newly launched model in Honda Malaysia in the second half of 2020.

Between October and December 2020, Honda Malaysia has delivered close to 10,800 units of the All-New City to customers throughout Malaysia. The 5th Generation All-New City is set to raise the stakes in its segment with an attractive overall package that is beyond the B-segment, complete with pioneering advanced technology, unparalleled performance and stylish design.

Amongst the three variants of the All-New City, the V variant emerged as the most popular variant, capturing 52% of total sales. The highest demand came from the Central region of Peninsular Malaysia, which contributed 48% of total sales received, followed by Southern region at 19% and Northern region at 18%. Based on the sales achieved, the Platinum White Pearl colour appears to be the favourite with customers, representing 26% of the overall sales for the All-New City.

Powered by a new 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC powertrain, and coupled with Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT), the All-New City is able to produce up to 121PS, which is highest in its class and a maximum torque of 145Nm. Besides, the All-New City interior styling features high-quality textures and functional approach, with trimmed Leather Seats and Ivory highlights at inner areas.

The All-New City (V and E variants) also features an 8-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity for the added convenience. This is complemented by the Remote Engine Start feature (V and E variants), a first in its class technology, which provides drivers the convenience of starting their car with a simple push of a button on the keyless remote.

Safety-wise, the V variant comes with Six Airbags and Honda LaneWatch. Other standard safety features include 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. Meanwhile, Reverse Sensors with Multi-angle Reverse Camera are also offered in the V and E variants.  

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Honda Delivers 16 Civics to KPDNHEP

Honda Civic KPDNHEP

Following the Royal Malaysian Police and the Malaysian Army, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has also selected the Honda Civic to be used as a fleet vehicle.

A total of 16 units of Honda Civic 1.8 S were delivered by Honda Malaysia to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) on the 24th of December 2020. According to Honda Malaysia, this is the first time a Honda model is going to be used by KPDNHEP.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia, Mr. Toichi Ishiyama commented, “On behalf of Honda Malaysia, we are honored that the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs has chosen Civic as their preferred car in accomplishing their tasks and duties.”

“We are also appreciative of the Ministry’s crucial role in promoting and sustaining domestic trade in Malaysia, which is important as we are still facing challenges to boost the Malaysian economy which was greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is encouraging to observe that all Malaysians are working together to overcome the setbacks and we sincerely hope that Malaysia will be on the road towards economic recovery soon.”

Since its launch, the Civic has sold more than 10,400 units, capturing 81% market share and leading the C-segment as of October 2020. The Civic is also currently the 2nd best-selling Honda model in Malaysia.

The 1.8L i-VTEC engine offers a maximum power output of 141PS and maximum torque of 174Nm. Additionally, the Civic also comes in a 1.5L VTEC Turbocharged variant which is equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of safety features. The Civic is also certified as Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV).

The Civic is also equipped with features such as Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Walk Away Auto Lock, Remote Engine Start and 7” Advanced Display Audio.

Where safety is concerned, the Civic has been awarded with five-star safety rating by ASEAN NCAP and is equipped with top class safety features such as Six Airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Agile Handle Assist (AHA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Auto Brake Hold (ABH).

Want to know more about the new Honda Civic? Check out our review here.

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New Honda CR-V Gets 1,700 Bookings in November

2020 honda cr-v

Honda Malaysia today announced that the New CR-V has seen a 180% increase in bookings within a month since its official launch in November 2020.

The company also stated that the bookings have exceeded expectations, of which the New CR-V has received more than 1,700 unit bookings to-date.

The New Honda CR-V was launched with three upgraded variants, namely 2.0L 2WD, 1.5L TC-P 2WD and 1.5L TC-P 4WD. The 1.5L TC-P 2WD is the most popular choice among customers, contributing 46% to the total booking.

According to the booking records, Central region contributed the highest number of bookings, accounting for 45% of the total booking. The New CR-V also received high demand from Southern region and Northern region with 20% and 19% contribution to the booking respectively.

In terms of colour options, Dark Olive Metallic is the most preferred colour among the new CR-V owners, which translated to 30% of the total booking.

To-date, more than 1,300 units of theNew CR-V have been delivered to customers nationwide. Honda Malaysia assures that the New CR-V will be delivered to customers in a timely manner.

Now fitted with the full suite of Honda Sensing safety features including Honda LaneWatch as standard, the new Honda CR-V is priced from RM139,912.53.

Features under the Honda Sensing suite include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Low Speed Follow (LSF), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) and Auto High Beam (AHB).

The exterior design of the CR-V has also been further enhanced with a new Black Grille combined with Honda Signature LED Headlights and New Front Bumper with New Wing-style Chrome Fascia.

2020 honda cr-v rear

And then we have the new Rear Dark Chrome, New Smoked Finish Taillights, rear bumper garnished with New Wing-style Chrome Fascia, Twin Tail Pipe Chrome Finish at the rear, and new 18-inch Dual-Tone Alloy Wheels with new design.

Other key features include the new Remote Engine Start function, Remote Retractable Door Mirrors, new Hands-Free Power Tailgate, as well as 522 litres of boot space.

The New CR-V is also equipped with Rear Seat Belt Reminder which is a new safety feature that alerts the driver when rear passengers have not fastened their seat belts.

Other standard safety features available in the New CR-V are Honda LaneWatch, Six Airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Agile Handling Assist (AHA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Auto Brake Hold (ABH), Walk Away Auto Lock and Driver Attention Monitor.

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Book a Honda City Now and Get RM2,000 Rebate

2020 Honda City

Honda Malaysia today announced a 12.12 Special Sales with rebate worth RM2,000 for the 5th Generation All-New Honda City S and E variantsin celebration of the year-end festive season and the double 12 sales nationwide.

The promotion will take place from 1st December 2020 to 12th December 2020, receiving bookings from customers. Registration of the cars can take place between 1st December and 31st December 2020. Customers will be entitled for the Special Rebate once they fulfil the booking and registration requirements at any Honda authorised dealerships nationwide.

Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Toichi Ishiyama said, “On behalf of Honda Malaysia, I would like to convey my appreciation to all Malaysians for the unwavering support to the Honda brand. The All-New City have recorded significant sales performance since its launch with more than 9,000 bookings garnered.”

“We are pleased to offer customers the opportunity of owning their dream car and experiencing the ‘Joy of Buying’ with the ‘All-New City 12.12 Special Sales’ in conjunction with the year-end festive season by giving special rebate. In addition to the 12.12 Special Sales, customers can also benefit from the extra savings with the sales tax exemption which is ongoing until 31st December 2020.”

The All-New City S and E variants offer great value in terms of advanced features, overall design and a new powertrain; allowing Malaysians to choose the variant that suits their individual needs and lifestyle.”  

The All-New City S and E variants are powered by the new 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine. It is also coupled with Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT), which provides an ideal balance of performance and fuel efficiency. This new powertrain is able to produce up to 121PS, which is the highest in its class and a maximum torque of 145Nm. The All-New City E variant is also equipped with Paddle Shifts for a fun and thrilling driving experience as well as first in segment advanced Remote Engine Start feature.


Within its interior cabin, the All-New City’s rear passenger legroom has been expanded while Rear Air Conditioning Ventilation now comes standard across both variants for added comfort. The interior styling of the All-New City focuses on high-quality textures and functional approach. Besides, the E variant also comes with an 8-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto Connectivity.

Both the S and E variants are fitted with standard safety features which include 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. Additionally, the E variant also comes with Reverse Sensors with Multi-angle Reverse Camera.

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Recall: 1999 Honda Accord and 2000 Honda CR-V

honda takata recall

Honda Malaysia today announced a product recall involving 2,784 units of 1999 Year Model and 2000 Year Model Honda vehicles to replace the Takata driver front airbag inflator.

It is said that the recall is a preventive measure, in line with Honda global Non-Azide Driver Airbag Inflator (NADI) recall. 

The models involved in this product recall to replace the Takata driver front airbag inflator are:           

  • 1999 Honda Accord  (1,380 units)
  • 2000 Honda CR-V (1,404 units)

Honda Malaysia reassured that current selling models are not affected in this product recall, and the company will continue to uphold transparency and stringent controls for customers.

As of today, there have not been any reports in Malaysia of incidents or injury caused by the Takata driver front airbag in the two models mentioned above.

honda takata recall crv

Affected customers will be informed via notification letters, which will include details of the product recall. Honda Malaysia urges all affected customers to contact any Honda authorized dealer to make an appointment upon receipt of notification to replace the driver front airbag inflator subject to parts availability.

The company also encourages public who have relatives or friends owning these two models to immediately contact Honda Malaysia to arrange for the driver front airbag replacement.

The company requests all affected customers to make an appointment in advance to ensure a smooth and quick driver front airbag replacement process. Customers are required to adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) set by the authorities, which include wearing face mask properly, maintaining physical distancing and, sanitising their hands at all times when visiting the dealerships.            

The replacement of the affected Takata drive front airbag inflator is free of charge and all cost related to this replacement activity will be borne by Honda Malaysia. The replacement stock will be available in stages.

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2021 Honda City Hatchback World Premiere in Thailand

2021 honda city hatchback

Exactly a year after unveiling the all-new City in sedan form, Honda Thailand yesterday launched the 2021 Honda City Hatchback, which also happened to be its world premiere.

Offered in three variants in Thailand (RS, SV, S+), the 2021 Honda City Hatchback in Thailand is powered by the same turbocharged 1.0-litre DOHC VTEC engine as the sedan sold there, producing 122 PS and 173 Nm of torque, and paired with it is a CVT.

2021 honda city hatchback

While key features on the exterior include a stylish looking rear, LED lights, new 16-inch wheel design (high spec variant), a shark fin antenna, sporty rear bumper with carbon fibre-ish garnish, the cabin features Honda’s Ultra Seats with 4 different configurations, an eight-inch touch screen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Other features are identical with the sedan.

2021 honda city hatchback ultra seats

Like the sedan, the City Hatchback is also expected to come to Malaysia in 2021, but it will not be 100% identical. It is safe to say that the car will be powered by the same 1.5-litre NA engine as the sedan we have here, instead of the aforementioned 1.0-litre turbo engine here.

2021 honda city hatchback

While the Petrol variants of the City in Malaysia (V, E and S) are powered by the new 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC powertrain and a CVT producing 121 PS and 145 Nm, the upcoming RS e:HEV variant will be powered by an intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) powertrain that 109 PS and 253 Nm of torque.

2021 honda city hatchback interior

We are still awaiting the arrival of the City RS hybrid that is slated to take place in January 2021, and for all we know, Honda Malaysia could launch both the City RS sedan alongside the City Hatchback, but nothing is certain as of now.

2021 honda city hatchback

However, what we do know is that the Honda City Hatchback is here to succeed the Honda Jazz in this part of the world, meaning that the funky all-new Honda Jazz we saw at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show will not make it to Thailand, let alone Malaysia.  

2021 honda city hatchback cabin

Come to think of it, it would not be a surprise if at all Honda Malaysia confirms that the City Hatchback will take the place of the Jazz in Malaysia moving forward, as it is going to be impossible to sell the all-new Jazz at an affordable price here, as it is quite futuristic, tech-laden, and of course fully imported.

2021 honda jazz hatchback thailand

Whether Honda Malaysia’s plant in Pegoh, Melaka is ready to locally assemble the all-new Jazz is another question.

So, just like other cool import Hondas that find their way here through grey importers like the Honda N-Box and the Honda S660, the all-new Jazz is most likely to go through the same fate – reconditioned and sold at some nonsensical price.

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Review: Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P – The Car That Can do it All

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P (1)

With the current SST exemption, many of you would probably be considering purchasing the current 10th generation Honda Civic, but with the unveiling of the all-new 11th generation Honda Civic Prototype, many potential buyers would be wondering if they should wait for it, or to just go for the current one here.

So, let us have a quick look at the current range-topping Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P and see what it has to offer, and whether it is still worth going for.

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P (15)

The 10th generation Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P that we’re looking at here was updated in September 2019, and has been around only for about a year now, and as much as it looks like it hasn’t changed since the pre-facelift version was launched back in 2016, the car is actually a much more complete product.

Design

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P (4)

The reason why the 10th gen Honda Civic looks like it has not changed much since 2016 is simply because the updates to the car’s exterior were kept minimal.

The only new features are the new black front grille, a chrome rear bumper garnish, a new spoiler, LED headlights and foglamps, and the addition of a new 18-inch wheel design for the high-spec variant we’re looking at here.

At a glance, the car looks almost identical to the pre-facelift model but if you really put both models side-by-side, the facelifted version actually looks sportier thanks to the black grille and the larger rims.

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P (14)

However, we can’t deny the fact that the 10th gen Civic’s design is ahead of its time. Unlike the Corolla Altis which looks slightly less exciting, the Civic’s design is much more radical, and it is still quite a looker till now. Plus, it was already a bit over the top. So, it is no surprise that nothing much has changed.

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P (15)

The only car that looks better than the Civic is actually the Mazda 3 hatchback, but it is priced like RM30,000 more than the Civic.

Powertrain

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P (20)

Mechanically, the 10th gen Honda Civic has remained unchanged since 2016. Powering the 1.5 TC-P here is still the same turbocharged 1.5-litre engine that produces 173 PS and 220 Nm of torque, paired with a CVT transmission.

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P (30)

Besides those who sent their cars to tuners to squeeze more power from the engine and regretted, it is safe to say that no owner has faced any catastrophic issues with the engine or the gearbox over the past four years. So, the folks at Honda decided to not fix something that is not broken.

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P (25)

Plus, you’re getting the same level of performance as a naturally aspirated 2.4 litre D-segment sedan, which means that the Civic is actually a quick car. Can’t you see how the owners are driving them on the out there?

Honda Sensing

This is actually the main highlight of the Honda Civic facelift. The Honda Sensing suite of safety features comprises of eight features – Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Auto High-Beam (AHB) – all of which will provide Driver’s Cruising Aid, Frontal Collision Deterrence and Side Collision Deterrence.

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P (26)

The New Civic also offers an innovative safety feature – Honda LaneWatch camera. This is a camera-based technology in favour of blind-spot monitoring that enhances the driver’s view of left side traffic and provides a better view compared to using only the side view mirror.

Thanks to these features, the Civic is not only much safer than it was, but is also capable of driving itself, thanks to the ACC, LSF, and LKAS. All you have to do is just keep your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P (10)

What we like most about these features is that they are quite easy to use and to get used to. Just by a few touches of a button, the systems will be up and running and the car is basically driving itself, making traffic jams and long distance trips much more relaxing.

Driving it

As mentioned earlier, the Civic 1.5 TC-P is an enjoyable car to drive. First and foremost, there is more than enough power for our roads in Malaysia as the 220 Nm of torque is available quite early in the rev range thanks to the turbocharger.

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P Seats

Complemented by the low centre of gravity and the 18-inch tyres, the Civic 1.5 TC-P here handles pretty well too. So, regardless of whether you’re on the highway, city roads, or twisty bits, the Civic is a very fun car to drive and also to be in.

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P Infotainment

Adding to the whole experience is a well-built, quiet and spacious cabin, leather seats that provide adequate support to occupants of all shapes and sizes, a well weighted steering wheel, an impressive sound system, ample storage compartments, charging ports, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Plus, with all the Honda Sensing features working together, it feels safe too.

The Problems

While the low height of the car contributes to good handling and an enjoyable driving experience, it has resulted in seats that are positioned quite low. So, if you’re very tall, old, or have back-related issues, getting in and out of the Civic is going to be a challenge.

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P rear seats

On top of that, the fastback-ish silhouette of the car has resulted in a low roofline, which means you have to watch your head every time you get into the rear of the Civic, unless you belong in the average Asian height category. Other than that, things are fine and dandy with the 10th generation Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P.

Conclusion

Besides the low roofline and the low seats, there is nothing wrong with the Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P here. Overall, it is actually a very capable car that doesn’t only look youthful and bold, but drives well too.

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P USB charging

Further complementing the whole package is the spacious and refined cabin, a huge boot, low road tax rate thanks to the 1.5-litre displacement, ample storage space, and the impressive Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance features.

Therefore, if you’re one of those who can’t decide if you should just get your hands on this Civic or to wait for the new one, we would say just go for it as we don’t know when the 11th gen model will be arriving here, how much it is going to be sold for, if it is going to have any issues, or what specification and variant it is going to come.

Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P Spoiler

So, since SST exemption will be around for one more month, and the car we’re looking at here has already proven itself to be a hit, just go for it.

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2020 Honda City Receives 9,000 Bookings to Date

2020 Honda City

It has been only a month since the all-new Honda City was launched officially, and the company has already received close to 9,000 bookings. The best part is that the most anticipated variant – the City RS i-MMD is not even here yet.

According to Honda Malaysia, the most popular variant out of the three that were launched last month is the V, which recorded 54% of total bookings received. The highest demand also came from customers in the Central region with 44% of the total number of bookings, followed by the Northern region with 22%, and the Southern region with 19%.

2020 Honda City

The most popular colour on the other hand is Platinum White Pearl, representing 28% of the overall sales of the all-new Honda City.

In terms of colour, the Platinum White Pearl colour appears to be the favourite among customers, representing 28% of the overall sales for the All-New City. To-date, more than 2,400 units of the All-New City have been delivered to customers nationwide.

That being said, the All-New Honda City’s price is as follows:

VariantWith Sales Tax ExemptionWithout Sales Tax Exemption
VRM 86,561RM 89,800
ERM 81,664RM 84,800
SRM 74,191RM 76,800

Price of the Honda City RS e:HEV will be announced later

While the Petrol variants (V, E and S) are powered by the new 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC powertrain and a CVT producing 121 PS and 145 Nm, the upcoming RS e:HEV variant will be powered by an intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) powertrain that 109 PS and 253 Nm of torque.

2020 honda city interior

Key features on the exterior include LED Headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED Fog Lights, LED Taillights, as well as 16-inch wheels. Inside, the car comes with rear air cond vents, leather seats, as well as an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (V and E variants).

In terms of safety, the V variant is equipped with Six Airbags and Honda LaneWatch. Other standard safety features include 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.

Meanwhile, Reverse Sensors with Multi-angle Reverse Camera are also offered in V and E variants.

PRESS RELEASE

ALL-NEW CITY IMPRESSES WITH A BREAKTHROUGH BOOKINGS OF CLOSE TO 9,000 UNITS

Honda Malaysia (or the Company) today announced that the 5th Generation All-New City which was launched just a month ago has recorded close to 9,000 bookings to-date. Amongst the three variants launched, the V variant emerged as the most popular variant capturing 54% of total bookings received.

Since its launch, the All-New City received high demand from customers in the Central region, which contributed the highest number of bookings at 44% of the total bookings, followed by Northern region at 22% and Southern region at 19% respectively.

In terms of colour, the Platinum White Pearl colour appears to be the favourite among customers, representing 28% of the overall sales for the All-New City. To-date, more than 2,400 units of the All-New City have been delivered to customers nationwide.

Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Toichi Ishiyama said, “The 5th Generation All-New City is very well received in the market and the bookings has increased by an additional 80% within a month of its official launch.”

This outstanding Honda model continues to capture the hearts of Malaysians be it working adults, young executives or young families. We are very grateful to have received positive feedback from Honda customers and we would like to thank our customers for their continuous support.

Many customers also took the opportunity to purchase their new car during the sales tax exemption period. The attractive pricing of the All-New City in addition to the advanced features are plus points which resulted in the encouraging bookings received.”

“As we are still undergoing Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period, our nationwide dealerships remain compliant with all necessary guidelines and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) set by the Government which was put in place since we started operations in May 2020 to ensure the safety of our customers and Honda associates. Customers who are interested to test drive may visit their nearest Honda authorised dealerships to do so.”

The outstanding All-New City was designed to project ambition and confidence. The design is further complemented with features such as New LED Headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), New LED Fog Lights and New LED Taillights which has given the V variant its top spot in terms of popularity amongst the three variants of the All-New City. To top it off, the V variant also comes with 16-inch Alloy Wheels to add to the stylish appearance.

The All-New City is offered in four variants, the RS e:HEV, V, E and S. The Petrol variants (V, E and S) are powered by the new 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC powertrain which provides an ideal balance of performance and fuel efficiency.

Coupled with Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT), this new powertrain is able to produce up to 121PS, which is the highest in its class and a maximum torque of 145Nm.

Meanwhile, the RS e:HEV variant will be powered by an intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) powertrain. The i-MMD powertrain is revolutionary as it is able to deliver 109PS and a best-in-class high torque of 253Nm.

The All-New City (V and E variants) is also equipped with Paddle Shifts for a fun and exciting driving experience and first in segment advanced Remote Engine Start feature.

In terms of cabin space, passenger legroom has been expanded and Rear Air Conditioning Ventilation now comes standard across all variants for added comfort.

The interior styling of the All-New City emphasizes high-quality textures and functional approach, trimmed with Leather Seats and Ivory highlights at inner areas. Additionally, the V and E variants are also available with an 8-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity.

In terms of safety, the V variant is equipped with Six Airbags and Honda LaneWatch. Other standard safety features include 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. Meanwhile, Reverse Sensors with Multi-angle Reverse Camera are also offered in V and E variants.

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