The Truth About Cars » Malaysia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:37:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Malaysia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Crapwagon Outtake: The Malaysian Accord http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/crapwagon-outtake-malaysian-accord/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/crapwagon-outtake-malaysian-accord/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:02:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=942241 The last time we heard about Proton, our own Jack Baruth was flying nearly 23,000 miles to go drive a diminutive, Mitsubishi-based Proton hatchback in a Malaysian time-trial series. Proton may be best associated with their Mitsubishi partnership, but the two parties went their separate ways long ago. Today’s news bulletins saw Proton and Honda […]

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The last time we heard about Proton, our own Jack Baruth was flying nearly 23,000 miles to go drive a diminutive, Mitsubishi-based Proton hatchback in a Malaysian time-trial series. Proton may be best associated with their Mitsubishi partnership, but the two parties went their separate ways long ago. Today’s news bulletins saw Proton and Honda […]

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Let The Lotus Deathwatch Begin. Or Shall We Simply Pull The Plug? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/let-the-lotus-deathwatch-begin-or-shall-we-just-pull-the-plug/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/let-the-lotus-deathwatch-begin-or-shall-we-just-pull-the-plug/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:29:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=473867 Another inspiration for wet dreams of easily impressed juvenile car bloggers is dying, is bleeding to death and has a “do not resuscitate” note nailed to the head.  Lotus has been given up for dead. Blogs from autoevolution all the way to our sister pub Autoguide reprint the happy PR fluff that Lotus wants to […]

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Another inspiration for wet dreams of easily impressed juvenile car bloggers is dying, is bleeding to death and has a “do not resuscitate” note nailed to the head.  Lotus has been given up for dead. Blogs from autoevolution all the way to our sister pub Autoguide reprint the happy PR fluff that Lotus wants to […]

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Proton, Honda Announce Collaboration In Malaysia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/proton-honda-announce-collaboration-in-malaysia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/proton-honda-announce-collaboration-in-malaysia/#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465275 Ahead of their crucial announcement outlining the future of Proton, parent company DRB-Hicom (also of Lotus fame) has announced that they will partner with Honda, after a long courtship process that involved numerous auto makers. An official announcement from DRB-Hicom outlined the partnership agreement Under the Agreement, PROTON and HONDA MOTOR will explore collaboration opportunities […]

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Ahead of their crucial announcement outlining the future of Proton, parent company DRB-Hicom (also of Lotus fame) has announced that they will partner with Honda, after a long courtship process that involved numerous auto makers. An official announcement from DRB-Hicom outlined the partnership agreement Under the Agreement, PROTON and HONDA MOTOR will explore collaboration opportunities […]

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$350,000 MSRP, Tax, Title, And Humidor Extra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/350000-msrp-tax-title-and-humidor-extra/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/350000-msrp-tax-title-and-humidor-extra/#comments Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:46:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463481 Reuters has a great story about a car company you probably never heard about. It is in Malaysia and makes cars that look like out of an antique car catalog. The company can’t keep up with the demand. The car company is called Bufori. If you want one, you need to get in line and […]

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Reuters has a great story about a car company you probably never heard about. It is in Malaysia and makes cars that look like out of an antique car catalog. The company can’t keep up with the demand. The car company is called Bufori. If you want one, you need to get in line and […]

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Buy Nine Car Washes, Get One Sex Free http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/buy-nine-car-washes-get-one-sex-free/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/buy-nine-car-washes-get-one-sex-free/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:36:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460211   A massage parlour and a car wash outlet in the Sunway Mentari suburb of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, engaged in a flourishing joint venture until it was disrupted by police last week. After nine car washes, customers received a free detailing – but not of the car. “To get the extra ‘offer’, customers must send […]

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  A massage parlour and a car wash outlet in the Sunway Mentari suburb of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, engaged in a flourishing joint venture until it was disrupted by police last week. After nine car washes, customers received a free detailing – but not of the car. “To get the extra ‘offer’, customers must send […]

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Proton Boycotts Sales Data, Says It’s The Law http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/proton-boycotts-sales-data-says-its-the-law/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/proton-boycotts-sales-data-says-its-the-law/#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2012 12:36:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458624 Uh-oh: Our colleagues and fellow market watchers in Malaysia were waiting and waiting for market data for the month of July, but none arrived. With August about to end, they stared to ask questions. They were told there won’t be any data. No, it wasn’t because Malaysia suddenly is like Europe. In the Old Country, […]

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Uh-oh: Our colleagues and fellow market watchers in Malaysia were waiting and waiting for market data for the month of July, but none arrived. With August about to end, they stared to ask questions. They were told there won’t be any data. No, it wasn’t because Malaysia suddenly is like Europe. In the Old Country, […]

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Für Elise: Volkswagen Interested In Lotus And All Of Proton While They are At It http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/fur-elise-volkswagen-interested-in-lotus-and-all-of-proton-while-they-are-at-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/fur-elise-volkswagen-interested-in-lotus-and-all-of-proton-while-they-are-at-it/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 18:47:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454359 As you read this, an old friend of mine is probably packing. Who knows, he could already be in the air. He was Volkswagen’s boots on the ground in Malaysia, the many times VW wanted to get its boots on the ground in Malaysia. Last time they tried in 2007, they disrupted Dirk’s retirement and […]

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As you read this, an old friend of mine is probably packing. Who knows, he could already be in the air. He was Volkswagen’s boots on the ground in Malaysia, the many times VW wanted to get its boots on the ground in Malaysia. Last time they tried in 2007, they disrupted Dirk’s retirement and […]

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Lotus Scales Back New Model Development Amid Bahar Departure http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/lotus-scales-back-new-model-development-amid-bahar-departure/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/lotus-scales-back-new-model-development-amid-bahar-departure/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:38:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454343 Lotus’ new owner, Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom, has revised their future model plans, reducing the scale of former CEO Dany Bahar’s ambitious 5-car lineup. According to an investment analyst interviewed by Malaysian media outlet The Star, Lotus will cut back their new model plans from 5 nameplates to 3, but that the strategy was still being […]

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Lotus’ new owner, Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom, has revised their future model plans, reducing the scale of former CEO Dany Bahar’s ambitious 5-car lineup. According to an investment analyst interviewed by Malaysian media outlet The Star, Lotus will cut back their new model plans from 5 nameplates to 3, but that the strategy was still being […]

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Was DRB-Hicom’s “Due Diligence” The Beginning And The End For Dany Bahar And Lotus? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/was-drb-hicoms-due-diligence-the-beginning-and-the-end-for-dany-bahar-and-lotus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/was-drb-hicoms-due-diligence-the-beginning-and-the-end-for-dany-bahar-and-lotus/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447727 Lotus CEO Dany Bahar’s 14 day suspension is set to expire on Monday. We have no idea what will happen next. He may get the boot, taking his ambitious five-year product plan with him. Or he may not. Putting the pieces together since Lotus was taken over by DRB-Hicom has painted an interesting picture, while […]

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Lotus CEO Dany Bahar’s 14 day suspension is set to expire on Monday. We have no idea what will happen next. He may get the boot, taking his ambitious five-year product plan with him. Or he may not. Putting the pieces together since Lotus was taken over by DRB-Hicom has painted an interesting picture, while […]

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Adventures In Global TV Marketing: The Citroën AX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/adventures-in-global-tv-marketing-the-citroen-ax/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/adventures-in-global-tv-marketing-the-citroen-ax/#comments Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:30:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383508 Sure, Internet video is mostly about dental-fetish porn (particularly the very stimulating “spit sink” subgenre), but when the novocaine wears off and the last vinyl-clad hygienist has put aside her last stainless-steel scraper, you’re ready to explore the other great thing about Internet video… old television ads for the Citroën AX. The AX had quite […]

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Sure, Internet video is mostly about dental-fetish porn (particularly the very stimulating “spit sink” subgenre), but when the novocaine wears off and the last vinyl-clad hygienist has put aside her last stainless-steel scraper, you’re ready to explore the other great thing about Internet video… old television ads for the Citroën AX. The AX had quite […]

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Ages In The Making, Volkswagen Finally Inks Malaysia Deal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/ages-in-the-making-volkswagen-finally-inks-malaysia-deal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/ages-in-the-making-volkswagen-finally-inks-malaysia-deal/#comments Tue, 21 Dec 2010 10:19:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378077 Volkswagen had been trying for ages to get their foot in the door in Malaysia, but for some reason or another, it never worked out. In August, they signed a memorandum of understanding with DRB-HICOM. In September, it became known that the Malaysian government is evaluating applications from five foreign automakers, which put Volkswagen’s Malaysian […]

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Volkswagen had been trying for ages to get their foot in the door in Malaysia, but for some reason or another, it never worked out. In August, they signed a memorandum of understanding with DRB-HICOM. In September, it became known that the Malaysian government is evaluating applications from five foreign automakers, which put Volkswagen’s Malaysian […]

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PSA Looks (South) East http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/psa-looks-south-east/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/psa-looks-south-east/#comments Fri, 01 Oct 2010 14:42:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367230 Putting Brazil aside for a second (Sorry, Marcello!) Asia is where the car industry is looking for their next piece of pie. There’s Russia (let’s face it, Russia is more in Asia that it is in Europe), China, Japan and India. All markets with either big potential and/or plenty of customers. But there is a […]

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Putting Brazil aside for a second (Sorry, Marcello!) Asia is where the car industry is looking for their next piece of pie. There’s Russia (let’s face it, Russia is more in Asia that it is in Europe), China, Japan and India. All markets with either big potential and/or plenty of customers. But there is a […]

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This Time It’s Serious: Volkswagen Tries Again In Malaysia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/this-time-it%e2%80%99s-serious-volkswagen-tries-again-in-malaysia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/this-time-it%e2%80%99s-serious-volkswagen-tries-again-in-malaysia/#comments Sat, 14 Aug 2010 17:27:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362971 Malaysia is a country of close to 30m people and Volkswagen wants a slice of the pie. They already tried, but found out that getting a slice is not a piece of cake. Playing footise with Malysia’s Proton was a perennial on again, off again affair that led to nothing. Last time, it looked like […]

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Malaysia is a country of close to 30m people and Volkswagen wants a slice of the pie. They already tried, but found out that getting a slice is not a piece of cake. Playing footise with Malysia’s Proton was a perennial on again, off again affair that led to nothing. Last time, it looked like […]

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VW To Make Cars In Malaysia. Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/vw-to-make-cars-in-malaysia-again/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/vw-to-make-cars-in-malaysia-again/#comments Wed, 24 Mar 2010 15:31:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=350185 Malaysia is an economic boom-town, and a country of 28m people. Import duties on foreign cars can run as high as 300 percent. According to unconfirmed rumors, this is to protect the two local makers, Proton & Perodua. Many foreign car makers have tried to get a chunk of that protected market. One of them […]

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Malaysia is an economic boom-town, and a country of 28m people. Import duties on foreign cars can run as high as 300 percent. According to unconfirmed rumors, this is to protect the two local makers, Proton & Perodua. Many foreign car makers have tried to get a chunk of that protected market. One of them […]

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