[YesAuto Wonderful Car Life] What kind of car do people drive in XX? My colleagues and I have written some articles before, such as Wang Meng's “Mongolia” and my “Japan” . A while ago, two friends who settled in Malaysia invited me to visit Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh. I took some pictures by the way. Let’s take a look at a country like Malaysia that doesn’t do much in terms of cars, and what it’s like on the streets. The sight.
● Independent and joint venture brand cars
As we all know, Malaysia is not a big car country, but even so, their annual car sales in recent years have been around 500,000-600,000 vehicles, occupying a large proportion of the overall economy. Among them, there are two brands that have contributed the most: Proton and Perodua. Proton is Malaysia's own brand, and Perodua is a joint venture car brand established by Malaysia, Japan's Toyota and Daihatsu.
Proton Motors has been making Japanese OEM cars for a long time. Almost every car of this brand can find a prototype in Japanese brands. For example, this Inspira and this Perdana are Mitsubishi Lancer. And the OEM of Honda Accord. One of the more interesting is Perdana. The OEM Accord is its second-generation model, and its first-generation model is more common on the streets of Malaysia. Its prototype is the seventh-generation Mitsubishi Galant…
In addition to those that are originally found in China and we can recognize them at a glance, there are many cars that we are not familiar with, but in fact they are also variations of the Japanese cars with the Proton logo. For example, the two Proton Sagas in the picture. It is the first car produced by Proton after its establishment. Its prototype is the 1983 Mitsubishi Lancer Fiore. By the way, when Proton was established, Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Corporation each held 15% of the shares.
This Wira should be regarded as the most common Proton, and its prototype is the fourth-generation Mitsubishi Mirage. After it was discontinued in 2009, two cars took its place: the Proton Persona and the Proton Gen-2. Does this Gen-2 also look familiar? In fact, it is the Lotus L3, which was once a short-lived in China. At that time, Proton and its technical partner Lotus developed the platform and engine of the car. Gen-2 is the main force in taxis in Malaysia.
In addition to being sold in Malaysia, Proton also exports to the United Kingdom, Australia and other countries, so even the same Proton car will have a different name. For example, the Proton Waja in the picture, its version sold in the UK is called the Proton Impian.
In addition to Proton, the Perodua brand also occupies a very large proportion on the streets of Malaysia, and its Myvi hatchback is definitely a player of the domineering level. I can't even compare it with the possession of a car in the country. . Myvi is an OEM car of Daihatsu Boon and Toyota Passo. Production began in 2005. Since then, Myvi has been the Malaysian car sales champion for four years.
● Imported car
Although independent and joint-venture brands are selling well, it is almost meaningless to rely on them to prop up the entire Malaysia. So there are a variety of imported cars on the streets of Malaysia, the most common of which is the Japanese, followed by the German.
The sacred car in Southeast Asia-Toyota Hilux certainly cannot be absent, nearly half of the pickups are it! In addition, as long as there are American brands, they are basically Ford pickup trucks. American passenger cars are rarely seen. It seems that Malaysians are also more delicate. Rough cars should be reserved for rough work!
In fact, many car series are also available in China, but the name in Malaysia is different from that in China. For example, the Nissan Almera is actually the Nissan Sunshine as we know it. In addition, there are some very familiar models with unrecognized logos hanging on them. These are local models introduced through CKD, and their logos are the logo of the assembler. For example, the Hyundai Santa Fe head suspension is the logo of its assembly manufacturer Inokom.
In the few days in Malaysia, I actually met two Chinese brand cars, which I feel are rarer than some niche Italian cars. However, major Chinese brands are becoming stronger now, especially Geely has acquired Proton. It will no longer be a surprise to see Chinese cars in Malaysia afterwards.
● Modified car
Although local brands have not produced any good cars with a global reputation, the Malaysian people’s understanding of cars is not bad at all, and they have not completely regarded this as a means of transportation. You can often see modified cars on the streets of Malaysia, many of which are based on domestically produced cars such as Proton or Perodua. Some cars can be modified to blow up the street, and some are just changing the rim, adding a rear wing, and so on.
In short, Malaysia’s automobile culture is much stronger than I thought before I came here. Later I found out when I checked the information that although the automobile industry in this country is not as developed as China, it has been sold as Ford as early as the colonial period in the 1920s. It can be said that it has a long history in the automobile industry.
● Old car
Like many Southeast Asian countries, foreign second-hand car imports are also a major source of Malaysian cars. Among these old cars, Mercedes-Benz is the most popular, followed by Japanese ones, perhaps because these two are more durable and durable! Even some old Mercedes-Benz are still used as taxis.
Old cars of Japanese brands are also very common. Like new cars, there are more Honda cars. BMW is mainly the old 3 series and 5 series. The 7 series is rare. It is estimated that the maintenance cost is too high. Old cars of European brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, etc. can occasionally be seen.
The Malaysian government does not have many restrictions on vehicles. There is no need to inspect vehicles under 15 years, and once a year for more than 15 years. In this way, there is never a shortage of classic cars on the street. However, there are pros and cons. This has also led to the fact that some old cars are not in good condition. You can often see cars that lack a light or a bumper running on the street.
In the Perak Sultan Azlan Sha Exhibition Hall in Ipoh City, there are several vehicles that Sultan Azlan Sha ridden during his lifetime, including three or two Rolls Royce: Silver Shadow, Silver Spike and Royal Extended Silver Spirit , A Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W126) and a Porsche 911 Convertible Turbo Look (930). I clearly remember that a German friend who was travelling with me pointed to this Mercedes-Benz S-Class and said to me: “As long as you maintain it well, this A car can drive 500,000 miles, which is called a Mercedes-Benz!”
● Luxury car
Although the popularity of cars in Malaysia is already very high, and Malaysia’s economic strength in Southeast Asian countries is not bad, the luxury cars I saw during my trip in Kuala Lumpur and Cestbon can be said to be very few. Of course, I did not make a special trip to the basement of Financial Street or the entrance of high-end clubs, but judging from the visibility on the street, it is still far behind the first-tier cities in China. Having said that, there are really few countries that can compare the number of luxury cars with China…
Conclusion: Although I didn't make any great cars, the only two brands were mostly the results of copying other people's homes, but the overall car atmosphere in Malaysia is very good. Even though it is difficult to see luxury cars on the streets of the capital, ordinary people’s ordinary cars are more or less modified. I think this reflects that in this place, cars are not just transportation tools, and playing cars is not just about money. People’s patents, whether a city or country’s car culture is mature or not, are reflected in these details.