At Malaysia Cars of the Year 2019, now known as Malaysia Cars of the Year Awards, we saw various automakers win big in various categories with the automobile offerings in the Malaysian scene. Join us as we go over the winners of each contemporary category.
Entry Level – Proton Saga 1.3 (Facelift)
Compact Car – Toyota Yaris
Family Sedan/Hatchback – Mazda3 2.0 SKYACTIV
Premium Compact Executive – Mercedes-Benz A250
Large Family Sedan – Kia Optima GT
Premium Executive – BMW 330i M Sport
Large Premium Executive Sedan – BMW 530e M Sport (PHEV)
C suite – BMW 740L
SUV & Crossovers
People-Mover – Perodua Aruz 1.5
Compact Crossover & SUVs – Honda HR-V 1.5 Hybrid
Midsize Crossover & SUVs (5 Seaters) – Proton X70
Midsize Crossover & SUVs (7 Seaters) – Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 Diesel
Premium Midsize SUVs – Porsche Macan
Premium Luxury SUVs – Mercedes-Benz GLC 63
Premium Compact SUV – Volvo XC40 T5
Pick-Up Truck – Ford Ranger 2.0 XLT
MPV – Kia Grand Carnival 2.2D (facelift)
Hot Hatch – Renault Megane R.S. 280 Cup
Coupe – BMW M2 Competition
As you can see, the winners are quite varied with only a few automakers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Proton claiming multiple categories. This is a testament to the taste of the prospective Malaysian buyer as these vehicles were rated on areas such as offerings, design, driving feel and of course value for money.
The highlight is of course the Overall Car of the Year award which went to the Proton X70 which is a huge win for the national carmaker. Proton’s CEO Dr. Li Chunrong also happened to be voted as the Automotive Man of the Year for his leadership and contribution in turning Proton around which undoubtedly has played a role in the X70 winning big in the Malaysian automotive space as well.
What do you think about the winners of the categories? Are there other cars which you would place there instead? What is the Malaysian Car of the Year in your opinion? We’d love to hear your opinion.
Written by : Joshua John