What’s hot at Malaysia Cars of the Year 2019?

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.

Passenger Cars

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

2018 – New Renault MEGANE R.S. Sport chassis tests drive in Spain

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

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