Thursday, July 25, 2024

Honda Civic E-HEV RS Hybrid named overall 2023 Malaysia Car of The Year

THE 19th Malaysia Car of the Year (MCOTY) recently concluded, and the prestigious title of Overall Car of the Year was awarded to the Honda Civic e-HEV RS Hybrid.

The annual program which serves as a platform for automotive enthusiasts and experts to recognize and celebrate the best new cars in Malaysia, unanimously picked the Honda Civic e-HEV RS Hybrid for its technology which eliminates power-robbing gearboxes, whether CVT or hydraulic, and for providing the best energy regeneration of all current hybrids in Malaysia.

The 19th Malaysia Overall Car of the Year, Honda Civic e-HEV RS Hybrid

With 121 new cars nominated for this year’s award, the competition was fierce and represented a diverse range of vehicles. The judging panel consisted of 10 esteemed automotive journalists and two professionals from the legal and medical fields.

These judges evaluated the cars based on several criteria, including design, technology, safety, and value for money. As a result of their analysis, the 121 nominated cars were divided into seven main categories, with 13 winners emerging as the best in their respective segments.

One interesting aspect of the MCOTY program is the People’s Choice award, which is determined through online polling using smartphone to implement one person one vote from a list of 25 cars nominated by the judges and a team from the Malaysia Automotive Robotics IoT Institute.

BMW iX1 xDrive30 M-Sport EV

This year, the Perodua Axia E took home the People’s Choice award in the mass market category, while the BMW iX1 xDrive30 M-Sport EV won the hearts of the public in the premium market. The amazing thing is that Malaysians selected an EV in the premium market segment.

In addition to the winners, the judges also made Honourable Mentions of three outstanding cars that defied convention.

The Ford Ranger Raptor 3.0 V6 petrol twin turbo was acknowledged for its outstanding performance, being described as a supercar in pick-up guise.

The Perodua Axia 1.0 E (manual) received recognition for its affordability, with its price tag of RM22,000 making it one of the best value-for-money cars in the world. Despite criticism regarding its safety standards, the judges argued that the Axia E (Manual) is still much safer than motorcycles.

Chery Omoda 5

Third, the Chery Omoda 5 was commended for its warranty, as it was launched with an unprecedented 1 million km warranty for the first 3,000 buyers. This imaginative brand-building exercise caught the attention of the judging panel.

Looking forward to next year’s MCOTY program, it is noted that all the models launched but not yet available for public viewing or test drives by July 31, 2023, will automatically be nominated for next year’s COTY awards.

The 2023 MCOTY program that resumes after three years of Covid19 disruption is marked by a sudden shift in the domestic car market. While there were less than 5 EVs for sale in 2019, there are 29 EVs launched this year.

There are almost 10 times the number of electrified cars this year, including the 13 hybrids and plug-in electric hybrids, bringing the total to 42 electrified cars launched this year.

As we eagerly await next year’s competition, we can anticipate even greater advancements in the world of cars. – REFELKS!