Since the 56th Malaysia Day is just around the corner, we thought we’d shine the spotlight on some of the most well known, quintessential Malaysian car, just to get everyone into the spirit of patriotism.
The Perodua Kancil will forever be known as the little car that could, and did it all. First brought to life in 1994 as the Perodua Kancil 660cc, The Kancil is named after the mouse deer native to Malaysia. From 1994 to 2009, more variants of the Kancil were created with better style and more power than earlier models while still maintaining it’s economic appeal to the masses. Though production of Kancils ceased on 20 July 2009 and was replaced by the basic model of Perodua Viva, you can still see many good conditioned Kancils out there hidden in plain view of your next hopeful parking spot.
Ah shoot.. A Kancil’s got that spot again… And a well-deserved spot indeed.
Call it a Proton Saga or a Proton Iswara… Nothing can achieve an icon level status amongst our greatest national treasures much like the 1985-1992 Proton Saga. Or also it’s successor the 1992-2003 Proton Iswara, which maintained the iconic structure the Saga represented.
Now don’t get us wrong… no hate whatsoever to the latest Proton Saga Models; but, can you really say you were a baby boomer without having growing up through at least one model of your parents’ Proton Saga.
In the later parts of the 1990s, The Daihatsu (Toyota) Terios found its place in the Malaysian market known as the Perodua Kembara. It’s very first unveiling took place in August 1998 and therefore Perodua (and Malaysia, of course!) found its answer for a homegrown mini/compact SUV. While the production of new Kembara stopped as of 2007, who can forget its signature side-streak displayed across the word ‘Kembara’ and rear-mounted tyres?
The word ‘wira’ directly translates to ‘hero’ in English… And the Proton Wira was indeed a hero since early in its game. This four-door saloon was the much anticipated follow-up to Proton’s first car development venture, the Saga. The Wira brought Proton’s name to international heights the first Proton to be produced in both left and right hand drive configurations, and it remains the company’s most widely exported model to date, spanning over seventy countries in Asia, Australasia, Europe, Africa, The Middle East and Latin America. Here’s one Proton Wira spotted in South Korea as a yellow taxi cab!
Perodua Myvi (Old and New)
An homage would not be an HOMAGE without paying tribute to probably the most infamous vehicle product of Malaysia that can be seen on our roads for the last 10 years. The Myvi catapulted Perodua to the upper reaches of Malaysia’s car industry, receiving a plethora of accolades throughout it’s run so far with more than 1.1 million units sold to date.
Whether we’re talking about older models, or the newly jacked up version, the Perodua Myvi has always packed a lot of power into a rather humble structure. You need only get on any Malaysian highway to see a Myvi take its speed to its full potential. Add an every man’s appeal into the mix and you’ve got yourself a car that has been named Malaysia’s best seller for 8 consecutive years.