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Toyota Passo Sette-based Perodua Alza MPV launched in Malaysia


Perodua has officially unveiled the Alza MPV for the Malaysian market. The Alza is 5+2 seater MPV that is based on the Toyota Passo Sette. Although based on the Japanese version, the Alza has its own front and rear ends as well as a modified interior and after looking at it in real life, I must give credit to the guys over at Perodua as I feel that the Alza looks better than the Passo Sette.
Highlight features include projector headlights, LED tail lamps, a 2,750 mm wheelbase that is slightly longer than the Proton Exora’s, as well as a 3SZ-VE engine that can output 104hp and 136Nm of torque. I managed to take a quick spin in it recently and I am pleased to say that the MPV has decent handling capabilities and its 1.5 liter engine has just about enough power. On the inside, both the second and third rows can be folded down and the final row is just enough to accommodate children, unless you are okay with being uncomfortable.

Nevertheless, the MPV is positioned as a 5+2 and its not trying to become something it isn’t, however it would be better if the third row has split-fold. There is also nothing to shout about the luggage space. Its just adequate. There are a total of four versions to choose from and prices in Malaysia range between RM 55,490 for the Standard (with manual transmission) and RM 64,190 for the Premium (with automatic).
There is also an Advanced version with a sporty bodykit, leather seat covers as well as a 5 inch touchscreen LCD which has a Windows CE-based GPS navigation system with a SiRF Atlas IV chipset and 500MHz CPU. The LCD also displays a feed from a 150 degree lense reverse camera. The range topping Advanced version with an automatic transmission costs RM69,990. So when is it coming to Singapore? Unfortunately a Perodua official revealed that the company will concentrate on local demand first and exports may be performed later. A possible date was not specified. Look for an image gallery after the jump.

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>2005 Daihatsu Myvi

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The Myvi was developed jointly by Perodua and Daihatsu on the platform of the Daihatsu Boon, a compact car sold in Japan, with significant changes made to both the interior and exterior designs to adapt to the Malaysian taste. With prices ranging from 41,200 Malaysian Ringgits (1.14 million yen) to 51,300 Malaysian Ringgits (1.42 million yen), the Myvi is positioned as the top-of-the-line model from Perodua.

The Myvi’s main features include:
1. A stylish, specially designed exterior that expresses dynamism;
2. LED tail and stop lamps and door mirrors with turn signals —both firsts in this category— to create a sophisticated impression;
3. An instrument panel designed exclusively for the Myvi to add a classy feel to this model;
4. A split rear seat that permits free arrangement of the cabin and luggage compartments according to the number of occupants and the volume of luggage;
5. A high-performance 1.3-litre engine with DVVT (Dynamic Variable Valve Timing) that combines high power with low fuel consumption;
6. A crash safety body designed to protect the occupants from head-on, side-on and rear-on collisions while also minimising injury to pedestrians; and
7. Advanced safety features including dual SRS airbags and ABS for the upper grades 1.3SXi and 1.3EZi. 

>2009 Fiat 500 Barbie

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Fiat 500 Barbie

The car has more features than a crown has jewels! Crystals sparkle on interior bezels, hubcaps, outer window mouldings and antenna and even outline the doll’s famed silhouette on the pillars. Lastly, this Fiat 500 show car also has its own glossy cover, featuring the distinctive Sixties version of the Fiat 500 and a Barbie autograph.