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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Honda Civic & Toyota Altis

Honda Civic And Toyota Altis

For those who can afford car that  slightly over RM100K, these 2 cars will be on their priority list! These cars has the outstanding sporty outlook yet superb in the performance. After all, is Japanese car, which is among the top car's producer in the world.
In fact, Civic is one of my favourite car all the time :) 
Let's see what they have!


All New Civic 2.0 Navi

All new Civic with Modulo Body Kit

All New Civic 2012 TVC (Thailand version)

Corolla Altis 2.0V

Corolla Altis with TRD Sportivo Kit

Corolla Altis TVC (Thailand version)

Both of them offered outstanding sporty outlook especially with body kit (not included). Love them so much! While Civic may more fierce with his multi-spoke 17' rims, Altis do have 16' rims as well. Both of them come with HID light on their headlamps as well, which looks much cooler and brighter during the night ride =)


Where true comfort really come from....

Civic 2.0 Navi

Civic new interior rethought to enhance connection between driver to the vehicle

Sporty gear knob with Sport mode

Build in Navigation system

Interior Photo of 2012 Honda Civic Sedan
Stunning Blueish Panel Meter in Analog & Digital

All new intelligent multi display information (i-MDI) with fuel consumption information, bluetooth & temperature

Interior Photo of 2012 Honda Civic Sedan
Econ mode where bring greener to our mother earth, save your money on petrol too

Interior Photo of 2012 Honda Civic Sedan
Steering with multi controller function such as paddle shift, audio controller, cruise controller

Spacious rear seats

Push start button for enhancement of your driving experience

Reverse sensor with display

Corolla Altis 2.0

Spacious interior with leather seats added for luxury drive

Steering with multi function controller on audio controller, cruise controller, paddle shift (similar as Civic)

Eco driving indicator where ensure you greener to earth and your wallet

Optitron Meter for better clarity & pleasant to interior

Multi information display to track your mileages against fuel consumption

Auto air conditioning to ensure cabin in most comfortable all the time

6.1" Touch Screen DVD Audio with Video Navigation System & Reverse Camera

Both Civic & Altis offered impressive dark feel interior & latest technology accessories for their driver and passenger. Civic may have more sportier looks while Altis is more classic looks. In fact, Civic with "Push Start Button" feature which proved that Civic on the sport path. In my personal opinion, I love Civic's interior much more especially on the blueish panel meter & the i-MDI, but indeed Altis offer pleasant looking interior as well.


All New Civic 2.0 Navi

Civic I-VTEC SOHC able to deliver 155PS @ 190Nm effortless. It also fuel efficient as well because of its powerful performance
Eco Drive - Monitor your driving style in fun way.

Paddle Shifter with 5 speed  & Cruise Control

Corolla Altis 2.0

All new Dual VVT-i Engine which provide highly efficient system for more power & excellent fuel efficiency

Corolla Altis 2.0 able to deliver 146PS @187Nm to excite you

Super CVT-i with 7-speed sports sequential shift that give you full control over gear ratios exactly like manual transmission

From the sheets, we can see that Civic is slightly more powerful than Altis. But Altis do have an new Dual VVT-i & awesome Super CVT-i gearbox. Both of them able to deliver an powerful acceleration with just a light foot on the pedal accelerator. Altis deliver a little bit better acceleration compared to Civic at beginning, thanks to Dual VVT-i that offered high torque at low rpm but Civic able to pick up at the higher rpm due to i-VTEC act as 'turbo' by activating the other cams when at high rev engine. Both of these engines offered great performance & fuel consumption rate.
Theoretical, Altis shall able to deliver better fuel consumption. Data to be share out once available. EBuzzzz Email Marketing


A good vehicle not only offer you a comfortable & powerful drive but also taking care of your safety. Honda & Toyota are excellent car maker that taking care of your safety. Safety is a top priority to become a good a car maker.

Civic & Altis offered similar safety feature such as G-Force Control Technology (G-CON) or Global Outstanding Assessment (GOA) body where this structure able to absorbs force exerted during the event of collision. This will minimized the chance of serious injury .

Other than that, both of them offered VSA, ABS, EBD, BA that ensure you break effectively.
They also offered TRC and VSC to help driver to control their vehicle during fast cornering.

Dual SRS airbags to help protect you from injury as well.



A section where you choose your car based on your capability.
New Civic 2012's price in Peninsular Malaysia

Corolla Altis's price in Peninsular Malaysia
Both of them offered similar price range which is between RM103K to RM133K. Well, that was RM30K different! Thanks to Altis, where Toyota offered 1.6L engine for Corolla Altis. This has bring wide gap of the price for Altis. Meanwhile, lowest specification for new Civic is 1.8L. 

Other than considering the car price, don't forget to compare the maintenance of the car as well. In fact, maintenance is part of the cost where you need to fork for driving your dream car.


A section where you must consider before buying a vehicle!

Civic 2.0 

Civic 2.0's Maintenance Rates & Costs

Corolla Altis 2.0 

Corolla Altis 2.0's Maintenance Rates & Costs
In maintenance wise, for long run we can see that Altis's maintenance cost is slightly cheaper than Civic.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Kia Motors & Hyundai

Kia Motors or Hyundai?

In this section we going to discuss about the famous Korea's car makers.
Hyundai Motor Group is a South Korea conglomerate company & is the largest automobile manufacturer in Asia after Toyota. The group was formed through the purchase of 51% of Kia Motor, 2nd largest car company in South Korea. Hyundai owned 49.2% of Kia Motors.

Unlike Japanese car maker, where Japan's car makers focus on the quality & fuel efficiency. Korea's  vehicles manufacturer focus on the specification and comfort. That why when we compared Korea & Japan's car price, Korea's cars tend be be cheaper compared to Japan yet they got the higher specification (high engine capacity, more power, larger rims, advanced gear system & many more great features).

We going to discuss Forte 2.0 SX from Kia & Elantra 1.8 from Hyundai.

Forte & Elantra


A place where your first love happen.

Forte 2.0SX

Original Forte
Forte with Skirting

Forte Commercial 

Elantra 1.8 D-CVVT

Original Elantra 
Elantra with Quantum's Body Kit
Elantra Commercial

These 2 cars offered irresistible seducing exterior! Oh man, I wish I could have both of these cars! Sporty finishing especially with their body kit. Both of these cars come with 17' rims which add on to their finer outlook & offer greater stability & provide higher specification to the cars. Extra point to Elantra as it come with sun roof! 
To be honest, I am attracted to the Elantra with body kit. It's look so COOL :)


A place where driver's and passenger entertainment start.

Forte 2.0SX

Sporty Panel Meter with Multi Information Display

Stylish Dashboard with Digital Display & Auto Conditioner & 6 CD-Changer

Sleek & sporty gear knob with 6-speed Shiftronic

Keyless entry with Push Start Button

Advanced Dual Front & Side Air Bag that keep you safe when expected thing happen

Comfortable & stylish leather sits for you and your love one

Elantra 1.8 D-CVVT

2011 Hyundai Elantra Interior 1.jpg
Bluelish Panel Meter with Multi Information Display

2011 Hyundai Elantra Interior 2.jpg
V-shape dashboard equipped with GPS

2011 Hyundai Elantra Interior 3.jpg
Dual Air Conditioner with Ionizer Cluster that ensure cabin air comfortable & clean

2011 Hyundai Elantra Interior 4.jpg
Smart gear knob with 6-speed shiftronic transmission

2011 Hyundai Elantra Interior 5.jpg
ECO Activation Control which make your vehicle greener to the mother earth & your wallet

Push Start Button that make you just entered into racing car
Both of these cars offered impressive interior with similar keyless entry, 6-speed gear, auto air conditioner, stylish leather sits & many more...
From my opinion, I can feel the Forte's interior is more to sporty style while Elantra is more towards to elegance style. After all, everyone have unique opinion, cheers :)


After impressed by the external outlook, let's see what is under this awesome machines!

Forte 2.0SX

Forte using 2.0 DOHC CVVT engine that able to produce 156 ps @ 6200rpm & 194.2Nm @4300rpmDOHC means it is a Dual Over Head Cam engine and usually DOHC 4 cylinders make more power than most SOHC(Single Over Head Cam) 4 cylinders, so it is nice to have 16v means the engine has 16 valves. This high power engine match with the Forte 6-speed transmission which give the Forte the greater acceleration & better fuel consumption.  
Fuel consumption: 10.989km/L or 11km/L
This figure is real data from my friend who driving Forte 2.0 with 70% highway, 30% city drive.

Elantra 1.8 D-CVVT

Hyundai Elantra wallpaper
1.8 DOHC CVVT Engine

Elantra using 1.8 DOHC CVVT engine that produce 150 ps @ 6500rpm & 178Nm @ 4700rpm. Forte & Elantra seem sharing the same engine mechanism. Elantra also using 6-speed transmission to make the ride more powerful and better fuel consumption. Elantra come with cruise control.
Fuel consumption:  14.1 km/litre 
This figure is claim by the manufacturer. This data serve as a guideline :)

Power Steering - Both of these cars using electric motor on their steering as well. This help the car achieve better fuel consumption.

Safety - Seem similar, both cars equipped with ABS, EBS with VSM.


Forte 2.0SX              -  RM97,800 (Peninsular Malaysia)

Elantra 1.8 D-CVVT -  RM114,888 (Peninsular Malaysia)


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Manage to get this maintenance chart from lowyat user. Forte's maintenance seem much more affordable compared to it's peers. 
Too bad, I don't have the chart for Elantra. I will post the maintenance for Elantra once I have it :)

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