Opinion Pieces – Autofreaks.com https://www.autofreaks.com Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:51:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Test Drive Review: 2017 Mazda CX-9 https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/test-drive-review-2017-mazda-cx-9/ https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/test-drive-review-2017-mazda-cx-9/#respond Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:39:57 +0000 https://www.autofreaks.com/?p=119649

“This is big. Real big. A little too big.” Those words were continuously playing in my mind the moment I got behind the wheel of the all-new 2017 Mazda CX-9. How big? Well, the Mazda CX-9 is marginally larger than the Audi Q7. No, really.. For its second iteration, Mazda has reworked the CX-9 from …

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Test Drive Review: Proton Ertiga Executive https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/test-drive-review-proton-ertiga-executive/ https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/test-drive-review-proton-ertiga-executive/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:24:05 +0000 https://www.autofreaks.com/?p=118476

It was almost two years ago, when I first acquainted myself with the Suzuki Ertiga at the Bangkok International Motor Show. After the show, the Ertiga made it into the list of cars that we may not see here. How wrong could I have been. Three months later, Proton signed the all-important MoU with Suzuki, …

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Test Drive Review: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/test-drive-review-hyundai-ioniq-hybrid/ https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/test-drive-review-hyundai-ioniq-hybrid/#respond Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:42:44 +0000 https://www.autofreaks.com/?p=117941

Hyundai is serious about making good cars. The South Korean company recently unveiled three variants of the Ioniq globally, an EV, PHEV and a regular hybrid. For the Malaysian market, we get the latter. Photos of the new Hyundai Ioniq were leaked online a month before the model was officially launched, which featured typical hybrid …

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MID-WEEK FEATURE: Part 3: Mercedes-Benz W126 – In Search of the Best Car in the World… https://www.autofreaks.com/classics/mid-week-feature-part-3-mercedes-benz-w126-in-search-of-the-best-car-in-the-world/ https://www.autofreaks.com/classics/mid-week-feature-part-3-mercedes-benz-w126-in-search-of-the-best-car-in-the-world/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:25:12 +0000 https://www.autofreaks.com/?p=117022

It has been about five months since I finally found and bought another Mercedes-Benz W126, having chronicled the original hunt in Part 1, and the subsequent procurement and initial restoration of the mechanicals and paint in Part 2, it was time to have a look at the interior… In not so many words, despite the …

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First Impression: 2016 Toyota Innova https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/first-impression-2016-toyota-innova/ https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/first-impression-2016-toyota-innova/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:15:45 +0000 https://www.autofreaks.com/?p=116718

What’s the best way for a car manufacturer to convince people that its new model is better than the one it replaces other than by comparing them side by side. And UMW Toyota Motor did just that for the preview drive of the all-new Toyota Innova. They brought out seven units of the all-new Toyota …

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Test Drive Review: Volkswagen Vento 1.2 TSI https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/test-drive-review-volkswagen-vento-1-2-tsi/ https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/test-drive-review-volkswagen-vento-1-2-tsi/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:23:28 +0000 https://www.autofreaks.com/?p=116334

The Volkswagen Vento is no stranger to us. In fact, the Vento is essentially the Polo Sedan that has undergone a minor nip-and-tuck under the hood, though the rest of the Vento is essentially almost identical to the Polo Sedan. The first highlight of the Volkswagen Vento is the 1.2 TSI engine. The engine may …

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First Impression: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/first-impression-hyundai-ioniq-hybrid/ https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/first-impression-hyundai-ioniq-hybrid/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:36:51 +0000 https://www.autofreaks.com/?p=116584

Hyundai Sime Darby Motors officially launched the Hyundai Ioniq yesterday, with a price that starts from just below the magic RM100,000 mark. I had the opportunity to sample the range-topping Hyundai Ioniq HEV Plus and here’s what I think of their newest model. The interior, for those who are familiar with Hyundai models, should find …

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FEATURE: The all-new Honda BR-V – Why it’s going to knock everyone’s socks off… https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/feature-the-all-new-honda-br-v-why-its-going-to-knock-everyones-socks-off/ https://www.autofreaks.com/reviews/feature-the-all-new-honda-br-v-why-its-going-to-knock-everyones-socks-off/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2016 02:00:22 +0000 https://www.autofreaks.com/?p=115861

“The Honda BR-V is the kind of vehicle that one with a growing family really needs, but it’s also designed and produced in such a way that families are going to want it as well. Bottom line, is it worth waiting for? Hell yes…”. That’s how I ended my first-impression of the Honda BR-V way …

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First Impression: Proton Ertiga 1.4 https://www.autofreaks.com/news/first-impression-proton-ertiga-1-4/ https://www.autofreaks.com/news/first-impression-proton-ertiga-1-4/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:00:59 +0000 https://www.autofreaks.com/?p=115131

It was back in June 2015 when Proton signed that important MoU with Suzuki Malaysia, allowing the former to explore collaboration possibilities with Suzuki. A year and half later, here’s the first product that is a result of the collaboration, the Proton Ertiga. If the name sounds familiar to you, you’re not wrong, as I’ve mentioned about …

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Porsche Media Driving Academy 2016: Every small step counts [+video] https://www.autofreaks.com/news/porsche-media-driving-academy-2016-every-small-step-counts-video/ https://www.autofreaks.com/news/porsche-media-driving-academy-2016-every-small-step-counts-video/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:40:52 +0000 https://www.autofreaks.com/?p=115302

An opportunity to sample various Porsche models on Sepang International Circuit for an entire day? Who could give that kind of opportunity up? After spending a day driving various Porsche models, including the newly launched 718 Boxster S, 911 Carrera S, Macan and Cayenne, here’s the gist of the entire day. The course comes in …

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