How to Save Fuel: 6 Fuel-Saving Habits

Few days ago on the 1st of October, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs announced that prices for RON95 petrol and diesel will be increased by RM0.20 per liter. The new pricing will take effect on the 2nd of October at 12am, to become RM2.30 for a liter of RON95 petrol and RM2.20 for a liter of diesel.

How did Malaysians responded? Flocking to petrol stations in droves on the night before, eager to fill up their cars before 12am, willing to get stuck in long queues after a tiring workday just to save a few extra ringgit on a full tank.

People queue up at petrol station to refuel their tanks in Petaling Jaya. The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 3, 2013.

People queue up at petrol station to refuel their tanks in Petaling Jaya. The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 3, 2013.

Is all this fuss worth it? The trip to the pumps alone consumes fuel, not to mention the long idle times spent waiting in line. Will it not be wiser and more economical to practice fuel-saving driving habits on a daily basis? Here are 6 better ways to cut your petrol bills. Continue reading


Nissan Sylphy 1.8 Test Drive

Sylphy_3  It has been almost 4 months since the 2014 Sylphy was launched in Malaysia, but its road presence here in Penang is almost non-existent. I’ve been reading good reviews about the car and wondered why aren’t there more people driving it, so I made an arrangement with the local Nissan dealer to test it out myself. Continue reading

VW Polo Sedan/Hatch CKD Test Drive

Front3Quarter(resized) 20140128-002037(resized)Price is one of the top determining factors when deciding on a new car. For a lot of us working class folks trying to make ends meet with an ever-increasing living cost, forking out more for a German car seems impractical. As a German car company, what do you do to boost sales? CKD it!

Now that the Polo hatch and sedan are available in lower-priced CKD form, is it a good buy?

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Kia Cerato 1.6 Test Drive

DSC_0308(resized)Once upon a time, Kia cars were known to be inferior to Japanese cars. Then came the Forte in 2009. With an improved design and great value, many hearts were won over. But still the majority of car buyers remained skeptical and preferred to put their money on more expensive but lower spec-ed Japanese models. With the launched of the Cerato in Q3 of 2013, it might be what Kia needs to convince the people that they are indeed on par with the Japanese. Continue reading

Proton Suprima S Test Drive

suprima008-final-suprima-full-side-atlantic-no-bg“No money la… I can only afford a Proton”.

This is a common phrase us Malaysians hear a lot. The brand is known to most as the go-to option only if we cannot afford a foreign make. What a sad sad thing, even my car buddies refused to join me for the test drive when they heard it was going to be a Proton this time. But inferior or not, the Suprima S still garnered a lot of attention from the media when it was launched a few months ago. Continue reading