Sunday, March 27, 2011

Malaysia cars below RM50,000--Suzuki Alto/ Kia Picanto

Malaysian are living harder today under the pressure of inflation, with most houses selling above RM300k,and yet salary remain stagnant for the pass 10 years since 1997 economic crisis, we need to look for other ways to live. Today, I'll show you some of the cars for budget tight buyers, which is below RM50,000, besides our local proton and perodua. You can now consider these overseas cars also for your pleasure and not pressure.

Suzuki Alto
Suzuki Alto Image Gallery

 Suzuki Alto Image Gallery

Suzuki  Alto, which is an A-segment rival to the Perodua Viva and Hyundai i10. This subcompact is imported CBU from Maruti Suzuki in India, which is the global production hub for this model.
Powered by a 996cc three-cylinder engine, the lightweight Alto (880 kg for the manual, 915 kg for the auto) is pushed on by 67 bhp and 90 Nm of torque. For comparison, the Viva EZi weighs 810 kg and has 60 bhp/90 Nm from its 989cc triple. The Alto’s K10B engine is paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The latter features a gated shifter, just like in big brother Swift.
The Alto’s 3,500 mm length is 75 mm shorter than the Viva, while its 2,360 mm wheelbase is 30 mm shorter than the Perodua. The locally made car also has a 60 mm taller roof. All these are obvious when you see the Alto in the metal – its shape is more rakish and “sportier” (0.30 drag coefficient) than the box-like Viva. The Suzuki is also significantly wider. Under the skin, the Alto sits on MacPherson struts up front and a 3-link rigid axle at the back. The front ventilated discs brakes work with rear drums. It rides on 155/65 R14 Goodyear GT3 tyres.

Three variants are available:
1.0 Manual GA – RM 44,888 (on-the-road without insurance)
1.0 Auto GLX – RM 49,999 (on-the-road without insurance)
1.0 Auto GSX (Premium Package) – RM 54,888 (on-the-road without insurance)

Kia Picanto

The KIA Picanto is not a very famous car in Malaysia. But then, there still will be a fan of this car. It does look kind a cute for a compact car. But challenged faced by the Picanto by our local compact car,the  Perodua Kelisa, Viva and Kancil is just to great.And for your information, the current Picanto is marketed in Malaysia as the Naza Suria.

On the outside, the new Picanto receives a new high-gloss black rear garnish, redesigned 15-inch “Black Luxury” sport rims, larger side mirrors with turn signals, and high-gloss black side sills. A new Lime color is added for 2010.
Inside, the facelifted Picanto gets a sportier, four-spoke steering wheel, updated door trim, updated upholstery materials and redesigned gauges, while interior also benefits from new options such as folding type remote key and rear view camera, connected to small LCD display, placed inside the rear-view mirror. Every Picanto has also been equipped with the so-called Eco Assist system that guides the driver to drive in the most economical way.
Other than all the cosmetic upgrades, the Picanto had an engine treatment as well. The hood is now filled with an updated 1.0L four-cyl. engine that packs 72 horsepower.While this engine churns out 8 hp more than pre-updated unit, it still manages to achieve 5% better fuel consumption ratings (20km/L). For the Korean market there is another option of engine, which is a 67-horsepower LPI engine that runs on liquefied petroleum gas.
The 2010 Kia Picanto had been sold in the South Korean Market with prices ranging from 7.06 million Won (RM19,800) to 9.77 million Won (Rm27,200) for gasoline engine powered model. Anf the LPI version price starts from 8.85 million Won (RM24.680) and tops at 10.3 million Won (RM28,860). And of course the price is before any import duties and taxes.

Look at Naza Kia websites for prices:
PICANTO 1.1L LS (A/T) 1.1L EX (A/T)
Peninsular Malaysia RM RM
Private Registration 44,500.00 46,800.00
Company Registration 45,022.10 47,324.70

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