Malaysia’s Cars of the Year 2009

Malaysia’s Cars of the Year 2009

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As we near the start of 2010, it’s time to look back and reflect upon the year that was 2009. One usual fixture at the tail end of the calendar year are the raft of ‘Car of the Year’ awards by various publications. We have summed up four of them Asian Auto VCA Auto Industry Awards, Asian Auto / Fuel Efficiency Awards, Autocar ASEAN Car of the Year Awards, and the NST / Maybank Overall Car of the Year Award.

On the name of some cars you would find a link. Those links will take you some of our past articles that relate to the respective cars, and you would find that for cars that have won multiple awards, they may have links to several different articles.

Asian Auto VCA Auto Industry Awards

Best People’s Car: Hyundai i10


Best Value for Money Sedan: Suzuki SX4

Best Value for Money Executive Sedan: Mazda3 Sport

Best Value for Money Luxury Sedan: Alfa Romeo 159

Best Value for Money Sports Car: Renault Clio RS

Best Value for Money MPV: Kia Rondo

Best Value for Money SUV: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Best Value for Money Pickup Truck: Nissan Navara

Best Local Assembly Family Sedan: Honda City

Best Local Assembly Executive Sedan: Mercedes-Benz C230 Avantgarde

Best Local Assembly Luxury Sedan: Mercedes-Benz S500L

Best Local Assembly Sports Car: Proton Satria Neo CPS

Best Local Assembly MPV: Proton Exora

Best Local Assembly Compact Car: Peugeot 308 VTi

Best Performance Luxury Sedan: BMW M3 DCT

Best Performance Luxury Sports Car: Porsche Cayman S


Best Performance Luxury SUV: Range Rover TD V6


Best Performance Luxury Super Sedan: Maserati Quattroporte GT S


Best Comeback Brand: Ford


Best After Sales Experience: Edaran Tan Chong Motor

Best Showroom Experience: Honda Malaysia

Best Test Car Experience: Lexus Malaysia

Best Internal Public Relations: UMW Toyota Malaysia

Best External Public Relations: Isuzu Malaysia


Editor’s Garage Choice 2009: Audi Q5


Asian Auto / Fuel Efficiency Awards 2009

Hybrid Cars

1. Toyota Prius (3.9l / 100km)
2. Honda Civic Hybrid (4.6l / 100km)

Luxury SUVs

1. Volvo XC90 D5 (8.5l / 100km)
2. BMW X5 xDrive30d (8.7l / 100km)
3. Audi Q7 3.0 TDI (9.9l / 100km)

Compact SUVs


1. Ssangyong Actyon Sports Diesel (8.0l / 100km)
2. Honda CR-V (8.2l / 100km)
3. Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI (8.4l / 100km)

Luxury MPVs


1. Mazda5 (8.2l / 100km)
2. Hyundai Starex (9.6l / 100km)
3. Ssangyong Stavic (9.7l / 100km)

Compact MPVs

1. Renault Kangoo Diesel (5.5l / 100km)
2. Honda Stream (6.7l / 100km)
3. Nissan Grand Livina (7.6l / 100km)

Pickup Trucks

1. Isuzu D-Max (7.6l / 100km)
2. Ssangyong Actyon Sports Diesel (8.0l / 100km)
3. Nissan Navara (8.2l / 100km)

Performance Cars

1. Peugeot 308 GT (6.8l / 100km)
2. Mini Cooper JCW (6.9l / 100km)
3. Volkswagen Scirocco (7.6l / 100km)

Super Sport Convertibles

1. Mercedes-Benz SLK200K (8.1l / 100km)
2. Volkswagen Eos (8.2l / 100km)
3. Porsche Boxster (9.4l / 100km)

Super Sport Cars


1. Lotus Exige(9.1l / 100km)
2. Porsche 911 PDK (10.3l / 100km)
3. Nissan 370Z (10.5l / 100km)

Super Saloons


1. Audi A8 (9.9l / 100km)
2. Mercedes-Benz S350 (10.0l / 100km)
3. Lexus LS460 (11.1l / 100km)

Premium Executive Cars


1. Citroen C5 (8.9l / 100km)
2. BMW 525i Sports (9.4l / 100km)
3. Mercedes-Benz E200K (9.6l / 100km)

Executive Cars

1. BMW 320i (6.1l / 100km)
2. Audi A4 (7.4l / 100km)
3. Mercedes-Benz C200K (8.0l / 100km)

Premium Family Cars


1. Mercedes-Benz B180 (7.2l / 100km)
2. Volvo S40 2.0 Powershift (7.9l / 100km)
3. Toyota Camry (8.8l / 100km)

Luxury Family Cars

1. Nissan Sylphy (7.8l / 100km)
2. Hyundai Elantra (7.9l / 100km)
3. Peugeot 407 (8.1l / 100km)

Small Family Cars

1. Toyota Vios J (6.1l / 100km)
2. Proton Persona (6.7l / 100km)
3. Honda City (6.8l / 100km)

Small Family Cars

1. Mini Cooper S (5.8l / 100km)
2. Honda Jazz (6.4l / 100km)
3. Alfa Mito (6.5l / 100km)

Compact City Cars

1. Hyundai i10 (5.0l / 100km)
2. Proton Savvy (5.7l / 100km)
3. Kia Picanto (5.8l / 100km)

AUTOCAR ASEAN Car of the Year Awards 2009

SuperminiPerodua Myvi SE

Compact Sedan / Hatchback: Honda City

Mid-sized Sedan / Hatchback: Peugeot 308

Large Sedan: Toyota Camry Facelift

Small Luxury Hatchback / Coupe: Alfa Romeo Spider


Compact Luxury Sedan: BMW 3-series

Large Luxury Sedan: BMW 7-series

Large Luxury SUV: Mercedes-Benz ML350

Small / Midsize SUV: Ford Escape 2.3 XLT

Large SUV: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Premium SUV: Nissan Murano

Hybrid: Toyota Prius

Small / Midsize MPV: Proton Exora

Large MPV: Mitsubishi Grandis Facelift

Pick-Up: Nissan Navara

Performance: Renault Megane R26

Overall Winner & Car of the Year 2009: Renault Megane R26

New Straits Times/Maybank “Overall Car of the Year 2009” Award

Entry Level: Hyundai i10


Compact Car: Honda City

Premium Compact Car: Fiat 500

Family Car: Peugeot 308 Turbo

Executive Car: Honda Accord 2.0 VTi-L

Premium Executive Car: Alfa Romeo 159


Limousine: Jaguar XF-R

Performance Car: Mazda RX-8

Premium Performance Car: Nissan 370Z

Midi MPV: Proton Exora

Large MPV: Hyundai Grand Starex Royale

SUV: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Luxury SUV: Volvo XC60 LE

Twin Cab Pickup Truck: Mitsubishi Triton

Good Design Award 2009: Toyota Prius

Safety Award: Volvo XC60

NST-Maybank Car of the Year 2009 (overall winner): Peugeot 308 Turbo

Automotive Man of The Year 2009: Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng and Datuk Syed Abdull Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar

Datuk Dr Ang (left) & Datuk Syed Hafiz (right).


  1. wow!!! Thanks for the great compilation!!

    btw, the 6.1L/100km for the Bmw 320i under Asian Auto, should link back to 320d launch/media drive article.
    the figure definitely suits a diesel burner rather than the petrol variant.
    BMW Msia quotes 320i Petrol at 8L/100km.

    keep up the good work!

  2. Nice one! I’ve been looking for the list since I’m looking for a car. BTW, majority of the cars – not many of us can afford. Just food for thought.

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