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TopGear Malaysia December 2019

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Malaysia's number one motoring magazine, licensed by the BBC, home to the most entertaining and exciting car reviews and feature stories you can find on the newsstands. Look no further if cars are your thing.

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Editor editor@topgear-malaysia.com 2019 has been a peculiar year for the Malaysian automotive industry. On the sales front, carmakers are struggling to repeat the heights of 2018 made possible by the post-election tax holiday. The change in governance and impending revision to the National Automotive Policy (NAP), which remains unannounced at time of writing, imposed a different set of challenges altogether. But things are starting to look a bit more promising as we approach a new decade. 2020 will be a definitive year for Honda, which continues to be the best-selling foreign make in the country even though it hasn’t launched a brand new model locally since the Civic Type R was introduced back in November 2017. Everything ‘new’ since then has been either a facelift or a spinoff of an existing product in…

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making it happen

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a new style of jazz

WHO KNEW? The Jazz is a testbed for many upcoming features, such as Honda Connect and body-stabilising front seats Our Brit colleagues can’t seem to stop calling it a granny mobile, but the Honda Jazz appeals to a much broader audience in Malaysia. From college students who consider Sunway their capital of car modifications to the family man who can finally afford a step up from his aging Perodua – and everyone in between – the Jazz has had suitors of all ages in this neck of the woods since Honda Malaysia made it relatively affordable by putting it together in Melaka. And all eyes are now on the fourth-generation hatchback We set eyes on the 2020 Honda Jazz for the very first time at the recent Tokyo Motor Show and were quite…

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coffee break

What we’re watching/listening/doing, while we should be working Joker, out 4 October WE. CAN’T. WAIT. The origin story of the Joker. Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck (Joker) in a standalone new film that we hope will be villainous, dark & Oscar-worthy Rugby World Cup 2019 “It’s coming home, it’s coming home, its coming, Football’s Rugby’s coming home” BEATstrumentals This playlist by Apple Music is mesmerising. 5hrs 40mins of chilled hip hop beats is precisely the same amount of time Ollie Kew talks about tread shuffle…Yawwwn Searching for sugar, man Office snacks… officially depleted. Autumn restock needed State of the Union BBC iPlayer 10 episodes – 10 minutes apiece, means you can binge on this comedy set at ‘predrinks’ just before a weekly marital therapy session. Heartfelt hilarity ensues. 10/10…

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diary of a test driver

Just weeks before the launch of the Cheery Bong II, I am sad to report I’ve been relieved of my duties as lead test driver for Rong Un Motors. There were many reasons for this parting of ways. For me, it came down a difference in creative vision: my desire to make the Cheery Bong II the best-handling supermini on the market, against the Rong Un management team’s desire to ignore everything I suggested. For the Rong Un management – as they made clear in an extensive and, in my opinion, unnecessarily personal letter – it came down to the fact I’ve spent a year outlining their lax health-and-safety practice in a monthly column in TopGear magazine. Also the fact I attempted to claim $2,000 on pay-per-view adult movies as a…

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full ’haus

Le Mans 2021 just got even more interesting. We’ve already heard Aston and Toyota say they’ll compete in the WEC’s new top-tier ‘hypercar’ class, and now Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has thrown its hat in the ring too. SCG says it’ll field a pair of these SCG007s (no, this isn’t Bond’s next car) in the WEC, but also offer the car to privateer teams and build a “limited run of road-legal examples”. Power comes from a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 of so-far unspecified origin sending 641bhp to the rear tyres, while a KERS system will deal a further 148bhp to the front. SCG is the project of Jim Glickenhaus – friend of TopGear, collector of many interesting Ferraris (including the Modulo, which we’ve driven) and now, builder of his own hypercars and boss of…