Carlist.my held its annual Car Of The Year awards last week where the many brands that make up the tapestry of Malaysia’s vibrant automotive market were recognised for their contributions in an evening of celebration.
The event itself, organised alongside our partner for the second year running, Bridgestone, is one of the longest-running automotive awards in the country.
Reflecting the sentiments of Malaysian motorists, category winners for our People’s Choice Awards categories (30 in total) were the result of over 1,100 online votes collected between October 11th to November 7th.
The winners were:
Best Entry-Level Car: Perodua Myvi 1.3
Best Sub-Compact Hatchback: Toyota Yaris
Best Sub-Compact Sedan: Honda City
Best Compact Sedan: Honda Civic
Best Executive Sedan: Toyota Camry
Best Performance Hatchback: Mercedes-AMG A45 S
Best Entry SUV: Perodua Ativa
Best Small SUV: Proton X50
Best Mid-Range SUV: Mazda CX-5
Best 3-Row SUV: Mazda CX-8
Best Small MPV: Perodua Alza
Best Large MPV: Kia Carnival
Best Pick-up Truck: Ford Ranger
Best Sub-Compact Luxury Sedan: Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan
Best Compact Luxury Sedan: BMW 3 Series
Best Mid-Range Luxury Sedan: Lexus ES
Best Limousine: BMW 7 Series
Most Iconic SUV: Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Best Sub-Compact Premium SUV: Volvo XC40
Best Compact Premium SUV: Porsche Macan
Best Mid-Range Premium SUV: Porsche Cayenne
Best Large Premium SUV: Range Rover
Best Sports Car: Porsche 911 GT models
Best Hybrid: Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid
Best Entry EV: BYD Dolphin
Best Compact EV: Tesla Model Y
Best Compact Premium EV: Volvo XC40 EV
Best Mid-Range Premium EV: BMW iX3
Best Large Premium EV: BMW iX
Best Flagship EV: Porsche Taycan
The second half of the awards presented were part of the Editor’s Choice Award categories (14 in total) which, discounting popularity, were comprised of the exceptional cars that had impressed the editorial team beyond their objective measure over the course of the year.
Best Performance Hatchback: MINI JCW 3-Door
Best Sports Car: Subaru BRZ
Best 5-Seater SUV: Chery Omoda 5
Best 7-Seater SUV: Peugeot 5008
Best Small MPV: Mitsubishi XPANDER
Best Large MPV: Nissan Serena
Best Pick-up Truck: Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain
Best Vehicle for SMEs: JMC Vigus Pro White Series
Best Hybrid: Honda Civic e:HEV RS
Most Iconic Car: Suzuki Jimny
Best Entry EV: Ora Good Cat
Best Compact EV: Smart #1
Best Premium EV: Audi e-Tron GT
Best Grand Tourer: Aston Martin DB12
All said and done, some of the night’s biggest winners were BMW and Porsche, which took home 4 awards each. Perodua, Honda, Toyota, and Mercedes-Benz meanwhile received 3 awards each.
We hope to see a 2024 that’s just as competitive and vibrant as 2023 was, with more exciting new models coming into the market to pique the interest of Malaysian buyers.
Of course, there are cars that are launching (or have launched) in 2023 that had missed out on the Car of the Year voting and selection window such as the Proton S70 and 6th-generation Honda CR-V. No doubt they will be forces to be reckoned with next year.