Published on May 26th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair0
Perodua Axia \\ Compact Car Of The Year VOTY 2023
The compact car king for 2023 is the Perodua Axia, our VOTY winner in this category.
Malaysia is a market dominated by smaller vehicles. It’s a fact that most Malaysians prefer smaller commuters, but many purchase decisions are driven by necessity. In this realm, one carmaker is dominant. They could have continued to market their hot-selling Axia for a few more years but in 2023 we got an all-new model and we were impressed by the improvements.
With the new Axia, Perodua are delivering a product that is affordable but with a platform that is modern and with enhanced safety features. Some of these safety features are missing on much more expensive vehicles, which makes it doubly impressive.
At the heart of the new Axia is the same reliable 3-cylinder 1-litre petrol but now mated to a D-CVT which gives it even more efficiency and smoothness, perfect for city and highway driving.
ABOUT VOTY 2023
The Allianz DSF.my Vehicle Of The Year (VOTY) Award ceremony is the first and only vehicle award event in Malaysia that does not hand out paid awards, nor does it charge winners or participating brands any fee whatsoever. Winners are allowed to use the VOTY event logo free of charge in all marketing materials. Event attendees are not even charged for their seat at the award presentation. All car manufacturers that operate in Malaysia are invited to participate free of charge. All they have to do is let our judges test drive their nominated vehicles.
The nominated vehicles must have been launched in Malaysia in the last 12 months and cannot be a localised minor facelift (body-kits, stickers, wheel upgrades, etc). All judging is independent and is put down to a vote before the winners are selected. Car manufacturers are not informed if they are winning or not before the event.