Friday, 15 August 2014

2014 Perodua Axia Opens For Bookings: RM25k Onwards, Four Variants Confirmed



Beginning the 15th of August, Perodua will begin taking orders for its latest model, the 2014 Perodua Axia – confirming also the official name of the car, previously known as the Viva replacement. Malaysia’s first EEV (energy efficient vehicle) will have a tentative starting price of RM24,900, and has been confirmed to have four variants up for grabs: Standard E, Standard G, Special Edition and Advance.

Depending on which variant you want, booking fees are to range from RM250 to RM300, while Perodua President and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh welcomed Malaysians to visit any one of its 180 sales showrooms nationwide to learn more about the car.





Regarding recent news of Perodua retracting its three-year warranty, Perodua has also announced that the Axia (pronounced a-zee-a) will get an upgraded five-year warranty – it isn’t clear yet if this extends to other Perodua models, but stay tuned for more details as we uncover them.

Also, you may be wondering, “Why Axia? What does that mean?” Shedding some light on the matter, the name is derived from the combination of the word “Asia” and the roman numeral for 10, “x.” The combination marks Perodua’s 10th model, which is believed to be competitive in the Asian region.

In the media release provided just now, Perodua were also keen to highlight the Axia’s 260-litre boot capacity. To put that space in perspective, the 2014 Kia Picanto (class competitor) has just 200 litres of space in the boot with the rear seats in their normal position.


PERFORMANCE:

Elsewhere, we understand that the all-new Perodua Axia will feature a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol lightweight aluminium engine, courtesy of Daihatsu, but reworked by Perodua.

With no absolute certainty just yet, we’re also expecting to see a choice of either a five-speed manual or a four-speed torque converter automatic transmission paired with the engine (just as it is in the Daihatsu Ayla). Power outputs should rate in the region of 65PS and 85Nm of torque, and is subject to Perodua’s confirmation.

Being an EEV, the Axia has also been rated to have a fuel-consumption figure of 21.6km/l (4.6l/100km) by Perodua.

EQUIPMENT & FEATURES:

No official details have been announced in the media release, but going off a few spy photos we’ve managed to snag, we can tell you that it (at least one variant) will be spec-ed pretty impressively for the segment it competes in. We’ve been able to spot a large touch-screen audio display system with USB connectivity, audio controls on the steering wheel, and the promise of more “globally competitive” features.

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