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Monday, September 15, 2014

Perodua Axia launched

The first of the two small hatchbacks from the two national car companies making their debut this month has arrived – the Perodua Axia is the first of the duo to arrive, the car being officially launched moments ago at an event in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

As has already been mentioned in previous articles, the Axia – touted by its maker as the nation’s first energy efficient vehicle (EEV) – is an A-segment five-door hatchback, effectively the replacement for the Viva, which has been around since 2007.

Bigger than the Viva, almost the equal of the Myvi

The successor, based on the Daihatsu Ayla sold in Indonesia, is a slightly larger car – the Axia measures 3,640 mm long, 1,620 mm wide and 1,510 mm tall, with a 2,455 mm wheelbase, while the Viva stretches the tape at 3,575 mm long (-65 mm) and 1,475 mm wide (-145 mm). It is marginally taller than the Axia, at 1,530 mm (+20 mm).

Comparing further, the Ayla – which provides the basis for the Axia – is 3,580 mm long (-60 mm), 1,600 mm wide (-20 mm) and 1,510 mm tall (equal), with a 2,450 mm wheelbase (-5 mm).

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