Been car shopping for the past few weeks trying to decide which car I should be getting. The idea is to get something which is SUV/MPV like rather than another sedan car like my VIOS. Due to the nature of my job, sometimes when I will need to do set-up for events or exhibitions.

I’ve only just owned my Toyota VIOS for 3 years, but I never really like the car much. I’d very much prefer SUV which can carry a whole load of stuffs and people. Ever since, Lester’s car almost condemned, it’s time to replace it. So I suggested that he continues to pay for my VIOS while I shop for the type of car that I really want.

Of course, what I really want is to book a brand new Ford Kuga if money isn’t an issue, for an imported car and a price tag of almost RM160k on top of the cost of servicing and handling, it’s just NOT very wise choice for me at this point of time. It’s my dream car…perhaps someday I will be able to drive that. Then we tested Ford Ranger and Subaru XV. At the same time, we also had a look at Nissan Grand Livina, Mitsubishi ASX, Toyota Rush and finally the Proton Exora.

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For a local car, I am surprised with the accessories that come with the Premium range of Exora. I like the fact that they are throwing in leather seats and the reverse camera which is conveniently located at the rearview mirror! The only issues that I have with the car is the product brand itself! At the same time, I can’t get over the fact that the design of the MPV which is ugly, arrgghhh, it’s so difficult to decide which car to buy! I wish it’s easier. However, when it comes to affordability and value for money, I guess the Exora wins!

With the economy looking pretty bad the coming year, I guess it’s only wise to get the type of vehicle which helps you save money and is practical. I needed a vehicle to help me transport stuffs anyway, and my VIOS can’t do that, so I got to look for alternatives. I don’t want to hire a transporter every time I have events, so the Exora just fit my needs nicely. I just have to get used to the fact that I am driving a brand where no one wants to be associated with, due to the origins, history, founder…oh well I guess with their new slogan, ‘Committed to be better’ everyone especially the Malaysians should give their national car a second chance huh?

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