Driven TV Story Archive

  • Driven Web Series 2014 #3: Company car dilemma 2.0 – Honda Accord vs Nissan Teana vs Kia Optima K5

    Driven Web Series, powered by the new Petronas Primax95 with Advanced Energy Formula, goes big this episode. Company car-friendly 2.0 litre D-segment sedans – which is best? The Honda Accord, Nissan’s new Teana or the facelifted Kia Optima K5?

    We picked the Accord – in its top-spec 2.4 litre trim – over the Mazda6, Toyota Camry and Hyundai i40 last year. It’s now time to see if it will still come out on top when put against newer rivals from Nissan and Kia. The L33 Teana, especially, as we’ve found out, is quite a car.

    In this episode, we compare the cars’ looks, driving experience and ride comfort in classic Driven Web Series style – with the help of back seat-specialist Paul Tan himself. Series regulars, be sure to watch it till the end, as an uninvited guest makes an appearance too ;p

    PS: The series will take a break next week (Selamat Hari Raya, everyone!), but we’ll be back the following Wednesday, August 6. Close to 1,000 hp and the real Flying Sikh awaits, so mark your calendars, boys.

     
     
  • Driven Web Series 2014 #2: The one with Megan Tan – F56 MINI Cooper vs Citroen DS3 vs Volkswagen Beetle

    We’re bringing sexy back in this week’s episode of Driven Web Series, powered by the new Petronas Primax95 with Advanced Energy Formula. And we’re not just talking about the cars here, guys.

    As much as he wanted to, we really couldn’t afford to have a repeat performance of Harve as the lady in a white dress last season. So, we called in someone that looks really good in white – the lovely Megan Tan!

    The Driven boys Hafriz Shah and Jonathan James Tan (literally) take the back seat in this episode, as guest host Megan tests out the new F56 MINI Cooper, Citroen DS3 and Volkswagen Beetle 1.4 TSI to find out which is the best small hatch for the fashion-conscious.

    Wondering why Harvinder is not here? Well, watch the video above to find out why :)

    Do enjoy this episode of Driven Web Series, and don’t forget to tune in again next week. Harve will be around again, but let’s just say that he won’t be only one making a comeback…

     
     
  • Driven Web Series 2014 #1: Best of the B-segment – 2014 Honda City vs Toyota Vios vs Nissan Almera

    Enough waiting, Driven Web Series is back with a new season, powered by the new Petronas Primax95 with Advanced Energy Formula!

    Just like last season, we’re kicking things off with everyday cars. The ever-popular Toyota Vios came out tops in our mixed pairing last year, so now we’re pitting it against its closest class rivals, the 2014 Honda City and Nissan Almera – all in top-spec TRD Sportivo, V and VL guises respectively.

    Looks, performance, handling, comfort and safety – everything considered, which is the best B-segment sedan on sale in Malaysia? Watch the video above to find out the Driven Web Series verdict. As usual, we hold no punches.

    Thanks for watching, and be sure to head over to CarBase.my to compare the full specifications of the three cars here. It’s sure good to be back, and we hope you enjoy the show!

    PS: No, Harve won’t be wearing a dress in this episode – that’s so 2013, anyway. But don’t worry, other surprises await, and next week we’ll have three sexy cars with a guest host that looks properly stunning in white. Stay tuned :)

     
     
  • Driven Web Series – new season to premiere July 9

    Yes, the Driven Web Series is back for a brand new season in 2014, brought to you by the new PETRONAS PRIMAX 95 with Advanced Energy Formula. Watch Harvinder, Hafriz and Jonathan put the latest cars to the test to find out which is the best car in each segment.

    You’ve seen the clear improvements we’ve made when we progressed from episode 1 to episode 5 in the 2013 season. This year’s season will bring it up to a new level, thanks to bigger production budgets and more episodes as well – yes, for 2014 we have a total of seven episodes for you.

    We will be covering all bases – from small to large cars, mainstream cars to niche cars, eco cars to high performance cars. There’ll even be special guest hosts. Watch the teaser video above to find out who, and of course mark your calendar for the first episode which is set to debut next Wednesday, July 9, 2014!

     
     
  • Driven Web Series Season 1, 2013 – The blooper reel

    No, this isn’t a new episode of Driven Web Series. The five episodes are all we have for now, but don’t fret, we’ll be back with more soon enough! What this is, is the blooper reel for Season 1, 2013. Let’s just say it wasn’t as easy as it looked. Enjoy.

    All of us at paultan.org had an absolute ball planning, writing and shooting this first season of Driven Web Series. Watch all five episodes here, if you haven’t already. Or even if you have, watch it all again anyway – being stuck at work the day after Christmas is not fun, is it?

    Here’s a round-up of Driven Web Series Season 1, 2013:

    Episode 1: Toyota Vios vs Proton Suprima S vs Honda Jazz Hybrid

    Episode 2: Honda CR-V 2.0 vs Mazda CX-5 2.0 vs Ford Kuga 1.6T + Subaru Forester

    Episode 3: Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sport vs BMW 125i Sport vs Volvo V40 T5

    Episode 4: Honda Civic 2.0 vs Kia Cerato 2.0 vs Ford Focus 2.0 + MINI One, Peugeot 208 GTi

    Episode 5: Toyota Camry 2.5 vs Honda Accord 2.4 vs Mazda6 2.5 + Hyundai i40 Tourer, Lexus ES 250

     
     
  • Driven Web Series Episode 5: Company car dilemma – Toyota Camry 2.5 vs Honda Accord 2.4 vs Mazda6 2.5

    Right from the start of Driven Web Series, you viewers have requested for us to settle the D-segment dilemma. Your wish is our command, as we present to you this week’s shootout – Toyota Camry 2.5V vs Honda Accord 2.4 VTi-L vs Mazda6 2.5. So which is the King of company cars?

    The Camry enters the ring with not much to fight with, but plenty to fight for. On its side is its long-standing clout of being the default go-to vehicle for most middle management folks. But as we’ve proved in Driven Web Series, being the best seller doesn’t always mean it’s the best. Sometimes yes, but mostly no.

    That’s where the rejuvenated Honda Accord and refreshed Mazda6 come in. Each has a host of new tech to take the fight to the old-fashioned but extremely successful Toyota. It’s a classic clash of young upstarts against the old hand. Battle royales don’t get any bigger than this.

    Or perhaps it does, as we have lined up a special surprise entry from the land of the South. South Korea, that is. Watch the video above to find out which K-pop superstar it is that we have deemed worthy to take on the established Japanese trio. Can it fight its way to the top?

    Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it? With the fifth episode now out, we’ve come to the end of our series. Don’t worry though, Driven Web Series will be back. Enjoy the full series here, and thank you for watching. And of course, stay tuned to paultan.org for the latest automotive news and reviews. Till next time!

     
     
  • Driven Web Series Episode 4: C-segment round-up – Honda Civic 2.0 vs Kia Cerato 2.0 vs Ford Focus 2.0

    Enjoyed Driven Web Serieshot-hatch special last week? If you haven’t, do find out why the VW Golf GTI Mk7 still towers over the Merc A 250, BMW 125i and Volvo V40 T5 here. It may not be the result you want to see – the breathtakingly pretty A-Class coming in last surprised us too – but that’s the ugly truth.

    The same goes with our first episode’s shock verdict, where the Toyota Vios beat the Proton Suprima S and Honda Jazz Hybrid to the RM90,000 crown. Sometimes, models topping the sales charts really are the best cars in their classes. But that’s not always the case.

    This week, we’re looking at the C-segment contenders. Does the Honda Civic’s market-leading, best-selling status automatically make it the class-leader? Driven Web Series finds out, as we compare it to the Kia Cerato and Ford Focus in a 2.0 litre sedan shootout.

    It’s here in this segment that the Japanese brands’ recent market domination has somewhat translated to complacency. The current Civic, itself barely a year old, has very little in its utility belt to go against its newer rivals’ arsenal of toys and bevy of modern touches. Can it still come out on top? Watch the video above to find out.

    In classic Driven Web Series-style, there’s not one, but two surprises in store within this episode. Be sure to watch it till the end and tell us what you think of it in the comments below. Enjoy.

     
     
  • Driven Web Series Episode 3: Hot-hatch shootout – VW Golf GTI vs Merc A 250 vs BMW 125i vs Volvo V40

    Our mid-season episode is a real treat for all you petrolheads, as Driven Web Series, powered by PETRONAS Primax, sets out to settle the much-discussed affair of who makes the best hot-hatch today. Those looking for a new fun-to-drive daily driver now have a big pot of choices to pick from. We round up four of the best to find out which is the King of all.

    Is it still the Volkswagen Golf GTI, or have others surpassed it? The GTI started it all, and in its latest Mk7 form, is now the best it has ever been. Opposing fire comes from above – the land of premium hatches. Here, we pit the original hot-hatch against the Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sport, BMW 125i Sport and Volvo V40 T5.

    Why them, and not the others, we hear you ask? Two simple reasons: these are the ones you can drive everyday (not mere weekend toys), and more importantly, they all have the all-important brand cachet. After all, why would you look at lesser marques when you want to spend North of RM200,000?

    In usual Driven Web Series-style, we cover all bases, and then some. There’s no twist this time round, but we’ve added plenty of turns to make up for it. So fellow enthusiasts, you’re welcome to sit back, crank up the volume and enjoy the show.

     
     
  • Driven Web Series Episode 2: The family SUV battle – Honda CR-V 2.0 vs Mazda CX-5 2.0 vs Ford Kuga 1.6T

    Another week, another episode of Driven, powered by PETRONAS Primax! In our comeback episode, we settled the ever-relevant RM90,000 question between the 2013 Toyota Vios, Proton Suprima S and Honda Jazz Hybrid. Missed it by any chance? Catch our revealing verdict here.

    Next up, we tackle the family SUV category to find out which one is best. Is the refreshed Honda CR-V 2.0 still the king of the urban jungle, or has the popular Mazda CX-5 2.0 AWD beaten it to the crown? Also in with a shout is the Ford Kuga 1.6 EcoBoost – trying to prove that there is a replacement for displacement.

    If that sounds too straightforward for you, do remember that this is the new Driven Web Series. We always do things with a twist – 350 Nm worth of it this time. Okay then, we won’t drag on too much with words – we’ll let the video (of us talking) do the talking.

    We are currently hatching up something rather hot for your viewing pleasure in the next episode, so do tune in again same time next week. It will be a hot date!

    Have any opinions or suggestions? Let them be heard in our comments section here.

     
     
  • Driven Web Series Episode 1: The RM90k shootout – Toyota Vios vs Proton Suprima vs Honda Jazz Hybrid

    Driven is back, powered by PETRONAS Primax! You’ve enjoyed our local news coverage, international highlights and pored over our car reviews, now it’s time to sit back and enjoy our latest Driven Web Series.

    This week, we find out the best way to spend RM80k to RM90k on a car. Is it the usual suspect, the 2013 Toyota Vios, Malaysian’s own unsung hero, the Proton Suprima S, or the green and mighty Honda Jazz Hybrid? Watch to find out our definitive verdict.

    As always, we do things a little differently here. A surprise awaits at the end of the episode, so be sure to watch it to the finish. As they say, it ain’t over till the (not quite so) fat lady sings. Don’t get it? Watch the final reveal and read this again ;).

    Enjoy the show, and remember to tune in again same time next week to catch our next episode. We’ll be taking things to new heights. Quite literally.

    Remember to check out Fuelled by Fans Powered by Primax to get a shot at winning RM100,000.

     
     
 

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