Driven TV Story Archive

  • Driven Web Series 2014 #6: Genting RM10 challenge – Fiesta EcoBoost vs Jazz Hybrid vs Mitsubishi Attrage

    So which engine technology saves more fuel – modern downsized turbo, hybrid or just plain lightweight? That’s what we’ll find out in this episode of Driven Web Series, powered by the new Petronas Primax95, with Advanced Energy Formula. The goal? Get to the top of Genting Highlands with just RM10 worth of fuel.

    Championing the downsized, forced-induction route is the new Ford Fiesta Ecoboost. It has a tiny 1.0 litre engine – voted the International Engine of the Year for three years running now, no less – and yet it boasts the biggest outputs here at 125 PS and 170 Nm. It’s also a Ford, so it’s quite a car to drive too, of course.

    Next up is the Honda Jazz Hybrid. Part internal combustion engine, part electric motor, hybrid technology is widely seen as the magic formula to save fuel. The electrified Jazz pairs an 88 hp/121 Nm 1.3 litre engine with a 14 hp/78 Nm electric motor. Problem is, all the complicated hardware comes at a price – heavy weight.

    And that’s where the Mitsubishi Attrage comes in. Nothing fancy here, just the plain old lightweight route, with a small 1.2 litre three-pot with just 79 hp and 106 Nm of torque, through a CVT transmission. While the other two blow way past the 1,000 kg mark, the Mitsu comes in at a flyweight 905 kg. Can simplicity trump complexity?

    So, Ford Fiesta EcoBoost vs Jazz Hybrid vs Mitsubishi Attrage. Which will it be, then? Watch the episode to find out :)

     
     
  • Driven Web Series 2014 #5: Top of the C-segment class – Mazda 3 vs Toyota Corolla Altis vs Kia Cerato

    We’ve settled Malaysia’s super-popular B-segment (Honda City vs Toyota Vios vs Nissan Almera) and D-segment (Nissan Teana vs Honda Accord vs Kia Optima K5) markets so far this season, and now it’s time for the middle-class battle. So, Mazda 3 vs Toyota Corolla Altis vs Kia Cerato. Which one will come out on top?

    There’s no doubt that the C-segment class is a shrinking one. With both the B- and D segments expanding their reaches, there’s now too small a gap between them for this class of cars to prosper. But that just means that they would have to try harder to stand out, right? And try hard they all did.

    The Mazda 3 2.0 Sedan is undoubtedly the crowd favourite here, with its stylish looks, sporting appeal and fuel-saving SkyActiv engine and gearbox combo. But is all that enough to see off Toyota’s rejuvenated Corolla Altis 2.0V and our champion last year, the Kia Cerato 2.0? Watch the episode above to find out.

    Shocking, isn’t it? But that’s just the way it is: Driven Web Series will choose the best choice there is – minus all the hype and brand stigmas.

    Stay tuned to paultan.org for all things motoring, and remember to catch our next episode. Getting up to Genting Highlands with just RM10 worth of fuel? Yes, it’s possible with the right choice of cars. Find out our picks next week :)

     
     
  • Driven Web Series 2014 #4: Horsepower assault – Mercedes A 45 AMG vs VW Golf R vs Subaru WRX STI

    Welcome back to Driven Web Series, powered by the new Petronas Primax95 with Advanced Energy Formula. The lads are all charged and ready to bring you back from your well-deserved break with a bang, as this episode is bristling with pure, unadulterated horsepower.

    In our Hot Hatch episode last season, the Volkswagen Golf GTI sailed past the BMW 125i, Mercedes A 250 and Volvo V40 T5 to take our top spot. But now, the guns just got a whole lot bigger.

    For a start, we’ve summoned the GTI and A 250′s big bros – the cool, sophisticated Volkswagen Golf R and the stark raving mad Mercedes A 45 AMG – as well as the new Subaru WRX STI, a challenger reborn from the Land of the Rising Sun, and our childhoods.

    That’s right, we bring a combined total of nearly 1,000 hp to Bukit Tinggi to see what’s what. No one should stand in our way… right? I mean, what are the chances of, let’s say… a legendary rally driver gatecrashing our party and taking us on in a purpose-built, stripped out track car?

     
     
  • Driven Web Series Season 2 – The episodes so far

    Driven 2014 Ep3 D-Segment Battle- 3

    Selamat Hari Raya, everyone! Driven Web Series is on a break this week, so if you haven’t already, do catch up on the three episodes we’ve released so far this season. Honda City vs Toyota Vios vs Nissan Almera? MINI Cooper vs Citroen DS3 vs VW Beetle? Nissan Teana vs Honda Accord vs Kia Optima K5? Check, check, check, and then some.

    We have four more exciting episodes lined up for your viewing this season. No, we haven’t forgotten the C-segment, or the premium brands – we’ve got all that and more in store. Next week, we’ll feature close to 1,000 hp between Harve, Hafriz and Jonathan. Trust us, you won’t want to miss that one :)

    Episode 1 – 2014 Honda City 1.5 V vs Toyota Vios 1.5 TRD Sportivo vs Nissan Almera 1.5 VL

    Episode 2 feat. Megan Tan – F56 MINI Cooper Chilli vs Citroen DS3 vs Volkswagen Beetle 1.4 TSI

    Episode 3 – 2014 Nissan Teana 2.0 XL vs Honda Accord 2.0 VTi-L vs Kia Optima K5 2.0 Facelift

     
     
  • 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!

     
     
 

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