It all started with a dream to bring mobility to every Malaysian household. Mobility that’s affordable and reliable. That dream became the Kancil that started Perodua’s journey in 1993. Smaller and cheaper than the Proton Saga, the “smart like you” Kancil introduced compact hatchbacks to Malaysians, and we’ve never looked back since. “The rest is history,” Perodua proudly proclaims.

The first of 708,527 Kancils produced by Perodua over 15 years is on display at a special showcase that’s part of the MYPerodua Nation Carnival that’s happening at Aeon Shah Alam this weekend.

The red Kancil, which was the first car that many of us drove (it replaced the Nissan Sunny as the default driving school machine), is the star of the showcase, mainly because it’s the only real car in the tent.

The Kembara, Kenari, Kelisa, Myvi, Alza, Axia and Bezza are just cutouts, but the visuals and the facts and figures behind the cars are intriguing. Plenty of cute photo ops too. The short “history walk” ends with the Concept X that showcases Sg Choh’s design capabilities.

The Bezza – Perodua’s first sedan that was launched last year – is based on the Axia’s Daihatsu platform, but the upper body design and interior is an in-house effort. Perodua has been steadily increasing its input in the design and engineering of its vehicles, and this trend is set to continue – in its five-year Transformation 2.0 plan that starts this year, one of the key pillars is to increase the company’s R&D capabilities.

The Malaysian market leader (for 11 consecutive years now) may be a maker of small cars, but it has definitely made a big impact on our country’s motoring landscape. Three million cars in 24 years is no small feat. It has been a great journey so far; here’s to more memories.