To collect the keys to your brand new car is a pretty special experience, but to be the first customer in the whole of Southeast Asia (ASEAN) to do, well that’s a whole new level. That is exactly what happened to Wilson Wong, who became the first customer in the region to receive the new Honda City Hybrid.

The City Hybrid made its debut in July, and shares the same hybrid powertrain as that found in the Jazz Hybrid. The Sport Hybrid i-DCD system combines a 1.5 litre engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with an integrated electric motor, a lithium-ion hybrid battery and an electric driven compressor.

“The new City and new City Hybrid have been well received by Malaysians alongside other Honda models. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our customers who have supported and placed their confidence in the Honda brand,” said Akkbar Danial, vice president of Honda Malaysia (HM).

The hybrid variant of the City is priced at RM89,200 on-the-road without insurance, placing it firmly between the mid-spec E (RM82,030) and top-spec V (RM89,240) variants. The only other variant in the City line-up is the base-spec S, which goes for RM75,930.

According to HM, the E variant is the most popular among customers, accounting for over 40% of more than 11,000 units sales since its introduction four months ago. This is followed by the V variant at 39% and S variant at 21%. Customers also preferred Modern Steel Metallic as their colour of choice (31%), whereas 28% of buyers opted for White Orchid Pearl.

“I have been searching for a car that is family-friendly yet still offers sporty driving performance. I was very excited when I heard that Honda Malaysia is introducing the New City Hybrid as this model fits my requirements of a spacious model with good safety features, and is fuel efficient and suitable for daily use,” said Wong.

“After taking it for a test drive, I was even more impressed by the advanced technology in this model and the fact that it is able to provide a powerful and sporty driving performance as well. I am very happy with my new car and the services provided by the dealer,” he continued.

As a gesture of appreciation, Wong was presented with tickets to the 2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix as well as a Modulo accessories package worth a total of RM5,070.

HM will also be organising a T3ST DRIV3 R3WARDS campaign, to celebrate the deliveries of the City Hybrid and Jazz Hybrid, along with the launch of the latest CR-V.

The campaign, which begins from today until the end of August 2017, will see 300 lucky draw winners walk away with cash vouchers worth RM300 each. To stand a chance to win, all you need to do is test drive either the CR-V 1.5L Turbo Premium, Jazz Hybrid or City Hybrid at any of the 91 Honda dealers nationwide.