With 2017 coming to an end in just a couple of days, it’s time once again for us to sift through the numbers to reveal the most popular posts on paultan.org this year. Unsurprisingly, stories in the local context proved to be most prevalent once again, with a number of model launches being in the list.

The most popular story of 2017, according to Google Analytics data (up until this date of posting), arrived early in January, when Honda Malaysia introduced the Honda BR-V. Within just six months of its launch debut, the seven-seat model notched up a sales figure close to 11,000 units, exceeding the company’s own sales target.

In second place is a story that just went up just over a month ago – our spec-by-spec breakdown of the 2018 Perodua Myvi, a model that needs very little to no introduction for most Malaysians. This is followed by the appearance of the Geely Boyue on our soil, shortly after Proton and Geely signed a Definitive Agreement. A fuel comparison test posted in 2015 occupies the fourth spot, while the first official preview of the Toyota C-HR is in fifth.

The sixth most viewed story on the site is actually a collective of posts that focus on Malaysian fuel prices, which has been revised on a weekly basis for over 39 weeks now. Surprisingly, Thailand specifications of the CR-V secured the seventh spot, and rounding things up is a tragedy relating to an unsecured child seat (eighth), the launch of the City facelift (ninth) as well as the global reveal of the tenth-gen Accord (tenth).

Without further ado, here is a recap of the top 10 most viewed stories on paultan.org in 2017.

10. 2018 Honda Accord unveiled – 192 hp 1.5 and 252 hp 2.0 turbo, 10-speed auto, standard Honda Sensing

The Honda Accord entered its tenth generation in July this year, boasting a total overhaul in terms of its design inside and out. Sleeker in appearance than its predecessors, the Accord also receives a 1.5 litre turbo four-pot from the CR-V, along with a bevy of safety and driver assist systems under the Honda Sensing umbrella.

9. 2017 Honda City facelift launched in Malaysia – new looks, added kit, priced from RM78,300 to RM92,000

A popular choice among those in the market for a B-segment model, the Honda City received a facelift in the first quarter of 2017, benefitting from a number of visual and equipment revisions. A hybrid version was introduced several months later, powered by a Sport Hybrid i-DCD system like on the Jazz Hybrid.

8. VIDEO: Baby killed in car that was knocked off North-South Highway, child seat not properly secured

This tragic accident was a reminder to all that properly installing a child seat in the vehicle is just as important as ensuring a child is properly harnessed in one. We never know when tragedy will strike, and it is always best to be safe than sorry.

7. 2017 Honda CR-V Thai spec revealed ahead of launch

While the Malaysian launch of the CR-V took place in July this year, it was a post that highlighted some of the specifications of the Thai-spec CR-V that rallied more readers.

6. Malaysian fuel prices

Fuel prices are a hot topic among Malaysians, and waiting to see if prices will go up or down has become a weekly ritual of sorts.

5. Toyota C-HR here in Malaysia for first official preview

With the HR-V grabbing the lion’s share of the market for some time, many have been eagerly waiting for Toyota’s answer in the form of the C-HR. The crossover finally made an appearance in May this year, and we later had access to the imported preview car’s interior. The local-spec C-HR was previewed after that, although pricing has yet to be confirmed.

4. RON 95 vs RON 97 fuel test – which should you use?

“Should I use RON 95 or go for the more expensive RON 97 fuel?” This question appears to remain a popular one among the general public, with many referring to our in-depth test to find a definitive answer.

3. Geely Boyue SUV makes first Malaysian appearance

The Proton-Geely deal will see the Chinese company take up a significant stake in the Malaysian carmaker, along with the debut of a new Proton model based on the Geely Boyue. We got our first look at an example in the middle of the year, before trying one out ourselves a few months later.

2. 2018 Perodua Myvi spec-by-spec breakdown – 1.3/1.5 Dual VVT-i, 4/6 airbags, VSC, AEB, RM44k to RM55k!

A nameplate that is well recognised by most of the rakyat, the new Myvi made quite a splash when details of what buyers will get for their money were first revealed. The hatchback not only proved to be popular among car buyers, it also made it to Google’s ‘Year in Search’ 2017 list.

1. Honda BR-V 1.5L launched in Malaysia, from RM85,800

The “Bold Runabout Vehicle” was the first of Honda Malaysia’s multi-model offensive for 2017, and it takes the crown as the most viewed story on our site this year. It was only in March that we finally got to take one out on local roads, and it certainly fits the bill for those looking for a budget seven-seater.