Happy New Year! As you get home from the first working day of 2019, we thought we’d give you a look at our most popular videos of the year prior. We greatly stepped up our video production in 2018, offering you a closer look at the most important cars and the biggest stories of the past 12 months – plus two episodes of the Driven Web Series that compare the most talked about cars of the year.

Those episodes feature prominently in this list, as do a high-powered underbone motorcycle, a local concept car, two hot hatches, a new Japanese MPV and a high-performance pick-up truck. We’ve got plenty more in store for 2019, and yes – we’ve got more Driven episodes coming soon. Until then, let’s get straight into the list of what our viewers watched the most in 2018.

10. FIRST LOOK: 2018 SYM VF3i supercub – 237k views

The supercub market blew up last year with the launch of the new SYM VF3i. Touted as having the largest engine in the class, it boasted 183 cc of cubic capacity at a time when the most models came with 150 cc at best, and held a sizeable power advantage as a result. Our man Mohan K Ramanujam went in front of the camera to explore some of the details of this lightweight powerhouse – our most popular bike video of 2018.

9. QUICK LOOK: Proton soft body panels = unsafe car? – 240k views

Say all you want about Proton, but there’s no doubt that in terms of crash safety, the national carmaker’s products are some the best out there. That doesn’t stop the armchair detractors that go into the showroom, thumb around various “soft” body panels and declare its cars unsafe. Hafriz Shah went out to dispel this “Milo tin” myth, and this video generated significant traction among our viewers.

8. FIRST DRIVE: 2018 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Malaysian review – 253k views

The new Nissan Serena S-Hybrid was surprisingly popular, popping up twice on this list. Then again, its predecessor was a moderate successful people carrier on our shores, so there were plenty who no doubt wanted to see how the new one fared. Hafriz put the new pretender through its paces and found some likeable qualities in a car that is proving instrumental to Edaran Tan Chong Motor’s revival over here.

7. FIRST DRIVE: 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI and R MK7.5 facelift reviewed in Malaysia – 266k views

Ranking in as high as seventh, this video review of the Mk7.5 Volkswagen Golf GTI and R showed that there are still plenty of performance car enthusiasts in Malaysia. Here, Hafriz and Matthew Tong pitted two of Wolfsburg’s hottest machinery against each other to see which one delivered the biggest bang for your buck.

6. DRIVEN 2018: Perodua Myvi vs Proton Iriz vs Kia Picanto review in Malaysia – 353k views

The new Perodua Myvi was arguably the most talked about car for much of the year. We were so enamoured by the new bestseller’s space, performance and active safety kit that we used it to relaunch our Driven Web Series, putting it head-to-head with the new Kia Picanto and the revamped Proton Iriz. The fact that this car managed to enter our Top 10 – and not the highly-anticipated Proton X70 SUV – speaks volumes.

5. KLIMS18: Perodua Myvi GT concept – 365k views

Yet more proof that the Myvi encapsulated the zeitgeist of 2018. What more do Malaysians love than a Myvi fitted with an aggressive widebody kit, slammed on huge alloys and fitted with Brembo brakes, bucket seats and a VW-derived flat-bottomed steering wheel? This tuner concept beat out all the new metal on display at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show – even Perodua’s own SUV and its “Perodua of tomorrow“.

4. DRIVEN 2018: Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 vs Peugeot 3008 SUV Malaysian review – 365k views

And yet the Myvi was eclipsed by the growing SUV phenomenon. The second Driven episode of 2018 saw the new Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Peugeot 3008 slug it out for class honours, with the Honda taking the crown of not only the best SUV, but also the best family car, period. It’s gonna face stiffer competition this year in the form of the Proton X70 in the next episode – stay tuned for that much-vaunted bout.

3. FIRST LOOK: 2018 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid in Malaysia – 427k views

Against all odds, the Serena reached the third spot in our list, this time in the form of a walk-around video tour. Here, Matthew pointed out some of the key features of this seven-seater MPV, including the handsfree powered sliding doors, novel split-opening tailgate and no less than seven (!) USB charging ports. This car may not be the first pick for enthusiasts, but for large families, these features make it hard to beat.

2. QUICK LOOK: New Touch ‘n Go RFID toll system in Malaysia – 430k

One of the biggest stories of the year was the introduction of Touch ‘n Go’s radio frequency identification (RFID) system for electronic toll payment. The programme is currently in public pilot phase, and in response to the myriad of questions from the public, Hafriz went ahead and tested the system, going into finer detail about the installation process and how it all works.

1. FIRST LOOK: 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor – 433k views

It’s emblematic of how much a RM200,000 pick-up has captured the public’s imagination that the Ford Ranger Raptor ended up on the top of our list. We were invited to Bangkok to witness the global unveiling of the new Baja-inspired high-performance truck, and Matthew was on hand to pore over every detail, from its new 2.0 litre biturbo diesel engine to its Fox Racing dampers dedicated to making mincemeat out of big jumps. It may look like it had just driven through a Brothers outlet, but this thing is the real deal.