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The all-new 2018 Perodua Myvi has been officially launched in Malaysia, with minister of international trade and industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed doing the honours in Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) this evening. We’ve been as eager as you to see this story go live, having signed an embargo agreement with Perodua in order to have pre-launch access to the car. From that, we’ve prepared a first impressions test drive report, which you’ll see here later.

 

Let’s get straight to it. The third-generation Myvi succeeds two very popular generations of the five-door B-segment hatch, the first of which appeared in May 2005.

Interestingly, the first Myvi was intended to be a niche model in what was then a sedan-dominated mainstream market, but shot straight to the top of the sales charts. It was Malaysia’s best selling car until the end of 2014, before Perodua’s own Axia took over the baton. The Axia will soon make it three years in a row at the top.

The second-generation D54T Myvi came on stream in mid-2011, while the facelifted car has held the fort from January 2015 till today. The Myvi reached the big one million units milestone in June this year, and Perodua has shifted 42,000 units of the outgoing car in the first three quarters of the year – not bad for a six-year old car.