By now, many readers will be aware that the Perodua is about to launch its first sedan model as two pictures and also a leaflet have been leaked on the internet. The idea of a sedan model has been circulating within the company for some time and back in 2010, at the KL International Motorshow (KLIMS), a sleek prototype was displayed which Perodua said indicated its future direction although technically, that prototype had extremely advanced technology like a ‘Precious Metal-free Liquid-feed Fuel Cell’. Fuelling the rumours was a cleverly photoshopped creation by Theophilus Chin which alarmed even Perodua’s management and made them wonder if their R&D people had been proceeding with the project without their knowledge! As we now know, the company has chosen to use ‘Bezza’ and while the design is not as futuristic as the Bezza prototype of 2010, it is better looking than the chunky Buddyz concept. With the Bezza, Perodua has done almost exactly the same thing as Proton did with the Waja.
And just as Proton designed the body of the Waja itself, the same has been done by Perodua for the Bezza because Daihatsu does not have such a model at all. Anyway, let’s now move on to the Bezza which is likely to take its place at the top of the sales chart. In shaping the Bezza’s body, the Perodua designers had to work within the constraints of the Axia platform which is fairly compact. The designers have done a pretty good job of creating a 3-box sedan from the hatchback and it does not look like all they did was just add a boot to the back. Many people may see this as a ‘Saga-killer’ although Perodua doesn’t even think of that at all. The body structure follows current industry trends with increased use of high tensile steel which makes the body more rigid but without a weight penalty. Interior spaciousness or what is known as ‘packaging’ is a big challenge with such a compact model.
The major difference from the Axia is the amount of boot space and with a boot floor length of 1030 mm, the volume available with the rear backrests up is 508 litres – almost double that of the hatchback. For those who need more space, the rear backrests can fold down individually (60:40 split) or together.
Moving on to the dashboard, although the hardware and structure behind it are probably similar to the Axia, the Bezza has an entirely different design which has a more horizontal theme to create a sense of extra width. And it’s not just high quality that Perodua offers too – with the Bezza, they have a real game-changer as many of the features they offer are not just firsts for Perodua but also in the segment (in Malaysia at least). Rear passengers can also get power for their devices as there is a USB port for them at the back. There are also all the other conveniences which are provided in other Perodua models including the special lock (called a ‘side snap hook’) to secure handbags.
Where the Axia is available only with a 1-litre 3-cylinder engine, the Bezza has an additional and larger 1.3-litre unit as well. Another high-end technology in the Bezza is Regenerative Braking which was initially only found in hybrid cars.
All these technologies, along with the efficient electronically-managed automatic transmission (E-AT), enable the Bezza to qualify as an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) according to criteria set by the current National Automotive Policy (NAP). Apparently, Perodua has is confident that the Bezza will be tops in safety and by this, they must mean that it will get at least 5 stars in the ASEAN NCAP crash test.
In accordance with legal requirements, there are two front airbags and ISOFIX point for a compatible childseat. This variant doesn’t have a pushbutton so the key had to be inserted and turned – which is how Perodua engines have been started all along anyway. The engine in the Axia felt rougher but the one in the Bezza shakes less and I would attribute this to not just mounting points and construction but also the better combustion due to the VVT-i. There were two others on board the car as I accelerated off and on flat ground, it moved briskly off the line. The new test course has sections that replicate the hilly terrain of Malaysia and though the Bezza zoomed up the incline effortlessly, a slight diminishing of speed reminded me that it is just a 1-litre engine.
The 4-cylinder engine can be taken all the way to the 6000 rpm redline and does not protest, and in between, there’s a lot of flexibility so the transmission does not keep changing a lot.
Unlike the 1-litre variant, the Bezza 1.3 pretty much raced up the same slope and with the high speeds, I also assessed the handling of the car. If there is anything I would like improved, it is probably the steering feel which was on the light side. If you are realistic about your expectations, the Bezza 1.0 is fine for those who are on a tight budget. This will give you the version number of TypeScript installed and some examples on the sytax. Statement Completion (or IntelliSence in the Microsoft World) can come in very handy when writing your web app. In the TypeScript file, we reference our definition file first downloaded from the GitHub repo. In this example, we added code completion to a third-party library and used familar jQuery syntax in our TypeScript file!
Regardless of which IDE or editor you have installed, we are going to take a look at how TypeScript would benefit our development team. Note: Earlier versions of Web Essentials would allow the split-screen view automatically, but with the latest release this is currently the only way to get a split-screen view.
By reading the comments, you can see that we are using Type Inference in the first example and Type Annotation in the second since we used the : string annotation.
If we evaluate the something variable, after the code has been executed, then it will evaluate to 100.
We’ve already been working with optional typing, so we just need to start tying it together with a function to see the full potential. Let’s create another function called addNumbers and pass in the following parameters without specifying the type. If we revised our code sample and added the type (as shown in yellow below), then it would have caught the error in the IDE rather than concatenating a string and a number as shown earlier.
We have used an interface already in the TypeScript definition file, but let’s look at how this could be beneficial with creating our own.
We have declared an Interface called Book and given it a title and author as well as a function.
Again, we can see syntax highlighting and code completion as well as the ability to tell what type you are using. Michael Crump is a Microsoft MVP, Pluralsight and MSDN author as well as an international speaker. It’s a long awaited model from the country’s No.1 carmaker which has been producing hatchbacks and compact MPVs (and one compact SUV) since it began operations in 1993. Then at the 2013 KLIMS, a more ‘production-friendly’ concept car called the ‘Buddyz’ was displayed and it seemed like Perodua would soon launch a sedan.
The fictitious model even had a name – Jaguh – and it was so convincing that the company had to clarify that it had no such model under development.
This is more than just another new Perodua model as it has numerous firsts; more significantly, it is a major advancement in the company’s capabilities and comparable to Proton’s development of the Waja which its CEO declared had made the company a ‘world-class’ car manufacturer.

It has adapted a Daihatsu platform (the same as the one used for the Axia) and is using engines developed by Daihatsu. Those who still want to dismiss Perodua as a ‘rebadging company’ may then say that Japanese must have done the design but the truth is that this model has even greater Malaysian involvement than the Myvi.
Well, ‘little brother’ seems to have been a diligent pupil and studied hard to excel but even after outshining ‘big brother’, it has not become arrogant and boastful about its achievements. Historically, Malaysians have preferred the traditional 3-box sedan design but the best-selling model for many years has been the Myvi, a hatchback. Apart from the sedan being more commonplace than the hatchback, some say that the presence of the boot gives a greater sense of security (additional crumple zone at the back during an accident).
Things like the overall body width and length had to be such that they could fit properly on top of the platform. With some European hatchbacks, the sedan variant often looks like a half-hearted effort and the result is not aesthetically pleasing.
But it is inevitable that comparisons will be made and for those who want to know, the dimensions are smaller than the Saga… although not by a lot.
This has been achieved by putting covers on the underside so the airflow below the car is smoother. Official data shows that the distance between front and rear occupants is the same as the Axia but what is interesting to note is that this distance is actually greater than many models one class higher. You’d think that in such matters, the designers would just do what they can and leave it at that but we were told that Perodua conducted surveys on user requirements and feedback indicated that 75% of Malaysians would be satisfied with 500 litres. But while the layout looks a bit ‘messy’, the fit and finish even in the pre-production units viewed were still of a high standard.
This is certainly something which many will welcome – no need to use a powerbank or run a cable from the front. One thing which the designers haven’t been able to improve has been the cupholders at the front. The 1-litre unit is not exactly the same one as it has variable valve timing (VVT-i) on the intake side and it produces 68 ps, which is about 2 ps more than the engine in the Axia which does not have VVT-i. It was only introduced in the region last year on Daihatsu and Toyota models and it is manufactured at Perodua’s new plant in Sendayan, Negri Sembilan. The system, usually provided in more expensive models and a first in a Malaysian car, automatically shuts down the engine when the car is stopped for long periods, eg at traffic lights. This system draws the energy that is normally ‘lost’ during braking and deceleration and uses it to recharge the battery and keep it fully charged. This means that Perodua can get incentives which help it to offset its production cost to sell the car at a lower price. However, the maximum score would only apply to the Bezza 1.3 Advance which is the only variant having Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control. Additionally, Perodua provides a seatbelt reminder and there is ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution). Motor Trader was offered an opportunity to get brief driving impressions on Perodua’s new test course a few weeks ago and although the time was limited, it was enough to get an idea of the performance that can be expected.
So the first variant I chose to drive was the Bezza 1.0 with a manual transmission which I expect would be the cheapest one. The accompanying sound was as expected from a 3-cylinder engine – what I usually call a ‘motorboat’ sound. The engine revs freely and though the upward shifting was easy, I kept finding some resistance going into 3rd gear.
This is not to say that it ‘doesn’t have enough power’; in the early years of the Kancil, people often thought it can’t go up Genting Highlands but any car can do it. With this bigger engine, the performance was much better and I would say it is ideal for the car. Electronic management helps to make the transitions between gears smoother as the computer times the change precisely and coordinates it with the engine output too.
Being tall and narrow, it would seem that the car will not feel so stable but it sat well on the road at high speeds and in turns, it did not roll much.
There is still the physical action of turning the starter motor and that makes noise and can sometimes be rough. If you are using Windows and have updated to Visual Studio 2015, then it is ready to go without installing any additional software. Take note, that by using the --out parameter as shown above you can compile multiple TypeScript files into a single file.
Thankfully, TypeScript already supports this for standard syntax, but what about third-party libraries such as jQuery, Angular, Backbone and more? We can do this by dragging the .js file to the center of the screen and the dock will appear.
If we add the following function, we can see that it is looking for a string to be passed in.
This clearly isn’t what we were looking for, as we wanted to add two numbers together. If we declare the b variable and use the Book interface, we can enter information about the title and author as well as what the function should return.
In the last line, we instantiate our MyBooks class that conforms to the interface we created earlier. I know that is how I felt as I started learning TypeScript and reading the language specification guide. I much prefer the classes an OO programmer understands, so I take it you have the option for both. It allows you to connect your HDMI outputting devices to a VGA input like a monitor or projector.The HDMI to VGA adapter cable is truly a great advance. Sometimes companies lie (and even ask the police to take action) because they still want to maintain secrecy but in this instance, Perodua was telling the truth.
Critics may argue that Perodua is just ‘cloning’ products – taking Daihatsu models and making a few changes here and there but with no real in-house capability.
Though denied in earlier years, Proton had actually adapted the platform of the Mitsubishi Carisma and initially used Mitsubishi and Renault engines for the Waja. It has been entirely designed by Malaysians and although there are some Japanese present in the design department, they are more for coordination on certain matters with Daihatsu.
This is probably because Perodua has not had a sedan in its line-up and so people had no choice if they preferred a Perodua. Others have said that the sealed boot is preferred because it will keep durian smells from getting into the cabin!
The width and wheelbase, in particular, can’t be varied but the overall length can and the Bezza is 510 mm longer than the Axia. Not so with the Bezza which has well-balanced proportion and a nice frontal presentation which gives a visual impression of more width than the Axia. There are also little features like air-spats under the front bumper and stabilizing fins at the door mirrors and rear lights to improve aerodynamic efficiency.

The spaciousness has been achieved by clever design of the seat structures and especially for the rear passengers, the seats are designed to offer better comfort and support.
And for an extra-long item like a carpet, you can also fold down the front passenger’s seat flat (have to take out the headrest) so there is a flat space all the way to the dashboard. It is commendable that in spite of having to sell its cars at low prices, it can still give such quality.
This means that you can watch videos (only when the car is not moving), use apps like Waze and Google Maps, access Facebook and other social media, listen to your own music selection and of course, make and receive phone calls. Due to space limitations, the two circular receptacles are merged and because they are so close, two large tapered cups may not fit in properly (cans are fine).
The NR-VE engine is more advanced than the one in the Myvi as it has Dual VVT-i, which means the opening and closing of the valves can be optimised for the exhaust side as well. It’s very useful because a running engine with the car not moving is a tremendous waste of fuel; the Perodua engineers say that the system can help you get up to one more km for each litre. By using this approach, the alternator does not need to be used so much and as the alternator is driven by the engine, less use means less load on the engine. We don’t know what the price range is at this time and won’t know till the launch but from the way the Perodua people keep smiling when asked, we may be in for a pleasant surprise. ASEAN NCAP (and also EuroNCAP) will not give maximum star ratings if a model does not have VSC, not matter how well it does in the crash test. That’s not all – there’s also Hillstart Assist which makes moving off on a slope easier and the windscreen wiper speed is matched to the speed of the car (the faster the speed, the faster the wiper sweeps). It’s sometimes irritates me but I know it is unavoidable and as with the Axia, I urged the engineers to try to mask the sound by putting more insulation in. I’m not sure if it was the particular unit but it was noticeable; with manual transmissions, the operation is usually smooth to the point that there’s nothing to comment on.
The problem with many drivers is that they want to do it in top gear and so the car struggles on steep slopes. In more extreme manoeuvres like a slalom course, the car tracked very well and was very controllable as it swung left and right. However, the challenge is to balance the amount of assistance between high and low speeds and different drivers will have different expectations. It’s not like in hybrids which operate with no sound or movement as they start off with the electric motor. It offers classes, modules, interfaces and more along with powerful tooling such as static checking, refactoring and statement completion. Thankfully, you have a vast variety of options besides Visual Studio such as Sublime Text, WebStorm, Visual Studio Code or even the web browser playground. This is the only command that I manually run since using TypeScript and one that might help you. After we make a change to our TypeScript file, then we can simply press CTRL-S to save it and the JavaScript file will update automatically as shown below. Let’s go ahead and put a break point on the return line and we can inspect the locals window to see what the value of the properties are at run-time.
Hopefully, this post is enough to get you started in the right direction without sifting through pages of documentation and looking at outdated code samples.
As chips have gotten smaller we’ve been able to cram the chipsets found in giant converter boxes and bulky adapters into the nice form factor of a simple cable. There was no ‘Jaguh’ sedan but they did not deny that they were ‘looking at the possibility of producing a sedan’.
Unfortunately, because much of the R&D activity is kept secret (like any other manufacturer), the public has never been able to know how much progress Perodua has really made in developing in-house capabilities and they are considerable.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Bezza sells better than the Myvi eventually, confirming that Malaysians still like the 3-box design. The perception that a hatchback is not as spacious as a sedan no longer holds true with today’s models and the Honda Jazz clearly demonstrates this.
In other countries, cars at this end of the market are usually quite basic and quality is not a priority. This is timely since the authorities are getting more serious about use of the handphone while driving and say that even holding it when waiting at a traffic light is an offence. But what this really means is that the level of protection is the same with all variants, except that Active Safety is different due to the absence of VSC in the other variants.
They told me that they have lowered cabin noise levels but their focus was more on other sources of noise. So engineers usually wait till the car is on the market some time and listen to feedback and then fine-tune the steering feel. Fortunately, the sound of the starter motor isn’t very loud otherwise motorists in cars next to you will wonder if you are a terrible driver and keep stalling the engine! Next, we use the familiar $ syntax from JQuery to get an id on our HTML page (called greet) and add a click event handler to it. Interfaces help us keep our programs error-free in the IDE or editor by providing information about the shape of the data that we are going to work with. The chipset is so small, you might mistake this cable for just another run-of-the-mill cable, but this so much more! One downside with the new engine – it requires an extra litre of engine oil (4 litres instead of 3 litres) which will add a little to maintenance cost but since you will save on petrol, this increase is probably offset anyway.
There are also anti-intrusion beams in the doors to give better protection during side impacts and a beam across the back of the rear seats to prevent luggage from shooting forward and causing injuries in the event of a severe collision.
I read on Amazon that it requires a powered HDMI port, which I didn’t think Chromebooks have.
Is this simply a function of trying to run HDMI on a VGA monitor, or is there something I can do about it?Thanks.
Connecting through a Micro-HDMI to HDMI adapter shouldn’t cause any special problems. Anything longer than 15′ or so on the VGA cable side might have EDID problems (not able to detect monitor).
If you decide to try and can post here with the result, that would be a great help to others. I’ve tried everything I can think of to get my Dell Inspiron 5421 (Win10) to display on an LG E2250T display, with no success. When I connect the cable to my HDMI port, with cable already connected to the LG display, both my screens go dark. The converter chip in our cable requires a certain amount of power from the HDMI port to run, and our fear would be the low-powered embedded device would not be able to drive it properly. We have tested the cable with the Raspberry Pi and it does not work, so I would presume you would run into the same limitation.

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