Honda Malaysia recently hosted an 8-model test drive, aptly themed "Driving Honda's DNA", in Sepang International Circuit for the local media. Aimed at reacquainting the media with its renowned i-VTEC engine and advanced safety technology, the 8-model test drive took place in four different stages namely On Track, Slalom Challenge, Wet Track and Skid Control.
Thrilled by the adrenaline pumping actions on the test tracks, all media were delighted by the opportunity given to them to push all 8 models to their limits on and off tracks.
At the end of the test drive, all media were pleased to learn that all Honda makes are made to deliver Performance, Practicality and Style, which is also the singular DNA in the heart of the brand.
Pictures below with their respective captions would walk you through the excitement during the adrenaline-pumping event and after.
Special guest, 10-time rally champion, Karamjit Singh (Centre) sharing his experience with the media
On Track – Particularly set up to showcase the high speed performance, stability, handling of City, Civic Type R, Civic and Accord.
Slalom Challenge was made up of an obstacle course that tested the agility and handling of CR-V in tight and narrow lanes. The objective of the course was to showcase the sedan-like driving of the stylish SUV. Media were timed during their test drives and drivers with the top 10 fastest lap time walk away with lucrative prizes!
Wet Track was set up to test the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) in Accord 2.4 and Stream RSZ. Sprinkled with water, the test track simulated an extremely wet and slippery driving condition. During the test, media were driving at a speed between 40kmph and 60kmph, where ABS and VSA are important to allow the driver maintain vehicle control in such unpredictable road condition.
Stream were able to stay on course with its in-built VSA and ABS despite the slippery road condition.
Skid Control track was designed primarily for media to learn the life-saving technique - opposite steering lock, when a vehicle skids during poor weather condition.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY KARAMJIT SINGH
10-time rally champion, Karamjit Singh showcased the maximum capability of Honda makes in a few stunts.
After half day of fun and thrill on and off track, all media unwound and relaxed at a party specially hosted for them. The evening unfolded with more fun and laughter as the prize giving ceremony took place, followed by a series of lucky draws.
Here are what some of the media have to say:
“This is a good way for us to explore the car’s performance. We do not get to test the car this way (on the Wet Track) on the open road,” Hong Boon How, Star Motoring.
“It was a great experience where we get to refresh our driving skills and technique in the various courses. The test drive experience also refreshed our knowledge about Honda cars,” Mr. Yew Hong Chin, Kwong Wah Yit Poh.
“The overall event is better than expected as it was my first time attending a test drive organised by Honda Malaysia. Overall, the Track was fun as it tested our driving skills. And all the cars performed well in the different courses. Generally, the event was fun and it helped me to know the cars better.,” Faiz Al-Shahab, Fleet Auto
“Besides the fact that we didn’t spend enough time with the Type R on the track, in overall, it was a well done event. Good timing. The event also helped the media to understand Honda’s technology better, especially the VSA and the braking test. In the Skid Control, I refreshed my driving technique,” Justin Toh, SHIFT.
“I personally liked the On Track drive. It helped me to improve my knowledge about Honda’s products. This kind of test drive helps us to improve our knowledge about Honda cars. The event was done in good timing as well,”Ahmad Salihin, Berita Harian Auto.