claimed this new Waja (or "Impian" for overseas) as the first car
by Malaysian and specially made clear that it is not built on a
Lancer. However, the statement might hides a lot of exclusion, such as
the petrol engines that are bought directly from Mitsubishi, the diesel
engine that came from PSA - both used to be close partners of the
Malaysian car maker - and then the "Ride and Handling" work done by
suspect that Lotus’
work might not be limited to ride and handling tuning only. The whole
was probably designed by (though not necessarily styled by) Lotus.
Lotus expanded the R&D facilities in Norfork 3 years ago? Some of
test benches as well as workstation computers were reserved for
projects. So I believe some of the 300 Malaysian engineers involved in
the project were sent to Norfork to do the chassis development and
from the British experts.
behind competition by a full generation. The grilles looks very
the tail looks like Volvo S40, overall shape is boxy and
The interior is even worse - ugly, low quality materials used, poor fit
and finish - although it offers good room front and rear. Seats are
thus provides little support.
are 2 petrol engines - a Mitsubishi-sourced 102hp 1.6-litre and a
120hp 1.8-litre. The 1.6 is an outdated design and no longer used by
Japanese company itself. Not only weak but it is also coarse and
to rev once the needle arrives 4,000rpm. So it is better to wait for a
Lotus-developed replacement to come in 2003.
It seems that
is the Lotus chassis. This is really a world class chassis, no, it
handles better than most "world class" rivals. The suspension tuning is
pure European, which is firm but provides excellent bump absorption. On
the other hand, it rolls little in corner, always feels taut and
to change direction. The 2.8-turn steering is direct and provides good
is default to be a success in home market. In the next 10 years, it
overcrowd Malaysian roads. However, export business will be tough
its below-standard quality and unattractive pricing. Buy Korean or