Foreword

Living in the real world

Living in the real world

I have a confession to make. I was a Motor Trader fan long before I worked for the company. I bought a lot more often than was strictly necessary, despite the fact I hardly had any money to buy a car. Why? Because it’s always nice to dream and check […]

The stuff of dreams

The stuff of dreams

Most of us have barely hit our stride for 2013 but already the first big holiday/sales period of the year is barrelling down towards us. Chinese New Year has traditionally been one of the peak car sales periods for the Malaysian market and it’s a happy coincidence it’s timed to […]

What to look for in 2013

What to look for in 2013

As we dump our old tabletop calendars in the bin and replace them with new ones for 2013, I think it’s a good time for a little crystal ball gazing. Forget New Year resolutions (mine never last), I’m more interested in what the car industry has to offer over the […]

It’s a buyer’s market

It’s a buyer’s market

To the car buying market, the start of a new year brings about the glorious annual discounting season by most major brands in the form of pre-registered vehicles. Essentially brand new, these pre-reg cars are sold at a significant discount as they are now classified as last-year’s car. With little […]

The season of giving

The season of giving

After the twin natural disasters of 2011 (tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand), car assembly and sales in Malaysia have bounced back impressively over the last 12 months. Despite new financial regulations making it harder to get financing for a car, the sheer number of launches would lead one […]

The best in the business

The best in the business

We literally go through thousands of cars each year at Motor Trader. From brand new models looking to establish a foothold in the market to well-used 5-year-old models looking for a new home, we advertise, take pictures of or drive a plethora of motors to bring you our opinions. Having […]

Buying and Selling

Buying and Selling

Through all the various promotions and revamps we’ve had over the years, one thing remains a constant and it’s this – at Motor Trader, we deal with the business of buying and selling cars. It’s a simple business plan but often forgotten are the steps and intricacies involved in making […]

Expanding our reach

Expanding our reach

Our Publisher has been expressing his concerns to me about less people actually buying magazines to read. “We can have the best writers in the world but it doesn’t matter if nobody reads their stories” is an oft-voiced complaint he has, and though it does seem a bit far-fetched, we’ve […]

Exotics within reach?

Exotics within reach?

My wife has pointed its only 5 weeks before Christmas, which means I have slightly over a month to get everything done. I’m usually pretty chilled about these things though, so I can fantasise about a Christmas gift for myself. Like all men, I would love something small, sporty and […]

And now, the awards

And now, the awards

2012 is winding down with only six weeks to go, but there seems to be no letting off in the car industry. New car launches continue to come thick and fast despite the media being awash with offers of free installments  direct discounts and discounted financing so it’s actually an excellent […]