Jenny now wants to buy a car, after checking out the Kia Spectra and the Hyundai Accent sedans. They all look pretty good, although they do cost quite a bit. Kia Spectra is only available with an automatic transmission and comes with a 1.6L 16V DOHC engine. No idea about its fuel efficiency. The basic version goes for RM 63,629 while the Novus version goes for RM 78,000. The difference between the basic and Novus versions are : - 6 CD changer - Body kit - Synthetic leather (read : PVC) steering wheel - Synthetic leather (read : PVC) seats - NAZA Cool Tint (UV protective tint) - Chrome door handles and wing mirrors - Alarm system - White signal lamps The Hyundai Accent, on the other hand, comes with the choice of manual and automatic transmission; and a 1.5L 12V SOHC engine which they claim is VERY fuel-efficient. The manual version goes for approximately RM 63K-64K with basic + luxury accessories installed. The basic + luxury accessories kits add the following : - upgrade from 13" steel rims to 14" alloy rims - reverse sensors - number plates, 3rd brake light, fog light, kick plate, exhaust finisher - ABS (mech type) - U-Kool (UV protective film) - Synthetic leather (read : PVC) seats and door panels - Synthetic leather (read : PVC) steering wheel and gear knob - Power windows Today, I took her to check out the Proton Gen2 as well. There's a new H Line version that comes with dual airbags, ABS, sport rims and real leather seats. Same 1.6L engine though. I think it retails for RM 59,000. The dealer claims it has a fuel consumption of only 6.1L per 100km. That's pretty good, I think. It's also the only car in this line-up that comes with airbags. Neither the Kia or Hyundai cars have airbags or real leather seats. However, the rest of the Gen2 is really quite plasticky. So, what do you guys think? She says she prefers a non-Proton car. I think she's sick of the poor quality junk we have had to live with until now. But thanks to our government's policies, local carmakers are still being pampered with tax benefits.. Therefore, it's quite a lot cheaper still to buy Proton cars. Another potential solution would be to buy a second-hand car.