Malaysia lambasts Clarkson

#1
Looks like Jeremy has offended Malaysian national pride:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6528087.stm

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has come under attack in the Malaysian parliament for labelling one of the country's cars the worst in the world.
The BBC presenter has been filmed attacking the Perodua Kelisa with a sledgehammer before blowing it up.

But minister Abdul Raman Suliman defended the nation's car industry, saying Mr Clarkson was like a football commentator who cannot play football.

He told MPs, Perodua had not received a single complaint from British owners...

Mr Clarkson has voiced his frustrations with the small three-cylinder model in both magazine articles and on the Top Gear motoring show.

In one article, he said its name was like a disease and suggested it was built in jungles by people who wear leaves for shoes.

And on the show, he described it as "unimaginative junk, with no soul, no flair and no passion".

He then smashed it, hung it from a crane with a one-tonne weight attached, before blowing it up.
Are there any British owners? :p
 
#2
Probably none that would own up.
 
#4
Clarkson offending an entire nation?...not like him at all! 8O
I'm sure he managed it with the germans before by saying the german special edition mini would be fitted with satnav that only goes to poland!
Laughed so hard i nearly puked! :D
 
#5
Rated at 55bhp in a vehicle tipping the scales at just 760kg, (115kg less than the Ford Ka) engine performance is lively (0-60mph in 14.8 seconds) and especially so when accelerating from lower speeds. At the other extreme, Kelisa happily cruises at the maximum motorway speed with power to spare. The top speed of 88mph is achieved in fourth gear with fifth providing improved economy and lower revs for cruising on the motorway.

Says it all really! And that's the best Perodua themselves can come up with! http://www.perodua-uk.com/kelisa.htm
 
#6
I have had to google this as I have never even heard of it before.

The UKs cheapest car?

Doors, wheels, seats, roof all come as standard. Not much else
:D

WhatCar? Gives it 2 stars, so a pretty cheap and nasty car by all accounts.
 
#7
I'm not sure if you could compare them to another Malaysian manufacturer, Proton but I had a prang in NI which of course wasn't my fault as somebody in front of me decided to stop when I wasn't looking.

Disregarding such bad driving on his part, I examined the damage and the arrse end of his Proton was totally unscathed while the front end of my British built Metro was no more.
 

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#9
Mr_Deputy said:
Well at least they can build a cheap car. Nasty or not. It's probably OK for an old lady or whatever. More than the UK can unless for our Jap masters. Don't get me started - I could do a Mastermind individual effort on the British car industry. (Please anyone who wants to fight - don't go on about Caterham 7s or whatever much as I love all these cars I am not talking about the odd car here and there costing a small fortune.)

We should have made a sexy mini version of the Jag E type, cheap Porsches but cheap plus a range like Ford and so-on - what every British man and woman wanted. We got the Maestro.

RIP British car industry.

All we have left is slagging everyone else's efforts off.
Question is, when would we produce such a car? Before, during or after the industrial action and working to rule?

Every time these communists damage a company with their strikes for perceived unfairness to the staff (ignoring the financial plight of the company) they are most voluminous in the rhetoric and bile they spew forth. When the [company/mine/dockyard] (* Delete as appropriate) finally goes bust, you don't hear a murmer apart from 'Why did the gummint not do more to help the struggling company'.

Don't get me started!

As for Jermy Clarkson - let's not forget the recent spanking he gave the USA. I consider him to be a model British citizen who is doing his duty, which is to roundly slag off all other nationalities, their countries, products and cultures.
 
#10
I think JC was being generous. It really is a dog.

From "Verdict on Cars"


Quick Summary
Avoid. It's the cheapest car on sale in Britain - but there's still no reason to be tempted.

Full Road Test

The Kelisa's lowly pricetag earns it more attention than it really deserves in terms of its merits as a car - and despite its bargain status, few will be tempted by a desperately dated package.

In the Kelisa's defence, it has a couple of positive qualities. Its three cylinder engine has a nice, revvy sound to it and provides a spirited approximation of acceleration under urban use. Generous power assistance for the steering, a light gearchange and good visibility make it easy to park in tight spaces, too. And the seats are reasonably comfortable over the sort of short distances it's likely to be used for.

Sadly, in every other area it's terrible. From the look of the grafted-on chrome radiator grille to badly designed, desperately dated interior it projects precisely zero ownership appeal. And beyond derestriction signs the engine's best efforts quickly come to naught, with the Perodoa barely able to overtake tractors and unhappy to cruise (noisily) at more than about 65 mph.

Alarmingly, the Kelisa lacks ABS anti-lock brakes - they don't even feature on the options list. And under even moderate retardation the front tyres tend to lock up, with the car pulling to one side when this happens.

Three models are available, with only the cheapest "EX" making the slightest case for itself. Punishing depreciation means that potential savings over a nearly-new supermini are soon negated, though.

Styling
The designer of the chrome radiator grille and the designer of the rest of the boxy bodyshell appear to have never met. Terrible.

Environment

Out of date, inefficient engines lead to poor fuel economy and incredibly high emissions figures for such a small car - over 150g/km with an auto 'box!

Handling


Grip levels are reasonable by ultra-cheap city car standards, but the lack of ABS braking is a serious omission.

Comfort

Front seats lack support but are surprisingly comfortable over short distances. Cruising is very loud.

Quality + reliability

As the cheapest car on sale in Britain it's appropriate that the Kelisa possesses by far the cheapest-feeling cabin. It's truly dreadful.

Performance


The three-cylinder engine spins sweetly enough and provides a decent urban turn of pace. Outside city limits, though, forget it - we've encountered faster glaciers.

Roominess


Poor rear seat space and a tiny boot, utility further knocked by the lack of a split in the folding rear seat.

Running costs


Good fuel economy and cheap servicing (if you can find a Perodua dealer) - although insurance is Group 3, which seems a bit high considering the total lack of urge.

Value for money

We can't see the Kelisa's low list price as being anything more than a false economy. A nearly-new mainstream supermini is a vastly better prospect.

Stereo / Sat nav

Aftermarket stereo is fiddly to operate and has tinny sound quality. Satnav? Buy an atlas...

We like:


1) To be honest, absolutely nothing


We don't like:

1) Appalling cabin.
2) Lack of ABS brakes.
3) Everything else.

Car Magazine says:

Steer Clear. "Lowest of lowest common denominators."

4car says:

Not recommended. "Verging on the masochistic."

http://www.verdictoncars.com/jsp/vocmain.jsp?lnk=201&model=848&description=Perodua Kelisa
 

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#11
mistersoft said:
I'm not sure if you could compare them to another Malaysian manufacturer, Proton but I had a prang in NI which of course wasn't my fault as somebody in front of me decided to stop when I wasn't looking.

Disregarding such bad driving on his part, I examined the damage and the arrse end of his Proton was totally unscathed while the front end of my British built Metro was no more.


Never come across anyone who admitted to owning a Metro before. Admire your style.
 
#13
oldbaldy said:
mistersoft said:
I'm not sure if you could compare them to another Malaysian manufacturer, Proton but I had a prang in NI which of course wasn't my fault as somebody in front of me decided to stop when I wasn't looking.

Disregarding such bad driving on his part, I examined the damage and the arrse end of his Proton was totally unscathed while the front end of my British built Metro was no more.


Never come across anyone who admitted to owning a Metro before. Admire your style.
It was cheap, cheerful and a bag of shite.

Very cheap.
 
#15
Cpl_ripper said:
mistersoft said:
British built Metro was no more.
My British Built Ital was a pile of crap. :lol:
But my British built replacement for the Metro, a Nissan Micra was superb.

Except for the Malaysian built German Blaupunkt radio/cassette.

That was crap.
 
#16
Only Malaysia? A very quiet day for JC, then.

Surely he's upset plenty of others.

BMW = "Nazi staff cars" etc etc

TG for a presenter who can upset people! When did anyone ever complain about all the others, who lack any personal point of view and merely mouth PC waffle?

We should breed from JC.
 
#17
I had a similar result when a bloke in a rover 600 had the temerity to rear-end my Ford Fiesta.

Couple of grand worth of damage to the Rover, the Fiesta didn't have any visible damage at all.

A few days later I subsequently found a dent in the bottom panel, behind/under the bumper. I put that Fiesta through a lot of abuse, I must respect the fact that it just kept on ticking.

NTM
 
#19
frenchperson said:
Jeremy Clarkson is an anagram of 'f*cking ********' - except for some of the letters.
Yes but he's funny.

A rare commodity as far as the beeb goes.
 

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