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As oxymoronic as jumbo shrimp - and just as popular in Europe - the supermini segment has seen a rash of new releases recently, from the smart ev to the Obvio. Malaysian automaker Perodua this month is releasing yet another small city flitter, this one called Myvi. The myvi's best mpg statistic is 58.8mpg (Imp.) for the manual version over the Extra Urban cycle. I like that.

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Another day, another supermini for the UK. The latest entrant in the crowded European urban car class comes from Malaysian automaker Perodua, in the form of the Myvi. The little five-seater (a cloned Daihatsu Sirion) comes in two trim levels -- Sxi (5-speed manual) and Ezi (4-speed automatic) -- and has Daihatsu's 86-horsepower 1.3L K3-VE 4-cylinder underhood. That's good for an 11-second 0-62 time. Slow? Yes, but not a big deal, as most cars in this class see duty in urban environments that do

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With American buyers just beginning to wrap their heads around inexpensive Chinese cars coming to market, a new free trade agreement between Malaysia and the U.S. promises to add a few unfamiliar names to the likes of 'Geely' and 'Brilliance.' The pending FTA (expected to be approved next year) could double two-way trade between the U.S. and Malaysia by 2010, paving the way for auto companies like Perodua and Proton to find access to U.S. roads.

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