In our country after the Malaysian made car Proton and Perodua, the next popular choice is the Japanese car with Toyota and Honda is the most famous followed by the German car like Volkswagen, BMW , Mercedez Benz and Audi. The local made, Japanese made, and the German made car is the popular choice among car lovers in our country. The difference between the Japanese car and also the German is great in term of prices , performances, maintenance , and the availability of service center. Japanese sedan car like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Teana and Mazda will not be priced more than RM200,000 and for German car except for the Volkswagen Passat most of them is priced above RM200,000 and in the German car they have a turbo engine with smaller CC fixed in each car like the BMW Twin Turbo Engine, Audi  TFSI engine, and Mercedez Benz C class turbocharged engine.

The difference is not only in term of the price and engine specification but also for the interior design of the car too. The gear knob on the Japanese car is quite different than the German car. Where in Toyota Camry the gear knob is engaged in the reverse number 7 style , Honda, and Nissan prefer the tradition gear knob where the gear needs to be engaged in the straight line. The German car like BMW has bullets like gear knob where the user needs to engage the gear with the just slight turn to the back for D mode and a slight turn to the front for the reverse mode. The newly designed Audi have this type of the gear engagement and also for Mercedez Benz AMG line too. For Mercedez Benz non-AMG model the gear is on the right-hand side of the steering and not in the center of the normal car. Volkswagen has a similar gear knob like the Japanese car but with a leather wrap in the gear knob itself.

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The handbrake too they are a difference for the Japanese car and also the German car. The Japanese flagship model like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Teana does not have a traditional mechanical handbrake but instead have the footbrake where the user needs to engage the brake by pressing on this. Usually, it will be located in the most left hand of the driver beside the brake pedal. The German car loves button brake or electro parking brake. For BWM 3 Series model 318i and 320i the traditional mechanical handbrake is used but for their higher variant like the 330i and above the button is used as a parking brake. This method is used for the Volkswagen, Audi , and also Mercedez Benz. For the Japanese car, they need to press the footbrake while for the German a simple click of the button will engage the parking brake.

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In both of this car, they are a different way to activate the headlamp where for the Japanese is usually on the right hand of the steering and the user need to rotate in order to activate the headlamp. The Camry, Accord, and Teana use this method. The German car usually has a specially dedicated knob to activate the headlamp and usually, this will be located below the driver’s right-hand side air conditioner ventilator. On the ease of use, it depends on the user preference and choices as both provide an easier way to activate the headlamp in their respected car.

The dedicated head light knob in Passat. Below the driver right-hand side air cond ventilator. Most of the German car uses this method.

In the Japanese car, the clock display will usually a digital display. This is some for the Camry, Accord, and Teana and in the German car like BMW and Audi uses digital display too. But for the Mercedez Benz and for Volkswagen the clock will be displayed in an analog style. It gives the car interior a classic look with clock fixed right in the center where the driver and the rear passenger can view the clock clearly and the some go to the digital clock display too.

The biggest difference in the interior for the Japanese car and the German car is the control for the multimedia in the car. The Japanese car does not have any dedicated system for the multimedia control in their car. In the German car except for the Volkswagen, they are a dedicated system to control the multimedia interface in the car. BMW have their famous iDrive, Mercedez Benz with their COMMAND, and in Audi, it is called as Multimedia Interface (MMI). The German had improved this system to extend where the user not only able to control the time, function but also checking the car engine oil level, controlling the lock of the car and much more. In the Japanese car, they are also no any dedicated hard drive for the car but the German have it in their model. In term of this BMW have taken this further where the user can make concierge services and also have Tele Services in their car for the user to make concierge request or making any emergency call.

Both car manufacturer from their respected continent had a different interior convenience for the user. Although both have their difference in term of the design, the sole objective is to provide the user the best experience when they’re driving their car. Both of them are not only the most popular in Malaysia but also in the world and both have their own loyalist customer. The BMW 3 Series is the most popular BMW in Malaysia and also in the world where for the Japanese the Camry and Accord are the most popular choices among the Japanese car lovers in the world. Their difference in term of the interior design, pricing and also the engine attract many users to own their respective car and the best part is each of them will try to innovate or introducing something new for the car lovers in their latest model. The Japanese car and the German will truly be Malaysian ultimate choices in the years to come after our Malaysia made Proton and Perodua.

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