Malaysian automaker Perodua begins accepting bookings for its new Axia compact, the Southeast Asian country’s first energy-efficient vehicle (EEV), with a tentative starting price of RMB24,900 ($7,888). Perodua says the EEV can achieve up to 50.8 mpg (4.6 L/100 km) and is packed with unique Malaysian features. The name “Axia” (pronounced a-ZEE-a) was chosen by combining the word Asia, removing the S and adding X as the Roman numeral for the number 10 – representing ...

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