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The Perodua Kelisa is a city car manufactured by Malaysian automaker Perodua from 2001 to 2007. It is based on the fifth generation Daihatsu Mira, and is named after the Arowana fish native to Malaysia (ikan kelisa). It has a maximum speed of 97 mph (156 km/h) and can achieve about 55 miles per gallon. The Kelisa has a three-cylinder 989 cc petrol DOHC 12-valve engine (EJ-DE engine) with electronic fuel injection system. A smaller three-cylinder 847 cc petrol engine is also available.
The Kelisa is popular amongst Malaysian drivers for its relatively good power-to-weight ratio, affordable price and low fuel consumption. The limited-edition Kelisa - which is a two-toned colored variant of the standard model - sports minor interior trim. Later on, the interior of the Kelisa was given a few modifications and the exterior a modern Metallic Pearl Jade finish — a light double metallic colour, which Perodua marketed under the name Kelisa Imago.
Perodua vehicles were launched in the UK in 1997. The Kelisa has been around since January 2002 when it replaced the Nippa. The Kelisa range includes three models: the entry level EX, the GXi and the automatic EZi.
Selected high-end Kelisa models come with built-in Bluetooth technology.
A few days after the launching of the latest model, the Viva, Perodua announced it was stopping production of the Kelisa.
Jeremy Clarkson controversy
Top Gear co-host Jeremy Clarkson wrote in the Top Gear magazine that the name "Kelisa" sounded like a disease and was built in jungles by people who wear leaves for shoes. On the television programme he states that the Kelisa is "without doubt not just the worst car in its category, but in the world", and is "unimaginative junk, with no soul, no flair and no passion." Clarkson also attempted to perform a "handling test" on a Kelisa by driving in tight circles, only proving that he was unable to stay in the seat due to the g-forces acting on the car coupled with the seat's insubstantial padding. However, two other hosts of Top Gear, James May and Richard Hammond, proclaimed their support for the car. May went as far as to liken it to the original Austin Mini 7.
On his 2005 video production Jeremy Clarkson: Heaven and Hell, Clarkson purchased a brand new Kelisa from the local showroom and then proceeded to damage it on the spot using a sledgehammer. The car is then suspended from a crane (with a 1-ton weight attached to its front end) and blown up.
In response, the parliament of Malaysia criticised Jeremy Clarkson as a person who (for the first time) had judged the Kelisa with extreme bias, further disputing that no complaints were received by Kelisa owners in the United Kingdom and describing Clarkson's comments as attempts to boost sales of the Top Gear magazine. 
- Perodua Kelisa Webpage
- Kenari and Kelisa Owners Club
- Kelisa Owner's Club
- Perodua Owners Club and Forums Page
- Malaysia lambasts Top Gear host