Saturday, November 23, 2013

KLIMS 2013 Short Overall Show Coverage

The KLIMS, currently running at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC), will be finishing this weekend, with tomorrow Sunday Nov 24th being the last day. If you have not visited it, this weekend will be a good time to do so. Like any typical motor show, this year's KLIMS features a mixture of concept cars and 'real-world' road cars. Most manufacturers participating in this show are also taking the opportunity to launch new models and variants of existing models as well as pre-launch of new models (unveiling a new model which will be launched in the near future).

The exhibits in KLIMS is spread out over several halls and 4 distinct locations, like all previous shows. So there will be a certain amount of walking needed to get from hall to hall. The manufacturers exhibiting in this year's KLIMS are as follow:

Japanese marques
1. Honda
2. Toyota
3. Lexus
4. Nissan
5. Infiniti
6. Subaru
7. Daihatsu (they have a very small booth showing trucks)
8. Isuzu

Korean marques
1. Hyundai

Local marques
1. Perodua
2. Leading Edge (a Malaysian consultant firm designing and manufacturing niche market cars)

European marques
1. Peugeot
2. Citroen
3. Ford

Conspicious with their absence are KLIMS stalwarts and local manufacturers Proton and Naza. Proton is citing the lack of a suitable venue as the reason for their absence. The 'big four' European manufacturers too are again absent, for two consecutive motor shows or more now. They are of course Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi and Volvo. Also absent are the two smaller japanese car makers Mazda and Suzuki. 

For car nuts and motorsports enthusiasts, a few manufacturers are displaying their racing cars. Honda is showing off their HMRT Racing Jazz, Ford their Focus Race car and Infiniti their Red-Bull Renault F-1 car which they call the 'Infiniti Q100' in their booth. There are also a number of aftermarket displays ranging from window tints to 'toys' like air-fuel sensors. 

There are two small 'auto-salon' sections featuring modified cars on Hall 3 where the Peugeot, Citroen and Perodua booths are. These two sections are tucked into one corners each. One 'auto-salon' is focussed on supercars, heavily modified and includes a Nissan R35 GTR, an Audi TT, a Lamborghini, amongst others. The other 'auto-salon' display features modified normal road cars and are mostly Peroduas, a couple of Toyota Vios'es and a BMW. Look for a really over-the-top (yet interesting nonetheless) Perodua Kenari featuring a lavish gun-based theme.

Up in Hall 4 however is the very interesting 'American Classic Cars' display with such notable cars an an original Corvette Stingray and a Ford Model T. These cars have mostly been maintained by AutoGlym car-care. There are also four ex-F1 cars on display in the Classic Cars hall. Oh yes, speaking about Ford, do not miss the Ford booth where they have a Ford Shelby Cobra supercar. 

Time permitting, I plan to briefly cover some of the other manufacturer's booth at the KLIMS over the next couple of days.

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