KLIMS 2013


Previous post titled 'KLIMS 2013: Preview' highlights few of the interesting and must-see cars at KLIMS. Throughout the 10-day event, more than 150,000 visitors turned out. The numbers were incredible for our own Malaysia motor show but I believe, more people could have come. For those who are staying distant from PWTC and accidentally missed it, no worries. Join me and I'll give a private tour back to the week of KLIMS 2013. :D

There were a total of 5 halls at KLIMS. From the entrance booth, Hall 2 was the first one that you'd step into and immediately, and be greeted with array of nicely lined up VWs. With VW increasing rapidly in Malaysia, Volkswagen Group Malaysia brought 19 exciting models to KLIMS.

The Beetle Fender Edition (front) was an exclusive model equipped with specially designed sound system by Fender. Plugging your guitar into the car and perform a song? Not a problem.

Pic: YB. Dato' Hasan with Dr Zeno Kerschbaumer, Managing Director of VW Group Malaysia.

Coming to KLIMS as a media was quite an experience. Media people are the ones who get to participate in the new car launch event, seeing the cars first before unveiling to the public. Newest Volkswagen Polo 1.6 was premiered at KLIMS and my god, to take perfect pictures of the VIP (like in the net/papers/magazines) was no easy task.

The 2014 Polo Hatchback 1.6 is the third Malaysia assembled VW model after Passat and Polo Sedan. Its 1.6L 105PS MPI engine and 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission result in better fuel consumption of 6.5L/100km. Plus, with its attractive sporty design, the new Polo shall be in the new buyers' car list.

Anyone who came wouldn't mislook this expensive Lexus LFA at Lexus booth.

LFA is a Lexus supercar made to be in the same level as the exotic Ferrari and Lamborghini. Under the hood, is a 4.8L V10 engine powering 552hp with 480Nm of torque. It might not be the fastest car in the world but, the LFA did get praises for its handling, chassis, interior and engine sound from famous motoring presenter Jay Leno (Jay Leno Garage), Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear) and Tiff Needell (Fifth Gear).

With the price tag of US$375,000 (not sold in Malaysia), it is one of the most expensive Japanese road cars ever built and limited to only 500 units in the world.

Catwalk performance by the lovely Lexus ladies at Lexus area.

Toyota booth was directly opposite of Lexus and from time to time, informative presentation on Toyota's lineup were delivered to the visitors.

Next Prius? Maybe. It's the Toyota NS4, a next-generation plug-in hybrid concept integrated with the latest technologies. One example of the Toyota NS4 high tech feature is its new Pre-Collision System (PCS) which capable of detecting potential threats and automatically applies brakes and steering to avoid collisions. Very smart indeed.

Toyota took a whole new approach in designing the new Vios. A meaner and angrier front face and it even looks sportier with the optional TRD kit. If you're getting one, I do recommend to give it a bigger wheels. The wheels here look tiny. Haha.

Moving forward, you'd be in Hall 1, the biggest hall among the five and Honda was one of the many major non-local car manufacturers stationed here. The ultimate version of CR-Z, the Mugen RR was the reason (not the girls) why I spent most of my time at Honda booth. I took tons of pictures of it and I'll like to feature it with more details in my next post!

Miss Malisa was always around the CR-Z posing in the sweetest way for the cameraman. :D

Parked on the stage was Honda's electric small sports car concept, the Honda EV-Ster. It was first debutted at 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. At first glance, you'll immediately recognise it as the successor to the Japanese kei car Honda Beat. But then, it was further improved and given a new name as the Honda S660 at the recent Tokyo Motor Show 2013. Japanese kei car spirit is back!

Ever seen a track purpose Honda Jazz? This is Honda Racing Malaysia Team's (HMRT) fully tuned race machine built to tackle the S1K or Sepang 1000km endurance race.

Honda Malaysia took the opportunity to launch the new 5th generation Odyssey at KLIMS. Two weeks after premiere launching in Japan, the premium 2.4L 7-seater MPV was brought in and ready for booking. Offered in two variants, the EXV (high) and EX (standard) will be priced at RM248,000 and RM228,000 respectively. *Models not included.

Another shot of professional Honda model from Thailand just for your fascination. :D

Luxurious brand Infiniti introduced the all-new premium sports sedan, badged the Q50. It is absolutely beautiful to look at and the youngest quadruple F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel did contributed to the development this sports saloon. With its powerful 3.7L V6 engine outputting 328hp, the Q50 gets from 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h.

Also on display at Infiniti were F1 related items like F1 racing suit, shoes and gloves, all worn by Sebastian Vettel. But, the helmet above was Mark Webber's. Sadly, he had ended his F1 career last month and will start anew in Le Mans with Porsche.

Lexus is to Toyota, Infiniti is to... Nissan! There weren't any GTR or 370Z at Nissan display area. However, we must understand that presenting a green car would be more in line with KLIMS 2013 theme 'Efficiency in Motion'. And, that is why Nissan brought the world's first mass-produced electric car, the Nissan Leaf to Malaysia. Yes, it's 100% Electric, selling at high RM168,800. Wow!

Subaru managed to accomodate 5 new cars at their spacious area which were Legacy, Forester, XV, and from the sports car class, Impreza WRX and BRZ.

Adding to the display, was a transparent BRZ car frame showing best what boxer engine can do. Small sized engine mounted at low center of gravity.

Isolated away from the main crowd, was the ZET (Zero Emission Transport), a real green public transport built by Malaysia company DreamEDGE. This all-electric powered vehicle uses rechargeable batteries to run, supported by a substitute solar panel thus, reducing greenhouse gasses (GHG) emissions. 4 hours of charging will get the ZET running for 160km distance. Not suitable for long distance ride, but best use for short trips around the city area.

After a handful of Japanese cars, let's proceed to Hall 3 where the French automakers were.

Interestingly, Citroen showed their latest flagship executive saloon called the Numéro 9 or DS9. The concept model is designed with plug-in full hybrid technology. The car is also capable of switching from 2L V6 petrol engine (225hp) to all-electric ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode (70hp) with 50km driving range. Or best, use all 295hp on four wheels achieving performance 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 244km/h. Indeed a performance saloon with environmental values by Citroen.

The 3D LED tail-light, a cool feature on the new Citroen DS3.

As shown before previously, this concept Perodua model, named the 'GMS Buddyz' might give a hint to Perodua's upcoming car design. I could see Perodua's effort to design a stylish yet practical car for the young generations. But is it a Yay or Nay? You decide.

She was sitting in the 'GMA Space', possibly an example of future Perodua Viva's interior.

Occupying small area at the corners of Hall 3 were heavily customised sports cars, competing for Malaysia International Auto Salon Competition. Visitors will be the judge and vote their favourite one based on overall car presentation including bodykit, interior, paint and stickers.

And, my vote went to this striking yellow Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII, wearing Varis bodykit with evident carbon fiber parts and simple CE28N metal gray wheels by RAYS Engineering. :)

Rocket Bunny GT86 by TRA Kyoto! My third time seeing this awesome tuning kit and it never gets bored. At first, I thought somebody from Malaysia managed to get their hands on the bodykit but, it turns out that this is an US imported 86, the Scion FRS. Members from Toyo Tires booth explained the car was brought in from Japan to promote the tyres.

If you're a petrol head who loves the 60's or 70's American classics, you would be glad to step into Hall 4. Rainbird Classic is a local classic car dealer and importer based in Port Klang and they showcased collections of tip-top condition vehicles from the post-war era.

Some were for display and some were for sale. Interested buyers or classic car fans, feel free to visit their site here.

The final hall, Dewan Merdeka was located opposite of Hall 4 filled with two best car makers of their country. Hyundai from Korea and Ford from America. Hyundai had 6 interesting cars at their booth: The new i40 Sedan, i40 Tourer, i30, Tucson, Veloster and...

... the latest concept by Hyundai European, the i-oniq (HED-8). The coupe-style four passenger hatchback was designed and developed at Hyundai's European R&D Center in Germany. The car looks huge with big engine but, it's actually a hybrid. 1L 3-cylinder engine (60hp) and a lithium-ion electric motor (108hp) can travel up to 700km and 120km in electric-only mode.

The futuristic interior of the i-oniq packed with complete connectivity.

My final highlight of the day had to be this famous American muscle car, the Ford Mustang. Here, is 2014 Shelby GT500 version specially brought in to celebrate 50th anniversary of the iconic model. Recognised for its mean and angry front with racing stripes, the muscle car has a very powerful 5.8L V8 engine with supercharged intercooler boasting 662hp and 855Nm of torque!

0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds and top speed of >322km/h makes the Shelby GT500 the most powerful Mustang ever.

Pretty Ford lady all the way from Thailand at KLIMS.

And, that sums up the highlights of the cars at KLIMS 2013. Surprisingly, car makers like Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Proton (local brand) were not present this year compared to the one 3 years back. Nevertheless, it was great to see the array of new commercial cars on display under the spotlight. Seeing so many hybrids and electric cars being introduced, reminds you that major car manufacturers are putting in effort to create green cars best for the environment.

Hopefully, we'll get to see more up-to-date concepts and participants from European cars at the following KLIMS, maybe in year 2016? Fingers crossed.

Thank you for reading, below are more pictures of the KLIMS 2013! Check it out yeah.