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Published on November 26th, 2018 | by Amirul Mukminin

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KLIMS ’18 Puts Concept Cars in the Limelight

The Kuala Lumpur Motor Show 2018 (KLIMS’18), organised by Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), opened to highlights such as concept and preview cars from major automobile manufacturers.

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMW) brought in three concept cars for KLIMS’18. The Toyota FT-1 Supra is an iconic concept. Its main architect is Calty Design Research, Toyota’s North American Design branch. This racing model is inspired by Toyota’s recent sports cars concept such as the Supra, Celica and Scion FR-S.

In line with “Beyond Mobility”, Toyota’s i-Road concept is a combination of autobike and a car. The i-Road is one of Toyota’s solutions for future urban mobility towards travelling efficiency and sustainability.

The Toyota TS030-Hybrid is another attraction at KLIMS’18, highlighting the marque’s significant comeback in 2012 and 2013 to the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). It is a Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1) sports car and the first petrol-hybrid car to compete in the WEC.

Lexus is presenting the high-tech luxury vehicle concept with the preview of LS+. President of Lexus Malaysia, Mr Ravindran K, said “The inspired technology of Lexus vehicles today brings with it unsurpassed luxury and premium quality in every segment, creating platforms that are not only stunning to admire, but also to experience.”

The Lexus LS+ Concept is a display of advanced and dignified model in playing an important role towards the world of automotive safety. It is developed on Integrated Safety Management Concept and is geared towards a vision of a casualty-free driving world. Complete with sharp lines and stunning shoulders, its futuristic design is also equipped with safety innovations within its automated driving system (which uses the Highway Teammate application). This ensures a safe and smooth mobility while maintaining the pleasures of driving.

Over at the Perodua booth, the X-Concept displays Perodua’s future aspirations and lifestyles. The X-Concept is semi-autonomous, aimed for the Alpha Generation where modern technology plays a major role in their everyday lives. Perodua was pleased with the visitors’ response to their concept at KLIMS’18. Perodua’s booth is themed Illumination and they have loads of activities lined up throughout the show, including games, digital contests, prizes and performances.

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) displayed its all-new Nissan Leaf to the public for the very first time in Malaysia. The crowd puller has been predicted to make a market debut sometime in mid-2019. The 100% electric Nissan Leaf features a battery pack of 40kWh capacity which extends driving range. Based on previous Japanese testing cycles, it has proven to be able to travel up to 400 kilometres on a single charge. It is also equipped with tech-novelties such as the ProPILOT single-lane autonomous driving which automatically controls the steering and the distance between cars. The e-Pedal intelligently simplifies the operations of the car from starting, accelerating, decelerating, stopping to holding the car in position.

Celebrities were also spotted at KLIMS’18. JinnyBoy, Amyra Rosli and Elizabeth Tan toured the motor show and enjoyed the exhibitors’ presentations of car, bikes and commercial vehicle launches. JinnyBoy was exceptionally entertained by the Toyota FT-1 Supra. He was excited to be at KLIMS’18 and commented this is a great opportunity to see the car concepts live which until now could only be seen on YouTube videos. Having visited the previous edition of KLIMS, JinnyBoy also commented that this year’s motor show is bigger and more futuristic, soup-upped with a larger brand-new venue.

Amyra Rosli was impressed that she had the opportunity to see a variety of automobiles. This is her first time at a motor show and commented the visit to KLIMS’18 opened her eyes to the car industry in Malaysia. She enjoyed the rare sight of the longest limousine in Malaysia at KLIMS’18.

Elizabeth Tan, who is a major fan of cars, was glad that she had an unforgettable experience at KLIMS’18 being amongst new automobiles and concept cars. She commented that KLIMS’18 brought back good memories as she initially planned to study automotive engineering.

KLIMS’18 is held from 23 November to 2 December at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The opening hours are 11am to 10pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends. Entrance fees are RM20 for adults on weekdays and RM25 on weekends; RM5 for students, children 12 years and below and senior citizens on weekdays. There is also a family package of RM40 on weekdays and RM50 on weekends for a family with up to 5 children aged 12 and below.


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