The much-awaited KLIMS 2013 were held for almost a week after a hiatus of three years. It was held at the PWTC (Putra World Trade Centre) from 15th – 24th November 2013. PWTC has always been the venue for KLIMS and it was quite a disappointment when there was a black out incident a few days back. Not to mention the decreasing amount of exhibitors taking part in KLIMS. Quite a number of manufacturers were not taking part and it must have been quite a blow to the organizer when even the national car manufacturer, PROTON was not there apart from other manufacturers as well. Even NAZA Italia was not taking part in KLIMS 2013.
Nevertheless, KLIMS has always been the biggest venue to gather manufacturers as well as aftermarket parts companies to feature their latest R&D, vehicles, products and services as well as concept cars. This time around quite a number of manufacturers took the opportunity to launch the latest vehicles available to the market. Honda launched the new Odyssey a week after it was launched at the Tokyo Motor Show. Volkswagen Malaysia launched the ‘made-in-Pekan’ new Polo 1.6 whilst Toyota and Nissan went electric with their NS4 and Camry Hybrid, and the Nissan Leaf.
In the concept car segment, Citroen hits everyone’s nerve with its Numero 9. It’s a surefire that it would be quite a sell if it was realized and up for sale in the future. Toyota’s Fun Vii totally took the crowd to future with its Augmented Reality navigation and the ability to be charged wireless as well as changing the body color via the smartphone. The Fun Vii would be a great marketing tool for those who wanted to advertise their products using the body panel of the car. The Fun Vii will put mobile advertising in a new hype. The much-awaited hyper cars were no where to be seen in KLIMS2013.
Apart from the concept cars as well as launches of new vehicles, the one and only exhibition that enticed me at KLIMS was the American Classic Cars showcase that featured a fleet of vintages such as the Pontiac, Dodge, Chevy, Ford and more. The vintages were the ones that made my day. As for the Malaysia International Auto Salon, it was quite an eyesore as not all but most of the cars featured were utter nonsense in terms of modification, overall looks as well as the categories. Somehow or rather, the cars displayed were not as it were categorized. The one in charge in categorizing the cars must have been high on drugs or booze when he or she did the job.
The biggest improvement of KLIMS in my honest opinion were the girls in terms of looks and feel apart from the vintages. We can only hope that the next KLIMS will be at least on par with the Bangkok Motor Show in terms of displays, numbers of exhibitors as well as activities. If our neighboring country can do it why can we Malaysians. Hopefully the organizer would learn and improve and give us Malaysians an international level car show worth the money spent in the next coming KLIMS.
words: hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims