Last day of KLIMS'18: Top 7 exhibits to see if you are rushed for time

By CARSIFU | 2 December 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Today is the last day of the 10-day motoring extravaganza that is the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show.

It began on Nov 23 and started on a new footing after a five-year absence from the scene.

The venue this time was at the bigger and newer Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC as shown above). The show was held at the Putra World Trade Centre in 2013.

This year's show has 74 participating companies occupying six exhibition halls spanning two levels at MITEC.

Star Media Group is the Official Media Partner of KLIMS’18.

The latest edition has seen droves of Malaysians flocking to the show to see and feel some of the latest production cars, concepts and vehicles that are set to go on sale in Malaysia next year. Total visitor turnout is expected at 350,000.

With KLIMS'18 on its final leg and only hours to closing time at 10pm, here's a round-up of the top 7 exhibits at the show.


1. Proton X70

Proton has done a fabulous job creating a huge buzz in the months preceding the X70's reveal at the motor show. Proton's first SUV was easily a key attraction at the show. The crowds we observed at its stand couldn't get enough of seeing, touching and getting inside the vehicle.

The X70, based on the Geely Boyue, is a 1.8-litre turbocharged five-seater SUV that seeks to rival the likes of the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. Prices will be revealed on Dec 12 at its official launch.


2. Toyota Camry

Completely redesigned for the eighth generation, the latest Camry will only be available as a 2.5V, and priced at RM189, 900. It has a 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The new Camry is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense that includes Pre-collision System, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) as well as Automatic High Beam (AHB).


3. Peugeot 308 GTi 

The compact sports car has a 1.6-litre 270bhp/330Nm turbocharged engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

Other highlights include 19-inch "Carbone" lightweight wheels, a dual exhaust system, bucket seats with Peugeot Sport branding and a Torsen limited slip differential to maximise driver enjoyment.

Its estimated price without insurance is RM199,888.


4. Hyundai's virtual reality (VR) experience

Hyundai's booth has a captivating offering for patrons with a virtual reality (VR) experience in driving one of their i20 World Rally Championship (WRC) cars.

The VR experience machine was flown in from South Korea to allow visitors to the show a three-minute "taste" for free of what the rally car might feel like to drive through snowy plains and dirt roads with some standing water.


5. Perodua X-Concept

The Perodua X-Concept adds some excitement to the brand. It is a futuristic hatchback that hints at its direction. It is envisioned with an LED-illuminated grille, low-set Y-shaped LED headlamps, dynamic pulse turn indicators and rear-hinged back doors.

The car also does not have a B-pillar to make entry and exit easier.

Said to be designed by local talents for the tech-savvy generation, the X-Concept comes with an advanced-looking dashboard that has a TFT instrument panel, a 12.9-inch central touchscreen and a flat-bottom steering wheel.


6. Performance car zone

The "Sup-Up Car" zone, presented by Wrap Xpert, Tom’s Stickers and ODR Lubricants, has supercars including the Ferrari 458 Italia, Range Rover Velar, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with eye-catching gull-wing doors, Bentley Continental GT, the Lamborghini Gallardo, the McLaren 650S GT3, and the Cadillac Escalade 180" - the longest souped-up limousine in Malaysia.


7. Lexus LS+ Concept

The futuristic LS+ Concept on display offers insight into the Japanese luxury carmaker's prowess in design and technology.

The automated-driving capable LS+ Concept vehicle was first unveiled to the world at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show in 2017.

The LS+ Concept has automated driving technologies planned for application in 2020. In addition, it is fitted with Lexus' Highway Teammate automated driving technology that allows the car to enter or exit motorway ramps without driver intervention.

The car can communicate with a data centre to update its systems' software and allow new functions to be added.