Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 (KLIMS 2018) Opening Ceremony
The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 (KLIMS’18) officially got underway at the opening ceremony on 22 November 2018 which was graced by YB Anthony Loke Siew Fook, Minister of Transport. The ceremony launched the ten days of KLIMS’18 a day before the motor show opens its doors to the public. KLIMS’18 is organised by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) and will be held from 23 November to 2 December 2018 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC).
The opening ceremony of KLIMS’18 was concurrently held with the closing ceremony of the 5th Kuala Lumpur International Automotive Conference 2018, jointly organized by MAA and the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI). MAA is presenting the 9th edition of KLIMS with the theme “Beyond Mobility”, predicating the advances of motoring technologies that have overhauled drive engines to assimilate artificial intelligence, connectivity and renewable energy.
KLIMS’18 is an automotive showcase where visitors will get to see the largest collection of cars, bikes and commercial vehicles premieres and previews, concept car reveals, automotive products launches, limited edition cars and vintage cars.
Datuk Aishah Ahmad, President of MAA and Chairperson of KLIMS’18 organising committee said “KLIMS’18 is without doubt the showcase of automotive marques which are making aggressive moves to engage consumers in the market for trend setting vehicles. Visitors will be able to find revelations from vehicles with the futuristic and concept cars on display; and inspirations from the ingenuity of Malaysia’s automotive engineering students with the research and development vehicle prototypes from universities on display.”
KLIMS’18 spans 6 exhibition halls over 2 levels, covering over 16,000 square meters of exhibiting floor space, with 74 participating companies. Major car marques and automotive products companies are showcasing hundreds of novel and state-of-the-art auto products. Visitors can expect exciting exhibits from Benelli, Daihatsu, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kawasaki, Kia, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Perodua, Proton, Tata, Toyota, UD Trucks, C.A.M., DS, Citroen, Petronas Motorsports and products, 3M, V-Kool and many more. There will also be an exciting line up of show activities and promotions that have been planned throughout the show.
The KLIMS’18 “Sup-Up” Cars Zone by Wrap Xpert showcases supercars, including the Bentley GT, the Lamborghini Gallardo, the McLaren 650S, and the Cadillac Escalade 180″ – the longest sup-up limousine in Malaysia, and many more.
The Down Memory Lane Zone features a display of vintages, including those that have travelled continents, such as the vintage 1934 Austin 7, the 1978 Volkswagen Kombi which has travelled 45,000KM from Malaysia to Germany and back via the Trans Siberia Highway, and the 1971 Ford Capri that has made a record drive from Malaysia to Sri Lanka in 2015/16, and many more.
The Innovation Centre Zone showcases vehicle prototypes from 6 universities in Malaysia – Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNISZA), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) and Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP). The displays include Malaysia’s first locally developed Mobile Autonomous Vehicle (UiTMAV 2) from UiTM.
The Art of Speed is at KLIMS’18 where visitors can check out the latest custom-built bikes. Among some of the displays are the BMW R75/6 White Angel by the Rusty Factory, the Suzuki GS100E by the Kenstomoto Valkyrie, and others.
There will also be a Family Fun Times Zone for families visiting KLIMS’18. Children can try their driving skills at the Kids Driving School, or be entertained with Inflatable Castles, Rock Painting, Baby Corner and Busking performances.
KLIMS’18 is also hosting celebrities visit days. Visitors can catch their favourite celebs touring the motor show and posing with the vehicles on 24 November 2018 (3pm to 5.30pm) with Amyra Rosli, Elizabeth Tan and JinnyBoy; on 25 November (3pm to 5.30pm) with Alif Satar and Sazzy Falak; and on 1 December (3pm to 5.30pm) with Marsha Milan and Nazim Othman.
Photography enthusiasts can enter the KLIMS’18 Photography Contest whereby you can submit the shots and post on Facebook and Instagram according to three (3) themes – Fun Moments and #klims2018fun, Creative Composition and #klims2018creative, or submit for Instagram Photo-of-the-day and #klims2018. The best photographers can win cash prizes of up to RM1,000.
Look out for spirited and energetic performances by a South Korean girl dance group specially brought in by Hyundai Malaysia (Hyundai Sime Darby Motors)
There are three (3) cars for KLIMS’18 visitors to win in the Visitors’ Grand Lucky Draw. The car grand prizes include the Toyota C-HR, the Honda City and the Perodua Myvi, sponsored by UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd, Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd respectively. In addition, online KLIMS’18 ticket purchasers will also gain lucky draw chances to win Air Asia return flight to Tokyo.
Datuk Aishah Ahmad added that “MAA has pulled all stops to present a show worth visiting for visitors. Besides the largest and thrilling car displays and activities, visitors can find product and accessories related to the automobiles under one roof. We are confident that visitors will find KLIMS’18 an eye-opening experience packed with automotive action.”
KLIMS’18 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.
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.
Photo credits: MAA (Organiser of KLIMS 2018 for the official launch photo), MHB’s co-founder and principal photographer Andy Kho (www.andykho.com), Spiel Chow, and author’s own