The 2017 edition of the Malaysia Autoshow will be held from November 9 – 12, organised again by the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI). Unlike previous years when the event was held at The MINES, this year’s event will be held at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) which is situated between Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
MAEPS was created under an initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture with the objective of providing suitable facilities for events and exhibitions, especially for those related to agriculture. It has four convention buildings spread over 149 hectares of land and lots of parking spaces, an important aspect for any public exhibition.
For this reason, MAEPS was chosen as the venue for the Malaysia Autoshow which has seen increasing visitor numbers over the past two years. In fact, there is already a commitment to run the same event again in April 2018. The switch to April is to avoid clashing with major motorshows in other countries and also to be more closely timed with the motorshow in Thailand.
The Malaysia Autoshow focusses on sales, which appeals to many companies. For the 2017 edition, more than 80% of the exhibition space has already been taking up. Confirmed car brands which will be present are BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Land Rover, Mazda, Nissan, Perodua, Peugeot, Proton, Renault, Subaru, Toyota, and Volvo.
The venue also lends itself well to test-drives which will be readily available, allowing visitors to experience and compare different models which they have an interest in. There will also be an off-road course for SUVs and pick-ups to be tested.
Additionally, the Malaysia Autoshow will have Malaysia’s first ever Kart Slalom series. This is a new category introduced by the International Karting Commission of the FIA and is designed for people who have never competed in motorsports before.
In conjunction with the autoshow, the MAI will also hold the Kuala Lumpur International Automotive Symposium at the same time. The theme of this event will be ‘Smart, Safe and Sustainable Mobility’ and it will centre around promoting Malaysia as the regional hub for Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV).
As before, visitors will have a chance to win prizes during the show and one lucky visitor will stand a chance to win a brand new car! The Grand Prize is a RM89,888 Peugeot 208 with the award-winning PureTech engine. To try your luck, all you have to do is download the Malaysian Autoshow mobile app (to be available closer to the event date).
Besides allowing visitors to be in the running to win the Peugeot 208 PureTech, users will be able to request for test drives of their favourite cars at the event and vote for the ‘People’s Choice Car of the Year Award’. The app will also provide push notifications to visitors, information on exhibitors, as well as directions on getting to the venue.
The MAI Car of the Year awards will be presented before the show with winners from over 30 categories to be announced on November 8, 2017. Also for the first time, the nominees for Car of the Year are open to all new models that are sold by brand owners or their franchise owners in the Malaysian market. This expands the eligibility compared to previous years where only new cars launched during the year were considered for nomination.