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2017 Malaysia Autoshow

This year, the Malaysia Autoshow has moved to a new venue at MAEPS – the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang –  a huge site outside Kuala Lumpur with lots of parking areas and outdoor spaces for various demonstrations and activities. In fact, the land area is so big that it can even have a racing circuit which will be used for the second round of the Vios Challenge One-Make Race series towards the end of this month.

Although situated outside the city, the distance is not really that far and there’s a highway leading to it. The organisers have also made sure that there are various forms of public transport for people to use from a nearby KTM station. There’s also a special offer for those who use the Grab taxi service with RM8 off per trip (from/to) MAEPS and a complimentary entry ticket.

Emulating the motorshows in Thailand and Indonesia, the Malaysia Autoshow is more of a sales event rather than the more glamorous branding showcase like the big international motorshows. It’s like a collection of roadshows by different companies under one roof and in today’s market environment, that’s a more appealing proposition to many car companies in Malaysia. In fact, the cost of participating in the Malaysia Autoshow being low is one of the main reasons why it is seeing a good response from the companies.

Set-up costs are lower since the booths don’t need to be so fancy as are rentals. Furthermore, with the focus on sales, there’s a better ROI (return on investment) as there will be some vehicles sold, helping to offset the expenditure. As one marketing manager told Motor Trader, “Our principal doesn’t help us with the cost of participating so we can’t spend much and we need to try to offset some of the cost incurred.” He added that in the past, they had to spend hundreds of thousands of ringgit on motorshow participation because of high rentals and the cost of building booths but for this event, they have spent under RM100,000.

Of course, you won’t find concept cars at the autoshow but most visitors probably won’t miss them. They would be going to see the latest models that they can buy and in this respect, some companies used the opportunity to launch new models at the event. UMW Toyota Motor unveiled the new Toyota Harrier which will go on sale in 2018 while Honda Malaysia launched the latest generation of the Honda Civic Type R. Perodua will be launching an all-new Myvi in the near future and used the event to give a sneak preview of the new model.

Besides the displays of new vehicles, there are also other activities like the KL International Automotive Symposium, a music festival, free vehicle inspections, karting slalom and even a display of an autonomous car. The autoshow opens at 9 am and ends at 10 pm this Saturday and Sunday.

2017 Malaysia Autoshow

Visitors won't get to see the full shape of the all-new Perodua Myvi to be launched soon but they can see parts of it as well as a clear view of the front end and rear end.
Visitors won’t get to see the full shape of the all-new Perodua Myvi to be launched soon but they can see parts of it as well as a clear view of the front end and rear end.
This is the latest Toyota Harrier and it will now be officially available so it comes with a warranty and aftersales support. The variant UMW Toyota Motor will be selling will have a new 2-litre turbocharged engine, a powerplant never before offered in the model. It is priced from RM238,000 and you can start booking one now.
This is the latest Toyota Harrier and it will now be officially available so it comes with a 5-year warranty and aftersales support. The variant UMW Toyota Motor will be selling will have a new 2-litre turbocharged engine, a powerplant never before offered in the model. It is priced from RM238,000 and you can start booking one now.
In 2018, UMW Toyota Motor will also start selling the Toyota C-HR compact SUV. The price is still not known but the two units on display are said to have the specifications and appearance of the model to be sold.
In 2018, UMW Toyota Motor will also start selling the Toyota C-HR compact SUV. The price is still not known but the two units on display are said to have the specifications and appearance of the model to be sold.
Besides displaying their racing car for the Vios Challenge One-Make Series, there will also be the celebrity racers around to meet fans.
Besides displaying their racing car for the Vios Challenge One-Make Series, there will also be the celebrity racers around to meet fans.

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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia chose to display its cars outside and had a selection of models for visitors to test-drive and experience the premium quality of the German cars.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia  is displaying its cars outside and has a selection of models for visitors to test-drive and experience the premium quality of the German cars.
Honda Malaysia used the event to launch the all-new Honda Civic Type R which is priced at RM320,000. Ten years ago, when Honda Malaysia sold the Civic Type R, it was priced at RM199,800.
Honda Malaysia used the event to launch the all-new Honda Civic Type R which is priced at RM320,000. Ten years ago, when the company sold the Civic Type R, it was priced at RM199,800.
The Kia Stinger will be available in Malaysia next year but Naza Kia Malaysia is not giving any details of the price or engine. There's a big V6 but the size may mean that the price is too high so it is likely that the company will instead import the turbocharged 2-litre unit which could have a reasonable price.
The Kia Stinger will be available in Malaysia next year but Naza Kia Malaysia is not giving any details of the price or engine yet. There’s a big V6 engien available but the size may mean that the price is too high so it is likely that the company will instead import the turbocharged 2-litre unit which could have a reasonable price.

TC Euro Cars brought in the latest Renault Megane GT for the autoshow but hass no plans to offer it for sale yet. After the event, it will still be on display at showrooms.
TC Euro Cars brought in the latest Renault Megane GT for the autoshow but has no plans to offer it for sale yet. After the event, it will still be on display at showrooms.
Bermaz Motor's display includes the latest SUV models in premium colours - the CX-9 in Machine Grey and the new CX-5 in Soul Crystal Red.
Bermaz Motor’s display includes the latest SUV models in premium colours – the CX-9 in Machine Grey and the new CX-5 in Soul Red Crystal.
While other companies seem to have omitted 4-wheel drive for their SUVs, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia believes that 4WD is still an important feature that can improve driving safety. Its new locally-assembled Outlander 2.0 has 4WD as standard as well as 3 rows of seats. Price - RM139,988.
While other companies seem to have omitted 4-wheel drive for their SUVs, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia believes that 4WD is still an important feature that can improve driving safety. Its new locally-assembled Outlander 2.0 has 4WD as standard as well as 3 rows of seats. Price – RM139,988.
All Nissan models on display have a 'Star Wars' theme to promote Edaran Tan Chong Motor's latest sales promotion.
All Nissan models on display have a ‘Star Wars’ theme to promote Edaran Tan Chong Motor’s latest sales promotion.
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While the Nissan stand had all the models in white, Proton had all of theirs in red. The national carmaker also has displays which highlight the high standards of occupant protection.
While the Nissan stand has all the models in white, Proton has all of theirs in red! The national carmaker also has displays which highlight the high standards of occupant protection in the cars.
There are many new models to test-drive but not these two. However, you can be a passenger in them at no charge for the ride.
There are many new models to test-drive but not these two. However, you can be a passenger in them for a 3-km ride which costs RM30.
Classic car lovers will also find a selection of models from yesteryear. This is a 1963 Ford Consul Classic which had a 1340 cc engine.
Classic car lovers will also find a selection of models from yesteryear. This is a 1963 Ford Consul Classic which had a 1340 cc engine.
Before Japanese models like the AE86, WRX and Type R appeared on the scene, young men drove sportscars like these in the 1950s and 1960s.
Before Japanese models like the AE86, WRX and Type R appeared on the local scene, young men drove sportscars like these in the 1950s and 1960s.

The all-new Land Rover Discovery makes its debut in Malaysia at the autoshow. The price has not been announced but orders are accepted for the first variant which will have a 3-litre turbodiesel engine.
The all-new Land Rover Discovery makes its debut in Malaysia at the autoshow. The price has not been announced but orders are accepted for the first variant which will have a 3-litre turbodiesel engine.
With the industry moving towards 'electrification' of cars, a number of hybrids and electric vehicles are being displayed.
With the industry moving towards ‘electrification’ of cars, a number of hybrids and electric vehicles are displayed.
There's a contest for everyone who buys a RM10 entry ticket and the prize is this Peugeot 208 PureTech.
There’s a contest for everyone who buys a RM10 entry ticket and the prize is this Peugeot 208 PureTech.

On the outdoor 4x4 course, there's a chance to test the Hilux and Fortuner in various challenging conditions.
On the outdoor 4×4 course, there’s a chance to experience the Toyota Hilux and Fortuner in various challenging conditions.
The autoshow site is huge and exhibitors are situated in many different areas so it';s best to get a map and explore the whole site. There are shuttles to provide transport to each area.
The autoshow site is huge and exhibitors are situated in many different areas so it’;s best to get a map and explore the whole site. There are shuttles to provide transport to each area.
It's not unusual to find non-automotive exhibitors at a motorshow... but this is the first time we're seeing a barber too!
It’s not unusual to non-automotive exhibitors at a motorshow… but this is the first time we’re seeing a barber too!

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