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Motorshows are usually of two types – the established ones like the Geneva Auto Salon and the Tokyo Motorshow which are more about the brands and showcases for the techological advancements, and the regional ones like the Bangkok International Motorshow and the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show which are more sales-oriented (although there are also global debuts of new models). In Malaysia, until recently, the motorshows have been more of the first type which tend to be more glamourous with concept cars and big pavilions to show off new models. However, given the challenging times that the industry is going through, there is greater focus on selling and this is what the Malaysia Autoshow 2016 aims to do.

Besides that, being organised by the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), the event also showcases the Malaysian automotive industry and the progress made under the National Automotive Policy.

There are some 60 models in display, a few of them being previewed before sales to start in 2017. This is a good time for the public to get more information on the latest models which they may want to consider buying next year. There are also lots of great deals (some only available during the event) which will save money or get extras for free. Up to RM200,000 worth of prizes are to be won in various contests and one lucky person who buys a new car at the Malaysian Autoshow 2016 will win a new Kia Rio X 1.4 Sedan.

The public will also have a chance to test many of the models on display so they can compare different models at one location. There are also opportunities to experience the latest plug-in hybrid models from Mercedes-Benz (C350e) and Volvo (XC90).

The Malaysia Autoshow 2016 will be on from today until Sunday (10 am to 9 pm) at the MINES International Exhibition & Convention Centre outside Kuala Lumpur. The entrance fee is RM10 per person for adults and students from schools or institutions of higher learning will be given free entry on November 11 (must be in uniform or show a student card).

Honda BR-V
In 2017, Honda Malaysia will add the BR-V 7-seater SUV to its line-up of locally-assembled models and you can see what it’s like at the autoshow. The model, which uses a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, has a large cargo area said to be the largest its class. No price is indicated yet but if you like it, perhaps you should let a Honda dealer know so you can book one soon as it may be another hit like the HR-V.
Honda BR-V
For some unknown reason, Honda Malaysia is not letting the public (not even the media) see the front section of the BR-V’s cabin at this time. So we can only show you an image of the Indonesian version which shows the front area as well as the second and third rows
EV200
Chinese automaker BAIC International and its Malaysian partner Amber Dual Sdn Bhd displayed this sedan which will be the first electric vehicle manufactured in Malaysia. Currently under final stages of R&D, the car will be manufactured at a factory in Kedah and go on sale in 2017. From preliminary specifications available, there will be three variants and while the EV200 in China is a hatchback, the one in Malaysia is likely to be a sedan.
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Interior of the EV200 has a futuristic instrument panel and rotary knob for selecting drive modes. (Right) The electric powertrain draws power from a 30.4 kWh battery pack which is claimed to be able to give a range of 200 kms on a full charge. 0 – 100 km/h time is claimed to be 15 seconds.
2017 Kia Carnival
Next year, Naza Kia Malaysia will start selling the all-new Kia Grand Carnival (also known as Sedona in some countries). It will come with a 2.2-litre 193 ps/440 Nm turbodiesel engine.
The 5.1-metre long Grand Carnival is likely to win over those who have been considering reconditioned MPVs from Japan, as it comes with a 5-year warranty as well as full aftersales support
The 5.1-metre long Grand Carnival is likely to win over those who have been considering reconditioned MPVs from Japan as it comes with a 5-year warranty as well as full aftersales support nationwide
Proton Iriz Design Series
Two limited edition versions of the Proton Iriz introduce the Proton Design Series which feature attractive decals with a ‘Honeycomb’ or ‘The Stripe’ theme.
Proton Iriz
The Proton Design Series will be an ongoing programme to give the Iriz (and other models) a touch of exclusivity and personalisation

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How would you describe the body colour of this Mercedes-Benz A200 to the JPJ for registration?
How would you describe the body colour of this Mercedes-Benz A200 to the JPJ for registration?
Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid
The Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid was displayed at the same venue last year but at that time, no one thought it would be offered for sale in Malaysia. One year later, it is on show again and this time, it has been announced that the hybrid model will go on sale soon with an estimated price of RM130,000.

Hyundai HEV

Mazda's all-new CX-9, which will go on sale next year, is on display at the show. It has a turbocharged 2.5-litre SKYACTIV petrol engine and seats 7 persons
Mazda’s all-new CX-9, which will go on sale next year, is on display at the show. It has a turbocharged 2.5-litre SKYACTIV petrol engine and seats 7 persons
Plug-in hybrids
The public will also be able to experience plug-in hybrid technology when they go in the two premium models available – the Volvo XC90 (left) and Mercedes-Benz C350e (right)
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The UNI-CUB β is a ‘personal mobility device’ developed by Honda and besides the ISETAN – The Japan Store in the Lot 10 Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur (until November 24), the public can also try it out at the autoshow. As Honda Malaysia’s President & COO, Roslan Abdullah, demonstrated (right), it’s great for touring the hall. 
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There are many different models available for test-drives outside the hall so it will be possible to make comparisons at one location. Great for those who are undecided which one they want to buy
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Great deals are available from all the companies as the autoshow is more sales-oriented.
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Perodua’s Gear Up original accessories also include items for the Bezza sedan
Chevrolet Colorado
The latest updated Chevrolet Colorado is also on display at the autoshow
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Also on display at the Honda stand is a ‘prototype’ i-DCD Sport Hybrid. ‘i-DCD’ stands for ‘Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive’, a new transmission developed to work efficiently with a high-performance hybrid powertrain. The model has the looks of a Jazz under the camouflage and it could well be that Honda Malaysia is now using it for local trials before bringing back a locally-assembled Jazz Hybrid to its line-up.
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The company which makes Treelektrik electric bikes is also looking at selling electric quadricycles locally. This imported model on display is over RM10,000 and it is hoping to be able to lower the price to around RM8,000 by assembling the bike locally.
Food truck
If you’re hungry or thirsty, there’s a Food Truck section with a variety of snacks and meals and also drinks, including cold Milo from this ‘halfcut Mini’
Kia Rio X
Buy a new vehicle at the Malaysia Autoshow 2016 and you could win this brand new Kia Rio X

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