while Perodua teased the public with the ‘X-690’ (right) which was the prototype of the Kelisa
TATA tried to introduce its Indica (left) and brought in a few units to gauge public response but in the end,
the model never got launched. Yes, that’s a Proton Cabriolet on the right – it was a prototype based on the
Satria that was made by Proton R&D in the late 1990s and appeared in a few motorshows.
Wonder where that one and only unit is these days?
The 2003 motorshow reflected the upbeat state of the Malaysian car market – after the massive downturn in the
late 1990s due to the financial crisis, the industry was zooming forward again and promotional budgets
got bigger. Some of the big companies even had special performances to draw crowds to their stands.
UMW Toyota Motor could always be counted on to bring in a concept car or two (left) and while Perodua
didn’t have concept cars to show in 2003, it did display some unique models like the Kancil on the right
displayed by Perodua had the design of the new model called the Viva which would be launched in 2007
Motorshows are where fans of car makes can find exclusive merchandise
From the 2000 event onwards, Motor Trader was also present at KLIMS and in 2006, we even
put a Porsche on display at our stand and had games for the public to win prizes
Chinese makes like Geely (left) made their first appearance at KLIMS in 2006. With so many
attention-getting sportscars on display, TC Euro Cars decided to try something ‘different’ for its
Renault Kangoo and had a ‘groovy theme for its booth (middle)! Proton took a very big space which
it shared with Lotus and many wondered if the concept model (right) was going to become a reality eventually.
Honda’s humanoid robot, ASIMO, was a big draw and showed off his ever-increasing skills. By 2006,
he could even walk up stairs. Cameraphones were more affordable and many people began using
them to snap pictures. Needless to say, the car companies made sure there were lots of nice models…
also grabbed attention by displaying JDM models like the Nissan GTR (right)
2010 was also the 25th anniversary of Proton and the national carmaker put on a very big show.
Its shopping bags were a big hit and thousands were given away (right).
The Malaysian public also got a glimpse of the future of Proton with many concept models displayed.
The Tuah concept car (middle) was the basis of the new P3-21A sedan which will be launched
this month (right). As with virtually all launches, Proton’s MD did the media presentation personally (left).
Perodua again teased the public by showing the outline of the second generation Myvi. The yellow
model was described as a ‘study’ but as can be seen, it was really the design of the new ‘Lagi Best’ Myvi.
So pay close attention to prototypes in future shows as they could be new models!
The 2010 motorshow took place after it was announced that hybrid models would have full exemption
on import duty and excise tax, and Honda wasted no time launching the Insight which was
affordably priced that the company expected to sell 4,000 units in 2011 (it actually sold a bit more than that)
KLIMS 2010 will also be remembered for the display of the Transformers characters in the hall as the
event coincided with the movie. A yellow ‘Bumblebee’ Chevrolet Camaro was also displayed elsewhere
Motor Trader was again a participant in the motorshow and seeing how so many people had cameraphones
and digital cameras were also affordable, we ran a photo contest. At right is the winning entry.
Click here or on the image to go to the gallery!
For our Bangkok Motor Show pictorial report, click here
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