The Prime Minister visited the Perodua stand to unveil the new Bezza GXtra variant. It replaces 1.0 Standard G variant and is priced from RM35,500 (excl. insurance). The new features are side skirts, chrome door handles and the availability of the Ocean Blue colour. Interior dashboard finish is in Piano Black with satin finish highlights. A 5 year/150,000 km factory warranty is also provided.
UMW Toyota Motor displayed a selection of models in the main hall, but there was more excitement at the off-road course where visitors could experience the capabilities of the 4×4 systems in the Hilux and Fortuner (below).

Proton’s first SUV is in final stages of development and testing, and will be launched during the fourth quarter of this year. At the upper floor of the stand is a clay model of the front end of the SUV which is adapted from the Geely Boyue. Going up the steps, visitors can also see what sort of features and technology it will come with.
Proton has a long history in motorsports and one of the exciting models on display is the Iriz rallycar developed by Chris Mellor which won the 2018 Cambrian Rally in the UK.
Visitors can also take a ‘taxi ride’ with rally veteran Karamjit Singh and experience the Ride & Handling of Protons which have long been the brand’s strong point.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia used the event to introduce an additional variant to the latest Golf 7.5 range – the Golf R-LIne which is priced from RM166,990. It comes with the R-Line styling package and 17-inch Singapore alloy wheels.
Looking for a 7-seater SUV? Nasim has just launched the new Peugeot 5008 this week and you can test-drive it at the event.
The Ford Ranger is available in many different variants nowadays and even the Wildtrak (right) now has a 2.2-litre engine which brings its price down without sacrificing the extensive features.
The latest Picanto can be viewed at the Kia stand and one lucky visitor to the autoshow will win a brand new unit.
Older readers may remember the name Borgward, a German brand that was in business from 1929 to 1961. The brand was bought over by a Chinese company and has come out with two SUV models – the BX5 and BX7. The Malaysian company selling them has not released information as they will only launch the models later in the year but it is known that they will come with 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre turbocharged engines.
You can find out more about the Mercedes-Benz EQ brand which encompasses the models with electrified powertrains like the C350e on display.
No, they’re not having a drag race. The two Myvis have the Perodua Advanced Safety Assist system which visitors can experience in action.
Like most of the companies, Honda Malaysia didn’t have any brand new model to unveil, unlike the last event where they launched the Civic Type R. However, they have this unique ‘x-ray panel’ which shows the inside of the City Hybrid.

The BMW i8 (left) is always an attention-getter with its futuristic shape. On the right is the Twizy, an electric vehicle which one lucky purchaser of a new Renault model can win.
While you’re at the autoshow, you can also get a health check and your eyesight assessed as there are mobile clinics at the site. The JPN (National Registration Dept) also has a mobile office there to offer services to the public.
Find out more about Infiniti Advanced 2X fuels with their German additive package at the BHPetrol booth.
You’re sure to be hungry after going around the halls and there’s a Food Garage with a wide variety of food and drinks. You can also enjoy local fruits – including durians!
Motorshows are good places to pick up merchandise from your favourite brand. Cycle & Carriage Bintang, the company that brought Mercedes-Benz to Malaysia, has a counter selling such items while Honda Malaysia has its latest selection of merchandise.
The Triton Athlete is the star of the Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia stand and outside, you can also experience the pick-up truck’s climbing capabilities on a steep ramp – going up backwards too!
You can find out more about the recently-launched Nissan Serena S-HYBRID as well as go for a test-drive around the exhibition venue’s spacious grounds.
Mazda’s stand has the CX-5 and CX-9 SUV models as well as the MX-5RF all in the premium Machine Grey finish.
Such an event would not be complete without classic and custom cars and there are many of them, including this Volvo P1800 and a custom VW Beetle.
Haval is the bestselling SUV brand in China and most of its range is being sold by Go Auto Sales in Malaysia At the event, it is displaying the new H9 7-seater SUV (left) with a 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine which will be priced below RM200,000. There is also the H8 which is under consideration for future introduction.
There’s a special section with postage stamps from all over the world which feature cars – including Proton and Perodua models. Pos Malaysia also has a stand (right) where you can have your favourite image turned into a set of postage stamps and they are recognised for use as postage stamps too.

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