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After bringing you live coverage from the world’s top motor shows this year – Detroit, Geneva, Paris and more recently Thailand – browsing through our own motor show felt rather strange. No running around halls in chase of world debuts (Proton and Perodua are neighbours) and with so little fresh metal to gawk at, KLIMS 2010 is a long way from being an “International” show. The Europeans, except for Naza handled Peugeot and Maserati, didn’t bother, and occupied floor space has declined from the last show in 2006.

That said, it’s still the best we’ve got and the show has to go on. Fortunately, some brands took the effort to bring in concept cars to make the entrance fee more worthwhile. Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia outdid its peers by bringing in two concepts showcasing its EV technology. Both the Concept PX-MiEV (from Tokyo 2009) and i-MiEV Sport Air (Geneva 2009) preview not just emissions free motoring, but show that future green motoring need not be boring.


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The crossover features S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) that controls torque and braking at each wheel for optimum traction. S-AWC incorporates the electronically-controlled E-AYC (Electric-powered Active Yaw Control) which uses a differential motor to control rear wheel torque split. S-AWC also exercises integrated control over the ASC, ABS and E-4WD systems. Sounds a lot like Evo trickery, doesn’t it? Paul has a comprehensive post on the Concept PX-MiEV here.


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The tiny Sport Air uses a more powerful version of the i-MiEV’s permanent magnet synchronous electric motor – 60 kW/230 Nm versus 47 kW/180 Nm. Weight, distribution and centre of gravity was the focus for this concept – the floor pan location of the Li-ion batteries, EV components that are put as low as possible, a plastic roof and aluminium rear suspension were among the measures. The result is 50:50 weight distribution.

Check them out at PWTC’s Tun Razak Hall 4.