The year 2013 has been a crazy one so far in terms of motor shows. We’ve had the customary season opening Detroit show, followed by Geneva and New York, plus shows in Bangkok, Seoul and the ongoing Auto Shanghai 2013. We’ve provided exclusive live coverage for the above-mentioned three Asian shows, which we hope you’ve enjoyed.

In the midst of all this action, it’s easy to forget that Malaysia is set to have its own motor show later this year after a three-year hiatus. Officially announced in January, the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 (KLIMS 13) will be held from November 15-24 at usual location Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), KL. The theme for the show is “Efficiency n Motion”.

“The automotive industry players are positioning themselves to crystallise their strategic plans following the result of the general election and in anticipation of the new National Automotive Policy (NAP) announcement. The automotive landscape is also shifting into higher gear in the EEV or energy-efficient vehicles market,” said Datuk Aishah Ahmad, President of the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Major brands have signed up for KLIMS 13, and among them are Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Infiniti, Lexus, Nissan, Peugeot, Proton, Toyota and Subaru. Needless to say, we can expect plenty of local launches of new models, as well as a few concepts to wow the crowd.

Ford is expected to unveil a new powertrain and “a class-leading vehicle” at KLIMS 13. David Westerman, Ford’s regional manager said: “Ford’s participation at KLIMS 13 aims to excite and engage visitors with an interactive showcase at the Ford stand, as well as our full line-up of One Ford vehicles in Malaysia with class-leading features, design and smart technologies.”

One can expect a world-class display from Peugeot. “We are pleased to be participating in the most anticipated motor show of the year in Malaysia. Peugeot is often in the limelight at international motor shows and Peugeot’s display at KLIMS 13 will be no different,” said Datuk Samson Anand George, COO of Nasim.

Nissan’s theme for its KLIMS 13 stand is The Innovation that Excites. “Nissan will also be showcasing its latest innovation in producing zero emissions while still providing uncompromised driving pleasure as well as upholding ETCM’s commitment towards preserving the environment,” said Datuk David Chen, the new executive director of Edaran Tan Chong Motor.

It’s shaping up to be an exciting show in KL, even for relatively seasoned motor show goers in our team. There may not be any major world debuts or fresh concepts, but there’s this special buzz about covering a motor show on home ground that we enjoy. Here’s a flashback gallery from KLIMS 10 and stay tuned for more updates on KLIMS 13