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Ford is preparing a big show at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 (KLIMS13), which starts next week (Nov 15) at the Putra World Trade Centre. Themed “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” Ford’s display will feature cars from yesteryear, as well as current models and upcoming ones.

For the latter, the Ford EcoSport compact SUV and Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost variant will make their Malaysian debuts at the show. The EcoSport is likely to launch with a 1.5 litre Ti-VCT engine, as per the facelifted Fiesta that was launched here in September. The SUV is available with a 1.0L Ecoboost elsewhere, so perhaps that might come in some day as a range-topper.

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The turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0L Ecoboost engine in the Fiesta is of course the reigning International Engine of the Year, having retained the title it won in 2012. Ford says that the 120 PS/170 Nm mill delivers up to 20% improvement in fuel economy and 15% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to larger displacement engines. The 1.5 Ti-VCT in the Fiesta facelift does 112 PS and 140 Nm.

Both cars will be open for bookings at KLIMS13. Customers who put their name down for a new Ford along with a deposit of RM500 will receive a special gift, while stocks last. Those interested in the Focus Sport+ and Titanium+ and Kuga SUV have additional Big Deal incentives.

Also on display, but not for sale, are the 1928 Ford Model A pick-up (original condition with minor restoration), the 662 hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Ford Fusion Hybrid. The latter is also known as the new Ford Mondeo, so it can be considered a preview of the D-segment sedan that will be coming in the future.

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We hear that the Fiesta ST hot hatch and Everest Concept (SUV based on the Ranger T6) might also turn up at PWTC, so there’s plenty to see at Ford, for sure.

Ford’s KLIMS guests will also have the chance to win prizes in contests and trivia challenges, as well as enjoy various live performances. In addition, YouTube sensation and hitz.fm Morning Crew DJ Jinny Boy will be signing autographs on Sunday, November 17. On that day, a limited number of Ford-only parking lots will be available at a discounted rate, offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

We have a review of the Ford Ecosport SUV from India, where it was launched earlier this year – click here to read the story and view the gallery.

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