After a five year hiatus, the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) is back for 2018. The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) announced KLIMS 2018 today in a ceremony officiated by Datuk Seri Mustapa Bin Mohamed, minister of international trade and industry.

Today’s announcement ceremony was held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in KL, which will be the new venue for KLIMS 2018 from November 23 to December 2, replacing Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC). The theme of this year’s show, the ninth, is “Beyond Mobility”. MAA is expecting 350,000 visitors for the 10-day show.

“MAA has worked with our members and the automotive industry to navigate through some arduous times. With the rise in cost of living affecting consumers and the rise in cost of doing business impacting companies, the local automotive sector is expected to face another challenging year. Therefore, MAA and leading auto companies have indicated that having the motor show in 2018 is opportune to re-ignite consumers’ sentiments, define brand presence, and refuel the industry,” said MAA president Datuk Aishah Ahmad.

“The recent completion in the construction of Malaysia’s largest and state-of-the-art exhibition centre with the opening of the MITEC, was also an impetus for the return of KLIMS in 2018. MAA is confident that this brand new home for KLIMS will deliver a renewed experience for exhibitors and visitors alike,” she added.

Brands that have already confirmed their presence are Daihatsu, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Kawasaki, Kia, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Perodua, Proton, Toyota, UD, V-Kool and 3M. There will be over 50,000 square meters of exhibition space. Trade-Link Exhibition Services Sdn Bhd is the new show manager.

KLIMS 2013 throwback here. Time flies!