The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has reported strong interest for the returning 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 18), which was announced in January. The show will be held from November 23 to December 2 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) off Jalan Duta.

Themed “Beyond Mobility”, KLIMS 18 promises “new launches and groundbreaking concepts”. MAA describes it as a “branding show” where auto marques gather to showcase their latest product offerings, “automotive dominance” and engineering visions.

The big names will be there for sure. Confirmed brands include Daihatsu, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Kia, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Perodua, Proton, Toyota, UD, Kawasaki, Honda motorbikes, 3M, Elite Looks, and V-Kool, among others.

“We are pleased about the responses to KLIMS 18 as the show will not be successful for Malaysia without the support of industry players and the public. As the association representing members’ interests in the automotive industry, MAA is presenting KLIMS to engage our members in unity so that we can be consequential in promoting a stronger industry for the benefit of all members and to provide the public an exciting purview of the possibilities available for their personal or family vehicles,” said MAA president Datuk Aishah Ahmad.`

Organisers are targeting over 100 exhibitors and over 350,000 visitors. “There is still time for industry players to participate at KLIMS 18, however, we are advising companies to confirm their bookings soon, so as not to be left out of available exhibition space,” Aishah added.

“We are delighted that KLIMS is back again this year and being a regular participant at all the previous shows, UMW Toyota Motor will certainly be present. This year, our range is a vibrant and diverse one, demonstrating ever better mobility for all. With ever-better cars, we expect to be able to give visitors a glimpse of the future as well,” said Ravindran Kurusamy, president of UMW Toyota Motor.

The Sime Darby auto division will be joining KLIMS with its Ford and Hyundai brands. “As the sole distributor of Ford vehicles in Malaysia, Sime Darby Auto Connexion’s exhibit will be more than just a showcase. Staying true to its tagline ‘Go Further’, visitors can look forward to special offerings and a rare treat themed around going further in technology and safety,” said Dennis Ho, MD of Sime Darby Motors – Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan.

“Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors, on the other hand is all out to impress visitors with Hyundai’s latest SUVs that embody the brand’s Modern Premium concept. Hyundai believes in adding premium value to the car beyond just a transportation vehicle. Be sure to check out what Hyundai has to offer as these are no ordinary SUVs,” he added.

After two consecutive years of contraction, MAA has forecasted a growth of 2.3% for Malaysia’s automotive industry this year, which is tipped reach 590,000 units in 2018.

Here’s a throwback to 2013, the last time KLIMS was held.