Apart from car brands, motorcycle companies and the aftermarket industry, the upcoming Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 (KLIMS’18) has also attracted players from the commercial vehicle sector, which will be seeking to entice businesses with their latest offerings.

“Malaysia is growing in terms of land development and infrastructures, constructions, industrial fields and trade. The advent of e-commerce in Malaysia has also increased the demand for a mode of transport for delivering goods and the F&B industry has a breed of commercial vehicles such as food trucks,” said Datuk Aishah Ahmad, president of the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

“To support the economic engines of Malaysia, commercial vehicles are an important component in the supply chain. As such, KLIMS’18 will present a range of commercial vehicles for the business sector and the general public to check out the new and exciting possibilities of people and goods movers,” she added.

According to the latest data by MAA, 28,671 units of new commercial vehicles were registered in Malaysia in the first half of 2018, while 19,623 units were produced in the country in the same period. Last year, CV sales and production figures were 61,956 and 40,081 units, respectively. Production volume is expected to increase in 2018 to keep up with demand. The CV segment includes trucks, prime movers, pick-up trucks, panel vans and buses.

As reported earlier, Isuzu will be showcasing its downsized 1.9L Ddi BluePower diesel engine, which has been available in the Thai-spec D-Max pick-up truck since 2015. Tata, under distributor DRB-Hicom Commercial Vehicles, will be showing the Tata Super Ace small pick-up, Ultra trucks and Prima prime mover.

Another interesting showcase will be from MSM Metal Industries, a metal engineering company and an OEM contract manufacturer for kitchen appliances and equipment. The company has been fabricating mobile food trucks and is constructing a 20-foot high robot named “Tanker” from metal and automotive parts.

“Tanker is the first of its kind project initiated by our engineers to utilise the scrap metal and automotive parts found in our factory. It is a challenging project and through this we are going to showcase MSM Metal Industries engineering, CAD software design, laser welding and cutting capabilities,” said CEO Charles Chan.

Organised by the MAA, KLIMS’18 will be held from November 23 to December 2 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), with the theme Beyond Mobility.