Edaran Tan Chong Motor won’t reveal what’s on display at KLIMS18 so we make some guesses…

KL International Motor Show 2018 News

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) will present Nissan Intelligent Mobility at the KL International Motor Show (KLIMS18) which opens on this Friday (November 23) and will continue till December 2 at the Malaysian International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC). While the company’s statement says it ‘will showcase innovative models and technologies’, details of the exhibits are not described. However, the motorshow highlights shown at the ETCM Nissan website give a clue to what could be on display.

It’s almost certain that the second generation of the bestselling electric car – the Nissan LEAF – will be on display. It was launched in September last year and early this year, Nissan announced that it has plans to offer the model in Southeast Asia, Malaysia included. This was partly due to a finding by research company Frost & Sullivan (commissioned by Nissan) that 37% of prospective buyers in the region are open to considering an electric vehicle as their next car.

The latest LEAF EV

In some of the countries, there are incentives for EVs which will help lower their retail prices but as far as Malaysia is concerned, the present National Automotive Policy only offers incentives if a model is assembled locally. If not, it will be taxed as normal and as EVs are still expensive, the price would also be high.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which will be the main theme at the Nissan booth, has three core areas: Nissan Intelligent Power, Nissan Intelligent Driving and Nissan Intelligent Integration.

The new LEAF will show how Nissan’s EV technology has progressed and offers better overall performance, with innovations such as E-Power and E-Pedal. The compact S-Hybrid powertrain in the latest Serena S-HYBRID is also likely to be included under Nissan Intelligent Power.

As for Nissan Intelligent Driving, this is already available in the Serena and visitors will be able to see the next level of intelligence which is autonomous driving. This would be shown in PROPilot technology, already offered in some Nissan models in other countries.

Nissan Intelligent Integration widens the use of EV technology to create a connected ecosystem of drivers, cars and communities for a cleaner and safer world. One example of this that is likely to be shown will be the Vehicle-To-Home system which enables the stored electrical energy in the LEAF battery pack to also be used to power household appliances when necessary. In fact, this idea is considered a very good one in emergency situations when power supply may be affected, eg at disaster areas, and EVs can be used to provide power right away.

The exhibition venue is located along Jalan Dutamas, near the government office complex at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim (formerly known as Jalan Duta). There are public parking spaces at the MATRADE building next door to MITEC. The organisers have also arranged shuttle services from the following locations – Pusat Tennis Tun Razak Car Park, Sunway Putra Mall (opposite PWTC) and the MRT station at Semantan in Damansara Heights. On weekdays, the motorshow doors open at 11 am and on weekends, at 10 am, with the closing time at 10 pm.

[Chips Yap]