Highlights of the KL International Motor Show 2018 (Part 5)

Hyundai Sime Darby Motors is previewing the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe at the motorshow. To go on sale during the first quarter of 2019, it is the fourth generation of the midsized SUV and will be available in two variants. The interior (below) is completely new with a dashboard incorporating a tablet-style display screen.

The compact Hyundai Kona SUV is also on display in two versions with petrol engine and an all-electric powertrain. While the petrol-engined version (right) will be introduced in due course, the electric version is unlikely to come as it will be expensive unless there are government subsidies (unlikely if it is not assembled in Malaysia).

Isuzu Malaysia didn’t have any new models to unveil so they showed some dressed-up versions of the D-MAX and MU-X (above). However, the company is showing a 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine (below left) which it says will be offered next year and also introduced a new range of accessories for the D-MAX in two versions – Titanium and Robust (below right).

Fancy painting your truck with a wild design? Isuzu Malaysia’s stand has a special painting simulator for visitors to have a go.
Visitors will be able to see locally developed and engineered vehicle projects by some of our country’s universities. This is the AV-II, an electrically-powered Myvi which can operate autonomously.
There are also cars on display which were sold long before the first KLIMS. The huge car in the foreground is the Chevrolet Impala and believe it or not, it was once assembled at the ASSB plant in Selangor in the late 1960s. Only 44 units were ever assembled and this is probably one of the few still in running condition.
Daihatsu’s light commercial vehicles are a popular choice for traders and to show one application, Daihatsu Malaysia set up one of its vans as a Big Apple food truck complete with complimentary doughnuts for visitors.
Overhead view of the exhibition centre which has a design inspired by a rubber seed. For those who are going to the motorshow, there is parking in the basement at RM15 per entry but you can also use 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.

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