|Part two of our KLIMS ’13 (Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show) coverage zooms in on Nissan (Edaran Tan Chong Motor), Hyundai, Subaru and Perodua. Nissan and Subaru stands are found at the PWTC’s Hall 1, Perodua is in Hall 3 and Hyundai is situated at the Merdeka hall.|
Nissan previews the Almera Nismo Edition and their production electric car LEAF, along with the Note and four other existing variants: Grand Livina, Serena S-Hybrid, a Navara with a camping tent and a Wildly-designed Almera.
The Nissan Almera Nismo package is a follow-through to June’s Super GT revelation of the Almera in Impul trims. The Nismo package is gifted all the appropriate Nismo elements on the exterior to enhance the compact’s aerodynamic appeal. Enhancements are added to the interior and suspension setup to prep it up to a compact performance status.
Tan Chong Group subsidiary and distributors of Subaru cars Motor Image displays the new Subaru Crosstrek, along with its current line-up Subaru XV, Subaru BRZ and a see-through BRZ, the Subaru Legacy, the WRX Sti and Subaru Forester. Previously previewed at the 2012 New York Motor show, the Subaru Crosstrek is a step-up of the regular variant that has fresh exterior motifs and extra cabin space. While maintaining its standard all-wheel drive, the Subaru XV Crosstrek employs the 2.0 liter Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine and Lineartronic (CVT).
Hyundai brings out its big guns; the i-oniq Concept, i40, Veloster Turbo, to KLIMS
Over at the Merdeka hall, Hyundai Sime Darby Motor is exhibiting its fascinating i-oniq (HED-8) concept car, i40 Sedan and Tourer, new i30, the updated Tucson SUV, and the Veloster Turbo; available for the first time in the country.
Designed for Europeans, the i40 takes on an aerodynamically-savvy contour and a spacious cabin for that extra bit of comfort. Also on the inside, the compact offers plenty of state-of-the-art features. The i40 boasts of a new 2-liter GDI engine.
Hyundai’s concept i-oniq is a futuristic four-door hatchback, which was premiered at last year’s Geneva Motor show. The exterior features two doors that open up to the side, a steeply raked black glass and a rear hatch. It is an Extended Range Electric vehicle that is powered by an innovative 1.0 liter 3-cylinder petrol engine with an 80kW electric motor enabling it to travel up to 700km at a top speed of 145 km/h, producing just 45g/km of Co2. The exterior features two doors that open up to the side, a steeply raked black glass and a rear hatch.
The cabin layout is driver-oriented, with the dashboard and center-console geometry based around the driver. The user-interface components reflect contemporary and future consumer electronics technology, such as movement control mounted on the steering wheel and floating instrument cluster with multi-layered projection.
Last, but certainly not least, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo has finally touched down on domestic soil, although Hyundai Sime Darby Motor has said it won’t go on sale so soon. Powered by a 1.6L twin-scroll Turbo GDi engine, the Veloster turbo definitely lives up to its name a lot better. It now has 201 horsepower and a 264Nm of torque. In looks, the Turbo Veloster is immediately differentiated by the overall body kit which comprises the bold hexagonal grille, bulging edges at the side and rear, and the exclusive pinwheel-inspired 18-inch alloy wheels.
Perodua hangs in there with the Buddyz Concept and Special edition MyVi, again!
Perodua, the sole domestic auto make representative at KLIMS, injects the new Buddyz Concept just for the show. The Perodua Buddyz concept is developed with partners Daihatsu Motor Company, Japan. Additionally, a cut-out of the future replacement for the Viva and a special edition Perodua MyVi are on display.
The Perodua Buddyz’s upper body is developed domestically, and the car is deemed the next evolutionary variant that’s slated to replace the age old best selling MyVi, which has now move closer to 700,000 units since it first debut.
Everything from the exterior to the construction of the engine was meticulously planned and executed to give its customers the best motoring experience at an affordable price, according to the folks at Perodua.
Imagee of Part 2 of our KLIMS ’13 coverage