|The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 today kicked off with the major previews at the PWTC (Putra World Trade Center). Part one of our coverage homes in on the stars of KLIMS ’13: Peugeot, Citroen and Volkswagen.|
As visitors approach the entrance vicinity into KLIMS ’13, they have two options: either enter Hall 3 or move to Halls 1 & 2 across the pedestrian bridge. At hall 3, Peugeot would immediately captivate their senses with the all-new Peugeot 2008 Urban SUV and 408 Griffe Upgrade Package, along with the Peugeot RCZ Coupe, 208 GTi and 208. The 2008 Urban SUV is Nasim’s (Peugeot Malaysia) latest forerunner that makes its first appearance in the country. Strikingly contoured and input with all the necessary exterior and interior features such as the panoramic glass roof, blue-accented LED ambient interior light and 7-inch touchscreen, the 2008 Urban SUV is one of the most attractive variants to be introduced at KLIMS ’13. The Peugeot 2008 Urban SUV has an estimated price of RM118,000.
The 408 Griffe Upgrade Package is the other star attraction at the Peugeot stand, featuring the unmistakable smoked headlights, dark 18-inch wheels, front ‘Griffe’ grille and black-accented side mirrors. On the inside, the 408 Griffe has leather red-stitched seats, as well as a color touchscreen and leather-ed gear knob and hand brake.
DS3 and Numero 9 star at Citroen’s first appearance at KLIMS ’13
Adjacent to the Peugeot stand is the Citroen DS booth, which previews the DS3 and the Numero 9 Concept. Existing variants the DS4 and DS5 are present as well. The Citroen DS3, a natural premium B-segment contender, is previewed in the country for the first time by Naza Euro Motor, Citroen distributors. From all angles, the DS3’s undeniable on-road presence and its refreshing style is evident with stand-out elements such as the ‘shark fin’ B-pillar and extra bright front LED lights. Inside, the atmosphere in the cabin is one of class and contemporary elegance with an exceptional attention to detail and an extensive use of luxury materials. A ‘raised’ dashboard design creates increased amounts of front leg room whilst the slender bucket-typed seats and intelligent rear design increases space for the rear occupants. Boot space spans 285 liters and 60:40 split rear fold seats are able to increase space a bit more. Interior highlights include a cockpit-inspired driving position, a classy small-diameter steering and sport-styled instrument cluster with three conical dials. The soon-to-be-unveiled Citroen DS3 has an estimated price of RM125,000.
The Citroen Numero 9 represents the future of the DS range, thanks to what Citroen deemed a ‘shooting brake’ body style. We deemed it as the French flair for a long wheelbase performance-oriented D-segment variant. Citroen Numéro 9 sublimates the design cues cultivated by the DS line, with a 3D front grille which flows into the LED headlights till the DRLs (Daytime running light). Other expressive features include the floating roof, unlined by a chrome trim with a discreet DS marking, and the glazed side surfaces flowing into the rear window. The huge 21-inch wheels give the No.9 a wide stance, while the extended width. especially at the rear, projects stability. It also promises unique on-board comfort with its generous proportions and the three light shafts (roof). The Concept car boasts 295bhp and emits 39g/km of CO2, and has a boost function for a bit of extra boost.
Volkswagen’s KLIMS stand buzzes with loads of new and attractive variants and activities
At Hall 1 & 2, Volkswagen shares the limelight with the equally impressive Toyota/Lexus stand. VWGM (Volkswagen Group Malaysia) today premiered the locally-assembled Polo 1.6 and showcased the ‘Cut-out’ Golf and Beetle Fender Edition. Volkswagen’s 1,100 sqm stand also featured the recently introduced Polo Sedan and Polo GTi, the Golf, Jetta, Passat, Volkswagen CC, Beetle, Scirocco, Cross Touran, Sharan, Tiguan and Touareg TDI.
The new Polo 1.6 is third locally-assembled variant that houses a 1.6-liter 105PS engine; paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission with tiptronic. It achieves a maximum torque of 153Nm at 3800rpm and offers exemplary fuel consumption of 6.3 liters per 100km or 15.9km per liter. Notable features include the RCD 320 radio system, ‘Climatronic’ automatic a/c system and the Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS).
The Cut-out Golf showcases the innovation behind Volkswagen’s fuel efficient technologies and demonstrates the car’s advanced safety. At the same time, the Beetle Fender Edition exhibits what is it like to include eight speakers, a subwoofer and a 400-watt amplifier into a car. Inside the Beetle Fender, the theme is the sunburst design of the iconic Fender Stratocaster guitar.
As you might have already known, Volkswagen celebrates its double or triple WRC (World Rally Championship) titles this year in essentially its first year in the series. Since WRC began, Volkswagen is the only manufacturer to have captured the WRC crown in its first year of participation. And, KLIMS is the perfect occasion to shout out its all-conquering WRC factory squad featuring the likes of Sebastien Ogier and the fabulous VW Polo R WRC. Visitors to KLIMS don’t get to see the real Polo R WRC, but they get the customized Polo Edition WRC instead.
Part two of our coverage of KLIMS very soon…
KLIMS 13 Previews