The Malaysia Autoshow 2017 opened its doors yesterday (9 November) at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS), with the theme “Smart, Safe and Sustainable Mobility”. The autoshow is organized by the Malaysia Automotive Institute (an agency of the Ministry of International Trade & Industry), and will end on 12 November (Sunday); the show is open between 10 am – 9 pm.
This year’s venue is the show’s largest ever, sited on 368 acres of land, so there should be sufficient parking albeit some will be a little further away from the exhibition halls. All you have to do is follow the signboards/buntings and Rela personnels’ directions. There are also shuttles available, if you do not wish to drive. A shuttle is available from KTM Serdang station to MAEPS. Furthermore, Grab is offering the first 10,000 riders RM 8 off per trip and a complimentary entry ticket to the autoshow (Promo code: autoshow)
There are some 170 exhibitors participating in this autoshow, showing off various auto-related products and services and vehicle models, including (but not limited to) BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Perodua, Proton, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Subaru and Toyota; all the winning models of the recent Malaysia Car Of The Year 2017 awards will be on display.
Also on display are new or currently-not-sold-in-Malaysia models such as the Kia Stinger, Honda Civic Type R, Peugeot Traveller, Renault Megane GT and Toyota C-HR and Harrier. Perodua is also teasing the new Myvi at the autoshow; it will have a dedicated launch event later this month.
Since this is also a sales carnival, there will be opportunities to test drive current models sold in the country. The test drives will take place on a 3 km test route, allowing you to better experience the car. There is also opportunity to experience higher end models like the Bentley Bentayga or Ford Mustang GT, for a small sum of RM 30.
Or you can take a 4×4 taxi ride in a Toyota to experience some off-roading and get a feel of how Toyota’s 4×4 features like A-TRC (Active Traction Control) and DAC (Downhill Assist Control) work. Also for off-roading enthusiasts, the Land Rover Owners Club of Malaysia will be offering merchandise and souvenirs on Friday (today) and Saturday, as well as night barbecues and a screening of adventure expeditions by Malaysian off-roaders.
For the motorsports enthusiasts, you can take part in the Karting Slalom event on Saturday and Sunday (9 am – 6 pm). This is open to anyone from 8 years and above, and costs between RM 10 and RM 30 depending on the age group; so this is a great, budget-friendly opportunity to see if your child has the talent for motorsports.
For all visitors to the autoshow who paid for the RM 10 entrance ticket, you stand a chance to win a Peugeot 208 PureTech worth RM 89,888. All you need to do is enter your secret number into the Malaysia Autoshow app (available in Apple App Store and Google Play) and answer a few simple questions. The autoshow tickets are available from airasiaredtix.com as well as the event ticketing booths during opening hours.
Concurrently happening at MAEPS are the Kuala Lumpur International Automotive Symposium (KLIAS 2017) and SoundValley Festival.
KLIAS 2017 is on from 8 – 12 November in Hall D2 of MAEPS; from 9:30 am – 5 pm. It is an annual meeting of global automotive professionals and players in Malaysia which serves as a platform for market experts to gather and share the latest trends in the automotive sector. There’s also a KLIAS Career Fair held in conjunction (11 – 12 November; 10 am – 6 pm) for those who are interested in taking up some of the estimated 3,000 job vacancies in the automotive industry. Tickets and information to the symposium are available on klias.com.my.
Meanwhile, the SoundValley Festival will be held 11 – 12 November (2 pm – 11:30 pm) and will feature 11 local and international bands from Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and England. Some of the performing bands are (first day) Bloc Party, Bunkface, Hujan, Barasuara and The Otherside Orchestra; (second day) Loudness, Wings, Metalasia, FiftyOne50 and Cassandra. Tickets for SoundValley can be purchased from The Gardens, Sungei Wang, Amcorp Mall, Gurney Plaza and Queensbay Mall.
Visitors to SoundValley will receive complimentary tickets to the autoshow. More information can be found in soundvalleyfestival.com.
There are many more vehicles than what we published here. You’ll have to go see for yourselves.