Should a government automotive organization be in charge of a yearly profit making Autoshow? This is the question we are asking this morning. This 2018 we have the privately oerepated and run KLIMS (KL International Motor Show) confirmed from 23rd November to the 2nd of December, so why is the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), a government organization having its Malaysia Autoshow from 26th to 29th April, 2018? For the second year running, the venue will be at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS). This MAI publicised Malaysia Autoshow has moved its dates from November (last year) to April which seems to be too soon.
Their decision to move the Malaysia Autoshow as remarked by their CEO to the first half of year was made in light of the world’s major autoshows, such as global motor shows in Tokyo (only held once every 2 years), Frankfurt (where the Europeans make a big impact) and Paris (which is the best show to attend based on size and format) which are held in the second half of the year.
MAI Chief Executive Officer Madani Sahari said that the decision to move the event to MAEPS last year proved to bring a wider array of attractions and new experiences to visitors.
We wonder if the car brands in Malaysia are ‘FORCED’ to participate in this yearly MAI show (despite having to spend also with KLIMS in November) to ensure they receive their EEV status for better pricing and their import tax incentives which MAI is in charge of allocating.
Some of the biggest automotive brands…not all…. in the country will be taking part in this year’s show with the theme ‘360-degree Mobility Experience’. More than 100 cars comprising some of the latest models in the market and Volvo classic cars (what happened to Mercedes and British classic cars which has the biggest following in Malaysia) will be on display.
Some of the major highlights of Malaysia Autoshow 2018 include:
- A glimpse into the future of mobility at the Intelligent Mobility Experience (IMEX)
- A Kia Picanto for one lucky winner of the Lucky Draw Contest (Eligible to participants with a paid ticket to the Malaysia Autoshow 2018 – Terms & Conditions apply)
- The first appearance in Malaysia by the resuscitated legendary German marque Borgward, brought to you by GO Exim Sdn Bhd;
- The opportunity to own a set of personalised legal tender stamps from POS Malaysia. Just snap a photograph of you and your favourite car with a smartphone and pay RM20 for your very own set of collectible stamps that will be printed on the spot;
- Best-ever financing packages by Maybank valid only for cars purchased at the event; and
- Holiday packages within ASEAN (Flight and accommodation) for 8 lucky customers who book and purchase a car at the Malaysia Autoshow 2018 (Terms & Conditions apply);
At the outdoor area, the long list of exciting activities includes:
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) demonstration in a Perodua;
- Free car inspection;
- Go-kart racing;
- Mitsubishi Obstacle Course;
- Music on Wheels showcase of in-car entertainment systems upgrades;
- Off-road driving experience by 4×4 clubs;
- Toyota 4×4 Experience;
- Lane departure assist and adaptive cruise control demonstration featuring Honda Sensing technology;
- Test drives of latest models;
- Specialty themed Culture and Cuisine Pavilion; and
- Food trucks.
Maybank is the official financing partner for the Malaysia Autoshow 2018, and will be offering online submissions for hire purchase applications as well as discounts for entry ticket purchases using its QRPay option.
The entrance fee for Malaysia Autoshow 2018 is RM10 per entry. Children below 12 years of age will be given free access, while students will gain free admission on Thursday (26th March 2018).
Visitors can also enjoy discounted ticket prices by purchasing online at www.autoshow.com.my.