If you are considering visiting the motor show – http://www.klims.com.my/– as I write this it is the last day, so it might be difficult. But after my experience there a few days ago, I am definitely thinking of going again next year. This year it ran from November 15th – 24th, with weekday tickets costing RM15.
In September I visited the Frankfurt Motor Show, apparently the world’s biggest show, and I enjoyed it, but it was so crowded – much more so than my visit in 2009 – and so big that it took from opening around 9AM until 5PM to visit every hall. For the last hall I visited, Audi, I had to queue for over 10 minutes. KLIMS is relatively small, with four halls, so my friend and I saw everything in about two and a half hours. And, perhaps because we started at opening time on a weekday, there were not hordes of people, and it was easy to see the cars.
There appears to be no canteen or cafe – very different from Frankfurt, where there are plenty of bars selling beer and sausages, food stalls selling all sorts of things, and cafes.
KLIMS lacked many exhibitors – Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Renault etc. – but these are way beyond the possibility of most purchasers here, including me, so it didn’t particularly worry me. The makers who were represented tended to be the more affordable ones.
Most exhibitors followed the traditional concept of adorning their cars with sexily dressed girls, and it was often hard to photograph a car without the girl – who then poses for you. In Frankfurt this appears no longer acceptable, and most girls are dressed like office workers. Compare this photo from the IAA in Frankfurt in September with this one at KLIMS.
There is not so much else to say, so here are some photos.
A few of the exhibitors handed out show bags, and almost all had brochures, so a show bag was handy for carrying them.
Frankfurt is supposed to showcase new technologies, and this year there weren’t any major new ideas – it just seemed to show an evolution of previous ideas. Before were petrol – hybrid vehicles, and now plug-in electric vehicles.
KLIMS didn’t really show anything major either, but it did show some fun concepts, cars within many people’s price range, it was a nice size, and not crowded so you could easily see the cars. I enjoyed it a lot. Luckily I had two coffees just before I went in, so I survived the lack of cafes.