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Commercial Vehicles Pick Up Market at KLIMS’18

There are more to see besides passenger vehicles, concept cars, exotic cars and bikes at the 9th edition of the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 (KLIMS’18). Commercial vehicles manufacturers and distributors are showcasing a variety of models at KLIMS’18. There will be an autocade of commercial vehicles for the business sector to shop for vehicles to suit their business needs.

KLMIS’18 Sees Commercial Vehicle Drive

Datuk Aishah Ahmad, President of Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), said “Malaysia is growing in terms of land development and infrastructures, constructions, industrial fields and trade. The advent of e-commerce in Malaysia has also increased the demand for a mode of transport for delivering goods and the Food and Beverage industry has a breed of commercial vehicles such as food trucks. To support the economic engines of Malaysia, commercial vehicles are an important component in the supply chain. As such, KLIMS’18 will present a range of commercial vehicles for the business sector and the general public to check out the new and exciting possibilities of people and goods movers.” 

According to MAA latest data, new commercial vehicles registered in Malaysia for the first half of 2018 (year-to-date at June 2018) recorded 28,671 units while commercial vehicles produced and assembled in Malaysia for the first half of 2018 recorded 19,623 units. In 2017, the total sales and production of commercial vehicles total stood at 61,956 (registered) and 40,081 (produced and assembled) respectively. Production volumes are expected to increase in 2018 to keep up with demand. Commercial vehicles include trucks, prime movers, pick-up, panel vans and buses. 

The increase in demand for commercial vehicles is fuelled by the versatility of pickup trucks and the haulage capabilities of trucks and prime movers for long-distance transport tasks. OEMs are taking advantage of this trend by offering multiple variants and facelift models. The automobile industry is also making commercial vehicles more environmentally friendlier, economical and safer. 

Isuzu will be showcasing their latest breakthrough in diesel engine technology. Masayuki Suzuki, COO of Isuzu Malaysia said that, “We are proud to showcase the 1.9L BluePower Diesel Engine at KLIMS’18. This newly designed small displacement and high-power engine, is Isuzu’s solution to meet strict environmental standards with great pulling power. The recently invented engine, is also very fuel efficient. It is the result of our core innovation principles of fuel efficiency, durability and reliability.” 

Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, along with its authorized distributor DRB-HICOM Commercial Vehicles Sdn. Bhd. (DHCV), is gearing up in Malaysia at KLIMS’18. Tata product range to be displayed during the 10-day motor show will be Tata Super Ace small pick-up, Ultra trucks and Prima prime mover. These vehicles have been designed for the modern commercial vehicle customer, with superior performance, world-class cabins, high load carrying capacity and flexible body-load configurations. 

Another interesting showcase at KLIMS’18 is MSM Metal Industries Sdn. Bhd., a metal engineering company and an OEM Contract Manufacturing for kitchen appliances and equipment which has been fabricating mobile food trucks. The company is constructing a 20-foot high robot named “Tanker” from metal and automotive parts which will be showcased for the first time in Malaysia at KLIMS’18

Charles Chan, Chief Executive Officer of MSM Metal Industries said “Tanker is the first of its kind project initiated by our engineers to utilise the scrap metal and automotive parts found in our factory. It is a challenging project and through this we are going to showcase MSM Metal Industries engineering, CAD software design, laser welding and cutting capabilities.” 

Organised by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), KLIMS’18 will be held from 23 November to 2 December 2018 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), with the theme “Beyond Mobility”. KLIMS’18 has confirmed the participation of local and international automotive companies to showcase the latest product ranges, trends and technologies in the market from concept cars to passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, two-wheelers to automotive accessories and care products. 

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