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Highlights from KLIMS 2013

The 2013 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show kicks off this week! As usual, the motor show is hosted in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur. Exhibition starts on 15 November 2013 up till 24 November 2013.  We were at the media preview of this event on 14 November 2013 and also have witnessed several car launches.  

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Volkswagen Malaysia have unveiled the 2014 Polo 1.6. With just 2 weeks after VW launched the 2014 Polo Sedan, now, VW have previewed the new Polo 1.6 (hatchback) that’s to be launched next year. 

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On the other hall, Honda has officially launched the all new Honda Odyssey. The all new Honda Odyssey was just launched in Japan 2 weeks ago and it is now at our shores with the price ranging from RM228,000 to RM248,000.

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Nissan on the other hand have launched the 100% full electric car – Nissan Leaf and also showcased the Nissan Almera Nismo Performance Package. The performance package is targeted at customization seekers looking to enhance their Nissan Almera.

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Perodua unveils its concept car codenamed ‘Buddyz’. For the first time, Perodua unveils a Sedan car of its own brand. We might see a new Perodua sedan model coming in the near future?

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Ford having to be at the last hall at the events showcased 2 new ‘green’ vehicle – Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost & Ecosport. Both these green vehicles is believed to come to our Malaysian shores in first quarter of 2014 and mid 2014.

More details on the launch for VW Polo 1.6, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Leaf & Almera Performance Package, and the Ford Eco-vehicles coming soon.

View the gallery below for the highlights of the event.

 

Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

In early 2012, Nissan Motorsports International Co. Ltd (NISMO) announced its official release of the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. This GT-R NISMO GT3 conforms to FIA GT3 regulations. In other words, this car is qualified to race in any GT3 championship.

 

NISMO and JR Motorsports (JRM), its official partner for this major project, have been jointly developing the car during 2011 and, following a series of extensive tests – which have included three competitive outings – the car’s performance and durability has proven its credentials for GT3 racing worldwide.

 

 

The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 features a 3.8 V6 twin-turbo engine that is based on a standard road car unit, developing 530ps at 6,400rpm. Power is delivered via 6-speed transaxle that drives the rear wheels, activated by a semi-automatic paddle-shift system.

 

Designed with customers in mind, driveability has been an important factor in the new car’s development programme. Therefore, as well as featuring a chassis that inspires confidence, suspension set-up and driver controls can easily be adjusted to suit a range of preferences.

 

Sales and customer support for the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 will be implemented by NISMO for Japan, Asia, North America, South America, and Oceania, whilst JRM will cover Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

 

NISSAN NISMO GT-R GT3 Specification

Length – 4,780mm
Width – 1,998mm
Weight – 1,300kg
Engine model – VR38DETT
Displacement – 3,799cc
Power – 390kw or higher @ 6,400rpm (530ps or higher @ 6,400rpm)
Torque – 612Nm or higher @ 5,200rpm (62.5kgf▪m or higher @ 5,200rpm)
Wheels (Fr/Rr) – 13.0J X 18

 

Price (before tax)*
Japan, Asia, North America, South America, and Oceania – ¥ 32,000,000
Europe, including Russia and Middle East – € 298,000