It is always a tight battle between the Japanese car manufacturers, but I have never expect that it will be so intense that Toyota actually nicked all showgirls away, leaving only one behind for Honda and none for Subaru. That, is the first thing I realized as soon as I walked into Hall 2, just half-a-minute walk from Hall 1, but it makes a huge difference.
A truck company is present here with a couple of huge tall trucks, parked right at the entrance of Hall 2 for no reason. There is no discrimination here, it is definitely okay to have a truck in a motor show, but it should be (a) in the truck exhibition area with the other trucks, or (b) at the delivery zone. It’s like showing up at the Nordschleife with a bicycle, there’s no problem, but when the cars are blasting past you, you might want to give it another thought. Anyway, ignore the bizarre setting, moving back to those proper cars.
Subaru, like Volkswagen, brings almost all of its current production vehicle plus a half-made car. The only difference is whereas VW is showing a cut-open Golf Cut Model, Subaru is showing the interior of a BRZ, of FR-S, or GT86, depending on which company you’re looking at. And no, it’s not the sort of “interior” you’ve have expected, it’s actually the inside bits where you normally couldn’t see. By looking through a glass frame, you could see the architecture of a BRZ, which includes its iconic boxer engine, transmission, suspension, etc. There is also an Impreza WRX STI painted in the same blue shade as the BRZ.
As mentioned earlier, Honda has succeeded to not just bringing a couple of concept cars to KLIMS, but also securing a showgirl for its bright orange CRZ RR Concept. It has a carbon fiber front splitter, an enormous rear wing as well as a rear diffuser with integrated twin tailpipes located at the middle. There are crowds gathering around to take a look at the stand, but whether the focus is on the CRZ itself or the model, it’s hard to tell. In contrast, the white elegant EV-STER failed to gain as much attention albeit it’s on the main stage.
Elsewhere, on the Infiniti stand, there is a brand new Q50 with nobody looking at it. In a dark brown body, the Q50 looks very pretty, but then that’s about it. The luxury brand couldn’t really compete in Malaysian market as the potential buyers will eventually go for the German products when it comes to luxury executive car. There is also a Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car besides its stand, but its building material is so thick that it looks like it’s made straight out of softwood plywood rather than thin-layer carbon fiber in the actual Newey’s design racecar.
If you want to know the reason behind the invasion of Japanese products in this event, well, here’s a fact: nobody is looking at the supercar, an odd situation that surprised me too. A proper GT3 racecar, Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 GT3 to be specific, is present but located at the far back. It seems like even the exhibitor does not concern if anybody will come and take a look, that GT3-spec Gallardo looks like it has been driven from a race event to here, without being cleaned, or has its broken parts fixed. The gap of joint between its rear bumper and body is big enough to slip your little finger in. Then, just behind the Honda’s stage where it is out of sight when standing in the main exhibition area, a black McLaren 12C waits silently for the moment people realize that it is there. And the wait is still not over by now.
In the coming reports, there will be coverage of a number of real supercars and American muscles.