A lot of people remember the 2011 Das Auto Show as it was something very different for Malaysia (plus the issues with queuing etc) – my post about it here:
It was a cool show indeed, so when I heard the show was back for 2012 – I looked forward to it! Thankfully the logistics of the whole event was 1000% better this year, there was a cool registration site where could choose your slot and which day you wanted to visit. And of course the location – KL Convention Center is much easier to get to and has better parking than Bukit Jalil.
Plus if you wonder outside, you get to check out the awesome sight that is KLCC – I really have to admire it every time I am near.
Getting in was a breeze, I just needed to enter my pre-registration code at the ticket booths and up popped my name. I was given a wrist-band and in I went, it was pretty packed (I chose the last show on Sunday night).
The show started with some video interviews with prominent Malaysians and some hardcore local Beetle fans with original 1950s and 1960s Beetles.
Here’s the opening gambit video:
And the part when they revealed the new Beetle – the theme of the show this time around, The Icon Is Back.
The crowd loved the new Beetle of course.
After the audio-visual spectacular, there was another piece of the auto show to check out which had the full range of Volkswagen cars, loads of information and some activities. I took the chance to have a sit in the new Beetle – it’s a lovely cockpit.
I especially liked the steering wheel! It’s a very nice looking car, still very classic Beetle but with a modern elegant twist. The model for sale in Malaysia has a 1.2L TSI 105PS engine, 7 Speed DSG transmission and some really nice specs like a color matching dashboard, leather seats, touchscreen radio with iPod connectivity etc.
It’s selling for RM139,888 net, a lot cheaper than I expected it to be! I honestly thought it was going to be over RM200,000. It’s a whole lot of car for that money.
All in all it was a good show, and I’m looking forwards to see what they do next year!