Photos: Vince Carlo Photography
The 40th Bangkok International Motor Show 2019 encompasses everything we love about cars, thus the tagline: “Enjoyment of Automobiles” this year.
Held from 25 March to 7 April, at the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, about 1.6 million visitors attended the show in total, making it one of the grandest display of everything automotive in the Southeast Asian region.
33 different international automotive brands from China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, UK, and the USA were present. 14 motorcycle brands were there as well.
Over 10 new models were launched by world renowned brands, especially those of alternative energy vehicles like EV, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrids. Models introduced at the event in Thailand for the first time include Suzuki Jimny, Chevrolet Captiva mid-size SUV and the Toyota Commuter passenger van. There are also several concept cars, presented at the event, such as Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept, MG ZS EV, Mazda Kai Concept and Subaru XV GT Edition.
Luxurious show-stoppers include the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and Valkyrie AMS Pro, third-generation Bentley Continental GT Convertible, Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover SUV, Lexus UX, Lamborghini Huracán EVO, Maserati GranTurismo, Porsche 911, Rolls-Royce Cullinan Supreme Liberty, McLaren 720S Spider and last but not least, the Toyota Supra.
On the sensible car front: Audi e-tron 55 quattro, BMW X7 M50d, Mercedes-Benz S560 e, MG V80, Chevrolet Captiva, Suzuki Jimny, Toyota Commuter, Hyundai Kona Electric.
Unlike most motor shows, an area is set aside for the test drive of select models, letting customers do the 0-100 km/h acceleration as well as handling circuits for customers to get a feel of their intended cars. An off road section includes a slope hill area for simulated 4×4 off-roading!
More than just cars, the show also saw the GPe-Racing Live Event, featuring the virtual racing of Gran Turismo Sport, which reproduce the famous racing circuits around the world for the motorsports enthusiasts. The show also had a space for the display of car accessories and all related products at the Accessories Hall.
The 2019 booking summary report of the participating car companies indicated that SUV is the most popular segment. It has an average booking of about 30 percent while the rest are passenger cars and pick-up trucks, especially the double-cab pickups. The luxury models saw 5,055 units being booked.
Toyota had the highest reservation number of 6,110 units. Mazda came second this year with the booking number of 5,211 units. Honda closed its sale as the third highest reservation number of 4,910 units. The fourth place is Mitsubishi with booking number of 3,019 units, while Isuzu ranked fifth at 2,715 units. For motorcycle, Honda has got the highest reservation number totaling 1,274 units. Yamaha came second with total reservation at 723 units, and third place is Kawasaki with 539 units booked. Looking at pure EV brands, MINE Mobility has gained total booking of 4,500 units, while FOMM achieved 1,666 units in total.
The next show is scheduled to be held from 25 March to April 5 2020.