The 33rd Motor Expo provides a stimulus to the year-end market. The public is invited to see concept cars, buy new cars and big bikes with special promotions. 50,000 cars are expected to be sold at the Expo.
Kwanchai Paphatphong, President of IMC and Organizing Chairman of “The 33rd Thailand International Motor Expo 2016” reveals that the Motor Expo this year, held under the concept of “Connect the World … Connect People: Smart Vehicles” has been honoured by Her Excellency Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of industry in presiding over the Official Opening Ceremony. Participating car makers represent 37 brands from 9 countries, plus 21 brands of motorcycles from 8 countries.
“The Expo features 3 concept cars, more than 10 new car launches and a host of special promotions. Car bookings at the Expo are expected to reach 50,000 units because the economic climate has improved while the first car project has reached the 5-year ownership term. Big bike bookings are expected to be about 3,000 units and the number of visitors 1.5 million, generating over 50 billion Baht of total turnovers at the Motor Expo.”
The concept cars that will be exhibited at the Motor Expo comprise the HYUNDAI ENDURO CONCEPT, a compact 3-door Crossover SUV Concept with a sleek look similar to the Hyundai Veloster. Its signature hexagonal front grille is connected to the large fender with an aluminum blade. The steering wheel is designed to resemble the handle of a bike while the cabin gives the feeling of wrapping around the driver. The Concept is powered by a 2.0-litre inline-four turbocharged petrol engine with direct injection, mated to a dual clutch automatic transmission as in the Hyundai Tucson.
The MITSUBISHI XM CONCEPT where the letter X stands for CROSSOVER and letter M for MPV, so together XM signifies an SUV-MPV Crossover. The XM Concept features an aggressive front, large wheel arches like an SUV. The cabin layout provides 3 rows of 7 seats with an infotainment screen on the console. The production version will be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine driving the front wheels.
The Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept is a rescue truck concept modified from the four-wheel-drive Navara pickup. Its overall ride height is raised by 50mm compared to the standard Navara and its wheel arches feature large bespoke overfenders. Emergency blue strobe lights and fluorescent green lights on all wheels, side steps and tow eyes are added. The load bed is packed with life-saving equipment including a drone to relay images of unreachable areas back to a 20.5-inch screen.
The Expo will also feature the Asia Pacific launch of TRIUMPH THRUXTON R T120 big bike and Thailand launch of KAWASAKI SUPERNAKED Z900 and RYUKA BREAKOUT 150.
While the Thailand launches of new cars will comprise FOTON TUNLAND, HYUNDAI TUCSON, JAGUAR F-PACE, MG3, MG GS 1.5 TURBO, PEUGEOT 308 SW, PORSCHE 718 CAYMAN, RAYTTLE 28 and VOLVO S90.
“The event this year has the full cooperation of all exhibitors of cars, bikes, audio equipment and accessories who decorate their booths beautifully and yet simply, while ensuring that their pretties are well-covered in the style befitting the current situation and the overall image of the Motor Expo”, Kwanchai said.
There is free express shuttle bus service to/from the Motor Expo during 12:00 – 22:00 hr on a weekday, 11:00 – 22:00 hr on Saturday, Sunday and official holiday as follows.
1) Mo Chit—IMPACT—Mo Chit. MRT Chatuchak station EXIT 4, BTS Mo Chit station Exit 2;
2) On Nut—IMPACT—On Nut. On Nut station Exit 2;
3) Si Lom—IMPACT—Si Lom. MRT Silom station EXIT 1;
4) Rangsit—IMPACT—Rangsit. Future Park Rangsit at van park in front of Big C.
“The 33rd Thailand International Motor Expo 2016” is held at IMPACT Challenger, Muang Thong Thani from 1-12 December, 2016. To obtain information about cars on display, traffic, and activities at the Expo you can download MOTOR EXPO App or find further details at http://www.motorexpo.co.th