Photoblog: 2013 Bangkok International Motor Show

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ASEAN Automotive
Current data on Thailand’s automotive industry (click to enlarge).

Thailand is the center of the Southeast Asian car industry and the fifth biggest vehicle producer in Asia. The country manufactured 2.48 million cars in 2012, up from 100,000 in 1997, for the brands Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet, Honda, Isuzu, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

By Arno Maierbrugger

The car sector in the Kingdom is growing at a rapid rate, and due to cost and quality advantages will very likely continue to do so for the next decade. In fact, by 2025 Thailand may well be one of the largest auto manufacturers in the world, and that will see Thailand post strong economic numbers for many years to come. In Thailand, the automotive industry has become a crucial part of the economy and its importance extends far beyond the production of motor vehicles.

Among other things, it has a big impact on employment and tax income and will also drive innovation and investment in the future as more of the auto sector fringe businesses move to Thailand to access the growing sector. Major car companies have a base in Bangkok, and the Ford Motor Company has even established its ASEAN regional headquarters in the city in 2003, from where it manages the production, distribution, sales and servicing for the entire region.

The annual Bangkok International Motor Show is a major draw for people and media from across ASEAN and beyond. The 2013 fair, being held from March 27 to April 7, expects to break the 2 million visitor record after 1.95 million came in 2012. Car premieres include the new Toyota Vios, the new Nissan Pulsar, the Mazda CX-5, the Ford EcoSport and the new Honda Accord.

Inside Investor took a look around the Bangkok Motor Show. Below a few impressions:

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The Bangkok International Motor Show 2013 expects more than 2 million visitors. Venue: Impact Exhibition & Convention Center in Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At the Volkswagen stand. The German brand ranks 20 in sales in Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chevrolet Tru 140S, a concept car by General Motors. Chevrolet ranked sixth in sales in Thailand in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At the Lexus stand. Toyota’s luxury brand is growing in entire Southeast Asia as spending power improves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Rolls Royce Phantom sells for around 40 million baht ($1.37 million)

 

 

 

 

 

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The ‘Emily’ comes either in silver or crystal
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At the Lexus stand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show7_Arno Maierbrugger
China’s Ssangyong brand needs more presence in Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show8_Arno Maierbrugger
And this can be done so…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…or so…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show10_Arno Maierbrugger
…or so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show11_Arno Maierbrugger
Tuk-tuks are still a large market in Thailand. At the stand of Global Electric Motorcars Asia, one large tuk-tuk manufacturer based in Samut Prakan south of Bangkok, mid-size tuk-tuks sell for around 320,000 baht ($11,000)…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…and come in different sizes…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…and styles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chevrolet Tru 140S, obviously derived from the Camaro, a rare sight in Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leather jacket girl on Honda’s new street bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unmistakably Porsche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jaguar XF. The brand now belongs to India’s Tata Group.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Lotus range. Lotus Cars is owned by Malaysia’s Proton since 1996.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bentley Continental GT. A little less pricey than Rolls Royce, but not that much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The amazing Bentley headlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not the Batmobile, but a black Lamborghini Aventador

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Passing by the Nissan stand with the new electric car Nissan LEAF on display (in the back).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Customised motorbikes: A big attraction at the show

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Showtime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[caption id="attachment_8067" align="alignleft" width="300"] Current data on Thailand's automotive industry (click to enlarge).[/caption] Thailand is the center of the Southeast Asian car industry and the fifth biggest vehicle producer in Asia. The country manufactured 2.48 million cars in 2012, up from 100,000 in 1997, for the brands Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet, Honda, Isuzu, Nissan and Mitsubishi. By Arno Maierbrugger The car sector in the Kingdom is growing at a rapid rate, and due to cost and quality advantages will very likely continue to do so for the next decade. In fact, by 2025 Thailand may well be one of the largest...

Reading Time: 2 minutes

ASEAN Automotive
Current data on Thailand’s automotive industry (click to enlarge).

Thailand is the center of the Southeast Asian car industry and the fifth biggest vehicle producer in Asia. The country manufactured 2.48 million cars in 2012, up from 100,000 in 1997, for the brands Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet, Honda, Isuzu, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

By Arno Maierbrugger

The car sector in the Kingdom is growing at a rapid rate, and due to cost and quality advantages will very likely continue to do so for the next decade. In fact, by 2025 Thailand may well be one of the largest auto manufacturers in the world, and that will see Thailand post strong economic numbers for many years to come. In Thailand, the automotive industry has become a crucial part of the economy and its importance extends far beyond the production of motor vehicles.

Among other things, it has a big impact on employment and tax income and will also drive innovation and investment in the future as more of the auto sector fringe businesses move to Thailand to access the growing sector. Major car companies have a base in Bangkok, and the Ford Motor Company has even established its ASEAN regional headquarters in the city in 2003, from where it manages the production, distribution, sales and servicing for the entire region.

The annual Bangkok International Motor Show is a major draw for people and media from across ASEAN and beyond. The 2013 fair, being held from March 27 to April 7, expects to break the 2 million visitor record after 1.95 million came in 2012. Car premieres include the new Toyota Vios, the new Nissan Pulsar, the Mazda CX-5, the Ford EcoSport and the new Honda Accord.

Inside Investor took a look around the Bangkok Motor Show. Below a few impressions:

Bangkok International Motor Show 2013_Arno Maierbrugger
The Bangkok International Motor Show 2013 expects more than 2 million visitors. Venue: Impact Exhibition & Convention Center in Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show1_Arno Maierbrugger
At the Volkswagen stand. The German brand ranks 20 in sales in Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show2_Arno Maierbrugger
Chevrolet Tru 140S, a concept car by General Motors. Chevrolet ranked sixth in sales in Thailand in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show3_Arno Maierbrugger
At the Lexus stand. Toyota’s luxury brand is growing in entire Southeast Asia as spending power improves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show4_Arno Maierbrugger
The Rolls Royce Phantom sells for around 40 million baht ($1.37 million)

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show5_Arno Maierbrugger
The ‘Emily’ comes either in silver or crystal
Bangkok International Motor Show6_Arno Maierbrugger
At the Lexus stand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show7_Arno Maierbrugger
China’s Ssangyong brand needs more presence in Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show8_Arno Maierbrugger
And this can be done so…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show9_Arno Maierbrugger
…or so…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show10_Arno Maierbrugger
…or so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show11_Arno Maierbrugger
Tuk-tuks are still a large market in Thailand. At the stand of Global Electric Motorcars Asia, one large tuk-tuk manufacturer based in Samut Prakan south of Bangkok, mid-size tuk-tuks sell for around 320,000 baht ($11,000)…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show12_Arno Maierbrugger
…and come in different sizes…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show13_Arno Maierbrugger
…and styles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show14_Arno Maierbrugger
Chevrolet Tru 140S, obviously derived from the Camaro, a rare sight in Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show_23_Arno Maierbrugger
Leather jacket girl on Honda’s new street bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show15_Arno Maierbrugger
Unmistakably Porsche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show16_Arno Maierbrugger
Jaguar XF. The brand now belongs to India’s Tata Group.

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show17_Arno Maierbrugger
The Lotus range. Lotus Cars is owned by Malaysia’s Proton since 1996.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show17_Arno Maierbrugger
Bentley Continental GT. A little less pricey than Rolls Royce, but not that much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show18_Arno Maierbrugger
The amazing Bentley headlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show19_Arno Maierbrugger
Not the Batmobile, but a black Lamborghini Aventador

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show19_Arno Maierbrugger
Passing by the Nissan stand with the new electric car Nissan LEAF on display (in the back).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show20_Arno Maierbrugger
Customised motorbikes: A big attraction at the show

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok International Motor Show21_Arno Maierbrugger
Showtime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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