AMR 2020 To Feature Even More International Participation

Auto Maintenance & Repair Expo (AMR) will return next spring from 15-18 March 2020 at Beijing’s New China International Exhibition Centre. Spanning across the 120,000 square metres of the venue’s eight exhibition halls, more than 1300 overseas and domestic exhibitors are expected to participate in the AMR 2020 fair.

In recent years, aftermarket has become one of the main sources of profit in the automotive supply chain. Show organisers says the market value of the global automotive aftermarket expects to see annual growth of three per cent, surging from the current €800 billion to €1200 billion by 2030. In terms of car ownership, the number of vehicles on the road has already reached 250 million in China, with more reports saying the current automotive aftermarket is already valued at ¥1300 billion. By 2025, its market value will grow further by 55 per cent, therefore holding infinite business opportunities for the automotive aftermarket.

Over the past 37 years, AMR organisers say the show has served the Chinese automotive aftermarket by continuing to evolve and grow along the drastic changes in the market, sitting on the driving seat in China’s automotive repair and maintenance industry as it flourishes and becomes more international. Putting the equipment, tools and consumables of repair and maintenance and car care at its core, consistently integrating the latest industry trends and extensive resources, AMR organisers says the show is able to gather quality and professional industry buyers at the fair, which is now recognised as a top trading platform to facilitate sourcing and helping foreign enterprises expand into Chinese and Asian markets.

To further heighten the fair experience and sourcing efficiency, AMR 2020 is set to have a more strategic hall plan in order to highlight the latest products and dedicated services in each sector. Hall allocation will enhance business matching efficiency and the experience for both buyers and exhibitors. For example, there will be specific zones including mechanical, collision, tyre repair, car wash and car care, testing and diagnostics, and repair tools in the Repair & Maintenance sector to better match buyer needs.

Elsewhere, in order to keep up with rising industry trends, the 2020 edition will introduce extensive resources for tyre, lubricant, car care, washing and customising, commercial vehicle, chain stores, emergency roadside assistance, integration of production, and education by hosting concurrent events and special zones.

Numerous sectors will further expand into featured zones, including:

  • The Parts and Components hall, will highlight the latest replacement parts, auto components, supply chain, customising and auto electronics.
  • The Lubricant zone, which will present all kinds of lubricant and oil products for automotive use: engine oil, diesel oil, base oil, engine lubricant oil, transmission fluid, cleaning oil and many other maintenance accessories.
  • The Commercial Vehicle zone, which will bring together prominent brands offering auto parts and components for the aftermarket. The zone will showcase a variety of repair and maintenance products and services for commercial vehicles.
  • The Car care, Washing and Customising zone, which will focus on showcasing products for car washing, car beauty and customising. Numerous live demonstrations will also be carried out in the zone.

According to show organisers, recent market research stated that the repair and maintenance sector in China has big potential as it is now one of the world’s biggest automotive aftermarkets after 20 years of rapid development. In fact, it is the second largest sector and occupies 20 per cent of the Chinese automotive aftermarket. AMR staff say the show establishes a bridge for foreign enterprises to expand their business into China’s automotive market, bringing in more choices and business opportunities to local dealers and customers.

With the global sales network of Messe Frankfurt, AMR 2020 will go further to “bring forward an international market”. In terms of overseas exhibitors, the list has expanded to more than 100 companies in the show portfolio, among which are several overseas pavilions from different countries and regions:

  • The German pavilion first debuted at AMR 2019 with huge success. It will return to the fair in the 2020 edition with an even bigger exhibition space of over 300 square metres. The pavilion will present the latest repair and maintenance products and services from over 30 German companies and brands.
  • The Malaysia pavilion will debut at AMR 2020.
  • The Taiwan pavilion will greatly extend participation from the previous edition.
  • More international exhibitors from Egypt, France, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and the USA are being organised.

In addition, organisers say the level of international participation at AMR 2020 can again be seen in the composition of visitors and buyers, with the fair welcoming first-time buyer groups from Australia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kazan in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

To better service these local and overseas participants, there will be more than 30 fringe programme events organised during the three-day fair. Highlights are expected to include the 2nd Automotive Aftermarket Awards for China’s Top Chain Brands, Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Annual Meeting, the Rising Terminal Conference 2020, Tyre Marketing Summit, LubTop 2019 Award, National Parts Dealer Conference, China Auto Beauty Championships, the 5th Auto Diagnostics Master Finals, Green Repair and Maintenance Industry Forum, China Aftermarket “Northwest Day” Special Event, AMR 2020 China Aftermarket Crossover Banquet, the Integration of Production and Education Forum, and many more.

The show’s seamless business matchmaking services will also offer targeted business interactions with an “enhanced” sourcing efficiency, according to organisers.

The 11th Edition Of INAPA Coming Soon

The 11th edition of INAPA will return to JIExpo in Jakarta from 18-20 March 2020 with more than 15,000 attendees and 1000 exhibiting companies. In 2019, INAPA become the biggest annual meeting place for automotive aftermarket players in ASEAN.

Indonesia has set an ambitious target on the adoption of electric vehicles (EV) with 2.1 million electric motorcycles and 2200 electric cars expected to take the road by 2025. The Indonesian government has set fiscal incentives, such as import tariff incentives for battery-based EVs and their supporting technology and materials, as well as value-added tax deductions and tax incentives for imported goods related to investments in the EV industry.

INAPA 2020 will focus on EVs, technologies, components and EV manufacturing solutions (EVMS). Organisers feel the show will present an opportunity to feature the latest trend and technology for EVMS including battery, electrical powertrains, components, IT systems, material, equipment and services.

Organisers say that the Indonesian automotive industry has become an important pillar of the country’s manufacturing sector as many of the world’s well known car companies have reopened manufacturing plants or expanded production capacity.

Indonesia is one of the largest automotive markets according to Static Indonesia, with over 135 million vehicles in operation in 2017.

You can find more information at www.inapa-exhibition.net or www.ev-indonesia.net.

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2020 Embraces The Rising Made-In-Vietnam Automotive Market

Steering into its fourth edition, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City (AMHCMC) will rally a comprehensive automotive supply chain community for the OE (original equipment) and aftermarket by introducing the new automotive manufacturing & automation segment.

The community will help drive the Vietnam automotive industry towards localisation, industrialisation and modernisation by promoting made-in-Vietnam brands. 390 international and domestic exhibitors will gather across 10,200 sqm of the exhibition floor at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) from 5 to 7 March 2020.

According to a recent report, the Vietnamese economy is expected to grow 6.7 per cent this year, the fastest growth rate among Southeast Asia countries. This robust economic strength is crucial to the sustainable development of Vietnam’s automotive industry. In order to support its development, the Vietnamese government has deployed a number of favourable policies to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into the local automotive manufacturing sector for sustainable growth.

Already, many of the foreign companies are extending their footprint into Vietnam’s automotive market through various types of cooperation with the local companies. Data revealed by Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) has shown FDI in Vietnam reached a four-year high of USD $16.74 billion in the first five months of 2019. Among all, the manufacturing and processing sector accounted for 72 per cent of the total FDI received.

The inflow of FDI is expected to bring resources and technologies into the country, including skilled labour and technical assistance. These long-term investments will therefore heighten Vietnam’s automotive manufacturing capabilities and its supporting industries. In this view, the domestic industry holds great potential as it transits from an assembly to a manufacturing hub in Southeast Asia.

As a result, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2020 will play a leading role in rallying international and domestic cooperation among car manufacturers, dealers, distributors, exporters, importers, manufacturers, OEMs, retailers and more. In the effort to drive Vietnam’s status as an important manufacturing hub, the show will offer comprehensive product coverage of the entire supply chain from materials tools, precision tools and testing machines, product finishing, robotics and automation, to parts and components for vehicles.

Once again, there will be 10 different product groups for the passenger, commercial vehicle and motorcycle segments on display at the fair. These include Accessories & Customising, Parts & Components, Electronics & Connectivity, Diagnostics & Maintenance and Alternative Drive Systems & Fuel to name a few. In addition, there will be six product groups tailored for the new automotive manufacturing & automation segment like Manufacturing of Automotive Parts & Components, Automation, Automotive Production Equipment and System, Automotive Inspection and Quality Control, Automotive Design and R&D and Automotive Material.

Comprehensive upgrades on existing sectors offering

The 2020 edition will continue to elevate the show offerings in line with the market trends and demands. With Vietnam becoming the fourth largest motorcycle market in the world, the fair will continue to highlight the motorcycle segment. In fact, the motorbikes market has an annual growth rate of 10 per cent and is expected to reach 11 million units on the road by 2025. Under the influence of stringent environmental standards and policies, the huge demand is expected to shift from the traditional petrol type to the new electric motorbike. As such, a line-up of overseas suppliers for electric motorcycle auto parts and components will converge at the show with renowned national brands to provide a wide selection of products for buyers.

On the other hand, the passenger and commercial vehicle segments will also remain a fair focus. With local consumers now having increased purchasing power and a better standard of living, the Accessories & Customising product group will highlight the thriving personalised and auto lifestyle market in Vietnam. Based on statistic revealing that more than 90 per cent of the accessories and parts in Vietnam are imported, the product group will feature a wider variety of auto part products from a line-up of overseas brands to fulfil the consumer needs.

A unique industry event for “Business, Workshops and Experiences”

The upcoming edition of Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2020 captures the theme of “Business, Workshops and Experiences”, and will offer fairgoers an all-round show experience to allow business and pleasure to co-exist at the fair. For example, the Business Matching programme returns as an effective and efficient platform, bridging local and international players and helping to foster new business relationships.

Elsewhere, a host of training workshops, seminars and conferences will also enhance knowledge sharing. Built upon theoretical discussions, international experts and industry professionals will come together to perform workshops with practical and live demonstrations. They will discuss diagnostics, maintenance, fleet management and many more other focused topics.

Speakers will also share their views on Industry 4.0, automation, smart factories, assembly and productivity in the local automotive industry. Attendees will, therefore, be able to learn about the latest local industry developments and related policies. The sessions offer insight into how local players can overcome the challenges arising from industry transformation, which will help them stand out from other ASEAN countries.

The show also presents two exclusive and lively fringe events. The Auto NITZ party is set to feature live music performances from famous local DJs and dance groups, turning the show floor into a dance floor. The Drift & Stunt shows will energise the show’s atmosphere as stunt performers stun crowds with their thrilling outdoor performances. All these entertaining events offer the taste of an exciting automotive lifestyle. Visitors can cultivate and immerse themselves into these networking activities at the fairground.

CIECA Announces New November 2019 Webinar

CIECA has announced its next CIECAst webinar: “This Changes Everything: The Impact of New Technologies on the Auto Physical Damage & Claims Ecosystem – What Repairers and Other Collision Industry Stakeholders Need to Know”.

The webinar will run for one hour on Tuesday 12 November at 11 am CST and will feature Stephen Applebaum, Managing Partner of Insurance Solutions Group.

Applebaum will share his subject matter expertise and insights into the business disruption being experienced by participants across the entire vehicle insurance ecosystem. It will include insurance carriers, collision repairers and all the supply chain partners and customers.

“Today, like never before in the history of our industry, change is constant and accelerating and trying to understand and keep up with the changes is challenging,” said Applebaum. “Harder still is predicting the future and how to plan for it and continue to succeed and grow.”

CIECA says Applebaum is a frequent chairman, guest speaker and panellist at Insurance Nexus North America and other industry conferences, while contributing to major insurance industry publications. The company says he has a passion for coaching, mentoring, business process innovation and constructive transformation, applying disruptive technology, and managing organisational change in the North American property/casualty insurance industry and trading partner communities.

To register for the CIECAst, click here.

Following the CIECAst webinar, attendees will be able to take a short quiz to earn credit toward a professional designation from the Automotive Management Institute (AMi).

MSO Symposium Early Bird Registration Ending Soon

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced the eighth annual MSO Symposium will take place on 4 November in Las Vegas, Nevada, prior to SEMA Show.

Similar to past years, the event’s agenda, timing, and content is driven and directed by industry leading members who voluntarily serve on the programme’s advisory board.

Last year’s event represented more than 4000 collision repair facilities with a total annual revenue exceeding US$7 billion. The programme has evolved to now include insurers, OEMs and large independent repair facilities.

The ASA says that attendance is limited and registrants must qualify to attend – the event is open to insurers, OEMs, multi-shop operators and single-location repair facilities with revenue exceeding US$3 million in annual sales. Early bird rates are also available for a limited time.

“The MSO Symposium continues to bring together the multi-shop owners and operators, dealers, franchisees and repair networks from all across North America,” said Roy Schnepper, ASA Immediate Past Chairman. “This exclusive is event where only collision industry repairers, insurers, and OEMs can gather.”

To register for the MSO Symposium, click here.

Equip Auto 2019: Repairing Today, Preparing Tomorrow

Equip Auto, a premier international trade show for automotive aftersales and services for mobility, is expecting to receive 95,000 professional visitors and host 1200 exhibitors at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from 15 to 19 October 2019.

“Since 2017, Equip Auto has established itself as the unifying meeting for the industry, bringing together all the reference professional organisations,” said Philippe Baudin, Chairman of Equip Auto. “I wish to maintain this commitment so that all visitors have a single event in France, located at the heart of all the major transformations, to meet, exchange, make discoveries and spend an enjoyable time with other professionals.”

Equip Auto organisers say the show has reasserted its ambition to establish itself as the imperative international trade show for aftersales and services for mobility for all vehicles. Positioning itself at the heart of industry issues, the show aims to enables professionals to gain optimal insight into the market by giving them the means to “repair today and prepare tomorrow” – the exhibition’s signature.

Owned by the French Federation of Vehicle Industries and Equipment (FIEV) and the French Bodywork Federation (FFC) while supported by trade body partners, the exhibition says it revolves around three values which make up its DNA: Business, Innovation, Hospitality.

“These three values take the form of numerous actions and new features to enable industry stakeholders to decode the sector’s challenges, find out about current solutions and adopt innovations which are already available to prepare for tomorrow,” organisers said.

For this show edition, organisers aim to balance out visitor flows by focusing on a clear and effective sector organisation to save time and increase contact opportunities on stands. This means each hall will have a specific focus:

  • Hall 1: Vehicle equipment, parts and components; Maintenance and distribution networks; Bodywork and painting; Univers VO (Car remarketing), Washing and service areas, lubricants, vehicle care products
  • Hall 2.2: Vehicle equipment, parts and components; Maintenance and distribution networks; Services for professionals
  • Hall 3: Repairs, maintenance, tools and diagnostics; Tyres, wheel rims and accessories

The organisers are also focusing on having more visible and frequent signage for easier wayfinding, wider aisles to connect the three halls efficiently together, improved entry through hall 3 with direct access from the exhibition centre’s main gate (gate A), and an even balance of leading brands between the three halls.

One of the events relevant to collision repair is Equip Auto’s Bodywork-Paint Village, which will play host to the results and the prize-giving ceremony of the fourth Bodywork-Paintwork Competition. This competition is open to French pilot training centres in the ANFA network in the bodywork and repairs branch, rewarding students who, through their technical and artistic skills, have proven the best in shaping and painting a piece of bodywork.

The International Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation, revolving around seven categories with a gold trophy winner in each of them, is awarded by a judging panel of 48 journalists from 10 countries. Helping boost brand awareness and trigger new business, organisers says the International Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation pay tribute to emerging technologies in aftersales and are acknowledged as a prestigious accolade in many countries, reflecting an international dynamic around the know-how, skills and innovations of firms.

The competition is open to all exhibitors across all sectors represented at the show. The categories are as follows:

  • Bodywork equipment and paint
  • Lubricants, vehicle care products, washing, roadside services
  • Original equipment
  • Parts, equipment and components (replacement)
  • Tyres – Wheel accessories and services
  • Repairs, maintenance, garage equipment
  • Services for professionals (IT, software publishers, DMS, management solutions, etc.), services for connected mobility.

Equip Auto will host a gala evening to be held at Collège des Bernardins in the centre of Paris, which will bring together nearly 300 guests for a friendly and festive celebration. The awards for the International Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation will be presented at this evening.

Automechanika Shanghai 2019 Embraces The Evolving Automotive Ecosystem

The upcoming 15th edition of Automechanika Shanghai is set to take place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) on 3 to 6 December 2019 (Tuesday to Friday). The show expects to host over 6,270 exhibitors across the impressive 350,000 sqm of exhibition space, which will occupy the venue’s current exhibition area. A growing number of special sectors, zones and fringe programme events will amplify many of the latest advancements and rising trends throughout numerous areas of the industry.

Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, said: “Over the past 14 editions, Automechanika Shanghai has continued to thrive alongside Asia’s automotive industry; China has now become the world’s largest auto market.  When the show first opened its doors back in 2004, it hosted just 235 exhibitors and 9,000 visitors. In 2018, a staggering 150,568 visitors filtered through every corner of the NECC. It has continued to embrace change and nurtured development by way of new themes and elements. Looking to the future, we plan to collaborate further with research institutes, universities, industry organisations, finance and insurance firms, and the wider automotive community, so that we can work together and advance the fair’s automotive ecosystem.”

Developing an automotive ecosystem

Automechanika Shanghai will echo the progressing concept of the automotive ecosystem. The developing term comes as a result of rapid advancements in the industry that are currently remapping the automotive value chain. It zooms in on the concept of connectivity; not just through emerging technology, but also the notion of networks and knowledge sharing. As a result, Automechanika Shanghai will place more focus on digitalisation, future technologies and services, as well as shaping more opportunities in the fringe programme, to work closer with research institutes and the wider auto community.

Digital trends spark new opportunities

The Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility sector will, once again, become a central area of the fair to demonstrate the show’s strengthened ability for emphasising digital trends and connectivity. As such, the sector shines a light on communication between the vehicle, infrastructure, pedestrians and networks. With this in mind, exhibitors will cover the latest innovations for electromobility, intelligent vehicle technology, car connectivity, mobility services, as well as lightweight materials and more.

The evolving supply chain and aftermarket

The automotive service sector continues to be one of the most important aspects of the fair, as many maturing automotive markets, like China, are becoming more established. The rise of China’s automotive aftermarket will bring forward new business opportunities to its underlying sectors and will rely on the continuous smart transformation of the supply chain. On account of this, the Supply Chain and Chain Store zone returns to address many of the changing needs in the transforming local auto market.

Customisation continues to soar

Customisation is another area that is seeing a steady progression. Sitting side-by-side, Customising will span across Hall 6.2 and 7.2, to cover an expansive total of 44,000 sqm of space. The sector is set to include the latest trends for exterior, interior and high-performance customisation. It will feature sport exhaust systems, sport air filters, and sport chassis, as well as engine tuning, audio modification, seats, recreational vehicles (RV) and off-road vehicle modification. Personalisation will also be a key element in the sector with interior design, body work elements, car wrapping, spray painting, and airbrush systems on display.

Additionally, the automotive lighting industry has undergone a new wave of transformation. Organic light-emitting diode (OLED), laser and intelligent lights have led to more creative and technological innovation throughout the sector.

In addition to the Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility and Customising sectors, the exhibition will host thousands of other exhibitors across five other product categories. Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems, Accessories, Repair & Maintenance and REIFEN (Tyres & Wheels) will offer comprehensive coverage of the entire supply chain.

Autopromotec Connects Aftermarket With Motorsport

Autopromotec says it will offer an “interesting” new development celebrating the connection between the aftermarket sector and motor racing. For the 2019 show to be held in Bologna from 22 to 26 May, Autopromotec will inaugurate “Autopromotec Motorsport”, an initiative sponsored by ACI Sport and the Motorsport section of ANFIA (National Association of the Automotive Industry Supply Chain).

At Autopromotec 2019, the Autopromotec Motorsport initiative will create a dedicated pathway through the trade show’s pavilions where it will be possible to see and touch products that contain the same technology used in racing vehicles.

All exhibitors with a direct link to the racing world will be identifiable by a special symbol – a chequered flag with the Autopromotec Motorsport logo in the centre. The visit is also supported by a guide made available to visitors during the days of the trade show, listing all the companies in the sector participating at the fair.

To spotlight the companies involved in the initiative, Autopromotec Motorsport will also have its own booth dedicated entirely to racing in Hall 31 Bis, near the “Quadriportico” of the exhibition centre. Organisers says it will be possible to experience the ‘aura’ of competitions, walking through pit lanes set up to recreate the paddocks of motor racing and learning about the services offered by the main trade associations as well as schools, universities and other educational institutions.

As part of AutopromotecEDU, organisers say the Autopromotec Motorsport initiative will also present a series of specific conferences on the topics that motor racing has in common with aftersales, such as the pursuit of safety, reliability and performance. These conferences are:

  • Motorsport as a research opportunity for product innovation – 22 May, Link Room, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Those who compete in the world of motorsport win with highly qualified and specialised human resources – 24 May, Link Room, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

New Zones Spotlight Rising Trends At Automechanika Kuala Lumpur 2019

The 11th edition of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur will be held from 21 to 23 March 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). Attendees will be able to explore the latest products, services and technologies from over 300 exhibitors across 9710 square metres of space. The show will amplify the rising trends in connectivity, digitalisation and electrification through a host of new supporters, themed zones and fringe programme events.

Located at the centre of the ASEAN region, organisers say Malaysia is recognised as an ideal country for digital investment. Reports from The World Bank Group suggest that the digital economy will contribute 20 per cent towards the country’s GDP by 2020. Digitalisation will, therefore, continue to penetrate every aspect of day-to-day life, which includes the automotive industry. Organisers say the trend has already started to revolutionise the automotive market, shaping dynamic growth and development opportunities for many local companies.

To showcase the latest digital automotive trends, Automechanika Kuala Lumpur will introduce a new Internet of Things (IoT) zone to delve deeper into the potential benefits of IoT technology and its application throughout the global industry. Organisers says the influence of IoT has created fresh demand across the entire value chain, with research suggesting that one connected car can generate higher revenue over its entire lifecycle than 10 non-connected cars. Malaysia is making significant progress towards completing autonomous vehicle research and development by 2025, showing that the local industry will remain strong with the prospective demand for automated cars. Therefore, upstream and downstream sectors of the industry are now facing both new opportunities, as well as some challenges to maintain competitiveness and meet the changing needs of the market.

As such, the IoT zone will feature both hardware and software developers emphasising the combined power of digitalisation, connectivity and advanced software capabilities in the automotive industry.

Another zone making its debut at the fair is the highly-anticipated Truck zone. The area will spotlight a number of trends that have sparked a rapid growth phase for the commercial vehicle sector across the region. With Malaysia becoming the third largest commercial vehicle market in Asia Pacific, the future of the sector remains positive. The country’s commercial vehicle sector is expected to see growth at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of three per cent, which translates to more than 84,000-unit sales by 2025. As a result, more and more international players are now entering the market to offer their products and technology.

At Automechanika Kuala Lumpur, the show’s fringe programme will highlight the region’s most pressing topics as well as emphasise the themes running through the fairground. For example, the Fleet Management Conference will explore the synergy between IoT and the commercial vehicle sector, while another fringe programme event taking place at the show is the Collision Repair Training Workshop, returning after a successful presence at the last show. It is run and presented by I-CAR Australia CEO, Mark Czvitkovits.

For more information abocut Automechanika Kuala Lumpur, visit www.automechanika-kl.com.

The 40th Bangkok International Motor Show 2019

The 40th Bangkok International Motor Show 2019 (40th BIMS) will open its doors for car enthusiasts under the theme of “Enjoyment Of Automobiles” from 27 March to 7 April 2019 at IMPACT Challenger, Muang Thong Thani, Thailand.

Dr. Prachin Eamlumnow, CEO of Grand Prix PCL (the show organiser) and Chairman of the 40th Bangkok International Motor Show, says that the BIMS has been internationally recognised as the “Greatest Motor Show of ASEAN”, thanks to the annual participation of various global leading automotive brands. Last year, the total number of visitors throughout the 12-day event was more than 1.6 million visitors.

This year’s show will feature 33 international automotive brands including Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi Motors, Isuzu, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki, Kia, Hyundai, Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Bentley, Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Maserati, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, and Volvo. FOMM and MIND are newcomers from the EV segment, while this year also marks the inaugural participation of McLaren in Thailand. Fourteen motorcycle companies will also be there including Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson and Triumph.

This year the BIMS will “travel through time up to its 40th anniversary”, celebrating with special setups that will take visitors back four decades to the time when the show was first held at Lumpini Park in 1979. The exhibition will feature the history of the BIMS along with its development, growth and how the show takes part in the automotive industry.

More than 10 new models are expected to be launched this year, including EVs, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, supporting the Thai government’s policy of developing Thailand as the leader of electric vehicles in the near future.

In response to the growing demand in the SUV market, a specially designed SUV test-drive ground will also be added to this year’s event.

For more information, visit www.bangkok-motorshow.com.