The 33rd Bangkok International Motor Show

Friday, 30 March 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 13 By  Dr. Iain Corness

The annual Bangkok International Motor Show is on now, closing on April 8, so go soon!  This is the 33rd Bangkok International Motor Show and runs from March 28 to April 8.  Once again it is held at the Challenger Hall, Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani and the organizers are confident of a bigger, better show this year with some new vehicle launches.  Last year the Impact Arena showed that it was more than capable of holding the largest motor show in Thailand, and this one is even better.

The Grand Prix International Group, the organizers of the Bangkok International Motor Show said that last year’s event was an overwhelming success in the history of the Show.  This year, exhibition space has been booked by BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia, Lexus, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Mitsubishi Motors (with their eco-car), Mitsuoka, Nissan, Peugeot, Rolls-Royce, SsangYong, Suzuki (another eco-car), Thairung, Toyota, Volkswagen (which is out to enter the main market, rather than just being a niche vehicle, and the new Beetle will be released) and Volvo.

Mitsubishi Mirage. Mitsubishi Mirage.

The motorcycle ranks will feature Big Bull, BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Modern Bike, Stallions, Suzuki, UDA, Vespa and Yamaha.  2012 is set to be a great year for new bikes and the BIMS is where you’ll be able to throw a leg over the latest and greatest.  From bling cruisers to the latest hi-tech sports bikes, there’s something for everyone here.  New are Ducati and Harley-Davidson.

Organizers have also prepared a special area for visitors who want to do a test drive.  Last year’s show featured 20 of the leading automotive brands and between them more than 1,000 test drives were taken during the event by enthusiastic show visitors.  Other attractions for the general public include a music corner, automotive auction, photography competition, and a variety of automotive-themed talk shows, and bring your camera to snap the simpering “Pretties” in their totally ridiculous outfits.  Yes, you got it correct, I do not like the Pretties, I go to motor shows to see cars and talk to engineers who know what they are talking about, compared to some dizzy dame parroting off specifications while dressed like a Barbie doll.  But then again, perhaps I am getting old - and Pattaya has more “Pretties” than the motor show, and some of them don’t have “outfits” at all!

Motor Show “Pretties”. Motor Show “Pretties”.

Concept cars and production cars from Japan, Europe, America, Korea and China are presenting technology right up to the future, signifying that the automotive industry of Thailand is still relevant in the automotive world of SE Asia as well as being important in the world stage.

President of Grand Prix International and Chairman of the organizing committee, Dr Prachin Eamlumnow said, “I’m confident that this 33rd Bangkok International Motor Show will endeavour to overturn the fortunes of the Thai automotive industry again and be the gauge of the Thai economy.”  With Thailand aiming to be in the top 10 vehicle producing nations in the world, backing from influential figures such as Dr. Prachin is important.

The BIMS runs to 8 April 2012, at the Challenger Hall 1-3, Impact Muang Thong Thani - Thailand’s biggest automotive showcase.

Dr. Prachin. Dr. Prachin.


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