By THE NATION
The event, which goes on until June 30, features a mix between new vehicles represented by official distributors, as well as previously-owned cars from leading used car dealers.
New models expected to draw many potential customers include the MG ZS EV (all-electric and priced at Bt1.19 million), Toyota Commuter van boasting upgraded safety levels, and the Honda Accord midsize sedan that is also available in a hybrid version.
Nissan is also promoting its Leaf EV by bringing EV experts and offering short-distance test drives and rides.
Organiser Pattanadesh Asasappakij says that 11 car companies are coming along with 18 used car dealers.
“Visitors are able to compare different models and makes before making a decision,” he said. “This is like a meeting place for buyers and sellers of both new and used vehicles.”
He added that the show helps stimulate car sales and so helps support the country’s economic growth.
Auto companies taking part this year include Audi, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Mazda, MG, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Suzuki, Subaru and Toyota.
The 18 used car dealers are AT Carsale, Unique Autocars, VisarnAutocar, DDS Car Centre, YoRachada, 54 Niwat Car Centre, The One, CarDeeSukeOK, J Motortrade, Amorn Warranty by Benz AmornRachada, Rot Sethi, Best Service, Keng Rama 9, 999 Rot Ban Suwit Took Lae Dee, Rot Ban Khun X by Auto Master, Panda Speed, NBP CAR and SmartCar. MG also has also set up a used car booth.
“This year, customers who place orders for vehicles at the show are entitled to [a chance to win] the Isuzu pick-up truck grand prize. Krungsri Auto is providing special car loan offers and PTT is introducing a new lubricant product,” Pattanadesh said.
Apart from attractive sales promotions for both new and used vehicles, used-car buyers also enjoy a 100-per cent buy-back policy if the vehicles are found to have major deficiencies such as those caused by heavy accidents or floods.
Used car dealers are offering cash discounts as well as interest-free instalment offers, along with other incentives.
For example, a BMW 330e M Sport plug-in hybrid offered from Amorn Warranty by Benz Amorn Rachada, is retailing at Bt3.09 million for a new car and Bt2.58 million for used. Only at the show, the price is further reduced by Bt200,000 to Bt2.38 million, with 0-per cent interest for 48 months and one year of first-class insurance.
Yo Rachada is offering a five-month-old Toyota C-HR with 8,000km on the clock at Bt829,000 with no down-payment required, compared to the Bt979,000 new car price.
Panda Speed, meanwhile, is offering an 84-month instalment plan, while BB Smart Car’s campaign allows customers to make a purchase (inclusive of a one-year engine and transmission warranty) with just a Bt10,000 cash payment. –