Thailand International Motor Expo 2010

4 Dec
2010

Alright I went to the 27th Thailand International Motor Expo earlier, and spent just 1½ hours there. By the way the journey to Muang Thong Thani (where the expo is held), took me some 70 minutes by taxi from Mo-Chit BTS station. I’m grateful the taxi driver was willing to drive me there. We were mostly stuck in non-moving traffic most of the way.

Anyway I’m quite disappointed by this year’s Thailand International Motor Expo. There weren’t many premier, debut or new concept. It actually feels like a “big car showroom” – a description I once gave to Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS). However, it seems this year’s KLIMS exceeded all expectations, and in my opinion, fares far better than Thailand’s motor expo 2010. Read about KLIMS here. Ticket cost 100 baht.

I didn’t take many pictures though. I even forgot that Lexus CT200h was on display. Guess it was… boring? More pictures and some more words after the jump.

In alphabetical order…

Chevrolet Colorado

I’ve not seen this face-lifted Colorado before. I last remembered it looked like this. Chevrolet’s stand was all about the Cruze. They also had the Aveo, and the pre-facelift Captiva. Disappointing.

Citroen DS3

The DS3 looks and feel premium. Even in white.

There was also the C6, which looks great in metal. No photos of the C6 though, it was parked tightly between the other DS3 and Jumper.

Honda Brio Concept

The star of the show. I really hope the production Brio gets rid of that grille, and look more like this instead.

Hyundai HND-4 Blue Will Concept

A concept from 2009, with its behind covered. Wonder what happened to the rear.

Mazda Ryuga Concept

This is from 2007. Ridiculous.

Mini Countryman

For a new Mini that makes its debut in Thailand, there was surprisingly no fan fare or special stand.

Mitsubishi i MiEV Sport Concept

Another 2009 concept

Nissan March/Micra

This March/Micra’s front wears a different bumper that’s more attractive to my eyes.

I sat in one, and contrary to what most reviews said, it doesn’t feel cheap, Yes the plastics are hard, but they are solidly screwed together.

Proton Saga

Pictures doesn’t do this car any justice. I feel this is actually Proton’s best design effort yet.

SsangYong Korando

A surprisingly quiet appearance by the Korando. It almost didn’t get any attention at all. Make me really wonder, this was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro?

SsangYong Kyron

Yes this is not a new model. But I’ve not seen it in metal before. I believe this is the only successful facelift SsangYong manage to give to its SUVs. Still wouldn’t win any beauty contest though.

Tata Xenon

Finally see one personally.

It’s quite a good looking truck.

The interior. There’s room for improvement, but I’ve seen worse. When will Tata offer this in Malaysia?

And in black it looks pretty cool, even with those over-sized wheel arches.

Volkswagen Caravelle

I love vans, especially the Caddy and Caravelle. Will prefer these two to Touran or Sharan.

Proves that commercial vehicle need not have inferior interior.

Volvo S60

Sexy Volvo S60, manage to look sexier than the girls posing with it. Still not a fan of this colour though.

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3 Responses to Thailand International Motor Expo 2010

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ben

December 4th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

You seriously think that it is terrible? KLIMS was not that great either,the concept cars there are almost 5 years old except for the ix-metro but i must say that the Esprit alone made it all worth it! :)

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derick

December 4th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

KLIMS this year is definitely a waste of time. why were the germans missing? why were subaru, mazda, skoda, volvo, citroen and others absent? what went wrong with the show’s organisation? was it the high cost of participation?

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makushiimu

December 5th, 2010 at 5:50 am

The Citroën DS3 is the best car ever for me. It’s a city car, as long as the Nissan March/Micra. I’m not a fan of French cars, but the DS3 is really good ! =D

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