Touted as the biggest show in the city-state, which is roughly the size of Manila, Singapore flung its doors open and put its best foot forward for this year’s staging of the Singapore Motor Show.
In attendance were the dominant players of the automotive industry led by this year’s host Glenn Tan, Executive Director of Tan Chong International Ltd.
“Given the overwhelming response we’ve received in the past shows from car enthusiasts in Singapore, we’re excited to be back this year with a much bigger car show,” says Tan, who is also the President of the Motor Traders Association of Singapore (MTA).
According to Tan, last year’s crowd drew in 58,000 visitors, and he hopes that this year’s show will reflect an improvement in visitor figures.
This year’s biggest crowd drawers were the display booths of Motor Image, which had the all-new Subaru Impreza and Nissan with the almighty GTR as its stellar attraction.
Also being launched with much anticipation were the new models such as the Mazda MX-5 RF, which featured a retractable hard top and a zippy 158 bhp 2.0 liter engine.
Mitsubishi unveiled the all-new ASX, alongside the new Outlander and Outlander PHEV.
German powerhouse Volkswagen launched the second generation Tiguan and the Beetle Cabriolet, whose soft top can be opened in 9.5 seconds and operated at speeds of up to 50 kph.
Also pulling in the crowds were the display of Isuzu, which highlighted the flexibility and toughness of its N-Series light duty trucks.
Honda loyalists also had a field day with the launch of the new generation NSX, and the Civic Turbo RS.
BMW also made their presence felt with their “outdoors” themed vehicles starting with the new BMW X5 and the uber luxurious 730i armed with a potent two liter in-line twin turbo pumping out a whopping 258 bhp.
The Singapore Motorshow made its big return in 2015 following a six-year hiatus. Tan Chong Ltd has taken the responsibility of bank rolling the car show since then because Tan believes that having one reflects the status of the Singaporean auto industry and it fosters good will and friendship in the industry.