Two years ago, we covered the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS) and we are pleased to announce that we will be going to Bangkok next week for the BIMS’s latest installment — the 36th Bangkok International Motor Show.
BIMS could be the biggest motor show in this region, given that Thailand is the main automotive hub with export numbers well surpassing Malaysia’s and the Philippines’. Many car manufacturers have manufacturing facilities set up at Rayong, thus giving it the moniker, “Detroit of the East”.
We think that the biggest attraction this year will be the facelifted, all-time bestseller of Ford’s in Malaysia — the Ranger. The much-rumoured and leaked Ranger is built in Thailand. Watch this space for Ford updates.
Looking at the master floor plan, Toyota/Lexus, and Mercedes Benz occupy the largest booth space, so it’s plausible that the widely circulated Toyota Hilux facelift may make it to BIMS too. Mercedes Benz announced yesterday that they are making Thailand its Asia Pacific hybrid cars hub. So, we will be seeing cars like the C300 Bluetec Hybrid at BIMS.
The big makes
Other Japanese car makers such as Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Honda, Nissan, Isuzu and Subaru will be present too. European makes such as BMW, Mini, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, VW, Volvo, Porsche, Jaguar, Land Rover, Bentley and MG (debatable since it is now owned by the Chinese) will be on show as well. Chevrolet, Hyundai and Ssangyong too are setting up booths at BIMS. About a quarter of the exhibition space is dedicated to car accessories and also motorbikes (Ducati, Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki).
Do drop by BIMS if you’re at Bangkok between 25 March and 5 April. Follow our live coverage here and all over the interweb — the means Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Official hashtags are #BIM15 #TCGBIMS15