More than 53,000 orders were placed for automobiles at the 2024 Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS) which concluded yesterday at IMPACT Challenger.

Toyota was the top-seller with 8,540 orders orders followed by BYD with 5,345 orders and Honda with 4,607 orders. Others in the top 10 include MG (3,518), Mitsubishi (3,409), Changan (3,073), AION (3,018), GWM (2,815), Isuzu (2,734) and Nissan (2,488).

According to show organizer Grand Prix International PCL (GPI), sales of automobiles and motorcycles at the event, held from March 26 to April 7, surged by 27.5 per cent compared to last year. Contributing factors include the large number of new auto and motorcycle brands being present as well as the rising popularity of electric vehicles (EVs).

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A total of 53,438 orders and pre-orders were placed for new vehicles, with 32.7 per cent for EVs, while 5,173 were placed for motorcycles.

Jaturont Komolmis, COO of GPI, said more than 1.6 million visitors came to the show this year. “New EV brands with affordable pricing has helped attract more visitors resulting in a larger number of orders being placed.”

A total of 17,517 orders were placed for EVs this year, compared to 35,921 for internal combustion engine vehicles, he added.

“New models that were launched for the first time at the Motor Show received strong consumer response with sales doubling during the weekend,” Jaturont said. “While many are shopping for vehicles that offer high value for money, the luxury car market has also experienced growth thanks to introduction of many new models.”