A total of 38,699 orders were placed for new automobiles and motorcycles at this year’s Thailand International Motor Expo, generating almost Bt50 billion for the Thai economy, according to organizer Inter-Media Consultants Co Ltd.
Kwanchai Paphatphong, chairman of the organizing committee, said 33,753 were placed for automobiles while another 4,946 orders were placed for motorcycles at this year’s event, held from December 2-13 at Challenger Hall, IMPACT Muangthongthani.
Despite the ongoing Covid-19 situation, almost 1.2 visitors came this year amidst Covid-19 precautions, while the Motor Expo Online Platform also drew more visitors than expected, with 165,078 viewers watching a total of 314,515 video clips, he said.
“Despite the pandemic that has affected the world economy, automobile sales at the Motor Expo reach a satisfactory level due to the large number of new models being launched along with special promotions,” Kwanchai said, adding that auto sales declined by only 9.9 per cent compared to last year, although motorcycle sales did reflect the economic situation and went down by 31.7 per cent.
Sedans and SUVs were the most popular segment this year, making up 80 per cent of total sales, followed by pickup trucks with 14.5 per cent.