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5 great reasons to attend the Singapore Motorshow 2017

Whether you’re looking for a new car, watching precision stunts or having fun with the family, the Singapore Motorshow has something for everyone.
Whether you’re looking for a new car, watching precision stunts or having fun with the family, the Singapore Motorshow has something for everyone.
Whether you’re looking for a new car, watching precision stunts or having fun with the family, the Singapore Motorshow has something for everyone.
Whether you’re looking for a new car, watching precision stunts or having fun with the family, the Singapore Motorshow has something for everyone.
If you’re looking to buy a car, spot the latest machines or just have fun with the family, the Singapore Motorshow has it all
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4:00 AM, January 12, 2017
It’s the biggest car show in town
The Singapore Motorshow made its big return in 2015, after a six-year hiatus. Last year’s show was, by all standards, an even bigger success, with more floor space and a longer list of exhibitors. Mr Glenn Tan, president of the MTA (Motor Traders Association of Singapore), said that last year’s show drew over 58,000 visitors.“Given the overwhelming response we’ve received in the past shows from car enthusiasts in Singapore, we’re excited to be bringing back the Singapore Motorshow for the third year in a row,” he added.This year’s edition certainly looks to build on that excitement. Given the motorshow is now the biggest single event for the automobile industry here, and that we’ve suffered no major fluctuations in Certificate of Entitlement (COE) supply, the 2017 iteration looks set to continue the show’s strong performance. Be the first to see the latest cars There’s nothing better than a motorshow for showing off an attractive new model, and the Singapore Motorshow is full of debuts. This year, look out for a huge list of exciting new cars at the show, ranging from sportscars such as the Audi R8 Spyder and Mazda MX-5 RF, to family-oriented models like the Kia Niro, Renault Megane and Subaru Impreza. “I think one of the main draws of the motorshow is being able to see a huge number of new cars at one time,” said the sales manager of a European brand. “That’s because we work closely with the MTA and LTA (Land Transport Authority) to legally display cars even if they aren’t homologated for sale in Singapore yet.” And enjoy discounts on them, or anything else If those new cars in question have passed LTA homologation, then the motorshow is the best place to get a great deal on them. “The motorshow is always the first and biggest event of the year,” said the sales manager of a Japanese brand. “So for new models, like those that debut at the show, we offer aggressive promotions to drum up strong sales for the first quarter.” And while the best promotions will likely be for new models, other cars will not be ignored. In general, you can expect generous discounts off the list price, and that’s without other freebies like free servicing or additional equipment. Besides new cars, you can also enjoy offers on car accessories or products and services too. Car prices could go up after the show With the Singapore Motorshow being a huge event with large crowds, lots of visitors found deals they simply could not pass up and that translated into a boost in car sales. Last year’s edition saw about one-and-a-half month’s worth of sales compressed into one weekend. The boost in sales meant a jump in COE prices — for example, Category A COEs went up from S$45,002 to S$51,301. This was not exactly something to worry about, especially as many promotions involved a free upgrade to a guaranteed COE. However, it led to a situation where buying a car after the Singapore Motorshow was a less shrewd choice, financially.Bring the family, Keep them entertained The Singapore Motorshow has always been a family-centric event — there are plenty of rest areas and free refreshments, so bringing along the brood is not a problem (in fact it’s almost mandatory, as family men know) when car shopping. And if the scores of new cars under one roof aren’t enough to breed a new generation of petrolheads, the excitement and spectacle provided by Russ Swift and his daily precision stunt-driving performances may just do the trick. Said Mr Jack Lim, chief commercial officer, Mediacorp: “It was heartening to see car enthusiasts, their families and friends enjoying the live radio shows with Mediacorp artistes and celebrity DJs during the Singapore Motorshow. We are looking forward to another exciting show for everyone in the family.”

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