You know what they say about too much of a good thing, which is why we decided to split our 2016 Bangkok Motor Show ending postinto two. With the brief of ‘one girl, one pic’ photographer Sherman Sim braved the crowds at Impact, snapped away, processed the pics and handed over his ‘Top 100’ of BIMS 2016. One hundred pics may be a bit jelak, and we’re fans of 50:50 weight distribution, so there you go.
Just like our time at the show, first things first – cars. The undisputed headlining act was the new Honda Civic, which is available there in four variants (1.8 NA, 1.5 Turbo) and Modulo accessories. Honda Malaysia has hinted at the radical tenth-gen car’s arrival this year, along with the Accord facelift, which sees the D-segment sedan get a new face and new equipment.
Another Thailand-before-us new model is the W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which now looks like it fully belongs in Daimler’s core sedan family, a junior S-Class in many ways. GM previewed facelifts of the Colorado pick-up truck and Trailblazer SUV via a pair of aggressive-looking concepts, while Subaru gave the Malaysian-made Forester SUV a regional debut.
Toyota, Thailand’s market leader, rolled out TRD Sportivo versions of the new Hilux, new Fortuner and Yaris hatchback, along with a major update for the Vios. Thailand is truck-land, and the updated Mitsubishi Triton and kitted-up Nissan NP300 Navara Sportech were also on display.
There were other interesting machines in Bangkok, such as the wicked Mazda CX-3 Racing Concept, BMW Motorrad’s starter G310Rand the MG GS SUV, a Chinese rival to the CR-V and CX-5 powered by a 2.0 litre turbo engine and DCT gearbox. The facelifted Suzuki Ertiga MPV, which will come to Malaysia this year as a Proton, was also spotted.
The most bizarre car on display has to be the Thairung Transformer II, a Hummer on a Hilux wearing Iron Man’s mask. Yes, you read that right. Check out Part 1 of the girly gallery here.