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Singapore Motorshow 2017

The Singapore Motorshow 2017 took place recently, held at the Suntec Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre between 12th to 15th January 2017. I was there when it was officially declared opened in the morning and started visiting the various car brands, keeping a lookout for their new car models launch and announcements.

I was invited by Borneo Motors to Singapore Motorshow 2017, therefore spent more time there checking out the many different types of Toyota automobiles after visiting the various car brands in the exhibition hall. Do check out my earlier article that I wrote on my coverage of Toyota at Singapore Motorshow 2017. This new car, the Toyota C-HR (Coupe-High Rider) is coming soon and it caught my attention, beautiful, sleek and sporty. Yes, I am a fan of coupe cars.

Singapore Motorshow was organised by Motor Traders Association of Singapore (MTA) and this year 2017 Singapore Motorshow saw an exciting 20 new car launches! At this year’s Singapore Motorshow 2017, there were new features such as the usage of virtual reality (VR) experiences for visitors for the first time. A total visitorship of over 47,000 visitors came down to Singapore Motorshow 2017 over the four days period. This is an encouraging figure considering the challenging economy climate for Singapore in year 2017.

“We’re encouraged to see a good crowd considering that many have said that this will be a challenging year for Singapore’s economy,” said Glenn Tan, President of the Motor Traders Association of Singapore. “It’s great to see the brands working together to present an iconic automotive event with new activities and launches that the people of Singapore can look forward to each year.” 

“Despite smaller numbers this year on the weekdays, we had very solid turnouts on both Saturday and Sunday. Crowds packed our popular activities with sold-out shows at Russ Swift’s stunt performances, live radio shows, contests and lucky draws. We’re glad to see families and car lovers having a good time throughout the 4-day event and we’re committed to keep this momentum going for next year’s event.

Statement by Mr Glenn Tan, President of Motor Traders Association of Singapore (Source: press release information courtesy of Rice Communications)

It was great to see Singapore Motorshow 2017 taking on new experiential activities and experiences for visitors, beside just looking at all the various car brands and their automobile models on display. While I wasn’t able to catch the Mediacorp artistes and celebrity DJs making their appearances at Singapore Motorshow 2017 and Russ Swift breathe-taking stunt-driving performances sponsored by Subaru, I had a good time walking around on Thursday and Friday, checking out the various car brands and their new automobile models launch.

Overall, the Singapore Motorshow 2017 had shown that it was more than just a motorshow, with new visitor experiential activities, engaging artistes and DJs to liven up the motorshow with their engagements. I hope that the next motorshow in 2018 can leverage on the new things that they did for 2017, bringing it further and beyond for the 2018 motorshow edition.


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Toyota at Singapore MotorShow 2017

The Singapore MotorShow 2017 is currently taking place at Suntec Singapore Level 3 and 4 from 12th to 15th January 2017. For car lovers in Singapore, it’s a good opportunity to visit them and check out the various car brands and models on display at the Singapore MotorShow 2017.

Today, I am going to share more on the range of Toyota cars, the current models and future models that would strengthen their line up in the SUV range. Toyota is one of Singapore’s favourite car brands, well known for their reliability, durability and quality. Our current family car is a 2007 Toyota Vios and we are very happy with this car, stable and reliable!

Do visit the Singapore MotorShow 2017 this weekend and check out the wide range of Toyota cars on display there! Inside Singapore MotorShow 2017, there are two interesting cars at the Toyota booth that you have to check them out!

Ms Adelene Tan, Commercial Director, Borneo Motors Singapore, “We are very excited to have the Toyota C-HR and Harrier on display. BMS joins Toyota’s vision to be a market leader in all segments. We are dedicated to delivering the most stunning new cars to our customers. We look forward to strengthening our SUV line-up in the near future.”

When you visit the Toyota booth, you can’t miss these two new cars – Toyota C-HR and Mirror Harrier!

Let me share with you more information and details of these two Toyota car models –

MIRROR HARRIER CONCEPT DISPLAY

On display at the Motorshow was the special edition Mirror Harrier, to signify a possible future milestone for Borneo Motors Singapore. Since its debut in 1997, the Harrier has built a strong brand image while pioneering the high-end crossover SUV genre. The Harrier’s exterior design is characterised as “Elegant velocity”, with its sleek, dynamic side profile, dramatic curves and powerful front end, which makes it instantly recognisable. Its premium and modern interior fully embodies the design aesthetic of “rich simplicity”, which explains its widespread appeal in Singapore’s SUV market.

PREVIEW OF THE TOYOTA C-HR

The All-New C-HR or Coupe-High Rider will give Toyota a powerful new presence in the crossover market. The Toyota C-HR made its debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show and is the crossover that the world had been eagerly anticipating. Designed to stand out both within the Toyota line-up and in the crossover segment, the All-New C-HR represents Mr Akio Toyoda’s determination to allow greater stylistic freedom and promote engineering creativity to achieve eye-catching designs and enhanced driving pleasure.

The C-HR boasts distinctive styling that brings newfound dynamism and sensuality to the crossover market. Its diamond architectural theme body with prominent wheel arches emphasises on the crossover’s strength and rigidity. Viewed from any angle, the C-HR’s combination of facetted gemstone-like shapes with fluid surfaces and elegantly integrated detailing creates a delicate balance of precision and sensuality.

The C-HR’s driving dynamics have been calibrated according to Chief Engineer Hiroyuki Koba’s vision of “Response, Linearity and Consistency”. It is powered by a new 1.2-litre turbo engine, with Continuously Variable Transmission system.  Thanks to the meticulous refinement of Toyota’s most recent TNGA platform and its low centre of gravity, the C-HR boasts excellent body control and steering fluidity, in a way that exceeds current standards for a crossover.

The official launch date will be announced at a later timing.

At the Singapore MotorShow 2017, the other well known Toyota car models are also on display too. I took the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the Toyota car models on display because the family car is facing the end of her 10 year life span (all thanks to our COE system) at the 4th quarter of 2017. The Toyota Corolla Altis and Toyota Sienta are  two practical and reliable upgrade choices for a family car while I am attracted by the C-HR. At this time, no decision is being made yet, I still have to go back to the family drawing board for discussion.

Check out the recently launched Toyota Previa Aeras too! More info below –

PREVIA AERAS

The Previa Aeras is designed to deliver unrivalled convenience for its drivers and passengers, ensuring a hassle-free and DriveHappy experience. Its distinctive design presents a brand new image concept of refined indulgence, both in a dynamic exterior as well as a luxurious interior. Poised to take the local automotive market by storm, the 7–seater multi-purpose vehicle is packed with features to attract the family oriented audience looking for a more refined drive to complement their lifestyle. With the introduction of the latest Previa Aeras, Borneo Motors now offers a complete range of Toyota MPVs for every segment.

 Don’t forget to check out their other Toyota car types and models –  King of MPVs, SUV, Sedans, World Best Selling Hybrid Range and Commercial Vehicles!

Thank you Borneo Motors Singapore for the invitation to Singapore MotorShow 2017!

* Information on Toyota cars and models courtesy of Borneo Motors Singapore and cohn&wolfe *

Photos From Super Import Nights 2009 !!!

In a country that many of its people want to own a car and unique car regulations in the world, coupled with the incoming Singapore F1 GP, we are kind of car fanatics and there are definitely a group of people out there who love the sports car and auto styling area of cars.

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Super Import Nights 2009, in its 3rd year, was back again from the 18th September to 21st September 2009 at the Singapore Expo, and being a sports car fanatic, I went on the last day to enjoy myself watching the drift session, look at the different sports cars on display and of course, the beautiful and stunning race queens from Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and USA !

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The drifting actions and performances were pretty good, and it was great to watch them perform since I am a drift fan since watching Initial D. Inside the Expo Hall, there were different companies there, ranging from performance tuning, styling, accessories, sports cars sales etc etc …. There were some interesting designs and it was an eye opener !

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As for the main hot octane action, the crowd pullers were definitely the race queens and I believed there could be a group of photographers who had been regularly going there for the past 3-4 days from gates open to gates closing !! Having went to the previous 2 Super Import Nights, I had a very good idea on how their actions, patterns, movements would be like !! It was fun watching and observing other photographers 🙂

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The race queens were hot and definitely entertained the guys out there, there were more action such as pole dancing and bikini babe contest that I wasn’t able to capture as I wasn’t around when they were performing. There could be some interesting debates and discussions on which country’s race queens were better, prettier etc etc …. For me, all of them were really great and we all must applaud them for being professional, lovely, pretty and lighting up the event !

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For more photos of Super Import Nights 2009, do drop by my Flickr and enjoy the photos ! Hope you folks enjoy Super Import Nights 2009 !! Let’s all look forward to the Singapore F1 GP !!

National Bikers Weekend 2008

For car lovers like me, there would always be regular car events, in car shows, motor shows, sports cars events and drifting events for fanatics like me, and of course, Formula One, WRC and JGTC etc etc…

Well, there were less motorbike events, however, with the emergence of motor racing especially Formula One coming to Singapore, motor racing in general has taken a bigger leap foward and there came an event called National Bikers Weekend 2008, held from 28th to 30th November 2008, beside the Singapore Flyer. 

I decided to pop down and take a look, at this motorbike event and I was amazed by the number of motorbikes, from tiny to huge motorbikes, vintage to modern powerful motorbikes  there on display, or motorcyclists coming down to support this event.

There were some really cool motorbikes on display, and of course, the giant and world famous Harley Davidson motorbikes. Many booths there, ranging from motorbike sales to accessories, something for every motorbike fan. 

Motorbike stunts could also be watched and it was refreshing to view something different. A fun event, great atmosphere and we would probably see more motor sports events in Singapore in the years to come! Check out my other photos on Flickr !  

Let’s all support Motor Sports growth in Singapore !!!!

Singapore Motorshow 2008

The Singapore Motorshow 2008 was a much smaller event than the previous Motorshow 2 years ago…. Probably in the year 2008, many car brands could be concentrating on the first Formula One Night Race in Singapore and with the current financial and economical climate, that could be a shortage of funds available for events such as the Singapore Motorshow.

I went down on the saturday night, walked around and enjoyed the different car brands on display. It was a a lot smaller, hopefully, it would still be coming back in 2 years time, when the economy would be better by then (hopefully).
Just to share my photos here with all my readers …… not as many as previous years …… Hope you all enjoy them !!

K1 Grand Finale Day 2 – 27th July

After my adventure with vintage cars at the Raffles Landing site, I slowly made my way to the Singapore F1 Pit Building. The weather was a bit hot and I just pop into shopping malls along the way to enjoy the cooling air-conditioning.

There were supposed to be people joining me today but in the end, I went alone instead, I would still continue to go ahead and enjoy my photo taking and sports cars adrenaline high octane action.

On the sunday, there were more people coming to this carnival, there were more activities especially catering for the children, there were many of them at the Tamiya mini-racing cars, kiddy rides, drawing and colouring competition. Besides, there were super car sprints too, nice to see sports cars doing time laps on the F1 track, especially watching my favourite Skyline GT-R, the latest version in action ! Go-Karting was just as popular and there were also more people watching the show cars on display and many photographers catching the action at the various locations at the Singapore F1 Pit Building.

Back to drifting, more action, seems like people who signed up for the drift clinic and trying out their sports cars on drifting. Maybe I was there at the wrong time, not much information was broadcasted to the public on the drifting segment.
Being a sports car fanatic photographer and a public viewer, the drifting event segment wasn’t well lay out, I understood the need for safety distances and barriers, always posing a challenge to take photos from such constraints. Moreover, it probably doesn’t give enough media coverage to the drifters too….. Oh yeah, I am a drift fan.
Overall, this carnival was different from the car events I been before, it’s great to have different types of racing, sports cars, go-kart and saloon cars events catering for the young to car fanatics to families. It’s a good build up to the upcoming Singapore GP.

Do drop by my flickr site and view the K1 Grand Finale photos !

Singapore Heritage Festival 2008 – Vintage Cars

In conjunction with the National Parade month in August, Singapore had been organising for the past 5 years, an event that attracts both the young and old, locals and overseas visitors. The event is our Singapore Heritage Festival.

There are many different events happening at the Singapore Heritage Festival 2008, do drop by their website and read about their various events and activities. Do join in the fun too !

As for me, being a photography and car lover, the vintage cars from Singapore and Malaysia and other countries too, came together as part of the Singapore Heritage Festival Vintage Cars Grand Prix and Concours display at the Raffles Landing site on 27th July 2008. I was a bit late therefore, I couldn’t catch them racing in action on the road (within speed limits).

I remember viewing the vintage cars at the National Museum Singapore and could identify some of the vintage cars. However, there were more different vintage cars on display at the 2008 event ! Sometimes, they do not need more words and introduction, admiring their classic beauty and racing power of the vintage cars are an art by itself.

Do drop by my flickr site and enjoy viewing the vintage cars !

K1 Grand Finale Day 1 – 26th July

After exploring the Singapore Garden Festival at the Suntec Convention Centre, I went down to the newly completed F1 Pit Building behind/beside the Singapore Flyer for the K1 Grand Finale Carnival Day 1.

There were 2 days of events and I went on both days. As I reached at about 4pm++, some of the earlier events had already passed. There were many different types of events happening concurrently and I felt that it was a rather family-oriented car carnival, with kiddy rides, playground for young children, go-karting on the F1 track and pit stop area, drifting for drifters, sports cars display and Audi R8 sprint ride for children 7-12 years old.

Met Collin and Isaac at the event, we went around exploring the F1 pit building area. I was very excited walking around, it’s not often you can explore such venues, and F1 is coming to Singapore very soon, a Night Race too ! Collin and Isaac went to queue up for Go-Karting while I walked around the pit area, looking around.

When the 2 of them finally got onto their Go-Kart, I was there to snap photos at them and I was laughing at Isaac, who can’t put on the safety belt and harness on the Go-Kart (I would reserve this hilarious drama to a specially dedicated post for Isaac) ….. Haha ……. Well, soon, they were driving away on the pit stop and F1 track, short distance with fun !

Thereafter, continued exploring the Tamiya mini racing car toys booth and mini racing cars circuit. Isaac played around the remote control cars and got himself a mini racing car from Tamiya !! Drifting was around the same location and we watched some nice drifting action taking place.
On the saturday, there weren’t too many people there, marketing was done by K1 Motorsport and there were different types of car related events inside the Grand Finale itself. As for sunday, which I would write a separate post on, was better and more people arriving, especially the young children.
I am a car fanatic and photography crazy, it’s a 2 hit combination. Looking foward to the upcoming F1 Singapore GP………
It’s Cars and more Cars !