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Car orders at Motor Expo down 50%

Toyota took the most orders for new vehicles during the first seven days of the 30th Thailand International Motor Expo at 3,916.

Toyota took the most orders for new vehicles during the first seven days of the 30th Thailand International Motor Expo at 3,916.

Only half as many cars were ordered during the first seven days of the current Thailand International Motor Expo as during the same period of last year's event.

Orders reached 19,262 units at the 30th Motor Expo from November 29 to Thursday. That compares with 38,637 vehicles ordered during the first seven days of the 2012 expo.

Meanwhile, the average price of vehicles available at the auto show increased to about Bt1.02 million, from Bt800,000 last year.

Organiser Kwanchai Paphatphong, chairman of Inter Media Consultants, said the higher number of orders last year was fuelled by the government's first-car scheme. Attendance is also down this year, possibly because of the current political conflict.

He predicted that overall orders at this year's Motor Expo, which will be held until Tuesday, would be about 43,000 units, 14.6 per cent lower than the previous target of 50,000 units.

In the first seven days, Toyota garnered the most orders at 3,916, or 20.3 per cent of the total. Honda followed with 3,299 orders or 17.1 per cent, Nissan with 2,042 (10.6 per cent), Isuzu with 2,013 (10.5 per cent), and Mitsubishi with 1,741 vehicle orders, accounting for 9 per cent.

Among luxury vehicles, Mercedes-Benz posted the highest number of orders at 547 cars in the first seven days of the show, followed by BMW with 376.

For premium motorcycles, 1,060 units were ordered in the same period. Honda saw the most orders with 573, followed by Kawasaki with 130 and Ducati with 93. Kwanchai expects a total of 2,100 motorcycles to be ordered during the entire period of the auto show, up 16.3 per cent from last year.

"We expect the number of visitors coming to our fair in the remaining days, which will include the weekend, to reach about 1.35 million, or 15 per cent lower than last year as a result of the political difficulty," he said.






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