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Over 41,000 orders placed at Motor Expo; Toyota top seller

The Juke is the top-selling Nissan at this year's Motor Expo with almost 2,000 orders placed.

The Juke is the top-selling Nissan at this year's Motor Expo with almost 2,000 orders placed.

A total of 41,083 orders were placed at this year's Thailand International Motor Expo, which ended on Tuesday.

Show organiser Kwanchai Paphatphong said the event, held from November 29 to December 10 at Impact Muangthong Thani, generated an estimated Bt46 billion in sales, which also included motorcycles, used cars and accessories.

Toyota was the top seller with 9,075 orders, thanks to high demand for its Yaris eco-car, followed by Honda with 6,099 and Nissan with 4,007. Almost half of Nissan orders were for the Juke. The company has announced a production increase for the Indonesian-made model to shorten the delivery period. Isuzu, which was fourth with 3,753 orders, enjoyed brisk sales of its Mu-X, which is a PPV (pickup passenger vehicle) based on its popular D-MAX pickup. Finishing in fifth place was Mitsubishi with 3,689 orders.

In the luxury car segment, Mercedes-Benz was the top seller with 1,227 orders followed by arch rival BMW with 763.

"Data collected from our promotion states that passenger cars made up 51.4 per cent of sales at the Motor Expo this year followed by SUVs with 26.8 per cent, pickup trucks with 14.6 per cent and other types of vehicles with 7.2 per cent," Kwanchai said.

He added that the average retail price of vehicles sold has risen to Bt1.046 million, compared to last year's Bt800,000 due to the falling demand for eco-cars. Last year a record 84,000 orders were placed at the expo due to the government's populist First Car Buyer Programme. But despite lower sales than the anticipated 50,000 vehicles, the value of transactions exceeded the initial Bt43-billion forecast.

"This year consumers have paid more interest in midsized passenger cars and SUVs," Kwanchai added.

Meanwhile, 2,104 orders were placed for motorcycles, up 16.6 per cent compared to last year and showing a rise in demand for big bikes. The top three sellers were Honda with 1,001 orders, Kawasaki with 254 and Benelli with 222. Almost 1.4 million people visited the Motor Expo this year, which is slightly lower than last year's 1.6 million, partly due to the effects of the anti-government protests, Kwanchai said.

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