The Bangkok International Motorshow 2019 is coming! Set to begin on 26th March 2019 at the IMPACT Challenger Hall in Bangkok, Thailand, it’s the 40th installment of what is widely regarded as the best motorshow in the region. And here, in no particular order are the Top 10 Cars to look out for at BIMS 2019!

(ALL information, spec data and photos that follow are from GPI International, the organisers of Bangkok International Motorshow)

BMW Z4 M40i

  • Twin Power Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine
  • 360 hp, 450 Nm of torque
  • 8-speed Automatic transmission
  • Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h in 4.6 sec


  • V8 twin-turbo engine
  • 577 hp, 627 Nm of torque
  • 9-speed Automatic transmission
  • Acceleration 0-96 km/h in 6 sec

MERCEDES-BENZ S 500E Plug-In Hybrid

  • 2,996cc V6 twin-turbo engine
  • Engine output: 333 hp @ 5,200-6,000 rpm, maximum torque of 480 Nm @ 1.600 – 4,000 rpm
  • Motor output: 116 hp, 480 Nm of torque
  • Combined output: 442 hp, 650 Nm of torque
  • 7-speed Automatic transmission; 7G-Tronic Plus


  • Electric Vehicle
  • Official range of 415 km
  • 64 kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • Produces maximum 201 hp, 394 Nm of torque


  • K15B 1460cc 4-cylinder engine
  • maximum power of 102 hp @ 6,000 rpm, maximum torque of 130 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
  • 4-speed automatic transmission, 4WD


  • 1,993cc Atkinson-Cycle engine
  • Engine output: Maximum power 145 hp @ 6,200 rpm, maximum torque of 175 Nm @ 3,500 rpm
  • Motor output (AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Electric Motor): 184 hp @ 5,000 – 6,000 rpm, Maximum torque of 315 Nm @ 0-2,000 rpm
  • Combined output: 215 hp @ 6,200 rpm
  • Automatic transmission E-CVT (3rd Generation)


  • DOHC 4-cylinder Direct Injection Dual VTC petrol engine
  • Maximum power of 192 hp @ 5,500 rpm, maximum torque of 260 Nm @ 1,500 – 5,000 rpm
  • Automatic transmission CVT


  • Top Grade RZ: 0-liter inline 6-cylinder twin scroll turbo petrol engine
  • 8-speed Automatic Transmission
  • Maximum power of 340 hp @ 5,000-6,500 rpm , Maximum torque of 500 Nm @ 1,600-4,500 rpm
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h in 3 sec
  • Not for sale


  • 1st time in Thailand
  • Maximum power of 720 hp, Maximum torque of 770 Nm
  • V8 4,000cc engine
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h in 2.9 sec, Acceleration 0-200 km/h in 7.9 sec


  • 5- liter V12 NA engine
  • Mid-shifted, Rear wheel drive
  • Energy Recovery System produces total 1,100 hp and a top speed at 360 km/h
  • Will be displayed on 7 days
  • Worth 300 million Baht


  • Three electric motors operate together with battery located under the floor mid-ship of the vehicle
  • 4WD system with Dual Motor Active Yaw Control
  • Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) Technology
  • electric brake calipers

The 40th Bangkok International Motor Show 2019 (40th BIMS) is ready to open its doors for car enthusiasts! Organised by Grand Prix International Public Company Limited under the theme of “ENJOYMENT OF AUTOMOBILES” from 27 March to 7 April 2019 at IMPACT Challenger, Muang Thong Thani.

Dr. Prachin Eamlumnow (above), CEO of Grand Prix PCL and the Chairman of the 40th Bangkok International Motor Show revealed that ““Bangkok International Motor Show” has been internationally recognized as the Greatest Motor Show of ASEAN, proven by the annual participation of various global leading automotive brands.

The show will feature 33 international automotive brands and 14 renowned motorcycle companies. This year also marks the inaugural participation of the world’s finest supercar brand like McLaren for the first time in Thailand. This significantly reflects how important the 40th BIMS is as the event that strengthen the image and the growth of Thailand’s automotive industry in the international arena.” he said.

The Japanese participating brands include those of Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Mazda, Subaru, SuzukiKIA, Hyundai represent Korean manufacturers, while Europe and USA brands are the likes of Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Bentley, Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Maserati, McLaren, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Volvo alongside with FOMM and MIND the newcomers from the EV segment. For the motorbike zone, this year will see 14 brands in total, namely Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, Vespiario, GPX, etc.

This year, the “Bangkok International Motor Show” will be travelling through time to its 40th Anniversary. The Organizer then decided to celebrate this auspicious occasion with special setups that will bring everyone back 4 decades ago to the time when Bangkok International Motor Show was held for the first time at Lumpini Park in 1979 before the legendary story move on to other venues and the current one. The exhibition will feature the history of BIMS along with the development, growth and how BIMS take part in the automotive industry in a retro vibe that many will feel nostalgic of the good old days.

“Many thanks to the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand Under Royal Patronage, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Society of Automotive Engineer – Thailand, Thai Auto Parts Manufacturers Association, Kits and Accessory Parts of Motorcycle (Thai) Association and Impact Exhibition Management Company Limited for the kind support as always.”GPI International.

Mr. Jaturont Komolmis (above), Executive Committee / COO of Grand Prix International PCL and the Vice Chairman of the 40th Bangkok International Motor Show said “The 40th BIMS is held under the theme of “ENJOYMENT OF AUTOMOBILES”, conveying the craftmanship of modern-day automobiles that have been finely designed to blend well with cutting-edge technologies equipped with the car to bring out the most enjoyable experience between man and machine on all journeys.”

“The Bangkok International Motor Show is said to be the first auto event of Thailand that has been able to keep its leadership in the organizing standard for more than 4 decades – and is also the significant index which trigger the bustle atmosphere of Thailand’s automotive industry since the very first quarter of each year. Despite the current upslope trend, in which consumer behavior is dramatically shifted from offline to online, our study found that consumers still require to see, test, touch and feel the actual vehicle before buying a car of their choice. So, we believe that such changing trend will not affect the number of visitors.” he added.

Last year, the total number of visitors through out the 12-day event is as high as 1,620,000 people, while the number expected this year is not lesser than last year. Visitors to the show will have first-hand experience of the latest models as well as concept cars, embrace cutting-edge technology and innovation of today and tomorrow. More than 10 new models will be launched by world renowned brands, especially those of alternative energy vehicles like EV, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid, which conform to the government policy of developing Thailand as the leader of Electric Vehicle in the near future. Special promotions and campaigns offering by individual brand will surely attract attention of visitors and potential buyers, allowing great ease of purchase within one visit, while ensuring the growth of domestic car market at the same time.

 Most of the exhibition spaces have been vigorously booked by car and bike companies as usual, even though the rent-out space in the Accessories Hall is dropped by 40% due to many small entrepreneurs have changed their business model to online platform more and more. However, there is no impact on the overall business turnover because the revenue generated from the event grows by 1.17% compared to last year. To respond to the growing demand of SUV market, a specially designed SUV test drive ground is added to this year’s event, reflecting the Organizer’s dedication and attention to details in developing the show.

As every year, the admission fee is maintained at 100 THB and comes with the ‘Lucky Draw’ campaign. Every ticket purchased will have a chance to win cars and motorcycles that worth more than 3.5 million Baht. All lucky draw participants are required to complete the registration and fill in the questionnaire via www.bangkok-motorshow.com

For further convenience in visiting the show, the Organizer of the 40th BIMS also team up with Kasikorn Bank in selling advance ticket through online channel. The ticket can be purchased in advance via ‘K-PLUS’ application under special campaign of ‘40-Day : 40-Baht’. The special rate ticket will be available from 13 February through 26 March 2019.

The 40th Bangkok International Motor Show is held from 27 March through 7 April 2019 (12 days in total) at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. For more information, please visit www.bangkok-motorshow.com

The venue was a LOT better this time around. Okay so I thought I’d start this article off on a positive note, and one of the things I’m happy to say is that KLIMS 2018 chose a much better venue than the PWTC of past shows. MITEC, while still not ideal, was a much more conducive location to host a motorshow, i.e. outside the city centre, easy to get to and easier to park. More importantly from a media standpoint, the actual halls themselves were a great deal better for photography and videography, as can be seen in the video below.

Held from 23rd November to 2nd December 2018 at the Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) at Jalan Dutamas KL, the overall organisation of the event was a whole lot better too this time around, the company handling the public-relations and communications and information dissemination, Sanns Communication, did a remarkable job in keeping us all up-to-date with the latest happenings on a daily basis.

Speaking of which, media facilities at the event site were also improved this time around, with proper work areas, lockers and sustenance. The last being crucial for many media who attended the show more than once for durations that spanned 10- to 12-hours at a time. That being said, the media area was too small, and the wi-fi was below par to handle the multitude of users all on-line, uploading articles ‘heavy’ with photos and videos, thus it kept hanging.

And on that note we get to why this article is headlined the way it is. Anyone who knows me in the industry will attest to the fact that I call it as I see it. For better or worse, I’m not the type to blow sunshine up anyone’s horoscope; never have, never will.

The thing is, if KLIMS was just called the KL Motorshow, or the Malaysia Car Show, then it would be alright, but it isn’t; the word International is in its title, big and bold, and that’s where the bottom falls-out, spectacularly. You can’t call it an ‘international’ motorshow if more than half of the brands available in the country are not represented, and I’m not even referring to brands that aren’t available here, which would be understandable, if not accepted.

I’m referring to all the known and locally-available European brands, both for the masses and for the more affluent. Brands like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Renault, VW, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, MINI, (yes, part of BMW, but I’m on a roll), and Rolls-Royce, all have showrooms and dealerships locally, and yet were missing from an ‘international’ motorshow held on home turf. From the east-side, even Mazda, who have been having one of their best years, were not at KLIMS 2018, nor were Infiniti and Subaru.

The reason for this lack of participation might very well be that KLIMS is not a sales show. Unlike other regional shows like the Bangkok International Motorshow (BIMS) and the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), (<–links) that allow visitors to actually buy the cars on display – I recall one BIMS where a specially made Rolls-Royce ‘BIMS Edition’ was snapped-up even before the first public day – KLIMS is a publicity show for branding and awareness only. It is understandable then why some carmakers might find the return-on-investment less than tempting, especially if their ‘branding and awareness’ are both already very healthy.

I feel this is a travesty though. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that the car industry is a business, and like any business, the bottom-line matters, profits are a must, and every cent has to be accounted for. The aforementioned no-shows aren’t charity organisations after all, and the all-important ROI is always, always seen to first and foremost. Let’s face it, a lot can be done with the circa million-ringgit plus price tag that accompanies participating in KLIMS, and if they aren’t allowed to sell their cars to the visitors, then why bother? Rhetorical question.

In regards to that last paragraph, I personally think KLIMS should rethink its stance on not allowing sales to be carried out at the show. I honestly see no harm in it at all, and might in fact even spur more visitor turnout, because anyone shopping for a new car could easily cover all the vehicles they’ve shortlisted under one roof, one shot as they say. As an example, at BIMS (<–link)  in March this year, a staggering 42,499 vehicles were sold. No, that’s not a typo. KLIMS could actually assist the annual automotive market TIV.

As for the manufacturers themselves, ROI aside (if that’s at all possible), I hope you rethink your stance on participation at KLIMS in future. This is after all our motorshow, the one that we as a country are hosting, and you being part of this country – insofar as Malaysians are buying your cars – I strongly feel that your brand should be represented. As it stands the manufacturer participation at KLIMS 2018 was far, far from ‘international’.

That being said, I’m really proud and happy to say that those who did participate did a fantastic job, truly. It was obvious that they took a lot of trouble to ensure their pavilions were as spectacular as possible, and they succeeded brilliantly. The pavilions were noteworthy enough to be classified as ‘international’, that I can say without hesitation, so good job, pats on the back all around.

It’s been 5-years since the last KLIMS, (<–link) you can read why we didn’t like it in the past, and while this article may sound like I still feel the same way, I don’t. There has been a lot of improvement from half a decade ago, noticeable ones, like the ones I mentioned at the start of this article, but it’s not there yet. There’s still a lot to do, and long way to go, if we want to be mentioned in the same breath as BIMS & GIIAS. I’m not even going to bring the Tokyo Motor Show (TMS) into the picture for obvious reasons.

If there’s one thing besides local importer participation that I can suggest, it’s more peripheral activities are needed for KLIMS. The reason why the TMS, BIMS & GIIAS are so successful is because there’s something for everyone at their shows, not just those interested in new cars. Tuners, ICE, Accessories, Modders, Classics, Restomods, Bikes, Used Cars, Go karts, Car Clubs, Die-Cast Centres, Toys, Games, any & all kinds of car related shi… stuff, etc. are all part of some of the aforementioned motorshows, and the crowds love it. It then becomes a fun family outing, more than just a motorshow that appeals to those interested in cars.

All said and done, it must be said that KLIMS 2018 was an improvement over 5-years ago, there’s still a long way to go, but I for one feel a lot better about the way things are looking for the future. Good job KLIMS, here’s hoping for even greater things for the next installment! – Chris Wee.

KLIMS 2018 Second & Last Day Photo Gallery (Photos Courtesy of Sanns Communication by Steven Leong)



It’s been about 10 years since I first attended the Bangkok International Motorshow, commonly known as “BIMS” at the IMPACT Challenger just outside Bangkok, Thailand, and I have to say, both in terms of displays and organisation, this is one of the best motorshows in the region, if not THE best. Here was the first walk-around video upon arriving…

BIMS 2018 was held from 28th March to 8th April 2018, and from the time I touched down in Bangkok, till the time I left the show four days later, once again, GPI (Grand Prix International) the organisers of BIMS did a remarkable job ensuring that the media were well taken care of. Facilities included a full-fledged media centre for both local and international media, stocked with food, drinks, lockers, and tables replete with laptops for our use, printers, fax machines (yes, some still use those) and photocopiers. Having settled, it was time to head for the official opening ceremony…

The BIMS show itself is unlike anything in the region, literally. Not so much in the way it’s presented, but for the fact that BIMS is a ‘sales motorshow’ as well, one of the only, anywhere. While the actual display pavilions set-up by the various carmakers are of international standard – i.e. both the BMW and Mercedes-Benz pavilions look like they were brought in wholesale from Geneva or Frankfurt – behind the scenes, or rather display areas, and away from the main gaze of visitors, a frenzy of selling is taking place.

This year, a total of 42,499 vehicles were sold at BIMS, far surpassing their set target of 40,000; a conservative figure set forth from the 38,000 vehicles sold at BIMS 2017 . I also heard from the organiser that in 2017, one particular German brand sold more cars at BIMS than they did for the whole year on the outside. Such is the importance of this show, so much so that Ford decided it would be the perfect venue to launch the much-anticipated Ranger Raptor…

A staggering 1.6 MILLION visitors attended BIMS 2018, and while undoubtedly this was the truck everyone was waiting to see, it was just one of the many attractions to be found at BIMS, which really wouldn’t be complete without the lovely ladies that adorn every pavilion. This year, however, the organisers did something different; a catwalk! So in the span of 30min, everyone was able to meet and say hello to all the girls that would be part of BIMS 2018…

While in this day and age, many may question the need for girls to still be part of a motorshow, as Dr.Prachin Eamlumnow, (below) Chief Executive Officer of Grand Prix International himself put it…

“Cars and beautiful girls go hand-in-hand, both are lovely and both are unique, so why keep them apart; they should both always be celebrated and honoured at a motorshow; one compliments the other.” We tend to agree. So Formula One, you can just suck it for dispensing with them. And it’s not like they just stand there doing nothing at BIMS, for example this Suzuki girl was definitely waxing lyrical about the new bikes that were launched at the show…

Apart from new metal, BIMS holds the distinction of having the only “Used Car Fair” as well. Yes, you read that right, if the new cars don’t tickle your fancy, about a week after the official launch of BIMS, the organisers hold a second launch for the Used Car Show. All the cars sold here are certified and come with warranties, in addition to special ‘motorshow financing schemes’ that offer better and more flexible rates. Krungsri Auto, an official partner of BIMS for five years running, is at hand to assist anyone wishing to buy a used car at the show.

Another attraction of BIMS is the annex hall of IMPACT Challenger, which by the way is the largest piller-less hall in SEA, in which the Car Accessories section is housed. This is a must-stop for anyone visiting BIMS, because car accessories wise, it’s like a one-stop, anything-you-want-under-the-sun type of place. Here’s my walk-around, which in retrospect was ill-advised because I ended up spending half my money here later. Get this, I even found an aftermarket high-flow air-filter from Hurricane for my classic 1983 Mercedes W126 280SE… who the HELL sells stuff like that at a motorshow??? Trust BIMS to have it…

As night falls, the action doesn’t stop. Out the back of IMPACT Challenger, and at one of the many open air venues that’s home to external exhibits as well as test-drives, the car clubs and modders would take centre stage to show off their wares. I caught the tail-end of the modded truck show, and was (almost literally) blown away. The crazy amounts of bass that some of these trucks produce can apparently stop a heart from beating if you get too close….

Well, like I’ve always said, nobody wants to read about a motorshow, so until next year and the 40th Edition of BIMS, here’s the FULL photo gallery of the 39th Bangkok International Motorshow 2018! – Chris Wee.

BIMS 2018 Photo Gallery… (More Videos after the jump)

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BMW @ BIMS 2018…

Aston Martin @ BIMS 2018…

Suzuki Bikes @ BIMS 2018…

Bikes, Accessories & MORE GIRLS @ BIMS 2018…

Acknowledgement: With heartfelt gratitude, Piston.my (and me personally) would like to thank the organisers of BIMS, Grand Prix International, for the invite to cover this yearly event yet again; GPI are the most gracious hosts I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting, and it’s a genuine pleasure and honour to cover this event annually.Thank you! – Chris Wee.

The 39th edition of the Bangkok International Motor Show has come to a close, but not after a colossal 1.62 million visitors walked through its doors at the Impact Challenger! As BIMS is also a sales show, the numbers are equally impressive there too; a total of 42,499 vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles) were swept up during the show from 28th March to 8th April 2018.
Mr. Jaturont Komolmis, Vice Chairman of BIMS and COO of Grand Prix PLC, mentioned “The 39th Bangkok International Motor Show is a once again a successful event. A number of car manufacturers, motorcycles and the entrepreneurs of the automotive business attended in this event, which all of these values bring new products and technologies to exhibit. The number of visitors from the collection of statistics is 1.62 million.”
Mr. Jaturont added, “Throughout the past, Bangkok International Motor Show has continued to gain trust from car, motorcycle, and automotive entrepreneurs to attend the exhibition of automotive technologies and new innovations. These companies are willing to spend huge investments for booth design and displays. As an organizer of this event, we would like to thank you for all the great support from every company attending the 39th Bangkok International Motor Show. This year’s event has been very successful, and it proves that The 39th Bangkok International Motor Show is Thailand’s number one car show in Thailand, as well as the Asean region.”
It’s the only one of its kind insofar as Motorshows are concerned. If new cars at the show aren’t your thing, well then Grand Prix International Co., Ltd. (Thailand) led by Mr. Jaturont Komolmis, Executive Director / Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the event, recently held a grand opening of the “Used Car Fair No. 10” at Impact Exhibition Exhibition Hall 2-4, Muang Thong Thani, the site of BIMS 2018.
The Used Car Expo has been a staple of BIMS for more than 10 years, participated in by leading automotive companies, entrepreneurs and used car dealers, as well as consumer groups.
Along with the used car companies, an MOU was signed recently to guarantee and assure the quality of cars being sold at the event. “Krungsri Auto” continues to participate as a partner, and is the main sponsor for the 5th consecutive year.
 Low down-payments and up to 84-months instalment programs are available, as well as an extended parts warranty for up to 2 years or 70,000 km (Krungsri Auto Extended Warranty). Returning customers also get a petrol card worth 1,000 baht, too.
The Used Car Fair runs from 2nd – 8th April, 2018, Monday – Friday from 12:00 to 22:00 hrs. – Saturday, Sunday and public holidays at 11:00 to 22:00. Venue is Exhibition Hall 2-4, Impact Muang Thong Thani and 20 baht per person per entry.
Log on to www.bangkokusedcarshow.com for more details.

On the first night of every BIMS, this happens! It’s a gathering of the craziest modded trucks (and a few cars too) that you’re ever gonna see, replete with girls on their decks, right behind IMPACT Challenger Hall!

More to come!

The sights and sounds of BIMS 2018, plus narration and my take on one of the best motorshows in the region. I’m just walking around saying hi to random people, it’s a blast, you really should visit this show sometime. – Chris Wee.

Trivia: BIMS is one of the only motorshows in the world where the cars on display are also for sale. Guess how many cars were sold at BIMS last year? Answer in the video below!

More to come!

Here they are! For the first time in history, the lovely showgirls of the Bangkok International Motorshow were given a ‘catwalk’ down the main thoroughfare!

Stay tuned for more to come!

Here’s a 360-degree video look at the Aston Martin, BMW and Mercedes-Benz pavilions at BIMS 2018!






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