BKK Girls Pt1 Cover

Sawasdee krub. We hope that you’ve enjoyed our live coverage of the 2016 Bangkok International Motor Show so far. In paultan.org tradition, we cover everything we possibly can, and BIMS 2016 threw at us a long list of cars that have already been launched in Thailand, but are on the way to our shores, a preview of what’s to come. And this.

The headlining act at Impact Muang Thong Thani is 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 G310R and 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 most bizarre car on display has to be the Thairung Transformer II, a Hummer on a Hilux wearing Iron Man’s mask. Go figure.

This writer was locked away in a cold room typing out stories for most of our time in Bangkok, so this very nice gallery of the ladies of BIMS is the handiwork of photographer Sherman Sim, whose sore foot complaints I do not believe. Khob khun krub and have a good weekend.