The halls of Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre were packed last week for the four-day 2020 Singapore Motorshow, the largest annual motoring event seen in the country.
Spectators were treated to a delightful variety of the best of automotive innovation, alongside an array of activities and fun-filled family experiences.
It was a festival of more than 20 launches and showcases from more than 36 brands and 100 vehicle displays, including Audi, BMW, BYD, Ducati, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, MG, Maserati, Mazda, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and many others. Not to mention stunt driving performances and aftermarket exhibitors parading their various car accessories, lifestyle products and services.
“With over 35 brands on display, precision stunt driving performances and a brand-new Subaru XV for a lucky visitor, the Singapore Motorshow 2020 is something that the whole family can look forward to,” Motor Traders Association of Singapore president Glenn Tan said.
“Every year we try to create exciting new experiences for our visitors. Even as we enter our sixth year, we are still growing, with two halls and more exhibitors. This shows that people in Singapore still look forward to this as the main automotive event of the year,” he added.
Subaru Viziv Concept
Taking us center stage into the future is Subaru’s own bold and sleek take on the sporty hybrid SUV, the Viziv Concept. Unveiled at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show early last year, the Viziv was derived from the words “Vision for Innovation” and instantly made waves around the globe. Its body shape, in particular, exudes a dynamic and strong feel which features a unique roof design and white accents on its wheels
As early as 2015, the world bore witness to the German premium carmaker’s first fully-electric mid-size luxury crossover SUV, the Audi e-tron, with a preview of a futuristic car inspired by the e-tron Quattro Concept. In 2018, it publicly debuted at the Frankfurt Motorshow as Audi’s pioneering electric mass production car. The Audi e-tron is powered by a 95 kWh battery pack of which 83.6 kWh is usable and is able to get an 80 percent charge in around 30 minutes when using 150 kW DC fast-chargers.
Nissan Tokidoki Serena and Leaf
The Singaporean market has already warmly welcomed Nissan’s electric vehicles (EV), Serena and Leaf, last year. For 2020, they again embraced a new version of these e-Powered models, the Singapore-exclusive limited edition Tokidoki Nissan Serene e-Power and Nissan Leaf. “Tokidoki” is an internationally recognized and iconic lifestyle brand, amassing a cult-like following for its Japanese-inspired larger-than-life, eye-catching characters. This is “Tokidoki’s” first-ever collaboration with an automotive brand.
The Nissan Serena e-Power is practically unique since it is a 100 percent electric motor-driven mover that doesn’t need to be plugged in. Instead, its battery is charged by a small petrol engine that acts as a generator. Its wheels are continuously powered by a high output electric motor, giving the drivers all the benefits of an EV without the need for plug-in charging. Though there are still no news whether Nissan Philippines will bring in this electric MPV in the near future, it’s just good to know that a more practical EV is already available closer to home.
On the other hand, the Nissan Leaf, which is set to arrive in our shores this year, made its presence felt at the recent motorshow.