Cars@Expo returns with better bargains

Workers setting up displays on the eve of Cars@Expo, SPH's two-day auto retail bazaar, which starts today. A wide range of sedans, sport utility vehicles, luxury cars and hybrid vehicles are for sale.
Workers setting up displays on the eve of Cars@Expo, SPH's two-day auto retail bazaar, which starts today. A wide range of sedans, sport utility vehicles, luxury cars and hybrid vehicles are for sale.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SPH's automobile retail bazaar this weekend features 21 distributors, nine used car dealers

Car buyers on the hunt for deals should sniff out Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) automobile retail bazaar Cars@Expo, which returns this weekend to Singapore Expo Halls 5 and 6.

A wide range of sedans, sport utility vehicles, luxury cars and hybrid vehicles from brands such as Audi, BMW, Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Volkswagen and more are available from 21 distributors and nine pre-owned car dealers.

Some of the deals are for popular models.

Prices for the Volkswagen Polo, which would normally go for $91,400, are starting from $89,900; prices for the Volkswagen Passat start from $142,900, instead of $152,900.

The Hyundai Elantra is being priced from $80,999, instead of $85,999; the Hyundai Santa Fe goes for at least $142,999, down from $146,999.

"This year, we expect to see better bargains from the car dealers pending the announcement of the new emission scheme," said Mr Koh Weng Wai, marketing communications head of the integrated marketing division at SPH.

The Vehicular Emissions Scheme starts on Jan 1, when higher surcharges will be imposed on the emissions of carbon dioxide and four other pollutants.

 

The Land Transport Authority's plans to lower the vehicle growth rate to zero per cent from February may also weigh on buyers' minds.

With fewer certificates of entitlement available, their premiums are expected to go up.

In addition, 12 merchants of auto accessories are showcasing products such as car coating systems, dashboard cameras and interior shampoos at the show.

Stamford Tyres is offering promotions on its tyres, while Maka GPS Technologies and ZMC Automotive will have the latest dashcams available.

Visitors who spend $100 or more will stand a chance to win a Mobot electronic scooter. Car buyers will each get a $50 Esso petrol voucher.

The last Cars@Expo, held in May, attracted more 85,000 visitors and chalked up more than $160 million in sales.

This weekend's event is set to attract more than 150,000 visitors.

"Cars@Expo has been running since 2014. With a decade of experience in curating car exhibitions, ST Classifieds has been working with a loyal group of advertisers to bring the best car shopping experience to our consumers," said Mr Koh.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2017, with the headline 'Cars@Expo returns with better bargains'. Print Edition | Subscribe