Small car COE premium falls, big car COE price soars

Industry observers reckon COE prices for smaller cars will continue to hover at prevailing levels or even dip in the face of weak consumer sentiment. But increasingly heated competition between premium makes - notably Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi - wi
Industry observers reckon COE prices for smaller cars will continue to hover at prevailing levels or even dip in the face of weak consumer sentiment. But increasingly heated competition between premium makes - notably Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi - will support premiums for bigger cars.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Certificate of entitlement (COE) prices ended mixed in a tender marked by new car launches and an unexpectedly bigger supply in the main car category.

When bidding ended at 4pm on Wednesday (July 17), COE premiums for cars up to 1,600cc and 130bhp closed at $26,667, down from $28,589 two weeks ago. This category had about 200 unused COEs carried over from last month.

COE prices for cars above 1,600cc or 130bhp finished at $39,406, up sharply from $34,000 as several recent launches of premium vehicles - including the Mercedes-Benz CLA, BMW 7 and Porsche 911 - whipped up demand.

Premiums for open COE, which can be used for any vehicle type except motorcycles but ends up mostly for bigger cars, closed at $39,889, up from $36,901.

Commercial vehicle COE prices fell for the sixth consecutive tender to close at $24,599, down from $25,089. Motorcycle premiums finished at $3,554, up from $3,081.

Industry observers reckon COE prices for smaller cars will continue to hover at prevailing levels or even dip in the face of weak consumer sentiment. But increasingly heated competition between premium makes - notably Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi - will support premiums for bigger cars.

Latest COE results:

Category Current COE premium ($) Previous COE premium ($)
A - Car (1600cc & below) 26,667 28,589
B - Car (above 1600cc)  39,406 34,000
C - Goods vehicle & bus 24,599 25,089
D - Motorcycle 3,554 3,081
E - Open 39,889 36,901