The Singapore Motorshow 2020 kicked off at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre last week. Singapore’s largest annual motoring event showcases the best of automotive innovation, alongside a variety of activities and fun-filled family experiences.
Visitors bore witness to more than 20 launches and showcases, from brands including Audi, BMW, BYD, Ducati, Hyundai, Jaguar, KIA, Land Rover, Lexus, MG, Maserati, Mazda, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, ŠKODA, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. More than 100 vehicles were on display from 36 brands, as well as aftermarket exhibitors showcasing their automotive accessories, lifestyle products and services.
Making his return to the Singapore Motorshow was three-time Guinness World Record holder and British precision driver, Russ Swift. Sponsored by Subaru, visitors were treated to an exciting display of stunts throughout the 45-minute shows, which took place at least three times a day.
“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,” said Glenn Tan, President of the Motor Traders Association of Singapore. “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.”
Subaru VIZIV Adrenaline Concept
Among the highlights of the show was the presence of the Subaru VIZIV Adrenaline Concept. It was first unveiled at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show in March 2019. The name VIZIV has been coined from the phrase “Vision for Innovation”. The VIZIV Adrenaline Concept is the first concept vehicle designed under Subaru’s new “bolder” design philosophy. Its body shape exhibits a dynamic and strong feel and features a unique roof design. White accents on the wheels and rugged all-terrain tires further emphasize its adventurous nature.
MG Motor unveiled an electric supercar concept, the E-motion. Offering a glimpse of the future, the next-generation vehicle aims to push the boundaries of innovation and technology, while meeting the needs of today’s trend-setting car buyers. Perfectly blending style, sophistication and elegance, the E-motion embodies MG’s vision for the future. With a slender sports back-style design paying tribute to the brand’s hundred-year heritage, starlight matrix front grill and headlights bringing inspiration from the London Eye, and vertical tail lights developed using decades of world-leading design experience, the ground-breaking concept brings MG’s sense of fun and aspiration to the low emission marketplace.
Lexus LC Special Edition
Drawing stares was the Lexus LC Special Edition. The award-winning sport coupe has been given a striking new look as a special edition with a Nori Green Pearl exterior. This limited release for Singapore also comes exclusively with a Black Amber interior that is elegantly complemented with Saddle Tan seats. The Lexus LC Special Edition is the perfect embodiment of L-finesse—a design philosophy employed by Lexus that draws heavily on the principles of Japanese hospitality and aesthetics.
Land Rover Defender
Easily the biggest crowd drawer was the all-new Land Rover Defender. The modernized version of the classic keeps the traditional boxy design marked by the squared wheel arches and flat hood. It features a more rakish windshield, and a more unified front grill design. The headlights feature LED daytime running lights. The Defender is powered by a 3.0-liter 48-valve mild-hybrid inline-six engine with an electric supercharger and twin-scroll turbocharger. It produces 400 PS and 550 Nm of torque, making this the most powerful Defender straight out of the factory. It can even do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 6.1 seconds and an electronically governed top speed of 208 km/h. Shifting is done via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Singapore Motorshow 2020 is presented by the Motor Traders Association of Singapore (MTA), in partnership with Mediacorp and in collaboration with official sponsors AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte. Ltd (Official Insurer), HL Bank (Official Bank) and Shell (Official Automotive Lubricants & Fuel). The Singapore Motorshow 2020 is also sponsored by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
Text and photos by Iñigo S. Roces