Fri, Dec 24, 2004 - Page 10 News List

Auto exhibition brings latest models to Taipei

By Amber Chung  /  STAFF REPORTER

Today could be an extra-thrilling Christmas Eve for auto fans, as the Taipei Automobile Show 2005, featuring the latest models, will open at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Exhibition Hall I.

The four-day show will present car freaks with over 100 new models, which have been air freighted in from the Europe, the US, Japan and South Korea, including fancy sports cars like Porsche's six-generation 911 series and the BMW Z4 convertible model, according to the event's organizers.

Stimulate Purchases

The nation's car vendors hope the exhibition will stimulate consumer purchases, especially before the Lunar New Year, a traditional high season for the sector as people have their wallets stuffed with year-end bonuses.

"The show is expected to continue to inject growth momentum into next year's car market in Taiwan, which saw a sales boom this year, driven by the economic rebound and the rollout of several new models by car vendors in the second half," Mazda Taiwan said in a press release.

Concept Cars

The auto vendor will showcase three concept cars in the show, including the Ibuki convertible and the RX-8 sports car, as well as several 2005 models, such as the Mazda 6 2.3S sedan and the MPV recreation vehicle, the company said.

The show, which will encompass more than 300 booths filled by over 30 exhibitors, will have a number of theme sections, including concept cars, luxury sedans and state-of-the-art sports cars.

The exhibition is expected to draw over 100,000 visitors, according to the organizers.

The show is open from 10am to 6pm and admission is NT$250 per person.

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