SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN): Despite an increasingly uncertain economic outlook and a smaller certificate of entitlement quota this year, the Singapore Motorshow opened on Thursday (Jan 9) across three floors at the Suntec Convention Centre - up from two last year.
The show sees the arrival of several new electric models, including from Chinese-owned brands MG and BYD.
Audi will also unveil its battery-powered e-tron crossover, while Nissan will shown off a Tokidoki version of its Leaf electric car.
The show sees the first Indian-made passenger car in Singapore, the Kia Seltos crossover.
Other debuts include the Land Rover Defender, Jaguar XE, Toyota Altis, and two plug-in hybrid cars from Volvo.
In all, there will be 20 new model launches at the show, which runs from Thursday to Sunday.
Meanwhile, Singapore Power announced one-month free charging for those who buy an electric car at the show.
Oil giant Shell announced a "carbon-neutral" driving initiative, where Shell fleet customers can opt in on a programme which allows the oil firm to obtain carbon credits to offset whatever CO2 emission the customer's fuel purchase produces.
The cost to the customer is an additional 1.5 cents a litre, which Shell Singapore chairman Aw Kah Peng said "is not a lot, to do our bid for the environment". - The Straits Times/Asia News Network