Published:  02:03 AM, 16 March 2019

Showcasing speed at Dhaka Motor Show


Bangladesh's one and only international automobile exhibition, 'Dhaka Motor Show', is undoubtedly the prime endeavour of CEMS-Global where a good number of cars, motorcycles alongside commercial vehicles for industrial and rural usage are being displayed.While the boasting is justified with the ever-increasing popularity of the event, the fair itself is becoming more lucrative to the car lovers of the country.

This year marks the 14th anniversary of 'Dhaka Motor Show' and the 5th of the 'Dhaka Bike Show', focusing on the middle and upper middle class of the social structure.The three-day exhibition which began on Thursday was divided into several segments and neatly exhibited cars were a treat for spectators. Several distributors and importers put on display at their stalls the finest vehicles alongside a boatload of promotional offers.

Mahbub Alam, head of sales of Nitol Motors Limited, importers of Tata branded automobiles in the country, told UNB that they have been offering a brand new 150cc motorbike with each purchase of two new cars--Tata Tiago and Tata Nexon.

"We'll also bear the registration and insurance cost for the cars sold at the Dhaka Motor Show-2019," he added.Two renowned international brands--Peugeot and Volvo--brought to Bangladesh by AG Motors offers different types of promotional facilities.

"We're offering free servicing for three years with each new model of our cars," said Anis Khan, head of sales (retail and corporate) of AG Motors.Australian-Chinese brand Haval, a newcomer to Bangladesh and brought by Ace Autos, has attracted attention from the visitors by offering some excellent SUVs with eccentric designs.

Rubeluzzaman, deputy manager (commercial and sales) of Ace Autos, described more about it, saying Haval has so far two showrooms in Bangladesh--one in Dhaka and the other in Sylhet. Haval was globally launched back in 2013 while it debuted in Bangladesh in 2018.

"We're offering promotional discounts of Tk 3 lakh for Haval H9, Tk 1.5 lakh for H6 Coupe and 1 lakh for H2. The registration is free for all the models," he said.

Not only the cars but also automobile essentials like lubricants and other accessories are being displayed at the fair as well.Karnaphuli Automobile Group incorporated with Liqui Moly, world famous lubricant oil producer, is selling their products with 8 percent discount, said Nizam Uddin, deputy general manager of the company.

Syed Ghulam Dastagir, head of brands and market communications of Mobil Jamuna Lubricants (MJL), said Mobil has seen enormous support from customers as it is still the number one lubricant brand worldwide.

Apart from the shiny and dazzling vehicles being displayed, few commercial banks and financial groups have set up stalls offering loans and other deals for buying cars.

Tania Islam, head of Auto Loan of National Finance Limited, told this correspondent that the company's car loan policy will make it easier for the first-time car buyers.Business Development Manager of United Commercial Bank (UCB) Mohiuddin Ahmed spoke about similar offers for their customers.

"The interest rate of our bank on car loan is much lesser than other financial institutions," he said.The all-star ensemble of the country's leading automobile groups and their trusty vehicles wrapped in lucrative offers will continue to gather speed lovers for another day as the fair ends on Saturday.

---UNB, Dhaka

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