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Singapore April 2013: Photo Report

Singapore April 2013aHonda Stream and Toyota Alphard in Singapore, April 2013.

On my way to the Manila Auto Show I had the luck to do a quick stopover in Singapore and as you can expect my eyes were locked on the streets… It’s always a exhilarating feeling to see the sales rankings I publish every month being brought to life in front of my eyes every time I travel. So yes I can confirm that the majority of new cars on Singaporean streets are luxury German models, however my time here was too short to really be able to guess which of these models is the best-seller in the country.

Singapore April 2013fMercedes E-Class in Singapore, April 2013

The only thing I can say is that I wouldn’t bet on the ‘obvious’ choice the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class as these last two models, although very popular, were only at most as numerous in the streets of Singapore than their larger, more expensive counterparts, namely the BMW 5 Series, 7 Series and Mercedes E-Class. If I had to absolutely give you an answer I would go for the Mercedes E-Class as the best-seller in Singapore in 2012.

Singapore April 2013eNot one but two Hyundai Sonata Taxi in Singapore, April 2013.

This stopover also enabled me to make a few additional observations. The traditional Toyota Crown taxis (still very popular in Hong Kong) that I got used to see everywhere each time I came to Singapore have all but disappeared from the streets of the country, replaced by a stream of previous gen Hyundai Sonata – not very relevant for our 2013 sales but striking enough to report here.

Singapore April 2013bHonda Crossroad in Singapore, April 2013

Among other interesting picks I saw quite a lot of Toyota Alphard and Honda Stream (as pictured in the main photo in this article), a VW Scirocco, many Lexus and Porsche models, and even one car that I actually had forgotten even existed: the Honda Crossroad. I even had to read its name on the back of it… Yes, there are still cars I can’t recognise straight away in the streets. Who would have thought? 🙂

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Singapore April 2013d Street scenes in Singapore, April 2013

This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. Hi Matt would like to point out the fact that i noticed most of your pictures were shot mainly in our city area primarily orchard road. On any given day you’ll probably see more conti cars and taxis in this area. Perhaps you’ll be back for Tokyo Auto Show Singapore 2013 this weekend and you can travel to the heartland areas and you might see a different perspective on the ratio of conti cars to jdm. Once again i do enjoy coming to you blog every month just to read on your statistics of cars in Singapore.

    P.S Our government just introduced a new car loan restriction do you mind giving some opinion on how it would affect the car market here as well. Thanks!

    @Todor: There are cars well over 10years or 20years in Singapore as well just not that many. People do renew their COEs.

  2. Thank you for explanations, Michael.

    Todor : you’re right for the Mitsubishi van, but I thought about old sedans. 😉

  3. It is rare to see older cars. The COE is good or 10 years. At that point, you have to buy a new one (COE), as I understand it, which often doesn’t make sense for an older car. A lot of the ‘basic’ cars on the road (read: Mazda, Nissan, Chevrolet etc) were bought when the COE wasn’t expensive. Some 20,000+ cars annually were sold a decade ago. Now it is 10% of that as the govt wants to reduce congestion (through supply-demand pricing of COE). That is why the newest cars tend to be the expensive, German ones. Matt, please clarify as needed.

  4. Max, look at the Mitsubishi van between two Sonata TAXIs and here it is one almost or over 20 years old car. 🙂

  5. Nice report, Matt ! I also never heard about this Honda Crossroad : probably the successor of the defunct HR-V “Joy-Machine”.

    I ask myself a question : is it possible to see some cars over 20 years in Singapore ? People is wealthy, and traffic looks very young…

  6. Just arrived from the wonderful Portuguese island of Azores in the atlantic ocean near bermuda island where I rented a 2011 Ford Focus II 1,6 Tdci 90hp to travel in the whole island. The car´s was a gem to drive, safe and comfortable it stuck to the island wet and bumpy roads like glue. The drive is a pleasure and the steering and brakes almost perfect. Congratulations to Ford for made such a nice car.

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