Three concept cars of Toyota—FT1 sports car, hydrogen fuel cell vehicle Mirai and urban mobility vehicle i-Road—are showcased for the first time in Bangladesh in this year's Dhaka Motor Show.
The vehicles are three of the many which are showcased in four exhibitions -- 13th Dhaka Motor Show, Fourth Dhaka Bike Show, Third Dhaka Auto Parts Show and Second Dhaka Commercial Automotive Show 2018.
The three-day events organised by CEMS Global kicked off at International Convention City Bashundhara in the capital yesterday.
The annual events provide a platform for the private and commercial automotive industry of Bangladesh to showcase their products.
This year, authorised local dealers of brands such as Toyota, Honda, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Mitsubishi and Peugeot are displaying their latest offerings in the shows.
Over 620 booths spread out over five halls housed brands and vendors from over 16 countries, including Japan, South Korea, France, China, India, the USA, Italy, the UAE and Bangladesh.
The events will surely leave a positive impact on Bangladesh economy, officials of CEMS Global said.
The presence of these vehicles at this year's Dhaka Motor Show signifies that this is a growing market for global brands such as Toyota, they said.
The motorbike industry in Bangladesh is growing fast and Japanese brands such as Suzuki and Kawasaki are now competing for the market against cheaper Indian and Chinese brands, they said.
For the components industry, the Dhaka Auto Parts Show is a crucial event, the organiser firm said.
“Many local manufacturing plants have started their operations in component manufacturing, and the turnout at the show signals a growing segment that can benefit from knowledge sharing between its Indian and Chinese counterparts.”
The shows will remain open for public from 10:30am to 8:30pm every day.
Prime Minister's Political Affairs' Adviser HT Imam and Managing Director of Rancon Motorbikes Shawn Hakim attended the opening ceremony of the shows.
Industries Secretary Muhammad Abdullah and Secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority Mohammed Showkat Ali and CEO of Energypac Power Generation Humayun Rashid were also present.