Also known as the Sydney Motor Show, the Australian International Motor Show 2008 features hundreds of vehicles on display of which many are all-new, updated and revised models and with some being cutting-edge concept cars from around the world. It is reputed to be the largest single-industry exhibition in Australia and Sydney's major automotive events of the year.
Banners all over Darling Harbour
Unfortunately for 2008, a lot of major car makers were not there at the show, unlike previous years. Among those who were absent were Audi, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Citroen, Fiat, Hummer, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Proton, Rolls-Royce, Saab, Smart and SsangYong.
Anyway, our first stop was at the General Motors stand, where they were debuting the Cadillac in Australia, showing off the Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept, GM’s Hybrid System and the GM Chevy Volt.
Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept
GM Chevy Volt
Next stop is the SuperCar Central.
Here, they showed us a collection worth $8 million of exotic automotive styles and muscles. Among them are the two of the world’s fastest car, Koenigsegg and Pagani. Displayed along them were Elfin, Bolwell, the Gemballa Porsche, Lotus, Bufori, and Morgan. The only surprise was Lotus Elise is also considered a super car.
Pagani Zonda C12S Roadster
Elfin Type 5 Clubman
Gemballa Avalanche GT800 EVO-R
Chamonix 550 Spyder
Lotus Elise S
Morgan Aero 8
There were also an interactive games section where they were promoting the Motor Storm Games for PlayStation 3 and WAECO’s racing game.
WAECO’s racing game… driver’s licence required
Moving on, Volvo’s stand was showing a cute inflatable car and also the XC60.
Volvo’s Inflatable Car
Then, we arrived into Toyota’s stand, where real cars were used as the backdrop.
Among the cars displayed by Toyota were the Hybrid X, Camry Hybrid and the HV-R Supra.
Toyota Hybrid X
Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota HV-R Supra
Next to it was Suzuki’s stand showing off the Kizashi 3 Concept, which looks like a Camry-Audi combination with a Samurai Sword name.
Suzuki Kizashi 3 Concept
Then, we had to climb up the stairs into Mitsubishi’s stand where visitors get to play real-time car racing game in the actual Lancer Evolution.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Real-time racing in the Evo
Right next door is Subaru’s stand.
Next up, Honda. Among the vehicles displayed were the Civic Type-R and City Concept.
Honda Civic Type-R
Honda City Concept
Also on display were the CBR 1000RR and other motorcycles with air-bags (front only). What happens if you fall sideways?
Honda CBR 1000RR
Honda motorcycles with air-bags
Here is also where I bought the Honda ASIMO souvenir.
My Honda ASIMO souvenir
Moving on, we arrived into Lexus’s stand.
Among the vehicles on displayed were the Lexus GS460, LF-Xh concept, IS250C, IS Concept and IS-F.
Lexus IS 250C
Lexus IS Concept
Lexus IS F
There were also a small replica of Lexus's previous concept.
Ferrari, next stop, where they showed existing models as well the as new California.
Ferrari’s existing models
Flocking together at the same area is the Maserati’s stand …
… and the Lamborghini stand.
Next up, Mazda with the Mazda 6 Diesel, RX8 and the Taiki Concept, which is probably Batman’s next car.
Mazda 6 Diesel
Mazda RX-8 GT
Nissan was also showing off their concept, the Mixim.
Our next stop was Peugeot with its 308CC, 207CC and the 207CC Le Mans Edition.
Peugeot 207 Le Mans Edition
Followed on is Renault’s stand, where the Laguna and Koleos were on display.
On our way towards the exit, we came to the final stand, Ford and Holden. Ford was displaying their FPV 5th Anniversary GT while Holden was showing their HOSV series.
Ford FPV 5th Anniversary Edition
Last but not the least, there were also a quick preview stand for the Australian Motorcycle Expo that will be held later in November.
Australian Motorcycle Expo Preview