The Busan International Motor Show, South Korea’s second-biggest auto exhibition, ended Sunday with some imported brands opting not to take part due to high costs and limited promotional effect. The 11-day Busan auto show attracted over 620,000 visitors, fewer than the 660,000 recorded for the biennial show in 2016, according to the organizing committee. In this year’s show, four domestic and 15 overseas carmakers introduced a total of 203 vehicles, including 35 models that made their local debut in Busan, 450 kilometers south of Seoul, it said. Carmakers, domestic and foreign, focused on promoting their sport-utility vehicles to capture increasing demand for crossovers in the domestic market. the Busan International Motor Show, this year’s event brings together 22 automobile brands, including 14 foreign brands and five passenger car brands and three commercial vehicle brands from Korea. The exhibition halls at BEXCO (measuring 26,508 sq. meters) will house more than 170 cars and trucks ondisplay. Busan International Motor Show the largest ever in scale. Recognizing the importance of the import vehicle market that is catching on in the Busan and South Gyeongsang regions, foreign brands will also exhibit their popular models for sale in the market, including one Asia Premiere, and 13 Korea Premieres, in introducing 14 of the latest import models. The six Republic of Korea’s automakers participating include Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp, GM Korea Co., Renault Motors Co., Hyundai Commercial Vehicle, and Kia Commercial Vehicle as well as 15 foreign manufacturers like Audi, BMW, Cadilliac, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, & Volkswagen. Besides BMW’s Motorrad motorcycle, a new two wheeled vehicle from Samchuly Bicycle and new car accessories from Bullsone and other brands will also be introduced.
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