The biennial Singapore Motorshow, which was touted to be the region's most celebrated and prestigious event didn't shine as much for 2008 even if it was part of the Singapore Grand Prix festivities which was held in the same weekend the show opened. One possible cause could be the ongoing global financial crisis. Visibly absent from the event were some of the major brands which include BMW, Ford, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, and Toyota. The show however, was well participated by the aftermarket industry where some big brands were present.

The show however was well supported by Subaru, which comprised of about one-fourth of the show with their huge pavilion that featured the entire Subuaru model range. Honda on the other hand, debuted their new City subcompact sedan. Also on display at the Honda stand was the Euro Civic Type-R. Nissan displayed several new models highlighted by the new Murano, GT-R, and new Teana. Other brands present at the show were Fiat, Fuso, Isuzu and Opel, with the last three representing the commercial vehicle sector.

The Rinspeed squab concept car, which is a car that can actually go underwater, was also on display at the show as one of the major highlights. Father and son tandem Russ and Paul Swift also did a first-time tandem stunt show with Subaru Imprezas for visitors of the show. Lastly there was also the display of automotive artworks of Australian Artist, Darren Argaet.