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The 6th Philippine International Motor Show’s surprises

Secret launches you might have missed

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The 6th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) opened its doors last Sept. 14-18, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, serving as a showcase of the past, present and future automotive technologies coupled with exciting activities for those in attendance.

For those that missed it, all is not lost as we round up the pleasant surprises that awaited visitors to the event. Upon entry into the venue, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) set up a Brand Heritage Display composed of vehicles that played key roles in the participating brands’ histories.

Total Philippines Corporation and BPI Family Savings Bank had pavilions for visitors to experience their services.

TopGear had a Drift Box Challenge with Crazy Carts traversing a course. C! set up their Top Driver Challenge and Kiddie Day Care for the young and young at heart to drive or assemble their own toy vehicles. The Karcher Car Wash activity gave visitors a chance to test out the high pressure washer.PIMC2

Once in the main hall, easily one of the largest vehicles on hand was that of Daewoo Bus. Their BS120SN Euro5 exhibited just how spacious, high tech and handicapped friendly a city bus can be.

Besides the new 7 Series, BMW also presented the i8 hybrid sports car, featuring butterfly doors and an a hybrid gasoline-electric  powerplant.

Jeep took the wraps off its Renegade crossover SUV, priced at P1,941,000, while Mercedes-Benz showed off their standard and long wheelbase V-Class vans priced at P3,990,000 and P4,390,000, respectively.

For those seeking more practical means of transport than the GT-R, Nissan showed off its Altima 2.5 SL priced at P1,745,000.

Toyota had a lot of surprises from the all-new Prius to the new TRD accessories available for the Fortuner.

Volkswagen had two surprises as well. The first was the Golf GTI Oettinger Edition, with its matte black paint scheme and unique details. A surprise hit was the Caddy Maxi MPV, with seating for seven and prices of P1,350,000 and P1,550,000

Besides its array of small cars, Suzuki also had a small commercial vehicle in the form of the Super Carry, now powered by a two-cylinder turbo diesel engine.

Mitsubishi showed off its new ASX, featuring the new Dynamic Shield design language. It also took the wraps off two large trucks, the Fuso FI and FJ medium and heavy duty trucks.

Coachbuilder, Centro was also present at the adjacent hall, this time presenting several variations of bodies they can build and attach to existing commercial vehicles.

For those already happy with their vehicles, Carryboy presented new possibilities with accessories from Carryboy, Tango, Der Armor, Eurokit, Eurolid, and Gatorlid

Outside the venue was a test drive area for participating car manufacturers, allowing visitors to get behind the wheel of some of the vehicles on display.

Finally, Car Club Meets added some extra flair with car clubs of various brands parking their vehicles right in front of the entrance for fans to appreciate.

With this motor show and the large attendance it gathered, it’s evident that CAMPI members are on track for continuous industry growth, powering ahead on the back of continued supply of vehicles, affordable financing schemes, and the sheer attendance and interest in vehicles generated by this event.