Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Brent Co, Mike Sabarre | posted September 16, 2016 18:24
What you can see at the 2016 Philippine International Motor Show
If you're looking for something to do this weekend, you can head on over to the World Trade Center exhibition hall in Pasay City for the 6th staging of the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).
PIMS is held every two years by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) at the World Trade Center Manila along Buendia in Pasay City, showcasing the past, present, and future of the automobile industry.
Here's a quick teaser of what you can expect if you drop by the show.
No industry motor show would be quite complete without some impressive concept cars. At the Toyota booth, visitors can gawk at the FT-1, a concept that foreshadows the next generation Supra. Mitsubishi likewise had the Concept XM, a preview of their upcoming contender in the rising small SUV segment. BMW also has a concept, albeit a virtual one called the Concept 100 Years.
One notable trend at the show was the significant presence of hybrid vehicles - Mitsubishi previewed the Outlander PHEV and so did Toyota with the new Prius. Lexus also brought out their flagship coupe, the LC500h, while BMW gave us a good look at their stunning i8.
Soon to be in Showrooms
PIMS is, of course, a launch pad for new models that are about to hit a showroom near you. Mazda came out with many refreshed models, as well as the all new CX-3. Isuzu launched the updated D-Max pick up, while Jeep brought out the Renegade. Honda launched the much awaited BR-V 7-seat crossover, though it was Nissan that stole the show by launching the GT-R.
The lobby of WTC is likewise used for some incredible cars... of yesteryear. Icons like the Toyota AE86 Trueno, the Mitsubishi Lancer, the Mazda 360, a Mercedes W123 and even an original Volkswagen Beetle painted on by Ben Cab. There's also a Lexus LFA; it's not old, but its definitely incredible.
Apart from passenger cars and supercars that would litter the posters of boys' bedrooms, many automakers also came out with models that serve a much more commercial purpose. Mitsubishi brought their new Fuso line with the FJ and FI, while Daewoo Bus came out with a new, PWD-friendly PUB. Foton are making their presence felt with their lineup for showgoers to check out.
Head on over to WTC Manila for the 2016 Philippine International Motor Show. PIMS will run until Sunday, September 18.