Text: Benj Ngo / Photos: Brent Co, Benj Ngo | posted May 01, 2007 18:58
Mobility for Everyone
The third Manila International Auto Show was held last March 29 - April 1, 2007 at the World Trade Center. This year's theme "Mobility for Everyone" brought together casual car buyers, the avid enthusiasts, as well as motorsports aficionados to the WTC to witness several events and new vehicle launches.
Autoplus Sportzentrium, distributor of Motul automotive lubricants, brought in the world renowned #22 Motul - Nismo Nissan Skyline GTR JGTC race car piloted by Masami Kageyama and Richard Lyons. This proved to be a big hit as crowds gathered to see the low slung racecar flaunt its carbon fiber body and exquisite racing components. Motul also displayed other jaw dropping cars such as the 1000hp Nissan Skyline GTR R34 street car, a modified Porsche 997 turbo, a 997 Porsche GT3, and a Ford GT. All cars served to highlight Motul's presence as the leader in high performance lubricants.
One of the highlights of the show was the Russ Swift Precision Driving Display. Veteran stunt and precision driver Russ Swift has been making performances all over the world for more than 20 years. His feats have been featured in commercials and numerous automotive programs. The MIAS 2007 would be the first time Swift came to the Philippines. He delighted the crowds by doing donuts, powerslides, incredibly tight handbrake parallel parking, and even driving on two wheels. Throughout the 4 days of the event, Swift must have put together more than a dozen shows utilizing two Subaru Impreza WRXs and a cutting edge Subaru Impreza WRX STI. As this was the first time such an event was held in the Philippines, the crowds certainly did not mind showing their appreciation.
Another "exotic" display area worth checking out was put together by Top Gear magazine. Their display featured such fine automobiles such as the BMW M5 and M6, Ferrari Maranello, Ferrari F430, Audi RS4, and the very exotic black Lamborghini Murcielago.
But the main point of the show is really the showcasing of new models by the different manufacturers. Mitsubishi went out in full force to showcase the new Pajero, Outlander, and the Endeavor. Mazda had the new Miata on display with the power retractable hard top. It was no secret that a lot of enthusiasts wanted Mazda to officially bring the Miata here.
Nissan brought out their just released new models like the Patrol Super Safari and the Teana. Also making its public debut at the 2007 MIAS is the Suzuki Alto, a relatively affordable entry-level compact car. On display for first time was the all new Honda CRV. The CRV once again grabbed the attention of interested car buyers looking for a practical vehicle. Hyundai also made good use of the show by introducing the new Coupe, Elantra and Veracruz SUV. Subaru displayed their complete lineup which included the Impreza WRX, Forester, Legacy sedan and the newly introduced Legacy wagon.
The 2007 MIAS was comparably smaller than the 2006 show, but the organizers certainly made up for it by providing more entertaining activities and more interesting vehicles than before.