Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Dean Ang | posted April 06, 2013 13:54
9th MIAS opens with more action, more cars
The Manila International Auto Show once again brought together the the latest models, tuned cars, classic ride and custom machines at the World Trade Center Manila.
Bigger the 9th time around
The 2013 edition of MIAS is on its 9th year, and promised more cars and more automotive action at this year's show.
There were booths from Subaru, Mazda, Ford, MINI, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Jeep, Harley Davidson, Kia, Tuason Racing School, among others.
As is tradition at MIAS, Russ Swift came to town to wow the crowds with his stellar precision driving. This time, however, he performed his tricks with the Subaru BRZ at the back of the World Trade Center Manila.
New car introductions
Ford took to MIAS armed with more new variants of the Ranger as well as a preview of the upcoming design update and upgrade for the Ford Fiesta. The Ranger line now includesthe 4x2 Base Low Rider and 4x2 XL for commercial clients, while hardcore off-roaders can opt for the Ranger Wildtrak 4x4 variants. Also to be made available come May will be the Ranger 4x2 Single Cab as well as a Ranger Cab and Chassis. The blue oval brand also held the Philippine reveal of the facelifted Fiesta which recently made its ASEAN reveal in Bangkok.
Berjaya Auto Philippines, led by Steven Tan, came out with the Mazda6 at MIAS, showcasing to the public the latest technologies such as SkyActiv-G, i-ELOOP, i-STOP and all for a pricetag of Php 1.705M.
MINI Philippines held the official launch of the MINI Paceman at the show, further expanding the line up that includes the 3-door Hatch, Cabriolet, 5-door Countryman, Clubman, Coupe and Roadster. The Paceman features the extra proportions of the Countryman, but comes in a 3-door form factor.
MotorImage Pilipinas, the distributor behind Subaru in the Philippines, took the wraps off of the all new Forester for the public at the show. The all new Forester -with X-MODE, continuously variable transmissions and a choice of either a 2.0L naturally aspirated or turbo engine- takes the place of the previous generation, which has been Subaru's best selling model since its launch in 2008.
Peugeot, under Eurobrands Distributor, Inc (EDI), took part at the show, and fielded their line of leading diesel models. At center stage for Peugeo was the RCZ, this time showcasing the latest look of the sports coupe.
Car of the Year Philippines revealed
The Car Awards Group, Inc. took to MIAS to reveal the 2012-2013 Car of the Year Philippines: the Mitsubishi Mirage. The little Mitsubishi, particularly the GLS MT variant, bested many of the competition with its outstanding value proposition from the showroom floor, as well as performing well in CAGI's qualitative and instrumented tests.
Also revealed by CAGI was the first ever Truck of the Year Philippines: the Mazda BT-50 4x4. The BT-50 impressed CAGI's testers with its performance both on and off-road, as well as with its competitive pricing.
For the enthusiast
The 9th Manila International Auto Show also played host to numerous classic and custom cars at the Annex tents and PTTC complex. Apart from the tuned and custom rides, artists showcased their latest automotive artworks, while die cast enthusiasts displayed their extensive collections.