The 5th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) held last September 18 to 21 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City had over 90,000 visitors despite a setback from tropical storm Mario.

The Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI), the industry organization behind the biennial event, says that the recently concluded motor show is the most successful yet, nearly doubling its foot traffic from the previous PIMS in 2012.

“We are overwhelmed by the response of this year’s crowd. With the success of the 5th PIMS, we are positive that the future of the Philippine automotive industry will continue to get even brighter,” said Atty. Rommel Gutierrez, President of CAMPI.

The four-day motoring exhibit closed early on Friday (September 19) because of heavy rainfall and flooding across the metro. However, the 5th PIMS managed to bounced back during the weekend (September 20 to 21).

Sen. Aquino with Atty. Gutierrez

CAMPI added that this year's PIMS is the largest in terms of the number of exhibitors with a total of 17 participating car manufacturers and distributors, namely: BAIC, BMW, Daewoo, Honda, Isuzu, Jeep, JMC, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Suzuki, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV, CAMPI’s Guest of Honor at the opening ceremony, expressed his unwavering support of CAMPI’s initiatives and of the automotive industry as a whole.

Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV, CAMPI’s Guest of Honor

“The problem as we all know is the traffic and the worsening environment. We need to be able to work together so that all of these can move forward together—so that the progress that we want to have will not be one versus the other, but instead all together as one people,” said Senator Aquino.

The 5th PIMS was also attended by the delegates of the ASEAN Automotive Product Working Group (APWG), a committee which plays a significant role towards achieving the objectives of the ASEAN Economic Community.