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See the latest cars, test-drive a few: why you should be at this motor show this weekend

Happening now at the World Trade Center Manila til Sunday is the Philippine International Motor Show—your chance to see the hottest new cars of the year, and test drive a variety of them on-site. 
Vince Pornelos | Oct 26 2018

While many contend that traffic alone makes Metro Manila unbearable for motorists, the fact that our fair metropolis has two international-grade motor shows (along with many custom car shows) makes it a lively one for car enthusiasts. One is the annual Manila International Auto Show or MIAS, and the other is the one happening right now: the 7thbiennial Philippine International Motor Show, or PIMS.

As the grand, biennial event hosted by the the country's largest auto industry association, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI), the 2018 edition of PIMS is expected to deliver more new cars, more brands, and more test drives than any other domestic motor show. 

If you've got some time this weekend and want to make your way over to the World Trade Center in Pasay City, then here's a list of the 5 things you can expect when you visit the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show.


New car launches

Any international motor show is essentially a launch pad for car manufacturers, as the singular event brings together a massive audience who want to see the latest cars they can drive home from a dealership. In that respect, the 7thPIMS truly impressed.

The show saw the debut of many new models such as the high-performance NISMO versions of the 370Z sports car and Juke crossover from Nissan, the all-new X4 crossover and 6-Series Gran Turismo from BMW, as well as the return of the Ssangyong Musso to the Philippine market. 

Honda took the opportunity to release the new BR-V 7-seater SUV, but this time, it's made in their factory in Santa Rosa, Laguna, further bolstering the domestic manufacturing industry. Mazda also launched the new versions of the MX-5 roadster, the Mazda6 midsize saloon (and wagon), while Isuzu announced a new variant of the mu-X SUV with an automatic transmission, priced at the PhP 1.3M mark. 

But what truly was the star of the show was the arrival of the all-new Suzuki Jimny, a new version of Suzuki's diminutive 4x4. Judging by the interest in the little SUV, this should be a very popular vehicle on our roads. 


Prototypes and special edition models

The Philippine International Motor Show also served as a showcase for some very special and interesting prototypes for vehicles that could debut in the near future.

Over at the Honda pavilion, show goers can get up close and personal with the Honda Small RS Concept. While the company calls it a concept vehicle, it resembles something more like a pre-production prototype, previewing the next generation Honda Brio that has just been launched abroad, albeit a sportier version. 

Take a Honda Brio and add some Type R style, you'll get the Small RS Concept

More business-minded visitors would probably be interested in what Isuzu has to offer, and it's called the VT02. The vehicle is a closed van; one that is ideal for moving passengers, equipment, or other kinds of goods. More importantly, it resembles the popular (but now discontinued) Mitsubishi L300. If marketed, such a vehicle would undoubtedly be a hit with small and medium enterprises nationwide. 

The Isuzu VT02 is the future of business mobility.

But without a shadow of a doubt, in terms of prototypes, the event's headliners were definitely from Nissan: the Terra S and the Navara Warrior X. Nissan took two of their very popular models, the Navara pick-up and the Terra SUV and spiced them up considerably. The Navara Warrior X looks like it will conquer any kind of terrain, while the Terra S appears to appeal to the customer who wants something more sophisticated and stylish. 

Nissan upgrades the style of the Terra

Futuristic concept cars

There were also two very futuristic concept vehicles at the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show, and both are very eye catching. 

One of them is from Toyota: the TJ Cruiser. The number one automaker from Japan built a concept vehicle that resembles a van, and rather funky looking one at that. The seemingly functional concept has seats that fold fully flat—including the front passenger seat—to create a massive flat floor for cargo. 

The Toyota TJ Cruiser was first shown at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

The other concept vehicle is the Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept. Car enthusiasts had lamented the demise of the legendary high-performance Mitsubishi Evolution models such as the WRC-winning Lancer Evolution and Dakar-winning Pajero Evolution. The e-Evolution sees the revival of that high-performance concept, but utilizing electric motors in a crossover platform. 

The futuristic Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept.

A buffet of test drives and special deals

The best thing about a motor show is that it brings together so many brands in one place, and it's not all about displaying cars, the public can drive them.

On the grounds outside World Trade Center Manila is the test drive area. Here, interested visitors and customers can test a variety of vehicles from all the manufacturers present. Interested in a new sedan or hatchback? Want to check if a new SUV is a fit for you and your family? Many brands have their models available for you to try out at

your convenience. Best of all, you can drive vehicles from multiple manufacturers on the same day; allowing you to compare and see which one serves your purposes better. Being a motor show, expect great offers, discounts and deals from the many brands present. 


Fun activities, prizes and freebies

The motor show is not all about serious automobiles, launches, and previews. There are plenty of activities on site such as driving simulators, tech demonstrators, and even racing games that simulate the G-forces as you drive. 

Over at the tent area, visitors can check shop for the latest car accessories, car cleaning and detailing supplies, hand tools, power tools and more, and with attractive discounts for the duration of the motor show. 

The 7thPhilippine International Motor Show (PIMS) held by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) will run until Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Tickets are PhP100 per person.

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BMW's X2 is the most affordable crossover from the Bavarian marque. 

BMW's M4 is the holy grail of German sports coupes. 

BMW's Spencer Yu and Vanessa Ng lead the launch of the X4 crossover. 

The Foton Toano redefines the phrase bang for your buck. 

Get up close to the Nissan Leaf, the world's best selling EV. 

The more luxurious version of the Isuzu mu-X is at PIMS. 

Will this new generation jeepney be a staple on our roads. 

Mitsubishi's seven seater Xpander makes its presence felt at PIMS. 

Mitsubishi executives present the e-Evolution Concept. 

Nissan Pavilion. 

Nissan's extensive display was definitely a standout of the show. 

The Nissan Leaf made an appearance at PIMS. 

Nissan upgrades the style of the Terra. 

Nissan's Ramesh Narasimhan, Yutaka Sanada, and Hiroshi Tamura with the 370Z NISMO. 


Photographs by Deiniel Cuvin and Vince Pornelos