4 days. Over 34, 000 square meters. All dedicated to cars.
The Manila International Auto Show is an annual gathering for car enthusiasts organized by Worldbex Services International, and it has been going strong for about 13 years now. This year it was held on March 30 to April 2, 2017 at the indoor and outdoor exhibit floor areas of the World Trade Center and Philippine Trade Training Center.
MIAS showcased a wide range of vehicles from different automotive brands, a great selection of latest products and service innovations, and an amazing main event- the Subaru-Russ Swift Stunt Show!
Everyone, old and young alike, held their breaths as the Guinness Book of World Records title holder and precision driver did fast parking stunts at the outdoor exhibition area. It made many want to go behind the wheels, and some did! Just not to do stunts, but to conduct on-and-off-road test drives available for selected car models.
Customized cars dominate one part of the indoor area, ranging from a car matched for the musically inclined with awesome speakers, to those who love to unwind with a sip of Jack Daniel’s (but of course with hours to spare before driving), and those inspired by shows.
Retro lovers worried not, because MIAS didn’t only showcase the latest, and the technologically advanced but it had immaculately restored cars at hand. You’d think you stepped into a time machine and traveled back to the good old days, as the cars looked as if it were fresh out of the showroom.
Need parts? Well MIAS has you covered, they had a whole area dedicated to after market items such as car accessories, equipment, car care kits, audio units, wheels, and much more! Don’t fret about bringing kids with you as well, because “Drift Box” go karting, and Tamiya competitions can keep them happy when they’ve seen all the cars, and not to mention MIAS’ latest addition- commercial cars and trucks! Or you can show them how a car works with the piston engine model that you can crank.
The theme for this year’s MIAS is beyond performance, and here is a list of cars exhibited at the main hall that for me were truly beyond.
- Volkswagen Passat Business Edition 2.0 tsi DSG
- 2.0L Inline 4 cylinder turbocharged fuel injected
- 167 kW (220ps) of power and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) torque
- 6 Speed automatic transmission
- Front wheel drive
- Panoramic sunroof
It has a simple exterior and interior, but make no mistake, this car is far from bland. It gives justice to the saying “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” It looks really elegant from the outside, and when you get inside the white, light, and comfortable interior will surely brighten up your mood; with spacious leg room (a plus for all the tall people who always gets their knees crammed up in sedans!), and ergo comfort seats, I wouldn’t mind enduring the struggle of getting home everyday, not even on a rainy day in EDSA where vehicles usually multiply like gremlins.
Another thing to note is the digital instrument cluster, displaying the important driving information (i.e. GPS location, vehicle conditions, etc) crisp and clear while not tiring the eyes unlike most digital screens. The Passat is the best, not to mention practical choice, getting a fine German engineered car for Php 2.7 million.
2. 2017 Honda Civic Type R
- 2.0L Inline 4 cylinder tubrocharged fuel injected
- 320 Ps of power and 400 Nm of torque
- 6 speed manual transmission
- enormous bodykit and wings
Do you dream of being a racer and own a race car but practicality gets the better of you? Well, your wishes have been answered! The 2017 Honda Civic Type R gives you just that, a race car built for the race track, and the city roads.
The Type R has an exclusively made engine tuned for racing with greater power output than current Civics available, paired with a lighter body, and lightweight bucket seats to keep you in place while still being comfortable for everyday rides. It also boasts an Adaptive Damper System (ADS) which enables you to switch driving modes suitable for different driving conditions, talk about best of both worlds.
3. Mercedes-AMG GT
- 4.0L Biturbo V-8
- 456 hp of power and 443 lb-ft of torque
- 7 speed dual clutch transmission
- Dry sump lubrication
Mercedes Benz celebrates 50 years of AMG with the new Mercedes-AMG GT. What sets it apart from other cars is the front mid engine layout wherein the engine is mounted in front but in between the wheelbase; and rarely do I hear of a car with a dry sump lubrication which refers to a type of lubrication that uses a separate oil reservoir, is easier to cool and lubricates more efficiently than the conventional [wet sump] lubrication, and is more suitable for big/high performance engines.
4. Jeep Wrangler
- 3.6L v6 gasoline engine and a 2.8L inline tubro diesel engine for the Rubicon trimlevel
- coupled with a 5 speed automatic transmission
- 200 hp of power and 460 Nm of torque
- four wheel drive
Traction. Articulation. Maneuverability. Ground clearance. Water fording.
Conquer the world one mile at a time! A car for your next great adventure, suitable for all kinds of terrain. The Jeep Wrangler is the perfect car for those who truly live beyond. Personally, I think it’s one of the best off road vehicles in the market or a great car for the waterproof citizens when it floods (Wrangler can safely manage up to 508mm of water because of additional electrical and body seals, plus a high air-intake location).
See you next year at MIAS 2018! Who knows what surprises they’ll have in store then.