FROM cars that can maneuver themselves into parking spaces to vehicles with interactive cruise control—these are the highlights of the 12th Manila International Auto Show, which runs from April 7 to 10 at the at the World Trade Center and the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City. Smart Mobility is the country’s premier auto show’s theme for this year.
Show organizer Worldbex Services International said MIAS 2016 will highlight the smart technologies that are at the core of today’s automobiles. The company said attendees can look forward to a line-up of booths with actual smart automobiles, and exhibitors demonstrating how fun and safe these models are.
Speaking of models, Worldbex said the event is expected to feature around 420 cars, 56 motorcycles, and 272 booths all throughout its four indoor arenas. At the Main Hall, new model offerings ranging from entry-level hatchbacks to luxury SUVs from major brands will be put on display. As of press time, The Manila Times confirmed the launches of four new models at the show (all on April 7), with many more in store:
1. All-new Chevrolet Sail. Developed by General Motors’ Chinese subsidiary Shanghai GM, the Sail is Chevrolet Philippines’ entry into the highly competitive B-segment, taking on the likes of the Toyota Vios, Honda City, Ford Fiesta, and Suzuki Ciaz. GM said the new sedan features front-end styling based on its Dynamic Sculpture Design philosophy that includes Chevrolet’s signature bow tie logo and front grill. In keeping with MIAS’ theme, the company added that the Sail is featuring a bevy of active and passive safety features, as well as modern-day connectivity conveniences seen only in bigger vehicles in previous years.
2. Chevrolet Colorado 4×2 A/T. Another important debut at MIAS 2016 is the two-wheel-drive version of the Colorado pick-up truck with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and sequential-shift mode. The new variant is expected to slip between the entry-level 4×2 M/T and the higher-end 4×4 models.
3. Updated 2016 Subaru Forester. Motor Image Philippines, the official distributor of Subaru in the country, said it is unveiling the revised 2016 Forester crossover at the show. Debuting at the 37th Bangkok International Motor Show in March, the company said updates to the model include improved handling dynamics, innovative technologies, and aesthetic upgrades. As before, the 2016 Forester will get three variants powered by either a 2-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve flat-4 producing 148 horsepower, and 198 Nm of torque or a turbocharged 2.0-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve flat-4 producing 238 horsepower, and 350 Nm of torque, coursed through a continuously variable transmission and the company’s trademark Symmetrical All Wheel Drive system.
4. Tata Super Ace. Tata Motors Philippines said the 1-ton Super Ace, based on the Indian company’s Ace mini pick-up truck, is to be unveiled at MIAS 2016 with two body styles. One is the Super Ace Big Boy, a 16-seat commercial vehicle that can be fitted with or without rear-mounted air-conditioning, which the company said can be for family use or for budding business owners. The other is the Super Ace School Bus, which the company said was designed as viable transport for school-bus operators nationwide. Tata Motors said the latter variant also has customizable seating configurations and rear-body entry point locations.
In addition to new cars, Worldbex said tough and agile sport-utility vehicles are also showing off their capabilities on two custom-made, off-road tracks on the MIAS front lawn area. Those interested to test out the new models on display may avail of on- and off-road test drives throughout the exhibit grounds. And as ever, Guinness World Record holder and precision driver, Russ Swift, will be thrashing Subarus with unparalleled skill by doing the world’s fastest parking stunts.
Also, the aftermarket tents are set to delight attendees looking to jazz up their rides and will feature a wide display of accessories, equipment, and everything auto-related, from wheels and tires to audio units and car-care kits.
At the Philippine Trade Training Center, Worldbex said attendees could revel in the presence of meticulously restored classics and outrageously customized sports cars at this year’s Custom and Classic Car Competition.
MIAS 2016 will also have more seminars on road safety, LTO-related matters, and motor sports, with Ford Philippines holding its “Driving Skills for Life” campaign on April 9 and Motul Philippines showcasing its “Drive Right” campaign.
Ticket prices are P100 for adults and children, with 20-percent discount for senior citizens. For more information, visit www.worldbex.com.
The Manila Times will be covering MIAS 2016 extensively. Weekly motoring section Fast Times, which runs on Tuesdays, will feature stories after the event.