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Mazda’s Miata arrived in the Philippines in the ’90s.

Mazda’s Miata arrived in the Philippines in the ’90s.

THE 5th Philippine International Motor Show (Pims) will tour local motoring history through an exhibit that highlights this year’s theme of Progress in Motion, according to organizer Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (Campi).

It added that the country’s premier automotive exhibition will showcase a “rare collection of automobiles from the ’50s to the 2010s,” all of which “shaped the automotive landscape of the country in the last 60 years.”

The exhibit will feature 12 fully restored and mint-condition vehicles that represent six decades of automotive trends in the country. From a classic Mercedes-Benz and a Volkswagen Beetle from the ’50s and ’60s, a Toyota Sprinter from the ’70s, a Mitsubishi Lancer from the ’80s, a Mazda Miata, Kia Pride, Honda Civic Hatchback, BMW 3 Series, Peugeot 205GT and Isuzu Hi-Lander from the ’90s, up to the Suzuki Swift and Nissan 370z that represent the millennial decade, the display will be a nostalgic trip for this year’s show visitors, Campi said.

The group said Pims will also hold an after-sales exhibit of the latest products, services and exclusive offers on vehicle upgrades, repair services and quality genuine parts for different vehicle models.


“Some new buyers missed out on the importance of after-sales support,” said Campi President lawyer Rommel Gutierrez. “Through the after-sales exhibit, we would like to show our customers that we’re more than about selling cars. Rather, our goal is to have an ongoing relationship with our customers and to be able to provide them with the best after-sales support and experience.”

The Campi officer added that the “main motivator in the success of previous Philippine International Motor Shows is its function to show the country that the automotive industry works as one in promoting progress.”

The 16 automotive brands participating in this year’s Pims are BAIC, BMW, Daewoo, Honda, Isuzu, JMC, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Suzuki, Toyota and Volkswagen. The show will be held from September 18 to 21 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

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