More vehicles debut at Manila motor show

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THE 11th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) will feature a slew of new cars that organizers hope will draw more than 100,000 people.

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Alvin Uy of Worldbex Services International and co-organizer of the MIAS, was hopeful that a record crowd will visit the three-day event.

“Hopefully, we will break 100,000 again this year,” he said.

Several new vehicles will be introduced — Mazda 2 which was awarded Japan’s Car of the Year in October last year; Ford Mustang which will have three-bar taillights, galloping horse badges, and the unmistakable profile of fire-breathing Mustang; Subaru Outback which has a full dose of luxury features for its all-new iteration, and have features like a powerful 3.6-liter flat six now mated to a continuously variable transmission for better fuel economy; Mini Countryman, which is a crossover vehicle with more space for passenger and cargo; and BMW X4 that packs the styling of a sport coupe and is powered by a twin-turbo gasoline or diesel engines mater to 8-speed transmissions and adaptive four-wheel drive system.

Also making their debut this year are the Volkswagen Golf GTI that is powered by turbocharged gasoline engine that delivers impressive acceleration; Foton 4×4 Thunder Ironman that boasts of a 2.8-liter Cummins diesel engine and the ability to cross rivers or traverse mountains while offering a full-featured interior; Chevrolet Trailblazer that comes with a 500-Nm diesel engine and six-speed manual or automatic; Tata Xenon pickup which has a towing capacity of 1,800 kilograms for the 4×2 and 2,200 kg for the 4×4 model; and Mitsubishi Strada which has an all-new exterior and interior and 2.5-liter diesel with variable geometry turbo; Kia Sportage compact crossover that comes with a 2.4-liter gasoline or 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine and all-wheel drive; and the BYD Qin from China, which is a plug-in hybrid compact sedan with an all-electric range of 70 kilometers and a hybrid electric power train that can extend the car’s total range similar to that of a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.

Uy said the show will occupy three hectares of the World Trade Center in Pasay City. An area was prepared for test drive activities.

According to Worldbex, at least 512 cars and trucks, including classic and vintage vehicles, will be on display along with 92 motorbikes. At least 130 exhibitors which include 23 car and seven motorcycle brands will take part in this year’s MIAS.

Last year, the event pulled in 96,000 visitors and a 6-percent growth in foot traffic. Over 30 automotive and motorcycle brands joined the event last year.

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