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5th PIMS to line up spectacular range of new models, concepts, brands

GEARING up as the biggest-ever local automotive spectacle is the 5th Philippine International Motor Show, where 17 brands are set to parade a spectacular range of models and concept vehicles. The biannual show, organized by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc., will also host numerous car-centric activities, including car-club meets, an aftermarket exhibit, road safety seminars, design lectures and a display of 12 iconic vehicles that traces the country’s motoring history across the decades. No doubt, the cars are the stars, and here are some that are guaranteed showstoppers:

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From the newest brand in the country—which will be launched at the show—comes the A1 Hatchback, A1 Sedan, A5 Senova midsize sedan, MZ40 van and X424 sport-ute.

BMW
To star at BMW’s floor is the third-generation BMW X3 and the new X4 Sports Activity Vehicles. Both promise premium features and high-performance but efficient diesel engines.

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From Honda comes two surprise new cars for the burgeoning mini segment—the Brio and Brio Amaze. To be officially launched at the show, the cars slot below the Honda Jazz but get the 1.3-liter i-VTEC engine that used to be available with the Jazz.

Kia
Motoring and basketball will join forces as Kia launches Team Kia. It will also display the Kia Picanto’s new colors and the two-tone variant of the funky Kia Soul.


pims-isuzu-mux20140916Isuzu
Proving it does not just make reliable workhorses but also luxurious models, Isuzu will showcase all the variants of the all-new MU-X sport-ute. Joining the MU-X is the recently launched Isuzu DMax X-Series pickup

Jeep
Providing its own brand of toughness mixed with luxury is Jeep, which will hype on the remarkable off-road capabilities of the Grand Cherokee, Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and the new Cherokee Trailhawk.

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Lexus will bring its first entry into the luxury compact crossover segment—the NX. Billed as a “Premium Urban Sports Gear,” the NX flaunts an edgy, emotional design that’s aimed squarely at people who lead active lifestyles.

Mazda
As icons go, the Mazda MX-5 is one of the most sought-after. So gracing Mazda’s display is the 25th Anniversary Edition of the MX-5, which is the last in the long-running, previous-generation model of the nameplate.

pims-mercedes-cla20140916Mercedes-Benz
The three-pointed star lineup will be led by the new-generation compact cars—the AClass, B-Class and the new CLA-Class, which will make its debut at the show.

Nissan
Nissan will wow show goers not just with its present range of cars like the Almera, Sylphy and Altima, or the legendary Patrol Super Safari, but also with the launch of the allnew X-Trail.

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