Philippines - 2018 marks our fifth consecutive year covering the annual automotive extravaganza. As the first international motor show of the year, the Manila International Auto Show previewed many of the latest car models that are about to hit local showrooms.
The various car manufacturers showed off their creativity by entertaining attendees to their booths with dance performances and singers, adding a different dimension to the event, which we thought was a very good idea.
Next, we checked out new Philippine Jeepney designs made by Santa Rosa Motor Works Inc. The latest of which feature a side door panel which allows for faster entry and exit of passengers that could possibly ease the horrendous traffic in the Metro. The new Jeepney also has a higher ceiling that allows passengers to walk straight without even having the need to bend down while moving inside the vehicle. Another innovation is the addition of tap card pay which would surely help the masses.
The 2018 Manila International Auto Show was once again a success, although there were a lot of car brands not present, it still is a must-go if you’re a petrol-head.
The country's most anticipated auto show is back as the Manila International Auto Show returns for its 14th edition. Never one to disappoint overzealous car lovers and auto industry players, the theme for this year's MIAS is guaranteed to solicit an equal amount of excitement, if not more. Inspired by two of the most central reasons that motivate people to buy cars, the 2018 MIAS will drive up the action to the tune of "Work & Play".
Following the trailblazing success of last year's show, the 2018 MIAS is committed to deliver another explosive display; but this time around, focusing closely on cars and automotive innovations that will live up to the "Work & Play" aspirations of auto enthusiasts. As such, visitors of this year's MIAS can expect to find an extensive range of vehicles that are either ideal for their various business and career agendas or ones that will help one's business keep up with the demands of their trade. On the other hand, leisure fiends, adventure-seekers, and everyone else in between are sure to be impressed with the line-up of cars that are especially designed to elevate the way we travel.
Last year, MIAS racked up at least 128,000 visitors as it housed 145 companies and boasted 250 displays throughout its four-day run. In turn, 2018 MIAS expands its venue to 34,850sq.m. and has noted over 400 car and motorcycle displays. With an increase of 38% of exhibitors, 60% of car and motorcycle displays and 16% increase in exhibition space, it will not come as surprise that 2018 MIAS transcends its own records with this year's line-up of presentations.
Naturally, all eyes will be on this year's newest auto realeased. From special editions and updates to the latest models, visitors can expect a no holds barred access to the hottest cars of the season. Some vehicles on display will likewise be available for test drives at the Test Drive area which can be found outside the venue's main hall.
This year, car enthusiasts will look forward to the public debut of the new Ford Mustang, Mitsubishi Xpander, new SUV models from Hyundai, the all-new RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab, the newly refined Mercedes-Benz GLC, Subaru's new models with EyeSight feature and the brand debut of GAZ from Russia and JAC's introduction of its automobile models. Some brands prefer not to give out details yet so visitors would expect a few more surprise debuts at the opening day of the MIAS.
One of MIAS' charms is that the event also features collector and high performance car displays. Some of the highlights expected is a very well restored 1960's Porsche 356 Coupe to commemorate the brand's 70th anniversary, a massive 5-unit army of Mercedes-Benz G Wagon 4x4 Squared at the Motul booth, a Rolls-Royce restored by Alex Isip of Alex Restoration, vintage and classic cars at the PTTC hall and Formula V1 race cars from TRS.
In line with MIAS' promise to cater to the needs of virtually all types of auto seekers, commercial vehicles and large trucks by the country's leading custom off-roading authority will be put on display the Truck Pavilion, located at the north wing side of the show venue.
Meanwhile, those who are particularly into car customisations will be glad to know that his year's Custom and Classic Car Competition will once again return to feature over a hundred entries of the most eye-catching and creative car set-ups.
Truly a haven for car lovers of all kinds, also not to be missed at this year's MIAS is the Die Cast Display which ultimately features miniature versions of the most beloved car models from various franchises. Additionally, another highly sought-after component of MIAS is the Swap Meet, a gathering of members who would buy, sell, or trade die cast car models among one another.
MIAS is also thrilled to announce the return of the Russ Swift Stunt Show, an annual event highlight which showcase a series of mind-blowing stunt performances by international precision driver and Guinness World Record holder Russ Swift. Swift willl be using this trusty Subaru cars for all his shows.
Only growing bigger and bolder each year, so much is in store for car lovers and trade players at 2018 MIAS: Work & Play which will run from April 5 to 8, from 10:00am to 10:00pm at the World Trade Center Metro Manila and the Philippine Trade Training Center. The event is organised by Worldbex Services International, the country's leading events and expositions organiser.