2017 Manila International Auto Show is officially open

Patrick Tadeo

The Manila International Auto Show, arguably the Philippines’ biggest annual motor show, opened its doors yesterday, March 30, at the World Trade Center and the adjacent Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City.

Scheduled to run until April 2, this year’s staging occupies over 34,000 sqm of exhibition space with the attendance expected to exceed last year’s 110,000 visitors.

What to expect at the show

Some of the cars in the show that those in the market for a brand-new one can see are the Chevrolet Spark, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Foton Gratour Midi Truck, Genesis G90, Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai Creta, Hyundai H350, Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-9, Mazda MX-5 RF, Mercedes-AMG GT, Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen Caddy, and Volkswagen Crafter.

Show attendees can also test drive some of the vehicles on display in a test drive area adjacent of the venue’s main hall. Also at the venue will be precision driver Russ Swift who is once again exhibiting his prowess in executing different car stunts in the all-new Subaru Impreza.

A first for MIAS 2017 is the 3,000 sqm Truck Pavilion which has the latest commercial vehicle models from the country’s major truck brands.

More than just the brand-new cars and trucks though, MIAS also showcases the automotive aftermarket industry in the two adjoining tents, from accessories to tools to replacement OEM parts.

“In today’s fast-paced world, performance has been a strong selling point for the automotive brands, but beyond performance, automotive brands and companies must all strive to deliver all-inclusive automotive innovations. As the largest premiere, annual motoring event in the country, this year’s MIAS inspires the automotive scene to drive ‘Beyond Performance’ as it curates the best of the best in automotive technology and aftermarket products & services all under one massive venue,” Worldbex Services International, the organizer of the Manila International Auto Show, said in a statement.

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