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SHOW STOPPER: The 5th Philippine International Motor Show [PART 1]

Posted by Justin Young on September 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM

This year's Philippine International Motor Show was...underwhelming. The announced cars weren't that grand, and the venue wasn't that big. Nevertheless, it was a great one because it was the first car show I get to hang out with my friends, Chevy, Matthew, Jarred and John. Also, I get to bring my Nikon D40X, which I haven't used in ages! (by ages, I mean five months) Without further ado, here's my coverage of the 5th Philippine International Motor Show!


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PART 1 OF 2



The theme for this year's PIMS is Progress in Motion. According to the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturer of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI), the organizers of the show, it highlights "the local automotive industry’s role in propelling the country toward greater mobility and economic growth." On the entrance hall, classic and modern cars were featured to showcase their development from first generation to the current, keeping up with the theme.


The following vehicles were featured:

  • Mercedes-Benz 180 D "Ponton" (the first diesel car sold in PH)
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • Toyota Land Cruiser (FJ40)
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Boxtype 1800 GSR Turbo
  • Kia Pride (seriously, a pristine Kia Pride was one of the showcased cars)
  • tuned Honda Civic Hatch (EG)
  • Nissan NISMO 370Z
  • Suzuki Swift second-gen
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata (NA) (Obviously!)
  • Isuzu Crosswind
  • BMW 316i (E36)



While taking pictures of them, I noticed the E36 shot was too noisy. I realized that I had my ISO setting to 1600! Luckily, I knew about it before entering the main hall, and I toned it down to 400 and retook the E36 (seen above) and some others later on. Moving on!



Honda


The announced cars from Honda to be unveiled in the show were the Brio (hatchback) and Brio Amaze (sedan), but they weren't amazing. Instead, they surprised us with two vehicles, first was the Honda's Formula Nippon racer. Inside that American body lies an HR09E 3400cc V8 engine. Everyone was gleeful to see a Formula open-wheeler in the show floor, but it wasn't as surprising as the next one!



That's right, the Honda NSX Concept decided to crash the party! This mockup model was the reason why everyone wanted to go to PIMS! This V6 hybrid paired with Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox will start its production by 2015. Tony Stark wannabes, prepare yourselves!




Lexus


Before leaving for the show, I heard that the booth girls of Lexus were sexy...and I wasn't disappointed! Sure they were wearing conservative dresses, but at least, their looks were everybody's attention than the monstrous fascia of the Lexi family, especially the NX. Basically a fancier Toyota RAV4, you have a choice of either the 8AR-FTS 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injected inline-4 or the 2AR-FXE 2.5-liter inline-4, similar to the Toyota Camry Hybrid.


I feel sorry for America, for their NX's front fascia is wider and even uglier!



Toyota


Oh boy, this is getting boring! They unveiled TRD kits for the Fortuner, Hilux and Vios. *yawn* Then, there was the Fun-Vii, a moving JCDecaux billboard.


C'mon, Toyota PH, you're better than this! Bring in the FT-1!




Nissan


This year, Nissan Philippines is making a comeback. After years of being two separate brands (Nissan Motors Philippines and Universal Motor Corporation), they decided to suck it up and be reborn. For starters, they released the Almera (Versa/Sunny/Latio/Renault Scala), Sylphy (Sentra/Pulsar), Altima (Teana), and, just last weekend, the X-Trail (Rogue). Unlike its predecessors, the new X-Trail has a more smoother design, compared to a boxier one from before. Engine choices are the MR20DD (2.0-liter direct injected straight-4) and the QR25DE (2.5-liter straight-4), with drivetrain options of 2WD and 4WD. Unfortunately though, only one thing remains as standard, the XTRONIC CVT.


Still, I can't wait for what new Nissan PH has to offer. *cough* Fairlady Z *cough* GT-R *cough*


Also, there was a Gran Turismo 6 Challenge with the GT-R GT3 in Brands Hatch. While waiting for the line, John kept of bragging (in a satiric manner) about beating me in my own game. Long story short: He was all over the track, and I won! Don't you love karma?


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That ends part 1 of my coverage of the Philippine International Motor Show! Don't worry, part 2 isn't that long!


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