A quick-strike 5th PIMS guide – Part 2

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Bannering the Peugeot exhibit is the 508 Hybrid4 which combines the brand’s efficient diesel engine with an electric motor to deliver improved fuel efficiency (30.6 kilometers per liter!!!) with reduced CO2 emissions. Joining the 508 HYbrid4 in the Peugeot display are the 3008 Crossover, the 5008 Compact MPV, the 508 Executive Sedan, the Expert Tepee Family Van and the RCZ Sports Car.

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True to their being an integrated auto and moto distributor, visitors of the Suzuki booth shall see the brands latest offerings. On display is the fuel-efficient Swift 1.2, the Jimny off-road vehicle, the 7-seater Ertiga life utility vehicle, the APV and the Kizashi sedan that seeks to bring a luxury experience without the luxury price tag. Also taking prime spots are the Suzuki GSR 750 and the Vstrom 650.

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ACEI has their full model line-up on display at the Volkswagen pavilion namely the iconic Beetle, the Polo and Jetta sedans, the compact MPV Touran,  as well as the Tiguan and Touareg SUVs. The company flew in Simon Loasby, the Director of Design for Volkswagen China, who held a Design 101 to introduce the star of their display, the VW Golf GTI that the company brought in for the show. We didn’t actually get to see the GTI at the opening because of a glitch at the port, but we heard its now on display for everyone to drool over.

Nissan Philippines launched the all-new Nissan X-trail – a 7-seater compact sports utility vehicle that features updated aesthetics, roomier interior, an updated dashboard interface, and a more powerful yet fuel-efficient 2.0L engine. Priced at P1.375M for the 2.0L 2WD and P1.580M for the 2.5L 4WD. Also on exhibit are the brand’s current line-up the Altima, Almera, and Slyphy sedans, as well as the latest Patrol Super Safari four-wheel drive nameplates. Nissan’s opening program was also the venue for the introduction of their new President and Managing Director Antonio “Toti” Zara.

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Alongside the sporty-looker D-MAX X-Series pickup, is Isuzu’s newest SUV, the MU-X. Replacing the popular Alterra nameplate, the new MU-X is billed as a family car, and who better to grace endorse the vehicle than one of the Internet’s most beloved families, Team Kramer. Doug and Cheska, along with their three children (who absolutely melted the crowd) who were scene stealers in their own right.

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Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MX-5, taking (off) center stage of the Mazda display is one of only 25 Miatas brought into the country –out of the very limited run of 1,000 units produced world wide. Mazda has their SkyActiv and Bose system-equipped vehicles on display for your pleasure, including the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 3 Speed, and Mazda 6.

JWC has pick-ups and trucks on display for the hauling needs of small and medium businesses.

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Mercedes-Benz has their full range of Class Vehicles in the show, namely the A, B, and the newly launched C Class sedan. Also under the CATS canopy, Jeep has their Jeep Rock and Road off-road test drive that allows the drivers to go through a specially designed track to test the Wrangler and Cherokee models on standby.

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There are also after-sales and customization booths, kiddie games, tons of food, miniature car displays, and vintage model exhibitions after you’ve had your fill of the main attractions.

Finally, not only can you completely interact with the ins and outs of all the vehicles on display, you can also take them out for a test ride outside the halls. How’s that for a motoring experience?

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Words Mika Fernandez-David & Chris Noel Hidalgo
Photos by  Mika Fernandez-David, Nicolo David & Chris Noel Hidalgo