After extensive preparation and anticipation by the various exhibitors, car companies, and car enthusiasts, respectively, the 13th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) 2017 finally opens its doors today at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
Touted as the largest motoring event of the year, MIAS 2017 kicked off with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the lobby of the World Trade Center. The affair was graced by MMDA Chairman Tomas Orbos, AAP President Gus Lagman, key officers of event organizer, Worldbex Services International, including Joseph L. Ang, Levi S. Ang, Archt. Francisco Flameño, Jr., Jill Aithnie Ang, Rene Ramos, Tessie Roque, MIAS co-organizers Alvin Uy and Jason Ang, and opening ceremony host James Deakin.
This year’s show promises to be bigger and more exciting, with no less than 34,000 square meters of floor space occupying five indoor structures. The show has grown so large, event organizers note, that the show has extended beyond the World Trade Center and into the neighboring Philippine Trade Training Center.
Revolving around the theme “Beyond Performance”, this year’s attractions are led by a slew of car launces that are as diverse as the car brands that unveiled them. This year’s roster includes the Chevrolet Spark, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Foton Graour Midi Truck, Honda Civic Type R, Genesis G90, Hyundai Creta, a special edition 80th anniversary Mopar Jeep Wrangler, Mazda CX-5, CX-9, and MX-5 RF, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Beyond the newest cars in the market, MIAS 2017 likewise promises to treat visitors to a wide array of activities to pump up their adrenaline. Russ Swift will once again showcase his precision driving skills, a simulated off-road course will give guests a better idea of the go-anywhere capabilities of various 4x4 vehicles, OEM and tuner parts suppliers will display their latest products for those that want to care for or dress up their prized rides, and a classic and vintage car collection will be on hand to give a bit of nostalgia.
Kids and kids-at-heart will likewise be treated to a vast array of scale-model cars from the Die Cast Collectors Philippines (DCPH), or get a chance to catch some cool bargains via the swap meet. One may also play at the Remote Control (RC) , Tamiya 4x4, or go-kart Drift box races at the event.
And yes, the winners of the recently-held Car of the Year and Truck of the Year, namely, the Honda Civic RS Turbo and Isuzu D-Max 3.0L 4x2 LS AT will be on display at the entrance area for all the guests to see. This year will likewise mark the very first Motorcycle of the Year awards, which will bestow coveted honors on the best of the best on two wheels. Plus, the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) will honor the country’s top drivers in the various motorsport disciplines via the Driver of the Year gala awards night.
Yes, MIAS 2017 promises to be an exciting and fun-filled event for car nuts and pretty much every member of the family. The Manila International Auto Show 2017 will run from today until Sunday, April 2, 2017, from 10am to 10pm.