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7th Philippine International Motor Show points to the future

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Now on its seventh year, the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) is currently in full swing. The biennial event is organized by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI), with this year’s theme, “Future Mobility”, reflecting CAMPI’s commitment to bring technologies and concepts that make the lives of customers in the automotive industry easier, safer, and more connected.

Each of the seventeen participating brands have their own vision of what “Future Mobility” means to the industry, as showcased by their respective displays. Here are some highlights to expect from every brand when you head over to the World Trade Center, Manila this weekend (Oct. 24-28).

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BAIC’s BJ20 SUV was previously launched and continues to garner attention. Radiating a youthful exuberance with its sporty exterior styling, large wheels, and ultramodern interior, the BJ20 SUV fully showcases what the company has in store for the future of the automotive industry.

BMW highlights pioneering technologies in connectivity, efficiency, and electro-mobility as seen in their 6 Series Gran Turismo, all-new X4, all-new M5, first-ever X2, and M2.

Daewoo shows their support for the government’s Clean Air Act Program by presenting the clean and green technology found in their environment-friendly vehicles such as the Daewoo Bus BS120SN and Daewoo Truck Medium Commercial Vehicle with Euro-5 emissions standard engine equipped with the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) System.

Foton continues to showcase their expertise with commercial vehicles as they demonstrate the power, durability, reliability, efficiency and clean emissions of their Blue Energy engines. New commercial vehicles with Blue Energy include the Gratour IM6 and the Gratour TM, the Tornado M5.2C light duty truck, the EST-400 4×2 Tractor Head, GTL 6×4 Mixer Truck, Hurricane ESTM 6×2 Cargo, and GTL 8×4 High Roof Dump Truck.

Fuso applies a forward-thinking approach geared toward safety, cleaner emissions, and economy through the light, medium, and heavy-duty truck market as well as shuttle models from the light bus up to the PUV modernization program models.

Honda showcases their concept of enhanced driving pleasure, spearheaded by crowd favorites the Civic Type R, BR-V, City, and CR-V.

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Isuzu’s Blue Power diesel engines boast strong output, cleaner emission, and superb fuel economy while maintaining the brand’s renowned durability. These engines can be seen in the mu-X RZ4E LS, mu-X Luxe, D-MAX RZ4E LS, D-MAX 4×4, modernized PUVs, and Isuzu’s latest pride, the EXZ QL tractor head.

Jaguar gears up for their future-type concept, which heads towards all-electric autonomous cars equipped with artificial intelligence, connecting the driver, the family, and the world. Also present are their two newest luxury crossovers, the E-Pace and F-Pace.

Land Rover focuses on environmental responsibility and developing fuel-efficient vehicles with lower environmental impact. These are highlighted through the Land Rover Discovery and the new Range Rover Velar.

Mazda readies itself for the future with its 2019 lineup of award-winning models such as the refreshed Mazda6, the more powerful MX-5 and its most luxurious vehicle to date, the flagship CX-9 Signature. All vehicles are packed with updated SkyActiv body, chassis, engine, and driving dynamics technologies designed to bridge tomorrow with today’s demands.

Mitsubishi Motors’ new tagline, Drive Your Ambition, promises to deliver vehicles with cutting-edge technology and design which expresses the brand’s ambitions. Leading the charge are the Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept and Outlander PHEV along with their newest lineup, the all-new Xpander, Montero Sport, Strada, and the Mirage G4.

Nissan continues to promote their Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which aims to transform not only the way we drive, but the way we live as well. Be sure to catch the Nissan LEAF, which presents the future of how we move through electrification, autonomous drive, and connectivity.

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SsangYong has always aimed to achieve refined and original designs that genuinely impress customers, and they’ve largely succeeded. One highlight will be the first Korean-built contender for the pick-up segment, the luxury utility vehicle, Musso.

Suzuki has done a great job creating next-generation cars that focus on fuel economy, driving fun, and great value for money. These are apparent in the all-new Swift, Dzire and Vitara.

Tata Motors lives up to its promise of Connecting Aspirations by redefining the small commercial vehicles category with the Euro-IV Tata Super Ace Mint with a one-ton payload. It’s a mobility solution that caters to a variety of business applications with different available body types such as passenger van, school bus, aluminum van, and drop-side load body to name a few.

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Toyota features the seamless balance of form and function with its latest concept car, the TJ Cruiser. This hybrid seeks to combine the luggage capacity of a cargo van with the powerful design of an off-road SUV.

Volkswagen showcases their BlueMotion Technology that significantly improves the fuel economy of their latest passenger sedans, the Santana 1.5 MPI automatic transmission Trendline and Comfortline, Santana GTS 1.5 MPI AT Comfortline, and the Lamando 280 TSI DSG Comfortline and Highline.

By Chris Van Hoven

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