As nice as the cars on display at PIMS 2014 were, they were just static displays. Extremely interactive yes, but primarily immobile nonetheless. To remedy this, a few manufacturers had set up shop in the small gravel lot in the front of the Philippine Word Trade Center to offer test drives. Most would let you take the car out on a short loop around the area, and one manufacturer in particular was offering a generous dose of adventure to go along with your test drive.
While Honda, Toyota and Mitsubishi displayed futuristic concepts in their areas, there was nothing of that sort going on around the German manufacturers. Perhaps unwittingly playing to the national stereotype, the Germans decided to approach PIMS 2014 firmly from the present, eschewing fanciful concepts in favour of fully-loaded versions of their showroom offerings. Here we take a look at Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
(Warning, slightly long read ahead.)
We’ll start with Volkswagen, since they had the most people milling about. Continue reading
While Kia and Suzuki were trumpeting the sports each had decided to sponsor and Nissan was touting their sporting history, a trio of Japanese marqued played to PIMS 2014’s theme perfectly, augmenting their crop of current production vehicles with their respective visions of the future of motoring.
Leaving the icon exhibit at the 5th Philippine International Motor Show was presented some difficulty. The organisers – CAMPI – had seen fit to introduce the show with Philippine motoring icons, and it wasn’t particularly easy to turn away from their compelling choices. If you are, however, still unsure about the choice of icons, then perhaps entering the show floor will provide part of the answer.
A four day show sponsored by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers in the Philippines, Inc., the 5th Philippine International Motor Show is a little bit more specialist than the other car shows we have on the calendar. Instead of just a show where manufacturers and the aftermarket come in to show off their latest offering, PIMS 2014 is turned towards the future of the Philippine motoring industry, and the future of motoring in general. Sure, there were the usual unveils and special discounts, but the show program also included talks and presentations on high-tech, high-sustainability motoring.
On the 18th of September, the doors of the Philippine World Trade Center opened to welcome hordes of car enthusiasts, their families and their cars to the 5th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS). Staged by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. – better known as CAMPI – seventeen vehicle manufacturers and distributors brought together quite a selection of cars and technology for all to behold.
Of course, great big shows always start off with a great big opening ceremony.