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26 March 2013

9 new cars making their debut at the 9th Manila International Auto Show

Words by Christopher Kho
 
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There's no denying that the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) is THE biggest annual automotive event in the country. And on its 9th year running, they're expanding their exhibit floor space even further to over 27,000 sq. meters with more than 300 cars on display. But of all the shiny sheet metal at the show, here are the Top 9 new cars making their debut at the 2013 Manila International Auto Show this April 4 to 7, 2013 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
 
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#1 All-new Ford Ranger Wildtrak
A year after the XLT's debut, Ford is headlining this year's show with the public debut of the Ranger's burlier brother - the Ford Ranger Wildtrak. It's packed with a Sport Package that includes a Roof Rail, Sport Bar, Box Rail, Bedliner, and most importantly, Wildtrak stickers. Ford also tossed out all the chrome pieces and replaced them with gunmetal bits. This big boy might be a brute, but it comes equipped with creature comforts such as special Wildtrak leather/cloth-covered seats, eight-way power seats, and Side Steps.
 
#2 All-new Mazda 6
This is the all-new Mazda 6 - Mazda's second model to wear the brand's new Kodo design language after the award-winning CX-5. We haven't received much info about the Philippine-bound units, but we're hoping that it comes with the new 2.0L SkyActive-G engine and maybe even the 2.2L SkyActive-D if we're lucky. When it makes it official debut at the 9th MIAS, the Mazda 6 would be Berjaya Auto Philippines' first ever vehicle launch since it took over the brand in January 2013.
 
#3 All-new Subaru Forester
Motor Image Pilipinas has already began selling and delivering units of the all-new Subaru Forester, but technically, it's not supposed to be launched until the 9th MIAS. In fact, we spotted the first batch of deliveries as early as February. When it does make it on stage, it'll be powered by a naturally-aspirated and turbo-charged 2.0L boxer engine and paired with a CVT.
 
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#4 All-new Kia Carens MPV
Only six months after the model's world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC) is already ready to bring the all-new Kia Carens into the country. This is no longer your regular soccer-mom MPV as its now sexier and bolder than ever before. Not much has been said about the model but CAC is offering a P50,000 discount if you put in your downpayment at the show. Expect deliveries to come in May or June.
 
#5 Jeep Wrangler Moab
Named after one of the most popular off-road destinations in the world - Moab, Utah - the Jeep Wrangler Moab is equipped to take on the toughest terrain you could thow at it, even when blindfolded. The Moab edition comes with Trac-Lock anti-spin rear differential with electronic locking, winch-ready steel bumpers, and premium rock rails.
 
#6 New 2013 Peugeot RCZ
Eurobrands Distributors Inc. (EDI) will be showing off a facelifted version of their RCZ sports coupe. There's a newly redesigned front fascia that includes a new upper grill, reshaped lower intake, and LED daytime running lights. However, no mechanical revisions are expected under the sheetmetal so it will have the same 1.6L THP engine with 197 horsepower.
 
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#7 All-new MINI Paceman
What is technically a two-door version of the Countryman is set to make its official launch at the show. The MINI Paceman is built for single parents who want to let everyone know that they're still available with no strings attached. Expect it to come with either a naturally-aspirated or turbocharged 1.6L engine and all-wheel-drive.
 
#8 Harley-Davidson
The 9th MIAS might techincally be a “car show” but that didn't stop American Motorcycles Inc., the new Philippine distributor of Harley-Davidson, from showoffing their big bikes. Prepare to see some big men with leather jackets, chains, and beards hanging around the Harley-Davidson booth.
 
#9 Russ Swift Stunt Show featuring the Subaru BRZ
Our dear friend Russ Swift will once again perform his exhilerating Stunt Show at the 9th MIAS. Powered by Subaru, Russ will have a new toy this year to play with - the all-new Subaru BRZ. We're just not quite sure which tricks he'll use the BRZ for, as he'll also be using the previous-gen Impreza and Impreza WRX STI during the show. But all we want to see is Russ burn up some rubber with the BRZ. As always, the Russ Swift Stunt Show performs daily at 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 5:30 PM with a mere P50 entry fee.