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03 April 2013

6 new cars you shouldn't miss at AVID's ICON Mobility Expo

Words by Christopher Kho
avidicon mainThe chaps from the Assocation of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) is staging their Innovation Congress (ICON) this week to convene the top minds from government, business, and academe under one roof. Why? Well, they want this group of intellectuals to “tackle global trends in innovation and current issues and policies that affect the automotive industry.” Big names such as Maria Ressa, Alfredo Yao, and Hyundai's Creative Design Manager Casey Hyun will take the stage and give their 2 cents worth about “innovation.”
But if the ICON Forum is not your cup of tea, maybe their Innovation in Mobility Expo is more up your alley. Running from April 5 to 7, 2013 at 'The Icon' on 32nd Avenue cor. 9th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, the Expo will display vehicles from AVID members such as MINI, Mercedes-Benz, Foton, and Volvo. Best of all, here are the 6 new cars you shouldn't dare miss at the ICON Mobility Expo.
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2013 Chevrolet Spark
We first caught a glimpse of the facelifted 2013 version of the Chevrolet Spark in late 2011. The five-door mini gets a bigger dual-port grill, reshaped bumpers, and more aerodynamic side mirros. It also gets quite a bit of kit as well such as Chevy's MyLink seven-inch touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, video playback, and crash-avoidance technology StabiliTrack. Now that the current Spark is due for a refresh, we're expecting this new 2013 Spark to hit showrooms later this year.
Hyundai i-oniq Concept Car
The i-oniq is purely a study that toys with Hyundai's future design direction. They've fitted it with a penthouse roof, LED headlights, and butterfly doors - all of which could one day end up in a production vehicle. This range-extended hybrid runs on a 108 hp electric motor, but has a 1.0L 3-cylinder gasoline engine on board to charge up the batteries.
Hyundai Azera
Also known as the Graneur, the Azera is a full-size luxury sedan positioned in between the Sonata and Genesis in Hyundai's global line-up. It's offered with either a 2.4L four-cylinder or 3.0L V6 engine and has been in production since 2011. We're not expecting Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) to sell the Azera locally anytime soon, but we're guessing that they'll gauge the public's reaction at the Mobility Expo to reconsider future plans.
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Hyundai i40
The i40 is Hyundai's odd child. It's based on the Sonata's platform, yet looks very much like an Elantra. This is a 'European market only' model from Hyundai and they're only bringing it to the Mobility Expo for show.
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Sonata Hybrid is, as you guessed it, a hybrid version of the Sonata we currently have here. Duh... It's powered by the same 2.4L engine with six-speed automatic transmission, except that this one has a 30 kW electric motor and lithium polymer batteries - the very same one used by the Kia Optima Hybrid. The hybrid powertrain lets the Sonata Hybrid reach a fuel efficiency of 15.6 km/L in the city. Unlike the thee other Hyundai's mentioned above, there's actually a good chance that HARI will sell the Sonata Hybrid in the Philippines once the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Bill is passed into a law.
MINI Paceman
This is a bit of an oddball. We reported that the all-new Paceman will make its debut at the 9th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) happening on the same week, but it seems like MINI will reveal their new two-door at the Mobility Expo instead, or both. I guess we'll just have to find out later this week.
“AVID member companies take pride in the innovation philosophies of the top world brands that we represent. Innovation has driven us to become formidable players in the automotive industry. We share with DOST the vision and commitment to foster and intensify a mindset for innovation that will boost our country’s ranking in the global competitiveness indexes, with the end of being recognized as a worthy player in the global business arena,” explained AVID President Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo.
Admission to the ICON Congress and Mobility Expo is absolutely free. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't visit the 9th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) on April 4 to 7, 2013 at the World Trade Center, who is charging P100 per person for entrance.
For more information about ICON, visit