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04 April 2011

7 things to look out for at the 7th Manila International Auto Show

Words by Christopher Kho
The Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) opens this Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City and promises to be country's biggest motoring event of the year yet again. It’s so big, in fact, that the show has even invaded's wallpaper for the month of April. 

Now on its 7th year, MIAS is taking a big leap into the future with its theme, “Automotive Evolution.” With more than 30 of the biggest brands littering the 23,000 square-meter display area, the show will feature some of the newest and most stunning cars in the Philippines. But before doors open in three days time, we're giving you a sneak peek of biggest attractions in this year's show. 
#1: Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai's answer to the compact car market is finally arriving in the Philippines. Looking like a downsized Sonata or an upsized Accent, Hyundai's middle child is packing a quite a number of tricks up its sleeve to outshine its siblings. Global versions of the Elantra come with a standard four-cylinder 1.6 liter or a newer 1.8 liter Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) engine. It also boasts a new 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. Hyundai claims that it’s so downright beautiful, they've dubbed it as “the compact car that other compact car manufacturers don't want you to see.”

#2: Mini Countryman
The Mini is now all grown up with their new Countryman. Bigger and taller than all Mini's before it, the 5-door subcompact hatch claims to be a crossover SUV. Although it’s not a real off-roader, the Countryman comes equipped with all-wheel-drive and the same zippy 1.6 liter engine from the Cooper. It can how fit four passengers comfortably plus luggage for that out-of-town vacation. Mini is also hoping to revive its former glory days in rallying by entering the Countryman into the World Rally Championship (WRC) this year.  
#3: Volvo V60
We've recently turned the S60 into an action car with our video “Trackster” and now, Volvo went practical by making their sassy sedan into an estate. The V60 still bears the luscious curves of the S60 and its renowned safety features such as the City Safety and lane change warning system. On top of that, the V60 is also available with the blistering 304 horsepower T6 engine that we've all grown to love. 

#4: Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
The Cruze has already bagged the 2010-2011 Compact Car of the Year (COTY) and could even go take the title as the new COTY. It also now comes with an unbeatable 5 year warranty. But the celebrations for Chevrolet doesn't stop there as they are giving the Cruze a shot of diesel. Reports say that it will be powered by a 2.0 liter CRDi turbodiesel engine that produces 150 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque; big numbers for a car that's larger than life. Watch out Ford Focus, there's a new diesel in town.
#5: Other cars that will make it in the limelight at the 7th Manila International Auto Show include:
Audi A8
Chana Starlight II
Foton View Custom Van
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Subaru Forester

#6: 2010 - 2011 Car of the Year Philippines
This year's show will also host the Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) 2010-2011 Awards Night where the best cars in the Philippines are recognized. Previous winners of the COTY-P include the Subaru Legacy (2009), Subaru Impreza STI (2008), Volvo C30 (2007), Mazda 6 (2006), and the Honda Civic (2005). But on the night of April 7, 2011, a new car will step up to the throne and claim the title of Car of the Year Philippines 2010-2011. 
#7: Russ Swift Stunt Show
Of course, MIAS will not be complete without the heart-pumping action-packed exhibitions of Russ Swift. This year, he'll be burning up more tire smoke in the brand new 2010 Subaru Impreza STI sedan. Catch his high-flying stunts performing every 1:30, 3:30, and 5:30pm at the show daily.   

The Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) is the country's premiere automotive show, welcoming more than 70,000 visitors annually. Visit the biggest annual motoring event in the Philippines from April 7 to 10, 2011 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City
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