The Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) is the country’s biggest annual motoring event, and it plays a huge role in showcasing the best and newest cars in the local market. As this year's show approaches, let's look back at some of the most memorable vehicles that have made their local debut at the event:
This edition of the show saw the launch of the Toyota Previa, the Kia Rio, and the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, among others.
Among the numerous models launched at the third installment of MIAS were the Nissan Patrol Super Safari, the third-generation Honda CRV, and the Suzuki Alto.
Mitsubishi unveiled the new Lancer GT and the highly anticipated Lancer Evolution X, while Mazda introduced the third iteration of the MX-5 to the delight of roadster fans.
Pinoy car lovers got to see the local debuts of the Subaru Impreza sedan and the EVnnovations REVAi, the country’s first commercially available electric car.
Foton launched four new vehicles, including the View passenger van. Mazda breathed new life into the midsize-sedan segment with the latest Mazda 6.
The local market got its first glimpse of the Hyundai Elantra and the Volvo V60. Geely Automobile announced its entry into the Philippine automotive scene with the Emgrand EC7.
Two standout models to grace the event were the BMW M5 and the Subaru XV, which eventually became one of the top sellers in its segment.
Off-road enthusiasts were in for a treat with the launch of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak and the Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition.
Among the nine new models launched at the show in 2014 were the fun and quirky Volkswagen Beetle and Kia Soul.
The 2015 staging was a feast for the eyes, with models like the new Ford Mustang and the Subaru Outback on exhibit.
The 2016 edition featured awesome displays and the introduction of the Kia Sportage, the much-awaited Mitsubishi Montero Sport, and the Hyundai Veloster.
Last year’s event drew a whopping 128,000 attendees and saw the Philippine launch of models like the Honda Civic Type R and the Mazda CX-9.
Catch the 14th Manila International Auto Show, dubbed “Work and Play,” from April 3 to 5 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Follow the MIAS Facebook page for more details and updates. We’ll also keep you posted on the vehicles to be launched at the show this year, so watch this space.