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It looks like Mazda Philippines is going all-out at the 2017 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). The Japanese carmaker is fielding three showstoppers at their display this year: the drool-worthy MX-5 RF, the all-new CX-5 crossover and the all-new CX-9 midsize SUV—all highly-awaited, all worth checking out and all making their Philippine debuts.

If you've been following our website, you'll know we've been looking forward to seeing the RF for quite some time. The hard-top version of the fourth-generation Miata features a new retractable roof, improved quietness and a whole different level of appeal. If, like us, you're excited to see Mazda's new fastback in the metal, be sure to drop by.

Next up is the all-new CX-5one of the company's core models, making up around 25% of its annual sales. The second-gen crossover gets a more refined application of the Kodo Design philosophy, a spruced-up interior, and improved driving dynamics and comfort thanks to the inclusion of Mazda's revolutionary G-Vectoring Control tech (GVC). You'll see it tomorrow in slick Machine Grey and the stunning new Crystal Soul Red.

We came across the all-new CX-9 during a Mazda factory tour in Japan last year, but we're still very, very excited. The midsize SUV boasts better chassis dynamics with a more comfortable ride, Mazda's Skyactiv 2.5T engine, and 130kg less weight than the current model. We've written about the vehicle's tech and convenience features abroad, so if you want to get an idea of what goodies make it here, be sure to drop by.

So yeah, Mazda will be one of MIAS 2017's must-visit booths this weekend. We're crossing our fingers that we'll be behind the wheel of the aforementioned rides sooner rather than later. For now though, we'll settle for seeing them at the event.



Drei Laurel
Staff Writer
Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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