PASAY CITY, MANILA, Philippines, 18 September 2014 —— The much-awaited motoring happening event by The Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI), i.e. The 5th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS), was successfully organised on 18-21 September at the World Trade Center in Pasay City amidst bad weather with some parts of Metro Manila heavily flooded.
The opening ceremony was led by no less than Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Industry & Entrepreneurship. He was joined by key officials of CAMPI members and affiliates as well as delegates of the ASEAN Automotive Product Working Group.
“This year’s Philippine International Motor Show goes beyond being a world-class motoring convergence, more importantly, it’s a demonstration of how the automotive industry plays a significant role in shaping this nation’s progress,” says Sen. Aquino IV.
On its 5th year, PIMS brings together unique exhibits from seventeen (17) top car manufacturers and distributors in the country, and serves as the perfect platform to champion the exponential growth of the motoring industry.
“PIMS is the perfect demonstration of the successes that the Philippine motoring industry has achieved over the years. We enjoyed double-digit growth since 2011, and we have no plans of letting up” says Atty. Rommel Gutierrez, President of CAMPI.
In 2013, the industry achieved a new record of 212,414 units in total sales, their first time to surpass the 200,000 mark. This year, the Philippine automotive industry continues to be strong as it achieved a combined sales record of 19,116 units for the month of August 2014 with a 29.6 per cent growth from August 2013. Year-to-date sales also reached 148,803 units or a growth of 28 per cent.
“We plan to maintain this glorious momentum by doing what we do best – providing the Filipino motorists with only the best automotive products and services that suit their needs and lifestyles,” he added.
On top of the world-class motoring displays, PIMS also features the “Progress in Motion” Exhibit where 12 iconic vehicles are displayed across the main lobby of the World Trade Center to give visitors an overview of the local motoring history.
PIMS also showcased, for the first time, the After-Sales Exhibit that offers packages on vehicle upgrades, repair services, and quality genuine parts for different vehicle models, old and new.
To reinforce CAMPI’s advocacies towards Road Safety, Environmental Protection, and Consumer Rights, the organisation also prepared Automotive Seminars and Workshops. Topics include fuel-saving tips, anti-carjack measures, and fool-proof guide for vehicle registration and driver’s license application. In addition, the Technology Seminar Series which is a regular feature of every PIMS is not to be missed. Topics for this year covered innovative technologies that define the future of the automotive industry, such as the hybrid and electric vehicles, development in lubricants, and the speed limiter. Affiliated organisations of the participating car brands also held Car Club Meets to foster camaraderie among car enthusiasts while giving the public a spectacular display of customised vehicles. Car shoppers also got a chance to test drive different vehicle types and brands under one roof.
The young and young-at-heart enjoyed activities such as Pedal Go-Karts and Motoring-Inspired Games. Kids between six and twelve years old partook in the automotive-themed Treasure Hunt or some checked-out the Scale-Model Display. Attendees who wanted to know the geniuses behind some of the automotive industry’s best designs definitely enjoyed the Automotive Designers’ Photo Exhibit.
Truly, this year’s Philippine International Motor Show gave the motoring public a one-of-a-kind experience that shouldn’t be missed. Looking forward to the next edition of PIMS and the future of the motoring industry in the Philippines.
[Source : CAMPI; photos by Brent Co of AutoIndustriya]