Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The cars that were launched at the 2016 Manila International Auto Show

The 2016 edition of the Manila International Auto Show was held over the weekend and, as has always been the case for the country's top annual motor show, a handful of all-new or updated vehicle models were launched during the four-day event. Here are the vehicles and their respective prices:

Chevrolet Sail (1.3 L - P688,888; 1.5 LT - P768,888; 1.5 LTZ - P818,888)

Chevrolet Philippines has a new subcompact sedan offering in the Chevrolet Sail. To be available by June 2016 with either a 1.3-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission or a 1.5-liter mill with a four-speed automatic, the Chevrolet Sail was reportely named by J.D. Power as the Best Premium Compact Car in Initial Quality and the Most Appealing Premium Compact Car in China.

Ford EcoSport Black Edition (P998,000)

The 1.5-liter Ford EcoSport Titanium variant is fitted with trims and accessories "all coated with a black finish," like the 16-inch alloy wheels, lower grille surround and upper grille bezel, dual halogen headlamps with signature light, front fog lamps with black bezel, and side turn signal lamps on black-painted exterior mirrors. Completing the look are roof cross bars, a rear spoiler, sports pedals, and illuminated scuff plates. It also features keyless swing gate, push-start button, rear parking sensors, and SYNC 2 among others for added convenience to the driver.

Ford Everest Titanium 2.2-liter 4x2 AT with Premium Package (P1.799 million)

Another variant has been added to Ford's already extensive Everest lineup by fitting the nameplate's Premium Package, which was previously only available to the 3.2-liter 4x4 Titanium variant, to the 2.2-liter 4x2 Titanium. This includes HID projector and auto-leveling headlamps, power panoramic moon roof, LED daytime running lamps, headlamp washer, 230V inverter, power liftgate, 3rd row powerfold seats, adaptive cruise control, heads-up display warning (collision mitigation), lane keeping system, lane departure warning, active park assist, and eight-way power adjustable passenger seat.

Hyundai Elantra (1.6 GL MT - P828,000; 1.6 GL AT - P928,000; 2.0 GLS AT - P1.033 million)

Although it officially went on sale in February 2016, MIAS 2016 marks the official public debut of the all-new Hyundai Elantra compact sedan which, incidentally, I wrote the cover story for Top Gear Philippines' issue of that same month. The design of the all-new Hyundai Elantra is an evolution over its predecessor though the interior is a different story as the cabin has a more driver-centric layout. In addition, despite being classified as a compact car, its interior space is equivalent to that of a midsize sedan.

Hyundai Veloster (P1.548 million)

First unveiled to the public at the 2012 Manila International Auto Show, the Hyundai Veloster has finally--and officially--been launched in the Philippines. What held Hyundai Philippines from introducing the Veloster back then was the dirty Euro II-spec fuel sold locally. With the country effectively switching to Euro IV at the start of 2016, the local distributor can finally bring its Gasoline Direct injection technology into the country led by the 1.6-liter turbocharged GDi engine of the Hyundai Veloster which puts out 201hp and 265Nm of torque.

Peugeot 308 GTi (On indent order, price upon inquiry)

The Peugeot 308 GTi is the hot hatch version of the standard 308 with its 1.6-liter mill putting out 270hp. To help distinguish it from its plebeian brethren, the 308 GTi has a checkerboard front grille, GTi logos on the front wings and rear hatch, and aerodynamic reflectors. According to Peugeot Philippines marketing and communications director Ricardo Magsajo, the 308 GTi on display at the show is the first and only one of its kind in the ASEAN region and that it will serve as the company's halo car.

SsangYong Tivoli (1.6 SX MT - P785,000; 1.6 SX AT - P845,000; 1.6EXG - P945,000; 1.6 Sport - P1.04 million; 1.6 Sport R - P1.08 million)

SsangYong Korando (2.0 SXD MT - P1.09 million; 2.0 EXG AT - P1.09 million; 2.0 EXD - P1.25 million; 2.0 ELX AWD - P1.39 million)

SsangYong Rodius (2.0 SX MT 11-seater - P1.29 million; 2.0 EX AT 9-seater - P1.49 million; 2.0 ELX AWD 7-seater - P1.59 million)

SsangYong's reentry into the Philippine car market officially took place a day after the local distributorship agreement was signed between the Korean carmaker and Berjaya Auto Philippines through SsangYong Berjaya Motor Philippines.  

Subaru Forester (2.0i-L - P1.448 million; 2.0i-Premium - P1.648 million; 2.0XT - P1.918 million)

Subaru has updated its Subaru Forester compact crossover vehicle by fitting it with a new grille, taillights, and alloy wheels outside while its interior receives a refreshed cabin design starting with the new head unit and LCD cluster display. Other updates to the new Subaru Forester are its steering-responsive headlights, enhanced suspnesion "for maximum comfort and handling performance," and its X-Mode feature which synchronizes the throttle, continuously variable transmission, and the carmaker's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system "to help anyone safely drive through any difficult terrain."

Photos taken with Fujifilm FinePix XP80 except for the Ford Everest

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