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It’s twice the fun as MIAS adds a new venue

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WHEN THE Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) opens this Thursday, it will be, for the first time, in two venues: its traditional haunt, the World Trade Center (WTC) Metro Manila, and the SMX Convention Center Manila. Themed “Bridging the Future,” organizer Worldbex Services International said in a release that “MIAS continues to raise the bar in the industry, and promises to keep its track record of record-breaking visitor count. MIAS will be showcasing world-class automotive technology for the Filipino market.” Last year’s staging drew more than 149,000 visitors and featured more than 200 car displays.

The 2024 MIAS is co-presented by BPI Auto Loans and Shell, and is supported by the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) and Petron. Participating passenger car and commercial vehicle brands include BAIC, BAW, Bestune, Changan, Chery, Chevrolet, DAF, Dongfeng, Foton, GAC, GWM, Hongqi, Hyundai, Hycan, JAC, Jetour, JMC, Lynk & Co, Kinglong, MG, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Omoda & Jaecoo, Peugeot, Seres, Subaru, Suzuki, and Weichai.

Significantly, with the two venues at its disposal, MIAS 2024 will feature a combined exhibition floor space of 41,000 square meters throughout the four-day exposition. A single ticket (priced at P150) enables access to both MIAS venues.

Free shuttle service will be provided throughout the day at designated pickup and drop-off points. This promises to make parking and visiting both WTC and SMX on the same day easy and convenient. “With dual venues, this year’s MIAS promises to offer better insights into the latest automobile technologies. Car buyers can make well-informed vehicle choices by experiencing the latest models the automotive market has to offer,” continued the release.

As in years past, many of the country’s top car brands are expected to publicly debut their latest vehicles, and “offer show-stopping” performances. Visitors will also get to check out the country’s finest show cars at the MIAS-Petron Custom Classic Car Competition. Participants vie for “Best of Show” by displaying their well-restored and highly customized vehicles.

MIAS also features the Test Drive Zone, where people looking to browse the latest vehicles can get behind the wheel. And from big trucks, off-road and camping rigs, to reliable commercial vans, MIAS 2024 offers off-road and outdoor driving adventure at the Truck Zone.

In addition, British precision driver Russ Swift, holder of three Guinness World Records — parallel parking in the tightest space, J-turn in the tightest space, and the fastest donuts — will again make an appearance for the Russ Swift Stunt Show, featuring Subarus.

Manila International Auto Show 2024 will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the two venues. Promo tickets may be sourced through https://manilaautoshow.com/.

MIAS 2023 is organized by Worldbex Services International and is for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.

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