The top 10 cars from PIMS

The top 10 cars from PIMS

The 8th Philippine International Motor Show, or PIMS, may be over, but the impact the show left behind is indelible. After missing out on the 2020 edition due to the pandemic, the public longed to see shiny new sheet metal back on the stomping grounds of PIMS’ World Trade Center.

And the show did not disappoint. All 13 car brands – including three new CAMPI members (Hyundai, Geely and Chery) – had something new or exciting to see or available for a test drive. Toyota, which probably has the most number of new cars to market this year, didn’t unveil all-new models at PIMS, but more than made up for it with its impressive display of eco-friendly hybrid models, exciting performance cars in its GR lineup. , and a showcase of its industry-redefining Toyota Mobility Solutions.

Mazda also didn’t launch all-new models, but had arguably the most impressive physical exhibit with its multi-level “waterfall” layout strongly reminiscent of its displays at the Tokyo Motor Show. Foton, meanwhile, showed both lifestyle and entrepreneurial-inspired exhibits for its various commercial vehicles – punctuated by the gigantic EST-A 6×4 Tractor Head that reminded everyone of Optimus Prime.

Pure electric cars, hybrids of all kinds, petrol or diesel cars and trucks, all in just about every body type – they were at PIMS 2022. Needless to say, the crowd flocked to it.

So which cars stole the show? I asked every member of the PhilStar Wheels team – Ulysses Ang, Kap Maceda Aguila, Jacob Oliva, Vincent Villa and myself – to name each of our Top 10 picks. We collected and tabulated our answers and here are the results:

10. Honda BR-V

Nominated by three writers (Uly, Kap and Vincent), the all-new Honda BR-V is a major upgrade – in styling and features – over its predecessor. We can’t wait to test Honda’s new subcompact 7 seater MPV and see how much it’s improved.

9. Nissan kicks e-POWER

The Nissan Kicks e-POWER also received three votes – from Jacob, Vincent and this writer – out of a maximum of five (but with a higher average ranking compared to the BR-V), and was one of the most requested test drives. vehicles during the event. People were genuinely interested in Nissan’s unique new e-POWER EV technology, which powers the car exclusively electrically, but uses a gasoline engine to charge the battery as a generator, eliminating the need to plug in the car to run on power. to load.

8. BMW iX

Also with three voices (mine, Uly and Jacob), the futuristic BMW iX heralds the Bavarian brand’s interpretation of electric mobility. The all-electric iX looks like a concept SUV, but you can already drive it. Pure magic from Munich.

7. Honda HR-V RS

Four of the five writers (Uly, Kap, Vincent and I) voted to underline the eminent goodness of Honda’s subcompact crossover. Not only is the HR-V a solid car, the availability of the RS variant makes it even more exciting.

6. Chery Tiggo 8 Pro 2.0 Turbo AWD

The four-wheel drive Tiggo 8 Pro 2.0T, which got the nod from no less than four of the five writers (Uly, Kap, Jacob and me), brings the mid-size seven-seat SUV segment to the forefront in features, amenities, and performance. The fact that it looks understated elegant and distinctive is the icing on the cake.

5. Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid

A gigantic killer on the show and on this list, the humble Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid captured hearts (and unanimous votes from all five members of the team) with its promise of affordable hybrid mobility. Suzuki cautiously emphasized that this Ertiga, which is a mild hybrid as opposed to a true HEV or PHEV, is still under consideration for the Philippine market. But we bet it will be a top seller if the Suzuki PH does indeed bring it to market. It could very well be the lowest priced hybrid if so.

4. Mitsubishi Montero Sport and Strada RALLIART

The Philippines is crazy about SUVs and pickups – and the Wheels team is no exception. Yet another recipient of unanimous votes from all five writers, the RALLIART twins look like they’ve just arrived from the Dakar Rally – rugged, mean-looking and extremely capable of crisscrossing anything man or nature can throw at them . The return of the iconic RALLIART name was warmly welcomed by car enthusiasts who reminisced about the great all-conquering racing Mitsubishis.

3. Mazda MX-5 MCP Edition

Since it’s not a new model and only a limited edition variant, we expected the Mazda MX-5 MCP 25th Anniversary Edition to rank higher numerically – not in the Top 3. But that’s the appeal of this timeless one. , timeless roadster that its relative rarity, a new color (and a few new trim and spec differentiators) are enough to bend it over much newer and arguably more intriguing models. We are always practical, but we can dream. And as dream cars go, this is about as close as it can get to parking one in our driveway.

2. Hyundai IONIC 5

Car of the Year in Germany, UK, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland and Estonia, Hyundai’s all-electric IONIQ 5 is a certified showstopper wherever it goes. It’s not just a pure electric vehicle that comes straight out of the car Back to the futureit also features V2L (vehicle-to-load) technology that allows it to provide up to 3.6 kW of electricity to charge your gadgets and power your devices even in the middle of a forest.

1. Kia EV 6

Sharing the same V2L EV platform as its Hyundai IONIQ 5 corporate sibling, the Kia EV 6 features equally striking styling and performance that allows this Korean twin to emulate the best of Tesla. The EV 6 has a range of up to 528 kilometers, charges ultra-fast in just 4.5 minutes for a range of 100 kilometers and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds.