Interesting stuff from the Manila International Auto Show.

Was very glad I went. These are the wheels that interested me the most for various reasons.

 

Subaru WRX Sti. 300 hp!

Subaru WRX Sti. 300 hp!

I love the red piping and carbon fiber accents.

I love the red piping and carbon fiber accents.

VW Polo. P888k intro price, P950k final price.

VW Polo. P888k intro price, P950k final price.

And yet you get nasty plastics all over. Not good. 1.6 L TDI engine is nice but they needed to strip it to meet price point and it shows.

And yet you get nasty plastics all over. Not good. 1.6 L TDI engine is nice but they needed to strip it to meet price point and it shows.

Nasty, cheap gearshift knob. Ugh. Not acceptable in a car costing near 1 million pesos.

Nasty, cheap gearshift knob. Ugh. Not acceptable in a car costing near 1 million pesos.

JMC Compadre. Yes thats the name. Here it is in school bus configuration. Obviously.

JMC Compadre. Yes thats the name. Here it is in school bus configuration. Obviously.

Cute mini-seating for kids.

Cute mini-seating for kids.

Portly bus drivers need not apply. The seat is non-adjustable.

Portly bus drivers need not apply. The seat is non-adjustable.

Peugeot Expert Tepee van. Yes, that is the name, seriously.

Peugeot Expert Tepee van. Yes, that is the name, seriously.

Three-row van with TONS of space behind 3rd row. P2.2M asking price.

Three-row van with TONS of space behind 3rd row. P2.2M asking price.

Chery Fulwin. More than decent outside...

Chery Fulwin. More than decent outside…

...even from the rear....

…even from the rear….

 

.... but alas, feels low-rent inside.

…. but alas, feels low-rent inside.

Chery Q22L.

Chery Q22L.

This little van seats eleven in FOUR rows! But a 1.2L gas engine will surely mean it will be slow fully loaded.

This little van seats eleven in FOUR rows! But a 1.2L gas engine will surely mean it will be slow fully loaded.

Tata's super Ace.

Tata’s super Ace.

Tata Manza. Styling stuck in the 90s. Early 90s.

Tata Manza. Styling stuck in the 90s. Early 90s.

Tata Ace mini van.

Tata Ace mini van.

No headrests. Not good.

No headrests. Not good.

Tata Vista. Might be their best bet. P565,000. About the size of a Fiesta.

Tata Vista. Might be their best bet. P565,000. About the size of a Fiesta.

New Nissan Sylphy. Impressed by the interior. Good omen for the rising sun brand.

New Nissan Sylphy. Impressed by the interior. Good omen for the rising sun brand.

How about something expensive? Rolls Royce Wraith.

How about something expensive? Rolls Royce Wraith.

Yes, the doors really open the wrong way. But the ingress and egress is vastly better. They wouldn't let plebeians like me near it.

Yes, the doors really open the wrong way. But the ingress and egress is vastly better. They wouldn’t let plebeians like me near it.

Iveco Daily bus. Iveco is an Italian manufacturer.

Iveco Daily bus. Iveco is an Italian manufacturer.

Plenty of room for you and ten close friends. There is no passenger seat. That is where the door is.

Plenty of room for you and ten close friends. There is no passenger seat. That is where the door is.

Insanely high roof makes this perfect for Basketball teams going to road games.

Insanely high roof makes this perfect for Basketball teams going to road games.

Not to be outdone, Joylong has a 23-seater faux-Hiace van. I fid the name amusing.

Not to be outdone, Joylong has a 23-seater faux-Hiace van. I fid the name amusing.

Here's an offering from JAC, another Chinese maker. Looks plain from outside.

Here’s an offering from JAC, another Chinese maker. Looks plain from outside.

Oh. It's the official ride of Bb Pilipinas. Then you take a peek inside....

Oh. It’s the official ride of Bb Pilipinas. Then you take a peek inside….

WOAH!!!! Straight out of a hip-hop music video!!!

WOAH!!!! Straight out of a hip-hop music video!!!

Plus a faucet and sink. To get cleaned up maybe in the event that an orgy breaks out.

Plus a faucet and sink. To get cleaned up maybe in the event that an orgy breaks out.

 

Coming soon: a look at the many great classic and vintage cars on display.

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