These are some of the must-see cars at the Manila Auto Salon 2023

These are some of the must-see cars at the Manila Auto Salon 2023

The Manila Auto Salon is one of the many automotive expos here in the Philippines. However, the show is unique since it features a good mix of both old and new cars allowing it to draw from a wide range of audiences.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Where is the 2023 Manila Auto Salon taking place?

    The 2023 Manila Auto Salon is happening at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay.
  • Until when will the 2023 Manila Auto Salon run?

    The 2023 Manila Auto Salon will run until Sunday, November 19.
  • On that note, these are some of the must-see cars at this year's event.

    2-door Toyota Land Cruiser

    Toyota also released a two-door version of the Land Cruiser, just like the Mitsubishi Pajero. The said model appears to be a 70-series model and is dressed complete with bull bars, huge fog lamps, window visors, step boards, and chunky tires.

    Two-Door LC

    If you love Land Cruisers, visiting the Manila Auto Salon 2023 to see the two-door off-roader is a must.

    Suzuki Jimny

    And while we’re on the topic of two-door go-anywhere vehicles, we were able to spot a third-generation Suzuki Jimny rig in the event.

    Suzuki Jimny

    It appears to have been kitted with a custom-built bumper designed to provide a good approach angle, a winch, a set of aftermarket wheels, and grippy tires.

    Toyota Corolla Euro-spec

    The Toyota Corolla has been a staple on Philippine roads. In fact, it has been the brand’s best-selling model since like forever. However, what’s uncommon to see are Euro-spec Corolla models that have a rather unique-looking face.

    Toyota Corolla Euro 1

    On display are two eight-generation Euro 1 Toyota Corollas, which we can tell are maintained in pristine condition. These vehicles are characterized by their two rounded headlamps, turn signals, and fog lamps.

    They were released in Europe and Australasia from 1995 to 2000.

    Slick Civics

    We were able to spot several Honda Civics at the 2023 Manila Auto Show. Notable ones include the fifth-generation Civic hatchback with a Spoon-inspired build.

    Honda Civic Spoon

    It wore the iconic yellow, blue, and black livery that became famous in the 90s.

    Another Honda Civic worth checking out is the “stock” fifth-gen sedan, which was called the Honda Civic Ferio in other markets.

    While Honda Civics are generally popular here in the Philippines, the aforementioned fifth-generation and the sixth-generation models are considered icons here in the local automotive scene.

    Nissan GT-R

    There’s also a Nissan GT-R on display at the ongoing 2023 Manila Auto Salon.

    The car showcased wears a jade green paint and is decked out with carbon fiber appointments — which from this angle — can be found on its hood, grille, front wing, and front lip.

    Nissan GT-R

    Fondly called Godzilla, the Nissan GT-R has been one of the favorite cars of many enthusiasts thanks to its brutal power and flawless handling.

    In the Philippines, the Nissan GT-R makes 570 horses with 637 Newton-meters of torque.

    Nissan Fairlady Z

    Also showcased is the Nissan Fairlady Z. It hails from the brand’s Z line of sportscars and is proof of Nissan’s attempt to compete with the European sportscar manufacturers.

    Nissan Fairlady Z

    Spotted is a green Nissan Fairlady Z complete with TE37 tires, wide overfenders, and a kitted front end.

    Toyota Levin

    The Toyota Corolla Levin has always been associated with the Trueno, a model popularized by the manga Initial D and is the weapon of choice of Keiichi Tsuchiya — the Drift King.

    Toyota Corolla Levin

    Currently on display is a TE27 series Toyota Corolla Levin in yellow and looks the part of a car produced in the 1970s. Noticeable are its perfect combination of boxy edges and sexy contours, which is why it’s not surprising to see many fans flock to where it is showcased.

    Art car

    Also gracing the 2023 Manila Auto Salon is an artsy Volkswagen Beetle. The artwork — found on its doors and hood — are from Marcel Antonio.

    Volkswagen Beetle

    So, for those who like cars and arts, there’s a piece waiting for you at the auto expo.

    Mini pickup truck

    You’ve read that right, visitors of the 2023 Manila Auto Salon will find a Mini pickup truck on display. The British car brand did a pickup truck back then, which saw production from 1961 to 1983.

    Mini Cooper S Truck

    The displayed unit offers seats for two, but more importantly a small bed for hauling small cargo.

    Manila Auto Salon 2023 schedule

    The 2023 Manila Auto Salon is scheduled from November 16-19. Located at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay, the show starts from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

    Photos from Juan Paulo Papa

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