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Two more Chinese car brands to join 2024 Manila International Auto Show

This brings the total number of automotive exhibitors to 29 brands

Some of the Chinese brands that we will see at the show are likely unfamiliar to us. IMAGES FROM BESTUNE AND BAW

So, we already know the final list of exhibitors at this year’s Manila International Auto Show, and most of them hail from the People’s Republic of China. So many are the participants that Worldbex, the event’s organizer, is holding the four-day affair in two venues (World Trade Center Metro Manila and SMX Convention Center Manila).

In our previous article, we told you that MIAS 2024 would have a total of 27 brands. Well, it turns out there’s a pair of additional Chinese marques that will be joining when the gates open on April 4-7. Those are Bestune and BAW.

“We are very pleased to include two additional brands, Bestune and BAW (Beijing Automobile Works), making it a total of 29 brands participating in this year’s show,” says Worldbex partner Alvin Uy. “The atmosphere of the briefing was very positive and filled with excitement with several new brands joining MIAS for the first time along with some returning brands as well. One of the biggest challenges of staging a show like MIAS is to make sure the ingress and booth construction be executed in a very timely and efficient manner, as the booth designs can be very massive and complex with everyone rushing to make sure the booth structures, the equipment, the show cars and everything else that’s needed for the show to be erected and finished in three days.”

As for those who are still not ready to support Chinese car brands at this point, maybe this edition of MIAS could finally convince you to give these vehicles a chance. If nothing else, the show will still have several non-Chinese brands, including Chevrolet, DAF, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Subaru, and Suzuki.

It’s a date, then. See you!

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.