[PIMS 2018 - Part 4] Mazda: Have a look at 2019 Mazda Collection

Updated Oct 30, 2018 | Same topic: 2018 Philippine International Motor Show

Mazda’s pavilion launch showed that not only did it have soul, it also had heart.

Mazda’s pavilion for this year’s 2018 Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) could be called Inside Out: it’s a showcase of both the Kodo: Soul of Motion design language that has bannered its models to acclaim in recent years, and the much-vaunted SKYACTIV range of features that enhance power and efficiency through a more holistic approach to automotive engineering.

“The theme for PIMS 7th this year is Future Mobility,” began Mazda Philippines president and CEO Steven Tan. “It is a future that’s filled with challenges and opportunities.”

Mazda PH President Steven Tan

"Mazda created a car that was 30% more fuel-efficient than conventional internal combustion engines," Tan said

“In 2012, Mazda introduced the first product with SKYACTIV technology architecture. SKYACTIV changed everything,” Tan continues. “Mazda created a car that was 30% more fuel-efficient than conventional internal combustion engines.” The cars were so efficient, in fact, that the US Environmental Protection Agency recognized Mazda as the most fuel-efficient auto brand in America for five years straight – and that’s without having to resort to hybrid technology or electric cars.

“Best of all, they were fun to drive,” he quipped.

mazda 2 at pims 2018

Mazda’s pavilion for this year’s PIMS could be called Inside Out

To tell the truth, “2019 Mazda Collection” was revealed ahead of PIMS earlier this month. This is the automaker’s answer to what lies ahead in the automotive scene, starting with the refreshed Mazda6 sedan.

Sporting sharper lines along its fascia, the Mazda6 2019 now has a new grille, flanked by LED headlights. Redesigned taillights call attention to the rear end, and the whole package rides on a set of 20-in alloy wheels. Inside, it promises a more opulent ride than ever with plush seats dressed in Nappa leather and improved interior insulation, while treating your ears to the clear sounds of the Bose in-car sound system.

mazda 6 2019 exterior

Sporting sharper lines along its fascia, the Mazda6 2019 now has a new grille, flanked by LED headlights

The 2019 Mazda6 is being offered in two engine options: a 2.5L SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine, and a 2.2L SKYACTIVE-D diesel variant.

The flagship Mazda CX-9 2019 just got bumped up to stratospheric levels of sophistication with the CX-9 Signature, the most luxurious model in Mazda Philippines lineup so far. Rosewood trim and Nappa leather (formerly only found on the MX-5) adorn the CX-9 Signature’s interior. Even the onboard infotainment system gets an upgrade, now offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

mazda cx-9 2019 exterior

The flagship Mazda CX-9 2019 just got bumped up to stratospheric levels of sophistication

Who says the era of the roadster has come to an end? Not Mazda, with the introduction of the Mazda MX-5 2019 Club Edition. Sporting a set of BBS wheels and an improved exhaust package, it’s bound to get your heart racing, especially with the 2.0L engine delivering 184 horsepower.

Mazda MX-5 2019 exterior

Mazda MX-5 2019 Club Edition at PIMS 2018

Things got more than a little sentimental when Mazda brought a first-generation MX-5 on stage. Not just any ordinary MX-5, but a racing one – driven by Filipino racing legend Jose “Pocholo” Ramirez.

The car itself was restored to fresh and fighting form under the watchful eye of Mazda distributor Bermaz Auto Philippines, with the finished product showed off to Ramirez’s family in tribute to the late racer. The car is now undergoing preparations for the final leg of the 2018 Miata Cup, where it will be driven by Pocholo’s son Stefan.

Mazda MX-5 2019 exterior

Mazda MX-5 2019 angular rear

Things got more than a little sentimental when Mazda brought a first-generation MX-5 on stage

Mazda’s pavilion launch showed that not only did it have soul, it also had heart.

Aside from Mazda, many other noted car brands such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Suzuki, BMW also joined the PIMS 2018. Get to know what these marques brought to this car event in Philkotse.com's 2018 Philippine International Motor Show Section.

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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