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AVID Members Headline Icon Innovation In Mobility Expo, April 5-7, 2013

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) once again convenes top minds from the government, business, and academe at the third Thought Leadership Forum (TLF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

 

Dubbed ICON (Innovation Congress), this year’s TLF is a milestone for AVID with its powerhouse events--the ICON forum on April 5 and the Innovation in Mobility Expo, which runs April 5-7, 2013 at The ICON on 32nd Avenue cor. 9th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Admission to the Congress and Expo is free.

 

Themed “Action Towards Viable Innovation for Development,” ICON marries AVID’s core mission of fostering the development and growth of the Philippine automotive industry and the country’s economy, with DOST’s National Innovation Strategy.

 

ICON will serve as a platform for an exchange of ideas and advocacies among respected thought leaders and innovators on the importance of innovation as a way to prosper in an increasingly competitive global environment.

 

The ICON Forum will tackle global trends in innovation and current issues and policies that affect the automotive industry, with emphasis on competitiveness driven by innovative thinking. While the Innovation in Mobility Expo AVID translates the Forum’s innovation dialogues to actual innovation products and projects of AVID and the DOST.

 

“AVID member companies take pride in the innovation philosophies of the top world brands that we represent. Innovation has driven us to become formidable players in the automotive industry. We share with DOST the vision and commitment to foster and intensify a mindset for innovation that will boost our country’s ranking in the global competitiveness indexes, with the end of being recognized as a worthy player in the global business arena,” explained AVID President Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo.

 

“ICON will be a ‘delivery room’ for more innovation that will foster a shift toward a ‘smart’ society… of integrated systems that will bring about bigger improvements  in the areas of smart agriculture, health services, smart traffic management, energy, and meteorology and weather forecasting to name a few. Innovation is something we should encourage. It is the only way that we can transform our resources into something that would benefit the Filipino people,” said DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo.

 

At the Expo, participating AVID member companies will showcase their vision of the future of smart mobility. Following are the models that will be on display:

 

BRITISH UNITED AUTOMOBILES, INC. (BUAI)

MINI Paceman Sporting prowess and versatility define driving this urban piece of technology. It features dynamically stretched coupe lines and the hallmark MINI “go-kart feel” that teams up with the exclusive ambience of its versatile interiors. Its two doors, large tailgate, full-sized individual rear seats, and inimitable style shout crossover functionality.

CATS MOTORS, INC.

Chrysler 300C, the new look of luxury. When it’s time to work, we roll up our sleeves and get dirty.  But we can also clean up nice. The Chrysler 300C’s  exterior has been totally reimagined with chiseled lines, a more aggressive stance, jeweled LED lights and, of course, the signature grilles. Hard work has never looked so beautiful.

Dodge Durango has the Power to Tow whatever moves you: Best-in-Class available V8 Power+ - up to 360 hp; Best-in-Class standard and available Towing - up to 7,400 lbs+; and Best-in-Class V6 highway Driving Range (over 550 miles).

JEEP Grand Cherokee the most awarded SUV ever

Mercedes Benz SLK-350 AMG Sport  The SLK Roadster heritage traces to history's first checkered flag. Its heart races at the mere thought of the open road. From the irrepressible passion of Mercedes-Benz engineering is design sculpted to slice through the wind and carve through corners, performance that says, “Let it all out. Take it all in,” and technology that is driven by ingenuity and fueled by imagination.

THE COVENANT CAR COMPANY, INC. (TCCI)

Chevrolet Colorado Built on nearly a century of Chevrolet trucking heritage, this pick-up is engineered with the best combination of power, durability, comfort, and economy in its class. Its new, state-of-the-art Duramax engine has undergone rigorous tests, under tough and varying engine loads in Africa, Asia, and North and South America. Plus, its strong and stiffer chassis gives better driving feel and handling on all terrains. It’s definitely the heavy-duty drive for the tough and adventurous driver.

Chevrolet Spark The 2013 Chevrolet Spark is a small car with a massive attitude. Equipped with a dependable and fuel efficient 1.2 or 1.0 liter engine, it can zip through city traffic or zoom through an open highway. Despite its size, it has a spacious interior that can comfortably fit five adults. To accommodate flexible cargo loading requirements, the second-row seats are capable of folding to a 6:40 split ratio. Apart from its global quality standards built, the new Spark is designed to promote fun with its motorbike-inspired digital driver information center, dual cockpit layout, cool entertainment system, and improved exterior and interior details.

HYUNDAI ASIA RESOURCES, INC. (HARI)

 

Hyundai i-oniq concept car. The electric sports hatchback marries gentle feature lines with a muscular surface. Adding to the appealing body are doors that open up to the side; a “penthouse roof” that creates much room for rear passengers; impressive user-interface components that reflect contemporary and future consumer electronics; an innovative 1,0-litre, 3-cylinder gas engine that generates a maximum of 45 kW (61 ps) that is mated to an 80 kW (109 ps) lithium-ion electric motor powered by a 55 kW generator. On electric mode alone, the i-oniq can travel 120 kilometers (km) and up to 700 km with the assistance on fuel petrol engine, emitting just 45 g/km of CO2. At top speed, the i-oniq can reach a maximum of 145 km/h.

Hyundai Azera makes a commanding presence with its 19-inch Alloy Wheels and 245/40 R19 tires. Up close, it’s even more impressive with its panoramic sunroof and power seats that feature extendable seat cushions. The Infinity Sound System promises an entertaining journey while the dual front, side and curtain airbags and driver knee airbag secures passengers from harm. Under the hood is an effortless flow of power coming from a Lambda-II 3.0L MPI engine. This is mated to an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission. 

Hyundai i40 boasts pure European pedigree, having been designed in Russelsheim, Germany. Part of its sleek, sporty look can be credited to 18-inch Alloy Wheels and 225/45 R18 tires. It runs on a U-II 1.7L CRDi VGT diesel engine mated to a more compact, smoother and quieter 6-speed A/T. From the inside, the twin-panel panoramic sunroof controls the amount of light that enters the cabin. The power tailgate of the i40 makes it convenient to fill up its spacious 553-L luggage compartment.

Hyundai All-new Santa Fe Inside and out, this mid-size luxury crossover cuts a rugged yet refined and luxurious presence. The turbocharged ReVGT 2.2-liter Diesel engine delivers an unbridled intensity of 197ps at 3,800 rpm, and one of the highest torques of 43 kg-m at 1,800-2,500 rpm in its class. Flawlessly mated with a 6-speed H-Matic transmission for outstanding fuel economy, it perfectly combines power and fuel efficiency. Safety-engineered features include the new High-Strength Steel Structure; a new Airbag System for the Premium 4WD A/T variant; Electronic Stability Program that employs the Hillstart Assist Control, Downhill Brake Control, and Brake Assist System; and the Electric Parking Brake with Auto Vehicle Hold that prevents the vehicle from accidentally rolling away when standing still or setting off.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is similar to its traditional counterpart except for the unique front grille and LED headlight accents with daytime running lights. It will definitely wow with its excellent fuel economy and powerful performance when on Electronic Vehicle Mode (EV mode). True to its earth-saving nature, it is equipped with ECO technology that monitors the driver’s green driving style.

 

United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI)

Foton Thunder FOTON exceeds customer expectations by introducing a high-performing vehicle, custom-made for pickup truck aficionados. Thunder boasts an array of safety and security features along with optimum power, first-class appearance, robust stance, and luxurious comfort. Its sizable cargo compartment allows more baggage space and its wide body offers added space and convenience for its drivers.

Focus Ventures, Inc.

King Long Max Keeping in mind space and comfort, this light commercial vehicle is designed with an improved high-roof ceiling, a 2+1 seat arrangement, accessible back row, and increased luggage space that can accommodate up to 16 passengers and more baggage, sans crowding. The airy cabin design, robust power, entertainment features, and safety conveniences make the King Long Max a reliable road companion for families, especially for long drives.

Scandinavian Motors Corporation (SMC)

Volvo S60 Without trying too hard, this Scandinavian beauty deserves second glances, not just for its looks, but also for its street-smart programming. For example, at 31 mph or less, its City Safety detector automatically applies the brakes when it detects a stopped or slower-moving car, which is perfectly useful when you’re tired or frantically looking for something that you dropped while at the wheel.

Volvo XC60 The 2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD features a best-in-class 250HP-turbocharged engine that excels in fuel efficiency at 29 mpg and acceleration with a 0-60 time of 6.6 seconds. What’s more, its first-in-the-world Pedestrian Detection technology with full auto break keeps a watchful eye out for people or cars unexpectedly crossing its line of path.

 

For more information about ICON, contact the AVID Secretariat at +632 5191015; Mobile +63932 8524731; Email secretariat@avid-inc.com.ph. Or visit www.avid-inc.com.ph.