Friday, October 24, 2014

Sippin' It Real Good: Taking the Volkswagen TDIs Through its First Fuel Economy Fun Run

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Call it “sign of the times”, but car buyers often ask one question when it comes to a new car: how’s the fuel mileage? Although pump prices have stabilized as of late, it seems getting a more fuel-efficient car has become an ingrain thought. And it’s a good thing: not only is a more fuel-efficient car less painful to the own, but it’s also beneficial to the environment. Of course, today’s diesels come in every shape and form: Japanese, Korean, and even Indian; however, the most sought-after ones come from Europe for one simple reason: they’re very good at it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ford Upgrades 2.0-liter Focus With Sports Kit, Leather Seats


Ford Philippines has announced an upgrade to its Ford Focus lineup, continuing to raise the bar with additional exterior and interior features that include a Sport styling kit and full leather interior.

Hyundai Grand Starex Redefines Luxury with New Gold Premium and Platinum Variants


The concept of luxury has changed through the years. Today, luxury means more than just lavish spending. Hyundai has redefined luxury into exceptional up-market comfort that you deserve and the convenience of experiencing premium features once thought impossible in, say, family vans.
Through the years, the Grand Starex, Hyundai’s game-changer in the Passenger Van segment has become a household word when it comes to talking about the family van of choice. Its reputation and reliability are a fact, not only among those who have owned a Starex, but also to those who still want to have one.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

First Drive: 2014 Nissan X-Trail 4WD

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Driving up to Baguio, the City of Pines, was once considered an automotive torture test. It was where new cars are brought up in the hopes of getting back with tales how everything went smoothly or awfully wrong. Although those days are over, Baguio is still a commonly preferred destination to stretch a new car’s legs, and of course, act as a quick getaway. Thus, it wasn’t a big surprise that Baguio was chosen as the destination to shakedown the all-new Nissan X-Trail—the compact crossover that promises to signal the Japanese brand’s return to glory.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ferrari F60America Marks 60 Years of Prancing Horse in North America


To celebrate Ferrari’s 60th year in North America, Maranello has returned to its 1950s and 60s tradition of producing strictly limited edition, built-to-order cars. The result is the F60America, of which just 10 will be produced. The new car combines our American clients’ two great passions - the V12 engine and open-top driving – and is being unveiled tomorrow evening at an anniversary celebration gala dinner at Beverly Hills City Hall.

Hyundai Powers on with 34-Percent Growth in September


Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, sold 2,017 units for the month of September, reflecting a laudable 34% year-on-year growth (YoY). Year-to-date, sales reached a total of 17,693 units, marking 9% growth versus year-ago levels.

Volvo Philippines Celebrates Tradition with Scandinavian Expat Community


Simplicity, functionality, a high regard for design, science, and nature, are some of the more known characteristics of the Scandinavian lifestyle. But there is also, love for family and fun. Scandinavians know how to party, and out of the Scandinavian traditions, the summer Crayfish Party is one of those events held annually. In the Philippines, the Scandinavian community has celebrated this fun event for the past 16 years, hosted by the Scandinavian Society of the Philippines (SSP), as a fundraiser for the Chosen Children Village.  This year, Volvo Philippines, the exclusive local distributor of Swedish car brand Volvo, co-presented this year’s Traditional Crayfish Party held recently at the Sofitel’s Outdoor Pavillion.

BYD F0 Rules Final Showdown in Clark


The BYD F0 driven by Keith Bryan Haw proved unbeatable in the last leg of the Micro Series category of the Circuit Showdown also known as the “Circuit Final Showdown”, when it dispatched its main challengers, the Toyota Wigo driven by Mark Peter Thomann and the Suzuki Capuccino piloted by Mackie Cañete on the challenging Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.

Toyota Motor Philippines Now Official Distributor of TRD


Last October 18, during the final round of the 2014 Toyota Vios Cup held at the McKinley West street circuit in Taguig, Toyota Motor Philippines formally signed its agreement with Toyota Technocraft Co. Ltd. to distribute Toyota Racing Development (TRD) products in the country.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mahindra Reportedly Bullish About Expanding Operations in the Philippine Market


Mahindra & Mahindra Limited (M&M), an Indian multi-national automobile manufacturing corporation with headquarters in Mumbai, has reportedly signed an official agreement with one of the Philippines’ largest automotive groups. The said agreement is set to pave the way for the aggressive expansion of Mahindra’s presence in the Philippines. Sources say that the Indian vehicle manufacturing giant is extremely bullish about their continued expansion of operations in the Philippine market due to confidence in the steady and sustained growth of the Philippine economy.