Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: 2014 Honda Civic 2.0 EL MUGEN

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Editor’s Note: Click here for our review of the 2012 Honda Civic EL.

The Honda Civic is in a very peculiar situation. Next to its other stable mates: City, Jazz, and Accord, it’s quite pedestrian in every sense of the word. Designed during the 2008 economic downturn, Honda banked that buyers would opt for a simple compact sedan with solid but unremarkable virtues: spacious, frugal, and reliable. Instead, all of its competitors moved in a completely different direction, offering cars with features a class or two higher. The initial supply problems (Thai floods) didn’t help things either. And though the Civic is still selling pretty well, it’s not anymore as lauded as its predecessor (at least for critics). Knowing very well that the compact segment is shrinking and the battle getting all the more competitive, Honda rushed in to refresh the Civic this year. The question is: is it enough?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Maserati Celebrates Centennial Gathering


The unique Maserati Centennial International Gathering marked the culmination of the company’s official Centenary celebrations last week.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Philippine Car Price Guide: September 2014

We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting the September 2014 edition of the Philippine Car Price Guide. Since there were a lot of cars that made their debuts at the recently concluded Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) last week, we decided to delay this update until we could get information on the new and upcoming models that were shown then. And now that we have the info that we need, here’s the September edition of the 2014:
  • BMW X3
  • BMW X4
  • BYD F0
  • Chevrolet Captiva
  • Chevrolet Trailblazer LTX
  • Ford EcoSport (update)
  • Ford Focus (update)
  • Ford Ranger Trekker
  • Honda Brio
  • Honda Brio Amaze
  • Isuzu D-Max X-Series
  • Isuzu mu-X
  • Lexus NX 300h
  • Mazda3 Speed
  • Mazda6 (update)
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Mitsubishi ASX
  • Nissan Urvan (update)
  • Nissan X-Trail
  • Peugeot 508 (update)
  • Peugeot 3008 (update)
  • Peugeot 5008 (update)
  • Subaru WRX
  • Subaru WRX STI
  • Toyota 86 (update)
  • Toyota Fortuner
  • Toyota Hilux
  • Volkswagen Jetta

Petron Value Card Holders Now 2-Million Strong


Petron Value Card, dubbed as the ultimate motorist loyalty card, now has over 2-million cardholders nationwide. The lucky 2-millionth member, Charlie Toh of Davao City, was recognized in simple ceremonies at the Petron Bajada station last August 15, during Davao’s Kadayawan Festival.
Born and raised in Davao, the 49-year old copra trader is married with four children. He says he signed up for Petron Value Card because, “It has a good program. You can earn points and redeem for free fuel. It also has the free towing service, free personal accident insurance and discounts at partner establishments nationwide.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle 1.4 TSI Comfortline

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Ask a kid to draw a car and chances are he’ll trace a curvy line, using three semi-circles interconnected together. Without meaning to, he would have subconsciously penned the all-too-familiar silhouette of the Volkswagen Beetle. In the Philippine context, there’s no car out there that’s more memorable as the Beetle. Loving called ‘The Bug’, the Beetle was the quintessential symbol of mobility. In the 1960’s, the Beetle stood for freedom of movement for the everyday man. As a result, everyone had one or at least knew someone who did. Although the decades that followed saw the rise of the Japanese economy car, ask anyone old enough about the Beetle, and they’ll regard it only with fond memories.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ferrari Posts Record First Half 2014 Sales


The Ferrari S.p.A. Board of Directors met under the chairmanship of Luca di Montezemolo (before stepping down) to examine the financial results for the first half of 2014.

The figures show growth in all indicators despite the planned reduction in car deliveries.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Title Race for Philippine GT Championship Heats Up in Clark on September 27


Now halfway through the 2014 season, the Yokohama Philippine GT Championship returns to the Clark International Speedway this September 27 and 28 for Round 4.

Friday, September 19, 2014

PIMS 2014: Toyota Updates Fortuner, Hilux; Shows Unique Fun Vii Concept


The largest automaker in the Philippines showed off its latest motor show brand identity display, Wave Design at the Philippine International Motor Show. Opening the waku-doki themed display was concert queen Sarah Geronimo. After her mini concert, it was down to business where Mr. Michinobu Sugata reiterated Toyota’s commitment to bring motorsports to the people by bringing the third round of the Toyota Vios Cup to Manila. The race, which will be held on October 18 to 19 will be at a specially designed circuit in McKinley, Taguig.

PIMS 2014: BMW Shows Off First-Ever X4 and Refreshed X3


Asian Carmakers Corporation, the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, made waves at the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) by showing the complete line-up of its X Series line. The BMW X Series Pavilion provided guests with a chance to experience endless explorations with the complete range of BMW X Series composed of the X1, X3, X4, X5, and X6.

PIMS 2014: Volkswagen Previews Golf GTI (w/ Complete Specs)


Volkswagen showed off its sporty side by unveiling two new additions to its line-up. The first is the Jetta Sport Edition, a new variant of Volkswagen’s globally best-selling compact sedan that now offers a more stylish exterior. The second is the Philippine sneak peek of the much-anticipated all-new Golf GTI Mark 7, a car that Volkswagen Philippines will launch in 2015.