Friday, August 30, 2013
We’ve always been asked and here’s our answer. These are our Top 10 picks for the best vehicles to traverse through Manila’s flooded streets. Though we’re sure any of these vehicles are truly capable, we still suggest that you stay on the side of caution. Check out our Tips on how to cross a flooded street.
Now, on to the list…
By now, you probably don't remember who Christopher Lao is. He's the guy who infamously made his Nissan Sentra swim like an aquatic creature in front of a TV news camera no less. His fifteen minutes of fame, countless Internet memes, and another less-than-viral marketing campaign are all over; but the lesson we could all take from that incident should serve as a permanent reminder of how we can make more intelligent decisions on the road, particularly when the weather is less than cooperative. And with the advent of the rainy season yet again, it's great to refresh ourselves with the proper way of crossing through a flood.
Ford Philippines and its network of dealers are responding to the needs of Ford customers by offering special rates on the repair of Ford vehicles that have been damaged by Typhoon Maring’s floodwaters.
“Together with the support of our entire Ford dealer network, we are extending support to our customers who have been affected by the recent typhoon and flooding,” said Margo Delfinado, director, Ford Philippines Customer Service.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), official distributor of Hyundai cars in the Philippines announces its title sponsorship of the 2013 Hyundai Lateral Drift Pro-Am Championship Series. The 8th season of the series kicks off with Round 1 and 2 on August 31 and September 1 respectively at the Megatent in Libis, Quezon City. It will feature heart-stopping lateral drift action headed by six-time champion Alex Perez.
|Photos by Ulysses Ang|
The Porsche Training and Recruitment Center Asia (PTRCA) will celebrate the commencement of its 9th batch of scholars this Saturday, 31 August 2013. Sixteen students were carefully selected by Porsche officials and have undergone complete training to prepare them for their roles as certified Porsche Mechatronics to be deployed in various Porsche Centers worldwide. These scholars will be added to the 127 PTRCA graduates who are currently employed in Porsche Centers located in the Middle East, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
Establish in April 2008, the PTRCA is the first Porsche technical training facility outside of Germany made possible through the partnership of Porsche, PGA Cars and Don Bosco Technical Institute. The program aims to provide technical training complete with Porsche training vehicles and special tools, English language training, financial support and employment to underprivileged but deserving Filipino youths.
For more information please contact Porsche Center Philippines at +63-2-7270381 to 85 or visit its showroom located at 201 EDSA Mandaluyong City, Philippines.
Ford Philippines today announced the launch of a new service promotion, extending its popular ‘Get More for Less’ promotion to Ford’s service offerings.
Dubbed as Get More for Less on Ford Service, Ford vehicles with expired warranties can avail of a free Genuine Ford Oil Filter and a 10 percent discount on Ford Genuine Parts for any general repair at any authorized Ford dealership. This is part of Ford's ongoing commitment to ensure the highest performance of all Ford vehicles, old or new.
“While offering best-in class Ford vehicles across the country, we always aim to go further and offer our customers – old and new – a world-class customer service experience through our expanding network of authorized dealerships and attractive promotions,” says Margo Delfinado, Director, Ford Customer Service Division.
To qualify, customers must avail of either a Periodic Maintenance Service (PMS) or a General Repair worth PhP 5,000 and above.
The Get More for Less on Ford Service is offered to all out-of-warranty Ford vehicles sold by any authorized Ford dealership nationwide.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) contributed a total of One Million Pesos for the recent monsoon-related rehabilitation projects in Laguna – a donation of 500 Thousand Pesos was given to the City Government of Santa Rosa and the same amount for the Provincial Government of Laguna. The donation was made through TMP’s social and humanitarian arm Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation (TMPF). In photo are (from left): TMPF president David Go, TMP president Michinobu Sugata, and Santa Rosa City mayor Arlene Arcillas.
|Photos by Ulysses Ang|
Systematic lightweight construction, excellent comfort and a broad portfolio of high-end technologies: Audi has given its flagship, the A8, a wide-sweeping update. The engines are even more powerful and efficient, while new assistance systems and the innovative Matrix LED headlights provide for an added level of composure.
After recently announcing Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Kiefer Ravena’s endorsement, Suzuki Philippines (SPH), the only integrated automobile and motorcycle company in the country, further taps into the youth market by adding collegiate volleyball stunner Mika Reyes to their endorser line-up.
Photo above shows (L-R) SPH Managing Director/ Treasurer Catalina Calderon, Mika Reyes, SPH President Hiroshi Suzuki, and SPH General Manager for Automobile Shuzo Hoshikura during the contract signing.
SPH President Hiroshi Suzuki shares, “We believe that Mika is the perfect choice for a female endorser. When we speak of collegiate volleyball, it is impossible to not talk of Mika as she is undeniably one of the most outstanding volleyball players in the country today. Her power, presence, and precision in the court at every game make her an ideal icon for our automobiles. We are very excited to have her in our team and we look forward to the projects we will be working on with her.”
For more information about the Suzuki Philippines and their latest cars, please visit http://www.suzuki.com.ph.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Repsol, a leading automotive lubricant in Spain, launches its motor oil for Turbo Direct Injected (TDI) diesel car engines in the market. Repsol Elite TDI 15W40 contains powerful synthetic additives which impedes the formation of deposits in the turbo compressor and protects from wear of internal engine parts when the engine runs at high temperatures. It also provides excellent resistance to oxidation, ageing and residue. It keeps the engine running cleanly and efficiently and has shear stability additives that prevent lubrication loss at high RPMs.
Repsol has one of the largest technology centers in Europe that help Invent The Future. It provides solutions to the needs of engine manufacturers and car owners. In fact, Repsol motor oils are subjected to extreme test benches - circuit racing, off road, endurance under various weather conditions. This is line with Repsol’s philosophy which is to continuously innovate and comply with the most demanding internationally accepted standards.
For more information, please visit www.jointeamrepsol.com or www.repsol.com. You can also call +63-2-3777-500.
UPDATE: Repsol has announced the availability of the Repsol Elite Common Rail 5W30 as an additional variant to the 15W40 which they have launched last May 2013.
- 40% on all ECUs (i.e. engine, transmission, SRS airbag, ETACS, audio, and alarm systems).
- 35% on other related parts (i.e. electrical, body and engine parts, maintenance parts not including lubricants).
- 20% on labor.
Honda Group of Companies in the Philippines would like to express its deepest sympathy to the flood victims of southwest monsoon rain caused by Tropical Storm Maring (international name Trami). Through Honda Foundation, Inc., Honda Motor Co., Ltd’s (Japan) local subsidiaries will provide one (1) million Pesos to help assist in the relief and recovery efforts in partnership with ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.
The Isuzu D-MAX powered Isuzu Philippines Corporation’s (IPC) results in July as the pickup posted phenomenal gains over its June tally, pushing the company to a double-digit month-to-date growth. IPC’s other light commercial vehicles also contributed to the strong performance.
Based on combined figures released by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Incorporated and the Truck Manufacturers Association, IPC sold 192 D-MAX pickups in July compared to June’s 114-unit total, representing a solid 68.4% increase. Bolstering the D-MAX’s sales are those of the Isuzu Alterra SUV and Crosswind AUV.
CATS Motors, Inc. (CATS), the General Distributor of well-known premium automotive brands, introduces ProvenExclusivity, Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles.
Robert P. Shaw, CATS Motors, Inc. VP for Sales & Marketing - Passenger Cars, says “We aim for ProvenExclusivity to be top of mind and the top choice when it comes to pre-loved automotive products and premium service.” Customers are assured of quality products and fair appraisal as the new pre-owned brand is backed up by a trusted company and a strong team committed to giving customers the best mobility options and excellent service.
UPDATE: Due to the monsoon rains, CATS Motors, Inc. has moved their Pre-Owned Clearance sale to August 30 to September 1, 2013.
Subaru Impreza Challenge Philippine Leg 2013 is wider and more intense for this year as it will be held at 4 different locations:
- August 10 2013 - Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City
- August 17 2013 - Abreeza Mall, Davao City
August 24 2013 - Marquee Mall, Pampanga
- September 7 2013 - Bonifacio High Street, Activity Area, Bonifacio Global City
- September 14 2013 - Marquee Mall, Pampanga
UPDATE: Due to the monsoon rains the past few days, Motor Image has officially moved the Pampanga leg of the Subaru Impreza Challenge from August 24 to September 14. See their official statement:
"Motor Image Pilipinas Inc. (MIPI), the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country, in cooperation with its local dealer for Pampanga, Autosales and Aftersales Corporation, has decided to move the upcoming Subaru Impreza Challenge Philippine Leg in Pampanga from August 24, 2013 to September 14, 2013 at the Ayala Marquee Mall Activity Center, Pampanga. This is in light of the severe monsoon rains that have caused flooding in major parts of Metro Manila and neighboring provinces. This will allow families and residents in Pampanga, that were gravely affected by this recent calamity, to recover.
The Subaru Impreza Challenge Philippine Leg in Manila will still be held on its scheduled date, September 7, 2013, at the Bonifacio High Street Activity Area."
For our Pampanga challengers who have already submitted their application forms, please take note of the new date, September 14, 2013, and please keep posted on the latest updates on our I LOVE SUBARU Facebook page or visit the Motor Image Pilipinas website at www.motorimage.net/PH
Batangas Racing Circuit, Rosario Batangas will be the stage of one of the biggest gathering of motorsports enthusiasts for 2013. Set on August 24-25, 2013 and now on its 3rd year, the Tuason Racing School Raceday has become bigger and better with the inclusion of the Philippine Touring Car Championship (PTCC) as one of the races to head line the event. The PTCC, which is organized, by the AAP and the Philippine Race Car Drivers Inc (PRCDI), is expecting more than 20 cars to compete in both 100 and 200 class.
UPDATE: Due to the torrential rains that hit Metro Manila and the surrounding areas the past few days, the TRS Race Day has been postponed to September 28-29.
UPDATE 2: Here is TRS's official response about the delay:
"Due to Typhoon Maring and Monsoon rains, Tuason Racing School will postpone the opening round of Tuason Racing School Raceday slated for August 24 and 25 at the Batangas Racing Circuit to September 28 and 29 at the same venue. Tuason Racing School apologizes to any party that has been inconvenienced by this decision, but they feel that people must focus first in helping fellow Filipinos who have been victimized by this calamity. TRS Raceday activities include the Philippine Touring Car Championship, TRS –Bridgestone Retro Race, TRS-Bridgestone Track Day and Hot Beats Car Show. For more information please like Tuason Racing School page on facebook for up to the minute updates."
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
|Photos by Ulysses Ang|
Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI) took the wraps off the Subaru BRZ tS (Tuned by STI), an enhanced version of the BRZ which adds "strength and nimbleness" effectively offering a driver "oneness with vehicle" and "agile handling pleasure".
Changes to the BRZ tS are limited to handling components (sorry, no turbocharger this time). The BRZ tS uses a large-diameter driveshaft and STI's unique flexible parts. Plus, the BRZ tS receives Brembo ventilated brakes as well as larger, 18-inch wheels and a STI designed front under spoiler. There's also a "STI / tS" fender garnish as well as a revised speedometer with the STI logo inside. The BRZ tS model is limited to 500 units including the 250 units of the GT PACKAGE.
Coinciding with the launch of the BRZ tS, a special GT PACKAGE is made available. The BRZ tS GT PACKAGE features a high-type dry carbon rear spoiler (actually nicked from the WRX STI S206), black 18-inch aluminum wheels, and Recaro front seats.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. is calling all photographers out there to join the Shine with Hyundai digital photo contest. 15 lucky winners stand the chance to win P 50,000 plus get the chance to be featured in the 2014 Hyundai Calendar. And it's so easy to join:
- Like the Hyundai PH Facebook page to access the "I Shine" application.
- Fill out the form with your complete details (name, birthday, address, contact number, and e-mail address).
- Select a category and upload a photo with a caption showing how you SHINE with Hyundai. You can also apply filters to enhance your photos.
Promo period is from August 16 to September 27, 2013. For more details, visit the Hyundai PH Facebook page here or click Continue to view the full promo mechanics.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Subaru to Hold Kansha Festival from August 19-25; Exclusive Offers Await for Parts, Accessories, and Merchandise
Motor Image Pilipinas Inc. (MIPI), the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country, along with its authorized dealers will hold it’s much awaited annual Kansha Festival from August 19-25, 2013. Also known as Subaru customer appreciation week, the Kansha festival is originally a celebration adapted from the Japanese “Kinro Kansha no Hi” or Labor Thanksgiving Day.
Singapore has become a center stage for entertainment, and for those seeking just that, September is sure to bring excitement for everyone. From 13 September to 23 September 2013, Grand Prix Season Singapore (GPSS) will kickstart the Singapore race fever by playing host to yet another exciting selection of lifestyle and entertainment activities for all to enjoy.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
With the anticipated launch of the Honda CR-Z as well as The World of Toyota Motor Show, we decided to delay the August 2013 edition of the Philippine Car Price Guide until today. And what do we have in store? To name a few:
- Audi R8
- BMW X1
- Chevrolet Spin
- Ford Fiesta
- Honda CR-Z
- MINI Paceman
- Toyota FJ Cruiser
- Volkswagen (NO PRICE YET)
Ford is accelerating its product and technology led transformation with a completely refreshed line-up and several all-new models in showrooms between now and 2017.
In an unprecedented acceleration of new vehicle launches, Ford will refresh its entire vehicle line-up in Australia by 2017, offering 11 global vehicles to serve Australian customers for years to come with a full family of passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles with exceptional quality, smart design, safety, fuel efficiency and value.
"5 million reasons to celebrate!" – It was this slogan that got sportscar enthusiasts on the Internet involved in designing a unique Porsche 911 Carrera 4S model. The sportscar manufacturer based in Zuffenhausen, Germany, launched the campaign to show its appreciation for the five million "Likes" it has received from fans. Porsche is now running a competition on its Facebook page (facebook.com/porsche) until August 18 for the chance to win a drive in the one-of-a-kind 911 model at the Porsche Experience Center at Silverstone in the United Kingdom. Nine scale models of the vehicle are also available for the runners-up.
Since Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) launched Hyundai Jet Service Premium last April, the global brand’s fastest and cutting-edge Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) has delivered on its promise of “60 Minutes or it’s Free!.” As of July 2013, over 10,000 vehicles have passed the Jet Service Challenge, to the delight of their proud owners.
The Isuzu Crosswind XT traveled 958 kilometers on a single full tank of fuel, registering an average consumption of 17.42 kilometers per liter (km/l). The figure was set during the 2nd leg of the 2013 Isuzu Challenge held from August 1 to 3 where the bestselling AUV tackled real-world driving conditions over a route marked by numerous uphill portions and roads undergoing repairs.
In the first leg of the 2013 Isuzu Challenge held in April, an Isuzu D-MAX LS 4x2 M/T recorded 1,467 kilometers on a single full tank of 76 liters, or an average of 19.3 km/l.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Can’t wait to get your hands behind the wheel of a new Toyota? Here is your chance to get exclusive discounts on your dream Toyota vehicle only at The World of Toyota Motor Show this August 10 – 18, 2013! Save as much as P 200,000 on selected current Toyota vehicles when you reserve on-site at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.
From August 10 – 18, 2013, witness a showcase of Classic Toyota Cars at The World of Toyota Motor Show! Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) partners with Toyota Fest Philippines (TFP) as car-lovers and gear heads alike come together as one to display their much-loved Toyotas!
Friday, August 9, 2013
For three days, PGA Cars, Inc. handed out keys and opened doors for people seeking first-hand answers and experience from two stalwarts in the Audi stable – the compact sedan A1 and compact SUV Q3.
Aside from being afforded a closer look at the vehicles at the Audi Alabang showroom, prospective buyers were, more importantly, given a chance to get behind the wheel of the two Audis for a comprehensive test drive. On Saturday, customers drove to a closed-off “exercise area” behind the Filinvest City where instructors showed them how to put the A1 and Q3 through their paces in a slalom section, plus some gymkhana maneuvers. After the demonstration, the eager participants had their turn at the exercise – where the vehicles adeptly proved their mettle worth of the Audi brand. Indeed, one doesn’t have to be an expert driver to drive expertly in an Audi.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Fitting words from Toyota Motor Corporation’s CEO as his company aims to continually develop cars that are representative of the buying public’s needs and wants. This quote, though in reference to the Toyota 86 sports car, seems to encapsulate Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP)’s success as they celebrated their 25th anniversary last week at a gathering of family, friends, and business partners.
Big prizes are up for grabs for customers who will join the Caltex-Visa E-raffle promo from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, 2013. Customers have the chance to win P100,000 worth of free fuel daily or a brand new Toyota RAV4 during the grand raffle draw. Customers fueling up at participating Caltex stations nationwide using their locally issued Visa credit, debit or prepaid cards are qualified for the promo.
To join, a minimum fuel and/or lubricant purchase of P1,000, single receipt, within the promo period is required. Once the purchase is made, customers will need to register their transaction details through SMS sent to 3456 or online at www.caltex.com/ph/fun-stuff/visa-promo and www.facebook.com/CaltexPhilippines. A customer can make multiple entries based on different transactions. For each successful entry, a confirmation message will be sent promptly.
The thirty winners of P100,000 Caltex fuel cards will be drawn starting August 19 to September 27, Mondays to Fridays. The grand draw on October 1, 2013 will announce the lucky winner of the brand new Toyota RAV4 that comes with P 100,000 Caltex Cash cards.
Caltex will call the winners for confirmation and instruction on how to claim their prizes. Per DTI-NCR Permit No 7250, Series of 2013. See flyers for more information or, for updates on other Caltex promos and activities, visit www.facebook.com/CaltexPhilippines.
Ford Philippines officially kicked off the sixth year of the company’s global Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program this week, continuing its ongoing commitment to promote safe and smart driving practices in the Philippines.
In conjunction with a number of its dealers, Ford is conducting a series of DSFL seminars this year with the aim of more than 500 licensed drivers participating in the program, free-of-charge, through the end of the year. The training focuses on safe, smart and fuel- efficient driving skills, as well as providing handy tips on vehicle maintenance.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Ford Philippines today reported its strongest sales month of the year and best-ever July performance with overall retail sales last month jumping 71 percent to 1,273 units.
The exceptional July was led by significant sales gains across Ford’s entire vehicle lineup, most notably the all-new Ford Ranger, all-new Ford Explorer, all-new Ford Focus and refreshed Ford Everest.
For the ninth time in a row American customers have awarded sports car manufacturer Porsche first place: so for drivers in the USA, Porsche continues to remain the most popular brand of car. This was the result of the latest survey "Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study (APEAL)" by California market research institute J.D. Power and Associates. Just last month, Porsche drivers in the US voted the Porsche brand the winner in the "Initial Quality Study".
And in the APEAL evaluation the Cayenne takes first place in the "Midsize Premium CUV" segment for the third time. At the same time, the sporty off-road vehicle was voted the third-best in the entire study. The Boxster also gained the most points in its class, winning the "Highest Ranked Apeal" award in the "Compact Premium Sporty" category. The Porsche 911, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, takes second place in the "Midsize Premium Sporty Car" segment.
The overall ranking is the result of scores in ten different categories including driving dynamics, design, suitability for daily use and vehicle comfort. The current basis for the annual survey is information from more than 83,000 new-car buyers of a total of 230 different models which were registered from November 2012 to February 2013.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Get to experience fun and excitement (“Waku-Doki”) this coming August as Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is set to hold the biggest Exclusive Motor Show on August 10-18, 2013 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. Immerse yourself in the world of Toyota as this grand event will highlight vehicles from the past and the future. Designed and built to be at par with global Motor Shows, The World of Toyota is a rare opportunity for you to experience the Toyota Way on a whole new level!
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines officially lets driving excitement soar high as it welcomes the All New CR-Z, Sport Hybrid Coupe at the NBC Tent in Taguig City; taking cue from the Filipino market’s enthusiastic reaction when the CR-Z MUGEN concept was first shown.
|Photos by Ulysses Ang|
Monday, August 5, 2013
|Photo by Ulysses Ang and Autostrada Motore Press|
Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) formally opens the Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech) in an Inauguration Ceremony held at the Toyota Special Economic Zone (TSEZ) in Santa Rosa City, Laguna.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
With the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse, Automobili Lamborghini brings race track emotion directly to the road. It delivers high performance and brings the fascination of motor racing to the street-legal world. This new and most extreme model in the Gallardo line-up is based on the Gallardo Super Trofeo, the successful race car from the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, the world’s fastest one-make series. The car will have its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
A select number of Philippine media and motorists will be among the participants in Malaysia’s world renowned Formula 1 Circuit in Sepang that will come alive with the roar and excitement of elite motorsports. The Filipinos are among over 500 Michelin customers, journalists and social media commentators from 15 countries who will enjoy the rare and unique opportunity of Michelin’s Pilot Experience.
The 19 days Michelin Pilot Sport Experience which starts August 6th will give participants including the exhilaration and adrenaline rush of piloting arguably some of the most competitive circuit racing vehicles in the motor sports arena. All of the activities are done under the watchful eye of professional instructors and renowned racecar drivers with decades of experience in totally safe and competitive driving environment.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
The launch of the All-New Kia Rio last year proved to be a success and there’s no stopping Kia. This month, Kia introduces the fusion of one of its most loved models with one of the most stylish vehicles in its current line-up with the 4-Door Rio EX-S.
Pop quiz: what do Wolverine and Iron Man have in common? Aside from being among Marvel’s most bankable heroes and certified ladies men, both of these super heroes have chosen Audi’s flagship supercar, the R8, as their ride of choice. Coinciding with the Philippine showing of The Wolverine, PGA Cars, Inc., the exclusive importer and distributor of Audi in the Philippines, showcased the new R8 with a special preview at their world-class Bonifacio Global City showroom last week.