Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hyundai Intrado is Advanced Fuel Cell Concept, Design Linked to Future Tucson?


At the Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai is showing off its newest fuel cell concept, the Intrado. This is the first model to be designed under the direction of Peter Schreyer, who became the President and Chief Design Officer of the Hyundai Motor Group in January 2013.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Isuzu Philippine Sales Rise 9.8 Percent in January, Reveals Timeline for Product Updates in 2014


The robust sales performance of the all-new Isuzu D-MAX has carried the momentum of Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) in January as the company recorded a 9.8% growth.

Sales of the all-new D-MAX in January reached 261 units, a 146.2% spike from the 106 units the pickup model logged in the same month in 2013. The all-new D-MAX’s sales movement continues months following its introduction in September 2013.

Rob Dyrdek Sets Guinness World Record in Chevrolet Sonic (w/ Video)


Who says it’s not exciting to go backwards? Television star and former professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek recently proved that the Chevrolet Sonic can jump backward and break a Guinness World Record in the process. Driving a Sonic Hatchback, Dyrdek broke the record for “Farthest Reverse Ramp Jump by a Car” with a total of 89 feet and 3.25 inches (approximately 27.2 meters).

The MINI Clubman Lives, Concept to Bow at Geneva


The rumors of MINI killing off the Clubman seems to be just that: rumors as MINI revealed the Clubman Concept for the 2014 Geneva Auto Show. And pundits know if MINI parent company BMW attaches the word, “Concept” to the name, it’s a thinly-veiled, almost production-ready car. So what makes the second-generation Clubman different? Well, for one it’s got six doors. Yes, six doors if you were to include the split-opening tailgate just like the original Clubman.

UPDATED: Ford Updates Expedition with EcoBoost Power (It's in the US Only for Now)


UPDATE 1: Now available in the Philippines (4/12/2015).

The death of the full-sized body-on-frame SUV is greatly exaggerated. Ford recently unveiled a refreshed Expedition, still available in both standard and extended wheelbase variants, for the North American market. The biggest news is that the 2015 Expedition shuns V8 power and replaces it is a sole powerplant: a 3.5-liter V6 with Ford’s EcoBoost power.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: Chevrolet Spin 1.5 LTZ

Photos by Ulysses Ang
The Asian Utility Vehicle or AUV was once the staple of car manufacturers in the Philippines. With a lucrative tax incentive and the Filipino’s penchant for traveling with their extended kin made them the proverbial “king of the road”. Today, AUVs have taken a different role altogether. With the incentives gone, car manufacturers have opted to go Multi-Purpose Vehicle or MPV instead. Meanwhile, the AUVs have become mini-MPVs of sorts; slotting below entry-level MPVs in both size and price. But don’t let that repositioning fool you: the AUV is still a sought after segment; focusing on Filipino families, who want a 7-seater, but can’t or don’t want to spend anything above one million pesos. Besides price, AUVs are also known for their small displacement engines and cheap ownership cost. Given this formula, Chevrolet has upped the AUV game and has gone a step further by giving style and sophistication through the Spin.

Monday, February 24, 2014

BMW Goes Front-Wheel Drive with 2 Series Active Sport Tourer...Wait, What?!


Call it blasphemy, but BMW has finally thrown in the towel and is introducing the brand’s first front-wheel drive vehicle. There’s good reason to BMW’s madness though: the 2 Series Active Sport Tourer wants to achieve “particularly high levels of versatility and functionality in the premium compact class”. In other words, BMW is doing that Mercedes-Benz did with the B-Class. Done and dusted.

PACCI Holds Organizational Meeting, Elects New Officers


The Philippine Automotive Competitiveness Council, Inc. (PACCI) held its 2014 Organizational Meeting on February 7, 2014, determining its new Board of Trustees, electing its Key Officers, and previewing the goals it has set for the year.

Kia Extends Help to Customers Affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)


Roughly three months after Super Typhoon Yolanda, known internationally as Haiyan, devastated most of the Visayas region, victims are still in the long and arduous process of rehabilitation. No one was spared from nature’s wrath, including one of Kia’s regional dealerships, Kia Ormoc.

Ford Updates Focus with New Look, Features for 2015


Ford has used, of all things, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain to debut a refreshed Focus that’s expected to debut in markets including the Philippines as a 2015 model. Headlining the changes of course, is the debut of Ford’s new design language—something already seen in the refreshed Fiesta and EcoSport models.

Electric Vehicle Summit 2013 Slated February 27-28, 2014 (Yes, You Read That Right)


It is all systems go for the Electric Vehicle Summit 2013 at the Multipurpose Hall of Meralco, Pasig City on February 27-28, 2014. The summit was originally scheduled on November 28-29, 2013 but was reset due to the devastation then brought by Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas that necessitated the urgent attention of government agencies on relief operations.

Petron Value Card Members Hit 1.4M in January 2014

For being the lucky 1-millionth PETRON Value Card member, Ms. Puso Gabiola (third from left) was rewarded with bonus treats. With her are PETRON representatives (L-R): Cards Head Billy Centeno, VP-National Sales Division Archie B. Gupalor, and AVP-Marketing Ana Neri.
Petron Value Card, the privilege and rewards card designed for motorists, has been seen widespread acceptance phenomenal growth in its membership base nationwide, numbering 1.4-million members as of January 2014. Starting with the 1M member, Petron Value Card has celebrated its milestone members with each succeeding 100,000th cardholder, with bonus points on their Petron Value Card and various premium items.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Philippine Car Price Guide: February 2014

Yes we know we're a bit late this month. We wanted to include several new models into the Philippine Car Price Guide before the monthly update (at least you don't have to wait until March). Anyway, here are the new additions for this month's update:
  • BMW 4 Series
  • Chevrolet Sonic 1.4 LT
  • Ford EcoSport
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda City (Price Update)
  • Hyundai Accent CRDi Sedan
  • Hyundai Grand i10
  • Hyundai Grand Santa Fe
  • Jaguar XJL 2.0 T
  • Lexus CT200h
  • Mitsubishi Lancer EX (Price Update)
  • Mitsubishi Mirage G4 GX
  • Mitsubishi Strada 2.5 (Price Update)
  • Peugeot 208 GTi
  • Suzuki Jimny (Price Update)
  • Suzuki Swift DZire AT
  • Toyota Innova
  • Toyota Wigo
  • Volkswagen Jetta 1.2 TSI
  • Volvo V40 Cross Country

Friday, February 21, 2014

First-Time Car Buyer? The Toyota Wigo is the Perfect Choice (w/ Complete Specs)

Photos by Ulysses Ang
UPDATE (1): We have our full review of the Toyota Wigo 1.0G M/T. Read our review here.

You are looking at the most important vehicle for Toyota Motor Philippines. Officially launched just a few days ago in the Queen City of the South, Cebu, the Toyota Wigo is the Japanese automaker’s first foray into the sub B-segment category and the one that’s expected to lift Toyota’s Philippine sales past 90,000 vehicles annually (they’re currently doing 70,000-plus). With the come-on of being “Easy to Own, Easy to Drive, Easy to Enjoy”, the Wigo is aimed at first-time car buyers who want a no-nonsense vehicle that can fit their increasingly mobile and sophisticated lifestyle. And the Wigo delivers.

Ground Breaking Ceremony Lays Foundation for Volkswagen Cebu, Opening Planned Late 2014


Iconic Dealership, Inc. (IDI) formally held a ground breaking ceremony for its first dealership in the Queen City of the South – Volkswagen Cebu. The simple ceremony was led by Volkswagen official distributor Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. (ACEI) President & CEO, Mr. John Philip S. Orbeta. Present in the event to support the Volkswagen project was Arch. Edwin Gumila from Group 3, Mr. Joey Gaisano of White Gold, Inc., Mr. Erwin Locsin (Branch Manager of Volkswagen BGC), Hon. Mayor Mike Rama, Mr. Rene Mariano (President, Triplewell), Ms. Christine Donato (Sales and Network Development Director), and Mr. Boyet Libiran, Project Manager (Libiran Architect Associates).

Volkswagen Cebu will be located at A. Soriano Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City. The soon to rise state of the art facility is expected to be fully operational towards the end of 2014.

Get Free Gas When You Buy Michelin Tires


Need a new set of tires? Consider getting a spiffy set of new Michelins. For every purchase of Michelin tires (at participating dealers, of course), gets you a Petron e-Card loaded with P 500 if you buy 2 (two) tires with the same pattern and tire size and P 1,000 if you buy 4 (four) tires.

The Michelin Free Gas Promo runs until March 31. For a complete list of participating tire dealers, check out Michelin's official website at www.michelin.com.ph.

Suzuki Kicks Off Service Camp Series in Naga


Suzuki customers in Naga can enjoy a free 23-point car check-up as Suzuki Philippines rolls out the first leg of its 2014 Free Check-up Service Campaign (FCSC) in Suzuki Auto Naga on February 21-22, 2014.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: 2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 4x2 A/T

Photos by Ulysses Ang
When Chevrolet first released their Fortuner/Montero Sport killer, the Trailblazer, there was one glaring gap in the line-up: a 4x2 with an automatic transmission. Sure, off-road purists balked at the notion of getting a highly-capable ladder-on-frame SUV and removing its transfer case, but 99 percent of people just want a 7-seater with generous ground clearance and impervious levels of water wading capability. And though Chevrolet offered the Trailblazer 4x2 with a manual transmission, only a handful of people would opt a three-pedaled set-up because of traffic. Well, Chevrolet took a year to engineer and bring one over, but now that it’s here, the Trailblazer 2.8 4x2 A/T has become the 7-seater SUV to have.

Monday, February 17, 2014

AVID Sales Up 22 Percent in January 2014

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) welcomed the New Year with a remarkable 22% increase during the first month of 2014 compared to the inaugural month a year ago.

January’s performance was buoyed by equally impressive showings from Passenger Car (PC) and Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) segments, with both managing to notch up healthy 22% increases.

Kia's Happy Move Camp Culminates in Celebration of Sharing


Moving the world together. During a two-week immersion in the Philippines, 87 Korean youth volunteers participating in Happy Move Camp were guided by this adage of moving the world together to become a better and happier place for people in need. Culminating last February 13, 2014, powerful and moving acts of sharing happiness, cultures, and goodwill ensued.

Fuel Up at Caltex for Instant Cool Catch


Fueling up at Caltex not only gives motorists the five benefits of Caltex the 5-Star Fuel, customers can also get cool freebies such as gift certificates, food items, gadgets, Caltex toy stations and other items for every P1,000 single-purchase receipt in the Cool Caltex Catch promo.

BMW Philippines Goes for Gold with All-New 4 Series Coupe


BMW Philippines is solidifying its leadership in the premium car segment by launching the all-new 4 Series Coupe—a car that they call “a new era for the sports coupe”. Replacing the 3 Series Coupe, the 4 Series (BMW now affixes even number model designations for their two-door models) has an athletically designed body, enhanced performance, and of course, improved efficiency.

Suzuki Philippines Grows with New Bohol, Nueva Ecija Dealerships


Suzuki Philippines, Inc. (SPH), the only integrated automobile and motorcycle company in the country, expands its network in the Philippines by opening two more dealerships at the start of 2014. Suzuki’s newest outlets, Suzuki Auto Bohol and Suzuki Auto Nueva Ecija, are all set to deliver automobile sales and other services to customers in the Visayas region and Central Luzon, respectively.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Racewell Marketing Signs Partnership as Marketing Arm for Batangas Racing Circuit, Inc.

L-R: Robert Ortiz, Racewell Marketing CEO; Joel Francisco, Petronas Energy Philippines, Inc. Marketing Manager; and Nelson Gayola, Batangas Racing Circuit, Inc. Managing Head for Corporate Communications.
Racewell Marketing, a full service motorsports agency, today signed a partnership with the Batangas Racing Circuit, Inc. (BRCI) as the marketing arm of its locally-owned circuits. The official contract signing between Robert Ortiz, Racewell Marketing CEO and Nelson Gayola, BRCI Managing Head for Corporate Communications Department was held on February 12, 2014 at the Boom na Boom Complex, in Pasay City.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Lexus Named J.D. Power's Most Dependable Brand for Third Consecutive Year


Lexus scored a hat trick by ranking highest in vehicle dependability among all nameplates for a third consecutive year in  the 2014 J.D. Power and  Associates  Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS).  The study tracks the number and type of problems owners have with their three-year-old vehicles (a lower score reflects higher dependability).

The Subaru WRX Concept Races to Manila and Motor Image's Holding a Photo Contest Too!


For customers and fans to get re-acquainted with the WRX nameplate (a model not sold in the Philippines since 2010), Motor Image Pilipinas has brought in the lusty Subaru WRX Concept for your viewing pleasure. Starting today until March 20, the Subaru WRX Concept is on display front and center at the Subaru Greenhills showroom along EDSA.

Ford Makes Mustang Candy by 3D-Printing


Fall in love with chocolate and candy Mustangs this Valentine’s Day. To celebrate, Ford Motor Company today revealed all-new miniature chocolate and peppermint candy Mustangs made with a 3D printer.

This is the first time Ford has 3D-printed a miniature vehicle model that you can snack on.

First Filipino Competes in Ferrari Challenge


The Philippine flag will be flying high at the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli 2014 when the country’s first representative, Vincent Floirendo takes the wheel of a 458 Challenge race car. Floirendo will race in the first Asia-Pacific round from February 21-23 at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. Succeeding races in the calendar include rounds at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi and the Fuji International Speedway in Japan.

NASCAR Comes to the Philippines Via Asian V8 Championship


Although open-wheeled racing gets the lion’s share of attention locally, Filipino motorsport fans will finally get to taste a different sort of racing action through the Asian V8 Championship. The brainchild of The Philippine Formula Autosport Foundation (PFAFI), headed by founder Tom Pastor, the Asian V8 Championship will use late-model NASCAR racing cars complete with their 450 horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engines on local track venues.

Hyundai Philippines Opens Year with 13 Percent Growth


Hyundai Asia Resources, official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, started the year on high gear with an impressive 13% growth year-on-year. Sales last month hit a total of 2,243 units, up from the 1,992 units sold in the same period last year.

Petronas Philippines Renews Title Sponsorship for the 2014 Philippine Motorsport Championship


Petronas Energy Philippines, Inc. (PEPI), the distributor of Petronas lubricants in the country, today renewed their title sponsorship for the 2014 season of the Petronas Philippine Motorsport Championship.

The 2014 Petronas Philippine Motorsport calendar includes races on both two and four wheels. For motorcycles, this covers the Philippine Superbikes Series, FDR Philippine Scooter Racing Championships, and the Philippine Underbone King Championships. Meanwhile, auto racing involves the Philippine GT Championship and Philippine Drag Racing Championship, as well as the KF Series, National Karting Series, and Asian Karting Open Championship for go karting.

Korean Students Experience Kia in the Philippines During Happy Move Camp


Continuing the two-week immersion of Korean university students for Kia’s Happy Move Camp, Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), exclusive distributor of Kia Motors in the Philippines, planned a special Kia Dealer Tour and Cultural Afternoon for the volunteers.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hyundai Arms i10 for Brewing Mini Car Battle, Calls It Grand (Again) (w/ Complete Specs)


Hyundai has this thing recently of calling all their cars, “grand” lately. After calling their larger Starex, the “Grand Starex” and their extended wheelbase Santa Fe, the “Grand Santa Fe”, they’re applying the very same formula to their veteran mini car offering, the i10. Of course, now it’s called the Grand i10. And yes, like Grand Santa Fe and the Grand Starex, the Grand i10 has grown. It’s like Hyundai decided to feed it Cherifer: it’s longer by 80 mm and 65 mm wider than the pre-Grand i10. That’s just for starters.

Ford Honors Top Dealers at 2014 Annual Dealer Convention


Ford Philippines recently celebrated its 2014 Annual Ford Dealer Convention at the Filinvest Tent, which recognized top achievers among their Metro Manila and provincial dealerships.

Ford Balintawak, under the leadership of its Dealer Principal Anthony N. Cheng, was named Ford’s ‘2013 Dealer of the Year’ in Metro Manila.  Ford Iloilo, led by Dealer Principal Andre R. Borromeo, was named the ‘2013 Dealer of the Year’ among provincial dealerships for the second year in a row.

Honda Cars Marcos Highway Opens

Mr. Antonio Jose Y. Jamias, General Manager, Honda Cars Quezon City, Mr. Robert Ong, Honda Cars Marcos Highway Land Owner, Mr. Tatsuya Natsume, President and General Manager of Honda Cars Philippines, Inc., Ms. Helen Y. Dee, Chairperson, House of Investments, Mr. Bobby Eusebio, Former Mayor of Pasig City, Mr. Medel Nera, President and CEO, House of Investments, Mr. Gene de Jesus, Former General Manager and COO of Honda Cars Quezon City Group and Mr. Roel Morales, Branch Manager, Honda Cars Marcos Highway.
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. recently celebrated the opening of its 30th full-service dealership in the country, Honda Cars Marcos Highway (HCMH).

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Get a Brand New Volvo at Up to P 1.3-Million (Yes, P 1,300,000) Off!


Volvo Philippines is cleaning out its inventory this February and if you’ve been on the fence whether or not you should get a Volvo, now’s your chance. With Volvo’s Model Turnover Season Offer, selected brand-new Volvo cars from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 model years are up for grabs at a generous acquisition package. How generous? Up to P 1.3-million, yes P 1,300,000 in savings. Visit Volvo Makati, Volvo Alabang, Volvo North EDSA, or Volvo Cebu to find out more about this rare and exclusive offer.

BMW Cements Position as Top-Selling Luxury Car Maker in the Philippines, Lays Plans for 2014


At its Media Appreciation Night held atop the newest BMW dealership, Auto Allee in Eton Centris, Quezon City, Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), the official importer and distributor of BMW cars in the Philippines revealed that it closed 2013 with 653 units sold, solidifying its position as the country’s number one luxury carmaker with a 34-percent market share. This is BMW’s 11th year of leadership in the luxury segment.

Chevrolet Aims to Enrich Lives of Young Filipinos with Donation of More Than 17,000 Nearly Indestructible Futbols


In the pursuit of bringing the healing “power of play” to disadvantaged children and youth, Chevrolet has made a special delivery of more than 17,000 nearly indestructible One World Futbols to schools and communities in the Philippines.

Hyundai Launches Long Wheelbase Santa Fe, Calls it Grand (w/ Complete Specs)


Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. unveils the latest addition to its line-up. With the current Starex large van already garnering the prefix “Grand” due to its impressive size, Hyundai is doing the same with its popular and highly sought-after Santa Fe. For 2014, Hyundai is now officially offering the long wheelbase Santa Fe as the Grand Santa Fe.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: 2014 Subaru BRZ M/T

Photos by Ulysses Ang
I always respect car manufacturers that come up with products that do exactly what they are engineered to do. With a name that means “Boxer Rear-wheel drive Zenith”, the Subaru BRZ may not have the catchiest nameplate out there, but as the pinnacle (or zenith) of sports cars is concerned, it delivers, and delivers beautifully. Above everything else in the market now, no other car delivers the same thrill, the same sense of connectedness, the same unadulterated driving experience as this sports car.

'Tsuper' Certified Trainers: 32 Manila Jeepney Drivers as TB Treatment Partner-Teachers in Caltex's Anti-TB Drive


In the final move towards sustainability, the multi-awarded Caltex tuberculosis (TB) awareness campaign, “Labanan ang TB para Tsuper Healthy” turned over the wheel to public transport drivers to continue to spread the word and not the disease.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Ford Keeps Strong Momentum as it Posts Best January Ever


Ford Philippines kicked-off the year the same way it ended 2013 - with record sales - as the company today announced its best-ever January performance with overall retail sales climbing 31 percent year-over-year to 1,076 units.

Hyundai Opens Paranaque West Dealership


Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), official distributor of Hyundai cars in the Philippines, powers up its presence south of Metro Manila in booming business hub Parañaque City.

Poised to treat customers to a brilliant experience like no other, this new Hyundai Center of Excellence packs a punch of star power as the first auto business venture of actor/businessman Dingdong Dantes, Vice President of Hyundai Parañaque West.

UPDATED: 2014 Toyota Innova Gets New Look, Improved In-Car Entertainment System (w/ Complete Specs)

Photos by Ulysses Ang
UPDATE: We have more pictures as well as the complete specs below.

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) unveils this February 2014 the latest edition of the country’s well-loved Multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), the New Innova. The said MPV has been highly regarded as one of the most sought after commercial vehicles in the market and it has now been given a refreshed look. Since it was first introduced to Philippine shores, it has then been warmly welcomed and adored for its convenient utility, comfortable ride and reassuring quality. Guaranteeing the Toyota Sure Advantage of QDR(quality, durability and reliability – it is clear why Filipino families have made this MPV part of their daily lives. Now, the new Innova is here and there is even more to love!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Kia Hosts 80 Korean Students on Charitable Immersion for Happy Move Camp


The world will most definitely be a happier place if people shared more. This is the same philosophy behind Happy Move Camp– the belief that sharing love and hope to people in need is a move en route to happiness.

Honda CR-Z is Judged Best Sports Car of the Year by Car Awards Group for 2013-2014


The Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) recently awarded the Honda CR-Z Modulo M/T as winner for the Sports Car category during the 2013-2014 Car of the Year Awards Night held at the Filinvest Tent, Alabang. CAGI is composed of motoring journalists from the broadcast, print and online media who annually conduct qualitative and quantitative tests on participating vehicles.

Polo Action Heats Up in 11th Zobel Memorial Polo Cup


The recent 11th staging of the prestigious Enrique Zobel Memorial Polo Cup at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City also became a showcase of premium Porsche, Audi, and Bentley vehicles – particularly the new Bentley Flying Spur.

Toyota Motor Philippines Starts 2014 with Strong Sales


The number one automotive company in the country, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), starts 2014 strongly selling 7,062 units in January. The said manufacturing-automotive company experienced a 50% increase versus its sales last January 2013 of only 4,716 units sold. This strong sales performance can be attributed to continuous high demand for its Completely Knocked-Down (CKD) models the Innova and Vios as well as ample supply of its other models. Furthermore, based on the most recent CAMPI report, TMP garnered 45% share of the automotive market.

Friday, February 7, 2014

UPDATED: 2014 Chicago Auto Show: All-New 2015 Subaru Legacy Debuts. Where's the Turbo? (w/ Video)


UPDATE: We included 3 new videos including one that celebrates the 25 years of the Legacy.

Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru has used the 2014 Chicago Auto Show to unveil the latest Legacy mid-sized sedan, the sixth-generation model that bares that name. And 25 years since the “Legacy” nameplate’s debut, Subaru is ready to steer its flagship sedan into a new direction—a direction without a single mention of “turbocharger”.

Kia Sorento, Carens Win at Annual Car of the Year - Philippines


One of Philippine motoring’s most sought-after performance results were recently revealed and Kia took home two notable awards for Kia Sorento and Kia Carens.

Recently held last January 22, 2014, the 2013-2014 Car of the Year- Philippines (COTY-P) Awards Night gathered the country’s top motoring editors and journalists at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang to bestow top marks for vehicle categories. Kia Sorento LX FWD 5-seater came out on top of one of the major categories– the Midsize Crossover and Wagon of the Year while Kia Carens LX CRDi bagged one of the Special Awards– the Caltex with Techron Green Award.

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