Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Game Has Changed: Lexus Launches All-New NX


Lexus is finally getting into the highly-competitive premium compact crossover segment with the launch of the all-new NX. Following in the track of the GS and IS sedans, the NX marries Lexus’s bold, dramatic design with a platform engineered with the help of racers. Inside out, it’s a crossover truly inspired by performance vehicles.

Michelin Claims First FIA WRC Win with Hyundai Motorsports


The ADAC Rallye Deutschland, round nine of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), ended on Sunday, August 24, with the first win – and first one-two finish! – for Hyundai Motorsport in rallying’s showcase series.

Cavite Inaugurates Second E-Trike Charging Station


The City of Bacoor in Cavite goes green with the inauguration of its second charging station for electric tricycles (Etrikes) this coming Friday, August 29, 2014 at the V Central Mall. To lead in the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon is Usec. Donato Marcos of the Department of Energy. This second charging station will be commercially operated by KEA Industrial Corporation, a local assembler of ETrikes with a manufacturing plant in Barangay Mambog IV, Bacoor City.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Honda Cars Philippines Receives Recognition in Sustainable Business Awards


Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines received citations in the recently held Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) in Dusit Thani, Manila. HCPI bested other companies in the Supply Chain Management category and received a special recognition for Business Responsibility and Ethics.

Kia Builds Roster for PBA Basketball Team


The world of basketball– players, fans, and teams alike– wait with bated breaths every year for draft day. This year was especially special for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) as they welcome three new expansion teams for its 40th season.

Review: 2014 Ford EcoSport 1.5 Titanium

Photos by Ulysses Ang
When the Ford EcoSport launched, it was lauded as the best thing to hit the market since, well, sliced bread. Through a careful series of drives and activities, the EcoSport went from strength to strength making you wonder why you should even consider another car. Within the confines of a controlled environment with pre-determined routes and such, it certainly was getting perfect scores. Outside the glitz and glamour of the motor show floor or even exotic locales, the EcoSport loses a bit of that luster. Don’t get it wrong, it’s still a great vehicle, but one that’s just not exactly perfect.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Suzuki Opens First 3S Dealership in Mandaluyong


Good news for Suzuki customers in Mandaluyong area: the first Suzuki 3S shop is now operating at full throttle. The dealership opening marked a new milestone eight years into the partnership between Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH), the only integrated motorcycle and automobile company in the country, and the Shaw Motor Plaza Corporation (SMPC).

Yokohama Philippine GT Championship Goes to Clark International Speedway on August 31


The Yokohama Philippine GT Championship is moving to the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga this August 30 and 31 for Round 3 of the 6-leg 2014 season.

The series has so far managed to form a grid of 17 drivers in every race for GT 300, GT 200, GT 150, and GT 100. But all in all, there are 20 drivers competing in this year's championship. And after just 2 races, we now have clear favorites in each of the four GT classes.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Isuzu D-Max X-Series is a Young Person's Pick-Up Truck


Tapping into the Generation Y or the Millennials’s mindset, Isuzu Philippines Corporation adds a new variant to their D-Max pick-up truck line designed for the young urbanite in mind. The new D-Max X-Series is aimed for the “fun, digital lifestyle of the metropolitan set.”

Mazda Philippines Turns Over MX-5 Anniversary Edition to Owners


Mazda’s exclusive distributor in the Philippines, Berjaya Auto Philippines, turned over 15 of the 25 limited edition MX-5 Anniversary Edition to owners in a simple ceremony held at the company’s new vehicle stockyard in Batino, Laguna.

AVID's 7-Month Sales Up 15 Percent


For the first seven months of the year, the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) rallied its sales to a total of 20,938 units, up by 15% compared to the same period last year. July sales notched up by 8% to 3,036 units marked by strong showing from both the Passenger Car (PC) and Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) segments.

Kia Pampanga, Kia Butuan Take On Global Space Identity


Personable, committed, and excellent– these are the basic tenets of Kia’s signature Power to Surprise  and Family-like Care service and throughout its many dealerships nationwide, this stands to be true.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bridgestone Takes Comprehensive Approach in Preserving the Environment and Building Communities


Bridgestone’s commitment to being a tire company that pioneers best practices and holds steadfast in its pursuit of being a constructive member of the global community is in full swing in the Philippines.

Car Awards Group to Kick Off Search for 2014-2015 Philippine Car of the Year, Truck of the Year


Celebrating its 11th year, the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI), the country’s premier automotive award-giving body, is formally launching their 2014-2015 Car of the Year-Philippines (COTY-P) and Truck of the Year-Philippines (TOTY-P) testing season on September 3, 2014 at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang.
Set to attend this year’s launch are top executives from the motoring industry, as well as special guest of the organization.

Electric Vehicle Maker Aims to Produce 500 Units Before Year Ends


Electric Vehicles (EVs) may be the future in the Philippines, but in modern cities around the world, they are already a reality and an integral part of mainstream transport. During an EV Summit earlier this year, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (eVAP) projected that there would be at least a million EVs in Philippine roads by 2020.

Monday, August 18, 2014

First Drive: 2014 Honda Brio and Brio Amaze

Photos by Ulysses Ang
The legendary Soichiro Honda once said, “A company is most clearly defined not by its people or its history, but by its products.” Today, the car company that bears his name, Honda, is known for putting engineering excellent above all else. In every segment they enter, they refused to be the copycat; instead they take the road less traveled in the pursuit of making their products uniquely their own. Having lost their engineering way in the early part of this decade, Honda is now starting to get back into the groove. The all-new Accord, City, and Jazz are all definitive signs of an engineering resurgence. And now, that continues down market with the introduction of the all-new Brio and Brio Amaze.

From Track to Street: Michelin Pilot Sport Experience 2014

Photos by Ulysses Ang and Michelin Press
Michelin has always believed that the best test bed for its tires is motorsports. For more than a century, Michelin has been committed to bring exceptional performance through tires in every racing principle it participates in from Formula One to the 24 Hours of Le Mans to the World Rally Championship. Through the spirit of competition, the French tire brand has developed ‘Michelin Total Performance’, a philosophy that combines seemingly conflicting virtues into one cohesive ideology that dictates each and every tire that they produce. Through its research and development, including grueling tests on the world’s most demanding race tracks, Michelin has managed to combine exceptional grip without compromises to longevity and fuel economy.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Asia United Bank Offers Leasing for BMW Vehicles


Asia United Bank, through its subsidiary, Asia United Leasing & Finance Corporation (AULFC) is offering people the chance to drive home a BMW without breaking the bank with its leasing program. Through this first-in-the-Philippines leasing program, people can choose any brand-new BMW without having to worry about registration, insurance, and maintenance.

Rolls-Royce Debuts in Forza Motorsport 5


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the epitome of luxury, today makes its video game debut. Wraith, the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history, is available exclusively in Forza Motorsport 5 for Xbox One.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Subaru Adds New Variants to WRX and WRX STI


Motor Image Pilipinas, Subaru’s exclusive distributor in the Philippines, has officially revealed the pricing and specs of two new additions to its WRX and WRX STI line. These two new models are set to arrive in mid-September and are specifically designed with the ‘tuner’ crowd in mind. Both models offer a much more affordable price point with only a slight reduction in standard convenience features.

Chevrolet Philippines Adds LTX Variant to Trailblazer Line


Already the third best-selling mid-sized SUV in the market, Chevrolet’s Philippine distributor, The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI) doesn’t want to rest on their laurels. Having sold 2,211 units already from January to June of this year, the Trailblazer is finally getting yet another variant, the Trailblazer LTX which is designed to bridge the features gap of the 4x2 model with the 4x4.

Oakley Launches Special Edition Scuderia Ferrari Sunglasses


Premiere sport and lifestyle brand Oakley partners with Ferrari, the epitome of sports car luxury, to launch the special edition Scuderia Ferrari Polarized Carbon Blade Sunglasses.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Volkswagen Invites Diecast Car Collectors to a Fun-Filled Weekend at BGC Showroom


There are more than enough reasons to visit the country’s most digitized showroom – Volkswagen BGC. This weekend, drop by on August 16, Saturday from 9AM to 6PM and spend a fun weekend with your family while enjoying the following activities:

Hyundai Philippine Sales Up 6 Percent in July


Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, registered a promising 6% year-on-year growth in July to a total of 1,952 units.

CAC-Kia Formalizes Supply Deal with TOTAL Philippines


Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive distributor of Kia Motors in the Philippines, formalized its agreement to source its engine oil requirements from Total Philippines. Under the terms of the agreement, Total Lubricants will be one of Kia Philippines’ recommended partners for the sale of lubricants across all Kia’s local after sales service networks.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chevrolet Adds LT Variant to Malibu Line; Yours for P 1,398,888


After launching its executive sedan offering, the Malibu almost a year ago, Chevrolet, through its Philippine distributor The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI) is expanding the line-up with the addition of the LT variant available starting today. Priced at P 1,398,888 (the LTZ is P 1,528,888), the Malibu LT is a more value-oriented variant for people who want the comfort and space of a mid-sized executive sedan without the extra frills.

Review: 2014 Honda City VX Aero Sport Modulo

Photos by Ulysses Ang
It’s so easy to dismiss the buyers of entry-level cars as those who don’t care about design, engineering, and technology. In fact, the colloquial saying of: “basta tumatakbo, okay na” (as long as it’s running, it’s okay) stems from that mentality. Thankfully, the proliferation of smart phones and tablets has had a positive effect on the consumer mindset. Today, even the most cutting-edge technology has filtered down. Now, everyone’s got Facebook and gestures such as ‘swiping’ and ‘pinching’ are more associated with screen actions rather than something a bit kinky. As more and more buyers become technophiles, their taste in cars evolve as well. What were seen as ‘must haves’ are now ‘standard’ and what were seen as something straight out of science fiction are now reality. This is the ultra-competitive environment that car manufacturers find themselves in and one that the all-new Honda City thrives in.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ferrari Philippine Distributor Launches 458 Spider


Autostrada Motore, Inc., distributor of Ferrari cars in the Philippines, has officially presented to the local market the Ferrari 458 Spider.

The 458 Spider is powered by Ferrari’s naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 litre V8. It is the brand’s first mid-rear engine convertible which has won the International Engine of the Year award for its engineering excellence in terms of driveability, performance, economy and refinement.

Mazda Philippines Sets 3-Month Sales Record


Mazda Philippines registered its best three consecutive sales months on record for May, June and July 2014. Year to date July total sales of 1,787 vehicles represents a 50% improvement over the same period last year, and more than double the total sales the year before. The record 3 months was set at the back of sales of the all new Mazda3 Skyactiv, Mazda2 and CX-5 Skyactiv Crossover.

Ford Philippine Sales Jump 35 Percent in July


Ford Philippines today announced its best-ever performance for the month of July with total retail sales jumping 35 percent year-over-year to 1,723 units. The record July was led by an all-time record month for Ranger in the Philippines, as well as continued strong demand for the EcoSport, Explorer and Everest nameplates.

Subaru to Hold All-Wheel Drive Experience at Alabang Town Center this August 15-17


Motor Image Pilipinas (MIP), the authorized distributor of Subaru in the Philippines, along with its dealer in Alabang, Whitehorn Motors Inc., invites customers to visit Alabang Town Center and test drive the Subaru XV and the Subaru Forester on the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Course during the Subaru All-Wheel Drive Experience from August 15-17, 2014 on the 2nd Floor of the Alabang Town Center Multi-Level Parking located at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Madrigal Avenue.

5th Philippine International Motor Show Promises to be Fun for Whole Family


More than being a haven for car lovers and motoring enthusiasts, the 5th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) boasts of various activities to keep the family, especially the little ones, entertained with one-a-kind motoring experience.

Kaikkonen Puts Up Strong Challenge to Portugal in Round 2 of Philippine GT Championship


Round 2 of the 2014 Yokohama Philippine Grand Touring Car Championship once again brought 17 racing machines out on the asphalt of the Batangas Racing Circuit last the June 27. The grid was made up of 3 cars competing in GT 300, 3 in GT 200, 8 in GT 150, and 3 more in the GT 100 class.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hyundai Gears Up for Green Dealerships


Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) is aggressively expanding its nationwide dealership network as it inaugurates today (August 8, 2014) its newest branch in Davao City with four others scheduled to launch before year end.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bridgestone Ecommunity Slated this Weekend


Showcasing its commitment to the environment, Bridgestone is holding ‘ECOMMUNITY’, an exhibit open to the public this weekend, August 9 to 10, at the Glorietta Activity Center in Ayala Center, Makati. ECOMMUNITY is proof of Bridgestone’s continuous commitment in working towards a sustainable society together with its customers, partners, and communities.

Strong Demand for Ford Ranger Across Asia-Pacific in First Half of 2014


Ford Motor Company today announced Ford Ranger sales in Asia Pacific rose 16 percent in the first half of 2014 to over 40,600 units.

The Asia Pacific markets (e.g:Australia, New Zealand the ASEAN markets) have been among Ford’s biggest selling markets for the popular Ranger one-ton pick-up truck since 2010.

Toyota Motor Philippines Breaches 10K Monthly Sales Mark


The number one car company in the country, Toyota, has once again made history in the automotive industry by recording 10,123 units in a single month last July. Coming from a 9,000 performance just last May, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) proves once again that it can go even further by breaching the 10,000 sales mark last month. This is the first time any local car manufacturer experienced such performance in terms of vehicle sales.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Review: 2014 Toyota Yaris 1.3 E

Photos by Ulysses Ang
The Toyota Yaris always has a special place in my heart. I’ve had the privilege of owning the Echo—the pre-Yaris nameplate—way back in 2001 before replacing it with a Yaris in 2007. It was, for me, the perfect city car: zippy, roomy for its size, extremely fuel efficient and downright painless to own. Despite the market getting crowded with more and more sub-compact hatchbacks (it is the fastest growing passenger car segment in the country, after all), I always end up in the cuddly embrace of the Yaris’s cutesy styling. Thus, consider me surprised when Toyota pulled the wraps off the 2014 Yaris—a car that cannot be described as cute anymore. Will its new angry look put off a long-time Yaris loyalist?

Monday, August 4, 2014

BYD Marks Philippine Racing Debut as F0 Places Second


The BYD F0 marked its racing debut with a second place finish at the Circuit Showdown First Philippine Micro Series held last week at the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC) in Rosario, Batangas.

Subaru BRZ Awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick


The Subaru BRZ is the seventh model bestowed with the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS)’s Top Safety Pick (TSP). It joins the Impreza, Subaru XV, Legacy, Outback, and the Forester. The Legacy, Outback, and Forester are awarded TSP+ when equipped with the optional Eyesight system.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

3 Additional Kia Dealerships Now Adhere to Kia's Global Space Identity Concept


Owing to its commitment to serve and surprise Kia customers, Kia Marcos Highway, Kia Pasay, and Kia Quirino will now bear the universal standard for all Kia dealerships. This upgrade on overall brand image found in facilities is referred to as the Global Space Identity or GSI.

Isuzu D-Max Multisport Team Continues Winning Streak; Sets Out to Compete in International Races


In 2010 Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) formed its own mountain-biking team composed of some of the country’s most accomplished athletes in the booming sporting discipline. The team promptly went on to dominate virtually every cycling competition both locally, as well as a few abroad. Four years later, it has evolved into a well-rounded group as the Isuzu D-Max Multisport Team and, along with TV celebrity/athlete Matteo Guidicelli, continues on its winning ways.

AVID Thought Leadership Forum Tackled Opportunities and Challenges of ASEAN Integration in 2015

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) opened up a dialogue on the opportunities and challenges posed by the ASEAN integration in 2015 in its fourth Thought Leadership Forum (TLF) which was held at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) last week.