Sunday, July 31, 2016

Building Dreams Made Fun at Honda’s KidZania Manila Exhibit


Honda Cars Philippines brings their “power of dreams” thinking to kids and kids at heart with the opening of a new interactive exhibit at KidZania Manila. In time for KidZania Manila’s first anniversary, Honda’s interactive exhibit brings kids closer to the world of automotive design and selling in an easy and fun setting.

4 Reasons Why Satisfaction Levels at Car Dealerships are Falling


Mazda Philippines topped the latest JD Power Customer Service Index study and while this is good news for the “zoom-zoom” brand, the same study outlines that customer service satisfaction has gone down across all 11 brands surveyed.

Mazda Philippines Tops JD Power Customer Service Index


Mazda tops the Philippine automotive industry in terms of Customer Service Index (CSI) according to the latest JD Power Survey. The study, now on its 16th year, measures new-vehicle owner satisfaction with after-sales service process at authorized service centers by examining dealership performances in five factors (in order of importance): service quality (29 percent), service initiation (26 percent), vehicle pick-up (17 percent), service facility (14 percent), and service advisor (14 percent). Brand service performance is then measured on a 1,000-point scale with the highest score indicating highest customer satisfaction.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Will Mazda Produce Its Own Pickup-based SUV?


Mazda has already announced that its next-generation pickup truck will be produced with Isuzu. With a collaborative partnership that spans more than a decade (Isuzu produces trucks for Mazda’s domestic market requirements), this agreement is seen as a logical extension. Of course, given Isuzu produces a pickup-based SUV on its pickup truck, the mu-X, will Mazda get something similar?

Volkswagen Offers Test Drive at Cebu Business Park


Volkswagen will hold a test drive event at the Cebu Business Park on July 30 and 31, 2016, in time for the Sugbo Mercado and the Ayala Center Cebu Gadget Sale.

Uber Supports Better Access to Education


In many parts of the country, many children need to go through difficult terrain just to go to school. Some scale mountains and tread kilometers of unpaved roads just to learn, while some cross rivers and other large bodies of water in the hope to have a brighter future through education.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Kizuna: The Art of Mazda Service


With Mazda priding itself with building cars that create kizuna—a lasting, almost inseparable bond with its owner, it’s imperative that the company would also offer world-class after sales service. At the Mazda ASEAN Media Forum, the company has revealed just how far it has gone to achieve this and where they are taking aftersales parts and service next.

Overland Offers Rugged Protection for Your 4x4


With the increasing popularity of 4x4 vehicles in the country, Overland is offering products which are specifically designed and engineered for the serious off-roader such as grille guards, brush guards, and roll bars. Made from heavy-gauge steel tubing, they improve protection while adding a more rugged look to your off-roader.

Picking the Best Motorists' Credit Card in the Philippines


We’ve all been there: wanting to get the best deal, especially when it comes to your credit cards. Well, you’re in luck as this handy chart will help you compare the best locally-available credit card to maximize your fuel savings.

How the Rotary Engine Saved Mazda


Mazda owes its very existence to one of its most recognizable technology: the rotary engine. Without this breakthrough, Mazda could have very well been swallowed up by Toyota and Nissan.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Isuzu Truck Fest Brings Unmatched Range of Commercial Vehicles to Tuguegarao


The accelerating economic movement in Northern Luzon has created a need for vehicles that can keep up with the region’s pace, and so Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has offered residents in the area the best mobility solutions through an informative and entertaining event.

Suzuki Drives ASEAN Football Championship to New Heights


Suzuki Motor Corporation will back this year’s ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Championship for the fifth time in a row, a title sponsorship that has helped the AFF Suzuki Cup grow into the most important and most-watched football tournament in the region.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review: 2016 Nissan Almera 1.5 VL


It’s hard to get excited about the Nissan Almera. When it first made its way to the Philippine market three years ago, it already looked dated right before it rolled off the assembly line. And given the Filipino car buyer’s penchant for something sleek and sporty, it failed to gain traction despite boasting a blizzard-inducing air conditioning system. Fast forward to 2016 and Nissan has refreshed the Almera with a re-tweaked design and more features. Can it gain lost ground now?

2017 Mazda3 in Machine Gray Metallic: Not Your Typical 50 Shades of Gray


These are the first photos you’ll see of the 2017 Mazda3 in its new hue, Machine Gray Metallic, out in the wild. Taken during a track exercise demonstrating G-Vectoring Control at Mazda’s Mine Proving Ground, we skirted the “no photography” rule by having engineers simply park the car in a “photography safe zone”. They obliged. God bless them.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Driving Fun is an Exact Science for Mazda


Mazda knows it’s not a large car company. The biggest ones in the world boast production numbers topping in the 7 million range while the Hiroshima-based carmaker does no more than 1.5 million. Yet, instead of obsessing with market share and volume, Mazda wants to develop a strong bond with its customers. In turn, this has become Mazda’s corporate identity; their irreplaceable presence in the motoring world.

Honda CR-V Now Comes in Lunar Silver Metallic


Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is giving its CR-V a brand new shade: Lunar Silver Metallic. This new and modern color is available for both the 2.4 SX Navi AWD and 2.0 S AT variants. It’s a welcome update for customers who are inclined to purchase a premium compact crossover.

Maxliner Offers Premium All Weather Floormats


Maxliner, a known OEM supplier of bed lienrs for brands such as Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, and Chevrolet is now offering 3D digital-mapped floor mats.

Isuzu Groundbreaks New Cagayan Facility


Responding to the growing transportation requirements of Northern Luzon, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has started initiatives meant to expand its reach in the region through the future opening of a new facility.

Michelin Foundation Conducts Road Safety Initiatives for Cebu Students


With the belief that starting them young is the best way to inculcate road safety awareness in the population, the Michelin Corporate Foundation conducted free road safety seminars and other safety activities for teens and school children in Cebu City.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Subaru Opens in Iloilo


Iloilo City welcomes Subaru as authorized dealer AllWheel Automotive, Inc., part of the AutoCentral Group of Companies, has formally opened Subaru Iloilo to cater to fans and owners of Subaru in the bustling city and the surrounding areas.

Mitsubishi Teases 7-Seater MPV/SUV Concept


Mitsubishi is about to throw its hat into the entry-level SUV/MPV ring with their newest concept car which is making its worldwide debut at the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show.

Caltex Opens 80th 7-Eleven Store with New Promo


Chevron Philippines Inc., the marketer of the Caltex brand, along with Philippine Seven Corporation, has opened its 80th 7- Eleven convenience store in San Mateo, Rizal last May 30, 2016.

BMW Motorrad Partners with Rever


Planning the most beautiful routes, riding them with like-minded motorcyclists, sharing experiences during the day and talking gasoline at night. With this in mind, BMW Motorrad has entered into a strategic partnership with the technology start-up Rever in order to build up a global community of motorcyclists.

Long Distance Love Affair: The Mazda Skyactiv ASEAN Caravan

Photos by Ulysses Ang
There’s no greater test of love for a car than a long-distance drive. While it’s easy to get infatuated with a car right at the showroom floor, that feeling normally fades away the moment you put in the miles. You imagine the seating position could be better; the sight lines clearer; the power more linear. So imagine what Mazda put at stake when they subjected the entire Skyactiv-G line-up (except the MX-5 and Mazda6) on a grueling 4,000-kilometer journey through Indochina.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Isuzu First Half 2016 Sales Bolstered by Impressive Performance Across Line-Up


The extensive product range offered by Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has allowed the company to record a phenomenal growth rate during the first half of 2016.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Le Mans Winning Porsche 919 Hybrid on Display at Conrad Hotel Manila & S Maison


Porsche Philippines has brought in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race champion Porsche 919 Hybrid to Manila specially for the Filipinos. The first leg of the iconic sports car’s tour was held during the recent Porsche Festival 2016 at the SM Mega Fashion Hall in June, where the 919 Hybrid was displayed with the live feed of the race event at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France where Porsche clinched the brand’s 18 victory in front of some of the 263,000 spectators at the 13.629-kilometer track.

Honda Auto Expo Offers Deals on Mobilio, CR-V, and City


Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit, introduces the Honda Auto Expo, Honda’s special financing program, offering low cash out and low monthly payment for customers purchasing select brand new Honda vehicles.

Toyota Offers Deals on Vios, Wigo, and Corolla Altis with "Thrillogy" Promo


This July, Toyota jump starts the mid-year with three awesome offers for three great vehicles : the Vios, Wigo, and Altis. The number one automotive brand in the country extends various offerings that will surely excite you. Choose from several financing options that will suit your budget with Toyota’s promotion this July.

Mazda Opens in Negros


Berjaya Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributors of Mazda vehicles in the country along with Auto Zoom Zoom Incorporated, the same group that established Mazda Makati, Mazda Cavite, Mazda Sta. Rosa, and Mazda Iloilo, have come together again to introduce the latest full-service dealership in the fast growing Mazda network.  Mazda Negros opens its doors to clients from the Negros Island Region and now becomes the premier Mazda dealership for Negrenses.

First Drive: 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Parked neatly in a row, about a dozen 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans stood watch at the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. One of the most recognizable landmarks in Lisbon, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Exploration. It’s an apt location for the E-Class’s first outing. Always the standard in elegance and luxury, the E-Class is about to set sail to a new territory: one that brings it to the realm of cutting-edge technology and self-driving cars. This is the Mercedes-Benz for the iPhone generation.

Friday, July 15, 2016

2016 Chevrolet Sail Docks at All Chevrolet Dealerships (w/ Brochure)


After wowing crowds at the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) last April, Chevrolet Philippines is now officially unveiling its newest contender in the sub-compact sedan segment: the all-new Chevrolet Sail. The Sail arrives packing smart and convenience features, dependable power, stylish design, and more.

Suzuki Goes on Tour at Different SM Supermalls


Suzuki Philippines, Inc. will hold a series of auto extravaganza tagged as Suzuki Auto Festival in different SM Supermalls to celebrate with their fans and customers.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mazda Shows Off Refreshed 2017 Mazda3 (w/ 19 Photos)


Mazda’s award-winning compact car, the Mazda3, sees a refresh for 2017 showing off new technology all aimed to enhance the Jinba-ittai driving performance. The development of the refreshed Mazda3 is centered on the human being, particularly in traits and sensations that ensure a pleasurable driving feel.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Honda Cars Philippines to Close CR-Z Order Book


If you’re still on the fence on getting the unique Honda CR-Z sports hybrid, you better act fast. Honda Cars Philippines is now closing the order books on the CR-Z and dealers will only accept orders until July 31.

Get Selecta Magnum Delivered to You on Friday


This year, be part of one of the world’s largest celebrations of our favorite frozen treat, as Uber, the world’s leading ride-sharing application, brings Uber Ice Cream to the streets of Metro Manila. Now on its third year in the country’s largest metropolis, Uber encourages everyone to indulge in their favorite ice-cold treat with their friends and loved ones with this year’s theme “Indulge Together.” Uber Ice Cream is happening in over 400 cities in 69 countries around the world this July 15.

BEMAC E-Trikes Used in Quezon City Officials' Oath Taking


The QC Administration, in partnership with BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines, Inc. (BEMAC), provided twenty (20) e-Trikes to transport the guests and participants around the QC Memorial Circle during the oath taking of duly-elected officers last June 30.

Volvo Philippines Introduces V60 Cross Country


Built for lovers of design, nature, and adventure, Volvo Philippines is introducing the V60 Cross Country for the Philippine market. With an increased ground clearance and ride height, the Cross Country offers unparalleled control both on and off the beaten track. And now, with torque vectoring technology and corner traction control, it also benefits from a sporty driving experience.

Filipina Among World's Top 100 Porsche Sales Executives


Mary Ann “MeAnne” Espinosa, a sales consultant at Porsche Center Philippines, had the distinction of making it to an elite club of sales professionals for the Stuttgart-based supercar manufacturer.

Of Resilience and Natural Beauty: Nissan Drive to Discover Heads to Leyte and Samar

Photos by Ulysses Ang
After touring Rizal and Zambales, the third leg of “Visit the Philippines, Drive to Discover with Nissan” goes to its first location outside Luzon: Region 8. Leyte and Samar played host to the program created in conjunction with the Tourism Promotions Board or TPB, the marketing and promotions arm of the Department of Tourism. The program aims to boost local tourism using road travel to tourism destinations recommended by the TPB.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BMW Group Classic Moves Headquarters to New Location


BMW Group Classic has completed the move to its new headquarters located on a historic site. The company archive and the vehicle collection, the workshop, and the customer center together with the parts service for classic automobiles and motorcycles are now located together in an ensemble of buildings in the district of Milbertshofen in Munich.

New Modulo Variants Add Sporty Styling to All-New 2016 Civic


If there’s one thing noticeably missing during the 2016 Honda Civic’s April launch was the availability of Modulo styling kits. Well, the wait is over as Honda Cars Philippines has officially launched the Civic Modulo variants.

Mazda and Isuzu Announce Collaboration on Next-Gen Pickup Truck


Mazda and Ford have finally completed their divorce with the announcement that Mazda’s getting in bed with Isuzu to collaborate on their next-generation pickup truck.

Review: 2016 Porsche Macan


Compact crossovers are characterized by four general characteristics: five doors, five seats, higher ground clearance, and a commanding seating position. The devil is in the details though as every carmaker, whether mainstream or premium, has put their own unique stamp on this proven formula. For a brand such as Porsche though, there’s extra scrutiny involved; after all, this is the carmaker that’s renowned the world over for creating poster-worthy flights of fancy. All eyes are set on the Macan—a compact crossover that blazes its own trail and doesn’t follow the lead of others.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Is The World Ready for Autonomous Cars?


We already trust a robot to vacuum the house, but are we ready to let them drive us to work? This year, autonomous driving has become the “in thing” among carmakers. For years, self-driving cars looked like they were always at least a decade away from coming to market, but now the notoriously conservative auto industry says we’re only give years away. But as this technology begins to trickle its way from concept to production, an unexpected dilemma arises: are we ready for the driverless cars?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Subaru Announces Recall for Defective Takata Airbags


The global recall on defective Takata airbag inflators is beginning to rear its ugly head even on Subaru units here in the Philippines. According to a list provided by Motor Image Pilipinas, several units of locally available 2007 WRX and WRX STI were installed with defective Takata airbag inflators.

This is the Country's Most Fuel Efficient Vehicle


The results are in, and the Isuzu D-Max has emerged as the most fuel-efficient vehicle that participated in the recently conducted Fuel Economy Run organized by the Department of Energy (DOE), held in cooperation with Petron Corporation.

Ferrari Shows Topless LaFerrari


Ferrari has just released the first photographs of the open-top LaFerrari, the new limited-edition special series aimed at clients and collectors who refuse to compromise on the joy of al fresco driving even when at the wheel of a supercar.

Suzuki Ciaz Gets Thumbs Up from Bankers


Twenty seven representatives from the banking industry has given the all-new Suzuki Ciaz their thumbs up after a test drive event held for them last May. The bankers all gave the Ciaz high marks for its sporty and elegant exterior, fuel efficiency, and other advanced features.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ford Philippines Sales Rise 61 Percent in Record First Half Performance


Ford Philippines today reports an all-time best first half performance with retail sales rising 61 percent through June, led by strong customer demand for the Ranger pickup, and record first half sales from the Everest and EcoSport SUVs.

Honda Cars Philippines Did Well in Recent DOE Fuel Economy Run


If there’s any more reason to reiterate it further, Honda Cars Philippines has done pretty well for itself during the first-ever Euro 4 fuel economy run staged by the Department of Energy (DOE) with the help of fuel leader, Petron.

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