Thursday, December 29, 2016
Honda Cars Philippines is joining one of the biggest fun runs in the country. A specially-decked out BR-V shows the carmaker’s support for the upcoming Color Manila Run happening on January 8, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds. And to help you with your New Year’s Resolution to lose the holiday weight, Honda is giving away complimentary race kits via an online contest.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The last time the world has seen an all-new Swift, it was 2004. Selling more than 5.3 million units worldwide, it has become a global strategic model for Suzuki. A full decade later, the small car specialist has finally pulled the wraps off the all-new Swift and it’s looking good as ever.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Dear Uber and Grab,
Listen up. I enjoy using your service, I really do. It’s a ton better than using any other mode of public transportation because it’s more convenient, safer, and well, just plain more reliable than taxis, jeepneys, buses, and the MRT combined. But let me put my admiration aside to talk about something quite serious: surge pricing.
Forty-two test drives (not counting First Drives) and only five slots: welcome to CarGuide.PH’s annual Top 5 Picks of the Year. If you want to take a trip down memory lane, you can check out the past winners here (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011), but for now, let’s head on over to the best of 2016. As always, there are no categories or sub-categories. For CarGuide.PH’s Top 5, everything, be it pickup trucks, SUVs, crossovers, sports cars, and what have you, are all lumped together.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Since the Macan was launched in 2014, it has been a phenomenal success for Porsche. It is one of the best-selling models for the brand in 2015 with 80,216 units sold, opening the door to new customers. It applies heavily to the Asia-Pacific region as the Macan contributes substantially to Porsche’s success here.
Friday, December 23, 2016
The continued weakening of the Philippine Peso is forcing Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country to implement a price increase on selected models. The price increase will affect its core models: the Subaru XV, Forester, and Levorg beginning January 1, 2017.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
If you’re a real gearhead, you should consider a trip to the Toyota Automobile Museum located in Nagukute City, Aichi Prefecture (click here for our feature as well as how to get there). And even if you have, January would be a great time as they’re about to finish revamping their permanent exhibits. Best part? 19 new vehicles will be part of the permanent exhibit; fitting because the museum will be celebrating its 30th birthday in 2019.
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport, equipped with Active Stability Control (ASC) and Seatbelt Reminder System (SBR) garnered a perfect 5-star score at the ASEAN NCAP in Adult Occupancy Protection (AOP) scoring 15.29 out of a possible 16.00 points. This accolade proves Mitsubishi’s commitment in prioritizing safety as one of the most important aspects in car development. The Montero Sport’s 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating joins the model’s 5-star safety rating in the Latin NCAP and ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program).
Nissan Philippines Inc (NPI) lives up to its innovative drive with its latest offering, the Nissan Express Service. Launched at the new Nissan Sucat dealership, Nissan Express Service is designed to provide an intelligent, more focused customer engagement, promising ease and convenience to all Nissan customers.
The Metro Manila Concert Orchestra (MMCO) was honored at the 29th Aliw Awards for their participation at Kia Beats. The country’s premiere orchestra won Best Major Concert (Group) and was also nominated for the Best Instrumentalists (Group) category.
Following Makati Shangri-La’s delivery of its all-new luxury fleet of Volkswagen Passat and Jetta units just a few months ago, Shangri La’s Mactan Resort & Spa also received its new fleet of Jetta as part of its efforts to upgrade and expand its existing vehicles to cater to its more discerning guests.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is rewarding stick shift enthusiast with the introduction of their most affordable Montero Sport model yet: the GLX 2WD equipped with a 6-speed manual. It’s well-kitted and now available for an unbelievable introductory price.
When it comes to crowning the Philippines’s sportiest compact out there, there are two cars that always seem to roll off the tongue: the Honda Civic and the Mazda3. And you can’t blame the masses: one touts a turbocharged engine and the other has driving excitement written all over it. But what if I tell you there’s a compact car in the market that’s often overlooked, but still offers a huge chunk of that driving excitement virtue? Heck, it’s even got a turbocharged engine with more power and torque than the Civic’s. Meet the Ford Focus once more.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
You’ve always wanted to own one of their cars, but would you want to own a piece of the company? That could very well be the possibility as Mazda’s Philippine distributor plans to list some of its shares on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) by the first half of 2017 at the latest. Bermaz Auto Philippines (BAP), formerly known as Berjaya Auto Philippines, plans an Initial Public Offering (IPO) worth P 1.24 billion or about 15.6 percent of the company.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Admittedly, it’s mildly disappointing that the Ford GT to roll off the production line isn’t finished in Liquid Blue. Still, get over the color (it’s Shadow Black with orange stripes) and it’s an indisputable fact that someone’s going to have a 600 horsepower sleigh very soon.
In the spirit of giving, Volvo Philippines generously gives away a fantastic Christmas treat. With its value-laden Easy Ownership offer, interested buyers can now reward themselves with a brand new Volvo S60 R-design or a Volvo V60 Cross Country. For as low as a 30 percent downpayment, they can also enjoy a 0 percent interest financing plan at an equitable 24-month payment schedule.
Mahindra Philippines, as part of their corporate social responsibility program, donated 50 bicycles to Maruhat National High School and 500 slippers to the Elementary School of Sapang Kawayan both in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija.
Mazda’s intensive motorsports background has been brought to light as a showroom-stock Mazda2 hatchback finished the grueling 8-hour Philippine Endurance Challenge, snatching the Manufacturer’s Cup Trophy in the process. Driven by seasoned racer Clifford Certeza along with Bermaz Malaysia marketing professional Ian Khong, and journalist Iñigo Roces, the Team Bermaz Mazda run sub-compact hatchback completed 160 laps, two more than its nearest competitor.
The Toyota GAZOO Racing team has finally unveiled the Yaris WRC which the team will use for the World Rally Championship starting with the Rally Monte-Carlo. Developed for more than a year, the Yaris WRC has undergone a rigorous testing regimen including thousands of hours in the workshop and road testing.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) opens its 35th full-service dealership, Honda Cars Lipa City (HCLC). The dealership, located at Ayala Highway, Brgy. Balintawak, Lipa City, Batangas is the first dealer in the Philippines to apply the new Visual Identity, which enabled the Honda dealers perceived to be advanced, futuristic, and modernly elegant.
Christmas is in the air: Filipino shoppers are hopping from mall to mall, scouting for gift ideas, filling restaurants, and congesting roads. The flurry of activity, however, inevitably increases the probability of road crashes during the Christmas season.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The year is about to come to an end and by now, you think it’s a foregone conclusion on what the best compact car is. Well, depending on what your priorities are, the answer isn’t as clear cut as you may think. If you still value driving above everything else, then you shouldn’t settle for a car with an “H” upfront. There’s only one definitive driver’s compact out and that’s the Mazda3.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Everyone remembers Tamiya, the famed Japanese manufacturer of plastic model kits and radio-controlled cars. Well, they are now have a new place to call home as Blade Auto Center branches have begun stocking up on these award-winning scale models and RC toys just in time for the holidays.
Motorcycle Development Program Participants’ Association (MDPPA), the Philippines’ premier group of motorcycle manufacturers, headed North of Metro Manila for the second leg of its ‘Helmets Save Lives’ stickering campaign last month.
Toyota has just announced a slew of new drivetrains that’ll slot into vehicles underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture or TNGA. The goal is to improve driving dynamics as well as offer better environmental performance. These new engines and transmissions will encompass 60 percent of Toyota vehicle sales in the key markets of Japan, United States, Europe, and China by 2021.
AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 title sponsor Suzuki Philippines (SPH) got avid football fans into the groove with fun games and activities last November 19, 22, and 25,to mark the ASEAN region’s most prestigious football competition.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
The Nissan Juke is becoming a record-breaker of sorts. After holding the record for “fastest mile on two wheels”, it has successfully established a record for world’s first ‘blind’ J-turn. And there’s a very familiar person behind the wheel.
Lotus Cars Founder Colin Chapman had one philosophy when building high-performance cars: “Simplify, then add lightness.” That way of thinking is still prevalent in the company he left behind 34 years after his death. Today, Lotus is presenting to the world the most extreme version of this philosophy, one that touts a “supercar killer” capable of slaying six-figure hypercars. Meet the Exige Sport 380.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Nissan fans around the world don’t need to make the annual trek to the Fuji International Speedway to enjoy the sights and sounds of the NISMO Festival as the company announced that they’ll be streaming the event live on NISMO TV on YouTube for the first time.
The Japanese press has spoken and they have awarded the 2017 Subaru Impreza as their 2016-2017 Car of the Year. With a juror composed of 59 members of the press, the Impreza becomes only the second Subaru model bestowed with the title (the Subaru Legacy being the first in 2003).
We’ve extensively covered it and we’ve already driven it (well, around the Tagaytay Highlands at least), but now Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) is giving you the best bit of good news: the all-new BR-V is finally here!
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Just in time for its 50th birthday, Toyota Motor Philippines is giving its best-selling Corolla Altis compact sedan an A-List makeover for the 2017 model year. Already boasting qualities like reliability and durability, the new Corolla Altis can now add sporty style and top-notch safety to its list of strong qualities.
For those who think the all-new BR-V could use a bit more style, well there’s a Christmas surprise waiting for you at all Honda dealerships nationwide. Honda Cars Philippines surprises everyone with the availability of two, yes, two new variants of the BR-V that carry a complete line of Modulo styling accessories.
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) inaugurated the very first Fuso dealership outlet in the country that will be dedicated to the sale of brand new Fuso vehicle and aftermarket services. The FUSO dealership, under the management of Diamond Motor Corporation (DMC), is strategically located along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Only on its third year of operations in the country, Volkswagen Philippines has already been awarded and recognized a total of 14 times this 2016 for its various models and CSR efforts, making this a landmark year for Volkswagen PH in motoring industry and public relations’ awards.
Filipino drivers say they are confident on the road and knowledgeable about what constitutes ‘good driving’, but when asked to identify key fuel-saving driving techniques, most were misinformed.
Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, recently showcased its world-class products, including the Hino 300, 500, and 700 Series trucks, in a sequence of cross-industry events.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
I’ve got some news for you: Ms. Cooper is all grown up. After being rebellious some 50 years ago and naughty 16 years before today, Ms. Cooper is ready to turn a new chapter in her life; she’s tired of hanging out with rock stars and rappers, and ready to put on a sharp suit on the way to the boardroom meeting. She’s all about mergers and acquisitions now. Or is she? Let me tell you a little secret: she’s still ready to have fun and get her pants off, you just need to know which buttons to press.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Honda dominated the recent ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards held in Malaysia after winning ten (10) distinguished awards in three different categories. Honda received two (2) awards in the Crash Worthiness Performance category; one (1) award in the Safety Technology category; and seven (7) awards in the Most Affordable 5-star Car in ASEAN category.
Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re still stumped on what to get that car nut officemate / relative / significant other, well, you’re going to thank us today. Here are five great car-related stocking stuffers that are sure to impress even the most discerning car enthusiast.
Toyota Motor Corporation has been recognized by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program or NCAP at the recent ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix. The bi-annual awards ceremony recognizes the achievement of cars involved in the ASEAN NCAP in the last two years. The awards consist of three main pillars: Best Occupant Protection, Best Safety Technology, and Special Awards given to vehicles and/or companies that are spearheading safety in the region. In total, 8 vehicles from Toyota were recognized including 3 vehicles which match Philippine specifications.
The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet automobiles and parts in the country, through its trusted and longtime partner Grandcars Inc., welcomed Chevrolet Iloilo in its new home.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Have you been dreaming about a brand-new MINI this Christmas? How about the upcoming ColdPlay: A Head Full of Dreams concert in Manila? Well, you’re in luck.