Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tata Motors Opens San Fernando, Pampanga Dealership

Pilipinas Taj Autogroup, Inc. (PTAJ), the exclusive distributor of India’s largest automaker, Tata Motors, opened their newest dealership in San Fernando, Pampanga last October 5, 2017.

New Mitsubishi Dealership Rising in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Soon

Fast Autoworld Philippines Corp. (FAPC), Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC)’s authorized dealership, broke ground for the establishment of an additional Mitsubishi Motors outlet and first Fuso dealership in Lapu-Lapu City. FAPC – Lapu-Lapu branch is FAPC’s third outlet in Cebu and tenth Mitsubishi outlet in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Other dealership outlets of FAPC are in Tacloban, Ormoc, Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, and Ozamis.

Foton Philippines Launches Toplander with AT Variant, Euro 5 Compliant Diesel Engine (w/ Specs)

Foton Philippines is pushing its bid to be recognized as a mainstream car brand in the Philippines by launching the much-awaited automatic transmission variant of its Toplander midsized SUV.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BMW Philippines to Launch Brand's First-Ever 7-Seater MPV

Following the success of the BMW Xpo 2017, Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), the official importer and distributor of BMW in the country, will go on the road to reinforce their commitment to joy. Beginning October 27 to 29 at the North Court of Power Plant Mall in Makati, the BMW Roadshow 2017 will be headlined by the first-ever 7-seater MPV: the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer.

Ford's Yearend Sale Offers Deals on Fiesta, Focus, EcoSport, Ranger, and Everest

Ford Philippines has unveiled its yearend sale deals offering customers more opportunities to own a Ford vehicle before the year ends.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Toyota is Helping Everyone Get Moving: Meet the Concept-i Series

Toyota is pushing its vision of the future of mobility with its Concept-i series. It’s a future where artificial intelligence or AI enables cars to understand the driver, effectively allowing people and cars to become partners.

This is the Best Evidence of Why You Should Have Your Defective Takata Airbag Repaired (w/ Video)

If your vehicle is one of the thousands covered in the Takata airbag recall and you’re still dillydallying about having it fixed; well, here’s a video that’ll convince you to do so.

Review: 2018 Isuzu D-Max LS 4x4 3.0 Blue Power A/T

There are those who like flaunting their success with outward displays of wealth, while there are others who are equally successful but prefer not to attract any attention. Among the pickup trucks available in the market today, the one that perfectly fits the latter’s description is the Isuzu D-Max. It may not have the same headline grabbing power as some of the other choices out there, but it doesn’t mean it’s less capable. In fact, it’s an honest-to-goodness vehicle that drives and rides very well.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Victory Liner Acquires 20 Hyundai Universe Luxury Buses

Victory Liner, Inc. (VLI), one of the country’s largest provincial bus operators, fortified its long-established partnership with Hyundai Philippines through its recent acquisition of 20 Hyundai Universe space luxury buses.

Caltex Awards Chevrolet Camaro in Transformers Promo

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), recently awarded the grand winner of “True Power from Within” with a brand new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro RS A/T and P 100,000 worth of Caltex Starcash to go with it. The nationwide promotion for Caltex customers was in conjunction with Michael Bay’s latest Transformer’s installation, Transformers: The Last Knight.

Hino Expands to U.N. Avenue

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP) celebrated another milestone with the grand opening of its newest dealership along United Nations Avenue in Manila on October 12.

Ford Philippines Participates in Global Caring Month

Ford Philippines celebrated the Global Caring Month last September with corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs focused on building homes and provision of medical and dental services.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Japanese Steel Scandal Spreads to Tires, Engine, Transmission Components

After triggering the largest scandal to befall the Japanese steel industry, beleaguered steelmaker Kobe Steel has admitted that its “inappropriate actions” has spread to more than just aluminum components.

Ford Offers to Fix 2011-2017 Explorers with Exhaust Leaks

Following the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s decision to upgrade an investigation into potential excessive exhaust or carbon monoxide leaks in the 2011-2017 Ford Explorer, Ford Motor Company has made the decision to offer free repairs to more than 1.4 million affected units in the North American market.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Ford Just Improved the Mustang's Performance Thanks to Duct Tape

There’s no better real-world example of the importance of duct tape to DIYers and car nuts than this story that involves two Ford engineers named Jonathan Gesek and Mike Del Zio.

Mitsubishi MIVEC Clean Diesel Advantage Test Drive Tour Heads North and South!

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) recently concluded its successful leg of MIVEC Clean Diesel Advantage Test Drive Tour in several venues across Luzon and Visayas. A lot of people have already experienced and proven the MIVEC clean diesel engine advantage.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mazda Philippines' October Zoom Offers Deals on Mazda2 and Mazda3

Bermaz Auto Philippines (BAP), the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the country is offering deals on the 4-door variants of its award-winning Mazda2 V+ and Mazda3 R with its October Zoom promotion.

NVIDIA Just Developed the "Brain" Needed for Self-Driving Cars

NVIDIA just announced that it’s designed a new computer system that can make autonomous or self-driving cars a reality.

Hyundai Philippines Champions Revitalized Interest in Philippine Natural History

The Hyundai Philippines Entrance Hall welcomed VIP guests, donors, and stakeholders to the inauguration of the newly renovated National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), the proud repository of the country’s rich scientific and cultural past.

Isuzu Displays PUV Prototypes; Signals Potential Future of Large Jeepneys

Leading light-duty truck manufacturer, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) displays their latest public utility vehicle (PUV) prototypes at the 1st Philippine Auto Parts Expo.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

UPDATED: Japanese Car Makers Rocked by Potentially Substandard Metal Parts

UPDATE: Components affected now offer engine, transmission, and tires too (10/14).

After explosive Takata airbag inflators, Japanese carmakers are potentially facing a huge crisis this time involving the use of substandard steel on their body parts.

The Nissan GT-R / C is a Life-Sized Remote Controlled Car (w/ Video)

Ever wondered if Gran Turismo could accurately simulate the handling characteristics of a real car? Seems Nissan put that to the test when they hooked up a one-off Nissan GT-R to drive like a life-sized RC car driven solely using a Playstation DualShock 4 controller.

Truck Builder Supports Jeepney Modernization Program

Centro Manufacturing Corporation, the country’s leading truck body builder, has expressed support for the Department of Transportation (DOTr)’s PUV (Public Utility Vehicle) Modernization program. This program seeks to upgrade some 200,000 jeepneys over 15 years old with modern PUVs over the next 3 years.

First-Ever Philippine Auto Parts Expo Happens Starting Tomorrow

The Philippine Parts Maker Association (PPMA), with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry – Board of Investments (DTI-BOI), is presenting the 1st Philippine Auto Parts Expo (PhilAPEX) at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) on October 12-13, 2017.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

GM Says SURUS Can Help During Natural Disasters and Conflict Zones

General Motors believes it has found a solution to transportation challenges brought about by natural disasters, global conflicts, and other environments facing complex logistical situations. Their solution is the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure or SURUS.

GM Joins EV Race

General Motors announced a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion. And a key part of that has to do with an all-electric future.

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers’ needs.”

In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV. They will be the first of at least 20 new all-electric vehicles that will launch by 2023.

Given customers’ various needs, getting to a zero emissions future will require more than just battery electric technology. It will require a two-pronged approach to electrification: battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric depending on the unique requirements.

With that GM also introduced SURUS, the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, a fuel cell powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame that’s driven by two electric motors. With its capability and flexible architecture, SURUS could be used as a delivery vehicle, truck or even an ambulance all emissions free.

Mazda Gives Sneak Peek of 2018 Mazda3

With an exhibit centered around “Celebrate Driving”, Mazda is showcasing two new concepts at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. One concept heralds the company’s next-generation products while the other embodies the design direction of the company.

Review: 2017 Chevrolet Spark 1.4 LTZ

You can’t expect much in the sub-B passenger car segment. Hopping from one carmaker to another, it leaves little doubt that they’re primarily designed as basic transportation. Thus, in coming up with the 2017 Spark, Chevrolet could have easily aimed just a tad higher than the very low bar set by the competition and still come out on top. Yet, it overshot the market by a good margin. Its overachieving nature earns the Spark the title of being “best in class.”

Caltex-Visa Announces Winner of "Drive Away a Millionaire" Promo

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), has recently announced the grand winner of P 1,000,000 to be credited to his Visa card from the Caltex-Visa payWave Drive Away a Millionaire promo: Dominic Tan of Davao City.

Ford Philippines Delivers Record Quarterly Performance, September Sales

Ford Philippines announced a record September performance this 2017 with retail sales increasing 19 percent year-over-year to 3,154 vehicles led by continued strong demand for the Everest, EcoSport, and Ranger.

Monday, October 9, 2017

(Blue) Powering the Future: A Closer Look at Isuzu's New Euro 4 Truck Line-Up

In a 2016 study conducted by global information provider Ken Research, the logistics sector is seen to grow, fueled by the continued economic growth as well as rising consumer spending in the Philippines. In fact, it’s seen to grow at a compounded rate of 6.8 percent annually until 2020. The bullish outlook in this industry means that there’s a huge demand for high-quality, dependable trucks. As the backbone to a strong and vibrant logistics network, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) is betting on its formidable truck line-up to fulfill any commercial vehicle requirement.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

BYD Philippines Gets into the SUV Game with the S1 (w/ Brochure)

Solar Transport & Automotive Resources Corporation (STAR), the exclusive distributor of BYD automobiles is entering the sub-compact crossover game with the 2017 S1. The gasoline-powered S1 combines 5-seater comfort with reliable performance that’s suitable for both city driving and out of town trips.

The Toyota GR HV SPORTS Actually Has Two Shifters (w/ 10 Photos)

Toyota is showing off a new breed of sportscar that takes direct inspiration from its World Endurance Championship (WEC) racing efforts. The Toyota GR HV SPORTS concept may read like a jumble of alphabet letters, but the most important aspect is that it combines the thrill of a sportscar with the environmental-friendliness of an eco-car.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Centro Says Small Trucks is the Future

With the Philippines’ rapid economic growth, logistics has become the name of the game. This is seen in the growth of third party logistics (3PL) companies which cater to the outsourced logistics needs of various industries. Also evident is the growth of online retail sales through the e-Commerce platform where orders have to be delivered immediately.

Subaru Ends Production of Generators, General Purpose Engines

Subaru Corporation will be concentrating on cars. That’s the message the Japanese company is sending after they announced that they are ending the production, sale, and repair of general purpose engines and generators after 60 years.

The Toyota Tj Cruiser is the Toolbox on Wheels (w/ 11 Photos)

It looks like Toyota is seriously considering to release a production model that blends the best attributes of a crossover with that of a cargo van. After showing off a far-off concept called the FT-4X Concept in New York, Toyota is following that up with the Tj Cruiser for the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The KYB New SR Special Offers Better Handling with OE-like Comfort

MassiveParts Incorporated, the Philippines distributor of KYB shock absorbers introduces the New SR Special shock absorber line that combines OE (Original Equipment) comfort with improved damping characteristics.

Honda Previews Next-Generation EV Sportscar

Honda is showing yet again that they’ve gotten their groove back. Set to be unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is a brand-new sportscar concept that shows off what a future Honda next-generation sportscar could look like.

Seems Like Nissan is Going to NISMO Everything

In a bid for global domination, Nissan is going to NISMO everything. That’s the gist when the carmaker released a preview of what’s to come at their 2017 Tokyo Motor Show display. Though their theme sticks to “Nissan Intelligent Mobility”, one cannot help but see that Nissan’s about to make everything sporty including an EV and a van.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Suzuki Philippines Makes Celerio, Alto 800 Safer for 2018

Suzuki Philippines (SPH) upgrades its value-oriented Celerio and Alto 800 for the 2018 model year.

The Toyota Century is the Rolls-Royce of Japan

Europe has Rolls-Royce, the Americans, Cadillac, but the Japanese, they prefer to arrive in a Toyota Century. And yes, Toyota is unveiling the all-new, third-generation luxury limousine where else, but at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ford Confirms Hybrid Mustang in the Works; Global Market Bronco SUV

After about four months understanding Ford’s strategy and business operations, President and CEO Jim Hackett and the senior leadership team outlined the company’s plan to improve its operational fitness, re-focus capital allocation, and accelerate the introduction of smart vehicles and services.

Race to Shell to Start Your Own Ferrari Toy Car Collection

The Philippines is big on holiday festivities, with the Christmas season starting as soon as the “-ber” months roll in. Christmas is also the time when Filipinos bond and share exciting gifts with the special people in our lives.

Toyota Motor Philippines Adds a Sporty Avanza Variant Called Veloz

Toyota Motor Philippines is adding a sporty variant to its Avanza compact MPV with the introduction of the 2018 Avanza Veloz.

Mitsubishi Enjoys Success with Xpander; On Target for 2018 Philippine Launch

Mitsubishi’s new MPV, the Xpander has enjoyed one of the most successful launches of any vehicle introduced in Indonesia.

Are Philippine Market Vehicles Affected by the Huge Nissan Recall?

Nissan is recalling approximately 1.21 million vehicles produced between October 2014 to September 2017 at the cost of 25 billion-yen (~ 11.31 P billion) because they do not meet the Japanese market (JDM) requirement for final inspection.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: 2017 Mazda6 Sports Wagon

Mazda has been steadily rolling out G-Vectoring Control or GVC throughout its entire line-up. In fact, their entire passenger car range from the cheeky Mazda2 to the sleek Mazda6 all have it now. The mission of GVC is to unite the different components of Skyactiv: Engine, Drive (transmission), and Body into one seamless package. Think of GVC as Mazda’s version of torque vectoring, only better. Instead of being reactionary which is typically the case, GVC is proactive, working the moment the driver moves the wheel. Of course, all this GVC talk questions whether it’s made every Mazda drive the same way now.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Volkswagen Philippines Gives Golf GTI Power to Hunt the Civic Type R, Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Philippines is now offering its “ultimate sportsman” with much more bite. Often considered as a “speak softly, carry big stick” type of car, the Golf GTI is shaping up to be ferocious enough to take on the Honda Civic Type R and Subaru WRX STI.

Pioneer Trucks Corporation Bets Big on Philippine Logistics

As the cornerstone of Philippine business and commerce, the commercial vehicle segment has risen considerably year-on-year. In the third quarter of 2017 alone, it’s gone up by 14.1 percent compared to the same period last year. It’s on this high note that Pioneer Truck Parts and Equipment Corporation showed off its sprawling facility in Cabuyao, Laguna.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

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