Thursday, December 14, 2017

TMP Tech Continues to Produce Highly Skilled Technicians for Auto Workforce


Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech), a premier technical school in Laguna envisioned as a source of quality service technicians, recently held its 5th Commencement Exercises for 75 new graduates under the school’s flagship two-year Toyota General Job (GJ) Automotive Servicing Course. These young Filipino automotive technicians are among TMP Tech’s 710 total graduates since the school started operations in 2013.

Buy or Do Not Buy: The Possible Effect of the New Vehicle Excise Tax on 42 Vehicles


With the finalization of the bicameral version of the TRAIN or Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Bill, it’s now heading to the Malacañan Palace for the President’s approval. Once signed into law, this sets into motion a comprehensive change to the country’s taxation structure, including one that governs new vehicles.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mazda Starts Restoration Work on Original MX-5 Roadsters


Mazda is finally accepting original MX-5 (NA) for restoration work in Japan. But there’s a very interesting catch: your car has to be worthy.

Subaru's Yuletide Aftersales Festival Offers Discounts on Labor, Parts, Accessories


Subaru dealerships nationwide are offering to make sure your Subaru is running in tip-top shape before the long Christmas holidays.

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Luxury Car


Making your dream car a reality is within reach but then, you pause and ask yourself, “What is luxury to me?” Is it the all the bells and whistles, the flashy look, or the hefty price tag? Or is it the feelings of simplicity, calm, comfort, control and security? How do you decide which one actually fits you and your lifestyle?

Rolls-Royce Manila Supports Next-Generation of Asia-Pacific Enterpreneurs


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila supported outstanding entrepreneurial savants from around the region at the 2017 Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA), a prestigious awards ceremony held last week.

8 Oras ng Pilipinas Races 800 Kilometers Non-Stop Around Clark Speedway


The Oras ng Pilipinas shattered records when the 2017 edition of the country’s longest endurance race got the green light last December 3. It saw a total of 114 drivers, with 31 cars running on GT Radial SX2 tires, competing in 6 categories take to the starting line making it the biggest grid in its history. In the end, the #6 TRS Formula V1 also set a new milestone by covering 800 kilometers (191 laps) around the Clark International Speedway (CIS) to take the overall win.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Prevent Car Theft and Track Your Car with the Tramigo GPS System


Buying a brand-new car is one of the biggest investments anyone will make in their lifetime. And while the priorities usually lie in improving its looks or performance, one has also take into consideration its security. With car thefts on the rise especially during the “-Ber” months, it’s great to take that extra step. Enter Tramigo GPS Vehicle Security & Tracking.

First Drive: 2018 Nissan X-Trail 4WD


For the longest time, Nissan didn’t know how to properly position the X-Trail. From trying to be all for the “active and tough” with the angular first- and second-generation models with the plastic front fenders and roof-mounted lights respectively, the current third-generation X-Trail turns a full 180 and goes all curvy and family friendly. And while they’ve stumbled out of the gate initially, especially when it comes to equipment level, they seemed to have rectified that with the 2018 refresh.

Senate, Congress Agree on New Vehicle Excise Tax That's Friendly to Pick-Up Trucks, EVs


EDITOR’S NOTE (1): We simulate the prices of 42 vehicles under the final bicameral version of the TRAIN bill. Read it here. (12/14/2017).

It looks like the Senate and the House of Representatives were able to reach a compromise. Rallying before they adjourn for a Christmas break starting on December 15, the bicameral committee reached an agreement to finalize the TRAIN or Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Same Stock Mazda2 Races Two 8-Hour Endurance Races


The same stock Mazda2 hatchback which completed 160 laps and won the Manufacturer’s Class in last year’s 8-hour Philippine Endurance Challenge race, logged in another 163 laps to take home sixth place in the FM3 class in the 8-Oras ng Pilipinas circuit racing endurance race held at the Clark International Speedway this year.

Mitsubishi Philippines Secures 270-unit Truck Deal with Metropac Movers


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) has recently turned over a fleet of Fuso trucks to MetroPac Movers Inc. (MMI), one of the biggest cargo transport and logistics companies in the country today.

All-New 2018 Jeep Wrangler Retains Iconic Looks, Features New Technology (w/ 31 Photos)


Jeep has just unveiled the all-new 2018 Wrangler, a thoroughly modern off-roader that stays true to its roots. It features advanced engine options, safety features, and convenience technology.

This P75,000 Watch is Made of Classic Ford Mustang Parts


Classic Ford Mustangs destined for the scrap yard have found new life thanks to the passion of two enthusiasts who had the idea to transform them into unique wristwatches.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

PNP Takes Delivery of 40 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Patrol Vehicles


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) announced that 40 brand-new Mitsubishi Montero Sport vehicles have been delivered from Japanese Government to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

EcoSport, Everest, Ranger Boost Ford Philippines to Record November Performance


Ford Philippines announced a record performance for the month of November with retail sales rising 13 percent from a year ago to 3,408 vehicles on the back of continuing strong demand for EcoSport, Everest and Ranger.

Meet the McLaren Senna: the Most Extreme McLaren Road-Legal Car. Ever. (w/ 19 Photos)


Ferrari may have the Enzo, but now McLaren has the Senna. Designed, engineered, and developed to be the ultimate McLaren “track-concentrated car for the road”, the Senna sits as McLaren’s newest flagship supercar; the next offering in the brand’s Ultimate Series next to the P1.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

LTO: We're Going to Release Your Plates by March 2018


In a press statement, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) says that the release of new plate numbers will commence by March 2018.

7-Eleven, Caltex Open 100th Store


Demonstrating eight years of shared commitment and solid partnership, Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), the exclusive licensor of global convenience store chain giant 7-Eleven, and Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI), the marketer of the Caltex fuel brand, celebrated the recent landmark opening of the 100th 7-Eleven-Caltex store at the Aseana Square along Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City.

Hyundai Philippines Pledges P 100-Million for Marawi


Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles the Philippines, announced the launch of its P 100-million fund to rehabilitate Marawi City.

Nissan Shows Off 7 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Inspired Vehicles


In anticipation for the release of the newest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, Nissan unveiled not one, not two, but 7 themed cars that take inspiration from the different characters and crafts in the upcoming space fantasy saga.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Will It Fit? Vans vs Mall Parking Vertical Clearances


So you’re heading out to the mall for some last-minute Christmas shopping. Oh, and you also happen to buy a brand-spanking new van too. The plan seems airtight until you realize: that tall-roof van of yours may not fit into the mall’s basement parking.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Nissan Philippines is Setting Sights on Grandia LXV with Urvan Premium S (w/ 9 Photos)


By launching the Urvan Premium (in both manual and automatic guise), Nissan Philippines finally has a wide-body, tall-roof van that can compete with the Hiace GL Grandia and Foton View Traveller. It afforded more luxury and space especially to private owners who may have found the NV350 Urvan a bit too cramped.

Gono Shines Anew in Endurance Racing


Luis Gono, the country’s first Toyota Vios Cup champion and ace drift racer racked up another milestone as he led his team to clinch the overall championship at the 2017 8 Oras ng Pilipinas endurance race held at the Clark International Speedway.

Cebu-Based Quartet Wins Castrol Philippines' Partner for Life Competition


Castrol Philippines recently concluded its 2017 Partner for Life Program at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, awarding Cebu-based mechanics from Drakes Motor Parts as the 2017 Castrol Mechanics of the Year.

Suzuki Expands Further in Mindanao with Ozamiz Dealership


Suzuki Philippines (SPH) marks yet another milestone with the opening of a new dealership in Ozamiz, Misamis Occidental. The expansion down south is part of the company’s objective to increase its presence nationwide.

City of San Fernando, La Union Acquires Tata Ace Units


Pilipinas Taj Autogroup, Inc. (PTAJ), the exclusive distributor Tata Motors, turned over eleven (11) units of Ace utility vehicle to the City of San Fernando, La Union last November.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Now, the Mazda CX-5's Front Grille is Made from Plants


There’s yet another reason to love the Mazda CX-5’s nose: it’s environmentally-friendly. The Japanese carmaker has recently announced a breakthrough in using bio-engineered plastic for large exterior parts and will subsequently use this technology beginning with the CX-5’s front grille.

Honda Wants to Check Your Airbag. Please.



Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. is urging its customers to take part in the voluntary safety recall of selected City, Jazz, Civic, CR-V, Accord, and Pilot vehicles (partial list here, here, and here) sold in the country from 2001 to 2015 due to a suspected defect in the airbag inflator of the driver side airbag (click here if you want a good reason to have that airbag fixed).

MMDA to Implement HOV Lane Starting Monday, December 11


The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority or MMDA is going to divide EDSA once more. After strictly implementing the Yellow (Bus) and Blue (Motorcycle) lane for two weeks, the government agency is going to reserve the fifth lane of EDSA for High-Occupancy Vehicles or HOVs.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Subaru Philippines Confirms EyeSight, All-New Forester, and Levorg 2.0 for 2018


Motor Image Pilipinas outlined its 2018 plans which includes the introduction of new vehicles and safety technologies. After a banner 2017 with more than 3,200 vehicles sold (including a 200-percent sales increase for the Subaru XV), the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country has announced the Philippine arrival of Subaru EyeSight along with the refreshed Legacy and Outback, all-new Forester, and the Levorg 2.0 DIT.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility Brings Simplicity Back to Driving


With the influx of technology and the speed at which it’s developing, one thing that most of us probably miss is this: simplicity. Back in the day, things get done when they get done. Nowadays, everyone wants everything at the snap of a finger. And we’re not talking about the latest smartphone or appliance, for that matter. No, this story is about the integration between technology and driving.

Review: 2017 Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost


It’s got to have a V8, right? That’s pretty much the consensus when it comes to muscle cars like the Ford Mustang. And while that adage still holds true for the monied purists, those opting for muscle cars with a smaller cylinder count aren’t exactly left out in the cold now. Case in point is the 2017 Mustang EcoBoost which is an entry-level model in name only. Far and large, it’s a real deal muscle car and not just some poser mobile.

Diesel-Powered Piaggio APÉ Could Be Your 3-Wheeled Business Partner


Piaggio APÉ, the three-wheel wonder from India is now set to take over the mobile business trend and transport market in the Philippines through Autoitalia Philippines Ent., Inc., (APE Inc.), a business conglomerate of Motohub and a member of the Autohub Group of Companies.

Jeepney Drivers Will Earn Close to P 1,000 More Per Day Under PUV Modernization Program


The Automotive Body Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (ABMAP), the official organization of truck body builders in the country shared the computations on how operators will be able to afford the proposed new Eco PUVs being planned by the Department of Transportation, Department of Trade and Industry, Truck Manufacturers Association, Philippine Parts Maker Association, Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, and ABMAP.

Monday, December 4, 2017

LA Car Accessories Offers Christmas Discounts on In-Car Entertainment Systems


LA Car Accessories is bound to make your 2018 journeys a bit more bearable with their line of Xtrons in-car entertainment system.

Okada Manila to Raffle Off Themed OCC Bikes


Manila’s biggest and most lavish integrated resort development, Okada Manila partnered with acclaimed international custom motorcycle company, Orange County Choppers (OCC) to bring in 2 specially-made bikes for Okada Manila which lucky customers can win in the third installation of Wheels & Fortune raffle promo.

Volvo Philippines Offers 3-Year Free Maintenance Package to December Buyers


Volvo Philippines offers its prospective buyers a free Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) for the next three years for every purchase of select Volvo vehicles from today until 31 December 2017. This offer presents tremendous savings as clients get to take advantage of regular PMS services that take care of their Volvo vehicle for the next 3 years or up to 30,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Toyota FT-AC Still Isn't the Next-Generation FJ Cruiser You've Been Dreaming About (w/ 11 Photos)


When Toyota ended production of its retro body-on-frame SUV, the FJ Cruiser, everyone began wishing for a modern, fuel efficient replacement. Toyota first came up with the FT-4X Concept in New York, followed by the Tj Cruiser Concept in Tokyo. Now, here comes the FT-AC at the LA Auto Show. And no, this still isn’t the next-generation FJ Cruiser you’ve been praying Toyota to make.

Waze Adds Motorcycle Option in Latest Version of App


There’s some good news for motorcycle riders relying on Waze: there’s now a custom setting just for you.

Buy a Mitsubishi Mirage, Get a Chance to Win Digital Walker GCs


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation is giving an early Christmas treat to Mirage and Mirage G4 buyers this season.

Peugeot Philippines Launches All-SUV Offensive, Introduces 3 New Models


Peugeot Philippines unveiled three all-new SUV offerings for the local market, an alignment to Peugeot’s global SUV offensive. The French automotive giant unveiled the all-new 2008 sub-compact SUV, 3008 compact SUV, and 5008 7-seater mid-sized SUV.

33-Car Grid Lines Up for GT Radial x 8 Hours ng Pilipinas


The GT Radial x 8 Oras ng Pilipinas has revealed that a huge 33-car entry list will take part in the country's longest-running endurance race this December 2-3. Held at the Clark International Speedway, it will become the biggest grid of the Philippine Endurance Challenge (PEC) to date.

Hyundai Philippines Looks Ahead to Manufacturing Boost in 2018


Coming off from its successful run in the 50th ASEAN summit, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) seeks greater heights in 2018, showing continuous confidence in the potential of the Philippine economy. Recognizing the remarkable contribution of manufacturing to Q3 GDP growth in 2017, up by 9.4 percent year-on-year to outpace services, Hyundai welcomes this structural shift for the Philippines going into 2018.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lexus Adds Third Row to Mid-sized RX Crossover


Lexus is harnessing the power of three (rows) when it unveiled a 7 (or 6)-seater version of its best-selling RX mid-sized crossover at the 2017 LA Auto Show.

2019 Subaru Ascent Targets the Mainstream (w/ 37 Photos)


In a bid to increase its US market share, Subaru has developed a three-row SUV called the Ascent. After being teased as a concept last April, the production version has finally bowed in at the LA Auto Show. The largest Subaru ever made features all of the brand’s core technologies such as a horizontally-opposed Boxer engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology wrapped in a generous body that seats 7 or 8 depending on the configuration.

2018 Mazda6 Continues Mazda's Climb to a More Premium Image (w/ 17 Photos)


Mazda’s direction towards a more premium image continues with the unveil of the 2018 Mazda6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show. Yet another refresh of the existing model that’s been in the market since 2013, the newest iteration brings forth “Mature Elegance” for Mazda’s executive sedan.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Honda Cars Philippines Unveils Refreshed 2018 Odyssey


Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), introduces a refreshed Odyssey premium MPV for 2018. Featuring a tweaked exterior styling and added convenience features, it aims to further satisfy the Filipino customer’s needs for luxurious and comfortable mobility.

Give the Gift of Grip This Christmas with Goodyear's Great Tire Sale


Gear up for your holiday drive with up to 65 percent off on selected tires at the Great Goodyear Sale, happening in select Goodyear Autocare Outlets from today until December 31, 2017.

Do You Think You Have the Highest Mileage Subaru in the Country?


With a reputation centered around long-term durability and longevity, the country’s exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles is on the hunt for the country’s “Most Seasoned Subaru.” From today until January 31, 2018, Motor Image Pilipinas is looking for the car that ultimately shows the superior quality and build of Subaru.

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