Thursday, August 24, 2017

MG Philippines Launches Refreshed MG3 Sub-Compact


Morris Garages Philippines just launched an updated version of their sub-compact hatchback, the MG3. Packed with more convenience features, it is aimed at a wide range of customers. More than anything, it offers distinctive British style at an affordable price.

Want to Save on A Car Wash This Rainy Season? Try DIYing


It’s the rainy season once more and because of that, some people would opt to skip the car wash altogether. And while that can save you a couple of bucks right now, it won’t do your car’s paint any good. Neglect will eventually eat into your car’s finish, prematurely dulling its luster and shine. Thankfully, you don’t have to curse each time you drive off the detailers in the rain. Because, you can always DIY or Do-It-Yourself.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chevrolet Consolidates Operations Across Southeast Asia


General Motors announced it will establish a fully integrated business structure across Southeast Asia to drive greater customer focus, grow Chevrolet sales and improve profitability.

New Limited Edition Speedster and Shooting Brake Complete Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Family


One of the most enduring creative partnerships in the automotive industry reached another milestone. First with the global debut of the Vanquish Zagato Volante, followed by confirmation that not only will the Vanquish Zagato Speedster enter production, but it will be joined by a spectacular Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.

Lotus Cars Unveils Evora GT430: Most Powerful to Date


Lotus just released their most powerful sportscar ever: the Evora GT430. With a name that’s derived from its supercharged 3.5-liter V6, the 430-horsepower Evora GT30 offers a breathtaking 0-100 km/h time of just 3.7 seconds and a top speed in excess of 300 km/h. Limited to just 60 examples globally, it’s now available for order at Lotus Cars Manila.

HARI Foundation Awards Environmental Heroes


The search is over for the 2017 ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes. They came from across the region, each one separated from the other by thousands of miles of land and seas. But a singular purpose binds them all—that of conserving the region’s imperiled web of life.

Subaru's Kansha Festival 2017 Offers Hefty Discount on Parts, Accessories


Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru in the Philippines is holding its annual Kansha Festival. Celebrating the Japanese Labor Thanksgiving Day, the week-long Kansha Festival offers special discounts on parts, accessories, and labor across all Subaru dealerships nationwide.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review: 2018 Honda City 1.5 VX Navi


Normally, it’s hard to get excited over a midcycle refresh. Apart from the cosmetic nip and tuck, you cannot expect the driving experience to be any different. This is the sort of predicament that faces the 2018 City, a car so well-received by Honda buyers in the Philippines, that HCPI didn’t actually need to do anything with it and it’ll still sell. But they did. And you know what? The City’s all the better for it.

Mitsubishi Readies Move of Mirage, Mirage G4 Body Stamping to Philippines


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is set to install the country’s first-ever two thousand ton stamping machine which can produce bulky parts such as vehicle body side outer panel, roof panel, floor panel, and door panel among others. This is in line with the operation of MMPC’s stamping plant facility starting January 2018.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Angie King Carries Philippine Flag at 2017 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific


The Filipino flag flew high at the fourth round of the 2017 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific as Angie King placed second at the Fuji Speedway. Angie proved the mettle of the Filipino by outclassing 34 other drivers from 13 different nationalities at the 4.563-kilometer circuit.

Foton Opens Showroom in Marilao, Bulacan


Foton is on a roll. Exactly a month after inaugurating its showroom in Camarines Sur, Foton continued its aggressive network expansion as it officially opened Foton Marilao. Led by United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (UAAGI), the exclusive distributor of FOTON vehicles in the country, Foton Marilao is operated by Frontier Automotive Marilao Corporation (FAM-C).

Saturday, August 19, 2017

This is Probably the World's Most Expensive Set of Rims


Want to spend about P 920,000 (EUR 15,232) for a set of wheels? Well, Porsche may just have the answer for you. It’s something that combines form and function (and exclusivity, of course) because it’s the world’s first braided carbon fiber wheel.

2018 Honda CR-V Gets 5-Star Safety Rating; 9th Honda Model to Achieve Perfect Score


Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has just announced that the recently launched all-new 2018 CR-V has been awarded a 5-Star Safety Rating by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). It’s the 9th time and the 4th current model to receive a perfect score.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

An Eye on Design with Mercedes-Benz's Wini Camacho


“Their designs were going down in quality,” recalls Winifredo Camacho when he first entered Mercedes-Benz some 20 years ago. “Designers were overworked and it showed.” A result of the German luxury automaker’s aggressive product expansion plans then, Wini, as his friends call him, had his work cut out. He remembered how from just the three basic model ranges (C-, E-, and S-Class), Mercedes-Benz designers suddenly had to design double the number of model ranges. It necessitated a top-down rethink; one that Wini’s an integral part of.

Catch Fuso at the 5th Transport & Logistics Philippines


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) will be one of the participants in the 5th Transport & Logistics Philippines which will be staged at the SMX Convention Center today up to August 19, 2017.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Posts Record First Half Year Sales


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) concluded the first half of 2017 with another record-breaking sales of 34,549 units, their highest first semester volume registered so far.

Mitsubishi Mirage Switches to Philippine Production


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) today that it has begun the mass production of the Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback model in its Santa Rosa plant.

Chevrolet Cebu Opens Its New Service Center


Since its opening last February 2012, Chevrolet Cebu, which is located in Mandaue City and under the management of Genesis Motors Corporation, has continuously pursued its commitment to deliver quality products and services to the Cebuanos. A testament to its excellence is its straight 3 year Grandmasters Dealer of the Year Award in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and Best in Dealer Facilities Award in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Caltex Delo Headlines Transport and Logistics Show Starting Tomorrow


Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, will once again be at the Transport and Logistics Philippines. The show is set to happen on August 17 to 19, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Track Records Fall as the FlatOut Race Series Returns to BRC


Now on its 6th round, the 2017 season of the FlatOut Race Series (FORS) still continues to heat up as a massive 84-car entry list took to the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC) in an attempt to shatter old records.

Ford Honors Historic Le Mans Win with Limited Edition Ford GT


If you think the Ford GT isn’t exclusive enough, Ford Performance has just announced that they’re creating a special model that honors the GT40 Mark IV race car driven to victory by the all-American team of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt at Le Mans in 1967. The car will feature unique interior and exterior color themes, and an exclusive wheel finish.

Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 AWD Sport


On the surface, it seems Mazda has lost their engineering mojo. After coming up with all sorts of buzzwords to fill up the first-generation CX-5 in 2012 (KODO and Skyactiv to name two), this second-generation model doesn’t seem all new. Yes, there’s the sexier styling and more premium cabin, but the dimensions and engine look all too familiar. Is Mazda now riding on the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” bandwagon?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hyundai Philippines Achieves Highest Monthly Sales to Date


Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, closed its July 2017 sales with a record-high of 3,594 units – a 21 percent growth from the same month of 2016.

Volkswagen Philippines Holds Track Day for Golf GTI Owners; Introduces Oettinger Kit and ABT Package


Volkswagen Philippines recently held the “Volkswagen Driving Experience” for its Golf GTI owners and potential customers at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.

10 Geeky Questions on Mazda's Skyactiv-X Answered


Mazda is out to save the internal combustion engine with Skyactiv-X. As a core part of the company’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 long-term vision, Skyactiv-X combines the best traits of gasoline and diesel engines. Here are answers to 10 questions that’ll get you geeked out with Skyactiv-X.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Why the Next 2 Weeks Could be the Best Days at Petron Yet


Your days can even be better and rewarding with this exclusive line of Petron Lamborghini Series apparel available at selected Petron service stations nationwide.

You Can Win Free Fuel for the Rest of Your Life with this SeaOil Promo


SeaOil, the country’s largest independent fuel player, has launched the first raffle promo of its kind in the Philippines that will be giving four lucky motorists their lifetime supply of SeaOil fuels.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

2017 Mazda3 Speed: Long-Term Test Update # 2


With the next scheduled Periodic Maintenance Service (PMS) not scheduled until 10,000 kilometers (or October), this Long-Term Test Update for the Mazda3 Speed is all about protection, specifically, interior protection.

Rainy Season Brings Shower of Savings from Foton Philippines


The rainy season is here and with it comes a shower of savings from United Asia Automotive Group (UAAGI), the official distributor of Foton vehicles in the Philippines. Running until September 30, 2017, the Rainy Wheels Craze promo offers not just one or two, but three flexible payment schemes to make your vehicle purchase light on the pocket. This includes all-in low downpayment, low monthly amortization, and zero interest payment schemes.

Würth Car Care Products Now in Blade Auto Center


The Würth car care product line is now available in Blade Auto Center, the biggest automotive accessories retail chain store in the Philippines. Würth is Germany’s biggest original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and producer of chemicals, lubricants, and other automotive hardware. With Wurth’s products now available in Blade Auto Centers nationwide, car owners can now experience the German quality and reliability Würth is known for.

Kia On Tour Heads to Dumaguete Until Tomorrow!


The wheels on Kia’s national roadshow are turning once again as Kia On Tour visits the city of Dumaguete, the capital of the province of Negros Oriental today until tomorrow, August 13, 2017.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Momo Tires Philippine Distributor is Hiring


Fuel Autotek PH’s Marketing Manager, Kevin Buenaseda discussed the latest advancements within the organization. They have plans to onboard more team members handing its premier tire brand in anticipation of the company’s expansion and further penetration in the local tire market.

Hino Grows Dealer Footprint with Second Cebu Dealership


Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, boosts its dealer network with its newly-opened dealership in one of the fastest growing cities in the Philippines: Cebu City.

Nissan Expands Dealer Network in Bulacan


Nissan expands its presence in the province of Bulacan with the recent opening of its second dealership in Marilao.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Meet the Next-Generation Mitsubishi MPV: Xpander; Philippine Launch Slated in 2018 (w/ Video)


After previewing it a couple of weeks back, Mitsubishi has finally revealed the name of their next-generation MPV. Dubbed “Xpander”, this new next-generation 7-seater is specifically made, in Mitsubishi’s words, “xpand” Mitsubishi’s market presence through “xpanded” design, “xpanded comfort”, “xpanded e-convenience”, and “xpanded performance.”

6 Ways the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance SUV Impressed Us


Answering the call for quieter, more comfortable SUV tires, Goodyear is set to introduce the successor to its award-winning EfficientGrip SUV tire: EfficientGrip Performance SUV. Set to launch in the Philippine market by September, Goodyear Philippines sent us to the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand to experience this new tire first-hand. Here are 6 ways this new tire impressed us.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Suzuki Automobile Opens Satellite Dealership in Valenzuela


Suzuki Philippines (SPH) inaugurates its newest dealership in the city of Valenzuela. Bolstered by its 35 percent year-on-year growth achieved in the first half of 2017, the company is determined to offer great-value products and improved services by broadening its reach in the country’s fast-growing cities.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

7-Seater, Diesel-Powered 2018 Honda CR-V Lands in the Philippines (w/ 29 Photos, Specs, Video)


Seven seats. Diesel engine. These are the two key words that describe the perfect SUV for Filipino families; words that now amply describe the all-new 2018 Honda CR-V. As Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI)’s first ever diesel offering, the fifth-generation CR-V arrives to potentially steal the thunder (and sales) away from lumbering ladder-on-frame SUVs with its exceptional driving performance, all-around riding comfort, bold and sophisticated styling, and premium and upscale interior.

Mazda Confirms Compression Ignition Gasoline Engine; Calls It Skyactiv-X


Mazda has just announced the next phase of its long-term vision for technology development: “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030.” And at the cornerstone is the confirmation of one of the most highly anticipated engine technology yet: gasoline compression ignition. Called Skyactiv-X, Mazda will debut this next-generation engine as early as 2019.

Kia Philippines Launches All-New 2018 Picanto (w/ Specs)


Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines has launched the all-new Picanto. Now on its third-generation, the 2018 Picanto (read our First Drive Impressions) brings with it a more youthful and energetic appearance, high-quality and high-tech cabin, and assertive yet frugal performance.

Ford Philippines Sustains Momentum; Posts Record July Sales


Ford Philippines today announced record July retail sales that rose 8 percent year-over-year to 2,973 vehicles.

Review: 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF


A few weeks back, I happened to experience what I thought was one of the best balanced sportscars in the world: the Porsche 718 Boxster. At the time, I thought Stuttgart’s effort would be hard to beat. That was, until I snuggled into the driver’s seat of a 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF. Now, I can unequivocally say that if I were in the market for an open-top two-seater sportscar (and had all the budget in the world), I would choose the Mazda.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mazda Philippines Sets Record First-Half Sales in 2017


Bermaz Auto Philippines (BAP), the official distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the country, today reported another record-setting feat, this time for the month of July, as it carries on with a strong year-on-year upward trend in total sales performance for the first seven months of 2017.

Isuzu Philippines Holds Biggest Meet for Customers


Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), recently celebrated two decades of success following the gathering of its biggest event for their recognized Isuzu clubs; Team Isuzu Pilipinas, Team Isuzu Car Enthusiast and mu-X Owners Philippines.

Is Ford Launching a New Engine for the EcoSport?


Is Ford going to debut an all-new engine for the Asian version of the EcoSport? If the report from Autocar India is true, then the answer is yes. Seems Ford is keen on replacing the EcoSport’s current 1.5-liter Sigma with something a little more potent.

3 Things to Keep in Mind to Improve Rainy Day Visibility


It’s August and that means the height of rainy season. And while everyone can enjoy the cooler weather, the rainy season also brings with it unpredictable weather. One moment, it can be hot and sunny, the next, it could be dark with torrential rainfall. The heavy rains also bring with it one perennial problem for all motorists: limited visibility.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Caltex Rolls Out Fuel Your School CSR Project in Bicol


“The best way to begin democratizing access to powerful technology is through our public schools where even the last, the least, and the lost can also experience it. Now, more than ever, we need to invest in the minds of our young people,” said Vice President Leni Robredo during the recent roll out of Caltex Fuel Your School (FYS) Bicol in Naga City.

Toyota and Mazda Enter into Alliance


Toyota and Mazda has entered into an alliance that aims to further strengthen the partnership between the two Japanese automakers. The agreement preserves the independence and equality for both companies, but will allow them to synergize and advance future car products.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Ferrari Backtracks, Looks at Producing Its First SUV


After vehemently denying that they’re going to build an ultraluxury SUV, Ferrari has done a 180 and has all but confirmed what was once unthinkable: a Ferrari SUV.

Mazda Starts Offering MX-5 Parts Re-Supply, Restoration Service


As Mazda zooms in on its centennial year in 2020, the Hiroshima-based automaker announced a classic car program last year. Today, they have announced the first model to benefit from this program: the MX-5 NA.

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