Friday, March 31, 2017
UPDATE: The specs and more photos are below (4/2).
Mazda easily had one of the most attractive booths at the Manila International Auto Show this year. Keeping with the brand’s global show branding of midnight black multi-level flooring, each car stood out on its own, tall and proud, effortlessly calling out to passers-by. And trust us – you will stop and find yourself weaving through the display like you just want to take them all home.
You can’t miss the Ford booth at the Manila International Auto Show. Every year, MIAS is the platform for the brand’s latest car launches. This year, however, visitors are given a taste of something different. Surprise – there is no new variant to watch for or to take photos of. But this is exactly in line with what Lance Mosley, Managing Director of Ford Philippines, had to say about the brand’s direction for 2017 – sustained momentum and enhanced customer experience, fueled by providing world-class customer service. This move came closely on the heels of 2016’s sales achievement – a record high of 33 percent and year-end total of 43 dealerships nationwide.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Update 1: The major specifications are now available at the bottom (4/9).
Volkswagen Philippines has announced an impressive line-up at this weekend’s Manila International Auto Show. Apart from the range of Commercial Vehicles that have been primed for an introduction, the spotlight will be shared by new versions of the brand’s current models – with the most notable being the all-new Tiguan.
Subaru is in a cusp. From building hardcore turbocharged tarmac-ripping machines, they’re now glorified grocery getters and soccer mom mobiles lining the driveways and garages of idyllic Stepford Towns globally. And that’s not such a bad thing given that for every hundred well-manicured, pooch-carrying, muffin-baking housewife out there, there’s just one Colin McRae wannabe. Now, before long-time Subaru fans will take to arms because of this travesty, it also goes without saying that this move doesn’t erase what the brand’s built up for more than 60 years. Case in point is the 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0i-L.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the world’s leading luxury house, will bring a bolder and edgier presence to the 38th Bangkok International Motor Show as it showcases its most powerful model, the 624-horsepower, 870 Nm twin-turbocharged V12 Wraith Black Badge for the first time in South East Asia.
The Philippines was once again in the limelight as the most promising market at the recently-concluded Hiab Asia Pacific Conference. Representing the Philippines was Centro Manufacturing Corporation, Hiab’s authorized distributor in the Philippines.
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. is rolling out a limited run of CR-V 2.0 V AT units equipped with GPS navigation. HCPI is encouraging would-be buyers to reserve now since there are only 30 of these crossovers making it to dealer showrooms nationwide.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) remains aggressive in expanding its network as it continues to pursue its mission in making its vehicles and after sales services accessible to everyone. As of February 2017, the total number of Mitsubishi Motors outlets reached fifty (50) after Le Mans Stellar Motor Corp. (LMSMC) in Angeles City and Best Southern Genesis Motors, Inc. (BSGMI) in Kawit were inaugurated.
Motul is continuing its Drive Right road safety Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign at this year’s Manila International Auto Show. Borne out of the frustrations of the everyday driver brought about by the snarling traffic jams, Motul wants drivers to pledge to make the roads safer.
With the summer holiday season just around the corner, Petron Corporation is reminding motorists to get their car ready for long road trips. While people invest a lot of time and energy planning their itineraries, they often forget that reaching their destination and coming home safely is even more important. A visit to your nearest Petron service station or Petron Car Care Center can help make your holiday trip worry-free.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
You likely read the news before you slept or just after you woke up; and I’m confirming it: the Honda Civic Type-R will be shown at the Manila International Auto Show at the end of the month. I swear, this is no joke. Just a few weeks after its global debut, a production-ready (likely part of a small batch of production prototypes touring around the globe specifically for motor shows) version of the hottest Civic will be the main attraction at Honda’s stand.
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. gears up for the 2017 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), which will be held at the World Trade Center Pasay City from March 30 to April 2, 2017. With this year’s MIAS event, Honda is bound to stir the Philippine automotive industry with its exciting lineup that will be on display at the event.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Taking inspiration from classic Tamiya ads, Toyota asked the question: can 15 radio-controlled Tamiya Hilux Bruiser 4x4s pull its full-sized counterpart? With the tires of the RC cars pumped to 60 PSI, their drivetrain locked into low-range four-wheel drive, and ballast added to the bed to aid traction, the answer is a resounding yes! If you don’t believe it, then see the video below.
Remember the Hyundai i20 CrossSport? Nope; I don’t either. Once a upon a time, I swear it was part of Hyundai Philippines’ model list only for it occasionally pop up, disappear, and then pop up again. Well, Hyundai looks to be ending the often forgotten sub-compact crossover as it sets to launch the Creta at the Manila International Auto Show or MIAS at the end of the month.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Mazda Philippines is poised to file an Initial Public Offering (IPO) sometime this year. Clearing the first hurdle, Bermaz Auto Philippines, Inc., as the company is officially known, has gained approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). All that’s left now is approval from the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) so that a listing date could be formalized. Now, as part of regulatory requirements, Bermaz Auto Philippines submitted an Offering Prospectus. Combing through the 134-page report, it gives insights to Mazda’s operations in the Philippines.
When SsangYong launched the Tivoli, the Korean carmaker boldly predicted that buyers will flock to their new crossover from the perennial segment favorite, the Ford EcoSport. A year on, this hasn’t gone to plan as the EcoSport continues to protect its turf while managing to increase its sales in the process. The question beckons: has SsangYong simply bitten more than it can chew? Will the Tivoli be relegated to being kicked to the curb in this sub-compact crossover turf war?
Monday, March 20, 2017
Honda Cars Philippines is finally addressing the single biggest complaint about the all-new Civic: the lack of speed-sensing door locks. Though I personally don’t see any problem of pressing a lock/unlock button to secure my doors, it seems some people have made a big deal about it. And now, your prayers have been answered; that is if you’re in the market for the Civic 1.8 E.
They promised and they delivered. Chevrolet Philippines is now making the all-new 2017 Spark available at all of its authorized dealerships. Available in three variants, the all-new Spark promises to lead small cars in design, performance, technology, and safety.
When Yoshio Tamiya, the owner of a sawmill and lumber supply company based in Shizuoka City decided to use his surplus wood and delve into making model ships and airplanes, little did he know that he’ll become a household name. Plastic may have replaced wood as the creative medium, but every child knows what the “Two Stars” stands for. For many, building Tamiya scale models or racing remote controlled or RC cars have eaten up entire weekends or vacations, so it’s just fitting to see them being made. And get this: you don’t have to travel to Japan to see them being boxed up; one just needs to travel to Cebu, where Tamiya’s largest factory is located.
Get your hands on these devices smarter than your basic video camera, which can prove useful in sticky road situations and keeping everything in check. Dash cams have become increasingly popular and essential over the past couple of years and Lazada Philippines offers you options that can fit your budget.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Already boasting of extensive features, the Isuzu mu-X exceeds any discerning customer’s expectation. Now, Isuzu Philippines’s flagship SUV offers even more as a new variant is introduced: the Isuzu mu-X Black Series.
The continued rise of new vehicle sales has started to put a lot of pressure on existing infrastructure. And while most have focused on the effects of traffic on the roads, parking facilities have now begun to feel the brunt as well. Anyone who’s had to go to any of Metro Manila’s business districts: Binondo, Makati, Bonifacio Global City, or Ortigas Center will know how difficult it is to find parking.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Motorcycles have sometimes played an integral role in action movies, being a lead character as much as the actor him or herself. The live action Ghost in the Shell is no different. Starring alongside Scarlett Johansson is a futuristic rendition of Honda’s NM4 motorbike.
With its focus on being a good corporate citizen, Ford Motor Company has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the eighth straight year, the longest streak for any auto manufacturer.
After 3 days of intense competition, the first champions of the 2017 Peugeot Philippines Tennis Invitational (PPTI) were awarded in a ceremony held at the Valle Verde Country Club. For winning the top spots in each division, the champions are given a trip to Paris, France to catch a live 2017 Roland Garros match.
Foton Philippines is taking aim at the recently launched Suzuki Super Carry with the introduction of multiple body options for its Gratour. The Gratour Midi Truck range, as it is called, offers more power, better payload capacity, and cleaner emissions than its Suzuki counterpart.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
We all know that Honda Automobiles Thailand is launching the all-new 2017 CR-V at the Bangkok International Motor Show at the end of the month. We also know that it’s coming with Honda’s first application of a diesel engine in the ASEAN region. And now thanks to our friends at AutoInfo, we don’t have to wait two weeks to see it in all its glory. Feast your eyes on the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V 1.6 EL 4WD.
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that it will introduce Skype for Business, Microsoft’s leading collaborative productivity app, to its new 90 Series cars, which includes the new Volvo XC90 SUV and S90. Volvo Cars is the first carmaker to launch such an in-car productivity tool.
Established in 2004, Blade Auto Center is now the largest chain of car accessories shops in the country with more than 50 stores nationwide. Located in SM, Robinsons, and Ayala Malls nationwide, it has become a one-stop shop for quality, branded automotive accessories and car care products. From air freshener to car entertainment systems, Blade Auto Center has it all.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Everyone knows that Mazda’s been killing it with their KODO – Soul of Motion design. It’s been recognized the world over for its simple yet elegant aesthetic. Apparently, that appeal isn’t just limited to the sense of sight and touch because Mazda has just won an award for its perfume. This is the “Smell of Motion.”
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile unit in the Philippines, extends the chance for everyone to win this March with the final edition of “Everybody Wins” campaign. All customers who will inquire, test drive, reserve, or purchase a brand new Honda vehicle from March 1 to March 31, 2017 is entitled to a discount voucher of up to P 100,000.
Nissan Philippines Inc (NPI) recently held the first ever Nissan Olympics at the Nissan Training Center in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The Nissan Olympics sets to identify and recognize the top performing individuals and teams within the nationwide dealer network, in the fields of Sales, After Sales, and the V-Up Program - Nissan’s way of promoting the continuous improvement in business operations.
Mazda is proving just how flexible its manufacturing processes can be. In order to respond quickly and flexibly to the growing demand for its second-generation CX-5, the company just announced that they’ll be producing it at the Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi prefecture. This is in addition to the Hiroshima Plant where it’s currently being produced.
It seems the sale of Opel and Vauxhall is just the first step for General Motors, if a report by Automotive News, is anything to go by. In the report, CEO Mary Barra has said that GM isn’t going for volume anymore (the sale of Opel and Vauxhall shrinks their global volume by 12 percent), but will instead concentrate on making every country, every market segment “earn its cost of capital.”
This here is the most important product for Mitsubishi in the Philippines. You can always lust over the Lancer EX, ASX, or Pajero, but the Mirage G4 and its hatchback sibling, the Mirage will set the tone for the Japanese carmaker locally. The Montero Sport comes close, but basing on the sheer number of TV ads, billboards, and the Aldub endorsement, Mitsubishi is surely putting most of their money in the sub-compact pot.
Monday, March 13, 2017
With summer just around the corner, destination planning is underway and along with it, the best pit-stops for that essential stopover. Pilipinas Shell ushers in the summer season by welcoming motorists to stop by at any station and make their trip more enjoyable through delightful customer offers.
Hyundai is making those summer road trips come true with affordable deals on selected models until the end of the month. With the CaRAZY for Hyundai promo that runs until March 31, would-be Hyundai buyers can save big bucks—as much as P 100,000—that’s usable as a cash discount, downpayment, or low monthly subsidies.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
With the announcement and reveal of the all-new 2018 Subaru XV, Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country is wasting no time in running out the current model. Just a couple of weeks back, the company announced hefty discounts on the Subaru XV (up to P 200,000) and now, they’re sweetening the deal even more.
Volkswagen Philippines recently turned over Touran multi-purpose vehicles to innovative tour, transport and P2P bus services provider Froehlich Tours during a ceremonial handover.
Now entering its third year, the country's premier grassroots motorsports event the FlatOut Race Series (FORS) is excited to announce the new 2017 season.
Always on the road with no time to eat breakfast? Well, McDonald’s is about to make it a lot easier for you tomorrow as they celebrate the 5th National Breakfast Day with what else but free breakfast sandwiches!
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Ford Motor Company is exploring how large-scale one-piece auto parts, like spoilers, could be printed for prototyping and future production vehicles, as they are the the first automaker to pilot the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Ever since ride-sharing apps reached the Philippines, they have become one of the most “tapped” applications by people who prefer ease and convenience in going from one place to another. Being in a private space, it’s definitely safer and a more comfortable alternative to the aged jeepneys, crowded buses, and substandard trains.
Ford Philippines reported February sales of 1,500 vehicles amid challenges during the month related to vehicle registration policies that affected the purchase and release of new vehicles.
SeaOil, the country’s leading independent fuel retailer, recently launched an industry-first fuel blind test campaign for motorists to experience the quality of SeaOil fuels.