Friday, March 31, 2017

MIAS 2017: CX-5, CX-9, and MX-5 RF are Mazda's All-New Power Trio (w/ Specs)


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.

MIAS 2017: Ford's Record High Figures And Its Next Move


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.

MIAS 2017: Honda's Big Reveal - And It's More Than The Civic Type-R


The Manila International Auto Show marks the final show in the Philippines for HCPI President and General Manager, Toshio Kuwahara as he prepares for his upcoming move to a new country of assignment. And in true form, he leaves it with a legacy. Honda showcased a dynamic vehicle display that easily defined the brand’s core concept, “Joy in Motion.” The line-up takes a look back at the brand’s days on the racetrack, with sporty designs and accessories.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

UPDATED: MIAS 2017: The All-New 2017 Tiguan Headlines For Volkswagen


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.

Review: 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0i-L


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 Black Badge to Make ASEAN Debut at Bangkok International Motor Show


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.

Centro Attends Asia-Pacific Conference for Hiab Cranes


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 Rolls Out Navigation for CR-V 2.0 as Limited Edition Model


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 Inaugurates 2 New Dealerships


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 to Display Rare Super Cars, Promote Road Safety at MIAS


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.

Petron Wants to Make Your Summer Road Trips Smoother


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.

Hino Trucks and Buses Expands to Batangas City


Hino Motors Philippines (HMP) continues to solidify its commitment to total expansion with its newly inaugurated dealership in Batangas, also known as CALABARZON’s industrial port city.

Get This KTM for Just P 147,000


Adventure Cycle Philippines, Inc., the exclusive distributor of KTM motorcycles in the Philippines, now makes it possible for you to own your very first KTML the 200 Duke, through the Duke ‘em @147K offer.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How Much Are You Willing to Pay for a Honda Civic Type-R?


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 to Show All-New Civic Type-R at MIAS 2017


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

Video: Watch Tamiya RCs Pull a Full-sized Toyota Hilux


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.

Is Hyundai Philippines Bringing in the Creta Crossover and Grand i10? Seems So


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.

Analyzing Mazda Philippines' Business


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.

Review: 2017 Ford EcoSport Titanium vs SsangYong Tivoli Sport R


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

Your Speed-Sensing Door Lock Prayers Have Been Answered as Honda Equips It in 2017 Civic


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.

2017 Chevrolet Spark Ups Small Car Ante (w/ Brochure)


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.

The World of Tamiya: How Passion Runs Through an Entire Company


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.

Lazada PH to Offer Dashcam Blowout Sale March 21-23


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

Dark and Daring: Isuzu Philippines Launches 2017 mu-X Black Series


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.

Smart Parking Aims to Solve Manila's Parking Problems (w/ Video)


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

Meet the Motorbike That Will Give Scarlett Johansson a Run for Her Money


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.

Ford Continues to be Among World's Most Ethical Companies


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.

2017 Peugeot Philippines Tennis Invitational Winners Crowned


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 Goes Small with Gratour Midi Trucks


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

Photos and First Impressions of the Diesel-Powered Honda CR-V (w/ 12 Photos)


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.

Never Miss a Telecon with Volvo's Integrated Skype for Business


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.

Blade Auto Center Carries Top Automotive Accessories and Car Care Products


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

No Joke: Mazda Wins an Award for...Perfume?!


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.”

Everybody Wins with Honda's March Promo


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 Olympics Recognizes Top Dealership Personnel


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.

All-New Mazda CX-5 Production Goes into Overdrive as Manila Launch Nears


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.

GM to Reduce Investment in Thai Operations


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.”

Review: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GLS CVT


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

Recharge Summer Road Trips with Shell


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.

Save Up to P 100k and Other Perks with CaRAZY for Hyundai Promo


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

Discounted Subaru XV Now Comes with a Free Aero Kit Too!


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 Turns Over Touran MPVs to Froehlich Tours


Volkswagen Philippines recently turned over Touran multi-purpose vehicles to innovative tour, transport and P2P bus services provider Froehlich Tours during a ceremonial handover.

FlatOut Race Series (FORS) Announces 2017 Calendar


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.

McDonald's Giving Away Free Breakfast Sandwiches Tomorrow


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 Invests in 3D Printing Technology


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

Foton Gratour is Perfect for Grab, Uber Business


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 Sales Hit 1,500 Units in February


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 Holds Blind Fuel Test Campaign with Arci Muñoz


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.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Peugeot Philippines Enhances Commitment to Tennis


Peugeot Philippines solidifies its support of the local tennis scene with the launch of the first Peugeot Philippines Tennis Invitational (PPTI).

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