Friday, February 26, 2021

GAC Motor PH Launches 2021 GN6 MPV for P 1.480M (w/ Specs)


Legado Motors, the official distributor of GAC Motor in the Philippines launches their own mid-sized MPV contender: the 2021 GAC GN6.

Toyota Motor PH Had an Upbeat First Month in 2021


After a tough 2020, the country’s number one automaker, Toyota Motor Philippines is reporting an uptick in both sales and production figures in the first month of 2021, a positive sign that the automotive industry is on its way to recovery.

The Ford Territory Just Managed a 3-Star Safety Rating at Its Crash Test


Ford Philippines’s fast-selling small SUV, the Territory managed to score only a 3-star safety rating at its China New Car Assessment Program or C-NCAP crash test.

The All-New 2022 Ford Ranger Will Be Designed Here


Ford is gearing up for the all-new 2022 Ranger’s debut by expanding its high-tech design studio to accommodate more than 200 designers, and new equipment.

The RAM 1500 is the Only Pick-Up to Get a Top Safety Pick Rating This Year


If you want the safest pickup truck in the market, get the 2021 Ram 1500 Crew Cab. It’s the only one to receive a 2021 Top Safety Pick from the U.S.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS, beating competition such as the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado.

Peugeot Reveals New Logo


Peugeot has undergone a re-branding—it’s first major move as part of the newly-formed Stellantis partnership.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

BMW Philippines Brings in 4 Series Coupe for P 3.990M (w/ Brochure)


SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation heralds the arrival of the all-new 4 Series coupe. Available in two variants—the 420i Model Advantage and the 420i M Sport, the two-door, four-seater starts at P 3.990 million and comes with the premium segment’s longest warranty at 5 years or 200,000 kilometers.

Genuine Honda Access Facemasks are Now Available in the Philippines


Attention Honda fanbois: you can now buy official Honda Access face masks at all authorized Honda Cars dealerships nationwide (or if you prefer online shopping, through Honda Cars Philippines’s official Lazmall store).

Honda Cars PH Has Sold Over 1,200 City Sedans Already


Despite the onslaught of small Chinese SUVs, the reception towards the all-new Honda City remains strong. In a span of less than five months, the all-new sub-compact sedan has already moved more than 1,200 units.

Suzuki's 91-Year Old Chairman Steps Down


Suzuki Motor’s 91-year-old chairman, Osamu Suzuki, is stepping down after leading an automaker for longer than anyone else in the industry.

2.7M Motorists Now Have Autosweep RFIDs


San Miguel Corporation (SMC) reported that 2.7 million vehicles now have Autosweep RFID tags. The figure doubled the number of stickers the company issued to motorists from 2015 to 2019 totaling 1.3 million.

Volvo, Geely to Share Engines, Platforms, and Tech


Volvo Cars and Geely Auto have agreed on a deeper level of collaboration that will see them sharing powertrains, vehicle architectures, autonomous drive technologies, procurement, and even aftersales.

DTI Adds More Countries Exempted from Automotive Safeguard Duties


The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has amended its safeguard duty to include more exempted countries.

All-New Isuzu D-Max, mu-X Hit by DTI Safeguard Tariff


Isuzu Philippines is the latest automaker to announce moves surrounding the DTI’s provisionary safeguard duty. And similar to Toyota’s lead, they will be issuing refundable deposits effective March 1, 2021.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Volkswagen PH is Teasing the T-Cross Sub-Compact SUV


Right after unveiling its refreshed Santana, Volkswagen Philippines is teasing yet another product offering for this year; this time it looks to be the T-Cross sub-compact SUV.

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Leapfrogs the Nissan Leaf in EV Tech


Hyundai is going squarely against the Nissan Leaf with the launch of the first model in their new dedicated EV brand, Ioniq.

Volkswagen PH Launches Refreshed 2021 Santana for P 755k


Volkswagen Philippines is finally launching its refreshed Santana sub-compact sedan after teasing it last December. Dubbed as “your First German car,” the 2021 edition has an extra spring to its step thanks to new convenience features.

Foton PH to Provide Training, Employment Opportunities to Pampanga Residents


Addressing the depleting rate of employment in the country brought by the pandemic, Foton Motor Philippines, Inc. (FMPI), along with the Pampanga Provincial government, is taking the lead with programs that will benefit the public by providing world-class Automotive Skills Training followed by sure employment.

Leading Solar Energy Installer Picks Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV as Car of Choice


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) through its dealer Peak Motors Philippines Inc. – Manila Bay, turned over a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to Mr. Peter Wilson, CEO of Solarius Energy.

The 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance is Out to Hunt BMW M3s


Lexus is giving what could be its V8 engine’s last hurrah by shoehorning it into their IS sports sedan. The result is this: the 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance—powered by 472-horsepower V8 engine.

Goodyear is Buying Cooper Tires


Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is buying Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. for about USD 2.8 billion. With this, Goodyear is poised not just to strengthen its position in the North American tire market, but almost doubling its presence in China.

Toyota Motor PH to Offer Refundable Deposit Due to Safeguard Duties


With the DTI implementing the Safeguard Duty on imported vehicles, Toyota Motor Philippines is taking a surprisingly conservative approach by offering a refundable deposit to select vehicles effective March 1, 2021.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Honda Launches New Colors for Genio Scooter


Honda Philippines has launched three new colors of its female-centric scooter, the Genio, all designed to salute the Filipina’s style and independence.

Lexus Takes the Lead in Electrified Luxury


Lexus launched the world’s first self-charging luxury hybrid in 2004. Today, the majority of luxury self-charging hybrids on the road are Lexus. With almost 2 million of Lexus’ luxury hybrids sold globally, Lexus is the only premium brand with over 15 years of experience in sales and servicing of hybrid cars. It has the widest range of gasoline-electric hybrids available, with 5 different models ranging from compact to SUV, sedans and coupés in the Philippines.

The Korean Army Relies A Lot On This Kia Light Tactical Cargo Truck


The U.S. Army may have the Hummer H1, but the Korean army has this: the Kia Light Tactical Cargo Truck. And the automaker has just shown what its newest version looks like.

Review: 2021 Maxus D60 1.5T Elite


It’s weird to say your newest family SUV was inspired by, of all things, a tarantula. After all, baby tarantulas are known to eat their mother. Creepy, right? With that little piece of National Geographic trivia out of the way, it’s time to focus in on that SUV designed to look like hairy spiders: the 2021 Maxus D60. Will this newest entrant in the ultra-competitive compact SUV space end up being the eater or the eaten?

The Porsche 911 is the Most Dependable Car


If you want trouble-free ownership, forget about getting an SUV or sedan. Get a Porsche 911. In the just-released J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), the iconic sportscar took the top spot among all other vehicles for the least number of problems reported per 100 vehicles (PP100).

Honda Open to Alliances, Partnerships Under New CEO


Honda has confirmed what Reuters reported all along: they will have a new CEO. Toshihiro Mibe, currently the company’s head of automotive research and development will succeed Takahiro Hachigo as President and Representative Director from April 1, and Representative Executive Officer (CEO) by June.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Is the 2021 Toyota Innova the MPV with Everything You Need? (w/ Specs)


Toyota Motor Philippines has officially unveiled the refreshed 2021 Innova, after an apparent leak. Their dependable three-row MPV features enhanced styling and better safety than ever.

Chery Opens in Santa Rosa


United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI), the official distributor of Chery vehicles in the Philippines added Chery Santa Rosa, Laguna to its fast-growing list of dealerships in the Philippines.

The 2021 Nissan X-Trail's Latest Crash Test is Troubling


Nissan’s all-new 2021 X-Trail just got the results of its latest crash tests, and the scores are troubling.

Subaru Wants to Become More Off-Road Centric


Subaru wants to embrace the off-road lifestyle as it prepares a sub-brand to go head-to-head with the likes of Jeep and Bronco.

MRT Line 7 On Course for December 2022 Opening


Work on the MRT-7, another massive, game-changing, privately-funded infrastructure project of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), has crossed the halfway mark, with civil works now 51.73 percent completed, and electrical/mechanical (E&M) works 55.31 percent done.

MG Opens in General Santos


MG Philippines opens its newest dealership located in General Santos City. With this, residents and nearby inhabitants of this first-class, highly urbanized city are now given ready access to the British-heritage MG automobile lineup and MG’s aftersales services.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Chery Auto is Taking Passenger Health and Safety Seriously


The worry surrounding COVID-19 has pushed Chery Automobile to put customer health and safety first in its vehicle design. With that, Chery engineers have taken extra steps to ensure that the air you breathe in their vehicles is 100 percent safe and clean.

Suzuki PH Lends Super Carry Units to Marikina LGU


Suzuki Philippines Incorporated (SPH) gives back to Marikina City, where the most recently opened Suzuki Auto dealership is located, by lending three units of the Super Carry to the city’s local government unit. The realization of aiding the LGU with additional mobility springs from SPH’s commitment to aid the Filipino people in any way possible.

Isuzu Opens Bigger Pasig Dealership


Isuzu Philippines Corporation and Isuzu Automotive Dealership Inc (IADI) inaugurated a bigger Isuzu Pasig dealership as well as its Isuzu Pasig Truck Center (IPTC).

Ford PH Recalling Territory SUVs for Non-Starting Engines


Ford Philippines is recalling its Territory for a problem which may cause the compact crossover to not start once the engine is switched off. 

The 2022 Nissan Qashqai is the 187-Horsepower HR-V Rival We Want


Nissan Philippines has a rather thin SUV line-up. While it does have the Terra mid-sized SUV and the X-Trail, it doesn’t have anything smaller at the moment (the Juke has already been officially discontinued). And while rumors abound that the sub-compact Kicks is arriving locally, they could pretty much slot this in too: the 2022 Qashqai.

Mazda is the Best Car Brand for 2021


The report cards are out, and Mazda is Consumer Reports’ Best Brand for 2021. This is the first time the Japanese automaker stood atop the rankings, but it follows up their win at the publication’s reader reliability survey late last year.

Lexus Returns to Top of Vehicle Dependability, Kia is Now Highest Ranked Mainstream Brand


Lexus returned to the top of the U.S. J.D. Power vehicle dependability study after losing the top spot last year. Meanwhile, Kia is the highest ranked mainstream brand, and third overall.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

GAC PH to Increase Prices by P78k Due to DTI Safeguard Tariff


Legado Motors, Inc., the official distributor of GAC Motor in the Philippines, announced that it will be increasing the prices of its whole vehicle line-up effective March 1, 2021.

SMC Accelerates Skyway 3 Construction, Alabang SB Tollgate to Close Starting February 20


San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is expediting work on the Skyway Extension project that will make the Skyway System even more accessible to motorists from the south as the company announced road closures to usher construction works at the southbound section starting midnight on February 20.

2022 Honda HR-V Makes Global Debut


After a short tease, Honda has finally pulled the wraps off the all-new 2022 HR-V. Like the Japanese market Fit, the third-generation HR-V takes on a human-centric design approach, hoping that it’ll meet the expectations of its would-be owners.

Kia's New Logo Makes Its Production Car Debut on the 2022 K8 Sports Sedan


Kia’s new logo makes its debut on a production car: meet the 2022 K8. With a focus on modern, premium quality, and dynamic performance, the K8 moves forward in the sports sedan space, and hopes to build success of the K7 (aka Cadenza).

Drive Thru Saliva COVID-19 PCR Test Now Offered in Araneta City


Araneta City partners with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to open an accessible drive-thru saliva collection center for COVID-19 testing in Metro Manila.

Engine Guy Set to Become Honda's Next CEO?


Honda Motor Co., will be naming a new CEO as early as the end of this week, if reports from Reuters are true.

Ford Commits to Go All Electric in Europe by 2030


Ford is taking a big leap towards electrification with the announcement that its European line-up will go zero emissions capable by 2030.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

SMC Cleanup of Tullahan River Heads Further Upstream


San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is extending the total reach of its P1-billion Tullahan-Tinajeros river system cleanup to 11.5 kilometers, close to halfway of the entire 27-kilometer stretch, to further complement ongoing flood mitigation measures in the cities of Navotas, Malabon, and Valenzuela, before the start of the rainy season.

McLaren Opens New Chapter in Its Supercar History with All-New 2022 Artura


Don’t let the looks fool you—it may look like an evolutionary take on McLaren design, but the Artura is the start of a new chapter for the British supercar maker.