Thursday, September 19, 2019

Here's the Refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V

Getting used to the CR-V’s styling? Well, that’s too bad because Honda just refreshed it for the 2020 model year. Launched first in the U.S., expect this refreshed compact crossover to roll out in international market including the Philippines sometime next year.

Hyundai Opens Truck and Bus Dealership in Baliwag, Bulacan

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) formally opened the latest addition to its growing commercial vehicle dealership network in the Philippines, right in the booming first class municipality of Baliwag, Bulacan.

Get the Ford Ranger XLT 4x2 for Just P 1.121M This Month

Different month, same promo greet would-be buyers of the Ford Ranger, EcoSport, and Everest. Continuing their “Big Deal” promo, Ford Philippines’s big three come with straight cash discounts or all-in low downpayment options.

Catriona Gray Will Have You Lava Walking Because of Manila's Traffic

Reigning Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray has once again reached a new milestone as she continues to proudly raise our flag by becoming the first ever Filipino celebrity voice on Waze.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Yes, Isuzu Philippines Will be Launching a mu-X Boondock

After coming up with a limited edition Boondock for the D-Max, it looks like Isuzu Philippines Corporation is ready to give the very same treatment to its mu-X. Launching at the end of this month is the first-ever mu-X Boondock.

Mitsubishi is Pushing Its Anime-Inspired Design to the Extreme

By now, everyone recognizes Mitsubishi’s design as “anime-inspired.” Well, it looks like they’re taking things up at notch at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show with their new small plug-in hybrid SUV concept.

Foton Philippines Looks to Innovation, Filipino-Centric Products to Drive Growth

Foton is a force to be reckoned with in the Philippine automotive industry. Now one of the top 10 best-selling brands in the country, the commercial vehicle specialist had a tough time when they started out 13 years ago.

The Toyota Fortuner Finally Upgrades Its Infotainment System

One of the easiest criticisms you can level against any of the modern Toyota vehicles is its awful infotainment system. While it has basic functionality like MP3 playback, and Bluetooth hands-free/audio streaming, these AVT-sourced systems lack severely in smartphone connectivity.

Hyundai Will Cuddle You with Center Side Airbags

If seven airbags weren’t enough, Hyundai Motor Group—the parent company behind Hyundai and Kia has found a way to squeeze at least one more with the announcement that they’ve been developing center side airbags.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lexus Philippines Launches 2020 RX SUV, Including New Three-Row Variant at P 4.758M

After a month-long tease, Lexus is finally introducing the 2020 RX mid-sized luxury crossover, including the much-anticipated three-row RX L variant.

Share Your Subie Love at the Subaru Festival 2019

If you share no love for Bimmers, perhaps you’ve got a thing or two for Subies? Well, you’re in luck because also happening this weekend at the Bonifacio Global City is the annual Subaru Festival from Saturday, September 21 to Sunday, September 22 at the Amphitheater area.

BMW Xpo 2019 Slated this September 20-22 at the BGC

This weekend, BMW returns to the Bonifacio Global City Activity Center for the annual BMW Xpo. From Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22, SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation, the official importer and distributor of BMW will hold exciting event-only opportunities that come only once a year.

Next-Generation Honda Jazz to Go Hybrid Only (At Least in Europe)

After the debut of its first all-electric vehicle, the Honda e, at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, Honda is announcing the next steps in its “Electric Vision” strategy.

This is What Happens When Nissan Designs Video Gaming Seats Too

What if Nissan made video gaming seats as well as cars? Well, wonder no more since the Japanese carmaker let their designers go wild in designing three car-inspired video gaming chairs.

Review: 2019 Toyota Vios 1.5 G Prime

A pack of lemmings, populists, brand loyalists—say what you want about people who gravitate towards the Toyota Vios, but the fact of the matter is: it is the country’s best-selling vehicle. The Vios, and by extension, Toyota has built a solid reputation centered around quality, durability, and reliability—adjectives that has made the default choice for the majority of the population. The question is, can it hold on to that crown?

Monday, September 16, 2019

Petron Assures of Adequate Oil Supply After Saudi Refinery Attack

Yesterday, the world woke up to the news that Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company, Aramco, suffered a drone attack which effectively halved the kingdom’s oil output overnight. Although the government there allayed fears of an oil price spike by drawing on their existing reserves, what could this possibly mean for the world’s oil prices and supply?

Patriot Tires is Now in the Philippines

Patriot Tires is finally in the Philippines. The American-marketed tire brand specializes in SUV-centric applications that brings together functionality, reliability, and affordability.

Volvo Philippines Offering 10-Year Free Maintenance Service for a Limited Time

Volvo Philippines is leveling up the premium car ownership by offering a 10-year (yes, that’s a decade) of free maintenance service and 10 years of free roadside assistance on the S90 and XC90.

Hyundai Philippines Throws the Fuel Economy Gauntlet with the Ioniq Hybrid

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines isn’t taking the arrival of the Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid sitting down. In fact, they’ve now thrown the gauntlet down in terms of fuel efficiency with its Ioniq Hybrid, achieving 1,956 kilometers of range with a single tank of fuel.

Friday, September 13, 2019

The 2020 MG 5 Sub-Compact Shames Compact Cars in Features (w/ Specs, Brochure)

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCI) is beefing up their MG line-up with their first foray into the highly competitive sub-compact car segment. Launched at the Cebu Auto Show, the MG 5 features class-leading size and packs class-exclusive features at a price that tops below P 940,000.

Chevrolet Philippines Adds Yet Another Lifestyle Pickup with the Colorado Trail Boss

About a month after its debut in Thailand, The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the Philippines brings in a new variant of its Colorado pickup truck: the Trail Boss.

Carousell Philippines Sees High Growth in Automotive Business Unit

In time for its seventh anniversary, Carousell, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing classifieds, announced a successful migration from OLX for its Philippines business unit.

Maxus Serves Elderly, PWDs with New Assist Package for G10 MPV (w/ Video)

Barely three months into the market, Maxus Philippines is catering to one unserved need among families, especially those living with PWDs or the elderly with their new Assist package for their G10 MPV.

The Hyundai i10 N Line is a Turbocharged Pocket Rocket

About a week ago, Hyundai showed off its new i10—their smallest car that comes packing with tech normally found in larger, more expensive cars. Their engineers wasted no time in coming up with a hotted up version and naturally, it falls under Hyundai’s sporty N Line: meet the i10 N Line.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Ford Philippines Shifts Attention Away from Market Share to Customer Satisfaction

PK Umashankar, or Uma as he prefers to be called, has his work cut out for him. Faced with softening sales at Ford Philippines, the new managing director isn’t not fazed. A mechanical engineer by education, and a customer service guy at heart, Uma won’t simply focus on chasing market share; instead, he’s looking to transform Ford into a customer-centric car company.

BlackBerry to Power Future Subaru Connectivity, Infotainment System

Remember BlackBerry? The smartphones with a crisp physical keyboard so good users were called “CrackBerry” at one point? The brand may have all but disappeared in the smartphone space, but they’re finding new life in Subarus.

Mazda Philippines Turns Over First 10 Units of MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition

The first 10 units of the rare Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition were received by their new owners during a simple ceremony held at the Mazda Premium Experience pavilion in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City last Sunday. The keys of the limited-edition MX-5s were personally handed over by Tom Matano, the legendary designer of the iconic first-generation Mazda MX-5 NA, and Susumu Niinai, General Manager of the ASEAN Business Office, Mazda Motor Corporation.

Hino Philippines Inaugurates New Technical Support and Training Center

Hino Motors Philippines has recently unveiled its newest facility aimed at delivering unparalleled support to its customers. The new Technical Support and Training Center (TSTC) is a 15,900-square-meter land area with a 5,800-square-meter floor area two-story building fully equipped with a service workshop, a technical training workshop, a parts warehouse, seminar rooms, and corporate offices.

This Limited Edition Hyundai i30 N Project C is Lighter, But Not Significantly Faster

The world took notice when Hyundai unveiled the i30 N two years ago. But while it was designed and built to take on the world’s best hot hatches, there were still a few skeptics. Well, Hyundai just went a step further and created this, the i30 N Project C.

Limited to just 600 units worldwide (sadly, all are destined for Europe), the i30 N Project C pushes the limits even further. By dabbling in carbon fiber reinforced plastic and slapping 19-inch forged OZ racing wheels at each corner, this car sheds 50 kilograms.

More than just a diet, Hyundai engineers worked to recalibrate the i30 N’s suspension. It drops 6 mm closer to the ground while new internal calibrations for the existing dampers, shorter higher stiffness springs, and rear cargo zone stiffer complete the changes.

Outside, the i30 N Project C is finished in a dark matte gray with the carbon fiber parts finished with an exposed, high-gloss weave. Inside, it has Alcantara highlights as well as Deep Orange highlights.

Power remains the same as the standard i30 N and with that, it has a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine making 275 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 353 Nm of torque at 1,450 to 4,700 rpm (378 Nm on over boost at 1,750 to 4,200 rpm). The sole transmission is a 6-speed manual. Maximum speed is at 250 km/h, while its 0-100 km/h time stands at 6 seconds flat. This makes it 0.1 seconds faster than its regular i30 N counterpart and about 0.2 seconds faster than the Golf GTI. The Subaru WRX is still faster though at 5.2 seconds.

Largest Ford Mustang Gathering Happened in...Belgium?!

Examples from every generation of Mustang since the iconic sports car’s launch in 1964 converged on Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium setting a new world record for the largest number of Mustangs in a parade.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

There Are Actually 4 Bills in Congress Mandating Dash Cams

Let the grand standing begin. Top Gear Philippines ran a story where Rep. Frederick Siao is proposing mandatory dash cams to be installed in both private and public vehicles. While the aim itself is good, apparently, if you do a bit of digging, it’s not the only bill currently filed in the 18th Congress.

The Concept 4 Shows BMW Design Has Lost the Plot

Say what you want BMW, but the Concept 4 is anything but “clear and precise.” Unless what you mean by clean and precise is cleanly and precisely ugly. Yes, ugly; like gut-wrenching, yo mama ugly joke ugly. It’s so ugly that BMW didn’t even provide one official single head-on shot.

Michelin's New Budget-Friendly Tire Promises Shorter Braking Distances Even When Worn

Targeting young and budget-friendly consumers looking for tires with safety and performance that last, Michelin Philippines unveiled the Energy XM2+, a tire made for small and mid-sized passenger cars.

The Audi A6 Returns for 2020; Prices Start at P 4.5 Million

The BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class better watch out: the all-new 2020 Audi A6 is now in the country, boasting enhanced sportiness, comfort, and digitalization.