Friday, January 19, 2018

Filipinos Should Welcome the Modern Jeepney

Recently, there has been much talk about the Jeepney Modernization Program and the push of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to launch 200,000 new PUVs over the next three years.

Suzuki Philippines Posts 34 Percent Growth in 2017

Suzuki Philippines (SPH) ends 2017, posting a 34 percent year-on-year (YOY) growth and dealership expansions in key cities across the country.

Ford Teases Its Most Powerful Production Car Ever: the 2020 Shelby GT500 (w/ Video)

Despite introducing a track-oriented Mustang GT350R, Ford has been losing the horsepower war against the Dodge Challenger Demon and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Well, that’s about to change as Ford teased the “most powerful street-legal Ford ever.” Meet the 700-horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Kia Philippines Announces Post-TRAIN Prices with One Pleasant Surprise

Kia, through its Philippine distributor Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC) is the first Korean carmaker to announce their new vehicle prices taking into account the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN Law. Taking effect last Monday, January 15, 2018, prices have, surprisingly, remained stable.

Ford Commits to a Future of EVs, More SUVs, and Less Cars

Ford presented its plans to streamline operations globally and introduce a slew of new models including 40 electrified vehicles (16 fully electric ones) by 2022. The announcement was made at the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference in Detroit.

Could We Finally See More Hybrids and EV in 2018? Yes Says EVAP

After a banner year for the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) in 2017 where it successfully hosted the very first ASEAN EV Summit, 2018 looks very bright for the domestic EV industry.

Get the 2018 Subaru Forester at 2017 Prices Until End of January

With Motor Image Pilipinas’s announcement of an impending price increase due to TRAIN and the end of the high-performance XT model, now would be a good time to snag a brand-new Subaru Forester.

Mazda Leads Other Automakers in Fuel Effciency

Mazda is the most fuel-efficient brand according to the US-based Environmental Protection Agency or EPA. The annual list, released by the US government agency, sees Asian brands dominating the Top 5 places.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

North America Votes and This is Their Car and SUV of the Year

Chosen by a panel of more than 60 jurors from the print, online, and broadcast media across the United States and Canada, the North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) was recently announced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (aka Detroit Motor Show).

Which Cars Pass the LTFRB's "Strict" Standards for Taxis and TNVSes?

The Land Transportation and Franchising and Regulatory Board or LTFRB just threw the rule book at the Transport Network Companies (Uber and Grab to you and me). In a recent press conference, the government agency responsible for land-based public conveyance is reminding both Uber and Grab that they have to phase out non-compliant TNVses in 90 days. With the Memorandum Circular published last December 2, 2017, that sets a March 2, 2018 deadline.

Did the LTFRB Ban Hatchback Vehicles for TNVSes Overnight?

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board or LTFRB greeted 2018 with a shocker to Transport Network Companies or TNCs: hatchbacks with a displacement below 1,200-ccs or 1.2-liters (round-ups are okay, according to this report) aren’t allowed anymore as Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) vehicles. Given the LTFRB’s rather unpopular reputation of late, social media lashed out immediately on LTFRB board member and de facto punching bag Atty. Aileen Lizada on the government’s archaic or in their LTO own words, primordial standards. But is there a reason for all this uproar or is the LTFRB simply following the law?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2019 Hyundai Veloster is Looking Like a Proper Hot Hatch (w/ 25 Photos)

Rumors of the Hyundai Veloster’s demise is greatly exaggerated since the Korean carmaker chose the typically SUV-centric US market to unveil the all-new, second-generation Veloster. Designed collaboratively between Hyundai’s design center in South Korea and the US, the Veloster retains its unique two-plus-one asymmetric body style along with a slew of drivetrain and chassis improvements to up its sportiness.

Review: 2018 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 LTZ

With the new vehicle excise tax in place, pickup trucks may well be the new “people’s car.” It’s the latest in a series of transformations that’s seen it morph from no-nonsense workhorses to lifestyle playthings. And amidst the usual choices filled with Hilux, Rangers, and D-Max, there’s one that’s worthy of a closer look: the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado.

Volvo XC60 is Europe's Safest Car for 2017

The Volvo XC60 has been crowned the best-performing large off-roader, and the car with the best overall performance of 2017 in the Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety awards.

Mazda Philippines's Annual Service Skills Competition Aims to Lift Dealer Experience

Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the country, recently conducted the 4th Maztech Philippines Customer Service Skills Competition last December. The annual skills competition is designed to promote camaraderie and showcase the talents, knowledge, and attitude of various aftersales personnel in the Mazda Philippines dealership network towards the Mazda Quality Service process.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mitsubishi Philippines Increases Prices Including Strada Pickup Truck Due to Excise Tax

Mitsubishi Motor Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is the latest carmaker to announce its new suggested retail price or SRP taking into account the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN Law.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta is More Dynamic, More Connected (w/ 5 Photos)

Volkswagen has just unveiled the 7th generation Jetta, a full-on redesign of their compact car that promises dynamic proportions, optimal space utilization, and new range of assistance systems. Produced at the German automaker’s Mexico plant, it will be put on sale there by the first quarter of 2018 with the US market to follow by around midyear.

Hyundai and Grab Enter Strategic Partnership

Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, and Grab, the leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform in Southeast Asia, announced a strategic partnership that will expand Hyundai’s innovative future mobility services in Southeast Asia.

Mercedes-Benz Unveils All-New 2019 G-Class at Detroit (w/ 19 Photos)

How do you reinvent an icon? That’s the conundrum faced by Mercedes-Benz designers and engineers as they set their sights on the G-Class’s first ground-up redesign. The German carmaker’s longest serving model, the G-Class has been renowned for its uncompromising on- and off-road performance and impeccably solid build quality; traits which have been certainly carried over to the 2019 model.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

2018 Ford Ranger: This is It (w/ 13 Photos)

After years of absence in the biggest pickup truck market in the world, Ford is finally bringing the Ranger back to the US. Still based off the current T6 global platform, the 2018 Ranger (2019 in North America) undergoes yet another refresh and packs more driver-assist technologies including the world’s first off-road cruise control.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mazda Philippines Sets All-Time Sales Record in 2017

Bermaz Auto Philippines Inc. (BAP), the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the country, reported record sales numbers for the month of December and the full year of 2017.

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