Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Mazda Philippines and AAP Renew Commitment to Driver Development

Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the country, and the Automobile Association Philippines, the country’s oldest and biggest auto club, renew their partnership to train, develop and discover young drivers in the field of motorsports.

Is J&T Express Foton Philippines's Biggest Fleet Customer?

Foton Motor Philippines continues to entice a growing number of companies to switch to the country’s third best-selling truck brand. One such customer is PT Global Jet Express, commonly known as J&T Express.

Hyundai Introduces New Platform That's Safer, Sportier, and More Efficient

Hyundai is trickling information about the all-new 2020 Sonata which marks its start of sale (in the U.S., at least) at the end of the month.

The Ultimate Luxury SUV, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Arrives in Manila

Almost a year after its global debut, the Rolls-Royce of SUV has finally landed in the Philippines. The Cullinan, dubbed the Most Luxurious SUV in the World, will enable Rolls-Royce to tap a new breed of customer: those who demand the ultimate in luxury while traversing the most challenging terrain.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Nissan Philippines Appoints New President and Managing Director

Nissan announced the appointment of Atsushi Najima as the new president and managing director for Nissan Philippines, effective April 01, 2019. Atsushi will report to Vincent Wijnen, senior vice president for sales and for marketing at Nissan Asia & Oceania.

Mazda Philippines Lets You Save Big Until End of March 2019

There’s a whole lot to save if you’re in the market for a Mazda. Until March 31, 2019, the Mazda2, CX-3, CX-5, and BT-50 all come with special offers including up to P 200,000 off for cash purchases.

7 Things You Need to Know About the Child Restraint Act

Last February 22, 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11229 or “An Act Providing for the Special Protection of Child Passengers in Motor Vehicles and Appropriating Funds Thereof.” You can check the signed copy of the law below, but it’s worth noting that it’s fairly close to the bicameral version of the bill passed last December 2018.

The 2020 Ford Explorer's Tires are Nail and Screw Proof

Ford says its all-new 2020 Explorer’s tires are nail and screw-proof. The reason? It comes with self-sealing tires which are standard on high-trim models like the Platinum and Limited Hybrid.

Review: 2019 Isuzu mu-X RZ4E LS A/T

The Asian Utility Vehicle or AUV has a special place in the Filipino family’s heart. For decades, it’s been the quintessential “practical car.” Alas, the country’s shift to Euro 4 emissions last year meant the end of the road for these 7-, 8-, or even 10-seaters. Without a direct replacement, AUV buyers had to settle for something smaller like a small MPV, while car companies heavily reliant on them, like Isuzu, saw overall sales nosedive almost 45 percent. In the intersection of buyers’ clamor and Isuzu’s need to prop up their numbers, the inevitable happened. The result is the 2019 Isuzu mu-X LS A/T—the mid-sized SUV that’s priced like an AUV.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Vehicle Importers Sales Rebound in February, Posts 12 Percent Year-on-Year Growth

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors, Inc. or AVID posted a healthy 12 percent year-on-year growth in sales for the month of February 2019 reaching 7,876 units from last year’s 7,017 units. The growth, AVID says, was driven by increased consumer spending and the launch of new and exciting products.

There's a Way to Save 20 Percent on PMS Parts and Labor on a Hyundai Reina

Last February 2019, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., (HARI) marked an industry first by opting to market its Reina sub-compact sedan directly through O Shopping—a TV and online shopping network. At the time, HARI said that they won’t be selling cars directly on O Shopping, but will merely use the network to highlight the various features of its newest sub-compact sedan. But, in a twist worthy of home shopping networks, there’s more, way more.

Here's Your List of Car Brands at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show

With the 2019 Manila International Auto Show around just two weeks away, it’s interesting to see which brands are present and which ones are not. Since we happen to see a copy of the floor plan, we can tell you for sure which brands will be displaying their wares this April 4 to 7, 2019 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Jeep Philippines Talks About Diesel Wranglers, Gladiator Pickup Truck

The Wrangler has been a very strong seller for Jeep dealer CATS Motors since its Philippine market debut in 2010. With the JK, as the third-generation model is referred to, replaced by the all-new fourth-generation JL last week, we had to get the low-down on the possibility of seeing the diesel variants on local roads once more, and even possibly, the Gladiator pickup truck.

Is Mitsubishi Coming Up with a Hotter Version of the Strada?

Mitsubishi is wasting no time bringing out a sportier version of their recently-launched Strada / TRITON / L200 pickup truck. Headlining their display at the 40th Bangkok International Motor Show at the end of March is what the Japanese carmaker says is, “a car ABSOLUTELY Beyond Tough.” [All caps emphasis is Mitsubishi’s, not ours).

Friday, March 15, 2019

The 2019 Nissan Navara N-Warrior is Dressed to Thrill (w/ 9 Photos, Specs)

Nissan Philippines is now offering a bolder version of its Navara pickup truck with the introduction of the Navara N-Warrior Edition. Building from its success as one of the country’s best-selling pickup trucks, the Navara N-Warrior Edition brings stylish aesthetics upgrades.

Mazda Owners Enjoy Free Coffee at Shell Stations Until March 29, 2019

Great news to all Mazda owners: there’s a great way to perk your mornings with free coffee courtesy of Shell (see full list of participating stations below).

2019 Motul 300V Superfast a Success; Reveals Fastest Cars During the Event

The second staging of the Motul 300V Superfast event was a resounding success as the country’s fastest supercars and tuner cars took to the Clark International Speedway in a flurry of speed.

Hyundai Philippines Sales Surge 38.6 Percent in February 2019

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines reported strong sales for the first two months of 2019, selling 6,537 vehicles of a 16.2 percent increase over the same period in 2018.

The Jeep Renegade Just Got a P 200,000 Price Reduction

Auto Nation Group, the general distributor of Jeep vehicles in the Philippines announces a price reduction on its “baby” Jeep, the Renegade which is valid at all dealerships until the end of March 2019.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

3 Things You Need to Know About the Ford Ranger's Powertrain

How do you take an already legendary workhorse like the Ford Ranger and make it even better? By equipping it with one of the most advanced powertrains in the world. After developing the new powertrain for the high-performance Ranger Raptor, Ford engineers knew they had something special and decided to make it available across the Ranger line-up. With improved quality, efficiency, and performance, the new powertrain is Ford engineering at its finest.

Foton is Now the Third Best-Selling Truck Brand in the Philippines

“Last year, I asked my team if getting into the top 10 auto brands is feasible. Sabi nila, kayang-kaya.  And true enough, we were able to deliver. I am beyond grateful because my vision for Foton is now turning into reality,” said Foton Motor Philippines Inc. (FMPI) President Rommel Sytin.

Apparently, Nissan's Not Shouting At You When They Spell Leaf as "LEAF"

If you’ve been paying attention or at least glancing through a lot of Nissan news, chances are, you’ll notice that their all-electric vehicle, the Leaf, is always stylized as “LEAF.” While this sounds shouty to some keyboard warriors, there’s actually a reason Nissan’s spelling out the Leaf as the “LEAF.”

9 Tips to Help Survive Driving in the Dark

Driving after dark can be dangerous, with contributing factors such as compromised night vision, rush hour congestion, fatigue and impaired drivers tripling the risk of a fatal crash, according to safety experts.

15th Manila International Auto Show Slated from April 4 to 7, 2019

About a month from now, the 15th edition of the Manila International Auto Show or MIAS will open its doors once more at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Slated for April 4 to 7, 2019, this year’s MIAS will have the theme of “Experience the Fun and Function,” highlighting the two primary reasons that compel people to visit a car show.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Jeep Philippines Brings in More Advanced, More Capable Wrangler (w/ 21 Photos, Brochure, Video)

Celebrating its 15th anniversary as the exclusive Philippine distributor of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and RAM vehicles in the country, Auto Nation Group brings the much-awaited 2019 Wrangler—the most capable SUV and the undisputed icon of American freedom.

Nissan's Infiniti Luxury Division Says Goodbye to Western Europe

Nissan’s luxury division, Infiniti has announced that they will be withdrawing from Western Europe and will be concentrating their efforts instead on the two largest markets in the world, North America and China.

Toyota's Going to the Moon

Soon, there will be a Toyota on the moon as the Japanese carmaker and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced a collaboration that’ll bring a manned, pressurized rover there. Toyota hopes to further its fuel cell electric vehicle technologies by equipping this manned rover with a cruising range of more than 10,000 kilometers.

DAF Philippines Inaugurates Facilities in Laguna and Davao

After opening its showroom last November 2018, DAF Philippines, a subsidiary of Pioneer Truck Parts and Equipment officially inaugurated its parts and warehouse facility in Laguna.

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Second Hand Car

The year 2019 has just started and there is no better way to welcome the new year than setting and achieving your life goals, such as finally getting your own car. This dream can be daunting, but you may want to consider pre-owned cars and work with a reliable bank to make this dream come true.

Late to the EV Game, Volkswagen Plans to Catch Up with the MEB Platform

After being late to the EV party, Volkswagen looks to be catching up in a very big way with its Modular Electric Drive Matrix or MEB platform. Created for the German carmaker’s new line of all-electric vehicles, they’ve shown its flexibility by plopping it onto a dune buggy body with the Volkswagen ID. Buggy.

Yup, You Can Buy Rotary-Themed Dinner Plates and Scale Models from Mazda

Most people are aware of MAZDASPEED—Mazda’s in-house performance division responsible for motorsports and even the creation of high-performance versions of some of their road cars. It started as a grassroots racing team in Japan, but was absorbed as a wholly-owned subsidiary in 1999.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Hyundai is Bose's Newest Auto Customer

Hyundai is Bose’s newest automotive customer as the Korean carmaker announced its availability on the all-new 2020 Sonata executive sedan. This marks the first time the two companies have joined forces.

Nissan Begins Road Test of Invisible-to-Visible Tech Using 5G Cellular Technology

Nissan has announced that they have begun testing their Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology thanks to a partnership with Japanese telecom giant, NTT DOCOMO.

BMW Philippines Launches All-New 2019 X5: More Athletic, More Tech, More Space (w/ Photos, Specs)

SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, continues the success story of the BMW X5 as it makes the newest generation available to the local market. The fourth iteration of the BMW X5 embodies this model’s typical characteristics: versatility, sovereignty, and luxury.

The 2019 Suzuki Ertiga Black Edition Answers the Prayers of Messy Families

Filipino families rejoice, Suzuki Philippines has heard your call and they’re making the 2019 Ertiga available in a new, easy-to-clean interior color scheme: black. Meet the Suzuki Ertiga Black Edition and it’s now available at all Suzuki Auto dealerships nationwide.

Maxxis Tires Brings M-6161W Tire to Philippines

Maxxis Tires brings to the Philippines the latest addition to its motorbike tire portfolio, the M-6161W.

The Michelin Man is Part of Uniqlo's Latest T-Shirt Collection

Michelin Tire, the French tire manufacturer, has launched a collaboration with Uniql for its The Brands Masterpiece series from the Spring & Summer Collection of the UT T-shirt brand.

Brembo Reminds People: Our Calipers Don't Just Come in Red

Brake specialist Brembo is almost synonymous with the color red. And while you can get their calipers in a wide gamut of colors aside from red like black, silver, and even neon yellow, they’re reminding carmakers and aftermarket tuners that they can be much more creative.

Shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Brembo Art Calipers are some peculiarly styled calipers finished in camo, animal print, and many more.

While Brembo says the exhibit is meant to show that they’re “playing with the latest trend in fashion, art, style, and design,” they also said that they have no plans to mass produce these “art calipers” for now. However, it serves as a reminder to carmakers and even aftermarket tuners about the infinite possibilities Brembo can do with something as mundane as a brake caliper.

It’s almost impossible to think an animal-print brake caliper will appear in the next high-performance supercar or luxury SUV any time soon, but expect more of these art calipers to crop up at aftermarket shows around the world.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The 2019 Isuzu D-MAX is Effortless Power and Efficiency [ADVERTORIAL]

The Isuzu D-MAX is known for effortless power and outstanding efficiency and the 2019 model continues that legacy with pride.

Review: 2019 Subaru Forester 2.0i-L EyeSight

Everyone grows old, it’s inevitable; the difference lies in how people react to it—some resist the change, while others embrace it. Now on its fifth-generation model, the 2019 Subaru Forester lies squarely in the latter. Gone are the days of him being free-spirited and a slightly quirky young gun; this one takes his vitamins every morning and a chamomile tea every night, especially if he’s had too much to eat. Gone are the days of late-night raves, now he has to be at bed by 9 PM. In short, the Forester’s now hit the midlife, and he’s fully embraced it. He’s the Tito of Compact SUVs, and he doesn’t care.

Is the 2019 Range Rover Sentinel the Most Capable Bullet-Proof Car Ever Made? (w/ Video)

Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations revealed the latest version of its armored Range Rover Sentinel, which now features more power, unparalleled refinement, all-terrain capability, and the latest in occupant protection.

This 1994 Toyota Supra Sold for Brand-New Porsche 911 Money

The price of the 1990’s era Toyota Supra is seriously getting out of hand. If you think a 1994 example fetching USD 121,000 (~ P 6.3 million) is already absurd, well, guess what: someone paid more, a heck of a lot more.

Toyota Philippines Helps Para Athletes Bring Honor to the Country

In the 2000 Paralympic Games held in Sydney, Filipina powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta made history when she brought home a bronze medal, a first for the Philippines. But before she brought pride to the country, Dumapong-Ancheta who contracted polio at an early age, used to push her wheelchair to the gym just to attend her trainings, rain or shine. Regular public transportation was a challenge.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

All-Electric Nissan Leaf Coming to Philippines in 2020

The new Nissan Leaf will go on sale in Indonesia and the Philippines by 2020, underscoring Nissan’s commitment to drive electrification in the region. The expanded availability of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle is an important part of Nissan’s goal to electrify one fourth of its sales volume under its midterm plan, Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022. The acceleration plan also includes assembly and localization of electrification components in key Southeast Asian markets.

Friday, March 8, 2019

2019 Jimny is Now Priced and Available at All Suzuki Auto Dealerships (w/ 17 Photos, Brochure)

After a lengthy tease, Suzuki Philippines is now officially unveiling the all-new, fourth-generation Jimny. Continuing its nameplate’s world-renowned attribute of having a simple yet rugged design, this all-new small SUV is destined not just to conquer city streets, but any trail or jungle as well.

Review: 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF Club Edition

You would think all the MX-5 stories worth telling have already been told. Yes, it’s attention-grabbing (KODO). Yes, it’s a great drive (Jinba-Ittai). And yes, it now appeals to more than just middle-aged men and hair dressers (personal observation). But then, Mazda digs deep and comes up with the 2019 model. Though it doesn’t look that radically different (spoiler alert: it’s pretty much the same car), but that new engine, BBS wheels, Recaro seats, and the available Soul Red Crystal paint job? Hnnnnnnnggggg.