Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Yes, You Can Buy this P 60-Million Nissan GT-R

If the P 7-million Nissan GT-R and P 13-million GT-R NISMO are too ordinary for you, then you should consider the ultra-limited-edition GT-R50 by Italdesign. Shown already in prototype form, Nissan has confirmed that they’re now taking orders for the seven-digit supercar.

Ford Ranger Sales Surge 60 Percent in November

Ford Philippines announced that November retail sales increased 16 percent from previous month to 1,891 vehicles.

Review: 2018 Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL M/T

“Simplify, then add lightness.” That was the principle that guided Colin Chapman in founding Lotus Cars. And while Chapman may have only thought of applying that thinking to exotic hand-built sportscars, there’s one commuter car that adheres to this philosophy, and because of that has come out as the best sub-compact hatchback out there: the 2018 Suzuki Swift.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Toyota Motor Philippines Launches All-New 2019 Camry (w/ 17 Photos, Specs)

After some teasing, Toyota Motor Philippines formally launches the much-anticipated full model change of its flagship midsize sedan, the all-new 2019 Toyota Camry. Underpinned by Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), the 2019 Camry exudes extraordinary from all vantage points imaginable: an overhauled exterior geared towards “Sensual-Smart Confidence”, an ergonomic interior which prioritizes both driver and passenger comfort, and an unmatched array of performance and safety features.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Cebu-Based Mechanics are Country's Best Motorcycle Mechanics

Castrol Philippines recently concluded its 2018 Partner for Life program, crowning Cebu-based mechanics from Super Racing Cycle Enterprise as the 2018 Castrol Super Mechanics. Their achievement marks a convincing back-to-back win for mechanics based in the Queen City of the South.

Motor Image Pilipinas Gives Out-of-Warranty Customers Special Perks This Week

If you’ve been putting off serving your (older) Subaru for the entire year, here’s some good news for your: aftersales discounts.

Nissan Leaf Arrives in ASEAN Market

The best-selling Electric Vehicle in the world, the Nissan Leaf is finally in the ASEAN market. Making its debut at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2018, the Leaf’s arrival to the region fulfills the Japanese carmaker’s promise to bring in their all-electric hatchback within the 2018-2019 Japanese Fiscal Year (April 2018-March 2019).

Ford Continues Role as Model Corporate Citizen

Continuing its role as a responsible corporate citizen, Ford Philippines, through its Operation Better World, helped build new water facilities to benefit Gawid Kalinga communities while also lending support to farmers affected by Typhoon Ompong with a financial donation.

Tata is First Indian Car Brand to Score Perfect at NCAP Safety Test

Tata Motors found itself at the extreme ends of the New Car Assessment Program or NCAP crash safety test for two of its vehicles: the Nexon and the Super Ace.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Ford Warns About the Dangers of Driving When Tired

After coming up with innovative suits that simulate near-term pregnancy and drunk driving, Ford just came up with a new one that highlights one of the biggest dangers affecting motorists, particular young ones today: driving when tired.

Japan's 2018-2019 Car of the Year is the Volvo XC40

After being declared the 2018 European Car of the Year, the first-ever Volvo XC40 adds yet another feather to its cap: the Japan Car of the Year 2018-2019.

UPDATED: Nissan May be Charged for Financial Misconduct as Well

UPDATE: Nissan has been charged for making false statements in its annual reports (12/10).

The Carlos Ghosn saga has taken a dramatic new twist as Nissan itself may be charged for financial misconduct.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Mazda Found a Way to Make Its Interior More Scratch Resistant

One of the biggest pains owning a Mazda is their generous use of high-gloss piano black interior accents. While they look good, they seem to scratch very easily. In time, they’ll end up looking more like brushed black accents than high-gloss black ones. Mazda, it seems, has found a possible solution.

This is Why You Keep On Seeing Ford Employees on Billboards

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this past few months, you may have noticed that Ford employees have started to grace billboards and web ads. Now, we can chuck it to them wanting their 15 minutes of fame, but there’s a bigger reason than that: employee pricing.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

2019 Hyundai Grand Starex Urban Targets Premium Van Market (w/ 11 Photos, Specs)

After being launched as a single variant last July, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., has finally brought in the top-trim Grand Starex variant: the Grand Starex Urban.

Hyundai Philippines Unwraps Your Early Christmas Gift: the All-New 2019 Accent (w/ 11 Photos, Specs)

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the country’s exclusive distributor of Hyundai cars and trucks unwrapped one of the most sought-after Christmas gifts this year: the all-new 2019 Hyundai Accent.

Treat Your Honda Well this Christmas Season

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) wants you to pamper your beloved Honda this Christmas season (or maybe, start the new year right) with these special discounts on parts and labor until January 31, 2019.

Volkswagen is Saying Goodbye to the Internal Combustion Engine

Taking the lead from Swedish carmaker Volvo, Volkswagen has just announced that it’ll be moving away from the internal combustion engine as early as 2026.

Kymco Philippines Launches Range of Smart Scooters

Equipped with world-class technology and customization features, Kymco Philippines expands its product offering with three new scooters: Like 150i ABS, Like 150i with Noodoe technology, and Xciting 300i.

Tuason Racing's Formula V1 Car Dominates 8 Oras ng Pilipinas

Proving its speed and reliability, Tuason Racing pulled off another dominant win at the Petron x 8 Oras ng Pilipinas last December 1-2 at the Clark International Speedway. The purpose-built race machine finished ahead of the 32-car grid to score back-to-back victories in one of the country’s most prestigious endurance race.

5 Things to Expect When Owning a Volkswagen Santana [ADVERTORIAL]

The Volkswagen Santana has been grabbing headlines of late thanks to its extremely affordable price of just P 686,000. But more than just being affordable, the Santana offers 5 benefits that help it stand out of the sub-compact sedan crowd.

Nissan Terra Scores Perfect in ASEAN NCAP

Nissan’s admission that its all-new Terra won’t pass US safety standards is greatly exaggerated as their first-ever 7-seater mid-sized SUV successfully scored a perfect 5-star safety rating, the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program or ASEAN NCAP revealed recently.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

This Classic Aston Martin Holds a High-Tech Secret

With interest in classic cars growing every year and values of heritage models at an all-time high, Aston Martin Lagonda has pioneered a bold new plan: to future-proof these increasingly precious machines by creating the world’s first reversible EV powertrain conversion.

Isuzu Philippines Holds Eco-Drive Training for Fleet Customers

Owning, driving, and maintaining an Isuzu commercial vehicle is already a sound business investment in itself, as the world’s foremost manufacturer of diesel-powered engine assures the power, reliability, durability, and fuel efficiency in every vehicle that rolls out of its assembly.

2019 Subaru Forester Nets Highest Safety Rating from JNCAP

Coming from a high where the Subaru XV was adjudged the “safest car ever made in Japan,” Subaru announced that its all-new Forester has received a similar citation also from the Japan New Car Assessment Program or JNCAP.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Subaru is Playing Santa This Christmas with Discounts Up to P 250,000

Aiming to close the year on a high, Motor Image Pilipinas, the country’s exclusive distributor of Subaru is launching “The Subaru Christmas Special” which extends discounts as much as P 250,000 to would-be buyers (see table below).

Hyundai Philippines President Shapes Future Leaders at Forum

Last November 26, 2018, HARI President and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, alongside St. Scholastica’s College Manila, launched the Maria Fe Perez-Agudo (MFPA) Center for Leadership Excellence with the MFPA Thought Leadership Forum held at St. Cecilia’s Hall.

PIAA Lighting Solutions Help Toyota Gazoo Racing Clinch WRC Manufacturer's Crown

After its successful comeback in 2017, Toyota Gazoo World Rally Team successfully cliched the Manufacturer’s crown in the World Rally Championship (WRC). One of their technical partners is PIAA—provider of the rally team’s lighting system for their Yaris WRC race car. Reflecting on their achievement this year, PIAA Philippines’s Aldrich Sacdalan had this to say: “We are proud of this achievement, and it reflects PIAA’s strong partnership with Toyota, and its trust in our lighting systems.”

Chevrolet to Expand to Tacloban

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet vehicles and parts in the Philippines, is set on reestablishing its presence in the largest city in Eastern Visayas with the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the new Chevrolet Tacloban dealership.

Review: 2018 Hyundai Kona 2.0 GLS

Hatchback on stilts or low clearance SUV, whatever you think of the 2018 Hyundai Kona’s packaging, one thing’s for sure: it delivers one of the best surprises this year. Competing in the burgeoning sub-compact crossover segment, the Kona comes across as a well-styled, well-executed choice that, at P 1,118,000 is great value for money.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Mazda Just Changed Their Opening Montage and It'll Leave You Teary-Eyed

If you’re a motor show regular, you’ll notice by now that Mazda always had the dreariest montage that opens their presentation. It’s filled with old models plus it’s so pixelated it looks like a poorly executed upscale video in today’s 4K world.

Grab Introduces Grab Taxi Service to Subic

Grab, the Philippines’ and Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform, brings the GrabTaxi service to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ). As the everyday app, Grab continues to expand its operations to reach more Filipinos as it now serves 12 cities in the Philippines.

Ferrari Shows Off Their Latest One-Off Car: the SP3JC

Okay, admittedly the name could have been sexier, but no matter; there’s a new one-off Ferrari car and the world is all better for it. Called the SP3JC, it’s designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre as a commission by a Ferrari client and collector who wanted an uncompromising roadster.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Opens Strada Teaser Site

In a market for a new pickup truck real soon? Well, it looks like there will be a new choice real soon: the 2019 Mitsubishi Strada. After its global unveil last month , Mitsubishi Motors Philippines has just opened a teaser website for its much-awaited new pickup truck.

Honda Civic, Jazz, and HR-V Score Poorly in Latest Headlight Evaluation Test

The US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS just released their 2018 headlight evaluation and things are looking dim, literally, for owners of the Civic, Fit (our market Jazz), and HR-V. These three Honda models are among the 40 other models tested by the IIHS to score a “poor” when it comes to their headlights.

NISMO Expands Heritage Parts Program

Following the success of their NISMO Heritage Parts program with the Skyline GT-R R32, Nissan’s performance and motorsports division, NISMO has just announced that they’re expanding the reproduction of parts to include the supercars of the Playstation generation: the Skyline GT-R R33 and R34.

What to Expect with the New Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act

After a Bicameral Conference Committee Hearing last November 26, the upper and lower houses of Congress have unanimously approved the proposed Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act.

Nissan Builds a New Leaf NISMO RC

Nissan is ready to show off the race capabilities of its fully electric vehicle, the Leaf. Shown as the Leaf Nismo RC, Nissan is planning to build 6 of these bad boys to show the world the power and excitement of an EV.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Refreshed 2019 Honda Civic Arrives in ASEAN Market (w/ 7 Photos)

The ASEAN market didn’t have to wait very long: the refreshed Honda Civic is almost upon us. Previewed at the Thailand International Motor Expo, Honda’s 10th generation compact sedan gets revised styling and more advanced safety equipment.

Accompanying the availability of Brilliant Sporty Blue as a regular color in the Civic’s color palette, the 2019 model comes with a revised front bumper. The RS Turbo receives more tweaks with the high-gloss black grille with a RS badge and high-gloss black 17-inch alloy wheels complimenting the now high-gloss black door handles (bye-bye, chrome).

Inside, the Civic now receives the convenience of a physical volume knob for its 7-inch Advanced Touch Audio Display. It’s also worth mentioning that the Thai-market Civic also gets wood trim for the RS Turbo—something we sincerely hope gets changed before its migration here.

Safety-wise, the 2019 Civic can now be equipped with Honda Sensing—a suite of driver-assistive features that include collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation with lane departure warning, and auto high beam. On top of that, the Civic also gets Lane Watch.

Mechanically, the Civic remains unchanged and this means it’ll remain powered by a 1.8-liter SOHC 4-cylinder engine making 141 horsepower and 174 Nm of torque or a 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC Turbo with 173 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque. Both are equipped with an Earth Dreams CVT.

With Thai market sales starting in January 2019, it’s increasingly likely that the 2019 Civic may see a surprise appearance this December at Honda’s annual media thanksgiving party. Otherwise, expect it to arrive in the Philippines within the first few months of 2019.

Honda Just Turbocharged the HR-V

This may look like a normal Honda HR-V, but look closely and you’ll notice a very subtle difference: it’s got not one, but two tailpipes coming out the back. If you’re guessing that this is a turbocharged HR-V and you’re right on the money.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The 2020 Palisade is Hyundai's Biggest SUV Yet (w/ 15 Photos)

We can’t stress enough that Americans like things big so it’s no surprise that Korean automaker Hyundai is giving them just that: the biggest passenger vehicle they’ve ever made: the first-ever Palisade.

Kia Continues Its Funky Ways with the 2020 Soul (w/ 21 Photos)

Kia’s funky crossover, the Soul is back for a third generation. Riding on an all-new platform and with an available turbocharged engine and all-electric motor, the Soul is just about everything the young urbanite would ever need in a vehicle.

12th Manila Auto Salon and 24th Sport Truck Show Opens Today

The Philippine automotive aftermarket industry will take center stage once more as two of the most awaited motoring events will be held this November 29 to December 2, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Presented by Delium Tires Philippines, the 12th Manila Auto Salon will be held back-to-back with the 24th Sport Truck Show.

Jeep Brings Back the Pickup with the 2020 Gladiator (w/ 15 Photos)

The wait is over. After countless leaks, spy shots and speculation, Jeep has finally confirmed the car industry’s worst kept secret: the return of the Wrangler pickup truck. Playing up their heritage of unmatched toughness, iconic design, and best-in-class towing and payload, this is the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

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