Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Honda's Small RS Concept Arrives in Manila

Honda Cars Philippines brought out its sporty Small RS Concept at the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) which runs today until Sunday, October 28, 2018. Embodying its renowned sporty and fun-to-drive attributes, the Small RS Concept previews the all-new Brio sub-compact hatchback which may arrive sometime in 2019.

Honda Moves BR-V Production Back to Philippines

The Philippine automotive industry got a huge boost with Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) move to localize the BR-V’s production to their Santa Rosa, Laguna assembly plant.

Petron Adds Lamborghini Aventador S to Its Limited Edition Collectible Line

The holiday season comes early to toy car collectors with the addition of the Lamborghini Aventador S to the Petron Toy Car Collection, available from now until November 4 at participating Petron stations nationwide.

BPI Family Savings Bank Offers Discounted Downpayment at PIMS 2018

Despite rising inflation and peso-dollar exchange rates, Filipinos are taking advantage of low rates and waived fees for auto loans, resulting in a 12 percent rise in applications and bookings for such loans for BPI Family Savings Bank (BFSB).

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

LTO Just Doubled Down on Modified Car Ban

After a dialogue between off-roading groups, aftermarket industry players, and the LTO, we have some bad news to report for all you modders out there: the government agency isn’t issuing a moratorium on the apprehension of modified vehicles.

Do You Know What These Wheel Markings Mean?

All the brouhaha brought about by the LTO’s modified vehicle crackdown on the grounds of safety has the legitimate aftermarket industry up in arms. To simply say that a change of wheels already makes a vehicle unsafe totally disregards the amount of R&D that has gone through making these wheels.

Subaru is Now a Top Global Brand

Interbrand, a global brand consultancy company released their annual list of the 2018 Best Global Brands. With a theme of “Activating Brave,” the 2018 Best Global Brands Report examines the roles a brand strength plays in the “bold transformation of the world’s leading businesses to drive lasting economic value.”

Toyota Motor Philippines Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Savings Up to P 100,000

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Toyota Motor Philippines is offering pay low, pay light, or outright cash discounts on the Vios, Innova, Wigo, Hiace, Hilux, Avanza, Fortuner, and Corolla Altis. With only one week remaining (promotion period ends October 31), get as much as P 100,000 off your favorite Toyota vehicle.

Hyundai Philippines Sales Slip 6 Percent in Q3 2018

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) says that sales experienced a “minimal” decline of 6 percent ending the third quarter of 2018. A total of 9,483 units were sold compared to the 10,085 units in the third quarter of 2017.

Nissan Doubles Down on Electrics, Self-Driving Cars for Asia & Oceania

Despite the challenges facing advanced vehicle technology in the Asia & Oceania setting, Nissan firmly believes that the future remains electric, connected, and autonomous. That’s what Vincent Wijnen, senior vice president for Nissan Asia & Oceania revealed in an interview.

Review: 2018 BMW X2 xDrive20d M Sport X

Every now and then, a carmaker comes up with an offering unbridled by tradition that it comes across as a breath of fresh air. The latest one from BMW’s stable, the X2, is exactly that. It’s a compact crossover that ditches convention and despite of their increasingly jampacked SUV portfolio, is a standout in almost every way.

Grab Partners with Government Agencies to Prevent Crime

Meet the latest in Manila crime prevention: Grab. As part of their “Safer Everyday” campaign, Grab is now going “all cop” thanks to its partnership with various government agencies.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Suzuki to Show Off Next-Generation Vehicles at PIMS 2018

Suzuki Philippines demonstrates its continued efforts to innovate and offer Filipinos vehicles that serve as their partners in life, moving with them now and toward the future, as it joins this year’s Philippine International Motor Show.

Grab to Roll Out New Features to Make Commutes Safer

Ride-sharing giant Grab has announced the start of its “Safer Everyday” campaign which aims to bolster not just rider, but driver safety as well through various on- and offline initiatives. As a result, the industry giant says they will raise the safety standards for the TNVS industry as a whole.

The Volkswagen Santana is the Affordable, Aspirational Choice [ADVERTORIAL]

Everyone aspires for German-quality vehicles. Noted for its timeless appeal and robust engineering, they are the most visible display of discerning taste. Now, with the arrival of the Volkswagen Santana which starts at P 686,000, everyone can now enjoy German engineering at its finest.

Peugeot to Offer Electrified Sports Vehicles by 2020

For Peugeot, the future is electric. After showing off the beautiful e-LEGEND CONCEPT, the French carmaker is putting all its chips on electrification technology, particularly when it comes to their next-generation sports vehicles.

The 2019 X7 is the Big Daddy of BMW's SUV Line-Up

BMW is finally completing its Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) line with the introduction of the first-ever X7. The largest of BMW’s SUV line-up, it’s the “bid daddy” with comfortable seating for 7. Yet, they say it will retain all the off-road prowess, excellent ride comfort, and agile on-road handling that all SAVs are known for.

Hyundai Recognized as Brand of the Year 2018 by the Red Dot Awards

Hyundai Motor Company has been recognized as the Brand of the Year 2018 by the Red Dot Awards. This adds to the five previously received Communication Design accolades for 2018 for the Korean carmaker’s creative and innovative design.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Public Service Announcement: Do Not Join the Mass Registration (Protest) Planned on Monday

Hey guys, we’re all passionate about this LTO crackdown on modified vehicles, but let cool heads prevail. It’s been reported that a mass registration is planned for Monday, October 22, 2018 at the LTO East Avenue as a sort of “protest action.” Please, goodness sake, DO NOT JOIN SUCH PROTEST ACTION.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Hyundai Philippines Brings in Facelifted 2018 Tucson (w/ Specs)

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines brings in the updated 2018 Tucson. It brings much-needed aesthetic and mechanical changes that helps it compete in the crowded compact crossover segment.

Ford is Building 350 More Ford GT Supercars

With over 6,500 applicants racing up to own one of 1,000 Ford GTs, it was inevitable that not everyone would get one. To rectify that, Ford just announced that they’re increasing production of its famed supercar to 1,350 vehicles.

Hyundai Bags Another Design Award for Kona and Santa Fe

Hyundai has once again received recognition for the all-new 2019 Santa Fe and the 2018 Kona, this time from the Industrial Designers Society of America or IDSA.

Nissan Can Make You Spend P 70 Million in Less than 30 Minutes

If you happen to find yourself at the swanky Ginza area of Tokyo, swing by Nissan Crossing to take a glimpse of the P 56-million Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign, the 50-unit limited production supercar that commemorates the 50th anniversary of both the GT-R and Italdesign.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Philippine Market Fiesta, EcoSport Not Affected by European Engine Problems

Ford Philippines is assuring its customers that vehicles fitted with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost locally are not, in anyway, affected by the engine overheating issue affecting United Kingdom units.

Toyota Motor Philippines to Bring Tj Cruiser Concept

Toyota Motor Philippines is presenting its vision of “Future Mobility” at the upcoming 7th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS). Running from Wednesday, October 24 to Sunday, 28, 2018 at the World Trade Center, the biggest carmaker in the country joins 16 other CAMPI brands in this biennial show.

Over 400 Iloilo Drivers Get Safe Driver Training with Ford Driving Skills for Life

Over 400 private and public utility drivers in Iloilo were trained to be smarter and safer drivers under Ford’s Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program.

Mazda Teases 2019 Mazda3; Global Reveal Slated in November

In a lead up to its global reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda has ramped up their striptease of the all-new 2019 Mazda3. The first is a short video released today.

Foton Philippines Saves You Up to 40 Percent in Maintenance Cost

With their complete shift to Euro 4 compliant Cummins engines for their truck line, Foton Philippines is now touting their 2018 line-up as their most advanced, most reliable, and most affordable to maintain yet.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The LTO Should Read This: Car Modification for Dummies

Okay, so the LTO has finally clarified that all modifications prejudicial to road and environmental safety, including rim sizes, is subject to Department Order 2010-32. We won’t waste our time posting a selfie video of ourselves doing an interview, but instead we just decided to bust up some myths which can probably help the LTO in coming up with some proper guidelines.

LTO Just Made Modifying Your Vehicle a Lot Harder

The LTO, various off-road clubs, and 4x4 enthusiasts held a dialogue to flesh out what the government agency calls the “arbitrary and subjectively apprehending of modified vehicles.” To this end, the LTO clarifies that they are not arbitrarily and subjectively apprehending owners of modified vehicles. However, this will not stop them from implementing an existing law.

Hyundai Philippines Throws Full Support for PUV Modernization Program

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles (CV) in the Philippines, unveiled its new Hyundai Modern Jeepney at the Hyundai Power Solutions Business Mobility Expo held at the LausGroup Event Centre in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Honda Offering City and Civic at Discounts During 4-Day Sale

Why don’t you skip the skinny jeans at that mall-wide sale this weekend and head over to your nearest Honda Car dealership instead.

Philippine International Motor Show 2018 is What the Car Industry Needs to Wake Up

As a whole, the Philippine automotive industry isn’t doing well. Citing factors such as the increase in new vehicle excise tax, rise in both inflation and fuel prices, and the devaluation of the peso, CAMPI says that they’re bracing for either a flat or negative growth for 2018.

Ford Brings Ranger Raptor on Its First Public Test Drive Tour

Ford Philippines is expanding coverage of the Ford Island Conquest this month to reach more customers in Metro Manila as well as in North and South Luzon.

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