Monday, July 22, 2019

MG Philippines Announces Opening of 9 Dealerships, Spare Parts Availability

MG Philippines formally announces the strengthening of its aftersales service operations with the opening of fully-functioning dealerships, the availability of spare parts, and more.

Toyota Philippines Retains Leadership in Pickup Truck Segment

Despite being in a very competitive segment, Toyota Motor Philippines closes the first half of 2019 with an undisputed dealership in the pickup truck segment.

New Infotainment System Increases the Nissan Navara's Price

While Asia-Pacific is waiting to get the revised 2019 Navara, Nissan Philippines has made it a point to update its perennial best-seller with a new feature that makes driving safer and smarter.

Toyota and BYD to Jointly Develop Electric Vehicles

BYD and Toyota have announced that they have signed an agreement for the joint development of battery electric vehicles or BEVs. The two parties will jointly develop sedans and low-floor SUVs as well as the onboard batteries for these vehicles and others with the aim to launch them in the Chinese market under the Toyota brand in the first half of 2020s.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Filipino Workers Can Buy the Least Amount of Fuel in Asia-Pacific

The average Filipino worker can purchase 158 liters of gasoline, putting the country in dead last among the 17 countries researched by Picodi, an online aggregator of discount codes and deals.

The Honda CR-V MUGEN is for Dads Who Can't Shake the Tuner Lifestyle

If you can’t shake off the tuner feeling, but have to settle on a family crossover, Honda may have a solution for you: meet the CR-V MUGEN.

The Mazda MX-5 Has to Thank Its Loyal Philippine Fanbase

With Mazda celebrating the 30th anniversary of the MX-5 this year, it’s important to note its significance in the Philippine market.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is "Sayad" Proof

One of the biggest banes to driving a supercar around is its low ground clearance, specifically at the front, where it has the propensity to scrape through anything. Well, Chevrolet has come up with an ingenious solution that’ll prevent that from happening in the 2020 Corvette Stingray.

Friday, July 19, 2019

The First-Ever Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette is Revealed and We Like What We See

After GM President Mark Reuss declares that they have reached the limits of performance with the Corvette’s traditional front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, Chevrolet fulfills the long-term promise of its iconic supercar with the introduction of the 2020 Corvette—the first-ever production mid-engine Corvette.

GrabCar Premium Just Got Upgraded

Grab, has unveiled the improved offerings of its flagship transport line: GrabCar Premium, by giving passengers more value for their journey through better cars, better drivers, and better travel experience.

Ford Wants to Come Up with a Pickup Truck Emoji

With billions of emoji sent daily and nearly every mode of transportation including cars, scooters, boats, spaceships, and ski lifts among the 3,000 approved icons available to emoji users, truck fans noticed a glaring omission: There is no pickup truck. Ford decided it was time to do something about this with the debut of the pickup truck emoji.

Foton's Bigger, More Powerful Gratour Gets Down to Business

With its commitment and capability to provide efficient people- and cargo movers for any type of business, Foton Philippines was chosen by one of the largest telecommunication product firms in the country, Maax Eye Trade, Inc. (METI) to be their vehicle service provider.

Ford Responds to Reports That It Covered Up Faulty Transmissions

After a pretty damning picture painted by an investigative report by The Detroit Free Press, Ford has now issued an official statement regarding the DPS6 or PowerShift dual clutch transmission. For transparency, here it is in full:

The LTO Will Make Sure Your Vehicle's Road Worthy Before Registration

After implementing a demerit-based system for Driver’s License holders in the Philippines, it looks like the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will also closely scrutinize the road worthiness of vehicles.

Philippines Formalizes Standards for EVs

The sight of electric vehicles on Philippine roads is one-step closer with the government’s formal adoption of international standards. Finalized on the opening day of the Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit, the Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) has now released several standards that specifically cater to the emerging market of electric vehicles.

Nissan Philippines Moves to a Bigger Office

After a record-setting 2018, Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) celebrates a new growth milestone, with a move to larger offices at the EcoPrime Building in Bonifacio Global City. The new space represents the company’s dedication in servicing the increasing requirements of Filipino customers and industry, and its further development ambitions.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The World Says Goodbye to the Mazda Demio

Mazda has completed its shift to a global nameplate scheme with the discontinuation of the Demio moniker in Japan. After the demise of the Axela and Atenza names, the Demio will cease to exist in Mazda showrooms this September; and in its place is the global Mazda2 nameplate.

Get Ready for the Largest Gathering of Subarus in the Philippines

Prepare to paint the town (well, the Clark International Speedway) blue as the biggest gathering of Subaru owners and enthusiasts is back. Boxer Madness will descend on the Clark International Speedway this Saturday, July 27.

This 28-year Old Honda Civic is Now a Guinness World Record Holder

For Filipinos, the most common test of a car’s power is a climb up one of the most popular tourist destinations: Baguio. And though there’s no questioning the challenge of Kennon Road, its 1,700-meter elevation is nothing against Thailand’s Doi Chang Mountain Road which is at 1,962 meters above sea level.

Goodbye Mercedes-Benz X-Class

A more luxurious interior and a three-pointed star for a badge aren’t enough to save what’s basically a tarted up Nissan Navara. A report coming out of Europe says the Mercedes-Benz X-Class is not long in this world.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Will You Pay P 203,000 More to Have Your Car Hand-Assembled?

How much of a premium are you willing to pay to say that your Acura (Honda’s premium car division) is built off the same line that exclusively makes the NSX supercar? Well, if you don’t mind paying an extra USD 4,000 (~ P 203,440), there’s the ultra-exclusive TLX PMC Edition.

BPI Family Savings Bank Calls on Dealers to Make Car Ownership Easier

BPI Family Savings Bank (BFSB), the country’s largest savings and thrift bank, called on car dealers for stronger and more harmonious relations with banks to help more Filipinos realize their dream of owning a car.

Excelsior Continues Re-Fleeting with Isuzu Trucks

During a formal ceremony, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), the country’s leading assembler and distributor of trucks, turned over to Excelsior Custom Brokerage a brand-new Isuzu EXR QL Tractor Head at the latter’s main office at Imus City, Cavite.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

You'll Be Required to Attend a Road Safety Seminar as the LTO Moves to a Point-Based System

The Land Transportation Office or LTO is now rationalizing driver’s licenses and one of the key takeaways here: be ready to attend a road safety seminar prior to your renewal. The news comes out after the LTO published the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 10930.

Isuzu's Modern PUV Will Now Ply Las Piñas, Paranaque, and Alabang

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) announces its latest PUV turnover to the Alabang Transport Service Cooperative or ATSC. With 24 units of Class 2 Modern PUVs turned over, this marks one of the largest single turnovers yet in the government’s PUV Modernization Program.

The Ford Ranger Scores Best Quarterly Sales Performance Ever

Ford Philippines announced the tally of its second quarter sales this year. The American carmaker says they have sold 5,667 vehicles, driven by an all-time record quarterly performance of the Ranger pickup truck.

This Guy Paid P 107 million for His 2020 Toyota GR Supra

How much are you willing for a 2020 Toyota Supra? While some enterprising dude has already tacked on a P 350,000 mark up, how does a cool P 107 million sound? Well, that’s how much John Staluppi paid for his Matte Storm Gray unit.

Review: 2019 Kia Stinger GT

What is the power of a brand? That’s the biggest question surrounding the 2019 Stinger GT, Kia’s undeniable halo car. Priced at P 940,000 above the brand’s second most expensive offering, the Grand Carnival EX, the Stinger stretches what anyone thinks of Kia. Still, after all’s said and done, it’s a tour-de-force in many ways, but most importantly, it’s a fresh devil-may-care-attitude amidst an automotive world market driven by bean counters and spread sheets.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Foton Philippines's More Powerful Gratour MiniVan Can Handle Whatever Life Throws at It (w/ Specs)

Since its introduction in the Philippine market in 2015, the Foton Gratour MiniVan has been a choice of first-time car buyers who wanted something that scores high in functionality, while still being light on the pocket. This year, Foton Philippines is adding more power and features to the Gratour MiniVan making it better equipped to handle business, pleasure, and whatever else life throws at it.

Its Pouring Deals This July Thanks to Mitsubishi Motors Philippines

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is offering irresistible deals on several of its vehicles during this rainy season with the Downpour Deals promo. Owning a brand-new Mitsubishi is easier with available financing plans that’s easy on the wallet.

A Bad Pothole May Cause Some Toyota Rush SUVs to Deploy Their Curtain Airbags

Toyota Motor Philippines is issuing a recall for 12,124 Rush SUVs which have been found to have an inappropriately programmed airbag control module.

Vehicle Importers See Vehicle Sales on Upward Trend in First Half of 2019

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) reports that its members showed a slight recovery in vehicle sales in the first six months of 2019. Sales during the first half of the year reached 43,333 units—a one percent increase over the same period last year.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Chevrolet Trailblazer Perfect Edition II Sounds Like a Sequel We Can Get Behind On

After coming up with a tacky 4th of July Edition, Chevrolet’s product planning people need to redeem itself. Well, another Thailand market model may do just that, and this is one upgrade we can sort-of get behind on.

Hyundai Philippines Sales Grow 9.1 Percent

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the country sustained its strong recovery in the first half of 2019 as they see sales rise 9.1 percent to 17,654 units compared to 16,181 units over the same period last year.

Maxus Philippines Holds First Road Show; Offers Low Downpayment Options

Maxus Philippines expands its customer reach starting July 15 with a mall display and showroom event as well as special offers.

Ford and Volkswagen Deepen Ties on Pickup Trucks, EVs, and Autonomous Driving Tech

Ford and Volkswagen are deepening their global alliance in order to improve their competitiveness and cost and capital efficiencies. The tie-up includes Ford using Volkswagen’s all-electric MEB platform, Ford taking the lead on developing a new global pickup platform, and both companies investing in autonomous driving technologies.

There Will be a Second-Generation Nissan Juke and This is Our First Look

When Nissan launched the Kicks sub-compact SUV, it was assumed that time was up for the odd-looking Juke which occupies the same segment. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case as Nissan is teasing a second-generation model, and it looks to be as funky as ever.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Internal Documents Show Ford Knew That PowerShift Dual Clutch Transmission was Flawed

History is now repeating itself for Ford. After battling image/design issues (and losing) in the 1970s with the Pinto, the American carmaker is now finding itself doing pretty much the same thing, this time with the Fiesta and Focus’s flawed dual clutch transmission.

Goodbye, Volkswagen Beetle

After its multi-generational run as a brand mainstay and global automotive phenomenon, the Volkswagen Beetle is ending production. Produced for 81 years, the final car, produced by Volkswagen de Mexico—a Denim Blue coupe—will live on display at Volkswagen’s local museum in Puebla.

Lalamove Partners with SeaOil for Loyalty Card Program

Lalamove, the leading on-demand delivery app, has signed a partnership with Seaoil, the country’s leading independent fuel player. Through the partnership, more than 30,000 Lalamove partner drivers in Luzon and Cebu will be given an exclusive co-branded VIP Club card.

This Toyota Prius May Not Require Any Refueling, Charging Ever

From the get-go, solar cells and battery-electric vehicles seem like a match made in heaven: you park a car out in the sun, and it gets charged; it lessens the need to put up too much charging infrastructure, benefiting people who have an 8 to 5 job. Thankfully, Toyota’s now putting that on a trial run with their Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle.

Autosweep RFID Provides More Convenience, Security, and Help During Emergencies

Autosweep RFID has made traveling through SLEX, Skyway, NAIAX, MCX, STAR Tollway, and TPLEX a whole lot easier thanks to its cashless and contactless payment system. And while Intelligent E-Processes Technologies Corporation (IETC), the Electronic Toll Collection service behind Autosweep has come up with a document-less Autosweep RFID to Go, they still are advising motorists to upgrade to Autosweep RFID Premium to get maximum benefits.

Hyundai's Mobile Cancer Diagnostic Clinic Completes First Medical Mission

Last October, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., (HARI) in partnership with the UP-PGH and UP-PGH Cancer Institute launched the first mobile diagnostic clinic that’s specially designed to diagnose breast cancer. Today, the “Alagang Breastfriend” Mobile Diagnostic Clinic successfully completed its first medical mission.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

This Special Edition Colorado is Everything That's Wrong with Chevrolet

Sometimes you have to wonder what’s going on inside Chevrolet’s marketing department. With GM scaling back on their Thai operations which may result in longer gaps between product updates, Thai product planners are left in a pickle on how to come up with fresh, new offerings. Their response? Throw a barbecue party and launch a Colorado 4th of July Edition. Why? Because ‘Murica (apparently).

UD Trucks Launches Croner Medium-Duty Truck

Leading Japanese commercial vehicle brand UD Trucks launched the all-new Croner through its exclusive dealer, Prime Quest Transport Solutions, Inc. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Volvo Trucks, UD Trucks has been an innovation leader in smart logistics solutions. The all-new Croner is their all-new medium-duty truck that’s specially targeted for its growth markets across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America.

Nissan Philippines Can Order You a 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO (w/ Specs)

Twelve years is a long time, but more so in the fast-paced world of performance motoring. Yet, the Nissan GT-R looks to be taking things in stride, adding a bit of performance (and price increase) here and there. Well, for those who want what could be the ultimate swansong for the R35 model, there’s the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO. And yes, you can get one for the Philippine market.

The Bentley EXP 100 GT is the Future of Luxury Grand Touring

In time for their centenary celebration, Bentley shows off the future of luxury grand touring with the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept. Though purely a concept car at this point, the EXP 100 GT shows luxury that’s sustainable, autonomous, and electric.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Someone is Selling His 2020 Toyota GR Supra for P 5.35 million

You want that 2020 Toyota GR Supra now? Like right now? Well, that’s going to cost you. With limited supply and big hype, gorging would-be buyers was bound to happen; but no one expected it to happen less than 24 hours after its Philippine unveil. But happen it did.

Snag the Last Few Subaru Forester XT for Less Than a Subaru XV

If shedding a tear for Paul Walker still wasn’t enough for you to consider the Subaru Forester XT, well, this is your absolutely final last chance to snag one before they go away for good. And if you’ve been sitting around, waiting for the best deal, well it just happened.

A Sleeker 2019 Montero Sport is Dropping in on July 25

Fans of the Montero Sport won’t have to wait long for a refresh as Mitsubishi Motors Corporation confirmed a July 25, 2019 launch date along with a teaser photo.