Monday, January 22, 2018

Bea Alonso is Recipient of Volvo Ironmark Award 2017

Volvo Philippines gives due recognition to Bea Alonzo as the company’s chosen Ironmark Awardee in the recently concluded People of the Year Awards. Her achievements in the field of film, television, and the local entertainment industry have caught the admiration and respect of the local authorized distributor and dealer of Volvo cars in the Philippines. Volvo Philippines has given the Ironmark Award since 2012 to outstanding individuals in various fields, including Manny Pacquiao, Dr. Vicky Belo, and Ces Drilon.

Honda Cars Philippines Sets Record in 2017

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has successfully continued its growth with record breaking sales results for the calendar year of 2017. In 2017, sales recorded 31,758 vehicles, up by 37 percent compared to 2016 with 23,199 vehicles.

Hyundai Philippines Posts Double Digit Growth in 2017

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, closed its 2017 sales with a record-high of 37,678 units, a 12 percent sales growth from 33,695 units in 2016.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

BMW Philippines Set to Unveil 2 SUVs in 2018

BMW Philippines is looking strong this 2018. Under a new distributorship, San Miguel Asia Carmakers Corporation (SMAC), the German luxury carmaker is set to introduce two important Sport Activity Vehicles (BMW talk for SUVs) this year: the all-new X3 and X2.

Honda Civic is Most Popular Car of 2017 on Buy-and-Sell Website OLX

It’s easy to think that the recent increase in traffic is hindering Filipinos from wanting to own their own car. However, latest data from online classifieds platform OLX  reveals that a vast majority of Filipinos still want to own cars.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Ford Philippines Releases Much-Awaited Post-TRAIN Car Prices

With the country’s second-best selling pickup, the Ranger in their line-up, everyone is holding their breath for Ford Philippines to release their vehicle prices taking into account the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN Law. Well, the wait is finally over.

Mazda to Start Producing 2.0-liter Engines in Thailand

Mazda has opened an engine machining factory at its Thai powertrain plant. Located in Chonburi Province, Thailand, the newly installed machining plant and enhancement to its current assembly process will boost Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing Thailand (MPMT)’s annual capacity from 30,000 to 100,000 units.

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.

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