Friday, June 5, 2020

From Space-Efficient Coupes to Luxury SUVs: How Mazda Evolved the Family Car

The family car: while it has to be good at practical things like seating capacity and cargo space, style and performance too often end up taking a back seat. For Mazda, such compromises were never an option. From the beginning, Mazda has strived to set itself apart by building a tradition of family cars with unconventional designs and innovative engineering.

Motul PH Cuts Prices of Engine Oils

Motul Philippines is slashing the price off selected lines of its engine oil as a way of easing the burden of maintenance to car owners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Geely PH is Slashing P 130k Off the Coolray and Azkarra

Sojitz G Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Geely in the Philippines is honoring the sacrifice of medical front liners in the on-going pandemic by giving them a P 130,000 discount on both the Coolray crossover and Azkarra SUV.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Honda Cars PH to Launch Online Sales and Aftersales Service Facility Soon

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) will be launching its very own Virtual Dealership Online Transaction family called,‘VIRTUAL@Honda.’ It will service HCPI’s sales and after-sales services in the new normal.

Isuzu PH Releases Official Statement on Greenhills Dealership Closure

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) announces that its dealership, Isuzu Greenhills in San Juan City already ceased operations beginning June 2, 2020, sighting various reasons.

Modified Number Coding is a Go Starting June 8, Exempts Front Liners, TNVSes

After postponing the implementation of the Modified Number Coding Scheme from June 1 to 5, 2020, the MMDA says it’s now all systems go starting Monday, June 8.

Supercharge Father's Day with These Discounts from Jaguar Philippines

Along with discounts on the selected Land Rover Range Rover lines, All British Cars (ABC) is also offering significant discounts on selected Jaguar models in celebration of Father’s Day this June. With that, get as much as P 1.39-million off until June.

Land Rover PH is Celebrating 50 Years of the Range Rover with Up to P 1.69M in Discounts

All British Cars (ABC), the sole authorized dealership of Land Rover vehicles, parts, and accessories in the Philippines, celebrates the 50 years of the Range Rover brand this whole month with significant discounts on selected Land Rover and Range Rover models. Get up to P 1,690,000 off until the end of the month. If you want something less rugged, Jaguar is also offering discounts throughout the month.

Yes, a Turbocharged Mazda3 is Finally Happening in 2021

It’s happening, it’s finally happening! The Subaru WRX and Volkswagen Golf GTI will be getting some competition from…drum rolls, please…the 2021 Mazda3. Yes, reports coming out suggest that Mazda’s compact hatchback will finally get the turbocharged engine it deserves.

Here's Our First Look at the Left-Hand Drive 2021 Toyota Hilux

Pardon our enthusiasm with the 2021 Toyota Hilux. We promise this will be the last piece of news concerning Toyota’s refreshed pickup truck, at least for today.

The 2021 Toyota Hilux Now Has the Power to Hunt the Ranger Raptor

After having motorsports legend Fernando Alonso drift it, Toyota has now pulled the wraps off the refreshed 2021 Hilux. Coming with a slew of design and mechanical changes, it hopes to maintain its “unbeatable” positioning in the pickup truck segment.

The 2021 Toyota Fortuner Features Bump in Luxury, Specs, and Power

After all the leaks, rumors, and renderings, Toyota has finally unveiled the refreshed 2021 Fortuner officially. Launching in Thailand and going on sale there this month (August for the new top-trim Legender), Toyota’s best-selling 7-seater SUV gets a massive dose of improvement, including one of the most powerful engines in its class.

The 2021 Kia Picanto Gets into the SUV-Craze with the X-Line

After getting refreshed in its home market of Korea (as the Morning), Kia is now showing off how its Picanto hatchback looks like for global markets, and interestingly enough, the 2021 model includes a variant with SUV-inspired styling.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

This Toyota GR Yaris Should Be the Shame of Gazoo Racing

Toyota and its bonkers go-fast division, Gazoo Racing broke the rules when it came out with the GR Yaris. With a tagline that read, “Born from WRC,” it is pretty much a homologation special made to satisfy WRC rules. So, it’s just weird that the company and division responsible for such hooliganism would sell out with this: the GR Yaris RS.

Geely Donates 100,000 Masks to Help PH Fight Against COVID-19

The Geely Holding Group made a donation of 100,000 pieces of surgical masks to the Philippines to help boost its fight against COVID-19. This is the second such donation made through Geely chairman’s Li Shufu Charity Foundation. Last March, it shipped 20,000 surgical masks to the Department of Health.

After 61 Years, Bentley is Retiring the Iconic 6.75-liter V8

After 61 years, the longest-serving V8 is now retiring. The final example of Bentley’s iconic engine was just completed, hand assembled in Crewe by a dedicated team of seven people.

Ford Starts Offering Coronavirus Cleaning Air Filters

Ford may soon roll out an upgraded low-cost cabin air filter that can catch a wide range of harmful germs, allergens, and even viruses that can cause significant health problems.

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is More Striking Than Ever

After a short tease, Hyundai has finally launched the new 2021 Santa Fe—an enhanced version of its three-row mid-sized SUV including the use of an all-new platform for improved performance, efficiency, and safety.

BMW PH is Slashing Their Price By Up to P 2.5M With These Online Exclusive Offers

With the launch of their virtual showroom, BMW Philippines is offering deals on both their low mileage “shuttle units” as well as brand-new vehicles that’ll save you up to P 2.5-million pesos.

Chery Auto PH Donates Food for PNP's Food Bank Project

Chery Auto Philippines distributor, United Asia Auto Group Inc. (UAAGI), recently turned over rice, canned goods, and other food products to the Philippine National Police as part of the PNP’s “Rektang Bayanihan” Food Bank Project for the poor.

Lexus Manila Resumes Operations

The doors of Lexus Manila are once again open to receive guests, and those who had to postpone their visits can now drop by the Bonifacio Global City facility.

BMW Shows Off Controversial 2021 4 Series

Well, it looks like BMW is sticking to their design guns after all. After some scathing remarks on the Concept 4’s grille, the German automaker has gone ahead and put it into production as the 2021 BMW 4 Series.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

This is Why We Will Never Get a Diesel-Powered Mazda CX-8

As fate would have it, the very reason why we have the Mazda CX-8 available in the Philippine market is the very same reason why we’ll never be getting a diesel version of it.

Ford's Managed to Squeeze 34.48 km/L in the 2021 Explorer

Ford’s made gains when it comes to improving the Explorer’s fuel economy. From ditching the V8 to plopping in a downsized turbo engine, Ford’s 7-seater SUV has been sipping less and less of the unleaded stuff in recent generations. With the 2021 Explorer though, it’s about to make its biggest efficiency gain yet, and that’s thanks to plug-in hybrid technology.

Subaru Bridges Gap Between WRX and WRX STI with WRX STI Sport #

Two years ago, Subaru bridged the gap between the WRX and WRX STI with the WRX STI Sport. Not to be confused with the top-dog WRX STI, the WRX STI Sport is basically the WRX (WRX S4 in Japan) fitted with all sorts of new handling and cosmetic goodies. It’s basically “STI Lite,” in the same vein as BMW’s M Sport or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG Line. You follow?

2021 Lexus IS to Debut Next Week

While the Lexus GS has been confirmed to join the parking lot in the sky after this generation, its compact sibling, the Lexus IS is continuing on. And this is our first official look.

Monday, June 1, 2020

All-New 2020 Toyota Hilux to Feature New Engine, Suspension (w/ Video)

While training for the 2020 Dakar Rally last year in Spain, motorsport legends Fernando Alonso and Marc Coma were given a unique opportunity to test an early pre-production prototype of the new 2020 Toyota Hilux alongside the rally raid-spec Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux which took the pair to the finish line of their first-ever attempt together at the Dakar Rally which is often considered as one of the toughest motorsport events in the world.

Changan to Change Name to Kaicene

Commercial vehicle distributor Berjaya Auto Asia, Incorporated and one of China’s “Big Four” automotive manufacturers, Changan International Corporation, jointly unveil a new brand in the Philippines that will usher in the future of the Chinese brand’s commercial vehicle offerings in the country.

Black Rhino Wheels Re-Opens, Offers Home Installation Service

Black Rhino Wheels Philippines, the leader in aftermarket off-road wheels for 4x4, SUVs and pick-ups, recently announced that their main showroom in San Juan is re-opening to cater to the needs of their customers. They are also offering to deliver and provide home service installations within Metro Manila to serve customers who wish to stay home and avoid the crowds.

Ford is Bringing Back the Mustang Mach 1 for 2021

Not to be confused with the recently-launched Mustang Mach-E, Ford is announcing that the Mustang Mach 1 is coming back to life with a debut sometime in the next few months.

Honda Cars, Isuzu to Close Select Dealerships

Four Honda Cars and one Isuzu dealership run by the Yuchengo-led House of Investments (HI) will close effective tomorrow, June 2, 2020 (Editor’s Note: June 30, according to Honda Cars Philippines’s official statement). The announcement was formalized in a disclosure made to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) (see circular below).

This is the World's First Official Look at the 2021 MG 6

MG is set to introduce the third-generation, 2021 MG 6 compact sedan in the coming weeks, and the brand owned by China-based SAIC has just given the world its first glimpse.

Araneta City Gears Up for Railways, Mall Re-Opening

Araneta City, Quezon City’s transport hub, is all set to receive passengers going to and coming from Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 and Light Rail Transit (LRT) 2 lines starting today, June 1, 2020.

Have You Tried Out Hyundai's GCQ-Ready PUVs?

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles, turned over its first COVID-ready vehicles to bolster the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) response to the mobility needs of front liners under the New Normal.

LTO Offices in NCR, Central Luzon, Laguna to Re-Open on June 3

The LTO has announced that its offices in the National Capital Region (NCR), Region 3 (Central Luzon), and Laguna will re-open to the public (in a limited capacity) starting Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Goodyear PH's New Program Lets You Drive Worry Free

Goodyear Philippines is setting itself apart from other tire makers with its Worry Free Assurance (WFA) program. This unique warranty program is offered with every purchase of Goodyear consumer tires that help protect the driver, the car, and gives peace of mind overall. It ensures that you won’t be left stranded in the middle of nowhere, and in some cases, give you access to complementary servicing including having your tires replaced for free. It’s all part of Goodyear’s commitment to give you a better drive.

Unlike typical emergency roadside assistance programs which are meant to benefit new vehicle owners (usually within the warranty period) Goodyear’s Worry Free Assurance Emergency Roadside Assistance can benefit even owners of older vehicles. You can get the following benefits with the Worry Free Assurance Membership Card:
  • 5-year Goodyear Limited Warranty against manufacturing defect
  • 6 months Road Hazard Warranty against tire damage that’s beyond repair
  • 24/7 Emergency Roadside Assistance for 1 year
  • 1-year Personal Accident Insurance for the Driver
  • Easy ownership with a zero percent interest installment plan
Every purchase of at least two (2) of the same size and pattern of the following Goodyear tires at any Goodyear Autocare or Servitek outlet are eligible for the Goodyear Worry Free Assurance Membership Card for free. These are the tires (rim sizes 14 inches and above) covered by the Goodyear Worry Free Assurance:
  • Assurance DuraPlus
  • Assurance DuraPlus 2
  • Assurance FuelMax
  • Assurance TripleMax
  • Assurance TripleMax 2
  • Eagle F1 Directional 5
  • Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
  • Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3
  • Wrangler TripleMax
  • EfficientGrip SUV
  • EfficientGrip Performance SUV
  • Wrangler AT/SA
  • Wrangler AT SilentTrac
  • Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure
  • Wrangler Duratrac
  • Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar

Once you get your Worry Free Assurance Membership card, it can be activated via the Goodyear Philippines website. Take note that you’ll need information including your vehicle plate number or conduction sticker number, and receipt number.

With an activated Worry Free Assurance Membership Card, you’re entitled to Goodyear’s 5-year Limited Warranty that covers the tires from defects in quality or workmanship.

Even in the event of a puncture, cut, bruise, or impact break in the normal course of driving, Worry Free Assurance will replace it or compensate you (based on remaining tread depth) in case the tire is found to be damaged beyond repair.

Of course, there’s complimentary 24/7 emergency roadside assistance, personal accident insurance worth up to P 50,000 for the driver, and access to zero percent interest installment plans as well.

With its Worry Free Assurance program, Goodyear Philippines is proving that they’re one revolution ahead. This unique membership program gives new tire owners access to the most comprehensive customer care package, and best of all, it’s all for free.

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The Kia Sorento is More Affordable Than the Mid-Grade Fortuner This Month

In line with the country’s gradual move to the new normal, Kia Philippines, the Ayala-owned Philippine distributor of Kia vehicles, extends its Deals Designed for You promo, which will run throughout the month of June.

Friday, May 29, 2020

BMW PH Launches New Variants of 2020 5 Series, X3, and Z4 (w/ Specs)

In its first digital news conference, SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation, the official importer and distributor of BMW vehicles in the country unveiled three new variants to its existing line-up. The BMW 520i Sport, BMW X3 xDrive20d Business, and BMW Z4 M40i Frozen Edition are now available across all BMW showrooms nationwide as well as through their new digital showroom.

Starting June 1, the BMW 5 Series Will Cost Less Than P 62 Per Day to Maintain

SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation, the exclusive distributor of BMW vehicles in the Philippines will now have the lowest cost of ownership thanks to its new service program called, BMW Service Inclusive (BSI).

This Upcoming Supercar Weighs Just 980 kg, But Uses a 650-horsepower V12

Gordon Murray, of McLaren F1 fame has just detailed his plans to produce the world’s lightest, most driver-focused supercar. Shifting away from the current supercar trend of ever-greater power, the upcoming T.50 focuses on one thing: being lightweight.

EDSA to See Drastic Transformation When NCR Shifts to GCQ

Spurred by the necessity to adapt to the “new normal,” the Department of Transport has just fast tracked the modernization of the public transport sector, especially along EDSA.

This Lego Technic Lamborghini is What We Want for Christmas

Lamborghini and the Lego have partnered to produce the Lego Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37: a 3,696 piece, 1:8 scale model that embodies the unmistakable power and stunning looks of the hybrid Lamborghini super sports car.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

All-New Nissan Z, Refreshed Navara and Terra Due in Next 18 Months

As part of the four-year plan, Nissan Motor will take decisive action to transform its business by streamlining unprofitable operations and surplus facilities, alongside structural reforms. The company will also reduce fixed costs by rationalizing its production capacity, global product range, and expenses.

Every Inch of the LRT Gets Disinfected with UV Rays

When the LRT-1 goes back on line on June 1, commuters are ensured of their health and safety thanks to measures undertaken by operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC). Establishing a partnership with the University of the Philippines Diliman’s National Engineering Center (UPNEC) it has upgraded its disinfection measures to include Ultraviolet C (UV-C) technology.

Reserve a 2020 Geely Azkarra Now, Get a P 100k Discount

Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP), the exclusive distributor of Geely is extending the launch discount of its newest compact SUV, the Azkarra (read here for the full specs and details).

Could the Chery Tiggo 2 be Your First "New Normal" Car?

With the COVID-19 pandemic sure to affect public transportation, it seems a private vehicle becomes the best and safest way to transport oneself (and the family). But a brand-new car is expensive, right? Wrong, if you’re looking at the Chery Tiggo 2.

The Next "Gymkhana" Video will Feature a Subaru!

There will be a new car and driver for the next Gymkhana video. After ten videos, Ken Block is passing the torch over to professional rally driver Travis Pastrana who will drive a Subaru.

Toyota PH's Welcome Back Promo Gives Owners Free Anti-Bacterial Treatment

Toyota is launching a Welcome Back promo which gives one (1) free interior sanitation treatment for customers who avail of any or a combination of the following services at participating Toyota dealer outlets: Periodic Maintenance (PM), General Service (GS), and Body & Paint (BP).

Ford Wants to Use Its Vehicles' Climate Control to Neutralize Viruses

Ford is looking to tap their cars’ climate control to help neutralize viruses via a software enhancement. The American carmaker is now pilot-testing it using its Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility.