Friday, March 22, 2019

4 Ways the 2019 Mazda3 Raises Its Middle Finger Against Mediocrity

The Mazda3, and in turn, its predecessor, the 323 has always been regarded as a plucky car that condenses everything that Mazda stands for.

Mazda Philippines Shows Off 2019 Mazda3 (w/ 13 Photos)

Less than 6 months after its global unveil at the LA Auto Show, Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country presented the all-new 2019 Mazda3 to media and dealers alike. Marking a new era for the Japanese automaker, the all-new Mazda3 is the embodiment of Mazda’s upmarket push.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Hyundai Just Gave the World a Hotter Tucson SUV: Meet the Tucson N Line

Remember, Hyundai’s high-performance N Line? The one responsible for the the i30 N and the available-in-the-Philippines Veloster N? Well, they’ve given their compact SUV, the Tucson the very same treatment: welcome to the Tucson N Line.

Subaru's Cutting the Price of Their STI Brake Pads for Summer

If you’ve always wanted better stopping power for your Forester, well, Subaru’s got a great deal for you. All fourth-generation Forester SJ models can available of STI Performance brake pads at a discounted price.

The Future Toyota Avanza May Be Based on the Suzuki Ertiga

Two years after announcing a corporate partnership, Toyota and Suzuki have now outlined in detail what that partnership means. Though both automakers remain free to compete with each other, the collaboration deals with how they will handle disruptive trends and technologies.

Modern PUVs Make Their Way to Tarlac By Way of Isuzu

As the PUV modernization is making headway nationwide, the Isuzu modern PUVs can now also be of service in the city of Tarlac.

Suzuki Jimny Heads to UP Town Center Starting Tomorrow, March 22

Suzuki Philippines is bringing the much-talked about, much-anticipated SUV, the Jimny All-Grip Pro on tour.

Cabanatuan is Now Nissan-fied

Committed to bringing excellent customer experience with the brand, Nissan upgraded its Cabanatuan dealership with its newest global retail visual identity.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Holy Hell! The Chevrolet Camaro's Coming Back to the Philippines

Just when you thought Chevrolet Philippines was happy enough with bringing the Corvette to local shores, they’ve dropped the bomb and revealed that their iconic muscle car, the Camaro, is destined for a comeback. Mark your calendars because it’s happening in April at the Manila International Auto Show.

Being an Isuzu Loyalist Has Its Rewards

If you’ve been happy with your Isuzu vehicles all these years, why not assure yourself of an even more delightful motoring experience in the future with one of the world’s most trusted and reliable vehicle brands?

What in the World is WLTP?!

If you’ve taken in enough Geneva Motor Show news in the past few weeks, eagle-eyed readers will notice that carmakers have begun quoting their fuel mileage using WLTP. What exactly is this new fuel mileage standard and how does this differ from previous testing methods?

Mazda Philippines and AAP Renew Commitment to Driver Development

Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the country, and the Automobile Association Philippines, the country’s oldest and biggest auto club, renew their partnership to train, develop and discover young drivers in the field of motorsports.

Is J&T Express Foton Philippines's Biggest Fleet Customer?

Foton Motor Philippines continues to entice a growing number of companies to switch to the country’s third best-selling truck brand. One such customer is PT Global Jet Express, commonly known as J&T Express.

Hyundai Introduces New Platform That's Safer, Sportier, and More Efficient

Hyundai is trickling information about the all-new 2020 Sonata which marks its start of sale (in the U.S., at least) at the end of the month.

The Ultimate Luxury SUV, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Arrives in Manila

Almost a year after its global debut, the Rolls-Royce of SUV has finally landed in the Philippines. The Cullinan, dubbed the Most Luxurious SUV in the World, will enable Rolls-Royce to tap a new breed of customer: those who demand the ultimate in luxury while traversing the most challenging terrain.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Nissan Philippines Appoints New President and Managing Director

Nissan announced the appointment of Atsushi Najima as the new president and managing director for Nissan Philippines, effective April 01, 2019. Atsushi will report to Vincent Wijnen, senior vice president for sales and for marketing at Nissan Asia & Oceania.

Mazda Philippines Lets You Save Big Until End of March 2019

There’s a whole lot to save if you’re in the market for a Mazda. Until March 31, 2019, the Mazda2, CX-3, CX-5, and BT-50 all come with special offers including up to P 200,000 off for cash purchases.

7 Things You Need to Know About the Child Restraint Act

Last February 22, 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11229 or “An Act Providing for the Special Protection of Child Passengers in Motor Vehicles and Appropriating Funds Thereof.” You can check the signed copy of the law below, but it’s worth noting that it’s fairly close to the bicameral version of the bill passed last December 2018.

The 2020 Ford Explorer's Tires are Nail and Screw Proof

Ford says its all-new 2020 Explorer’s tires are nail and screw-proof. The reason? It comes with self-sealing tires which are standard on high-trim models like the Platinum and Limited Hybrid.

Review: 2019 Isuzu mu-X RZ4E LS A/T

The Asian Utility Vehicle or AUV has a special place in the Filipino family’s heart. For decades, it’s been the quintessential “practical car.” Alas, the country’s shift to Euro 4 emissions last year meant the end of the road for these 7-, 8-, or even 10-seaters. Without a direct replacement, AUV buyers had to settle for something smaller like a small MPV, while car companies heavily reliant on them, like Isuzu, saw overall sales nosedive almost 45 percent. In the intersection of buyers’ clamor and Isuzu’s need to prop up their numbers, the inevitable happened. The result is the 2019 Isuzu mu-X LS A/T—the mid-sized SUV that’s priced like an AUV.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Vehicle Importers Sales Rebound in February, Posts 12 Percent Year-on-Year Growth

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors, Inc. or AVID posted a healthy 12 percent year-on-year growth in sales for the month of February 2019 reaching 7,876 units from last year’s 7,017 units. The growth, AVID says, was driven by increased consumer spending and the launch of new and exciting products.

There's a Way to Save 20 Percent on PMS Parts and Labor on a Hyundai Reina

Last February 2019, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., (HARI) marked an industry first by opting to market its Reina sub-compact sedan directly through O Shopping—a TV and online shopping network. At the time, HARI said that they won’t be selling cars directly on O Shopping, but will merely use the network to highlight the various features of its newest sub-compact sedan. But, in a twist worthy of home shopping networks, there’s more, way more.

Here's Your List of Car Brands at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show

With the 2019 Manila International Auto Show around just two weeks away, it’s interesting to see which brands are present and which ones are not. Since we happen to see a copy of the floor plan, we can tell you for sure which brands will be displaying their wares this April 4 to 7, 2019 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Jeep Philippines Talks About Diesel Wranglers, Gladiator Pickup Truck

The Wrangler has been a very strong seller for Jeep dealer CATS Motors since its Philippine market debut in 2010. With the JK, as the third-generation model is referred to, replaced by the all-new fourth-generation JL last week, we had to get the low-down on the possibility of seeing the diesel variants on local roads once more, and even possibly, the Gladiator pickup truck.

Is Mitsubishi Coming Up with a Hotter Version of the Strada?

Mitsubishi is wasting no time bringing out a sportier version of their recently-launched Strada / TRITON / L200 pickup truck. Headlining their display at the 40th Bangkok International Motor Show at the end of March is what the Japanese carmaker says is, “a car ABSOLUTELY Beyond Tough.” [All caps emphasis is Mitsubishi’s, not ours).

Friday, March 15, 2019

The 2019 Nissan Navara N-Warrior is Dressed to Thrill (w/ 9 Photos, Specs)

Nissan Philippines is now offering a bolder version of its Navara pickup truck with the introduction of the Navara N-Warrior Edition. Building from its success as one of the country’s best-selling pickup trucks, the Navara N-Warrior Edition brings stylish aesthetics upgrades.

Mazda Owners Enjoy Free Coffee at Shell Stations Until March 29, 2019

Great news to all Mazda owners: there’s a great way to perk your mornings with free coffee courtesy of Shell (see full list of participating stations below).

2019 Motul 300V Superfast a Success; Reveals Fastest Cars During the Event

The second staging of the Motul 300V Superfast event was a resounding success as the country’s fastest supercars and tuner cars took to the Clark International Speedway in a flurry of speed.

Hyundai Philippines Sales Surge 38.6 Percent in February 2019

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines reported strong sales for the first two months of 2019, selling 6,537 vehicles of a 16.2 percent increase over the same period in 2018.

The Jeep Renegade Just Got a P 200,000 Price Reduction

Auto Nation Group, the general distributor of Jeep vehicles in the Philippines announces a price reduction on its “baby” Jeep, the Renegade which is valid at all dealerships until the end of March 2019.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

3 Things You Need to Know About the Ford Ranger's Powertrain

How do you take an already legendary workhorse like the Ford Ranger and make it even better? By equipping it with one of the most advanced powertrains in the world. After developing the new powertrain for the high-performance Ranger Raptor, Ford engineers knew they had something special and decided to make it available across the Ranger line-up. With improved quality, efficiency, and performance, the new powertrain is Ford engineering at its finest.

Foton is Now the Third Best-Selling Truck Brand in the Philippines

“Last year, I asked my team if getting into the top 10 auto brands is feasible. Sabi nila, kayang-kaya.  And true enough, we were able to deliver. I am beyond grateful because my vision for Foton is now turning into reality,” said Foton Motor Philippines Inc. (FMPI) President Rommel Sytin.

Apparently, Nissan's Not Shouting At You When They Spell Leaf as "LEAF"

If you’ve been paying attention or at least glancing through a lot of Nissan news, chances are, you’ll notice that their all-electric vehicle, the Leaf, is always stylized as “LEAF.” While this sounds shouty to some keyboard warriors, there’s actually a reason Nissan’s spelling out the Leaf as the “LEAF.”

9 Tips to Help Survive Driving in the Dark

Driving after dark can be dangerous, with contributing factors such as compromised night vision, rush hour congestion, fatigue and impaired drivers tripling the risk of a fatal crash, according to safety experts.

15th Manila International Auto Show Slated from April 4 to 7, 2019

About a month from now, the 15th edition of the Manila International Auto Show or MIAS will open its doors once more at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Slated for April 4 to 7, 2019, this year’s MIAS will have the theme of “Experience the Fun and Function,” highlighting the two primary reasons that compel people to visit a car show.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Jeep Philippines Brings in More Advanced, More Capable Wrangler (w/ 21 Photos, Brochure, Video)

Celebrating its 15th anniversary as the exclusive Philippine distributor of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and RAM vehicles in the country, Auto Nation Group brings the much-awaited 2019 Wrangler—the most capable SUV and the undisputed icon of American freedom.

Nissan's Infiniti Luxury Division Says Goodbye to Western Europe

Nissan’s luxury division, Infiniti has announced that they will be withdrawing from Western Europe and will be concentrating their efforts instead on the two largest markets in the world, North America and China.

Toyota's Going to the Moon

Soon, there will be a Toyota on the moon as the Japanese carmaker and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced a collaboration that’ll bring a manned, pressurized rover there. Toyota hopes to further its fuel cell electric vehicle technologies by equipping this manned rover with a cruising range of more than 10,000 kilometers.

DAF Philippines Inaugurates Facilities in Laguna and Davao

After opening its showroom last November 2018, DAF Philippines, a subsidiary of Pioneer Truck Parts and Equipment officially inaugurated its parts and warehouse facility in Laguna.

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Second Hand Car

The year 2019 has just started and there is no better way to welcome the new year than setting and achieving your life goals, such as finally getting your own car. This dream can be daunting, but you may want to consider pre-owned cars and work with a reliable bank to make this dream come true.

Late to the EV Game, Volkswagen Plans to Catch Up with the MEB Platform

After being late to the EV party, Volkswagen looks to be catching up in a very big way with its Modular Electric Drive Matrix or MEB platform. Created for the German carmaker’s new line of all-electric vehicles, they’ve shown its flexibility by plopping it onto a dune buggy body with the Volkswagen ID. Buggy.

Yup, You Can Buy Rotary-Themed Dinner Plates and Scale Models from Mazda

Most people are aware of MAZDASPEED—Mazda’s in-house performance division responsible for motorsports and even the creation of high-performance versions of some of their road cars. It started as a grassroots racing team in Japan, but was absorbed as a wholly-owned subsidiary in 1999.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Hyundai is Bose's Newest Auto Customer

Hyundai is Bose’s newest automotive customer as the Korean carmaker announced its availability on the all-new 2020 Sonata executive sedan. This marks the first time the two companies have joined forces.

Nissan Begins Road Test of Invisible-to-Visible Tech Using 5G Cellular Technology

Nissan has announced that they have begun testing their Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology thanks to a partnership with Japanese telecom giant, NTT DOCOMO.

BMW Philippines Launches All-New 2019 X5: More Athletic, More Tech, More Space (w/ Photos, Specs)

SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, continues the success story of the BMW X5 as it makes the newest generation available to the local market. The fourth iteration of the BMW X5 embodies this model’s typical characteristics: versatility, sovereignty, and luxury.

The 2019 Suzuki Ertiga Black Edition Answers the Prayers of Messy Families

Filipino families rejoice, Suzuki Philippines has heard your call and they’re making the 2019 Ertiga available in a new, easy-to-clean interior color scheme: black. Meet the Suzuki Ertiga Black Edition and it’s now available at all Suzuki Auto dealerships nationwide.

Maxxis Tires Brings M-6161W Tire to Philippines

Maxxis Tires brings to the Philippines the latest addition to its motorbike tire portfolio, the M-6161W.

The Michelin Man is Part of Uniqlo's Latest T-Shirt Collection

Michelin Tire, the French tire manufacturer, has launched a collaboration with Uniql for its The Brands Masterpiece series from the Spring & Summer Collection of the UT T-shirt brand.

Brembo Reminds People: Our Calipers Don't Just Come in Red

Brake specialist Brembo is almost synonymous with the color red. And while you can get their calipers in a wide gamut of colors aside from red like black, silver, and even neon yellow, they’re reminding carmakers and aftermarket tuners that they can be much more creative.

Shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Brembo Art Calipers are some peculiarly styled calipers finished in camo, animal print, and many more.

While Brembo says the exhibit is meant to show that they’re “playing with the latest trend in fashion, art, style, and design,” they also said that they have no plans to mass produce these “art calipers” for now. However, it serves as a reminder to carmakers and even aftermarket tuners about the infinite possibilities Brembo can do with something as mundane as a brake caliper.

It’s almost impossible to think an animal-print brake caliper will appear in the next high-performance supercar or luxury SUV any time soon, but expect more of these art calipers to crop up at aftermarket shows around the world.