Thursday, November 26, 2020

Yes, Toyota Will Now Sell You a Foot-Operated Sanitizer Stand

We’ve seen enterprising Filipinos come up with their own version, but nothing beats one manufactured using the Toyota Production System. It’s for this reason that you can now buy your very own Toyota made “Shodoku Taishi”—a foot-operated sanitizer stand.

Hyundai Teases All-New SUV: the 2021 Bayon

Hyundai Motor has the newest member of its growing SUV family the Bayon. Destined for the European market, it will be launched in the first half of 2021. It will be an all-new model, and will be considered as an important addition to the current Hyundai line-up.

Chevron PH Appoints New Country Chairman

Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, has appointed Billy Liu as its new country chairman and general manager. He succeeded Louie Zhang, who recently retired after 31 years of service in the company.

So Why Did Mazda PH Choose the Pangolin as the BT-50's Spirit Animal?

2020 has been one hell of a year. With a global pandemic still surging and economic crises afflicting most nations around the world, it’s been a dire effort for anyone to keep a sound, positive outlook. Add to that, the Philippines has just gone through two intense typhoons, taking with it most of whatever morale is left of our countrymen. Amidst all this, the automotive industry has chosen to move forward, with brands launching vehicles one after the other, offering support to the health and public sector, and getting involved in charitable activities. 

Suzuki Auto Opens in Marikina

Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) welcomes another dealership in their roster. With the grand opening of Suzuki Auto Marikina (SA Marikina), a member of the ANC+ Group of Companies, Suzuki is now more reachable and accessible to residents within the vicinity of Marikina City and its neighboring communities.

Ford, Subaru May Soon Face Their Own Fuel Pump Recalls

Brace yourselves for more recalls surrounding Denso fuel pumps. In what could be another “Takata-level” recall, the Japanese parts supplier is adding more than 1.5 million units to its growing list of fuel pumps that may stop working altogether.

The Mahindra Thar, a Wrangler-Inspired SUV, Just Beat Jeep in Crash Tests

How’s this for irony? When Mahindra debuted their body-on-frame SUV, the 2021 Thar, people pointed out that it was more than a homage to the Jeep Wrangler; it was a downright clone. Regardless, it did prove that it does one thing better than the real Jeep: crash safety.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

2021 Toyota Rush Now Comes with 7 Seats as Standard

Toyota Motor Philippines is updating its entry-level SUV, the Rush for 2021. Retailing at Toyota’s 70 dealerships across the country starting November 26, 2021 Rush now features three rows of seats as standard.

Nissan Introduces the 2021 Terra

Nissan has just given its Terra a major revamp for 2021. In a break from tradition, it was launched first in the Middle East—a brand-new market for Nissan’s mid-sized 7-seater SUV, where it takes on a different name: X-Terra. Regardless, it brings a bolder style and increased levels of technology. 

Nissan Will Take on "Timeless Japanese Futurism" as Its Design Language

Nissan is looking to adapt its “Timeless Japanese Futurism” concept on more models. Starting with the Ariya EV crossover, the minimalist design is now on the third-generation 2021 Note hatchback as well.

Geely Has Now Sold Over 10 Million Vehicles

Geely Auto was founded in 1997 by Founder, and now Chairman, Li Shufu who believed in the potential of the Chinese automotive market as consumers transitioned from bicycles to motorbikes to automobiles.

Even After 5 Years, That Toyota Fortuner 2.8 LTD 4x2 Will Still be Worth P 1.122M*

Other carmakers may have more toys, but Toyota is leveraging the power of its brand (and the ethos of quality, durability, and reliability behind it) to sell cars. Case in point is this new offer for would-be new Fortuner and new Hilux owners.

Meet the Possible COVID-19 Vaccine Transporters

Centro Nippon Fruehauf Cooltech Inc. (CFCI), is now studying the possible development of ref vans that can transport the vaccines for COVID-19 once they become available in the country. It is a joint venture between leading truck body builder Centro Manufacturing Corporation and Nippon Fruehauf Ltd., one of the biggest truck body builders and wing van manufacturers in Japan.

San Miguel Says Navotas, Malabon Spared from Floods Thanks to Them

Malabon and Navotas, two of the most flood-prone areas in Metro Manila, reported no major flooding incidents despite the recent onslaught of two typhoons, primarily due to the government’s installation of pumping stations, complemented by the continuous dredging of the Tullahan-Tinajeros River system by San Miguel Corporation (SMC).

Could This Be the "Ultimate Version" of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak?

The subtly refreshed 2021 Ford Ranger makes it to its first market outside of Thailand: Australia. And now, we see it as one of the most sought-after variants: the Ranger Wildtrak X.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Mazda PH Launches Special Edition BT-50 4x4 Pangolin (w/ Specs)

Mazda Philippines is raising awareness to the plight of a critically endangered species by launching a special edition BT-50 pickup truck: the BT-50 Pangolin. Endemic to the islands of Palawan, the pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal. Like the modest, but capable animal that it derives its name from, the BT-50 Pangolin features design enhancements that ensure long, versatile, and steady service matching the gentle tenacity of its namesake.

2021 Honda City Hatchback Makes Global Debut

The rumors, reports, hints, and spy shots are all true: ASEAN’s not getting the all-new Honda Jazz / Fit. Instead, that role will be filled in by the all-new City hatchback.

3M Philippines Brings in Car Tint That Works Well with RFIDs

3M Philippines, distributed by TSL Marketing, launches the new 3M Ceramic IR Series tint. It heeds the call for an automotive window tint that provides up to 99 percent UV protection while guaranteeing zero electronic interference with any electronic or mobile device.

Nissan Donates to Typhoon Relief for Bicol and Cagayan

Nissan in the Philippines recently donated relief goods for 800 families greatly affected by the recent typhoons that have passed through the country, as part of the company’s ongoing support to people in the Philippines.

The Toyota GR Supra is Now Discounted by P 500k

A barometer of just how vulnerable the local automotive industry is amidst the pandemic, Toyota Motor Philippines is more than doubling the cash discount on its flagship sportscar, the GR Supra.

You Have One Week Left to Save Big on Your Dream Toyota

Looking to buy your dream Toyota? You only have a week left for their Live Life on the Safe Side deals. Enjoy a wide selection of flexible financing or discounts and freebies on well-loved Toyota models until the end of November.

Foton's EC Mobile Service Now Operates 24/7

Since the pandemic, Foton Philippines has developed more ways to provide assistance while complying with the government mandates with regards to COVID-19 safety protocols. The Foton EC Mobile Truck gives Foton vehicle owners the upper hand by providing on-call maintenance services such as Preventive Maintenance Services (PMS), onboard electronic troubleshooting and diagnosing, as well as repairs related to aircon, engine electrical, mechanical, and underchassis.

This is How the Refreshed 2021 Camry May Look Like for the Philippine Market

Last July, Toyota unveiled a refreshed Camry for 2021 for the North American market. Now, they have revealed what it looks like for the rest of the world.

Monday, November 23, 2020

These Autosweep RFID Sites Will Now Allow "Walk-Ins"

Autosweep RFID, the electronic toll system of San Miguel Corporation-operated expressways is backtracking on its “by-appointment only” stickering and installation.

Here's How You Can Fix That Wonky Apple CarPlay on Your Mazda Connect System

Attention, Mazda owners: if your Apple CarPlay just turned wonky, it’s not just you; it’s pretty much everyone else.

Triumph Motorcycles Opens Philippine Showroom

Triumph Motorcycles, the newest brand under the Autohub Group of Companies formally kickstarted its Philippine operations with the opening of its showroom located along Ortigas Avenue in Greenhills, San Juan.

Chery Auto PH Adds Stylish New Tiggo 2 Variant for P 795k

Chery Auto Philippines is adding a new Tiggo 2 variant, this one centered on giving it some extra street cred.

Mitsubishi PH Prices the L300 Euro 4 for Just P 698k

The Mitsubishi L300 is known to be one the most reliable utilitarian vehicle in the country. As proof to the claim, just last year, the iconic nameplate celebrated the roll out of its 200,000th production unit and continues to reflect a strong demand from the market.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Are We Looking at the 2022 Kia Sportage?

Kia is expected to debut the all-new Sportage sometime next year as a 2022 model, but it seems China can’t wait. Making its debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show is the 2021 Sportage Ace.

The Geely Preface Bags the 2021 China Car of the Year

Geely has a good reason to celebrate as its Preface mid-sized sedan has been awarded the 2021 China Car of the Year.

A Decade of KODO: How the Beauty of Natural Movement Inspired Mazda Design

With the “Kodo – Soul of Motion” design philosophy, Head Designer Ikuo Maeda set a bold new direction for design at Mazda. Introduced ten years ago at the 2010 LA Motor Show with the Shinari concept car, Kodo Design has been defining and elevating Mazda’s award-winning styling ever since, with its core principle remaining unchanged: to explore the powerful and irresistible beauty of natural movement in a still object. 

Chevrolet PH Just Dropped the Trax's Price by Half a Million Pesos!

Last month, Chevrolet Philippines updated its sub-compact crossover offering, the Trax. Just a month later, they’re giving it their biggest discounts yet.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

For P 3.328M, the 2021 Lexus IS Redefines the Sports Sedan (w/ Specs)

Since the debut of its first-generation Lexus IS in 1999, the model has pursued the thrill of driving unique to compact rear-wheel drive sports sedans. In just three generations, it has captured the hearts of over a million enthusiasts around the world. The 2021 model aims to push the limits even higher.

Friday, November 20, 2020

The Newest LEGO Technic Set is This McLaren Senna GTR

The newest LEGO Technic set has been revealed, and McLaren fans rejoice: it’s the Senna GTR.

You Asked, They Listened: Autosweep to Open More RFID Installation Sites

To cope with the increased number of motorists wanting to avail of free Autosweep RFID stickers before the December 1, 2020 full implementation of cashless toll collection at major expressways, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said it is putting up 100 additional RFID installation sites, among many other measures, to cater to motorists from both southern and northern Metro Manila and beyond.

This Davao-based Operator Chose to Go All-Electric for Its Modern PUV

Global Electric Transportation or GET, the company behind COMET, is Davao’s first electric modern PUV operator after its supplier, China Dynamics turned over their zero emissions modern jeepneys that will ply routes around the country’s third biggest city.

The Ford Explorer Got a 1 out of 100 Score in Reliability

If you plan to get a brand-new vehicle, let alone a mid-sized SUV, do yourself a favor and skip the Ford Explorer altogether. This fact is based on the most recent Consumer Reports Reliability survey which gave the re-designed mid-sized SUV a score of 1 out of 100—that’s not a typo.

Mazda Overtakes Toyota, Lexus in Consumer Reports Reliability Survey

Mazda is the highest ranked brand in the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey, beating both Toyota and Lexus. This marks the first time Mazda stood atop the survey.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Mazda3 Gets "Blink and You'll Miss It" Upgrades for 2021

Mazda has given its compact sedan/hatchback, the Mazda3 some “blink and you’ll miss it” updates for 2021. Though very minor, the carmaker says it’s all about further refining the car’s overall package.

These are the Finalists for the 2020-2021 Japan Car of the Year

The Top 10 finalists for the Japan Car of the Year 2020-2021 has been revealed. Considered as Japan’s most prestigious car award, the following ten cars advanced to the final around after besting 33 eligible entries.

Review: 2021 Geely Okavango 1.5T Urban

The design brief of the Geely Okavango is odd, to say the least. It’s a mid-sized SUV, priced like a compact crossover, but rides on a platform shared with, of all things, an MPV. On paper, it’s an automotive mishmash of ideas—a product of corporate bean counters and FGDs (to some degree it is). In reality though, it could be your next family car.

For the Price of a Small Crossover, Geely PH Offers the 7-Seater Okavango SUV

Geely launches a very unique offering—one that blurs the lines between an SUV and an MPV: the 2021 Okavango. Being in one of the most tightly contested segments, the tech-driven Chinese automaker aims to challenge the competition by offering a vehicle that’s not only highly functional, but stylishly uncompromising as well.

Meet the Most Hardcore Lamborghini Huracán Yet: the 2021 Super Trofeo Omologata

Lamborghini has just unveiled the most hardcore version of its V10-powered supercar yet: the Huracán Super Trofeo Omologata or STO—a road-homologated supercar inspired by its one-make race series Super Trofeo EVO and Huracán GT3 EVO.

The All-New 2022 Subaru BRZ Sticks to a Proven Formula

The all-new 2022 Subaru BRZ can be summarized in one sentence: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Subaru’s 2+2 sportscar pretty much sticks to the same formula as the first-generation model: low curb weight, low center of gravity, but with just an added sprinkling of new tech.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Nissan Teases Refreshed 2021 Terra

Nissan is on a roll. After showing off its refreshed Navara pickup truck, its SUV counterpart, will get the same treatment. Mark your calendars because the 2021 Terra drops in next week.

SsangYong PH Brings Back Gas-Powered Tivoli Sub-compact SUV for Just P 970k (w/ Specs)

Yet another sub-million sub-compact SUV joins the fray. After missing for the 2020 model year, SsangYong Philippines announces the return of the gas variant of its Tivoli for 2021.

Matteo Guidicelli is Nissan PH's Newest Brand Ambassador

As part of its ongoing Dare the Impossible brand campaign, Nissan in the Philippines welcomes actor-singer-multisport athlete Matteo Guidicelli as the new face of the Japanese automaker in the country, underlining the brand’s bold and daring attitude. 

2021 Maxus D60 Scores Perfect in Crash Safety Test

Maxus Philippines’s upcoming 7-seater compact SUV, the D60 has scored a perfect 5-star rating at its C-NCAP or China New Car Assessment Program crash safety test. With standards mirroring closely the European NCAP, this shows that this compact SUV can meet or surpass even the most stringent safety standards.

This is Your First Look at the All-New 2022 Honda Civic (w/ Video)

Honda has given the world its first full look at the all-new 2022 Civic. Technically revealed as a Prototype, the eleventh-generation compact sedan takes on a much slicker, more grown-up appearance compared to the current model.

EV-Related Fires, Recalls Grip Various Carmakers

Various carmakers are now realizing the potential problem of electric vehicles: fires. Ford, GM, Hyundai, and BMW are just some carmakers getting to grips with EV technology, and now they’re facing safety-related recalls for it.