Tuesday, November 12, 2019

2019 Suzuki Jimny Second Take: A Practical Choice for SUV Lovers

The Filipino’s love for compact vehicles has not waned, despite the growing demand for higher, more practical SUVs. In this regard, the introduction of the Suzuki Jimny could not have come at a more perfect time. Dating back to 1998 and then landing in local shores in 2016 with a fresh, irresistably cute, and undoubtedly attractive design, the Jimny claimed fans among regular motorists and offroaders alike. It was utilitarian in a small, maneuverable package.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Volvo Philippines Expands Plug-In Hybrid Line-Up to 3 Models

In line with Volvo Cars’ goal of reducing its emissions by 50 percent in terms of global sales, Volvo Cars Philippines expands its T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid offering to now include the XC60, S90, and XC90.

Mazda MX-5 Restoration Parts Are Coming to the Philippines

It looks like good things happen in threes with the Mazda MX-5. After being inducted into the Japanese Automotive Hall of Fame and the announcement of its very own one-make racing series, the Miata Spec Series in the Philippines, Bermaz Auto Philippines has confirmed that first-generation “NA” owners will soon get their hands on official restoration parts for their beloved roadster.

Toyota's Hilux-Based Modern PUV Looks Odd, But is Affordable

Toyota Motor Philippines has now entered the government’s PUV Modernization program with this Hilux-based 12-seater offering. Admittedly, the proportions are odd, given the low driver cabin and tall passenger compartment, but at P 998,000, it’s one affordably-priced Modern PUV.

Review: 2019 SsangYong Musso Grand 2.2 4WD A/T

Funny how the market has changed lately. Considered more as tools of the trade before, pickup trucks are now easily found on the high street, too. Driven by accessible prices (thanks in large part to the Philippine government) and an impressive array of creature comfort features, most see them now as sensible family vehicles or for some even status symbols as opposed to being mere utilitarian haulers they once were. This has led to the pickup truck segment to be the country’s fastest growing segment, and now, one of the most hotly contested as well. Everyone wants a piece of it, including this peculiar Korean carmaker, SsangYong.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

P 2.5-Million Will Get You A Ready-to-Race Mazda MX-5

Tapping into 30 years of Jinba-ittai spirit, Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda formally announces the one-make Miata Spec Series featuring the 2019 MX-5 sportscar. Organized and run by veteran racer Allan Uy and RaceGAS Dynamics, the inaugural season starts in May of next year.

Mercedes-Benz PH Refreshes GLC-Class. Prices Start at P 4.290M (w/ Specs)

Designed to look sleeker with its clean lines and sporty proportions, the 2020 GLC is an instant head-turner. First debuted as the GLK in 2008, which enriched the mid-size SUV segment, the GLC remains as the bestselling Mercedes-Benz for ten years with more than 1.6 million units sold worldwide.

The Upgraded 2020 Mercedes-Benz V-Class is at P 4.690M (w/ Specs)

In 2014 the Mercedes-Benz V-Class celebrated its debut with a completely new approach to design, value appeal, comfort, and safety in the MPV segment. The concept went on to be a true success: This is confirmed by the 209,000 or so V-Class units that have been sold since its market launch in 2014, a sales record in 2018 with some 64,000 units, one of the youngest buyer groups at Mercedes-Benz and a successful global expansion, especially in Asia.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Audi Philippines Launches 2020 Q3: The Premium SUV Leveled Up

The all-new 2020 Audi Q3 officially landed, bringing with it a fresh new take to SUVs. While most SUVs are specific with its target market and usage, the Q3 is a breath of fresh air, as it was designed to cater to every kind of driver, for every kind of need. Tagged as “the all-around SUV,” the all-new Q3 easily fuses spaciousness, versatility, and technology.

First-Generation Mazda MX-5 Inducted into Japan Automotive Hall of Fame

The first-generation Mazda MX-5 enters the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame, recognized by the organization as one of the country’s impost important historic cars.

Last Round of the 2019 Toyota Vios Racing Festival Happens Today; 2020 Season Confirmed

The last round of the 2019 season of the Toyota Vios Racing Festival happens today at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga. With that, Toyota Motor Philippines is inviting everyone who’s looking for a fun and thrilling way to spend their weekend.

Nissan's New Look 2020 Patrol Lands in Asia with Two Distinctive Front-Ends

After its global debut in the Middle East last September, the new look 2020 Nissan Patrol has finally landed in the Asia & Oceania region. Offered first in Australia, the refreshed Patrol is offered there with two distinctive front-ends, one of which could show how the Patrol will look like when it lands in the Philippines in the first quarter of 2020.

Friday, November 8, 2019

You Can Win a Hyundai Reina at Lazada's 11.11 Sale

Seeking a way to reach a broader market, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., or HARI has explored marketing and selling their cars in rather unique ways. After a tie-up with O Shopping to launch the Reina sub-compact sedan, the carmaker is at it again, only this time, they’re offering exclusive offers to coincide with Lazada’s 11.11 event—the biggest online sale of the year.

Get as Much as P 110k Off a Vios with Toyota’s November Price Knockdown Promo [ADVERTORIAL]

Join the Christmas rush as Toyota Motor Philippines starts its inventory sale with its November Price Knockdown promo. Ongoing until the end of the month, enjoy great deals on selected variants of nine great Toyota models: Vios, Avanza, Corolla Altis, Fortuner, Innova, Hiace, Wigo, Hilux, and Rush.

First Hyundai Class 2 Modern PUV Rolls Off Production Line

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), one of the country’s leading local automotive companies, marked another milestone as it received the first five units of the HD50S Modern Jeepney Class 2 from assembly partner Del Monte Motor Works, Inc. (DMMWI) recently.

Nissan Philippines Launches Own Financing Brand

Nissan has expanded its Nissan Finance program to enable more customers in the Philippines to own a Nissan vehicle. In partnership with East West Banking Corporation (EastWest), the sales finance program provides wholesale and retail financing options and loan facility products exclusively for Nissan customers in the Philippines.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Toyota Vios XLE is Available with Zero, Yes, Zero Downpayment

Toyota Motor Philippines is launching its latest variant of its best-selling model, the Vios XLE with special offer bundles including a zero downpayment financing scheme. This is happening only at the Vios XLEnt Weekend Launch from November 8 to 9, 2019.

Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 to Get Dynamic Shield Design for 2020

It’s going to be a busy month for Mitsubishi. After announcing plans to launch a 7-seater crossover based on the Xpander in Indonesia, the Japanese carmaker has formalized plans to launch the facelifted and updated Mirage and Mirage G4 as well.

Going for a CVT is Now Cheaper Than a Stick with the Honda City 1.5 S

Honda Cars Philippines is about to warp your sense of reality by introducing a new variant of its City sub-compact sedan, and get this: it’s an automatic variant that sells less than its manual transmission counterpart.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Mazda Philippines Just Teased the CX-30 Crossover

How’s this for a surprise: while it’s a given that we’ll be seeing the three-row CX-8 real soon, it seems Mazda Philippines is pulling yet another rabbit out of their magic hat: the CX-30.

Kia Philippines Unboxes Seltos Crossover. Prices Start at P 1.098M (w/ Brochure)

Kia Philippines unboxes its entry into the sub-compact crossover category, the Seltos. Named after “Celtos,” the son of Hercules in Greek mythology, the Seltos slots below the Sportage and for that it starts at just P 1.098 million.

Toyota Launches Well-Loaded Vios XLE Variant for Just P 791K

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) brings the total number of Vios variants to eleven with the introduction of the Vios XLE. Slotting in-between the XE and E models, the XLE starts at just P 791,000 and for a limited time comes with bundled offers worth as much as P 100,000.

Morel Audio Enters Philippine Market

Borne out of passion to innovate how people listen to music, Morel Audio enters the Philippine market under the exclusive distributorship of MK2 Marketing.

Ford Philippines Drops Ranger XLS's Price to Below P1-Million

Ford Philippines is aiming to expand ownership of the pickup truck among Filipino customers with exclusive offers for the Ranger XLS and XLT variants.

Aston Martin's First Motorbike is a P 6-Million Rolling Piece of Art

Ever wondered what an Aston Martin motorbike would look like? Wonder no more because here’s the AMB 001, a collaboration bike between Aston Martin and Brough Superior that’s literally an automotive art you can ride.

Caltex and LICA Auto Group Extend Partnership

Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex, announced the renewal of its alliance with one of the largest multi-brand dealership in the country, LICA Auto Group. This undertaking entitles all LICA Auto Group’s vehicle owners to discounts.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Philippines Takes Home Country Team Honors at Subaru Palm Challenge 2019

The Philippine team had a strong showing at the Last Palm Standing – the 18th Subaru Palm Challenge, bagging the Country Team honors in the process thanks to a combined time of 424 hours and 54 minutes.

Mitsubishi is Building an Xpander-based SUV

Mitsubishi is adding a brand-new 7-seater MPV with crossover-like styling to its line-up. The new vehicle, likely based on the Xpander, “embodies the brand and crosses the characters of MPVs and SUVs.”

The Honda CR-V Touring Gets You a P 107k Discount and Free Gas Too!

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) announces an early Christmas promotion entitled Cheers for Deals. The promo covers the City, BR-V, CR-V, Brio and Civic with the following cash discounts and low downpayment offers:

Meet Toyota's EcoSport Fighter: the Raize

If the Rush is a bit too family-looking for you, perhaps we can interest you in Toyota’s newest offering: the Raize. Like the Copen, the Raize is produced by affiliate company Daihatsu, but manages to include input from Toyota, particularly with its platform.

SsangYong is Bringing in the All-New Korando and Refreshed Tivoli Real Soon

SsangYong Philippines is launching two new crossovers real soon. Teased via a series of videos, the Korean SUV specialist is set to launch the all-new, fourth-generation Korando compact crossover and the refreshed Tivoli sub-compact crossover, both for the 2020 model year.

Our First Look at the 2020 Ford Bronco is This Baja Race Truck

With a Spring 2020 launch date, Ford is starting to tease its upcoming Ranger-based Bronco SUV. The latest one is this: the race-inspired Bronco R prototype.

Subaru Plans to Combat Boring with More GT Edition Variants

Motor Image wants to combat boring by launching even more GT Edition variants of its popular models. After the Subaru XV, and now the Forester getting GT Editions, soon, the Levorg and Impreza will join them in receiving the same sporty treatment.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Will the P 2.190-million Peugeot 5008 SUV Spoil the Mazda CX-8's Party? (w/ Specs)

After bringing in a more affordable version of its five-seater 3008 SUV, Peugeot Philippines is now doing the same for its 7-seater SUV, the 5008. Now sourced from a Peugeot joint-venture plant in Malaysia, the 2020 5008 SUV basically costs a million pesos less than before.

The Designer of Subaru WRX STI Transforms the Forester to the Forester GT Edition

Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles across eight countries, including the Philippines, unveiled the newest addition to its sporty GT Edition models: the Forester GT Edition. Set for a formal market introduction in Taiwan next month, the Forester GT Edition will arrive in the Philippines by the first quarter of 2020.

Hyundai's Free PMS Offer on H-100 Light Truck Helps Keep Costs Down

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) introduces another exciting offering for Filipino entrepreneurs who would like to move their businesses forward and increase profitability with the “Super Sais” promo.

Yes, The Philippines is Getting the Subaru Ascent

The Ford Explorer and Mazda CX-9 better watch out: Motor Image Pilipinas is bringing in the three-row Subaru Ascent. Two years after its global debut at the L.A. Auto Show, and the subsequent pronouncements from the Japanese automaker that it’s “for the North American market only” that followed, the largest Subaru ever made is finally making it to the Philippines.

6 Filipinos Drop Out as Subaru Palm Challenge Enters Third Day

Fatigue set in as the Last Palm Standing – Mediacorp Subaru Palm Challenge entered the third day in Singapore. A total of 55 individuals are still standing (as of 7 AM today), with 345 dropping out during the night of the second day.

Review: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Hybrids are commonly associated with manufacturers like Toyota, and that’s understandable because the Prius is the world’s best-selling hybrid and is the official poster child of environmentally-conscious motoring. That said, some don’t want to drive a Prius, and that’s understandable. It’s weird-looking, and at least in the Philippines, priced like an executive sedan. Enter the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid—a car that says it’ll do everything the Prius can do. But the question is, can it do things better?

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Ford Shows Off SYNC 4, Coming to Select Vehicles by Next Year

Ford previewed the next-generation of its SYNC communications and entertainment system, which is faster, easier, and simpler than ever to use.

Philippine Team Still Complete at Start of Day 2 of Subaru Palm Challenge 2019

The Philippine team continued strong as Day 2 of the 18th Subaru Palm Challenge rolled in at Ngee Ann City, Singapore. During the opening, humidity was the main challenge as well as the sweltering heat, with the temperature soaring past 34 degrees Celsius.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Suzuki Ertiga Scores 3 out 5 in Global NCAP Test

Suzuki’s 7-seater MPV, the Ertiga scored a passing 3 out of 5 stars for crash safety at the latest Global New Car Assessment or NCAP tests.

"Last Palm Standing," 18th Mediacorp Subaru Palm Challenge Kicks Off

Amidst the high temperatures and unforgiving humidity, four hundred individuals are all vying for a brand-new Subaru automobile in the 18th edition of the Mediacorp Subaru Palm Challenge. Officially titled, “Last Palm Standing,” its one of Asia’s toughest endurance competitions.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Suzuki Philippines Posts 19 Percent Growth for First 9 Months of 2019

Consistent with its strong performance for the first two quarters of the year, Suzuki Philippines (SPH) finishes the third quarter with positive growth yet again, enabling the company to post 19 percent sales growth for the first nine months of the year over the same period in 2018.

The Nissan Navara is Now the Philippines's Best-Selling Pick-up Truck

Nissan has posted record monthly sales in the Philippines with an all-time high of 4,768 units sold in September. This achievement strengthened the brand’s top-three position among members of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI).

Is Ford Philippines Bringing in the Transit MPV?

Is Ford Philippines finally bringing in a full-sized MPV to battle the likes of the Toyota Hiace Super Grandia and Hyundai Grand Starex? It seems so based on a teaser they’ve sent us for a product launch happening at the end of November.

Fiat Chrysler Confirms Merger Talks with Peugeot Citroen

After Nissan blocked a potential merger with Renault, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles or FCA seems to have found a potential new partner: PSA. After reports on a potential business combination emerged, FCA has confirmed that talks are underway with the parent company of Peugeot, Citroen, and Opel.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Yes, You Can Order the P 9.92-Million Toyota GR Supra GT4 Racecar

If you find the Toyota Vios Race Car a bit too tame, why don’t you consider a Toyota several notches higher? After showing off the GR Supra GT4 racecar last July, Toyota Gazoo has finally revealed its final specs and eye-watering price. Oh, and yes, you can buy it even from the Philippines.

Honda's Driver Assist Technology Isn't at Odds with Their Sporty Positioning

Ever since Honda’s founding 71 years ago, they’ve committed to deliver new values for mobility through their broad range of products from motorcycles, power products, automobiles and even jets. Today, with their 2030 Vision as a guide, Honda aims to continue doing just that, but now adding the “joy of expanding their life’s potential” as an additional guiding ethos.

Three New Recalls Hit Subaru XV, Impreza, and Forester Models

Attention Impreza, XV, and Forester owners: Subaru has just confirmed that three new recalls affect these three best-selling vehicles in the Philippines, and that Motor Image Pilipinas is working closely with Subaru Corporation of Japan to assist all affected customers.