Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Care to Guess What's Inside the Kia Box?

Anticipation is high with Kia’s re-launch under Ayala-owned AC Industrials. Previously, Kia Philippines President Mr. Manny Aligada said that 3 “never before seen” vehicles will be showcased during the brand’s re-launch at the end of this month.

Hagerty Predicts 2004 Subaru WRX STI is a Future Collectible

Hagerty, the largest insurance agency for collector cars in the U.S. revealed its annual list of later-model cars that are “on the move.” This means these 10 vehicles have slid the usual slope of depreciation and are starting to climb once again in value. If kept in great condition, they’re poised to be future collectibles.

It's Official: Ford and Volkswagen are Teaming Up for Upcoming Pickup Truck

It’s official: Ford and Volkswagen are teaming up with a global alliance that will see them try to leverage their company’s respective strengths in order to boost their competitiveness in a rapidly changing automotive industry.

Is This 2000 Honda Civic SiR Worth P 2.45-million?

Has the Philippines reached peak JDM too? In the US, mint condition Toyota Supras and Honda Civic Sis have started to command big bucks to the point that they equal or surpass the sticker price of their modern-day counterparts. It seems this trend may be starting in the Philippines too.

2020 Toyota Supra vs 2019 BMW Z4: By the Numbers

Now that Toyota has finally removed the wraps off the 2020 Supra after what seemed like a ka-zillion years of teasing, comparisons against other sportscars would be inevitable. In this round, we’re comparing the Supra against its sister car, the 2019 BMW Z4. Plus, we’re also throwing a curve ball and mixing in the smaller Toyota 86 and similarly-priced Nissan 370Z NISMO to see how everyone stacks up. Let’s begin.

Mazda Philippines to Recall Selected 2015 BT-50 Pickup Trucks

While Ford Philippines has opted to contact its owners quietly about a recall concerning defective door latches, Mazda Philippines is announcing that the Ranger’s mechanical twin—the BT-50 is affected by the same problem.

Ford Philippines Sales Drop 36 Percent in 2018

Ford Philippines’s consecutive year of record sales ended in 2018 as retail sales dropped to 23,571 vehicles from 2017’s high of 36,623. This 36 percent drop year-on-year can be attributed to the implementation of the TRAIN or revised new vehicle excise tax in 2018.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hyundai's "JANpacked" Promo Offers Two-Months Free Amortization

There’s nothing more thrilling than welcoming the New Year with a new you. The bigger the change, the better, because it proves that you have the power to reinvent yourself and lead the life you want. The good news is, you can blow everyone’s minds away with your biggest change yet this 2019: driving in a brand-new Hyundai. And what better way to own one than with Hyundai’s “JANpacked” promo that’s fully packed with even simpler, easy-to-own packages to get you hitting the city and the outdoors with style in no time.

2020 Kia Telluride is Big, Boxy, and Bold (w/ 9 Photos)

Its sister brand, Hyundai may be promoting the Palisade SUV as a luxurious and refined 7-seater crossover, but Kia is heading the opposite direction with the Telluride. The largest Kia ever, the Telluride is meant for the big expanses of the U.S.

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST is Faster Than a Ranger Rover Sport (w/ 13 Photos)

When Ford showed off the 2020 Explorer SUV a few days ago, there was one variant that’s noticeably missing: the Explorer Sport. Well, just in time for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the American carmaker dropped a bombshell in the form of a 400-horsepower SUV: the Explorer ST. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Explorer Sport’s replacement.

Ford Just Built the Quickest Production Mustang, Ever: the 2020 Shelby GT500 (w/ 21 Photos)

The horsepower wars between American muscle cars remain at full swing with Ford showing off the all-new 2020 Shelby GT500—the quickest, most high-performance Ford Mustang ever.

Toyota Motor Philippines is Bringing Back the "XE" Badge for Vios

Toyota Motor Philippines is adding a new variant of the Vios sub-compact sedan as a response to the Filipino consumer’s need for a no-frills automatic: the Vios XE. Slated to be unveiled at Toyota’s Media Thanksgiving Party next week, the XE marks the return of Toyota’s storied XE moniker which last saw action in the Corolla pre-2001.

Subaru STI S209 Makes More Power Than Ever Before (w/ 21 Photos)

Subaru and STI’s S-line products have been forbidden fruits outside of Japan. Well, that’s all changed with the introduction of the first-ever S-line—the S209 for the U.S. market. As an STI-built Subaru, the S209 carries on the lineage set forth by the S201 to S208 in that it receives power, handling, and aerodynamic upgrades that set it apart from the “regular” WRX STI.

The 2019 Toyota Avanza Looks Pissed Off (w/ 11 Photos)

With the hoopla surrounding Toyota’s other small 7-seater, the Rush, you’d think they would have forgotten about the Avanza, right? Well, fear not as there’s yet another fresh for 2019—one that bring with it a rather complex-looking front-end.

Hyundai Kona is North American SUV of the Year 2019

After winning a handful of design awards (and our very own Top 5 Picks of 2018), the Hyundai Kona is adding yet another trophy to its cabinet: the 2019 North American Utility of the Year.

I'm Not Digging the 2020 Toyota Supra (w/ 21 Photos)

So the world gets an all-new Toyota Supra. Yay. Hurray. Nothing to see here, so move along. After countless concept cars, teases, spy shots, unintentional reveals, and all—I’m pretty underwhelmed at the final result. Sure, some of us will get a kick out of some 1990s nostalgia, but that’s all the all-new Supra really is: nostalgia. It’s the JDM New Beetle, honestly.

Review: 2019 Mazda CX-9 FWD Touring

This is a drive seeking redemption. The last time I had the CX-9, the experience wasn’t as smooth sailing as I’d hope. Mazda’s beautiful 7-seater SUV was marred by its fancy Skyactiv-G Turbo as its temperature rose on the way up to Baguio. Now, almost a year after (and some technical explanation as to what happened), can the entry-level CX-9 vindicate its fancier AWD Touring (now Signature) sibling?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lexus Goes All Hardcore with 2020 RC F and RC F Track Edition (w/ 17 Photos)

Lexus is definitely embracing a more hardcore sporting image with the fresh for 2020 RC F coupe and its more sinister sibling, the RC F Track Edition. Extensively updated with better aerodynamics, reduced weight, retuned suspension, and enhanced styling, the RC F and RC F elevate Lexus to a new level of performance and refinement.

Hyundai Wants to Make a Car That Can Walk (w/ Video)

Currently, it’s unimaginable, but Hyundai thinks future cars could be capable of walking; that’s right, walking. On legs. Like a dog or a horse. It’s insane, but that’s exactly what the Hyundai Elevate concept vehicle does.

Mitsubishi Increases Prices of Xpander, Strada Effective January 2019

Mitsubishi Motor Philippines (MMPC) opened 2019 by hiking up the price of its best-selling Xpander MPV. The suggested retail price, which MMPC already increased once last November, sees yet another modest increase across the entire variant range effective this January, 2019.

Audi Philippines is Slashing a Million Pesos Off Selected Models

Didn’t get the luxury car you’ve always dreamed about last December? Well, it seems good things happen to those who wait as Audi Philippines is holding a one-of-a-kind warehouse sale where they’re slashing the prices of their cars by as much as a million pesos.

Mazda MX-5 Stays True to Motorsports Heritage by Winning 8-Oras ng Pilipinas

The near-stock MX-5 ND of Car Porn Racing once again took top honors at the 8-Oras ng Pilipinas endurance race held last December at the Clark International Speedway. The team composed of racing veterans Allan Uy, Tyson Sy, Carlos Anton, and international race driver Angie King, raced the MX-5 to 4th Over-all, 3rd in the RP Class and first in both the FM1 and FM2 race production classes as it went wheel to wheel with 31 other cars on the grid.

Let's Talk About What You Think of MG

Admittedly, the stigma attached to the term, “Made in China” is still hard to shake off. But while that may be true for cars made there before, companies such as SAIC Motor Corporation has since made great strides in both design and engineering.

3 Intriguing Things about the Subaru Forester e-BOXER

The 2019 Singapore Motorshow set out to impress, with brands unveiling some of the latest in hybrid and electric car technologies. Subaru set the bar in showcasing, for the first time in the ASEAN region, the all-new Forester e-BOXER—the petrol-electric hybrid model of its bestselling SUV.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Alonso to Race 2019 Indy 500 with Chevrolet Power

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso will compete in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 in a McLaren Racing entry powered by Chevrolet’s 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged direct-injected V6 IndyCar engine. The Chevy engine has powered the defending winner of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and three Indy 500 winners since its 2012 IndyCar Series introduction.

Stare at this Mugen Civic Type R and Weep

Look at this and weep. This is what Japanese tuner Mugen has in store for the Civic Type R. Mugen has always developed parts and cars that usually go hand-in-hand with Hondas, but their new RC20GT—revealed at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon is tough to swallow.

Shell Introduces GO+ Loyalty Card for Professional Drivers

For more than 20 years, Pilipinas Shell has been dedicated to improving the lives of professional drivers through their loyalty programs. And to make it even better, their loyalty card has gotten bigger with the all-new Shell GO+ card, rewarding not just its members but their families as well.

Subaru to Race Iconic Blue-and-Gold Colors Once More

Nostalgia is in full swing over at Subaru of America as they’ve taken the covers off their 2019 motorsports livery—one that marks the return of the signature blue-and-gold color scheme of the 1990’s.

Hyundai Dream Centre Pilot Batch Graduates

Last November 2018, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official Philippine distributor of Hyundai vehicles, celebrated the graduation of the pilot batch of 45 Hyundai Dream Centre Philippines (HDCP) scholars alongside partners Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) and Plan International at the Hyundai Logistics Center in Calamba, Laguna.

Lexus Wants You to Decide If They're Building Another Convertible (w/ 9 Photos)

Lexus is using the world-stage to determine if it’s worthwhile to give the world another drop-top model. Since the end of the IS C in 2015, the Japanese luxury brand had gone without a halo convertible in its line-up. If public reaction is positive that may change with the LC Convertible concept.

This Car Overtook the Toyota Prius as Japan's Best-Selling Car

When you think of “best-selling car in Japan,” the Toyota Corolla or Prius still come to mind. Well, you’ll be surprised that another brand and model has successfully taken that crown in 2017. That honor belongs to the Nissan Note.

Friday, January 11, 2019

The MG HS Will Change Your Perception of "Made in China" Forever

Meet the MG HS—the SUV that’ll forever change your perception of the words, “Made in China.” Designed and built by SAIC Motor’s passenger car division under its MG brand, the MG HS is similar in size to the likes of the Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5. Yet, because of its technological advancements, it’s being pitched more as an alternative to something a class higher.

Mazda Has Found a Way to Make the 2019 Mazda3 Stiffer Yet Lighter Than Before

Using its new Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, Mazda has found a way to make it stiffer and safer while still shaving off weight in the process. Their answer: the world’s first cold-stamped vehicle parts made of 1,310 MPa-class high-strength steel. It will be used in all upcoming models starting with the all-new 2019 Mazda3.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ford Shows Off All-New 2020 Explorer (w/ 21 Photos)

Ford today introduces its all-new 2020 Explorer: a complete redesign of America’s all-time best-selling SUV that now features more power and space, and smart new technologies to help tackle life’s adventures.

The Nissan Leaf e+ Can Do 458 Kilometers Between Charges

It may look like the same old Nissan Leaf launched last year, but the small “e+” badge at the back signifies something special: a new powertrain that offers additional power and range.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Mazda is Launching a 30th Anniversary Limited-Run MX-5

The North American International Auto Show or NAIAS hasn’t even started yet and Mazda is looking straight to February to unveil a special MX-5: the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition.

LTO Mandated Temporary Plates Needed for Registration Renewal

Is your car’s registration due to be renewed soon? Are you unlucky enough that you still don’t have your permanent plate number yet? Well, the LTO has a reminder for you: follow the uniform temporary plate number design or else your car won’t be allowed for registration.

Modern Jeepneys Uplift Commuter Experience Says Hino

Improved riding experience for commuters and better driving conditions for drivers summarized the first few months of rollout of modern jeepneys. These are the findings of Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), exclusive distributor of customized Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, which visited the Pateros-Fort Bonifacio Transport Service and Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TSMC) and Taguig Transport Service Cooperative (TSC) a few months after endorsing Hino modern jeepneys to the cooperatives in support of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).

Ford is Offering the Everest at 0% Interest for 4 Years

Ford is dropping its Employee’s Pricing shtick for something much more relatable: zero percent interest.

UPDATED: LTO Suspends Electronic-Only Medical Certificates; Blames Clinics, Motorists for Delays (It's Back)

UPDATE: With LTO saying that around 200 doctors being able to sign up for the LTO IT system, the agency says that medical certificates can now be submitted electronically again. (1/13).

The LTO’s directive of allowing only electronically-generated medical certificates from accredited doctors and clinics has hit a snag. Plagued with delays in the application and renewal of driver’s licenses and student’s permits during the first 2 days of its implementation, the LTO says they’ve begun accepting manually-generated medical certificates until further notice.

Innovation Puts MG and SAIC in the Driver's Seat

It’s like a scene from the future. Hopping down in front of the SAIC Intelligent Plaza in cosmopolitan Shanghai, the streetscape is eerily quiet. As the Shanghainese enjoy the perks of owning an electric vehicle, the rush hour traffic didn’t have the usual sounds or smells of gasoline or diesel engines. It’s hard to imagine, but this is China undergoing a major transformation.

6 Things You Need to Know About the Subaru e-BOXER System

In a a day or so, Subaru will be unveiling its first-ever hybrid vehicle for the ASEAN region: the Forester powered by the new e-BOXER engine. Arriving 6 months since the conventional model debuted in Taiwan (and a few weeks ahead of its official Philippine launch), the Forester e-BOXER has the potential to re-write history as the Japanese carmaker aims to deliver cars made under the philosophy of “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind.”

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

This Hyundai is Now Part of the Million-Mile Club

In just five years, a delivery driver from Olathe, Kansas drove her 2013 Hyundai Elantra one million miles. Farrah Haines is a proud Hyundai owner who drives about 200,000 miles (321,868 kilometers) a year delivering auto parts and products.

Porsche Announces Recall for Panamera

Porsche says that certain current-generation Panamera vehicles need to be brought into workshops to re-program its electric power steering system.

Kia Wants to Reach the K-pop Generation with Partnership with BLACKPINK.

Not to be outdone by sister company Hyundai’s move to use Korean boyband BTS to promote its Palisade SUV, Kia announced that they’ve found a new partner with all-female K-pop supergroup BLACKPINK. Kia will be the title sponsor for the group’s 2019 World Tour.

Review: 2019 MG ZS 1.5 Alpha

It’s not every day you get to drive a car even before its distributor had the time to lay down a strong brand presence. Typically, a carmaker would first establish its brand first before showing off, let alone, get people to drive any of their products. Instead, MG, through their new distributor, The Covenant Car Company, opted to do the opposite. Are they implying that they have strong faith in products like the 2019 ZS; that even with no established market presence, can speak for itself?

Monday, January 7, 2019

Mitsubishi Philippines Can Extend Your Vehicle's Warranty for Free

If you’re a Mitsubishi owner and diligent enough to follow the prescribed Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) schedule, here’s some good news for you: you may be eligible for an extended warranty.

UPDATED: Reminder: Only LTO Accredited Doctors and Clinics Can Issue a Medical Certificate

UPDATE: The LTO just suspended this scheme (1/9).

Just a reminder for those applying for a Student-Driver’s Permit or a Driver’s License (including renewals): you can only use medical certificates issued by LTO-accredited doctors and clinics.

Here's How You Can Apply for an Autosweep RFID

With Skyway O&M Corporation’s plan to eventually make the entire elevated part of Skyway passable only to Autosweep RFID users, now is a great time to get re-acquainted on how you can get one for your vehicle; after all, it saves you time when traversing the entire portion of the South Luzon Expressway and the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Tollway.

Ferrari Opens Exhibit Celebrating Michael Schumacher's 50th Birthday

Fans from all over Europe are flocking to the Ferrari Museum for the opening of the ‘Michael 50’ exhibition on the occasion of the 7-time Formula One World Champion’s 50th birthday.

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