Friday, February 22, 2019

This Mitsubishi Montero Sport Hides a Secret


The Mitsubishi Montero Sport may be known locally and perhaps even the region as a mid-sized 7-seater SUV, but in the United Kingdom, it’s also taken on a new role: delivery van.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

All-New 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL is Arriving in March


Auto Nation Group, the distributor of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and RAM has confirmed that the fifth-generation Jeep Wrangler is almost upon us. The Wrangler JL, as the model’s called, will be unveiled officially early March, more than a year after its global debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2017.

OFWs Can Own a Brand-New Toyota Vios For Less Than P 7,400 a Month


Toyota Motor Philippines is making it easier for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to achieve their dream of getting a car for their families as the carmaker is announcing special Vios packages exclusive for the country’s modern-day heroes.

In An Industry First, Hyundai Philippines to Market Reina on Home TV Shopping


Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars in the Philippines, launched an industry-first with its partnership with A CJ O Shopping. The Korean carmaker is tapping the home shopping network to market Hyundai’s newest offering: the first-ever Reina. This continues Hyundai’s initiative to innovate the car shopping experience and make it more convenient for the motor public at large.

There's Now a Full-Sized Volkswagen T2 Camper Van Made of LEGO Bricks


Using 400,000 Lego bricks, two experienced Lego model makers have built what is probably the world’s biggest camper made out of Lego bricks. The full-sized Lego T2 (aka Kombi aka Hippie Van) weighs 700 kilograms.

Goodyear Kicks Off 100-Year Celebration in the Philippines


Goodyear Philippines, a leader in the tire industry, is celebrating its centenary in the country this year.

Buy a 2019 Mitsubishi Strada, Get Free Service


In celebration of the 2019 Strada’s launch, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is further sweetening ownership if you register, reserve online, and purchase your new pickup truck by the end of the month.

Is the Nissan Terra the Best Mid-sized SUV for Women?


As Nissan’s flagship SUV in the Philippines, the Terra took a bite out of the SUV market dominated by the likes of the Fortuner and Montero Sport. Launching a 7-seater SUV was a first for Nissan, and was, for all intents and purposes, a make-or-break model. Luckily for them, they understood that they had to stand out and for that, they capitalized on two major factors: the mechanical refinement and the cutting-edge safety tech. And this is what this story’s about—Nissan taking a step back from the number crunching and focusing on the elements that matter to everyday road warriors every time he or she gets behind the wheel.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Honda is Closing the Factory That Makes the Civic Type R


The home of the Civic Type R will close its doors. This news was relayed by Honda in a statement as it restructures its global manufacturing network and accelerates its commitment to electrified cars.

Nissan Unveils Xpander-Based 2019 Livina MPV


The benefits of the Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is paying off with the introduction of the all-new 2019 Nissan Livina for the Indonesian market. And if it looks familiar, it should: it’s based off the Mitsubishi Xpander.

Foton Expands Dealer Network with Bacoor, Cavite Opening


Foton Motor Philippines, Inc. (FMPI), formally inaugurated its newest dealer network expansion: Foton Bacoor, Cavite.

Manila Sports Car Club Releases List of Eligible Cars for 2018


The Manila Sports Car Club or MSCC, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of sportscar released their annual “The List.” This is a rundown of eligible cars that can gain its owners entry into the exclusive club.

Hyundai Sells More Than 1,300 Accents in January 2019; Sales Still Drop 5 Percent Year on Year


Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the country started 2019 with a slight dip in January sales, proving that the economic havoc brought about by the new vehicle excise tax is far from over.

Is Subaru Teasing a New High-Performance Model to Join the WRX STI and BRZ?


Subaru may be working on expanding its high-performance vehicle range outside the sports sedan and sports coupe mold.

BMW Philippines Recalling Selected 2005 to 2012 3 Series Models


BMW Philippines is announcing a recall on selected 3 Series E90 models from 2005 to 2012.

Mitsubishi Motor Philippines Cuts Prices on Remaining 2018 Models


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines is clearing out old stocks to welcome the New Year and with that, get ready for huge savings on 2018 models of the Strada, Montero Sport, and even their flagship Pajero SUV.

Review: 2019 MG 6 1.5T Trophy


The MG name and the octagonal badge has always been synonymous with sporty roadsters. While most twenty-, thirty-, or even forty-somethings won’t recognize it by now, they were, at one time, the car world’s hottest ticket. As it seeks a return to relevance under its new owners, SAIC, one sure hoped that a sportscar was somewhere in those plans. For now though, the closest thing is the MG6.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Toyota Philippines Launches All-New 2020 Hiace (w/ 37 Photos, Specs)


The first-ever global launch happened in the country as Toyota Motor Philippines unveiled the all-new 2020 Hiace a week after some photos leaked onto the internet. As the world’s largest market for Toyota’s full-sized MPV outside of Japan, sales will start here first before the rest of the world.

Jaguar Land Rover Debuts New Inline-6 Engine


Jaguar is about to give its cars more oomph with the introduction of a new 6-cylinder gasoline engine. This new inline-6 engine offers better response and better balance than the outgoing V6 and will make its debut on the Range Rover Sport.

Nissan Philippines Adds Fiery Red Color to Terra


Nissan is adding a dash of color to its Terra 7-seater SUV lineup with the introduction of a new limited-edition color. Meet the Terra in Fiery Red.

Second Sports Car for the Cause Gears Up on February 24, 2019


The Burgos Circle Car Club, a group of sportscar enthusiasts who gather for cars, coffee, and camaraderie every Sunday in partnership with Bonifacio Global City is organizing the second Sportscar for a Cause this coming Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 7 AM to 11 AM.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

BMW M Gives 500+ Horsepower to 2019 X3 and X4


BMW’s performance division, BMW M has succeeded in breaching the 500-horsepower mark in the compact SUV market with the new X3 M and X4 M.

GM Names e-Bikes ARĪV and Costs Starting P 160,000


Remember GM entering the e-bike business and even held a global name contest for it last November? Well, today, they’ve formally announced its name: ARĪV. It will go on sale in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Indonesia Plans to Become ASEAN Hub for Electric Vehicles


Indonesia is finalizing a new electric vehicle (EV) policy that will likely transform the country into the region’s next production center for EVs, a report published by Reuters said.

Ford Issues Recall on 2019 Mustang; Are Local Units Affected?


Ford is announcing recalls that cover close to 1.6 million units in North America, including one model that’s currently being sold in the Philippine market.

Quality Issues Drive Jaguar Land Rover Sales Down


Just a week ago, Jaguar Land Rover infamously made history by handing its parent company, Tata, the worst-ever quarterly loss in Indian corporate history. The Reuters reports says that worries surrounding Brexit and weakening retail sales in China are to blame. A report from Automotive News explores deeper problems at hand: declining quality.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Mazda CX-8 Inches Its Way to ASEAN; Previewed for Malaysian Market


Almost a year and a half since Mazda’s announcement that they’ll be bringing the CX-8 to ASEAN markets, the first concrete steps have finally happened as the 7-seater SUV has been previewed in Malaysia.

Ford Philippines Offers Discounts of Up to P 60,000 for Ranger


Ford Philippines is making its best-selling Ranger more affordable this month thanks to a P 60,000 cash discount valid only this February.

Honda Teases Interior of All-Electric Urban Car


Honda has continued the tease of its first-ever all-electric vehicle, the Urban EV by showing off its dashboard. And we like what we see.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Volkswagen Goes On Tour This February to May 2019


Starting as early as Valentine’s Day this February, up to Labor Day in May, Volkswagen Philippines brings its roster of German-engineered and designed vehicles closer to the Filipino public when it holds tours and exhibits in major malls in Metro Manila.

Mitsubishi Xpander Rallies to Become Best-Selling MPV in the Philippines


Toyota Motor Philippines may have been Number 1 in 9 vehicle segments, but there’s one segment that eluded them: the small MPV category. The best-selling vehicle in that category is none other than the Mitsubishi Xpander.

2019 Toyota Camry Scores Perfect at ASEAN NCAP Crash Safety Test


The ASEAN NCAP has released the crash test results of the 2019 Camry and it comes as no surprise that Toyota’s newest executive sedan scored a 5 out of 5 safety rating.

Motul Philippines to Bring Country's Fastest Cars Together at 2019 Superfast Event


The Philippines’s fastest cars will descend at the Clark International Speedway on March 10, 2019 for the Motul 300V Superfast event.

Wald Turns Suzuki Jimny Into Aggressive Looking Off-Roader (w/ 13 Photos)


Japanese aftermarket tuner Wald just got their hands on the 2019 Suzuki Jimny and managed to transform it into one bad-ass SUV.

Subaru Philippines Offers Outgoing Forester with 5-Year Interest-Free Financing or Cash Discount


For buyers who heart is still set on the fourth-generation Forester compact crossover, Subaru is giving people one last chance to snag one before stocks run out. And sweetening the deal even more, starting today until the end of the month, Motor Image Pilipinas is offering special financial deals.

Specially Marked Grab Cars to Offer Free Rides Today


To spread kilig for everyone on Valentines’ day, Grab, has designed several GrabCar vehicles to sport a Valentines-inspired look that’ll delight passengers with free rides.

Jaguar and Land Rover Get Flexible Financing Options


Owning a brand-new Jaguar or Land Rover has never been this easy. All British Cars, the sole authorized dealership of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, parts, and accessories in the Philippines, offers flexible financing schemes for select Jaguar and Land Rover models for the whole month of February. Customers may choose between two financing schemes: a low monthly amortization plan or free monthly amortization for the first few months.

This Lexus UX Gets Nike Air Force 1 "Shoes"


To celebrate the launch of the first-ever 2019 UX, a luxury compact crossover engineered for the city, Lexus partnered with designer John Elliott to create the “Sole of the UX” — custom tires inspired by his John Elliott x Nike AF1 shoe. The tires re-imagine the classic silhouette of Elliott’s sneaker, embodying the spirit of clean, purposeful, and modern design. Tires that, like the crossover itself, are inspired by and designed for the city.

Ford May Have a Solution for "Selfish Sleepers" (w/ Video)


At the end of a hectic day, cosying up to the one you love should be a welcome relief. But for those who share their bed with a “space invader”, precious hours can be lost simply trying to reclaim a fair share of the mattress.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

First Drive: 2019 Hyundai Reina 1.4 GL


Normally, there’s not much to say when it comes to basic commuter cars. While you can use all sorts of hyperboles driving the latest exotic supercar or even the newest burly SUV, the same sort of language doesn’t work when you talk about a car that’s designed to be better than taking public transportation. Yet, here is the 2019 Hyundai Reina, and exaggerations aside, it’s the best value sedan money can buy.

British Racing Green Looks Great on Any Sportscar, Even the Toyota 86


Proof that all sportscars look great in British Racing Green, Toyota is releasing this special 86
wearing the iconic motorsports-inspired hue.

Honda Cars Philippines Brings Down Prices of CR-V, Civic, City, BR-V, and Mobilio for a Limited Time


Honda Cars Philippines wants you to celebrate Valentines’ by getting the Honda you’ve always wanted at a price that’s been made more affordable. Starting on Valentine’s Day (February 14) up to Sunday, February 17, Honda is giving discounts up to P 80,000 on select models and variants.

Hyundai Philippines Draws First Blood, Sells 600 Reinas in 2 Days


Has Hyundai gained the upper hand in the Korean sub-B segment sedan wars? That seems to be the case based on how the Reina is doing against its mechanical twin, the Kia Soluto.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

UPDATED: 2020 Mitsubishi ASX Gets the Dynamic Shield Treatment


UPDATE: Mitsubishi released a photo of the interior as well (02/13).

Aside from the Engelberg Tourer Concept, Mitsubishi Motors is using the Geneva Motor Show to show off the 2020 ASX (RVR or Outlander Sport in other markets).

Review: 2019 Ford EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium


Let’s talk about the Ford EcoSport. When it first came out in 2014, it was a refreshing thing—a sub-compact runabout that fits well in the Manila urban jungle. It was, for all intents and purposes, the automotive equivalent of American Fast Food: tasty, if not particularly high-quality or nutritious. And just whenever the first-ever McDonald’s or if you prefer, Jollibee opens in a small town, people fell in line for this Ford; caught hook, line, and sinker with the promise that it’ll be a Happy Meal on wheels.

Mercedes-Benz is Slashing Off Their Prices This Valentine's Day


Mercedes-Benz hopes you’re still not tired of premium automotive brands giving discounts, because this Valentine’s Day, you could be the “ultimate gentleman” thanks to special deals on Mercedes-Benz sedans, SUVs, vans, and even performance vehicles.

Mazda Philippines Recalling Selected MX-5 Models


Mazda Philippines has confirmed that some MX-5 units in the country are affected by a recall regarding its Transmission Control Module or TCM.

Monday, February 11, 2019

2020 Toyota Hiace Photos Leak on the Internet (And They're Left-Hand Drive!)


It’s looking more and more like the 2020 Hiace is the worst kept secret at Toyota. After being spied on top of a car carrier, photos of Toyota’s people carrier have just surfaced on the internet and these are our clearest look yet.

So Why Did the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Get A New Engine While the 2019 Camry Did Not?


The Philippine launch of the 2019 RAV4 opened some questions, not about the RAV4 per se, but about something launched last December: the 2019 Camry. Given both of these models are riding on the Toyota New Global Architecture or TNGA platform, why did Toyota Motor Philippines decide to give its executive sedan a carryover powertrain while the compact SUV gets the new-generation one?

Hyundai Designs Win Anew at iF Design Award 2019


Hyundai Motor Company has been recognized for its cutting-edge vehicle design at the world-renowned iF Design Award 2019 for the fifth straight year. The Palisade and Le Fil Rouge concept vehicle each won the Automobiles/Vehicles category at the eminent competition in the global automotive industry.

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