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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

BMW Opens Flagship Greenhills Showroom

SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, is proud to announce the completion of the latest and largest BMW dealership facility in the Philippines.

SMC to Accelerate Construction on Skyway Extension South-Bound

Following the opening of the Skyway Extension’s four-kilometer northbound section to the public last Sunday, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said that construction of the project’s southbound section will advance and move at a faster pace—in time for completion by the third quarter of this year.

The 2022 Nissan GT-R NISMO Exposes Some Skin

Nissan just updated its ultimate sportscar, the GT-R Nismo for 2022 by adding a new exclusive color and handling goodies, while cutting its weight even more.

All-New 2022 Land Cruiser to Sport Lexus Twin-Turbo Engine, 10-Speed AT?

Toyota can’t seem to keep a lid on leaks, as Japan-based forums now have detailed information on the all-new Land Cruiser (aka 300-series Land Cruiser) which is expected to hold its global debut by the second half of 2021.

The Chinese Have Done It Again and This Time They've Ripped the Volkswagen Beetle Off

China is still proving itself to be the wild west of the automotive world. While some Chinese brands have invested big bucks on strengthening its own brand image by hiring foreign talent, others are still stuck blatantly copying the design of more established makes.

Mazda3 is the Canadian Car of the Year for a Second Straight Year

The Mazda3 has been named the Canadian Car of the Year 2021 by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada or AJAC.

Could SsangYong be Saved by Chery Auto's U.S. Plans?

SsangYong may have found a savior through a very unlikely source: Chery Auto. That’s assuming of course, Chery’s U.S. distributor, HAAH Automotive Holdings pushes through with their supposed plan.

Volvo Cars, SAIC to Use NVIDIA Chips to Drive Self-Driving Tech

Volvo Cars and SAIC join the growing ranks of automotive and transport companies which will use NVIDIA-based chips to power their next-generation autonomous drive vehicles.

The Ford Mustang is the World's Best-Selling Sportscar for 2020

The Ford Mustang—which celebrates its 57th birthday this year—is the world’s best-selling sportscar yet again marking the second straight year it’s on top of the sales charts. This is according to the most recent registration data from IHS Markit.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Chery Tiggo 7 PRO's Gearbox is Voted as One of the World's Best

Chery Auto’s CVT25 gearbox, found in the 2021 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro was awarded as one of the Top 10 Transmissions in the World. The recognition was bestowed by the China-based Automobile Evaluation Academy.

Review: 2020.5 SsangYong Rexton 4WD AT

In 2019, when the SsangYong Rexton first arrived, it created a stir by beating out the Nissan Terra 4x4 VL in a comparison test. Two years later, SsangYong gave its flagship 7-seater a slight nip-and-tuck in what’s to be officially called a 2020.5 update.

Caltex, PayMaya Announce Winners of #ScanToPay Promo

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), and digital financial services leader PayMaya gave away P 700,000 worth of prizes to raffle winners who paid using PayMaya QR for their transactions at Caltex stations nationwide.

LRT-1 to Pause Operations on April 17-18, 24-25

The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) announces the temporary suspension of LRT-1 operations for two weekends in April 2021 to continue the maintenance works needed for a better and improved LRT-1 experience.

Honda PH Launching City Hatchback This April 20

Missing the Honda Jazz already? Don’t worry. Its spiritual successor, the first-ever 2021 Honda City Hatchback has an official Philippine debut, and the wait will not be long: April 20, 2021.

Hyundai Reveals All the Details on the 2022 Staria

After showing off its futuristic design, Hyundai has revealed more details about its all-new 2022 Staria “Purpose-Built Vehicle” or PBV, including its powertrain and launch timeline.

Ford Adds Stormtrak and Wolftrak to Ranger Line-Up

Ford is continuing to capitalize on the global popularity of its Ranger pickup truck by introducing two new limited-edition models.

Changan PH Says No to DTI Safeguard Bond, Continues with Discounts This April

The new kid on the block, Changan is saying no to the DTI safeguard bond making it easier to drive home a brand-new car without paying extra. What’s more, you can still enjoy the introductory price offer with a discount of up to P 70,000.

David Beckham is the New Face of Maserati

A century of mixing innovation, design, and passion has driven Maserati to create iconic vehicles. Today, that recipe kicks up into higher gear with the arrival of a new brand global ambassador, David Beckham.

Monday, April 12, 2021

60 km/h Speed Limit to Stay on Elevated Portion of Skyway

If you’re hoping that the elevated portion of San Miguel Corporation’s Skyway would eventually increase its speed limit once construction has been completed, well, keep hoping. Apparently, the 60 km/h speed limit is here to stay. Indefinitely. This was said by none other than San Miguel Corporation Ramon S. Ang during a media roundtable announcing the opening of the northbound portion of the Skyway Extension.

SMC Opens North-Bound Skyway Extension to the Public

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) opened two of three lanes of the Skyway Extension project’s northbound section Sunday, April 11 with no toll fees for the 4-km segment until further notice—bringing to reality a long-term solution to traffic in the south.

How the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Embodies Beautiful Functionality

When beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you can be sure that the beholder has one discerning eye. And it caters to his own definition of beauty, of what is right. For instance, to a photographer, perspective is everything. That is, his own perspective and the emotions that he sees through the lens. In the same way that when you come across a car that feels like it was made for you, it is only you that can explain that undeniable connection. And with Mazda, connection is everything, as the brand has emphasized several times over—from its design philosophy to the meticulous streamlined detail that goes into every finished product.

The 2021 Volkswagen T-Cross Has Manila On Its Mind

With Volkswagen Philippines teasing the arrival of its new global sub-compact SUV, the 2021 T-Cross (arriving this second quarter, in case you missed it), their counterparts in Germany also seem to acknowledge that their new offering is perfect for Manila’s roads.

The Bentley Residences Will Have In-Unit Car Garages

Apart from building bespoke luxury automobiles, Bentley has just announced that it’s going to be building the first-ever luxury residential tower in the world to carry its namesake: the Bentley Residences.

Subaru PH Greets Summer with Worry-Free Sales, Aftersales Deals

Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country is greeting summer with their biggest sales and service promotion this April.

Subaru and STI Previews Performance Parts for All-New 2022 BRZ

The Japan-market Subaru BRZ may be just a few days old, but that hasn’t stopped Subaru’s go-fast division, Subaru Technica International, or STI, from working on performance parts for their version of the lightweight rear-wheel drive sportscar.

Dodge to Roll Out "Two-Factor Authentication" for Challenger, Charger Models

Dodge has found an ingenious way to protect its high-powered Charger and Challenger models from thieves.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Get the Volkswagen Lavida for Just P 971k

Volkswagen Philippines is greeting summer with its Hot Hot Sale running until May 31, 2021. With that, get up to P 200,000 off on selected models.

Italy Starts Protecting Auto Industry from Potential Chinese Takeover

The Italian government has had enough of Chinese economic invaders, and now seeks to protect businesses there by blocking any takeover in sensitive industries, which may now include automotive. This comes as the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi revealed that they prevented a Chinese takeover of a semiconductor company.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Hyundai Enters the 7-Seater Sub-Compact SUV Segment with the First-Ever Alcazar

Just a day after its sister brand, Kia managed to cram seven seats into their Sonet sub-compact SUV, Hyundai has just shown off its all-new Alcazar—their first three-row SUV engineered in the same vein as the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross and Honda BR-V as well.

LTFRB Says Public Transportation Now at 76 Percent of Pre-COVID-19 Numbers

In a bid to curb the operation of illegal or colorum public utility vehicles, the Department of Transport (DOTr) through the LTFRB is expanding the number routes where PUVs can ply.

Mitsubishi Motors PH Undercuts Fortuner, Everest with Revised Montero Sport 4WD Pricing

After beating around the bush with cash discounts and other promotions, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines has made it official: the 2021 Montero Sport GT 4WD’s suggested retail price is now lower.

Geely PH Gives Back to the Community

Wheng Clemente, a fisherfolk from Paombong, Bulacan reached out to Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP) asking if she can acquire the Geely billboard tarpaulins which were already taken down in exchange for at least 120 kilos of fish. Clemente said she will use the tarpaulins to save their fishery business. “Catch basin po kasi ang lugar namin. ‘Yung tarpaulin po kasi ang magsisilbing proteksyon sa lupa sa tabi ng ilog para hindi ‘to gumuho papunta sa ilog tuwing umuulan. Tuwing gumuguho kasi ‘yung lupa, malaki ang nalulugi sa kabuhayan namin at ng iba pa naming mga kapitbahay”, Clemente said.

The MG Cyberster Could Go Against the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ

Just days after revealing design renderings, MG released the first official photos of its Cyberster concept, which will be making its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Geely is Now a Member of the IATF

Geely is now a remember of the IATF. Oh, and before you get any ideas, this IATF means the International Automotive Task Force, a global organization that sets automotive quality standards. Geely is the newest OEM voting member, and is also the first Asian brand to join the taskforce.

Volvo's High-Performance Brand, Polestar, to Roll Out in Asia-Pacific

Volvo’s high-performance brand, Polestar is expanding its market footprint this year with the addition of new markets in the Asia Pacific. These markets will join the three new and previously announced European markets bringing their global footprint to 18 markets by the end of the year.

Akio Toyoda Voted as 2021 World Car Person of the Year

Ninety-three distinguished international journalists on the World Car Awards jury panel have voted Akio Toyoda, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, as the 2021 World Car Person of the Year.

It's Official: Honda Cars PH Says Goodbye to the Jazz

A day after we ran a story about the hefty discount greeting Jazz owners this April, Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) has finally made it official: they are discontinuing the Jazz.

Toyota PH Offers Discounts, Free PMS, Free Insurance, and More This April

From April 5 to 30, 2021, get discounts as much as P 60,000, flexible all-in or low monthly deals, as well as other freebies for Toyota’s best-selling models.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Kia Managed to Cram 7 Seats into Their Smallest SUV, the Sonet

Who would have thought that Kia could engineer a 7-seater out of their smallest SUV, the 2021 Sonet? Well, that’s exactly what happened when they introduced a new variant of the Sonet for Indonesia called the Sonet 7.

Toyota Now Has Its Own Self-Driving Tech Called Advanced Drive

Toyota will be rolling out its own autonomous driving technology which it calls Advanced Drive. Available in select Lexus LS and Mirai vehicles in Japan, it will unlock self-driving features by allowing the car and driver to communicate with each other like “close friends” (Toyota’s words, not ours).

Ford's AI-Powered Self-Help System Will Answer Your Burning Questions

Do you have a burning question to ask Ford? Good news then. “Ask Ford,” Ford’s intuitive global online knowledge base tool for customers has been upgraded and enhanced.

Honda FK8 Civic Type R to End Production This July

In February 2019, Honda confirmed that it’s closing its Swindon, U.K. manufacturing plant, the only plant in the world that produces the FK8 Civic Type R. Today, we now know when the final Civic Type R will roll off the assembly line, and that’s in July.

Bentley Produced Its 200,000th Car

Bentley Motors has celebrated the 200,000th luxury car built in the company’s illustrious 100-year-plus history. The Bentayga Hybrid, destined for a Chinese customer, met the oldest surviving Bentley, EXP 2, as it rolled off the production line. This crowns an extraordinary 20-year period in which the success driven by modern day models such as the Continental GT and Bentayga has truly changed the face of Bentley Motors.

Mitsubishi PH Expands Low All-In Downpayment Deals to Include L300

As the summer season continues to sizzle, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) extends its hot promo deals for the Mirage, Mirage G4, Xpander, Montero and Strada. It now covers the L300 as well.

Porsche Took Torture Testing Its 911 GT3 to Extreme Levels

The new Porsche 911 GT3 takes its development to extreme levels to make sure it delivers a high-performance sportscar with no compromises on everyday usability.

The P860k Aprilia RS 660 is Your Everyday Superbike (w/ Specs)

Bikerbox, the exclusive distributor of Aprilia motorcycles brings in the RS 660—the first of a brand-new range of motorcycles that are fun and easy to ride as they are thrilling.

Get a 2021 Honda Jazz RS for Just P 980k This Month

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. has just announced its April promo, “Deals Made Easy.” This month, several Honda vehicles get cash discounts or low all-in downpayments including the Jazz, Odyssey, and Civic Type R until April 30, 2021.

Volkswagen PH is So Excited About Its Multi-Awarded T-Cross (And You Should Be Too)

Volkswagen Philippines has learned their lesson: buyers want their global line-up. And so, setting up the stage for the local release of their first true global offering since the Passat, they’re getting giddy about their world-renowned sub-compact SUV: the T-Cross.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Chery Auto PH: No Price Increase Through April

Chery Auto Philippines has announced that the current prices of all its models will be maintained throughout April 2021.

Yes, the 2022 Subaru BRZ is Coming to the Philippines This Year

Just two days after its Toyota twin, the 2022 GR 86 made its global debut, Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles is reminding sportscar fans that the second-generation Subaru BRZ is coming to Philippine shores this year.