Monday, February 18, 2019

Toyota Philippines Launches All-New 2020 Hiace (w/ 17 Photos, Specs)

The first-ever global launch happened in the country as Toyota Motor Philippines unveiled the all-new 2020 Hiace. 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.

UPDATED: Mazda Philippines Reveals More Details on MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition

UPDATE: Mazda Philippines says 8 are now sold. 12 are left (02/12).

With a production limited to just 3,000 units globally, the Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition is poised to be a future collectible. True enough, the US market, with its 500-unit allocation sold out just 4 hours after order books were opened. With Mazda Philippines confirming that the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition is coming in, we finally got more details on just how many we’ll be getting and how many have been sold already.

Hino Philippines Opens Dealership in General Santos

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, strengthens its foothold in Southern Mindanao with the opening of its first dealership for the year.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Happy 30th Birthday, Honda NSX (w/ 25 Photos, Video)

Honda is marking 30 years since the debut of the first-generation NSX. The first mid-engined exotic without European pedigree, NSX was a low slung, super light, high-revving machine sporting the world’s first all-aluminum monocoque, titanium connecting rods, a VTEC valvetrain and levels of quality and daily driving comfort unheard of in sports cars of the time.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Gets the TRD Treatment

If you think the 2019 Toyota RAV4 lacks some pizzazz, don’t fear: it’s getting the TRD treatment. Shown at the Chicago Auto Show, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road takes cues from Toyota’s rich off-road racing history by combining trail-ready aesthetics with trail-ready performance.

Jaguar Land Rover Hands Tata Biggest Loss in Indian Corporate History

Jaguar Land Rover’s owner, Tata Motors shocked markets by posting the biggest-ever quarterly loss in Indian corporate history of about USD 3.8 billion, Reuters reported.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Huge Discounts, Extended Warranty Greet Buyers at BMW Joyfest 2019

The joy of driving happens each time you get behind the wheel of a BMW, but deals like these only happen once in a lifetime. SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation, the exclusive distributor of BMW automobiles and motorrad in the country is holding Joyfest 2019—where great and exclusive deals await.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Toyota Philippines Launches Boldest RAV4 Yet (w/ 17 Photos, Complete Specs)

Toyota Motor Philippines launches the all-new 2019 RAV4—the boldest iteration of Toyota’s iconic compact crossover. Since its introduction onto the global stage, the RAV4 has captured an audience seeking sporty design and performance wrapped in a practical SUV body. The new one is no different and sets to deliver what Toyota says is “the best driving experience.”

Caltex Philippines' New Synthetic Blend Engine Oils Are Priced Like Mineral Oils

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc., (CPI) gives Filipino motorists and a new reason to enjoy driving, whether it be in the city or off road in the countryside. CPI today released its new line of advanced engine oils specially formulated for maximizing engine life while maintaining high power and performance even under the most severe conditions.

Honda Philippines Bring in New CRF250L Off-Road Motorbike

Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) has unveiled the new CRF250L—an off-road-centric motorbike that has sportier style upgrades for 2019.

Hyundai Develops Tech That Helps Hearing-Impaired Drivers

Hyundai Motor Group revealed a new innovative technology that assists hearing-impaired drivers.

2020 Subaru Legacy Gets Turbo Power Back

The Chicago Auto Show marks the global debut of the 7th generation Legacy executive sedan which Subaru dubs, “the advanced Legacy in the model’s 30-year history.” It also marks the return to turbo-power—something that was missed in the current-generation model.

1 in 3 Dog-Owning Drivers Are At Risk By Letting Pets Loose in Their Cars

For many people, dogs are a part of the family. But whereas most people wouldn’t dream of allowing their children to travel unrestrained, the same is not true for their pets.

UPDATED: Yes, Philippines: We're Getting the Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition (w/ 11 Photos)

UPDATE: We have more info on allocation, price, and arrival. Check it here (02/11).

Checkbooks at the ready, Miata fans: Mazda has just dropped the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition at the Chicago Auto Show and yes, it’s confirmed that Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda in the Philippines has gotten some allocation for MX-5 fans locally.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Peugeot Philippines Gets into the 0% Interest Deals Game

Fancy a car far from the usual choices? Well, you’re in for a treat as French carmaker Peugeot is now getting into the multi-year zero interest deal, too.

Did Toyota Philippines Just Find a Way to Bring the C-HR into the Market?

For almost two years now, Toyota’s sub-compact C-HR crossover was supposedly being considered for the Philippine market. The plan, likely killed when the new vehicle excise tax went into effect last 2018, looks to be salvageable with the news that Toyota’s now assembling the C-HR in Thailand.

Review: 2019 Subaru Levorg 2.0 GT-S

The death of the turbocharged Forester has left a gaping hole in the hearts of car enthusiasts everywhere. Where now can we get our daily adrenaline fix while still being able to justify to our wives or girlfriends that “it’s practical; it just so happens to be fast too?” Well, don’t fear, because that very same reasoning applies to the 2019 Subaru Levorg 2.0 GT-S. It’s one practical car; it just so happens to be fast too.

Toyota's Vehicle Subscription Service Will Reward Safe Drivers

Toyota and Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company are joining up to form a new company called Kinto. Realizing that as society shifts from conventional car ownership to car usage that can be enjoyed wherever and as needed, Kinto is a unique take in the automotive subscription service.

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