Monday, August 19, 2019

Toyota's Luxurious 2020 Hiace Super Grandia Finally Arrives in the Philippines

It was only a matter of time, but Toyota Motor Philippines knows that there’s a demand for well-appointed large MPVs in the country. Now, that demand can be met with the introduction of the 2020 Hiace Super Grandia.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Ex-Toyota Asia Pacific Exec Now Chairman of GT Capital's Auto Dealership Group

GT Capital is appointing ex-Toyota executive Mr. Vincente “Vince” Socco as Chairman of GT Capital Auto Dealership Holdings, Inc. or GTCAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GT Capital which serves as the dealership holding vehicle for the group.

Ford Philippines Just Doubled the Discount on the Explorer SUV

Ford Philippines is extending its Truck Month and Big Deal offers until the end of August. While the main attraction remains the Ranger pickup truck, the biggest savings can be had with the Explorer SUV.

Subaru Says the Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight is Now Back in Stock

When Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru launched the all-new 2019 Forester in January, demand was so high that would-be owners had to wait months just to get their units, particularly the top-of-the-line 2.0i-S EyeSight. The Subaru distributor actually depleted its stocks so quickly that they had to remove the introductory price offer in April, resulting in a slight price increase.

The Isuzu D-Max Beats Land Rover, BMW for Class Win at the Africa Eco Race

Isuzu proved the durability and pace of its D-Max pickup truck by surviving the 6,022-kilometer Africa Eco Race, finishing ahead of Land Rover, BMW, and Gaz. It finished first in its class (T1.2) and 18th overall among a field of 45 vehicles.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The 2020 Toyota Hiace Super Grandia Elite is the First Philippine Model to Have Toyota Safety Sense

Update: The 2020 Toyota Hiace Super Grandia has now been launched. Details here (8/19).

Toyota Motor Philippines is now confirming that the first model to receive the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system is the 2020 Hiace Super Grandia Elite. Launching on Monday, the flagship Hiace variant will have four main ingredients to its TSS system that will heighten its owners’ peace of mind.

Friday, August 16, 2019

This System Can Double Your Available Parking Space in Just 5 Days

With the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) moving to clear Metro Manila streets of obstructions to relieve traffic, looking for parking (pay or free) may prove to be more difficult in the future. For condo owners, property developers, and even private individuals who want to add more parking spaces, the easiest way is to creatively use the “air space.”

Chevrolet Produces 500,000th Duramax Diesel Engine in Thailand

GM Powertrain Thailand, General Motors’ (GM) first diesel engine plant in Southeast Asia, recently achieved its 500,000th production milestone since production officially started in 2011. It is the first GM facility in the world to produce the four-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel engine.

Modern PUVs Now in Service in Meycauayan, Bulacan

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) turned over 16 units of its modernized public utility vehicles (PUVs) to Sampol-Bulac-Santa Maria-Meycauayan -Transport Service Cooperative (SBSMM-TSC) at the Activity Center of the City Hall Annex in Barangay Sapang Palay Proper in San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan province last July.

Kia Forte Beats the Honda Civic as Most Appealing Compact Car

The compact car segment, especially in the United States is a crowded one. That’s why it comes as a surprise that Kia managed a major upset as the Forte was named as the most appealing car in its class, beating the likes of the Honda Civic.

Could This be a Glimpse of the Next-Generation Nissan GT-R's Hybrid Powertrain?

Nissan’s move to hybridize high-performance powertrains take a step closer with the completion of track-focused development in Austria. No less than Renault F1 driver Nico Hülkenberg put two Infiniti Project Black S prototypes through their paces at the Salzburgring in Austria.

2019 Mazda CX-5 AWD Diesel: Long-Term Test Update #1

It’s been a while since you last saw our long-termer Mazda CX-5, so we’ll forgive you if you think we’ve forgotten; don’t worry, we haven’t. Our first update comes four months after we introduced this Sonic Silver Diesel Sport AWD as the newest member of our garage, and we’re happy to report that everything’s a-okay.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Maxus Philippines to Offer PWD-Friendly Version of the G10 MPV

Maxus Philippines is making mobility inclusive for everyone, especially for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) that they’re introducing a new variant of their G10 MPV for that very purpose.

Ford Offers to Fix Defective Dual Clutch Transmissions for the United States

Citing customers getting irritated and frustrated by the performance of its Power Shift dual clutch transmission, Ford is trying to earn back the trust of its customers by initiating a set of “customer satisfaction actions” on models equipped with the DPS6 transmission built since the second half of 2015.

Lalamove Rider Partners Now Have Access to Motorcycle Financing

Leading on-demand delivery app Lalamove has sealed a partnership with UnionBank’s thrift arm CitySavings, to provide motorcycle financing for units purchased at its accredited dealer-partners nationwide. Through the partnership, Lalamove partner drivers can enjoy flexible payment options plus rebates when buying Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha motorcycle models.

Lexus Philippines is Set to Introduce the Three-Row 2020 RX L Soon

The wait won’t be long: Lexus is finally set to introduce the three-row RX L to the Philippine market. Using its website (and social media), the Japanese luxury car brand has already started its tease of the refreshed 2020 RX L and its shorter, 5-seater sibling, the RX.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Buy an Isuzu mu-X, Get a KTM Motorcycle and a P 50,000 Discount

During the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), one of the hottest offers was a free KTM motorcycle with every purchase of an Isuzu mu-X. Well, that promo’s back and now it covers both the mu-X SUV and D-Max pickup truck.

Suzuki is Now the Fourth Best-Selling Brand in the Philippines

Just when you thought Suzuki Philippines was firing on all cylinders, they pulled off yet another milestone: they’re now the fourth-selling brand in the country.

The 2020 Mazda3's Attention to Detail Extends to One Peculiar Thing: Chimes

In case you missed it, one of the most anticipated new cars in 2019 has just dropped in: the all-new 2020 Mazda3. After months of being MIA from distributor Bermaz Auto Philippines’s line-up, it’s back with two engine choices, two body styles, and five variants.

Toyota's Bringing the GR Supra on a Nationwide Tour

Curious about the 2020 Toyota GR Supra? Perhaps you’d like to see it in person, or perhaps you’d like to pose a selfie with it? For one week, Toyota Motor Philippines is helping you fulfill your #cargoals as they bring their flagship sportscar on a nationwide tour.

Blade's CarMazing Mega Sale Can Save You Up to 50 Percent in Accessories This Weekend

South Manila peeps, rejoice! If you find yourself looking for car accessories, head over to Blade Auto Center’s Festival Mall store in Alabang for their all-out CarMazing mega sale this weekend.

10 Millionth MINI Rolls Off the Assembly Line

As Mini continues to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the brand has achieved a new feat as the ten millionth Mini produced globally since 1959 rolled off the assembly line.

For the Price of a Vios, A Tuning Shop Can Make Your Toyota GR Supra Manual Dreams Come True

One of the major beefs people have (including us) with the 2020 Toyota GR Supra is that it’s made of BMW parts. Well, apparently relying on German technology has one unexpected perk: you can have it with a manual transmission.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Honda Cars Philippines Says It Has Fixed All BR-Vs with Fuel Pump Issues

Honda Cars Philippines has finally reached out regarding the issue surrounding the fuel pump installed in some BR-Vs.

Here are the Specs, Prices, and Features of the 2020 Mazda3 (w/ 22 Photos, Specs)

After a lengthy tease, drives on the racetrack, and even a design appreciation (and photography) course, Mazda Philippines is finally making available the all-new 2020 Mazda3 compact car. Available with two engines, two body styles, and five variants, it’s aiming for a class-above look and feel with prices starting at P 1.295 million and topping out at P 1.590 million.

The 2020 Audi Q2 is Here and It's Packing More Features Now

Audi Philippines has brought in the 2020 Q2. Dubbed “untaggable” because of its genre-blending characteristics, this urban-centric crossover brings additional features while still keeping its virtue of chic style and high levels of functionality.

Review: 2019 Volkswagen Lamando 280 TSI SEL

Some say, Volkswagen isn’t trying hard enough with its Matryoshka doll styling. From Santana to Lamando, they’re basically the same shape, enlarged or reduced depending on the requirement of the segment it finds itself in. That said, there’s also something oddly pleasing at seeing what’s essentially the same looking car in small, medium, and large sizes.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Hyundai Philippines is the Official Eco-Tourism Mobility Partner of Mutya Pilipinas 2019

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., is the official eco-tourism mobility provider of the Mutya Pilipinas 2019. A fleet of 14-seater Hyundai H350 luxury vans will transport the 40 Mutyas (“muse” or “darling” in Filipino) and organizers during the entire course of pageant activities. The Mutya Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night is scheduled on August 18 at SM MOA Arena and will be broadcast via ABS-CBN.

Subaru is Offering Dirt-Repellent, Vegan-Friendly Seats in the 2020 Outback

Subaru is doubling-down on the image of its owners being the outdoorsy type by offering a third interior trim option for its 2020 Outback that’s made of water-repellent material.

Chevrolet Digs Into Their Accessories Catalog and Produces the Colorado Trail Boss

Last July, Chevrolet came up with a special edition Colorado dubbed the 4th of July Edition. It was, in a word, lame and we called it, “everything that’s wrong with Chevrolet.” It certainly left a bad taste in our mouth that’s now being rinsed off by the Colorado Trail Boss.

Honda's Big Bikes Are Now Available in 8 Locations Nationwide

Honda brings its unique breed of naked sport bikes, dubbed the Neo Sport Café Bike concept to more locations nationwide.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Isuzu Breaks Ground at New Subic Dealership

Isuzu Philippines Corporation has started work on a new dealership located at Subic Gateway, Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Operated by Velocity Motor Sales Corporation, Isuzu Subic will service customers in the freeport area and the surrounding areas.

The 2019 Ford Ranger Just Cost P 1.10 Per Kilometer to Maintain for 10 Years

Carmakers typically hype on the big stuff when it comes to their product offerings—a new or revised engine, a classier interior, and/or refreshed looks. It comes as no surprise then that the small stuff often gets buried in all the hoopla; until it’s been unearthed.

Toyota Philippines Just Confirmed: We're Finally Getting the Toyota Safety Sense System

A quick look at Toyota Motor Philippines’ media release about latest leg of their Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Campus Tour may sound innocuous. But hidden in a single line reveals one very important detail: Toyota Safety Sense is finally coming to local models.

Hyundai Just Threw Shade at Nissan in Their Latest Web Advert

Whoa, talk about being a straight talker! Hyundai Philippines is using one of the unique traits of the Santa Fe mid-sized SUV to diss the competition, particularly the Nissan Terra. (You can check the screen cap for yourself immediately below, or view the web ad in full below).

Friday, August 9, 2019

J&T Express Adds 60 More Foton Commercial Vehicles to Its Fleet

Last March, Foton Philippines turned over 130 units of various trucks to global brand J&T Express, making it one of Foton’s biggest clients. Now, the Indonesian-based express delivery provider is adding 60 more units, this time composed of the Foton Tornado 2.4C, F-Van, EST-M Hurricane 4x2 F-Van, Tornado M4.2C, and TransVan Cargo.

The 2020 Ford Everest is Finally in the Philippines (/w Specs)

More than 65,000 units sold and three generations later, Ford Philippines launches the new and refreshed version if its best-selling Everest. Available in two variants, it’s now available at all authorized Ford dealerships with a starting price of P 1.995 million.

Ford is Now Paying Owners for Defective Infotainment Systems

There’s no end to Ford’s legal troubles. After covering up and potentially heading to court over how it dealt with the problematic Power Shift dual clutch transmission, the American carmaker is now setting aside a hefty sum to compensate owners equipped with an early version of MyFord Touch. USD 17 million (~ P 885 million) is being set aside as part of a class action lawsuit settlement who complained about the software’s shortcomings.

Nissan Philippines Starts Work on Valenzuela City Dealership

Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) together with Prospercars Inc. started construction on Valenzuela City’s very first Nissan Dealership in Malinta, Valenzuela City on July 29, 2019.

In Celebration of their 31st Anniversary, Toyota Philippines is Discounting the Fortuner, Hilux, and Vios

In Philippines culture, it’s common for people celebrating their birthday to offer a treat or libre to their friends or family. Well, in celebration of their 31st anniversary this month, Toyota Motor Philippines is doing the same with deals on the Vios, Hilux, and Fortuner until the end of August.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

MG's First Pickup Truck is More Powerful Than the Ranger Raptor

By and large, it’s easy to tell which vehicle segments MG and Maxus would compete in—if it’s a passenger vehicle or light SUV, it’s an MG; if it’s a commercial vehicle or light truck, it’s Maxus. With both brands belonging to China’s SAIC Group, that’s all well and good; that is, until you get stuff like the MG Extender.

Latest in Transport and Logistics to be Showcased at World Trade Center this Month

The Transparency Market Research, a global market research firm, forecasted the Philippines’ freight and logistics market to reach up to P 3.26 trillion by 2023. True enough; the Filipino population is seeing this strong demand for storage facilities and warehouses especially for food, beverage, apparel, and other parcels. There was also a significant increase in the popularity of express delivery at premium price. This movement in the country’s economy resulted from greater spending power brought by the robust economy.

Could Geely Shake Up the Local Automotive Industry?

Geely is making a comeback, and this time they’ll have backing from an unlikely source: Sojitz Corporation. Sojitz is a “sogo shosha” or a general trading company, and this means they’re involved in the buying, selling, importing, and exporting of various goods including automobiles. Now, a Japanese trading company importing Chinese cars is an odd combination in itself, but it must not be forgotten, Sojitz used to own 49 percent of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines before divesting their stake in June of last year.

UPDATED: What's All the Brouhaha About the Honda BR-V's Fuel Pump?

Update: Honda Cars Philippines says they have fixed all affected units already (8/13).

“The issue is the lack of communication about the problem. If this is a known problem, they [customers] shouldn’t have to wait for months for the part. How impossible is that? Why is that wala pa ring statement ang Honda Cars Philippines. Imagine being a customer, and not wanting to use your car in case you can’t start it again, and then having to see all Honda’s attention and money being spent on the launch of the new BR-V,” quips from the lengthy rant of an influencer who doesn’t seem to properly grasp the whole situation here.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Toyota Motor Philippines Adds New One Billion-Peso Metal Press Line

Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) inaugurated today its new P1-billion high-technology press line, which includes a 1,600-ton servo-type press machine with automated sheet feeder and unloader robot. This marks the start of local production for side member panels, TMP’s single largest localization project under the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program.

P 30,000 is Enough to Bump Up the Toyota GR Supra's Power by 25 Percent

It looks like the era of simply plugging a car into a computer for a tune is really upon us. Case in point is Litchfield and their work on the 2020 GR Supra.

Mercedes-Benz Philippines Launches 7-Seater GLE Luxury SUV (w/ Specs)

Auto Nation Group (ANG), the importer and distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the Philippines launches the new mid-sized 7-seater GLE. The spiritual successor of the M-Class, the 2019 GLE exudes presence and power, while also heightening comfort and spaciousness inside.

Attention Davao and Cebu! Get Front Row Seats to Subaru's Famous Precision Driving Show

Attention Cebuanos and Davaoeños! Subaru is showing some love as they bring Guinness World record holder and legendary precision driver Russ Swift during two action-packed weekends this August.

Peugeot Transforms the 3008 Into An Off-Road Adventure Machine

The Peugeot 3008 may not be the first SUV you had in mind for an off-road adventure in muddy trails or deep forests; after all, it’s solely available in front-wheel drive. But, that didn’t stop the folks over at Peugeot who transformed one example into a unique go-anywhere model.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The 2020 Honda BR-V Remains a Segment Standout

Once in a while, Honda needs to remind people on just how good their vehicles are. Three years have gone by since the Philippine market launch of the 7-seater BR-V, and it remains forever young—withstanding the test of time despite a much more crowded segment now.