Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Return of the FX4 Headlines Change to the Philippine 2020 Ford Ranger Line-Up (w/ Specs)

Ford Philippines opens 2020 with the introduction of two new variants of its best-selling Ranger pickup truck. This brings the total available variants to 13—one of the widest in its segment. The two new variants launched are the FX4 in manual and automatic transmission guise.

Geely Ends 2019 as Best-Selling Chinese Car Brand in the World

Geely Automobile Holdings Limited continues to maintain its position as the best-selling Chinese auto brand globally since 2017. With cumulative sales that reached around 1,361,560 units in 2019, Geely Auto has retained its Sales Champion title for the third consecutive year.

Hyundai PH Sells More than 33K Vehicles in 2019

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles ended the year strong with 2.9 percent growth in December 2019 or 3,163 units sold versus the same month last year.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Subaru PH Just Increased Their Prices, Then Threw in a Discount

Okay, Subaru hear me out. You said you wanted to shy away from heavy discounting this 2020, so what gives that barely 30 days into the new year, you’re going back to the same, old tune?

Kia Donates 10 K2500 Kargo Units for Taal Relief Efforts

AC Motors together with the Ayala Foundation mobilized in carrying relief goods in a convoy of 30 vehicles from brands Volkswagen, Maxus, KTM, Honda, and Isuzu.

Suzuki's Ertiga-based SUV Spied at Indonesian Assembly Plant

Photo courtesy of OLX Indonesia
Suzuki’s Ertiga-based SUV, the XL6 is inching towards a possible Philippine launch with news that it’ll be launched for the Indonesian market in the next few weeks, six months after its global debut.

Isuzu Philippines Donates a D-Max to Help in Taal Relief Operations

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) donated one Isuzu D-Max 4x4 LS MT to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Laguna Chapter for the mobilization of relief efforts due to the eruption of Taal Volcano.

Ford Philippines Offers 20 Percent Discount to Customers Affected by Taal Ashfall

Ford Philippines is offering discounts on parts and labor to customers of Ford dealerships in Luzon who have been affected by the recent Taal Volcano ashfall.

Mini, Honda Triumph at World's Most Dangerous Race

Carlos Sainz and his co-driver Lucas Cruz have won the Rally Dakar for the third time, having previously triumphed in 2010 and 2018. In doing so, they presented Mini with its fifth overall victory at the iconic endurance rally.

Toyota's Giving Away Free GR Supra Posters!

Toyota really thinks that they’ve got a car with street cred in the all-new A90 GR Supra. And because of that, they think it’s deserving a bit of your bedroom or living room space; for that, they’re giving away free limited-edition posters.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Subaru Reveals Plans to Improve Its All-Wheel Drive System and Offers Details on New Engine

At a technology briefing in Japan, Subaru Corporation laid down their future plans including one where their entire global line-up will be electrified in one form or another by the first half of 2030.

Rolls-Royce Posts Record Growth in 2019

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars hit a historic annual sales record last year with deliveries rising 25 percent globally compared to 2018. A total of 5,152 cars were delivered in over 50 countries around the world.

Honda's P 109K AirBlade 150 is Designed for Manila's Stop-and-Go Traffic (w/ Video)

Honda Philippines, Inc., the number one motorcycle manufacturer in the country, raises the bar in the scooter segment once again with the launch of the all-new AirBlade 150—a cutting-edge sporty automatic transmission bike that promises to make urban riding fun, comfortable, and stylish.

Review: 2020 Ford Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium 4WD

By and large, the Ford Everest re-wrote the mid-sized SUV rules. It didn’t become the segment’s best-seller, but it was, the best balanced of the lot. Not only did it offer looks, but it also offered performance, capability, comfort, and refinement in equal measure. That’s why it comes as a surprise that despite facing some stiff competition, Ford has opted to keep things well enough alone. Are they confident in having developed a “future-proof” SUV some five years back, or is this a case of them running out of fresh new ideas?

MG Philippines Now 24 Dealers Strong

Since MG came under the distributorship of The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI) in October 2018, the brand’s nationwide dealership network has experienced a rapid expansion. In just over a year, MG Philippines has opened a total of 18 dealerships throughout Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Subaru to Electrify Entire Line-Up in 10 Years

Subaru Corporation revealed the future direction of its technology development efforts, an opportune time given the automotive industry is facing increasing pressure to electrify their line-up.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Subaru PH Greets Chinese New Year with Discounts on Service, Parts, and Accessories

In celebration of Chinese New Year, Motor Image Pilipinas is offering several aftersales service promos including discounts on parts, accessories, and labor.

Toyota Just Came Out with a 283-Horsepower Gazoo Racing Tweaked Hilux

In 2018, Toyota unveiled a Hilux tweaked by their go-fast department, Gazoo Racing. The Hilux GR Sport as it’s officially known did feature new handling bits and some aesthetics upgrades, but the stock drivetrain was, admittedly, a letdown. Two years later, Toyota has learned their mistake and is now giving the Hilux GR Sport a much-needed oomph with the help of a V6 engine.

Nissan's Next-Generation Z Car May Pack a Turbocharged V6

In the perennial, “will they or won’t they” question regarding a next-generation Z car, it seems the latest answer from Nissan is now in the affirmative. Yes, there will be a next-generation Z car.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Nissan Philippines Starts 2020 with Discounts on Entire Line-Up

Nissan Philippines is flexing their muscle this 2020 with the “Power Deals” promo. Low downpayment promotions for financing transactions and cash discounts are up for grabs for the entire line-up starting today.

The P 450K MG 3 Could Re-Write the Sub-Compact Car Category

Last year, The Covenant Car Company surprised many by offering a subcompact sedan in the form of the MG 5. It was, for all intents and purposes, a compact car in both spec and price, yet offered pricing that slots it squarely in the sub-compact car class.

Toyota Extends 20 Percent Discount to Owners Affected by Taal Ash Fall

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), together with its dealer network is extending a special service campaign to all customers affected by the Taal Volcano ash fall last week.

Waze Now Lists Donation Centers, Marks Closed Roads Due to Taal Eruption

Amidst the eruption of Taal Volcano, Waze is working closely with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and several other media outfits on the relief efforts for the afflicted communities.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Mazda Philippines is Sneakily Previewing the 2020 MX-5

If you find yourself at The Powerplant Mall in Makati, you’re in for a treat. Mazda Philippines is sneakily previewing the 2020 MX-5 at their Mazda Premium event located at the South Court.

Select Hyundai Dealers Will be Offering Free Car Washes For 2 Weekends

Taal’s ash got you down? Still have no time to wash your car? Well, don’t just wipe it off—it’s like rubbing glass and rock onto your car’s paint. Thankfully, there’s an easier solution, and best of all, it’s free; at least if you own a Hyundai vehicle.

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Hyundai Kona is Now a Guinness World Record Holder

The Hyundai Kona has earned its place in the Guinness World Records by breaking the world record for the highest altitude climb done in a fully electric vehicle or EV.

Mazda Philippines Recalling Selected 2020 Mazda3, CX-30 for Smart Braking System

Bermaz Auto Philippines (BAP), the exclusive distributor of Mazda in the Philippines has confirmed that selected units of the 2020 Mazda3 and 2020 CX-30 are part of a global recall due to the inadvertent activation of the Smart Braking System (SBS) automatic emergency braking system.

Porsche Plops in a 394-horsepower Flat-6 into the 718 Boxster and Cayman

After fiddling with a turbocharged flat-4 in their mid-engine, two-seater line, Porsche is bringing back the flat-6 to a more“regular” 718 Cayman and Boxster with the announcement of the new GTS 4.0.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

4 Reasons Why Filipinos Love Toyota

Filipinos love Toyota. Whether it’s the Vios, Fortuner, or the Hilux—the brand has endeared itself in the hearts and minds of buyers and enthusiasts alike. Above all, it’s become a trusted choice, and for Toyota Motor Philippines it’s all down to one thing: the Toyota Sure Advantage.

Jaguar Land Rover Says This is the Car Seat of the Future

Jaguar Land Rover is developing what they deem to be the car seat of the future—a pioneering shape-shifting system that’s designed to improve comfort and reduce the health risks of sitting down for too long.

Toyota and Hyundai Are in A Race to Make the First Production Flying Car

Toyota and Hyundai are in a race to make the world’s first commercially viable flying car. In two separate announcements, Hyundai partnered with Uber, while Toyota teamed up with Joby Aviation.

2020 Toyota Corolla Altis Scores Perfect 5-Star Rating in ASEAN NCAP

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis scored a perfect 5-star safety rating bestowed by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program or NCAP.

Kia Philippine Sales Soar 124 Percent in 2019

A year after the Kia brand’s re-launch under Ayala Corporation, the Korean carmaker soared reporting a 124 percent year-on-year growth.

Toyota is Launching a Yaris-Based SUV

Toyota is showing the flexibility of its TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) by announcing that they’re coming up with a Hyundai Venue/Nissan Juke rivaling SUV based on the all-new Yaris.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Honda Produces Its 400-Millionth Motorcycle

Since the introduction of the Dream D-Type in 1949, Honda’s 70th anniversary of motorcycle mass-production marks the company’s 400 million-unit milestone for global motorcycle production.

3 Key Things Filipinos Need to Know About Electric Vehicle Ownership

The automotive industry globally is going through a major shift in terms of electric mobility. Locally, the Philippines is undertaking many initiatives in terms of government support and additional infrastructure to cater to this automotive evolution. Also, more consumers are beginning to see the value of electric vehicles and their positive effects on congestion, and noise and air pollution.

Mitsubishi PH Delivers L300, Xpander Units Through Government's Transparent Procurement System

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) recently delivered L300s and Xpander units to the Department of Health (DOH) through the Procurement Service, an attached agency of the Department of Budget and Management.

Could the Philippines Get an Entry-Level Toyota GR Supra?

One year after the debut of its flagship GR Supra, Toyota is now expanding its global offering by making available its A90 with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. This new engine enables the GR Supra to shed around 100 kilograms of weight, while giving it a perfect 50-50 front-to-rear balance.

Driving the Mazda MX-5 Race Car Reminded Me of Dreams That Long Faded

As the Fast and Furious’s only Asian hero, I have to admit: I had fantasies playing Han Lue; after all, who wouldn’t want to lock lips with Gal Gadot while driving a sportscar. Yes sir, I’ve always wanted to get down Han style if I were 20 year younger, 20 pounds lighter, and well, 20 million pesos richer. Sad to say, that dream has faded, and I was pretty content to move on with my life.

Subaru Still Has A Couple of Old Stock Left and the Discounts are Huge

New Year, new Subaru? Well, that’s the gist since distributor Motor Image Pilipinas is giving up to P 350,000 off selected models until the end of the month.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

How the Mazda CX-30 Challenged Automotive Design

As carmakers all give their vehicles a sense of dynamism, Mazda challenged themselves to come up with a design that’s hard to mimic. Thus, from embodying movement, the carmaker has instead embraced Japanese aesthetic. In creating the CX-30, they’ve embodied Yohaku or the beauty of empty space.

Geely to Engineer Cars for Mercedes-Benz's Smart Brand

Mercedes-Benz and Geely announced that they have formally established the global joint venture, Smart Automobile Co., Ltd. after receiving regulatory approvals.

Is Nissan Looking to Divorce Renault?

Is the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance on the brink of collapse? That seems to be the case if these reports from Bloomberg and The Financial Times is to be believed.

Chevrolet, Kia, and Jeep Win at 2020 North American Car of the Year Awards

One of the highlights of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) aka Detroit Motor Show is the awarding of the North American Car, Utility Vehicle, and Truck of the Year. And while the traditional January car show has moved to a new date in June, that didn’t stop the 50-member jury, composed of major US-based consumer and enthusiast publications in selecting this year’s coveted North American Car, Utility Vehicle, and Truck of the Year.

The 2020 Audi A6 is the Upgrade of Upgrades

The all-new 2020 Audi A6 came at a time when the talk of the town was all about SUVs and crossovers. The shift in the spotlight puts focus on a segment that has taken a backseat for a good number of months in the past year: the mid-sized luxury sedan. That being said, the Audi A6 has a lot to be proud of. While it once had the aura that is likened to an accomplished middle-ager, it has since elevated with enhanced sportiness and modernity, keeping the understated elegance Audi is known for, intact. This gives it a bolder, more updated look that opens that A6 to a wider, younger market that is ready for its first upgrade.

Monday, January 13, 2020

You Can Now Book Your Next Victory Liner Trip Online

MovOn, Philippines’ first mobile app for online bus booking, announced together with Victory Liner a memorandum of agreement to provide Victory Liner buses and routes on its platform.

This P 50k Lenovo Laptop is Made for Ducati Super Fans

Attention Ducati fans: there’s a special laptop made just for you. Done in collaboration with Lenovo, the Lenovo Ducati 5 brings together the world of fast motorbikes with fast mobile computing.

How the Mazda CX-8 Embodies Japanese Hospitality

Omotenashi. It’s known the world over as “Japanese hospitality,” but its literal translation gives a much deeper meaning: “Omote” means public face while “Nashi” means nothing. Combining them means every service is from the bottom of the heart—honest and genuine—the very same ideas that describe the Mazda CX-8.

This Nissan Navara Was an Impulse Buy That Transformed Into a 500,000-Kilometer Love Affair

For many people, a car is simply a means of traveling between places. For others it’s statement of style or prosperity. For Richard Hoar, an Australian-based 78-year-old wildlife photographer, it’s his home. Over the decades, his Nissan Navara has become Richard’s companion, a versatile and reliable vehicle that has accompanied him on his life journey.

Four Toyota Mirais Partially Powered U2's Concert in Japan

For those lucky enough to watch U2 at their Tokyo show last month, they’ll be surprised to know that that the concert was partially powered by the hydrogen-fueled Toyota Mirai.