Friday, September 25, 2020

The 2021 Kia Stonic is Going to Take On the Sub-Compact Segment (w/ Video)

Kia isn’t mincing any words when they said they’re going after the sub-compact sedan/hatchback market with their newest offering: the 2021 Stonic crossover. Priced between P 735,000 to P 925,000 (without discounts), they’re aiming for a big slice in the most competitive (and frankly, the only growing) segment in the automotive industry.

Toyota PH Pivots Hilux to Serve a Growing Market

When Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) made it its mission to take the lead in providing the Filipino with the necessary support in transitioning to the new normal way of life, it was not just talking about consumer transport. Launch after launch, TMP has proven that its vehicles will be continue to be the benchmark in reliability and affordability, but clearly, there is more that the company has to offer. And this is in the form of sustaining the new means of livelihood for many Filipinos who had found themselves on a plateau since early this year.

Peugeot Launches High-Performance Division

In time for its 210th anniversary, Peugeot introduced its very own high-performance brand: Peugeot Sport Engineered. And in typical French fashion, they’ve decided to carve their own path by combining plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technology and all-wheel drive to give its cars additional oomph.

Hyundai Will Hunt Down Subaru WRXs with the 2021 i30 N

When Hyundai launched their i30 N in 2017, it brought the Korean automaker straight into the hot hatch fray. Three years on, and over 25,000 examples sold, Hyundai is upping their game with the 2021 i30 N. This year, they’ve added more power, some weight saving features, and a brand-new gearbox all in the name of providing improved performance.

Hyundai PH Receives DOTr Certification for Its Class 3 Modern Jeepney

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) received from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Certificate of Compliance (COC) for its HD50S Class 3 Modern Jeepney, marking another milestone in the company’s support for public transport modernization.

Tokyo Motor Show Organizers Considering All Options for 2021

The organizers of the Tokyo Motor Show are taking a wait-and-see approach to next year’s event as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts the international auto show circuit.

Chery Auto PH Opens Alabang Dealership

United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI) opens its 15th Chery Auto dealership in the Philippines with the inauguration of its Alabang dealership. This milestone happens less than a year since Chery re-entered the country through UAAGI.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

2020 Mazda CX-30 Lauded for Predictive Safety Techology

Mazda has won recognition once more at the Kids Design Council. This year, it’s the CX-30, and in particular, its Driver Attention Alert (DAA) that won the Japanese carmaker its seventh straight Kids Design Award since 2014.

Virtual EV Summit Kicks Off Today

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), the voice of the electric vehicle industry is hosting a special three-day Philippine Electric Vehicle Virtual Summit (PEVVS) with the theme, “Moving Forward to an Electrified Mobility in the New Normal.”

Is Geely Really Using Volvo Engines?

In 2010, after Volvo joined Geely, the two saw the future trend in the automotive industry where sustainability would be key. Emission regulations and rising fuel costs would result in demand for more efficient engines and a transition to electrification. 

Goodyear Marks Triumphant Return to 24 Hours of Le Mans

Goodyear made a triumphant comeback to the world’s most prestigious endurance race this weekend, with two Goodyear partner teams finishing on the podium in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the return of the Goodyear Blimp to a European race event.

Geely Introduces World's First Open-Source EV Platform

Geely debuts the world’s first open-source all-electric vehicle architecture. Plans are underway not just to use this new platform on all of their nine automotive brands including Volvo, but will also offer it to other manufacturers as well.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

You Asked, They Listened: Ford PH Introduces Ranger FX4 4x4 Variant. Prices Start at P 1.356M.

Ford Philippines is expanding its truck portfolio with the launch of a 4x4 variant of the Ford Ranger FX4, boosting the off-roading capability of Ford trucks available in the country. 

Volvo Cars PH Refreshes Showroom (w/ Video)

Volvo Philippines reopens its doors with a freshly renovated showroom. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Volvo has embarked on the biggest and most extensive makeover of its local headquarters in Makati City to date.

Road Repairs, Reblocking Will Just Take 24 Hours Even on Provincial Roads

Leading cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. is planning to make available its one-day concrete Super Fast(SF) Crete or SFCrete outside the National Capita Region to support contractors looking to participate in government road repair projects in other urban areas and help lessen disruption to commuters.

Chery Auto PH Boosts Spare Parts Stockpile in the Country

Chery Auto Philippines is raising the bar when it comes to car ownership with the announcement that they are increasing their stockpile of spare parts.

Someone Transformed the Nissan GT-R into A 600-Horsepower Off-Road Rally Machine

If the Nissan GT-R isn’t special enough for you, why don’t you consider this one-of-one GT-R Offroad “Godzilla 2.0.” as its name implies, it’s a GT-R meant to go off-roading, clearly inspired by the African Safari rally cars of the 1980s and 1990s.

Suzuki PH Discounts "Heavy Service" to Just P 4,999 All-In

Suzuki Philippines automotive customers can now book their service appointments online via a new feature on their official website. This much needed innovation is done through mobile phone or desktop that in the light of the current situation, is the best route to take as it promotes less interaction between customers and sales representatives.

The Following Mazda PH Dealers Have the Mazda3 100th Anniversary Special Edition on Stock

With just 15 units of the Mazda3 100th Anniversary Special Edition models available in the Philippines, the chances of seeing one in the flesh may take a bit of luck. Thankfully, they’ve made spotting it easier by revealing that the following 5 dealers have decided to stock up on it.

Ex-Mitsubishi Rally Driver Tommi Mäkinen Will Now Help Toyota Make Ever-Better Cars

Tommi Mäkinen may be synonymous with Mitsubishi and the Lancer Evolution, but starting in January 2021, he’s going to be an advisor to Toyota Motor Corporation. His role: to help the carmaker make ever-better cars.

Drive Home the 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross with Just a P99k Downpayment

One of the redeeming traits of Filipinos is the closeness to their families. It’s part of our culture, and it’s also part of the major decisions we have to make in life – that includes car buying.

The 2021 BMW M3, M4 Break Cover with Over 500 Horsepower and All-Wheel Drive

Better start liking that huge kidney grille because BMW took the wraps off the latest M3 and M4 high-performance sedan and coupe. Both models, featuring BMW’s newest styling language is backed up by 40 years of racetrack knowledge and expertise.

Meet MG's Newest Electrified Models: the 2021 MG5 EV and the MG HS PHEV

MG has reached a tipping point in their European expansion. The British carmaker owned by China’s SAIC Motor has announced that they expect 50 percent of their total sales volume in Western Europe to be electrified. Leading the charge, so to speak, are the MG5 EV and MG HS PHEV.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ferrari PH Now Accepting Orders for 2021 Portofino M

Ferrari Philippines is now accepting orders for the Portofino M, the evolution of the Prancing Horse’s 2+ GT spider. It marks the first model to be presented in the wake of the company’s temporary closure due to the COVID-19 crisis, making it the symbol of a voyage of rediscovery.

Mitsubishi PH Advises 2020 L300 Owners to Check Their Seat Straps (w/ Video)

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is conducting a recall campaign on 2020 Model Year (20MY) 20MY Mitsubishi L300 due to a possible malfunction on the seat strap. This proactive measure is to ensure the safety of our valued customers on the affected units.

Mitsubishi PH Recalling Selected 2017-18 Pajero SUVs

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is conducting a recall on selected 2017-2018 Pajero SUV units due to a possible malfunction located at the front right lower control arm.

Hyundai Touts Advanced High-Strength Steel

Hyundai cars are renowned for their strength of character. While it’s easy to assume that “strength of character” pertains to Hyundai’s extraordinary abilities like fuel efficiency or dependability, the truth is more literal, and it is found from within: the body structure of Hyundai cars built with Advanced High Strength Steel or AHSS.

Subaru Expands STI Offering with 2021 Impreza STI Sport

Subaru continues to “STI-fy” their line-up with the introduction of the latest STI Sport model: the 2021 Impreza STI Sport.

Nissan PH to Outline EV Plans at Upcoming Summit

In line with its commitment to bring innovation that excites to the market, Nissan in the Philippines will be participating in the annual Electric Vehicle Summit (EV Summit) with the Nissan Leaf at the forefront of their campaign to bring the future of mobility to the Philippines.

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Power Jump Plus is a Must Have in Every Car

Power banks are a dime a dozen these days, but this one’s different. It’s a power bank that won’t just keep your devices juiced up, but it might also save you from a potential roadside emergency. Meet Amazing Products’ Power Jump Plus.

MMDA to Close 13 U-Turn Slots Along EDSA Starting September 28

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be closing down 13 U-turn slots along EDSA to make way for the designated bus lane starting Monday, September 28.

Review: 2020 Range Rover Sport PHEV P400e HSE

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: the Range Rover Sport isn’t Land Rover’s flagship SUV. Despite sharing its name as well as a bulging list of standard specs, the Range Rover Sport actually sits below the brand’s real flagship—the simply-named Range Rover. Think XF to the XJ in Jaguar-speak, or the X5 to the X7 in BMW lingo. The confusing naming convention aside, there’s nothing confusing about the Range Rover Sport—this here is one desirable luxury SUV, undeniably comfortable and refined in every aspect.

Toyota's 1,000-Horsepower GR Super Sport Hypercar Hits the Road

After showing it in concept form at the Tokyo Auto Salon in 2018, Toyota and its motorsports division, Gazoo Racing (GR) has shown what the road-going version hypercar could look like.

NLEX, Other MPTC Tollways On Track for 100% RFID Before Government Deadline

Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, the operator of NLEX, SCTEX, CAVITEX, CALAX, MCX, and the C5 Link Expressway is on track to meet the Department of Transportation’s directives for a 100 percent shift to electronic toll collection by November 2, 2020.

Mitsubishi L300: Not Just a Family Van, But a Van That is Family

The simple looking yet tough utilitarian van may seem uninteresting at first sight but it has its way to sneak its way to your heart. Having been in the market for more than 30 years, the L300 is often utilized by Small, Medium Entrepreneurs because of its reliability and low cost maintenance. Commonly used as a delivery van or people hauler for companies or schools, the L300 has become that dependable partner that grows on you over the years. Picture it as that loyal sidekick that will stick with you through thick and thin and will never fall short especially at the most trying times.

Hyundai PH Muscles Up the HD36 Light-Duty Truck. Prices Start at P 1.218M (w/ Specs)

The new normal has urged entrepreneurs to re-think or even shift businesses; and this calls for agile, flexible modes of delivery. Whatever the job, the beefed-up Hyundai H36L light-duty truck gives greater value in terms of safety, stability, efficiency, and operating costs.

Toyota PH Activates Chat Apps to Connect with Customers

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) customers now have more ways to connect with the brand online with the launch of two new chat channels: its official Viber Community and its enhanced Facebook Messenger chat.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

The 2020.5 SsangYong Rexton is Korea's Luxurious Answer to Your Typical 7-Seater SUV (w/ Specs)

SsangYong Philippines introduces the refreshed Rexton SUV. An alternative to the usual Japanese 7-seater mid-sized SUV choices, the changes to the 2020.5 (the official model year designation) adds more majestic styling along with new convenience and luxury features.

Nissan PH Changes Market Approach Amid the Economic Slowdown

Nissan Philippines remains unperturbed despite the decline in auto sales this 2020. Atsushi Najima, president of Nissan in the Philippines says the carmaker is weathering the economic storm thanks to a change in mindset in the company.

DOTr Backtracks on Reduced Social Distancing in PUVs

After announcing that public commuters will have to deal with reduced social distancing, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has backtracked on the idea after President Rodrigo Duterte himself spoke against the idea.

Nissan PH Remains Committed to Launching the Leaf EV

Despite the on-going pandemic and associated economic slowdown, Nissan Philippines remains committed to launching its all-electric Leaf. This was confirmed by Atsushi Najima, president of Nissan in the Philippines during a media roundtable. The world’s best-selling electric vehicle is on track for a launch before the end of Nissan’s fiscal year which ends March 31, 2021.

Friday, September 18, 2020

The 2020 Ford Ranger FX4 Max Just Made the Ranger Raptor Useless

Don’t adjust your screens. What you’re looking at isn’t the Ford Ranger Raptor; this here is the Ranger FX4 Max. A tad short of the full-on Raptor treatment, the Ranger FX4 Max is Ford’s answer for those looking for increased off-road capability without any detriment to payload.

The Jeep Renegade is My Vibrant Adventure Partner

When you hear of the brand, Jeep, the first image that comes to mind is a tough, rugged 4x4 off-roader, with a tall, imposing demeanor. The second image would be placing that exact vehicle on a dirt-road or any setting that depicts the great outdoors. While those come across as very male-oriented scenarios, remember how in the world of today, women have become just as adventure-seeking and willing to explore new territories. 

Mazda Has Highest Appeal, Loyalty with Owners in Japan

In the ultra-competitive Japanese Domestic Market, Mazda has been ranked as the highest mainstream brand when it comes to overall vehicle appeal as well as brand loyalty among its owners. This was revealed as J.D. Power outed the results of their Japan Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study for 2020.

Volkswagen is Looking to Unload Bugatti, Lamborghini, Ducati

The Volkswagen Group may be looking to unload its so-called crown jewels as they seek to concentrate their resources by focusing on all things electric and autonomous. The first to go? According to a report, Bugatti.

Jaguar PH Brings in 2021 F-Type with Prices Starting at P 6.190M

Less than a year since its global introduction, the refreshed 2021 Jaguar F-Type has finally landed in Manila. Touted as Jaguar design DNA in its purest form, the two-seater sportscar adds a more assertive design to its balance of performance and luxury.

Nissan Dealers Will Begin Adopting the New Brand Logo

Nissan dealers around the world will adopt the new brand logo, signaling a promise for a new, customer-friendly experience be it physically or online.

AC Motors Allows You to Shop Between Its 6 Auto Brands

AC Motors, the automotive and motorcycle distribution and retail group of Ayala subsidiary AC Industrials, has harnessed the power and potential of technology and digital revolution to create an online store for all of its six brands: Honda, Isuzu, Volkswagen, KTM, Kia, and Maxus with its new website.

The All-Electric Ford F-150 Will Outgun the Raptor in Horsepower, Torque

The all-electric version of the F-150 will deliver the most horsepower and torque compared to other variants according to Ford themselves.