Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Going Once, Going Twice: HMR Opens Largest Auto Auction Facility in the Philippines

Industry pioneer HMR Auto Auction celebrated its third year of operations by opening the country’s biggest purpose-built auto auction facility in Bicutan, Paranaque and holding its biggest auction yet, with over 250 vehicles available for live public bidding.

This Maxus V80 Ambulance Will Help Ospital ng Tondo Carry Out Emergency Services

Maxus Philippines donated a Maxus V80 Flex ambulance to the Ospital ng Tondo in Manila last December 9. This is in line with its corporate social responsibility efforts; which focuses on providing convenient and efficient vehicles to institutions and individuals.

What Do You When You Find Old, Abandoned Equipment? Make New Car Parts, Of Course

What do you when you find equipment abandoned at one of your factories? Sell them? Dismantle them? For Fiat Chrysler, they saw this as an opportunity to make lemonade out of lemons.

Hino Opens Dealership in Butuan

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP) opens a new dealership situated in Butuan City. Situated right in the heart of Agusan del Norte, Hino Butuan is located along the AH26 National Highway, which connects Butuan City to other major cities of Northern Mindanao such as Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, and Surigao. Hino Butuan will serve the region’s thriving industries by supplying its truck and bus needs.

Get a Brand New Tire for As Low As P 800 at Wheel Gallery This Week

Wheel Gallery is holding a limited time sale for its stock of Saffiro Tires from today until Wednesday, December 18. Located at 318 Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue, San Juan get selected sizes ranging from 15-22 inches with as much as 70 percent discount.

Philippines is 9th Biggest Market for Toyota; Looks to Leasing as Means to Solidify Growth

Since its founding in 1988, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has become an important player globally for Japan’s largest automaker. In his speech, TMP President Satoru Suzuki outlined the carmaker’s achievements as 2019 comes to a close:

Monday, December 9, 2019

SsangYong and Changan Open Their First Dealership in Metro Manila

Auto Asia—the brand concept that combines Korean specialist, SsangYong and China’s largest automobile group, Changan under one roof opens its first showroom in Metro Manila.

Give Yourself the Gift of Hyundai Peace of Mind This Holiday Season

Christmas season can be stressful – rushing to buy the gifts for everyone (and hoping you haven’t forgotten anyone on your list), going through heavy traffic for a holiday get-together (along with the dreaded holiday weight gain). In all this madness, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) is offering the gift of peace of mind through worry-free ownership with its 5-year free Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) and 5-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Review: 2020 Honda Accord EL Turbo

By most accounts, the Accord is starting its slow descent towards automotive purgatory. Flanked by competition such as the Camry and the Mazda6, Honda’s once celebrated executive sedan is now outperformed, outvalued, and as a result, outsold by the competition (and this isn’t taking into consideration the proliferation of mid-sized SUVs, too). However, instead of taking its fate lying down (hello, Altima and Legacy), Honda has come up with this: the tenth-generation Accord. The question now is: is it a siren song that lures buyers back, or is it a memorial for a dead car rolling?

The Chevrolet Suburban Receives Its Own Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

The Chevrolet Suburban became the first vehicle ever to receive its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, recognizing the SUV’s 67-year career in Hollywood film and television.

Nissan's Having Some Trouble Selling The Ultra-Limited GT-R50 by Italdesign

It looks like Nissan’s having difficulty looking for billionaires who’re willing to fork out 990,000 Euros (~ P 60 million) for an Italian bodied GT-R. A year after it was previewed, there’s still remaining stocks for the ultra-limited 50-unit run.

Isuzu to Open in Bacoor City Soon

Isuzu Philippines Corporation will be opening in Bacoor City soon after they’ve formally broken ground on the newest location of a 3S dealership southwest of Metro Manila.

Jaguar Introduces Sexed Up F-Type to the World

Jaguar’s stunning two-door sportscar, the F-Type receives a substantial refresh for the 2021 model year that sees new styling tweaks, better interior materials, and most important of all, enhanced handling prowess.

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Toyota RAV4 is the Japan Car of the Year 2019-2020

The Japanese press has spoken and they have chosen the 2019 Toyota RAV4 as the Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) 2019-2020.

Vehicle Importers Say Year-to-Date Sales Still Down 3.3 Percent

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors, Inc. (AVID) began the fourth quarter of 2019 with 7,320 units sold in October equivalent to a 5 percent gain versus the 7,000 units sold the previous month. Despite a slight dip of 3 percent or 71,396 units sold year-to-date (YTD) in October compared to the same period last year, AVID is optimistic that the auto industry’s performance will make headway in the last two months of the year.

Honda Just Shoved a Civic Type R Engine Into an Isuzu Trooper

Before the big crossover craze, Honda and its luxury division, Acura, relied on a rather left-field choice to provide them with an SUV for the US market: Isuzu. The result is the Acura SLX, which is in turn, a more upscale Honda Passport, which is basically a re-badged Isuzu Trooper. You still follow?

Mitsubishi Philippines Announces Recall of Xpander MPVs

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines has announced a recall of Xpander MPV units purchased from May 2018 to October 22, 2019 due to a defective fuel pump installed in them. The recall has been officialized after the carmaker identified the models affected.

2019 Isuzu Traviz vs Mitsubishi L300 vs Hyundai H-100 vs Kia K2500

With the launch of the 2019 Traviz, Isuzu Philippines Corporation now wants to provide their own version of a “last-mile” mobility solution. And while it fits perfectly into Isuzu’s existing line-up of trucks and commercial vehicles, the Traviz finds itself in heavy competition from both Japanese and Korean quarters.

Future Fords Will Use Parts Made from Coffee Beans

Ford and McDonald’s will soon be giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using part of a familiar staple in the morning routine, coffee beans, in vehicle parts such as headlamp housing.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Isuzu Opens in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) continues to expand its retail presence in Luzon by adding Isuzu Calapan to its growing list of Isuzu dealerships across the country.

Get the Honda Civic 1.8 S for Just P 1.065-Million This Christmas

Still don’t know what to get this Christmas? How about a brand-new Honda? Honda Cars Philippines is announcing an extension of its Cheers for Deals promo. The promo covers the City, BR-V, CR-V, Brio and Civic with the following cash discounts and low downpayment offers:

Have Kids? The 2019 Subaru Forester Offers the Best Protection Available in Its Class

The 2019 Subaru Forester scored a maximum five-star safety rating at its European New Car Assessment Program or NCAP test. Tested with the e-BOXER powertrain, the compact SUV’s high scores reconfirm the performance of the Subaru Global Platform which is designed to exceed all global safety tests up until 2025.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

McLaren Automotive Confirms Entry into Philippine Market

After all the speculations and rumors, it can finally be said: McLaren is finally coming to the Philippines. This was revealed by no less than McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt in a meeting with journalists in Detroit.

Land Rover PH Reveals That the All-New 2020 Defender Will Set You Back P 6.090-Million (w/ Ordering Guide)

Coventry Motors Corporation (CMC), the exclusive distributor of Jaguar and Land Rover in the Philippines has announced that order books for the much-awaited all-new 2020 Defender are now open. Following this announcement, CMC has also revealed the preliminary specs and pricing of this new age icon.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport Loses 3rd Row Seats, Adds Value at P 4.490-Million (w/ Specs)

Coventry Motors Corporation (CMC), the exclusive Philippine distributor of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, today unveiled the new 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport—a refresh of Land Rover’s best-selling compact SUV.

Nissan to Step Away from "Unachievable Targets"; Focus on People and Products Under New CEO

After one shocking corporate scandal after another, Nissan hopes to have a more stable 2020 (and beyond) under the helm of their newly-installed Chief Executive Officer, Makoto Uchida. The CEO who was promoted to the top post in the Japanese carmaker effective December 1 laid down plans for increased respect, transparency, and trust.

Get to Try Out the Mazda CX-30, CX-8 This Weekend at BGC

Mazda Philippines’s two all-new crossovers make their public test drive debut this December 6 to 8 at the Bonifacio High Street Big Bear Oval. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 compact crossover and the all-new 2020 Mazda CX-8 three-row crossover head the expanded CX family lineup of premium, stylish and dynamic crossovers this coming weekend in a display and test drive activity designed to let customers learn and experience the next generation Mazda Premium.

Dongfeng Opens in Isabela Province

Pilipinas Autogroup, Inc. (PAI) announces the opening of its Dongfeng Isabela showroom and service center. Auto Ten Trade and Services owns and operates the Dongfeng Isabela dealership located at Barangay Taringsing, Cordon, Isabela.

Hyundai Opens Truck and Bus Dealership in Cainta

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. or HARI opened the newest location of its dedicated Hyundai Trucks and Buses dealership in Cainta, Rizal (HTB-Cainta) recently.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Isn't Intimidating to Drive At All

P 4.290-million—that’s more money than I’ll make in a lifetime, barring winning the lottery, of course. It’s also the starting price of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC which makes it, to a huge part of the population, ridiculously expensive. Since it’s basically my future retirement fund on wheels, understandably, I had some hesitation of driving it during peak traffic. But you know what I’ve learned? Man, it’s not as intimidating as you think.

Mitsubishi Opens New Dealership in Mactan

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) together with Fast Autoworld Philippines Corporation (FAPC) recently inaugurated its latest dealership in Mactan, Cebu.

Go Big With as Much as P 145k Off a Brand-New Nissan

The holiday season is set to be merrier as Nissan in the Philippines is giving customers big offerings through the GoBig promo.

The Toyota GR Supra is the Best Sportscar...in Germany

Well, well, well…how’s this for a surprise. Despite being practically twins underneath, the Toyota GR Supra aka A90 aka the “Zupra” managed to beat its BMW twin to become the best sportscar. The most interesting twist? This award was given by Germans.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Gas Up at Petron, Get Free Jollibee Fries or Fuel Discounts

Two leading Filipino brands, Petron and Jollibee, have partnered to make journeys more rewarding with their ‘Drive For Joy’ promo. Running from today to January 31, 2020, the promo is offered at more than 300 Jollibee drive thru stores and more than 700 Petron service stations nationwide.

This is How Mazda Philippines Stores Your Vehicle Prior to Delivery

Mazda Philippines formally opened its new 100 percent green facility, the Mazda center of Excellence located in Cabuyao, Laguna. Spanning a total area of 2.5 hectares, the new warehouse and training facility is a testament to Mazda’s commitment to better serve the Philippine market.

Toyota Now Understands Why Filipinos Constantly Bitch About Traffic

Toyota Motor Corporation is seeking to understand its customers better by actually driving through countries that use their products on a daily basis. This is inline with the Toyota Way which encourages employees “to go directly to the sources to get the facts.”

Ford Philippines Could Bring In the Ranger Wildtrak X

With a P 303,000 price gap between the Ranger Wildtrak 4x4 and the Ranger Raptor, Ford may consider adding the newly-launched Wildtrak X to fill in the price gap.

Hyundai Philippines Sold Close to 3,000 Units Last Month

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), revealed that they’ve sold 2,856 units in October—a 17.4 percent growth versus September. Despite the increase, it’s still a 6 percent dip or 27,618 units sold in the first 10 months of the year versus the same period in 2018.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Meet the 4 Chery Crossovers Leading the Philippine Charge (w/ Specs)

Under new distributor United Asia Automotive Group or UAAGI, Chery Auto is returning to the Philippines not just with one, not just with two, but with four new vehicles—all sporting a body style that’s popular with Filipino buyers: crossovers.

Yes, You'll be Spotting a Subaru Forester Covered in Zebra Pattern This December

Okay, remember when we mentioned that the Forester sounds like a zebra being castrated when pushed hard? Well, okay, we swear we had nothing to do with this promo, but for the sake of our readers, here’s why you’ll spot a Forester covered in a zebra wrap this December.

Friday, November 29, 2019

4 Reasons Why the Volkswagen Lavida is the Smart Choice for Metro Drivers [ADVERTORIAL]

With German carmaker Volkswagen bringing in the Lavida to our market, driving around the Metro can just be a treat of comfort and luxury. The Lavida has established itself as one of the best-selling cars in the world. In fact, VW says that over 450,000 Lavida units were sold just last year. Its design speaks volumes of Volkswagen as the Lavida hails from a long, multi-awarded line-up. Now that the Lavida is in the Philippines, here are four reasons why you should take the smarter choice, and treat yourself to this best-selling car.

Ford Ranger Raptor is Joining the Police Force

Bad guys in the UK will have no where to go because police forces there will be adding the formidable Ford Ranger Raptor to their fleet of cop cars.

Why Now Is the Time to Bring Chery Auto Back to the Philippines

Under the stewardship of United Asia Automotive Group or UAAGI, Foton has grown to become a powerhouse. From its humble beginnings, it’s now risen to become one of the Top 10 best-selling car brands in the Philippines. With that in mind, UAAGI has set its sights on a new venture, Chery Auto. Will lightning strike twice?

Ford Ranger is the 2020 International Pick-Up Truck of the Year

The Ford Ranger has emerged victorious against its competition once more as its slew of upgrades, including the new 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo engine and 10-speed automatic helped it scoop up the International Pick-up Truck of the Year (IPUA) for 2020.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Hope You Love Gauges, Because Chevy's Giving You Gauges in the Colorado

Chevrolet is showing off a pair of Colorado Concepts that highlight the unique ways you can personalize it. Showed off at the 2019 Thailand International Motor Expo are the low-stance Chevrolet Colorado RS Street and the high-stance Colorado Panther.

25 More Isuzu Modern PUVs Hit the Road in South Metro Manila

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), the country’s leading manufacturer and distributor of brand-new trucks, continues its effort to support the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) to bring safer, more efficient, more convenient, and more environmentally sustainable transport system to Filipinos.

Mazda is the Only Japanese Brand to Be Shortlisted for 2020 World Car of the Year Awards

The journey to the 2020 World Car of the Year awards has started and the shortlist has just been announced. This year’s list is dominated by Korean and French brands, while the sole Japanese brand on the list? Mazda.

Mazda Philippines Elevates Three-Row SUVs with CX-8. Prices Start at P 2.290M (w/ 15 Photos, Specs)

This model is more than two years in the making. After “slipping out” during the press con at the CX-5’s Malaysian plant assembly roll out in 2017, people thought that the three-row Mazda CX-8 was sure to join the line-up in 2018. Then, nothing. Enter the first nine months of 2019, and still nothing. And then, it just happened. It rolled out of the assembly plant in October and now, here it is. Philippines, this is your 2020 Mazda CX-8 (read our first impressions, here).

Is the P 1.490M Mazda CX-30 the Most Stylish Small SUV Around? (w/ 17 Photos, Specs)

Mazda is now dead serious in making inroads in the subcompact SUV genre with the arrival of the first-ever CX-30. Meant as an in-between to the CX-3 and the CX-5, the CX-30 is the second seventh-generation model after the all-new 2020 Mazda3. Built to cater to a wide range of buyers, the CX-30 is meant to be a life partner, particularly for those who’re approaching significant life transitions.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

There's a Special Edition Subaru Forester For Those Who Spill Too Much Bodily Fluids

Japanese Subaru fans sure are lucky. No, they’re not getting a turbocharged Forester anytime soon, but at least they’ve got this special edition made for people who tend to spill too much bodily fluids. Yup, it’s time to put those black lights away because there’s this special Forester X-Edition.