Thursday, February 20, 2020

Peugeot Just Made Themselves a Rival to the Hilux and Ranger: the Landtrek

Peugeot is building themselves a rival to the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger, but they’ve taken a runabout way to do so. Built and developed in China by Peugeot’s joint-venture partner there, Changan, the 2020 Landtrek is said to meet “the best international standards.”

Hino Opens Fifth Dealership in Visayas

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, expands its retail network with Hino Leyte, the company’s first dealership to open in 2020.

Mitsubishi PH Moves Offices to BGC

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) formally announces the assignment of some of its key departments to the country’s premiere business district.

Bill Gates Chooses a Porsche Taycan Over a Tesla

Billionaire, philanthropist, and the guy who was partly responsible for Clippy, Bill Gates has chosen the Porsche Taycan as his first-ever full-electric vehicle or EV.

The 2021 Kia Sorento Will Have Diesel Power Paired to a Dual Clutch Transmission

Kia’s using the weeks leading up to the Geneva Motor Show to reveal more details about its 2021 Sorento. After showing off the design, the Korean automaker’s confirmed some details on the platform and engines as well.

The 2020 Honda Civic Type R Loses the Rear Wing for Softbois

If you have a snooty reputation to protect, and you don’t want to be seen in a “boy racer” car, well, Honda’s just come up with a solution for you: the Civic Type R Sport Line. This variant is a new addition to the refreshed Civic Type R family.

The Mazda BT-50 is Now Cheaper than the Ford Ranger and Comes with Free Service for 3 Years

Always wanted a Ford Ranger, but was afraid of the maintenance cost? Well, consider its mechanical twin, the Mazda BT-50 then. For the next 9 days, the Ranger’s twin-from-another-mother comes with a hefty P 180,000 discount.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

All-New Land Rover Defender Did Its Own Stunts in No Time To Die

The all-new Land Rover Defender will be pushed to its limits in the new James Bond film, No Time To Die.

China's Great Wall Motors to Acquire GM's Thailand Manufacturing Facility

China’s Great Wall Motors (GWM) is setting its sights on the ASEAN market with the announcement that they’re the ones buying GM’s manufacturing facilities in Rayong, Thailand. This comes as GM finds continued manufacturing in ASEAN to be unfeasible.

Should the All-New 2020 Hyundai i20 Worry the Honda Jazz?

Hyundai’s bringing its Sensuous Sportiness to the sub-compact class with the all-new i20. Representing the model’s most ambitious design yet, it comes packed with cutting-edge connectivity features and the most comprehensive safety package in its class. Should the Honda Jazz and Mazda2 worry?

Toyota Teases its Yaris-based SUV

After the sketch, comes the teaser. Toyota’s new Yaris-based SUV is almost upon us, but before then, they’ve released the world’s first glimpse into their yet-unnamed crossover.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

10 Things Chairman Alfred Ty Revealed About Toyota Motor Philippines

A change of leadership is often viewed either as a time of great promise or uncertainty. In the case of Toyota Motor Philippines though, it’s a show of stability amidst the ever-changing automotive landscape. And while most of the attention has been showered upon either outgoing President Satoru Suzuki or incoming President Atsuhiro Okamoto, this is an opportune time to look back at some Toyota’s accomplishments in the Philippines.

The Nissan LEAF Proves How Reliable EVs Can Be

While the headline at the 2020 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study was Hyundai’s luxury division, Genesis beating both Lexus and Porsche, there’s also one interesting takeaway in the study: the Nissan Leaf just beat everyone else as the most dependable compact car.

Smile Because the All-New BMW 1 Series is Set for Its Public Debut This Weekend

Put a smile on your face, because the BMW Joyfest returns this February 21 to 23, 2020 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Chooses Mitsubishi for Its Fleet Needs

Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC) recently acquired 96 brand new units of fleet vehicles from Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC). The recent purchase comprised of 48 units of L300, 46 units of Montero Sport, and 2 units of Pajero. The acquisition of these units is part of PMFTC fleet expansion.

28-Year Toyota, Lexus Veteran is New Toyota Motor Philippines President

Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) introduced Atsuhiro Okamoto as TMP’s incoming president in a formal ceremony witnessed by members of the business community at the Grand Hyatt Manila. The event highlighted TMP’s successes in the past 4 years under the leadership of outgoing president Satoru Suzuki, and presented a glimpse of how Toyota will transform into a mobility company, which aims to improve people’s daily lives through various mobility solutions.

Chevrolet PH Assures Adequate Aftersales Support Amidst GM Decision to Shutter ASEAN Assembly

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive distributor of Chevrolet in the Philippines has released an official statement regarding General Motor’s decision to withdraw the Chevrolet brand from the Thailand market, and to sell its Rayong manufacturing facility.

Monday, February 17, 2020

UPDATED: Chevrolet to Stop Production in Thailand, To Pull Out of Thai Market by End of 2020

UPDATE: Chevrolet PH has released an official statement. Read it here (2/18).

Today is a sad day for Chevrolet. General Motors, the parent company of the bowtie brand said that they have put up their Rayong, Thailand manufacturing facility up for sale, and that they’re withdrawing altogether from the highly-competitive Thai domestic market by the end of the year.

Kia's Had Enough of Leaks and Teasers, Releases Images of All-New 2021 Sorento SUV

Kia Motors has revealed the first official images of the All-New Kia Sorento today, ahead of its first public appearance at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show in a few weeks time.

MINI PH Brings In the 2020 John Cooper Works Countryman and Clubman

British United Automobiles, the exclusive distributor of MINI in the Philippines, announces the arrival of the 2020 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and John Cooper Works Countryman—a pair of 300-plus horsepower, factory-tuned premium compacts that now rightfully earn their place as part of MINI’s top-tier JCW family.

Review: 2020 Volkswagen Santana GTS 180 MPI SE Blaupunkt

I don’t want to admit it, but it’s clear: Volkswagen’s fumbling in the Philippine market. Most dare not say this out of fear of losing ad revenue, but I would be doing you, my dear reader, a great disservice if I didn’t say otherwise. If you want proof to see how far they’ve gone down, there’s no clearer sign than this: the Santana GTS. It’s a million-plus-peso hatchback/wagon that, frankly, shouldn’t exist.

Land Rover and Zenith Team Up to Celebrate the All-New Defender

Zenith has worked with Land Rover to create a special edition watch celebrating the all-new Land Rover Defender.

Nissan is Now Worth Less than Subaru

Pop quiz: which Japanese carmaker you think is worth more? Nissan or Subaru? If you guessed Nissan, well you’re right…at least until last Friday.

The 2020 MG RC-6 Adds SUV Ride Height to an Executive Sedan Body

Do you think there’s a market for an executive sedan with the ride height of an SUV? MG thinks so and to prove it, here’s the MG RC-6.

Volvo Cars and Geely Automobile is Set to Merge

Volvo Cars and Geely Automobile is considering a merger in a bid to accelerate their financial and technological synergies.

Diesels Aren't Dead as Volkswagen is Set to Release High-Performance Golf GTD

The demise of diesel has been greatly exaggerated. Despite investing a large chunk of its product development on electric vehicles, Volkswagen has also announced that its eight-generation Golf is still getting a high-performance diesel. The Golf GTD will make its official global debut this March.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Ford is Discounting the EcoSport by as Much as P 130k, Ranger by P 100k

Ford Philippines is offering cash discounts on pretty much their entire line-up sans the Ranger Raptor and Mustang from now until March 31, 2020. This gives customers more deals for a longer period of time.

No Fog Lights? No Worries. Mazda Cited for Good Headlights as 5 Models End Up as Top Safety Picks

When Mazda first came out with the all-new Mazda3 and refreshed Mazda6, one of the complaints lashed out on these two vehicles is the lack of front fog lights. Though engineers did manage to tuck the function into the headlights, it still was a concern for those who’re used to seeing additional set of driving lights mounted closer to the ground.

Toyota Dealership to Rise in Zamboanga Del Norte

Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) together with Toyota Cagayan de Oro, Inc. (TCO) recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the leading automotive company’s newest dealership in Mindanao - Toyota Dipolog City.

Now We Know Why Nadine Lustre Didn't Answer Xian Gaza's "Mustang Bouquet"

Dear Xian, you know why Nadine Lustre didn’t answer your “Mustang bouquet”? It’s because you were trying to give her the WRONG Mustang. But hey, we understand your confusion; we’re so confused as well.

Hyundai's Genesis Beats Lexus, Porsche in Vehicle Dependability

Research company J.D. Power has released its 2020 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, and the result is quite surprising.

The 2021 Toyota GR Supra is Quicker and Handles Better

Did you just buy a 2020 Toyota GR Supra? Well, that’s too bad because here comes the 2021 model, and guess what? It comes with more power as standard.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Toyota Motor PH is Recalling RAV4s for Airbag-Related Issue

Yet another car model joins the growing list requiring new airbags due to faulty ones installed by the now-defunct Takata, but not for the usual reason. Toyota Motor Philippines is announcing that 1,157 units of the RAV4 will require a new driver’s airbag.

Nissan Sues Its Former Chairman for 10 Billion Yen

Disgraced former Nissan President Carlos Ghosn may have escaped Japan, but that’s not stopping his former employer from suing him to the tune of 10 billion yen (around 5 billion pesos).

Kia PH President Says 2019 Sales Wasn't a Fluke

In their first full year as the distributors of Kia, AC Motors, a wholly-owned company of Ayala Corporation saw its sales rise to 5,019 units compared to 2,238 units in 2018. The 124 percent increase is, undoubtedly, spectacular, but still a far cry from the projected 10,000-unit per annum sales they mentioned at the start of 2019.

There is a Non-Hybrid Honda Jazz After All

Honda shocked the world in announcing that the all-new Jazz/Fit will be available only in a gasoline-electric hybrid set-up. True enough, when it was unveiled globally at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, it debuted a new 2-motor hybrid system that’s part of Honda’s e:HEV brand push.

Honda Cars PH Just Phased Out the Rallye Red Civic RS Turbo

Fans of the Rallye Red color on the Honda Civic RS Turbo, here’s some bad news for you. Honda Cars Philippines is phasing this bright, sporty hue out. The good news? Here is a more formal, darker shade called Ignite Red Metallic.

Good Boy BMW Owners Are Qualified for a 5-Year / 200,000-Kilometer Warranty

Hey BMW owner, have you been a good boy? Have you followed the prescribed service schedule? Have you kept your Bimmer in stock condition? Well, here’s a reward for you: a three year, 100,000-kilometer extension on your original warranty.

Score Free Starbucks GCs When You Spend Your Valentine's Weekend at These Subaru Dealerships

Confused on where to spend the Valentine’s Day weekend? How about spending some of it over at Subaru Bonifacio Global City, Subaru C5 – Pasig, Subaru Greenhills, or Subaru Manila Bay. If you do, you can score a free Starbucks Gift Certificate.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Confirmed: the 2020 Maxus T60 is Arriving First Week of March

Attention pickup buyers: mark your calendars because there’s a new choice coming, and it’s from Maxus—a Chinese-by-way-of-England brand.

You'll be Able to Ride Around a Poké Ball in the Near Future

Ever wondered what it’ll be like to ride inside a poké ball? Well, here’s the closest thing, and it’s the brainchild of McLaren F1 designer, Gordon Murray.

The Nissan Leaf Will Now Lull You to Sleep

Some parents will probably know that car rides have this magical effect of lulling babies and toddlers to sleep. Apparently, there’s a reason behind this and it’s down to the naturally soothing sound frequencies of internal combustion engines. But what happens if everyone shifts to electric? What then?

Geely Expands to Cagayan de Oro

Geely hits the ground in Mindanao with the launching of Geely Cagayan de Oro. Grand Cars, Incorporated was selected as the partner dealer in the area by Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP), the exclusive distributor of Geely in the Philippines. Celebrating its opening, the several Coolray sub-compact SUVs were released to its new owners.

These are the Major Car Brands Exhibiting at the 2020 Manila International Auto Show

Boldly facing the dawn of a new era, the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) will open its doors once more this April 2 to 5, 2020 at the World Trade Center Manila (WTCMM).

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

First Philippine Drive: 2020 Kia Seltos 2.0 SX

With Director Bong Joon-ho and his movie, Parasite winning big at the Academy Awards, it’s yet another visible sign that Korea’s ready for the limelight. Their successful invasion of global popular culture, from gadgets to music to food, and now, to movies has left an indelible mark in the way people think and act. Selling 324 units in two months, the Kia Seltos could very well be that invasive force in the crossover segment.

The Blaupunkt Dakota BP800Play is Your Solution to Traffic Boredom (w/ Brochure)

Staying connected is one of the “must-haves” for Filipino motorists. With more time stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, infotainment has become integral to help pass the hours-long crawl. And while some are content with the usual AM/FM, what about those who play their personalized Spotify playlist or rely Waze or Google Maps for directions?

Nissan is Discounting Its Parts and Labor for Selected Models

Nissan Philippines is offering free checkups for air conditioning, brakes, and suspension at participating dealerships nationwide with its Car Care Support promo which runs today until March 31, 2020.

Mitsubishi PH Ushers in Chinese New Year with "GR8 Deals!" Promo

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) celebrates the Chinese New Year with its “GR8 Deals!” promo until February 29, 2020.

Isuzu Pasig is IPC's 2019 Dealer of the Year

Isuzu Pasig is the Overall Champion at Isuzu Philippines Corporation’s 15th Dealer of the Year Awards (DOYA). The 2019 DOYA capped off a challenging, but fulfilling year for the IPC dealer network’s sales force and aftersales operations.

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Kia Seltos's Intelligent Variable Transmission Restores My Faith in CVTs

We’re currently resting up in Baler, Aurora giving the 2020 Kia Seltos its first out-of-town shakedown. Oh, and before you ask, yes, we’ll be coming up with our initial impressions soon, and yes, we’ll also be doing a full-fledged review too. But before all that, let’s talk all about the IVT because, holy shit, it blew my mind.