Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mazda Tops Customer Service in 2019 According to J.D. Power Customer Service Index Study


Mazda Philippines scores highest in the J.D. Power 2019 Philippines Customer Service Index Study besting 10 other brands. The Japanese carmaker scored 824 out of 1,000 points. Nissan landed in second at 814 while Hyundai finished third at 811.

Honda Cars President Expects Upbeat 2019 Thanks to All-New Brio, New BR-V


Noriyuki Takakura, Honda Cars Philippines President and General Manager says the Japanese automaker expects an upbeat year ahead despite the challenging economic climate thus far.

You Can Now Buy "Motorcycle Art" in the Philippines Courtesy of MV Agusta


For more  than  70  years,  MV  Agusta  has  been  building motorcycles that craft emotions, making ‘Motorcycle Art’ truly embedded in their brand heritage. Racing   through history since 1945, MV   Agusta   has   committed   their craftsmanship to passion, design, performance, and authenticity, treating every machine a timeless masterpiece.

Honda Philippines Refreshes BR-V with More Style, Features at Minimal Price Hike (w/ 13 Photos, Specs)


The first sub-compact 7-seater SUV in the country gets a timely update this year enhancing its styling and adding features to keep it ahead of the competition. The 2019 Honda BR-V, Honda Cars Philippines’s second best-selling model is now available at all 38 authorized dealerships nationwide starting today.

Peugeot Philippines Brings in More Affordable 3008 SUV (w/ Specs)


Peugeot Philippines continues its strategy to increase its presence in the compact SUV segment with the launch of a new Peugeot 3008 variant: the 3008 Active. Taking on the immense success of the 3008 SUV GT Line, this new variant comes at a price point that is P 500,000 less than its GT Line sibling.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Confirmed to Have 760 Horsepower


The Dodge SRT Hellcat better watch out: the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is about to arrive, and this time, it’s got the bite to match its bark (or if you prefer, the venom to match its bite).

These Technologies Can Help You "See" This Rainy Season


With the rainy season underway, drivers can expect wet conditions and poor visibility, so they need to be extra careful to avoid accidents. That said, some new active safety features can certainly help.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 SsangYong Rexton 4x4 vs 2019 Nissan Terra VL 4x4


When SsangYong unveiled its 7-seater Rexton SUV, interestingly enough they dedicated one slide to its market positioning. With the mid-sized 7-seater SUV segment proving to be the market shaper in the local scene, the Korean automaker opted to compete in segments that represent the biggest bulk of sales. Third largest or 16 percent of sales belong to SUVs priced between P 2 to P 2.250 million, and this is where the top-dog Rexton, the 4x4 finds itself in.

The Last Few 2019 Honda CR-V Touring Units Come with a Hefty Discount


Remember the limited-edition CR-V Touring that Honda Cars Philippines launched way back in October? Well, if you’re looking for a great deal on a diesel-fed compact SUV, the last few remaining stocks maybe the best bargain around.

Subaru is the King of the Nürburgring as They Win 6th 24-Hour Endurance Crown


Subaru has proven itself to be the king of the Nürburgring after it took home yet another class win at this year’s 24-hour endurance race.

Someone Found a Way to Make More Power and Torque in the Mazda MX-5's 2.0-liter Engine


With 181 horsepower from its 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine, you would think the Mazda MX-5’s performance has already been maximized. Well, apparently, it can do more. How does 202 or 220 horsepower sound?

Size Matters for Hyundai with Their TNVS, Modern Jeepney Offerings


Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles affirmed its support for the government’s PUV Modernization program by showing off its various models that are best-suited to solve the Filipino’s mass transport or business needs.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Good News: You Can Now Apply for an Autosweep RFID Without the Documents


Here’s good news to all car owners who want to apply for the Autosweep RFID, but may find it a hassle to complete all the requirements: you can now get one with no documents thanks to their newest product, Autosweep RFID to Go.

The Toyota Rush Sets the Standard [ADVERTORIAL]


The Toyota Rush is the benchmark for all entry SUVs. It’s the complete package for form, function, and value.

Meet the Cleaner Public Utility Vehicles in Boracay from Isuzu


After its rehabilitation, the residents and tourists of the world-famous Boracay Island now get to enjoy one of the best beaches once more. Inline with its extensive clean-up, the government has begun promoting eco-friendly initiatives, and among them is the use of Modern Public Utility Vehicles or Modern PUVs.

The 2019 Mazda3 is the Compact Segment's Overachiever


KODO. Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture. Human-Centric Design. By now, these buzzwords have already ingrained themselves into everyone’s heads. Used to describe the all-new 2019 Mazda3, it’s the first vehicle in their next-generation of vehicles; a move which brings the Mazda brand slightly away from the mainstream and into a position they call, “Mazda Premium.”

Kia Philippines Brings Back K-Series Van


Now under the stewardship of Ayala Automotive Group, Kia Philippines re-introduces the K2500—their ever-reliable commercial vehicle now powered by a Euro-4 compliant CRDi engine.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Did a Toyota Dealer Just Leak the Refreshed Hilux Pickup Truck?


Is Toyota Motor Philippines updating its Hilux pickup truck? That seems to be the case if this post from the soon-to-be-opened Toyota Valenzuela is to be believed.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Could the 2019 Kia Seltos be the Last Mystery Unboxing for Kia Philippines?


When Kia Philippines said there will be another unboxing later in the year, everyone said it’ll be the Stonic; after all, a sub-one-million-peso SUV is certainly a recipe for success in any carmaker’s playbook. But what if everyone got it wrong? What if that last unboxing is this: the Seltos?

The Nissan Terra Just Joined the 800-mm Water Wading Club


Re-write the record books and re-do the spec sheets: the Nissan Terra officially joins the 800 mm water wading club.

SsangYong is Going to Reignite the Pickup and SUV Wars with the 2019 Rexton and Musso Grand (w/ Specs)


On its third year under its new distributor, SsangYong Berjaya Motor Philippines, the Korean SUV specialist brings in to new vehicle offerings that will enable it to gain a larger foothold of the Philippine automotive market: the 7-seater mid-sized Rexton SUV and the Musso Grand pickup truck.

This New Chinese Brand Opens Up a World of Possibilities (w/ Specs)


One of the leading Chinese automotive brands, Changan re-enters the country under Berjaya Auto Asia, Inc.

Auto Asia's Unique Dealership Setup Brings 2 Brands Under One Roof


Thanks to their expanded line-up that includes the new Rexton mid-sized SUV and Musso Grand pickup truck, SsangYong Berjaya Motor Philippines can now compete in segments that represent 40 percent of the local market by volume. Furthering their expansion, they have added a new brand—Changan to form Auto Asia, a new dealership concept that brings two Asian brands under one roof.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Why Did Honda Just Restore a Chevrolet Pick-Up Truck?


Shortly after American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (AHM) first opened for business in 1959, the company purchased a small fleet of Chevy pickups to deliver motorcycles to its fledgling dealers across Southern California. Underscoring their importance during those early days, American Honda restored a truck to help celebrate Honda’s 60th anniversary in the United States.

The Foton TransVan HR is the Private Van That Can Be Used for the School Run


With the school season just starting parents are now taking the time to shop around for supplies to complete their kids’ back-to-class experience. But for some entrepreneurs, shopping also covers a decent school service vehicle that’ll help children get to and from school comfortably and safely. One vehicle that could fulfill that role is the Foton TransVan HR.

Ready to Get Hitched to a Brand-New Hyundai? Say Yes with the "Here Comes The Ride" Promo


In the Philippines, June is the month when most couples take the next step in their relationship. The abundance of “June brides” has made the month the perfect time for weddings, upping the chances for the best rates and schedules, so couples can achieve the wedding of their dreams.

3M Philippines Launches 2019 Crystalline Tint Series


3M Philippines through its authorized distributor TSL Marketing launches its newest line of automotive tints that offer 99.9 percent ultraviolet protection or the equivalent of wearing SPF 1000 sunblock.

This Volkswagen Pick-Up Truck Makes the Same Power as a Honda Civic Type R


Remember ABT Sportline? The German tuners who were able to increase the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s power to 290 horsepower without voiding the warranty? Well, they’re at it again and this time, they’ve weaved their magic on the VW’s pickup truck, the Amarok.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ford Philippines Adds New Ranger Variant: the XLS Sport and It's Quite Affordable


Ford Philippines is expanding its Ranger lineup in the Philippines with the launch of the new Ranger XLS Sport.

Could the Honda e Be the Millennials' Civic SiR?


Don’t fear EVs, says Honda. They’ll be fun to drive. That’s the promise at least with the carmaker’s first full electric vehicle, the Honda e, built on a new dedicated EV platform.

How a Football Injury Helped Shape the Mazda3's Human-Centric Design


When the first-generation Mazda MX-5 went on sale in 1989, one person waiting in line overnight at the pre-order queue was Yasuyoshi Mushitani. Having joined the carmaker a year earlier, he was employed in Mazda’s vehicle test operations group, although football still took up most of his time.

The Ford Everest's Price is Now as Low as P 1,328,000!


Ford Philippines is still offering big cash discounts and all-in low downpayment deals for its top-selling vehicles this June.

Toyota is First Japanese Carmaker to Win Two 24 Hours of Le Mans Titles


Toyota has become the first Japanese manufacturer to clinch two 24 Le Mans titles after the #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid crossed the finish line first at the Circuit de la Sarthe ahead of its sister car. In the process, the trio of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Fernando Alonso successfully defended their Le Mans crown.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Study Says If You Want Cleaner Emissions Forget Electric Vehicles and Go Hybrids


With automotive battery capacity currently scarce, expensive, and suffering supply problems, the deployment of this limited resource is critical to maximizing carbon dioxide reduction. And the most effective way to reduce global vehicle emissions for the foreseeable future is not full battery electric vehicles (BEVs), but mass adoption of hybrid vehicles.

Review: 2019 SsangYong Musso 2.2 AT 4x2


In the story of which came first: the SUV or the pick-up, the common answer would be: the pick-up. This is true for just about every offering in the market today except for one: the Musso. Leave it to a brand like SsangYong to think outside of the box and engineer a truck out of their mid-sized SUV. With that, it feels like an SUV trapped in a truck’s body; and for the typical Filipino pick-up buyer—the one that looks for refinement, ride comfort more than payload capacity and off-roading capability—this might as well be the right choice.

It Seems a Pair of (Affordable) Italian Sportscars is Coming to Manila in August


After announcing the availability of the Stelvio performance SUV last May, things don’t seem to be quieting down for Petromax Enterprises, a reseller of all things Alfa Romeo and Abarth in the Philippines. Whispers are getting louder that two new sportscars may soon join the line-up in August.

Monday, June 17, 2019

I Tried Doing Studio Photography with the Mazda3 and Failed Miserably


Whetting everyone’s appetite as the launch of the all-new 2019 Mazda3’s launch looms near, Mazda Philippines teamed up with Fujifilm Philippines in a unique collaboration that highlights the carmaker’s Evolved KODO Design.

Volvo Cars Philippines is Slashing the XC90's Price by 22 Percent


Volvo Cars Philippines is offering its flagship SUV, the XC90 at a more affordable price with a three-day sale starting tomorrow.

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW are Joining Forces in EV Development


Jaguar Land Rover and BMW Group confirmed they are joining forces to develop next-generation Electric Drive Units (EDUs) in a move that will support the advancement of electrification technologies in the automotive industry.

Subaru Ties Up with Michael Bolton in Search for Next Rising Star


Motor Image announced that global music legend Michael Bolton will return to Asia for the first season of Asian Dream, an all-new reality talent search where he will join hands with Subaru to shine a light on promising singers across the region.

Nissan Philippines Offers Quicker Insurance Claims with Nissan Assured Program


Nissan Philippines has partnered with Mercantile Insurance to offer a new vehicle insurance program for their customers. The Nissan Assured Program provides customers quality insurance coverage and reliable service response at competitive rates, under the automaker’s brand.

Caltex Opens at the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway


Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), recently opened its latest service station along Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX) in Muntinlupa City. Motorists traversing the road from Muntinlupa to Cavite can now avail of quality Euro-4 fuel products and fast service within the station which can cater up to 12 cars fueling up at the same time.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The 2019 Mazda3's Interior is a Treat for All the Senses


There seems to be no end to Mazda’s obsession to detail. For the all-new Mazda3, a car that starts their new-generation (7th generation) models, the carmaker put a lot of time in crafting the interior. The result is a car whose cabin doesn’t just satisfy the visual, but the tactile and aural senses as well.

Give the Gift of Black Rhino Wheels This Father's Day


With the increased popularity of modified 4x4 vehicles and pickup trucks, why don’t you give the gift of Black Rhino Wheels this Father’s Day.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Ever Wondered Why Mazda Dropped the "Axela" Name for the 2019 Mazda3?


With Japan started sales of the all-new Mazda3 last May, there’s one peculiar thing about it: it’s not called “Axela” anymore. Long time Mazda fans will know that for the past three generations, the compact car was called as such—a portmanteau of “Accelerate” and “Excellent.” For the all-new fourth-generation model though, Mazda opted to axe it and they’ve got a good reason why.

Friday, June 14, 2019

What is Nappa Leather and How Do You Care For It?


Nappa leather. We hear it a lot these days. What was once reserved for high-end vehicles like Porsche and Rolls-Royce has now made it more to mainstream vehicles and with that, the tendency to overquote them in product literatures and press releases. But what exactly is Nappa leather and how does it differ from regular leather?

GAC Motor Bags Manufacturer's Class Win at 12-Hour Endurance Race


First time’s the charm for GAC Motor. China’s fastest growing automaker scored the Manufacturer’s Class win for both the 4-hour and 12-hour segments of this year’s Kalayaan Cup Endurance Challenge.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

All-New 2020 Range Rover Evoque Makes a Philippine Splash (w/ 15 Photos, Specs)


Coventry Motors Corporation, the sole authorized importer and distributor of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles launches the all-new Range Rover Evoque, bringing to the Philippines a luxury SUV that promises to change the standards of refinement, safety, and capability.

You Can Now Renew Your Driver's License Even on Saturdays


Here’s some good news from the Land Transportation Office or LTO: you can now renew driver’s licenses at all Driver’s License Renewal Offices (DLRO) located in malls even on Saturdays.

Using Child Safety Seats for Naps Can Increase Infant Death


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a warning: car seats, strollers, and other sitting devices are not supposed to be use for napping. Doing so may increase the likelihood of infant deaths.