Friday, August 23, 2019

The 2020 Mitsubishi L300 Euro-4 is More Powerful But More Expensive (w/ Specs, Brochure)

Just like what they’ve done with the Lancer “box-type” in the 1980s, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines is about to mark the comeback of one of its most beloved icons: the L300. Discontinued last year due to the country’s shift to Euro 4 emission regulations, the L300 is back, this time sporting a cleaner, more powerful engine, and sadly a hefty price jump.

Hyundai Philippines Sees 2 Percent Growth in First 7 Months of 2019

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines has sold 19,790 units in the first seven months of 2019, equivalent to a 2 percent growth compared to the same period last year.

CTEK Acquires Chargestorm, Enters EV Charging Game

Soon, CTEK won’t just be handling car battery care and maintenance, it will be charging electric vehicles as well. The news comes as CTEK acquires Swedish-based Chargestorm, a market leading developer of products and systems for the charging of electric vehicles.

Castrol's New Magnatec Oil Formulation Protects Engines Equipped with Start/Stop Tech

Castrol Philippines recently launched its latest line of Castrol Magnatec lubricants with the industry-pioneering Dualock Technology. Available for both diesel and gasoline applications (including one specially formulated for engines with idle start-stop technology), these new line of engine oils are now available in the market.

CST Tires Expands Philippine Line-Up with 5 New Tires

CST or Cheng Shin Tire expands its Philippine line-up with five new passenger and 4x4 tires. The eighth-largest tire marker in the world introduced the Parkour – PK01 performance tire, Sahara – AT II and Sahara – MT II sports utility tires, and Marquis – MR61 and Medallion – MD – A1 passenger car tires.

Nissan Philippines Now Offering 3-Year Free PMS

As part of its ongoing PitStop promotion, Nissan customers can enjoy big cash discounts and free service packages when they buy a participating vehicle, from now up to September 30, 2019.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

This is Suzuki's Rush, BR-V Fighter: Meet the 2020 XL6

Suzuki has finally blown the covers off the high-riding version of its Ertiga MPV: the XL6, and unlike its rivals from Toyota and Honda (and the added body cladding), they’re still calling this an MPV.

Nissan Philippines is Adjusting the Specs, Prices of 2019 Terra

Nissan Philippines is refreshing the Terra 7-seater SUV this 2019. Stare if you must, but the changes aren’t found anywhere outside (save one); they are, actually all found inside.

Marikina City Now Requires Proof of Parking in New Houses, Buildings

Marikina City is taking the lead in cleaning up its streets in compliance with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)’s Memorandum Circular 2019-121 to “clear up roads of illegal structures and constructions.”

DOTr, LTO Shows Significant Improvements in 2018 COA Report

The Commission on Audit has released its annual findings on the Department of Transportation. While the previous 2017 report shows the same problems plaguing the agency, for 2018, Art Tugade and his team were able to come up with improvements.

Alonso Sets Sights on Dakar with Toyota Gazoo Racing

After trying out the Dakar-Winning Toyota Hilux last April, it looks like Fernando Alonso is now certain that he’ll be taking on the grueling endurance race with defending champions, Toyota. The two-time F1 and Le Mans champion will participate in a series of tests with Toyota Gazoo Racing over the next few months.

Car Clubs Compete for Most Efficient Driver in This Year's Isuzu Fuel Economy Challenge

The Isuzu Fuel Economy Challenge returned this year, and this time, it’s the various Isuzu clubs that took the spotlight. The first leg had the mu-X Owners of the Philippines (mu-X OP) compete while the second leg had Team Isuzu Pilipinas, and the third, Team Isuzu Car Enthusiasts.

Porsche Philippines Leads in Premium Segment Aftersales

For more than two decades, Porsche Philippines has been at the forefront of customer satisfaction in the automotive market, and after-sales service remains one of its focal points. In fact, half of Porsche Philippines’ success is attributed to its distinguished services because of its motivated, experienced, Germany-trained technicians, modern facilities, and equipment.

Volkswagen Opens in Santa Rosa, Laguna

Volkswagen Philippines, in partnership with the Lica Auto Group, inaugurated the Volkswagen Santa Rosa dealership along the automotive row of the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Subaru Opens Registration for 2019 Palm Challenge

Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru is now opening the registration for its annual Subaru Palm Challenge.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Appealing to the Sixth Sense: All-New Mazda3 Goes for an Intuitive Driving Experience

Without question, the 2020 Mazda3 is now the benchmark by which all other compact cars will be measured against. With an elevated level of design, craftsmanship, and engineering, it’s a feast for all the senses—even taste, if you dare lick the leather. More than that, the all-new Mazda3 creates an intuitive driver experience backed up by a full suite of driver assistive features called i-Activsense.

Fake Wheels Cause Dramatic Accident

There’s a post circulating on social media (we have embedded the post below) of a dramatic vehicular accident in Surigao caused by the wheel spokes sheering off. According to Black Rhino Philippines’s Sam Liuson, the wheels on the vehicles are clearly fake.

Review: 2019 Mazda2 Premium Series

Last year, a friend was deciding on her first car and one of the options that I recommended, straight out, was the Mazda2. Back then, the new generation Premium line had not even been launched; and the last year model of the Mazda2 that I was able to drive was the 2017. Yet, the impression remained that this was a car worth keeping on the list if you’re on the market for a no-nonsense, reliable sub-compact that came with impeccable style.

Who Is the Typical 2020 Toyota Hiace Super Grandia Buyer?

The running joke in automotive circles is that Toyota Motor Philippines’s making a killing with the Hiace Super Grandia and Alphard thanks to the insatiable demand driven mostly by “TDK” (Mainland Chinese) VIPs and POGO (Philippine Offshore Gambling Operation) businesses. But are these people really the ones lapping up Toyota vans as quickly as Toyota dealers could stock them?

Honda Cars Philippines is Recalling Recalled Accord, Civic, City, CR-V, and Jazz Units for Airbags

Three years ago, Honda Cars Philippines was one of many automakers who had to issue recalls due to defective Takata airbag inflators. At that time, 19,624 units were affected. And while they were able to fix some of them, it looks like they’ll have to rework 14,074 of these units.

The 2020 Nissan Juke Hits the Road

One month before its global debut, Nissan has sent out three new teaser images of the second-generation Juke. This time, the 2020 mode eschews any sort of carefully planned studio presentation, and instead, it’s hit the ground running albeit in camouflaged form.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Toyota's Luxurious 2020 Hiace Super Grandia Finally Arrives in the Philippines

It was only a matter of time, but Toyota Motor Philippines knows that there’s a demand for well-appointed large MPVs in the country. Now, that demand can be met with the introduction of the 2020 Hiace Super Grandia.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Ex-Toyota Asia Pacific Exec Now Chairman of GT Capital's Auto Dealership Group

GT Capital is appointing ex-Toyota executive Mr. Vincente “Vince” Socco as Chairman of GT Capital Auto Dealership Holdings, Inc. or GTCAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GT Capital which serves as the dealership holding vehicle for the group.

Ford Philippines Just Doubled the Discount on the Explorer SUV

Ford Philippines is extending its Truck Month and Big Deal offers until the end of August. While the main attraction remains the Ranger pickup truck, the biggest savings can be had with the Explorer SUV.

Subaru Says the Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight is Now Back in Stock

When Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru launched the all-new 2019 Forester in January, demand was so high that would-be owners had to wait months just to get their units, particularly the top-of-the-line 2.0i-S EyeSight. The Subaru distributor actually depleted its stocks so quickly that they had to remove the introductory price offer in April, resulting in a slight price increase.

The Isuzu D-Max Beats Land Rover, BMW for Class Win at the Africa Eco Race

Isuzu proved the durability and pace of its D-Max pickup truck by surviving the 6,022-kilometer Africa Eco Race, finishing ahead of Land Rover, BMW, and Gaz. It finished first in its class (T1.2) and 18th overall among a field of 45 vehicles.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The 2020 Toyota Hiace Super Grandia Elite is the First Philippine Model to Have Toyota Safety Sense

Update: The 2020 Toyota Hiace Super Grandia has now been launched. Details here (8/19).

Toyota Motor Philippines is now confirming that the first model to receive the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system is the 2020 Hiace Super Grandia Elite. Launching on Monday, the flagship Hiace variant will have four main ingredients to its TSS system that will heighten its owners’ peace of mind.

Friday, August 16, 2019

This System Can Double Your Available Parking Space in Just 5 Days

With the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) moving to clear Metro Manila streets of obstructions to relieve traffic, looking for parking (pay or free) may prove to be more difficult in the future. For condo owners, property developers, and even private individuals who want to add more parking spaces, the easiest way is to creatively use the “air space.”

Chevrolet Produces 500,000th Duramax Diesel Engine in Thailand

GM Powertrain Thailand, General Motors’ (GM) first diesel engine plant in Southeast Asia, recently achieved its 500,000th production milestone since production officially started in 2011. It is the first GM facility in the world to produce the four-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel engine.

Modern PUVs Now in Service in Meycauayan, Bulacan

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) turned over 16 units of its modernized public utility vehicles (PUVs) to Sampol-Bulac-Santa Maria-Meycauayan -Transport Service Cooperative (SBSMM-TSC) at the Activity Center of the City Hall Annex in Barangay Sapang Palay Proper in San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan province last July.

Kia Forte Beats the Honda Civic as Most Appealing Compact Car

The compact car segment, especially in the United States is a crowded one. That’s why it comes as a surprise that Kia managed a major upset as the Forte was named as the most appealing car in its class, beating the likes of the Honda Civic.

Could This be a Glimpse of the Next-Generation Nissan GT-R's Hybrid Powertrain?

Nissan’s move to hybridize high-performance powertrains take a step closer with the completion of track-focused development in Austria. No less than Renault F1 driver Nico Hülkenberg put two Infiniti Project Black S prototypes through their paces at the Salzburgring in Austria.

2019 Mazda CX-5 AWD Diesel: Long-Term Test Update #1

It’s been a while since you last saw our long-termer Mazda CX-5, so we’ll forgive you if you think we’ve forgotten; don’t worry, we haven’t. Our first update comes four months after we introduced this Sonic Silver Diesel Sport AWD as the newest member of our garage, and we’re happy to report that everything’s a-okay.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Maxus Philippines to Offer PWD-Friendly Version of the G10 MPV

Maxus Philippines is making mobility inclusive for everyone, especially for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) that they’re introducing a new variant of their G10 MPV for that very purpose.

Ford Offers to Fix Defective Dual Clutch Transmissions for the United States

Citing customers getting irritated and frustrated by the performance of its Power Shift dual clutch transmission, Ford is trying to earn back the trust of its customers by initiating a set of “customer satisfaction actions” on models equipped with the DPS6 transmission built since the second half of 2015.

Lalamove Rider Partners Now Have Access to Motorcycle Financing

Leading on-demand delivery app Lalamove has sealed a partnership with UnionBank’s thrift arm CitySavings, to provide motorcycle financing for units purchased at its accredited dealer-partners nationwide. Through the partnership, Lalamove partner drivers can enjoy flexible payment options plus rebates when buying Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha motorcycle models.

Lexus Philippines is Set to Introduce the Three-Row 2020 RX L Soon

The wait won’t be long: Lexus is finally set to introduce the three-row RX L to the Philippine market. Using its website (and social media), the Japanese luxury car brand has already started its tease of the refreshed 2020 RX L and its shorter, 5-seater sibling, the RX.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Buy an Isuzu mu-X, Get a KTM Motorcycle and a P 50,000 Discount

During the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), one of the hottest offers was a free KTM motorcycle with every purchase of an Isuzu mu-X. Well, that promo’s back and now it covers both the mu-X SUV and D-Max pickup truck.

Suzuki is Now the Fourth Best-Selling Brand in the Philippines

Just when you thought Suzuki Philippines was firing on all cylinders, they pulled off yet another milestone: they’re now the fourth-selling brand in the country.

The 2020 Mazda3's Attention to Detail Extends to One Peculiar Thing: Chimes

In case you missed it, one of the most anticipated new cars in 2019 has just dropped in: the all-new 2020 Mazda3. After months of being MIA from distributor Bermaz Auto Philippines’s line-up, it’s back with two engine choices, two body styles, and five variants.

Toyota's Bringing the GR Supra on a Nationwide Tour

Curious about the 2020 Toyota GR Supra? Perhaps you’d like to see it in person, or perhaps you’d like to pose a selfie with it? For one week, Toyota Motor Philippines is helping you fulfill your #cargoals as they bring their flagship sportscar on a nationwide tour.

Blade's CarMazing Mega Sale Can Save You Up to 50 Percent in Accessories This Weekend

South Manila peeps, rejoice! If you find yourself looking for car accessories, head over to Blade Auto Center’s Festival Mall store in Alabang for their all-out CarMazing mega sale this weekend.

10 Millionth MINI Rolls Off the Assembly Line

As Mini continues to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the brand has achieved a new feat as the ten millionth Mini produced globally since 1959 rolled off the assembly line.

For the Price of a Vios, A Tuning Shop Can Make Your Toyota GR Supra Manual Dreams Come True

One of the major beefs people have (including us) with the 2020 Toyota GR Supra is that it’s made of BMW parts. Well, apparently relying on German technology has one unexpected perk: you can have it with a manual transmission.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Honda Cars Philippines Says It Has Fixed All BR-Vs with Fuel Pump Issues

Honda Cars Philippines has finally reached out regarding the issue surrounding the fuel pump installed in some BR-Vs.

Here are the Specs, Prices, and Features of the 2020 Mazda3 (w/ 22 Photos, Specs)

After a lengthy tease, drives on the racetrack, and even a design appreciation (and photography) course, Mazda Philippines is finally making available the all-new 2020 Mazda3 compact car. Available with two engines, two body styles, and five variants, it’s aiming for a class-above look and feel with prices starting at P 1.295 million and topping out at P 1.590 million.

The 2020 Audi Q2 is Here and It's Packing More Features Now

Audi Philippines has brought in the 2020 Q2. Dubbed “untaggable” because of its genre-blending characteristics, this urban-centric crossover brings additional features while still keeping its virtue of chic style and high levels of functionality.

Review: 2019 Volkswagen Lamando 280 TSI SEL

Some say, Volkswagen isn’t trying hard enough with its Matryoshka doll styling. From Santana to Lamando, they’re basically the same shape, enlarged or reduced depending on the requirement of the segment it finds itself in. That said, there’s also something oddly pleasing at seeing what’s essentially the same looking car in small, medium, and large sizes.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Hyundai Philippines is the Official Eco-Tourism Mobility Partner of Mutya Pilipinas 2019

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., is the official eco-tourism mobility provider of the Mutya Pilipinas 2019. A fleet of 14-seater Hyundai H350 luxury vans will transport the 40 Mutyas (“muse” or “darling” in Filipino) and organizers during the entire course of pageant activities. The Mutya Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night is scheduled on August 18 at SM MOA Arena and will be broadcast via ABS-CBN.

Subaru is Offering Dirt-Repellent, Vegan-Friendly Seats in the 2020 Outback

Subaru is doubling-down on the image of its owners being the outdoorsy type by offering a third interior trim option for its 2020 Outback that’s made of water-repellent material.