Monday, August 10, 2020

Toyota Restyled the 2021 Corolla Cross Already

It may also be sourced from Thailand, but Toyota Vietnam was quick to offer a fix for the 2021 Corolla Cross’s styling as evidenced by the Vietnam Domestic Market (VDM?) version.

Subaru's Safety-Minded Vehicles are Getting a P200k Discount This Month

Motor Image Pilipinas, Inc. (MIP), the exclusive distributor of Subaru in the Philippines, has been keeping families safe before, now and always. Once the confidence of driving a Subaru is discovered, that trust is passed down to generations.

The Land Rover Defender's Shape is Not Unique Enough

After Jaguar Land Rover discontinued the Defender in 2016, British chemicals giant Ineos and its billionaire Jim Ratcliffe wanted to come up with a modern replacement. With those plans looming closer to production, the British carmaker saw that as a threat to its heritage, and tried to register the shape of both the short wheelbase Defender 90 and long wheelbase Defender 110. Ultimately, they have lost the case.

Geely's Coupe SUV is Headed to Global Markets

Buried in a line talking about the jointly-developed Geely Volvo CMA platform’s sales milestone is a hint as to what could be another Geely vehicle headed to the Philippines. In case you missed it, here’s the paragraph again, but this time, we’ve highlighted it for full effect:

Hyundai Spins Off "Ioniq" Into a New Brand

Just like it spun off “Genesis” from being a single model to a full-blown line-up, Hyundai has just announced that they’re doing the same with “Ioniq.” This time, the Ioniq brand is their dedicated battery electric vehicle brand.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Ford Bronco Could Come to the Philippines in 2023

In the next episode of, “will they or won’t they,” Ford seems to have changed their mind with regards to export plans surrounding its much-anticipated Bronco SUV.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Toyota Motor PH Confirms Hybrid Power, 161 mm of Ground Clearance for 2021 Corolla Cross

Toyota Motor Philippines’s much anticipated guppy, I mean, car is finally confirmed to arrive with hybrid power. In a teaser post it posted on Facebook, the lazily-badged Corolla Cross compact crossover is coming to the country in hybrid guise (see the post below). With that, the Corolla Cross becomes the second Corolla-badged model to receive Toyota’s fourth-generation gasoline-hybrid engine.

No Joke: Get the 2020 Suzuki Dzire GA for Less Than P 525k This August

Despite the re-implementation of MECQ in some parts of the country, Suzuki Philippines says its programs and promos are all on-going including their home test drive program and additional discounts on its entry-level Dzire sub-compact sedan.

Toyota Still Made a Profit Despite the Pandemic

Despite plunging sales amid the coronavirus pandemic, Toyota Motor Corporation still managed to squeeze out a profit in the latest quarter. Toyota’s results come as all other major Japanese players—Nissan, Honda, Subaru, Mazda, and Mitsubishi slumped to quarterly operating losses in the April to June period.

Honda Cars PH Lends Out Vehicles to Front Liners Anew

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has lent out anew 18 cars to various medical facilities in Laguna and Cavite. This is in support of the transportation needs of medical health workers, with the recent re-implementation of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

Friday, August 7, 2020

The All-New Land Rover Defender Has Arrived and You (Sadly) Have to Pay a Bit More to Get One

The wait is now over. After a seven-month pre-selling tease, Land Rover Philippines has announced the arrival of the all-new Defender. An icon re-imagined for the 21st century, the Defender is built for adventurous hearts and curious minds.

Chery Auto PH Brings in the Most Affordable EV in the Country With the 2020 Arrizo 5e

Crossover specialist Chery Auto, distributed locally by United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (UAAGI), is crossing over to a new genre—not just for them, but for the whole Philippine car industry.

Kia Shows Off the 2021 Sonet Small SUV

Kia has finally taken the wraps off its new small SUV: the Sonet. To be sold in India first, the Korean carmaker has recently confirmed that it’ll make its way to other global markets soon thereafter.

Isuzu PH Opens Pagadian Showroom, Its Third "New Look" Dealership

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) continues its expansion and dealer modernization efforts with the recent opening of its 43rd  dealership, and its third Isuzu Outlet Standardization (IOS) dealership facility, this time in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur.

Have a Safer Payment Experience with PayMaya

With stricter quarantine measures re-imposed in parts of the country once again, many will be relying on delivery services for their everyday essential needs. To help ensure the safety of delivery riders, PayMaya is encouraging them to use contactless payments via PayMaya QR in partner merchants, which will also give them additional benefits and rewards as well.

Honda Cars Angeles-Clark is Carmaker's 2019 Dealer of the Year

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. mounted its first-ever online Dealer Conference to honor the achievements of its dealerships. As part of the new normal, the annual recognition event was shared to the 34 dealers nationwide through an online platform.

Mitsubishi Motors Chairman Resigns

There’s a shake up atop the management of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC). The Japanese carmaker announced that Osamu Masuko resigned today as chairman of the board and representative executive officer of MMC due to health reasons. 

After a Lengthy Delay, the 370Z is Finally at Select Nissan PH Showrooms Right Now

After a 128-day delay, Nissan Philippines is now announcing that its 370Z sportscar is now available at selected dealers nationwide starting today.

This P 3.22 Million Bottle of Whisky is an Aston Martin Collaboration

Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Aston Martin have unveiled their first collaborative creation: the Black Bowmore DB5 1964. With only 25 bottles for sale, this will be an exceptionally rare bottle of single malt whisky.

The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross is One Sloppy Piece of Design

The Corolla Cross is coming very soon, and with that Toyota Motor Philippines is finally going to devour on a piece of the compact crossover pie. And while spec and pricing details will certainly leak before its launch, let’s talk about one thing: just how sloppy the design is.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Apparently, the Toyota Prius C is Still Around and It Gets the Gazoo Racing Treatment

Pardon me if I sit here, stunned. Apparently, the Toyota Prius c (aka Aqua) is still pretty much a thing in Japan that the carmaker just gave it the trendy Gazoo Racing treatment.

In an Asia First, Nissan Philippines Launches Virtual Showroom

Nissan in the Philippines has enhanced its digital strategy with the introduction of the brand’s first virtual showroom in the Asia & Oceania region, giving customers immersive online access to the current Nissan line-up. 

Toyota Motor PH is Discounting the Fortuner and Hilux This August

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) finds ways to keep the country moving forward and with that continues with their Restart Your Journey promo until the end of August.

The McLaren F1 is Now Officially Worth P 1 Billion

The 1992 McLaren F1 was something that world had never seen before. And, until Gordon Murray delivered the new T.50, it’s something we never expected to see again. It was a car made completely without compromise, perhaps why it is now one of the most sought-after cars in the world.

You Wouldn't Want to Curb These New Optional BBS Wheels for the Mazda3

When Mazda first released information on their North America-exclusive Mazda3 Turbo, they didn’t give much detail except for the output of its force-fed 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine. As it gets closer to its launch States side, the Japanese carmaker has released more info, more photos, and a list of appearance packages they’re making available.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Get Selected Jaguar and Land Rover Models at Zero Percent Interest for 5 Years

All British Cars (ABC), the sole authorized dealership of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles announces a five-year zero percent interest offer on selected vehicles until the end of August.

Save P 1,085 with This Limited Edition CTEK Car Battery Charger Bundle

If you’re thinking of buying a CTEK battery charger, now would be a good time as the official distributor has brought back their CTEK MXS 5.0 Value Pack. Best of all? You can now get it online via Lazada.

Gordon Murray's New T.50 Supercar is Lighter Than a MX-5, But Comes with 663 Horsepower

Taking a very different approach compared to typical supercars with their fancy electronics or complicated hybrid or even turbo tech, Gordon Murray is showing off his ground-breaking T.50 in full for the very first time, and naturally from the man behind the McLaren F1, it’s mighty impressive.

Face Shield Required on All Forms of Public Transport Starting August 15

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will now be requiring face shields for everyone taking public transportation starting August 15, 2020.

Zap Those Germs Away with Chery's Free UV Disinfection Lamp

In a rather unique promo (and one that pretty much sums up the current situation), Chery Auto Philippines is giving away a free UV disinfection lamp for every new vehicle sold until August 31, 2020.

Former Toyota Man Jim Farley to Head Ford Motor Company Effective October

Ford Motor Company today announced that Jim Hackett, who has led the company’s transformation since 2017, plans to retire from the company. Jim Farley has been named the company’s new president and CEO and will join the board of directors, effective October 1.

Geely, Volvo Co-Developed CMA Platform Reaches Sales Milestone

Geely Auto has announced that its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) has reached a new sales milestone by hitting 600,000 cumulative sales at the end of July.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Last Call for the Honda Civic RS at Just P 1.276M this August

This August, Honda Cars Philippines is announcing the last call on its “Great Deals, Brighter Tomorrow” promo which sees discounts of up to P 300,000.

LTFRB Urges Private Companies to Use Grounded PUVs During MECQ

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board or LTFRB is urging private companies to use public utility vehicles (PUVs) grounded during the MECQ as company shuttles.

LTO Still Wants to Implement Automated Motor Vehicle Inspection

The Department of Transportation and the Land Transportation Office-Philippines (LTO) are fast-tracking the operationalization of private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVICs) to cater to the vehicle inspection need of owners as requirement for registration.

Look: The 2020 Land Rover Defender Already Conquered the Jungle Base Off-Road Trail

After previewing it last December alongside the refreshed Land Rover Discovery Sport, Coventry Motors Corporation, the exclusive distributor of the iconic British premium SUV brand joins the rest of Asia in officially welcoming the all-new Defender this August.

Under Stricter MECQ, Back Riding Even For Non-Couples is Allowed

The lack of public transportation during the National Capital Region’s shift back to MECQ (Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine) means that motorcycle back riding has now been allowed even if the riders aren’t related.

Isuzu PH Quietly Upgrades Entry-Level D-Max LS for 2020

Isuzu Philippines has quietly upgraded its D-Max LS for the 2020 model year with a new wheel and tire package for better handling.

Get the Kia Sportage or Sorento This Month with Zero Interest for 5 Years

Kia Philippines is extending its “Worth the Drive Deals” this August and with that offers flexible offers such as cash discounts, low downpayments, low monthly amortization, or zero percent interest.

Toyota Motor PH on Current Economic Situation: This Will Be Our Finest Moment

Toyota celebrates 32 years of operations in the Philippines on a very hopeful note, highlighted by the recent launch of its new 2020 Toyota Vios. As the country starts to recover from the challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) renews its partnership with the Filipino people in its pursuit of nation building.

MG Philippines Recognized as One of the World's Best

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), exclusive distributor of MG in the Philippines, received the Five Star Distributor award—the highest recognition among all international MG distributors—at the recent 2020 MG Overseas Dealers and Distributors Conference held online last July 27, 2020. In attendance of the online, cloud-based event were various MG distributors from over eighty (80) countries where MG is available. 

Monday, August 3, 2020

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Joins the 200-Horsepower Club

Toyota’s long-serving Land Cruiser Prado gets an update for 2021 giving it a more powerful engine and added safety features.

Mazda Introduces a New Engine Called e-Skyactiv-G

Mazda sure had us fooled. After introducing it as their first full electric vehicle (EV), the freestyle doored MX-30 is arriving as a self-charging hybrid for selected market in the next few months.

LTO Gives Expiring Motor Vehicle Registrations Up to September 30 to Renew

With several major parts of the Philippines going back to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) starting tomorrow, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued a new advisory which further extends the registration renewal for vehicles expiring in June, July, and August 2020.

Review: 2020 Mazda6 2.5 Turbo Signature

Just when you thought all the stories about the Mazda6 could be told, Mazda Philippines brought in what could be considered as this generation’s, “Mi Ultimo Adios”—the sedan fitted with the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-Turbo engine. While it doesn’t drastically alter the general formula, it does manage to unlock additional miles in the segment’s already most fun-to-drive executive car.

As NCR Goes Back to MECQ, Here's a Reminder of What It Looks Like for the Transport Sector

Answering the plea of those in the medical community, the Philippine government has opted to bring back the National Capital Region (NCR), Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan back to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine or MECQ starting on Tuesday, August 4 to Tuesday, August 18, 2020. With that, it’s best to be reminded with regards to the transportation sector:

Sunday, August 2, 2020

How Terriyaki Burgers Inspired Honda to Design a New Kind of Seat Fabric

Those who eat in their cars know that oil stains are a bitch to remove. The moment that French fry or chicken nugget hits the car seat, it’s game over. Not only do they turn unsightly, but they leave odors which turn that new car smell into something closer to that of your favorite fast food place. And while carmakers have experimented with water-repellant fabrics, these aren’t enough to prevent greasy food, or their remnants from penetrating into the car seat. That is until now.

Conquer the Roads with the Hyundai Kona

Good looks can only get you so far in life, even in cars. It’s so easy to be enamored with a vehicle’s aesthetics to the point that it has also become easy to look the other way if the performance isn’t up to par.

Goodyear Tires are Now Sold on Lazada PH

The latest automotive brand to join Lazada’s growing portfolio is Goodyear. Starting today, you can purchase brand-new Goodyear passenger car, SUV, and light-duty truck tires from the comfort of your own home.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Please Don't Use Alcohol or Bleach to Clean Your Car's Interior

While it’s true that we should all prioritize our own health and safety, we should also consider the effect disinfectants can have on our cars, especially the interior. With that, it’s just as important that we invest in the right sort of cleaning solution and/or agent.