Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ferrari Philippines Launches 812 Superfast (w/ Specs)

The Ferrari 812 Superfast officially made its debut in Philippines today, after one year, since its International Premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2017.

44 Percent of Hyundai Philippines' Q1 2018 Sales is Just One Model

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the country bucks the TRAIN trend and actually grows passenger car sales for the first quarter of 2018.

Alabang, General Santos are Ford's Top Dealers for 2017

Ford Philippines recognized its top performing dealers at the recent Ford Annual Dealer Convention held at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang attended by Ford executives, dealer principals, and their respective team members.

The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Can Also Do Deliveries

The Toyota Land Cruiser has become the quintessential ride of VIPs, politicians, and drug lords (both exclusive and mutual), but in the United Kingdom, it’s now known as a delivery van?!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Foton Philippines Unveils Next-Generation Tractor Head (w/ Specs)

United Asia Automotive Group (UAAGI), the official distributor of Foton vehicles in the country, unveiled the Foton Energy Super Truck or EST tractor head.

Davaoeño Named One of Best Service Advisors in Southeast Asia

The Chevrolet Philippines Team is composed of (from Left to Right): Harold Fermin, Darwin Paras, Trendy Anne Tamayo, Maribel Pilapil, Darell Poblete, Ely Catacutan.

Chevrolet Training Academy recently conducted a Regional Skills Contest for its top technicians, sales consultants and service advisors from its dealerships in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, and Cambodia at the Chevrolet Training Center in Bangkok.

Vehicle Importers Also Hit with Lower Q1 2018 Sales

The automotive industry suffered a slowdown to the effects of TRAIN. Just as the CAMPI-TMA’s joint report indicates an 8.5 year-to-date (January to March) decrease in sales compared to the same period in 2017, the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors or AVID reports the same.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Alfa Romeo Philippines? Not So Fast Says FCA

After we broke the news about Alfa Romeo’s return to the Philippine market, it seemed too good to be true. And it is. A spokesperson from FCA, the parent company of Alfa Romeo sent us this official statement:

Here is Ford's New Lowered Maintenance Cost for EcoSport, Ranger, and Everest

Last month, Ford Philippines announced a reduction in the price of the Scheduled Service Maintenance aka Periodic Maintenance Service of their three most popular models: the EcoSport, Ranger, and Everest. With the program now rolling out to all authorized Ford dealerships nationwide, Ford has finally provided a more detailed breakdown on a per service interval basis.

Volkswagen Set to Change Logo

Volkswagen is going to change its logo, reports Bloomberg, as the company wants to turn a new chapter after its diesel-cheating scandal. It will be unveiled next year according to Jochen Sengpiehl, the brand’s chief marketing officer in the midst of an aggressive rollout of electric vehicles.

Review: 2018 Mazda CX-9 AWD Sport

The outside temperature gauge read 38 degrees Celsius and the climate control, set at cozy 22 degrees Celsius was struggling with the heat. One starts to wonder: if the CX-9 was already having difficulty maintaining the temperature inside, how much more in the engine bay? Fitted with the first turbocharged Skyactiv-G engine, the engine temperature kept on rising—middle, slightly above middle, and finally three-quarters to red. This impromptu road trip, it seems, could spell vindication or disaster for the much-vaulted Mazda CX-9.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Are You Willing to Buy the World's Only Convertible Toyota FJ Cruiser?

Ever imagine how a Toyota FJ Cruiser would look like as a convertible? Well, wonder no more.

Why Can't Jeepneys Just Use New Engines Under the PUV Modernization?

In a recent Congressional hearing of the Committee on Metro Manila Development chaired by Congressman Winston Castelo, Undersecretary Tim Orbos of the Department of Transportation emphasized that reaching Euro 4 emissions compliance isn’t just about changing engines.

Suzuki Expands to Santiago City, Isabela

Suzuki Philippines (SPH) continues to expand its market footprint outside Metro Manila with the opening of a new 3S dealership in Santiago City, Isabela.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Happlyplus Card Holders to Get Triple Points at Caltex

From April 15 to June 15, 2018, motorists fueling up in participating Caltex stations will receive three times the Happyplus points for every single receipt purchase of P 500 worth of Caltex fuels.

King of Nations Drift Series Heads to Manila in May

The Federal Tires King of Nations ProSeries, the biggest and most highly anticipated international drifting championship event in the world is coming to Manila. Dubbed KONPH2018 (King of Nations PH 2018), the event is slated at the Clark International Speedway from May 25-27, 2018.

Ford Philippines March 2018 Sales Driven by Just 3 Models

Ford Philippines is reporting that the Ranger, EcoSport, and Everest led their March 2018 retail sales accounting for 97 percent of the brand’s total sales. Combined, Ford’s so-called “big three” brought in 1,795 out of 1,951-unit sales for the month.

Manila, Get Ready for Alfa Romeo

This is not a drill. After 25 years of absence from the Philippine market, Alfa Romeo is coming back into the country under a new distributor.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Mazda's Skyactiv-X Wins First Award (And It's Not Even Out in the Market Yet)

Mazda Motor Corporation has been awarded Gold at the Edison Awards for its breakthrough Skyactiv-X compression-ignition engine. Skyactiv-X, the world’s first commercially available compression-ignition engine, took top honors in the Engine Enhancements category, competing against other technologies in automotive, heavy transportation and aerospace industries, among others.

Petron Just Reformulated Their Diesel to Give Up to 20.6 Percent Better Mileage

Petron has had it with the technical mumbo-jumbo. While its competitors are busy marketing highfaluting trademarks and what have you, the country’s largest oil refining and marketing company is looking to improve its fuels’ real-world advantage.

UPDATED: New Excise Tax Reveals Auto Industry Winners and Losers

UPDATE: Vehicle importers (AVID) also suffers loses for Q1 2018 (4/19).

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) (aka the revised excise tax law) has finally reared its ugly head as evidenced in the Q1 2018 joint CAMPI-TMA sales report. The Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturer’s Association (TMA) reports that new automobile sales are down 8.5 percent year-to-date (January to March 2018 versus January to March 2017).

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