Wednesday, July 18, 2018

AVID Sales Down 11 Percent in First Half of 2018; Bullish on EVs and Hybrids for Second Half

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) sales momentum waned by 11 percent  as it reported 43,138 units sold in the first half of 2018 from 48,344 units sold for the comparable period in 2017.

2019 Toyota Supra to Be Offered with Both Turbo 4-Cylinder and 6-Cylinder Engines

The Goodwood Festival of Speed has come and gone and people were slightly disappointed that they didn’t see the 2019 Toyota Supra in all its glory. Yes, it did do the hill climb, but it was still sporting the geometric camouflage, so a bit of a bummer there. But, some tidbits about Toyota’s upcoming sportscar did come out courtesy of Road & Track.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Review: 2018 Mercedes-Benz B 180 Urban

Despite what other people say, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class is one likeable car. It’s not perfect, but after some days in it, it’s easy to prefer it over its more stylish sibling, the GLA-Class. While it fulfills a very particular niche—one whose needs center around a car with comfort, space, and one that carries a premium brand; it shouldn’t matter. In the end, it’s a sorted little number that deserves a look because it appeals to the sensibilities more than it does to the senses.

Hyundai Dream Centre Philippines Boosts Capacity with Tiered Training Program

Hyundai Dream Centre Philippines (HDCP) is equipping its first batch of scholars with world-class skills in automotive technology and vehicle maintenance. Through the HDCP, partners Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), Plan International, and Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), aim to elevate the skills of the local workforce, broaden opportunities for underprivileged youth to begin productive careers in the automotive industry and, ultimately, boost Philippine competitiveness on the regional and global stages.

Hino Launches Euro IV Trucks and Buses in Visayas Region

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the country recently launched its fleet of Euro IV trucks and buses in Cebu, the Queen City of the South.

Caltex Philippines Combats Rising Gas Prices with Various Initiatives

From discount lanes for public utility vehicles (PUVs) to rewards points for dining and shopping—Caltex combats the rising gas prices by giving motorists the most benefits per liter.

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), continues to reward the loyalty of its patrons and give back to Filipinos with year-round projects that open opportunities for disadvantaged people.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Refreshed 2018 Hyundai Grand Starex Has Landed (w/ Brochure)

The refreshed 2018 Hyundai Grand Starex is now here. Tucked quietly in the company’s latest price list, the best-selling van gets a nip and tuck better equipping it to do battle with other full-sized vans in the market.

This Pair of Glasses Will Help Eliminate Motion Sickness (w/ Video)

Many people will not be able to experience the romance of travel because of a condition called kinetosis or more commonly known as motion sickness. In Europe, over 30 million people are affected by this chronically and 33 percent have experienced it at least once in their life. Well, this affliction may become a thing of the past as Citroën, the French carmaker is presenting a pair of glasses that can combat motion sickness.

2019 Toyota Vios Public Launch Party Sold Out

Hoping to score tickets to the Toyota Must Fest? Unfortunately, you’re out of luck. The event, which serves as the public debut of the 2019 Vios has reached its full capacity after 120,000 unique users logged into the Toyota Music Fest server after just 2 days.

BMW Philippines Launches Supercar-Beating 2018 M5 (w/ 23 Photos, Full Specs)

SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation launches the most sporting executive sedan in the world: the all-new 2018 BMW M5. Dubbed “the supercar with four doors,” the BMW M5 features extremely high levels of performance wrapped around a highly-practical sedan body. Best news of all? It’s priced at just half of a typical supercar with the same level of performance.

JMC Offers A Safer Modern Jeepney Equipped with ABS

JMC, through its authorized importer and distributor, Global Autodistribution, Inc. (GAI) is showcasing its vision for the modern jeepney through the N700 Modern Jeepney. Based off the JMC 4-wheeler light truck, it was shown to the public for the first time at the Philippine Bus & Truck 2018 Exhibit at the SMX Convention Center.

Suzuki Philippines Continues Expansion Outside Metro Manila

Suzuki Philippines (SPH) further strengthens its market presence outside Metro Manila with back-to-back expansion initiatives in the CALABARZON and Ilocos regions.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Same Problems Plague DOTr and LTO in 2017 According to COA Report

Around a week after the Commission on Audit (COA) released their findings regarding the Philippine National Police, particularly its purchase of Mahindra patrol vehicles, now it’s the Department of Transportation (DOTr)’s turn to get scrutinized. And while there have been some improvements over at the DOTr, the same problems still plague this government agency.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Here's How You Go Through Floods Safely

At 800 millimeters, some SUVs and pickup trucks have impressive water wading capabilities right off the bat. And while that gives you an extra layer of protection when tackling flash floods, these vehicles aren’t impervious.

Ranger Leads Ford Philippines Sales in June

Ford Philippines announced that June retail sales rose slightly from the previous month to 2,114 vehicles, led by their big three: Ranger, EcoSport, and Everest.

The 2018 Subaru Levorg 1.6 GT-S is the Enthusiast's Car for Real Life

Where’s the fun if your car just sits in the garage 90 percent of time, immobile, just because it’s impractical. Where’s the fun if the only place you can drive it is on the open highway because the city roads can’t give you the feel that you crave? The fun in driving starts with a car that has the power to be pushed to its limits, but remains relevant and functional for everyday life. This is where the Subaru Levorg comes in (read here for our in-depth review).

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Hyundai, Nissan, and Ford Exchange Friendly Jabs on Twitter

Friendly Twitter jabs are pretty commonplace in countries like the US, but thanks to entrepreneur Mark Parian’s tweet, the first-ever exchange of Twitter barbs between Philippine-based automotive firms happened just a few days ago.

Kia Would Like to Remind You: PMS Isn't Just an Oil Change

Many people think that regular oil changes are enough to keep a car running like new. Well, Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines would like to remind everyone that car maintenance isn’t just a regular oil change.

The Tata Nano is Dead

The world’s cheapest new car is dead; love live the Tata Nano. After grabbing the headlines with its USD 3,500 (~ PHP 187,000) price tag, the Nano simply failed to create a mobility movement in its home country of India. And close to a decade later, Tata is ready to call it quits on this radical and interesting experiment.

CTEK's PRO Chargers Help Workshops Deal with Complex Car Electronics

CTEK, the makers behind the world’s smartest battery charging system takes a step up with the introduction of its new Professional Charging Series line. Recognizing the increased innovation in today’s vehicles, the demands of the modern workshop has also evolved.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thailand Launches 2019 Ford Everest with Raptor Power, Added Features (w/ 11 Photos)

Thailand is seeing the 2019 Everest hit showrooms today. Refreshed inside and out, it carries a revamped drivetrain (one of which is shared with the Ranger Raptor) that promises to make it quieter and more efficient than ever before.

Improve Handling, Increase Suspension Life for As Little as P 5,000

Designed to compensate for any irregularities in the road surface (including, naturally, massive Manila potholes) and keep the vehicle at a predetermined height and support added weight without sagging, springs play a big part in a vehicle’s suspension system.

Volvo Philippines Says XC60 Now Readily Available at All Dealerships

Recently named World Car of the Year 2018 at the New York Auto Show, the new Volvo XC60 midsize SUV can now be seen in Volvo showrooms and pop-up stores nationwide. “We initially could only bring in limited volumes of the XC60 due to high international demand. But we now have the volume to serve our discerning Volvo clientele,” says Volvo sales head Froilan Valencia.

This Is How a P 56.4 Million Nissan GT-R Looks Like

A week ago, Nissan and Italdesign previewed the GT-R50 by Italdesign, a super-limited run supercar that commemorates the 50th anniversary of both the GT-R and Italdesign. It’s basically the brutally fast NISMO GT-R in a handcrafted Italian suit. And now, a few days before its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom, Nissan has finally revealed just how many will be made and how much it’ll cost.
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