Friday, January 17, 2020

The Hyundai Kona is Now a Guinness World Record Holder

The Hyundai Kona has earned its place in the Guinness World Records by breaking the world record for the highest altitude climb done in a fully electric vehicle or EV.

Mazda Philippines Recalling Selected 2020 Mazda3, CX-30 for Smart Braking System

Bermaz Auto Philippines (BAP), the exclusive distributor of Mazda in the Philippines has confirmed that selected units of the 2020 Mazda3 and 2020 CX-30 are part of a global recall due to the inadvertent activation of the Smart Braking System (SBS) automatic emergency braking system.

Porsche Plops in a 394-horsepower Flat-6 into the 718 Boxster and Cayman

After fiddling with a turbocharged flat-4 in their mid-engine, two-seater line, Porsche is bringing back the flat-6 to a more“regular” 718 Cayman and Boxster with the announcement of the new GTS 4.0.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

4 Reasons Why Filipinos Love Toyota

Filipinos love Toyota. Whether it’s the Vios, Fortuner, or the Hilux—the brand has endeared itself in the hearts and minds of buyers and enthusiasts alike. Above all, it’s become a trusted choice, and for Toyota Motor Philippines it’s all down to one thing: the Toyota Sure Advantage.

Jaguar Land Rover Says This is the Car Seat of the Future

Jaguar Land Rover is developing what they deem to be the car seat of the future—a pioneering shape-shifting system that’s designed to improve comfort and reduce the health risks of sitting down for too long.

Toyota and Hyundai Are in A Race to Make the First Production Flying Car

Toyota and Hyundai are in a race to make the world’s first commercially viable flying car. In two separate announcements, Hyundai partnered with Uber, while Toyota teamed up with Joby Aviation.

2020 Toyota Corolla Altis Scores Perfect 5-Star Rating in ASEAN NCAP

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis scored a perfect 5-star safety rating bestowed by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program or NCAP.

Kia Philippine Sales Soar 124 Percent in 2019

A year after the Kia brand’s re-launch under Ayala Corporation, the Korean carmaker soared reporting a 124 percent year-on-year growth.

Toyota is Launching a Yaris-Based SUV

Toyota is showing the flexibility of its TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) by announcing that they’re coming up with a Hyundai Venue/Nissan Juke rivaling SUV based on the all-new Yaris.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Honda Produces Its 400-Millionth Motorcycle

Since the introduction of the Dream D-Type in 1949, Honda’s 70th anniversary of motorcycle mass-production marks the company’s 400 million-unit milestone for global motorcycle production.

3 Key Things Filipinos Need to Know About Electric Vehicle Ownership

The automotive industry globally is going through a major shift in terms of electric mobility. Locally, the Philippines is undertaking many initiatives in terms of government support and additional infrastructure to cater to this automotive evolution. Also, more consumers are beginning to see the value of electric vehicles and their positive effects on congestion, and noise and air pollution.

Mitsubishi PH Delivers L300, Xpander Units Through Government's Transparent Procurement System

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) recently delivered L300s and Xpander units to the Department of Health (DOH) through the Procurement Service, an attached agency of the Department of Budget and Management.

Could the Philippines Get an Entry-Level Toyota GR Supra?

One year after the debut of its flagship GR Supra, Toyota is now expanding its global offering by making available its A90 with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. This new engine enables the GR Supra to shed around 100 kilograms of weight, while giving it a perfect 50-50 front-to-rear balance.

Driving the Mazda MX-5 Race Car Reminded Me of Dreams That Long Faded

As the Fast and Furious’s only Asian hero, I have to admit: I had fantasies playing Han Lue; after all, who wouldn’t want to lock lips with Gal Gadot while driving a sportscar. Yes sir, I’ve always wanted to get down Han style if I were 20 year younger, 20 pounds lighter, and well, 20 million pesos richer. Sad to say, that dream has faded, and I was pretty content to move on with my life.

Subaru Still Has A Couple of Old Stock Left and the Discounts are Huge

New Year, new Subaru? Well, that’s the gist since distributor Motor Image Pilipinas is giving up to P 350,000 off selected models until the end of the month.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

How the Mazda CX-30 Challenged Automotive Design

As carmakers all give their vehicles a sense of dynamism, Mazda challenged themselves to come up with a design that’s hard to mimic. Thus, from embodying movement, the carmaker has instead embraced Japanese aesthetic. In creating the CX-30, they’ve embodied Yohaku or the beauty of empty space.

Geely to Engineer Cars for Mercedes-Benz's Smart Brand

Mercedes-Benz and Geely announced that they have formally established the global joint venture, Smart Automobile Co., Ltd. after receiving regulatory approvals.

Is Nissan Looking to Divorce Renault?

Is the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance on the brink of collapse? That seems to be the case if these reports from Bloomberg and The Financial Times is to be believed.

Chevrolet, Kia, and Jeep Win at 2020 North American Car of the Year Awards

One of the highlights of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) aka Detroit Motor Show is the awarding of the North American Car, Utility Vehicle, and Truck of the Year. And while the traditional January car show has moved to a new date in June, that didn’t stop the 50-member jury, composed of major US-based consumer and enthusiast publications in selecting this year’s coveted North American Car, Utility Vehicle, and Truck of the Year.

The 2020 Audi A6 is the Upgrade of Upgrades

The all-new 2020 Audi A6 came at a time when the talk of the town was all about SUVs and crossovers. The shift in the spotlight puts focus on a segment that has taken a backseat for a good number of months in the past year: the mid-sized luxury sedan. That being said, the Audi A6 has a lot to be proud of. While it once had the aura that is likened to an accomplished middle-ager, it has since elevated with enhanced sportiness and modernity, keeping the understated elegance Audi is known for, intact. This gives it a bolder, more updated look that opens that A6 to a wider, younger market that is ready for its first upgrade.

Monday, January 13, 2020

You Can Now Book Your Next Victory Liner Trip Online

MovOn, Philippines’ first mobile app for online bus booking, announced together with Victory Liner a memorandum of agreement to provide Victory Liner buses and routes on its platform.

This P 50k Lenovo Laptop is Made for Ducati Super Fans

Attention Ducati fans: there’s a special laptop made just for you. Done in collaboration with Lenovo, the Lenovo Ducati 5 brings together the world of fast motorbikes with fast mobile computing.

How the Mazda CX-8 Embodies Japanese Hospitality

Omotenashi. It’s known the world over as “Japanese hospitality,” but its literal translation gives a much deeper meaning: “Omote” means public face while “Nashi” means nothing. Combining them means every service is from the bottom of the heart—honest and genuine—the very same ideas that describe the Mazda CX-8.

This Nissan Navara Was an Impulse Buy That Transformed Into a 500,000-Kilometer Love Affair

For many people, a car is simply a means of traveling between places. For others it’s statement of style or prosperity. For Richard Hoar, an Australian-based 78-year-old wildlife photographer, it’s his home. Over the decades, his Nissan Navara has become Richard’s companion, a versatile and reliable vehicle that has accompanied him on his life journey.

Four Toyota Mirais Partially Powered U2's Concert in Japan

For those lucky enough to watch U2 at their Tokyo show last month, they’ll be surprised to know that that the concert was partially powered by the hydrogen-fueled Toyota Mirai.

Mitsubishi Philippines to Introduce Outlander PHEV and Set to Install EV Charging Stations at Dealerships

Five Mitsubishi dealerships have just signed on to become the first in the Philippines to offer the charging of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) through a new showroom concept called, “Dendo Drive Station.”

Hyundai Philippines Should Bring in the Venue Small SUV

Hyundai’s smallest crossover to date, the Venue, made an appearance at the Singapore Motor Show last week. It’s a hopeful sign that the Korean carmaker will bring its most affordable crossover to more ASEAN markets, including (fingers crossed) the Philippines.

Suzuki Philippines Sales Increase 21.17 Percent in 2019

Suzuki Philippines solidified its strong performance with a 21.17-percent increase in 2019. The consistent boost in sales was the realization of the company’s aggressive sales and marketing efforts throughout the year reflecting the performance of the Ertiga, Vitara, and Celerio.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Subaru and STI Come Up with Their Own "GT" Models in Japan

How’s this for a plot twist. Motor Image may have been the first one to come up with their own special GT Edition models like the Forester GT Edition and the Subaru XV GT Edition, but Subaru Corporation’s now doing the same.

The Honda Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser 2020 Re-imagines the EK9 Type R for the Modern Era

1990s nostalgia kicks into high gear over at Honda’s display at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2020. Reviving the classic Civic Type R EK9, Honda Access has given it a contemporary makeover and a badass name: Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser 2020.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Is the Recent PH Price Increase of the Honda Civic Type R Indicative That a Third Batch is Coming?

Ushering in 2020, Honda Cars Philippines upped the price of the Civic Type R. From P 2.980 million, the hot hatch’s price goes up P 200,000 to P 3.180 million. With the refreshed model debuting at the Tokyo Auto Salon, could this price be indicative that Honda is ready to bring yet another batch of Civic Type Rs into the country?

68 Percent of Ford Philippines's 2019 Sales is Because the Ranger

Despite some hefty competition in the pickup truck segment, Ford Philippines says its Ranger saw full-year retail sales rising 27 percent to 14,759 units. This brings the brand’s full-year retail sales to 21,900 units.

The 2020 Mazda CX-30's OE Body Kit Starts at P 160K in Japan

At this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, Mazda has finally released the first OE body kit for its CX-30 crossover. Known collectively as the “Signature Style” package, it’s designed to enhance the Mazda design ethos while giving it a bit of personal flair.

Upcoming Subaru Levorg to Debut Electronic Dampers, Driver Mode Selector

The all-new, second-generation Levorg is inching closer to production as Subaru showcased a version massaged by in-house tuner STI at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Subaru Philippines to Veer Away from Heavy Discounting, to Focus on Brand Strength to Sell

This year, Motor Image is turning a new leaf in the Philippines, and will finally do away with aggressive discounting which have hurt its brand image somewhat. For 2020 onwards, the exclusive distributor of Subaru across 11 markets in Asia will instead focus on one aspect: safety.

The Toyota GR Yaris is a 272-horsepower Rally Car for the Road (w/ Specs, Video)

Toyota finally pulled the covers off its high-performance GR Yaris—a homologation model born to win the FIA World Rally Championship. Learning from competing in the WRC, Toyota developed the GR Yaris together with Tommi Mäkinen and will be produced to a tune of at least 25,000 units over a 12-month period.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Toyota Starts Own Heritage Parts Program with Supra

After Mazda and Nissan got into the re-manufacture of parts for heritage cars, Toyota is now going to do the same, and the first one to benefit from Gazoo Racing’s Heritage Parts Project? The A70 and A80 Supra.

Subaru Predicts 30 Percent Increase in Sales Thanks to New Models Including the 7-Seater Evoltis and More GT Edition Models

Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the Philippines has made a bold prediction regarding its sales this year. They project that thanks to a slew of new product introductions, sales will increase by 30 percent compared to 2019 levels.

Here's the Subaru Forester Ultimate Customized Kit Special

Motor Image came out with a one-of-a-kind tuner special featuring the Forester SUV. The name? The Forester Ultimate Customized Kit Special or FUCKS Edition. No kidding.

It's Confirmed: Subaru is Bringing the Forester e-BOXER to the Philippines

Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles across 11 markets in Asia has confirmed: they are bringing the Forester e-BOXER to the Philippines. This move makes Subaru the first brand to offer a mainstream gasoline-electric hybrid SUV.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Nissan Executives Brought Down Ghosn Because of Possible Renault Merger

In Carlos Ghosn’s first press conference after fleeing Japan for Lebanon, he pointed the figure squarely at other Nissan executives for orchestrating his downfall while saying that all allegations against him for financial misconduct are untrue.

Subaru Forester is Safest Small SUV Tested in 2019

The Subaru Forester has made it to the list of the safest cars made for the year according to the European New Car Assessment Program or Euro NCAP. It was named the “Best in the Class Cars of 2019” in the Small Off-Road / MPV category.

Nissan's e-4ORCE is the Spiritual Successor to the GT-R's ATTESA All-Wheel Drive System

Nissan’s ATTESA or Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-Terrain is famous for its application in the GT-R supercar among others. Well, the Japanese automaker just showed off its most direct successor and its name? e-4ORCE.

The Refreshed 2020 Impreza Finally Gets One Feature That Subaru Owners Really, Really, Really Want

For all of Subaru’s advanced set of features—from its direct-injected Boxer engine to its EyeSight driver assist system most owners lament one thing: the lack of speed-sensing door locks. Well, the seemingly eternal wait is over as this feature’s finally coming to Subaru models starting with the 2020 Impreza.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Nissan to Continue Case Against Former Chairman Despite His Escape

Nissan has released an official statement after Carlos Ghosn’s escape to Lebanon without the knowledge of Japanese officials. Here it is in full:

Hyundai Confirms Hybrid Version of Santa Fe and Tucson are Coming

Hyundai is tired of being an industry follower and has decided that 2020 will be the start of their quest to become an industrial leader.

Tired of Building Cars, Toyota Will Now Build a City

Today, Toyota revealed plans to build a prototype city of the future on a 71-hectare site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Called the Woven City, it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Victory Liner Continues Fleet Modernization with 50 New Hyundai Buses

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), has strengthened its longtime partnership with one of the largest provincial bus companies in the country, Victory Liner, Inc. (VLI). HARI recently delivered 50 brand-new Hyundai Universe buses as part of the bus company’s upgrading program.

The Honda BR-V is Cheaper Than the Mobilio This Month

Didn’t get a brand-new Honda last December? Well, don’t worry since Honda Cars Philippines has extended its “Cheers for Deals” promo this January. The deals include the BR-V which drops its price to a tad above a million pesos making it even more affordable than the Mobilio RS!

The All-New 2020 Aura Could Be a Replacement for the Hyundai Eon

Hyundai’s i10 is positioned to be the smallest member of their automotive family, but that didn’t stop the Korean automaker from coming up with a sedan sibling to keep it company. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Hyundai Aura.