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October 30, 2016

Suzuki's Super Carry is a Must for Cost-Conscious Businesses (w/ Brochure)

Budding entrepreneurs and cost-conscious businesses have a new ally in the all-new Suzuki Super Carry. Launched by Suzuki Philippines (SPH), the Super Carry is poised to bring the brand to even greater heights after posting an 11-percent growth year-on-year so far.

Google Maps Integrates Uber, Grab

Google Maps is introducing a nifty update that makes it a lot easier to book an Uber or Grab right away.

October 28, 2016

13 Reasons Why the Jeep Renegade is the Cheekiest Crossover, Ever

The Jeep Renegade is probably the cheekiest car I’ve ever tested and it’s proof that Americans (with a little help from the Italians, of course) can make a car with more interesting design details than all the other competitors in its class put together. And while I’ll be reserving my verdict on the Renegade for another time (I have almost a week of seat time left), I just can’t help but share the excitement with all of you.

Free Fuel Among Many Perks from Caltex This 'Undas' Season

As thousands of motorists hit the road this Undas, Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex brand of top-quality fuels and lubricants, is providing free vehicle checkup, motorists assistance, emergency response, extra rewards points, and even free tank-full of fuel with their exciting Liter Lottery Promo.

Petron Helps Travelers This 'Undas' Season

As part of its 30-year Petron Lakbay Alalay motorist assistance program, the country’s leading oil company will be undertaking its Lakbay Undas  activities from October 28 to November 1, 2016, at designated Petron service stations along major thoroughfares. Petron employee-volunteers will be providing roadside assistance at Petron service stations that serve as motorists’ pit stops on their journey and visit to the cemeteries during this travel season.

Motul is Title Sponsor of 2016 Sepang 12 Hours

The French oil and lubricant specialist, Motul, has signed up to become the title sponsor of the Sepang 12 Hours—the final race of the inaugural edition of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the premier global GT championship organized and promoted by the SRO Motorsports Group.

October 26, 2016

Mercedes-Benz's Concept X-Class is a Vindication That The NP300 Navara is Good

Out there, Nissan is toasting to the vindication of their NP300 Navara platform as it finally wears a badge you’d least expect: Mercedes-Benz. That’s right, after going through almost every conceivable luxury niche, the world’s biggest premium automotive brand is now lending its badge to the pickup segment and the Concept X-Class gives the world a glimpse of what to expect.

Maxliner Offers Spill Protection

Spills, especially in the trunk or cargo area, are certainly a hassle costing you money and if you are obsessive-compulsive, the cleanliness of your vehicle. Thankfully, there is a solution and it comes from the folks over at Maxliner.

Muntinlupa is Philippines' E-Jeepney Capital

Muntinlupa City is fast shaping up as the greenest city in the country, its reputation built around its advocacy to deploy electric jeepneys in various sites in the city. Along this line, they can already stake claim to the title of the “E-Jeepney Capital of the Philippines”. For after all, it has the most number of Electric Jeepneys running in one city, thanks to the efforts of the local government unit and the private sector alike.

October 25, 2016

First Drive: 2017 Honda BR-V 1.5 V Navi

On paper, the Honda BR-V looks like a Frankenstein product: part Mobilio, part CR-V, part Jazz. It’s not supposed to make sense, but in reality it does. Honda perfectly knows that the small crossover segment is fast growing and they figured that the best way to capitalize on that popularity is to merge it with yet another strong segment in the industry: the 7-seater MPV. The end result is a 7-seater crossover that doesn’t really push the limits of imagination, but still manages to live up to expectations.

October 22, 2016

BYD Philippines Refreshes F0 for 2017

BYD Philippines is giving their F0 sub B-segment hatchback a refresh just in time for its third anniversary celebration. Shown next to the all-new S7, the stylish and young F0 gives an exterior refresh along with more standard convenience features.

This New SUV Uses Volvo's New Platform (And It's Not Branded a Volvo)

You’re looking at the first application of Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). Oddly enough, it’s not underpinning a Volvo 60-series or XC40; it’s underpinning this new SUV from a brand-new carmaker: Lynk & Co.

Volkswagen Philippines Child Safety Initiative Successfully Launched

After successful runs in Metro Manila and key cities in Luzon since its April 2015 launch, Volkswagen Philippines’ award-winning Child Safety Initiative (CSI) campaign has crossed over to the Visayas region, and launched on October 15 at Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

Kia K2700 Offers New Body Styles for Business Needs

Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines, brings its brand’s workhorse, the K-Series commercial truck closer to institutions around the metro.
The Kia K2700 is the latest generation of Kia’s long-standing K-series commercial trucks. The latest models proudly show off the truck’s different abilities to customers who will surely find a variant that will work best for their business needs.

October 21, 2016

Ford Performance Parts Add More Power, Torque to Mustang

Ford Performance, has just released a slew of go-faster parts for the current generation Mustang equipped with either the EcoBoost or the V8 engine. These new Ford Performance Parts provide power gains, is emission compliant, and is compatible with the manufacturer’s warranty. The catch? It’s only available in the US for now.

Happy Birthday, Toyota Corolla!

Fifty years ago, on October 20, 1966, at a time when interest in cars was growing rapidly in Japan, Toyota unveiled the first-generation Corolla.

October 20, 2016

BYD Philippines Launches the S7: a 7-Seater Luxury Crossover

Solar Transport and Automotive Resources Corporation (STAR Corporation), the authorized distributor of BYD automobiles celebrated its third anniversary with the unveiling of the all-new S7 luxury SUV.

Hyundai Partners with Banks to Offer Low-Down, All-In for Eon

Hyundai Asia Resources Philippines offers you the hance to drive home a brand-new Eon this Christmas season. The Eon GLX M/T can be yours for only P 27,000 all-in downpayment. You can also go for the GLX M/T Navi for only P 30,000 all-in downpayment.

Honda Cars Philippines Records Second Highest Sales Ever

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. announces that its overall sales in September of this year is the second highest ever recorded in HCPI’s sales history with a total of 2,520 vehicles sold. The highest recorded sales achievement of HCPI was in March of the same year, with 2,663 vehicles sold.

NISMO is Serious About Expanding Their Business

To the average person, Nissan isn’t regarded as a sporty brand. Outside the sub-culture of drifters, where Sylvias and Cefiros perform excellently, the lack of souped-up Sentras or Teanas plying the streets of Manila create a misconception that Nissan doesn’t have a strong motorsports heritage (as if riced-up cars are sporty). Boy, that thinking is so wrong. See, Nissan has been heavily invested in motorsports. Since the 1960s, the company operated the Oppama Works and Omori Works to serve the needs of its privateer and factory operations respectively.

October 19, 2016

Isuzu Philippines Sales Spike 19.6 Percent for First 9 Months; Introduces mu-X Limited Edition

Double-digit increases in deliveries across Isuzu Philippines Corporation’s (IPC) light commercial vehicle and truck and bus lineup in the first nine months of the year have lifted the company’s total to nearly a fifth of its results during the same period last year.

Hyundai Philippine Sales Leap 50 Percent for First 9 Months

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the country, kept its growth momentum as it remains as one of the automotive industry’s high flyers. Hyundai closed its 2016 nine-month sales with a robust 50 percent growth, mainly attributed by both Passenger Car (PC) segment and Light Commercial Vehicles (PCV) segment. All in all, the company sold a total of 25,021 units by the end of September.

Penultimate Round of GT Radial Flat Out Racing Series Filled with Championship Battles

The GT Radial FlatOut Race Series (FORS) is now on the final stretch as the country’s premier grassroots motorsports event hosted the penultimate round of the 2016 season.

It was day filled with on-track action as the Time Trial and Grid drivers were all focused on scoring valuable championship points. Run under the guidance of the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), there were a total of 82 competitors that raced around the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC) last September 17.

October 18, 2016

Scania Offers Sustainable Transport Solutions

With customer profitability as the starting point, Scania wants to be the leading provider of sustainable transport. This means integrating sustainability fully into the business and working with others to tackle impacts, transform our industry and create lasting value.

Review: 2016 Peugeot 308 1.6 Allure Hatchback & 1.6 BlueHDi Allure Station Wagon

When Michael, my Uber driver, noticed where I was heading, he started his small talk with: how do you pronounce “Peugeot”? Eager to impart a bit of automotive trivia, I told him the proper way to say it: “POO-zho” and that if he ever needs a refresher, every dealer has a pronunciation guide stickered on the façade. Then he asked: mura ba yun? Mukha kasi silang mura eh (are they cheap? It’s because they look cheap). At that point, I thought: Ouch! If I were working for Peugeot or owned one, that comment would feel like a knife piercing through my chest. Although I could try reiterating things like how they’re filled with quirky yet intricate details and that they’re made in France and so forth; I’m simply calling on Michael to try out the new 308, be it the hatchback or wagon. Discounting the budget 301 which I abhorred, this is the first mainstream car that lives up to Peugeot’s brand values.

This Peugeot Mill is the Perfect Gift for Car Buffs and Budding Chefs Alike

Here’s a bit of automotive trivia for you folks: Peugeot didn’t start out making cars immediately. Two centuries ago, the Peugeot family grain mill started producing saw blades and in 1840, brought their first coffee mill to market. Thirty four years later, the company produced its first pepper mill, whose mechanism is covered by a lifetime warranty.

Pit the Mitsubishi Montero Sport vs the Competition at This Weekend's Head-to-Head Test Drive

On its sixth leg, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) brings the Montero Sport Head to Head Test Drive Challenge in Taguig City. From October 22 to 23, 2016, MMPC invites everyone to take the opportunity to test drive the all-new Montero Sport and compare it with the competition at the Chateau Road, McKinley West, Taguig.

Honda Digs Deep into Alphabet Soup with New W-RV Crossover

Honda is finding yet more creative ways to append consonants to the “-RV” suffix. Just today, the company has announced yet another addition to its growing global crossover family. Meet the Winsome Runabout Vehicle or W-RV for short.

October 17, 2016

No "Window Hour" Expands in Both Coverage and Duration Starting November 1

We don’t normally cover this kind of news, but since it will affect the way you drive around Metro Manila, we thought it would be prudent to make an exception this time.

100 Percent Maserati, 100 Percent SUV: Levante Lands in the Philippines

Maserati Philippines officially unveiled their first-ever SUV model, the Levante, in the Philippines. With the introduction of the Levante, the Italian marquee is able to access the largest luxury segment in the world: the premium large SUV. Thus, it contributes to the creation of the most complete product line-up in Maserati’s history.

Oktoberfest: BMW Celebrates 100 Years with the BMW Festival (w/ 15 Photos)

The Bonifacio Global City turned into a motorized Bavarian festival worthy of being compared to the Oktoberfest. However, it wasn’t alcohol that was flowing; it was more of the high-octane variety.

October 15, 2016

Of Fast Cars and Race Queens: 30 Images that Prove: Super GT is Awesome

Super GT is Japan’s premier touring car competition featuring heavily-modified production cars (for those designed to be commercially available). With an acronym that stands for “Grand Touring”, these high-performance automobiles are capable of both high-speed and long-distance driving. The cars lining up to compete in the top-class GT500 cars are from the Japanese “Big Three”: Nissan, Toyota, and Honda while domestic and overseas manufacturers go up against each other in the lower GT300 class.

Petron Goes Euro 5 with New Blaze 100 Formulation

After successfully launching a full range of locally-produced Euro 4 fuels almost a year ago, the country’s leading oil company Petron Corporation marked another breakthrough in fuels technology with the introduction of the Blaze 100 Euro 5 – the first Euro 5 standard fuel in the country.

The All-New XC90 is Volvo's Most Awarded SUV

With over 118 awards since its global launch, Volvo’s new XC90 SUV has earned nods and accolades the world over. Coming from different sectors all over the globe, journalists, experts, and automotive enthusiasts all agree that Volvo has indeed come up with the best Volvo to date especially with its award-winning interface, design and engine. Garnering votes as Car of the Year, Best Luxury SUV, and Overall Best in Class, among others, motoring institutions, publications and associations all gave top marks to Volvo’s reincarnation of its world-first 7-seater SUV.

Car Awards Group Starts 2016 Testing for Philippine Car and Truck of the Year

Established in 2004, the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) is the longest-running organization of motoring journalists in the country today. With a vision of keeping Filipino consumers informed of the best cars for sale in the market, CAGI is now in the process of finding the 2016 Car and Truck of the Year.

Nissan Updates the X-Trail for 2017

After Honda unveiled the all-new 2017 CR-V, Nissan is also updating the X-Trail (well, the US market Rogue) with a bit of styling tweaks that aim to add a bit of dazzle.

October 13, 2016

2017 Honda CR-V: This Is It

Honda is not mincing words: they are ready to take back the compact crossover crown with the launch of the all-new 2017 CR-V. The fifth-generation model boasts of a bolder style, a more premium interior, and the model’s first-ever turbocharged engine. Consider us intrigued.

Isuzu Philippines Offers Discounts, Free Labor on N-Series Truck Parts and Services

To maximize the efficiency of the Number 1 light-duty truck in the country, the Isuzu N-Series truck, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) is offering substantial discounts on maintenance parts.

Win a Honda BR-V With Pre-Christmas Promo

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is inviting you  to the most wonderful deal of the year as Honda offers Low-cash out for City, Mobilio, and HR-V. Now you can drive any of these models for as low as P 25,000 down payment for the City E Limited Edition, P 47,000 for the Mobilio 1.5 E MT and P 66,000 for the HR-V 1.8 E CVT. This offer will run for the whole month of October 2016.

Chevron's Week of Caring Advocates Road Safety Among Children

Students of Makati Elementary School will now be more road safety conscious during their commute thanks to Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants. As part of CPI’s 2016 Week of Caring (WOC) program, CPI employees in partnership with Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) conducted a road safety education program with role-playing activities and outdoor games to teach safety in a child-friendly format.

October 12, 2016

Petron is the Official Fuel of Formula 4 SEA Philippine Leg

Oil industry leader Petron Corporation has been tapped as the official fuel of the Philippine Leg of the 2016 Formula 4 South East Asia (F4/SEA) Championship, scheduled to run from October 15-16 at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga

Volkswagen Philippines to Kick Off Child Safety Campaign in Cebu on October 15

Volkswagen Philippines’ award-winning Child Safety Initiative (CSI) campaign crosses over to the Visayas region after successful runs in Metro Manila and key cities in Luzon.

October 11, 2016

Review: 2016 Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI Highline

It’s hard what to make of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf. Looking at it purely as a car, it’s pretty darn good: timeless looks, peerless build quality, peppy performance, respectable fuel economy—it is by and large, the whole compact car package. But put the window sticker on it—P 1,759,000—and the 1.4 TSI Highline isn’t looking like such a bargain anymore. The price pretty much limits the appeal of Volkswagen’s everyman car. And while Corolla or Civic buyers looking to upgrade won’t be lining up for a Golf any time soon, those willing enough to pay the premium will certainly be in for a treat.

October 10, 2016

Chevrolet Brings In More Advanced, More Capable 2017 Trailblazer to Philippines (w/ Brochure)

After its successful regional launch (our First Drive story here) in Cebu last month, the New 2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer is now officially made available in the country through Chevrolet Philippines – The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet vehicles and parts in the Philippines.

Chevrolet Philippines Introduces 2017 Colorado (w/ Brochure, Video)

Chevrolet Philippines – The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet vehicles and parts in the Philippines, introduces its redesigned and updated pickup truck – the New 2017 Chevrolet Colorado (read our First Drive here).

Ford Philippines Third Quarter 2016 Sales Jump 32 Percent

Ford Philippines today announced its best-ever third quarter performance with retail sales rising 32 percent year-over-year to 8,224 vehicles,driven by continued demand for the EcoSport, Ranger, and Everest.

NISMO Boss Identifies 4 Nissan Vehicles He Wants to Build a Performance Package For

Established in 1984, Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. or NISMO is a fully-owned subsidiary of Nissan that once concentrated solely in the brand’s motorsports activities. Today, not only are they responsible for developing and selling competition cars, engines, and parts, but they have also started developing and selling of full-on Performance Packages, performance parts, and tuning packages.

Suzuki Philippines Kicks Off Online Promo for AFF Suzuki Cup

As preparations for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup continue to heat up, with Philippines co-hosting the world-class tournament for the first time, Suzuki Philippines Inc. intensifies the excitement with an online promo that will give football fans a chance to score great prizes. The AFF Suzuki Cup, inaugurated in 1996, is a biennial football tournament organized by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF). Suzuki has been the title sponsor of the Cup since 2007.

2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Hits the Philippines (w/ Brochure, Video)

The all-new, second-generation Audi R8 V10 Plus – the fastest, sharpest, and most powerful production Audi of all time – has finally hit local shores. Designed for maximum driving dynamics, the all-new Audi R8 V10 Plus is one of the last supercars to be powered by a naturally-aspirated engine, shunning the forced-induction route in favor of a pure, unadulterated high-revving masterpiece.