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December 28, 2017

Havoline Awards Vespa Scooter to True Power from Within Promo

Havoline motor oils, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), recently awarded Pauline Rose Temana with a brand-new Vespa scooter as the grand prize winner of its True Power from Within promo.

December 27, 2017

Würth Buys Lubricants Giant Liqui Moly

German machinery and lubricants giant, the Würth Group has just announced that it is taking over the lubricant brand Liqui Moly effective January 1, 2018.

Hyundai Philippines Announces Winners of Digital Art Competition

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) extends its innovative ways beyond motoring by building its first community of creatives via the recently concluded Hyundai Digital Art Competition.

December 26, 2017

Top 5 Picks for 2017

It’s almost the end of the year and that means it’s time for CarGuide.PH’s annual Top 5 Picks. Before revealing this year’s best, now would be a great time to look at the previous winners (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011). Regular readers know that our Top 5 Picks is done differently from anyone else. Instead of categorizing and sub-categorizing them (sometimes conveniently to make a brand win), we simply lump everything together.

December 22, 2017

New Isuzu mu-X Euro 4 with Blue Power Diesel Engine [ADVERTORIAL]

As the country’s number one commercial vehicle brand based TMA-CAMPI reports, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has played a significant role in the Philippines. They developed and supported various industries by providing trusted vehicles and world-class diesel engines. Embodying their corporate slogan, “Your Responsible Partner”, they continue to provide a proud legacy of customer service, employee satisfaction, and social responsibility while also contributing to nation building.

6 Ways to Ride Safely This Christmas Season

Christmas and New Year’s are almost here, and everyone is excited not just about the celebrations but also about having some time off to be with loved ones and just take a break from the daily grind. Reunions and get-togethers are being organized and travel itineraries finalized, all in line with ensuring the perfect holiday break.

All Toyota and Lexus Vehicles Globally Will Offer an Electrified Variant

Toyota is gearing towards an electrified future as part of their next-decade (2020-2030) strategy. The Japanese carmaker is accelerating the development and launch of everything from hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

December 21, 2017

2018 Toyota Yaris Receives 5-Star Safety Rating; Suzuki APV Cab Chassis Nets a Zero

The New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries or ASEAN NCAP released the results of 4 new crash tests done during the fourth quarter of 2017. These vehicles are the first in ASEAN NCAP’s new protocol for 2017-2020 which uses a single rating system that comprises Adult Occupancy Protection (50 percent) Child Occupant Protection 25 percent), and Safety Assist Technologies (25 percent).

Porsche Paid P 6-Million to Restore This Barn Find 911 (w/ 13 Photos)

A curious television crew and a single phone crew was all it took for one of the oldest Porsche 911s to return home to the Porsche Museum.

Stay Worry-Free this Christmas with Shell Helix Oil Change+

Christmas just around the corner, so wherever you’re headed this season, the mall for last-minute shopping, a get-together, or just trying to make your way home amidst the holiday frenzy, your vehicle breaking down should be the least of your worries.

Hyundai Philippines Remains Upbeat with Commercial Vehicle Business in 2018

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the Philippines’ official distributor of Hyundai passenger and commercial (trucks and buses) vehicles, gears up in anticipation of the government’s intensified push for infrastructure in 2018. With its line of passenger cars, commercial, and special vehicles braced for a wide range of mobility and payload requirements, HARI underscores its role as the Filipino’s lifetime partner to success.

Vespa Introduces 2018 GTS Family

Big, comfortable, welcoming and amazingly protective, the Vespa GTS combines the elegantly urban and city soul with the vocation to travel and tourism that the big Vespa have always embodied.

December 20, 2017

21 Photos of the 2018 Toyota Yaris

Toyota Motor Philippines capped off their 2017 with a small media luncheon where they announced certain milestones including one that says they’re surpassing their entire 2016 performance by November 2017. With this, the Japanese carmaker is poised to sell more than 145,000 units by the year end.

December 19, 2017

Review: 2018 Honda Jazz RS

For the longest time, Jazz buyers would add a trunk badge that reads: “RS.” Whether that particular mod really adds five more horsepower is something best discussed for another day, but it just goes to show you that “Honda” and “sporty hatchback” sound like a match made in heaven. As Honda managed to get back into the sporty groove, they’ve begun to formally introduce the RS trim to the Filipino consumer. From the Mobilio to the Civic, and now the Jazz, here comes the Road Sailing (yes, that’s what it means) treatment.

Nissan Makes Sure Their Paint Survives the Car Wash Test (w/ Video)

A miniature car wash, about the size and shape of a popcorn machine, plays an important role at the Nissan Technical Center North America in Michigan. Equipped with a spinning brush that has vibrant blue bristles, this highly specialized machine allows engineers to test paint samples to make sure Nissan’s exterior paints hold up to the tough environment of automatic car washes.

December 18, 2017

Toyota Motor Philippines Brings in 2018 Land Cruiser Prado; Hikes Prices of Land Cruiser LC200 (w/ Specs)

After its launch at the Frankfurt International Motor Show last September, Toyota Motor Philippines has announced that the 2018 Land Cruiser Prado has arrived. Landing at Toyota showrooms nationwide, the new Land Cruiser Prado sees a tweaked design, higher-quality interior, and a carryover drivetrain.

Spending 2 Hours in a Casa Could One Day Save Your Life

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s a massive recall concerning defective Takata airbags. Supposed to save lives in the event of a devastating crash, these airbags could become potential grenades since their uncontrolled explosion could send shrapnel into the face of a vehicle’s occupants.

Ford Philippines Welcomes First Batch of Automotive Technicians in Scholarship Program

Ford Philippines recently welcomed the pioneer batch of graduates of its automotive technician scholarship program conducted in partnership with the Don Bosco Makati Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Center.

Caltex Philippines Continues to Expand; Opens 5 More Retail Stations

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), continues to fortify its position as one of the country’s leading fuel brands with the opening of five new stations across the country in the last two months.

Tata Motors Opens in Isabela Province

Pilipinas Taj Autogroup, Inc. (PTAJ), the exclusive distributor of Tata Motors, has opened their tenth dealership. This new dealership, operated by Auto Ten Trade and Services offers the Indian’s full line of passenger cars, trucks, and buses and is located in Isabela Province.

CX-8 Becomes Mazda's Best Seller in Japan

Mazda’s decision to add a three-row crossover seems to have paid off in a very big way in their home country of Japan. The Hiroshima-based carmaker has just reported that its CX-8 is now their best-seller with reservations hitting three times the monthly sales plan.

December 17, 2017

Toyota Updates Yaris for 2018 with Added Tech, Safety Features (w/ Specs)

Toyota Motor Philippines is closing the year by introducing a midcycle refresh of its Yaris sub-compact hatchback in time for 2018. The 2018 Vios-based 5-door hatchback sports refresher aesthetics inside and out as well as additional convenience and safety features.

December 15, 2017

Volkswagen Philippines Updates Caddy MPV for 2018 (w/ Specs)

Volkswagen Philippines has just refreshed its Caddy MPV for 2018. Introduced to the Philippine market 2 years ago, the safe and versatile 7-seater gets a refreshed styling, a new engine, and a price that actually makes it cheaper than the Toyota Innova. Yes, you read that right.

MiLi Car Chargers Keep You Juiced Up This Holiday Season

Still don’t have that last-minute stocking stuffer? Consider getting your always-on-the-go special someone a MiLi Car Charger this Christmas.

Volvo XC60 is Japan's 2017-2018 Car of the Year

In a nail-biting vote-counting ceremony that saw the lead change three times between the Volvo XC60, BMW 5 Series, and Toyota Camry, the Swedish crossover pulled away in the closing moments to poll 294 votes and clinch the 2018 Japan Car of the Year. The XC60 finished some 52 votes clear of the strong finishing 5 Series and 62 ahead of the closest Japanese competitor, Toyota’s Camry.

December 14, 2017

TMP Tech Continues to Produce Highly Skilled Technicians for Auto Workforce

Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech), a premier technical school in Laguna envisioned as a source of quality service technicians, recently held its 5th Commencement Exercises for 75 new graduates under the school’s flagship two-year Toyota General Job (GJ) Automotive Servicing Course. These young Filipino automotive technicians are among TMP Tech’s 710 total graduates since the school started operations in 2013.

Buy or Do Not Buy: The Possible Effect of the New Vehicle Excise Tax on 42 Vehicles

With the finalization of the bicameral version of the TRAIN or Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Bill, it’s now heading to the Malacañang Palace for the President’s approval. Once signed into law, this sets into motion a comprehensive change to the country’s taxation structure, including one that governs new vehicles.

December 13, 2017

Mazda Starts Restoration Work on Original MX-5 Roadsters

Mazda is finally accepting original MX-5 (NA) for restoration work in Japan. But there’s a very interesting catch: your car has to be worthy.

Subaru's Yuletide Aftersales Festival Offers Discounts on Labor, Parts, Accessories

Subaru dealerships nationwide are offering to make sure your Subaru is running in tip-top shape before the long Christmas holidays.

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Luxury Car

Making your dream car a reality is within reach but then, you pause and ask yourself, “What is luxury to me?” Is it the all the bells and whistles, the flashy look, or the hefty price tag? Or is it the feelings of simplicity, calm, comfort, control and security? How do you decide which one actually fits you and your lifestyle?

Rolls-Royce Manila Supports Next-Generation of Asia-Pacific Enterpreneurs

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila supported outstanding entrepreneurial savants from around the region at the 2017 Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA), a prestigious awards ceremony held last week.

8 Oras ng Pilipinas Races 800 Kilometers Non-Stop Around Clark Speedway

The Oras ng Pilipinas shattered records when the 2017 edition of the country’s longest endurance race got the green light last December 3. It saw a total of 114 drivers, with 31 cars running on GT Radial SX2 tires, competing in 6 categories take to the starting line making it the biggest grid in its history. In the end, the #6 TRS Formula V1 also set a new milestone by covering 800 kilometers (191 laps) around the Clark International Speedway (CIS) to take the overall win.

December 12, 2017

Prevent Car Theft and Track Your Car with the Tramigo GPS System

Buying a brand-new car is one of the biggest investments anyone will make in their lifetime. And while the priorities usually lie in improving its looks or performance, one has also take into consideration its security. With car thefts on the rise especially during the “-Ber” months, it’s great to take that extra step. Enter Tramigo GPS Vehicle Security & Tracking.

First Drive: 2018 Nissan X-Trail 4WD

For the longest time, Nissan didn’t know how to properly position the X-Trail. From trying to be all for the “active and tough” with the angular first- and second-generation models with the plastic front fenders and roof-mounted lights respectively, the current third-generation X-Trail turns a full 180 and goes all curvy and family friendly. And while they’ve stumbled out of the gate initially, especially when it comes to equipment level, they seemed to have rectified that with the 2018 refresh.

Senate, Congress Agree on New Vehicle Excise Tax That's Friendly to Pick-Up Trucks, EVs

EDITOR’S NOTE (1): We simulate the prices of 42 vehicles under the final bicameral version of the TRAIN bill. Read it here. (12/14/2017).

It looks like the Senate and the House of Representatives were able to reach a compromise. Rallying before they adjourn for a Christmas break starting on December 15, the bicameral committee reached an agreement to finalize the TRAIN or Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion.

December 11, 2017

Same Stock Mazda2 Races Two 8-Hour Endurance Races

The same stock Mazda2 hatchback which completed 160 laps and won the Manufacturer’s Class in last year’s 8-hour Philippine Endurance Challenge race, logged in another 163 laps to take home sixth place in the FM3 class in the 8-Oras ng Pilipinas circuit racing endurance race held at the Clark International Speedway this year.

Mitsubishi Philippines Secures 270-unit Truck Deal with Metropac Movers

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) has recently turned over a fleet of Fuso trucks to MetroPac Movers Inc. (MMI), one of the biggest cargo transport and logistics companies in the country today.

All-New 2018 Jeep Wrangler Retains Iconic Looks, Features New Technology (w/ 31 Photos)

Jeep has just unveiled the all-new 2018 Wrangler, a thoroughly modern off-roader that stays true to its roots. It features advanced engine options, safety features, and convenience technology.

This P75,000 Watch is Made of Classic Ford Mustang Parts

Classic Ford Mustangs destined for the scrap yard have found new life thanks to the passion of two enthusiasts who had the idea to transform them into unique wristwatches.

December 10, 2017

PNP Takes Delivery of 40 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Patrol Vehicles

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) announced that 40 brand-new Mitsubishi Montero Sport vehicles have been delivered from Japanese Government to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

EcoSport, Everest, Ranger Boost Ford Philippines to Record November Performance

Ford Philippines announced a record performance for the month of November with retail sales rising 13 percent from a year ago to 3,408 vehicles on the back of continuing strong demand for EcoSport, Everest and Ranger.

Meet the McLaren Senna: the Most Extreme McLaren Road-Legal Car. Ever. (w/ 19 Photos)

Ferrari may have the Enzo, but now McLaren has the Senna. Designed, engineered, and developed to be the ultimate McLaren “track-concentrated car for the road”, the Senna sits as McLaren’s newest flagship supercar; the next offering in the brand’s Ultimate Series next to the P1.

December 9, 2017

LTO: We're Going to Release Your Plates by March 2018

In a press statement, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) says that the release of new plate numbers will commence by March 2018.

7-Eleven, Caltex Open 100th Store

Demonstrating eight years of shared commitment and solid partnership, Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), the exclusive licensor of global convenience store chain giant 7-Eleven, and Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI), the marketer of the Caltex fuel brand, celebrated the recent landmark opening of the 100th 7-Eleven-Caltex store at the Aseana Square along Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City.

Hyundai Philippines Pledges P 100-Million for Marawi

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles the Philippines, announced the launch of its P 100-million fund to rehabilitate Marawi City.

Nissan Shows Off 7 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Inspired Vehicles

In anticipation for the release of the newest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, Nissan unveiled not one, not two, but 7 themed cars that take inspiration from the different characters and crafts in the upcoming space fantasy saga.

December 8, 2017

Will It Fit? Vans vs Mall Parking Vertical Clearances

So you’re heading out to the mall for some last-minute Christmas shopping. Oh, and you also happen to buy a brand-spanking new van too. The plan seems airtight until you realize: that tall-roof van of yours may not fit into the mall’s basement parking.

December 7, 2017

Nissan Philippines is Setting Sights on Grandia LXV with Urvan Premium S (w/ 9 Photos)

By launching the Urvan Premium (in both manual and automatic guise), Nissan Philippines finally has a wide-body, tall-roof van that can compete with the Hiace GL Grandia and Foton View Traveller. It afforded more luxury and space especially to private owners who may have found the NV350 Urvan a bit too cramped.

Gono Shines Anew in Endurance Racing

Luis Gono, the country’s first Toyota Vios Cup champion and ace drift racer racked up another milestone as he led his team to clinch the overall championship at the 2017 8 Oras ng Pilipinas endurance race held at the Clark International Speedway.

Cebu-Based Quartet Wins Castrol Philippines' Partner for Life Competition

Castrol Philippines recently concluded its 2017 Partner for Life Program at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, awarding Cebu-based mechanics from Drakes Motor Parts as the 2017 Castrol Mechanics of the Year.