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August 30, 2017

5 Reasons Why a Small Car’s Perfect for the Urban Warrior

Smart cars are ruling the sales charts. Often passed over in favor of larger automobiles, small cars are now in the spotlight because they’re getting sleeker and smarter, fitting the lifestyle of the typical urbanite.

So Why Did We Get the 120-Horsepower 1.6 i-DTEC in the 2018 Honda CR-V?

When Honda Cars Philippines launched the 2018 Honda CR-V, the single, most controversial aspect had nothing to do with its styling or number of seats. Keyboard warriors zoomed in quickly at the 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine, or more specifically, why we got different power and torque outputs compared to say, the Thailand version.

Mercedes-Benz Philippines Launches the 2018 GLA-Class

Characterized by its sporty design and light-footed handling, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has been well-received by the buying public. Four years after its global debut, Mercedes-Benz is giving it a makeover which aims to bring a breath of fresh air to the premium compact SUV market. And now, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has arrived in the Philippines.

EXCLUSIVE: Here Are the Variants, Specs, Prices of the 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI

After saying that the first batch of their Civic Type R thunder-stealing 2018 WRX and WRX STI would arrive before the end of August, Motor Image Pilipinas has announced that they have arrived. Slated for a public debut at the Subaru Festival next week, we got our hands at the exact variants, specs, and prices for these rally-bred performance sedans.

Foton Philippines Pays Tribute to Hard-Working Teachers at PLDT-Smart's Gabay Guro Teacher Fest

From new vehicle offerings and dealership expansions to uplifting Philippine sports and collaborating in numerous Corporate Social Responsibility activities (CSR), Foton Philippines has been taking the lead in these endeavors.

August 29, 2017

Review: 2017 BMW X1 xDrive20d xLine

The moment you lay your eyes on the 2017 X1, you know there’s something not quite right with it. You rub your eyes for a second and stare again: the proportions are out of whack for a BMW. The long hood, short deck associated with the “Ultimate Driving Machine” has been swapped with something that’s stubby and MPV-ish. You pop the hood and see that the engine’s oriented the “wrong way” too—transversely rather than longitudinally. Is BMW mad? Have they lost the plot or is this an April Fool’s prank played several months too late?

August 28, 2017

Ever Wondered What the Mazda3 Will Look Like in Soul Red Crystal?

With the pending arrival of the all-new Mazda3 (supposedly as soon as the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October), Mazda is giving its best-selling Mazda3 (Axela in Japan) one more update that adds a new color and even more safety equipment.

Volkswagen Philippines Makes It Easier to Own a Polo Thanks to Discounts

Volkswagen Philippines has made owning your first German car even easier. From now until September 30, 2017, the Polo models are offered at a special discounted price of P 858,000 for the Hatchback and P 800,000 for the sedan. This makes it even more manageable for young, upwardly mobile professionals to experience a German-engineered vehicle.

Hyundai's RAINDROPS Promo Keeps Your Car Ever-Reliable

Your car is your ever-reliable workhorse. Without it, staying on the go and accomplishing tasks is definitely a challenge. Your life also greatly depends on it the moment you take the wheel. It is imperative to give your car the TLC it truly deserves.

August 27, 2017

Are You Tough Enough for the 2017 Subaru Palm Challenge?

Motor Image Pilipinas is opening the registration to the 2017 Subaru Palm Challenge. The battle of wits and endurance happens on Saturday, September 9 to Sunday, September 10 at the 9th Street, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City.

You Want the Best Seats? Try the Audi A3

JD Power just released their 2017 Seat Quality and Satisfaction Study with some surprising results. According to their survey, if you want the car with the perfect seats? Try the Audi A3.

Audi's New Model Naming Emphasizes Power, Not Displacement

People often criticize that Audi vehicles are styled more like a Russian Matryoshka Doll in that it’s hard to tell an A3 from an A4 or an Q3 from a Q5. Well, it seems Audi is thinking the same thing since they’re moving to add some visual differentiation through, you guessed it, new badging.

August 25, 2017

Mitsubishi Philippines to Prove MIVEC Advantage with Montero Sport, Strada Test Drive Tour

After the successful Head-to-Head Test Drive Challenge last year, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) is bringing another test drive activity to the public: the MIVEC Clean Diesel Advantage Test Drive Tour. This time, the test drive activity aims to highlight the unparalleled engine performance of the powerful, yet efficient MIVEC Clean Diesel that’s powering the Montero Sport and Strada. Through this event, MMPC will be able to demonstrate to the public the advantage of the MIVEC clean diesel engine over the other available competitor brands.

August 24, 2017

MG Philippines Launches Refreshed MG3 Sub-Compact

Morris Garages Philippines just launched an updated version of their sub-compact hatchback, the MG3. Packed with more convenience features, it is aimed at a wide range of customers. More than anything, it offers distinctive British style at an affordable price.

Want to Save on A Car Wash This Rainy Season? Try DIYing

It’s the rainy season once more and because of that, some people would opt to skip the car wash altogether. And while that can save you a couple of bucks right now, it won’t do your car’s paint any good. Neglect will eventually eat into your car’s finish, prematurely dulling its luster and shine. Thankfully, you don’t have to curse each time you drive off the detailers in the rain. Because, you can always DIY or Do-It-Yourself.

August 23, 2017

Chevrolet Consolidates Operations Across Southeast Asia

General Motors announced it will establish a fully integrated business structure across Southeast Asia to drive greater customer focus, grow Chevrolet sales and improve profitability.

New Limited Edition Speedster and Shooting Brake Complete Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Family

One of the most enduring creative partnerships in the automotive industry reached another milestone. First with the global debut of the Vanquish Zagato Volante, followed by confirmation that not only will the Vanquish Zagato Speedster enter production, but it will be joined by a spectacular Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.

Lotus Cars Unveils Evora GT430: Most Powerful to Date

Lotus just released their most powerful sportscar ever: the Evora GT430. With a name that’s derived from its supercharged 3.5-liter V6, the 430-horsepower Evora GT30 offers a breathtaking 0-100 km/h time of just 3.7 seconds and a top speed in excess of 300 km/h. Limited to just 60 examples globally, it’s now available for order at Lotus Cars Manila.

HARI Foundation Awards Environmental Heroes

The search is over for the 2017 ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes. They came from across the region, each one separated from the other by thousands of miles of land and seas. But a singular purpose binds them all—that of conserving the region’s imperiled web of life.

Subaru's Kansha Festival 2017 Offers Hefty Discount on Parts, Accessories

Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru in the Philippines is holding its annual Kansha Festival. Celebrating the Japanese Labor Thanksgiving Day, the week-long Kansha Festival offers special discounts on parts, accessories, and labor across all Subaru dealerships nationwide.

August 22, 2017

Review: 2018 Honda City 1.5 VX Navi

Normally, it’s hard to get excited over a midcycle refresh. Apart from the cosmetic nip and tuck, you cannot expect the driving experience to be any different. This is the sort of predicament that faces the 2018 City, a car so well-received by Honda buyers in the Philippines, that HCPI didn’t actually need to do anything with it and it’ll still sell. But they did. And you know what? The City’s all the better for it.

Mitsubishi Readies Move of Mirage, Mirage G4 Body Stamping to Philippines

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is set to install the country’s first-ever two thousand ton stamping machine which can produce bulky parts such as vehicle body side outer panel, roof panel, floor panel, and door panel among others. This is in line with the operation of MMPC’s stamping plant facility starting January 2018.

August 20, 2017

Angie King Carries Philippine Flag at 2017 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific

The Filipino flag flew high at the fourth round of the 2017 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific as Angie King placed second at the Fuji Speedway. Angie proved the mettle of the Filipino by outclassing 34 other drivers from 13 different nationalities at the 4.563-kilometer circuit.

Foton Opens Showroom in Marilao, Bulacan

Foton is on a roll. Exactly a month after inaugurating its showroom in Camarines Sur, Foton continued its aggressive network expansion as it officially opened Foton Marilao. Led by United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (UAAGI), the exclusive distributor of FOTON vehicles in the country, Foton Marilao is operated by Frontier Automotive Marilao Corporation (FAM-C).

August 19, 2017

This is Probably the World's Most Expensive Set of Rims

Want to spend about P 920,000 (EUR 15,232) for a set of wheels? Well, Porsche may just have the answer for you. It’s something that combines form and function (and exclusivity, of course) because it’s the world’s first braided carbon fiber wheel.

2018 Honda CR-V Gets 5-Star Safety Rating; 9th Honda Model to Achieve Perfect Score

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has just announced that the recently launched all-new 2018 CR-V has been awarded a 5-Star Safety Rating by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). It’s the 9th time and the 4th current model to receive a perfect score.

August 17, 2017

An Eye on Design with Mercedes-Benz's Wini Camacho

“Their designs were going down in quality,” recalls Winifredo Camacho when he first entered Mercedes-Benz some 20 years ago. “Designers were overworked and it showed.” A result of the German luxury automaker’s aggressive product expansion plans then, Wini, as his friends call him, had his work cut out. He remembered how from just the three basic model ranges (C-, E-, and S-Class), Mercedes-Benz designers suddenly had to design double the number of model ranges. It necessitated a top-down rethink; one that Wini’s an integral part of.

Catch Fuso at the 5th Transport & Logistics Philippines

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) will be one of the participants in the 5th Transport & Logistics Philippines which will be staged at the SMX Convention Center today up to August 19, 2017.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Posts Record First Half Year Sales

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) concluded the first half of 2017 with another record-breaking sales of 34,549 units, their highest first semester volume registered so far.

Mitsubishi Mirage Switches to Philippine Production

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) today that it has begun the mass production of the Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback model in its Santa Rosa plant.

Chevrolet Cebu Opens Its New Service Center

Since its opening last February 2012, Chevrolet Cebu, which is located in Mandaue City and under the management of Genesis Motors Corporation, has continuously pursued its commitment to deliver quality products and services to the Cebuanos. A testament to its excellence is its straight 3 year Grandmasters Dealer of the Year Award in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and Best in Dealer Facilities Award in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

August 16, 2017

Caltex Delo Headlines Transport and Logistics Show Starting Tomorrow

Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, will once again be at the Transport and Logistics Philippines. The show is set to happen on August 17 to 19, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex.

August 15, 2017

Track Records Fall as the FlatOut Race Series Returns to BRC

Now on its 6th round, the 2017 season of the FlatOut Race Series (FORS) still continues to heat up as a massive 84-car entry list took to the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC) in an attempt to shatter old records.

Ford Honors Historic Le Mans Win with Limited Edition Ford GT

If you think the Ford GT isn’t exclusive enough, Ford Performance has just announced that they’re creating a special model that honors the GT40 Mark IV race car driven to victory by the all-American team of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt at Le Mans in 1967. The car will feature unique interior and exterior color themes, and an exclusive wheel finish.

Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 AWD Sport

On the surface, it seems Mazda has lost their engineering mojo. After coming up with all sorts of buzzwords to fill up the first-generation CX-5 in 2012 (KODO and Skyactiv to name two), this second-generation model doesn’t seem all new. Yes, there’s the sexier styling and more premium cabin, but the dimensions and engine look all too familiar. Is Mazda now riding on the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” bandwagon?

August 14, 2017

Hyundai Philippines Achieves Highest Monthly Sales to Date

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, closed its July 2017 sales with a record-high of 3,594 units – a 21 percent growth from the same month of 2016.

Volkswagen Philippines Holds Track Day for Golf GTI Owners; Introduces Oettinger Kit and ABT Package

Volkswagen Philippines recently held the “Volkswagen Driving Experience” for its Golf GTI owners and potential customers at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.

10 Geeky Questions on Mazda's Skyactiv-X Answered

Mazda is out to save the internal combustion engine with Skyactiv-X. As a core part of the company’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 long-term vision, Skyactiv-X combines the best traits of gasoline and diesel engines. Here are answers to 10 questions that’ll get you geeked out with Skyactiv-X.

August 13, 2017

Why the Next 2 Weeks Could be the Best Days at Petron Yet

Your days can even be better and rewarding with this exclusive line of Petron Lamborghini Series apparel available at selected Petron service stations nationwide.

You Can Win Free Fuel for the Rest of Your Life with this SeaOil Promo

SeaOil, the country’s largest independent fuel player, has launched the first raffle promo of its kind in the Philippines that will be giving four lucky motorists their lifetime supply of SeaOil fuels.

August 12, 2017

2017 Mazda3 Speed: Long-Term Test Update # 2

With the next scheduled Periodic Maintenance Service (PMS) not scheduled until 10,000 kilometers (or October), this Long-Term Test Update for the Mazda3 Speed is all about protection, specifically, interior protection.

Rainy Season Brings Shower of Savings from Foton Philippines

The rainy season is here and with it comes a shower of savings from United Asia Automotive Group (UAAGI), the official distributor of Foton vehicles in the Philippines. Running until September 30, 2017, the Rainy Wheels Craze promo offers not just one or two, but three flexible payment schemes to make your vehicle purchase light on the pocket. This includes all-in low downpayment, low monthly amortization, and zero interest payment schemes.

Würth Car Care Products Now in Blade Auto Center

The Würth car care product line is now available in Blade Auto Center, the biggest automotive accessories retail chain store in the Philippines. Würth is Germany’s biggest original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and producer of chemicals, lubricants, and other automotive hardware. With Wurth’s products now available in Blade Auto Centers nationwide, car owners can now experience the German quality and reliability Würth is known for.

Kia On Tour Heads to Dumaguete Until Tomorrow!

The wheels on Kia’s national roadshow are turning once again as Kia On Tour visits the city of Dumaguete, the capital of the province of Negros Oriental today until tomorrow, August 13, 2017.

August 11, 2017

Momo Tires Philippine Distributor is Hiring

Fuel Autotek PH’s Marketing Manager, Kevin Buenaseda discussed the latest advancements within the organization. They have plans to onboard more team members handing its premier tire brand in anticipation of the company’s expansion and further penetration in the local tire market.

Hino Grows Dealer Footprint with Second Cebu Dealership

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, boosts its dealer network with its newly-opened dealership in one of the fastest growing cities in the Philippines: Cebu City.

Nissan Expands Dealer Network in Bulacan

Nissan expands its presence in the province of Bulacan with the recent opening of its second dealership in Marilao.

August 10, 2017

Meet the Next-Generation Mitsubishi MPV: Xpander; Philippine Launch Slated in 2018 (w/ Video)

After previewing it a couple of weeks back, Mitsubishi has finally revealed the name of their next-generation MPV. Dubbed “Xpander”, this new next-generation 7-seater is specifically made, in Mitsubishi’s words, “xpand” Mitsubishi’s market presence through “xpanded” design, “xpanded comfort”, “xpanded e-convenience”, and “xpanded performance.”

6 Ways the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance SUV Impressed Us

Answering the call for quieter, more comfortable SUV tires, Goodyear is set to introduce the successor to its award-winning EfficientGrip SUV tire: EfficientGrip Performance SUV. Set to launch in the Philippine market by September, Goodyear Philippines sent us to the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand to experience this new tire first-hand. Here are 6 ways this new tire impressed us.

August 9, 2017

Suzuki Automobile Opens Satellite Dealership in Valenzuela

Suzuki Philippines (SPH) inaugurates its newest dealership in the city of Valenzuela. Bolstered by its 35 percent year-on-year growth achieved in the first half of 2017, the company is determined to offer great-value products and improved services by broadening its reach in the country’s fast-growing cities.