Friday, September 29, 2017
“This December we will introduce the [Mazda] CX-8 in Japan, but of course we will export outside of Japan,” quipped Mr. Hiroshi Inoue, Mazda Executive Officer in charge of ASEAN Business and General Manager of ASEAN Business Office when asked about the CX-8. This goes against what Mazda said initially that the CX-8 is for the Japan Domestic Market only.
As the company that carries the Hyundai brand and its signature innovative thrust in mobility, the country’s third top ranking automotive firm and this year’s Hyundai Global Distributor of the Year, went off-the-beaten path by engaging the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) to facilitate a 2-day theater workshop for top management to kick off the year’s business planning activities. The workshop aimed to explore new platforms for creative learning and team building in the context of the automotive business.
Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines formally, bolsters its footprint in Mindanao with a new dealership in Cagayan de Oro (CDO), the second-fastest growing city in the region next to Davao.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Mazda Moves Production of Philippine-Market CX-5 to Malaysia; Makes It Immune to Excise Tax Increase
Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that its sales and production company in Malaysia, Mazda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., has begun producing the all-new, second-generation CX-5 for both the Malaysian domestic market and for export to several ASEAN countries including the Philippines.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Isuzu Philippines Corporation used the occasion of its 20th anniversary celebration to announce the company’s new Euro 4 compliant offerings. And leading the charge are the new 2018 Isuzu mu-X and D-Max which both receive the 3.0-liter Blue Power turbo diesel engine.
In continuation of the celebration of Mitsubishi’s centennial anniversary of automobile innovation, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) is bringing its 100th year expo to Cebu, the Queen City of the South. This expo, in collaboration with MMPC’s franchised dealer in Cebu, Fast Autoworld Philippines Corp. (FAPC), is going to be held at SM City Cebu atrium on September 28 to October 1, 2017 during mall hours (10:00 AM t0 9:00 PM).
The organizers of the Formula 4 South East Asia (F4SEA) Championship have tapped Philippine oil industry leader Petron Corporation as the official fuel and engine oil of the 2017 season.
Dyson is working on an electric car. This was revealed to employees of the Dyson company in an email sent by no less than the founder himself, Jim Dyson. The famed industrial designer more known for creating a bagless vacuum cleaner revealed an ambitious 2020 release date.
After Mitsubishi Motors previewed a high-performance electric crossover concept in the e-Evolution Concept, Subaru Corporation is the next automaker to preview their display at the upcoming 45th Tokyo Motor Show. With the aim of telling a “New Subaru Story – from a company making things, to a company making people smile”, a future high-performance car, the Viziv Performance Concept is taking centerstage.
Recognizing the trends surrounding the automotive industry, Bermaz Motor Chief Executive Officer Ben Yeoh revealed that the company is constantly re-evaluating its business strategy to maintain a sustainable business model. As the distributor of Mazda vehicles and spare parts for Malaysia and the Philippines (they also assemble Mazda vehicles for Malaysia, Cambodia, and Myanmar as well), Bermaz is set to cement itself as a premium mainstream automotive brand.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Volvo Philippines previewed its all-new 2018 XC60 to guests at the Volvo Crayfish Party which was organized in partnership with the Nordic Chamber of Commerce. Slated to be launched later this year, the all-new XC60 replaces the model which has become Volvo’s best-selling model globally.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
The FlatOut Race Series (FORS) returned to the Batangas Racing Circuit last September 9 for the 7th round of the 8-race 2017 calendar. This staged some of the season’s fiercest feuds on track as double points were up for grabs during the weekend. 82 entries ended up chasing after their championship titles in the Time Attack and Grid Races.
Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines, in partnership with Regis Global Cars, Inc., is proud to open the latest dealership of the Korean brand in the bustling province of Cavite with the opening of Kia Carmona last September 20, 2017.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
While buyers of the gasoline-engined CR-V have been enjoying their rides since August, Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) is announcing that the first batch of their much-awaited diesel-powered CR-V has finally arrived.
Several readers have pointed out that Toyota Motor Philippines has increased the price of their Fortuner considerably (as much as P 100,000) during the past few months. Though Toyota dealers have been giving a variety of reasons from the impending increase in new vehicle excise tax to even the weakening of the Peso versus the US Dollar, we have reached out to Toyota Motor Philippines for a definitive answer. The real reason, it seems, is an increase in equipment level.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
This September 24, at 6 PM in Rigodon Ballroom, The Peninsula Manila, Salcedo Auctions will showcase a selection of one-of-a-kind automobiles that exhibit the purest essence of automobile art, history, and engineering through the years.
There’s no doubt about it: tinting your car’s windows make it look better. But did you know that aside from mere visual appeal, there are many other reasons why you should consider applying high-quality tint or window film to your car’s windows? Here are 4 reasons why you should have your car tinted.
WardsAuto, a leading provider of automotive reporting and insights revealed the cars with the best user experience for the 2017 model year. Evaluating 23 vehicles under several parameters including connectivity, infotainment, controls, driver-assist technology, and overall value, WardsAuto revealed this year’s recipients of Wards 10 Best User Experience (UX).
Who says people with disabilities can’t enjoy driving? Mazda is bringing its “fun-to-drive” philosophy even to those who’re bound to a wheelchair. Launched for the Japanese market today, this special MX-5 is specifically targeted to users who have difficulty using their feet.
This is how an extreme McLaren GT racing car might look like. Appearing in the PlayStation 4 title, Gran Turismo Sport, the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo is not linked or indicative of any future McLaren model, but is an envisioning of what a GT car might look like beyond 2030.
Nissan just reached a new milestone with 150 million vehicles produced globally. Marking the milestone with a simple ceremony, the 150 millionth vehicle is, fittingly, the all-new Leaf, the icon of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility philosophy.
Wheel Gallery has made a name for itself becoming one of the country’s most popular destinations for aftermarket wheels and tires. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Wheel Gallery has evolved from being a mere player into an industry standard.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
UPDATE: Updated with more photos, info (10/5).
Mitsubishi Motors just announced their centerpiece at the upcoming 45th Tokyo Motor Show in October. And it’s a concept car with a very familiar name: Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept.
“Today marks a new milestone for our member companies. By the end of our strategic plan Alliance 2022, we aim to double our annual synergies to Euro 10 billion. To achieve this target, on one side Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi Motors will accelerate collaboration on common platforms, powertrains and next-generation electric, autonomous and connected technologies. From the other side, synergies will be enhanced by our growing scale. Our total annual sales are forecast to exceed 14 million units, generating revenues expected at $240 billion by the end of the plan,” said Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance as he outlined the new Alliance 2022 initiative.
Michelin introduces its all-new tire for SUVs and light-duty trucks that combines exceptional on- and off-road performance. The new Michelin LTX Force combines the best of Michelin’s on- and off-road technologies to make it a truly versatile tire for all types of terrain.
Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, marks its first full-service dealership in General Santos City with a ground-breaking ceremony.
The Mahindra Group and Ford Motor Company has agreed to explore a strategic alliance that would help both companies in gaining a foothold in India and other emerging markets. The areas of potential cooperation include: product development, electrification, mobility programs, and even distribution in both India and in other markets.
The Petron Supercars Collection 2017 is available starting today at over 700 participating Petron service stations in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Porsche 918 Spyder is back and will be joined by two new models.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Honestly, Honda didn’t need to bring in an “entry-level” Odyssey. At 2,399,000, the top-of-the-line EX-V Navi is smartly packaged and well done. It does the job of being a business-class shuttle and family mover equally well. That said, Honda saw a market gap that wasn’t being served: one where its patrons longed to upgrade from an Innova into something more sophisticated, but still didn’t want to let go of their practical, “low key” image. Enter the Odyssey EX, essentially a low-calorie version of the EX-Navi that’s P 440,000 cheaper.
Monday, September 18, 2017
If you can’t afford the all-new M5, BMW is offering you the chance to ride one that’s inspired by Munich’s newest super sedan. Meet the BMW M Bike Limited Carbon Edition. And it can be yours for just P 86,000 (€ 1,400.00).
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Last August 25 to 28, 2017, off-road aficionados congregated at the Clark Freeport Zone Parade Ground to witness Rainforest Challenge (RFC) Philippines 2017. A scaled-down version of RFC Malaysia, the event was a 4-day multi-discipline off-road competition whose main objective was to identify from a pool of local off-roaders the next Team Philippines members.
Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, recorded 3,273-unit sales in August 2017, a 17 percent year-on-year growth from 2,798 units in 2016.
Audi just released a new special edition R8 that breaks all molds for the brand. The new Audi R8 V10 RWS is the brand’s first-ever rear-wheel drive model—an inspiration the company says comes straight from its R8 LMS race car. Aimed at purists, it’s a limited-edition model with only 999 units being made.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Suzuki Philippines (SPH) supported the series of activities organized by several of its car clubs from the growing Team Suzuki Philippines (TSP) family. Accredited car clubs Swift 1.2 Philippines and Vitara Club of the Philippines recently held outreach programs as part of their efforts to reach out to more communities and create a positive impact.
Ford Philippines is marking its 20th year of business operations in the Philippines this year, and as part of a month-long celebration, Ford is allowing more customers to own a Ford vehicle by offering special deals available only for the month of September.
Friday, September 15, 2017
After the successful staging in Metro Manila and some areas in South Luzon, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) will take its MIVEC Clean Diesel Advantage Test Drive tour this time in Mitsubishi dealerships in Northern and Central Luzon. To be specific, the MIVEC Clean Diesel Advantage Test Drive Tour on Saturday, September 16 to Sunday, September 17 will be staged in the following dealers / areas:
Volkswagen Philippines will hold the “VWorld Weekend” on September 16 and 17 (mall hours) at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Honda is slated to enter the Electric Vehicle (EV) race with its own offering as early as 2019. This is previewed as the Urban EV Concept which the Japanese automaker says showcases where they plan to bring EV technology and design.
Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, opened seven new Caltex stations in different parts of the Philippines over the past two months.
Hyundai Laguna, Incorporated (HLI) fortified its long-standing partnership with Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) through the recent launch of Hyundai Trucks and Buses (HTB) Calamba, also cited as the first green commercial vehicle dealership in South Luzon.
Celebrating its passion for creating unparalleled experiences, Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, will be hosting the BMW Xpo 2017 from September 15 to 17 at the BMW Pavilion, 9th Ave. corner 30th St., Bonfiacio Global City (BGC). Valued BMW clientele, enthusiasts, and the general motoring public will get the chance to discover pure exhilaration and bear witness to the much anticipated annual showcase of the brand’s latest automobiles and activities for adults and children alike.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Philippines, meet your Subaru Palm Challenge 2017 country representatives. After a day under the searing sun last September 9, the toughest of the tough will represent the country at the Subaru Palm Challenge Regional Finals in Singapore.
Toyota is giving its venerable Land Cruiser Prado yet another refresh this 2018. First launched in 2009, the fourth-generation (J150) model offers a more modern and robust exterior styling, higher quality interior design, and improvements to its user-friendliness both on- and off-road.
Toyota is sending off the FJ Cruiser with a bang. Announced exclusively for the Japanese market, the FJ Cruiser Final Edition commemorates the end of production for Toyota’s mid-sized 2+2 off-roader.
Most people think they can do two things at once but psychological research proves the brain is just not wired to multitask, especially when driving. When the brain is taxed with too many simultaneous actions, it actually performs each one slower. So, for example, while many people may think they can safely talk on the phone and still concentrate fully on the road, the science says otherwise.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Nissan Philippines has just revealed the first local vehicle to benefit from their strategic Nissan Intelligent Mobility: the refreshed 2018 X-Trail. Available at all Nissan dealers starting this month, the 2018 X-Trail brings with it new technologies that offers a more confident and connected driving experience.
In an effort to promote safe and proper driving, MG Cars Philippines has just announced a partnership with Socialites Excellent Driving to launch a free Responsible Driving program.
Ever wondered what will happen if you put a modern Formula 1 engine into a road-legal car? Well, wonder no more as Mercedes-AMG is about to give you the chance to live your Lewis Hamilton dreams on EDSA. Though currently a show car, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE is inching its way to production including its 1,000-horsepower V6 engine, 0-200 km/h time of under 6 seconds, and a 350 km/h top speed.
The SUV-fication of BMW continues as the German automaker pulls the wraps off the Concept X7 iPerformance. The closest indication of BMW’s upcoming production flagship SUV that slots above the X5, the BMW calls it “a whole new take on luxury.” You can also call it fugly.
Monday, September 11, 2017
The Subaru Legacy is perhaps the most underappreciated executive sedan in the market today. Packing a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine (a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder is available) and standard all-wheel drive, it’s big, safe, and plush. It’s also quite spirited if you desire to push it to its limits. Well, now there’s another great reason to consider the Legacy and that has to do with savings. Lots of savings.