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June 29, 2018

In Her Own Words: A One-On-One with Hyundai's Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo

In the traditionally male-dominated automotive industry, Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo has risen to become the president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI). With Ms. Agudo at the helm, HARI has become one of the biggest and strongest carmakers locally. More recently, she was instrumental in HARI getting the official distributorship of Hyundai commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses in the country. This makes HARI the only distributor in Southeast Asia to combine both passenger car and CV operations under one distributor.

Science Says: Backseat Drivers Aren't Just Annoying, They're Dangerous

Stuck in traffic, your spouse decides to take the “quicker” route home but makes a wrong turn instead. “Now we will never get home!” you shout from the passenger seat. The children, safely buckled in the back seat, start to cry. With so many distractions, you’ve just increased your driver’s chances of making a careless–and dangerous–move on the road.

June 28, 2018

The Lamborghini Urus is the World's Best Luxury SUV for 2018

The new Lamborghini Urus is named MVP SUV of Robb Report’s Best of the Best 2018 awards. The American luxury-lifestyle magazine describes this super SUV as a “consummate crossover” with the combined elements of the Lamborghini Huracán Performante and Aventador S with its own innovative engineering.

5 Features of the Ford Everest That'll Get You Through This Rainy Season

The rainy season has officially kicked off and the all too familiar heavy downpour, road blockages, and flash floods are here once again. This certainly makes driving a bit nerve-wracking. But no need to fret as Ford can make your driving experience worry-free with the Ford Everest.

All-New 2018 Suzuki Swift Lands in the Philippines (w/ Specs, 23 Photos, Video)

One of Suzuki Philippines’ most anticipated models of the year, the all-new 2018 Swift has finally arrived. Launched side-by-side with the all-new Dzire sedan (you can read our initial impressions here), the Swift enters the market with a bolder look, impressive specifications, and an affordable price tag.

June 27, 2018

The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is Going to Give the Ferrari 812 Superfast a Run Its Money (w/ 17 Photos)

The Aston Martin Vanquish S is now gone and with that, the old-style Aston Martin chassis and normally-aspirated V12 engine. Don’t fret though, because the car that replaces it, the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is just as powerful and opulent.

Japan Now Gets the All-New, Sportier 2019 Corolla

After Toyota rolled out the red carpet at the New York International Auto Show, its home country of Japan is finally seeing the sleeker, sportier 2019 Corolla.

Volkswagen Just Broke the Record All-Time Record at Pikes Peak

Volkswagen and the I.D. R Pikes Peak have made history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Driving the 680-horsepower I.D. R Pikes Peak, Romain Dumas defeated a field including cars with conventional drivetrain technology. In doing so, he not only broke the previous record for electric vehicles, but also bettered Sébastien Loeb’s all-time record from 2013 by a full 16 seconds. Dumas’ new record of 7m 57.148s minutes is now top of the list of Pikes Peak champions, which includes such acclaimed drivers as Loeb, Walter Röhrl, Michèle Mouton, Stig Blomqvist, Nobuhiro Tajima, and also Rod Millen and his son Rhys.

Subaru Forester Sales Continue to Bloom in Japan

The death of the turbocharger isn’t dampening sales of the fifth-generation Subaru Forester in its home country of Japan. Subaru Corporation reveals that 4,119 units have been reserved so far after just a month.

Isuzu Philippines Holds Service Skills Olympics

Isuzu Philippines Corporation successfully concluded its annual Isuzu Service Skills Olympics (ISSO) held at its compound in Binan, Laguna last June 1 and 2.

2018 Mazda CX-9 Earns Top Safety Rating in US-Based Crash Test Results

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 7-seater SUV earned a five-star overall safety rating in the US government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) following the completion of rigorous collision and pre-collision testing.

June 26, 2018

Black Rhino Offers Rainy Day Sale

Is the rainy season making you feel down? What about flooding or potholes? Well, Black Rhino Philippines is offering a way to beat your gloomy mood (and the weather) by offering select designs at a more affordable price.

Reserve a Volkswagen Santana, Lavida, or Tiguan Until July 4 and Get 1-Year PMS Free

Volkswagen Philippines is pulling out all the stops to make sure your next car is a VW. From today until Wednesday, July 4, people who reserve the new Santana Trendline, Lavida 230 TSI Comfortline, and Tiguan 280 TSI Comfortline at the two on-going road shows are entitled to free Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) for 1 year.

2018 Isuzu mu-X 3.0 Blue Power vs 2018 Toyota Fortuner 2.4 TRD

It is given: mid-sized 7-seater SUVs is now this generation’s family car. Aside from a seating configuration that allows the entire caboodle to hit the shopping mall in style, they’re tall (flood-proof), durable, and most importantly, powered by a frugal (ish) diesel engine. Naturally, not one SUV could have everything. This suddenly puts into focus the buyer’s priorities: does he want something practical, but dull or is he will to sacrifice a bit of that practicality for a dash of sportiness?

Should You Believe Hyundai's Top Rank in the J.D. Power Quality Survey?

Hyundai has grabbed the headlines by topping the J.D. Power’s 2018 US Initial Quality Study or IQS. In the latest results released just a few days ago, Hyundai’s premium brand, Genesis managed to topple long-time leader Porsche in the Premium category while sister brands Kia and Hyundai took the top spots in the Non-Premium category pushing American, German, and Japanese makes down the order. But are the results all they’re cracked up to be?

FIA Motorsports Conference Delegates Rolled in Style

Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), represented by its luxury H350 van and by the Hyundai Grand Starex, shone once again on the global stage as Official Vehicle Partner of the 2018 FIA Motorsports Conference, organized by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in collaboration with the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP).

5 Reasons Why the Volvo XC60 Won World Car of the Year

Sleek and stylish. Powerful and exhilarating. Intuitive and intelligent. These are just some of the adjectives that aptly describe the titleholder of this year’s World Car of the Year award. Given at the New York International Auto Show, Volvo’s midsize premium SUV: the XC60 has yet again earned another accolade to add to its already long list of awards.

23 Teams Conquer Weather and Attrition in Petron Philippine Endurance Challenge

The Petron x Philippine Endurance Challenge (Petron PEC) is a battle of attrition, racing non-stop to see who can go the farthest around the clock. But the 2018 edition of the 4 Oras ng Pilipinas had several new elements that added to the difficulty of the event. Not only did the mixed 23-car grid had to brave non-stop rain, but the merger of the Kalayaan Cup meant that several teams had to outlast the full 12 hours.

June 25, 2018

Official Jaguar and Land Rover Showroom Opens on EDSA

All British Cars marked the inaugural opening of the official Jaguar and Land Rover showroom located at 1008 EDSA Greenhills, San Juan City.

Subaru to Showcase Core Technology with Ultimate Test Drive Tour

Motor Image Pilipinas, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the Philippines, invites everyone to be a part of a truly unique driving experience in the coming months.

Share Your Kia Travels and Be Featured on Kia Philippines's Social Media

Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines, encourages Kia owners to explore the outdoors, share, and mark their photos on the Kia Motors Philippines Facebook page with #MyKiaPH.

Waze Appoints New Country Manager for Philippines

Waze, the world’s largest community-based mobility app and a Google company, has appointed Sarah Rodriguez as Country Manager for the Philippines.

June 24, 2018

Super GT and DTM to Tie Up with Joint Racing Series

Two top-tier touring car racing series will race together under a joint series starting in 2019. Germany’s Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) and Japan’s Super GT have finalized plans for a joint regulation under “Class 1” starting with two races in 2019.

This is Porsche's Gift to Itself: Meet the 911 Speedster Concept

Porsche just gifted itself with an awesome birthday present in the 911 Speedster Concept. Produced to commemorate the German brand’s 70th anniversary, the 911 Speedster Concept is a road-ready study (i.e. we’ll produce it if you clamor hard enough) that puts driving experience as the main focus of the car.

Grab App Now Offers Emergency Button

Grab is introducing a new feature that should help keep its riders at ease during lone commutes, especially at night: an Emergency SOS button.

Crazy Rich Japanese Get All-New Lexus LS-Beating Toyota Century (w/ 17 Photos)

In Japan, if you’re rich, you don’t roll in a Lexus; that’s reserved for plebeians. You hit the town riding in the Toyota Century. Turns out, the Kim Kardashians there are lucky because Toyota just rolled out the first completely re-designed Century in 21 years.

June 22, 2018

Road Tripping with the Honda Mobilio: Yay or Nay?

With the rising popularity of 7-seater vehicles in the country, it’s no wonder why Honda came up with not one, not two, but 3 three-row offerings in the market: the Mobilio, the BR-V, and the CR-V. Clearly, they think there’s a market for each, and for the purposes of this story, we’ll take a closer look at the Mobilio—their MPV that was designed to rival the Toyota Avanza and the Suzuki Ertiga.

I’ll be frank: in terms of design, there’s no comparison. Although the Honda Mobilio does resemble a minivan, it still has that some of that signature sporty Honda look that makes it look less of a purely functional vehicle (i.e. mom car) and more like one designed for a truly modern family.

Light and Easy

On the upside, I appreciate how easy the Mobilio is to maneuver in and out of traffic. The light steering is perfect to someone who’s had more seat time in smaller vehicles and sedans. The size of the Mobilio may be intimidating at first, but once I got used to it, it afforded me to have extra confidence. It’s easy to move from lane to lane and its acceleration felt safe. It also responds quickly to braking without the slow glide/abrupt stop that some vehicles would tend to have.

On the downside, it feels too light at times. For something of its size, I expected it to have a more solid feel similar to the Jazz or City. However, once I got it to the highway and accelerated to around 80 km/h, it felt like catching air. This actually made me doubt as to how much control it afforded once you come across things like cross winds or tackling a sharp turn or a sudden lane change.

In short, it does pretty well around city dwellings, but perhaps requires a bit of driver confidence when taken on a longer road trip.

That Bounce, Though

I’m chalking this up to its lightness. We took the back roads to Tagaytay (and back) as a shortcut — because Waze said so — and came across more bumps and potholes than you can imagine. While I was expecting the suspension to be stiffer than that of a sedan or a crossover, I didn’t expect to feel every little bounce. Since the purpose of the Mobilio is to move lots of people in comfort, it may be more adept that doing this sort of thing fully loaded.

Spacious and Comfortable (It Depends)

One of the factors in choosing a vehicle for a barkada or family road trip will always be space. Not only do we account for how many people can come along, but it also has to be roomy enough for all the essentials, whether it’s for a day trip or an overnight stay. The Mobilio, at least, offers that. Despite its compact exterior, the second and third row seats can actually squeeze 7 typically-sized adults and up to 9 petite-sized individuals if you dare.

However, considering the Mobilio’s size, the cargo capacity is a challenge if the third-row is kept up. Increasing cargo space means having to fold down the third row and this automatically reduces the seating capacity to five.

The Verdict

Based on this experience, I’d say that the Honda Mobilio works well for day-to-day city driving, but perhaps not so much for a long highway drive. It scores high because of its functionality and packaging. And while the 1.5-liter engine could easily keep up with the demands of highway driving, it feels less than stable at high speed. I also wished for a more pliant ride. It’s a great daily driver, but those looking for a more adept road trip car, perhaps the CR-V would be the better choice.

Words and Photos by Gen Tiu.

June 21, 2018

Fastest Nissan Players at Gran Turismo Manufacturers Series Championship Get to Go to NISMO Festival in Japan

While not exactly GT Academy, Nissan is rewarding gamers who choose Nissan and win in an upcoming official FIA championship made for the Playstation game, Gran Turismo Sport.

Toyota Manila Bay Group Picks Shell as Official Fuel Partner

Sharing common values of credibility, integrity, and efficiency, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation was named the fuel partner of Toyota Manila Bay Corp, the largest car dealership group in the country.

How Did Mazda Manage to Get More Power Out of the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G?

Mazda has finally confirmed that their more powerful, higher-revving MX-5 won’t be a Japanese only offering. It’s going to be made available for overseas markets as early as the September of this year.

Subaru Philippines to Offer 20 Percent Discount on Parts and Services

Subaru owners can have extra peace of mind this rainy season as Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles will offer discounts on selected parts and services starting on Wednesday, June 27.

June 20, 2018

LTO Says Your Plates Have Begun Shipping, But You Better Wait Some More

Are you used to your Conduction Sticker Number? Well, you better get un-used to it as the Land Transportation Office (LTO) announced that the first batch of locally manufactured motor vehicle (MV) plates have begun shipping.

BMW's All-New 8 Series Looks Somewhat Like A Ford Mustang (w/ 15 Photos)

Forget all your nostalgic memories of a flagship BMW grand tourer with pop-up headlights; this here is the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe and frankly, it looks a Germanized Ford Mustang.

Sedans Aren't Dead as Hyundai Philippines Sees Growth in Elantra Sales

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines registered total sales of 2,054 units for the month of May. This puts total year-to-date sales for 2018 at 13,130 units, or a 7.3 percent decrease from the recorded 14,163 units in the same period of 2017.

Caltex Philippines Now Offering Justice League Collectible Toy Cars

Admittedly, this gimmick is a year too late, but at least Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI) is giving DC Comics fans some love. From today until August 15, 2018, Caltex will be offering Justice League collectible toy cars for just P 250.

June 19, 2018

Isuzu Philippines is the First to Have Modern PUVs Ply Our Roads

The Philippine Senate together with Isuzu Philippines Corporation set an example and paved the way for the future of the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) with the turnover of 15 modernized jeepneys as part of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).

Japan Now Has One of the Fastest Police Cars in Service

It might be in production for over a decade now, but the Nissan GT-R is still one of the world’s fastest sportscars. And while it’s sometimes associated with speedsters and hooligans, there’s one R35 that’s siding with the law. Would-be crooks in the Tochigi Prefecture should be shaking in their boots with the arrival of the prefecture’s first R35 GT-R police car.

Suzuki Shows First Official Photos of All-New Jimny SUV

Suzuki has had enough of spy shots and brochure leaks and decided once and for all to release the first official photos of the 2018 Jimny a month before its official debut in July 2018.

Review: 2018 Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT Convertible

It’s the middle of June and the rain just won’t let up. It’s wet, gloomy, and dreary—conditions that don’t suit the 2018 Ford Mustang. With four hundred sixty horsepower driving the rear wheels and a canvas soft top, this thing doesn’t make any practical sense for half the year. But once you press the starter button, you’ll crack a smile and say: f*ck it. I’m gonna drive this thing. Once you do, you’re reminded at how good life could be.

June 18, 2018

2017 Mazda3 Speed: Long-Term Test Wrap-Up

Mazda Philippines basically put money where their mouth is by letting us drive a 2017 Mazda3 for a year. They likely knew what they were getting: an honest look into Mazda ownership without any pretenses. Now, four hundred twelve days and 7,510 kilometers later, this is our verdict: Mazda, both as a maker of driver-centric vehicles and as a provider of aftersales service for said vehicles has come a long, long way.

Ferrari Scores International Engine of the Year 2018

Ferrari took no fewer than 6 awards in this year’s International Engine of the Year Awards making it the most decorated sportscar company with a total of 27 trophies in the award’s 20-year history.

Texting While Driving is Like Driving with Your Eyes Closed

Every text, emoji, and selfie that captures your attention limits your awareness while driving, putting you and those around you in unnecessary danger. Yes, even “just one” text can cause one accident. And that’s one too many.

Hyundai CV Dealers Held First Dealer Conference

Pioneer dealers of Hyundai commercial vehicles (CV) in the Philippines held the First CV Dealership Conference in Chengdu City, China.

June 17, 2018

10 Reasons Why SUV Owners Never Go Back to "Regular Cars"

Have you ever wanted to get away with your whole family for a weekend, but didn’t have enough room in your little car for everyone and their stuff? Have you ever got stuck in a flood during rainy season? These and other problems are easy to solve when you choose an SUV as your personal transportation.

Aston Martin Begins Production of All-New Vantage

Aston Martin has commenced production of the new Vantage, the most sporting model in the luxury carmaker’s series production range.