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October 31, 2018

Twelve-Time Subaru Car Challenge Veteran Finally Gets Top Prize

Twelve time’s the charm for Singaporean Analiza Mokhtar who bested 399 other contestants to win the 2018 Subaru Car Challenge.

October 30, 2018

Filipinos Bow Out of 2018 Subaru Car Challenge

At the dawn of the fourth day of the 2018 Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge, more than 356 contestants have dropped out including the last standing Filipino.

Review: 2018 Mazda CX-5 AWD Sport D

Whether you like it or not, crossovers are now officially the modern-day family car. Raised, boxy, and utilitarian, they’re compromised to a degree but remain a no brainer option for buyers who want something flexible. But every now and then, there comes one that goes beyond the norm. In this case, it’s the CX-5 AWD Sport D—Mazda’s full-bodied compact crossover.

Petron Lakbay Alalay Ready for Undas

Celebrated every November 1, “Undas” or All Saints’ Day is an enduring Filipino tradition where families honor the memory of their departed loved ones by visiting their final resting place.

Caltex is Ready for "Undas" Travelers

Starting October 31, thousands of motorists will rush out of Metro Manila to be with their families and remember lost loved ones. Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), will help ensure driver and passenger safety with Caltex Ka-Roadtrip Motorists Assistance Program at select Caltex stations along major highways in northern and southern Luzon.

Isuzu Philippines Provides Transportation Backbone of Rehabilitated Boracay

Just in time for the re-opening of a rehabilitated Boracay Island, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) turned over to Grab Philippines units of the Isuzu modernized public utility vehicle (PUV) at the island’s Bolabog Terminal on October 26—the very day of the island paradise’s official re-opening to foreign and domestic tourists.

Toyota Motor Philippines Outlines Grab Driver-Partner Benefits

After an announcement two weeks ago, top executives from Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), Grab Philippines, and Toyota Financial Services Philippines (TFSPH) officially signed the Memorandum of Agreement that makes vehicle replacement and regular maintenance easier for existing TNVS drivers.

October 29, 2018

Three Filipinos Left Standing at 2018 Subaru Car Challenge

85 Singaporean and 40 regional contestants are still in the running for this year’s Grand Prize of a brand-new Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S at the 2018 Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge. Participants from the region have proven themselves to be strong contenders amidst the unpredictable weather on the second day.

Final Call for Entries to Petron x 8 Oras ng Pilipinas

The country’s most-awaited endurance race, the Petron x 8 Oras ng Pilipinas, is now setting up for yet another epic test of man and machine. Lights turn green this coming December 1 to 2, 2018 at the Clark International Speedway and teams who dare to take on the challenge may now submit their entries.

Mazda Philippines Shows Long-Term Commitment with New Warehouse and Training Facility

Bermaz Auto Philippines, Inc. (BAP) has begun construction of a P 250 million-peso warehouse and training facility situated in Cabuyao, Laguna.

October 27, 2018

Mediacorp and Subaru Kicks Off the 2018 Car Challenge in Singapore

The Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge has kicked off at exactly 1 PM today at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza in Singapore.

Isuzu's New mu-X LS A/T is the Crosswind's Spiritual Successor (w/ Specs)

Some Filipinos decry the loss of the Crosswind as a no-nonsense people carrier; and while there’s the mu-X SUV, its P 1.5 million price point meant it was out of reach for some buyers. Well, Isuzu Philippines Corporation has some good news for all penny pinchers out there.

Filipino Buyers Shifting Away from PPVs to Compact SUVs According to Subaru

Despite the overall sales slump affecting the Philippine automotive industry, Motor Image Pilipinas remains confident of its own performance as the year heads to the crucial fourth quarter. This has led the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles to continue with its aggressive Philippine market expansion plans.

Centro Manufacturing, Nippon Fruehauf to Build Refrigerated Truck Bodies in Philippines

Centro Manufacturing Corporation, the country’s leading truck body builder has recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Nippon Fruehauf to locally manufacturer insulated sandwich panels as well as locally assemble and install ref van bodies on local truck platforms.

October 26, 2018

Isuzu Philippines is Looking to Produce This Special D-MAX Variant

Isuzu Philippines Corporation is previewing a possible special variant of the D-MAX pickup truck at the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).

BMW Philippines Shows Off First-Ever 6 Series Gran Turismo, 2019 X4, and M2 Coupe (w/ Specs)

SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. (SMCACDC), the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines shows the future of luxury with a showcase of its latest products led by the first-ever 6 Series Gran Turismo and the all-new X4.

October 25, 2018

Tata Motors Philippines Goes All Euro 4

Tata Motors Philippines displayed its Euro 4 range of commercial vehicles at the 7th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS). Headlining its first year of participation at the biennial show, Tata showcased the Tata Super Ace Mint for the small commercial vehicle segment category, the Tata SFC 407 and Tata Ultra in the light commercial vehicles category.

Volkswagen Philippines's 11-Car Display Makes It the Most Complete at PIMS

Volkswagen Philippines joins the 7th edition of the much-awaited Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City with an expansive display of 11 vehicles in its line-up, including the three newest variants that will be available to consumers by December 2018.

Honda Allows You to Experience Its Safety Tech Safely

It doesn’t matter how safe you drive, chances are if you were distracted, even for a split-second, it could lead into an accident. On a mission to reduce traffic-related accidents and injuries, Honda Cars Philippines has made its Honda SENSING technology available on its 7-seater diesel SUV: the CR-V.

Modders Just Found an Ally in Congress

Modders, we just found an ally in Congress. Representative Harlin Neil J. Abayon III just threw his support to the 4x4 and off-roading community by filing House Resolution 2278 calling for an investigation in the modified vehicle crackdown of the LTO.

This Navara and Terra Concept Will Scare the Sh*t Out of the LTO

Nissan Philippines, Inc. is going to give the LTO nightmares with a pair of special edition vehicles based on the best-selling Navara pickup truck and the Terra 7-seater SUV.

Mazda Philippines Finally Reveals Prices of 2019 MX-5, Mazda6, and CX-9 Signature (w/ Specs)

Last week, Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country gave a sneak peek of the 2019 MX-5, Mazda6, and CX-9. Collectively known as the “2019 Mazda Collection” they were finally shown to the public at the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).

Mazda's Tribute to One of the Philippines's Best Racers Proves Cars Have Souls (w/ Video)

Mazda has always espoused a lasting bond between man and machine, and while it sounds more like a marketing tagline, things just got real—way real at the Philippine International Motor Show.

October 24, 2018

Isuzu Philippines Enters Lightweight Truck Market with VT02

Isuzu Philippines Corporation is expanding its commercial vehicle offering with the market preview of the VT02 lightweight truck at the Philippine International Motor Show.

Nissan Philippines Ups the Excitement with the 2019 370Z NISMO and Juke NISMO

Nissan Philippines, Inc., the fastest growing automaker in the country is set to bring in excitement with the market preview of two new sporty offerings: the 370Z NISMO and the Juke NISMO RS at the Philippine International Motor Show.

Suzuki Philippines Previews All-New 2019 Jimny (w/ 17 Photos)

Suzuki Philippines used the Philippine International Motor Show to preview the much-awaited 2019 Jimny. Just launched globally last July 2018, the all-new Jimny is the fourth-generation model is what Suzuki calls “a real SUV.”

2019 SsangYong Musso Takes a Luxury Approach to Pick-Up Trucks (w/ 14 Photos, Specs)

Korean carmaker SsangYong is entering the pickup truck market with the Musso. Literally meaning, “rhinoceros” in Korean, the Musso builds on their expertise as a commercial vehicle manufacturer and as such, takes a somewhat different approach.

Honda's Small RS Concept Arrives in Manila

Honda Cars Philippines brought out its sporty Small RS Concept at the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) which runs today until Sunday, October 28, 2018. Embodying its renowned sporty and fun-to-drive attributes, the Small RS Concept previews the all-new Brio sub-compact hatchback which may arrive sometime in 2019.

Honda Moves BR-V Production Back to Philippines

The Philippine automotive industry got a huge boost with Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) move to localize the BR-V’s production to their Santa Rosa, Laguna assembly plant.

Petron Adds Lamborghini Aventador S to Its Limited Edition Collectible Line

The holiday season comes early to toy car collectors with the addition of the Lamborghini Aventador S to the Petron Toy Car Collection, available from now until November 4 at participating Petron stations nationwide.

BPI Family Savings Bank Offers Discounted Downpayment at PIMS 2018

Despite rising inflation and peso-dollar exchange rates, Filipinos are taking advantage of low rates and waived fees for auto loans, resulting in a 12 percent rise in applications and bookings for such loans for BPI Family Savings Bank (BFSB).

October 23, 2018

LTO Just Doubled Down on the Modified Car Ban

After a dialogue between off-roading groups, aftermarket industry players, and the LTO, we have some bad news to report for all you modders out there: the government agency isn’t issuing a moratorium on the apprehension of modified vehicles.

Do You Know What These Wheel Markings Mean?

All the brouhaha brought about by the LTO’s modified vehicle crackdown on the grounds of safety has the legitimate aftermarket industry up in arms. To simply say that a change of wheels already makes a vehicle unsafe totally disregards the amount of R&D that has gone through making these wheels.

Subaru is Now a Top Global Brand

Interbrand, a global brand consultancy company released their annual list of the 2018 Best Global Brands. With a theme of “Activating Brave,” the 2018 Best Global Brands Report examines the roles a brand strength plays in the “bold transformation of the world’s leading businesses to drive lasting economic value.”

Toyota Motor Philippines Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Savings Up to P 100,000

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Toyota Motor Philippines is offering pay low, pay light, or outright cash discounts on the Vios, Innova, Wigo, Hiace, Hilux, Avanza, Fortuner, and Corolla Altis. With only one week remaining (promotion period ends October 31), get as much as P 100,000 off your favorite Toyota vehicle.

Hyundai Philippines Sales Slip 6 Percent in Q3 2018

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) says that sales experienced a “minimal” decline of 6 percent ending the third quarter of 2018. A total of 9,483 units were sold compared to the 10,085 units in the third quarter of 2017.

Nissan Doubles Down on Electrics, Self-Driving Cars for Asia & Oceania

Despite the challenges facing advanced vehicle technology in the Asia & Oceania setting, Nissan firmly believes that the future remains electric, connected, and autonomous. That’s what Vincent Wijnen, senior vice president for Nissan Asia & Oceania revealed in an interview.

Review: 2018 BMW X2 xDrive20d M Sport X

Every now and then, a carmaker comes up with an offering unbridled by tradition that it comes across as a breath of fresh air. The latest one from BMW’s stable, the X2, is exactly that. It’s a compact crossover that ditches convention and despite of their increasingly jampacked SUV portfolio, is a standout in almost every way.

Grab Partners with Government Agencies to Prevent Crime

Meet the latest in Manila crime prevention: Grab. As part of their “Safer Everyday” campaign, Grab is now going “all cop” thanks to its partnership with various government agencies.

October 22, 2018

Suzuki to Show Off Next-Generation Vehicles at PIMS 2018

Suzuki Philippines demonstrates its continued efforts to innovate and offer Filipinos vehicles that serve as their partners in life, moving with them now and toward the future, as it joins this year’s Philippine International Motor Show.

Grab to Roll Out New Features to Make Commutes Safer

Ride-sharing giant Grab has announced the start of its “Safer Everyday” campaign which aims to bolster not just rider, but driver safety as well through various on- and offline initiatives. As a result, the industry giant says they will raise the safety standards for the TNVS industry as a whole.

The Volkswagen Santana is the Affordable, Aspirational Choice

Everyone aspires for German-quality vehicles. Noted for its timeless appeal and robust engineering, they are the most visible display of discerning taste. Now, with the arrival of the Volkswagen Santana which starts at P 686,000, everyone can now enjoy German engineering at its finest.

Peugeot to Offer Electrified Sports Vehicles by 2020

For Peugeot, the future is electric. After showing off the beautiful e-LEGEND CONCEPT, the French carmaker is putting all its chips on electrification technology, particularly when it comes to their next-generation sports vehicles.

The 2019 X7 is the Big Daddy of BMW's SUV Line-Up

BMW is finally completing its Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) line with the introduction of the first-ever X7. The largest of BMW’s SUV line-up, it’s the “bid daddy” with comfortable seating for 7. Yet, they say it will retain all the off-road prowess, excellent ride comfort, and agile on-road handling that all SAVs are known for.

Hyundai Recognized as Brand of the Year 2018 by the Red Dot Awards

Hyundai Motor Company has been recognized as the Brand of the Year 2018 by the Red Dot Awards. This adds to the five previously received Communication Design accolades for 2018 for the Korean carmaker’s creative and innovative design.

October 20, 2018

Public Service Announcement: Do Not Join the Mass Registration (Protest) Planned on Monday

Hey guys, we’re all passionate about this LTO crackdown on modified vehicles, but let cool heads prevail. It’s been reported that a mass registration is planned for Monday, October 22, 2018 at the LTO East Avenue as a sort of “protest action.” Please, goodness sake, DO NOT JOIN SUCH PROTEST ACTION.

October 19, 2018

Hyundai Philippines Brings in Facelifted 2018 Tucson (w/ Specs)

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines brings in the updated 2018 Tucson. It brings much-needed aesthetic and mechanical changes that helps it compete in the crowded compact crossover segment.

Ford is Building 350 More Ford GT Supercars

With over 6,500 applicants racing up to own one of 1,000 Ford GTs, it was inevitable that not everyone would get one. To rectify that, Ford just announced that they’re increasing production of its famed supercar to 1,350 vehicles.

Hyundai Bags Another Design Award for Kona and Santa Fe

Hyundai has once again received recognition for the all-new 2019 Santa Fe and the 2018 Kona, this time from the Industrial Designers Society of America or IDSA.