Thursday, November 29, 2018

The 2020 Palisade is Hyundai's Biggest SUV Yet (w/ 15 Photos)


We can’t stress enough that Americans like things big so it’s no surprise that Korean automaker Hyundai is giving them just that: the biggest passenger vehicle they’ve ever made: the first-ever Palisade.

Kia Continues Its Funky Ways with the 2020 Soul (w/ 21 Photos)


Kia’s funky crossover, the Soul is back for a third generation. Riding on an all-new platform and with an available turbocharged engine and all-electric motor, the Soul is just about everything the young urbanite would ever need in a vehicle.

12th Manila Auto Salon and 24th Sport Truck Show Opens Today


The Philippine automotive aftermarket industry will take center stage once more as two of the most awaited motoring events will be held this November 29 to December 2, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Presented by Delium Tires Philippines, the 12th Manila Auto Salon will be held back-to-back with the 24th Sport Truck Show.

Jeep Brings Back the Pickup with the 2020 Gladiator (w/ 15 Photos)


The wait is over. After countless leaks, spy shots and speculation, Jeep has finally confirmed the car industry’s worst kept secret: the return of the Wrangler pickup truck. Playing up their heritage of unmatched toughness, iconic design, and best-in-class towing and payload, this is the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

MG Philippines Holds Introductory Low-Down Promo


Driving home a brand-new MG is now made even easier with the Hello, MG! Introductory Promo—MG Philippines’s introductory low-down payment offering which runs until December 31, 2018.

AutoPerformance Motorsport Aims for Win at 8 Oras ng Pilipinas


Over the last four endurance races, AutoPerformance Motorsport has amassed two class wins, four podiums, and two overall titles. After a surprise 3rd place finish in the 2016 Philippine Endurance Challege, the team and its BMW M3 has been perennial contenders, as well as record holders as the first ever non-Japanese car to win a Philippine endurance race, and the longest race distance accomplished. But one thing has eluded the team: a win in the 8 Oras ng Pilipinas which is held every December at the Clark International Speedway.

Suzuki Philippines Brings AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 to Bacolod


Compact car, outboard motor distributor, and motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki Philippines (SPH) further demonstrates its commitment to supporting the Filipino youth and upholding the Filipino pride, by bringing yet again the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) cup, the region’s biggest football tournament.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Playing the Evolution Game with the All-New 2019 Porsche 911 (w/ 13 Photos)


There’s no need to squint: you’re looking the eighth-generation Porsche 911. Still pretty much an evolution in design, Porsche says its new sportscar will continue to set the standard when it comes to sportiness. Oh, and it’s also helped by the more modern interior, increased tech, and innovative assistance systems.

A New Era for Mazda Begins: This is the 2019 Mazda3 (w/ 26 Photos)


Having been impressed driving its prototype form last May, Mazda has finally pulled the wraps off its first seventh-generation model: the fourth-generation, all-new 2019 Mazda3.

Nissan Starts Global Initiatives to Maximize EV Ownership


As the maker of the world’s best-selling battery electric vehicle or EVs, Nissan has envisioned a new way for owners to utilize their cars to store and share energy.

The 2019 Honda Passport is a Sportier, 5-Seater Pilot (w/ 13 Photos)


The Honda Passport is back and as expected, it’s basically a chopped-up Pilot. Still, Honda promises a combination of “on-road refinement and off-road adventure capability.” Oh, and like all other Hondas, best-in-class interior room.

Hella Wants You to Give the Gift of Safety This Christmas Season


With an average of 110,000 road crashes in Metro Manila alone, 40 of which are attributable to defective or faulty car parts, Hella—a leading European manufacturer of automotive parts wants you to give the gift of a safer ride this Christmas season.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Subaru to Install Japan's Largest Captive Solar Power System


Subaru is going green with its plan to install Japan’s largest-scale captive-consumption solar power system at their Gunma Oizumi plant.

How Much Does It Cost to Restore a First-Generation Mazda MX-5?


Part of their thrust to deepen the bond between car and driver, fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Program Director and MX-5 Ambassador Nobuhiro Yamamoto flew into Manila to personally present the much-acclaimed MX-5 NA Restoration Service as well as a piece of great news.

DAF Philippines Opens Showroom


DAF Philippines (DAF PH) held a soft launch of its new 600 square-meter showroom located along Pulo-Diezmo Road, Barangay Pulo, Cabuyao, Laguna. A short drive from the Southbound Tollgate along SLEX, the new showroom showcases DAF PH’s line of XF and CF trucks.

GM to Cut Product Line, Close Down Factories Globally


General Motors has announced plans to cut its product portfolio and close down manufacturing facilities around the world in a bid to restructure itself for the future.

Review: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe CRDi GLS 2WD


Seventeen years ago, Hyundai launched an SUV called the Santa Fe—a cut-rate blob that did nothing to counter the notion that Korean cars were a little cheap. Fast-forward to the present and Hyundai has become a purveyor of award-winning vehicles that has helped it conquer the world. The 2019 Santa Fe is certainly a reflection of that progress, and a sign of better things to come.

The First-Ever 2019 UX Crossover is Your Gateway to Lexus Ownership (w/ Specs, 25 Photos)


Lexus Philippines is offering a new gateway into the Japanese luxury brand with the introduction of their first-ever subcompact crossover, the UX. Made for the modern urban explorer, it blends fresh and contemporary style with luxury and dynamism.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Ford GT Comes to Petron Toy Car Collection


The second series of the Petron Limited Edition Toy Car Collectibles is just days away! Joining the line-up is the Ford GT which becomes available at participating Petron stations nationwide starting November 30 to December 15, 2018.

Mitsubishi Follows Nissan's Lead and Fires Its Chairman


After being sacked by Nissan from his Chairman of the Board position last week, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation moved swiftly and has done the same and ousted Carlos Ghosn their Chairman and Representative Director.

Grab Will Now Penalize Riders Who Cancel on Their Drivers


Warring Grab users beware: the ride-hailing company is now introducing a “Passenger Time Out” feature which penalizes you for cancelling a ride.

Waze Can Now Integrate with CarPlay, Spotify, and More


Waze continues to innovate and now brings two new integration features: Apple CarPlay and Waze Audio Player into the latest version of the app.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

First Drive: 2018 Mitsubishi Xpander GLS A/T


Approximately six months ago, Mitsubishi introduced the Xpander, a new-generation MPV that blends the best attributes of a traditional people carrier with that of an SUV. As the Philippines’s fastest growing segment volume-wise, it’s curious as to why it took a while for Mitsubishi Motors Philippines to come up with a proper shakedown for its new offering, round-the-block test drives notwithstanding.

Team Philippines Triumphs at Castrol Asia Pacific Bikes Super Mechanic Contest 2018


Team Philippines formed by Julius Maranga, Georekey Cantabaco, and Gabriel Hidalgo Jr., was crowned the Regional Champion of the Castrol Asia Pacific Bikes Super Mechanic Contest 2018 after their outstanding performance at the grand finale. Team Vietnam and team Malaysia were announced as the Runner-up and the Second Runner-up respectively.

TNVS Rides Will Now Be More Entertaining and Rewarding


IDOOH Philippines and Voyager Innovations Inc. announced their strategic partnership to utilize each other’s market-leading technology services.

Subaru Withdraws from Japan Car of the Year 2018-2019 Selection


There will only be 9 finalists running for the coveted Japan Car of the Year 2018-2019 as Subaru made a shock announcement of withdrawing its Forester from contention.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Foton Opens in La Union


The year may be coming to a close, but Foton Motor Philippines, Inc. (FMPI) has continued to expand their dealer footprint with the official opening of their newest dealership in Bauang, La Union.

Toyota Motor Philippines Announces New Recall of Prius Models


After having to recall 82 Prius models due to a fault with its wiring harness, Toyota Motor Philippines has announced a new recall. This time, Toyota’s gasoline-electric hybrid has been hit with a problem concerning its Power Management ECU.

Nissan Sacks Carlos Ghosn


Nissan’s board of directors has met today and as expected, sacked Carlos Ghosn as their Chairman and Representative Director. Greg Kelly has also been discharged as Representative Director as well.

Mercedes-Benz Philippines Ushers In New Era of Luxury with 2019 A-Class (w/ Specs)


Auto Nation Group, the official distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the Philippines introduces a new era in luxury: the all-new 2019 A-Class.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Arrives for MY2014 and Up Mazda Models


After showing off Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on its 2019 models, Mazda has finally answered the prayer of owners everywhere: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are coming to older models as well.

Chevrolet Philippines Brings in 2019 Corvette Stingray (w/ Specs)


In celebration of the Chevrolet Corvette’s 65th anniversary, The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the Philippines, announces the arrival of America’s supercar into the country. The 2019 Corvette is now available for reservation at all Chevrolet dealerships nationwide with customer deliveries starting in the first quarter of 2019.

Harley-Davidson of Manila to Hold Open House to Showcase 2019 Models


After announcing the availability of its 2019 line-up, Harley-Davidson of Manila is holding an open house to showcase the brand’s full motorcycle range as well as accessories and gear starting this Saturday, November 24 at both their EDSA Greenhills and Shangri-La Fort showrooms.

Your Next Car Maybe at at the Auto Auction Lot


Fancy getting a car this Christmas? Instead of heading over to a car dealership, maybe it’s time to consider going to an auction instead.

BMW Motorrad Reinforces Ties with Ibero Asistencia


SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. (SMCACDC), the official importer and distributor of BMW Motorrad in the Philippines, recently renewed its partnership with roadside assistance provider Ibero Asistencia.

Did Nissan Orchestrate Their Own Chairman's Very Public Arrest?


The impending ouster and arrest of Nissan’s Chairman Carlos Ghosn has taken a dramatic twist: the whole thing might have been carefully choreographed by the Japanese automaker’s management.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Ford Troller T4 is an Extremely Off-Road Capable SUV


While the world awaits the 2020 Ford Bronco, to tide you over, here’s the closest thing we have at the moment: the Troller T4.

Commercial Vehicles Carry Hyundai Philippine Sales in October 2018


Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the country, experienced a new high in 2018 as October sales reached 3,578 units. A strong start to the fourth quarter of the year, October saw the brand grow 9.6 percent compared to October 2017.

UPDATED: Nissan's Disgraced Chairman "Stole" Money Enough for 317 GT-Rs


UPDATE: Renault keeps Ghosn as its Chairman (11/21).

The House of Carlos Ghosn is quickly unraveling as both Renault and Mitsubishi are set to oust him as their Chairman.

2019 Honda Accord Arriving in ASEAN After All


Our friends at Auto Info Thailand says that the all-new 2019 Honda Accord is making its ASEAN debut at the upcoming Thailand Motor Expo 2018.

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette is Almost in Manila


After months of teasing (and then silence), The Covenant Car Company Inc., has announced that the Corvette will be making its public debut this weekend. The exclusive distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the country says it will form the centerpiece of their annual Chevrolet Motorama event.

Everyday Extraordinary: A Second Look at the 2018 Mazda6 Sports Wagon


If there’s one carmaker that does design well, it’s Mazda. Since the introduction of their KODO design in 2012, they have steadily proven to be a contender when it comes to delivering class and elegance, as well as consistent driving performance. These elements are present across the product categories, not just in the coveted MX-5. In fact, their Jinba-Ittai or horse-and-rider-as-one philosophy manifests itself strongly even in their executive car offering, the Mazda6 Sports Wagon (read the in-depth review, here).

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

This is Subaru's First-Ever Plug-In Hybrid


Subaru has finally showed off the brand’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle: the 2019 Subaru XV Hybrid. Arriving first for the US market by the end of the year, the Subaru XV Hybrid marries real all-wheel drive capability with a fuel-efficient hybrid package.

Review: 2018 Toyota Vios 1.3 E Prime A/T


It’s hard to get excited about driving the Toyota Vios; it is, the quintessential commuter car after all. However, there’s also no doubting its contribution to Toyota Motor Philippines’s bottom line. And among all the Vios variants, it’s the 1.3-liter that’s most important. Therefore, it’s time to cast all prejudice aside and find out if the 2018 Vios is all it’s cracked up to be.

Jaguar Just Built a F-Type Convertible Rally Car


Jaguar is celebrating 70 years of its sportscar heritage by developing a couple of F-Type Convertible rally cars. However, don’t be going to your nearest Jaguar showroom just yet.

Zeneos Victuro Racing Tire Launched for Philippine Market


PT Gajah Tunggal Tbk, one of the largest integrated tire manufacturers in Southeast Asia, launches its all-new Zeneos Victuro Racing Tire.

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Man Who Saved Nissan is Now Under Arrest


He may have been the man who helped save Nissan, but now Carlos Ghosn has been arrested in Tokyo over alleged misconduct involving “significant acts of misconduct.”

Ducati Open Trackday Brings in World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa


Ducati Philippines has announced that Ducati MotoGP rider and World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa will be in the Philippines for the Panigale V4 Experience which will be held at the Clark International Speedway this November 21 to 23, 2018.

2018 Suzuki Swift Scores a 4-Star Safety Rating at ASEAN NCAP


The all-new 2018 Suzuki Swift scored a solid 4 out of 5 stars in its ASEAN NCAP safety test. This test is significant for the locally available Swift since the variant tested by ASEAN NCAP, the GL, mirrors exactly the Philippine spec model.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Suzuki Philippines Sales Remain Strong in Q3 2018


Consistent with its performance during the first two quarters of the year, Suzuki Philippines (SPH) finishes the third quarter with yet another strong showing, enabling the company to post 6 percent sales growth for the first nine months of the year compared with the same period in 2017.