Thursday, November 21, 2019

Crossovers Are Now Niche as Car Buyers Move to Pick-Up Trucks, Mid-Sized SUVs


Whenever car launches happen, some journos are awestruck by the song-and-dance numbers that carmakers come up with; and since some numbers rival Cirque Du Soleil in their elaborateness, I guess that can’t be helped. Of course, for some of us who seek numbers, these presentations come across as being heavy on style, but light on substance.

It's Sporty, It's Fun, and Now, It's Proven Reliable Too: Mazda MX-5 Tops Reliability Study


Quick: what’s the most reliable car out there? If you’re thinking Toyota, you’re not far off, they’ve got a sizeable chunk in the Top 10 Most Reliable List. But you know what’s most impressive? A little two-door sportscar managed to beat them all. That’s right. For the 2020 Model Year, it’s the Mazda MX-5.

Global NCAP Pushes to Make Anti-lock Brakes Standard on Motorcycles


The Global NCAP is telling vehicle manufacturers to employ more standard driver assist technologies which could help in reducing the risk of road crashes. This was done at their latest “#StopTheCrash” initiative which is done in support of the United Nations Global Goals and Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Hyundai Previews Next-Generation Tucson with the Vision T Concept


Hyundai is showing off what its next-generation Tucson compact SUV could look like with the Vision T Plug-In Hybrid SUV Concept. The seventh model in a series of concepts from the Hyundai Design Center, it is a strong indication that the upcoming Tucson will finally carry the Sensuous Sportiness design concept.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Toyota Just Made a 302-Horsepower RAV4


Hey, Subaru. I hope you’re listening. Next time you’re thinking of making your Forester as mainstream as a Toyota RAV4, perhaps you should take a look at this: it’s a 302-horsepower version called the RAV4 Prime.

Travelers Encouraged to Leave Rudness Behind with MIAA's New Campaign


The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) encourages all travelers to leave rudeness behind. With that, the government agency is embarking on a civility campaign called DisipliNAIA to combate unacceptable airport behavior.

This is Aston Martin's First-Ever SUV: Meet the DBX


Aston Martin enters the ultra-luxury SUV segment with the DBX. As the first SUV in the British brand’s 106-year history, the DBX is the product of an extensive development program that started in 2015. With that, it’s expected to bring both the versatility and indulgence expected of a luxury SUV with Aston Martin levels of performance.

MG is the Official Mobility Partner for the 30th SEA Games


MG is the Official Mobility Partner of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and the 10th ASEAN Para Games which will be held in Manila this November to December 2019.

BMW Philippines to Offer As Much As P 2.5-Million Off at This Weekend's Holiday Deals


Mercedes-Benz isn’t the only premium brand holding a weekend sale this November 22-24, 2019. If you prefer something sportier, the folks at BMW may have the right car just for you.

This Unique CTEK Feature Increases Your Car Battery's Life


Let’s face it: most people don’t give their car batteries a second thought; they just expect it to fire up the engine at first crank, and think nothing of it after. However, because modern automobiles are much more complex, it does add a considerable strain on the battery, especially since battery technology hasn’t changed all that much.

Hino Opens in Isabela Province


Hino Motors Philippines (HMP) recently opened its first full-service dealership in Isabela to offer total support to Ilocanos and customers from neighboring cities. Hino Isabela, Hino’s 17th appointed dealership and the 19th dealer to be formally launched in the country, is ready to contribute to the city’s growth by supplying its truck and bus needs.

The Roma is a Return to Beautiful Ferrari Sportscars


Life after Pininfarina has been mixed for Ferrari. Vehicles designed under its in-house Ferrari Styling Centre are head-turners, but not exactly beautiful. That’s all changed though with the unveiling of its newest sportscar: the Roma.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Petron's Newest Campaign is a Nostalgic Trip Down Memory Lane (w/ Video)


Petron has launched a new marketing campaign that centers on their 85-year history as being integral of the Philippine automotive narrative. The campaign, “Kasabay sa Lakbay” is a nostalgic trip down memory lane showing how the number one fuel brand in the country has always been the Filipino’s reliable partner.

Ford Made a Mistake In Calling Their EV a Mustang


Mustang (noun) meaning a free-roaming horse found in the Western United States. It’s also the first “pony car,” an affordable sports coupe with a long hood and short deck first launched by Ford in 1964. It is the only nameplate in the Blue Oval’s stable to remain in uninterrupted production over five decades or development and revision. This year, Ford management to throw all that legacy away by launching a model that’s the anthesis of everything the Mustang stands for. The biggest crime is that they actually call it a Mustang.

Can Buying a FIAT 124 Spider Grant You Miata Club Philippines Membership?


With the announcement that the FIAT 124 Spider is now available for order locally, there’s one press matter on the minds of sportscar nuts out there: does it grant you membership into Miata Club Philippines?

Review: 2019 Ford Expedition V6 4WD Limited Max


Signing off on the test drive agreement, I waved the Ford driver goodbye and I nonchalantly opened my gate to let this week’s wheels in—a 2019 Expedition Max in a stunning shade of blue. With the Ranger Raptor fitting in snuggly, I figured this behemoth could fit. Oh, how I was wrong. Almost kissing the garage wall, I looked back to see a sizeable chunk of ass still sticking out. Oh boy, I thought. This is going to be an interesting week.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Foton Philippines Refreshes the Traveller XL With More Safety Features But Retains Its Price


While its trucks are known to be dependable, Foton Philippines has also built a stellar reputation around its formidable passenger van line-up. Case in point is the Traveller XL—their larger than life MPV that seats not 11, not 15, but 19 people. And now, it’s been refreshed with added safety features for the same price.

The 2020 Mazda3 is What Women Want, Apparently


The all-new Mazda3 has been named “Supreme Winner” of the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year awards. Aside from nabbing the highest distinction of the award giving body, the Mazda3 was also voted as the Women’s World Family Car of the Year.

This is Our Official Look at the 2020 Mirage and Mirage G4 (w/ 15 Photos)


After a short tease, Mitsubishi Motors has finally revealed the updated 2020 Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 (Attrage) sedan. Both models display the brand’s signature Dynamic Shield design and will be introduced first in Thailand this November with other markets to follow.

This is Aga Muhlach's Favorite Button in His Toyota Innova


After saving his daughter from a certified fuccboi, the second video from Toyota Innova ambassadors, the Muhlach family is finally out. Eschewing a contrived story line, this one goes straight to the point and answers some deep, personal questions. Questions such as: what is Aga’s favorite button in the Innova.

The 2019 Subaru Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight is More Mainstream Than Ever


With the same running gear as the mid-grade Subaru Forester 2.0i-L EyeSight, it’s sufficient enough to say that this high-trim model, the Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight drives the very same way. You can check out the more extensive review here, but if you want the gist, read on.

Mitsubishi Just Produced Its 700,000th Vehicle in the Philippines


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) adds another milestone to its historical achievements as it celebrates its 700,000 unit production milestone. Since 1964, MMPC has been manufacturing quality vehicles, which in return helps drive the Philippine economy forward.

CIao! The 2019 FIAT 124 Spider is Here!


In the market for a lightweight two-seater, open-top sportscar but find the Mazda MX-5 a bit too mainstream to your liking? Well, there’s always its Italian cousin, the FIAT 124 Spider.

Hyundai's New H-100 KapitanKargo Can Keep Up With Your Business Needs


Hyundai is saluting all budding entrepreneurs and businessmen with their new H-100 variant: the KapitanKargo. The newest body option in the H-100 stable, the KapitanKargo serves as a “last-mile” transport solution.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Would You Have Walked Away From This Crash With Just Minor Scratches?


Subaru is pinning its entire brand image on one single message: safety. In fact, many consider them as the Japanese equivalent of Volvo. So what happens when you pour all that research and development into making your cars safer? You get to walk away from this dramatic accident.

Driving Thru at McDonald's Can Win You a Chevrolet Trailblazer or Colorado


Have you driven-thru McDonald’s lately? Now’s probably the best time to do so because you can win a brand-new Chevrolet Trailblazer or Colorado in the process.

2020 Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Kona vs Honda HR-V vs Subaru XV


With the Seltos, Kia Philippines thinks they have one of the hottest rides around and who could blame them? The sub-compact crossover segment is absolutely lit with choices and everyone, and we mean everyone wants a piece of the action—including Chinese brands you probably haven’t even heard of.

Mazda Adds New Colors, Improved Interior for 2020 MX-5


While most of the attention was focused on Mazda’s first-ever production EV, the MX-30 at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show 2019, eagle-eyed show goers would have also noticed the updated for 2020 MX-5. Known as Roadster in Japan, it gets a wider options catalogue including a new exterior hue and soft-top color.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The All-New 2020 Nissan Almera Also Gets Turbo Power


Thailand is the first country in the Asia and Oceania region to launch the all-new Almera—Nissan’s revitalized entry into the sub-compact sedan genre that promises new levels of refinement and safety. Oh, and it debuts a brand-new 1.0-liter turbocharged engine as well.

The SsangYong Tivoli Goes All Diesel for 2020 and Prices Start at Just P 1.180-Million (w/ Specs)


While the Korando has certainly taken the spotlight over at SsangYong, their sub-compact crossover, the Tivoli also gets a makeover for 2020. The most notable change? A swapping from gasoline to diesel power.

Will the P 1.290-Million SsangYong Korando Have You Shouting, "Korea Can Do"? (w/ Specs)


Remember the SsangYong Korando? The compact SUV whose name means, “Korea Can Do” and whose styling resembles a suppository? No? Well, don’t worry, because the all-new 2020 version is here, and this time, it’s got some killer looks to take on the world. And the best part? Prices start at just P 1.290-million.

Hyundai's First Pickup, the Santa Cruz, is Green Lit for Production


After four years of will they or won’t they, Hyundai has announced that they’re finally getting into the pickup game with the Santa Cruz.

DOTr Clarifies Why We Can't Have Vans as Modern PUVs


With the Department of Transportation (DOTr)’s PUV Modernization Program in full swing, several netizens pointed out an obvious question: why the need for specialized units based on trucks or pickups when carmakers have vans and minibuses ready for deployment.

The Jeep Renegade Gets a P 300K Discount This Christmas


Auto Nation Group, the official distributor of Jeep in the Philippines, gives you an early Christmas treat this November. With a discount of P 300,000, own a Jeep Renegade Limited 4x2 for only P 1.890 Million just in time for the Christmas season.

Mazda CX-30 Bags Near-Perfect Score in Euro NCAP for Adult Protection


Mazda’s upcoming new crossover, the CX-30 can now add world-class safety to its list of accolades. This comes as the Euro NCAP revealed their latest round of crash safety test results. In it, the CX-30 “tops the list” for vehicles tested using the stringent Euro NCAP 2018/2019 protocols.

Caltex "Marks" Its Fuels to Curb Smuggling, Ensure Consistent Quality


Chevron Philippines, Inc., marketer of the Caltex brand of fuels just walked the talk by being the first of the Top 3 fuel brands to mark its fuel upon arrival at its import terminal in San Pascual, Batangas.

The 2020 Nissan GT-R's Price Went Up by a Whole Terra


If you’re in the market for a brand-new Nissan GT-R, we have some good news and some bad news for you. Let’s start with the good news first: the order books for the Model Year 2020 (MY2020) GT-R are now open. The bad news: the price just went up by a whole Terra.

This P 93-Million McLaren Has No Roof, No Windshield, and No Windows


It’s got no windshield and no roof, but this new £1,425,000 (~ P 93 million) McLaren is road legal. The latest in their Ultimate Series models, preceded by the P1, Senna, and Speedtail, the McLaren Elva is the lightest road car ever from the carmaker.

DOTr Hits Back at Critics of PUV Modernization Program


The Department of Transportation, through Undersecretary for Land Transport Mark de Leon clarified some issues raised against the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the government.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

This Is Your Last Chance to Order the Alfa Romeo 4C (w/ Brochure)


With Alfa Romeo announcing that the production of its lightweight sportscar, the 4C, stopping by the first quarter of 2020, Philippine reseller Petromax Enterprise says they can still get units in if you order now.

NISMO is Celebrating 60 Years with Special Exhibit in Yokohama


Nissan’s motorsports division, NISMO is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. To commemorate the occasion, the Japanese carmaker is displaying an all NISMO line-up at the Nissan Gallery in Yokohama starting today.

Honda Confirms All-New City Will Get Turbo Power


As Nissan prepares to debut its all-new Almera for the ASEAN region, Honda wasted no time in teasing the all-new, fifth-generation City which will make its global debut by the end of November.

MG Philippines to End 2019 with "All Year Greatness" Promo


2019 has been an exciting year for MG Philippines, to say the least, as the brand made its debut in the Philippines under the distributorship of The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI). With TCCCI, MG took part in numerous public activities and sponsorships all geared towards creating a strong brand identity: cars that are modern and stylish, all for an attainable price.

Mercedes-Benz Philippines Holds Blowout Sale This November 22 to 24, 2019


This November, make your dreams of owning a Mercedes-Benz come true! Take advantage of one-time, all-out deals on select Mercedes-Benz vehicles offered in the Great Mercedes-Benz Blowout happening from November 22 to 24 at all Mercedes-Benz dealerships nationwide.

13th Manila Auto Salon and 25th Sport Truck Show Opens Tomorrow at SMX Mall of Asia


Two of the most awaited motoring events opens their doors tomorrow: the 13th Manila Auto Salon and 25th Sport Truck Show at the SMX Convention Center by Mall of Asia.

15 Brands On Site at Auto Focus Test Drive Festival This November 14 to 17, 2019


Changan, Chevrolet, Ford, GAC, Honda, Isuzu, Kia, Maxus, Mitsubishi, Nissan, SsangYong, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen will be among the exhibitors showcasing their lineups and offering test drives when the Auto Focus Test Drive Festival (AFTDF) opens its pre-Christmas edition at the SM MOA Concert Grounds in Pasay City on November 14 to 17, 2019.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross Has More Ground Clearance Than Most Compact Crossovers


Mitsubishi’s Xpander-based SUV is out, and the name is: Xpander Cross. Okay, so it’s a bit derivative, but hey, this isn’t the first time Mitsubishi has added the word, “Cross” to an existing nameplate. Oh, and you know what, they don’t care. They’re going to sell a fuckton of these.

The Dodge Challenger Has Been Outed as One of the Best Performance Car Bargains in the Country


There are a lot of mysteries in life, and for us who serve in the automotive fiefdom, one of the biggest ones is: how much do those Mercedes-Benz cost? Well, reversing years of slapping on “price upon order” or “price upon application,” exclusive distributor Auto Nation Group is now implementing a “open price policy.”

Isuzu Launches the Traviz Light-Duty Truck with Prices Starting at P 962k (w/ Specs)


Isuzu Philippines Corporation launches a “last-mile” transportation solution with its all-new Traviz light-duty truck. Based on the D-Max platform, the Traviz boasts of durability, big cargo capacity, a fuel-efficient powertrain, and modern design.

2019 Suzuki Jimny Second Take: A Practical Choice for SUV Lovers


The Filipino’s love for compact vehicles has not waned, despite the growing demand for higher, more practical SUVs. In this regard, the introduction of the Suzuki Jimny could not have come at a more perfect time. Dating back to 1998 and then landing in local shores in 2016 with a fresh, irresistably cute, and undoubtedly attractive design, the Jimny claimed fans among regular motorists and offroaders alike. It was utilitarian in a small, maneuverable package.