Thursday, January 24, 2019

The 2019 Subaru Forester Arrives, Under Cuts CR-V, CX-5, X-TRAIL In Price, Features

Motor Image Pilipinas is delivering on a promise that sees the all-new 2019 Forester drop into showrooms starting today. Over its long preview period since August of last year, a lot of ground has already been covered so we’re providing you with all the links here:

Motor Image Says No Customer Affected by Subaru Steering Issue

Motor Image Group (MIG), the distributor of Subaru vehicles in 9 markets across Asia sprung to action immediately and clarified that its customers are not affected by the power steering defect announced by Subaru Corporation last night.

AVID Members Report 17 Percent Slump in 2018 Vehicle Sales

Due to the confluence of high inflation, rising borrowing costs, soaring oil prices, and tax hikes, the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors or AVID sold 88,700 units, a 17 percent full-year contraction from last year’s 106,285 units sold, with dismal performance across all segments.

UPDATED: Subaru Stops Production at Japanese Plants

UPDATE: Motor Image Group, distributor of Subaru in 9 Asian countries including the Philippines issued a statement. Read it here (1/24).

Subaru is halting all production at its Yajima Factory in Gunma, Japan after the automaker has found out that they may installed a defective part in some of the models produced here. The move may be drastic, but is seen as the carmaker’s first steps in improving their quality assurance after they admitted to falsifying safety-related data last year.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Black Rhino Philippines Brings In New Styles for 2019

Black Rhino Wheels, a brand synonymous for SUV and 4x4 aftermarket wheels, is continuing to lead the industry with the release of new designs and finishes this 2019.

Foton Expands Reach to Palawan

Palawan has won hearts for its picturesque views and beautiful landscapes. And now, the city has welcomed an aggressive player in the auto industry to bring mobility solutions closer to the province and increase its utility front.

2019 Suzuki Ertiga Lands in the Philippines (w 21 Photos, Video, Complete Specs)

Suzuki Philippines launched their opening salvo for 2019—the all-new second-generation Ertiga MPV. The formal launch comes after several dealers have started leaking information about the Ertiga a few days before its launch.

Ford Philippines Adds New Variant in EcoSport Line-Up

Ford Philippines is expanding the number of EcoSport variants with the introduction of the new 1.5 Titanium. With this new variant, it brings the total variant count of Ford’s sub-compact SUV to five. The EcoSport 1.5 Titanium pairs the cutting-edge convenience features of the EcoBoost Titanium variant with the more practical normally-aspirated 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine.

Lego Just Built a Life-sized Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck

After coming up with the Lego Batmobile in 2017, Chevrolet and Lego team up once more and this time Lego Master Builders have immortalized the full-sized Silverado pickup truck in 334,544 pieces of Lego.

Suzuki Philippines Bucks Trend, Posts Sales Growth in 2018

With aggressive and competitive marketing strategies, Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) concludes 2018 with 2.5 percent year-end sales growth.

Hyundai Says They've Developed a Safer Airbag

Hyundai believes they can significantly improve the safety of airbags with the introduction of a “multi-collision” system. Multi-collision accidents are those in which the primary impact is followed by collisions with secondary objects, such as trees, electrical posts or other vehicles, which occurs in three out of every 10 accidents.

Nissan Says the Sports Sedan of the a Crossover

The future is all about crossovers and no matter what you think of them, they’re selling like hotcakes right now. Nissan though thinks differently; they think they can save the sports sedan—by elevating it. Wait, what? Say hello to the IMs Concept.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is Arriving in February So We Guess the Specs

The launch of the all-new 2019 Forester is just 2 days away and with that, Toyota Motor Philippines couldn’t resist but to steal some of Subaru’s thunder with their very own announcement that the all-new RAV4 will also be dropping into the local market just two weeks later.

BMW and Mercedes-Benz to Team Up on Compact Cars

If you think Toyota relying on BMW for their all-new Supra is bad enough, then this piece of news is worse. BMW and Mercedes-Benz are going to team up for their next-generation compact car.

Ford Butt Tests Its Seats with This Unique Machine (w/ Video)

Joining a gym, taking an exercise class, or breaking out the running kit are high on many people’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

Review: 2019 BAIC M50S 7-Seater Ultra-Luxury

Dinuguan is a dish that may taste good, but because of its all-black appearance looks unappetizing. And even if a gourmand isn’t put off by the way it looks, he may become queasy at the thought that it’s pig’s blood stew. Once you get past the dinuguan’s origins and looks though, it’s actually quite tasty and has become a staple, in one form or another, across the Philippine islands. This is the same sort of experience one will have with the BAIC M50S—the dinuguan of MPVs.

Sparco's New Vacuum is a Lightweight Way to Clean Your Car's Interior

Blade Auto Center, a distributor of Sparco’s lifestyle products in the Philippines introduces a fuss-free, lightweight, and easy way to clean your car: the Sparco SPV1304 car vacuum cleaner.

Hyundai Philippines Closes 2018 Down 6 Percent

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, closes its 2018 full-year sales with a total of 35,401 units. Compared to the 2017’s full-year performance of 37,678 units, the difference is 6 percent; this is in contrast to an industry that has declined at least 15-18 percent.

10 Amazing Facts About Lexus in the Philippines

This year marks Lexus’s 10th year in delivering amazing products and excellent customer service in the Philippine luxury automotive scene. As Toyota’s premiere brand, here’s looking back at 10 facts about Lexus in the Philippines:

From Thailand to the World: Nissan Just Exported Its One Millionth 'Made in Thailand' Vehicle

Nissan recently celebrated a significant milestone for its manufacturing operations in Thailand when it reached one million car exports to key destinations worldwide.  The Nissan Terra, the all-new frame-based premium SUV, was the one-millionth vehicle to roll off a Thai assembly line for export globally.

Monday, January 21, 2019

UPDATED: Are These the 2019 Suzuki Ertiga's Specs and Prices?

UPDATE: Suzuki just launched the all-new Ertiga, check out more photos and full specs here (1/24).

The all-new 2019 Suzuki Ertiga is formally launching this Wednesday, January 23 so it comes as no surprise that several agents from various Suzuki dealers have begun pre-selling it. And as we know, whenever there’s pre-selling, there are leaks.

Mazda Recognized for Adaptive LED Headlights

Mazda’s ALH or Adaptive LED Headlights technology was recognized by the Japan Machinery Federation (JMF) by bestowing it with the METI (Ministry or Economy, Trade, and Industry) Minister’s Award.

Nissan Philippines Just Enhanced the Juke for 2019 with the New N-Sport Edition

With all the attention focused on their best-sellers like the Navara, Terra, and Urvan, it’s not surprising that you may have missed out on the fact that Nissan Philippines’s still hard at work improving other vehicles in their line-up. Case in point is the new for 2019 Nissan Juke N-Sport.

Hard to Believe But This is a Nissan Van's Cargo Hold

It’s hard to believe, but what you’re seeing is not a Scandinavian-inspired tool shed; no, you’re looking at the newest customized van from Nissan.

The First 2020 Toyota Supra Sold for P 110 Million

A 1994 Toyota Supra shocked the world when it fetched USD 121 (~ P 6.3 million) at an auction recently (and it was subsequently put back on sale by a Toyota dealer for USD 500,000 (~ P 26.3 million), but how much is one willing to pay for a fifth-generation 2020 Supra? Well, apparently a ton of money.

Toyota Hilux is Proven as World's Toughest Pickup Truck as It Wins Dakar Rally

Toyota Hilux has triumphed with a milestone first victory in the world’s most grueling rally, Dakar.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Here's Everything We Know So Far about the 2019 Strada's Philippine Specs

Two months after its global unveil in Thailand last November, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines is gearing up for the launch of the 2019 Strada next week. While they’ve been largely mum about the local details, here are some things we’ve gathered about Mitsubishi’s latest offering.

Yes, You Can Now Buy a Hyundai Veloster N in the Philippines

At the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) last year, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) showed off 4 product offerings including the second-generation Veloster. Then, HARI brought in a single variant—the Veloster Turbo which is powered by a 204-horsepower 1.6-liter T-GDI engine. Of course, enthusiasts will be enthusiasts and wanted the proverbial forbidden fruit: the Veloster N. Thankfully, HARI is listening and has delivered—the Veloster N is in the Philippines.

Did Nissan Just Admit That the GT-R is Now 10 Years Old?

As the world comes to grip with the newest Facebook fad—the “10 Year Challenge,” did Nissan just remind people that its iconic sportscar, the R35 GT-R turned a decade old? Take a judge for yourself, but this was posted on Nissan Philippines’s official Facebook page:

Thursday, January 17, 2019

BMW Philippines is Cutting the Price of the 3 Series by Up to P 790,000

BMW Philippines says luxury need not be expensive. From today until January 31, 2019, SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation is slashing price of its 3 Series sedans.

This China-Made Kia is One of the Cars Ayala's Unboxing in 2 Weeks

After Kia Philippines revealed a rather peculiar art installation at BGC, we just had to dig more on what possible cars new distributors AC Industrials could possibly bring in. Checking out Kia Philippines’s new official website (it was down last December), it revealed a couple of clues on what vehicle they could be unboxing at the end of this month.

Subaru is Going Digital with New Showroom Design

The launch of the Subaru EyeSight and the preview of a new Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality system last year was just the tip of the iceberg for what Motor Image has planned to improve the overall customer experience. In Singapore, the company revamped their showroom to allow customers a self-guided tour of the different Subaru vehicles on hand.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Care to Guess What's Inside the Kia Box?

Anticipation is high with Kia’s re-launch under Ayala-owned AC Industrials. Previously, Kia Philippines President Mr. Manny Aligada said that 3 “never before seen” vehicles will be showcased during the brand’s re-launch at the end of this month.

Hagerty Predicts 2004 Subaru WRX STI is a Future Collectible

Hagerty, the largest insurance agency for collector cars in the U.S. revealed its annual list of later-model cars that are “on the move.” This means these 10 vehicles have slid the usual slope of depreciation and are starting to climb once again in value. If kept in great condition, they’re poised to be future collectibles.

It's Official: Ford and Volkswagen are Teaming Up for Upcoming Pickup Truck

It’s official: Ford and Volkswagen are teaming up with a global alliance that will see them try to leverage their company’s respective strengths in order to boost their competitiveness in a rapidly changing automotive industry.

Is This 2000 Honda Civic SiR Worth P 2.45-million?

Has the Philippines reached peak JDM too? In the US, mint condition Toyota Supras and Honda Civic Sis have started to command big bucks to the point that they equal or surpass the sticker price of their modern-day counterparts. It seems this trend may be starting in the Philippines too.

2020 Toyota Supra vs 2019 BMW Z4: By the Numbers

Now that Toyota has finally removed the wraps off the 2020 Supra after what seemed like a ka-zillion years of teasing, comparisons against other sportscars would be inevitable. In this round, we’re comparing the Supra against its sister car, the 2019 BMW Z4. Plus, we’re also throwing a curve ball and mixing in the smaller Toyota 86 and similarly-priced Nissan 370Z NISMO to see how everyone stacks up. Let’s begin.

Mazda Philippines to Recall Selected 2015 BT-50 Pickup Trucks

While Ford Philippines has opted to contact its owners quietly about a recall concerning defective door latches, Mazda Philippines is announcing that the Ranger’s mechanical twin—the BT-50 is affected by the same problem.

Ford Philippines Sales Drop 36 Percent in 2018

Ford Philippines’s consecutive year of record sales ended in 2018 as retail sales dropped to 23,571 vehicles from 2017’s high of 36,623. This 36 percent drop year-on-year can be attributed to the implementation of the TRAIN or revised new vehicle excise tax in 2018.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hyundai's "JANpacked" Promo Offers Two-Months Free Amortization

There’s nothing more thrilling than welcoming the New Year with a new you. The bigger the change, the better, because it proves that you have the power to reinvent yourself and lead the life you want. The good news is, you can blow everyone’s minds away with your biggest change yet this 2019: driving in a brand-new Hyundai. And what better way to own one than with Hyundai’s “JANpacked” promo that’s fully packed with even simpler, easy-to-own packages to get you hitting the city and the outdoors with style in no time.

2020 Kia Telluride is Big, Boxy, and Bold (w/ 9 Photos)

Its sister brand, Hyundai may be promoting the Palisade SUV as a luxurious and refined 7-seater crossover, but Kia is heading the opposite direction with the Telluride. The largest Kia ever, the Telluride is meant for the big expanses of the U.S.

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST is Faster Than a Range Rover Sport (w/ 13 Photos)

When Ford showed off the 2020 Explorer SUV a few days ago, there was one variant that’s noticeably missing: the Explorer Sport. Well, just in time for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the American carmaker dropped a bombshell in the form of a 400-horsepower SUV: the Explorer ST. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Explorer Sport’s replacement.

Ford Just Built the Quickest Production Mustang, Ever: the 2020 Shelby GT500 (w/ 21 Photos)

The horsepower wars between American muscle cars remain at full swing with Ford showing off the all-new 2020 Shelby GT500—the quickest, most high-performance Ford Mustang ever.

Toyota Motor Philippines is Bringing Back the "XE" Badge for Vios

Toyota Motor Philippines is adding a new variant of the Vios sub-compact sedan as a response to the Filipino consumer’s need for a no-frills automatic: the Vios XE. Slated to be unveiled at Toyota’s Media Thanksgiving Party next week, the XE marks the return of Toyota’s storied XE moniker which last saw action in the Corolla pre-2001.

Subaru STI S209 Makes More Power Than Ever Before (w/ 21 Photos)

Subaru and STI’s S-line products have been forbidden fruits outside of Japan. Well, that’s all changed with the introduction of the first-ever S-line—the S209 for the U.S. market. As an STI-built Subaru, the S209 carries on the lineage set forth by the S201 to S208 in that it receives power, handling, and aerodynamic upgrades that set it apart from the “regular” WRX STI.

The 2019 Toyota Avanza Looks Pissed Off (w/ 11 Photos)

With the hoopla surrounding Toyota’s other small 7-seater, the Rush, you’d think they would have forgotten about the Avanza, right? Well, fear not as there’s yet another fresh for 2019—one that bring with it a rather complex-looking front-end.

Hyundai Kona is North American SUV of the Year 2019

After winning a handful of design awards (and our very own Top 5 Picks of 2018), the Hyundai Kona is adding yet another trophy to its cabinet: the 2019 North American Utility of the Year.

I'm Not Digging the 2020 Toyota Supra (w/ 21 Photos)

So the world gets an all-new Toyota Supra. Yay. Hurray. Nothing to see here, so move along. After countless concept cars, teases, spy shots, unintentional reveals, and all—I’m pretty underwhelmed at the final result. Sure, some of us will get a kick out of some 1990s nostalgia, but that’s all the all-new Supra really is: nostalgia. It’s the JDM New Beetle, honestly.

Review: 2019 Mazda CX-9 FWD Touring

This is a drive seeking redemption. The last time I had the CX-9, the experience wasn’t as smooth sailing as I’d hope. Mazda’s beautiful 7-seater SUV was marred by its fancy Skyactiv-G Turbo as its temperature rose on the way up to Baguio. Now, almost a year after (and some technical explanation as to what happened), can the entry-level CX-9 vindicate its fancier AWD Touring (now Signature) sibling?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lexus Goes All Hardcore with 2020 RC F and RC F Track Edition (w/ 17 Photos)

Lexus is definitely embracing a more hardcore sporting image with the fresh for 2020 RC F coupe and its more sinister sibling, the RC F Track Edition. Extensively updated with better aerodynamics, reduced weight, retuned suspension, and enhanced styling, the RC F and RC F elevate Lexus to a new level of performance and refinement.

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