Monday, May 20, 2019

Hyundai Philippines Slashes Price of Santa Fe and Grand Starex by P 100,000 this May

Summer’s almost offer, but that’s not stopping from Hyundai Philippines offering some hot deals with their “Wheel It Sa Init” promo. From today until May 31, 2019, get discounts on some of their road trip ready vehicles such as the Grand Starex, Santa Fe, Tucson, H-100, and Kona.

The 2020 Toyota Supra Gets the TRD Treatment

The Toyota Supra just launched in Japan and with it, the first batch of TRD upgrades. More of aero parts than performance upgrades, these carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) pieces do make the Supra look more aggressive than stock.

The 2019 Mitsubishi Strada Proves to be a Great Long-Distance Travel Companion

Previously, the Strada’s always been driven on the streets of Manila through an extensive review (link here), but this time, it’s tackling the roads of Palawan through this 300-kilometer ride and drive activity.

Palawan is considered by many as the last ecological frontier in the Philippines. Home to many unspoiled natural wonders, over the past few years it has gained significance as one of the country’s fastest growing provinces as well. The same could be said about pickup trucks: what was once a simple workhorse is now accepted by many as a bona fide status symbol; a weekday family vehicle that turns into a weekend adventure machine. Such is the market that faces the 2019 Strada, and it’s a role that it fulfills quite well.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Total Philippines Expands Network in Luzon, Visayas

Total (Philippines) Corporation continues to strengthen its retail business and presence in the country with the opening of three new service stations last March.

Bentley Produces New Book That Can Be More Expensive Than the Real Thing

Most people who dream of owning a Bentley typically settle for a collectible such as a shirt, watch, or perhaps a coffee table book. For the brand’s 100th year anniversary, Bentley, in true fashion, just couldn’t pick any ordinary publisher; they commissioned specialist luxury book publisher Opus to produce this limited edition 800-page book.

This Special Edition 3.0-liter Isuzu mu-X is Now Priced Close to the RZ4E Variant

The I Love Isuzu campaign is in full swing and one of the special offers on hand is with the Isuzu mu-X Luxe. Introduced in February of last year, there are still a limited number of units up for grabs. To make it more enticing, Isuzu Philippines Corporation is slashing the price of this specially-equipped SUV.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Hyundai Philippine Sales Up 17.4 Percent in April 2019

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. sustained its growth over the past three months by posting sales of 2,795 units in April 2019, representing a 17.4 percent increase year-on-year.

Accessible, Capable: Road Tripping with the 2019 Subaru Forester

The 2019 Subaru Forester needs little introduction. Taking it through an extensive drive in the city, it’s more capable, comfortable, and refined than any of its predecessors. It’s not going to win titles like “Best Dressed” or “Most Athletic” of the compact crossover lot, but after a lengthy conversation with it (this time with a drive up and down La Union), it comes across as an impressive all-rounder. It’s the crossover that woos you, not after the first date, but perhaps after a series of dates behind the wheel.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Foton Philippines Now Offers Financing for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Good news to all entrepreneurs wanting to purchase a brand-new heavy-duty truck, but also need to tighten their budget: Foton Philippines has found a solution.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

This is How Japan's Only Chauffeur-Driven Car is Made

In Japan, the riches and most powerful men aren’t driven in a Rolls-Royce or a Lexus, they are driven around in a Toyota Century. Marking only the third-generation model to date, in a nameplate that started in 1967, the Toyota Century is considered as Japan’s only exclusively chauffeur-driven automobile.

Fuso Trucks and Buses Appoints New Distributor in Philippines

Fuso trucks and buses has a new Philippine distributor under Sojitz Fuso Philippines Corporation. Headed by its President and CEO Takatsugu Nitanai, it’s a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Sojitz Corporation, a Japanese general trading and investment company engaged in diversified businesses around the world.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Men in Black Choose the 2020 Lexus RC F

The protector of Earth from alien scum has a swanky new ride. With Sony Pictures’ Men in Black turning a new chapter with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson replacing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black: International, they need a car with sophisticated styling, power for high-speed pursuits, and of course, the most advanced alien-fighting technology. Enter the Lexus RC F.

Isuzu Philippines and Wuerth Enter to Parts Partnership

Stretching the full potential of its parts sales business, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) entered into a one-year partnership with the Philippine’s division of the Wuerth Group starting April 1, 2019.

McLaren Just Built Their 20,000th Car

It may be a relatively young upstart next to Ferrari and Lamborghini, but McLaren has reached a very important milestone: they’ve managed to hand-assemble their 20,000th vehicle.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The 2019 Formula V1 Challenge Kicks Off This Weekend

The Philippines’s homegrown single-seater race series is back for a second season. The 2019 Giti-Formula V1 Challenge kicked off the race calendar with an official launch.

Mazda Teamed Up with an Iconic Photographer to Produce These Stunning Pictures of the All-New Mazda3

What do you get when you pair the 2019 Mazda3 with one of the most influential photographers of this generation? These stunning images (see all the photos at the bottom).

Review: 2019 Mitsubishi Xpander GLS Sport

The family car for Filipinos has changed its shape and form over the past 30 years or so. Everything from compact sedans to AUVs, MPVs, and SUVs were all considered, at one point, the practical means of transport. Today, that mantle goes to the small MPVs like the Mitsubishi Xpander. With Manila’s horrendous traffic, rising fuel prices, and reduced purchasing power, does this MPV have what it takes to win the hearts and minds of the modern-day Filipino family?

Monday, May 13, 2019

Honda Cars Offers Free 50-point Vehicle Check, 50 Percent Off Selected Parts

It’s summer and that could only mean more road trips. Whether you’re heading to the beach or somewhere cooler, Honda Cars Philippines is giving you the chance to make sure your Honda’s in tip-top shape with its Honda Summer Check promo.

Korean Ambassador Lauds Hyundai Philippines for Advancing Tech, Korea-PH Partnership

Over the last few weeks, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the Philippines received praise and support from no less than His Excellency, Han Dong-Man, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines.

Isuzu Philippines Introduces Genuine Battery Line

In a bid to further lower their vehicles’ running costs, Isuzu Philippines introduces a new range of Isuzu Battery as part of their beefed-up Isuzu Genuine Parts catalog. The new battery range is offered in 7 sizes, and offers higher quality at lower prices.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Volkswagen Teases First All-Electric Vehicle: the ID.3

Months before its world premiere at the IAA International Motor Show, Volkswagen has revealed the first model in its new ID all-electric vehicle family: the ID.3.

This One-Off Watch is Made with Parts from a Nissan Race Car

Known for making timepieces using car parts, REC Watches and Nissan have collaborated on a unique piece for racing driver John Morton.

Honda Civic Type R Breaks Another Lap Record

The Honda Civic Type R has proven itself to be a formidable track weapon by breaking another lap record, this time at the Mount Panorama, Bathurst race circuit in Australia.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Ford Lied About Transmission Problems, Passed Blame to Customers

Ford may be facing a potential USD 4 billion (~ P 208 billion) liability concerning its PowerShift dual clutch transmission after indications rose that the American carmaker practically lied about its defects to unload cars with the faulty gearbox only to then blame the drivers for the problems they experienced.

Toyota Owners Who Convince a Friend to Get a Vios Can Get Rewarded

Starting this month, convincing a friend to get a brand-new Toyota Vios may get you some exciting rewards as Toyota Motor Philippines is launching its Toyota Referral Rewards program.

Mazda is Developing Its Own Family of Inline-6 Engines

It looks like Mazda is going to defy convention once again and while they’re at it, they’ll be raising their middle finger to the likes of Toyota. After Toyota resorted to using a BMW engine for its venerable Supra sportscar (because an in-house inline-6 would have been a nightmare to produce), little automaker Mazda has confirmed that they’re making their very own inline-6 engine and get this, it’ll come in both diesel and gasoline flavors.

Next-Generation Honda Jazz to Debut at Tokyo Motor Show

In a bid to quicken their company’s embrace of electrification, Honda took a three-prong approach when it came to its gasoline-electric hybrid. Depending on the size and positioning of its vehicle, Honda came up with i-DCD, i-MMD, and SH-AWD. Now, it seems i-MMD may take the lead.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ford Philippines Continues Deals on Everest, Ranger, EcoSport, and Ranger This May 2019

Ford Philippines is continuing special deals for the Everest, Ranger, EcoSport, and Ranger this May.

TransSportShow 2019 is Slated on May 23 to 26, 2019

The car show that spans generations of car enthusiasts is back this May 23 to 26, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center by Mall of Asia. Presented by Phoenix Fuels, the 2019 TransSportShow is anticipated to be another grand exhibition of restored and customized show cars by the leading automotive shops in the country.

Here's a Closer Look at the 2019 Toyota Avanza (w/ 21 Photos)

As expected, Toyota Motor Philippines used its annual Road Trek media ride and drive to introduce the refreshed 2019 Avanza. The country’s second best-selling MPV model (the first being the Innova), the Avanza has sold over 100,000 units since 2006. Moving forward, this refreshed model aims to continue offering the best value proposition along with a sleeker, modern style.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Selected Chevrolet Vehicles Covered by Takata Airbag Recall

The Covenant Car Company, Inc., the official distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the country says that certain models are found to be affected by the global Takata airbag recall.

The Isuzu D-Max Boondock is Returning This Month

Remember that special-looking D-Max that Isuzu Philippines showed off at the Philippine International Motor Show last year? Well, it’s finally heading into production and it’ll be officially called the D-Max Boondock.

Last Few Units of Turbocharged Subaru Forester Saves You Close to P 300,000

Still holding out on that Subaru Forester XT? Well, Motor Image Pilipinas still has a few units left of the previous-generation SJ model, and for the month of May, they’re making it more enticing by throwing in an STI-inspired sports kit for free!

Volkswagen (Kind of) Admits: Stick Shifts Can Double as Anti-Theft Device

It was just going to be a matter of time: manual gearboxes can now be classified as an anti-theft device. Well, at least if you take a gander at this new ad from Volkswagen.

These are the Prices, Colors, and Specs of the 2019 Toyota Avanza

UPDATE: Here are more photos of the 2019 Avanza (5/9).

A few days after Toyota Motor Philippines opened the order books on the refreshed 2019 Avanza, the small MPV has started rolling into showrooms. And as they always do, leaks start to trickle out. It turns out, Toyota will be offering the Avanza with two engines and five trim levels. Let’s check them out.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Latest Version of Android Auto Rolls Out Soon

Apple CarPlay users may think they’re getting all the love, but there’s some good news for all Android Auto users out there. Google has announced that in a few months, they’ll be rolling out a completely redesigned version of the in-car smartphone interface.

Can't Take the Summer Heat? Too Bad You're Not in a Chevrolet

The hot, dry season started early this year, according to PAGASA. Moreover, summer temperatures in Southeast Asia are forecast to be hotter than normal this year, according to the ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Center (ASMC).

If You Want to Win at This Racing Event, Drive a Nissan

Accepted as South Africa’s equivalent of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom, the Knysna Speed Festival gave birth to the Simola Hillclimb. Vying for the fastest time up the 1.9-kilometer track, it draws racers from all corners of the world. Wherever they come from though, 8 out of 9 of them chose to race in a Nissan.

PIAA's New OTO Style Horn is Gift-Ready at Just P 900!

After launching it at the Manila International Auto Show, PIAA Philippines announces the availability of its OTO Style Horn. It will soon be on sale at Blade Auto Center branches and other leading car accessory shops nationwide.

CW Home Depot Adds More Volkswagen Santana to Fleet

Volkswagen Philippines recently turned over 9 Santana sub-compact sedans to CW Home Depot. This recent acquisition by the pioneering home construction and renovation store brings the total number of Volkswagen vehicles in its fleet to 17.

Customer Service Guy is Ford Philippines's New President

Ford Motor Company announced the appointment of PK Umashankar (‘Uma’) as managing director, Ford Philippines, effective July 1. Umashankar is currently serving as director, Customer Service Division, Ford ASEAN, based in Bangkok.

Review: 2019 Mitusbishi Strada 4WD GT

If you want to know how fickle the Philippine car buying public is, take a look at the fate of the Mitsubishi Strada. Once celebrated as one of the best-selling pickup trucks in the country, a weird re-design in 2015 alienated buyers, shifting them towards other makes and models. A facelift two years after that and a new engine helped the slide, but by that time the tide couldn’t be turned. This brings up the 2019 Strada—a return to design form for Mitsubishi.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mazda Philippines Has Implemented a Change with Their Service Schedule

Continuing its pursuit of building cars that create kizuna—or the lasting, almost inseparable bond with its owner, Mazda Philippines has announced a change to its Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) program that covers all vehicle releases this month onwards.

Ferrari Rolls Out Ferrari Premium Service Certification

After rolling out the Ferrari Approved pre-owned certification program, Ferrari Philippines will soon offer Ferrari Premium, an exclusive maintenance service that’s a step towards receiving the coveted Ferrari Classiche certification—a certification that testifies the authenticity of modern-day classic cars.

Nürburgring-beating Alfa Romeo Stelvio Now Available in the Philippines

Fulfilling their promise to bring in the Stelvio, Petromax Enterprises, a reseller of Abarth and Alfa Romeo in the Philippines, announces the availability of the world’s fastest SUV.

Isuzu Turns Over 11 Vehicles to Universal Fuel Solutions

In a formal ceremony last April in Cortez, Bohol, wholesale and retail fuel distributor Universal Fuel Solutions received two EXZ and three FVM trucks, and six mu-X midsize SUVs from Isuzu Bohol.

Friday, May 3, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Toyota Philippines Opens 2019 Avanza Order Books

UPDATE: Here are the prices, specs, and colors (5/8).

The wait won’t be long for the refreshed Toyota Avanza to arrive. In a Facebook teaser post, Toyota Motor Philippines has confirmed that they have opened the order books on their venerable body-on-frame sub-compact 7-seater.

Toyota 86 Embraces Japanese Roots with Hakone Edition

Last February, Toyota showed off the Toyota 86 finished in the motorsports-inspired British Racing Green. It was originally supposed to be a JDM model only until Toyota USA raised their hand and said, they wanted one as well. Here now is the Toyota 86 Hakone Edition.

The Isuzu D-Max XTR Proves the Europeans Get the Good Stuff

Man, the streets in Europe must be something else since they actually love pickups that can go off-road over there. After showing off the Ranger Raptor rivaling D-Max AT35 Safir, Isuzu is now unveiling the D-Max XTR which the Japanese carmaker calls the “most sophisticated and authentically capable version.”

Get the 2019 Subaru Outback at 20 Percent Down, 36 Months to Pay at Zero Interest

All attention may be on the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester, but there’s a special offer ongoing for the Outback which may make it an enticing purchase this May.