Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ford Philippines Adds New Ranger Variant: the XLS Sport and It's Quite Affordable

Ford Philippines is expanding its Ranger lineup in the Philippines with the launch of the new Ranger XLS Sport.

Could the Honda e Be the Millennials' Civic SiR?

Don’t fear EVs, says Honda. They’ll be fun to drive. That’s the promise at least with the carmaker’s first full electric vehicle, the Honda e, built on a new dedicated EV platform.

How a Football Injury Helped Shape the Mazda3's Human-Centric Design

When the first-generation Mazda MX-5 went on sale in 1989, one person waiting in line overnight at the pre-order queue was Yasuyoshi Mushitani. Having joined the carmaker a year earlier, he was employed in Mazda’s vehicle test operations group, although football still took up most of his time.

The Ford Everest's Price is Now as Low as P 1,328,000!

Ford Philippines is still offering big cash discounts and all-in low downpayment deals for its top-selling vehicles this June.

Toyota is First Japanese Carmaker to Win Two 24 Hours of Le Mans Titles

Toyota has become the first Japanese manufacturer to clinch two 24 Le Mans titles after the #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid crossed the finish line first at the Circuit de la Sarthe ahead of its sister car. In the process, the trio of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Fernando Alonso successfully defended their Le Mans crown.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Study Says If You Want Cleaner Emissions Forget Electric Vehicles and Go Hybrids

With automotive battery capacity currently scarce, expensive, and suffering supply problems, the deployment of this limited resource is critical to maximizing carbon dioxide reduction. And the most effective way to reduce global vehicle emissions for the foreseeable future is not full battery electric vehicles (BEVs), but mass adoption of hybrid vehicles.

Review: 2019 SsangYong Musso 2.2 AT 4x2

In the story of which came first: the SUV or the pick-up, the common answer would be: the pick-up. This is true for just about every offering in the market today except for one: the Musso. Leave it to a brand like SsangYong to think outside of the box and engineer a truck out of their mid-sized SUV. With that, it feels like an SUV trapped in a truck’s body; and for the typical Filipino pick-up buyer—the one that looks for refinement, ride comfort more than payload capacity and off-roading capability—this might as well be the right choice.

It Seems a Pair of (Affordable) Italian Sportscars is Coming to Manila in August

After announcing the availability of the Stelvio performance SUV last May, things don’t seem to be quieting down for Petromax Enterprises, a reseller of all things Alfa Romeo and Abarth in the Philippines. Whispers are getting louder that two new sportscars may soon join the line-up in August.

Monday, June 17, 2019

I Tried Doing Studio Photography with the Mazda3 and Failed Miserably

Whetting everyone’s appetite as the launch of the all-new 2019 Mazda3’s launch looms near, Mazda Philippines teamed up with Fujifilm Philippines in a unique collaboration that highlights the carmaker’s Evolved KODO Design.

Volvo Cars Philippines is Slashing the XC90's Price by 22 Percent

Volvo Cars Philippines is offering its flagship SUV, the XC90 at a more affordable price with a three-day sale starting tomorrow.

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW are Joining Forces in EV Development

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW Group confirmed they are joining forces to develop next-generation Electric Drive Units (EDUs) in a move that will support the advancement of electrification technologies in the automotive industry.

Subaru Ties Up with Michael Bolton in Search for Next Rising Star

Motor Image announced that global music legend Michael Bolton will return to Asia for the first season of Asian Dream, an all-new reality talent search where he will join hands with Subaru to shine a light on promising singers across the region.

Nissan Philippines Offers Quicker Insurance Claims with Nissan Assured Program

Nissan Philippines has partnered with Mercantile Insurance to offer a new vehicle insurance program for their customers. The Nissan Assured Program provides customers quality insurance coverage and reliable service response at competitive rates, under the automaker’s brand.

Caltex Opens at the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), recently opened its latest service station along Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX) in Muntinlupa City. Motorists traversing the road from Muntinlupa to Cavite can now avail of quality Euro-4 fuel products and fast service within the station which can cater up to 12 cars fueling up at the same time.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The 2019 Mazda3's Interior is a Treat for All the Senses

There seems to be no end to Mazda’s obsession to detail. For the all-new Mazda3, a car that starts their new-generation (7th generation) models, the carmaker put a lot of time in crafting the interior. The result is a car whose cabin doesn’t just satisfy the visual, but the tactile and aural senses as well.

Give the Gift of Black Rhino Wheels This Father's Day

With the increased popularity of modified 4x4 vehicles and pickup trucks, why don’t you give the gift of Black Rhino Wheels this Father’s Day.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Ever Wondered Why Mazda Dropped the "Axela" Name for the 2019 Mazda3?

With Japan started sales of the all-new Mazda3 last May, there’s one peculiar thing about it: it’s not called “Axela” anymore. Long time Mazda fans will know that for the past three generations, the compact car was called as such—a portmanteau of “Accelerate” and “Excellent.” For the all-new fourth-generation model though, Mazda opted to axe it and they’ve got a good reason why.

Friday, June 14, 2019

What is Nappa Leather and How Do You Care For It?

Nappa leather. We hear it a lot these days. What was once reserved for high-end vehicles like Porsche and Rolls-Royce has now made it more to mainstream vehicles and with that, the tendency to overquote them in product literatures and press releases. But what exactly is Nappa leather and how does it differ from regular leather?

GAC Motor Bags Manufacturer's Class Win at 12-Hour Endurance Race

First time’s the charm for GAC Motor. China’s fastest growing automaker scored the Manufacturer’s Class win for both the 4-hour and 12-hour segments of this year’s Kalayaan Cup Endurance Challenge.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

All-New 2020 Range Rover Evoque Makes a Philippine Splash (w/ 15 Photos, Specs)

Coventry Motors Corporation, the sole authorized importer and distributor of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles launches the all-new Range Rover Evoque, bringing to the Philippines a luxury SUV that promises to change the standards of refinement, safety, and capability.

You Can Now Renew Your Driver's License Even on Saturdays

Here’s some good news from the Land Transportation Office or LTO: you can now renew driver’s licenses at all Driver’s License Renewal Offices (DLRO) located in malls even on Saturdays.

Using Child Safety Seats for Naps Can Increase Infant Death

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a warning: car seats, strollers, and other sitting devices are not supposed to be use for napping. Doing so may increase the likelihood of infant deaths.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Finally Gets a Diesel

When Mitsubishi brought back the Eclipse as the Eclipse Cross in 2017, it was already a forbidden fruit to Philippine Mitsubishi fans. Well, that forbidden fruit just got a whole lot tastier because they’ve managed to plop in a diesel engine too!

Toyota Vios Cup Returns to the Clark International Speedway

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) brought its premier motorsports program back to its roots at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga with the staging of the Vios Racing Festival last week.

Isuzu Alabang is Isuzu Service Skills Olympics Champion for 2019

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) recently held its Isuzu Service Skills Olympics (ISSO) at the IPC Plant at the Laguna Technopark in Binan, Laguna. On its 14th year, ISSO showcases the service skills and knowledge of Isuzu technicians in a competitive setting.

Suzuki Philippines Gives Free 1-Year PMS Labor for Ciaz Sedan

Suzuki Philippines is adding one more good reason to consider its Ciaz sub-compact sedan whether it’s for private or TNVS (Transport Network Vehicle Service) use: free Preventive Maintenance Service.

UPDATED: Ford Recalling 1.2 Million Explorers for Diminished Steering Control

UPDATE: This article is updated with an official statement from Ford Philippines (6/16).

Ford is recalling 1.2 million Explorer SUVs from 2011 to 2017 model years because of an issue that diminishes steering control. In turn, this makes them hard to steer and increases the risk of a crash.

The Definitive Sports Sedan Returns: Welcome the 2020 BMW 3 Series to the Philippines

Amidst the rising popularity of luxury crossovers and SUVs in the market, BMW is ready to rise to the challenge by introducing the latest generation of its sports sedan: the 2020 3 Series. Despite 40 percent of its global sales due to the X Series, BMW says the 3 Series remains its definitive model—one that epitomizes the concept of sporty driving for over 40 years.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Nissan Intelligent Mobility Tour 2.0 Heads to BGC and Baliuag This June [ADVERTORIAL]

Nissan’s unique and innovative test drive event heads to two locations this June 2019. Experience the Nissan Intelligent Mobility Tour 2.0 at the Bonifacio Global City this June 14-16, 2019 and SM Baliuag on June 21-23, 2019.

Hyundai, Nissan, and Mitsubishi Support Upcoming Electric Vehicle Summit

It’s also systems go for this year’s Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVS) slated this coming July 17-18, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

Your Move, Toyota: BMW Philippines Launches 2020 Z4 (And It's Priced Competitively)

A few days after Toyota Motor Philippines showed off the Supra on the racetrack, SMC Asia Car Distributor Corp., the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines beat Toyota to the punch as they announced the availability of the Supra’s sibling, the Z4 roadster. And it’s priced and featured competitively.

Honda Philippines is Launching the Refreshed BR-V Later this Month

Facing stiff competition from various 7-seater small MPVs and SUVs, Honda Cars Philippines is preparing to fight back with the launch of the refreshed BR-V later this month.

Mazda Philippines Cautions in "DIY-ing" the Apple CarPlay Kit

Two days after Mazda Philippines announced that they’ve begun rolling out their Apple CarPlay and Android Auto retrofit for their Mazda Connect infotainment system, enterprising individuals have begun selling similar kits online at comparable or even slightly cheaper costs.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Mitsubishi Montero Sport Ditches the Chrome with the New Black Series Model

For SUV owners who want a bit more style, Mitsubishi Motor Philippines is offering the Montero Sport Black Series which sees exterior and interior enhancements.

Could the 2019 Foton Hurricane EST-M be the Safest Truck in the Philippines?

Realizing that logistics enterprises are rapidly expanding in the Philippines, a dependable cargo hauler has become an integral part for businesses. Furthermore, because they’ve become a backbone of commerce, doing hub-to-hub deliveries or traversing through congested urban areas, it can tax both the drivers and trucks equally.

Review: 2019 Toyota RAV4 4x2 Limited

To some degree, the RAV4 is representative of where Toyota is as a company. When the marque first launched in 1994, it introduced the concept of the compact crossover, a reminder of Toyota’s ingenious engineering and marketing ways. With the second-generation model, it turned a sporty leaf, a perfect metaphor for Toyota’s sporty ways at the time. By the time the third- and fourth-generation models rolled in, the RAV4 lost its way, becoming more analgesic than exciting. But when Akio Toyoda declared that Toyota must make better cars, the RAV4 responded in a very big way.

Toyota Motor Philippines Extends the Vios's Standard Warranty

Keeping true to its brand pillars of Quality, Durability, and Reliability, Toyota Motor Philippines has announced that they are extending the standard bumper-to-bumper warranty of their Vios sub-compact sedan by an additional two years.

Goodyear's New Tire Lasts Up to 110,000 Kilometers

In time for its 100th anniversary in the Philippines, Goodyear is announcing the availability of its newest value-conscious tire: the Assurance DuraPlus 2. Featuring a strengthened TredLife Technology, it’s designed for longer mileage with the durability and performance to match.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Did the DPWH Secretary Just Drive Around Without Wearing His Seat Belt?

The wearing of seatbelts has been mandatory for all drivers and front passengers since 1999 thanks to Republic Act 8750 or the “Seat Belts Use Act of 1999.” In it, it says: “For their own safety, the driver and front seat passengers of a public or private motor vehicle are required to wear or use their seat belt devices while inside a vehicle of running engine on any road or thoroughfare.”

UPDATED: Mazda Philippines Begins Rolling Out Its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Kit

UPDATE: Mazda cautions owners from trying to DIY this kit (6/12).

The time has come. After Mazda announced that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support is going to be made available to older vehicles last year, Mazda owners in the Philippines can now avail of the kit at all authorized dealerships nationwide.

You Think the Japanese Make the Most Powerful 4-Cylinder Engines? Think Again

Pop quiz: what’s the most powerful production 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine? If you think it’s something from Japan likes Subaru or Honda, think again. The answer is Mercedes-Benz.

Isuzu Philippines is First to Turnover Class 3 Modern Jeepney

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), the country’s leading maker and distributor of trucks and commercial vehicles, became the first to turnover Class 3 modernized public utility vehicles (PUVs) to Metro Comet Transport Cooperative.

Chevrolet Celebrates 10 Years Under The Covenant Car Company by Awarding Best Performing Dealers

As The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), celebrates its tenth year as the exclusive distributor of Chevrolet automobiles and parts in the Philippines, they awarded the hard work and excellence of their dealers at the 2018 Chevrolet Grandmasters.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Own a Foton for as Little as P 5,800 per Month

Thinking of a dependable business partner? Foton Philippines has you covered with their “Kayang-Kaya” promo this month. Showering buyers with big savings and discounts, you can own a brand-new Foton for as little as P 5,800 per month in amortization.

Drive Home a Brand-New Honda for as Low as P 14,000

Honda Cars Philippines is greeting the rainy season by showering would-be customers with affordable deals that run until June 30, 2019. This is also your last chance to get your dream Honda before the carmaker raises their prices effective July 1, 2019.

Need to Transport Kids? Best Do It in a Subaru

If you need to install child safety seat in cars, the best bet would be a Subaru. This comes as the US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released their annual LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) ratings.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Hino Breaks Ground for New Laguna Dealership

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), recently marked the start of a new dealership in San Pablo City, Laguna with a groundbreaking ceremony. The exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the country further expands its network south of Manila with this dealership in San Pablo City.

DOTr Officials Impressed with Foton's Modern PUV: the F-Jeepney

At the recent celebration of the Land Transportation Office’s 107th Founding Anniversary, one vehicle stood out as a shining example of the Modern Public Utility Vehicle or PUV: the Foton F-Jeepney.

Jaguar Land Rover Thinks Philippine Premium Segment Will Go Electric in 3 Years

Despite the uphill challenge facing electrified vehicles in the country (both in the form of hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles), Chris Ward, the newly installed President of Coventry Motors Corporation thinks the time is right for Filipino motorists to adopt the technology.

There's Something Weird with the Philippine Spec Toyota Supra

If you’ve been checking social media, it’s impossible to have missed a photo or two or ten of the all-new 2020 Toyota Supra at the Clark International Speedway. After outing its arrival its arrival at the Batangas Port last week, Toyota’s BMW-based flagship sportscar will be doing the rounds with the one-make Vios racecars this weekend.