Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Will You Pay P 203,000 More to Have Your Car Hand-Assembled?

How much of a premium are you willing to pay to say that your Acura (Honda’s premium car division) is built off the same line that exclusively makes the NSX supercar? Well, if you don’t mind paying an extra USD 4,000 (~ P 203,440), there’s the ultra-exclusive TLX PMC Edition.

BPI Family Savings Bank Calls on Dealers to Make Car Ownership Easier

BPI Family Savings Bank (BFSB), the country’s largest savings and thrift bank, called on car dealers for stronger and more harmonious relations with banks to help more Filipinos realize their dream of owning a car.

Excelsior Continues Re-Fleeting with Isuzu Trucks

During a formal ceremony, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), the country’s leading assembler and distributor of trucks, turned over to Excelsior Custom Brokerage a brand-new Isuzu EXR QL Tractor Head at the latter’s main office at Imus City, Cavite.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

You'll Be Required to Attend a Road Safety Seminar as the LTO Moves to a Point-Based System

The Land Transportation Office or LTO is now rationalizing driver’s licenses and one of the key takeaways here: be ready to attend a road safety seminar prior to your renewal. The news comes out after the LTO published the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 10930.

Isuzu's Modern PUV Will Now Ply Las Piñas, Paranaque, and Alabang

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) announces its latest PUV turnover to the Alabang Transport Service Cooperative or ATSC. With 24 units of Class 2 Modern PUVs turned over, this marks one of the largest single turnovers yet in the government’s PUV Modernization Program.

The Ford Ranger Scores Best Quarterly Sales Performance Ever

Ford Philippines announced the tally of its second quarter sales this year. The American carmaker says they have sold 5,667 vehicles, driven by an all-time record quarterly performance of the Ranger pickup truck.

This Guy Paid P 107 million for His 2020 Toyota GR Supra

How much are you willing for a 2020 Toyota Supra? While some enterprising dude has already tacked on a P 350,000 mark up, how does a cool P 107 million sound? Well, that’s how much John Staluppi paid for his Matte Storm Gray unit.

Review: 2019 Kia Stinger GT

What is the power of a brand? That’s the biggest question surrounding the 2019 Stinger GT, Kia’s undeniable halo car. Priced at P 940,000 above the brand’s second most expensive offering, the Grand Carnival EX, the Stinger stretches what anyone thinks of Kia. Still, after all’s said and done, it’s a tour-de-force in many ways, but most importantly, it’s a fresh devil-may-care-attitude amidst an automotive world market driven by bean counters and spread sheets.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Foton Philippines's More Powerful Gratour MiniVan Can Handle Whatever Life Throws at It (w/ Specs)

Since its introduction in the Philippine market in 2015, the Foton Gratour MiniVan has been a choice of first-time car buyers who wanted something that scores high in functionality, while still being light on the pocket. This year, Foton Philippines is adding more power and features to the Gratour MiniVan making it better equipped to handle business, pleasure, and whatever else life throws at it.

Its Pouring Deals This July Thanks to Mitsubishi Motors Philippines

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is offering irresistible deals on several of its vehicles during this rainy season with the Downpour Deals promo. Owning a brand-new Mitsubishi is easier with available financing plans that’s easy on the wallet.

A Bad Pothole May Cause Some Toyota Rush SUVs to Deploy Their Curtain Airbags

Toyota Motor Philippines is issuing a recall for 12,124 Rush SUVs which have been found to have an inappropriately programmed airbag control module.

Vehicle Importers See Vehicle Sales on Upward Trend in First Half of 2019

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) reports that its members showed a slight recovery in vehicle sales in the first six months of 2019. Sales during the first half of the year reached 43,333 units—a one percent increase over the same period last year.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Chevrolet Trailblazer Perfect Edition II Sounds Like a Sequel We Can Get Behind On

After coming up with a tacky 4th of July Edition, Chevrolet’s product planning people need to redeem itself. Well, another Thailand market model may do just that, and this is one upgrade we can sort-of get behind on.

Hyundai Philippines Sales Grow 9.1 Percent

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the country sustained its strong recovery in the first half of 2019 as they see sales rise 9.1 percent to 17,654 units compared to 16,181 units over the same period last year.

Maxus Philippines Holds First Road Show; Offers Low Downpayment Options

Maxus Philippines expands its customer reach starting July 15 with a mall display and showroom event as well as special offers.

Ford and Volkswagen Deepen Ties on Pickup Trucks, EVs, and Autonomous Driving Tech

Ford and Volkswagen are deepening their global alliance in order to improve their competitiveness and cost and capital efficiencies. The tie-up includes Ford using Volkswagen’s all-electric MEB platform, Ford taking the lead on developing a new global pickup platform, and both companies investing in autonomous driving technologies.

There Will be a Second-Generation Nissan Juke and This is Our First Look

When Nissan launched the Kicks sub-compact SUV, it was assumed that time was up for the odd-looking Juke which occupies the same segment. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case as Nissan is teasing a second-generation model, and it looks to be as funky as ever.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Internal Documents Show Ford Knew That PowerShift Dual Clutch Transmission was Flawed

History is now repeating itself for Ford. After battling image/design issues (and losing) in the 1970s with the Pinto, the American carmaker is now finding itself doing pretty much the same thing, this time with the Fiesta and Focus’s flawed dual clutch transmission.

Goodbye, Volkswagen Beetle

After its multi-generational run as a brand mainstay and global automotive phenomenon, the Volkswagen Beetle is ending production. Produced for 81 years, the final car, produced by Volkswagen de Mexico—a Denim Blue coupe—will live on display at Volkswagen’s local museum in Puebla.

Lalamove Partners with SeaOil for Loyalty Card Program

Lalamove, the leading on-demand delivery app, has signed a partnership with Seaoil, the country’s leading independent fuel player. Through the partnership, more than 30,000 Lalamove partner drivers in Luzon and Cebu will be given an exclusive co-branded VIP Club card.

This Toyota Prius May Not Require Any Refueling, Charging Ever

From the get-go, solar cells and battery-electric vehicles seem like a match made in heaven: you park a car out in the sun, and it gets charged; it lessens the need to put up too much charging infrastructure, benefiting people who have an 8 to 5 job. Thankfully, Toyota’s now putting that on a trial run with their Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle.

Autosweep RFID Provides More Convenience, Security, and Help During Emergencies

Autosweep RFID has made traveling through SLEX, Skyway, NAIAX, MCX, STAR Tollway, and TPLEX a whole lot easier thanks to its cashless and contactless payment system. And while Intelligent E-Processes Technologies Corporation (IETC), the Electronic Toll Collection service behind Autosweep has come up with a document-less Autosweep RFID to Go, they still are advising motorists to upgrade to Autosweep RFID Premium to get maximum benefits.

Hyundai's Mobile Cancer Diagnostic Clinic Completes First Medical Mission

Last October, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., (HARI) in partnership with the UP-PGH and UP-PGH Cancer Institute launched the first mobile diagnostic clinic that’s specially designed to diagnose breast cancer. Today, the “Alagang Breastfriend” Mobile Diagnostic Clinic successfully completed its first medical mission.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

This Special Edition Colorado is Everything That's Wrong with Chevrolet

Sometimes you have to wonder what’s going on inside Chevrolet’s marketing department. With GM scaling back on their Thai operations which may result in longer gaps between product updates, Thai product planners are left in a pickle on how to come up with fresh, new offerings. Their response? Throw a barbecue party and launch a Colorado 4th of July Edition. Why? Because ‘Murica (apparently).

UD Trucks Launches Croner Medium-Duty Truck

Leading Japanese commercial vehicle brand UD Trucks launched the all-new Croner through its exclusive dealer, Prime Quest Transport Solutions, Inc. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Volvo Trucks, UD Trucks has been an innovation leader in smart logistics solutions. The all-new Croner is their all-new medium-duty truck that’s specially targeted for its growth markets across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America.

Nissan Philippines Can Order You a 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO (w/ Specs)

Twelve years is a long time, but more so in the fast-paced world of performance motoring. Yet, the Nissan GT-R looks to be taking things in stride, adding a bit of performance (and price increase) here and there. Well, for those who want what could be the ultimate swansong for the R35 model, there’s the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO. And yes, you can get one for the Philippine market.

The Bentley EXP 100 GT is the Future of Luxury Grand Touring

In time for their centenary celebration, Bentley shows off the future of luxury grand touring with the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept. Though purely a concept car at this point, the EXP 100 GT shows luxury that’s sustainable, autonomous, and electric.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Someone is Selling His 2020 Toyota GR Supra for P 5.35 million

You want that 2020 Toyota GR Supra now? Like right now? Well, that’s going to cost you. With limited supply and big hype, gorging would-be buyers was bound to happen; but no one expected it to happen less than 24 hours after its Philippine unveil. But happen it did.

Snag the Last Few Subaru Forester XT for Less Than a Subaru XV

If shedding a tear for Paul Walker still wasn’t enough for you to consider the Subaru Forester XT, well, this is your absolutely final last chance to snag one before they go away for good. And if you’ve been sitting around, waiting for the best deal, well it just happened.

A Sleeker 2019 Montero Sport is Dropping in on July 25

Fans of the Montero Sport won’t have to wait long for a refresh as Mitsubishi Motors Corporation confirmed a July 25, 2019 launch date along with a teaser photo.

Toyota Motor Philippines is Considering More Gazoo Racing Offerings

Look at that badge and sear the image into your brain, because you might be seeing more of it pretty soon. At the Philippine launch of the 2020 Supra, Toyota Motor Philippines was adamant in referring to their flagship sportscar not as “Supra” but as “GR Supra.” A glance at the media kit, brochure, and all other marketing material confirms this. So, what gives? Why such emphasis on “GR?”

One of These Light Bars Is Not Like the Others

Light-emitting diodes or LEDs has become the wonderchild of automotive headlight technology. Praised for their more compact size and smaller power draw, they’ve made possible a lot of new lighting applications in today’s cars such as adaptive headlights, sequential signal lights, and auxiliary driving lamps.

Petron Blaze-powered Mazda MX-5 Wins 12-Hour Endurance Race

At the 2019 Petron Kalayaan Cup 12-hour endurance run held at the Clark International Speedway last June 12, Team Race Form Garage 2233, driving a Mazda MX-5 Global Cup Car, emerged as the overall champion.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Want to Buy a 2020 Toyota GR Supra? Here's Everything You Need to Know (w/ Brochure)

Enough of the leaks (both from the Batangas Port and dealers) and race track cameos, the 2020 Supra is finally in Manila and if your urge still hasn’t waned, here’s everything you need to know about Toyota Motor Philippines’s new flagship sportscar.

The Refreshed 2019 Nissan Navara Has One Feature That's Welcome in the Terra

Last month, we showed you how the refreshed 2019 Navara pickup truck looks like (at least for the European market). Now that it’s on sale there, Nissan has released more details on its new features, one of which could make its way to the Terra SUV.

Review: 2019 Honda Civic RS Turbo

With all the hype that surrounded the Type-R in recent years, the standard Honda Civic seemed to have gotten lost in all the fanfare. Considering how, before the CR-V ever came along and became its top seller, the Civic was one of Honda’s finest. Admittedly, after growing up on the fifth-generation Civic, the succeeding generations waned in terms of aesthetic appeal, compared to their predecessors. It lost that sporty, racer-edged design formula that made it uniquely a Honda. That, however, has begun to change.

2020 Land Rover Defender to Come in Three Sizes?

The all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender is said to carryover one unique design cue from the previous-generation model: the availability of different wheelbases. The report, which comes from Autoblog (via Autocar India) says the iconic SUV will be offered in three different sizes.

Hyundai Adds Hybrid Powertrain to Kona Crossover

For a while, Hyundai only offered two kinds of Kona SUVs in the market: one propelled by a typical internal combustion engine, and one that swaps that for a battery electric motor. Now though, the Korean automaker has added a third option and one that bridges the gap between the two: meet the Kona Hybrid.

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Mazda Atenza has Ceased Production

The Mazda Atenza has ceased production. This may seem like shocking news, but for those thinking of getting the recently-launched 2019 Mazda6, don’t worry, because it’s only the nameplate that’ll be disappearing.

Volkswagen's All-Electric ID.R is Now Officially Faster Than a F1 Car

Volkswagen has successfully unlocked the potential of electric cars with its state-of-the-art ID.R, breaking the 20-year hill climb record at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Honda Announces Retrofit Kit for Honda Sensing Safety Tech

At its annual press meeting, Honda outlined its accomplishments towards their 2030 Vision. Aside from talk about increased electrification, the automaker also committed to improving the safety of its vehicles, and thus, will increase the availability of its Honda Sensing suite across more models. Peculiarly, this includes a retrofit kit.

Hyundai and Kia Reveal Tech Leap with New Smartstream G Engine

The Hyundai Motor Group is pushing its engine technology to a new direction with the announcement of the world’s first Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology which will go into both future Hyundai and Kia vehicles starting with the Sonata’s 1.6-liter Smartstream G engine.

Isuzu Philippines Joins LTFRB in Modern PUV Caravan

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) showed its unwavering support for the country’s PUV Modernization program by joining the LTFRB Modern PUV Caravan 2019. The event is a multisectoral program aimed to promote the nationwide adoption of modernized PUVs for a cleaner, safer, more efficient, and more organized mass transport system.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Why You So Naughty, Mazda Philippines?

Oh, Mazda Philippines, why you so naughty? At its recently-held launch for the updated Mazda6 Sports Wagon and turbocharged Mazda6 sedan, the company talked about a lot of things except for one thing—a feature that’s actually standard across the entire revised Mazda6 range, and one that makes its local debut in this very vehicle.

Toyota Motor Philippines Quietly Increases Its Prices This July 2019

Just like Honda Cars Philippines, Toyota Motor Philippines has also quietly raised their prices effective this month. The increase, just like in Honda’s case, accounts for just 1-2 percent. However, it covers pretty much the entire line-up sans the Corolla Altis and the recently-launched 2019 Avanza.

Experience What Sets Their SUVs Apart at Subaru Ultimate Test Drive

Motor Image Pilipinas, Inc., is inviting everyone to experience the 4 core technologies of Subaru at the Subaru Ultimate Test Drive (SUTD) series. The best news? Aside from its inaugural leg in Manila, it’s also heading to Visayas and Mindanao as well.

Own a Mercedes-Benz at Zero Down Payment

Now is the time to make your dream come true! Auto Nation Group, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles and trucks in the country is offering a segment-first: zero downpayment.

Foton Philippines Inaugurates Metro Clark Dealership

Foton Motor Philippines (FMPI) officially inaugurated its 29th dealership located along the busy stretch of McArthur Highway in Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga: Foton Metro Clark. The new dealership will provide Foton’s full range of products and services for its passenger vehicles to light-duty trucks.

Toyota Will Sell You a Supra Racecar Starting in 2020

After finishing this year’s 24-hour Nürburgring Endurance Race, Toyota Gazoo Racing has announced that they’re launching a new racecar based on the Supra road car: the GR Supra GT4. Based on the GR Supra GT4 Concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show, this racecar is destined for customers and privateer teams.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Metro Manila is a Sh*t Hole for Accidents, Floods

Residing or working in Makati or Mandaluyong? Well, here’s some bad news for you: you’re more likely to encounter a crash or floods. The data was recently revealed by Waze, the community-based road navigation app in collaboration with Thinking Machines, a data science consultancy company.