Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Volvo Philippines Expands Plug-In Hybrid Line-Up to 3 Models

In line with Volvo Cars’ goal of reducing its emissions by 50 percent in terms of global sales, Volvo Cars Philippines expands its T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid offering to now include the XC60, S90, and XC90.

Mazda MX-5 Restoration Parts Are Coming to the Philippines

It looks like good things happen in threes with the Mazda MX-5. After being inducted into the Japanese Automotive Hall of Fame and the announcement of its very own one-make racing series, the Miata Spec Series in the Philippines, Bermaz Auto Philippines has confirmed that first-generation “NA” owners will soon get their hands on official restoration parts for their beloved roadster.

Toyota's Hilux-Based Modern PUV Looks Odd, But is Affordable

Toyota Motor Philippines has now entered the government’s PUV Modernization program with this Hilux-based 12-seater offering. Admittedly, the proportions are odd, given the low driver cabin and tall passenger compartment, but at P 998,000, it’s one affordably-priced Modern PUV.

Review: 2019 SsangYong Musso Grand 2.2 4WD A/T

Funny how the market has changed lately. Considered more as tools of the trade before, pickup trucks are now easily found on the high street, too. Driven by accessible prices (thanks in large part to the Philippine government) and an impressive array of creature comfort features, most see them now as sensible family vehicles or for some even status symbols as opposed to being mere utilitarian haulers they once were. This has led to the pickup truck segment to be the country’s fastest growing segment, and now, one of the most hotly contested as well. Everyone wants a piece of it, including this peculiar Korean carmaker, SsangYong.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

P 2.5-Million Will Get You A Ready-to-Race Mazda MX-5

Tapping into 30 years of Jinba-ittai spirit, Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda formally announces the one-make Miata Spec Series featuring the 2019 MX-5 sportscar. Organized and run by veteran racer Allan Uy and RaceGAS Dynamics, the inaugural season starts in May of next year.

Mercedes-Benz PH Refreshes GLC-Class. Prices Start at P 4.290M (w/ Specs)

Designed to look sleeker with its clean lines and sporty proportions, the 2020 GLC is an instant head-turner. First debuted as the GLK in 2008, which enriched the mid-size SUV segment, the GLC remains as the bestselling Mercedes-Benz for ten years with more than 1.6 million units sold worldwide.

The Upgraded 2020 Mercedes-Benz V-Class is at P 4.690M (w/ Specs)

In 2014 the Mercedes-Benz V-Class celebrated its debut with a completely new approach to design, value appeal, comfort, and safety in the MPV segment. The concept went on to be a true success: This is confirmed by the 209,000 or so V-Class units that have been sold since its market launch in 2014, a sales record in 2018 with some 64,000 units, one of the youngest buyer groups at Mercedes-Benz and a successful global expansion, especially in Asia.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Audi Philippines Launches 2020 Q3: The Premium SUV Leveled Up

The all-new 2020 Audi Q3 officially landed, bringing with it a fresh new take to SUVs. While most SUVs are specific with its target market and usage, the Q3 is a breath of fresh air, as it was designed to cater to every kind of driver, for every kind of need. Tagged as “the all-around SUV,” the all-new Q3 easily fuses spaciousness, versatility, and technology.

First-Generation Mazda MX-5 Inducted into Japan Automotive Hall of Fame

The first-generation Mazda MX-5 enters the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame, recognized by the organization as one of the country’s impost important historic cars.