Saturday, December 28, 2019
Since Geely’s brand launch, most of the attention went straight for the top-of-the-line P 1.198-million Coolray 1.5 Sport; it’s totally legit too with its high value for money quotient, and myriad of standard comfort and luxury features. But now, Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP) wants to focus your attention on two other Coolray variants—the P 978k Comfort and the P 1.088-million Premium.
The musical chairs at Nissan isn’t over as the man tasked to lead the Japanese carmaker’s recovery has quit just weeks into his new job.
Friday, December 27, 2019
Hitachi Automotive Systems, the company partly responsible for Subaru’s EyeSight system says they’ve now enhanced the range of the stereoscopic camera to enable Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) at intersections without the need for millimeter-wave radar.
Thursday, December 26, 2019
The all-new, second-generation Subaru Levorg hasn’t even arrived in showrooms yet, and STI’s already gotten their grimy hands on one. This is our first shot at the upcoming Levorg STI Sport.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is suspending long-term (overnight) parking at all terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) starting today Thursday, December 26, 2019 up until Sunday, January 5, 2020.
Marked by the introduction of several new brands, 2019 marks a period of change for the more established carmakers. With competition heating up, most stepped up to the challenge—offering new and/or improved offerings which have appealed not just to the regular consumer, but to enthusiasts as well.
Tesla may have garnered the most attention with its Cybertruck pickup truck, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only all-electric pickup truck that’ll be hitting the market. Another is upstart Rivian, and as a Christmas gift to truck lovers, they’ve released a clip of their upcoming R1T pickup truck doing one cool trick.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Honda Access, the genuine accessory line of Honda has been making look-fast parts for various Honda vehicles for quite some time now under the Modulo brand. But now, they’re ready to take the next step with the new Modulo X line.
Built for outright speed, McLaren had to make sure its new Speedtail is up to snuff. So, they brought one to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida where it reached its maximum speed of 403 km/h not just once, not twice, but more than 30 times.
Monday, December 23, 2019
The Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Mazda6 better take note—Kia’s new design-driven K5 mid-sized sedan is ready for primetime. Marketing a new era for the Korean automaker, the K5 aims to capture some attention with its striking exterior, driver-focused interior, and new powertrain options including the availability of all-wheel drive for the first time.
With a launch date confirmed this January, Toyota and its motorsports arm, Gazoo Racing has given several European publications early access to its much-awaited next global GR model—the GR Yaris.
Nissan in the Philippines was awarded the Nissan Global Award for financial year 2019 as a top contributor to the automotive brand’s growth.
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have debuted a new virtual reality (VR) design evaluation system at the brands’ global design headquarters. The new system, introduced to the Namyang Research and Development Center in South Korea, demonstrates a heightened focus on enhancing vehicle development processes through the implementation of VR technology.
Waze, the community-based traffic app and the Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) have teamed up to promote the cultural and natural wonders of the Philippines with the launch of the “100 Days in the Philippines” campaign.
Hino Motors Philippines (HMP) closes the year with more than 300 units of modernized PUVs turned over to different transport cooperatives nationwide. As 2020 approaches, the company remains steadfast in its commitment to support the government’s flagship program for the transportation industry.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Aside from traditional motor shows, carmakers are now attending tech shows in force to preview what’s coming, especially in the realm of connectivity and autonomous driving.
In time for the holiday rush, Globe Business, the enterprise arm of Globe Telecom announces that 1,044 Victory Liner bus units are now equipped with the telco giant’s Boost Data Plan allowing commuters the convenience of a fast and reliable internet connection even when on the move.
MG Motor has made an impressive feat in Europe as two of its vehicles were awarded with the highest possible safety rating by the European New Car Assessment Program or Euro NCAP.
On track for its “Road to 50 Dealerships”, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) formally held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Isuzu dealership in La Union.
Petron Corporation has forged a partnership with the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), the country’s oldest and largest auto club, naming the oil leader as AAP’s official fuel partner.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot have agreed to merge. The new entity, which will be 50/50 split among the two automakers will create the fourth largest global automotive OEM by volume and third largest by revenue.
Mazda it seems is the king of subtle body kits. Just as they’ve shown a very subdued body kit for their Mazda3 compact car last year, they’re doing the same thing only this time for the Mazda3’s crossover sibling, the CX-30.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
One of China’s largest automakers (and its leading exporter) wants to enter one of the most challenging markets in the world, and to do so, they’re focusing on design.
Porsche Philippines is confirming that its first all-electric vehicle, the Taycan will be making its local debut early next year. The country is slated to be among the first batch of countries that will receive this game-changer for Porsche.
Ask and Rolls-Royce’s craftsmen will deliver. But imagine what a pain-in-the-ass this request was for the folks over at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood. Why? Read on.
As high school graduates in the late 1990s are now in their late thirties, this will have a dramatic impact on what would become collectible models says Hagerty, the largest insurance agency for collectors cars in the U.S.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Bring out the neon, turn on the fog machine, and cue the synthesizer music because Honda’s going 90s for the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon. Shown as a pair of renderings, the Japanese automaker is bringing out two stars from retirement: the Civic EK9 and the S2000 AP1.
Love to poke fun at the Chinese? Well, here’s proof that you need to take them seriously. Lynk & Co, part of the Geely Auto group just won the first-ever World Title in motorsports as its Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR just bagged the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) team title.
Small cars rarely get the love they deserve. Often seen as the lowest tier in motoring, they’re typically seen as rolling compromises—be it in design, comfort, or refinement. Yet, look carefully and you’ll find quite a few gems in the A-segment—the smallest of the small cars; and the brightest one among them? The 2019 Brio. It may be the most affordable offering in Honda’s stable, but it doesn’t make it less impressive.
Monday, December 16, 2019
In a unique collaboration, designers from Porsche and Lucasfilm have come up with a fantasy starship that brings together the design DNA of both brands. The result is the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter.
As carmakers come to grips with a fast-changing landscape, Nissan is investing big to upgrade its assembly facilities around the world to make them more flexible, efficient, and sustainable. And the first to benefit is Nissan’s Tochigi Plant in Japan which received a 33 billion-yen (~ P 15.72 billion) upgrade.
Honda Foundation, Inc. (HFI), composed of the Honda Group of Companies (Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), Honda Parts Manufacturing Corporation (HPMC) and Honda Trading Philippines) recently conducted its Tree Planting activity with 5,000 tree saplings planted in Real, Quezon.
Car enthusiasts will know that since the R35, Nissan spawned off the GT-R into a model series separate from the Skyline. What most people don’t know is that the Skyline badge lives on in Japan; and most recently, it’s been exported as a mid-sized Infiniti.
Saturday, December 14, 2019
The subcompact car segment is the country’s largest in terms of sales volume. It’s so important that the major players here offer a dizzying array of variants to fit just about every budget—Toyota has 11 variants of the Vios, Honda has 6 for the City, and even Nissan has 5 for the Almera. With that in mind, what drove Mazda Philippines to offer just two variants—a hatchback and a sedan for its 2020 Mazda2?
Coming as a big surprise to wrap up 2019, Bermaz Auto Philippines, the official distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country, has finally brought in the refreshed subcompact Mazda2. It features the Evolved KODO styling along with a slew of enhancements for improved comfort and handling.
Friday, December 13, 2019
Okay, so remember MG’s plans to introduce the Expander pickup truck to the Philippines? Well, guess which distributor just threw a spanner in the works? Maxus. With this move, 2020 looks to be a battle royale between two Chinese-by-way-of-England siblings.
Toyota is teasing its next global GR model after the GR Supra, and thankfully, the world won’t have to wait long for it. Coming this January, the world will see the GR Yaris which will make its debut at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon in January.
Companies are now turning to the Volkswagen’s Santana MT for their fleet accounts. At P 686,000, it’s not just affordable, but because it’s 100 percent German quality, it offers a low cost of maintenance.
This year, home retail giant CW Home Depot acquired nine Santanas to grow its VW fleet to 17. What inspired CW Home Depot to expand their Santana MT fleet is the once a year or every 10,000 kilometers, whichever comes first, periodic maintenance service (PMS) interval schedule—a truly convenient offer allowing them to focus on driving their business forward. The longer interval gives them more time to roll their Santana fleet on the road without any worry.
* Blaupunkt headunit is a dealer option.
Staying true to providing a trouble-free ownership, Volkswagen Philippines also offers an unrivaled warranty coverage, giving a three-year paint and main steel body structure warranty on top of the comprehensive three years or 100,000-km warranty on every Santana sold. This comprehensive warranty package made MAN Automotive Concessionaires Corporation (MACC), the company that distributes MAN trucks and buses in the Philippines, join the list last year and introduced Santana MT to its growing company fleet. MACC is also impressed with the Santana’s standard safety features that include dual SRS airbags, and ABS with EBD.
On the road, VW Santana MT’s 1.4-liter MultiPoint Injection (MPI) four-cylinder engine allows smooth driving around the Metro while ensuring excellent fuel economy with its five-speed manual transmission—a huge plus for premier car-rental company Diamond Rent-a-Car (DRAC), which acquired 11 units following Santana’s arrival in May 2018, to provide their customers a smooth and reliable ride. Santana also offers the comfort Volkswagens are known more with its cozy seats and roomy interior.
With a starting price of only P 686,000, Santana MT provides the classic and luxurious German craftsmanship that truly make it a Volkswagen. Moreover, it offers a painless ownership experience without costing a fortune—and this offers you and your company new ways to save.
To learn more about the new Santana, visit the Volkswagen website, its nationwide network of 9 dealers, and Like the official Volkswagen Philippines Facebook page.