Thursday, October 1, 2020

This Plug-In Hybrid Chinese Sportscar Tried Copying a Chevrolet Corvette


No, Tobey, you don’t need new glasses. What you’re looking at isn’t a 1950s Chevrolet Corvette, but rather it’s the Songsan SS Dolphin.

Yup, China Just Built Their Own Version of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan


With the ongoing global pandemic, new vehicle launches at Auto China were slim pickings. Still, you have to hand it over to the Chinese manufacturers to come up with some rather unexpected laughs. One of the oddities launched is this: the Hongqi E-HS9—a luxury SUV designed in the same vein as the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

Caltex Adds 5 New Service Stations to Growing PH Network


Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), continues to expand its retail footprint across the country as it opens five new service stations in Cavite, Bacolod City, Tagbilaran City, and Puerto Princesa City. Fifteen new Caltex stations have opened just this year, even during the various levels of community quarantine.

5 Reasons Why the Montero Sport 4x4 GT is a Class On Its Own (w/ Video)


In the past recent years the demand for mid-size SUV has grown significantly. The sales growth can be attributed to the preference of car buyers to have a vehicle that can address the following requirements:

Get the Ranger XLS for Just P 943k During Ford PH's Truck Month


Last month, Ford Philippines discounted most of their line-up. However, sharp-eyed readers will have noticed that one Ranger variant didn’t get the love: the Wildtrak. Well, all that’s changed this month as the American carmaker is celebrating Truck Month with special deals on the Ranger Wildtrak, XLS, and Raptor models.

Isuzu PH is Rewarding High-Mileage Vehicles This Month as Part of Their Milestone Celebration


In celebration of their 300,000th unit sold, Isuzu Philippines Corporation is offering big discounts to vehicles whose odometer readings have just hit the 300,000-kilometer mark.

Get the Ford Explorer for the Same Price as an Everest This Month


Ford Philippines is giving its biggest deals yet on its North American-built SUVs, the Explorer and Expedition until the end of October (or until supplies last). The deal gives customers either a hefty cash discount or zero percent financing. How big you ask? Well, how about up to a million bucks off?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Road Trips? Skip Hotels and Use This Special Nissan Urvan Instead


Nissan is quick to adopt its vehicles to the needs of the new normal. Apart from coming up with the world’s first zero emissions ambulance, the Japanese carmaker has come up with a flexible, highly versatile version of its Urvan which can be used as a mobile office.

SsangYong PH is Offering Up to P200k in Discounts


Korean SUV specialist SsangYong is discounting their entire line-up until the end of October. The deal covers everything from their sub-compact Tivoli crossover all the way to the recently-launched 2020.5 Rexton mid-sized SUV.

Suzuki Auto PH to Open in Kawit, Cavite


Suzuki Philippines (SPH) is continuing in its commitment to reaching its customers across the country despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. As SPH breaks ground for Suzuki Auto Kawit, the automobile brand continues to show optimism about its prospects for growth bearing in mind that the expectations of the Filipinos are met in terms of quality service and products. 

Petron's Newest Collectible Features BMW Supercars


Industry leader Petron Corporation is bringing back its highly anticipated toy car collection promo with the Petron Ultimate Driving Collection, this time featuring BMW supercars.

Honda Abandons Cutesy Designs for Its Newest All-Electric SUV


Honda seems to be eschewing the cutesy and retro-inspired styling of its previous two EV concepts for its newest EV concept, the Honda SUV e:concept.

Nissan Says the All-Electric LEAF Makes Sense for Emergency Disaster Response


From powering a Christmas tree to using its stored electrical charge to pay for parking, Nissan has found more ingenious ways to use its all-electric Leaf in real-world situations. The newest concept is called Re-Leaf, and it’s an emergency response vehicle concept that provides a mobile power supply following natural disasters or extreme weather events.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Pandemic and Economic Slow Down Has Hit Toyota Motor PH Really Hard


Despite the on-going global pandemic, Toyota Motor Corporation’s global sales are recovering at a faster than expected rate. Global sales last August 2020, including that of Lexus, were down just 10.6 percent compared to the same period in 2019.

The 2021 MG 5 is Serious About Performance with 173-Horsepower


MG is taking its performance positioning quite seriously and case in point is its all-new MG 5 compact sedan.

Geely Unveils Its Newest Flagship Sedan: the 2021 Xing Rui


Geely is readying its first sedan running off the Compact Modular Architecture or CMA. Known previously as the Preface Concept, the Xing Rui (星瑞) or Future Star will go on sale in China in the coming months. This marks the second Geely vehicle to be underpinned by the CMA platform, the first being the Xing Yue sports coupe SUV.

Here's How Much You'll Have to Pay to Restyle the 2020 Toyota Corolla Cross


When Toyota first unveiled the Corolla Cross, not everyone was thrilled with the way it looks. Suffice to say, the gaping mouth grille hasn’t won it a lot of fans, necessitating some countries to quickly dip into the accessories catalog to fix it up.

Chevy PH Announces Dedicated App, Service e-Advisor to Level Up Aftersales Commitment


The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet automobiles and parts in the country, is innovating its aftersales service with the new My Chevrolet Connect app and Chevrolet Service e-Advisor.

This P 212k GM-Designed EV Just Beat Tesla in China Sales


With China changing subsidies on electric vehicles, one unlikely vehicle emerged as the sales champion over there: the SAIC-GM-Wuling Hongguan Mini EV.

Traditional Handbrakes May Soon Disappear


In a few more years, prepare to say goodbye to one automotive feature: mechanical handbrakes. Research by U.K.-based automotive shopping site CarGurus reports that more and more carmakers are ditching them in favor of electronic parking brakes or EPBs.

AC Motors Appoints New President


AC Industrials, Ayala Corporation’s wholly-owned industrial technologies arm and direct parent of the group’s vehicle distribution & retail dealerships division, AC Motors, announced organizational and executive movements today to position the latter to move past the current pandemic and prime itself for future growth. Moving forward, AC Motors will organize itself into two distinct businesses, automotive and motorcycle, to allow the group to capitalize on the unique growth opportunities in each sector.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Could Kia PH Bring in the 2021 K5 from China?


With the Ayala-backed Kia Philippines now increasingly relying on the Korean automaker’s Chinese joint-venture for sourcing the of vehicles (the Soluto and Stonic are two examples), could something sexier like the all-new 2021 K5 be next on the table?

The 2021 MG Pilot is a Compact SUV with a Need for Speed


MG is pushing forward with its new design language as shown by its all-new compact SUV, the MG Pilot (Linghang in Chinese). Shown at Auto China for the first time, the 2021 MG Pilot is positioned as the performance flagship of their current range.

4 Electric Vehicle Myths Debunked


With Nissan Philippines committed to bring in the all-electric Leaf, the carmaker shares the top four myths surrounding EVs, and debunks them all.

For P 3.290M, the 2021 GLA is Your Entry Into the Mercedes-Benz PH SUV Family (w/ Specs)


Mercedes-Benz Philippines updates its entry-level SUV, the GLA for 2021. The eighth model in the Modular Front Architecture (MFA) family, the second-generation GLA brings with it the best of two high-volume segments for the premium brand: compact cars and SUVs.

Ford Just Took a Page Off Mazda's Design


Ford is taking a page straight from Mazda’s design book by introducing its new “Progressive Energy in Strength” design concept at Auto China.

This 2021 Honda CR-V Can Do a Shocking 90.9 km/L


Honda has decided to debut their first-ever plug-in hybrid model, the CR-V PHEV at Auto China (Beijing Auto Show).

Review: 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross


How much are you willing to pay for style? That, it seems, is the most prevalent question among those in the market between a 7-seater sub-compact MPV or 7-seater sub-compact SUV. The fact that every carmaker has come up with an SUV derivative of their respective MPVs—Rush (Avanza), BR-V (Mobilio), XL7 (Ertiga) shows that people are willing to pay more for style and added ground clearance. 

Friday, September 25, 2020

The 2021 Kia Stonic is Going to Take On the Sub-Compact Segment (w/ Video)


Kia isn’t mincing any words when they said they’re going after the sub-compact sedan/hatchback market with their newest offering: the 2021 Stonic crossover. Priced between P 735,000 to P 925,000 (without discounts), they’re aiming for a big slice in the most competitive (and frankly, the only growing) segment in the automotive industry.

Toyota PH Pivots Hilux to Serve a Growing Market


When Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) made it its mission to take the lead in providing the Filipino with the necessary support in transitioning to the new normal way of life, it was not just talking about consumer transport. Launch after launch, TMP has proven that its vehicles will be continue to be the benchmark in reliability and affordability, but clearly, there is more that the company has to offer. And this is in the form of sustaining the new means of livelihood for many Filipinos who had found themselves on a plateau since early this year.

Peugeot Launches High-Performance Division


In time for its 210th anniversary, Peugeot introduced its very own high-performance brand: Peugeot Sport Engineered. And in typical French fashion, they’ve decided to carve their own path by combining plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technology and all-wheel drive to give its cars additional oomph.

Hyundai Will Hunt Down Subaru WRXs with the 2021 i30 N


When Hyundai launched their i30 N in 2017, it brought the Korean automaker straight into the hot hatch fray. Three years on, and over 25,000 examples sold, Hyundai is upping their game with the 2021 i30 N. This year, they’ve added more power, some weight saving features, and a brand-new gearbox all in the name of providing improved performance.

Hyundai PH Receives DOTr Certification for Its Class 3 Modern Jeepney


Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) received from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Certificate of Compliance (COC) for its HD50S Class 3 Modern Jeepney, marking another milestone in the company’s support for public transport modernization.

Tokyo Motor Show Organizers Considering All Options for 2021


The organizers of the Tokyo Motor Show are taking a wait-and-see approach to next year’s event as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts the international auto show circuit.

Chery Auto PH Opens Alabang Dealership


United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI) opens its 15th Chery Auto dealership in the Philippines with the inauguration of its Alabang dealership. This milestone happens less than a year since Chery re-entered the country through UAAGI.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

2020 Mazda CX-30 Lauded for Predictive Safety Techology




Mazda has won recognition once more at the Kids Design Council. This year, it’s the CX-30, and in particular, its Driver Attention Alert (DAA) that won the Japanese carmaker its seventh straight Kids Design Award since 2014.

Virtual EV Summit Kicks Off Today


On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), the voice of the electric vehicle industry is hosting a special three-day Philippine Electric Vehicle Virtual Summit (PEVVS) with the theme, “Moving Forward to an Electrified Mobility in the New Normal.”

Is Geely Really Using Volvo Engines?


In 2010, after Volvo joined Geely, the two saw the future trend in the automotive industry where sustainability would be key. Emission regulations and rising fuel costs would result in demand for more efficient engines and a transition to electrification. 

Goodyear Marks Triumphant Return to 24 Hours of Le Mans



Goodyear made a triumphant comeback to the world’s most prestigious endurance race this weekend, with two Goodyear partner teams finishing on the podium in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the return of the Goodyear Blimp to a European race event.

Geely Introduces World's First Open-Source EV Platform


Geely debuts the world’s first open-source all-electric vehicle architecture. Plans are underway not just to use this new platform on all of their nine automotive brands including Volvo, but will also offer it to other manufacturers as well.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

You Asked, They Listened: Ford PH Introduces Ranger FX4 4x4 Variant. Prices Start at P 1.356M.


Ford Philippines is expanding its truck portfolio with the launch of a 4x4 variant of the Ford Ranger FX4, boosting the off-roading capability of Ford trucks available in the country. 

Volvo Cars PH Refreshes Showroom (w/ Video)


Volvo Philippines reopens its doors with a freshly renovated showroom. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Volvo has embarked on the biggest and most extensive makeover of its local headquarters in Makati City to date.

Road Repairs, Reblocking Will Just Take 24 Hours Even on Provincial Roads


Leading cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. is planning to make available its one-day concrete Super Fast(SF) Crete or SFCrete outside the National Capita Region to support contractors looking to participate in government road repair projects in other urban areas and help lessen disruption to commuters.

Chery Auto PH Boosts Spare Parts Stockpile in the Country


Chery Auto Philippines is raising the bar when it comes to car ownership with the announcement that they are increasing their stockpile of spare parts.

Someone Transformed the Nissan GT-R into A 600-Horsepower Off-Road Rally Machine


If the Nissan GT-R isn’t special enough for you, why don’t you consider this one-of-one GT-R Offroad “Godzilla 2.0.” as its name implies, it’s a GT-R meant to go off-roading, clearly inspired by the African Safari rally cars of the 1980s and 1990s.

Suzuki PH Discounts "Heavy Service" to Just P 4,999 All-In


Suzuki Philippines automotive customers can now book their service appointments online via a new feature on their official website. This much needed innovation is done through mobile phone or desktop that in the light of the current situation, is the best route to take as it promotes less interaction between customers and sales representatives.

The Following Mazda PH Dealers Have the Mazda3 100th Anniversary Special Edition on Stock


With just 15 units of the Mazda3 100th Anniversary Special Edition models available in the Philippines, the chances of seeing one in the flesh may take a bit of luck. Thankfully, they’ve made spotting it easier by revealing that the following 5 dealers have decided to stock up on it.

Ex-Mitsubishi Rally Driver Tommi Mäkinen Will Now Help Toyota Make Ever-Better Cars


Tommi Mäkinen may be synonymous with Mitsubishi and the Lancer Evolution, but starting in January 2021, he’s going to be an advisor to Toyota Motor Corporation. His role: to help the carmaker make ever-better cars.

Drive Home the 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross with Just a P99k Downpayment


One of the redeeming traits of Filipinos is the closeness to their families. It’s part of our culture, and it’s also part of the major decisions we have to make in life – that includes car buying.

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