Thursday, April 30, 2020

Hyundai Group Design Head Leaves

Hyundai Group Design Chief Luc Donckerwolke is leaving the Korean automaker group for undisclosed personal reasons. The Belgian behind the current Palisade, Sonata (pictured), and even the Le Fil Rouge Concept has stepped down with immediate effect.

Hyundai PH is First Automaker to Outline What "New Normal" Will Be Post ECQ

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines is the first local automaker to publicly announce its safety guidelines for dealers and service centers in areas covered by the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Chery Auto PH Now Equips N95-Certified Cabin Air Filters

Chery Auto Philippines is now fitting most of its local line-up fitted with an N95 certified cabin filtration system.

Nissan Won't Be Making Any Terra, Navara Until June

Nissan announced the extension of its temporary adjustment to production in Thailand in response to the continuing COVID-19 outbreak and decreased demand in the automotive market.

Global Auto Sales See Lowest Year-on-Year Decrease Since 1980

The outbreak of COVID-19 has already impacted the automotive industry significantly, according to JATO Dynamics, a leading provider of global automotive data and insight. Global vehicle sales totaled 5.55 million units in March 2020, down by 39 percent from March 2019.

Confirmed: Audi is Pulling Out of DTM

Audi has confirmed: they will not be racing in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) beyond the 2020 season. The decision is fueled by the German carmaker’s direction as a carbon-neutral premium mobility provider, but exacerbated in light of the recent economic challenges brought by COVID-19.

Mazda Celebrates 100 Years of Breaking Records

From Hiroshima cork producer to global car manufacturer, 2020 sees Mazda celebrate a century of innovation, pioneering design, and engineering success. One hundred years of business that has also seen a fair share of records achieved by Mazda over the course of its storied history.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Porsche Opens New Website to Keep Kids Entertained During Quarantine

With schools and daycare centers closed, parents working from home have to find ways to keep their children busy. Porsche is pitching in these efforts—like through Porsche 4Kids, which offers children stuck at home a welcome distraction by way of various activities that both entertain and educate.

Suzuki Teams Up with Doraemon in Newest Campaign

Suzuki Philippines is announcing a very unlikely ambassador in the form of robotic time traveling cat character Doraemon.

Rolls-Royce Sees Another Kind of Record Production

Although car manufacturing has been temporarily suspended, production of another unique, distinctly British treasure is running at record levels at the Home of Rolls-Royce: the world’s most exclusive honey.

Jaguar Land Rover to Re-Start Production on May 18

Jaguar Land Rover plans to gradually resume production from May 18, 2020, starting with manufacturing plants in Solihull in the UK as well as in Slovakia and Austria.

Geely is Now Making Their Own 7-Seater SUV with the 2020 Haoyue

Geely has just unveiled their first three-row SUV: the 2020 Haoyue. With a name that literally translates as “Auspicious” it has just been launched online for its home market of China.

Toyota Starts Making Medical Face Shields Against COVID-19

Toyota Motor Corporation joins Mitsubishi and Nissan in the full-scale production of medical face shields in Japan.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

PH Vehicle Importers See Sales Sink 34.4 Percent in Q1 2020

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors, Inc. (AVID) – with 20 member companies representing 26 global brands – recorded sales of only 14,404 units equivalent to a 34.4 percent drop in the first quarter of the year amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine caused by COVID-19.

Hyundai Teases a Sportier Version of the 2021 Elantra: Meet the Elantra N Line

Hyundai has wasted no time. After introducing the “regular” 2021 Elantra, the Korean automaker has announced that a “warmer” version is coming in the form of the Elantra N Line.

Toyota Has Now Sold More Than 15 Million Hybrid Electric Vehicles

In January 2020, Toyota achieved an important milestone by selling more than 15 million hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) globally since the launch of the first-generation Prius in 1997.

From Pajeros to Face Shields: Mitsubishi Shifts to COVID-19 Efforts

Mitsubishi Motors is now producing face shields in Japan to help against the spread COVID-19 infections.

Isuzu Shows Off D-Max's Aftermarket Potential with One-Off GO2

When you think of accessorizing, the Isuzu D-Max rarely makes it on top of most project car lists. Though it’s been proven to look great with the Boondock Edition, most would consider other pickup trucks as their starting point. It’s for this reason that Isuzu UK has come up with this one-of-a-kind D-Max: to show the pickup’s aftermarket potential. Meet the Isuzu D-Max GO2.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Isuzu INTECO Steps Up COVID-19 Efforts

One of Isuzu Philippines Corporation’s dealer groups, INTECO (Industrial & Transport Equipment Inc), has been in the forefront of the automotive industry’s all-out efforts to assist the country’s front liners in the medical, hospital, armed forces and essential industries in their fight to halt the further spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines.

How a Global Design Team Resulted in the Geely Coolray Becoming a World-Class Car

To create a world-class car, you need a team that knows the world. With the Coolray, the result is a global collaboration between teams of designers and engineers.

8 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Mercedes-AMG

Fifty-three years ago, three letters came together to become synonymous with the ultimate in Mercedes-Benz driving performance: AMG. Those letters, and the company it represents today is world-renowned for supreme automotive performance, exclusivity, and highly dynamic driving pleasure.

Some Carmakers Have Their Safety Priorities Backward

With the multitude of driver assist technologies like blind spot warning and lane keep assist, the question now beckons: which tech actually prevents accidents?

Peugeot Celebrates a Decade of the i-Cockpit

This year, Peugeot is celebrating a decade of the i-Cockpit—one of the French carmaker’s most distinct design features that’s been standard on all their cars since the first-generation 208.

Lexus Bids Goodbye GS Sports Sedan with Eternal Touring Edition

After 27 years and four generations, Lexus is bidding adieu to its sporty GS sedan this August. And with Toyota’s announcement of the model’s discontinuation, they’re sending it off in style with this special “Eternal Touring” edition.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Friday, April 24, 2020

Honda Cars PH Lends 15 Vehicles for Medical Front Liners

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has lent out 15 cars to medical front liners who are battling the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Share Your Mazda Story, Win a Dinner For Two After the Quarantine

Because everyone’s dreaming of road trips during this Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), Mazda Philippines is holding a Facebook contest to recall your fondest Mazda memories.

These Areas May See Auto Dealers and Service Centers Re-Open Starting May 1

Auto dealers and auto service centers will be allowed to open in areas covered by the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) which will take effect in certain provinces starting May 1.

With the Trailblazer Ending Production in Thailand, Should Chevy PH Bring in the Chinese Blazer?

With Chevrolet completely discontinuing production in Thailand, the question now is where will Chevy Philippines source their vehicles? Well, North America is the safe bet for high-value vehicles such as the Camaro, Corvette, Tahoe, and Suburban; but what about more mainstream ones?

Hyundai's Making a "Hot" Version of the Kona SUV

While Subaru’s been busy making their Forester more mainstream (i.e. boring), Hyundai is heading in the opposite direction. Aside from giving their Tucson the N Line treatment, the Korean carmaker is gearing up for a Kona N.

Ford Shows Off Zero Emissions Mustang Drag Racer

It won’t hurt your ears and doesn’t use a drop of fuel, but it’s projected to crush the quarter-mile in the low-8-second range at more than 273 km/h. For the first time ever, Ford Performance introduces a one-off Mustang Cobra Jet factory drag racer with all-electric propulsion.

Enhanced Community Quarantine Over NCR, Selected Areas Extended to May 15

It’s official: the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is being extended once more to May 15, 2020. In a televised address, President Rodrigo Duterte says the ECQ will remain up over Metro Manila until the middle of May, and the ECQ coverage will be expanded as well.

Classic Porsches Can Now Get Apple CarPlay

Porsche is now giving owners of older models the chance to jump onto the Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay bandwagon with these special 1- or 2-DIN infotainment systems from Porsche Classic.

Toyota Finally Shows Off the 2021 Yaris Cross (w/ 9 Photos, Video)

After a canceled launch at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show, Toyota is now unveiling its all-new Yaris Cross—an urban-centric crossover tailor-made to suit the city, but with still enough credentials to call it a true SUV.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

2020 Hyundai Palisade Shines in Latest Safety Tests

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade has now received the highest possible overall safety rating from the U.S.-based National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Jeep PH Will Start Sourcing Products from China

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has confirmed that Jeep Philippines will now start sourcing some of its products from Mainland China. This makes the Philippines the first overseas market for FCA’s Chinese operations.

Land Rover's Newest Engine is an Electrified 3-Cylinder

Land Rover unveiled its newest engine, and it’s one that you’re not expecting: a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine. This becomes the cornerstone in Land Rover’s first-ever Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) in the form of the Range Rover Evoque P300E and Discovery Sport P300E.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Consumers Losing Confidence in Self-Driving, EV Tech

With almost every carmaker saying that their future business relies on CASE or Connected Autonomous Shared and Electric, a new survey just released by J.D. Power says carmakers may want to dial back on those mobility dreams. Why? Buyers may not want them anymore.

These are the Full Specs, Brochure of the 2020 Geely Azkarra

One of the car launches greatly affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine is this: the Geely Azkarra. Supposed to have launched at the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), local distributor Sojitz G Auto Philippines instead had to press pause to all activities surrounding its compact SUV.

Toyota Converts Olympic Dreams to COVID-19 Response Vehicles

If you’ve been to Japan before all this COVID-19 business, you would have noticed this quirky Toyota taxi, particularly around Tokyo.

Ford PH Reminds Us That Pickups Are Great at Hauling Stuff

Most Filipinos buy pickup trucks because they look cool, but now and again, carmakers remind them that they’re great at doing one thing: hauling stuff. Ford did exactly that when its “Built Ford Tough” truck helped transport food and medical supplies to various front liners during the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Global Auto Production Expected to Tank by 20 Percent This Year

Auto makers are going to be bracing for a very tough year ahead with global production now expected to fall more than 20 percent.

Mazda Confirms That Rotary Engine Will Return in MX-30 SUV

As part of its 100th anniversary, Mazda has been busy tugging at nostalgia such as coming up with models inspired by the R360 and also highlighting one of its crowning achievements: the mass-production of the rotary engine.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Audi to Gradually Re-Start Production

Audi in the coming weeks will gradually resume producing cars at its plants in Europe after having suspended its operations in mid-March because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bridgestone to Temporarily Shut Japan Plants Due to Weaker Global Demand

The world’s largest tiremaker, Bridgestone said it will be temporarily suspending operation at its 11 manufacturing plants in Japan, including 8 tire factories.

PLDT Donates 30 Vehicles to AFP for COVID-19 Response

PLDT Inc. is turning over 30 of its service vehicles to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for its use in anti-COVID-19 operations.

Despite COVID-19 Pandemic, Porsche 911 Sales Are Actually Up This Year

Porsche sold 8,482 units of its iconic 911 sports car in the first three months of the year, a 16 percent increase from the same period in 2019, even as the brand’s total deliveries dipped due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BMW Philippines Comes Out With a Viber Sticker Set

BMW Philippines is now giving you the chance to spruce up your Viber app with these special stickers now available for download.

Toyota Motorsport GmbH is Now Gone

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is now gone. Toyota’s European research and development base, and seen aplenty on local Vios as go-fast stickers or plate decals will get a new name moving forward: Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe GmbH (TGR-E).

Official: 2021 Hyundai Veloster N is Now Faster

After teasing it last week, Hyundai has now made it official: the Veloster N now comes equipped with an 8-speed dual clutch transmission.