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Friday, April 23, 2021

The 2022 Honda HR-V Hides A Dirty Little Secret


Honda may be sharing more than just the City’s platform when it comes to the all-new HR-V. Apparently, it’s also getting the sub-compact sedan’s engine too.

This Is The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Before You're Supposed To See It


The all-new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser is almost upon us. After leaks about its specs came out last week, it was photographed undisguised, sitting in a pre-delivery inspection lot in the Middle East.

Carmakers Should Preach Not Toys But Service


Whether it is because they are an EV pioneer, or because there is some mythos surrounding its CEO, Elon Musk, Tesla has garnered an almost cult-like following. This almost blind loyalty to Tesla has generated a term, Tesla Stan. It is the automotive equivalent of the internet’s favorite meme, Florida Man, or closer to home, it is Joeven Yacub and his love for anything Honda.

Chery Auto PH Sales Jump 216 Percent in Q1 2021


Chery Auto Philippines saw its sales rocket 216 percent in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year. The automaker attributes this to increased public awareness of its products.

Geely Coolray is Best-Selling 5-Seater Sub-Compact SUV For Q1 2021


Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP), the official local distributor of Geely vehicles in the country, announced that Coolray has once again ranked number 1 in the 5-seater subcompact crossover segment consistently from January to March with 744 units sold in Q1.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

It's Official: The 47th Tokyo Motor Show 2021 Is Canceled


It’s official: the 47th Tokyo Motor Show 2021 is canceled. This marks the first time the biennial motor show has been canceled since its inception 1954.

An Additional 10,863 Honda PH Units Affected By Faulty Fuel Pumps


Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), through a voluntarily recall, will replace the fuel pumps of 10,863 units of select 2018-2021 Accord, BR-V, City, Civic, Civic Type R, CR-V, HR-V, Jazz and Mobilio for possible defective impellers.

Skyway Stage 3's Nagtahan Exit Ramps Are Now Open


Starting today, April 22, 2021 motorists coming from both the north and south can now access Sta. Mesa and the City of Manila directly, in record time, as San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has opened the Nagtahan northbound and southbound exit ramps of the new Skyway Stage 3 elevated expressway.

Will You Trade Your Ranger Raptor For The Great Wall Poer Baja Snake?


When they’re not busy ripping off the Volkswagen Beetle, Great Wall can also be found building some rather interesting trucks. Case in point is this—the Great Wall Poer Baja Snake.

Mitsubishi Revives Airtrek Name For All-Electric SUV


Mitsubishi is bringing back the Airtrek name, but this time, it’ll be used for an all-new electric SUV.

Peugeot Switches Back to Analog Gauges to Avoid Global Chip Shortage


Peugeot is ditching screens and going back to old-fashioned analog gauges. This as the French automaker gets ingenious to avoid the global shortage of microchips that’s plaguing the auto industry.

MG Will Let You Decide If You Want Them To Build The Cyberster Sportscar


When MG showed off the Cyberster at Auto Shanghai, most thought that this sportscar concept was nothing more than a design study; after all, they did mention once before that they considered the segment too niche.

Get An Additional P 10k Off Your Brand-New Suzuki At This Weekend's Auto Festival Roadshow


Suzuki Philippines Incorporated (SPH), announces the return of its widely anticipated and fan-favorite Suzuki Auto Festival Virtual Roadshow. SPH is set to finally hold the 3rd leg of this prestigious event, which is scheduled to take place on the 24th and 25th of April, 2021.

Land Rover Defender Crowned As 2021 World Car Design Of The Year


The Land Rover Defender has been named 2021 World Car Design of the Year at the annual World Car Awards. It’s the third time Land Rover has claimed the coveted prize following previous wins for Range Rover Velar (2018) and Range Rover Evoque (2012), and is the latest in a number of global awards for the rugged 4x4.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Volkswagen PH Reveals 2021 T-Cross Will Start At P 1.068M* And Is Arriving This May (w/ Specs)


Volkswagen Philippines’s renewed push towards global products starts in May with the T-Cross’s market introduction. With over 300,000 sold worldwide, it has become a phenomenon for the German brand, and it finally enters the Philippines fully-loaded, and at a price tag that starts at just P 1.098 million (P 1.068 million with their pre-launch offer).

Mitsubishi PH Sold 1,060 L300s Last Month


The Mitsubishi L300 helped bolster Mitsubishi Motors Philippines’s March sales by registering 1,060 units sold—an impressive 11 percent increase versus February.

Toyota PH Says Avanza MPVs, Rush SUVs Now Part Of Fuel Pump Recall


Toyota Motor Philippines is recalling more vehicles due to faulty fuel pumps. The new recall (or service campaign as the carmaker calls them) covers an additional 36,729 vehicles from the initial 10,776 units, bringing the total of affected Toyota vehicles to 47,505.

The 2022 Maserati Levante Hybrid Offers Electrifying Performance


After electrifying its Ghibli luxury sedan, Maserati has now electrified its SUV, the Levante as well. The Levante Hybrid made its global debut at Auto Shanghai, and is revealed to be every bit as high-performance as its Trident badge suggests.

Isuzu PH Donates D-MAX To GMA Kapuso Foundation In Fight Against COVID-19


Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) turned over an Isuzu D-Max LS A/T to the GMA Kapuso Foundation to strengthen the foundation’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Mazda Reveals Second All-Electric Model: the 2022 CX-30 EV


In the electrification game, Mazda was caught on the back foot, relying instead on their “well-to-wheel” approach. However, as policy makers around the world opted to curb tailpipe emissions instead of looking at the bigger picture, Mazda found itself playing catch up as other brands came up with their own electric vehicle offerings.

SMC to Embark on Massive Pasig River Clean Up


Preparations for a historic effort to clean up the Pasig River, to be fully funded by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and jointly undertaken with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are now in full swing, with the first intensive studies on the riverbed currently underway, the company reported.

The Volkswagen ID.4 Is The 2021 World Car Of The Year


A jury made up of 93 distinguished international journalists from 28 countries have spoken: the Volkswagen ID.4 is the 2021 World Car of the Year.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Toyota Motor PH Reveals July Launch for 2021 GR Yaris And These 16 Dealerships Are Now Accepting Reservations


We’ve tackled this before, but Toyota Motor Philippines has confirmed what we knew all along: the 2021 Toyota GR Yaris will only be sold at 16 dealerships, and it will be available in limited numbers.

No, Honda Cars PH Didn't Shortchange The Market When They Introduced the City Hatchback And Discontinued The Jazz


When the all-new Honda Fit or Jazz launched at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2019, the reaction from enthusiasts was almost entirely negative. This, it seems, is one of the reasons why Honda, on a regional level, decided to instead develop the City Hatchback instead.

2021 Honda City RS Hatchback Arrives In The Philippines For P 1.115M (w/ Specs)


Meet the newest member of the Honda City family: the first-ever 2021 City Hatchback. Designed to meet the needs of a wider group of customers, the City Hatchback fuses the defining characteristics of Honda’s sub-compact sedan—sportiness, spaciousness, and efficiency with the everyday versatility of a five-door hatchback.

What The Punk? Will You Drive This Beetle Cloned Named The ORA Punk Cat?


Remember Great Wall’s Volkswagen Beetle clone? Well, it’s finally got a name: meet the 2022 Ora Punk Cat. Yeah, Punk Cat. Let that sink in for a second.

Geely Targets To Become A Top 5 Auto Brand In The Philippines


Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP), the exclusive distributor of Geely vehicles in the Philippines reported its best month ever in terms of sales last March.

All 2021 Nissan Navara Variants Get A 5-Year Warranty


Nissan Philippines is the first and only brand to offer a standard five-year, 150,000-kilometer warranty in the pickup truck segment with their new 2021 Navara.

Ford Gets Into The Touchscreen Wars With The 2022 EVOS


Hey Ford Philippines, we’d forgive you for the Territory if you’d throw us a bone, and offer this gorgeous 2022 Ford Evos for the local market.

Vehicle Importers Brush Off Effects Of DTI Safeguard Bond With Strong March 2021 Sales


The DTI safeguard bond, which was supposed to help carmakers with a local presence seemed to have the opposite effect. The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) managed to brush off the effect of the DTI safeguard bond (at least for now) by posting 5,193 units sold in March 2021—just a 4 percent decline compared to February 2021.

Monday, April 19, 2021

The 2022 Seres SF95 is Huawei's P 1.6M Car


Huawei is trying a different approach with its first vehicle—the 2022 Seres SF95. In an atypical move, it won’t be sold at traditional car dealerships, but it’ll be made available at the brand’s flagship stores alongside its mobile phones and smart devices. The cost? It starts at a cool RMB 216,800 or P 1.608 million.

Geely's Flagship SUV Has 238 Horsepower And Offers Unmanned Automated Valet


Geely Auto is confirming that its new CMA-based SUV is heading to global markets. Known internally as the KX11, it has since taken on the name Xingyue L for the Chinese market (it goes on sale there in the coming weeks). It serves as their new flagship SUV offering the best that Geely has to offer.

Honda Shows Off First-Ever EV SUV: the 2022 Honda SUV e


Honda is inching closer to the production of its all-electric SUV by showing it off in prototype form at the Auto Shanghai. First shown in September as a concept, the Honda SUV e will be the Japanese carmaker’s first all-electric vehicle for the Chinese market.

Indian-Assembled Suzuki Jimnys Have Landed in the Philippines


In January, we reported that Suzuki has started exporting its Jimny sub-compact off-roader sourced from their joint-venture plant with Maruti in India. At the time, Suzuki confirmed that Latin America would be the first export market followed by the Middle East and Africa. Well, now we can include the Philippines to that list as well.

Confirmed: Global 2022 Nissan X-Trail Gets Turbocharged Power


After being shown to the North American market as the Rogue last year, Nissan has finally pulled the covers off its global market sibling—the all-new 2022 Nissan X-Trail. In doing so, they are confirming one big thing: turbocharged power.

Meet the Next Toyota-Subaru Joint Product


The “Toyobaru” relationship is going to get deeper. After launching the sister sportscars—the Toyota GR 86 and the Subaru BRZ, the two Japanese carmakers have now unveiled their latest collaboration: a new compact SUV which was just shown in “concept” form at the Auto Shanghai.

Caltex PH Accelerates Network Growth in Q1 2021


Posting strong network growth in the first quarter of 2021, Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), boosts its retail network with eight newly-opened service stations and two Caltex Havoline autoPro workshop openings in key provinces.

The Mitsubishi Mirage Is A Diva For This Real-Life Partners


While driving along Jupiter Street in Makati back in 2015, Mitsubishi Mirage owners and real-life partners, Chira dela Cruz and Ehly Garcia, were deciding on what to call their then newly purchased car.

All-New Kia Sorento Bags Two Design Awards


The all-new Kia Sorento added two trophies to its cabinet recently by being awarded with both the Red Dot Award and the iF Award for design.

5 Facts About The Lamborghini Ad Personam Customization Program


Owners of Lamborghini cars already belong to a small, select clientele. While the chances of bumping into another Huracan or Urus are slim at best, through the Lamborghini Ad Personam program, owners can pretty much make sure that no two are alike.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Review: 2021 Lexus RX 450h


Believe it or not, the Lexus RX is my idea of the “perfect car.” This is the one I’d get if I was monied enough, or if I won the lottery. It is, for me, the ideal entry for the one-car garage contest, considering the Philippine setting. It successfully meets all my criteria: it looks classy (but not flashy), it’s roomy (but not bulky), it’s efficient (but still punchy), and best of all, it’s a Lexus, so the build is bulletproof.

Maxus PH Turns Up The Heat With Summer Max Deals


It’s summer! While the temperatures rising, vehicle prices at Maxus Philippines are maxing down to make it easier to own a brand new MPV or pick-up truck.

Toyota Motor PH Reveals Details on 2021 Gazoo Racing GT Cup


After Toyota Gazoo Racing announced the return of the Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Cup (TGR Cup), Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) reveals details for Filipinos who have the (virtual) need for speed.

You Can Now Own A Piece Of Subaru History With This Restored 2004 WRC Impreza


If you want to own a piece of Subaru history, here’s your chance. One S10 Subaru Impreza World Rally Car, driven by no less than rally legend Petter Solberg is being auctioned off.

Foton Retains Its Position As One Of The Philippines's Best-Selling Car Brands


Bucking the multiple challenges brought about by the global pandemic, and the switching of business and marketing strategies that followed, Foton Motor Philippines, Inc. (FMPI) remained one of the country’s Top 10 best-selling automotive brands last year. It also retained its position as the country’s best-selling Chinese brand.

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Is A Big Fan of Lamborghini


Tony Iommi, guitarist, and king of riffs with legendary ‘monsters of rock’ Black Sabbath, has deepened his life-long passion for Lamborghini by acquiring a Lamborghini Urus. Together with frontman Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward, Iommi—the only constant band member—forged a sound that set the template for what would become known as ‘heavy metal’.

The Kia Sportage Still Has a P 300k Discount Until End of April


Are you one of the many people right now dreaming of driving your very own car? Well, Kia Philippines is here to help you take one step closer to that dream with the Red Hot Deals program, now extended until April 30.

Volkswagen Reveals New High-Performance Family: The GTX


It sounds like Volkswagen is trying to make amends for that “Voltswagen” fiasco by teasing their next family of high-performance vehicles.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Alabang Steel Ramp Exclusively for South-Bound Traffic Starting April 19


San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced that starting April 19, Monday at 6:00 AM, the two-lane steel ramp connecting the Alabang Viaduct to the elevated Skyway system will be used for southbound traffic only.

Could The 2022 Hyundai Custo Make Sense For The Philippine Market?


Hyundai just loves their MPVs. After showing off the all-new Starex replacement, the 2022 Staria and the Creta-based Alcazar, the Korean automaker is coming out with this—the 2022 Hyundai Custo.