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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Toyota PH Upbeat for 2021; Lauds Possible Extension of CARS Program


After a challenging year that saw the upward momentum of the car industry interrupted by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, automotive leader Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) said it is more than ready to do its part in helping move the country forward this 2021.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Tata's Super Ace Mint Now Offered with Low All-In Downpayment


Pilipinas Autogroup, Inc. (PilipinasAuto), the official distributor of Tata Motors in the Philippines is now offering an all-in low downpayment option for the Tata Super Ace Mint until February 2021.

Ford Doesn't Want You to Drive Like Your Manong Jeepney Driver During Rainy Season


Ford says one of the sources of irritation is windshield mist—the sort of thing you get when it’s hotter in the car than it is outside, or when your air conditioning decides to conk out, or you’re doing…ummmm…extracurricular.

Get More than A Million Pesos Off the Range Rover This Chinese New Year


All British Cars (ABC), the sole authorized dealer of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles, parts, and accessories in the Philippines, offers great savings for its Chinese New Year offer from today to February 28,2021.

Toyota is the Biggest Automaker in 2020


Toyota is yet the world’s biggest automaker as the sales slump in demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic hit its rivals harder. The combined sales of Toyota and its subsidiaries Lexus, Daihatsu, and Hino fell just 10.5 percent year-on-year in 2020 to 9.53 million units.

SMC Starts Work on Skyway Stage 3's NLEX Connector


San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has started work on a 1.2 kilometer road that will connect the 18-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 to the ongoing 8-kilometer NLEX connector project, a second elevated expressway that will further link the northern and southern parts of Metro Manila. The expressway project runs from C3 road all the way to Santa Mesa in Manila.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Nissan PH Gives Top-Trim Terra VL a Bolder New Look This 2021


Nissan in the Philippines has opened 2021 by unveiling an updated Nissan Terra VL variant. The Japanese automaker introduced the upgraded variant of its popular mid-size SUV in the Philippines with enhanced exteriors and interiors, giving the vehicle a refreshed and bolder look. The introduction is part of the company’s commitment to Filipino customers to deliver stylish, tech advanced vehicles that are exciting to drive.

Spied! 2021 Nissan Almera Testing on EDSA


News of the stoppage of the Almera’s local production doesn’t mean that Nissan’s going to pull out of the sub-compact sedan market. In fact, the all-new 2021 Almera is almost upon us as an eagle-eyed reader spotted it being tested on EDSA.

This is the Most Powerful Production BMW Ever: the 2021 BMW M5 CS


This is the most powerful production BMW ever: the BMW M5 CS. The first time BMW’s mid-sized sedan gets the “CS” treatment, it blends ultra-high-performance with everyday usability.

Husqvarna Arrives in the Philippines at a Starting Price of Just P 175k


Ablaze with fresh optimism for 2021, Adventure Cycle Philippines, Inc. (ACPI) is expanding its product offering with its second European motorcycle brand: Husqvarna Motorcycles. 

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson N Line Packs 265 Horsepower and Adaptive Dampers


Hyundai is diversifying its N Line trim with the introduction of this: the 2021 Tucson N Line. While it falls short of the full N treatment like the upcoming Kona N, it builds on the all-new Tucson’s futuristic appearance by dialing up the sportiness to eleven.

LRT-1 Gets Generation-4 Trains


The private operator of LRT-1, Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), has announced that the first of its Generation-4 (Gen-4) train sets arrived in the Philippines last week. It was formally launched to the public yesterday in a ceremony attended by guests from both the private and public sectors.

Michelin's New Agilis 3 Tire Improves Your Truck's Braking, Fuel Economy


Michelin Philippines launches its Agilis 3 into the commercial light truck tire market, targeting commercial vehicle owners and businesses involved in the transport of people and goods. The newly launched tire aims to capture the larger high-potential, light-load segment with exceptional solutions in terms of safety, performance, and environment.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

At P 1.198M, the 2021 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is a Game-Changer in the Compact SUV Space


This compact SUV costs just P 1.198-million. That caught your attention, didn’t it? By pricing it in that bracket, Chery Auto Philippines might have just unleashed a game-changer.

Mazda Adds Horsepower, Cylinder Deactivation to 2021 CX-5's Gasoline Engines


When Mazda first showed off the refreshed 2021 CX-5, most of the attention went to the 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D engine which now boasts 200 horsepower (up 10 from previous). Apparently, there’s more good news as the Skyactiv-G engine range also gets some love too.

The 2021 Nissan X-Trail is Made of Recycled Parts. Literally.


Nissan is breaking new ground on its all-new 2021 X-Trail for one peculiar reason: it’s the company’s first global model built using a “closed-loop” recycling system for aluminum parts.

All-New Isuzu D-Max is the 2021 Pick-Up of the Year


Awestruck by its high levels of comfort and even greater capabilities both on- and off-road, the all-new 2021 Isuzu D-Max has been crowned the 2021 Pick-Up of the Year at the 4x4 Magazine awards.

Win P700k in Prizes When You Fuel Up at Caltex Using PayMaya QR


Motorists can drive a safer and more rewarding experience with Caltex as PayMaya powers contactless payment options, plus a chance to win as much as P 100,000 at select Caltex stations nationwide.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

For Less Than P52k, the New Honda TMX125 Alpha is Your Essential Work Buddy


In the new normal, motorcycles have never been more popular and in-demand than ever. With quarantine guidelines still implemented nationwide, it helped Filipinos ride solo and steer clear of the pandemic’s dangers.

City of San Fernando Suspends PMVIC Testing


The Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Fernando moves to suspend the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center or PMVIC operating in the city.

Mitsubishi PH Turns Over 128 Units of L300 to Rental Company Orix


Mitsubishi Motors Philippines’ and their dealer partner Peak Motors Philippines Incorporated (PMPI) conducted its official turnover ceremony for 128 Mitsubishi L300 units to Orix Rental Corporation.

For P 5.690M, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC is a 7-Seater Family Rocket (w/ Specs)


Mercedes-Benz Philippines brings in the newest member of the AMG family: the Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4MATIC. It is a high-performance and passionate, yet exceptionally practical in that it seats seven people.

These are the World's First Off-Road Wipers


BF Goodrich has made a name for itself producing some of the world’s best off-road tires. Now, they’re using that goodwill to market the world’s first off-road centric windshield wipers.

Watch the All-New Mitsubishi Outlander Channel Its Inner Evo


Despite sharing its platform with the Nissan X-Trail, Mitsubishi is showing off that its all-new 2022 Outlander can still channel its inner Evo in this teaser. You can check out the full video below, but it shows the all-new Outlander undergoing final tuning and testing.

Can a Hassle-Free Ownership Program Convince You to Get a Changan?


With a name that translates to Lasting Safety, Changan has to stay true in delivering not just a vehicle that can last, but also offer aftersales service for the many rides ahead.

World's Biggest Diesel Engine Plant Shifts to Making Electric Motors


The world’s biggest diesel engine factory is undergoing a radical overhaul: it’s switching to make electric motors.

Designer of Ford Mustang, Explorer to Retire


One of the auto industry’s most influential design leaders will retire from Ford Motor Company in May, and be succeeded by an accomplished global industry veteran.

Lotus to End Elise, Exige, Evora Production This Year


Lotus Cars is marking the end of a chapter in its history with the announcement that they will be ending the production of its current line of sportscars: the Elise, Exige, and Evora all this year. Throughout the years, these three models have contributed to a combined 55,000 units sold.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Did an Equipment Oversight Cause a Huge Amount of Damage During a PMVIC Test?


Last week, there were reports that a Subaru suffered a ruined center differential as it underwent the LTO’s new motor vehicle inspection requirement as part of its registration. To recall, this new “automated” and “computerized” form of testing should, in theory, eliminate red tape within and around the LTO, and promote safer roads with actual road-worthy vehicles plying them.

Suzuki Auto PH Achieves Record Breaking Market Share in 2020


Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) is celebrating history with its biggest year-end market share last 2020. The compact car specialist cornered 6.3 percent of the Philippine market thanks to the strong performance of its Ertiga, Carry, and S-Presso. With that, SPH is entering 2021 with an optimistic attitude.

Review: 2021 Mazda CX-8 AWD Exclusive


When Mazda Philippines launched the CX-8 mid-sized SUV, it served as an alternative to the typical pickup-based mid-sized SUV choices in the market. Priced at P 2.290-million, we extensively reviewed the CX-8 2WD Signature last year, proclaiming it to be the best balanced of Mazda’s CX line-up. But what if you wanted something more; something with all the bells-and-whistles? Well, for P 160,000 more, there’s this: the CX-8 AWD Exclusive.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Toyota Motor PH Adds 2,786 Units with Defective Fuel Pumps


In October last year, Toyota Motor Philippines finally confirmed that several of its local models were affected by faulty fuel pumps—the same sort of problem that affected Honda, Mitsubishi, and Mazda models as well. Well now, the country’s number one automaker is expanding the recall to more units.

Foton PH to Participate at First Physical Motor Show Amidst the Pandemic


In support of the government’s PUV Modernization Program, Foton Motor Philippines, Inc. (FMPI) is participating in what could be the first-ever physical motor show during the on-going pandemic: the Manila Commercial Vehicle Show (MCVS) and Philippine Public Transport Convention (PPTC).

Electric Vehicles Exempt from DTI's Safeguard Tariff


Aside from exempting luxury vehicles and vehicles made from certain countries, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that Electric Vehicles or EVs are exempt from the upcoming safeguard tariff as well.

Laguna Technopark to Use Isuzu Traviz Ambulance, PUV


Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), whose unwavering commitment to being “Your Responsible Partner” has been felt by countless Filipino motorists and their families even to the farthest points in the country, set its sights closer to home this time. 

Kia Philippines to Focus on Styling, Tech, Lifestyle Than Financing


Carmakers can always fight for showroom attention with offerings with better looks, specs, or prices; but at the end of the day, it’s having strong banking partners that will help win customers. Just like the vast majority of car brands locally, 70 percent of Kia buyers rely on financing to seal the deal. The economic slowdown brought on by the pandemic, and the subsequent tightening of banks offered a valuable lesson to the Ayala-backed Korean auto brand.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Equipment Maker Points PMVIC Mess to LTO


When the potato gets hot, it gets passed. Such is the golden rule when it comes to a fucked-up shitshow. And the latest one to toss their piece of starchy carbs? The equipment providers for the LTO’s maligned Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Service.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Ford Philippines Corners 4x4 Pickup Truck Market in 2020


Ford Philippines reinforced its leadership in the pickup and small SUV segments with the strong sales of the Ford Ranger and Ford Territory in 2020.

Select Honda Cars Dealers Now Offering One-Day Paint Repair


Selected dealers of Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is now offering a “One Day Paint Repair” program, which aims to provide a fast and reliable paint repair service for as low as P 2,500.

Is the Lexus RX the Luxury SUV That Can Elevate Your Ride?


The RX is the very first luxury crossover SUV to proudly wear the Lexus badge. When it made its debut in 1998, it laid the foundation for what would be a highly successful nameplate. To date, the RX is the most popular model sold by Lexus Philippines. It isn’t surprising, really, considering how the model has evolved, not just in appearance, but in build quality, technology, and practicality.

Chery Auto PH Targets 25 Dealerships in Next Three Years


Since the Chery Auto brand was relaunched under the distributorship of United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (UAAGI) in November 2019, a strong and accessible dealer network has been one of the brand’s top priorities. Just three months after the brand launch and in just the first month of 2020, Chery Auto Philippines had begun sales operations throughout Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Honda is Most Desired Car Brand by Pinoys in 2020


Honda has now overtaken Toyota as the car brand most desired by Filipinos. This is after its fiercest rival dropped in Google search data as compiled by Australian insurance specialist Compare the Market

Suzuki PH Could Source the Jimny SUV from India


Suzuki is now producing the Jimny sub-compact off-roader in India—and in left-hand drive no less. At a time when demand for the small SUV has resulted in long wait times, this news is certainly welcome for those who’re desperate to get their hands on a unit.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The LTO's Motor Vehicle Inspection Scheme is F*cked Up


A broken Subaru differential, a casa-maintained BMW with “weak” brakes, and now a Land Cruiser with an exhaust so loud it will literally kill you. We gave the LTO’s new motor vehicle inspection service or PMVIC the benefit of the doubt. And about a week in, the results are in: we, as motorists, are fucked.

Nissan to Halt All Assembly in the Philippines


Last year, Sta. Rosa City mayor Arlene Arcillas revealed that following Honda Cars Philippines’s decision to stop local assembly, Nissan will follow suit. It may have taken some time, but there’s now a definite time frame: March 2021.

Kia Philippines Now Says Your Parts Will be Available in Just 7 Days


In the middle of last year, Kia Philippines said they’ve managed to solve the spare parts problem that hit the brand by increasing their inventory of maintenance, mechanical, and collision parts five-fold. This year, they plan to elevate their “Promise to Care” by further improving their aftersales service.

Kia Philippines Targets Triple Digit Growth in 2021


Ayala-backed Kia Philippines is targeting triple-digit growth in 2021, moving back to its 2019 figure of 5,000-unit annual sales. This is good enough for a two-percent market share, doubling their current 1 percent share. This objective was revealed by Kia President Manny Aligada at a roundtable with the media.

Amigo is Manila's Newest Same-Day Parcel Delivery Service


In the face of the country’s new normal, the way Filipinos live continues to change and the transition into the digital space went from being a luxury to being a necessity. A report by the World Bank shows that the use of digital technologies such as digital payments and e-commerce is rising in the Philippines, and is salient in helping Filipinos cope with social distancing measures and ensuring business continuity.

Volvo Cars Posts Strong Second Half, Mitigates Impact of Slow Economy


Volvo Cars reported the strongest second-half sales numbers in the company’s history in 2020, as fast-growing demand for its electrified cars boosted the company’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic impact.

Despite the Pandemic, BMW M Just Hit Record Sales in 2020


Despite the effects of the pandemic on the market, BMW says that it was the best year for its high-performance M division. The German automaker reports that sales were up 6 percent to 144,218 units—cementing its market leadership in that space.