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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Review: 2022 Honda Civic RS Turbo

The compact car segment is fast shrinking here in the Philippines. What was once considered as the starter family car has now been replaced by genre-bending crossovers, SUVs, and even pick-up trucks. Despite the volume thinning faster than a guy in his forties, not everyone’s giving up on the segment just yet. Case in point is Honda and their all-new Civic RS Turbo.

Zamboanga City Chooses Isuzu Traviz For Barangay Emergency Network

During the celebration of 124th Philippine Independence, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), together with its dealer Isuzu Zamboanga, handed over ninety-eight units of brand-new Isuzu Traviz to the City Government of Zamboanga, contributing to the 10,000-unit sales milestone of the Isuzu Traviz lightweight truck.

You Can Now Order These Bentley Home Pieces In The Philippines

Bentley Manila, the brand’s exclusive distributor in the Philippines is offering two new furniture collections from the Bentley Home Atelier collection: the Solstice and the 2022 Collection. Both collections reflect the close collaboration between the design teams of Bentley Motors and Bentley Home using materials, motifs, and shapes that can be found in their premium cars.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Could Honda's New Small SUV Worry The Toyota Raize, Kia Stonic, And Hyundai Creta?

Early this year, Honda launched the SUV RS Concept at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show or GIIAS. Despite being treated as a concept and had its windows completely covered in black tint, it looked pretty much production ready.

Nissan Starts Assembling e-POWER Batteries In Thailand

Nissan has started the assembly of its e-Power battery at Nissan Powertrain Thailand (NPT) located in Samutprakarn province, Thailand. This turns NPT into the first e-Power battery assembly line outside of Japan and one of 4 Nissan plants worldwide.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Petron To Power Participants At First Philippine Overland Expedition

Industry leader Petron Corporation will be powering the vehicles taking on the first Petron Philippine Overland Expedition happening from October 12 to 16, 2022.

Ford Philippines Is Recalling Everest, Ranger, And Mustangs Because They Can Kill You

Ford Philippines is recalling approximately 32,900 vehicles locally because they can possibly injure or kill you. This exact phrase is found in Ford’s very own website which points to the urgency of the recall covering the Ranger, Everest, and Mustang.

Toyota, Suzuki To Collaborate On New Compact SUV To Replace Vitara?

The discontinuation of the Suzuki Vitara may come as a shock to fans of the compact crossover, but don’t worry, it seems a replacement is on the way and in a plot twist, it may not even be the Brezza.

Lexus Leads Electrification In The Philippines; Promises Full EVs Are Coming

For over 15 years, Lexus has pioneered and innovated electrification, culminating in cars that are exciting, efficient, and durable. Near silent powertrains provide dynamic driving experiences while protecting the planet. World leading technology makes everything safe, seamless and luxurious.

All-New 2022 Kia Carens Showed Unstable Structure, Nets 3-Star Safety Rating

Kia’s re-born Carens MPV which is made for developing markets such as India (and rumored also to arrive in Southeast Asia) received a 3-star safety rating by the Global New Car Assessment Program or Global NCAP.

MG Philippines Launches Original Song, "Coming Home"

MG Philippines has released a new, original song entitled, “Coming Home.” The brand’s soundtrack is an electro-pop single that is upbeat and energetic, featuring a driving rap verse that invites listeners to visualize celebrations, family get-togethers, road trips, and the Filipino’s penchant for coming together and being one in a festive setting.

Nissan To Power McLaren In Formula E

Nissan and McLaren Racing announced today a multi-year technical collaboration, which will start at the beginning of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Mitsubishi Motor PH's Reimagine Your Ride Test Drive Tour Heads To Cebu And Davao

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is continuing its tour of the Reimagine Your Ride Test Drive at the Queen and King Cities of the South. Cebuanos and Davaoeños will be treated to the brand’s entire range of models as well as discounts and branded merchandise exclusive to the said event:

Mazda's Never Stop Challenging Spirit Lives On In The MSCC Miata Spec Series And Miata Cup

On June 23, 1991, the number 55 Mazda 787B crossed the finish line at the Le Mans 24 Hour race to mark a unique achievement—they had become the first Japanese manufacturer to win the world’s most famous endurance race. Not only that, Mazda did it with a totally unique engine that not only captivated fans at the track with its ear-piercing soundtrack, but had become a symbol for Mazda’s “never stop challenging spirit”—the rotary engine.

2023 Peugeot 408 Wants To Fight The Subaru XV, Mazda CX-30 With French Style

Peugeot is giving compact cars a different flavor as it unveiled the mold-breaking 2023 Peugeot 408. The Peugeot 408 offers crossover body clearance with a fastback silhouette set atop of it.

Toyota Motor Philippines Expands Use Of Solar Power For Vios, Innova Manufacturing

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is accelerating its ‘Plant Carbon Neutrality’ target by 15 years from the originally planned 2050 to 2035. This is in alignment with the new target of Toyota Motor Corporation to reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of all its manufacturing plants.

After Three Years, The Biggest Gathering Of Mazda MX-5s Happened Again

For the first time in three years, the biggest annual gathering of a single model happened once more as the Karuizawa Meeting gathered more than 1,100 Mazda MX-5s under clear May skies.

AAP President Elected To FIA Senate

Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) President Augustus “Joe” V. Ferreria, was elected to the FIA Senate during the meeting of the World Council for Automobile Mobility and Tourism held last June 21 at the FIA headquarters in Paris, France.

Honda Shows Off All-New 2023 CR-V's Premium Sporty Interior

Mark your calendars: the all-new, 2023 Honda CR-V is launching on July 12. After releasing an official teaser last month (a week after it was leaked in China), the carmaker is now showing what the interior looks like for the first time.

What Do You Think Of The 2023 MG 5's Design?

Last year, MG created headlines with its MG 5. For the first time, their sub-compact is taking two distinct styling directions—one dictated by the Chinese market, and the other by the European market.

FUSO Philippines Opens 9th Dedicated Dealership In South Cotabato

Sojitz Fuso Philippines Corporation (SFP) opened Mindanao Integrated Commercial Enterprises, Inc’s (MICEI) Fuso outlet last June 16, 2022, as addition to its nationwide network of dedicated dealerships.

First-Ever Petron Philippine Overland Expedition To Test Man And Machine

The first homegrown overlanding expedition is happening this October 12 to 16, 2022 with the 2022 Petron Philippine Overland Expedition: Pacific Coast Challenge.

Some Dealers Say Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Facing One-Year Wait List

Looking for a brand-new RAV4 Hybrid? Be prepared to wait. According to some authorized Toyota dealerships, some variants of the compact SUV is facing a waiting time of “up to one year.” And a recent announcement by Toyota Motor Corporation isn’t going to help either.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Hyundai, Michelin To Co-Develop Tires For Electric Vehicles

Hyundai Motor Group and Michelin will co-develop next-generation tires optimized for premium electric vehicles (EVs).

Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup 2022 Race 1 Slated On July 2

Get ready to get back on the track this July as Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) opens the 2022 season of its premier one-make-race series, the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Vios Cup.

Chery Auto PH Posts Best Monthly Sales In April; Tiggo 8 PRO Sold Out

Chery Auto Philippines reports that its April 2022 sales reached their best-ever monthly figure.

Ford Turns The Next-Generation Ranger Raptor Into A "Very Gay" Truck

Last year, Ford created the “Very Gay Raptor” as a response to an internet troll. While the response, at a corporate level, seems a bit immature, it did become an internet sensation. Since then, it had become a PR tool to try to stamp out discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

San Miguel Corporation Manages To Clean Up More Than One Million Metric Tons On Silt, Waste From Tullahan River

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has reached its goal of removing over one million metric tons of silt and solid waste from the length of the Tullahan River ahead of the schedule drawn up with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Here's Your First Look At The Base Hyundai Staria For The Philippine Market

While all eyes are on the top-of-the-line Hyundai Staria Premium, how does the base Staria look like? Once again, we have to thank sales agents for this rather unofficial first look (you can check out the rest of Hyundai Philippines’ launch line-up here).

Nissan E-POWER Offers An EV-Like Driving Experience Without The Range Anxiety

Having perfected its electric vehicle (EV) technology over the decade since the launch of the Nissan Leaf—the world’s first mass market EV, Nissan is set to introduce a new way of driving with soon-to-arrive e-Power technology locally.

The Prodrive P25 Is A 400-Horsepower, Carbon Fiber Bodied Subaru Impreza

UK-based Prodrive is giving us what Subaru isn’t: a brand-new WRX STI. In their case, however, it’s not based off the current “VB”. Instead, they’ve gone back 25 years to a time when Subaru rolled out the WRC-inspired Impreza 22B.

Monday, June 20, 2022

They're Here: Meet The Hyundai Motor PH's Launch Line-Up

At this point, we’re not entirely sure if this was supposed to be a secret, but thanks to a couple of sales agents, we finally have our first clear look at Hyundai Philippines’ launch line-up.

Nissan Adds Safety Equipment To Refreshed 2023 Navara

In line with keeping its line-up fresh, Nissan has unveiled an enhanced version of the Navara boasting an updated style and more driver assistance technologies as standard.

Vespa Philippines Previews 2022 Colors At SM Mall Of Asia

Vespa Philippines is giving an exciting exclusive display preview of the soon-to-launch Vespa Color Collection 2022: a brand new color collection for Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint product lines. The preview display is ongoing until June 27, 2022 at the SM Mall of Asia, Main Mall Atrium.

Isuzu Calapan Bags Highest Award At 17th Isuzu Service Skills Olympics

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), held its virtual awarding ceremony for the Isuzu Service Skills Olympics (ISSO). Now on its 17th year, the ISSO is the annual service skills and knowledge competition of IPC open to all Isuzu dealerships nationwide. Since the pandemic, IPC has shifted the competition virtually and has been remotely assessing the skills of their dealer aftersales representatives covering three categories, namely for Parts Staff, Service Advisor, and Service Technician.

Lalamove Makes 6-Wheeler Truck Services Available Across North, South Luzon

Lalamove, one of the country’s leading on-demand delivery platform, is now offering long distance delivery via 6-wheel trucks across North and South Luzon.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Review: 2022 Honda HR-V 1.5 S

The HR-V has typically been a design test bed of sorts for Honda. After pioneering the compact crossover genre with the boxy first-generation model back in the late 90s, it then morphed to accommodate coupe-like lines when the second-generation model debuted in 2015. Seven years on, here comes a sleek, radically different HR-V yet again.

Chery PH Boosts Warranty Coverage On Tiggo 8 Pro

Chery Auto’s Philippine distributor, United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (UAAGI) is expanding the coverage of its industry-leading warranty for its Tiggo 8 Pro flagship SUV.

Hyundai Shows Off Futuristic Xpander, Avanza Rival: 2023 Stargazer

After what seemed like a year of road validation testing, Hyundai is almost ready to release its first-ever entry-level MPV: the Stargazer. Designed and engineered for developing markets such as ASEAN, it’s expected to make its global debut in July or August.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

New Car Sales Surge 19.5 Percent In May But Insider Says Growth May Be Artificial

New car sales in the Philippines hit 26,370 units in May 2022—a 19.5 percent growth compared to the 22,062 units in the same month in 2021. This is according to the latest joint industry report released by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).

Isuzu Philippines Rolls Out Red Carpet For 10,000th Traviz Customer

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) rolled out the red carpet for the 10,000th customer of its light-duty truck, the Traviz.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Kia Philippines Show Versatility Of K2500 At MAFBEX 2022

Kia Philippines is showing just how versatile its K2500 light-duty truck is by showing it off with different configurations at the Manila Foods and Beverages Expo or MAFBEX happening until June 19.

Mitsubishi Motors PH Shows Off Sportier-Looking Xpander MPV

Eagle-eyed showgoers at the first leg of the Mitsubishi Life Kyaraban would have spotted a sportier look to the new Xpander MPV.

This E-Trike Is Powered By Audi

As carmakers shift to electric mobility, the issue of what to do with all those EV batteries is becoming a serious point of discussion. Audi together with a German-Indian start-up is finding a second life for the e-tron’s batteries by encouraging Indians to use it for zero emissions rickshaws.

Sony, Honda Form New Company To Build, Sell High-End EVs

Electronics giant Sony and Japanese carmaker Honda have announced the formation of a new company that will engage in the mobility business. The new company, Sony Honda Mobility, Inc., will sell “high-end value-added electric vehicles” and provide services for mobility.

Mitsubishi PH's Life Kyaraban Proves There's A Mitsu For You At Every Life Stage

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) introduces Life Kyaraban, an oncoming series of roadshows which started at the Glorietta Activity Center. It serves as an avenue for customers to not only see up close the latest Mitsubishi vehicles, including the New Xpander, but also thoroughly experience the essence of the brand’s local slogan, Life Made Better. 

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Mazda PH Adds 253-Horsepower CX-5 AWD Turbo To Line-Up For P 2.380M (w/ Specs)

Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda in the Philippines is giving enthusiasts what they want with the market launch of the first-ever CX-5 AWD Turbo. Realizing an unfulfilled gap in the compact SUV segment, the CX-5 AWD Turbo blends style, performance, and functionality.

Maserati Levante Hybrid Arrives In The Philippines

After a year since its global reveal, Modena Motorsports, Inc., the official distributor of Maserati in the Philippines announces its arrival locally.

2023 Ford Ranger To Start At P 1.198M. Order Books Now Open

Ford Philippines is announcing today that it is starting to accept reservations for the next-generation Ford Ranger in its Ford dealerships nationwide.

Hino Philippines Brings Back The 'Love Bus'

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP) reignites the Love Bus nostalgia with its newest people carrier, the HS8J Low Floor City Bus. Keeping true to its predecessor’s legacy, this modern Love Bus offers smooth and pleasurable commutes for urban passengers. Designed for city operations, the HS8J Low Floor Bus features a ground clearance of 375 mm. This allows for a lower center of gravity, enhancing ride stability while reducing sway and roll inside the cabin. This makes it the ideal ride, even for standing passengers.