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Monday, February 6, 2023

Furukawa Battery Now In The Philippines

In need of a new car battery? Auto parts specialist BSB Junrose wants you to consider its newest offering: Furukawa automotive batteries.

Honda Offers Discounts, Free PMS For Select Vehicles Until February 28

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is extending its “New Year, New Deals” promo and now includes “Choose Your Own Deals” for the City sedan and Brio until February 28.

Sportscar In Their DNA: Experiencing The Porsche World Road Show 2023

Welcome to the Porsche World Road Show (PWRS), a professional driving event that’s been held in more than 45 countries around the world. Seen purely from a marketer’s standpoint, there’s no better way to showcase the singleness of the Porsche mindset. It’s proof of the brand’s philosophy achieved through generations of honing and improvement. For owners and enthusiasts, it’s the best way to experience the entire line-up in the way it’s meant to be experienced.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Review: 2023 Toyota RAV4 LTD Hybrid

Sport Utility Vehicles are all gas guzzlers, right? Well, not the Toyota RAV4. Sized smack in the middle of the compact SUV segment, it produces class-leading fuel economy figures, and that’s counting the diesel-fed Honda CR-V. How’s that possible? In a flash of brilliance, the entire RAV4 is now a hybrid. Though you still fill it up with gasoline like Petron XCS in the usual way, there’s an electric motor to share the effort and cut fuel consumption. It’s quite the ace, and this finally helps it shine.

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Isuzu Makati Is 2022 Isuzu Dealer Of The Year

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) recognized the exemplary performance of its dealers at the 2022 Dealer of the Year Awards (DOYA) last January 27. The annual DOYA event acknowledges the hard work and commitment of sales and aftersales force of Isuzu dealers.

Volvo Philippines To Source EVs From Malaysia

Volvo Cars Philippines will soon be importing vehicles from neighboring Malaysia, according to reports coming out of Malaysian automotive websites including

Here Are The Full Specs Of The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 For The Philippines (w/ Specs)

Last December, Hyundai Motor Philippines (HMPH) made a surprise announcement surrounding the prices and general specs of its Ioniq 5 EV. As its market launch inches closer (it’s expected to make a formal market introduction at the Manila International Auto Show or MIAS in April), HMPH has revealed the full specs of the Ioniq 5, and they look competitive.

Sportscars, Hybrids Dominate List Of Most Satisfying Cars To Own

Would you buy the same car again that you’re driving now? That’s the single defining question behind the annual Consumer Reports list of Most Satisfying and Least Satisfying cars.

Volkswagen PH Responds To Critics By Teasing The Arrival Of The 2023 Tharu Compact Crossover

Update: readers and commenters have pointed that this could just very well be a refreshed/special edition variant of the T-Cross (bummer). Read the update at the bottom, and continue to read the original story.

In what seemed like a direct response to some heavy social media bashing last week concerning unofficial imports of its ID.4 and ID.6 EVs, Volkswagen Philippines has emerged from its long period of hibernation by teasing an upcoming all-new compact crossover: the 2023 Tharu.

Geely Is Now Philippines' 8th Best-Selling Car Brand As 2022 Sales Rise 52 Percent

Geely Philippines ended 2022 with a 52 percent year-on-year sales growth. The Chinese carmaker sold 9,302 units, enabling it to gain one spot in terms of overall industry sales (eighth) with a 2.6 percent market share of the Philippine market.

Ford Returns To Formula 1

After more than two decades, Ford is returning to Formula 1. The American carmaker and Red Bull Powertrains are entering into a long term strategic technical partnership for the development of the next-gen hybrid power unit to be used from the 2026 Formula 1 season onwards.

Friday, February 3, 2023

Matchbox To Commemorate 70 Years With Special Range

Mattel is commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Matchbox brand and seven decades of die-cast adventures by reflecting on its legacy and looking to the future. To celebrate, the brand is introducing a line of special limited-edition vehicles, paying tribute to Matchbox’s heritage of inventing highly detailed and realistic vehicles that have inspired generations of kids while remaining a trusted brand for collectors. Matchbox unleashes kids’ innate desire for freedom to explore the world so that they can discover their independence.

Volvo To Launch Geely-Based Luxury MPV To Rival Lexus LM

Volvo is gearing up to launch three all-electric SUVs, two all-electric sedans, and one all-electric MPV by 2030 with the help of parent company, Geely.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Hino Philippines Welcomes New President

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP) announces the appointment of its new president, Mr. Shingo Sakai. In a ceremony last January 27, the new president was introduced to its network of dealers and business partners during the company’s 8th annual dealer conference. Sakai succeeds Mitsuharu Tabata who was at the company’s helm for four years.

Porsche World Road Show Returns To Indonesia With Exhilarating On-Track Action

The highly anticipated Porsche World Road Show (PWRS) returns to Indonesia at the Sentul International Circuit from February 3 to 10, offering sports car enthusiasts the thrill of piloting up to 27 Porsche sports cars on a purpose-built racetrack alongside other off-road driving activities.

Is The Philippine Market Toyota Vios Receiving Another Facelift This Year? Seems So

Will the current Toyota Vios receive yet another update before bowing out? That seems to be the case if these spy shots are correct.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

San Miguel Removes 1M Tons Of Silt, Waste From Pasig River

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said it expects its P 2-billion Pasig River cleanup project to cross the one million metric tons threshold in silt and solid wastes removed by this month. This as its dredging teams focus their efforts on both ends of the river—the Manila Bay and Laguna Lake, where significant water flow restriction is known to occur.

MINI Philippines Welcomes MINI Asia To Commemorate First EV-Equipped Dealership

After the opening of the largest Mini showroom in the Philippines in Bonifacio Global City last December, Mini Philippines welcomed Mini Asia to commemorate the flagship showroom and kick off 2023.

Increased Digitalization Helped Boost Nissan Philippines' Aftersales Revenue In 2022

There’s more good news over at Nissan Philippines. Aside from an impending price adjustment to the Leaf EV, the carmaker also reported that as a result of their digitalization efforts, their aftersales revenue has jumped in 2022.

2024 Mazda CX-90 Goes All In On Premium Style, Performance, Comfort

After teasing the availability of a plug-in hybrid variant and the performance of its turbocharged inline-6, Mazda has finally pulled the wraps off its first-ever three-row SUV riding on the new Large Product platform: the first-ever 2024 Mazda CX-90.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

2023 Hyundai County New Breeze Is An Update To A Best-Seller (w/ Specs)

Hari Asia Resources, Inc. (formerly Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc.) launches the new County New Breeze minibus—upgraded with more performance, safety, and convenience features.

All-New 2023 Toyota Wigo Set For February Reveal. Check Out The Specs

Toyota is set to unveil the all-new Wigo this year, and they’re going the runabout way of doing so. Instead of launching it with the Daihatsu (Ayla) or Toyota badge, the automaker has selected Malaysia as its global debut market as the all-new Perodua Axia.

Toyota Is World's Best-Selling Car Brand For 3rd Straight Year

Toyota has successfully defended its title as the world’s top-selling automaker for the third straight year. In 2022, sales in the group which includes Daihatsu and Hino, reached 10.5 million units.

Nissan, Renault Rebalance Alliance To Become Equal Partners

Nissan and Renault have agreed to equalize the stakes they hold in each other in what could be a major step in reviving their alliance.

Nissan PH Confirms LEAF EV Price Reduction On The Way

Nissan Philippines (NPI) will be able to do a course correction of sorts with regards to the pricing of their all-electric Leaf thanks to the recently passed Executive Order which temporarily modifies the tariff rates on imported EVs and EV parts. This was confirmed by Juan Manuel Hoyos, NPI president.

Monday, January 30, 2023

Volvo Cars PH Sees 2022 Sales Grow 27 Percent Versus Pre-Pandemic Figures

Volvo Philippines sees its 2022 sales grow by 27 percent compared to pre-pandemic figures.

Buy A Peugeot, Get The Chance To Watch The 24 Hours Of Le Mans Live

Peugeot Philippines is rewarding its customers with the chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the 24 Hours Le Mans race happening in France from June 10 to 11, 2023. Two lucky winners and their companions will receive VIP access to the Le Mans Race, round trip airfare and hotel accommodations.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

All-New Peugeot 3008 Due This Year, Will Be "BEV By Design"

Peugeot will be launching the next-generation 3008 SUV by the second of this year followed closely by the all-new 5008. This was revealed at the brand’s E-Lion event.

Review: 2023 Mazda BT-50 Pangolin Edition II

Ask a 7-year old kid to name a truck, and chances are they’d come up with something that sounds like a character from Mad Max. You could get names like Rictus Erectus, Furiosa, and Mudguts—yes, these are actual Mad Max characters. And then, there’s the Mazda BT-50 Pangolin. The what, you ask? The pangolin. The scaly anteater with poor vision, no teeth, and rolls up when threatened. It doesn’t jive with the oh-so-common rough and tough branding associated with pickups, and it sort of tells you where Mazda’s going with here.

Suzuki Teases 2023 Grand Vitara For ASEAN Market

Well, that didn’t take very long. After its global debut in India just last July, the next region to get the all-new Suzuki Grand Vitara is ASEAN. And it’s happening this February.

Suzuki Is Working On A Jimny Hybrid And EV

After introducing a larger, five-door version early this month, Suzuki says there’s more in store for the Jimny 4x4 in the near future.

DHL Express Expands Philippine EV Fleet

DHL Express has expanded its fleet of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the Philippines. The move aims to deepen its contribution towards reducing environmental impact and promote green logistics. The new batch of 18 EVs include 13 vans and five motorcycles.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Has Mazda Lost Their Design Mojo With The 2023 Mazda2?

Mazda is known lately for their beautifully styled cars. Imbued with the Kodo design language, they’re basically rolling pieces of art. Sadly, that streak seems to have ended with the new Mazda2.

Enjoy Preferential Insurance Rates Thanks To Honda SENSING With The 2023 Honda BR-V

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. is announcing special insurance packages for the all-new BR-V 1.5 VX CVT Honda Sensing until March 31.

Volkswagen PH Cautions Against Unofficial ID.4 And ID.6 Imports

AC Motors, the official distributor of Volkswagen vehicles in the Philippines is cautioning owners from purchasing its electric vehicle (EV) line-up from unofficial channels.

Lexus, Gazoo Racing Chief To Become Toyota President

Toyota has tapped Koji Sato, the head of Lexus and Gazoo Racing, to be the Japanese carmaker’s next president and CEO, as Akio Toyoda, grandson of the company’s founder, steps up to be the company’s new chairman.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Pilipinas Shell, SUN Mobility Partner To Bring Advanced Battery Swapping Tech For EVs To The Philippines

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation announced that it has recently signed a strategic agreement with Sun Mobility—a leading provider of energy infrastructure and services for electric vehicles (EVs). The partnership will explore the pilot deployment of Sun Mobility’s advanced battery-swapping technology in the Philippines for 2 and 3-wheel electric vehicles.

Former HCPI President To Head Asia Honda Motor Co. Ltd.

Former Honda Cars Philippines President Toshio Kuwahara is being appointed as the President and CEO of Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd and Head of Regional Unit (Asia & Oceania) under the newly created Regional Operations (Associated Regions) structure of Honda Motor Co starting April 1.

Toyota Motor PH Increases Prices Of Hilux, Corolla Cross

It looks like a lot of pickup trucks are seeing price adjustments this month. After Mitsubishi bumped up the prices of its Strada and Nissan with its Navara, Toyota Motor Philippines is doing just the same with its Hilux.

The Polestar 2 Goes From Front- To Rear-Wheel Drive During Its Midcycle Refresh

Typically, when it comes to a car’s midcycle refresh, carmakers give it a spiffy new grille and wheels. At the most, they’ll probably offer an upgraded interior and powertrain as well. Well, the folks over at Polestar—the premium EV brand co-owned by Volvo Cars and Geely managed to do something different. They switched from a front-wheel drive layout to a rear-wheel drive one for their Polestar 2.

Check Out This "Indestructible Phone" From Honor

How much will an indestructible phone set you back? As far as Honor is concerned, not so much.

Kia Acropolis Shows Off New Retail Identity

Kia Philippines recently inaugurated its newest dealership located along a bustling business and commercial district in Metro Manila. Kia Acropolis is the seventh dealership to wear Kia’s refreshed new look. This follows in the footsteps of Kia Alabang in Muntinlupa, Kia Sto. Tomas in Batangas, Kia BGC (AC Motors Centrale) in Taguig, Kia Ortigas in Cainta, and Kia Kawit in Cavite

Porsche Vision 357 Is A Modern Reinterpretation Of Their First-Ever Car

Porsche is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and to pay tribute to their first-ever car, the Porsche 356, they’ve come up with this: the Porsche Vision 357.

The All-New Nissan Livina: The Extraordinary MPV For The Extraordinary Filipino

From the get-go, the all-new Nissan Livina is no ordinary MPV. While its foray into the lucrative segment comes at the heels of the some of the most established brands in the market, what Nissan had in mind was to offer an experience worthy of every Filipino family’s time and money. The Livina was created with the most careful thought and functional design, aimed at providing the best in comfort and performance. In essence, it is the vehicle to turn every family’s daily journey into a trip worth looking forward to.

We can all agree that our families deserve only the best, especially when it comes to comfort and safety. The all-new Nissan Livina embodies exactly it means to put them first. From the inside-out, there is something special for every member of the household that ticks all the boxes for the perfect family car.

Modern, elegant styling

The all-new Nissan Livina is fitted with the signature Nissan sleekness that is infused with classic details that speak of age-appropriate upkeep. Modern elements such as the V-motion grille, LED parklights and taillights, daytime running lights and fog lights offer a much-needed upgrade to the standard utility MPV look that most of us have become used to. Add in the 16-inch alloy wheels and the Nissan Livina has the stature of a small SUV more than an MPV.

An interior fit for a home

In order to maximize every minute of the day, some of us practically live in our vehicles, turning most family cars into “mobile homes,” even if these may not have the capacity to be. Nissan recognizes that for a vehicle to be an effective and practical choice, it must be a space that you can live in – for at least the next few hours.

The all-new Livina boasts of a spacious interior that can accommodate a total seating capacity of seven. Each row offers generous legroom that can fit the size of children to full-sized adults. For convenience, there are strategically-placed storage spaces, charging ports, and good-sized cargo hold. For added comfort, the Nissan Livina is equipped with Nissan’s exceptional air-cooling system, which is perfect for our persistent tropical weather.

Maximum connectivity

Being on the road on the daily means that being easily reachable is a priority. That said, a hands-free system is the most practical and safe choice. The all-new Nissan Livina offers the most up-to-date in connectivity. Built-in as a standard is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with an easy-to-navigate LCD display. It is equipped with a seamless Phonelink software and wireless Bluetooth that allows you to enjoy hands-free access to navigation and entertainment while you’re on the road.

Equipped with Nissan Intelligent Mobility

It is not enough for a family car to have the latest in style and tech. A deciding factor for any vehicle is how safe it is for the driver and passengers, especially if it will be moving those closest to your heart. The all-new Nissan Livina understands that when it comes to family, there is no compromise. With this in mind, Nissan designed the Livina to have the Nissan Intelligent Mobility safety system integrated as a standard. This ensures that every Livina comes with special safety features that include Vehicle Dynamic Control, Hill Start Assist, Dual SRS Airbags, Anti-lock Braking System, Traction Control, among others. Making maneuvering easy, it comes with a rear-view camera and parking sensors.

Worry-free, stress-free ownership

The greatest peace of mind in owning a vehicle is not having to worry about surprises down the line – particularly when it comes to maintenance costs. The Livina comes with Nissan’s 5-year warranty program (for the VL variant) and is packaged with its twice-a-year Preventive Maintenance Service. This offers you the flexibility and reassurance that your car is being taken care of, so you can focus on the things that matter the most.

The all-new Nissan Livina was designed with the intent of complementing the multifaceted lives of the Filipino family. As you decided on the next car for your growing brood, consider one that meets the contemporary style of today, is founded on the ideals of simplicity, function, and practicality, and offers the best in comfort, safety, and performance. In a word, that is the all-new Nissan Livina.

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Words by Gen Tiu
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