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Monday, May 29, 2023

The Honda Rebel 1100 Fuses Vintage Styling With A Modern Powertrain

Honda Philippines introduces the all-new Rebel 1100. For P 650,000, this big bike model features an eye-catching modern bobber design, a classic single-round LED headlight, and a hunched fuel tank. This evokes vintage-inspired styling, while also giving a relaxed riding posture.

NextHub Auto Care Relaunched With 7 Locations Around Metro Manila

The Autohub Group of Companies, with 24 years of experience in the automotive industry, continues to serve its clientele by expanding their services. Autohub relaunches NextHub Auto Care by opening six more new branches around Metro Manila and the new NextHub Auto Care Premier in BGC and C. Raymundo Pasig. Now with a total of seven branches opened to serve the growing number of after warranty customers.

Friday, May 26, 2023

After A Re-Test, Toyota Finds Raize SUV Compliant With Safety Standards

After finding wrongdoing in the certification procedure of its Raize sub-compact SUVs, Toyota, through its affiliate, Daihatsu has re-tested it alongside the Rocky and has found them to be compliant with all standard safety values.

These Are The Best Cars (New And Used) For Teens And Starting Drivers

Subaru and Mazda have topped the list when it comes to recommended cars—new or used—for teen drivers. This is according to the U.S.-based Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and Consumer Reports.

Lexus Teases All-New GX SUV's Boxy New Look

Lexus has dropped another teaser of the all-new GX body-on-frame SUV before its June 8 reveal. This is the second teaser it has dropped with the first one showing off its new headlight design.

Designer Of World's First Female Crash Test Dummy Is Recipient Of Woman Of Worth Award

The judges in Women’s World Car of the Year have voted for the Woman of Worth Award. There were 15 nominations in the running and a clear winner is Dr Astrid Linder, the designer and instigator of the world’s first female crash-test dummy.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Kia Philippines Continues Rapid Expansion With 2 New Dealerships

The aggressive expansion of Kia Philippines has been further boosted by the opening of Kia Otis and Kia Marikina—both under the management of Willy Tee Ten’s Autohub Group. These dealerships are the 43rd and 44th Kia dealerships in the country. Both of these dealerships—which also showcase Kia’s new look— advance the reach of the Kia brand, and promise to bring the Kia experience closer to its valued customers.

Honda PH Celebrates 50 Years Of Providing Mobility To Filipinos

Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), the number one motorcycle manufacturer in the country, marks 50 years of providing high-quality, innovative, and reliable motorcycles to Filipinos.

Hyundai Breaks Ground For New Bacoor Dealership

Hyundai Motor Philippines Inc. (HMPH), welcomes the Borromeo Motoring Group to its network of dealers through the construction of Hyundai Bacoor. On May 24, a ceremony in commemoration of this was attended by leaders and managers from HMPH including Mr. Dongwook Lee, President, and Mr. Cecil Capacete, Managing Director.

AutoPerformance PH Celebrates 10 Years Of Brembo With New Products, More Affordable Prices

AutoPerformance PH is celebrating a decade of being an official Brembo distributor in the Philippines by introducing new products, greater nationwide distribution, and more affordable prices for Brembo’s range of original-spec replacement brake products.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

2024 BMW 5 Series: This Is It

BMW has thankfully resisted the temptation to go bonkers with their all-new 5 Series. Instead of going with idiotic features such as a selfie camera and built-in TikTok (yeah, we’re talking about you, Mercedes-Benz E-Class), the 5 Series steps up with a digitized form of luxury that was first pioneered by the current 7 Series / i7.

GAC Motor PH Drops Price Of EMKOO SUV To P 1.298M

GAC Motor Philippines announces new retail pricing for the Emkoo as a gesture of gratitude to its valued customers in celebration of the brand’s fifth year in the country.

These Comfy Scania Touring Buses Now Service The Manila To Bicol Route

BJ Mercantile, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Scania in the country, recently turned over four Scania Touring buses to Cagsawa Travel and Tours, Inc., the safest and cleanest bus company in the Bicol region with hospitable drivers and spacious cabins. The Swedish-built Scania Touring is set to provide passengers the utmost comfort and convenience with its Electronically Controlled Air Suspension, thick body insulators for better noise cancelling, enclosed overhead luggage compartments like those found in commercial airplanes and USB charging slots in every seat.

Honda Set For F1 Return In 2026 As Engine Supplier To Aston Martin

Honda is returning to the Formula One World Championship (F1) as a power unit supplier from the 2026 season onwards. The Japanese carmaker has entered a works partnership with the Aston Martin F1 team to supply power units compliant with the new F1 power unit regulations which will take effect in the 2026 season.

Metrobank Lower Rates For Auto, House Loans; Waives Fees Of Up To P50K

Take a step closer to having your dream car or home as Metrobank offers low rates and waives up to P 50,000 in fees for approved Car and Home Loan applications through its Your Dream is on Us promo, which runs until June 30, 2023.

Fueled By EV Demand And Russia, China Is Now The World's Largest Auto Exporter

According to Nikkei Asia, China just overtook Japan as the world’s top auto exporter for the first three months of 2023. This is due to rising demand for electric vehicles worldwide and increased deliveries to Russia.

2023 PHRX Philippine Rally Flags Off At New Clark City On May 27-28

The Philippine Rallycross Series (PHRX) is set to host the 2023 Philippine Rally at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac. Five years following the group’s first rally, the 2018 Philippine Rally in Pampanga, the racing action will take place in Tarlac complete with 12 special stages on the dirt roads of Capas.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Isuzu PH Continues With Its Heart And Smile Project To Empower Underprivileged Youth

Isuzu, together with World Vision and TESDA, commemorated the graduation of Isuzu Heart and Smile Project’s 19th batch of trainees and welcomed its 23rd batch of trainees at the TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center (AMTraC) in Tacloban, Leyte.

Volvo Cars PH Confirms 2 EVs Arriving In Second Half 2023

Volvo Cars Philippines joins the global Volvo family in committing itself to an all-electric future with news that they’ll be bringing in two fully electric vehicles by the second half of 2023.

Chevrolet Makati Re-Opens

Chevrolet Makati has re-opened now under the management of MIG1 Auto Dealership Corporation. MIG1 Auto Dealership Corporation is represented by its chairman, Cong. Michael Edgar Aglipay.

Hyundai Defends Nürburgring 24-Hour Race Crown

Hyundai successfully defended their class win at the 51st ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring. The Korean automaker snatched a class win and a second-place finish at one of the most demanding racing circuits in the world.

Lexus Teases Third All-New SUV: The 2024 LBX

Just when you thought Lexus couldn’t go down market any further with the Lexus UX SUV, they’ve surprised many (including us) with their third SUV announcement in just two weeks with their first-ever LBX.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Mitsubishi PH Expands to Iligan City

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) adds another location to its growing dealer network.

2023 Mazda MX-5 RF: Long-Term Test Introduction

Remember that owner who gave me access to a 2023 Snowflake White Mazda MX-5 RF late last year? You know, the one with the Terracota interior? Well, I’ve got a confession to make: I’m that bastard. At the time, I felt prudent not to announce it all over the internet primarily because there was a supply shortage of MX-5s. But now that supplies have stabilized (more or less) and wait lists have shortened (more or less), it’s time for me to discuss ownership of the two-seater sportscar.

Pony Coupe Concept Restoration Marks The Start Of Hyundai Embracing Its Heritage

Founded just 55 years ago, Hyundai can’t claim to have a lengthy or storied history like many other more established carmakers. However, that’s all about to change with the start of Hyundai Reunion—a platform by which the Korean automaker can start showcasing their brand’s heritage. And marking the start, they’ve restored the Pony Coupe Concept.

The Subaru WRX's 2.4-liter Turbo Is Now A Race-Proven Engine

Subaru’s FA24DIT, used in the current-generation (VB) WRX, can be considered as motorsports proven as it managed to finish the 24 Nürburgring 24 Hours Race.

BMW Shows Off They Can Still Make Beautiful Cars With The Concept Touring Coupe

BMW shows that their design team still has the chops by coming up with this beautiful BMW Concept Touring Coupé at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2023. Technically, a one-off concept, BMW says the shooting brake may head to production if there’s a strong enough clamor for it.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Chery Auto Philippines Experience Stong Sales Growth In Q1 2023

Chery Auto Philippines reports that two of its key crossover models, the Tiggo 5X and the Tiggo 8 Pro were largely responsible for their sales growth for the first quarter of 2023.

Toyota Raize Caught In Rigged Safety Test Scandal

Remember the scandal surrounding Daihatsu rigging the crash test of a couple of DNGA models such as the Toyota Vios and Wigo? Well, it’s more widespread than anyone first thought.

Friday, May 19, 2023

Geely Awards Brand-New Okavango To Araneta City Raffle Winner

Sojitz G Auto Philippines Corporation (SGAP), the local distributor of Geely vehicles in the country, held a handover ceremony to celebrate the grand prize winner of the “Dream Ride Like No Other” car promo in partnership with Araneta City. 

Win Prizes By Just Test Driving The All-New Honda BR-V

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) announces a special test drive campaign for the all-new BR-V and additional perks to those who will proceed with a purchase. Customers are invited to experience BR-V difference at Honda Cars Dealerships nationwide, for a chance to win one of four 10th generation Apple iPads or gift certificates worth P 2,000.00. Those who will purchase will enjoy the running special offers and an extra P 5,000 discount. The test drive campaign runs from May 25 to June 24, 2023.

New Motorcycle Sales Grow 16.7 Percent In Q1 2023

It is not just the sales of four-wheeled vehicles that is experiencing strong growth. The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. or MDPPA also recorded a 16.7 percent increase in the country’s motorcycle sales this Q1 of 2023 among its four members—Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha.

All-New 2024 Toyota Tacoma Is Our First Glimpse Of The Next-Generation Hilux

This is the all-new Toyota Tacoma. On the surface, it doesn’t seem locally relevant; after all, it’s a pickup truck designed for the North American market. However, in reality this could be our first look at the all-new Hilux that’s due to arrive very soon.

Hyundai Concept Cars Featured In Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse

If you’re watching Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, keep your eyes peeled not just for the various versions of spider people, but also of a couple of Hyundai’s vehicles.

Geely Is Now The Third Biggest Shareholder In Aston Martin

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding), parent company of Geely Auto and China’s largest privately-owned automotive technology group, announced that it has increased its shareholding in Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc (Aston Martin) to 17percent as part of a new relationship agreement with the ultra-luxury British performance brand.

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Review: 2023 GAC EMPOW 1.5T GE

Chinese carmakers often rely on two playbooks when marketing their cars in the Philippines. The first is to claim that you’re the custodian of a storied European brand, even if the cars you’re selling have nothing to do with said European brand. Second is to leverage all the technical partnerships you’ve gained throughout the years, down to whoever supplies the carpet. Either way, they make for good soundbites, but sadly, don’t often translate to cars which are actually respectable to drive.

Mazda PH Confirms First-Ever CX-60 To Get 3.3-liter 6-Cylinder Turbo Hybrid

After revealing its June 9 launch date, more information is starting to trickle from Mazda Philippines ahead of the first-ever CX-60’s launch. And this time, we just got a confirmation of its powertrain.

Nissan Philippines Will Issue Service Campaign For Kicks E-Power AC Issue Starting In June

After some conflicting statements coming out of Thailand (see this and this), Nissan Philippines has finally acknowledged the Kicks e-Power AC cooling issue, identified the fault, and, more importantly, will be issuing a fix very soon.

Next-Generation Ford Ranger Raptor Lands With P 2,339,000 Price Tag (w/ Specs)

Pickup fans, this is what you’ve been waiting for. Ford Philippines has finally launched the next-generation Ranger Raptor and it starts at P 2,339,000.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

April 2023 Car Sales Climb 21.8 Percent; On Track To Break Pre-Pandemic Figures

New car sales reached 30,643 units—a 21.8 percent compared to 25,149 units a year ago. This is according to the joint monthly report of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).

3 Ford Ranger Sport Up For Grabs With Caltex Pickup Your Rewards Promo

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), rolls out its first national promo for this year with Caltex Pickup Your Rewards. From now until July 17, 2023, every accumulated P 500 spend on any Caltex fuels, automatically qualifies Caltex Rewards members for a raffle entry.

Metro Pharma PH Chooses Kia Soluto As On-Field Partner

Having a reliable and efficient vehicle is a must when part of the demanding and competitive pharmaceutical industry. The right sedan for the job is essential for medical representatives who need to cover a large area and tackle to the reality of living and working in and out of Metro Manila. This is why Metro Pharma Philippines, Inc. (MPPI) chose the Kia Soluto LX AT for its field representatives.

Fast X Review: Suspension Of Disbelief Required

The Fast and Furious franchise has spanned over 20 years, evolving from a film about a niche culture about underground racing, tuner culture, and drifting to the over-the-top heists “violating the laws of God and gravity.”

Toyota Chairman Personally Apologized For Vios Safety Test Gaffe

Toyota is taking the rigged safety test of its Daihatsu-based models seriously that Akio Toyoda himself, visited the carmaker’s production base in Thailand to personally express his apology to customers, dealers, employees, and even the authorities.

Toyota Ilocos Sur Breaks Ground

Toyota Ilocos Sur will soon serve the mobility needs of customers in Ilocos Region with its dealership rising in Barangay Langlangca II, Candon City, Ilocos Sur. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

6 Things You Can Expect At This Weekend's Ford Island Conquest

The first leg of the Ford Island Conquest Year 6 is happening this weekend, and here are six things that you can expect during the experiential test drive event:

Formula 1 Star Lando Norris Collects His Personalized McLaren 765LT Spider

What were you driving when you were 23 years old? Well, if you’re Formula 1 star Lando Norris, who drives high-performance machinery for a living, you could imagine it’ll be something rather special. In his case, Lando, who happens to also be racing for the McLaren F1 team collected his personalized McLaren 765LT Spider.

Centro Launches Low-Cost Econovan Truck Body

Centro Manufacturing Corporation, the leading truck body manufacturer in the Philippines, has just announced the release of their newest product, the Econovan. This aluminum van body boasts the best in QCD (Quality, Cost, and Delivery) and is set to revolutionize the truck industry.

Can An Electric Vehicle Make It To Baguio? Yes Thanks To SM

You might be wondering, can you really drive your electric car from Metro Manila to Baguio—without any worries? The answer is yes! Thanks to the fact that you can power up your car at one of the 27 SM malls that offer EV Charging Stations nationwide.

Toyota Reveals Daihatsu-Based 2024 Yaris Cross For ASEAN Markets

Toyota has regionalized its “small medium SUV” the Yaris Cross for the ASEAN market. Not to be confused with the European/Japanese Yaris Cross (or the Suzuki Vitara-based Urban Hyryder for that matter), the Yaris Cross that we’ll get is based on a Daihatsu platform that sits above the Raize, but below the Corolla Cross in terms of size and positioning.