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July 20, 2024

Toyota, Lexus Drops Prices Of HEV Line-Up Thanks To Executive Order 62

Toyota Motor Philippines becomes the latest carmaker to announce reduced pricing for their HEVs thanks to the passage of Executive Order No. 62 (Series 2024).

Geely's Change Of Distributor Announcement Is The Latest And, Likely Last, PR Blunder From SGAP

Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP) has officially dropped the Geely brand. Despite ceasing being the Chinese brand’s official distributor of vehicles and parts since July 1, they only made the official announcement (posted on their official website) last Friday, July 19, 2024.

July 19, 2024

JAC Motors Is Ready To Re-Launch In The Philippines With 6 Dealers

Following its public preview at the 2024 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) in April, JAC Motors (pronounced ‘jack’ Motors) Philippines, another brand distributed through Astara announces significant progress in expanding its presence in the country.

July 18, 2024

BYD App Launched In Philippines Enhancing Ownership Experience

BYD Cars Philippines is strengthening its commitment to the Philippine market by launching the BYD App, a new mobile application that will elevate the overall customer ownership experience through the convenience of vehicle monitoring at the palm of your hands. The app is now available for download in both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Hyundai Boosts Electrified Portfolio With Tucson Hybrid And Santa Fe Hybrid (w/ Specs)

Hyundai Motor Philippines has a momentum going on right now. Sales are up 40 percent for the first half of 2024, compared to the same period last year. They’re also looking at opening more dealerships outside of Metro Manila. Add to that, they have two new cars in their lineup, and they’re electrified. Meet the new Tucson Hybrid and Santa Fe Hybrid.

Lexus Stuffs GR Yaris's 304-Horsepower Engine Into LBX With Production Morizo RR

Lexus has finally done it. After showing it off as a concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Lexus has decided to put the special one-off Morizo edition into production as the Lexus LBX Morizo RR. Order books in Japan have been opened with customer delivers to start by late August.

Isuzu PH Announces 2024 Maintenance Savers Promo

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) announces its latest customer-centric initiative, the 2024 Isuzu Maintenance Savers Promo, a nationwide promo designed to reward customers for pre-scheduling their service appointments. It underscores IPC’s commitment to customer satisfaction by offering significant savings on essential vehicle maintenance services.

Ford PH Recognizes Top Dealers In Sales, Service, Customer Experience

Ford Philippines recently recognized its top dealer partners in sales, service and customer experience during the 2024 Ford Dealer Convention.

Audi Offering Discounts Over P 1M Off On e-Tron EV Models

Discover the future of driving with Audi Philippines’ Electric Dreams Promo, featuring exclusive discounts of over P 1,000,000. Available only at the PGA Cars Studio in Greenhills from July 26 to 28, 2024, this limited-time offer is your chance to turn dreams into reality.

July 17, 2024

Hyundai Starts Assembly Of Kona Electric In Indonesia

Hyundai has rolled off its first-ever Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) built completely in Indonesia: the second-generation Konda Electric.

Toyota Gazoo Racing Philippine Cup Introduced Key Changes For More Excitement

The Vios Cup is no more. For its 10th year, the one-make race program that started in 2014 was revamped, and is now known as the Toyota Gazoo Racing Philippine Cup (TGR Philippine Cup). Along with the new name is a refresh of the events for the competing racers, as well as more possibilities in the future.

LausGroup Enhances On-road Support With Partnership With MPT Mobility

MPT Mobility, the pioneer in smart urban mobility in the Philippines, continues to enhance the driving experience by introducing innovative solutions and services. In line with this vision, MPT Mobility announces its latest collaboration through its business division, Assist and Assistance Concept, Inc. (AACI), now partnered with the LausGroup of Companies, one of the largest and fastest-growing multi-brand automotive networks in the country.

Chery Expands To Cordon, Isabela

Chery Auto Philippines inaugurates its newest dealership in Isabela. The newly-opened Chery Cordon is operating under the management of Auto Ten Trade & Services. Chery Cordon is located along Maharlika Highway, Taringsing, Cordon, Isabela.

These Aftersales Service Deals Preps Your Nissan For The Rainy Season

Nissan Philippines introduces its Rainy Day Deals after sales promotion, helping customers ensure that their vehicles are in proper condition and fit for driving during the rainy season. The promotion is available to customers with any Nissan model from the 2014 onwards.

All 4 Generations Of The Mazda MX-5 Did A 1,600-kilometer Road Trip Using Sustainable Fuel

To celebrate 35 years of the MX-5, four Mazda MX-5s—one of each generation—drove a 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) route from Land’s End to John O’ Groats in the United Kingdom using sustainable fuel. Powered entirely by a 100 percent biofuel from Sustain, the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car became the first car to complete the end-to-end drive across the UK using sustainable fuel.

July 16, 2024

2024 VinFast VF5 Priced At P 992K; Now Available For Sale At Inaugural VinFast Showrooms

With VinFast Philippines opening its first three dealerships in the country, it has also revealed the specs and pricing of its first product: the 2024 VF5.

July 15, 2024

Omoda & Jaecoo Philippines Finally Signs 5 Dealers

After a year of careful planning, Omoda & Jaecoo Philippines (OJPH) has finally announced its first five dealerships.

Porsche Leads All Other Premium Brands In Initial Quality

In this year’s J.D. Power “Initial Quality Study” (IQS), Porsche ranks first in the overall ranking in the premium segment.

Toyota Motor Philippines Has Finally Launched The All-New Land Cruiser Prado For P 4.8M (w/ Specs, Brochure)

Finally, it’s here. The all-new 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has been launched. Originally pegged for a June 7 launch, Toyota Motor Philippines had to delay its launch timing by more than a month as port congestions have led to stocks arriving much later than expected.

GAC Motor PH Achieve Record H1 Sales In 2024; To Expand Line-Up With 6 New Models In Next 6 Months

GAC Motor, under Astara Philippines, celebrated several business milestones during the first half of 2024. Highlights included a record increase in sales volume for the first half of 2024, the introduction of additional models in the next six months, and the expansion of its dealer network.

Subaru BRZ Gets Upgraded Specs, Price Bump; Outback And WRX Prices Also Up

Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country has quietly introduced the updated version of the Subaru BRZ along with a corresponding price increase not just for the rear-wheel drive sportscar, but the WRX and Outback as well.

Jetour Auto Marilao Is Brand's 19th Dealership In The Philippines

Jetour Auto Philippines Inc (JAPI) continues its aggressive dealership network expansion nationwide as it inaugurates its newest dealership: Jetour Auto Marilao.

July 13, 2024

VinFast To Simultaneously Inaugurate 3 Showrooms On July 16

VinFast may have had their big brand launch last June to signify its entrance in the Philippine market, but it took an additional month to get their first showrooms off the ground. Now, the first three retail sites of Vietnam’s home-grown brand have been identified and are all opening simultaneously on July 16.

ACMobility Turns On EV Charging Hub At Ayala Malls Manila Bay

ACMobility expands its network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers with the opening of the EV charging hub at the Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

Ginebra San Miguel's Lamang Ang Panalo Awards Toyota Hilux To Lucky Winner

Up to P 60 million worth of prizes is up for grabs at Ginebra San Miguel’s “Lamang ang Panalo, Ginebra Instanalo 2024” promo. The nationwide promo has been extended until July 31, giving customers more chances to win exciting prizes such as cash, t-shirts, shades, backpacks, and limited edition caps, as well as major prizes like Android smartphones, Honda PCX 160 motorcycles, and Toyota Hilux pick-ups.

The Cyber GTS Concept Proves MG's Serious About Performance

Continuing its centennial celebrations at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, MG has taken the covers off the Cyber GTS Concept—a coupe-fied version of its Cyberster EV sportscar that looks close to production ready.

July 12, 2024

Honda Assembly Plant Consolidation Has No Affect On Philippine Models, Stocks

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has reached out to us in connection with the news of Honda consolidating its production bases in Thailand amidst strengthening Chinese competition in Southeast Asia.

2024 Philippine International Motor Show Slated This October 24-27

The Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) returns for its ninth year at the World Trade Center Metro Manila from October 24 to 27, 2024. The four-day event promises to bring in more than 15 of the country’s top automotive brands to showcase their newest products and innovations that will help redefine the future of the industry.

Toyota GR86, Subaru BRZ Updated For 2025 With Better Steering, Handling

Toyota and Subaru have both revealed the updated versions of the GR86 and BRZ respectively for the 2025 model year. Now, if you’re expecting any aesthetic changes or added power, sorry, that’s not happening.

This Massive Facility Serves As Changan PH's Flagship Showroom

Inchcape Philippines, the official local distributor of Changan Auto, has formally opened Changan Auto’s flagship showroom in C5, Pasig. With a total area of 4,373 square meters, it the largest Changan Auto dealership in the country. The spacious showroom and service area aims to provide customers an exceptional car shopping and aftersales service experience.

BYD Electrifies Mindanao With Davao Showroom Opening

Ayala Corporation’s mobility solutions platform, ACMobility, bolsters its footprint in the Philippines with the inauguration of the first BYD dealership in Mindanao. This strategic expansion marks a pivotal step in ACMobility’s mission to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) nationwide by establishing BYD as the country’s leading EV brand.

Survey Says: Young People Are Excited About Electric Mobility

A global survey fielded by the Nissan Formula E team revealed that young people are excited about the prospects of future electric mobility. The survey was conducted among 6,000 participants aged 8 to 16, last July across Brazil, Italy, Japan, Mexico, UK, and the US.

Faced With Strong Chinese Competition, Honda To Shutter Civic, CR-V Assembly Plant

Japanese car brands are starting to feel the heat from Chinese makes. Honda looks to be one of the first victims as it looks to consolidate its manufacturing base in Southeast Asia. This article has been updated with a response from Honda Cars Philippines (see below).

Meet The "MadMac," The McLaren P1 With The Heart Of A Mazda

This could be one of the wildest McLarens ever with an even crazier engine swap. Making its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the “MadMac” the latest project of Michael “Mad Mike” Whiddett. The MadMac is a McLaren P1 hypercar with its twin-turbo V8 ripped out for a 1,000-horsepower Mazda rotary engine. Also, it’s designed to go fast; sideways.

MG Reveals All-New 2025 HS Compact SUV

Part of MG’s centennial celebration at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom, the brand launched the all-new MG HS gas and PHEV variants. The compact SUV comes with an extensive array of new features, increased cabin space, and enhanced styling all while keeping its value positioning.

July 11, 2024

Land Rover PH To Open Order Books On Toughest, Most Capable Defender Soon

Land Rover Philippines, through its official Philippine distributor, ICATS British Motors, Inc., has confirmed that order books for the toughest, most capable, and most luxurious variant of the Defender, the Defender Octa, will open soon.

Drive Home A Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid With 1-Month Free Amortization

Suzuki Philippines is offering a special promo for the Ertiga Hybrid, allowing individuals an easier way of driving home the fuel-efficient seven-seater MPV.

FUSO Opens Dealership In Tarlac City

Sojitz Fuso Philippines Corporation (SFP) opens a new outlet: Fuso Tarlac. Part of the brand’s ongoing expansion across the Philippines, it’s also the most visible sign of their commitment to providing high-quality commercial vehicle products and services to Filipinos nationwide.

Ford Capri Returns In 2025 As A Battery Electric Fastback SUV

Ford has dusted off another old nameplate for use on yet another battery electric vehicle. After the Mustang (Mach-E) and Explorer have gone electric, the Capri is the latest one to get the treatment.

July 10, 2024

Subaru Distributor In Dire Straits As Parent Company Issues Profit Warning

Tan Chong International (TCIL), the parent company of Motor Image, the distributor of Subaru in various ASEAN countries, including the Philippines has issued a profit warning to investors. The publicly listed company says profits have dropped 86.6 percent due to “problems with its automotive business.”

Ford Ranger Sales Are Up 29 Percent For First Half 2024

Ford Philippines delivered another solid retail performance for the first six months of the year, with overall sales reaching 14,460 units.

Meet The Quickest And Fastest Subaru WRX Ever: Project Midnight

Subaru has unveiled the quickest and fastest WRX: Project Midnight. Born from the “Airslayer” Gymkhana car, Project Midnight was engineered with one single directive: outright speed. The lightweight widebody machine inherits a legacy of rallycross dominance, now evolved to break records, and push the performance envelope of the platform.

Nissan Cebu Central Receives The 2024 Nissan Global Award

Nissan Philippines celebrated the achievements of its dealership network through the 2024 Dealer of the Year Awards Ceremony. This annual event recognizes the dedication of Nissan’s dealer network in maintaining operational excellence and enhancing customer experiences.

Mazda's First Full Hybrid System In The CX-50 Has 3 Electric Motors And Makes 221 Horsepower

After being made available in China since late last year, Mazda has now expanded the availability of the CX-50 Hybrid (HEV) to the North American market as well.

July 9, 2024

Review: 2024 Toyota Raize 1.0 Turbo

The normally conservative Toyota quickly smelled blood in a segment none of its Japanese compatriots were interested in: the small SUV segment. With other Japanese brands having this couldn’t care less attitude for the segment, Toyota went in with the Raize in 2020. The rest, you could say, is history.

BMW Takes On The Philippine Loop

BMW, through its official importer and distributor SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation will take on the Philippine Loop: a grueling 5,000-kilometer journey traversing the diverse landscapes of the Philippines.

Bianca Bustamante To Race In F4 British Championship For The First Time

19-year-old racing driver Bianca Bustamante is set to compete in the sixth round of the ROKiT F4 British Championship at Circuit Zandvoort in Netherlands from July 13 to 14.

Out With The Old, In With A New Jetour As Trade-In Roadshow Returns

Jetour Auto Philippines’ The Trade-in Roadshow is back. This year, it will be held at the following dealerships and dates: Jetour Auto Pasig and Quezon Avenue from July 12 to 14; Jetour Auto Baliuag from July 19 to 21; Jetour Auto Edsa Centris from July 26 to 28, and; Jetour Auto Alabang from August 2 to 4.

Mazda Fan Festa 2024 Promises To Be The Biggest Gathering Of Mazda Fans

Mazda is holding its annual Fan Festa 2024 at the Fuji Speedway and this year it promises to be the biggest one yet. The event will now span two days starting on Saturday, October 19 (8 AM to 5:30 PM) to Sunday, October 20, 2024 (7 AM to 4 PM) at the Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture.

July 8, 2024

Jeep PH Offers P500K Discount On Wrangler SUVs

Inchcape Philippines, distributor of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram Trucks in the Philippines, under its IC Automotive Inc. operations, announces a limited-time offer that captures the essence of freedom and adventure: “Unlimited Freedom: The Great Seven-Slot Grille Celebration.”