Wednesday, May 22, 2019

First Drive: 2019 Honda Brio 1.2 CVT

Pause for a minute and imagine everything that a small car is. Ugly, terrible to drive, cramped—these are just some of the words used to describe what’s commonly considered as the lowest tier in motoring: the sub-compact or A-segment car. Now, open your eyes and see the 2019 Honda Brio. It’s the most affordable car in Honda’s stable, yet it manages to adhere to everything the Japanese carmaker stands for. It is, if you will, the “un-small small car.”

Nissan Intelligent Mobility Brings Excitement to TransSport Show 2019

Nissan Philippines is leveling up the test drive experience through the Nissan Intelligent Mobility Tour 2.0 at the TransSport Show 2019 this Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R Steals Nurburgring Record from Honda Civic Type R

Two years after Honda set a new record for production front-wheel drive cars at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, Renault has now smashed that record with its new Megane R.S. Trophy-R.

Hyundai is Working on a Smart Air Filtration System

Responding to growing concern about the health impact of fine particulates, especially in highly-congested urban areas, the Hyundai Motor Group says they’re working on a smart air purification system that monitors air quality in real time to automatically filter the air going inside the car.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Toyota Shows Off Mercedes-Benz Rivaling Granvia MPV

It was just going to be a matter of time, but everyone knew that Toyota would certainly come up with an ultra-luxurious version of the 2020 Hiace. Well, that time is now. Welcome the 2020 Toyota Granvia.

This Pair of Low-Mileage Honda NSXs Can Set You Back P 37.2 Million

If you find yourself in Japan this June and have around a million dollars to spare, why don’t you consider bringing home this pristine pair of low-mileage Honda NSX Type Rs.

Did You Know About the "Toyota War"?

Former Nissan Philippines President Toti Zara may have coined the term, “Pickup Wars” to coincide with his company’s confidence during the launch of the Navara in 2015, but did you know there was such as thing as the “Toyota War”?

Isuzu Philippines Now Has the Most Affordable Mid-Grade Automatic Pick-Up in the Country

After a special limited time discount on the mu-X Luxe, Isuzu Philippines Corporation is now expanding its discount offer to cover the D-Max as well. Until the end of month, both variants of the D-Max RZ4E 4x2 LS can be had with substantial savings be it through cash or financing purchases.

2019 Honda CR-V SX Diesel AWD vs 2019 Mazda CX-5 AWD Skyactiv-D

It’s a rare treat to be able to drive two vehicles of the same class for a classic head-to-head comparo. Thanks to the popularity of mid-sized SUVs, the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 both are leftfield choices for buyers who prefer comfort and refinement above all else. With both of these choices equipped with a diesel powertrain and all-wheel drive, can Honda, the childhood favorite successfully take on Mazda, one of the segment’s best? Read on.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Hyundai Philippines Slashes Price of Santa Fe and Grand Starex by P 100,000 this May

Summer’s almost over, but that’s not stopping from Hyundai Philippines offering some hot deals with their “Wheel It Sa Init” promo. From today until May 31, 2019, get discounts on some of their road trip ready vehicles such as the Grand Starex, Santa Fe, Tucson, H-100, and Kona.

The 2020 Toyota Supra Gets the TRD Treatment

The Toyota Supra just launched in Japan and with it, the first batch of TRD upgrades. More of aero parts than performance upgrades, these carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) pieces do make the Supra look more aggressive than stock.

The 2019 Mitsubishi Strada Proves to be a Great Long-Distance Travel Companion

Previously, the Strada’s always been driven on the streets of Manila through an extensive review (link here), but this time, it’s tackling the roads of Palawan through this 300-kilometer ride and drive activity.

Palawan is considered by many as the last ecological frontier in the Philippines. Home to many unspoiled natural wonders, over the past few years it has gained significance as one of the country’s fastest growing provinces as well. The same could be said about pickup trucks: what was once a simple workhorse is now accepted by many as a bona fide status symbol; a weekday family vehicle that turns into a weekend adventure machine. Such is the market that faces the 2019 Strada, and it’s a role that it fulfills quite well.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Total Philippines Expands Network in Luzon, Visayas

Total (Philippines) Corporation continues to strengthen its retail business and presence in the country with the opening of three new service stations last March.

Bentley Produces New Book That Can Be More Expensive Than the Real Thing

Most people who dream of owning a Bentley typically settle for a collectible such as a shirt, watch, or perhaps a coffee table book. For the brand’s 100th year anniversary, Bentley, in true fashion, just couldn’t pick any ordinary publisher; they commissioned specialist luxury book publisher Opus to produce this limited edition 800-page book.

This Special Edition 3.0-liter Isuzu mu-X is Now Priced Close to the RZ4E Variant

The I Love Isuzu campaign is in full swing and one of the special offers on hand is with the Isuzu mu-X Luxe. Introduced in February of last year, there are still a limited number of units up for grabs. To make it more enticing, Isuzu Philippines Corporation is slashing the price of this specially-equipped SUV.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Hyundai Philippine Sales Up 17.4 Percent in April 2019

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. sustained its growth over the past three months by posting sales of 2,795 units in April 2019, representing a 17.4 percent increase year-on-year.

Accessible, Capable: Road Tripping with the 2019 Subaru Forester

The 2019 Subaru Forester needs little introduction. Taking it through an extensive drive in the city, it’s more capable, comfortable, and refined than any of its predecessors. It’s not going to win titles like “Best Dressed” or “Most Athletic” of the compact crossover lot, but after a lengthy conversation with it (this time with a drive up and down La Union), it comes across as an impressive all-rounder. It’s the crossover that woos you, not after the first date, but perhaps after a series of dates behind the wheel.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Foton Philippines Now Offers Financing for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Good news to all entrepreneurs wanting to purchase a brand-new heavy-duty truck, but also need to tighten their budget: Foton Philippines has found a solution.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

This is How Japan's Only Chauffeur-Driven Car is Made

In Japan, the riches and most powerful men aren’t driven in a Rolls-Royce or a Lexus, they are driven around in a Toyota Century. Marking only the third-generation model to date, in a nameplate that started in 1967, the Toyota Century is considered as Japan’s only exclusively chauffeur-driven automobile.

Fuso Trucks and Buses Appoints New Distributor in Philippines

Fuso trucks and buses has a new Philippine distributor under Sojitz Fuso Philippines Corporation. Headed by its President and CEO Takatsugu Nitanai, it’s a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Sojitz Corporation, a Japanese general trading and investment company engaged in diversified businesses around the world.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Men in Black Choose the 2020 Lexus RC F

The protector of Earth from alien scum has a swanky new ride. With Sony Pictures’ Men in Black turning a new chapter with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson replacing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black: International, they need a car with sophisticated styling, power for high-speed pursuits, and of course, the most advanced alien-fighting technology. Enter the Lexus RC F.

Isuzu Philippines and Wuerth Enter to Parts Partnership

Stretching the full potential of its parts sales business, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) entered into a one-year partnership with the Philippine’s division of the Wuerth Group starting April 1, 2019.

McLaren Just Built Their 20,000th Car

It may be a relatively young upstart next to Ferrari and Lamborghini, but McLaren has reached a very important milestone: they’ve managed to hand-assemble their 20,000th vehicle.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The 2019 Formula V1 Challenge Kicks Off This Weekend

The Philippines’s homegrown single-seater race series is back for a second season. The 2019 Giti-Formula V1 Challenge kicked off the race calendar with an official launch.

Mazda Teamed Up with an Iconic Photographer to Produce These Stunning Pictures of the All-New Mazda3

What do you get when you pair the 2019 Mazda3 with one of the most influential photographers of this generation? These stunning images (see all the photos at the bottom).

Review: 2019 Mitsubishi Xpander GLS Sport

The family car for Filipinos has changed its shape and form over the past 30 years or so. Everything from compact sedans to AUVs, MPVs, and SUVs were all considered, at one point, the practical means of transport. Today, that mantle goes to the small MPVs like the Mitsubishi Xpander. With Manila’s horrendous traffic, rising fuel prices, and reduced purchasing power, does this MPV have what it takes to win the hearts and minds of the modern-day Filipino family?

Monday, May 13, 2019

Honda Cars Offers Free 50-point Vehicle Check, 50 Percent Off Selected Parts

It’s summer and that could only mean more road trips. Whether you’re heading to the beach or somewhere cooler, Honda Cars Philippines is giving you the chance to make sure your Honda’s in tip-top shape with its Honda Summer Check promo.

Korean Ambassador Lauds Hyundai Philippines for Advancing Tech, Korea-PH Partnership

Over the last few weeks, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the Philippines received praise and support from no less than His Excellency, Han Dong-Man, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines.

Isuzu Philippines Introduces Genuine Battery Line

In a bid to further lower their vehicles’ running costs, Isuzu Philippines introduces a new range of Isuzu Battery as part of their beefed-up Isuzu Genuine Parts catalog. The new battery range is offered in 7 sizes, and offers higher quality at lower prices.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Volkswagen Teases First All-Electric Vehicle: the ID.3

Months before its world premiere at the IAA International Motor Show, Volkswagen has revealed the first model in its new ID all-electric vehicle family: the ID.3.

This One-Off Watch is Made with Parts from a Nissan Race Car

Known for making timepieces using car parts, REC Watches and Nissan have collaborated on a unique piece for racing driver John Morton.

Honda Civic Type R Breaks Another Lap Record

The Honda Civic Type R has proven itself to be a formidable track weapon by breaking another lap record, this time at the Mount Panorama, Bathurst race circuit in Australia.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Ford Lied About Transmission Problems, Passed Blame to Customers

Ford may be facing a potential USD 4 billion (~ P 208 billion) liability concerning its PowerShift dual clutch transmission after indications rose that the American carmaker practically lied about its defects to unload cars with the faulty gearbox only to then blame the drivers for the problems they experienced.

Toyota Owners Who Convince a Friend to Get a Vios Can Get Rewarded

Starting this month, convincing a friend to get a brand-new Toyota Vios may get you some exciting rewards as Toyota Motor Philippines is launching its Toyota Referral Rewards program.

Mazda is Developing Its Own Family of Inline-6 Engines

It looks like Mazda is going to defy convention once again and while they’re at it, they’ll be raising their middle finger to the likes of Toyota. After Toyota resorted to using a BMW engine for its venerable Supra sportscar (because an in-house inline-6 would have been a nightmare to produce), little automaker Mazda has confirmed that they’re making their very own inline-6 engine and get this, it’ll come in both diesel and gasoline flavors.

Next-Generation Honda Jazz to Debut at Tokyo Motor Show

In a bid to quicken their company’s embrace of electrification, Honda took a three-prong approach when it came to its gasoline-electric hybrid. Depending on the size and positioning of its vehicle, Honda came up with i-DCD, i-MMD, and SH-AWD. Now, it seems i-MMD may take the lead.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Ford Philippines Continues Deals on Everest, Ranger, EcoSport, and Ranger This May 2019

Ford Philippines is continuing special deals for the Everest, Ranger, EcoSport, and Ranger this May.

TransSportShow 2019 is Slated on May 23 to 26, 2019

The car show that spans generations of car enthusiasts is back this May 23 to 26, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center by Mall of Asia. Presented by Phoenix Fuels, the 2019 TransSportShow is anticipated to be another grand exhibition of restored and customized show cars by the leading automotive shops in the country.

Here's a Closer Look at the 2019 Toyota Avanza (w/ 21 Photos)

As expected, Toyota Motor Philippines used its annual Road Trek media ride and drive to introduce the refreshed 2019 Avanza. The country’s second best-selling MPV model (the first being the Innova), the Avanza has sold over 100,000 units since 2006. Moving forward, this refreshed model aims to continue offering the best value proposition along with a sleeker, modern style.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Selected Chevrolet Vehicles Covered by Takata Airbag Recall

The Covenant Car Company, Inc., the official distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the country says that certain models are found to be affected by the global Takata airbag recall.

The Isuzu D-Max Boondock is Returning This Month

Remember that special-looking D-Max that Isuzu Philippines showed off at the Philippine International Motor Show last year? Well, it’s finally heading into production and it’ll be officially called the D-Max Boondock.

Last Few Units of Turbocharged Subaru Forester Saves You Close to P 300,000

Still holding out on that Subaru Forester XT? Well, Motor Image Pilipinas still has a few units left of the previous-generation SJ model, and for the month of May, they’re making it more enticing by throwing in an STI-inspired sports kit for free!

Volkswagen (Kind of) Admits: Stick Shifts Can Double as Anti-Theft Device

It was just going to be a matter of time: manual gearboxes can now be classified as an anti-theft device. Well, at least if you take a gander at this new ad from Volkswagen.

These are the Prices, Colors, and Specs of the 2019 Toyota Avanza

UPDATE: Here are more photos of the 2019 Avanza (5/9).

A few days after Toyota Motor Philippines opened the order books on the refreshed 2019 Avanza, the small MPV has started rolling into showrooms. And as they always do, leaks start to trickle out. It turns out, Toyota will be offering the Avanza with two engines and five trim levels. Let’s check them out.