Friday, April 3, 2020

TOTAL PH to Provide Free Fuel to Healthcare Workers, Front Liners

In appreciation for the service of healthcare workers and front liners in the fight against COVID-19, selected Total stations across the country will provide free fuel for them.

Mazda is Giving Its Entire Line-Up the 100th Anniversary Treatment

With Mazda celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, everyone was waiting as to what special edition model the carmaker would come out with. Well, we know that right now. And in a (pleasant but unexpected plot twist), the entire line-up is getting the treatment.

Kia PH to Start Offering Free 24/7 Emergency Roadside Assistance

Kia Philippines shows its support to the Filipino people during this trying period by offering customer assistance programs in line with its Promise to Care slogan.

More Than 2,000 Healthcare Front Liners Avail of SMC's Toll-Free RFID Stickers

Following a move to waive toll fees for all medical practitioners last week, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) reported that some 2,000 doctors and nurses have already availed of toll-free RFID stickers valid at the STAR tollway, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the Skyway system, NAIAX, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

Mazda Puts KODO Design to Work Even in Their Car Keys

When was the last time you heard a car company talk in detail about their car keys? With the exception perhaps of premium carmakers such as Aston Martin, Pagani, or BMW (with their Display Key), most of the time, they’re simply off the shelf components with little regard to its design.

Ford to Produce 50,000 Ventilators in Next 100 Days

Ford, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, says they will be able to produce 50,000 ventilators within 100 days, and up to 30,000 a month thereafter as needed.

PilipinasAuto Sends Dongfeng Modern PUVs to Assist Front Liners

Pilipinas Autogroup, Inc. (PilipinasAuto) is one with the nation in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and salutes all health front liners and essential workers who continue to provide selfless service amidst the threat of the coronavirus.

GM Will Engineer, Make Honda's New Electric Vehicles

General Motors and Honda are jointly developing two all-new electric vehicles for Honda, based on GM’s global EV platform and powered by the American carmaker’s proprietary Ultium batteries.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Toyota Motor PH's Car Leasing Plans Could Be Kinto

Late last year, Toyota Motor Philippines laid down plans to offer long-term leasing in a bid to solidify its market share. While no details were provided at the time, we just have to look at our neighbor in Thailand to see that Toyota has done just that with a new brand called Kinto.

15 Audi Movies You Can Binge On During Enhanced Community Quarantine

Well, we’re about halfway through the Enhanced Community Quarantine (hopefully), and if you’ve binged enough of K-Dramas and gone through Crash Landing On You multiple times, Audi’s suggesting a change of pace.

Hyundai to Setup Innovation Center in Singapore

Hyundai is establishing a Hyundai Mobility Global Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICs) to accelerate its innovative efforts. With support from the Singapore Economic Development Board, construction will break ground in May with completion expected in the second half of 2022.

The MG 6's Celebrating Its 10th Anniversary, So It's Throwing Some Shade at the Honda Civic

MG’s throwing some shade at the Honda Civic. You don’t believe me? Just stare at the header photo, and you’ll see the Civic being overtaken with dirt being kicked up its front bumper by the Chinese carmaker’s “Luxury Internet New Energy Coupe.” If the MG car in question looks familiar it should; we know it better as the MG 6.

Subaru to Halt Japanese Production Until May 1

They held out for as long as they can, but Subaru Corporation has announced that all its plants will shutdown entirely due to supply chain disruptions, and a sharp fall in global demand for new vehicles brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Chevrolet Delays All-New Tahoe and Suburban to 2021

If you’ve been waiting for the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban to arrive locally, well, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, General Motors says they’re delaying at least half a dozen models including these two high-profile SUVs.

Meet the Guy Who's Responsible for the Next Nissan Navara, Terra's Design

Ken Lee took the helm of Nissan’s LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) design team six months ago, and now he shares his vision of where he’ll be taking the brand moving forward.

TAG Heuer is the Title Sponsor of the Porsche Esports Cup

TAG Heuer, which already supports Porsche in the Formula E series, is the new title sponsor of the Porsche Esports Cup, the single-make electronic sports racing championship Porsche initiated with iRacing in 2019. iRacing is the leading provider of realistic online racing simulators.

Honda Cars PH Welcomes New President

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. welcomes Mr. Masahiko Nakamura as its new president, effective April 1, 2020. He will replace Mr. Noriyuki Takakura who will transfer to Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (HATC).

Geely Donates 20,000 Surgical Masks to Department of Health

Geely Holding Group, through the foundation of its chairman, the Li Shufu Charity Foundation, has donated 20,000 pieces of surgical masks to the Department of Health in a bid to support the medical front liners in battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Volvo Celebrates Best Decade Ever Under Geely Ownership

Volvo Cars has its eyes firmly set on the future as it celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its acquisition by Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely).

Happy 70th Anniversary, Volkswagen Kombi

Known as the Volkswagen Bulli, Kombi, Type 2, or even simply the “hippy van,” the famous people carrier is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Since it rolled off the Wolfsburg production line, there have been six generations and over 13 million sold.

Mazda Just Won Its 9th Red Dot Design Award

Mazda won its eighth and ninth Red Dot Design award in the KODO design era with the CX-30 and MX-30 SUV. It joins the all-new Mazda3, MX-5 RF, MX-5, CX-3, Mazda2, Mazda6, and previous generation Mazda3 in gaining recognition at the annual design awards.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Mazda Says They Can Turn Internal Combustion Engines Carbon Neutral

Despite the automotive industry’s love for electrification, Mazda thinks that the internal combustion engine still has a lot of give—at least until the next 20 or so years. As part of its Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 long-term strategy, the Japanese carmaker is aiming to reduce its “Well-to-Wheel” emissions by 50 percent of 2010 levels by 2030, and to 90 percent by 2050.

Honda's Design Recognized at Red Dot 2020 Awards

Honda’s gotten its design mojo back and proving it are three awards at the Red Dot awards including the highest honor—the Red Dot: Best of the Best.

The Latest Lego Technic Set is the "Fast and Furious" Dodge Charger

The latest Fast and Furious move may have been delayed until 2021, but fans of the movie franchise (and muscle car afficionados) can still get a piece of with Lego’s newest Technic line kit: the 1970 Dodge Charger driven by Dom Toretto in the film series.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Metro Pacific Follows SMC's Lead, Makes Tollways Free for Medical Front Liners

Two days after San Miguel Corporation announced that medical front liners can use its tollways for free, Metro Pacific Corporation has now followed suit.

Suzuki and Kia are Offering Extended Warranty, PMS Coverage

Suzuki and Kia have now joined other carmakers in offering extended warranty coverage and preventive maintenance service grace period in light of the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the Philippines.

The 2020 Hyundai Accent Goes High-Tech (w/ 14 Photos)

After teasing the world with the first images of the refreshed 2020 Accent two weeks ago, Hyundai has now released all the details surrounding its sub-compact sedan.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ex-BMW Guy is Kia's New Interior Design Chief

Another key appointment over at Kia is Jochen Paesen who will now serve as Vice President of the carmaker’s Interior Design Group. Paesen will be based at the Kia Design Center in Namyang, Korea and will report to Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Center.

Isuzu PH Helps Hometown of Biñan and Santa Rosa by Providing Front Liner Transport Needs

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) joins other automakers in providing for the transportation needs of the country’s healthcare and frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 particularly in their adaptive hometown of Biñan, Laguna.

Isuzu PH's Mobile Medic Can Still Service Isuzu Vehicles in Essential Sectors

Isuzu Philippines Corporation is assuring its customers that during this period of Enhanced Community Quarantine, its mobile service—Isuzu Mobile Medics is still online.

Honda Automobile (China) Will Cease to Exist by April

After the closure of its assembly plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna, as well as the plant that makes the Civic Type R, Honda is continuing to consolidate its global manufacturing footprint with the announcement that Honda Automobile (China) will cease to exist by April.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Subaru PH Offers Warranty, PMS Extensions As Well

With the closure of all their showrooms and service centers nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country has made the decision to extend PMS and warranties.

Ford PH Lends Out Transit Vans as Healthcare Front Liner Shuttles

Ford Philippines is deploying its Ford Transit vans to help transport medical and healthcare front liners amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine that saw the suspension of public transportation in Luzon.

Kia Appoints New President to Accelerate EV, Self-Driving Car Efforts

Kia Motors Corporation will have a new president. Ho-sung Song, currently Kia’s Head of Global Operations Division will take over on April 1.

Mitsubishi PH Helps Santa Rosa's COVID-19 Efforts

As its way of recognizing the efforts of Filipinos, particularly at its hometown of Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) lent out L300 shuttle units through the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Medical Front Liners Can Use SMC Tollways for Free

San Miguel Corporation is waiving toll on all its expressways for medical front liners working tirelessly to save lives in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Land Rover Just Donated a Bunch of Defenders for Fight Against COVID-19

Motoring media events are being canceled left and right due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. One such canceled event is the all-new Land Rover Defender 110’s international ride and drive event. However, instead of idling these units though, Land Rover actually put them to good use.

Friday, March 27, 2020

McLaren Was Obsessed in Weight Reduction in Its Newest LT Model

McLaren is opening a new chapter for their “Longtail” series with the introduction of the 765LT—a car so obsessed with losing weight, the carmaker’s engineers went through excessive lengths just for the grams.

Nissan PH Extends Warranty, PMS Schedule

Nissan Philippines has finally released a statement regarding vehicles with expiring warranties during this period of Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Caltex PH Outlines COVID-19 Efforts

Chevron Philippines, Inc. (Caltex) together with Chevron Holdings, Inc. (CHI) teamed up to donate cash and fuel amounting to P 1 million to provide for the safe transport and equipment to front liners and health workers in the fight against COVID-19.

The 2020 Nissan Navara Black Edition Looks Wilder

Last year, Nissan introduced an updated Navara for 2020 which made its debut first in Europe. Subsequently, it’s made its way to Asia in markets such as Thailand and Australia as well. With that, Nissan’s always opted to dress up their Navara based on local tastes—Australia has the N-Trek, while for Asia, there’s the Black Edition. And here’s a sneak peek of the fresh for 2020 edition.

Chevrolet Promises More Advanced In-Car Connectivity

One hundred years ago, Popular Mechanics magazine predicted that “radio equipment for automobiles is not far away.” They were right. In 1922, Westinghouse installed one of its radios in a “Chevrolet for Campers” concept to the delight of the era’s media. A decade later, Chevrolet introduced factory-installed radios in its cars.

Here's the First Proof that Nissan is Making An All-New Z Sportscar

We can’t wait for 2021. Despite increased pressure to adopt more zero emissions vehicles, Japanese carmakers aren’t forgetting enthusiasts. Aside from Toyota and Subaru firming up details on their next-generation 86 / BRZ sportscar, Nissan has just given us the first solid indication that an all-new Z sportscar is happening.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Toyota Motor PH Activates Media Fleet to Service Front Liners and Health Workers

As the country’s undisputed number one car brand, it’s no surprise that Toyota Motor Philippines has the largest press fleet around. When the Enhanced Community Quarantine hit though, these units were all grounded, until now.

All-New Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ Coming in 2021 and Will Pack 255 Horsepower

With the current Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ nearing the end of its lifecycle, rumors are starting to swirl about its replacement. Confirmed that the collaboration between Toyota and Subaru will continue for the second-generation model, there are now reports that it’ll pack more power, ride on a new platform, and for Toyota, a brand-new badge.

Foton PH is First Chinese Brand to Extend Payment Terms, Warranties, and PMS

Foton Philippines, the best-selling Chinese commercial vehicle brand in the Philippines is joining Japanese and American carmakers (yes, the Korean ones except for SsangYong have been mum) in extending auto loan due dates, expiring warranties, and adding grace periods to missed Periodic Maintenance Service due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Ford is Now Making COVID-19 Medical Equipment Using Car Parts

There are COVID-19 marketing gimmicks, and then there are true signs of ingenuity. At a time when American carmakers were getting beat when it comes to car tech, they’ve shown that in a time of a crisis, they still have the engineering mojo to come up with all sorts of practical solutions.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Mazda to Suspend Production in Japan, Thailand Due to Parts Shortage

In response to the global spread of COVID-19, Mazda has decided to adjust production at their production facilities globally in consideration of difficulties in parts procurement, plummeting sales in overseas markets, and the uncertainty of future markets.

Phoenix Petroleum Donates LPG, Fuel for COVID-19 Response

Phoenix Petroleum, the first independent oil company and the fastest-growing and leading independent oil company in the Philippines, recently made known efforts it has undertaken to join the fight against COVID-19.

Aston Martin Releases First Details on New V6 Engine

Aston Martin has released the first details of its in-house designed V6 engine which will replace the Mercedes-AMG-sourced V8s on its mid-engined sportscars from 2022.

Codenamed TM01, it’s Aston Martin’s first in-house designed engine since 1968. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 is electrified from the get-go. With that, the it promises to have more power and torque than ever before. The final figures are determined by the characteristic of each application, but it should at least match the current 503 horsepower, 685 Nm of torque outputs made by the M177 Mercedes-AMG engine.

Taking learnings from the Aston Martin Valkyrie project, the new V6 is developed with a “hot V” structure. This makes for a compact engine weighing less than 200 kilograms in total.

Naturally, the engine will be positioned directly behind the driver’s cabin and equipped with a dry sump system to guarantee the lowest possible center of gravity. The system will also deliver exceptional lubrication performance even during on-limit, high-speed cornering. It’s also designed to meet up to Euro 7 emissions requirements.

The new Aston Martin V6 engine will debut first on the Valhalla.