Saturday, January 23, 2021

Equipment Maker Points PMVIC Mess to LTO


When the potato gets hot, it gets passed. Such is the golden rule when it comes to a fucked-up shitshow. And the latest one to toss their piece of starchy carbs? The equipment providers for the LTO’s maligned Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Service.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Ford Philippines Corners 4x4 Pickup Truck Market in 2020


Ford Philippines reinforced its leadership in the pickup and small SUV segments with the strong sales of the Ford Ranger and Ford Territory in 2020.

Select Honda Cars Dealers Now Offering One-Day Paint Repair


Selected dealers of Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is now offering a “One Day Paint Repair” program, which aims to provide a fast and reliable paint repair service for as low as P 2,500.

Is the Lexus RX the Luxury SUV That Can Elevate Your Ride?


The RX is the very first luxury crossover SUV to proudly wear the Lexus badge. When it made its debut in 1998, it laid the foundation for what would be a highly successful nameplate. To date, the RX is the most popular model sold by Lexus Philippines. It isn’t surprising, really, considering how the model has evolved, not just in appearance, but in build quality, technology, and practicality.

Chery Auto PH Targets 25 Dealerships in Next Three Years


Since the Chery Auto brand was relaunched under the distributorship of United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (UAAGI) in November 2019, a strong and accessible dealer network has been one of the brand’s top priorities. Just three months after the brand launch and in just the first month of 2020, Chery Auto Philippines had begun sales operations throughout Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Honda is Most Desired Car Brand by Pinoys in 2020


Honda has now overtaken Toyota as the car brand most desired by Filipinos. This is after its fiercest rival dropped in Google search data as compiled by Australian insurance specialist Compare the Market

Suzuki PH Could Source the Jimny SUV from India


Suzuki is now producing the Jimny sub-compact off-roader in India—and in left-hand drive no less. At a time when demand for the small SUV has resulted in long wait times, this news is certainly welcome for those who’re desperate to get their hands on a unit.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The LTO's Motor Vehicle Inspection Scheme is F*cked Up


A broken Subaru differential, a casa-maintained BMW with “weak” brakes, and now a Land Cruiser with an exhaust so loud it will literally kill you. We gave the LTO’s new motor vehicle inspection service or PMVIC the benefit of the doubt. And about a week in, the results are in: we, as motorists, are fucked.

Nissan to Halt All Assembly in the Philippines


Last year, Sta. Rosa City mayor Arlene Arcillas revealed that following Honda Cars Philippines’s decision to stop local assembly, Nissan will follow suit. It may have taken some time, but there’s now a definite time frame: March 2021.

Kia Philippines Now Says Your Parts Will be Available in Just 7 Days


In the middle of last year, Kia Philippines said they’ve managed to solve the spare parts problem that hit the brand by increasing their inventory of maintenance, mechanical, and collision parts five-fold. This year, they plan to elevate their “Promise to Care” by further improving their aftersales service.

Kia Philippines Targets Triple Digit Growth in 2021


Ayala-backed Kia Philippines is targeting triple-digit growth in 2021, moving back to its 2019 figure of 5,000-unit annual sales. This is good enough for a two-percent market share, doubling their current 1 percent share. This objective was revealed by Kia President Manny Aligada at a roundtable with the media.

Amigo is Manila's Newest Same-Day Parcel Delivery Service


In the face of the country’s new normal, the way Filipinos live continues to change and the transition into the digital space went from being a luxury to being a necessity. A report by the World Bank shows that the use of digital technologies such as digital payments and e-commerce is rising in the Philippines, and is salient in helping Filipinos cope with social distancing measures and ensuring business continuity.

Volvo Cars Posts Strong Second Half, Mitigates Impact of Slow Economy


Volvo Cars reported the strongest second-half sales numbers in the company’s history in 2020, as fast-growing demand for its electrified cars boosted the company’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic impact.

Despite the Pandemic, BMW M Just Hit Record Sales in 2020


Despite the effects of the pandemic on the market, BMW says that it was the best year for its high-performance M division. The German automaker reports that sales were up 6 percent to 144,218 units—cementing its market leadership in that space.

Hyundai PH's Discounts Continue Until End of February


Hyundai is starting 2021 with as much as P 290,000 off selected Hyundai vehicles. The promo is good until February 28, 2021 and covers the brand’s best-selling vehicles.

Medical Frontliners Can Use Skyway Stage 3 for Free Too


San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president Ramon S. Ang yesterday said that some 10,400 medical practitioners at the frontlines of the continuing battle against COVID-19 pandemic, will be allowed to use the newly-opened Skyway 3 for free indefinitely, the same way they have been allowed to use all SMC expressways toll-free since the pandemic hit the country in March last year. 

Valenzuela City Chooses Foton for Its Fleet


In an endeavor to advance public service in the city of Valenzuela, Mayor Rex Gatchalian, with help from the Office of Senator Win Gatchalian, chose Foton commercial vehicles to empower mobility for city-wide projects and programs designed to build stronger and faster response capabilities for the city’s barangays.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Isuzu Donates Mobile Kitchen to Philippine Red Cross


Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), true to its corporate mantra of being “Your Responsible Partner”, donated one mobile kitchen truck to the Laguna Chapter of the Philippine Red Cross for the latter’s “Hot Meals on Wheels” emergency mass feeding program.

Geely Will Build Cars for Other Automakers


Geely will soon be building cars for other automakers. This is after the Chinese automaker signed a strategic cooperative agreement with Foxconn, a major Apple supplier to provide contract manufacturing, including whole vehicles, parts, drive systems, and platforms for other automakers.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Get the Biggest Savings Ever on Nissan Navara, Terra, and More


Nissan is welcoming the new year with a new promo for customers in the Philippines. With the Big Buys, Big Savings promo, Nissan is making its best-selling vehicles more accessible than ever until January 31, 2021.

The Nissan's Urvan Office Pod is Your Stylish Mobile Office


Nissan is proving the flexibility of its NV350 Urvan by coming up with one unique treatment after another. After showing it off as a zero emissions ambulance and as a “hotel on wheels,” the automaker has now come up with the coolest way to take “WFH” on the road.

ICER Brakes Now in the Philippines


AutoPerformance PH has just been appointed as the official Philippine distributor of ICER brakes, Europe’s leading independent manufacturer of brake pads.

Check Out Changan Vehicles as They Go on a Nationwide Tour


Changan Motor Philippines, Inc. (CMPI) kicks off the New Year with Change Your Mindset: The Changan Nationwide Test Drive Tour featuring the Alsvin, CS35 Plus, and CS75 Plus.

11 New Service Stations in Last Two Months Help Caltex PH Start Strong in 2021


Clean and high-quality fuels are now made available in more provinces as Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), recently opened new service stations in Pampanga, Pangasinan, Bataan, Batangas, Cebu, and Bukidnon in support of the reopening of the economy. This brings the total number of newly-opened Caltex stations in 2020 to 30.

Get the Peugeot 3008 for Just P 1.7M at Their Roaring Weekend Sale


Eager to get off to a roaring start for 2021, Peugeot Philippines is staging its Roaring Weekend Sale this Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Arcovia City Grand Showroom located just across Landers Superstore along C-5, Pasig.

Get Behind the Wheel of the 5 Series at Your Nearest BMW Dealer


SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the official importer and distributor of BMW cars in the Philippines, is announcing the start of a three-week long test drive experience with the newest variant of the BMW 5 Series, the 520i Sport.

Tired of Off-Road Builds? How About This Track-Inspired Ford Ranger MS-RT Then?


When one thinks of a “motorsports-inspired” pickup truck, the first thing that comes to mind would be rally raid, and the popularity of the Ford Ranger Raptor is proof of that. But what if you wanted something more inspired by circuit racing? Well, Ford has you covered on that too with its new Ranger MS-RT.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Honda is Teasing the All-New 2022 HR-V


Honda will unveil the latest generation of its popular HR-V compact crossover in February this year. The small SUV will feature the company’s advanced two-motor e:HEV powertrain technology as standard for the first time (it is unknown yet whether Honda will still offer a normally-aspirated or turbocharged version). Honda’s innovative hybrid set-up combines high efficiency with refined, fun-to-drive performance.

Chery Auto PH App Now on iOS


Just a little over six months after announcing the innovative Chery Auto PH App for the Google Play store, it is now out on the iOS as well.

Kia Will Continue to Develop Gasoline, Diesel Engines in the Future


With Kia’s re-branding and Plan S mid-to-long term strategy, what does that mean for future powertrain development?

EVs Will Force Dealerships to Change Their Aftersales Service


The popularization of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will change how dealers or casas, if you prefer the colloquial term, operate.

Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler Have Merged Into One Company: Stellantis


The merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Groupe PSA (Peugeot, Citroen, Opel) is now complete. The combined company, renamed to Stellantis, will start trading on the Euronext in Paris, Mercato Telematico in Milan, and on the New York Stock Exchange.

Review: 2021 Ssangyong Korando 1.6 Diesel Premium


You can’t be blamed for forgetting that the Ssangyong Korando exists. Thanks to the almost non-stop deluge of compact SUVs from China, the segment where it’s competing in has become one of the most cut-throat, most densely packed in the market. And with a limited dealer footprint—just two are in Luzon (the four others are in Visayas and Mindanao)—it hasn’t really stuck as a top-of-mind choice. But now that you realize that this isn’t the automotive equivalent of Mr. Snuffleupagus, can it strike a chord?

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Win a Honda Brio By Just Updating Your Contact Info


Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. will be giving away exciting raffle prizes for Honda car owners who will update their contact information by March 18, 2021.

Kia Wants to Form a More Emotional, Lasting Bond with Its Customers


Kia’s decision to revamp their logo and tagline signals a deeper, broader shift within the company. It will, according to the carmaker move their thinking away from simply being a value-for-money brand to a valuable brand—one that delivers a more emotional, lasting bond with its owner.

Mazda Pins Revival of Fortune on Large Platform Vehicles


The Nikkei reports that Mazda’s upmarket push isn’t going well so far. Compounded by the on-going pandemic, the carmaker is expecting its global sales to drop 8 percent for the fiscal yar ending March 2021 to 1.3 million units.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Mitsubishi PH Kick Starts 2021 with Deals on the Mirage G4, Xpander, and Montero Sport


Mitsubishi Motors Philippine Corporation (MMPC) welcomes 2021 with easy payment plans through the Mitsubishi Kick-start promo. Included in the offer are the Mitsubishi Mirage G4, Xpander, and Montero Sport.

2020 Was a Bleak Year for Auto Makers


After the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) released dismal year-end figures, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) have now done the same. And echoing AVID’s year-end reports, it paints a bleak picture for the Philippine auto industry as a whole.

Alpine, Lotus to Jointly Develop a Sportscar


French sportscar brand Alpine and the U.K.’s Lotus will jointly develop a new zero emissions sportscar. This was revealed as the two brands sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

This is Your First Look at Geely's Volvo-Based 7-Seater SUV


Geely has given the world its first glimpse of its biggest SUV yet, one that’s headed to production by the third quarter of this year.

Geely Opens in General Santos


Geely Philippines is making its presence more felt in the country’s south as it opened another dealership in Mindanao: Geely General Santos. 

Lalamove PH to Introduce Sedan Fleet by February


Despite the challenges of 2020, Lalamove has maintained a foothold in the delivery industry with sustained growth. The pandemic has shown the value of same-day delivery and with the continuous rise of online businesses, Lalamove invests further in its fleet expansion to meet the growing demand while also creating more job opportunities.

Lexus Celebrates 12 Years in the Philippines


Lexus is celebrating 12 years in the Philippines—a milestone that represents Filipino’s trust and satisfaction in the luxury lifestyle automotive brand. Lexus’s lineup of premium sedans, SUVs & specialty vehicles showcase not only the latest in cutting-edge technology but more importantly exhibit the artistry of its master craftsmen.

Check Out the Full Specs, Variants of the 2021 GAC GN6


More details trickle in about GAC Motor’s newest offering—the 2021 GN6. As the February launch window nears, the full specifications of the 7-seater MPV is now out. You can check them out fully below, but if you want the gist, you can read on.

With New Logo, Tagline, Kia Will Shift Its Design Direction as Well


After unveiling its new corporate logo and slogan, Kia has now revealed new details of a strategy that will push them forward.

With Skyway Stage 3 Completed, San Miguel Focuses to Connect East and West Manila, New International Airport


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and his economic team formally opened the new Skyway Stage 3 expressway yesterday—a game-changing infrastructure project by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) that is seen to provide a major boost to the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Vehicle Importers Report Dismal 2020 Full-Year Sales


The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors or AVID reported a significant 41 percent drop in sales last 2020. The 21-member group reported 51,719 units sold last year, compared to the 87,169 units sold in 2019. AVID attributes the decline to the various lockdowns, limited economy activity, and overall weak consumer demand.

Chery Auto is Most Exported Chinese Car Brand for the 18th Straight Year


Chery Auto once again ranked as the most exported Chinese brand, the 18th straight year they were able to achieve the feat. This comes as the automaker achieved a full-year 2020 sales of around 730,000 units. The biggest seller? The three-row Tiggo 8 which sold over 100,000 units last year alone.

Bentley Design Chief Maybe Heading to Geely


Bentley’s design chief, Stefan Sielaff may be heading to Geely to replace Peter Horbury as the Chinese automaker’s head of design according to German media reports.

BMW Shows Off Latest Generation of iDrive


Twenty years have passed since the first generation of BMW iDrive made its debut. Now, BMW is announcing the next chapter in its display and operating system which is set to bring driver-vehicle interaction into a new digital and intelligent age.