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Friday, January 28, 2022

Subaru Hit With Production Stoppage In Japan

Subaru is temporarily halting all production at its automobile manufacturing facilities in Japan due to interruptions in the supply of parts.

Jeep Is Taking A Majority Stake At Its China Plant And That Has Pissed Off Its Partner

Reports last year of Stellantis, the parent company of Jeep, increasing its stake at its China joint-venture proved to be true. Stellantis has just announced that it plans to increase its stake to 75 percent from 50 percent at its joint-venture with the Guangzhou Automobile Group or GAC.

MG Philippines Achieves Record Sales In 2021 Outselling Geely And Kia

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive distributor of MG vehicles in the Philippines achieves a sales record in 2021 by selling 6,343 units—an 85 percent increase against the same period in 2020. It also marks a milestone year for MG Philippines, as it is the brand’s best sales achievement in its three years of existence. MG Philippines also ended 2021 on a high note recording over 2,000 sales in Q4 2021 alone, logging the brand’s strongest sales quarter in 2021.

Nissan Is Once Again A Brand On The Rise

Nissan Philippines’ full year performance doesn’t tell the whole story. By all accounts, the Japanese carmaker sold 19,603 units in 2021—a 9.9 percent dip compared to their 2020 performance. And while this snapshot doesn’t paint a rosy picture for what was once the fastest growing automotive brand; in truth, they’re a brand that’s once again on the rise.

Thai Parts Makers Readying For EV Shift

Thailand is readying its 2,500 auto parts manufacturers for a possible shift from producing parts for internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric vehicles (EVs). This as the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) auto club announces an EV component development plan.

The Subaru Outback Is 2021's Safest Car

You are looking at the safest car tested by the European New Car Assessment Program or Euro NCAP last year. The Subaru Outback achieved the highest overall score across all vehicle classes and the best-ever result achieved by a Subaru vehicle at the safety test.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi To Share 80 Percent Of Global Platforms

Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi—collectively known as the Alliance announced that they are seeking to share 80 percent of their platforms from the current 60 percent today in their combined 90 models by 2026.

For P 929K, Mitsubishi Motors PH Is Offering This Limited Edition Mirage G4 GLS Sport

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) today introduced the Mirage G4 GLS Sport as a limited edition to its sub-compact’s lineup.

As 2023 CX-50 Rolls Off Production Line, Mazda Confirms It Will Use Toyota Hybrid Technology

Barely two months after it was first shown, Mazda has started product of its North American exclusive CX-50 at its newly built plant in Alabama.

Carmakers Increase Prices To Start 2022

Greeting would-be car buyers this 2022 is a slew of price adjustments from major car manufacturers in the country. Carmakers such as Toyota, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Nissan have all increased their prices to start the new year. Thankfully, these increases are modest—from as little as P 5,000 to as much as P 80,000.

Ford Philippines Announces New Leadership Changes

Ford Philippines has announced new appointments and role expansion of its executives, effective January 1, 2022.

Caltex PH Ends 2021 With More Retail Stations, New Partnerships

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), finished 2021 with a stronger retail network and more inroads in the car and motorcycle after-sales service market.

Chery Auto PH Offering As Much As P 130K Off Their SUVs

Chery Auto Philippines is starting the new year with the Growling Tiggo Promo. It might be the best news for SUV buyers with huge cash discounts and all-in low down payments or low monthly payments.

Have Your Used Car Professionally Inspected For Just P 2,600

After announcing its used car inspection program last December, Premium Warranty Services Philippines, Inc. (PWSPI) is now ready to accept used car inspections from the general public. The service removes the guesswork by using a 188-point vehicle inspection plan.

Bentley To Launch Five Electric Models In Five Years

Bentley Motors is accelerating its Beyond100 strategy. Key to its ambitious electrification program is the Five-in-Five plan which commits the luxury carmaker to launching a new electric model each year, from 2025.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Toyota Motor PH Opens Reservation List For 2022 Raize (w/ Brochure, Specs)

In just a few days, Toyota Motor Philippines will be officially launching the 2022 Raize. Yes, the sub-compact SUV that has piqued interest of most fans, enthusiasts, and customers will be ready for release.

Honda Cars PH Recalling 2016-2019 Pilot SUVs For Hoods That May Fly Open

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is announcing a recall of 2016-2019 Pilot SUV units for a possible replacement of the panel comp hood. The recall covers 137 Pilot SUVs sold in the country.

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia Now Comes With A Standard Twin-Turbo Hybrid Engine

Toyota unveils the all-new, third-generation Sequoia SUV. The three-row large SUV has been redesigned from the ground up and aims to elevate luxury, comfort, and technology in its class.

Honda SENSING-Equipped Cars To Now Benefit From Lower Insurance Rates

Honda Cars Philippines is the first automotive brand in the country to offer preferential insurance rates to vehicles equipped with driver assist technology.

The Ford Bronco Pope Francis Edition Is One Holy SUV

Ford is auctioning off a one-of-a-kind Bronco for the benefit of the Pope Francis Center in Detroit. Proceeds from the sale of the Bronco Pope Francis Center First Edition custom build will support the Pope Francis Center and its fight against chronic homelessness. The center, which has been serving Detroit’s most vulnerable citizens for more than three decades, is committed to eradicating chronic homelessness in Detroit by 2030.

Unvaccinated, Partially Vaccinated Workers Allowed To Use Public Transport Despite No Vax, No Ride Policy

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated workers in industries and establishments allowed to operate in the National Capital Region (NCR) under the existing COVID-19 Alert Level 3 status will only be given 30 days starting today, January 26, 2022 to continue riding public transportation and public utility vehicles (PUVs) in entering, exiting, and going around the metropolis.

Reputation For Quality Most Important To New Car Buyers

Reputation for quality, stylish appearance, and a positive previous ownership experience are the top three reasons car buyers choose their new models, according to an in-depth study of car buying behavior.

2022 Lamborghini Countach Hits The Road For The First Time

For the first time since its unveiling at Pebble Beach, the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 is taking to the road.

BMW Is Giving Its V12 Engine One Last Ride

After more than thirty years, BMW is ending production of its V12 engine by the middle of this year. And the last production vehicle to be fitted with the extravagant engine is the BMW 7 Series. Based off the M760i xDrive (see lead photo), the series will be called The Final V12 and will be distinguished by unique badging, wheels, and a choice of exterior colors and upholstery from BMW Individual.

This Is The Most Beautiful Car In The World For 2022

The DS 4 is crowned the “Most Beautiful Car of the Year” by the Festival Automobile International after about 1,200 jurors cast their votes. It beat out the other finalists, the Citroen C5 X, Peugeot 308, and the BMW i4.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Goodyear Starts Testing Airless Tires For Last-Mile Deliveries

Goodyear announced it has developed and is testing a custom-engineered non-pneumatic (airless) tire (NPT) to support Starship delivery robots.

Limited Edition Porsche 911 Celebrates 50 Years Of Porsche Design

Porsche is celebrating 50 years of Porsche Design with an exclusive 911 named in honor of the milestone. This version, limited to 750 vehicles, has many features and details that pay homage to the iconic designs of Ferdinand Alexander (F.A.) Porsche.

Porsche Updates Infotainment System With Wireless Android Auto, Built-In Spotify App

Porsche is updating its infotainment system. The latest, sixth-generation Porsche Communication Management or PCM found in the 911, Taycan, Cayenne, and Panamera models now has added new functions.

Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Mazda2 Ranked Best In Quality In 2021 Study

J.D. Power released the results of its 2021 Thailand Initial Quality Study or IQS. The 2021 study is based on responses from 4,571 new vehicle owners who purchased their vehicles from January to October 2021. The study covers 10 different brands that include 77 passenger car, pickup truck, and utility vehicle models. The study was fielded from July through November 2021.

Toyota, Lexus Adds Production Stoppages This Month

Showing just how fluid the situation is surrounding Toyota’s production, the carmaker has announced additional production suspensions this month.

Chery Auto Is Most Exported Chinese Car Brand In 2021

In 2021, Chery Auto sold 961,926 units—a year-on-year increase of 31.7 percent. This enabled the Wuhan-based company to maintain its position as the fastest growing Chinese car brand.

Ford Unleashes Most Powerful Street-Legal Bronco Ever: The 2022 Bronco Raptor

Ford has finally released the most powerful street-legal Bronco ever, one that combines two of their most iconic off-road brands: Bronco and Raptor.