Friday, September 13, 2019

The 2020 MG 5 Sub-Compact Shames Compact Cars in Features (w/ Specs, Brochure)

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCI) is beefing up their MG line-up with their first foray into the highly competitive sub-compact car segment. Launched at the Cebu Auto Show, the MG 5 features class-leading size and packs class-exclusive features at a price that tops below P 940,000.

Chevrolet Philippines Adds Yet Another Lifestyle Pickup with the Colorado Trail Boss

About a month after its debut in Thailand, The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the Philippines brings in a new variant of its Colorado pickup truck: the Trail Boss.

Carousell Philippines Sees High Growth in Automotive Business Unit

In time for its seventh anniversary, Carousell, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing classifieds, announced a successful migration from OLX for its Philippines business unit.

Maxus Serves Elderly, PWDs with New Assist Package for G10 MPV (w/ Video)

Barely three months into the market, Maxus Philippines is catering one unserved need among families, especially those living with PWDs or the elderly with their new Assist package for their G10 MPV.

The Hyundai i10 N Line is a Turbocharged Pocket Rocket

About a week ago, Hyundai showed off its new i10—their smallest car that comes packing with tech normally found in larger, more expensive cars. Their engineers wasted no time in coming up with a hotted up version and naturally, it falls under Hyundai’s sporty N Line: meet the i10 N Line.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Ford Philippines Shifts Attention Away from Market Share to Customer Satisfaction

PK Umashankar, or Uma as he prefers to be called, has his work cut out for him. Faced with softening sales at Ford Philippines, the new managing director isn’t not fazed. A mechanical engineer by education, and a customer service guy at heart, Uma won’t simply focus on chasing market share; instead, he’s looking to transform Ford into a customer-centric car company.

BlackBerry to Power Future Subaru Connectivity, Infotainment System

Remember BlackBerry? The smartphones with a crisp physical keyboard so good users were called “CrackBerry” at one point? The brand may have all but disappeared in the smartphone space, but they’re finding new life in Subarus.

Mazda Philippines Turns Over First 10 Units of MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition

The first 10 units of the rare Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition were received by their new owners during a simple ceremony held at the Mazda Premium Experience pavilion in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City last Sunday. The keys of the limited-edition MX-5s were personally handed over by Tom Matano, the legendary designer of the iconic first-generation Mazda MX-5 NA, and Susumu Niinai, General Manager of the ASEAN Business Office, Mazda Motor Corporation.

Hino Philippines Inaugurates New Technical Support and Training Center

Hino Motors Philippines has recently unveiled its newest facility aimed at delivering unparalleled support to its customers. The new Technical Support and Training Center (TSTC) is a 15,900-square-meter land area with a 5,800-square-meter floor area two-story building fully equipped with a service workshop, a technical training workshop, a parts warehouse, seminar rooms, and corporate offices.

This Limited Edition Hyundai i30 N Project C is Lighter, But Not Significantly Faster

The world took notice when Hyundai unveiled the i30 N two years ago. But while it was designed and built to take on the world’s best hot hatches, there were still a few skeptics. Well, Hyundai just went a step further and created this, the i30 N Project C.

Limited to just 600 units worldwide (sadly, all are destined for Europe), the i30 N Project C pushes the limits even further. By dabbling in carbon fiber reinforced plastic and slapping 19-inch forged OZ racing wheels at each corner, this car sheds 50 kilograms.

More than just a diet, Hyundai engineers worked to recalibrate the i30 N’s suspension. It drops 6 mm closer to the ground while new internal calibrations for the existing dampers, shorter higher stiffness springs, and rear cargo zone stiffer complete the changes.

Outside, the i30 N Project C is finished in a dark matte gray with the carbon fiber parts finished with an exposed, high-gloss weave. Inside, it has Alcantara highlights as well as Deep Orange highlights.

Power remains the same as the standard i30 N and with that, it has a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine making 275 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 353 Nm of torque at 1,450 to 4,700 rpm (378 Nm on over boost at 1,750 to 4,200 rpm). The sole transmission is a 6-speed manual. Maximum speed is at 250 km/h, while its 0-100 km/h time stands at 6 seconds flat. This makes it 0.1 seconds faster than its regular i30 N counterpart and about 0.2 seconds faster than the Golf GTI. The Subaru WRX is still faster though at 5.2 seconds.

Largest Ford Mustang Gathering Happened in...Belgium?!

Examples from every generation of Mustang since the iconic sports car’s launch in 1964 converged on Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium setting a new world record for the largest number of Mustangs in a parade.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

There Are Actually 4 Bills in Congress Mandating Dash Cams

Let the grand standing begin. Top Gear Philippines ran a story where Rep. Frederick Siao is proposing mandatory dash cams to be installed in both private and public vehicles. While the aim itself is good, apparently, if you do a bit of digging, it’s not the only bill currently filed in the 18th Congress.

The Concept 4 Shows BMW Design Has Lost the Plot

Say what you want BMW, but the Concept 4 is anything but “clear and precise.” Unless what you mean by clean and precise is cleanly and precisely ugly. Yes, ugly; like gut-wrenching, yo mama ugly joke ugly. It’s so ugly that BMW didn’t even provide one official single head-on shot.

Michelin's New Budget-Friendly Tire Promises Shorter Braking Distances Even When Worn

Targeting young and budget-friendly consumers looking for tires with safety and performance that last, Michelin Philippines unveiled the Energy XM2+, a tire made for small and mid-sized passenger cars.

The Audi A6 Returns for 2020; Prices Start at P 4.5 Million

The BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class better watch out: the all-new 2020 Audi A6 is now in the country, boasting enhanced sportiness, comfort, and digitalization.

Foton Philippines is Slashing the Prices of Its MPVs and Trucks for 2 Days

Foton Philippines’s Big AtTRUCKtion is happening at the Megatent Events Venue in Libis, Quezon City starting tomorrow. The two-day event (September 12-13) brings the latest Foton vehicles, big or small, along with limited time discounts and promotions.

Toyota Motor Philippines Can Now Sell You a Vios Race Car

Tired of being told that your car’s a glorified taxi? Well, worry no more. If your heart is still set on getting the country’s best-selling vehicle, the Vios, but want something with a bit more pep, then we suggest you take a look at this special edition Vios.

The Hyundai 45 Concept Shows Koreans Now Look at Iconic Models for Inspiration

Hyundai is having one eye looking firmly at the past, while showing off a concept of the future: meet their 45, an electric vehicle concept that fuses the Korean carmaker’s heritage while also showing off their advancements in electrification and autonomous driving tech.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

All-New 2020 Land Rover Defender is an Icon Re-Imagined

Land Rover has released the all-new Defender. An icon re-imagined for the 21st century, it carries the same adventurous spirit and design, wrapped around a clever, capable, and safe platform.

Hyundai, Toyota, and Isuzu Are Offering Discounted Oil Change Packages This Month

This month, there’s a battle of affordable oil change packages going on at your friendly casa. There are at least three brands offering discounted rates on oil change packages throughout September: Hyundai, Toyota, and Isuzu.

This is Volkswagen's New Look, Sound

What you’re looking at is Volkswagen’s new logo. Created for the digital age and designed to be flexible for use in all mediums, it’s the iconic “VW” letters stacked on top of each other, reduced to their essential elements.

The 2020 Toyota Hiace Scores an Impressive ASEAN NCAP 5-Star Safety Rating

Toyota’s move to introduce a semi-bonnet design for the all-new Hiace has paid off. It just scored a perfect 5-star crash safety rating according to the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program or ASEAN NCAP.

Review: Volkswagen Santana 180 MPI AT SE Blaupunkt

One word to describe the Volkwagen Santana would be “basic.” Before anyone objects or throws color into that statement, let me clarify that basic does not necessarily mean boring; at least, not in this case. Setting aside any comparisons to Volkswagen’s iconic models, i.e. the Beetle, Jetta, or Golf, the Santana was made for the practical driver—functionality first, stand-out looks second. In addition, the performance does not disappoint and can comfortably take you from point A to point B. After a whole week of bonding with the Santana, I believe this car should be on your list if you’re on the market for either your first car purchase or a secondary addition to your family’s garage.

Peugeot PH Continues Customer-Centric Drive with Free Highway RFID with Every New Purchase

Prepare to queue up in the fast lane as Peugeot Philippines is now giving away free AutoSweep (SLEX) and EasyTrip (NLEX) RFIDs with every new Peugeot purchase.

Get a Subaru Forester for Just P 1.508M Now

If Subaru’s “Ber” month deals on the Subaru XV hasn’t gotten you to sing Christmas jingles yet (thank you, Jose Mari Chan), perhaps maybe it’s because you’re digging its bigger brother, the Forester? Well, don’t worry, because those same “Ber” month deals are happening for Subaru’s best-selling compact crossovers.

Monday, September 9, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Nissan CEO Behind Ghosn Ouster Resigns

After admitting to receiving dubious income, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa is out. The carmaker’s top man and a key figure in the ouster of Carlos Ghosn tendered his resignation effective September 16.

UPDATED: Is Taking the Hybrid Plunge Worth It? Comparing the Ownership Cost of the Corolla Altis

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, we traced back our previous test drives and compared the Corolla Altis Hybrid using more realistic figures (i.e. our very own test drive fuel mileages). 9/11.

Targeting women and married couples, Toyota is clearly tugging more on the sensibilities of compact car buyers than the senses. Though improved in every conceivable aspect, buyers would likely flock to the Corolla Altis mainly thanks to Toyota’s reputation for making bullet-proof cars and of course, lower ownership costs.

Toyota Motor Philippines is Targeting Women, Married People for the 2020 Corolla Altis

Toyota Motor Philippines’s game-changing 2020 Corolla Altis has finally landed in the country. You can check its complete specs and prices here, and even how it compares to the Mazda3, Honda Civic, Subaru Impreza, and MG 6 here. With those bases covered, let’s discuss just who they’re targeting with the Corolla Altis. It’s now time for a lesson in marketing, folks.

2020 Toyota Corolla Altis vs Mazda3 vs Honda Civic vs Subaru Impreza vs MG 6

Forget crossovers, SUVs, and pickups for a minute—there’s a compact car war brewing resulting in a wider, more competitive range of choices. Starting with the arrival of the refreshed Civic early this year, the battlefield is now joined by two other compact car stalwarts: the 2020 Mazda3 and 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis. All these tables are high-res, so feel free to download them (please, no cropping of the watermark though...we know who does this).

The Universality of Design

The day before its global reveal, the fourth-generation MX-5’s chief designer, Masashi Nakayama was nervous. While he was confident that his design will be well-received by the public, it had to pass muster with who could be his biggest critic: Tom “Tsutomu” Matano.

Nissan Soon to Rise in Bacoor, Cavite

Nissan in the Philippines together with LICA Auto Group have officially started construction on Bacoor City’s first Nissan Dealership in Molino. Bacoor City Councilor Alde Pagulayan joined executives from Nissan Philippines, and Tetra Sales & Services Inc. for the dealership’s groundbreaking ceremony.

Ready to Jumpstart Your Business? Foton's Big AtTRUCKtion Can Help

Looking for a great way to jumpstart your business? Well, Foton Philippines’s Big AtTRUCKtion brings discounts, easy-to-avail financing, and PMS service bundles to help get you on your way.

This is Your First Look at the Upcoming All-New 2020 Yaris's Platform

After sitting on a platform that dates back two decades, Toyota is finally moving its sub-compact cars to a brand-new platform. Dubbed the GA-B platform, it’s expected to underpin the next-generation western market Yaris first, and other vehicles like the Vios in the near future.

Friday, September 6, 2019

MG Philippines to Battle Vios, City with MG 5

UPDATE: You can check the prices and variants here (9/13).

Less than a year after MG’s local distributorship was awarded to The Covenant Car Company, Inc., and following the launch of three innovative products, MG Philippines is launching its most significant offering yet: the MG 5 sub-compact sedan.