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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Review: 2023 GAC EMPOW 1.5T GE

Chinese carmakers often rely on two playbooks when marketing their cars in the Philippines. The first is to claim that you’re the custodian of a storied European brand, even if the cars you’re selling have nothing to do with said European brand. Second is to leverage all the technical partnerships you’ve gained throughout the years, down to whoever supplies the carpet. Either way, they make for good soundbites, but sadly, don’t often translate to cars which are actually respectable to drive.

Mazda PH Confirms First-Ever CX-60 To Get 3.3-liter 6-Cylinder Turbo Hybrid

After revealing its June 9 launch date, more information is starting to trickle from Mazda Philippines ahead of the first-ever CX-60’s launch. And this time, we just got a confirmation of its powertrain.

Nissan Philippines Will Issue Service Campaign For Kicks E-Power AC Issue Starting In June

After some conflicting statements coming out of Thailand (see this and this), Nissan Philippines has finally acknowledged the Kicks e-Power AC cooling issue, identified the fault, and, more importantly, will be issuing a fix very soon.

Next-Generation Ford Ranger Raptor Lands With P 2,339,000 Price Tag (w/ Specs)

Pickup fans, this is what you’ve been waiting for. Ford Philippines has finally launched the next-generation Ranger Raptor and it starts at P 2,339,000.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

April 2023 Car Sales Climb 21.8 Percent; On Track To Break Pre-Pandemic Figures

New car sales reached 30,643 units—a 21.8 percent compared to 25,149 units a year ago. This is according to the joint monthly report of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).

3 Ford Ranger Sport Up For Grabs With Caltex Pickup Your Rewards Promo

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), rolls out its first national promo for this year with Caltex Pickup Your Rewards. From now until July 17, 2023, every accumulated P 500 spend on any Caltex fuels, automatically qualifies Caltex Rewards members for a raffle entry.

Metro Pharma PH Chooses Kia Soluto As On-Field Partner

Having a reliable and efficient vehicle is a must when part of the demanding and competitive pharmaceutical industry. The right sedan for the job is essential for medical representatives who need to cover a large area and tackle to the reality of living and working in and out of Metro Manila. This is why Metro Pharma Philippines, Inc. (MPPI) chose the Kia Soluto LX AT for its field representatives.

Fast X Review: Suspension Of Disbelief Required

The Fast and Furious franchise has spanned over 20 years, evolving from a film about a niche culture about underground racing, tuner culture, and drifting to the over-the-top heists “violating the laws of God and gravity.”

Toyota Chairman Personally Apologized For Vios Safety Test Gaffe

Toyota is taking the rigged safety test of its Daihatsu-based models seriously that Akio Toyoda himself, visited the carmaker’s production base in Thailand to personally express his apology to customers, dealers, employees, and even the authorities.

Toyota Ilocos Sur Breaks Ground

Toyota Ilocos Sur will soon serve the mobility needs of customers in Ilocos Region with its dealership rising in Barangay Langlangca II, Candon City, Ilocos Sur. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

6 Things You Can Expect At This Weekend's Ford Island Conquest

The first leg of the Ford Island Conquest Year 6 is happening this weekend, and here are six things that you can expect during the experiential test drive event:

Formula 1 Star Lando Norris Collects His Personalized McLaren 765LT Spider

What were you driving when you were 23 years old? Well, if you’re Formula 1 star Lando Norris, who drives high-performance machinery for a living, you could imagine it’ll be something rather special. In his case, Lando, who happens to also be racing for the McLaren F1 team collected his personalized McLaren 765LT Spider.

Centro Launches Low-Cost Econovan Truck Body

Centro Manufacturing Corporation, the leading truck body manufacturer in the Philippines, has just announced the release of their newest product, the Econovan. This aluminum van body boasts the best in QCD (Quality, Cost, and Delivery) and is set to revolutionize the truck industry.

Can An Electric Vehicle Make It To Baguio? Yes Thanks To SM

You might be wondering, can you really drive your electric car from Metro Manila to Baguio—without any worries? The answer is yes! Thanks to the fact that you can power up your car at one of the 27 SM malls that offer EV Charging Stations nationwide.

Toyota Reveals Daihatsu-Based 2024 Yaris Cross For ASEAN Markets

Toyota has regionalized its “small medium SUV” the Yaris Cross for the ASEAN market. Not to be confused with the European/Japanese Yaris Cross (or the Suzuki Vitara-based Urban Hyryder for that matter), the Yaris Cross that we’ll get is based on a Daihatsu platform that sits above the Raize, but below the Corolla Cross in terms of size and positioning.

Monday, May 15, 2023

Updated Suzuki S-Presso Gets New Engine, Added Safety, Convenience For P 620K (w/ Specs)

A month after Suzuki Auto Philippines opened the order books for the two-pedaled S-Presso, it has now officially arrived at all 72 authorized dealerships nationwide.

Porsche PH Takes Orders For 500-Horsepower 718 Spyder RS

Porsche Philippines is now taking orders for the ultimate version of its Boxster open-top, mid-engined sportscar: the 500-horsepower 718 Spyder RS.

All-New Subaru Forester, Due End Of 2023, Will Use Toyota's Hybrid System

Subaru plans to roll out more hybrid and EV offerings between now and 2026. This, as the carmaker plans to catch up in the electrified vehicle race.

Lalamove PH Welcomes New Managing Director

Lalamove, the leading on-demand delivery platform, officially welcomes Djon Nacario as the new Managing Director in the Philippines.

Nissan's Chief Operating Officer Stepping Down Next Month

Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer, Ashwani Gupta will not be reappointed to the carmaker’s board when his term expires in June. This casts doubt on the future of the executive who had been seen in the running for CEO.

Cigarette Maker PMFTC Goes All-Electric For Smoke-Free Future

It sounds a bit ironic for a cigarette maker, but PMFTC, an affiliate of Philip Morris International, is envisioning a smoke-free future by going all-electric for its Marikina Sales Office. PMFTC’s move is seen as a significant step towards the company’s goal of Carbon Neutrality by 2025 while also aiming to maintain profitability.

Test Drive The Next-Generation Ranger Raptor At Ford Island Conquest From May 19 To 21

Ford Philippines is marking the return of the highly-anticipated Ford Island Conquest (FIC) experiential test drive event this year on Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21 at the ARCA South Interactive Park in Taguig City.

Award-Winning XL750 Transalp Lands At Philippine Honda Big Bike Dealerships

Honda Philippines’ award-winning adventure bike, the XL750 Transalp has arrived at Honda Big Bike dealerships nationwide.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Cebuana Teacher Goes For The Volkswagen T-Cross As Her First Car

When the Volkswagen T-Cross was launched, Stara Mae Tiongco—a high school teacher in Cagayan de Oro City—immediately set her eyes on the one colored Syringa Violet.

Friday, May 12, 2023

Honda's Targeting First-Time Riders With Its All-Electric EM1 e Moped

Aside from electrifying its four-wheeled vehicles, Honda’s doing the same with their two-wheeled offerings. The first one is the Honda EM1 e (stylized as EM1 e:)—an all-electric moped that comes with swappable batteries.

Meet The 2024 e:Ny1, Honda's Second Fully-Electric Vehicle

After the Honda e, Honda has revealed its second fully electric vehicle, and this time, it’s a small SUV. Meet the 2024 e:Ny1 (Anyone, get it?)

Hyundai Targets 3rd Straight Nürburgring 24 Hours Endurance Race Win

Hyundai Motor Company will compete in the 2023 Nürburgring 24 Hours, the most grueling automotive endurance race in the world, for the eighth consecutive year, seeking its third straight victory in the TCR class and first win in the VT2 class.

Maserati To Cease Production Of V8; Commits To All-Electric Future

Maserati is closing the chapter dedicated to its V8 engine as the Italian luxury brand commits to an all-electric future.

917Ventures Identifies 7 Sites Of EV Motorcycle Battery Swapping Stations, Taps FINSI For Rollout

Fiber Infrastructure and Network Services Inc. (FINSI), a subsidiary of the Asticom Group of Companies, was tapped by 917Ventures, the Globe Group’s corporate venture builder, to deploy and maintain the first-ever Gogoro battery-swapping platform for its Smartscooters in the Philippines.

Lexus Teases All-New GX SUV

If you thought Lexus would have forgotten about its long-serving GX; they didn’t. Their full-sized body-on-frame SUV (and twin to the Land Cruiser Prado) is getting its first full redesign in 14 years, and here’s their first official teaser.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

2023 Chevrolet Tahoe Arrives In the Philippines Starting At P 7.702M

After reservation books opened last year, Chevrolet Philippines says stocks of the 2023 Tahoe are now available at all authorized dealerships nationwide.

The Current-Generation Toyota Vios Gets Another Refresh, Added Safety Tech

Not to be outdone by Nissan who just refreshed the Almera, Toyota has also decided to launch the new look Vios, but this time, over at Vietnam. Though certain ASEAN markets are now enjoying the fourth-generation Vios, others, likely including the Philippines, will get this final refresh before it switches over to the Daihatsu-based platform.