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Friday, September 30, 2016

KTM Opens BGC Showroom

Adventure Cycle Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), the distributor of KTM in the Philippines opened its flagship store at the Bonifacio Global City. Located at 28th Street, the KTM store showcases its wide range of motorcycles, accessories, and apparel.

Discovery Channel's Harley and the Davidsons Premieres on October 2

A Harley-Davidson is more than a motorcycle. It is a symbol of Americana, built from the ground up by founders Walter and Arthur Davidson and their friend Bill Harley. But the road to success was not exactly smooth – filled with innumerable obstacles, ruthless competitors and extraordinary risks. Together these three young men, the sons of blue-collar immigrants, gave everything they had to ensure the survival of the company they founded. But just how far would they go to reach the ultimate American dream?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Aggression Just Kicked In, Yo: Honda Civic Type R Inches Closer to Production Form

Mark your calendars: 2017 is when the production Honda Civic Type R is coming to showrooms around the world. Before then though, Honda is whetting our appetite with the unveil of the Civic Type R Prototype, photos of which just came out ahead of the 2016 Mondial de L’Automobile (Paris International Motor Show).

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Honda Car Club Community Convene at PIMS

The different Honda car clubs gathered at the 6th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS). Honda’s participation at PIMS became the best time for the car clubs to meet and gather with their much-loved cars.

Chevrolet Colorado and Trailblazer Makes Special Delivery to Typhoon-Stricken Areas in Cebu

Demonstrating the power of play, Chevrolet and One World Play Project made a special delivery of 500 ultra-durable One World Futbols to six disadvantaged schools in isolated parts of Cebu during the Trailblazer and Colorado regional drive. Using the capable Colorado pickups and Trailblazer SUVs, the delivery made it through the harsh and challenging road conditions.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ford Philippines Quietly Introduces Ranger FX4

Here’s something that pretty much escaped under the radar: a new Ranger variant. That’s right—Ford Philippines is beefing up its Ranger portfolio by introducing a new variant that’s the meat between value-oriented XLT and bells-and-whistles Wildtrak sandwich. Meet the tasty FX4.

First Drive: 2016 MINI Cabriolet Cooper S and Clubman Cooper S (w/ Video)

Bali—the Island of the Gods. One of the most exotic destinations in Asia, it’s best known for its vibrant, and sometimes wild, beach life. And while this is the most opportune moment to sip Piña Coladas while ogling at bikini-clad women, this isn’t the time. Instead, it’s time to explore Bali in the most captivating way possible: aboard two of MINI’s newest offerings, the Cabriolet and the Clubman. Armed with sunnies and sunblock, it’s time to set off in the MINI Adventure 2016.

Monday, September 26, 2016

2017 Audi A4 Lands in the Philippines (w/ Specs)

More powerful, more efficient, and more intelligent: the all-new Audi A4 is finally in the Philippines. Featuring numerous premium technologies that set the bar higher for its segment, the 2017 Audi A4 blends elegant design with innovative technologies; while lightweight construction meets new, efficient drivetrain solutions. The resulting all-new A4 is truly a high-tech experience.

Caltex Rolls Out Promo with Ford Cars at Stake

Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, continues to provide customers with its best fuel ever: Caltex Platinum with Techron. Starting today, CPI’s customers, old and new, will get a chance to choose their own prize with Caltex’s Gas Up On Platinum, Win a Ford.

Could the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T be the Perfect Daily Driver?

Ferrari is spreading forced-induction love with the brand’s first four-seater turbocharged V8 grand turismo: the GTC4Lusso T. Set to be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, it’s aimed for owners who want something that’s sporty yet versatile and perfect to be driven on a daily basis.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Honda Cars Lunar Silver to Jazz Color Palette

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc (HCPI), releases the Jazz in Lunar Silver Metallic, a color emanating a tastefully upscale appeal that befits the pioneer in the subcompact hatchback segment. The Lunar Silver Metallic color option will be offered on all Jazz variants: the 1.5 V MT, the 1.5 V CVT, the 1.5 VX CVT, and the 1.5 VX+ CVT.

Volkswagen Inaugurates Pampanga Dealership

Volkswagen Philippines, in partnership with The Laus Group of Companies, inaugurated Volkswagen Pampanga along McArthur Highway. The dealership becomes Volkswagen’s first in Central Luzon.

Nissan Philippines Spruces Up Juke with New N-Sport Variant (w/ Brochure)

For those who think the Nissan Juke isn’t stand out enough in terms of styling, Nissan Philippines is offering a spruced up version of its sub-compact crossover featuring both exterior and interior enhancements.

SEAOIL Offers Discounts to Uber Drivers

SEAOIL Philippines, Inc., the largest independent fuel player in the country today, has partnered with Uber to provide its drivers five percent discount on gasoline and two percent discount on diesel.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

PIMS 2016: Foton Shows Off Latest Wares

Foton Philippines showed off its wares for the first time as a member of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) at the recently concluded 6th Philippine International Motor Show.

The Fastest Honda Ever is Powered by a 660-cc 3-Cylinder Engine

The S-Dream is the fastest Honda ever, beating the record set by the BAR Honda Formula One car in 2006. It set a new FIA world record of 261.875 mph (421.447 km/h) in a mile and 261.966 mph (421.593 km/h) in a kilometer for its class. And to get that new world record, it needed just a 660-cc (0.66 -liter) three-cylinder powerplant based off the Honda S660 sports car.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Peter Schreyer Marks 10th Year at Kia Motors

Peter Schreyer is marking ten years of leading new car design for Kia, a period during which the Korean brand’s global sales have risen from around 1.1 million cars in 2005, to 3.05 million in 2015.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mahindra Holds Service Caravan in PNP Region 1

A Mahindra Summer Caravan that made a clean sweep of the provinces, cities, and municipalities comprising Region 1 from August 30 to September 2 was conducted by Mahindra Philippiones (Asianbrands Motor Corporation), Exclusive distributor of Mahindra vehicles in the Philippines, through its authorized dealership in Northern Luzon, Mahindra Nueva Ecija.

Bring These Cars Home with Petron's Supercar Series Promo

Enthusiasts now have a chance to add to their toy car collection with the Petron Supercar Series Limited Edition promo running from September 15 to October 15, 2016. For every P 500 worth of single or accumulated purchase of  Petron Blaze 100, Petron XCS, Petron Xtra Advance, Petron Turbo Diesel, Petron Diesel Max, Petron Ultron, Petron Rev-X, or Petron Sprint 4T, you are entitled to buy your choice of big toy car for only P 700 each at participating Petron stations nationwide.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Honda BR-V Goes on Tour!

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines, will display the All-New BR-V, Honda’s newest 7-seater SUV, at select malls and Honda dealerships beginning September 20, 2016.

Toyota Motor Philippines Introduces Hilux TRD and Fortuner TRD (w/ Price List)

With Toyota Motor Philippines serving as the country’s official distributor of TRD parts, it’s only appropriate that they give their best-selling Fortuner and Hilux the full-on racy treatment. Well, that’s exactly what happened when Toyota showed off the 2017 Toyota Hilux TRD and Fortuner TRD at the Philippine International Motor Show.

Philippines, These Are Your Nissan GT Academy Season 2 Champions

Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) has announced the six Filipinos who qualified to compete in the Nissan GT Academy Race Camp Week in Silverstone, United Kingdom.

GoBounce: The Home-grown Ride Sharing App for Motorcycles Launched

In a simple ceremony held at the Metrotent along Meralco Avenue Pasig, Gobounce Asia founder Kevin Moylan formally launched the mobile motorcycle booking application aptly called “GoBounce”. The app is currently available for download from Google Play Store for android phones and soon from App Store for iPhones and iPads.

Caltex Opens in El Nido, Palawan

El Nido welcomes the opening of its brand new gasoline station in town. Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, recently inaugurated a Caltex service station located along the National Highway, which is conveniently situated across the town’s public market, signaling CPI’s thrust in reaching out to more motoring consumers throughout the country.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer and Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet has one mission when it comes to updating the Trailblazer and Colorado. Knowing they have the segment’s best mechanicals that still deliver class-leading numbers, they simply needed to make both exude a more premium feel. Chevrolet acknowledges the criticisms leveled at their less than stellar interiors before, and now, they’ve come back with a vengeance. The 2017 Trailblazer and Colorado may very well be the best in their segments.

Focal Multimedia Collection is Now in the Philippines

Renowned for car audio and high fidelity speakers, Focal is now offering their range of multimedia and wireless set-ups perfect for audiophiles on the go.

PIMS 2016: Godzilla in Manila - Nissan Philippines Launches 2017 GT-R (w/ Brochure)

After achieving the brand’s best sales ever and now achieving a 4.1-percent market share of the Philippine automotive industry, Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) is rewarding itself with the launch of the much-awaited, much-anticipated 2017 Nissan GT-R.

Friday, September 16, 2016

PIMS 2016: Mazda Brings in More Refined 2017 Mazda3 (w/ Specs, Brochure)

Okay, so here’s another case of a great car managing to miss the limelight at the Philippine International Motor Show. At the Mazda pavilion, all eyes are focused solely on the all-new CX-3; and rightfully so, it’s stylish, it’s got all-wheel drive, and it’s a crossover—a hot segment in the market today. But just behind the CX-3 is the 2017 Mazda3.

PIMS 2016: Volkswagen's Triple Treat - the 2017 CC, Caddy, and Golf GTI Oettinger Edition (w/ Specs)

Volkswagen Philippines revealed a “triple treat” for Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) visitors with the market premiere of three new models: the CC, Caddy, and Golf GTI Oettinger Edition.

Volkswagen CC

The highlight of the pavilion is undoubtedly the sexy CC four-door coupe. Shown in the pure white shade, it highlights the sporty yet elegant styling of this four-seater executive coupe/sedan. Based off the Passat, it’s differentiated primarily by its Euro-5 emissions compliant 2.0-liter Turbo Direct Injection (TDI) engine. With 177 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque, it combines performance and efficiency. It also comes with the 6-speed DSG (dual clutch) automatic with an idle start/stop system.

Aside from the powertrain, the CC ups the handling thanks to its solid platform underpinned with front 3-point Double Wishbones and rear 4-link independent suspension. It also rides on massive 19-inch rims with 235/35 R 19 tires. And aiding the driver is a wealth of aids including Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC), Electronic Differential Lock (XDS), Engine Drag Torque Control, and Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP).

Interior amenities include a 12-way driver’s seat with memory, automatic climate control, leather seats, and many more.

It retails for P 2,850,000.

  • Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged direct injection diesel
  • Max. Output: 177 horsepower @ 4,200 rpm
  • Max. Torque: 380 Nm @ 1,750 –2,500 rpm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 70L
  • Emissions: Euro 5
  • Gearbox: 6-speed DSG
  • Drivetrain: Front wheel drive
  • Steering: Electromechanical, speed-sensing
  • Front suspension: Struts and 3-point wishbone with stabilizer
  • Rear suspension: 4-link with stabilizer
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 4,802 mm x 1,855 mm x 1,421 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,710 mm
  • Wheel size: 8J x 19”
  • Tire size: 235/35 R 19

Volkswagen Caddy

For those who want something more family-friendly, Volkswagen is bringing to market the Caddy. Based off the Golf Mk V platform, the Caddy is uncompromising in terms of driving dynamics, but can also deliver the practicality, flexibility, and spaciousness of an MPV.

Powered by a 2.0-liter TDI engine, the Caddy generates 140 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. This potent engine is mated to a 6-speed DSG gearbox while power is routed through a 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

Compared to the Touran, the Caddy replaces the swing doors for traditional sliding ones. Yet, styling doesn’t take a backseat with its 17-inch rims fitted with 205/50 R 17 tires.

As a family-friendly vehicle, the MPV comes with 4 airbags, stability control, hill hold control, cruise control apart from the aforementioned all-wheel drive system.

The Caddy comes in a range of seven colors: Candy White, Toffee Brown, Reflex Silver, Natural Gray, Lav Red, Night Blue, and Deep Black Pearl for a price of P 1,550,000.

  • Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged direct injection diesel
  • Max. Output: 140 horsepower @ 4,200 rpm
  • Max. Torque: 320 Nm @ 1,750 rpm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 60L
  • Emissions: Euro 5
  • Gearbox: 6-speed DSG
  • Drivetrain: 4Motion all-wheel drive
  • Steering: Electromechanical, speed-sensing
  • Front suspension: MacPherson struts with subframe and stabilizer
  • Rear suspension: Rigid axle
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 4,878 mm x 1,794 mm x 1,893 mm
  • Wheelbase: 3,006 mm
  • Wheel size: 6J x 17”
  • Tire size: 205/50 R 17

Volkswagen Golf GTI Oettinger Edition

Finally, Volkswagen is giving its Golf GTI hot hatch the tuner treatment with the unveil of the Oettinger Edition.

With over 60 years of experience tuning high-performance German cars, Oettinger is adding even more style to the Golf GTI with a motorsports-inspired body kit. The Oettinger kit is comprised of a front spoiler, front splitter, side skirt set, 4-pipe rear skirt insert with diffuser, roof spoiler, and 4-pipe rear muffler, light-weight 19-inch twine spoke rims with 225/40 R 19 tires. It’s also wrapped in a matte black wrap.

The Oettinger Edition is more show than go however as the engine remains unchanged. It still generates 220 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine. Euro 4 compliant, the Golf GTI delivers power to its front wheels via a 6-speed dual clutch automatic.

The price of the Golf GTI Oettinger Edition is P 2,918,511.16 with the kit costing P 628,511.16.

  • Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline
  • Max. Output: 220 horsepower @ 4,500 – 6,200 rpm
  • Max. Torque: 350 Nm @ 1,500 – 4,400 rpm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 50L
  • Emissions: Euro 4
  • Gearbox: 6-speed DSG
  • Drivetrain: Front wheel drive
  • Steering: Electromechanical, speed-sensing, progressive steering system
  • Front suspension: Struts and 3-point wishbone with stabilizer
  • Rear suspension: 4-link with stabilizer
  • Accessories:
  • Twine spoke, Black gloss machine 7.5J x 19” alloy
  • 225/40 R 19 Pirelli Cinturato
  • Oettinger front spoiler
  • Oettinger front splitter
  • Oettinger side skirt set
  • Oettinger 4-pipe rear skirt insert with diffuser
  • Oettinger roof spoiler
  • Oettinger 4-pipe rear muffler (4 x 84mm diameter)
  • Matte black foil

Thursday, September 15, 2016

PIMS 2016: Jeep Charts a New Path with Renegade (w/ Specs)

Best known for the iconic Wrangler, Jeep is now going into the small crossover segment with the Renegade. Introduced first to the Philippine market via its sizeable role as Bruce Wayne’s escape car in the beginning of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Renegade actually packs a capable off-road package in that cutesy looking exterior.

PIMS 2016: Nissan Brings In the Refreshed Altima

While the 2017 GT-R is gaining the lion’s share of attention over at the Nissan pavilion, Nissan Philippines, Inc. also snuck in a mid-cycle re-fresh of their Altima executive sedan at the Philippine International Motor Show or PIMS.

PIMS 2016: Honda Cars Philippines Previews BR-V; Deliveries Start in December (w/ Brochure)

The much-awaited Honda BR-V has been previewed at the Philippine International Motor Show or PIMS after a lengthy tease. The “Bold Runabout Vehicle” is a true definition of a crossover, fusing together elements of an SUV with that of an MPV. And get this: it’s designed to fit in the sizable price gap between the Mobilio and HR-V.

JCB Ready to Defend World Land Speed Record

JCB Chairman Lord Bamford has indicated a fresh attempt on the world diesel land speed record could be made in the future – if the one set by JCB exactly a decade ago is ever broken.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Honda Cars Philippines Opens Manila Bay Showroom

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. opens its 34th dealership in Manila Bay area under the Business group of AC Industrial Technology Holdings, Inc.

Kia Continues to Reach Farther with New and Refreshed Dealerships

Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines, continues to grow its reputation as one of the top auto brands in the country by opening several new dealerships across the nation.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

PIMS 2016: Toyota Revs Up Excitement with the FT-1 Concept

Toyota Motor Philippines is turning up the excitement at the Philippine International Motor Show with the confirmation that they'll be bringing in the stunning FT-1 Concept.

Ford Philippines Sales Rise 91 Percent in August

Ford Philippines today announced its best-ever August performance with retail sales soaring 91 percent year-over-year to 2,829 vehicles, led by continued strength in demand for the EcoSport, Everest and Ranger.

Review: 2016 Foton Toplander 4x4

Normally, it’s hard to separate a carmaker from its country of origin: Toyota is from Japan, Hyundai is from Korea, Tata is from India, and Foton is from China. Subsequently, there’s some temptation to judge how good or not-so-good a car is based on where it’s made. But you’re not going to read any of that. Instead, you’re only going to read about how the Toplander performs on its own merit; how it performs as a mid-sized SUV. Known more for their commercial vehicles and heavy equipment, it’s hard to imagine what lengths Foton had to go through to design and engineer their first-ever SUV. Yet, the Toplander easily passes all the requirements of a would-be Filipino buyer.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Score A Free Set of Goodyear Wrangler TripleMax Tires By Sharing Your SUV Love Story

Fancy a new set of high-performance tires for your SUV? Well, you’re just in luck because you can score a free set of Goodyear Wrangler TripleMax tires by simply sharing your SUV bonding moment.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Is This Polish Ultra-Luxury Car Vapor Ware or the Real Deal?

Poland isn’t exactly a country you think about when it comes to ultra-high-end luxury motoring, but that’s exactly what this car, or at least concept is, from the Varsovia Motor Company. Designed by the Kadler design studio near Warsaw, the Varsovia Concept is said to enter production but in strictly limited numbers.

Honda Cars Philippines Awards 7-Smiles Winner with Trip to Batangas

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) travels to Anilao, Batangas together with the lucky winner of Mobilio 7-Smiles Away campaign. The Mobilio 7-Smiles Away campaign held from May 13 to June 30, 2016 allowed Honda customers nationwide to showcase their pride for the Honda Mobilio on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a road trip of their choice. Among all the participants that joined the campaign, the entry of the Gaston family impressed with their creativity and notable love and support for Honda’s first Multi-purpose Utility Vehicle (MUV).

Saturday, September 10, 2016

PIMS 2016: Lexus to Show-Off Flagship LC Sports Car

Based off the LF-LC Concept which was shown four years ago, the LC is the brand’s new provocative, athletic flagship coupe that makes the strongest statement about Lexus’s future direction. Seeing it first at the Detroit Motor Show in January, it is making its public debut at the Philippine International Motor Show.

PIMS 2016: BMW to Celebrate Centenary with Two Special Edition Cars

It may have been a bummer knowing BMW Philippines has no plans of selling the i8 sports car, there are two special edition cars which are available for sale. Celebrating 100 years of BMW, BMW Philippines showing off the 100 Years Edition of the 4 Series Coupe M Sport and X4 M Sport at the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).

2017 Toyota 86 Races to Toyota Motor Philippines Showrooms (w/ Specs)

Toyota’s modern day legend, the Toyota 86, sees a timely refresh this year with the goal of delivering a more exhilarating drive on both road and track. Since its market launch of 2012, the Toyota 86 has been developed and engineered to deliver intuitive handling that embodies driving enjoyment. Four years on, it continues to deliver an innate sense of excitement that only the 86 can deliver.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Petron Offers Special Privileges to Uber Partner-Drivers

Market leader Petron Corporation launched its partnership with the world’s leading ride-sharing application, Uber, to give thousands of Uber Partner-Drivers in Metro Manila special bonus points, discounts, and other privileges when using the Uber x Petron Value Card (PVC) at participating Petron service stations.

Honda Philippines to Paint BGC Red This Sunday

The number one motorcycle manufacturer, Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) will unveil its latest sports motorcycle — the all-new Honda CBR150R — at the Honda Red Zone event on September 11 at the Bonifacio Global City.

Ford Philippines Invests in New Technical Training Facility; Launches Scholarship Program

Ford Philippines inaugurated a new technical training center at the Don Bosco Technical Vocational Education and Training Center (TVET) in Manila as part of its efforts to support educational development.