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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Experience the Subaru Difference this Weekend

Not all all-wheel drive systems are created equal; that’s the message Subaru is saying with the “Subaru Faceoff” test drive event happening from Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4 at the SM Mall of Asia opening parking Block 12.

2018 Ford Fiesta: This Is It

Ford unveiled the next-generation Fiesta at the “Go Further” event in Cologne, Germany. Mark Fields, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company was on hand to unveil four versions of the all-new Fiesta and was joined by 2,500 dealers and employees at the Cologne Nieh manufacturing facility.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lexus Manila Unleashes 2017 IS Sedan (w/ Specs)

The Lexus IS has been a game-changer in all sorts of ways for Lexus Manila. Responsible for the brand’s continuously robust growth, the third-generation IS has found its way to 442 garages in the Philippines since its market introduction in 2013. This year, the “Intelligent Sport” sedan sees a round of enhancements, both aesthetically and mechanically, to keep its segment leader status in power, prestige, and of course, in the Lexus mindset, perfection.

Review: 2016 Ford Explorer Sport V6 EcoBoost

Driving the Ford Explorer, particularly the Sport, feels like meeting an old friend. After driving it extensively at the height of Michigan winter, I feel like I’ve known its ins and outs quite well. So when Ford Philippines offered me an Explorer Sport for a week, one single question popped in my head: what new story can it tell? What more can I discover with this giant 7-seater luxury crossover with the heart of a muscle car?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Give the Gift of Confident Handling This Christmas

Give the gift of a safe and confident handling vehicle this Christmas with a new set of Goodyear tires. As the only points of contact with the road, tires play a vital role in keeping your vehicle and its occupants safe at all times. It’s one of the most affordable ways to upgrade your car’s handling. And with Goodyear Philippines’s 3-day Warehouse Sale, it’s not going to break the bank.

A Success Story Against All Odds: Porsche Cayenne

On June 3, 1998, when Porsche announced that it would be building a sporty SUV, there were those who didn’t think the idea would work. However, the company believed strongly in the idea of a true sports car for the SUV segment. It was determined to make it a reality.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

GT Radial FlatOut Race Series Concludes Thrilling 2016 Season

Over a hundred entries turned up at the Clark International Speedway last October 22 for the eight round of the GT Radial FlatOut Race Series (FORS). This served as the final battle ground for the Time Trial and Grid championships to cap off a successful 2016 season.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

KODO Design is Going Racing with Mazda's RT24-P

Mazda is going into the world of endurance racing with a KODO designed racer dubbed the RT24-P. Competing under the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) rules in the Prototype class, it will be making its race debut at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January.

Uber Launches UberTRIP: The Best Way to Explore a City

There are countless things to explore in Bali: beaches, temples, mountains, and rice fields that go on forever. Uber has made it easy with UberTRIP. Visit the art studios of Ubud, stop for lunch in Seminyak, head out east safe in the knowledge that your driver will always be waiting for you.

Korean EV Group Visits the Philippines

Officers of the Global Electric Vehicle Network (GEVERN), an electric vehicle group based in South Korea headed by its Chairman Daehwan Kim were in the Philippines recently to initiate talks with the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, its counterpart group in the country. With him were Dr. Chun-Beom Lee, president of Dalum Technology and Dr. Ock Taeck Lim, assistant professor at the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering of the University of Ulsan.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Rolls-Royce Begins Taking Orders for Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

Rolls-Royce and the world of Haute Couture have long been bound by a common philosophy: taking the very finest materials and crafting them into the most exquisite and desirable luxury goods as expressions of their clients’ taste and lifestyle.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Total Philippines Launches ToyDrive at Gas Stations

Give a whole new meaning to gassing up at Total this holiday season by donating a new toy to surprise a lucky child this Christmas.  Secret Santa donations will be accepted at all Total stations in Metro Manila and Bulacan from now until December 10, 2016.

Foton Provides the Widest Selection of Vans in the Philippines

In a recent report released by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines or CAMPI for the third quarter of 2016, new vehicles sales for the first eight months increased by 28 percent or 229,919 units from 179,839 units in the same period of 2015.

The Great Adventure: Driving the Nissan Navara in Morocco (w/ Video)

Glancing to the left and right, there’s nothing but large expanse of desert. Breaking off from the only paved highway in the area, the convoy snaked down towards a town in Tisserdmine, Morocco. Almost immediately, the deafening silence is replaced by the sound of pebbles, pelting against the wheel well of the Nissan NP300 Navara. And then, a crackle on the two-way radio: “Guys, engage four-wheel drive and go flat out. Head towards the horizon; we’ll re-group there.”

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Hyundai Motor Celebrates 40 Years of Export Growth

Hyundai Motor is celebrating 40 years of exports to international markets, following a period of significant overseas growth that has seen it become one of the fastest growing brands in the world. From South Korea’s first mass-produced model to the latest generation of eco-friendly cars, more than 23 million Hyundai Motor vehicles have been exported worldwide since 1976.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review: 2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer 4WD Z71

The Trailblazer is a very important vehicle for Chevrolet Philippines. Becoming the main entry point of thousands of Filipinos into the world of the bowtie brand, it accounts for the lion’s share of Chevy’s annual sales. Already boasting some of the segment’s best specifications way back when it was first launched in 2013, Chevrolet could have sat back and relaxed. But its rivals didn’t allow that respite.

Monday, November 21, 2016

CAGI Awards Honda Civic RS Turbo, Isuzu D-Max as Country's Best Vehicles

72 eligible vehicles, but only one took home the ultimate prize: the 2016 Car of the Year – Philippines. Organized by the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI), which this website isn’t a part of, bestowed that title to the Honda Civic RS Turbo. And for truck lovers out there, CAGI has given the 2016 Truck of the Year – Philippines to the Isuzu D-Max 3.0 4x2 LS A/T.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines, Suppliers Gear Up for Mirage, Mirage G4 Local Production

“We never left,” opened Mr. Yoshiaki Kato, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines President Corporation (MMPC) President and CEO. As the only carmaker with a continuous presence in the country for the past 50 years, MMPC is stepping up its commitment by acknowledging local parts suppliers who will take major roles in the local production of the Mirage and Mirage G4 under the Philippine government’s Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program.

Mazda is Most Fuel Efficient Manufacturer Once More

Not having even one hybrid or diesel-powered vehicle in its line-up didn’t hamper Mazda Motor Corporation as it topped the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s list in terms of highest overall Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy for the 2015 model year. This is the fourth year that Mazda has been ranked in first place.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Intelligent Mobility: Shaping Nissan Vehicles to Come

Last year, Nissan Motor gave a glimpse of their future—one that had zero fatalities and zero emissions. Dubbed “Intelligent Mobility”, it’s a development philosophy that’ll shape all Nissan vehicles to come.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

2016 LA Auto Show: The Viziv-7 Foreshadows Subaru's Next 7-Seater Crossover

After a failed attempt with the Tribeca, Subaru is going for the 7-seater mid-sized crossover market segment once again, but this time with a much larger offering. Shown as the Viziv-7 concept car at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, it’s a foreshadowing of Subaru’s new 7-seater crossover which will be named Ascend, at least based on recent patent filings by the Japanese carmaker.

SeaOil Offers Discount to Grab Drivers and Employees

SeaOil, the one of the largest independent fuel player in the Philippines, announced that it will be offering a cash back promo for Grab drivers and employees at P 2 per liter rebate on gasoline and P 1 per liter on diesel.

What is Mazda's Soul Red Crystal?

One of the biggest news to come out from Mazda at the LA Auto Show is a brand-new shade that replaces the trademark Soul Red—Soul Red Crystal. First debuting on the all-new Mazda CX-5, Soul Red Crystal is now the embodiment of the KODO – Soul of Motion design language.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Toyota Manila Bay Group Starts Yuletide Season with Pre-Christmas Sale

Toyota Manila Bay Corporation (TMBC), one of the top dealer groups under the Toyota brand in the country spices up the yuletide season for Toyota buyers with Superb Christmas Blowout sales event in their five dealer locations.

Toyota Continues to Expand Dealer Footprint in Philippines

The number one automotive brand in the country, Toyota, continues to focus its efforts in bringing its products and services closer to its customers. Last September 6 and 8, Toyota Kidapawan and Toyota Aklan respectively marked its beginning of construction. While last October 14 and 24, four (4) dealerships held its groundbreaking ceremonies namely Toyota Talisay, Toyota Lapu-Lapu, Toyota Iligan and Toyota Valencia.

Audi Philippines Launches Updated Q3

Audi has updated the Q3, and it’s now in the country. The premium character of the new Audi Q3 is apparent at first glance. Audi designers honed the details with coupe-like lines, horizontal lines up front and in the rear that emphasize its width, and with the characteristic wrap-around tailgate, which when taken as a whole, give the new Q3 a truly expressive design.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

How Will Lexus Look Like 700 Years into the Future?

Today, Lexus announced the formation of a creative partnership with film studio EuropaCorp. One of the early highlights of this collaboration will be the highly anticipated 2017 science fiction film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan. Lexus collaborated with the Valerian creative team, as they imagined and brought to life the vision for the SKYJET, a single-seat pursuit craft featured in the film.

Nissan Shows Off 2017 Super GT GT500 Challenger

Nissan’s new Super GT GT500 challenger, which aims to battle for championship success in 2017, was revealed on the eve of last weekend’s Super GT final rounds.

Biggest Outdoor Test Drive Event Returns to Mall of Asia

BMW, Ford, Honda, Isuzu, Lexus, Mahindra, Mazda, Mitsubishi, SsangYong, Suzuki, and Toyota will be among the exhibitors showcasing their model line-ups and offering test drives when the Auto Focus Test Drive Festival (AFTDF) returns to the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds today until Sunday, November 20, 2016.

2016 LA Auto Show: Meet the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: The Pick-Up with a Supercar Suspension (w/ 11 Photos)

Meet the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, the new performance variant of the Colorado pick-up that packs a supercar suspension system and, would you believe it, a Duramax diesel engine.

Serve Like Nadal, Get the Chance to Watch the 2017 Australian Open Live!

Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines will once again be flying another pair of tennis fans to experience the Australian Open, live, with Kia Lucky Drive to Australia. Fans of the sport may test-drive a Kia for a chance to win a trip for two to Melbourne for a complete Australian Open experience.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2016 LA Auto Show: The 2017 Honda Civic Si is Not Type-R Crazy, But Still Fast (w/ 18 Photos)

Honda is completing the tenth-generation Civic line-up with the new performance-oriented (but not Type-R) Si. Available in coupe and sedan body styles, the Japanese automaker is first showing it off as a coupe (and in prototype form) at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Volkswagen Philippines Turns Your Holiday Bucket List into Trip Goals with the Polo

Volkswagen Philippines offers the key to reaching your Holiday goals. From now until November 30, 2016, add to your Yuletide bucket list the Volkswagen Polo Hatch or the Polo Sedan, because it’s the gift that sets you off on a rewarding journey, with #TripGoals that lead to even more rewards. Take delight in not only being in one of the most globally acclaimed Volkswagen vehicles in history, but also merrily driving to a destination of choice with friends or loved ones.

Kia Lets You Book a Test Drive with Innovative New App

Kia is giving their fans a chance to experience a new and innovative twist to the typical test drive. The high-tech Kia Hands On Drive program limits the influence of sales representatives in the testing stage to let customers have a more engaging driving experience while they test out the cars.

2016 LA Auto Show: 2018 Mazda CX-5: This is It (w/ 27 Photos)

Mazda is ready to push the compact crossover envelop even further with the unveil of the second-generation CX-5 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Not much technical details were given during the launch, but it’s said to roll out as early as February 2017 in Japan with other markets to follow thereafter.

Own a Chevrolet For As Low as P 48K All-In Downpayment

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet automobiles and parts in the country, offers exciting deals to customers with a P 48,000.00 (Sail 1.3L LT M/T) all-in low down payment or P 68,0000.00 (Sail 1.5L LT A/T) on the Chevrolet Sail and a P 78,000.00 all-in low down payment on the Chevrolet Trax (Trax LT), and Chevrolet Captiva (Captiva 4x2 Diesel). The promo comes with a 3-year LTO registration, free Chattel Mortgage, free 1-year Comprehensive Insurance, and Chevrolet 5-year Warranty Package.

Samsung Acquires HARMAN

Samsung Electronics and Harman International Industries, Incorporated today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Samsung will acquire HARMAN for US$ 8 billion. Upon closing, the transaction will immediately give Samsung a significant presence in the large and rapidly growing market for connected technologies, particularly automotive electronics, which has been a strategic priority for Samsung, and is expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2025.

2016 LA Auto Show: Nissan Sylphy (aka Sentra) Finally Gets the NISMO Treatment (w/ 20 Photos)

Nissan has promised that its NISMO brand will expand to more models and it seems they’re staying true to that promise with the unveil of the Sentra NISMO for the US market. If you can’t imagine lusting over a Sylphy, well it’s time to change that perception.

2016 LA Auto Show: What Does the US Market Ford EcoSport Mean for the Philippine Market EcoSport? (w/ 10 Photos)

Time and time again, Ford said it couldn’t and wouldn’t be done: putting the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine into the EcoSport SUV. Well, lo and behold, SUV fans, you just have to wait just one more year to get that drivetrain. There’s a small caveat though: you have to live in the US.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review: 2016 Jeep Renegade 4x4 Limited

Jeep has certainly made a name for itself, producing some of the world’s most capable off-roaders. And whether they’d admit it or not, this can cause a problem to any new model not fitted with a live axle or mechanical locking differentials. Such is the hardcore nature of a typical would-be Jeep buyer that anything not remotely “Trail Rated” is dismissed as rubbish and sent packing to the junkyard in the sky. But at the same time, Jeep can’t stay blind and deaf to the world of the small crossover. It’s certainly lucrative and represents the fastest growing segment globally. If Jeep wants to ascertain its future in the world market, it needs a good one in in its line-up.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Foton Toano Redefines Luxury

United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (UAAGI), the exclusive distributor of Foton vehicles in the
Philippines, presents a van that seeks to redefine luxury, the Toano.

Suzuki Auto Expands to Binan

Setting the bar higher for the local automotive industry and having posted a 38 percent year-on-year sales growth in Q3 2016, Suzuki Philippines (SPH) intends to continue its unwavering performance through to the last quarter by expanding its presence in Laguna with the newly-opened Suzuki Auto Binan.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Volkswagen's Metro Manila Dealers to Hold VWorld Weekend this November 12-13

Families residing in or near Metro Manila can jump start their Christmas celebration by visiting Volkswagen’s  VWorld Weekend on November 12 and 13 at Capitol Commons Park in Pasig City.
There will be something for every member of the family at “VWorld Weekend,” as various attractions and treats await visitors. For parents and urban professionals on the lookout for their favorite Volkswagen vehicle, there will be cars on display and available for public test drives.

Nissan Sucat Opens, Sports New Global Showroom Design

Continuing its drive of providing innovation and excitement for its customers, Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI), the sole national sales company of Nissan in the Philippines, recently unveiled a new global retail visual identity, with the opening of the new Nissan Sucat dealership.

Honda WR-V: This is It

After showing of a sketch of its small crossover for the South American market, Honda has finally released a full photo of its Winsome Runabout Vehicle or WR-V. And it is actually looking good.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2017 Toyota 86 A/T vs 2016 Mazda MX-5 A/T

Having high levels of horsepower is something most people crave for, but there’s also something deeply satisfying with a well-balanced sports car. By perfectly dialing in not just the engine output, but the steering, chassis, and brakes as well, they become more of good dance partners, following your lead without trying to overwhelm you at every corner.

Monday, November 7, 2016

This 71-Year Old Just Made His Own Electric Vehicle

There is a new kid on the block in the electric vehicle community, Le Guider International. But this kid, this new, innovative company is guided by septuagenarian entrepreneur, 71-year old Mariano “Jun” Nocom and electric vehicle expert Engr. Youseff Z. Ahmad.

Honda Cars Philippines Stirs Up Jazz, City with Crystal Black Pearl Paint

Honda Cars Philippines is stirring up the sub-compact segment (as well as their paint mixing department) yet again with the introduction of the City and Jazz decked out in Crystal Black Pearl paint. A total of 100 units will be made available, all of which are fitted with all-black original factory-installed Modulo or MUGEN accessories.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Honda Reveals BR-V Pricing for the Philippines

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), finally announces the price of the all-new BR-V. Starting December this year, the entry price of this 7-seater SUV in the country will be P 989,000. This currently makes the All-New BR-V the most affordable 7-seater SUV in the Philippines (read our first impressions, here).