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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Take a Selfie with the Honda BR-V x Color Manila Run and Score Complimentary Race Kits

Honda Cars Philippines is joining one of the biggest fun runs in the country. A specially-decked out BR-V shows the carmaker’s support for the upcoming Color Manila Run happening on January 8, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds. And to help you with your New Year’s Resolution to lose the holiday weight, Honda is giving away complimentary race kits via an online contest.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Japan Sees All-New Suzuki Swift; Forms Basis for Global Model

The last time the world has seen an all-new Swift, it was 2004. Selling more than 5.3 million units worldwide, it has become a global strategic model for Suzuki. A full decade later, the small car specialist has finally pulled the wraps off the all-new Swift and it’s looking good as ever.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

That Thing Called Surge Pricing

Dear Uber and Grab,

Listen up. I enjoy using your service, I really do. It’s a ton better than using any other mode of public transportation because it’s more convenient, safer, and well, just plain more reliable than taxis, jeepneys, buses, and the MRT combined. But let me put my admiration aside to talk about something quite serious: surge pricing.

Top 5 Picks for 2016

Forty-two test drives (not counting First Drives) and only five slots: welcome to CarGuide.PH’s annual Top 5 Picks of the Year. If you want to take a trip down memory lane, you can check out the past winners here (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011), but for now, let’s head on over to the best of 2016. As always, there are no categories or sub-categories. For CarGuide.PH’s Top 5, everything, be it pickup trucks, SUVs, crossovers, sports cars, and what have you, are all lumped together.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Honda Produces 100 Millionth Vehicle

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that the company has reached the milestone of producing 100 million units globally.

Women Pick the Ford Mustang as their Performance Car of the Year

The Ford Mustang has added yet another award to its trophy case: Women’s Performance Car of the Year 2016.

Birth of the Porsche Macan Through the Leipzig Assembly Line

Since the Macan was launched in 2014, it has been a phenomenal success for Porsche. It is one of the best-selling models for the brand in 2015 with 80,216 units sold, opening the door to new customers. It applies heavily to the Asia-Pacific region as the Macan contributes substantially to Porsche’s success here.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Subaru to Hike Prices of Core Models in the Philippines

The continued weakening of the Philippine Peso is forcing Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country to implement a price increase on selected models. The price increase will affect its core models: the Subaru XV, Forester, and Levorg beginning January 1, 2017.

2017 Tokyo Motor Show Announces Dates, Theme

Book your tickets now as the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) finally announced the dates and theme for the 45th running of the Tokyo Motor Show.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Toyota Automobile Museum Adds 19 New Cars

If you’re a real gearhead, you should consider a trip to the Toyota Automobile Museum located in Nagukute City, Aichi Prefecture (click here for our feature as well as how to get there). And even if you have, January would be a great time as they’re about to finish revamping their permanent exhibits. Best part? 19 new vehicles will be part of the permanent exhibit; fitting because the museum will be celebrating its 30th birthday in 2019.

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Joins 5-Star ASEAN NCAP Club

The Mitsubishi Montero Sport, equipped with Active Stability Control (ASC) and Seatbelt Reminder System (SBR) garnered a perfect 5-star score at the ASEAN NCAP in Adult Occupancy Protection (AOP) scoring 15.29 out of a possible 16.00 points. This accolade proves Mitsubishi’s commitment in prioritizing safety as one of the most important aspects in car development. The Montero Sport’s 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating joins the model’s 5-star safety rating in the Latin NCAP and ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program).

Ford Makes Car Ownership for OFWs Easier

Ford Philippines introduced the Ford OFW Assist Program, providing a convenient online buying experience for Ford vehicles available in the Philippines for Filipinos working abroad.

Nissan Philippines Promises 30-Minute Service or Labor is Free! (w/ Video)

Nissan Philippines Inc (NPI) lives up to its innovative drive with its latest offering, the Nissan Express Service. Launched at the new Nissan Sucat dealership, Nissan Express Service is designed to provide an intelligent, more focused customer engagement, promising ease and convenience to all Nissan customers.

Kia-sponsored MMCO Wins at 29th Aliw Awards

The Metro Manila Concert Orchestra (MMCO) was honored at the 29th Aliw Awards for their participation at Kia Beats. The country’s premiere orchestra won Best Major Concert (Group) and was also nominated for the Best Instrumentalists (Group) category.

Shangri-La Mactan Chooses Volkswagen

Following Makati Shangri-La’s delivery of its all-new luxury fleet of Volkswagen Passat and Jetta units just a few months ago, Shangri La’s Mactan Resort & Spa also received its new fleet of  Jetta as part of its efforts to upgrade and expand its existing vehicles to cater to its more discerning guests.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mitsubishi Philippines Rewards Stick Shift Enthusiasts with New Montero Sport Variant (w/ Brochure)

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is rewarding stick shift enthusiast with the introduction of their most affordable Montero Sport model yet: the GLX 2WD equipped with a 6-speed manual. It’s well-kitted and now available for an unbelievable introductory price.

Review: 2016 Ford Focus Sport

When it comes to crowning the Philippines’s sportiest compact out there, there are two cars that always seem to roll off the tongue: the Honda Civic and the Mazda3. And you can’t blame the masses: one touts a turbocharged engine and the other has driving excitement written all over it. But what if I tell you there’s a compact car in the market that’s often overlooked, but still offers a huge chunk of that driving excitement virtue? Heck, it’s even got a turbocharged engine with more power and torque than the Civic’s. Meet the Ford Focus once more.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Mazda's Philippine Distributor Files for IPO

You’ve always wanted to own one of their cars, but would you want to own a piece of the company? That could very well be the possibility as Mazda’s Philippine distributor plans to list some of its shares on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) by the first half of 2017 at the latest. Bermaz Auto Philippines (BAP), formerly known as Berjaya Auto Philippines, plans an Initial Public Offering (IPO) worth P 1.24 billion or about 15.6 percent of the company.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

First Ford GT Rolls Off the Production Line

Admittedly, it’s mildly disappointing that the Ford GT to roll off the production line isn’t finished in Liquid Blue. Still, get over the color (it’s Shadow Black with orange stripes) and it’s an indisputable fact that someone’s going to have a 600 horsepower sleigh very soon.

Volvo Philippines Offering Holiday Treats on S60, V60 Cross Country

In the spirit of giving, Volvo Philippines generously gives away a fantastic Christmas treat. With its value-laden Easy Ownership offer, interested buyers can now reward themselves with a brand new Volvo S60 R-design or a Volvo V60 Cross Country. For as low as a 30 percent downpayment, they can also enjoy a 0 percent interest financing plan at an equitable 24-month payment schedule.

Mahindra Brings Early Christmas to Students in Nueva Ecija

Mahindra Philippines, as part of their corporate social responsibility program, donated 50 bicycles to Maruhat National High School and 500 slippers to the Elementary School of Sapang Kawayan both in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija.

Stock Mazda2 Snatches Class Win at Philippine Endurance Challenge

Mazda’s intensive motorsports background has been brought to light as a showroom-stock Mazda2 hatchback finished the grueling 8-hour Philippine Endurance Challenge, snatching the Manufacturer’s Cup Trophy in the process. Driven by seasoned racer Clifford Certeza along with Bermaz Malaysia marketing professional Ian Khong, and journalist Iñigo Roces, the Team Bermaz Mazda run sub-compact hatchback completed 160 laps, two more than its nearest competitor.

Toyota is Going Back to WRC with Yaris

The Toyota GAZOO Racing team has finally unveiled the Yaris WRC which the team will use for the World Rally Championship starting with the Rally Monte-Carlo. Developed for more than a year, the Yaris WRC has undergone a rigorous testing regimen including thousands of hours in the workshop and road testing.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Discounts Galore on Selected Kia Models

Kia is spreading Christmas cheer with their Regalong Panalo Pampasko promo. As a gift to its fans this holiday season, Kia is offering up major discounts across its line-up.

Honda Cars Welcomes Lipa, Bantagas Dealership

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) opens its 35th full-service dealership, Honda Cars Lipa City (HCLC). The dealership, located at Ayala Highway, Brgy. Balintawak, Lipa City, Batangas is the first dealer in the Philippines to apply the new Visual Identity, which enabled the Honda dealers perceived to be advanced, futuristic, and modernly elegant.

7 Lifesaving Tips for Motorcycle Riders this Christmas Season

Christmas is in the air: Filipino shoppers are hopping from mall to mall, scouting for gift ideas, filling restaurants, and congesting roads. The flurry of activity, however, inevitably increases the probability of road crashes during the Christmas season.

Isuzu Philippines Posts Highest Sales of the Year in November

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) in November recorded its highest monthly sales tally for the year.

"Dirt Art" Nissan Navara Moves to SM North EDSA

Dirt art practitioner JC Vargas takes the Nissan Navara back on the exhibit road, this time at The Block, SM North Edsa.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review: 2017 Mazda3 Speed

The year is about to come to an end and by now, you think it’s a foregone conclusion on what the best compact car is. Well, depending on what your priorities are, the answer isn’t as clear cut as you may think. If you still value driving above everything else, then you shouldn’t settle for a car with an “H” upfront. There’s only one definitive driver’s compact out and that’s the Mazda3.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Tamiya Now Available in All Blade Auto Center Outlets

Everyone remembers Tamiya, the famed Japanese manufacturer of plastic model kits and radio-controlled cars. Well, they are now have a new place to call home as Blade Auto Center branches have begun stocking up on these award-winning scale models and RC toys just in time for the holidays.

MDPPA's 'Helmets Saves Lives' Stickering Campaign Reaches Northern Manila

Motorcycle Development Program Participants’ Association (MDPPA), the Philippines’ premier group of motorcycle manufacturers, headed North of Metro Manila for the second leg of its ‘Helmets Save Lives’ stickering campaign last month.

Toyota Aims for a Direct Driving Feel with New Engines, Transmissions

Toyota has just announced a slew of new drivetrains that’ll slot into vehicles underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture or TNGA. The goal is to improve driving dynamics as well as offer better environmental performance. These new engines and transmissions will encompass 60 percent of Toyota vehicle sales in the key markets of Japan, United States, Europe, and China by 2021.

Fun, Frolic Mark 3-Day AFF Suzuki Cup 2016

AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 title sponsor Suzuki Philippines (SPH) got avid football fans into the groove with fun games and activities last November 19, 22, and 25,to mark the ASEAN region’s most prestigious football competition.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Nissan Juke Accomplishes World's First 'Blind' J-Turn (w/ Video)

The Nissan Juke is becoming a record-breaker of sorts. After holding the record for “fastest mile on two wheels”, it has successfully established a record for world’s first ‘blind’ J-turn. And there’s a very familiar person behind the wheel.

Lotus Exige Sport 380: The Supercar Killer

Lotus Cars Founder Colin Chapman had one philosophy when building high-performance cars: “Simplify, then add lightness.” That way of thinking is still prevalent in the company he left behind 34 years after his death. Today, Lotus is presenting to the world the most extreme version of this philosophy, one that touts a “supercar killer” capable of slaying six-figure hypercars. Meet the Exige Sport 380.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Watch the NISMO Festival Live on YouTube

Nissan fans around the world don’t need to make the annual trek to the Fuji International Speedway to enjoy the sights and sounds of the NISMO Festival as the company announced that they’ll be streaming the event live on NISMO TV on YouTube for the first time.

2017 Subaru Impreza is Japan Car of the Year 2016-2017

The Japanese press has spoken and they have awarded the 2017 Subaru Impreza as their 2016-2017 Car of the Year. With a juror composed of 59 members of the press, the Impreza becomes only the second Subaru model bestowed with the title (the Subaru Legacy being the first in 2003).

The Honda BR-V is Here!

We’ve extensively covered it and we’ve already driven it (well, around the Tagaytay Highlands at least), but now Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) is giving you the best bit of good news: the all-new BR-V is finally here!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Toyota Motor Philippines Gives 2017 Corolla Altis an A-List Update (w/ Photos, Specs, Prices)

Just in time for its 50th birthday, Toyota Motor Philippines is giving its best-selling Corolla Altis compact sedan an A-List makeover for the 2017 model year. Already boasting qualities like reliability and durability, the new Corolla Altis can now add sporty style and top-notch safety to its list of strong qualities.

Honda Cars Philippines Surprises with BR-V Modulo Variants

For those who think the all-new BR-V could use a bit more style, well there’s a Christmas surprise waiting for you at all Honda dealerships nationwide. Honda Cars Philippines surprises everyone with the availability of two, yes, two new variants of the BR-V that carry a complete line of Modulo styling accessories.

Mitsubishi Philippines Inaugurates First Dedicated Fuso Dealership

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) inaugurated the very first Fuso dealership outlet in the country that will be dedicated to the sale of brand new Fuso vehicle and aftermarket services. The FUSO dealership, under the management of Diamond Motor Corporation (DMC), is strategically located along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Volkswagen Philippines Receives 14 Awards from Local Media, Motoring Public

Only on its third year of operations in the country, Volkswagen Philippines has already been awarded and recognized a total of 14 times this 2016 for its various models and CSR efforts, making this a landmark year for Volkswagen PH in motoring industry and public relations’ awards.

9 Fuel Efficient Driving Habits Filipinos Often Miss

Filipino drivers say they are confident on the road and knowledgeable about what constitutes ‘good driving’, but when asked to identify key fuel-saving driving techniques, most were misinformed.

Hino Motors Philippines Aims to Enhance Local Logistic Prowess

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, recently showcased its world-class products, including the Hino 300, 500, and 700 Series trucks, in a sequence of cross-industry events.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Review: 2016 MINI Cooper S

I’ve got some news for you: Ms. Cooper is all grown up. After being rebellious some 50 years ago and naughty 16 years before today, Ms. Cooper is ready to turn a new chapter in her life; she’s tired of hanging out with rock stars and rappers, and ready to put on a sharp suit on the way to the boardroom meeting. She’s all about mergers and acquisitions now. Or is she? Let me tell you a little secret: she’s still ready to have fun and get her pants off, you just need to know which buttons to press.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Honda Scores Big at ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix 2016

Honda dominated the recent ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards held in Malaysia after winning ten (10) distinguished awards in three different categories. Honda received two (2) awards in the Crash Worthiness Performance category; one (1) award in the Safety Technology category; and seven (7) awards in the Most Affordable 5-star Car in ASEAN category.

5 Great Car-Related Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Below P 1,000

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re still stumped on what to get that car nut officemate / relative / significant other, well, you’re going to thank us today. Here are five great car-related stocking stuffers that are sure to impress even the most discerning car enthusiast.

Toyota Awarded for Safety with 8 Awards at ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix

Toyota Motor Corporation has been recognized by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program or NCAP at the recent ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix. The bi-annual awards ceremony recognizes the achievement of cars involved in the ASEAN NCAP in the last two years. The awards consist of three main pillars: Best Occupant Protection, Best Safety Technology, and Special Awards given to vehicles and/or companies that are spearheading safety in the region. In total, 8 vehicles from Toyota were recognized including 3 vehicles which match Philippine specifications.

Chevrolet Iloilo Moves to Bigger, Newer Facility

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet automobiles and parts in the country, through its trusted and longtime partner Grandcars Inc., welcomed Chevrolet Iloilo in its new home.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

12 Days of MINI Christmas Countdown Can Score You Free ColdPlay Tickets

Have you been dreaming about a brand-new MINI this Christmas? How about the upcoming ColdPlay: A Head Full of Dreams concert in Manila? Well, you’re in luck.