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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Foton Philippines Expands to 5 More Locations

United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI), the exclusive distributor of Foton vehicles in the Philippines, is cementing its reputation as the fastest growing commercial vehicle brand with the groundbreaking of 5 dealerships across the country. This growth comes as the brand recorded record sales thus far.

Volvo Philippines Confident of Continuous Growth in 2017

Volvo Philippines continues to record considerable growth in the 1st quarter of 2017. With a 35 percent increase in sales, the exclusive official importer and distributor of Volvo cars in the country is standing strong with a positive outlook for the rest of the year.

Review: 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S

Subaru is one of the most stubborn of carmakers. Whereas others would try dabbling in a particular technology only to abandon it altogether when all seems lost, Subaru would more or less tread the same path for years, if not decades. This explains the trademark ingredients that now make a Subaru, a Subaru: the horizontally-opposed Boxer engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. These key technologies have been carefully tweaked, honed, and polished to where they are today. Once in a while though, Subaru takes a leap of faith and makes something more revolutionary than evolutionary. The 2017 Impreza is one such example and one that comes with its own set of problems.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Chevrolet Adds New Colorado Variant: Meet the 2017 Colorado LTX

Taking its cue from the recently launched 2017 Trailblazer LTX, The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (Chevrolet Philippines) is introducing a new variant of its Colorado pickup truck which marries a tough new style with unmatched capability. Meet the 2017 Colorado LTX.

Close Racing Action at FlatOut Race Series Round 3

A cool, cloudy day welcomed the FlatOut Race Series (FORS) when it staged Round 3 last May 20, 2017 at the Batangas Racing Circuit. Although intermittent rain made conditions tricky, it did not impede the on track action that heated up in the afternoon.

9 Car-Inspired Watches That Don't Break the Bank

Cars and watches go together like Sonny and Cher. Linked by the intricate mechanical precision imbued in them, nothing says that you’re into cars more than owning a great timepiece. Whether it’s mechanical or quartz, Swiss or Japanese, having a watch is like having a well-honed machine on your wrist. Plopping down hard-earned money on a watch is daunting to say the least, so here are 9 great car-inspired starter watches that don’t break the bank.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Why Ford Needs Jim Hackett

Ford Motor Company is looking squarely to the future: that’s the very public message they sent as Jim Hackett takes over as the company’s president and CEO. With tech companies like Google Apple, Uber and not the least, Tesla, continuing to dabble in an industry traditionally associated with “The Big Three” (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler), Ford needs to speed up its vision of the future in order to adapt to the vastly new automotive landscape. And it seems they have found the man to lead them in Hackett.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sphero Launches The Ultimate Lightning McQueen

Known for their line of spherical smart toys such as the (BB-8), Sphero is launching The Ultimate Lightning McQueen, a remote controlled (RC) car that coincides with Disney Pixar’s new movie, Cars 3.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Say Yes to These Amazing Deals From Ford Philippines

Hot deals await interested buyers of Ford vehicles as Ford Philippines unveils its exclusive offers for customers in the form of all-in low downpayment, low monthly payments, or cash discounts for its various vehicles.

Isuzu Philippines Engages Car Clubs in Eco-Camp Activity

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) recently held a camping event to promote environmental awareness and Filipino culture, participated by three Isuzu car clubs in the country.

Suzuki Showcases Super Carry at Pahiyas Festival

Suzuki Philippines joined the Lucbanons in celebrating the most colorful Pahiyas festival last May 15 in Lucban, Quezon, which was attended by at least 3 million people, Suzuki’s participation and presence is geared toward complementing the booming agricultural business and local micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the province.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Management Shake Up at Ford Brings in New President and CEO

Ford Motor Company named Jim Hackett as its new president and CEO and announced key global leadership changes designed to further strengthen its core automotive business and accelerate a strategic shift to capitalize on emerging opportunities.

Honda Cars Philippines Offers Extended Warranty

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) announces the launch of Honda’s extended warranty program, the Honda Protect Plus Extended Warranty. It is a flexible program that gives customers an option to extend their regular 3 year warranty for another 2 years.

This is the Philippines' First Machine Gray Metallic Mazda3. And It's With Us. (w/ 15 Photos)

UPDATE 1: Machine Gray Metallic finally joins the official palette of colors of the 2017 Mazda3 Speed (6/6).

You’re looking at the first Machine Gray Metallic colored Mazda3 in the country. While we’re no stranger to it, seeing it at Mazda’s Mine Proving Ground last 2016, there’s something about seeing it in the local setting that makes us all giddy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Honda Refreshes City for 2017: The Smartest Choice (w/ Specs)

Honda Cars Philippines refreshes the City sedan for 2017 (2018 model year). Honda’s best-selling offering in the country, the 2018 City exhibits a high-tech and sporty design, class-leading fuel efficiency and comfort, and above class safety that provides the smartest ownership experience.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Volvo Partners with Google on Next-Gen Connected Cars

Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, has announced a close partnership with Google, one of the world’s largest technology companies, to develop the next generation of its award-winning in-car infotainment and connectivity solution based on Android, offering access to a wide array of apps and services. It will launch on new Volvo models within two years.

The 2017 Mazda Miata Cup is On!

The 2017 Mazda Miata Cup takes off with another exciting season as 17 MX-5s of all four generations race in this year’s first two rounds held at the 4.2-kilometer Clark International Speedway last May 12th.   Organized by the Miata Club Philippines and run exclusively by its members, the series showcases the club’s special fascination for motor sports and serves as a venue for MX-5 owners to truly experience the true nature of their cars.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Gets Worry-Free Package

BMW once again inspires to explore a life outside the ordinary with an exclusive package that comes with the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), the official importer and distributor of the BMW in the Philippines, offers exciting benefits to make the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer the perfect companion for the modern family with an active lifestyle.

MMDA, Mazda, and a Lawyer Weigh in On Floating Screen Issue of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act

UPDATE 1: The Department of Transport (DoTr) will review the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the ADDA. See below. (5/20).

With the implementation of Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA), motorists have been raising questions left and right about what’s allowed and what’s not. The MMDA, being one of the apprehending agencies (with a strong social media presence at that) has become a go-to source for motorists’ questions. There’s one that piqued our interest and it’s this:

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hyundai Philippines is 2016 Global Distributor of the Year

“We celebrate 50 years of our brand, 50 years of redefining mobility through customer-driven innovation, 50 years of caring for Man and Planet. Cheers to 50 years more of our brilliant journey together!” declared Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) President and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo when she accepted the Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) Global Distributor of the Year 2016 award during the Global Distributors Convention held at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel in Seoul.

Volkswagen PH Kicks Off Safety Campaign at Robinsons Magnolia

Volkswagen Philippines kicks off the upgraded version of its award-winning Child Safety Initiative (CSI) campaign at the atrium of the Robinsons Magnolia Mall in Quezon City on May 20.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

First Drive: 2017 Toyota Wigo 1.0 G A/T

With a doubt, the launch of the Wigo in 2014 was a double-edged sword for Toyota in the Philippines. On one hand, if they get it right, it sees them expand to a new market dominated by Korean, Indian, and even Chinese car brands. On the other hand, get it wrong and you can bet these first-time car buyers will swear off owning a Toyota for the rest of their lives. Thankfully for Toyota (and tough luck for everyone else), it was a huge success. It moved more than 40,000 units and paved the way to first-time Toyota ownership for a lot of happy campers. And even before its rivals could respond, here comes a new one.

EV Group Lauds Government's Jeepney Modernization Program

Rommel Juan, President of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) today has expressed optimism for the electric vehicle industry amidst the government’s impending PUV Modernization Program that includes the iconic jeepneys.

11 Things You Need to Know About the Anti-Distracted Driving Act

In case you didn’t know, Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act comes into effect starting today, May 18, 2017. And with that, there has been some misinformation spreading throughout the internet. Thankfully, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) has come up with an FAQ about this new law. We’re posting it here in verbatim for your information.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hyundai PHL Sales Remain Buoyant with 9 Percent Growth in April

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, recorded 2,521 unit sales for the month of April, a feat considering there were fewer working days within said month. This pushed total January to April 2017 sales to 11,362 units, up by 9 percent as compared to the 10,417 units sold in the first four months of the previous year.

Ford Philippines Appoints New VP for Marketing and Sales

Ford Philippines has appointed Rodel Gallega as vice president, Marketing and Sales, effective May 1. Gallega, who was vice president, Finance, for the previous five years, will continue to report to Lance Mosley, managing director, Ford Philippines.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chevrolet Adds LTX Variant to 2017 Trailblazer Line-Up (w/ Specs)

Chevrolet gives its confident and capable midsize SUV an upgrade with the launch of the new mid-grade Trailblazer 4x2 LTX variant. The new Chevrolet Trailblazer 4x2 LTX AT boasts of exterior and interior refinements and added safety features to provide Filipinos a premium and excellent driving experience.

Suzuki Ciaz is the Perfect Road Warrior

Today’s dynamic work environment demands more than sharp wit. To be at the top of the game, professionals need to be able to squeeze as much as they can in an eight-hour workday. This means scuttling to and from meetings, corporate events and office errands while still having some time for lunch dates and personal obligations.

Ford Island Conquest Heads to Marikina and Pampanga Next

Ford Philippines is expanding presence of its experiential test drive activity Ford Island Conquest this month, reaching out to more Filipinos in East of Metro Manila and in North Luzon.

2017 Kia Rio Wants to You to Unleash Your Freedom (w/ Specs)

Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive distributor of Kia in the Philippines brings in the all-new 2017 Rio. The latest in the Korean carmaker’s roster of vibrant, stylish, and dynamic vehicles, the all-new Rio is poised to unleash your “Freedom to Be You” as it hits Kia showrooms starting June.

Review: 2017 BMW X4 xDrive20d xLINE

BMW has been in the business of blurring segments lately. Starting with the original X vehicle, the X5 and moving on to the Gran Turismo and then the Gran Coupe, BMW has challenged the definition of each of those segments. The oddest amalgam they’ve come up with is when they blended the SUV and coupe genres together making the X6—the first “Sports Activity Coupe.” Pundits scoffed at it for its compromised utility and added price, but the public was enamored with its aggressive looks. BMW, it seems, has come up with a winning formula.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

6 Ways to Keep Your Car Cooler This Summer

It’s the height of summer and with that, the heat can get really intense. As temperatures soar, imagine how a car feels like, especially when it’s sealed up under sun. Prevent your car from being a rolling oven with these 6 tips to keep your car cooler.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

LTO and EV Group Thresh Out Registration and Regulation Issues

The Land Transportation Office or LTO is finally moving to update its archaic system when dealing with Electric Vehicles or EVs. That’s the conclusion reached at an industry consultation with the Electronic Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP). The issues tackled centered around the registration and regulation of EVs.

Hyundai Conquers the Antarctic with this Special Sante Fe (w/ Video)

Hyundai has made motoring history when a “near-standard” Santa Fe became the first passenger vehicle to be driven across the Antarctica continent from Union Camp to McMurdo and back again. Fittingly, the Santa Fe was driven by Patrick Bergel, the Great Grandson of legendary polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Toyota Motor Philippines Refreshes Wigo for 2017 (w/ Specs)

Toyota’s Easy to Own, Easy to Drive Wigo sub-compact hatchback gets a refresh this 2017. Having sold over 40,000 units since its market introduction in 2014, the Wigo has cemented itself as the segment’s best-seller. But true to the Japanese carmaker’s spirit of “ever-better cars”, the most affordable model in the Toyota family brings in cosmetic and mechanical changes this year.

Ford Philippines April 2017 Sales Rise Due to EcoSport

Ford Philippines reported that April retail sales reached 2,613 vehicles led by its top-selling nameplates: EcoSport, Everest and Ranger.

Hippo Industries Techmats Offer Affordable Interior Protection

Give your car’s interior all-weather protection without breaking the bank with this line of digitally-mapped floor mats from Hippo Industries.

Tata Breaks Ground in Isabela

Pilipinas Taj Autogroup, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Tata Vehicles is continuing its market expansion with the groundbreaking of Tata Motors Isabela.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Nissan Wants to Give You a Digital Detox

Nissan has found an innovative use of a 200-year old technology to reduce distracted driving caused by mobile phones. Introducing the Nissan Signal Shield concept.

Uber Philippines Introduces New Service for Big Groups

Uber Philippines is introducing a new service just in time for Mother’s Day weekend: uberXL. Catering to family-oriented (or even barkada) trips, UberXL is made for times when space in an uberX may not be enough. UberXL is made for groups up to 6 people (or anyone who wants the extra space).

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Volkswagen PHL Aims to Slay the Compact Car Competition with 2017 Jetta, Golf GTS

Volkswagen Philippines has begun preselling two new passenger car offerings: the 2017 Jetta and 2017 Golf GTS with retail sales beginning at the end of the month. The move comes as VW Philippines aims to continue its strong momentum after being crowned the best-selling European car brand last year.

Honda Offers Hot Summer Deals

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) announces the hottest Honda deals customers can get this summer. Customers may avail of exclusive discounts and low down payment offer by purchasing any Honda vehicle from today up to 31, 2017.

Hyundai PH's DEALights Promo Saves You Up to P 150k

Hyundai Philippines is helping you cool off this summer with their DEALights promo. Easy-to-own schemes for the Accent, Eon, Elantra, Sonata, Veloster, Tucson, Santa Fe, and Grand Starex models make them closer to your budget.

Review: 2017 Mazda 2 1.5V+

I know the Mazda2 very well since I spent a good two weeks with the hatchback and sedan just last year. In the time she called my garage her home, she enamored me with her good looks and driving charm. Sure, she could use more space, but you could see why she was judged Japan and the Philippines’s Car of the Year. A year later, she’s back and this time, she’s going by a new name. From the Mazda2 V, she’s now the Mazda2 V+. It turns out, that could very well mean: “Value Plus.”

Isuzu Philippines Awards Winner of Lazada's Online Revolution Promo

On April 12, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) together with Lazada Philippines turned over a brand-new Isuzu D-Max as the major prize for Lazada’s online promo.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Inaugural GT Radial 4 Oras ng Pilipinas Calls for Entries

Philippine Endurance Challenge (PEC), the organizers of the country’s longest endurance race, will once again test man and machine against the clock in a new, more compact event.

11 Things You Should Know About Goodyear's Worry Free Assurance Program

Goodyear Philippines just launched the industry’s most comprehensive tire warranty program with the new and improved Goodyear Worry Free Assurance program. For sure, there are some questions you may have about this program from the number one tire brand in the Philippines. Don’t worry, we have them all answered for you.

Goodyear Philippines Launches Comprehensive Warranty Program

Goodyear Philippines is proving that they are one revolution ahead with the launching the of new and improved Worry Free Assurance warranty program. This gives new tire owners access to the most comprehensive customer care package that includes free roadside assistance and complimentary servicing for tire replacement.

Kia Takes Special Kids to "Kamp"

Every summer, children from all over the country hit the roads in droves for another memorable vacation. With family, or with friends, the memories formed here will be cherished for years to come.
Unfortunately, not all children are able to enjoy the simple pleasures of the summer vacation.

2017 MINI Countryman is a New Kind of Story Teller

MINI unveils the all-new second-generation Countryman for the Philippine market. The biggest and most versatile model in the brand’s 58-year history, the Countryman reflects considerable advancements in space, functionality, athleticism, and premium characteristics.