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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

If This Isn't a Sportscar, What Is? Manila Sports Car Club Releases 2017 List of Eligible Cars

What is a sportscar? While the term is now being used by everyone from journalists to enthusiasts to describe everything from an Mazda MX-5 to a Ford Mustang to a Honda Civic Type R even, the folks at the Manila Sports Car Club has a very specific list.

AC Automotive Champions Filipino Artists at Art Fair Philippines

AC Automotive taps the creative minds of four Filipino visual artists at the Art Fair Philippines 2018 on March 1 to 4 at The Link, Ayala Center in Makati City. In support of Art Fair Philippines in its effort to promote local contemporary art, AC Automotive is a prominent exhibitor during the four-day event.

3-Day Xpander Xpo to Celebrate Arrival of Mitsubishi Xpander MPV

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) is celebrating the arrival of its much-anticipated all-new Xpander with the Xpander Xpo. An exclusive Mitsubishi motorshow and test drive event, it starts on Friday, March 2 and runs all the way to Sunday, March 4 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. The show opens at 10 AM to runs to 9 PM daily. Admission is free.

Kia Family Service Roadshow Set to Deliver Customer Care and TLC This 2018

Kia is preparing to hit the road once more to bring their aftersales services closer to Kia owners all over the country thanks to the Kia Family Service Roadshow.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Largest Ford Ad in the World is Also Largest Eyesore

If you think you’ve seen gigantic billboards along EDSA or C5, think again. Ford shattered the record for the biggest eyesore on the planet by installing the largest billboard in the world to sell their smallest crossover.

Nissan is Considering a High-Performance Navara to Battle Ranger Raptor

Australian automotive website Motoring says Nissan is studying the possibility of making a Ranger Raptor fighter using its Navara as a platform.

First Drive: Honda Civic Type R

There are two schools of thought surrounding the Civic Type R. On one hand, there are those who believe it’s the pinnacle of Honda’s engineering achievement—a technical tour-de-force built with the very best that carmaker could offer. On the other, there are the skeptics who think it can’t be better than an all-wheel drive sports sedan with a bright blue paint job. Heading into this track experience, I belonged squarely to the latter. But an afternoon at the Clark International Speedway was enough to sway my convictions—the hype is most definitely real.

Hyundai Opens Truck and Bus Dealership in Iloilo

A & B United Corporation and Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) marked another milestone with the grand inauguration of Hyundai Trucks and Buses Iloilo, the first stand-alone Hyundai commercial vehicle (CV) dealership in the Philippines.

UPDATED: Isuzu Philippines Introduces Limited-Edition mu-X and D-MAX (w/ 16 Photos, Specs)

UPDATE: Prices for the D-MAX X-Series and mu-X Luxe have been revealed (2/27).

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) introduced two limited-edition variants of its best-selling D-MAX pickup truck and mu-X mid-sized SUV hoping to broaden the reach of the country’s best-selling commercial brand.

Monday, February 26, 2018

UPDATED: Nissan Philippines Upgrades Navara for 2018

UPDATE: We have the post-TRAIN prices of the 2018 Navara (2/26).

After declaring the start to the pickup truck wars in 2015, the Nissan Navara is now the country’s third best-selling model (they narrowly lost to the Ford Ranger by year-end 2017). Their thirst for success has motivated Nissan to give their Navara an edge this 2018. How? By giving it some Nissan Intelligent Mobility features.

2019 Nissan Terra: This Is It (w/ 4 Photos, Video)

Nissan has finally (and officially) pulled the wraps off its 7-seater Navara SUV. Called the Terra, it’s the first-ever vehicle from Nissan’s frame and LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle) division to launch under the company’s mid-term Nissan M.O.V.E. 2022. It premieres first in China this April.

Heroic Chrysler Exec Uses Jeep Wrangler to Save People from Burning Ford

Chrysler’s Global Head of Design, Ralph Gilles is now being called “heroic” by the Addison Town, Michigan Fire Chief after Gilles used his Jeep Wrangler to push a burning Ford Edge away from a crashed Ford Fiesta and its trapped occupants last week.

Geely Buys 9.69 Percent Stake in Daimler AG, Parent Company of Mercedes-Benz

Li Shufu, the chairman and main owner of Chinese carmaker Geely has amassed a 9.69 stake in Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz. The stake, worth nearly USD 9 billion at the current market price for Daimler shares, makes Li the biggest single shareholder of the German automaker.

Auto-Gard Offers Head-Turning Detailing Products that Don't Break the Bank

Make a lasting impression without spending big bucks with the Auto-Gard line of premium car care products. A perfect partner when it comes to keeping your ride looking sleek and shiny, it’s guaranteed to make heads turn.

Hyundai Philippines Marks Modest January 2018 Growth

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, started 2018 with a modest 3 percent growth from 2,817 units sold in January 2017 to 2,903 units in the same month of 2018. The Korean brand’s performance can be considered quite a feat considering it is the initial month since automotive taxes have been restructured (Note: Hyundai has not yet implemented TRAIN at this point. Their prices took effect in February 2018).

Friday, February 23, 2018

Mercedes-Benz OF 917 is "Right-Sized" 32-Seater Bus

Auto Nation Group, Inc. recently launched the Mercedes-Benz OF 917 Midi Bus, a high-decker passenger coach, to highlight the brand’s expanding product line-up in the commercial vehicle segment in the Philippines.

KTM Brings Dukehana to Manila

KTM Philippines invites local KTM Duke owners to take the challenge and display their motorcycle riding skills at the KTM Dukehana at the Circuit Makati Parking Grounds on February 25, 2018. Held in the country for the first time, the event promises to be an exciting motorcycle racing experience as participating riders navigate a street course that’s equal parts challenging and exhilarating.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hyundai Gives All-New 2019 Santa Fe Its World Premiere (w/ 19 Photos)

After previewing it in a series of two photos a couple of weeks back, Hyundai Motor finally pulled the wraps off the all-new Santa Fe SUV for 2019.

Volvo Car's Electrification Strategy Recognized by United Nations

Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, has been recognized by the United Nations for its groundbreaking electrification strategy in the latest report from the UN’s Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

Ford and LEGO Brings 1968 Mustang Fastback to Speed Champions Collection

Ford and LEGO are celebrating Ford’s heritage by adding a 1968 Mustang fastback race car to the LEGO Speed Champions lineup.

Nissan Inaugurates New Dealership in Dumaguete City

Nissan strengthens its presence in the Visayas region with the opening of its new dealership in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This Guy is the 30,000th Owner of a Ford Everest in the Philippines

Timoteo Pardillo, a 59-year old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) employed as a seaman, recently became the 30,000th customer of the current-generation Ford Everest in the Philippines.

Honda Cars Philippines Urges 10,461 Owners to Have Defective Takata Airbags Replaced

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) announces that it will voluntarily replace Takata passenger front airbag inflators of 10,461 vehicles of 2013 model of City, Jazz and Pilot sold in the Philippines from 2012 to 2015 as part of Honda’s precautionary global recall campaign concerning Takata front airbag inflators.

BMW Diesels Pass All Legal Requirements

There’s a bright spot for German diesels as BMW announced that their 320d EfficientDynamics has been certified to have passed all legal emission requirements. The findings were published by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).

20-Time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer Extends Partnership with Mercedes-Benz

Roger Federer extends his successful partnership with Mercedes-Benz with the star serving as a global brand ambassador. Roger Federer has been a close partner of Mercedes-Benz for 10 years. The athletic career of the 36-year-old athlete is consistent, unparalleled and enduring: With 20 Grand Slam titles, 96 total titles and a record 302 weeks holding the number one ranking, Federer has set the standard in Men’s Tennis.

AAP and DOT to Host 2018 FIA Sports Conference in Manila

Every year the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) holds the FIA Sport Conference (FIA SC) which is attended by representatives from 245 FIA member organizations in 143 countries. The governing body of four-wheeled motorsports globally, the Paris-based FIA has chosen Manila to host this year’s annual meet.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Philippines Offers First-Class Travel with Sprinter Luxury Coach (w/ Brochure)

Auto Nation Group, the exclusive distributor of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the country revealed the Sprinter Luxury Coach, a premium version of the three-pointed star’s popular and versatile passenger van.

Subaru EyeSight Recognized for Innovation

The Japan Techno-Economics Society (JATES) has awarded Subaru Corporation the President’s Award for the development of the Subaru EyeSight driver assist system.

Which is Cheaper to Own: Honda CR-V 2.0 S Gasoline or Honda CR-V 1.6 S Diesel?

The first impression you get when you hear the word, “diesel” is that it’s easy on the pocket. True enough, if fuel economy and pump price are your only ownership considerations, then yes, that belief is true. However, car ownership is more than just squeezing out more kilometers per liter; it’s about the purchase price and routine maintenance cost as well. This is where gasoline engined vehicles tend to find an advantage. Putting this to the test, it’s time to see whether or not going diesel or going gas will save you more money in the long run.

Lazada Awards Isuzu mu-X to Contest Winner

Call it luck or destiny, but for the Iloilo-based government employee Melen Botin, it’s her faith that brought her to win the brand-new Isuzu mu-X at Lazada’s Online Revolution Sale during the grand raffle draw last January 14.

Porsche Posts Strong Sales Across Asia Pacific

The combination of a high-performance sports car with the comfort of a luxury saloon has resonated well with customers in Asia Pacific in 2017. Over the course of last year, almost 600 second-generation Panamera vehicles were delivered in the Porsche Asia Pacific region, an increase of nearly three times compared to the previous year. The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman also performed well, recording an increase in sales of 90 percent compared to the year before.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Michelin Philippines Opens Tyreplus: A Global Car Servicing Concept

Michelin Philippines announced the opening of Tyreplus, an international car servicing center concept which is part of the Michelin global network.

5 Ways Ford SYNC 3 Can Take Your Time Back

Ever thought about how you can make your commute more productive, perhaps by catching up on the things that matter to you? As you spend hours sitting in traffic, you may start to feel your time wasting away, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.

2017 Mazda3 Speed: Long Term Test Update # 4

Nine months into this Mazda3 Speed long-term test reveals one glaring thing: we’re just not driving it enough. Juggling seat time with other demo units in our garage, we clocked in just 5,513 kilometers in this Machine Gray-colored hatchback (about 612 kilometers per month). Having said that, time and time again, we’ve always come to prefer driving the Mazda3—it’s the perfect daily driver for those who love driving.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Hyundai Philippines Tweaks Prices Due to Excise Tax

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the exclusive distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines has adjusted their pricing taking into account the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN law. After holding back last month, these new prices are effective February 15 and with it, carries an upward movement in the suggested retail price.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ford Says Everest Raptor is a Strong Possibility

After showing the world an extreme performance version of its Ranger, the Ranger Raptor, Ford isn’t completely dismissing the idea of doing a Raptor version of its family-friendly Everest SUV as well.

Porsche Philippines Ushers in Year of the Dog with All-New Panamera Sport Turismo (w/ Specs)

Kicking off the Year of the Dog, PGA Cars Inc., the exclusive distributor of Porsche in the Philippines unveiled the all-new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo. It’s been a year or so since its global launch, and now, the highly-coveted model is now here. The new Panamera Sport Turismo comes in 2 variants locally: the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo and the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo.

This 355-Peso Fuel Treatment Will Improve Your Diesel's Performance, Emissions, and Noise

Almost three years ago, Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI), the marketer of Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants brought out its Techron fuel additive in a concentrated form. Promising to clean engines inside-out (we’re one of the many happy users), Techron Concentrate Plus has only been available for gasoline engines, until now. Today, CPI is introducing the Techron D Concentrate—an ultra-high-performance diesel fuel system cleaner.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dare to be Bold with Nissan Intelligent Mobility [ADVERTORIAL]

How many times do we wish we could be more—more confident, more exciting, more daring? How many times do we wish we could zoom away to who-knows-where? Or just go off-roading on a whim? Or even have the courage to take the tiniest parking spot left?

Suzuki Philippines Increases Prices of Vitara, APV and Super Carry Variants Due to TRAIN

If you’re in the market for a Suzuki vehicle this February, then you’re still in luck. After managing to hold onto their 2017 pricing last January, Suzuki Philippines has largely managed to do the same this month thanks to existing inventory.

Suzuki is Title Sponsor of ASEAN Football Federation Championship

Suzuki Motor Corporation will be the title sponsor of the ASEAN Football Federation Championship once again, paving the way for another exciting edition of the region’s biggest and most-passionately supported football tournament in 2018.

Ford Philippines Starts 2018 Strong, Sales Rise 9 Percent

Ford Philippines reported its best-ever January performance with retail sales rising 9 percent from a year ago to 2,737 vehicles, as its momentum from 2017 continued despite the implementation of the country’s new auto excise tax structure [Editor’s Note: Ford did not implement the new excise tax in January. They implemented a price hike in February].

Jaguar Land Rover Service Facility Now Open

Starting today, owners of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles can bring their cars for service at the newly-opened service workshop facility at 1008 EDSA Greenhills.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Toyota Philippines Shows Range-Topping Hilux Conquest (w/ 14 Photos, Specs)

Toyota Motor Philippines is adding a new flagship variant to its Hilux pickup truck range called the Hilux Conquest. Remaining mechanically unchanged from the G model, it features aesthetic and convenience feature upgrades to make it more of a standout—perfect for those looking for a pickup truck that’s equal work and play.

Mitsubishi Philippines Sets Banner Year in 2017

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) posted yet another banner year in 2017, closing with 73,590 units sold–its highest annual sales volume in its history.

Volkswagen Jetta, Golf GTS Owners Go on Fun Run to Pico de Loro

Over 30 members of the Volkswagen Jetta Club Philippines and Volkswagen Golf GTS Sportwagen Pilipinas embarked on another memorable Sunday run, this time leading to Pico de Loro Cove in the coastal town of Nasugbu, Batangas.

Phoenix Petroleum Launches Reformulated Fuels with Phoenix PULSE Technology

Phoenix Petroleum launches today its upgraded fuels powered with Phoenix PULSE Technology.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Toyota Motor Philippines Confirms: Rush is Coming

Toyota Motor Philippines has finally confirmed: they are bringing in the Rush. Teased to the motoring media at an event highlighting the Japanese carmaker’s 16th consecutive triple crown, the Rush is Toyota’s first crack at the growing sub-compact SUV market.

Toyota is the Philippines's Best Selling Car Brand for 16 Straight Years.

Toyota announces the achievement of its 16th consecutive Triple Crown, maintaining its position as the number one brand in passenger car sales, commercial vehicle sales, and overall sales in the Philippines.

First Drive: 2018 Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf was never a looker. Going back to the first-generation model, it looked dorky. With a shape likely dictated more by aerodynamic efficiency than head-turning good looks, it looked like a fish; a fish out of water in fact next to sophisticated looking family hatchbacks and cute-utes. Nonetheless, Nissan managed to move some 300,000 examples, cementing it as the world’s best-selling EV (take that, Tesla).