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Friday, August 31, 2018

MMDA Intensifies Crack Down on Illegally Parked Vehicles

Starting today, August 31, 2018, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority or MMDA will start issuing citation tickets to illegally-parked vehicles, specifically on the so-called “Mabuhay lanes” to clear alternative routes of obstruction.

The Europe-Only Nissan Navara N-Guard Looks Pretty Slick

Remember the Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept? A one-off concept truck made to operate in some of the world’s harshest and most extreme environment? Well, Nissan finally brought it into production (sort-of).

The 2019 BMW Z4 Brings Forth a New Era for the Roadster

Don’t adjust your screens: this is the all-new BMW Z4. Transforming itself from awkward tanning machine to a car of dynamic proportions, the Z4 is BMW’s new evocative two-seater roadster that brings BMW M Performance-levels of handling and precision with sophisticated design and high-tech equipment.

Ford Now Using Drones to Improve Factory Safety

Imagine if a simple innovation suddenly allowed you to carry out an arduous, but essential, chore in a fraction of the time it would normally take and without the safety risks of working at height.

Hino Turns Over Five Mixer Trucks to Cebu Link Joint Venture

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, through its dealer, Hino Cebu, recently supplied five mixer trucks to Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV).

Mitsubishi Philippines Offers Cabin Air Filters for Just P 500.00

Here’s some good news for Mitsubishi Strada and Montero Sport owners. From tomorrow, September 1 until November 30, 2018, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is offering the cabin air filter at a 58 percent discount.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

This Ultra-Rare Ferrari Sold for P 3.75 Billion

With just 39 examples built, the Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the rarest and most valuable cars on earth. And at a private sale that just happened recently, that reputation looks to be more than intact as an example sold for a record USD 70 million (~ P 3.755 billion)—the highest price ever paid for a car.

The 2018 Volvo XC60 Steers Automatically to Keep You Away from Trouble

Volvo’s new premium midsized SUV, the XC60 is now available in the Philippines. Featuring three new advanced driver assistance features, it keeps the car and its occupants out of trouble when they least expect it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Ford Philippines Officially Launches 2019 EcoSport (w/ 15 Photos, Specs)

Saints be praised: Ford has finally ditched the maligned Power Shift dual clutch automatic transmission in the 2019 EcoSport, as we reported last week. Along with a conventional 6-speed automatic, Ford’s “Made for the Urban Jungle” sub-compact SUV gets a slew of exterior, interior, and feature upgrades that give more ammunition to battle the increasingly competitive segment.

All-New Ford Mustang Delayed Until At Least 2021

Do you love the current-generation Ford Mustang? Good. Because Ford just said that its replacement will be delayed by at least a year.

Caltex and Robinsons Mark Third Year of Partnership

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI), and Robinsons Rewards Card (RRC), loyalty card of the Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. (RRHI), celebrate the third year of one of the country’s most-successful customer loyalty programs with a limited-edition Justice League collectibles promo which can be redeemed until October 15, 2018.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Honda Cars Philippines Tops J.D. Power Customer Service Index for Second Year in a Row

Honda Cars Philippines tops the J.D. Power 2018 Philippines Customer Service Index (CSI) for the second year in the row. Out of a 1,000-point scale, Honda Cars Philippines ranked first with an overall score of 823.

Car Registration Fees May Go Up 5 Percent in 2019

Private car owners won’t be getting a break from the Duterte Administration any time soon. With the TRAIN Law already making the price of new vehicles and fuel much more expensive than before, the Department of Financing is now toying with the idea of increasing Motor Vehicle registration fees starting next year.

Are You a Loyal Mitsubishi Owner? You Can Get the Montero Sport GLS A/T at P 180,000 Off!

Being a loyal Mitsubishi owner sure does have its perks and this time, you can get additional discount if you’re in the market for a brand-new Montero Sport.

Meet Enzy & Friends, Kia Philippines's Way to Remind You About PMS

Kia, through distributor Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC) is finding fun and innovative ways to spread the word on the benefits of regular Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS).

Review: 2018 Peugeot 3008 GT Line 2.0 TDI

Peugeot is now singing a different tune. After trying to go against the likes of Subaru and Mazda, they’re now going upmarket; basically, filling the white space between mainstream and premium brands—a gap left wide open with Volkswagen’s decision to go south with their pricing. It’s a ballsy move for sure, but one that suits the unconventional French brand. Leading the charge is the Peugeot 3008—the 2017 European Car of the Year and one of the finest compact crossovers of any price point available today.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Experiencing Central Luzon in the Volkswagen Santana, Lavida, and Tiguan

The Philippines has declared August as “buwan ng wika,” a month-long celebration of the Filipino language. Of course, it’s only fitting that Volkswagen, a brand revitalized with a more affordable roster of vehicles, brought its Santana, Lavida, and Tiguan on its first-ever road trip through Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, and Bulacan.

7th Philippine International Motor Show 2018 Gears Up

The Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI) brings back the biennial Philippine International Motor Show or PIMS.

11th Cebu Auto Show Slated on September 14-16, 2018

Worldbex Services International, the country’s leading events and expositions organizer in the Philippines, presents the highly-anticipated return of the Visayas’s biggest automotive event: the Cebu Auto Show (CAS). Conceived as a regional installment of the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), CAS is now on its 11th year and unites the Visayas markets’ top automotive companies and distributors for 3 days in September.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Bugatti Divo is Made for Corners

Modern Bugatti hypercars, be it the Chiron or its predecessor, the Veyon are chastised for being only good in a straight-line. Well, that’s all set to change with the Divo—a Bugatti made for corners.

Liza Soberano is the New Face of the Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Actress Liza Soberano joins the Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) family as the official face of the Mirage G4 sedan.

Ford Pays Tribute to Le Mans Winning Ford GT40 with Special Heritage Edition

Ford brings out a special edition of its Ford GT supercar that honors the legendary American Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968.

Porsche is Ready to Restore the Last of the Air-cooled 911s

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you: Porsche just unveiled a unique one-of-one 2018 993-era 911. A restoration project known only as “Project Gold,” it brings a 1998 Porsche 911 Turbo back to life 20 years later.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Tips for a Worry-Free Car Ride with Pets

The month of August marks two important occasions for pet lovers: August 8 was International Cat Day and this Sunday, August 26, is International Dog Day. If you have some plans to take your four-leg friends out for a ride to the beach or a change of atmosphere, Chevrolet has some tips for you and your little (or big) buddies for a smoother, safer but happiest trip.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Petron Activates Lakbay Alalay for National Heroes Day Weekend

The country honors our heroes with a public holiday every last Monday of August which, for this year, falls on August 27. This long weekend is a welcome break for urban dwellers, and presents an opportunity to take a quick road trip to nearby holiday destinations.

Honda Cars Philippines Sees Strong SUV Sales in 2018

During his opening speech that commemorated the launch of the refreshed 2018 Honda HR-V, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) President Mr. Noriyuki Takakura stressed the importance of crossovers and SUVs to Honda’s line-up in the country.

Much-Awaited Nissan Terra Arrives in Philippines

Do you remember the Nissan Terra? We certainly hope that you do. Months after its regional launch last May, Nissan Philippines says customers will finally get their hands on their mid-sized 7-seater SUV.

Refreshed 2018 Honda HR-V Arrives in the Philippines (w/ 15 Photos, Specs)

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. introduces the refreshed 2018 HR-V which goes on sale August 24. Building upon the nameplate’s flexible utility and convenience elements, the updated HR-V features a modern, sporty style and advanced technology features including the availability of a RS variant for the first time.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

2019 Hyundai Elantra Isn't Just Edgy, It's All Triangles (w/ 15 Photos)

Do you like triangles? Well, if yes, then you’ll certainly like the new Hyundai Elantra. Undergoing the knife for the 2019 model year, Hyundai’s compact car gets an extensively re-designed interior, tweaked interior, and much more safety features than ever before.

Russ Swift to Perform in Cebu for the First Time

Cebuanos are in for a treat as Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru brings world-renowned precision stunt driver Russ Swift to the Queen City of the South, Cebu, for the first-time ever this Friday, August 24 to Sunday, August 26.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

UPDATED: 2019 Ford EcoSport to Arrive by End of August?

UPDATE: The official launch story is here (8/29).

During the first week of August, Ford Philippines announced the extension of discounts on the EcoSport, Ranger, and Everest. Sifting through the promo details reveal one peculiar thing: the promotion, particularly for the EcoSport ends on August 23. As promotions go, that’s a pretty odd date to end it (typically it’s at the middle or end of every month) so naturally, it got us thinking: is Ford Philippines about to introduce a refreshed EcoSport?

Watch Chuck Norris Lend his Action Star Prowess to the Toyota Tacoma

The world’s ultimate tough guy and action hero extraordinaire Chuck Norris stars in a new ad for Toyota aptly titled, “Tough as Chuck.”

The Isuzu Concept X Duo Can Eat Tough Terrains for Breakfast

Australia is wild about pick-up trucks. Some race them on the track, while some, well, they go to something more extreme. Meet the Isuzu Concept X—a pair of one-of vehicles based off the D-Max pick-up and its SUV sibling, the mu-X.

Suzuki is the World's Most Profitable Carmaker

When you think of the most profitable carmakers in the world, you’d immediately think of Toyota or Ford or Hyundai or even Tesla. The thing is, Suzuki is actually the world’s most profitable carmaker according to the consulting firm Ernst & Young (EY).

Hyundai Successfully Tests Self-Driving Truck

Hyundai is going into the autonomous driving game and they’ve shown that it works. Recently, the Korean carmaker has completed South Korea’s first-ever highway journey with an autonomously navigated truck.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review: 2018 Subaru Outback 3.6R-S EyeSight

Subaru has always worn quirkiness on its sleeve. Although its more recent offerings are now on the verge of becoming mainstream, they’re still quite some ways away from the Corollas and CR-Vs of the world. Take the Outback: Subaru’s unique twist on the executive vehicle segment. While the Legacy is available for more conservative folk, the Outback pretty much exemplifies what the Pleaides brand has gone for: a loveable oddball that appeals to the thinking set.

Petron FlatOut Race Series Blazes Through Rain-Hit Round 6

The Petron FlatOut Series (Petron FORS) was greeted by another rain-soaked race day when it visited the Clark International Speedway last August 11. But with the last two events also run in these conditions, the 104 racers that showed up for Round 6 were now ready to slug it out in the rain.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Volkswagen Philippines to Launch Automatic-Equipped, Wagon-Bodied Santana this November

With customer inquiries at record highs, more and more people are starting to consider Volkswagen as their next new car. Interest is high among their new nameplates—Santana, Lavida, and Tiguan, and this has prompted Volkswagen Philippines to introduce new variants by November.

Breyton Wheels Owner and Founder to Visit the Philippines

Breyton Wheels, now exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Concept One will be bringing Engineer Edmund Breyton, the founder and owner of the aftermarket wheels that carry his name on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

Porsche Celebrates 70 Years with "Sportscar Together Day"

The largest gathering of Porsche in Southeast Asia commemorated the brand’s 70th anniversary. Dubbed Sportscar Together Day (SCTD), more than 300 Porsche cars arrived and thousands came to the event at Show DC Oasis Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Parts, Labor Discounts All Week Long with Subaru's Annual Kansha Festival

Heads up Subaru owners: the annual Kansha Festival is back. Celebrating the Japanese Labor Thanksgiving Day, this year’s Kansha Festival runs from Thursday, August 23 to Saturday, August 25 and then once more on Tuesday, August 28 to Saturday, September 1.

Ferrari Introduces New Paint Technology

Thanks to its on-going collaboration with paint-specialist PPG, Ferrari is the world’s first manufacturer to adopt an innovative low-temperature paint system called Low Cure clear coat technology.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Recognized by Santa Rosa Local Government

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) bagged five top awards at the recently concluded Lion Awards for Business and Green Awards 2018 held at the Santa Rosa City Multi-Purpose Complex.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

This P 6.9 Million Ford Mustang Runs the Quarter Mile in 8 Seconds

Ford Performance revealed what they call the quickest drag-racing Mustang ever. Called the Mustang Cobra Jet, it’s capable of decimating the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Ford Philippines Kicks Off Weekend Test Drive Activities

Ford Philippines is holding a series of test drive activities starting this month, allowing more customers to drive and experience Ford vehicles and its class-leading features and capabilities.

Jeep Philippines Brings in Renegade 4x2

Auto Nation Group, Inc., the general distributor of Jeep vehicles, parts and accessories in the Philippines, today announces the arrival of the 2018 Jeep Renegade Limited 4x2 compact SUV in the Philippines.

Nissan Takes Intelligent Mobility Tour to Visayas and Mindanao

In its commitment to bringing its innovative products to more people in the Philippines, Nissan is taking its Nissan Intelligent Mobility Tour to the Visayas and Mindanao region.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The MMDA's Going to Go All Predator On You with Thermal Cameras

Motorists get ready: the MMDA is about to go all Predator on you. Just like the ugly motherf*cker alien in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger popcorn flick, enforcers will soon use thermal cameras to determine whether or not there are at least 2 warm bodies onboard vehicles whenever the Expanded HOV Traffic Scheme is in effect.

Mazda Zoom Fest Extends Nationwide

With the recent success of its Zoom Fest test drive and model exhibit at the High Street, BGC last month, Mazda Philippines is now set to share the Zoom-Zoom vibe to the rest of the country as Zoom Fest rolls out to its 20 authorized dealerships nationwide.

Watch the 6 Things You Should Know About the 2019 Subaru Forester

The Forester is Subaru’s most important vehicle not just in the Philippines, but globally as well. We happen to attend its launch in Taiwan just a couple of weeks back, and you can read more about in our extensive coverage: