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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Selected 2017-2018 LS 500 and LS 500h Units Affected by New Recall Says Lexus Philippines

After having to recall them for a faulty start-stop system, Lexus Philippines has announced a new safety recall concerning selected number of 2017-2018 LS 500h and LS 500 models.

Kia's Masterpiece Concept Previews Land Cruiser Prado Rivaling SUV

Naming a car a “Masterpiece” certainly puts a lot of expectation of how it’ll look and drive, but it seems Kia has no problem calling their latest large SUV concept just that. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Kia Masterpiece.

Hyundai's Adding Yet Another SUV to Their Line-Up

Hyundai’s going all-in on crossovers and SUVs since they’re adding one to slot below their Kona sub-compact crossover. Meet the Venue.

Friday, March 29, 2019

KTM Philippines Goes on Tour With Mobile Showroom and Service Clinic

To promote the KTM experience to the growing number of proud owners in the country, KTM On The Road was officially launched at the Inside Racing Bikefest and Trade Show.

Autoplus Will Likely Have the Most Awesome Display at the Manila International Auto Show 2019

Every year, the Autoplus display always seems to grab the lion’s share of attention at the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). For the 2019 installment, it won’t be different as Autoplus is set to wow the crowd with its display of iconic supercars.

Honda Cars Philippines Revamps Website

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) announces a revamp of their official website. While it retains the same URL, it is, according to HCPI, faster, easier to use and navigate, and replete with relevant information that can provide Honda customers with their needs.

Hyundai Opens First Dedicated Commercial Vehicle Dealership in North Metro Manila

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) opened its first dedicated commercial vehicle (CV) dealership in Northern Metro Manila.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Second-Generation Honda Brio is Arriving in April

Remember the cute orange concept car that Honda showed off at the Philippine International Motor Show last year? Everyone knew it was a signal that the all-new, second-generation Brio is arriving soon. What people didn’t know is “soon” means this April.

Chevrolet Philippines Reveals Finalists at 2019 National Skillsfest

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet automobiles and parts in the country, holds its annual Chevrolet National Skillsfest last March 2, 2019 at Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati, with 34 participants from the 27 Chevrolet dealerships nationwide.

Isuzu Philippines, TESDA Hold Graduation Ceremony for Auto Mechanic Training Program

Isuzu Philippines Corporation, in pursuit of its corporate social responsibility objective of uplifting the lives of the youth through free training and education, held last month the graduation ceremonies of the 15th batch of the Isuzu-TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Program at the TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) Region 8 Training Center Compound in Barangay Abucay, Tacloban City, Leyte province.

Porsche Rep: Ceramic Brakes Are for Looks and Value, Not for Track Days

Here’s something interesting: if you do hard track days in your Porsche, you’re better off with the traditional steel discs. This was revealed by Porsche Australia’s technical representative at the market launch of the 992-series Porsche 911 there.

Safety Advocate Wants to Probe Subaru/Toyota Valve Spring Recall

A US-based safety advocate wants the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate how Subaru, but more specifically, Toyota is handling the valve spring recall after complaints are starting to mount of engines knocking and stalling after the recall work was done.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Pagani Likens His Hypercars to Patek Philippe Watches

Horacio Pagani looks soft spoken and humble, after a lengthy roundtable with the motoring press, he spent some time signing posters, scale models, and other knick-knacks. His mannerisms, a far cry from the ostentatious hypercars that bear his name.

MMDA Reiterates: No Window Hour in Effect Only on Major Roads, Mabuhay Lane Routes

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is reminding the public that its number coding “no window hours” scheme is only in effect at all major roads and Mabuhay Lane routes. This clarification was made by MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia following erroneous rules on traffic number coding schemes went up online.

Is the Philippines Ready for a P 100-Million Car? Pagani Now Under The Autohub Group

On its 20th anniversary, The Autohub Group announces that they have been appointed as the Exclusive Selling Agent of Pagani in the Philippines. The deal was formalized by the arrival of Mr. Horacio Pagani, the founder of Pagani Automobili in Manila yesterday after The Autohub Group announced it last year.

Chevrolet Looks to China for Next-Generation Captiva

As Chevrolet was looking for a replacement to its Daewoo-engineered Captiva crossover, they turned to Baojun, the Mainland China joint-venture between SAIC and GM. The result is that hey got a Baojun 530, changed a few things and voila, here’s the 2019 Captiva. The odd thing is that SAIC’s also going to market the Baojun 530 as the MG Hector. How’s that for a plot twist?

If Our Water Problem Doesn't Get Fixed, Putting Out EV Fires Will Be Impossible

Here’s hoping Manila Water gets to fix our water supply problem before electric vehicles get here. Why you ask? Well, because if an EV catches fire, you’re going to need a lot of water of put out the flames.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Mitsubishi Strada Absolute is a Carbon Fiber Clad Ranger Raptor Fighter (w/ 7 Photos)

It looks like Mitsubishi is dead serious about making an ultimate version of its Strada / L200 / Triton pickup truck. Instead of just showing off the L200 Mountain Rescue Concept, which, admittedly looks a bit sissy right now, the Japanese automaker has come up with this: a carbon fiber clad pickup truck called the Strada Absolute (Triton Absolute in Thailand).

Can You Spot the Differences? Drivers Who Cycle Will Find It Quicker Says Ford

Look at the three pairs of images below for around 10 seconds and chances are you’ll notice a small, yet significant change. But if you’re a driver who also cycles, chances are you would have spotted that difference even more quickly.

Black Rhino Wheels Opens Outlet Store in South Metro Manila

Black Rhino, the off-road wheels specialist opened a new Outlet Store in Paranaque in collaboration with Overland Kings creating a new hub for off-roaders, adventure seekers, and outdoor lovers alike.

Review: 2019 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 GLS CRDi 2WD

This is a perfect example of how competitive the compact crossover segment can be. Had I reviewed the 2019 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 GLS CRDi just a month ago, I would have concluded it to be a practical, well-valued compact SUV. Now though, it’s hard to attach the words, “value for money” to it anymore. Instead of heaping praise to the changes Hyundai’s made with this refresh, now I’m thinking: “Why didn’t make their SUV future-proof?”

2019 Tokyo Motor Show Wants to Talk About Mobility and How It Will Affect Everyone's Lives

The 46th Tokyo Motor Show has officially unveiled their logo and theme. Organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), the 2019 edition will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight once more from Thursday, October 24 to Monday, November 4, 2019.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Toyota and Subaru to Collaborate on Second-Gen 86 and BRZ

After sort-of-confirming that a second-generation Subaru BRZ is coming, Toyota has pretty much done the same and confirmed that a second-generation 86 is coming and it’ll continue to be a collaboration with Subaru.

Blade Launches Bicycle Safety Helmets for Summer

Summer’s here and for some that signals taking up a new sport or hobby, typically something that involves the outdoors like cycling. Well, for those who are inclined to bike this summer, do it safely with Blade’s new line of safety gear.

Mitsubishi Just Pimped Up the Strada to Something Xzibit Would Approve

Yo dawg, I hears you’re a big fan of Pimp My Ride, so I bring it back with some help from Mitsubishi, ya all. Yeah, I take a regular Strada (L200 for you Europeans) and gave it some pimpin’. And it’s so good, it just won the UK’s “Truck King Battle.”

Volkswagen Alabang turns from Satellite Showroom to Full-Blown 3S Dealership

Volkswagen Alabang, which opened in late 2014 in the Molito commercial complex as a satellite showroom, is now a dealership with a more comprehensive display lineup, and is situated along the service road of Alabang-Zapote Road beside the Caltex station at the Madrigal Business Park in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

GAC to Expand Reach to Southern Metro Manila

GAC is expanding its reach to Southern Metro Manila with the formal dealership agreement signing to put up GAC Motor in Westgate Alabang.

Toyota's Hybrid Electric Vehicles are Going on a Campus Tour

Toyota Motor Philippines started its Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) campus tour series by forging a partnership with MAPUA University’s Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) Department. The first leg of the educational caravan, held at the MAPUA school grounds in Intramuros, Manila, offered both students and faculty a firsthand look on the benefits of HEV technology through a symposium and an all-day test drive activity.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

There's Something Odd with the 2019 Mazda3's Instrument Cluster

The 2019 Mazda3 is one beautiful car and we certainly can’t wait to drive it on Philippine roads soon. There’s a lot to love with the design, especially with the well-crafted interior. However, there’s one peculiar thing that caught our eye.

Electric Vehicles Are Dirty, May Use Unethically Sourced Parts

Amnesty International, a London-based non-government organization focused on human rights blasted the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry for selling itself as environmentally-friendly while producing many of its batteries using polluting fossil fuels and unethically-sourced materials.

MG Sets Sights on Civic Type R, WRX STI, Golf GTI with New eMG6 Trophy 305

MG is set to debut a hotter version of their MG6 compact sedan packing 305 horsepower and 480 Nm of torque at the upcoming Shanghai International Auto Show.

Chinese Range Rover Evoque Copycat Loses Case

Jaguar Land Rover has successfully won a case against a Chinese manufacturer that copied features of the Range Rover Evoque.

Friday, March 22, 2019

4 Ways the 2019 Mazda3 Raises Its Middle Finger Against Mediocrity

The Mazda3, and in turn, its predecessor, the 323 has always been regarded as a plucky car that condenses everything that Mazda stands for.

Mazda Philippines Shows Off 2019 Mazda3 (w/ 13 Photos)

Less than 6 months after its global unveil at the LA Auto Show, Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country presented the all-new 2019 Mazda3 to media and dealers alike. Marking a new era for the Japanese automaker, the all-new Mazda3 is the embodiment of Mazda’s upmarket push.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Hyundai Just Gave the World a Hotter Tucson SUV: Meet the Tucson N Line

Remember, Hyundai’s high-performance N Line? The one responsible for the the i30 N and the available-in-the-Philippines Veloster N? Well, they’ve given their compact SUV, the Tucson the very same treatment: welcome to the Tucson N Line.

Subaru's Cutting the Price of Their STI Brake Pads for Summer

If you’ve always wanted better stopping power for your Forester, well, Subaru’s got a great deal for you. All fourth-generation Forester SJ models can available of STI Performance brake pads at a discounted price.

The Future Toyota Avanza May Be Based on the Suzuki Ertiga

Two years after announcing a corporate partnership, Toyota and Suzuki have now outlined in detail what that partnership means. Though both automakers remain free to compete with each other, the collaboration deals with how they will handle disruptive trends and technologies.

Modern PUVs Make Their Way to Tarlac By Way of Isuzu

As the PUV modernization is making headway nationwide, the Isuzu modern PUVs can now also be of service in the city of Tarlac.

Suzuki Jimny Heads to UP Town Center Starting Tomorrow, March 22

Suzuki Philippines is bringing the much-talked about, much-anticipated SUV, the Jimny All-Grip Pro on tour.

Cabanatuan is Now Nissan-fied

Committed to bringing excellent customer experience with the brand, Nissan upgraded its Cabanatuan dealership with its newest global retail visual identity.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Holy Hell! The Chevrolet Camaro's Coming Back to the Philippines

Just when you thought Chevrolet Philippines was happy enough with bringing the Corvette to local shores, they’ve dropped the bomb and revealed that their iconic muscle car, the Camaro, is destined for a comeback. Mark your calendars because it’s happening in April at the Manila International Auto Show.

Being an Isuzu Loyalist Has Its Rewards

If you’ve been happy with your Isuzu vehicles all these years, why not assure yourself of an even more delightful motoring experience in the future with one of the world’s most trusted and reliable vehicle brands?

What in the World is WLTP?!

If you’ve taken in enough Geneva Motor Show news in the past few weeks, eagle-eyed readers will notice that carmakers have begun quoting their fuel mileage using WLTP. What exactly is this new fuel mileage standard and how does this differ from previous testing methods?

Mazda Philippines and AAP Renew Commitment to Driver Development

Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the country, and the Automobile Association Philippines, the country’s oldest and biggest auto club, renew their partnership to train, develop and discover young drivers in the field of motorsports.

Is J&T Express Foton Philippines's Biggest Fleet Customer?

Foton Motor Philippines continues to entice a growing number of companies to switch to the country’s third best-selling truck brand. One such customer is PT Global Jet Express, commonly known as J&T Express.

Hyundai Introduces New Platform That's Safer, Sportier, and More Efficient

Hyundai is trickling information about the all-new 2020 Sonata which marks its start of sale (in the U.S., at least) at the end of the month.

The Ultimate Luxury SUV, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Arrives in Manila

Almost a year after its global debut, the Rolls-Royce of SUV has finally landed in the Philippines. The Cullinan, dubbed the Most Luxurious SUV in the World, will enable Rolls-Royce to tap a new breed of customer: those who demand the ultimate in luxury while traversing the most challenging terrain.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Nissan Philippines Appoints New President and Managing Director

Nissan announced the appointment of Atsushi Najima as the new president and managing director for Nissan Philippines, effective April 01, 2019. Atsushi will report to Vincent Wijnen, senior vice president for sales and for marketing at Nissan Asia & Oceania.

Mazda Philippines Lets You Save Big Until End of March 2019

There’s a whole lot to save if you’re in the market for a Mazda. Until March 31, 2019, the Mazda2, CX-3, CX-5, and BT-50 all come with special offers including up to P 200,000 off for cash purchases.

7 Things You Need to Know About the Child Restraint Act

Last February 22, 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11229 or “An Act Providing for the Special Protection of Child Passengers in Motor Vehicles and Appropriating Funds Thereof.” You can check the signed copy of the law below, but it’s worth noting that it’s fairly close to the bicameral version of the bill passed last December 2018.