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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Toyota Motor Philippines is Launching the Supra on July 9 and Prices Start at P 4.990M

The Toyota Supra is finally arriving this Tuesday, July 9. After being previewed in a rather unceremonious manner at the Vios Racing Festival, likely done so just to beat BMW Philippines’s launch of the Z4 that happened a few days after, the flagship sportscar will be getting the full-blown launch it deserves.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Volvo is Now Offering an Armored Version of Its XC90 SUV

With a growing global market for armored vehicles, Volvo Cars has dipped their fingers into the game with the release of the Volvo XC90 Armored. Developed by Volvo Cars Special Vehicles, the XC90 Armored offers high levels of security and protection.

The French Just Transformed the Ranger and Everest to Military Vehicles

You want to know how tough the Ford Ranger and Everest are? Apparently, they’re so capable they can be converted for military use. French defense company Arquus, which specializes in armored vehicles transformed Ford’s venerable pickup and SUV into the Trigger and Trapper, respectively.

The 2019 Nissan Patrol Royale is an Apartment-Sized SUV That's Rewarding to Drive

Priced at P 3,888,000, the Nissan Patrol is an SUV in a price bracket where it’s bought by people who won’t likely value the opinion of a motoring journalist. It caters to a segment of buyers who think: “I’ve got the money to buy you, your friends, and this club; and I know what I want.” But to the curious who would like to know how it drives and rides, it’s a beautiful, capable SUV the size of a SMDC apartment, but with the reflexes of an athlete.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Subaru Owners in the Philippines Now Enjoy a Longer Warranty

In a strong, customer-centric move, Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country has announced that its bumper-to-bumper warranty has now been extended on all vehicles, including the high-performance WRX STI.

Is Peugeot Philippines Looking to Source Products Outside Europe?

Are Peugeot products going to be sourced outside of Europe? That may be the case according to this Reuters report.

This Zero Emissions Ice Cream Truck Uses Re-fabricated Nissan LEAF Batteries

Nissan has found a way for people to enjoy frozen treats without the guilt of polluting the air. Meet the all-electric, zero emissions Nissan Ice Cream Truck.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mazda Tops Customer Service in 2019 According to J.D. Power Customer Service Index Study

Mazda Philippines scores highest in the J.D. Power 2019 Philippines Customer Service Index Study besting 10 other brands. The Japanese carmaker scored 824 out of 1,000 points. Nissan landed in second at 814 while Hyundai finished third at 811.

Honda Cars President Expects Upbeat 2019 Thanks to All-New Brio, New BR-V

Noriyuki Takakura, Honda Cars Philippines President and General Manager says the Japanese automaker expects an upbeat year ahead despite the challenging economic climate thus far.

You Can Now Buy "Motorcycle Art" in the Philippines Courtesy of MV Agusta

For more  than  70  years,  MV  Agusta  has  been  building motorcycles that craft emotions, making ‘Motorcycle Art’ truly embedded in their brand heritage. Racing   through history since 1945, MV   Agusta   has   committed   their craftsmanship to passion, design, performance, and authenticity, treating every machine a timeless masterpiece.

Honda Philippines Refreshes BR-V with More Style, Features at Minimal Price Hike (w/ 13 Photos, Specs)

The first sub-compact 7-seater SUV in the country gets a timely update this year enhancing its styling and adding features to keep it ahead of the competition. The 2019 Honda BR-V, Honda Cars Philippines’s second best-selling model is now available at all 38 authorized dealerships nationwide starting today.

Peugeot Philippines Brings in More Affordable 3008 SUV (w/ Specs)

Peugeot Philippines continues its strategy to increase its presence in the compact SUV segment with the launch of a new Peugeot 3008 variant: the 3008 Active. Taking on the immense success of the 3008 SUV GT Line, this new variant comes at a price point that is P 500,000 less than its GT Line sibling.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Confirmed to Have 760 Horsepower

The Dodge SRT Hellcat better watch out: the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is about to arrive, and this time, it’s got the bite to match its bark (or if you prefer, the venom to match its bite).

These Technologies Can Help You "See" This Rainy Season

With the rainy season underway, drivers can expect wet conditions and poor visibility, so they need to be extra careful to avoid accidents. That said, some new active safety features can certainly help.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 SsangYong Rexton 4x4 vs 2019 Nissan Terra VL 4x4

When SsangYong unveiled its 7-seater Rexton SUV, interestingly enough they dedicated one slide to its market positioning. With the mid-sized 7-seater SUV segment proving to be the market shaper in the local scene, the Korean automaker opted to compete in segments that represent the biggest bulk of sales. Third largest or 16 percent of sales belong to SUVs priced between P 2 to P 2.250 million, and this is where the top-dog Rexton, the 4x4 finds itself in.

The Last Few 2019 Honda CR-V Touring Units Come with a Hefty Discount

Remember the limited-edition CR-V Touring that Honda Cars Philippines launched way back in October? Well, if you’re looking for a great deal on a diesel-fed compact SUV, the last few remaining stocks maybe the best bargain around.

Subaru is the King of the Nürburgring as They Win 6th 24-Hour Endurance Crown

Subaru has proven itself to be the king of the Nürburgring after it took home yet another class win at this year’s 24-hour endurance race.

Someone Found a Way to Make More Power and Torque in the Mazda MX-5's 2.0-liter Engine

With 181 horsepower from its 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine, you would think the Mazda MX-5’s performance has already been maximized. Well, apparently, it can do more. How does 202 or 220 horsepower sound?

Size Matters for Hyundai with Their TNVS, Modern Jeepney Offerings

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles affirmed its support for the government’s PUV Modernization program by showing off its various models that are best-suited to solve the Filipino’s mass transport or business needs.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Good News: You Can Now Apply for an Autosweep RFID Without the Documents

Here’s good news to all car owners who want to apply for the Autosweep RFID, but may find it a hassle to complete all the requirements: you can now get one with no documents thanks to their newest product, Autosweep RFID to Go.

The Toyota Rush Sets the Standard

The Toyota Rush is the benchmark for all entry SUVs. It’s the complete package for form, function, and value.

Meet the Cleaner Public Utility Vehicles in Boracay from Isuzu

After its rehabilitation, the residents and tourists of the world-famous Boracay Island now get to enjoy one of the best beaches once more. Inline with its extensive clean-up, the government has begun promoting eco-friendly initiatives, and among them is the use of Modern Public Utility Vehicles or Modern PUVs.

The 2019 Mazda3 is the Compact Segment's Overachiever

KODO. Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture. Human-Centric Design. By now, these buzzwords have already ingrained themselves into everyone’s heads. Used to describe the all-new 2019 Mazda3, it’s the first vehicle in their next-generation of vehicles; a move which brings the Mazda brand slightly away from the mainstream and into a position they call, “Mazda Premium.”

Kia Philippines Brings Back K-Series Van

Now under the stewardship of Ayala Automotive Group, Kia Philippines re-introduces the K2500—their ever-reliable commercial vehicle now powered by a Euro-4 compliant CRDi engine.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Did a Toyota Dealer Just Leak the Refreshed Hilux Pickup Truck?

Is Toyota Motor Philippines updating its Hilux pickup truck? That seems to be the case if this post from the soon-to-be-opened Toyota Valenzuela is to be believed.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Could the 2019 Kia Seltos be the Last Mystery Unboxing for Kia Philippines?

When Kia Philippines said there will be another unboxing later in the year, everyone said it’ll be the Stonic; after all, a sub-one-million-peso SUV is certainly a recipe for success in any carmaker’s playbook. But what if everyone got it wrong? What if that last unboxing is this: the Seltos?

The Nissan Terra Just Joined the 800-mm Water Wading Club

Re-write the record books and re-do the spec sheets: the Nissan Terra officially joins the 800 mm water wading club.

SsangYong is Going to Reignite the Pickup and SUV Wars with the 2019 Rexton and Musso Grand (w/ Specs)

On its third year under its new distributor, SsangYong Berjaya Motor Philippines, the Korean SUV specialist brings in to new vehicle offerings that will enable it to gain a larger foothold of the Philippine automotive market: the 7-seater mid-sized Rexton SUV and the Musso Grand pickup truck.

This New Chinese Brand Opens Up a World of Possibilities (w/ Specs)

One of the leading Chinese automotive brands, Changan re-enters the country under Berjaya Auto Asia, Inc.

Auto Asia's Unique Dealership Setup Brings 2 Brands Under One Roof

Thanks to their expanded line-up that includes the new Rexton mid-sized SUV and Musso Grand pickup truck, SsangYong Berjaya Motor Philippines can now compete in segments that represent 40 percent of the local market by volume. Furthering their expansion, they have added a new brand—Changan to form Auto Asia, a new dealership concept that brings two Asian brands under one roof.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Why Did Honda Just Restore a Chevrolet Pick-Up Truck?

Shortly after American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (AHM) first opened for business in 1959, the company purchased a small fleet of Chevy pickups to deliver motorcycles to its fledgling dealers across Southern California. Underscoring their importance during those early days, American Honda restored a truck to help celebrate Honda’s 60th anniversary in the United States.

The Foton TransVan HR is the Private Van That Can Be Used for the School Run

With the school season just starting parents are now taking the time to shop around for supplies to complete their kids’ back-to-class experience. But for some entrepreneurs, shopping also covers a decent school service vehicle that’ll help children get to and from school comfortably and safely. One vehicle that could fulfill that role is the Foton TransVan HR.

Ready to Get Hitched to a Brand-New Hyundai? Say Yes with the "Here Comes The Ride" Promo

In the Philippines, June is the month when most couples take the next step in their relationship. The abundance of “June brides” has made the month the perfect time for weddings, upping the chances for the best rates and schedules, so couples can achieve the wedding of their dreams.

3M Philippines Launches 2019 Crystalline Tint Series

3M Philippines through its authorized distributor TSL Marketing launches its newest line of automotive tints that offer 99.9 percent ultraviolet protection or the equivalent of wearing SPF 1000 sunblock.

This Volkswagen Pick-Up Truck Makes the Same Power as a Honda Civic Type R

Remember ABT Sportline? The German tuners who were able to increase the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s power to 290 horsepower without voiding the warranty? Well, they’re at it again and this time, they’ve weaved their magic on the VW’s pickup truck, the Amarok.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ford Philippines Adds New Ranger Variant: the XLS Sport and It's Quite Affordable

Ford Philippines is expanding its Ranger lineup in the Philippines with the launch of the new Ranger XLS Sport.

Could the Honda e Be the Millennials' Civic SiR?

Don’t fear EVs, says Honda. They’ll be fun to drive. That’s the promise at least with the carmaker’s first full electric vehicle, the Honda e, built on a new dedicated EV platform.

How a Football Injury Helped Shape the Mazda3's Human-Centric Design

When the first-generation Mazda MX-5 went on sale in 1989, one person waiting in line overnight at the pre-order queue was Yasuyoshi Mushitani. Having joined the carmaker a year earlier, he was employed in Mazda’s vehicle test operations group, although football still took up most of his time.

The Ford Everest's Price is Now as Low as P 1,328,000!

Ford Philippines is still offering big cash discounts and all-in low downpayment deals for its top-selling vehicles this June.

Toyota is First Japanese Carmaker to Win Two 24 Hours of Le Mans Titles

Toyota has become the first Japanese manufacturer to clinch two 24 Le Mans titles after the #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid crossed the finish line first at the Circuit de la Sarthe ahead of its sister car. In the process, the trio of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Fernando Alonso successfully defended their Le Mans crown.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Study Says If You Want Cleaner Emissions Forget Electric Vehicles and Go Hybrids

With automotive battery capacity currently scarce, expensive, and suffering supply problems, the deployment of this limited resource is critical to maximizing carbon dioxide reduction. And the most effective way to reduce global vehicle emissions for the foreseeable future is not full battery electric vehicles (BEVs), but mass adoption of hybrid vehicles.

Review: 2019 SsangYong Musso 2.2 AT 4x2

In the story of which came first: the SUV or the pick-up, the common answer would be: the pick-up. This is true for just about every offering in the market today except for one: the Musso. Leave it to a brand like SsangYong to think outside of the box and engineer a truck out of their mid-sized SUV. With that, it feels like an SUV trapped in a truck’s body; and for the typical Filipino pick-up buyer—the one that looks for refinement, ride comfort more than payload capacity and off-roading capability—this might as well be the right choice.

It Seems a Pair of (Affordable) Italian Sportscars is Coming to Manila in August

After announcing the availability of the Stelvio performance SUV last May, things don’t seem to be quieting down for Petromax Enterprises, a reseller of all things Alfa Romeo and Abarth in the Philippines. Whispers are getting louder that two new sportscars may soon join the line-up in August.

Monday, June 17, 2019

I Tried Doing Studio Photography with the Mazda3 and Failed Miserably

Whetting everyone’s appetite as the launch of the all-new 2019 Mazda3’s launch looms near, Mazda Philippines teamed up with Fujifilm Philippines in a unique collaboration that highlights the carmaker’s Evolved KODO Design.

Volvo Cars Philippines is Slashing the XC90's Price by 22 Percent

Volvo Cars Philippines is offering its flagship SUV, the XC90 at a more affordable price with a three-day sale starting tomorrow.

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW are Joining Forces in EV Development

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW Group confirmed they are joining forces to develop next-generation Electric Drive Units (EDUs) in a move that will support the advancement of electrification technologies in the automotive industry.

Subaru Ties Up with Michael Bolton in Search for Next Rising Star

Motor Image announced that global music legend Michael Bolton will return to Asia for the first season of Asian Dream, an all-new reality talent search where he will join hands with Subaru to shine a light on promising singers across the region.

Nissan Philippines Offers Quicker Insurance Claims with Nissan Assured Program

Nissan Philippines has partnered with Mercantile Insurance to offer a new vehicle insurance program for their customers. The Nissan Assured Program provides customers quality insurance coverage and reliable service response at competitive rates, under the automaker’s brand.

Caltex Opens at the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), recently opened its latest service station along Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX) in Muntinlupa City. Motorists traversing the road from Muntinlupa to Cavite can now avail of quality Euro-4 fuel products and fast service within the station which can cater up to 12 cars fueling up at the same time.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The 2019 Mazda3's Interior is a Treat for All the Senses

There seems to be no end to Mazda’s obsession to detail. For the all-new Mazda3, a car that starts their new-generation (7th generation) models, the carmaker put a lot of time in crafting the interior. The result is a car whose cabin doesn’t just satisfy the visual, but the tactile and aural senses as well.