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Monday, September 30, 2019

McLaren Returns to Mercedes-Benz Power in 2021

After a tumultuous relationship with Honda and a solid, but unspectacular season so far with Renault, McLaren Racing is hoping to bounce back to the forefront of the Formula grid with the announcement that they will be returning to Mercedes-Benz power from 2021.

Ford May Soon Offer Crack-Resistant Windshields

You find them on the latest smartphones, but not on cars just yet. But that’s all about to change because Ford will soon be offering Gorilla Glass as an option to more of its vehicles soon.

Toyota Motor Philippines Grooms Future Marketeers

Toyota Motor Philippines is giving future marketeers a leg up in the world of automotive marketing with the first-ever Toyota Young Marketeers Challenge or TYMC.

Hyundai Kona Sales are Up 231 Percent So Far in 2019

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai cars and commercial vehicles in the Philippines, sold 2,539 vehicles in August 2019, a 19 percent month-on-month growth from the previous month’s 2,136 units.

Geely Philippines Garners Over 50 Coolray Reservations, Opens First Showroom

The day after its official brand launch in the country, Sojitz G Auto Philippines, the distributor of Geely vehicles opened its first showroom located in the heart of Quezon City.

Honda Philippines Increases Appeal to Fashionables, Filipinas with All-New Genio, ADV150 Motorcycles

Wanting to increase its appeal to fashionables and Filipinas, Honda Philippines, Inc., launched two new motorcycles: the all-new Genio and the all-new ADV150.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Toyota Buys 20 Percent of Subaru, Makes Next-Generation 86, BRZ Happen

After months of intense speculation, Toyota has finally confirmed: they are co-developing the next-generation Toyota 86 with Subaru. The confirmation comes as part of Toyota and Subaru’s increasingly intertwined relationship which sees Toyota getting a larger stake in the all-wheel drive specialist.

Nissan to Start Displaying Classic and Heritage Cars at Global Headquarters

With over 300 cars sitting in its Zama Heritage Collection, there’s no shortage of classic or historical cars to display over at Nissan. Now, because getting to the Zama Heritage Collection can be quite a challenge for the regular tourist, Nissan’s made a prudent decision to add a permanent Heritage Zone to its more accessible global headquarters in Yokohama.

At 1.845M, the 2019 Isuzu mu-X Boondock is the Porma Deal of the Year (w/ Brochure)

Five years—that’s how long the Isuzu mu-X’s been on the Philippine market, and yet, Isuzu Philippines Corporation has managed to keep it fresh with a continuous slew of updates here and there. Their most special one to date though is the mu-X Boondock—a commemorative limited edition that will terrorize mall parking lots very soon.

2020 Mitsubishi L300 vs Hyundai H-100 vs Kia K2500

The loss of the Fuso brand to newly-minted distributor Sojitz Fuso Corporation early this year was a blow to Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, considering the demand for light-duty trucks is growing locally. The resurrection of the L300 softens that blow though, giving MMPC the chance once more to fight back and gain market share once more.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Suzuki Philippines Adds Third Dzire Variant and It's Priced Below P 550k

At the sidelines of the Carry’s Philippine launch, Suzuki Philippines also launched a new variant of its Dzire sub-compact sedan, targeted for fleet owners: the Dzire GA.

Suzuki Philippines Launches 2020 Carry (w/ Brochure)

Suzuki Philippines Inc. launches the all-new 2020 Carry catering to the needs of commercial businesses located specifically in tight city confines.

10 Things That are Younger Than the Mitsubishi L300

The Mitsubishi L300 is officially back. After being put into cryogenic storage in 2017, the venerable workhorse is back two years later sporting a brand-new heart. Despite its cleaner and more powerful 4N14 heart, the basic platform dates back to 1987. This makes the L300 an unprecedented 32 years old this year (well, 30 if you include the break).

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Honda to Celebrate Joy of Potential with All-New Jazz at Tokyo Motor Show

At this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Honda is showcasing “the joy of expanding our life’s potential.” As the company marks the 60th anniversary of CB Series motorcycle sales and the 60th anniversary of their participation in Formula One, their pavilion dives deep into the performance and design of their various vehicles.

Toyota Motor Philippines Reminds: Fake Parts Break Hearts

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is reminding its customers of the time-long adage: “fake parts break hearts.” This comes as several online sellers have been posting parts and accessories for sale bearing the Toyota Genuine Parts mark and logo.

MG Celebrates First Year of UK Advanced Design Studio with One-of-a-Kind Art Car

The UK home of SAIC and MG design has celebrated its first anniversary and to commemorate the occasion, Advanced Design Director, Carl Gotham and his team, have partnered with UK-based artist DS_Art to create a one-off MG ZS art car which is now displayed at MG Motor UK’s London office.

Mazda's First-Ever EV is Coming and It May Use Toyota's TNGA Platform

Mazda is finally ready to plug-in. After getting left behind in the EV game, the Hiroshima-based carmaker has announced that its first mass-production battery electric vehicle will make its global debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

All-New 2020 Subaru Levorg is Launching at the Tokyo Motor Show

While everyone else has their eye on the Subaru WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition, the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show marks the global debut of the all-new, second-generation Levorg.

Subaru's Finally Saying Goodbye to an Engine That's as Old as Taylor Swift

The year was 1989. Taylor Swift was born and Subaru launched the engine known as the EJ20. Through the years, while Taytay went through a dozen break-ups, Subaru filled its trophy cabinet from the World Rally Championships and even the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

Geely Comes Back with 2020 Coolray SUV. Prices Start at P 978,000 (w/ Specs)

Last July, Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP) was officially appointed as the importer and distributor of Geely cars in the Philippines. The company is the newest member of the Sojitz Corporation family which has been in the automotive business locally since the 1960’s.

Audi Philippines Launches 2020 A4 by Discounting It by One Million Pesos

Christmas comes early for those seeking a brand-new Audi to end the year. PGA Cars, the official distributor of Audi announces the arrival of the 2020 A4 sedan and with that, is now offering it with a P 1 million (yes, a P 1,000,000 discount) for a limited time.

First-Ever 4x4 Expo Philippines is Happening This Weekend

The largest gathering of 4x4 vehicles is happening this Saturday, September 28 to Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the first-ever 4x4 Expo Philippines. Happening at the open grounds of Arcovia City, Pasig (C5 near Landers), it will be a haven to off-road enthusiasts of all ages.

Philippines, This is Your 2019 Subaru Palm Challenge Team

Philippines, this is the team that will represent the country at the Subaru Palm Challenge Finals in Singapore. Due to the unforgiving weather, only three of the 2018 Philippine Team made it to the Top 10 this year.

The Brio is Now Honda Cars Philippines's Third Best-Selling Model

After getting hit hard by the implementation of the new vehicle excise tax in 2018, Honda Cars Philippines President and General Manager Noriyuki Takakura reveals that the Japanese automaker believes that they’ve put the worst behind them.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Welcome the 2020 Nissan Patrol (w/ Video)

Nissan has pulled the wraps off the 2020 Patrol. Concentrating on providing for true “Go Anywhere” capabilities, this offers heightened levels of sophistication, comfort, safety, and connectivity.

2020 Honda Accord EL vs Mazda6 Skyactiv-Turbo vs Toyota Camry 2.5 V

With the launch of the 2020 Honda Accord, the Japanese executive sedan “big three” has now seen either a substantial re-fresh or a full-blown model change. Eschewing a large displacement normally-aspirated engine, the Accord has now adopted turbocharged power, following the same path laid down, at least locally, by the Mazda6. Naturally, a spec brawl beckons.

2020 Honda Accord Gets Turbo Power, Honda SENSING Tech for Just P 2.288M (w/ Specs)

Honda Cars Philippines is upping its game in the executive sedan segment by launching the all-new, 10th generation Accord. The 2020 Accord is the embodiment of everything that Honda stands for with its bolder styling, cutting-edge driver assistive features, and turbocharged power.

Built atop an all-new platform, the Accord is now lower and wider than its predecessor. Utilizing laser welding to join the roof and side panels, it boasts of increased rigidity while also removing the need for a garnish over the rain channels. The planted and sporty silhouette creates a more dramatic and aggressive presence. The upright chrome wing grille are sandwiched by headlights will full LED technology and LED fog lights. At the back, are C-shaped LED taillights contributing to a distinctive look, especially at night. At its four corners are 18-inch noise-reducing alloy wheels.

Inside, the Accord continues with its tech-savvy interior juxtaposed with premium appointments. For the driver, it has a two-part instrument cluster that combines a multi-info 7-inch TFT display with a traditional speedometer. To the middle, there’s Honda’s latest Display Audio System. With an 8-inch screen, it combines gesture controls with voice commands while also offering standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other standard features include: dual zone climate control, push-button start/stop, walk away auto lock, speed sensing door locks, and electronic parking brake with auto hold. And thanks to a lengthened wheelbase, there’s an additional 48 millimeters of legroom for the rear occupants.

For 2020, the Accord is available with a single powertrain option: the 1.5-liter i-VTEC Turbo putting out 190 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 243 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 5,500 rpm. The outputs are at par with the outgoing normally-aspirated 2.4-liter motor, but should provide for improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions. This engine is mated to a CVT transmission with the usual Honda Eco Assist System. Unlike other applications though, the Accord also has a Sport mode which sharpens the throttle and steering response as well. Paddle shifters are also standard.

Finally, the Accord joins the top-of-the-line CR-V in receiving the Honda Sensing driver assist system. This suite combines safety features including: Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Auto High Beam. In addition, it comes with 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, LaneWatch camera, Straight Driving Assist, and a Multiview reverse camera with guidelines.

The all-new 2020 Accord is now available at all authorized Honda dealerships with a choice of three colors: Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black, and Modern Steel Metallic. The price is at P 2,288,000.

2020 Honda Accord EL Turbo CVT Honda Sensing Specifications

Dimensions and Weight

  • Length: 4,901 mm
  • Width: 1,862 mm
  • Height: 1,450 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,830 mm
  • Ground Clearance: 130 mm
  • Curb Weight: 1,476 kg.
  • Turning Radius: 5.7 m
  • Trunk Capacity: 573 liters
Engine and Transmission
  • Engine: 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo
  • Power: 190 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
  • Torque: 260 Nm @ 1,600-5,000 rpm
  • Transmission: Earth Dreams CVT
  • Eco Assist System
  • Sports Mode
  • Remote Engine Start
Suspension and Brakes
  • Front Suspension: MacPherson Struts
  • Rear Suspension: Multi-link
  • Front Brakes: Vented Disc
  • Rear Brakes: Solid Disc
  • Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Brake Hold
  • Tire Size: 235/45 R 18 98 V
  • Electric, Dual Pinion
  • Steering Wheel Material: Leather
  • Controls: Audio, Bluetooth Hands Free Telephone, Voice Command, Scroll Wheel
  • Cruise Control
  • Straight Driving Assist
Exterior Features
  • Full LED Headlights with Auto Leveling and High-Beam
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED Taillights
  • LED Fog Lights
  • 18-inch Noise Reducing Alloy Wheel
  • Chrome Front Grille
  • Black Paint Bumper Skid Garnish
  • Side Sill Garnish with Chrome Molding
  • High-Gloss Black Door Sash Garnish
  • Power Folding, Power Adjust Door Mirrors with Reverse Auto Tilt and LED Turn Signal
  • Twin Exhaust System
  • Auto Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Chrome and Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Shark Fin Antenna
  • Rear Defogger
Interior Features
  • Smart Entry with Push-Start System
  • Leather Seats
  • Dark Brown Wood, Silver & Piano Black Trim
  • 8-Way Power Adjust Driver Seat
  • 4-way Power Front Passenger Seat
  • Intelligent Dual Zone Climate Control with Rear Ventilation
  • Rear USB Ports x 2
  • Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror
  • Full Color TFT Instrument Cluster with Digital Display, Turbo Meter, Oil Monitor System
  • Driver & Front Passenger One-Touch Power Windows
  • Driver & Passenger Seatback Pockets
  • Sunvisor with Vanity Mirror & Illumination
  • Rear Seats with Folding Armrest and Cup Holder
  • Front and Rear Door Pockets
  • Ambient Light, Map Light, Dome Lights, Courtesy Light, Reading Light, Trunk Light, Console Pocket Light
  • Accessory Socket (12-volt)
Audio Features
  • 8-inch Touchscreen Advanced Display Audio,
  • Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth Connectivity, AM/FM Radio
  • USB x 2, iPhone, iPod Connectivity
  • 8 Speaker System
Honda SENSING Features
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Low Speed Follow
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Lane Keep Assist System
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
Safety and Security Features
  • LaneWatch Camera
  • Multi-View Reverse Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Front Parking Sensors
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Driver Attention Monitor
  • 6 Airbags
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body
  • Vehicle Stability Assist
  • Hill Start Assist
  • ABS with EBD
  • Emergency Stop Signal
  • Driver and Front Pasenger Seatbelt Reminder
  • 3-pt. ELR Seatbelts x 5
  • ISO FIX Childseat Anchors
  • Walk Away Auto Door Lock
  • Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
  • Security Alarm and Immobilizer

Review: 2019 Honda Brio 1.2 V CVT

As the smallest car in the Honda line-up, the Brio arrived without much ado, but with all the makings of a traffic stopper. Primarily because of its bright, canary yellow color, but also because of its immediate no-nonsense appeal. Rather than the Jazz, which is closer to its size, it gives off a more conservative vibe that is like their elder—the Honda CR-V. The similarities are astounding and the imagery is similar—practical, reliable, but also sporty and a risk-taker. While it’s far from perfect, the Brio is one to love and may, perhaps, become your next favorite ride.

Petron Launches Fuel Wise Campaign

The country’s largest and only Filipino-owned fuel retailer, Petron launches the Fuel Wise advocacy which highlights the safety of motorists by ensuring that their vehicles remain in good condition through using high-quality fuels from Petron.

Suzuki Breaks Ground for New Tagum Dealership

Suzuki Philippines, Inc. continues to bolster its presence in Mindanao with a new dealership in Tagum City in Davao. After setting a new record of more than 2,000 vehicles sold nationwide in four consecutive months this year, SPH is gearing up to open new showrooms in different areas across the country with fast-paced business growth.

Hyundai's Game Changer: 5-Years Free PMS on Top of Its 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) is celebrating 18 years of operations, with almost a decade of being the third top player in the Philippine automotive industry. As a way of thanking its loyal Filipino buyers and to continue driving customer-centric programs, Hyundai is launching the industry’s first and only 5-year unlimited mileage warranty and 5-year free Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) offer on new purchases of its flagship vehicles–Grand Starex, Santa Fe, and Tucson.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Hyundai Philippines Makes History with 5-Year Free PMS, Unlimited Mileage Warranty

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the Philippines is making history by offering the country’s longest bumper-to-bumper warranty, while also offering the longest inclusive free preventive maintenance service package, too.

Isuzu Dealers are Offering the 2020 D-Max LS-A with Up to P 250,000 Discount

After its launch in Metro Manila, Isuzu Philippines Corporation brought its 2020 D-Max LS-A for two regional launches: one in Visayas, and the other in Mindanao.

The Lavida Club Edition and Club Edition+ is Volkswagen PH's Gift to Enthusiasts

Who says Volkswagens don’t play nice with tuners? Well, Volkswagen Philippines is proving these naysayers wrong by coming up with two special packages for the Lavida compact sedan: the Lavida Club Edition and the Lavida Club Edition+.

Goodyear Philippines Launches Quiet, High-Mileage All-Terrain Tire: The Wrangler AT SilentTrac

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in the Philippines, Goodyear is announcing a brand-new addition to its Wrangler family that carries the company legacy of innovation and performance to keep Filipino drivers safe on the road: the Wrangler AT SilentTrac.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Subaru Expands STI Gallery

After renovating the shrine dedicated to everything STI last January, Subaru has announced that the STI Gallery has now been expanded. The shrine dedicated to Subaru Technica International is opening to the public starting this Saturday, September 21, 2019—perfect for those making the trek to the Tokyo Motor Show in October.