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Friday, January 31, 2020

Nissan Refreshes the Urvan for 2020 with Added Safety Features

Typically, utility vans like the Urvan rarely get any love—as long as they can do their job, they’re not exactly the focus of nifty updates and stuff. Well, Nissan at least is showering some love on the Urvan, and hopefully this is a sign of what we’re going to be seeing in the near future.

Toyota's President Just Sent This Heartfelt Greeting to Mazda on Their 100th Anniversary

Toyota Motor Corporation President and hardcore car guy Akio Toyoda greeted Mazda on their 100th anniversary proving that there’s only love between these two Japanese carmakers. In a post on Morizo (his racing alter ego)’s blog, he said:

Drive Home a Brand-New Kia with as Little as P 1,000 Downpayment

As Kia Philippines celebrates its first anniversary under AC Industrials, an Ayala company, the Korean carmaker’s Philippine arm treats its existing and potential customers to its Anniversary Blowout promo.

Mitsubishi to Take Engineering Lead in Southeast Asia for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

Despite persistence that the Alliance was in the verge of breaking up post Carlos Ghosn, Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi have jointly announced that they are instead deepening their relationship. This is not just to maximize the collaboration within each Alliance member, but also to enhance their competitiveness globally.

Vehicle Importers See Full Year Sales Remain Steady in 2019

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors, Inc. (AVID) ended the year with a marginal dip of just 0.5 percent, selling 87,984 units compared to 2018’s 88,430 units. This was as the 13-member group rallied with a strong December performance, selling 8,089 units—a 12 percent increased versus the same month in 2018.

Caltex Opens 30 Service Stations in 2019, Heads into 2020 Even Stronger

Caltex, the retail brand of Chevron, closes 2019 with a series of milestones including the opening of 30 new service stations in 2019, allowing them reach more customers nationwide. This feat is on top of setting a new Guinness World Record and the inking of new partnerships as well.

Hummer is Coming Back as an EV with 15,591 Nm of Torque

Hummer is coming back. After becoming the poster child of America’s insatiable demand for large, gas-thirsty SUVs, it’s now turning a new leaf. Now, it’ll be General Motor’s GMC division’s first all-electric truck.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

NextHub Says Your Out-of-Warranty Vehicle Deserve Care and Respect

Strengthening their position as the country’s premier multi-brand automotive distributor & service provider, The Autohub Group of Companies inaugurates their latest vehicle maintenance and repair shop—NextHub Auto Care.

Toyota Philippines Kicks Off Football for Tomorrow Program

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has officially kicked-off its mission to find, train and mentor the country’s future football stars.

Hyundai Opens Angeles Dealership

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., opened its newest full-service passenger car (PC) dealership in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Watch the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Smash the Tsukuba Circuit Record for Production Cars

The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO broke the lap record on the Tsubuka Circuit last December. Driven by Tsugio Matsuda, the 600-horsepower factory-tuned sportscar smashed the existing production car track record by setting a time of 59.3 seconds.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Geely Philippines to Open 15 Dealerships in 2020

Sojitz G Auto Philippines will embark on an aggressive expansion this year to bring their Geely brand to more locations nationwide.

The Blaupunkt BP 7.1 Dash Cam Watches Your Driving Like It Does Your Car

Dashcams are now dime a dozen—coming in all shapes and sizes, prices and features. So what sets the Blaupunkt BP 7.1 from the rest? Well, it keeps an eye out not just on your car, but on your driving as well.

The Only Batch of Leaf-Spring Equipped Navaras Will Service Your Nissan Where You Want It

Nissan Philippines launches its “Service on Wheels,” a mobile solution that delivers scheduled onsite aftersales services and repairs, such as house calls or service caravans. This is to provide Nissan customers excellent vehicle car and services to more customers outside of their authorized service centers.

Toyota Motor Philippines Ruled 9 Auto Segments in 2019 for 18th Straight Triple Crown

Toyota Motor Philippines sold 162,011 units in 2019 making it the dominant number one automaker in the country with a 39.5 percent market share. The carmaker also secured the number one spot as the country’s best-selling passenger car brand and best-selling commercial vehicle brand. This allowed Toyota to secure their 18th straight Triple Crown.

This is Why You Should Never Ride with Your Feet Up a Car's Dashboard

Car guys always hate it when their front passengers put up their feet on the dashboard. Well, aside from looking unsightly and disguisting, there’s now a more important reason not to do that: it’s unsafe.

Toyota Motor Philippines Donates P 2M for Families Displaced by Taal Eruption

To help families affected by the recent Taal volcano eruption, local automotive leader Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) and its media partners have pledged P 2 million as aid for evacuees in regional relief centers in Batangas and Laguna province.

Nissan Remains the Philippines's Fastest Growing Car Brand

Nissan Philippines continues its momentum in 2019, finishing the year as the fastest growing brand yet again. For the entire 12-month period, the Japanese carmaker sold 42,694 units equating to a 22.2 percent growth. This is five times the auto industry’s growth last year.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Nissan's Ultimate Go-Anywhere Navara Gets Upgrades for Better Efficiency, Drivability

When Nissan launched a limited-edition, factory-beefed up Navara called the Navara Off-Roader AT32, it was quickly snapped up by European buyers. Well, no worries because building on the success of the previous model, here’s the newest go anywhere Navara: the 2020 Navara Off-Roader AT32.

Suzuki Auto PH is Discounting Parts for Ash Fall Affected Customers

Suzuki Philippines is now extending its support to all customers affected by the ash fall brought about by the Taal eruption that happened a few weeks ago.

Isuzu Previews Traviz-Based Modern PUV

Isuzu previewed their new Class 1 Modern PUV based off its recently launched Traviz light-duty truck. It was shown during the turnover of 30 brand-new modern PUVs to the Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila & Suburbs Drivers Association (Pasang-Masda), one of the country’s biggest transport groups.

Review: 2020 MG RX5 1.5T Alpha

Among all of MG Philippines’s initial product offerings—the MG ZS, MG6, and the MG RX5, the RX5 represents what is perhaps their boldest move. Competing in the compact SUV segment where desire can sometimes rule over reason, can their value-oriented positioning succeed in a segment where the Americans failed miserably, and where Japanese and Korean brands rule the roost?

Monday, January 27, 2020

Meet the New Face of Hyundai: BTS

Meet the newest global ambassadors of Hyundai: BTS. After spending a year as the global ambassador for Hyundai’s Palisade SUV, the K-Pop super group’s status has been elevated to be Hyundai’s global ambassador brand-wise.

According to Lexus's Study, Luxury Will be About Experiences, Not Things

Lexus looks to the future as they reveal luxury trends based on its most recent research. As part of their ongoing efforts to understand what luxury means to people, Toyota’s premium division commissioned a study of more than 3,200 Americans from Gen Z to Baby Boomers. The result of the study is very interesting.

This Nifty New Feature in the 2020 Ranger Proves Ford Listens to Their Customers

In case you missed it, Ford Philippines re-introduced the FX4 last week. And if that’s not news enough on its own, they also refreshed the entire Ranger line-up this year. Now, while most of the attention has been on the obvious new features, here’s one that’s mind-blowingly simple, but life-changing for most motorists: a high-mount USB.

Ditch Those Charging Cables, BMW is Now Doing Wireless Charging for Cars

Prepare to possibly ditch those bulky charging cables in your EV soon as BMW is widening the pilot test for its inductive charging technology.

The Mazda CX-5 Diesel is Now More Affordable than the Honda CR-V Diesel

Looking for a great deal on a diesel-powered compact SUV? Well, how does a brand-new Mazda CX-5 AWD that is more affordable than a Honda CR-V Diesel sound?

4 Reasons That Show Subaru Loves Dogs

From its background on the racetracks, and a strong following among enthusiasts, Subaru is now making a name for itself in one unlikely field: comfort. Indeed, modern Subarus don’t just offer commendable performance, but they tick off the requirements of every family looking for an attainable car upgrade.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Jaguar and Land Rover Ushers In Chinese New Year with Discounts Up to P 1M!

All British Cars (ABC), the sole authorized dealership of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, parts, and accessories in the Philippines, is slashing up to P 1 million off selected Jaguar and Land Rover models from now until February 9, 2020.

Get Lucky This 2020 with These Car Buying Feng Shui Tips

People are keen on finding out what the Chinese New Year beholds for them and the ways in which they can enhance their good fortune. An age old practice among the Chinese, Feng Shui is a popular custom that is believed to aid one attain favorable opportunities when done properly.

Kia's Making Another SUV and This One's Smaller Than the Seltos

Kia is readying its own answer to the Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Venue. Made first for the Indian market, it’ll be making its worldwide debut (albeit in concept form) at the upcoming New Delhi Auto Expo this February.

The World's First Chevrolet Corvette C8 Sold for P 152.5 Million

The history-making VIN # 0001 of the first mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette was sold for a whopping USD 3 million (~ P 152.5 million) at the 49th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Be One of the First to Test Drive the 2020 Ranger FX4 at the Ford Island Conquest

The launch of the Ford Ranger FX4 officially marks the kick-off of the Ford Island Conquest experiential event this year.

3 Ways the Volkswagen Santana AT is Your Dream Car Made Real

We understand—choosing the best and most affordable first car is one of the toughest decisions you’ll ever take. Never settle for less even for your first car because luxury and long-lasting quality can now be affordable. Check out three ways Volkswagen’s Santana AT makes owning the car of your dreams affordable and worth every penny.

Stricter Emissions Puts Doubts on Suzuki Jimny's Future

The diminutive Suzuki Jimny may soon fall victim to Europe’s increasingly stringent emissions requirements. The carmaker confirmed that the mini-4x4 will be sold only in very limited numbers this year due to the new mandatory emissions reduction targets set to take effect from 2020 onwards.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Mazda Wants You to Be Creative As They Celebrate Their 100th Anniversary

Mazda is reaching a milestone this year. On exactly January 30, 2020, the Hiroshima-based carmaker will celebrate its 100th birthday.

Toyota is Most Admired Auto Maker for 6th Straight Year

Toyota is the most admired motor vehicle company according to Fortune Magazine’s 2020 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list. This year marks the sixth consecutive year for the Japanese automaker to appear in the list. Fortune also recognized Toyota as number 30 among the Top 50 “All-Star” companies surveyed, which included companies from various industries.

Foton PH Ends 2019 Among Top 10 Selling Car Brands, Looks to An Even Stronger 2020

United Asia Automotive Group (UAAGI) retained its position as one of the country’s top-selling car brands in 2019. This was revealed by President Rommel Sytin at their annual Dealers Appreciation Night.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Return of the FX4 Headlines Change to the Philippine 2020 Ford Ranger Line-Up (w/ Specs)

Ford Philippines opens 2020 with the introduction of two new variants of its best-selling Ranger pickup truck. This brings the total available variants to 13—one of the widest in its segment. The two new variants launched are the FX4 in manual and automatic transmission guise.

Geely Ends 2019 as Best-Selling Chinese Car Brand in the World

Geely Automobile Holdings Limited continues to maintain its position as the best-selling Chinese auto brand globally since 2017. With cumulative sales that reached around 1,361,560 units in 2019, Geely Auto has retained its Sales Champion title for the third consecutive year.

Hyundai PH Sells More than 33K Vehicles in 2019

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles ended the year strong with 2.9 percent growth in December 2019 or 3,163 units sold versus the same month last year.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Subaru PH Just Increased Their Prices, Then Threw in a Discount

Okay, Subaru hear me out. You said you wanted to shy away from heavy discounting this 2020, so what gives that barely 30 days into the new year, you’re going back to the same, old tune?

Kia Donates 10 K2500 Kargo Units for Taal Relief Efforts

AC Motors together with the Ayala Foundation mobilized in carrying relief goods in a convoy of 30 vehicles from brands Volkswagen, Maxus, KTM, Honda, and Isuzu.

Suzuki's Ertiga-based SUV Spied at Indonesian Assembly Plant

Photo courtesy of OLX Indonesia
Suzuki’s Ertiga-based SUV, the XL6 is inching towards a possible Philippine launch with news that it’ll be launched for the Indonesian market in the next few weeks, six months after its global debut.

Isuzu Philippines Donates a D-Max to Help in Taal Relief Operations

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) donated one Isuzu D-Max 4x4 LS MT to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Laguna Chapter for the mobilization of relief efforts due to the eruption of Taal Volcano.

Ford Philippines Offers 20 Percent Discount to Customers Affected by Taal Ashfall

Ford Philippines is offering discounts on parts and labor to customers of Ford dealerships in Luzon who have been affected by the recent Taal Volcano ashfall.

Mini, Honda Triumph at World's Most Dangerous Race

Carlos Sainz and his co-driver Lucas Cruz have won the Rally Dakar for the third time, having previously triumphed in 2010 and 2018. In doing so, they presented Mini with its fifth overall victory at the iconic endurance rally.

Toyota's Giving Away Free GR Supra Posters!

Toyota really thinks that they’ve got a car with street cred in the all-new A90 GR Supra. And because of that, they think it’s deserving a bit of your bedroom or living room space; for that, they’re giving away free limited-edition posters.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Subaru Reveals Plans to Improve Its All-Wheel Drive System and Offers Details on New Engine

At a technology briefing in Japan, Subaru Corporation laid down their future plans including one where their entire global line-up will be electrified in one form or another by the first half of 2030.

Rolls-Royce Posts Record Growth in 2019

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars hit a historic annual sales record last year with deliveries rising 25 percent globally compared to 2018. A total of 5,152 cars were delivered in over 50 countries around the world.