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Friday, February 28, 2020

Piaggio to Start Assembly in the Philippines

Autoitalia Philippines Enterprises, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Piaggio in the Philippines has taken the next step, and has entered into a technical licensing agreement with Piaggio to manufacture and assemble its vehicles not just for the Philippine market, but for export to other ASEAN countries as well.

Toyota Motor PH President Now Knows: Our Public Transportation Sucks

Metro Manila’s mass transport system sucks. Almost everyone who uses a jeepney or MRT to get to and from work knows it, but it’s just different when the observation comes from no less than the president of the country’s biggest carmaker.

Kia PH Extends Anniversary Blowout Promo

Kia Philippines continues its first anniversary celebration by extending its anniversary blowout promo until March 31, 2020.

Nissan to Halt PH Manufacturing According to Sta. Rosa City Mayor

The decision of Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) to stop local assembly may not be the last. Sta. Rosa City mayor Arlene Arcillas revealed that Nissan is following suit as well.

Suzuki Auto PH Inches to 77 Dealer Target with Butuan Ground Breaking

Suzuki Philippines remains bullish in its nationwide expansion as it breaks ground for the new and improved Suzuki Auto Butuan, now complete with offerings such as sales, service, and spare parts. Capping last 2019 with 21.17 percent sales increase, Suzuki Philippines is set to end the month of February with 77 dealerships in total.

Volkswagen Says the Gearbox of the Future Will Have 1 Gear

Volkswagen believes that the future of the gearbox is this: a single-speed gearbox system. As the world enters the era of e-mobility, VW understands that the nature of electric motors fundamentally changes the way power is transmitted to the wheels. For that, they’ve developed the APP310 e-drive unit.

Ford's New Chief Operating Officer Wants to Make Sure the Carmaker Builds Their Cars Right

Former Toyota man and now incoming Ford Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley laid down his plan to turn around the American carmaker. With the surprise retirement of Joe Hinrichs, Farley will become the front man starting March 1.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

UPDATED: Geely PH to Introduce Hybrid Tech in Their Upcoming Compact SUV

UPDATE: It has been officially named as the Geely Azkarra (3/11).

Geely is taking a bold step by introducing its very own gasoline-electric hybrid technology into its upcoming compact SUV. The yet unnamed offering may beat the Subaru Forester e-BOXER as the country’s first electrified compact SUV.

Volkswagen PH Launches New Brand Campaign with Aim to Better the Filipino Motoring Experience

Volkswagen Philippines enters 2020 with a rejuvenated brand campaign: “We Move You” and kicked it off in spectacular fashion last week at the Activity Center of Trinoma in Quezon City.

The P 6.21-million "Urban Pack" is the Most Popular Land Rover Defender 110

Order books are now open for the three-door Land Rover Defender 90 following the successful launch of the five-door Defender 110.

Road Safety Groups Caution Against Used, Worn Tires Amidst Possible Shortage of Low-Cost Tires

While most people link the Coronavirus to the closure of vehicle manufacturing plants as its most direct effect to the automotive industry, it may also have an effect on something that concerns current vehicle owners as well: the supply of low-cost tires.

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf Hot Hatch Comes in Three Flavors

Volkswagen has finally lifted the covers off the hot hatch version of its all-new Mk. 8 Golf, and it comes in three flavors: gasoline, plug-in hybrid, and even diesel. Meet the 2021 Golf GTI, GTE, and GTD.

A More Powerful Engine is Making Its Way into the Subaru XV by 2021

The American customers asked, they listened. Subaru is finally addressing one of the major complaints with its Subaru XV subcompact crossover come 2021 over there: it’ll get a larger engine.

Honda Just Gave the Jazz an SUV-Like Makeover

Understanding that crossovers have a broader appeal nowadays, Honda has come up with an SUV-inspired version of the all-new Jazz. Called the Jazz Crosstar, it comes with features that make it better suited for those who aspire to live “active lifestyles.”

Is Hyundai Making a High-Performance All Electric Vehicle?

Hyundai’s “Sensuous Sportiness” design philosophy is coming to EVs, and it’ll be previewed by the Prophecy which will be shown in full at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ferrari Museum Opens Exhibit Dedicated to Its Grand Tourers

In celebration of Enzo Ferrari’s birthday, a new exhibition has been opened at the museum that bears his name in Modena, Italy. Entitled “Ferrari Grand Tour, a journey through beauty and passion,” celebrates the Italian carmaker’s most elegant grand tourers, all of which happen to be truly global in their appeal.

2020 MG Live! Kicks Off with Cebu Concert This Weekend

MG Philippines continues to showcase the best OPM talents as it kicks off MG Live! 2020 this February. This year MG Philippines is going national: the MG Live! free concert series will be brought to key locations around the country, starting with the first leg happening in Cebu from February 27 to March 1, 2020.

For P 416k, Porsche Will Put Your Fingerprint Onto Your Brand-New 911

Just imagine what sort of privacy problems this could bring. While ill-informed netizens went gaga over the OR code that comes with the LTO’s so-called “third plate,” Porsche has gone a step further, and is now offering your very own fingerprint as a decorative strip on your brand-new 911.

Rolls-Royce Makes an App That's a Mix Between Facebook and Frontrow

Open-minded ka ba? Well, if you’re a Rolls-Royce owner, you can now tap into a very exclusive, very small clientele of multi-millionaires and billionaires to invest in your business. This is one of the things you can do in one of the most elite digital clubs in the world: Whispers.

Hyundai's Off Hunting Civics with the 2020 i30

Hyundai is off to hunt Honda Civics (at least in Europe) with the i30. The Korean carmaker’s compact car has been updated with a new design, better connectivity features, and an available 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Subaru PH Now Offers 360-degree Camera for Subaru XV and Forester Models

Subaru is doubling down on its commitment to offer cutting-edge safety on their vehicles by adding a 360-degree camera on its most popular models—the Subaru XV and Forester.

This Hotted-Up 2020 Honda Civic Type R Won't be Available in the Philippines (w/ Video)

Concerned with improving its performance on the race track, Honda has come up with a hotted-up version of its Civic Type R for 2020: the Civic Type R Limited Edition.

Subaru is Targeting Big Numbers for 2021 WRX STI

Subaru is setting a huge target for its all-new flagship performance sedan, the WRX STI when it debuts in 2021. A report from Forbes says that Subaru Technica International (STI) is setting output goals of no less than 400 horsepower and 490 Nm of torque.

Hyundai and Kias Will Shift, Brake Less Thanks to Big Data

Hyundai Motor Group is harnessing the power of big data to rid the world of needless gear shifting. Called Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift System, it will predictively shift gears after identifying road and traffic conditions ahead.

Global NCAP Calls on Car Makers Not to Make Safety Shortcuts (w/ Video)

The Global New Car Assessment Program or Global NCAP is highlighting the double standards by which car manufacturers operate depending on region requirement, particularly in the area of safety.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Ford PH Brings Back Everest Trend This 2020 for P 1.738M

Ford Philippines is boosting its SUV lineup with the addition of a new Ford Everest variant, the 2020 Ford Everest Trend, offering customers a new mid-size SUV variant that offers great value with enhancements in its smart and safety features.

What Features Do You Find in the P 2.45-million 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4WD GT? (w/ Specs)

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines sent shockwaves when it revealed the pricing of the Montero Sport 4WD GT. Once known for its value-oriented positioning, the top-trim 7-seater mid-sized SUV now costs P 2,450,000—higher than any of its rivals, and even the likes of Mazda’s two 7-seater crossovers—the CX-8 and CX-9.

2020 Kia Seltos 2.0 SX vs 2020 Mazda CX-30 2.0 Pro

Subcompact crossovers are all the rage these days, and remarkably, it’s a segment that seems to find never ending niches. One of the most visible signs of this segmentation at work is through price—with subcompact crossovers costing anywhere from less than a million pesos to several million pesos. But what happens when segments meet—like the union in a Venn diagram? Things are bound to get interesting.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Displaced Honda Workers Can Work in Construction Says Malacañang

Malacañang says that Honda Cars Philippines’s decision to shut down its assembly will just have a “minimal impact” on the Philippine economy.

The 2020 BMW X1 Gets Weaker Engine, But Becomes P800k Cheaper (w/ Brochure)

Together with the all-new 2020 1 Series, BMW Philippines has launched the refreshed X1 giving it aesthetic and feature updates, along with a significantly lower price tag.

DTI May Impose Safeguard Measures Against CBU Vehicles

The sudden announcement of Honda Cars Philippines’s decision to shutter its local assembly effective March of this year underscores the frailty of the Philippine automotive industry; so much so that a worker’s group, made of employees from various automakers, has petitioned the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to reconsider the country’s position under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement or AFTA.

Honda PH to Assemble P 66k BeAT Scooter Locally (w/ Specs)

Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), introduces The new 2020 BeAT, the automatic scooter model that will be made in the Philippines.

Mazda PH Finally Reveals 2020 MX-5 Prices; Now Starting at P 1.980-million

After its preview at the Mazda Premium event last January, Mazda Philippines has finally released the pricing of its 2020 MX-5. The good news is that overall equipment is up compared to the 2019 model; bad news is that pricing is up considerably on all trims.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Mazda PH Introduces New Top-Trim 2020 CX-5 Variant: the Signature AWD Diesel

Mazda Philippines finally completes its 2020 CX-5 line-up with the introduction of its new top-line model: the Signature AWD Diesel variant. Boasting aesthetic and performance-oriented changes, it’s set to move the goalpost once more in the compact crossover segment.

BMW PH Does It Again: 2020 1 Series Undercuts the Merc A-Class, MINI Clubman JCW (w/ Specs)

Flair up those nostril hot hatch fans, because BMW Philippines just unleashed yet another surprise in the all-new 1 Series. Available in two variants, the 1 Series switches to a new platform (UKL2) which fuses the brand’s dynamic excellence with increased interior space. And they also happen to undercut their two chief segment rivals.

Honda Cars PH to Stop Local Assembly

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc., which produces the BR-V and City, announced today, that it will stop production operations in its plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, effective March 2020.

Friday, February 21, 2020

The 2020 BMW X3 Lives Up to What Every Independent, Mobile Upscale Filipina Wants

When one hears of BMW, the image that comes to mind is, one of its elegant sedans that have stood the test of time. Just ask any enthusiast and they will reminisce of such a time when the family had owned a 3 or 5 Series. In recent years though, BMW has expanded its range to answer the demand for those who want something taller—the SUV, or in corporate parlance, Sport Activity Vehicle.

3 Reasons Why You Should Visit MIAS for Your Car Accessory Needs

Owning a car is a perk as much as it is a responsibility. Regardless of the make and model, cars need regular maintenance checks and even upgrades to keep it in tip-top shape. Another way in which vehicles can be enhanced is through the thoughtful selection of accessories that can improve the performance of the car and even elevate its look.

Porsche and Hyundai's Genesis Make the Best Vehicles

A week after J.D. Power released its vehicle dependability study, Consumer Reports did the same. This ranking is unique in that Consumer Reports accepts no advertising, pays for all the products it tests, and as a nonprofit organization, has no shareholders. These factors give weight to the products and services it recommends.

A Luxury Car Price War Just Made the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class the Most Affordable One In Its Class

There’s a price war brewing in the premium mid-sized sedan segment. After BMW revealed its less-than-P4-million Made-in-Malaysia 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz is now offering their own cutthroat version of the E-Class.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Peugeot Just Made Themselves a Rival to the Hilux and Ranger: the Landtrek

Peugeot is building themselves a rival to the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger, but they’ve taken a runabout way to do so. Built and developed in China by Peugeot’s joint-venture partner there, Changan, the 2020 Landtrek is said to meet “the best international standards.”

Hino Opens Fifth Dealership in Visayas

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, expands its retail network with Hino Leyte, the company’s first dealership to open in 2020.

Mitsubishi PH Moves Offices to BGC

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) formally announces the assignment of some of its key departments to the country’s premiere business district.

Bill Gates Chooses a Porsche Taycan Over a Tesla

Billionaire, philanthropist, and the guy who was partly responsible for Clippy, Bill Gates has chosen the Porsche Taycan as his first-ever full-electric vehicle or EV.

The 2021 Kia Sorento Will Have Diesel Power Paired to a Dual Clutch Transmission

Kia’s using the weeks leading up to the Geneva Motor Show to reveal more details about its 2021 Sorento. After showing off the design, the Korean automaker’s confirmed some details on the platform and engines as well.

The 2020 Honda Civic Type R Loses the Rear Wing for Softbois

If you have a snooty reputation to protect, and you don’t want to be seen in a “boy racer” car, well, Honda’s just come up with a solution for you: the Civic Type R Sport Line. This variant is a new addition to the refreshed Civic Type R family.

The Mazda BT-50 is Now Cheaper than the Ford Ranger and Comes with Free Service for 3 Years

Always wanted a Ford Ranger, but was afraid of the maintenance cost? Well, consider its mechanical twin, the Mazda BT-50 then. For the next 9 days, the Ranger’s twin-from-another-mother comes with a hefty P 180,000 discount.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

All-New Land Rover Defender Did Its Own Stunts in No Time To Die

The all-new Land Rover Defender will be pushed to its limits in the new James Bond film, No Time To Die.

China's Great Wall Motors to Acquire GM's Thailand Manufacturing Facility

China’s Great Wall Motors (GWM) is setting its sights on the ASEAN market with the announcement that they’re the ones buying GM’s manufacturing facilities in Rayong, Thailand. This comes as GM finds continued manufacturing in ASEAN to be unfeasible.

Should the All-New 2020 Hyundai i20 Worry the Honda Jazz?

Hyundai’s bringing its Sensuous Sportiness to the sub-compact class with the all-new i20. Representing the model’s most ambitious design yet, it comes packed with cutting-edge connectivity features and the most comprehensive safety package in its class. Should the Honda Jazz and Mazda2 worry?