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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Mazda Says They Can Turn Internal Combustion Engines Carbon Neutral

Despite the automotive industry’s love for electrification, Mazda thinks that the internal combustion engine still has a lot of give—at least until the next 20 or so years. As part of its Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 long-term strategy, the Japanese carmaker is aiming to reduce its “Well-to-Wheel” emissions by 50 percent of 2010 levels by 2030, and to 90 percent by 2050.

Honda's Design Recognized at Red Dot 2020 Awards

Honda’s gotten its design mojo back and proving it are three awards at the Red Dot awards including the highest honor—the Red Dot: Best of the Best.

The Latest Lego Technic Set is the "Fast and Furious" Dodge Charger

The latest Fast and Furious move may have been delayed until 2021, but fans of the movie franchise (and muscle car afficionados) can still get a piece of with Lego’s newest Technic line kit: the 1970 Dodge Charger driven by Dom Toretto in the film series.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Metro Pacific Follows SMC's Lead, Makes Tollways Free for Medical Front Liners

Two days after San Miguel Corporation announced that medical front liners can use its tollways for free, Metro Pacific Corporation has now followed suit.

Suzuki and Kia are Offering Extended Warranty, PMS Coverage

Suzuki and Kia have now joined other carmakers in offering extended warranty coverage and preventive maintenance service grace period in light of the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the Philippines.

The 2020 Hyundai Accent Goes High-Tech (w/ 14 Photos)

After teasing the world with the first images of the refreshed 2020 Accent two weeks ago, Hyundai has now released all the details surrounding its sub-compact sedan.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ex-BMW Guy is Kia's New Interior Design Chief

Another key appointment over at Kia is Jochen Paesen who will now serve as Vice President of the carmaker’s Interior Design Group. Paesen will be based at the Kia Design Center in Namyang, Korea and will report to Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Center.

Isuzu PH Helps Hometown of Biñan and Santa Rosa by Providing Front Liner Transport Needs

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) joins other automakers in providing for the transportation needs of the country’s healthcare and frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 particularly in their adaptive hometown of Biñan, Laguna.

Isuzu PH's Mobile Medic Can Still Service Isuzu Vehicles in Essential Sectors

Isuzu Philippines Corporation is assuring its customers that during this period of Enhanced Community Quarantine, its mobile service—Isuzu Mobile Medics is still online.

Honda Automobile (China) Will Cease to Exist by April

After the closure of its assembly plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna, as well as the plant that makes the Civic Type R, Honda is continuing to consolidate its global manufacturing footprint with the announcement that Honda Automobile (China) will cease to exist by April.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Subaru PH Offers Warranty, PMS Extensions As Well

With the closure of all their showrooms and service centers nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country has made the decision to extend PMS and warranties.

Ford PH Lends Out Transit Vans as Healthcare Front Liner Shuttles

Ford Philippines is deploying its Ford Transit vans to help transport medical and healthcare front liners amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine that saw the suspension of public transportation in Luzon.

Kia Appoints New President to Accelerate EV, Self-Driving Car Efforts

Kia Motors Corporation will have a new president. Ho-sung Song, currently Kia’s Head of Global Operations Division will take over on April 1.

Mitsubishi PH Helps Santa Rosa's COVID-19 Efforts

As its way of recognizing the efforts of Filipinos, particularly at its hometown of Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) lent out L300 shuttle units through the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Medical Front Liners Can Use SMC Tollways for Free

San Miguel Corporation is waiving toll on all its expressways for medical front liners working tirelessly to save lives in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Land Rover Just Donated a Bunch of Defenders for Fight Against COVID-19

Motoring media events are being canceled left and right due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. One such canceled event is the all-new Land Rover Defender 110’s international ride and drive event. However, instead of idling these units though, Land Rover actually put them to good use.

Friday, March 27, 2020

McLaren Was Obsessed in Weight Reduction in Its Newest LT Model

McLaren is opening a new chapter for their “Longtail” series with the introduction of the 765LT—a car so obsessed with losing weight, the carmaker’s engineers went through excessive lengths just for the grams.

Nissan PH Extends Warranty, PMS Schedule

Nissan Philippines has finally released a statement regarding vehicles with expiring warranties during this period of Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Caltex PH Outlines COVID-19 Efforts

Chevron Philippines, Inc. (Caltex) together with Chevron Holdings, Inc. (CHI) teamed up to donate cash and fuel amounting to P 1 million to provide for the safe transport and equipment to front liners and health workers in the fight against COVID-19.

The 2020 Nissan Navara Black Edition Looks Wilder

Last year, Nissan introduced an updated Navara for 2020 which made its debut first in Europe. Subsequently, it’s made its way to Asia in markets such as Thailand and Australia as well. With that, Nissan’s always opted to dress up their Navara based on local tastes—Australia has the N-Trek, while for Asia, there’s the Black Edition. And here’s a sneak peek of the fresh for 2020 edition.

Chevrolet Promises More Advanced In-Car Connectivity

One hundred years ago, Popular Mechanics magazine predicted that “radio equipment for automobiles is not far away.” They were right. In 1922, Westinghouse installed one of its radios in a “Chevrolet for Campers” concept to the delight of the era’s media. A decade later, Chevrolet introduced factory-installed radios in its cars.

Here's the First Proof that Nissan is Making An All-New Z Sportscar

We can’t wait for 2021. Despite increased pressure to adopt more zero emissions vehicles, Japanese carmakers aren’t forgetting enthusiasts. Aside from Toyota and Subaru firming up details on their next-generation 86 / BRZ sportscar, Nissan has just given us the first solid indication that an all-new Z sportscar is happening.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Toyota Motor PH Activates Media Fleet to Service Front Liners and Health Workers

As the country’s undisputed number one car brand, it’s no surprise that Toyota Motor Philippines has the largest press fleet around. When the Enhanced Community Quarantine hit though, these units were all grounded, until now.

All-New Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ Coming in 2021 and Will Pack 255 Horsepower

With the current Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ nearing the end of its lifecycle, rumors are starting to swirl about its replacement. Confirmed that the collaboration between Toyota and Subaru will continue for the second-generation model, there are now reports that it’ll pack more power, ride on a new platform, and for Toyota, a brand-new badge.

Foton PH is First Chinese Brand to Extend Payment Terms, Warranties, and PMS

Foton Philippines, the best-selling Chinese commercial vehicle brand in the Philippines is joining Japanese and American carmakers (yes, the Korean ones except for SsangYong have been mum) in extending auto loan due dates, expiring warranties, and adding grace periods to missed Periodic Maintenance Service due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Ford is Now Making COVID-19 Medical Equipment Using Car Parts

There are COVID-19 marketing gimmicks, and then there are true signs of ingenuity. At a time when American carmakers were getting beat when it comes to car tech, they’ve shown that in a time of a crisis, they still have the engineering mojo to come up with all sorts of practical solutions.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Mazda to Suspend Production in Japan, Thailand Due to Parts Shortage

In response to the global spread of COVID-19, Mazda has decided to adjust production at their production facilities globally in consideration of difficulties in parts procurement, plummeting sales in overseas markets, and the uncertainty of future markets.

Phoenix Petroleum Donates LPG, Fuel for COVID-19 Response

Phoenix Petroleum, the first independent oil company and the fastest-growing and leading independent oil company in the Philippines, recently made known efforts it has undertaken to join the fight against COVID-19.

Aston Martin Releases First Details on New V6 Engine

Aston Martin has released the first details of its in-house designed V6 engine which will replace the Mercedes-AMG-sourced V8s on its mid-engined sportscars from 2022.

Codenamed TM01, it’s Aston Martin’s first in-house designed engine since 1968. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 is electrified from the get-go. With that, the it promises to have more power and torque than ever before. The final figures are determined by the characteristic of each application, but it should at least match the current 503 horsepower, 685 Nm of torque outputs made by the M177 Mercedes-AMG engine.

Taking learnings from the Aston Martin Valkyrie project, the new V6 is developed with a “hot V” structure. This makes for a compact engine weighing less than 200 kilograms in total.

Naturally, the engine will be positioned directly behind the driver’s cabin and equipped with a dry sump system to guarantee the lowest possible center of gravity. The system will also deliver exceptional lubrication performance even during on-limit, high-speed cornering. It’s also designed to meet up to Euro 7 emissions requirements.

The new Aston Martin V6 engine will debut first on the Valhalla.

Chevrolet PH Extends Expiring Vehicle Warranty by 2 Months

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the Philippines joins other carmakers in offering both a grace period for missed Periodic Maintenance Service (PMS) and warranty extensions due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Toyota Can't Keep Pledge, Will Halt Production at Several Japanese Plants

It was a pledge even Akio Toyoda couldn’t keep. A few days after announcing to the world that Japanese automakers will “do all they can to remain producing cars and trucks,” Toyota announced that they’ll be idling five Japanese plants beginning April 3.

Geely's COVID-19 Marketing is Getting Out of Hand

There are great measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 such as Work from Home (WFH), proper personal hygiene, regular sanitation, and social distancing; then there are useless gimmicks like this.

Ford to Suspend Production of PH Market Ranger, Everest

Ford has opted to suspend the vehicle and engine production at its International Markets Group (IMG) manufacturing sites including Thailand which makes vehicles such as the Ranger and Everest.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Petron Assures of Adequate Fuel Supply Despite Enhanced Community Quarantine

Petron Corporation is assuring its consumers that there will be a continuous supply of petroleum products as the entire nation steps up its fight against COVID-19.

Isuzu PH Offers 30-Day Warranty Extension, PMS Grace Period During Quarantine Period

A week into the community quarantine, Isuzu Philippines Corporation is following the lead of Mazda, Honda, Toyota, and Ford in extending its warranty and offering a grace period for those who missed or will miss their Periodic Maintenance Service (PMS).

Social Distancing, Germaphobia is the New Norm at Geely's Plants

Life in China is slowly getting back to normal after being the first country to get hit by COVID-19. As they report fewer cases, no one is taking any chances this time around. Cleanliness that borders on mysophobia (also known as germaphobia) and social distancing are now the norm. Just take a look at how Geely is handling the situation.

The MG ZS Gets a Substantial Refresh This 2020

MG Philippines’s surprising big hit (and landslide bestseller), the MG ZS just got a substantial refresh in its home market of China. For 2020, it gets a massaged exterior aesthetic, revamped interior, a pair of brand-new engines, and the company’s first crack at autonomous driving tech.

Mazda's Rotary-Powered RX-Vision is Going Racing

The beautiful Mazda RX-Vision Concept is finally going racing, well at least virtually as it rolls out of the newest Gran Turismo game, GT Sport this May 25.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Japanese Carmakers Pledge to Keep Manufacturing Going Despite COVID-19

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda and chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) pledged that assembly plants in Japan “would do all they can to remain producing cars and trucks” in spite of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Suzuki Gives the Dzire Sub-Compact Sedan A Nip-and-Tuck This 2020

Suzuki has just launched a refreshed version of its Dzire sub-compact sedan in India, and with that will only be a matter of time before it reaches the Philippines.

Ford PH, Toyota PH Extend Warranties, Offers PMS Grace Period During Enhanced Community Quarantine

Following Honda Cars Philippines’s lead, two other automakers have announced extensions to either their warranties and/or an additional grace period for those with scheduled Periodic Maintenance Service.

SLEX to Set Up Priority Lanes for Basic Goods, Emergency Services

SMC Tollways has assigned priority lanes at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to ensure efficient delivery of basic goods and emergency health services to and from Metro Manila and neighboring provinces in the south.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Geely PH Confirms: Upcoming Azkarra Will Have Its Advanced Air Filtration System

Two days after we reported that Geely Auto is launching an innovative in-car air filtration system, called the Intelligent Air Purification System (IAPS), Sojitz G Auto Philippines, the distributor of Geely in the Philippines has confirmed that its upcoming Azkarra compact SUV will come fitted with the new system.

For P 3.57M, Volkswagen Lets You Convert the Samba Bus to an EV

Volkswagen is now allowing owners of its classic T1 Samba Bus to convert it to run on a zero emissions elective motor.

Honda Cars is Extending Its Warranty During Period of Enhanced Community Quarantine

Good news to all Honda car owners who may have their Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) scheduled or warranty expiring during the Enhanced Community Quarantine: Honda Cars Philippines has just announced an extension for both of them.

Subaru Evoltis PH Launch May Get Delayed Due to Plant Closure

Heads up, Subarists—if you’re waiting for their first three-row SUV, the Subaru Evoltis, you may have to wait a bit longer.

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Sells Out Quickly

F*ck COVID-19. It seems Europeans still have an insatiable appetite when it comes to hot hatches. With news that only 100 Civic Type R Limited Edition units have been allocated for the European market, it only took a month to sell out.

Formula 1 Scrambles to Salvage 2020 Season, Delays Sweeping 2021 Rule Changes Due to COVID-19

Formula 1 is now scrambling to fix the rest of the 2020 race calendar due to the COVID-19 outbreak affecting the world.