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Monday, August 31, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Mitsubishi's Osamu Masuko Has Died

Less than a month after he stepped down as Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s chairman of the board and representative executive officer, Osamu Masuko has died.

This Blaupunkt Dashcam Lets You Save Footage Directly to Your Smartphone

Say goodbye to having to remove your dashcam’s memory card just to review or download important footage. Blaupunkt’s newest dashcam, the BP 3.1 A has built-in Wi-Fi allowing users to view or save footage directly to their mobile phone.

Stakeholders to Discuss Future of EVs in a Post-COVID-19 World

The 8th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVS) is moving its three-day exhibit and conference to cyberspace given the on-going coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made in a virtual press con by the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), Manila Electric Company (Meralco), and event sponsors Mitsubishi Motors Philippines and Nissan Philippines.

Toyota's Five Continents Drive Comes to an End, But Its Spirit Lives On

The Toyota Five Continents Drive had come to an abrupt end. It was bittersweet for the car manufacturer who would have used the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to wrap up an unprecedented seven-year, five-continent endurance drive.

Mazda is Already Busy Accessorizing the 2021 BT-50

Australia is, single-handedly, the all-new Mazda BT-50’s most important market, and reiterating that is the carmaker’s plan to offer a full accessories range there that will exceed 100 options once launched.

The Toyota Yaris Cross Just Upstaged the Corolla Cross

After its worldwide debut, Toyota’s first-ever Yaris Cross has made its debut in Japan. In a surprising twist, it’s been made available with technology not available in its larger sibling, the recently released Corolla Cross.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Honda Cars PH Lets You Check Your Preferred Dealer's Stock

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. announces the official launch of its first-ever online dealership facility for both sales and aftersales service: VIRTUAL@Honda.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

NHTSA Gives 11 Volvo Cars 5-Star Safety Ratings for 2021

Eleven Volvo car models have earned five stars, the highest possible safety rating, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) for 2021.

Kia Opens in Fairview

Kia Philippines swings the doors of its new Fairview dealership wide open for customers, the first of its planned additional four dealerships for 2020.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Mazda PH Brings in Mazda3 and MX-5 100th Anniversary Special Edition (w/ Video)

The Philippines joins in the global celebration of Mazda’s 100th anniversary with the announcement that their authorized dealers are now taking in orders for the 100th Anniversary Special Edition series. As a pleasant surprise, Mazda Philippines is bringing not one, but two models that will receive the commemorative treatment.

Meet Toyota's Newest Vehicle: the Lunar Cruiser

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced that its manned pressurized lunar rover will have a very apt name: Lunar Cruiser. JAXA and Toyota previously announced and have been conducting joint research on a manned, pressurized lunar rover that uses fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technologies.

The Kia Stinger Gets a New 304-Horsepower Turbocharged Engine for 2021

After showing off its refreshed exterior and interior design, Kia has now revealed powertrain details on the 2021 Stinger which includes a brand-new engine option.

Caltex Reformulates the Havoline Motorcycle and Scooter Engine Oil Line for Unparalleled Protection

Caltex Havoline, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), unveiled a new generation of four-stroke motorcycle and scooter engine oils that maximizes engine performance and delivers smooth engine operation on all road conditions. The new product line for motorcycles and scooters includes fully synthetic, semi-synthetic, and mineral products formulated with Havoline’s signature C.O.R.E.+ Technology, and ZoomTech.

Someone Leaked the 2021 MG 5 and It Looks Glorious

It looks like MG is slowly abandoning its current design language for something that’s decidedly shapelier and more aggressive. Sent in by a reader, it supposedly shows how the 2021 second-generation MG 5 will look like.

This Front Liner Bought Her Hyundai on Lazada

Hers is a relatable story. The threat of COVID-19 is not abating any time soon, but she needs to go about her home and professional duties. The pressure is even greater because Raquel Evaristo is a medical social worker working for a regional government hospital in Pampanga.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Here's Your Full List of Autosweep RFID Stations

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will implement cashless toll collection effective November 2, 2020 following the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) order mandating contactless and cashless payment transactions in tollways to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

This Could be Our First Look at Toyota's Revived Starlet

Toyota is reviving the Starlet nameplate for 2021, and this is our first probable look. Discontinued in 1999 in favor of the Vitz/Echo and then the Yaris after that, the Starlet was Toyota’s OG subcompact hatchback.

Don't Be Scammed: These are the Official Social Media Accounts of PH Car Companies

With lots of people doing their shopping (including for brand-new cars) online, scammers have now started to come out of the woodwork.

The Geely Coolray Remains the Best-Selling Sub-compact SUV

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the global automotive market, Geely Philippines has made yet another impressive feat in terms of sales in the month of July.

Toyota PH's Virtual Showroom Goes 3D

Toyota Motor Philippines makes car-buying easier as more options become available in its recently launched Virtual Showroom. Customers may now tour the actual showroom as its virtual counterpart takes the actual dealership experience online and makes more vehicle information accessible anytime, anywhere.

The Fordzilla P1 is a Morphing, "Fan-Designed" Racecar

Ford and its Team Fordzilla esports team have unveiled the ultimate virtual racing car designed with collaboration between a carmaker and the gaming community.

The 2021 Kia Sorento's Latest Engine is a 265-Horsepower Powerhouse

The final piece of the 2021 Kia Sorento’s engine puzzle has finally been revealed. The carmaker has now released details on the mid-sized SUV’s first-ever plug-in hybrid powertrain which results in remarkably low emissions and high power.

Leading U.S. Safety Group Gives Nod to 2020 Audi Models

The U.S.A.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the 2020 Audi A6 the highest Top Safety Pick+ and the 2020 Audi Q8 the Top Safety Pick awards after the models excelled in IIHS testing. Both the Audi A6 and Q8 earned top “Good” ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness performance evaluations, and achieved “superior” ratings for front crash prevention tests.

These are the Best New Cars for Dog Owners

If you go on road trips with the doggo, this list may be of interest to you. In time for National Dog Day, Autotrader has released their annual list of the Best Cars for Dog Lovers.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The 2021 Honda City Packs a Lot of Engine Choices

Honda sure is making the sub-compact sedan segment rather interesting. After debuting in Thailand with a purely turbo powertrain, the Japanese carmaker has done it again, and is now showing off the fifth-generation City in Malaysia with some nifty upgrades for 2021.

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak X Blurs the Line with the Ranger Raptor

Ford is blurring the lines between the Ranger Wildtrak and the Ranger Raptor with the Wildtrak X variant. Returning for the Australian market, the Wildtrak X adds P 210,000 worth of add-ons (AUD 6,000) for just P 70,000 (AUD 2,000).

Catering to a Younger Market Now, Rolls-Royce Undergoes a Re-Branding

In recent years, Rolls-Royce has experienced change at a quicker rate than ever before. The Rolls-Royce portfolio has expanded, and with that the age and demographic of its clients have decreased significantly to an average age of just 43.

Here's Why Ford Didn't Want Us to Compare the Territory Trend to the Titanium+

Racist. Sexist. Biased. I’ve received all sorts of hate with my review of the Territory Titanium+. It didn’t sit too well with Ford that they actually pulled out their support. Shit happens, I guess. But will that change the way things are done here? No. I’ll be honest, and sometimes brutal if need be.

Hyundai Teases Refreshed Kona SUV for 2021

Hyundai is on a roll. This time, the Korean automaker has teased the 2021 Kona sub-compact SUV including a new high-performance N Line version.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 Gets Its Largest Infotainment Screen Ever

Mazda is continually upgrading its CX-5, and for 2021 brings with it the largest infotainment screen ever fitted into their compact SUV.

SMC to Extend SLEX, Build Expressway Over Pasig River in the Next 5 Years

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is developing two major infrastructure projects that will help the battered Philippine economy, and in five years help decongest Metro Manila and will help bring back Luzon as a growth powerhouse.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

2021 Maxus G50 vs 2020 Toyota Innova

With Maxus Philippines launching the G50 MPV, it’s about time that the best-selling Toyota Innova would get a worthy competition. Seeking to gain the attention of Filipino families, these modern day MPVs are squaring off with their high equipment level and relatively affordable price tags. The question is, which MPV reigns supreme?

Maxus PH Unveils Game-Changing 2021 G50 MPV with Prices Starting at P 1.088M (w/ Specs)

About a year since its brand introduction, Maxus has made in-roads in the Philippine automotive market with the introduction of its V80 and G10 passenger vans, and the T60 pickup truck. Now, with the introduction of its newest offering, the 2021 G50 MPV, Maxus has finally brought the right arsenal to hit the mainstream.

Foton PH's Mobile Service is Now Available in These Areas

Missed scheduled maintain services and repairs are no issue despite the on-going pandemic thanks to the Foton EC Mobile Service program. The Foton mobile repair and maintenance service continues to serve.

MG Philippines Reveals New Tagline, Brand Promise

MG Philippines celebrates almost two full years of operations in the country with a redefined tagline and brand promise, as it continues to provide well-appointed, modern, attainable cars, and client- and consumer-centric aftersales services for every Filipino.

Should Toyota Motor PH Offer the Urban Cruiser Sub-compact SUV?

Toyota is busy SUV-ing its line-up. After launching the likes of the Raize, Yaris Cross, Corolla Cross, and more globally, the carmaker has come up with what they call their “youngest urban SUV,” the Toyota Urban Cruiser.

The World's First Mercedes-AMG Experience Centre Isn't in Germany or the USA

Mercedes-AMG didn’t choose Germany or the U.S.A. for its first brand experience center, instead they’ve chosen China. Yes, the high-performance division of Mercedes-Benz just opened their first-ever brand experience in Zhejiang.

Monday, August 24, 2020

SMC to Complete Skyway Extension by December; Expect Road Closures Starting Today

Despite delays brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is on track to deliver the entire northbound section of the Skyway Extension project by December 2020.

DOTr to Require Cashless Payments at All Toll Roads

If you still haven’t gotten an Autosweep RFID and/or EasyTrip RFID yet, you better get one now. In an effort to further protect the public from the infectious coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will soon be requiring motorists using toll expressways to engage in cashless or contactless transactions.

Get Free Antibac Treatment with Every Foton Service

The importance of health security has been highlighted by the pandemic, making disinfectants and antibacterial solutions along with recommended types of face masks and face shield, a necessary equipment for the new normal.

GM Bets Big on Electrification, Self-Driving Even in China

General Motors is betting big on electrification, intelligent driving, and connectivity in one of its key markets, China. The company says it will roll out technologies including its new global EV platform and the Ultinum battery system.

One of the 2021 Subaru Levorg's Key Features Isn't Going to Make It Outside Japan

With the launch of the second-generation 2021 Levorg, Subaru also pulled the curtains off the newest generation of EyeSight—it’s stereoscopic camera-based driver assist system. Sadly, Subaru has confirmed that this new piece of tech will be available exclusively to Japan first.

Review: 2021 Ford Territory Titanium+

If you want to know exactly what the Ford Territory is, she’s the girl you picked up at the bar for a one-night stand, only to wake up the following morning (after the deed is done, of course) and realize: holy crap, she’s not as pretty as you thought she was. 

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 Doesn't Compromise Between Needs and Wants

Sitting atop the Mazda range is the three-row CX-9. As the brand’s flagship SUV, it brings the brand’s vision of premium to fruition by focusing on the true essence of luxury with its sophisticated style, well-appointed interior, and balanced dynamics.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Toyota Explains Why the Corolla Evolved into an SUV Called Corolla Cross

The Toyota Corolla is a brand in itself. Throughout the generations, it has made its mark as the best-selling Toyota vehicle in the world, topping out with cumulative sales of at least 48 million units globally since its launch in 1966. In fact, according to Toyota Motor Corporation’s Chief Engineer, Mr. Daizo Kameyama, the Corolla is Toyota itself, given the impact and reputation that it has awarded the brand over the years.

Cavitex to Go Completely Cashless by November

If you haven’t installed an EasyTrip RFID yet, well, here’s another good reason to do so: Cavitex is going completely cashless.

Friday, August 21, 2020

BMW PH Just Sold Out Its Initial Batch of 730i

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the exclusive distributor of BMW in the Philippines says they’ve sold its initial batch of the entry-level 2021 BMW 730i.

BMW Philippines Wants to Dominate the Luxury Sedan Category with the 2021 7 Series

SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, has announced the arrival of the new 2021 BMW 7 Series. Available in two variants, the 730i and 745Le both in Pure Excellence trim, this new generation of the BMW 7 Series makes a clear statement of intent with its presence, elegance, and innovation, and connectivity.

The Ones Responsible for the Lamborghini Urus-Inspired RAV4 Are Doing It Again

Albermo, the Japanese body kit responsible for the Urus-inspired RAV4 has done it again. This time, they’ve set their sights on two other Toyota SUVs—and yes, they’ve just gotten the very same Lamborghini Urus treatment too.

You Can Do This in a 2021 Lexus ES (But You Shouldn't)

With its Toyota platform mate, the Avalon getting available all-wheel drive, it’s quite surprising it took Lexus this long to announce an all-wheel drive variant of its mid-sized sedan offering, the ES. Well, better late than never, we suppose.