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Friday, October 30, 2020

Honda Cars PH is Now on Lazada

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) officially announces its new Honda flagship store on LazMall, in partnership with the country’s leading e-commerce platform, Lazada Philippines.

What Do You Think of the Mazda CX-3 Urban Dresser's Interior Color Combo?

When it comes to interior color combinations, Mazda has certainly come up with rather unique ones in the past few years. And just when you thought they’ve thought of everything, they’ve come up with this: the Mazda CX-3 Urban Dresser.

Mitsubishi Opens in Batangas City

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) continues to increase its market reach as it inaugurates its latest dealership in Batangas City. 

You Can Now Compare, Shop for Tires Online with GoGulong

A new digital tire marketplace has taken over the online world: GoGulong. Reinventing the way customers buy tires, GoGulong offers a suite of tire brands and installation partners nationwide, and it’s all available online!

Hyundai Commonwealth is Hyundai Dealer of the Year

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the country’s official distributor of Hyundai vehicles, honored San Juan Group’s Hyundai Commonwealth Avenue as its 2019 Dealer of the Year in Passenger Car (PC) at the first virtual HARI Dealer of the Year Awards (DOYA) 2020.

Yes, There's Actually a Toyota RAV4 Under There

There’s just something with the Toyota RAV4 that’s tickling the fancy of Japanese tuners. From a Lamborghini Urus lookalike, the latest one is this: the Mitsuoka Buddy.

Meet the Different Facets of the 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

Mitsubishi Motors offers a wide array of products and vehicle variants that fits a multitude of personalities. That’s the same story with the new Montero Sport mid-sized SUV. 

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Toyota's Global Sales and Production Up Year-on-Year in September

Even in the face of the COVID-19 crisis which broke out early this year, Toyota has just posted promising numbers showing positive global sales and production numbers—the first time it has happened in nine months. Recovery in global sales exceeded the carmaker’s own expectations although numbers are still down 16.4 percent.

Despite the Economic Slowdown, Ford's International Market Group Squeezed a Profit

Ford’s operations in the International Market Group (IMG) that includes the Philippines ended up with a slight profit in the third quarter of 2020 despite pandemic-related industry declines in vehicle shipments.

In Time for Christmas, Volvo Cars PH is Slashing Prices Up to P 1.5 Million

The holiday season is rolling in so fast, and with it comes a shower of sweet surprises. Volvo Philippines leads the pack with fantastic deals for Volvo car enthusiasts nationwide with its Season of Savings holiday offer.

Kia Shows Off Next-Generation Military Vehicle

Kia may be best known for their passenger cars and SUVs, but did you know they also produce vehicles for the Korean military? To-date, Kia has supplied nine model types and 100 derivatives, producing a total of 140,000 military vehicles. And now, they’ve shown off their next-generation military vehicle.

NBI Seizes Over 600 Counterfeit Black Rhino Wheels

Over 600 Counterfeit Black Rhino Wheels, valued at around US$140,000.00 (P 7,000,000.00), were seized by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) during multiple raids conducted last week.

Honda Cars PH Officially Opens in Tagum City

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) officially inaugurated Honda Cars Tagum, its 35th full-service dealership—the 5th in Mindanao—under the business group of ANC Group of Companies, last October 19, 2020.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Skyway Susana Heights Northbound Extension on Track for December Completion

After announcing the soft opening of its much-awaited Skyway 3 project in December, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said the structure of the northbound section of its Skyway Extension project is now 70 percent done and on-schedule for completion by end of the year.

Isuzu Does Their Homework with the 2021 mu-X SUV

Isuzu has finally taken the wraps off the all-new 2021 mu-X. And judging from its design and engineering, they’ve pulled out all the stops to make it a truly class-competitive mid-sized 7-seater SUV.

Toyota Motor PH Quietly Introduces 2021 Land Cruiser Prado

With the launch of the 2021 Toyota Fortuner, there were those who worried about the fate of Toyota’s venerable Land Cruiser Prado. Well, it seems we finally have our answer, albeit silently as Toyota Motor Philippines has now upgraded its luxury SUV for 2021 as well.

Second-Hand Prices of the Suzuki Jimny are Going Up

Whether new or used, the all-new Suzuki Jimny is turning into somewhat of an enigma. With dealers low on stock, and demand still remaining high, the diminutive body-on-frame SUV is still commanding a premium over its suggested retail price locally. This is surprising given the slowdown in new car sales resulted in carmakers actually throwing hefty discounts.

Save Up to P 1,170 with Every Toyota Hiace Oil Change Service

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is helping drivers and operators of Hiace Commuters being used in business restart their livelihood so they can in turn serve more Filipinos in need of reliable and safe way of getting to their destinations.

Mazda May Delay Some New Models Due to COVID-19-related Economic Slowdown

The business challenges brought on by the global coronavirus pandemic is going to have a lasting effect over at Mazda. This was revealed in the company’s 2020 Annual Report.

Here are the Prices, Specs of the 2021 Geely Okavango 7-Seater SUV

Mark your calendars as a new mid-sized 7-seater SUV is launching next month. Geely’s recently-named Okavango is said to be formally introduced to the market by the second week of November.

BREAKING NEWS: DOTr Pushes Mandatory Cashless Tolls to December 1

Answering the clamor of motorists, who have yet to attach RFID stickers on their vehicles, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has decided to push the start of the mandatory implementation of cashless toll collections on toll roads from November 2, 2020 to December 1, 2020.

Mercedes-Benz to Take 20 Percent Stake in Aston Martin

Mercedes-Benz will become the largest shareholder in Aston Martin based on a market update made available to the public. This greatly expands the German automaker’s role at the British supercar maker after initially getting a 2.6 percent stake.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Hyundai Motor Group Breaks Ground at New Innovation Center

Hyundai Motor Group has broken ground at its Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICS). The center will act as an open innovation lab for Hyundai and Kia’s future mobility research and development.

The 2021 Nissan Navara Now Has an Official Reveal Date

Nissan has officially teased its refreshed 2021 Navara. Revealed through the Japanese carmaker’s social media accounts, they’ve also set a November 5 global reveal date.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Toyota's Small SUV, the 2021 Raize is Being Tested in ASEAN

Last year, Toyota launched their own 5-seater sub-compact SUV, the Raize. At the time, the Japanese carmaker only hinted at the possibility of it being offered to global markets such as the ASEAN region. Well, around 12 months later, we have our first definitive proof.

The Philippines May Not Get the All-New Honda Jazz After All

With sales of the all-new Honda City in full swing (check our launch story and video), the focus now shifts to its hatchback sibling, the Jazz. Though it was already shown at the Tokyo Motor Show as the Fit last year, questions still linger as to its fate for global markets.

We Just Found Out About This Awesome 2020 Geely Coolray Feature

The Geely Coolray is one fully-loaded compact crossover. There’s no denying it’s got everything but the kitchen sink when it comes to usable tech. But little did I realize it was packing yet another hidden gem, and it took some prodding from Geely Philippines’s Marketing Manager to find out how it works.

Review: 2021 Maxus G50 1.5T Premium

You rarely get excited driving an MPV. Even before you lay eyes on one, your mind is already set with certain expectations mainly being big in space, low on fun. Once in a while though, this segment produces surprises, and the biggest one yet is this: the 2021 Maxus G50. And while the nameplate doesn’t ring any bells just yet, it’s time to change that. It’s time to out this, not only as the best MPV you can buy, but one of the best new cars you can buy this year.

Tired of Wood? Bentley Can Customize Their Interior in Hundreds of Ways

As the average age of Bentley clients continues to fall, the choice provided to their customer is becoming increasingly diverse and modern. Nowhere is this more evident than the newly expanded suite of veneer options available when they choose their interior, now providing more than 5,000 possible combinations involving painted veneers, open pore wood, technical finishes, and even stone.

Isuzu PH Kasama Mo Campaign Conducts Second Round of Donations

Isuzu Philippines Corporation donated on October 1 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) to its partner institutions Caritas Manila, Philippine Coast Guard, and Philippine Red Cross. This activity represents IPC’s second round of donations under its “Kasama Mo” campaign launched last June 1, with aims to provide aid to partner institutions. 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

NLEX, SCTEX to Allow RFID Installation on the Day of Their Trip

Following San Miguel Corporation’s lead, the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) announced that vehicles passing through NLEX, SCTEX, and its other tollways may get their EasyTrip RFID beyond the November 2 deadline set by the Department of Transportation or DOTr.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

These Brands Now Offer Online Recall Checkers

Every carmaker is committed to upholding the highest quality of their products and services, and maintaining transparency is important in prioritizing customer safety. As vehicles become increasingly complex, there are cases where manufactured vehicles have concerns with certain parts which may affect its overall performance. This is why carmakers issue Service Campaigns or Recalls.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Mazda PH Also Issuing Recall For Faulty Fuel Pumps

There’s no end to the faulty fuel pump recall. Bermaz Auto Philippines, the official distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country has confirmed that they too will have to issue a preventive service campaign.

Skyway, SLEX Operator Extends RFID Switch to November 30

Operated tollways of San Miguel Corporation (SMC)—the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the Skyway System, NAIA Expressway, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX)—is ready to implement full cashless toll collection on November 2, as mandated by the government, the company said in a statement.

Hyundai PH Brings in 2021 Venue with Prices Starting at P 915k (w/ Specs)

Hyundai Philippines has been quiet lately, but they’ve turned a complete 180 degrees by throwing a virtual launch party for their 2021 Venue sub-compact SUV. A response to the growing demand for affordable small crossovers, the Venue slots below the Kona in both price and size.

Kia Opens Marikina Service Center

As Kia Philippines widens their lineup with the recent introduction of the Stonic crossover, the Ayala-backed local arm for the Korean automaker is also expanding its reach—this time, focusing on the customers at the east of Metro Manila with the opening of Kia Marikina.

Should Mazda Offer the CX-70 as a Fortuner, Everest Fighter?

As far as future products go, this is purely a flight of fancy. But with Mazda’s collaboration with Isuzu already producing the all-new BT-50, what could a potential 7-seater SUV based off the upcoming mu-X possibly look like?

The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is Cheaper Now Than When It Launched in 2013

Seven years ago, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) made headlines in October by bringing in the Mirage G4—the sedan version of the well-received Mirage hatchback, providing extra practicality for those who want a trunk.

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 to Bring Home a Brand-New MG ZS

The winner of Miss Universe Philippines 2020 is going home with more than just a title—she’s also going to be given the keys to a brand-new, top-of-the-line MG ZS Alpha Crossover SUV. 

This is Lexus's First-Ever Production EV

Lexus resisted it for a while, but they’re finally going full-on EV, and their first serial production vehicle to get the treatment? The UX compact crossover. Dubbed the UX300e, it goes on sale in Lexus’s home market of Japan.

Castrol Magnatec is Recommended for These Vehicles

Whether it’s for work, travel, or the family, personal cars play a crucial role for many Filipinos as it enables the mobility they need to best provide for themselves and their loved ones.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Honda Cars PH Moves Sub-Compact Sedan Goalpost with All-New 2021 City (w/ Specs)

Honda Cars Philippines wants to turn the tide against the prevalence of sub-compact crossovers by giving its 2021 City the most dramatic and most feature-packed transformation yet. The fifth-generation in Honda’s storied line of sub-compact sedans, the all-new City redefines the segment in every imaginable way.

Honda Cars PH Upgrades CR-V for 2021 (w/ Specs)

Aside from the all-new 2021 City, Honda Cars Philippines used the occasion of its 30th anniversary celebration to also update its best-selling compact SUV, the CR-V. For 2021, the CR-V gets sophisticated-looking styling along with a host of new safety and convenience features.

Subaru Brings Back the Turbocharged Forester for 2021

It’s official: Subaru is turbocharging the Forester once again for 2021. Officially called the Forester Sport in Japan, it joins the line-up alongside the e-BOXER gasoline-hybrid variant.

Prestone PH Warns Against Fake Brake Fluid

With cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbarium ordered shut from October 29 to November 4, some may opt to start visiting their departed loved ones earlier or later than the usual Undas break; this even as the IATF is limiting non-essential travel.

In Just 2 Years, MG Has Sold Over 5,000 ZS SUVs Already

On the occasion of its second year in the Philippines, The Covenant Car Company (TCCCI), the exclusive distributor of MG vehicles in the country has revealed that its compact crossover, the MG ZS has achieved a sales milestone by crossing the 5,000-unit mark in just two years.

Toyota Emerges as Best Automotive Global Brand for 2020

Amid a global pandemic with its significant impact on business in 2020, Interbrand a global brand consultancy company released their annual list of the 2020 Best Global Brands (BGB) ranking.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Nissan Confirms: First-Ever Magnite Going Global

Should the upcoming Hyundai Venue and recently-launched Kia Stonic be afraid? Nissan has confirmed that its Magnite sub-compact SUV will be destined for global markets.

Daihatsu Overtakes Lexus in Vehicle Dependability

J.D. Power has released its 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), and it paints a very surprising picture; one where Daihatsu has managed to topple Lexus as the most dependable Japanese brand.

Hyundai's WRC-Inspired 2021 i20 N Hits the Road

After releasing the Veloster N and i30 N, Hyundai has unveiled the newest addition to its full-blooded N family: the all-new i20 N. Inspired by Hyundai’s WRC rally car, the i20 N promises fun-to-drive characteristics thanks to its heightened engine performance and technology innovations centered around dynamism and handling.