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Monday, November 30, 2020

Toyota Motor PH Extends Parts Discount, Rebates for Typhoon-Affected Owners

Toyota Motor Philippines is extending support to customers affected by Typhoon Ulysses with either parts and labor discounts, or additional rebates if you plan to trade-in your flooded unit.

Honda Cars Kalookan is Back

After the Yuchengo-led House of Investments (HI) closed down several of their Honda Cars dealerships including Kalookan last June 1, 2020, the Japanese carmaker announces that one of its premier locations, Kalookan is back.

Let's Complete Our 365 Days of Journey with Another 365!

For the mileage we’ve been through this year, Jeep Philippines is giving out up to P 365,000 discount on the Jeep Compass this December. That’s right, be able to drive home a brand-new Jeep before this year comes to a close!

Honda Cars PH Offers Special Financing Options for 2021 City, BR-V

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. is announcing a special financing discount, along with other exciting deals in partnership with BPI Family Savings Bank under the “BPI Family Auto Loan Exclusive Partner Offers”. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

First Impressions: 2021 Changan Alsvin 1.5 Platinum DCT

The name, Alsvin has certainly raised some eyebrows. At first, it seems this new sub-compact sedan from Changan has a typo in its name. While the automaker has provided no definitive reason behind its name, “Alsvin,” is actually a mythical Norse horse which also happens to mean, “swift.” Now, whether that’s an intentional shot across Suzuki’s bow is something best left to the imagination.

SMC President Appeals for Further Extension for RFID Installation

Given the continued high volume of applications for RFID electronic toll collection stickers, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president Ramon S. Ang is appealing to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to consider a further extension for motorists of its order to implement 100 percent cashless transactions at all expressways.

The Mazda CX-30 is Thailand's Car of the Year

Thai journalists have spoken, and they’ve picked the Mazda CX-30 as the Thailand Car of the Year. Organized by a judging panel of over 60 automotive journalists comprising the Thai Automotive Journalists Association, Mazda’s compact crossover bested 133 other cars to win the top honor.

The Geely Coolray was October's Best-Selling 5-Seater Sub-Compact SUV

Geely Philippines is closing out the year on a high note as it welcomed Q4 with a great number of Geely Coolray sales in October. Based on the latest reports by CAMPI and AVID, Geely has landed on the number 1 spot in the country’s 5-seater subcompact crossover segment for the month of October where in Geely sold 205 units.

The Hyundai Kona's Now Priced to Compete with Chinese Crossovers

Hyundai Asia Resources, Incorporated (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai Passenger Cars (PC) gives MORE this Christmas with the MerrygaLOW Promo. Get big cash savings for this season’s family favorites: the Starex, Kona, Accent, and Reina until December 31, 2020.

J&T Express Acquires Hino Truck Units for Improved Delivery, Logistics

Recognizing the importance of small to medium trucks in meeting the rising demand for online shopping and parcel delivery across the country, Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines, recently turned over seven units of the Hino 300 series to local courier service, J&T Express Philippines.

As Cars Continue to Grow, Parking Space Sizes Have Not

Car owners are being left with almost no room to squeeze out of their cars as cars have grown by as much as 55 percent since the 1970s, yet parking space sizes have remained the same. This is according to U.K.-based automotive shopping site, CarGurus.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Kia Philippines Launches Virtual Showroom

While Kia Philippines is keen on reducing the risk of getting exposed to the coronavirus with all the strict safety and health protocols (which assure customers that every facility and personnel meet or exceed prevailing health guidelines to reduce their exposure to the minimum), they’re still creating more ways to address and surpass the demands of its customers during these times.

Maxus PH's New Compact SUV is All About Endless Possibilities

Despite the challenges and obstacles that faced the entire automotive industry this 2020, Maxus Philippines has proven to be an unstoppable force, forging ahead with its dealership network expansion and new vehicle launch—first with the G50 MPV, and now with the D60 compact SUV.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Here are Prices, Specs of Changan PH's Newest Vehicles (w/ Brochures)

The newest player in the Philippines, Changan Motor Philippines has finally revealed the pricing of their five launch models.

Yes, Toyota Will Now Sell You a Foot-Operated Sanitizer Stand

We’ve seen enterprising Filipinos come up with their own version, but nothing beats one manufactured using the Toyota Production System. It’s for this reason that you can now buy your very own Toyota made “Shodoku Taishi”—a foot-operated sanitizer stand.

Hyundai Teases All-New SUV: the 2021 Bayon

Hyundai Motor has the newest member of its growing SUV family the Bayon. Destined for the European market, it will be launched in the first half of 2021. It will be an all-new model, and will be considered as an important addition to the current Hyundai line-up.

Chevron PH Appoints New Country Chairman

Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, has appointed Billy Liu as its new country chairman and general manager. He succeeded Louie Zhang, who recently retired after 31 years of service in the company.

So Why Did Mazda PH Choose the Pangolin as the BT-50's Spirit Animal?

2020 has been one hell of a year. With a global pandemic still surging and economic crises afflicting most nations around the world, it’s been a dire effort for anyone to keep a sound, positive outlook. Add to that, the Philippines has just gone through two intense typhoons, taking with it most of whatever morale is left of our countrymen. Amidst all this, the automotive industry has chosen to move forward, with brands launching vehicles one after the other, offering support to the health and public sector, and getting involved in charitable activities. 

Suzuki Auto Opens in Marikina

Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) welcomes another dealership in their roster. With the grand opening of Suzuki Auto Marikina (SA Marikina), a member of the ANC+ Group of Companies, Suzuki is now more reachable and accessible to residents within the vicinity of Marikina City and its neighboring communities.

Ford, Subaru May Soon Face Their Own Fuel Pump Recalls

Brace yourselves for more recalls surrounding Denso fuel pumps. In what could be another “Takata-level” recall, the Japanese parts supplier is adding more than 1.5 million units to its growing list of fuel pumps that may stop working altogether.

The Mahindra Thar, a Wrangler-Inspired SUV, Just Beat Jeep in Crash Tests

How’s this for irony? When Mahindra debuted their body-on-frame SUV, the 2021 Thar, people pointed out that it was more than a homage to the Jeep Wrangler; it was a downright clone. Regardless, it did prove that it does one thing better than the real Jeep: crash safety.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

2021 Toyota Rush Now Comes with 7 Seats as Standard

Toyota Motor Philippines is updating its entry-level SUV, the Rush for 2021. Retailing at Toyota’s 70 dealerships across the country starting November 26, 2021 Rush now features three rows of seats as standard.

Nissan Introduces the 2021 Terra

Nissan has just given its Terra a major revamp for 2021. In a break from tradition, it was launched first in the Middle East—a brand-new market for Nissan’s mid-sized 7-seater SUV, where it takes on a different name: X-Terra. Regardless, it brings a bolder style and increased levels of technology. 

Nissan Will Take on "Timeless Japanese Futurism" as Its Design Language

Nissan is looking to adapt its “Timeless Japanese Futurism” concept on more models. Starting with the Ariya EV crossover, the minimalist design is now on the third-generation 2021 Note hatchback as well.

Geely Has Now Sold Over 10 Million Vehicles

Geely Auto was founded in 1997 by Founder, and now Chairman, Li Shufu who believed in the potential of the Chinese automotive market as consumers transitioned from bicycles to motorbikes to automobiles.

Even After 5 Years, That Toyota Fortuner 2.8 LTD 4x2 Will Still be Worth P 1.122M*

Other carmakers may have more toys, but Toyota is leveraging the power of its brand (and the ethos of quality, durability, and reliability behind it) to sell cars. Case in point is this new offer for would-be new Fortuner and new Hilux owners.

Meet the Possible COVID-19 Vaccine Transporters

Centro Nippon Fruehauf Cooltech Inc. (CFCI), is now studying the possible development of ref vans that can transport the vaccines for COVID-19 once they become available in the country. It is a joint venture between leading truck body builder Centro Manufacturing Corporation and Nippon Fruehauf Ltd., one of the biggest truck body builders and wing van manufacturers in Japan.

San Miguel Says Navotas, Malabon Spared from Floods Thanks to Them

Malabon and Navotas, two of the most flood-prone areas in Metro Manila, reported no major flooding incidents despite the recent onslaught of two typhoons, primarily due to the government’s installation of pumping stations, complemented by the continuous dredging of the Tullahan-Tinajeros River system by San Miguel Corporation (SMC).

Could This Be the "Ultimate Version" of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak?

The subtly refreshed 2021 Ford Ranger makes it to its first market outside of Thailand: Australia. And now, we see it as one of the most sought-after variants: the Ranger Wildtrak X.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Mazda PH Launches Special Edition BT-50 4x4 Pangolin (w/ Specs)

Mazda Philippines is raising awareness to the plight of a critically endangered species by launching a special edition BT-50 pickup truck: the BT-50 Pangolin. Endemic to the islands of Palawan, the pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal. Like the modest, but capable animal that it derives its name from, the BT-50 Pangolin features design enhancements that ensure long, versatile, and steady service matching the gentle tenacity of its namesake.

2021 Honda City Hatchback Makes Global Debut

The rumors, reports, hints, and spy shots are all true: ASEAN’s not getting the all-new Honda Jazz / Fit. Instead, that role will be filled in by the all-new City hatchback.

3M Philippines Brings in Car Tint That Works Well with RFIDs

3M Philippines, distributed by TSL Marketing, launches the new 3M Ceramic IR Series tint. It heeds the call for an automotive window tint that provides up to 99 percent UV protection while guaranteeing zero electronic interference with any electronic or mobile device.

Nissan Donates to Typhoon Relief for Bicol and Cagayan

Nissan in the Philippines recently donated relief goods for 800 families greatly affected by the recent typhoons that have passed through the country, as part of the company’s ongoing support to people in the Philippines.

The Toyota GR Supra is Now Discounted by P 500k

A barometer of just how vulnerable the local automotive industry is amidst the pandemic, Toyota Motor Philippines is more than doubling the cash discount on its flagship sportscar, the GR Supra.

You Have One Week Left to Save Big on Your Dream Toyota

Looking to buy your dream Toyota? You only have a week left for their Live Life on the Safe Side deals. Enjoy a wide selection of flexible financing or discounts and freebies on well-loved Toyota models until the end of November.

Foton's EC Mobile Service Now Operates 24/7

Since the pandemic, Foton Philippines has developed more ways to provide assistance while complying with the government mandates with regards to COVID-19 safety protocols. The Foton EC Mobile Truck gives Foton vehicle owners the upper hand by providing on-call maintenance services such as Preventive Maintenance Services (PMS), onboard electronic troubleshooting and diagnosing, as well as repairs related to aircon, engine electrical, mechanical, and underchassis.

This is How the Refreshed 2021 Camry May Look Like for the Philippine Market

Last July, Toyota unveiled a refreshed Camry for 2021 for the North American market. Now, they have revealed what it looks like for the rest of the world.

Monday, November 23, 2020

These Autosweep RFID Sites Will Now Allow "Walk-Ins"

Autosweep RFID, the electronic toll system of San Miguel Corporation-operated expressways is backtracking on its “by-appointment only” stickering and installation.

Here's How You Can Fix That Wonky Apple CarPlay on Your Mazda Connect System

Attention, Mazda owners: if your Apple CarPlay just turned wonky, it’s not just you; it’s pretty much everyone else.

Triumph Motorcycles Opens Philippine Showroom

Triumph Motorcycles, the newest brand under the Autohub Group of Companies formally kickstarted its Philippine operations with the opening of its showroom located along Ortigas Avenue in Greenhills, San Juan.

Chery Auto PH Adds Stylish New Tiggo 2 Variant for P 795k

Chery Auto Philippines is adding a new Tiggo 2 variant, this one centered on giving it some extra street cred.

Mitsubishi PH Prices the L300 Euro 4 for Just P 698k

The Mitsubishi L300 is known to be one the most reliable utilitarian vehicle in the country. As proof to the claim, just last year, the iconic nameplate celebrated the roll out of its 200,000th production unit and continues to reflect a strong demand from the market.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Are We Looking at the 2022 Kia Sportage?

Kia is expected to debut the all-new Sportage sometime next year as a 2022 model, but it seems China can’t wait. Making its debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show is the 2021 Sportage Ace.

The Geely Preface Bags the 2021 China Car of the Year

Geely has a good reason to celebrate as its Preface mid-sized sedan has been awarded the 2021 China Car of the Year.

A Decade of KODO: How the Beauty of Natural Movement Inspired Mazda Design

With the “Kodo – Soul of Motion” design philosophy, Head Designer Ikuo Maeda set a bold new direction for design at Mazda. Introduced ten years ago at the 2010 LA Motor Show with the Shinari concept car, Kodo Design has been defining and elevating Mazda’s award-winning styling ever since, with its core principle remaining unchanged: to explore the powerful and irresistible beauty of natural movement in a still object. 

Chevrolet PH Just Dropped the Trax's Price by Half a Million Pesos!

Last month, Chevrolet Philippines updated its sub-compact crossover offering, the Trax. Just a month later, they’re giving it their biggest discounts yet.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

For P 3.328M, the 2021 Lexus IS Redefines the Sports Sedan (w/ Specs)

Since the debut of its first-generation Lexus IS in 1999, the model has pursued the thrill of driving unique to compact rear-wheel drive sports sedans. In just three generations, it has captured the hearts of over a million enthusiasts around the world. The 2021 model aims to push the limits even higher.

Friday, November 20, 2020

The Newest LEGO Technic Set is This McLaren Senna GTR

The newest LEGO Technic set has been revealed, and McLaren fans rejoice: it’s the Senna GTR.

You Asked, They Listened: Autosweep to Open More RFID Installation Sites

To cope with the increased number of motorists wanting to avail of free Autosweep RFID stickers before the December 1, 2020 full implementation of cashless toll collection at major expressways, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said it is putting up 100 additional RFID installation sites, among many other measures, to cater to motorists from both southern and northern Metro Manila and beyond.

This Davao-based Operator Chose to Go All-Electric for Its Modern PUV

Global Electric Transportation or GET, the company behind COMET, is Davao’s first electric modern PUV operator after its supplier, China Dynamics turned over their zero emissions modern jeepneys that will ply routes around the country’s third biggest city.