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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Vaccinated Against COVID-19? Get Up To P3 Off Your Caltex Fuel

Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), is fueling the Philippines’ fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by offering fuel discounts to all motorists who have already been inoculated from the virus with its “Biyaheng Bakunado” promo.

Chery Auto Boasts Highest Growth Rate Among Chinese Brands In 2021 So Far

Chinese car manufacturers are starting to feel the effects of the global chip crunch, sending their domestic sales down 3.1 percent last May 2021. All in all, the world’s largest car market moved 2.128 million units.

Porsche Bumps Up The Cayenne's Power With The New 2022 Cayenne Turbo GT

For those who want the ultimate performance SUV, Porsche has just released an even more powerful, even faster version of its Cayenne: the Cayenne Turbo GT.

The All-New 2022 Subaru WRX Has Been Teased

Subaru starts the tease on the all-new 2022 WRX. Typical of auto-related teasers, official information is almost nonexistent, except for this single backlit photo which shows the iconic hood scoop.

Watch: Robots Help In BTS' Choreography

Celebrating Hyundai Motor’s acquisition of robotics company Boston Dynamics, the Korean automaker released a special video starring worldwide pop icon and global brand ambassador, BTS.

The Coolray Was May's Best-Selling Sub-Compact SUV; Geely Maintains Top 10 Sales Ranking

Geely Philippines continues to keep its market standing strong as it logged another top-selling record for its Coolray with 186 units sold in May. Based on CAMPI and AVID reports, the Coolray kept its market leadership in the sub-compact 4x2 SUV with a 33 percent market share, month-to-date (MTD). Meantime, the Okavango ranked number 3 in the mid-size SUV segment with 151 units sold in May.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Toyota Adds More Available Parts For A70, A80 Supra

About a year after Toyota announced its very own heritage parts program, the carmaker has announced that they’re expanding the parts catalog. Through the GR Heritage Parts Project, more parts for the A70 and A80 Supra will be made available not just in Japan, but in North America, Europe, and other overseas markets as well.

This Guy Found A Life Companion In The Volkswagen Lavida

What’s in a name? A name may reveal more than just a unique designation. Oftentimes, it also reveals a path for the future. Mon Buela, a sales and marketing manager in a financial firm, may not have realized it at the time, but when he purchased a Volkswagen Lavida, he may have also subtly declared his lifetime goals.

May 2021 Marks 8th Straight Month Of Growth For Toyota

Toyota Motor Corporation continued its strong performance with its eighth consecutive month of increase. The carmaker sold 840,303 units in May alone—a 45.8 percent increase compared to 2020. Cumulatively, the brand, including its premium Lexus division, sold a total of 4,159,875 units from January to May this year or a 35.7 percent increase compared to the same period in 2020.

The Mitsubishi Strada Athlete Is Made For Your Daily Hustle (w/ Video)

A lot of adventures can happen in a week – from hustling through the bustle to ride to work, to taking some time off away from the city lights, everything can be squeezed in in a few days. And what better way to roll around the town to get yourself going than hopping on the Mitsubishi Strada? If you are up for the challenge, here is how the Mitsubishi Strada Athlete can unleash the thrill in your vapid routine week, or check out the video below.

After 14 Years, Honda To Close BGC Showroom

Attention Honda owners and shoppers: Honda Cars Global City will be ceasing its operations starting on July 1, 2021.

Volkswagen To End Sales Of Gas, Diesel Engines In Europe By 2035

Volkswagen will stop selling cars powered by internal combustion by 2035 as it shifts to full-electric vehicles. The timeline was revealed by its sales chief Klaus Zellmer.

Honda Names Their EV SUV The Prologue

Honda has revealed the name of its first new volume battery-electric vehicle in North America: the Prologue.

Lexus PH Opens Order Books For 2022 Lexus ES

A mere two months after its global launch, the Lexus has confirmed that the refreshed 2022 Lexus ES is arriving in the Philippines by the fourth quarter of 2021. And yes, the order books are now open.

Monday, June 28, 2021

2022 Honda Civic Going All Turbo In ASEAN?

Reports coming out of Thailand say that the all-new 2022 Honda Civic will be launched on July 2.

Suzuki Auto PH Opens Second Dealership In Bacolod

Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) in collaboration with the Ponce Automobile Corporation, officially opened the doors of its second 3S Dealership in Bacolod, The City of Smiles, to the delight of its eager and ever-growing Negrense clientele.

Peugeot PH Continues Its Commitment To The Environment

Peugeot Philippines reiterates its commitment to the environment with the planting of 300 more trees via the Protectors of the Environment (POE) Program.

Mazda Relocates Greenhills Showroom

Mazda Greenhills is now operating from its new showroom and service facility located at 65 Connecticut Street, a short 500-meter distance from its present showroom along EDSA.

Araneta City Awards KTM 200 Duke To Raffle Winners

Araneta City and KTM Philippines award New Generation KTM 200 Duke Motorcycles to three lucky winners of the Joyful Treats at the City of Firsts Christmas raffle promo launched last year.

Suzuki Auto PH To Open 2 New Dealerships Soon

Suzuki Philippines is further expanding its market reach with the ground breaking of two new dealerships, both managed by vastly experienced dealership groups.

Mazda Tweaks Mazda2 Yet Again For 2022

Mazda keeps true to its “Bundled Product Planning” strategy by refreshing their sub-compact Mazda2 yet again for 2022.

BMW X3, 2 Series Gran Coupe To Star In Marvel's Black Widow

BMW is the latest carmaker to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU thanks to their new collaboration on “Black Widow” (check the behind the scenes look below). 

Sunday, June 27, 2021

The 299 km/h 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa Is Now In The Philippines For P 1.088M

The OG hypersport motorbike that birthed the category is back. Taking its name from the Japanese for Peregrine falcon, the Suzuki Hayabusa returns for 2022, with a retail price of P 1.088 million.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Foton PH Takes Market Lead in 6-Wheeled Truck Category

Foton Motor Philippines, Inc. (FMPI) continues to ride strong on its nationwide market acceptance, as it embraces the top spot in category IV (6-wheeler trucks) while maintaining the Top 3 spot in overall truck sales for 2021, as reflected by figures from the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI).

Review: 2021 Nissan Navara PRO-4X 4x4 AT

By far, the pickup truck segment is the one that’s leveled up a lot since 2015. It seems there’s no end to the one-upmanship between car makers be it on price, mechanical improvements, updated features, or a combination of all three. Now, the year 2015 isn’t random—it was the year the current Navara, known as the D23 was launched. It sparked, to coin their ever-quotable term, “the pickup wars.” It led to Nissan’s resurgence, catapulting their truck, and the entire brand to second and third spot in the market, respectively.

PSBank Now Allows Real-Time Crediting Of Autosweep, EasyTrip RFIDs

PSBank made the instant and hassle-free reloading of Autosweep and EasyTrip Toll RFIDs available via the PSBank Mobile App.

Ferrari Unveils First-Ever V6 Road Car: The 296 GTB

Ferrari is finally embracing electrification in a big way with the 296 GTB—a 830-horsepower mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sportscar that also happens to feature a plug-in hybrid system.

Mitsubishi Motors PH Appoints New President And CEO

There’s a change of guard at Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) as Mr. Takeshi Hara will serve as their new President & CEO, succeeding Mr. Mutsuhiro Oshikiri who has led the company for the past four years starting July 1.

Review: 2021 Subaru Evoltis 2.4 Touring EyeSight

Among carmakers, it made the most sense for Subaru to come out with a big 7-seater SUV. Their image, aside from winning World Rally Championships in what seemed a lifetime ago, is all about family, safety, and all-wheel drive. Hurt perhaps by their misadventures with the Tribeca (remember those?), Subaru bided their time, shed all their remaining oddball thinking, and ended up with this: the 2021 Subaru Evoltis.

Confirmed: The All-New Honda City Is More Fuel Efficient Than Ever

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. share the official results of its recently concluded Fuel Economy Run, in partnership with Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP). Starting the all-new Honda City and Honda City Hatchback, they are, spoiler alert, more fuel efficient than their predecessors.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Petron Blaze Racing Team Emerged As Class Champions At 12-Hour Endurance Race

The Petron Blaze Racing Team emerged as Class 2 champions in the recently concluded Petron Kalayaan Cup, a 12-hour endurance race held at the Clark International Speedway to celebrate Philippine Independence Day last June 12.

Nissan Just Sold More 2022 GT-R NISMO In 4 Months This Year Than The Whole Of 2020

The Nissan GT-R NISMO is a bit of an enigma. The car itself is about 14 years old, and yet, it’s still enjoying brisk sales, at least when the NISMO version is concerned.

Hyundai And Grab Are Working Together To Accelerate EV Adoption In Southeast Asia

Hyundai and Grab are looking to strengthen their ongoing strategic partnership by focusing on accelerating EV adoption in Southeast Asia. As such, the group, which includes both Hyundai and Kia will develop programs and initiatives that lower the barriers of entry for Grab drivers and delivery-partners to adopt EVs such as lowering the total cost of ownership and reducing range anxiety.

Mercedes-Benz To Hold Service Caravan For Vismin Customers

Global Star Motors (GSM) Corporation, the official dealer of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Cebu City, will hold its biggest Service Caravan this year in select locations in Visayas and Mindanao.

The Latest Version Of The 650-Horsepower Lamborghini Urus Super SUV Is Now In Manila

From asphalt to sand, ice to mud, dirt to gravel, the Lamborghini Urus can traverse any terrain, making it the absolute all-around Super Sport-Utility Vehicle.

Honda Unveils 2022 Civic Hatchback

After showing it off in sedan form, Honda has now shown what the 11th generation Civic Hatchback looks like in full. And this is it.

Toyota Motor PH Expands Availability Of On Demand Shuttle System

During the height of the community quarantine last year, Toyota Motor Philippines pilot-tested an on-demand shuttle service servicing the Philippine General Hospital.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Audi To End Development Of Gas, Diesel Engines By 2026

Audi is the latest car brand to confirm that they will shed internal combustion engines and focus solely on full-electric powertrains. The decision was announced by Audi CEO Markus Duesmann.

You Can Now Use Your Credit Card To Make A Downpayment On A Honda Brio

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. introduces its zero percent special installment plan and credit card payment options for the all-in downpayment of the Honda Brio. This special offer is available until August 31, 2021.

Goodyear Is The Most Trusted Tire Brand In The Philippines

Goodyear is the most trusted tire brand in the Philippines after it was bestowed with the Platinum Awardee at the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand 2021 under the Tire Category.

Treating Customers As Family Is One Of Ford Philippines Managing Director's Top Three Priorities

Ford Philippines’s new managing director, Michael “Mike” Breen revealed his top three priorities for the Philippine market.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Ford Philippines Adds More Cargo Security For Wildtrak 4x4 For No Additional Cost

In February, when Ford Philippines brought in the refreshed 2021 Ranger line-up, they mentioned that they would be bringing in the power roller shutter option for the Wildtrak 4x4. Well, that time is now, and the price is free.

Ford Philippines Bringing In Ranger Raptor X For P 2.038M

Ford Philippines has confirmed that it is bringing in its Baja Race-inspired Ranger Raptor X this July for the price of P 2.038 million.

Can The First-Ever Hyundai Elantra N Challenge The Civic Type R?

Hyundai revealed the first glimpse of Elantra N (sold as Avante N in South Korea), the latest addition to its high-performance N range. This is Hyundai Motors’ sixth N brand model, following the unveiling of Kona N in April this year.

The 2021 Range Rover Evoque Is A Sophisticated Explorer

The Range Rover brand has always struck a chord in me. Given its European roots and being the off-road vehicle of choice of royalty, I had been curious as to what made a “Rover” special and so distinguished that its name has become synonymous with luxury and ruggedness—two words that are rarely used in the same context, much less the same sentence. Color me excited and intimidated as I stepped into the Land Rover dealership to pick up what would be my first Range Rover experience: the new Range Rover Evoque, in its MHEV (mild hybrid) variant.

Takata Also Falsified Seatbelt Test Data

There seems to be no end to Takata’s problems. A report reveals that the bankrupt Japanese automotive supplier of airbags and seatbelts have falsified data made at its plants, including the one in the Philippines.

Hyundai Acquires Robotics Company Boston Dynamics

Hyundai Motor Group has completed its purchase of robotics company Boston Dynamics. The deal, valued at US$ 1.1 billion will give Hyundai an 80 percent stake in Boston Dynamics, while the remaining 20 percent will be retained by SoftBank Group.

KTM Philippines Opens Test Ride Portal

Staying true to its “Ready to Race” philosophy, KTM Philippines is opening its Test Ride Portal. A first in the local motorcycle industry, it helps customers book a test ride schedule remotely.

The Lexus LM 350 Is Truly Executive Class Travel

When it comes to the art of luxury vehicles, Lexus does not hold back - and that’s evident in the Lexus LM 350. Known worldwide for their meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship, the LM 350 will impress even the most discerning of car aficionados. Comfortable and highly exclusive, this is the luxury vehicle you will look forward to riding in and never want to get out of.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Petron Reveals Reason Behind Exclusive Motorcycle Lanes

Recently, the country’s leading oil company, Petron quietly launched exclusive gas lanes for two-wheeled motorists. Today, they’ve revealed the rationale behind the move.