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Thursday, March 31, 2022

The First-Ever Toyota GR Corolla Has The Weirdest Exhaust Design

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. This is rumored to be the first-ever Toyota GR Corolla, the newest member of the Toyota Gazoo Racing family, and depending on your point of view, it has the funkiest, or stupidest exhaust design put in a modern car.

All-New Honda HR-V Scoops Up Design Award

The all-new Honda HR-V has been cited for its design in the Product Category at the Red Dot Design Award. Founded in 1955, it has become one of the most respected design awards worldwide. The award is administered by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany.

Gachaco, A Battery Swapping Service For Electric Motorcycles Will Start In Japan

After announcing it last year, a consortium of Japanese motorcycle brands composed of Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha is ready to start their battery swapping service within this year.

LEGO To Offer Discount Vouchers, Display Newest Sets At Manila International Auto Show

Lego will be bringing its brand of creativity to the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) from April 7 to 10, 2022 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Kia Philippines' 43rd Dealership Will Be In Bacoor, Cavite

After hitting its 2021 sales milestone, Kia Philippines now gears up to expand its dealership network this year. Kia Philippines broke ground on March 17 for its latest soon-to-rise Kia dealership, managed by Iconic Dealership Inc. (IDI), along Bacoor Boulevard (formerly Molino Boulevard) in Bacoor City, Cavite.

The Maxus G50 Brings A Fresh Sense Of Excitement

Choosing the right vehicle for your family can practically be likened to an art. It is never straightforward and there are a number of factors to consider; perhaps as many as there are members in your brood. The basic checklist will likely include space, functionality, and safety. But let’s face it — style and value has also begun to play a significant part. Nowadays, younger families are practical and they want to get the most bang for their buck, with a vehicle that is reliable, ticks all the boxes, and guarantees that every peso will go a long way.

SsangYong Rescue Deal Collapses

SsangYong Motor, the beleaguered South Korean SUV specialist said a deal for its acquisition had fallen through after potential buyer, Edison Motors, had failed to pay the balance of 274.3 billion Korean won (USD 224 million).

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Changan Is One Of China's Best-Selling Car Brands Because Of Its Quality

China is the world’s largest automobile market both in terms of supply and demand. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) projects local automobile sales to grow by 5.4 percent, or 27.5 million units in 2022. Of these, the sale of new energy vehicles (NEVs) is expected to grow by 47 percent or 5 million units.

ASEAN-Bound 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor Drops Diesel For Turbocharged V6 Gas Engine

Ford has confirmed that ASEAN is offering the next-generation Ranger Raptor with a turbocharged gasoline engine. This is based on information coming out of Thailand, its launch market in the region.

LRMC, GET Philippines Team Up For New EV Bus Service

Private operator of LRT-1 Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) remains committed in working towards its vision of integrated mobility as it partners with Global Electric Transport (GET) Philippines, a Mobility-as-a-Service company engaged in providing a world-class, emissions-free transport system.

Bianca Bustamante Chosen As Part Of W Series Academy Team

Bianca Bustamante has been announced as one of two drivers for the W Series Academy Team, which is an exclusive program designed to support the development of young female talent across all motorsport disciplines. The selection came as a result of the strong performance by Bustamante at the W Series pre-season tests, showing rapid pace and consistency throughout the different stages of the evaluation process.

MMDA Is Thinking About A Crazy New Number Coding Scheme

The Metro Manila Development Authority or MMDA is proposing two new crazy number coding schemes in a bid to lessen the worsening traffic situation.

2022 Hyundai Staria Deemed 'Best Of The Best'

Hyundai announced that its Staria MPV has won the ‘Best of the Best’ accolade at the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2022. The Best of the Best is awarded for groundbreaking design and is the highest title in the competition. Staria took the honor in the Cars & Motorcycles category, further reinforcing the Korean automaker’s global competitiveness in product design.

2023 Lotus Eletre Is Brand's First-Ever SUV. It's Also First One Made In China

Seeking to extend the reach of the Lotus name, badge, and experience to a new audience, the storied British sportscar maker has unveiled the Eletre—its first-ever SUV.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Noboru Murakami Is Isuzu Philippines' New President

Leading truck manufacturer, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), recently announced that there will be a change in its leadership come second quarter of this year. Hajime Koso, IPC’s longest serving president for seven years, will be succeeded by Noboru Murakami, a senior executive from Isuzu Motors Limited, Japan (IML).

2022 Ford Ranger Has Less Power, Fewer Gears Than The Current Model

After its global reveal, Thailand is the first country to fully confirm its next-generation Ranger line-up, and in a surprising twist it makes less power and has fewer forward gears than it did before.

Land Rover Philippines Opens Order Books For All-New 2023 Range Rover

Land Rover Philippines has opened the order books for the all-new Range Rover. The flagship SUV blends comfort, composure, and all-terrain capability will start arriving at local showrooms by June.

Toyota Teases Subaru WRX-Rivaling GR Corolla

Toyota is bringing forth another new GR model, and this time, they’re setting their sights squarely on the Subaru WRX with the first-ever GR Corolla.

Refreshed Peugeot 2008 Shows Off New Shifter Design

The Peugeot 2008 sub-compact SUV has just been teased for the Philippine market with a possible launch at the Manila International Auto Show, but in Europe, it’s already seen with its first minor refresh.

Mitsubishi Expands To Bulua, Cagayan de Oro

Fast Autoworld Philippine Corporation (FAPC) opens its newest Mitsubishi dealership in Bulua, Cagayan de Oro. It is their 11th dealership under the brand. FAPC is one of the most established and expansive in the entire Mitsubishi network with existing ones in Visayas, namely Mandaue, Cebu South, Mactan, Tacloban, Ormoc, Dumaguete, and Tagbilaran, as well as Mindanao, which are at Butuan, Ozamiz, and Gusa.

Monday, March 28, 2022

The 2022 Grand Creta Could Be What Hyundai Needs To Jumpstart Its Sales In The Philippines

Remember the Hyundai Alcazar? Well, it’s now being sold outside of India, under a different name: the Grand Creta. Now sold in Latin America as well as South Africa, the Grand Creta is essentially a stretched version of the Creta sub-compact SUV made to accommodate seven seats.

Nissan Philippines Partners With Renewable Energy Firm

Nissan Philippines has recently partnered with local renewable energy firm First Gen Corporation in a move to further its Blue Switch initiative in the country. Launched in January of this year, Blue Switch is a program that promotes the use of EV technologies to address social concerns.

Lamborghini Brings Iconic Sportscars To PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile, one of the world’s most popular mobile games, is excited to announce its new partnership with sports car manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini. This landmark collaboration will bring the pure performance of one of the world’s most aspirational car brands to PUBG Mobile’s iconic battleground – two organizations committed to creating memorable experiences.

Jeep, Dodge Brings Back The Inline-6

Stellantis has announced that its inline-6 is returning this year to power Dodge and Jeep vehicles from the 2023 model year onwards. Dubbed, “Hurricane,” the 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6 fits both front- and rear-wheel drive vehicles and thus can be fitted to a variety of vehicles from Jeep, Dodge, and Ram.

Aprilia SR GT Arrives In The Philippines For P219K

The long-awaited Aprilia SR GT is finally in the Philippines. Fusing the Italian bike manufacturer’s unmistakable sporty style with practical urban capability, it makes for the ideal companion for everyday riding.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Review: 2022 Peugeot 5008 1.6 THP SUV

Seven-seat SUVs are desirable, there’s no doubt about that. A glance at the local sales charts reveal that Filipinos can’t get enough of them. While the family-centric segment is still dominated by small MPVs and SUVs, further up the food chain are larger offerings such as pickup-based passenger vehicles like the Toyota Fortuner and monocoque ones like the Mazda CX-8. Right smack in this wide-ranging segment is the new Peugeot 5008.

Foton Philippines To Launch 2022 Thunder At MIAS

It looks like Foton Motor Philippines won’t be giving up in the pickup truck segment just yet. Confirmed on their social media pages, the pioneering Chinese commercial vehicle brand looks to be launching the all-new 2022 Thunder at the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) in April.

Soon To Rise: Honda Cars Bacoor, Cavite

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), in partnership with Honda Cars Makati, Inc. (Ayala Group), continues to enhance the dealership network with the upcoming Honda Cars Bacoor.

Review: 2022 Mazda2 1.5 Premium

The sub-compact car segment is typically filled with choices that fulfill the needs, but not exactly the wants of car buyers. They looked at as basic transportation so the criteria to succeed aren’t exactly long. One brand, however, is looking at the segment in a different light. Thanks to its upmarket push, Mazda is pitting its Mazda2 in the segment not for volume, as its competitors all do, but for presence. Free from the shackles of sales projections, it has allowed them to reposition their small hatchback (yes, it’s just available with one body style now) to become a style leader.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Mitsubishi Motors PH Just Discounted The 2022 Xpander's Price Even Before Its Launch

In what could be Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC)’s most direct response to the arrival of the all-new Toyota Avanza, they’re now slashing the prices off their yet-to-be-released new Xpander MPV.

Is Chery Auto Philippines Going To Launch A Hybrid SUV At MIAS?

Is Chery Auto Philippines going to launch their very own hybrid SUV? That may be the case based on teasers posted by the Chinese auto brand the past few weeks (check out their posts below).

Friday, March 25, 2022

Porsche Philippines Launches 2022 Macan

Since its launch in 2014, the Macan premium compact SUV has been a success story for Porsche. Last year alone, it sold 88,362 units or nearly 30 percent of its entire 301,915 deliveries worldwide.

Volvo Cars PH To Unveil Boost Hybrid Models At Manila International Auto Show

Volvo Cars Philippines will showcase its new range of hybrid vehicles at the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) happening this April 7 to 10, 2022.

Petron Supports MIAS, IR Bike Fest

Industry leader Petron Corporation further strengthens its support for the upcoming Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) and the Inside Racing Bike Festival and Trade Show, so car lovers and motoring enthusiasts can once again enjoy the excitement of the country’s biggest auto and motorcycle shows. 

Beijing Motor Show Set To Be Postponed Due To COVID Resurgence

The biennial Beijing auto show, which is scheduled to begin on April 21 in the Chinese capital, is expected to be postponed due to surging coronavirus infections in multiple cities across China.

Hyundai Shows Off Modern PUV With BiyaHenyo Caravan

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) recently kicked off its nationwide BiyaHenyo Caravan showcasing the Hyundai HD48 GT Modern PUV in key cities of Luzon and Metro Manila.

Mazda To Suspend Japan Assembly Anew In April

Reeling from the effects of the earthquake that struck Japan last March 16 and the rise in coronavirus cases at its suppliers, particularly in China, Mazda is announcing a full stoppage of vehicle assembly at its lines in Japan in April.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Suzuki Philippines Continues Network Expansion With New 3S Dealership In Kawit, Cavite

As part of its continued efforts in making the brand accessible across the country, Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH), the country’s pioneer compact car distributor, recently inaugurated the newest of its 72 dealerships nationwide.

Check Out The Philippines' Most Affordable EV: The 2022 BYD Dolphin

After taking in reservations last December, STAR Corporation, the exclusive distributor of BYD vehicles in the Philippines has announced that first stocks of its all-electric hatchback, the Dolphin EV have arrived. Priced at P 1.798 million, it undercuts all other EVs be it from China, Korea, or Japan.

Bentley's Operating Profits Grew 1,845 Percent In 2021

Bentley Motors announced its global operating profits in 2021 reached 389 million euros, representing a 1,845 percent spike from the British luxury marque’s 20-million euros result the previous year. The latest figure is more than double Bentley’s previous record full-year performance set in 2014.

Honda Previews All-Electric SUV, North American HR-V Goes Global

Honda is committed to expand its electrified product especially in Europe. This will result in their widest line-up in that continent in many years.

A Hyundai Dealer Just Confirmed A New Distributor For The Korean Car Brand

Update: It seems Hyundai Pasig took their post down, but we were able to take a screen shot using our mobile phone (3/24).

Despite the lack of an official announcement regarding the status of Hyundai in the Philippines, one of their dealers went ahead and announced it anyway on their official dealer Facebook page.

Check Out The List Of Debuts At The 2022 Manila International Auto Show

The Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) once again opens its doors to the motoring public this April 7-10, 2022 at the World Trade Center. The Philippines’ biggest annual motoring event is making an onsite comeback after a two-year absence. As always, MIAS will feature the latest models from some of the country’s leading manufacturers and distributors.

Suzuki Wants To Build Flying Cars For Japan, India

Suzuki Motor Corporation and SkyDrive, Inc. have announced a partnership for the commercialization of flying cars.

2022 Toyota Avanza Scores 5-Star ASEAN NCAP Safety Rating

Toyota has another vehicle that’s managed to score perfect at the ASEAN NCAP safety tests: the all-new 2022 Avanza.

All-New 2022 Civic Hybrid Makes More Power, Torque Than The Civic Turbo

Honda is continuing its path towards electrification with the global launch of the all-new Civic Hybrid. While markets like the Philippines get exclusive turbo power, others such as Europe get the Japanese carmaker’s e:HEV powertrain.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

The Geely Emgrand May Have The Smartest AC System In The Sub-Compact Sedan Class

Geely may have outdone themselves when it comes to the Emgrand. While it’s no secret that their sub-compact sedan scores high in the value quotient, little did anyone know its attention to detail goes to the little things like its air conditioning system (read our full review of the Emgrand Premium here).

Bianca Bustamante Lands "Dream" W Series Race Seat For 2022

17-year-old Bianca Bustamante has secured a full-season drive in the 2022 W Series, racing in the Tatuus F3 T-318 formula car. Bustamante will be one of the youngest drivers on the grid and the only driver selected on this year’s grid to come straight out of karting. The selection comes as a result of Bustamante’s impressive performance at the official W Series Pre-Season test, held recently in March at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, a circuit she will compete at later this year as a support race to the Formula 1 Grand Prix calendar.

BYD To Use NVIDIA For Self-Driving Tech

BYD, the world’s second-largest electric vehicle maker, announced that it’s building its next-generation vehicles using the NVIDIA Drive Hyperion architecture. This platform, based on Drive Orin, is now in production, and is powering at least 25 EV makers building software-defined vehicles on high-performance, energy-efficient computing technology.

It's Sort-Of Instagram Official: The Peugeot 2008 Is Coming To The Philippines

Update: Peugeot Philippines has gone live with their teasers of the Peugeot 2008 on all their social media accounts. The original story appears below (3/24).

Peugeot Philippines may have inadvertently confirmed the arrival of the Peugeot 2008 compact crossover through a social media post which has now gone missing.