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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Spotted! 2023 Ford Ranger In The Philippines

The Philippine launch of the 2023 Ford Ranger nears as stocks start making their way to dealers. Spotted by a reader on the expressway, they clearly show “Wildtrak” and “4x4.” This is our first look at the highest non-Raptor trim for the next-generation pickup truck.

San Miguel Begins Work On 20-Hectare MRT-7 Train Depot

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said its infrastructure arm has already begun construction on a 20-hectare property in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan that will serve as the main stabling area or train depot of its upcoming Mass Rail Transit 7 (MRT-7) project.

Here Is The Launch Line-Up Of Hyundai Motor Philippines

Two months ago, a Hyundai dealer inadvertently jumped the gun, and revealed that four all-new or refreshed vehicles are on their way courtesy of the Korean brand’s new distributor: Hyundai Motor Philippines, Inc. (HMPI).

TMP Tech Graduates Hired By Toyota, Hino Dealerships In Japan

The premiere automotive technical institution in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech), completed its pilot dispatch of automotive technicians for Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) dealerships across Japan. Twenty-six TMP Tech graduates were deployed from March to May 2022, with 42 more set to join within the year as Japan further eases its borders.

MINI Takes Over Cebu's Newest Iconic Landmark

MINI owners from Cebu made their mark at the newly-constructed Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) through the MINI Cebu Breakfast Drive, jointly organized by MINI Philippines and MINI Cebu.

Geely Bacolod Is Now Open For Business

Sojitz G Auto Philippines Corporation (SGAP), the official distributor of Geely vehicles, is now ready to cater to its customers in Bacolod City under the management of MNV Auto Group Inc. Geely Bacolod marks the 29th completed dealership facilities for Geely Philippines’ and 4th dealership in the Visayas Region.

BYD Books 22,000 Orders Of This Tesla Model 3 Rivaling Sedan In Just 6 Hours

BYD continues its sales surge as its new all-electric sedan, the BYD Seal, went on sale in China.

2022 Land Rover Defender 130 Offers Uncompromising All-Terrain Capability And Space

Land Rover introduces a third member of the Defender family: the Defender 130. The Defender 130 continues to offer uncompromising all-terrain capability, but now with the added practicality of three rows of seats.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Review: 2022 MG HS 1.5 TST Trophy

As you go up the pricing ladder, considerations for a brand-new car change from just being a basic form of transportation to something more aspirational. In order to succeed, it’s no longer enough just to fulfill the basic or hygiene factors, rather it becomes imperative to connect to buyers at an emotional level as well. This is one of the main missions of the MG HS, and one that it manages to get mostly right.

Lexus Customers Can Swipe Using Their Metrobank Credit Cards To Avail Of Zero Percent Installment On Their Service

Lexus is offering Metrobank Credit Card holders a zero percent interest installment promo for up to six months when they bring in their cars for service.

Toyota Now Facing Possible Shortage Of New Cars

Still affected by COVID-19-related lockdowns at its suppliers in China, Toyota has announced a fresh round of production cuts which will drop their global output of new vehicles by 150,000 units.

This Members Only Club Features Their Very Own Tilke-Designed Race Track

When you think of private country clubs, the first thing on your mind would be golf; second would likely be a beach. But what about for those who enjoy driving? Is there an exclusive resort that caters to them? Apparently, yes, and it’s located in Japan.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

MG Philippines Offers Up To 238K Cash Discount, Zero Down Payment

Summer may be offer, but MG Philippines is still offering hot, sizzling deals on its cars and SUVs. Expect extraordinary deals on their full roster of vehicles, including the sporty MG 6 Fastback Sedan; the ever-popular ZS, and its turbocharged sibling the ZST; the versatile and spacious MG RX5 SUV; the new 2022 MG HS SUV; and the MG 5 Sedan which is feature packed, spacious, and a class leader for dimensions and on-board tech in its segment.

Review: 2022 Isuzu mu-X 3.0 LS-A 4x2

It’s normal for car manufacturers to focus on their highest variants. They are, after all, seen as the image leaders—the one that carries the most flash and tech. But for all the showroom draw they give, it’s the mid- and even base variants that make up a bulk of their sales. Feedback on these variants is important, and that makes driving this Isuzu mu-X LS-A all the more interesting.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

2022 Subaru WRX Sedan Starts At P 2.508M; Wagon Starts At P 2.558M

Ahead of its launch on June 8, Motor Image Pilipinas has revealed the pricing of the all-new WRX sedan and wagon.

Friday, May 27, 2022

The Subaru Outback Is Japan's Safest Vehicle In 2021

The Subaru Outback is the safest vehicle tested last year by the Japan New Car Assessment Program or JNCAP. This marks the second consecutive year that Subaru has won the highest recognition from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) and the National Agency for Automotive Safety and Victim’s Aid (NASVA) after the Levorg (aka WRX Wagon)’s recognition last year.

Electric Vehicles Can Last As Long As Your Gas- Or Diesel-Powered Car

One of the biggest concerns surrounding electric vehicles centers around the battery, specifically its lifespan. Some of us who keep their mobile phones or laptops for a lengthy period of time would know that after a while, worn batteries won’t keep their charge as well as newer ones.

Study Reveals Why People Are Buying EVs And Why Some Are Still Skeptical

U.S.-based J.D. Power has released a study which could prove to be valuable to companies amidst an EV shift.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

The Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 Basecamp Is Perfect For The Great Outdoors

For those who want to “rough it” with one very capable off-roader, Isuzu has come up with the perfect inspiration: the Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 Basecamp.

Nissan Aims To Go Pole To Pole With Ariya SUV To Prove That EVs Can

Scottish adventurer Chris Ramsey hopes to be the first person to travel from pole to pole with a little help from Nissan’s all-electric SUV, the Ariya.

Bajaj Shows That You Can Use Their Three-Wheelers As Mobile Food Trucks

Pinoys are natural businessmen that even the pandemic did not put a stop to. Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) grew to 99.51 percent of businesses based on data gathered by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 2020. Some in this sector have found a way to discovering a business venture through the help of a Bajaj Three-wheeler. 

Prodrive Is Resurrecting The OG Impreza STI With The P25

Prodrive is doing Subaru won’t be: making a new Impreza STI. Of course, this isn’t based off the current cladded WRX or anything. This one is taking inspiration straight from the OG: the iconic 22B.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Is This Proof That Geely Philippines Next Vehicle Is The 2022 Monjaro SUV?

Update: Geely has now fixed its official website to reflect the Monjaro name. This article has been updated (7/31).

In October of last year, a tipster told us to check out the Geely Philippines website, particularly when it came to the placeholder of their upcoming vehicles. Although Geely removed the placeholder photos, at that time, it indicated two upcoming vehicles.

Ford Falsely Advertised Fuel Economy, Payload Capacities And Has Been Ordered To Pay

In a win for consumer rights, and a bitter blow to car manufacturers who like bloating figures, Ford has been ordered to pay USD 19.2 million (P 1 billion) for vehicles that don’t meet advertised fuel economy and payload ratings in the United States.

Dutch Government Backs SMC, Boskalis In P 740-Billion Bulacan Airport Project

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) received its strongest support yet for its game-changing P740-billion New Manila International Airport (NMIA) project in Bulacan following the approval of the Dutch government of an export credit insurance (ECI) for the project’s land development phase.

Honda Cars PH Opens New Facilities In North, South Luzon

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) continues to reach and connect with more customers in the country. In order to serve them better, existing services and amenities are continually improved, and new facilities are being established, so more people can experience Honda’s vehicles and services. For the year 2022, HCPI is once again pursuing the expansion of its dealer network and service centers, with it recently opening its relocated service center at Rosario, La Union, along with the groundbreaking ceremony of an additional dealer in Santa Rosa, Laguna.

Check Out Porsche, Audi's Line Of All-Electric Vehicles At Power Plant Mall On These Dates

As PGA Cars leads the Philippine automotive sector’s transition to premium electric-powered mobility through its “FutureNow” program, the company is showcasing its range of fully electric models in a series of weekend exhibitions that present green transport solutions to consumers who define sustainability as the new luxury.

Nissan's Offering An Oil Change For Just P 1,475 Until July 31

Nissan Philippines is running a service program to encourage its long-standing customers to get their cars the check up and maintenance it needs this summer. The company is offering basic change oil that comes with complimentary maintenance services for 3 years and older gas engine vehicles.

I Just Spent P 167 On "Fuel" For A Manila To Tagaytay Road Trip. And I Did It With The 2022 Weltmeister W5 (w/ Specs)

That’s no typo. Yes, I managed to travel to Tagaytay and back—a total of 215 or so kilometers spending just P 167 on fuel. With today’s record high fuel prices, this may seem like an impossible task, but believe me, it’s possible when you’re using an electric vehicle.

Changan CS35 Plus Achieves 21.49 km/L In Certified Philippine Test

Changan’s latest SUV offering, the New CS35 Plus, registered above-market fuel efficiency ratings at the fuel economy run conducted by the Automotive Association of the Philippines (AAP) last April 16, 2022.

Honda Officially Teases 2023 CR-V With Hybrid Power

After leaking out of China, Honda now officially teases the all-new 2023 CR-V.

Monday, May 23, 2022

The All-New Nissan Almera Redefines Practicality And Reliable Daily Mobility

Ironically, when there seems to be no end to your to-do list, there also seems to be less time available to get everything done. With the country — and the rest of the world, for that matter — lifting its borders and easing restrictions, there is a lot of catching up to do. We’re talking about the little things, which include the day-to-day routine and errands that have either been put on hold or even forgotten in the past couple of years. Suddenly, opportunities abound and there is much to take care of.

First Drive: 2022 Chery Tiggo 8 Pro 1.6T

Chery’s a brand on a mission, and while they still have a mountain to climb, they know they’ve got the tools to do it. In the decades since the uncheerful QQ, they’ve managed to transform themselves into makers of vehicles with design and technology that match the best of the world. Although they still prefer to drop the name of their suppliers (Bosch being the most notable example) and their inspirations (Audi being the most mentioned) so casually into their marketing presentations, it’s time for them to stand on their own because the proof’s in the pudding; and the pudding doesn’t get any tastier than with the Tiggo 8 Pro.

Mitsubishi Motors PH Updates The Strada GLS Line For 2022

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) presents its newly designed Strada GLS line to the local market. The brand’s all-around pick-up truck is flaunting a more contemporary and tougher exterior.

It's End Of The Line For The Hyundai Sonata

Pour one for the Sonata since it’s expected to join the great parking lot in the sky. Korean newspaper Chosun says the automaker is set to discontinue the nameplate as it focuses on fast-selling crossovers and electric vehicles.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Bulgari And Ducati Collaborate On Limited Edition Watch

In what could be one of the more unlikely partnerships, Ducati and Bulgari have collaborated on a special limited-edition chronograph called the Bulgari Aluminum Ducati Special Edition.

Peugeot Is Ready To Race Its Wingless 9X8

Less than a year on from the presentation that publicly launched the concept behind the Peugeot 9X8, the French automaker is now ready to race it. The four-wheel drive, hybrid-electric hypercar will be making its competitive debut in July at Round 4 of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) in Monza, Italy.

At P 7.44-Billion, This Chedeng Is The Most Expensive Car In The World

This is the most expensive car in the world: a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé. It was auction off and reached a record price of €135,000,000 (P 7.444 billion) to a private collector.

Changan Motor PH Breaks Ground For New National Headquarters

Changan Motor Philippines, Inc. (CMPI), the official distributor of Changan vehicles in the country, stands strong and optimistic with the ground breaking of its future national headquarters at the Auto Resources Center (ARC) in Calamba City, Laguna last May 17, 2022.

The 2024 Honda Prologue Is An All-Electric SUV That Rides On A GM Platform

After revealing its name last year, Honda has shown what its all-electric SUV, the Prologue will look like.

Review: 2022 Subaru BRZ 2.4 EyeSight AT

The 2022 Subaru BRZ is a case of what you see is what you get. Based on its sheet metal and proportions, it’s a careful evolution of a well-proven formula that’s helped it gather sportscar fans into its fold. Though Subaru is mostly known for sensible all-wheel drive crossovers and the WRX, the BRZ helped them knock on the door of greatness. The first-generation model fell short in certain aspects, but now, Subaru has managed to fix the well-known gripes. The result? The new standard in affordable sportscars.

Friday, May 20, 2022

For P 730K, These Small EVs From Mitsubishi And Nissan Can Travel 180 Kilometers On A Single Charge

Nissan and Mitsubishi have separately launched their jointly-developed all-electric kei car in Japan: the Nissan Sakura and the Mitsubishi eK X EV.

Ford PH Offers Free Oil Filter On Select Vehicles Until May 31

Ford Philippines is offering free oil filter to select Ford customers until May 31, 2022 as part of its commitment to enhance the ownership experience.

Kia Invests Big In All-Electric Purpose Built Vehicles

After showing off its first Purpose Built Vehicle or PBV in the form of the Niro Plus, Kia is going full steam ahead with its plan to build up to 150,000 PBVs a year at their all-new, high-tech smart manufacturing facility located within the brand’s Hwaseong manufacturing site.

Tokyo Motor Show To Re-Brand Into "Japan All-Industry Show"

The Tokyo Motor Show will re-brand itself when it returns in 2023. In an announcement, JAMA Chairman Akio Toyoda said it will open under a “Japan All-Industry” banner.

Chevrolet Makati Re-Opens Under New Management

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI) proudly welcomes MIG1 Auto Dealership Corporation with the inauguration of the new Chevrolet Makati dealership. The new Chevrolet Makati dealership officially opened its doors to Chevrolet patrons in the central business district and nearby areas, significantly marking this milestone as a celebration of labor day.

SsangYong Shows Off 2023 Torres SUV

Despite a failed rescue, SsangYong Motor is pushing through with its new car development program under its self-initiated help measures.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Nürburgring Record-Holder Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Now in The Philippines

Having convincingly proven its dynamic potential by setting the fastest lap time for SUVs around the legendary Nürburgring track, the latest performance model of the Porsche Cayenne series has rolled out into markets worldwide, and is now available in the Philippines.

MMDA Says Traffic To Hit Pre-Pandemic Levels By June

Brace yourselves, Manileños. If you think the traffic’s already bad enough, the MMDA warns that we haven’t reached peak volume yet.

2022 Mazda CX-9 Scores "Good" Rating In Tougher New Side-Impact Test

After the Mazda CX-5 aced the U.S.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)’s tougher side-impact test, its big brother, the CX-9 managed to do the same.