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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Over 5 Million Sold: Subaru EyeSight Reaches Global Sales Milestone

Subaru announced that cumulative global sales of its vehicles equipped with the EyeSight driver assist system just surpassed five million units last June. The milestone was accomplished after 14 years and one month since the system was first introduced in Japan in May 2008.

Nissan Philippines Is Launching The Livina MPV On September 6

Update: Check out the specs, variants, and prices here. And our full review, here (9/7).

Some three years after its global debut in 2019, Nissan Philippines has finally confirmed that it’s bringing in the Livina MPV. Mark your calendars because it’s happening on September 6—a week before its public debut at the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).

Suzuki To Build EVs In India

In celebration of Suzuki’s 40th year of doing business in India, the carmaker, through its automobile production subsidiary, Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited, has announced plans to build battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the subcontinent.

Toyota Motor PH Bumps Up Specs, Prices Of Hilux For 2023

Toyota Motor Philippines has quietly updated its Hilux for the 2023 model year bringing with it additional spec and tech.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Is Suzuki Philippines Launching The Ertiga Hybrid At PIMS?

Is Suzuki Auto Philippines about the launch the new Ertiga Hybrid? That seems to be the case based on a statement made by Norihide Takei, General Manager for Suzuki Automobile Philippines at the press con announcing the 8th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).

CAMPI President: No Excise Tax For Pickup Trucks (For Now)

At the press conference for the 8th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS), CAMPI president Atty. Rommel Gutierrez had a definitive answer in connection to the government’s plan to levy excise taxes on pickup trucks, and buyers can breathe a sigh of relief (somewhat).

The Philippine International Motor Show Returns This September 15-18, 2022

It’s all systems go as the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) is once again holding the Philippine International Motor Show or PIMS. Returning after a four-year hiatus, PIMS 2022 brings together the country’s biggest auto manufacturers and distributors in a venue to showcase their latest vehicles and cutting-edge technologies.

Owners Say Hyundai Leads In In-Car Tech

Hyundai leads all other carmakers when it comes to in-car tech. This is based on the latest 2022 J.D. Power Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study. Hyundai is the leading mass market brand and fourth overall, while luxury brand, Genesis is ranked highest overall.

Monday, August 29, 2022

MSCC Miata Spec Series Reaches Halfway Point

The weather at the Clark International Speedway held as 16 race-prepped Mazda MX-5 roadsters raced to the finish line for Round 2 of the Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC) Miata Spec Series.

Upcoming Chinese Brand, Haval, Commits To Electrified Line-Up By 2030

Haval, a long-reported Chinese brand that’s poised to enter the Philippine market has just said that they will be stopping the sale of vehicles powered solely by internal combustion engines by 2030. The move echoes fellow Chinese carmaker, BYD, which has stopped producing purely internal combustion engine-vehicles this year as it focuses on electrification moving forward.

Should You Have A Special License To Drive A Supercar?

Lawmakers in the state of South Australia is looking to introduce stricter requirements and training for car owners who plan to own supercars.

Honda Launches Dog Accessory Pack

What started out as an April Fools’ prank, is now a serious product line for Honda. Launched in time for International Dog Day, the Japanese carmaker now has a selection of accessories to make your car safer for your four-legged friend.

Review: 2023 Mazda MX-5 RF

One year. That’s how long the owner waited for his Snowflake White Mazda MX-5 RF. The on-going global chip shortage and supply chain disruptions meant he pretty much went through the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. He was, admittedly, close to throwing in the towel until he got a call that his roadster had arrived.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

SMC Complete Tullahan River Clean-Up, Focus Shifts To Pasig River

San Miguel Corporation has officially completed its P1-billion Tullahan River cleanup project, which it started in 2020 together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in support of government’s flood mitigation efforts and the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay.

Netflix's Seoul Vibe Features Retro Hyundai Models

Hyundai Motor Company has teamed up with Netflix on the new car chase movie Seoul Vibe by supplying the film with various retro models from the 1980s. The film is now out on Netflix.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Audi To Join Formula 1 From 2026

All the rumors are true. Audi will enter Formula 1 as an engine supplier from 2026. The German automaker announced that the F1 project will be based at Audi Sport’s facility in Neuburg near Ingolstadt. This is the first time in more than a decade that a Formula 1 power train will be built in Germany.

Toyota PH Is Batangas Port's Second Largest Importer

Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) was recently recognized as the second top importer by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) – Port of Batangas (POB) for the period January to July 2022.

29.66 km/L In A Compact Crossover? Possible With The All-New Honda HR-V

Honda continues its hot streak of providing Filipino motorists with fuel-efficient vehicles with the all-new Civic and all-new HR-V. As a refresher, last year, the City sedan and hatchback were found to have superior fuel economy figures compared to their predecessors.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

10 Reasons Why The Hyundai HD45 GT And HD78GT Could Be A Worthwhile Investment

Moving a business requires durable and quality transport if you want to secure your bottom line from incurring unnecessary expenses, like untimely downtime that usually leads to unwanted vehicle repairs.

Second Leg Of Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup Brought Out The Racers, And The All-New GR86

Toyota Motor Philippines brought back racers and fans to the Clark International Speedway for the second leg of the 2022 Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup.

An Australian Bank Decided To Stop Giving Loans For Gas-, Diesel-Powered Vehicles By 2025

One bank in Australia is grabbing the attention of news outlets for our peculiar reason: they will stop offering car loans for new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles starting 2025.

Hino Gets Kicked Out Of Japanese Commercial Vehicle Group

In light of the emissions scandal rocking Hino Motors, the Japanese truck maker has just been expelled from a technology consortium it helped founded a little over a year ago.

China Shuts Down Some EV Chargers As They Face An Energy Crisis

China’s power crisis is beginning to affect electric car owners with automakers including Tesla having to suspend the operation of some of its charging facilities. This scenario could foreshadow possible issues a country could face if they adopt EVs quickly, but don’t think about beefing up their electrical grid and/or power supply.

Honda Now Looking Outside China For Parts Supply

Similar to Mazda, Honda is the next Japanese car manufacturer looking to building a supply chain base that would reduce their dependency on China.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

House Committee Approves To Impose Excise Tax On Pickup Trucks

Eyeing to buy a pickup truck? Better do that soon because they’re about to get more expensive. As if buyers have to contend with an unfavorable exchange rate and lack of supply due to the global parts shortage, the House committee on ways and means just approved a measure which would impose excise tax on pickup trucks.

Bajaj Three-Wheelers Could Be Hidden Champs Of The Tourism Industry

Winds flow over your shoulders during morning strolls on the highway, your feet against the grains of sand on the seaside, or maybe discovering the story behind the walls of Intramuros. There’s no limit on what you can do as a tourist. But with Bajaj three-wheelers, you can experience a next-level sakay at byahe around your favorite destinations.

Dodge Thinks Its EV Can Still Look Like A Muscle Car

The shift towards fully electrified vehicles has some die-hard petrol heads worried. This is especially true when they’re used to the ruckus of a big, honking V8 like the one found in the Dodge Challenger. But with Dodge’s confirmation that the next-generation Challenger is going fully electric, what does this all mean for the once old-school muscle car?

Honda Civic Type R: 25 Years Of Re-Writing The Hot Hatch Rulebook

Honda’s iconic Civic isn’t just celebrating its 50th year of continuous production, but it’s also celebrating 25 years of its high-performance, race-derived variant—the Civic Type R. In the more than two decades that followed, it re-wrote the rulebook on what a hot hatch should be. Despite being born as the more attainable Type R, it gradually embodied the Type R philosophy to the maximum thanks to its engineering and dynamics.

J&T Express Signs National Fleet Program With Isuzu PH, Gencars

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), J&T Express Inc., and Gencars, Inc. (Isuzu Makati) reinforced their partnership agreement and national fleet program through a contract signing ceremony last week. On top of more than 400 units of Isuzu trucks, J&T Express has purchased hundreds of NQR & FVR trucks from Isuzu Makati, one of IPC’s most established authorized dealers, as new additions to their growing fleet of vehicles.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Hino To Suspend Dutro Sales Due To Falsified Emissions

Toyota-owned Hino Motors said it will suspend all shipments of small trucks after confirming that a widespread data falsification scandal included those models.

911 Sally Special Sets Record For Most Expensive New Porsche Sold At Auction

The one-of-one Porsche 911 Sally Special sold at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction for a record USD 3.6 million (P 202.3 million) with the final winning offer coming from a telephone bidder. This set a record for a new Porsche sold at auction, according to the auction house.

Ford's High-Resolution Headlights Could Double As Heads-Up Displays

Head-up displays have for some time enabled drivers to stay focused on the way ahead. But now Ford engineers are trialing new headlight technology that could help ensure those behind the wheel literally keep their eyes on the road.

It's Official: Ford To Debut All-New Mustang On September 14

After a report surfaced last month of a possible September reveal, Ford has made it official: the all-new Ford Mustang will have its global debut on September 14 (September 15 Philippine time) at the Detroit Auto Show.

Should Suzuki Philippines Bring In The All-New 2023 Alto K10?

With the all-new Celerio getting a considerable price jump, maybe it’s time Suzuki Philippines shore up their entry-level hatchback offering by bringing in the all-new Alto K10.

The City RS Combines Fresh, Sporty Style With Honda's Signature Driving Performance

Looking back, one of our family’s most memorable cars was the Honda City. The first Honda City that was launched by Honda Cars Philippines entered the market as a game-changer of its time and with a theme song, to boot. Not only did we have one of the them in our garage, it quickly escalated to fill the streets of Metro Manila, becoming a prime choice for first-time car buyers or for starting professionals.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

2023 Bentley Mulliner Batur Shows Off New Design Direction

Bentley is pivoting itself to creating a range of ultra-luxurious battery electric vehicles, and with that, comes a new design DNA. The limited-edition Bentley Mulliner Batur—while not fully electric, previews that new design language.

The Devil's In The Details With Lamborghini's New 666-Horsepower Urus Performante

Fresh from its record run at the Pikes Peak, where it broke the record for production SUVs (it went up the hill climb in 10 minutes 32.06 seconds), Lamborghini has finally pulled the wraps off the Urus Performante.

Ford Island Conquest Heads To Nuvali, Laguna On August 26-28

Ford Philippines is conducting the second leg of its Ford Island Conquest test drive event on August 26-28, 2022 at the Activity Park of Ayala Malls Solenad in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Get Up To P4 Off Per Liter At UniOil With EastWest Credit Cards

Getting to your destination, may it be to your daily hustle or to that much needed getaway, doesn’t have to be dictated by the gleaming red numbers on fuel price boards. Everyone is looking for a way to cut expenses due to price hikes. So, here’s the drive you need to regain control of your regular spending on fuel:

Hyundai Is Now The World's Third Best-Selling Car Brand

The Korea Times reported that Hyundai Motor Group is now the world’s third-largest automaker by sales volume. For the first half of 2022, the group—composed of Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis sold 3.3 million vehicles.

Philippine New Car Sales Up 29.4 Percent In July 2022

The latest joint report by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) and Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) shows new motor vehicle sales for July 2022 reached 27,813 units, equivalent to a 29.4 percent growth compared with 21,498 units recorded in the same period a year ago.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Mazda Celebrates 10 Years Of People, Earth, And Society (w/ Video)

On August 10, 2012, the distributor company for Mazda vehicles and parts, Bermaz Auto Philippines Inc, was incorporated. The rest, they say, is history (you can watch the company highlights as a video below the story).

Kia's Most Powerful Production Vehicle Can Outgun A Ferrari Roma

Move over, Stinger. Kia has just unseated its own rear-wheel drive sports sedan with this: the 2023 Kia EV6 GT. This all-electric crossover is now the fastest production Kia ever made.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Specs, Prices, Variants: Everything You Need To Know About The 2023 Toyota GR86

Around a week after they opened the order books (and offered a sneak peek), Toyota Motor Philippines has finally revealed the Philippine spec, second-generation GR86 in its entirety. Its official release date is still on August 26, but we happened to get our grimy hands on the boxer-powered, rear-wheel drive sportscar.

Test Reveals Infotainment Touchscreens Is Bad For Performing Simple Tasks

Touchscreen are inherently harder to use in a moving vehicle regardless of make or model. This conclusion was reached by Swedish automotive outlet Vi Bilägare which tested out modern vehicles equipped with giant touchscreens and pitted it against a 2005 Volvo V70.

Everything Owners And Would-Be Owners Need To Know About The New Hyundai Distributor

After more than two decades, Hyundai has a new distributor for the Philippines. Hyundai Motor Philippines (HMPH) is now the newly-appointed distributor for the Korean auto brand taking over from Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI). HARI though remains the exclusive distributor for Hyundai trucks and buses in the country.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

MG Philippines Has Extraordinary Offers This Q3 2022

MG Philippines gears up for a continuously strong second semester this 2022, with a campaign that offers attractive cash discount or low down payment promos on all brand-new MG cars and SUVs.

Subaru PH Offering Zero Percent Interest On Evoltis, Discounts On XV

Motor Image Pilipinas, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the Philippines, makes the wet weather more bearable and much safer for customers who take advantage of their special August Rainy Day Deals.

Audi Charges Up Monterey Car Week With Fully Electric Models, Motorsport Legends

Audi brings both electric-powered premium mobility and its legendary race cars to the prestigious Monterey Car Week, which takes place until August 21 in California. During this much-awaited series of automotive activities, Audi will showcase all three of its sphere electric concept vehicles, to be joined by the one-off Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron — also fully electric — and some original five-cylinder race cars which cemented quattro all-wheel drive’s dominance in world motorsports.

Lexus PH's August Car Maintenance Weekend Starts Today

Taking care of your car, especially during the rainy season is essential in making sure driving in a downpour keeps you and your passenger safe and sound.