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Sunday, April 30, 2023

Review: 2023 Ford Everest 2.0 Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4x4

The pickup-based mid-sized SUV is a completely different animal compared to what it was two decades ago. From a no-frills, humble 7-seater with go-anywhere ability, they’re now regarded as a status symbol—one that combines any terrain capability with a long list of comfort and convenience features. Among all the nameplates out there, only one has continued to ride the wave, and that’s the Ford Everest.

Friday, April 28, 2023

Toyota, Daihatsu Rigged The Crash Safety Test Of All-New Vios, Wigo

Toyota Chairman Akio Toyoda is apologizing after 88,123 of its vehicles were found to have been rigged in order to achieve side-impact crash test performance.

11 Car Brands Banner Biggest Outdoor Test Drive Festival At Mall Of Asia

Ford, GAC Motor, GWM, Honda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, and WM Motor will be among the exhibitors showcasing their model lineups and offering test drives at the 2023 Auto Focus Summer Test Drive Festival.

Hyundai Ioniq 6 Bags Highest Honor In International Forum Design Awards

Hyundai has several International Forum or iF Design Awards including the highest ‘Gold’ honor for the Ioniq 6.

Move It Launches Advertiser Vest Program

Motorcycle taxi company Move It It is doubling down on its commitment to offering viable livelihood opportunities to its rider-partners. To further ensure they are equipped with additional earning opportunities, Move It is introducing the Advertiser Vests Program: an industry-first alternative income stream allowing rider-partners to earn additional income from advertising campaign materials on their safety vests. This program is additive to the existing earning opportunities provided to Move It rider-partners such as in-app bookings and post-service tipping.

Suzuki Opens 3S Dealership In Taguig

Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) marked another significant milestone in the country with the opening of its latest 3S dealership in Taguig City.

Geely Is Now Using A Manufacturing Technique Pioneered By Tesla

Geely is the latest automaker to use a manufacturing process first pioneered by Tesla as it aims to make their vehicles lighter and stronger than ever.

Nissan PH Launches Prepaid Service Plan That Allows You To Save

Nissan Philippines has launched the Nissan Service Protection Plan, a means for customers to conveniently maintain their vehicles while also availing of outright savings at the same time.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

This Guy Is The Best Hyundai Technician In The Philippines

Hyundai Motor Philippines, Inc. (HMPH), led by its Aftersales Division, hosted the Hyundai Technician Skills Championship (HTSC). Dave Chou, a seven-year veteran based out of Chiongbian Group’s Hyundai Las Piñas outlet, has emerged as the overall winner. Aged 36 and from Muntinlupa, he has been a loyal technician of the brand since March 2016. This is Chou’s first appearance and win, but his peers and trainers regard it not as luck but rather fruits of his diligence and hard work.

Kia Awarded For Strong Corporate Branding, Showroom Design

Kia has been awarded two accolades at the iF Design Award 2023 with one for ‘Company Branding’ and the other for ‘Shop / Showroom Store Identity.’ This shows the competitiveness of the Korean automaker since the brand’s re-launch in 2021.

Changan PH Honored For Service Excellence

Changan Motor Philippines, Inc. (CMPI), the official distributor of Changan vehicles in the country, received its very first citation from Changan International Corporation (CIC).

Honda CEO Admits Chinese Brands Are Now Ahead; Vows To Turn The Tables

Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe admits that executives who flew to Auto Shanghai had a rather unpleasant surprise: the Chinese brands are ahead of them.

This Shelby-Tuned Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Comes With Fake Exhaust Notes

It had to happen, right? The first Shelby version of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E is finally out and it brings with it some handling upgrades, tons of stickers, and get this, some fake exhaust notes.

500,000th Mercedes-Benz G-Class Rolls Out; All-Electric Model Coming In 2024

The 500,000th Mercedes-Benz G-Class rolled off the production line in Graz, Austria and in commemoration, the German carmaker came up with a one-off retro-inspired model.

BYD Overtakes Volkswagen As Best-Selling Car Brand In China

For the first time ever, Volkswagen has been dethroned as China’s best-selling car brand. The best-selling car brand in the biggest automotive market in the world now belongs to home-grown BYD.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

San Miguel Corporation Looking To Build Batangas-Mindoro "Super Bridge"

San Miguel Corporation is in talks with the local government of Mindoro, through Governor Humerlito Dolor, to construct a 15-kilometer super bridge that will link Mindoro island with mainland Luzon through Batangas province.

Only 3 Of These Land Rover Defender 75th Edition Models Are Available In The Philippines

Land Rover Philippines is making available the limited-edition Defender 75th Limited Edition on both the three-door 90 and five-door 110 models.

Motor Image Launches All-New Subaru Crosstrek; Philippine Launch Imminent

Motor Image has finally launched the all-new Subaru Crosstrek at one of its markets, signaling its imminent launch in the next few months in the Philippines.

China's MG Pilot Rechristened As 2024 MG HS For Global Markets

Remember the MG Pilot launched in 2021? Well, it’s now been re-christened as the new MG HS and it’s now slowly making its way to global markets.

2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Will Come With TikTok, Selfie Camera Built In

You are looking at the last new Mercedes-Benz model built on an internal combustion engine platform. With that, the German carmaker is pull out all the stops to make the all-new E-Class serve as a bridge between combustion and electric; tradition and digitalization.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

BPI Now Offering Up To 7-Year Auto Loans; Offers Waived Fees, Raffle For Limited Time

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is strengthening the capacity of Filipinos to avail of auto loans with their flexible MyKotse program.

Review: 2023 Honda BR-V 1.5 VX Honda SENSING

From a purely enthusiast’s standpoint, it’s hard to get excited about these small 7-seater MPVs/SUVs. With their compact proportions and fuel-efficient powertrains, they serve the purpose of ferrying the Filipino family. Excitement isn’t its middle name; heck, excitement can’t even be mentioned in the same sentence. Once in a while, there’s one that’ll manage to stand out in a good way. And the Honda BR-V is sort-of one of those times.

New Lexus Manila Showroom Soon To Rise In BGC

A new Lexus Manila showroom will soon rise to cater to the premium Japanese brand’s growing clientele.

Globe's 917Ventures And Ayala Corporation Launches EV Scooters And Battery-Swapping Service

Globe Group’s 917Ventures, Ayala Corporation, and Gogoro Inc. made history as they launched Gogoro Smartscooters and battery-swapping in the Philippines. The companies are introducing a new era in sustainable transportation that brings together smart, convenient, and accessible electric two-wheelers to customers.

Monday, April 24, 2023

Mazda Starts Producing The CX-50 Outside North America

After being adamant that its CX-50 will be a North American exclusive, Mazda has seemingly backtracked on that as the off-road-centric compact SUV is now available in China.

Fast X Hits Philippine Theaters On May 17

“Fast X”, the tenth film in the Fast & Furious Saga’s two-part conclusion, launches the final chapters of one of cinema’s most storied and popular global franchises, now in its third decade and still going strong with the same core cast and characters as when it began.

GAC Group's Van Life Concept Flexes International Design Prowess

In a bid to show off an internationalized strategy, the GAC Group unveiled the second concept car in its Car Culture series: Van Life.

Hyundai, Kia Is Latest Carmaker To Head To The Moon

Hyundai Motor Group is joining the space race against other global carmakers (another here). The Korean automaker, composed of Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis are in the initial development phases of building a lunar exploration mobility rover.

This Is Your First Look At The 2024 Jaecoo 7

Jaecoo has finally released some details surrounding its launch product: the Jaecoo 7. Showcased at Auto Shanghai, it’s confirmed to arrive in the Philippines in the final part where it will share showroom space alongside the Omoda 5 and Omoda 5 EV.

Sunday, April 23, 2023

WM Motor Drops Price Of W5 EV By P300K

After Nissan Philippines dropped the price of the all-electric Leaf, WM Motor Philippines has done the same with their Weltmeister W5.

Subaru To Race All-New WRX At Nürburgring 24 Hours

Subaru and motorsports division, STI, will once again participate at the 51st Nürburgring 24 Hours Race using, what else, but with the all-new WRX. Set for May 20 to 21, this will be Subaru’s 14th time to participate in the world’s toughest endurance race, and the first to use an all-new racing engine and platform.

Nissan PH Cuts Price Of Leaf EV By 30 Percent To P 1.998M

Nissan Philippines announces an approximately 30 percent price reduction for the new Nissan Leaf in accordance with Executive Order No.12 issued by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Saturday, April 22, 2023

2023 Isuzu D-Max Gets Tweaked Design, Colors, And A Price Bump

Isuzu Philippines has launched the updated 2023 D-Max bringing in aesthetic changes, a small price bump, and not much else.

Friday, April 21, 2023

This Civic Type R-Powered Honda S2000 Is One Clean Build

Honda has released a series of Type R models throughout its history with models such as the Integra, Civic, NSX, and even the Accord all receiving the iconic crimson-colored H emblem. But if there’s one model that deserved the Type R treatment but never got it, it’s the S2000.

Omoda & Jaecoo Wants To Sell 1.4 Million Cars By 2030

Upstart Chinese brands Omoda and Jaecoo, shall henceforth be known as O&J. This as the new brands under the Chery Auto Group formally establishes itself to become a global auto player by 2030.

Mazda Philippines Launches Updated Mazda6 For P 2.1M (w/ Specs)

Bermaz Auto Philippines has announced the availability of the updated 2023 Mazda6 bringing with it a series of design, dynamic, and connectivity updates.

MG RX5 Gets New Design, Power Bump For 2023

With the launch of the more upmarket MG HS, you thought you heard the last of the MG RX5, right? Well, that’s not necessarily the case as a revised model has just found its way to global markets.

Changan Accuses Geely Of Copyright Infringement

Well…well…well…how things have turned. After years or even decades of being “inspired” or blatantly copying Western carmaker designs, it looks Chinese carmakers have started copying each other and that has led, to all things, a possible lawsuit.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Idemitsu Lubricants PH Launches Nano-Tailored Engine Oil

Idemitsu Lubricants Philippines, Inc., a subsidiary of Idemitsu Kosan Co., has launched a new series of engine oils, namely the Idemitsu Four-wheelers’ Gasoline (IFG), Idemitsu Four-wheelers’ Dual (IFD), and Idemitsu Riders’ Gasoline (IRG) series for cars and motorcycles.

The 2024 MG 7 Is Quicker Than A Subaru WRX

The mid-sized sedan (aka executive sedan) segment is all but gone here in the Philippines, but if there’s one that could potentially bring it back to life (or at least spark a conversation), it’s this: the 2024 MG 7.

Next-Generation Ford Territory Goes On Nationwide Tour

Fresh from its successful launch, the next-generation Ford Territory will be available on display in major malls nationwide.

Scheirman Construction Consolidated Picks Kia K2500 As New Workhorse

The booming Philippine construction industry is back to pre-pandemic levels. Thanks to optimistic forecasts and a bustling economy, construction firms are once again firing on all cylinders. When it comes to getting the job done, it is essential that these companies choose the right equipment. Scheirman Construction Consolidated Inc. (SCCI) is no stranger to exceeding the expectations of its numerous residential, commercial, healthcare, industrial, corporate, and small business clients. This is why it has chosen the Kia K2500 4x4 double cab dropside as its do-it-all workhorse.

Mazda CX-60 Launching In The Philippines This June

After a market study that started last November, it’s finally happening: Mazda Philippines is entering the luxury space with the first-ever CX-60 this June.

Honda Civic Type R FL5 Is Once Again The Fastest FWD Car At The Nürburgring Nordschleife

Honda has once again captured the lap record for a front-wheel drive at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

Ferrari Judged To Have 2023's Best Design Language

Just a week after winning the Red Dot Best of the Best Award, the Ferrari Purosangue was cited yet again for its design. The Ferrari four-door has won the Production Car category at the Car Design Award.

Jaguar Land Rover Now Named JLR; To Become "House Of Brands" In Electrified Shift

Jaguar Land Rover is re-branding itself, preferring to be called JLR, as it transitions to become a leader in the electric luxury space. The announcement coincides with updates to its Reimagine Strategy which will reposition them as an “electric-first, modern luxury carmaker” by 2030.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

These Honda Genuine Accessories Are Now Available For The BR-V

Honda Cars Philippines is now offering BR-V customers the opportunity to enhance their 7-seater SUVs with a wide variety of genuine accessories which are now available at all authorized 37 Honda dealerships nationwide.

Harley-Davidson PH To Hold Open House To Showcase 2023 Range

Harley-Davidson is kicking off its 120th anniversary celebration with an Open House across its dealerships in the country starting on Saturday, April 22. Customers can check out the full range of 2023 motorcycles.

Volvo Harnesses Power Of The Sun For The EX90's Interior Lighting

You’ve slept through your alarm. The birds aren’t yet chirping, the neighborhood is still, and the pitch-black morning hardly beckons you to start the day. But as you step inside your car, a hint of sunshine greets you, turning an everyday commute into a ritual that lights up your day. Literally. In its new EX90 SUV, Volvo will use near-sunlight levels of interior illumination using 72 SunLike LEDs.

This Geely Produced SUV-Coupe Doesn't Have A Rear Windshield On Purpose

Polestar, a Swedish EV brand owned by Volvo Cars, has taken a rather unique twist to the entire coupe/SUV thing: they’re actually making do without the rear windshield on their Polestar 4.