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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Foton Motor PH Lowers Prices, Adds Variants To Thunder Pickup, GTL Truck Range

Commercial vehicle specialist Foton Motor Philippines just made its Thunder pickup truck and GTL trucks more affordable.

Astara PH Announces Leadership Changes

Astara Philippines, the exclusive distributor of GAC Motor and Peugeot announces significant changes to its executive team effective September 1.

BYD Opens Largest Dealership In Philippines

AC Motors, in partnership with Solar Transport and Automotive Resources, inaugurated the BYD Quezon Avenue dealership this Friday. The facility is the largest to date and the first dealership to open under the stewardship of AC Motors, the automotive arm of the Ayala Group of Companies which was recently appointed by BYD as its official distributor in the Philippines, through its subsidiary Mobility Access Philippines Ventures, Inc. (MAPVI).

Aboitiz Power Fleets Up With BYD EV Vans

Aboitiz Power Corporation kicked off its corporate electric vehicle (EV) fleet transformation program with the presentation of new battery electric vehicle vans. The launch kickstarts its support of Republic Act 11697, referred to as the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA), and contribution towards greener and cleaner mobility in the country.

This Is Jeep's 5-Millionth Wrangler Sold

Jeep has announced an important milestone surrounding its iconic Wrangler: the sale of its five millionth example. The unit, appropriately enough, is a 2023 Wrangler 4xe Rubicon 20th Anniversary Edition in Earl exterior paint (lead photo). It was purchased by a customer in Camden, New Jersey, USA.

RAM 1500 TRX Bids Goodbye With Final Edition Model

The production run of the Ford F-150 Raptor’s only true rival and the apex predator of the pickup truck world, the Ram 1500 TRX is coming to an end. Ram Trucks has announced that the Ram 1500 TRX and its supercharged V8 is ending its run and as a proper send off, they’ve announced a Final Edition.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Globe, Ayala Corporation, Gogoro Announce Joint Venture For Electric Scooters, Battery Swapping Network

Globe’s 917Ventures Inc., Ayala Corporation, and Gogoro have formalized their partnership with the establishment of a joint venture: Gogoro Philippines Inc. (Gogoro Philippines). The JV aims to deliver clean and sustainable mobility utilizing Gogoro’s electric two-wheel vehicles and open battery swap network.

PLDT, Cartrack Collaborate To Enhance Fleet Management System

PLDT Enterprise, the B2B arm of the country’s largest fully integrated telecommunications provider PLDT, has successfully deployed its Internet of Possibilities (IoP) platform, through PLDT’s wireless unit, Smart, for Cartrack Technologies Philippines Inc. This has had a positive impact on Cartrack’s operations, allowing the global provider of vehicle telematics to expand its reach and enhance customer service.

Foton Now Comes With Longer Vehicle Warranty

Foton Motor Philippines has made ownership of Foton commercial vehicles a stress- and worry-free experience with its new extended warranty program.

Hyundai Mobility Experience Heads To Cebu, Davao This September

Hyundai Motor Philippines Inc. (HMPH) resumes its Hyundai Mobility Experience (HME) tour in Davao and Cebu next month. After a successful introduction of the Grand Before Service Activity (GBSA) at Festival Mall in Alabang, the said Aftersales program is being brought to the two regional capitals.

Legacy Automakers Lag Behind In Digitalization

If automakers were graded based on software alone, it seems newly established carmakers like Tesla and Nio easily beat out legacy brands like Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, and Toyota.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Meet The Most Powerful Cayenne Ever: The 2024 Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid

You are looking at the most powerful Porsche Cayenne ever and the most powerful SUV Porsche has: the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid.

Next-Generation Subaru WRX Rally Car Scores First Rally Victory

Less than a month after its debut, the Subaru WRX rally car won its first rally taking first place in the 2023 Ojibwe Forests Rally. It’s the next-generation WRX’s win and the second straight American Rally Association (ARA) Championship win for driver Driver Brandon Semenuk and co-driver Keaton Williams.

Monday, August 28, 2023

How Toyota Gazoo Racing Set The Global Stage For Philippine Motorsport

I almost decided not to go.

Second Life Jaguar I-PACE Batteries Now Used For Energy Storage

JLR has partnered with Wykes Engineering Ltd, a leader in the renewable energy sector, to develop one of the largest energy storage systems in the UK to harness solar and wind power using old Jaguar I-Pace batteries.

Review: 2023 BMW M340i xDrive Touring

Before SUVs and crossovers took over the world, if you needed to haul stuff, there were wagons. Thanks to the popularity of cladded up raised passenger cars, wagons or estates (or Touring if you prefer the proper BMW term), are now relegated to a very fringe set of buyers. That’s why it comes as a pleasant surprise that BMW Philippines has decided to bring in not one, not two, but three members of the 3 Series Touring family.

Chery Tiggo 8 Pro Is Official Presidential Vehicle Partner At 2023 BRICS Summit

Chery Automobile, now globally recognized for its quality and reputation and is now represented in more than 80 countries and regions around the world, has become the official presidential vehicle partner in the recently held 2023 BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) Summit at Johannesburg, South Africa.

Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival Draws More Than 6,000 People Over Two Days

Attended by more than 6,000 people on-ground and 2.6 million livestream views, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival was a resounding success.

2024 Kia EV5 Is Kia's Newest Battery Electric SUV

Kia is continuing its march to electrification with the launch of more battery electric vehicles. This time, the EV5, a compact SUV-sized BEV was revealed at the Chengdu Motor Show in China. It will go on sale there first in the latter part of 2023 with plans to expand it as a global product in select markets by 2024.

Most Convenient Place To Get Autosweep, Easytrip RFID To Close September 1

Heads up, motorists. Just a few days before the dry run of the cashless system (aka purely RFID) system on major expressways, one of the most convenient places to get both the Easytrip and Autosweep system is set to close.

Friday, August 25, 2023

GAC Motor PH Adds AWD To GS8 Mid-Sized SUV For P 2.648M*

Coinciding with GAC Motor Philippines’ 276 percent year-on-year sales growth, the Chinese carmaker has previewed its newest flagship SUV: the GAC GS8 2.0T AWD.

Lexus Mitsukoshi Puts Spotlight On Food With Local Culinary Workshop This August 26 To 27

Enjoy a taste of specially crafted culinary delights as Lexus Philippines hosts an indulgent weekend like no other at Lexus at Mitsukoshi.

EDIFICE x MUGEN Watch Arriving In PH This September For P 25K

Heads up, car enthusiasts and timepiece collectors! A special collaboration between Edifice and Mugen, the Honda works brand, will release its newest timepiece collection in September 2023 and serve as the latest addition to the Casio Edifice line of timepieces.

Hyundai Leads, Mazda Languishes In Tech Leadership Study

Hyundai and Hyundai’s premium brand, Genesis top every other carmaker when it comes to in-car tech experience while Mazda languishes at the bottom. This is affording to the latest 2023 Tech Experience Index Study or TXI Study.

EastWest Bank Is Mitsubishi Motors PH's Strategic Retail Financing Partner

To give more Filipinos the opportunity to purchase their dream Mitsubishi vehicle, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) signed a strategic retail financing partnership with EastWest Banking Corporation (EW).

Volvo To Take On Lexus LM, Mercedes V-Class With First-Ever EM90 Luxury MPV

The Lexus LM and Mercedes-Benz V-Class better watch out: Volvo says its first-ever luxury MPV will be like a “Scandinavian living room on wheels.”

A Tale Of Two Plants: Hyundai To Sell China Assembly Plant, But Acquires A Former GM Factory In India

Hyundai is putting one of its Chinese assembly plants for sale as it seeks to reduce excessive capacity in the China. At the same time, it has acquired a former General Motors plant as it broadens its reach in India.

Subaru Palm Challenge Is Back! Philippine Leg Happening On September 23

Motor Image Pilipinas is now accepting entries for the Subaru Car Challenge 2023. Back after a three-year hiatus, the epic test of grit and endurance will have contestants vie for a slot in the regional finals in Singapore for the chance to win a brand-new Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i-L worth P 1,998,000.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Changan CS55 Plus: Reinventing The Filipino Driving Experience

Oftentimes, when car manufacturers speak of the future, there is a notion that it is yet another brand jumping on the tech bandwagon or presenting a roadmap that is a few years down the line. With Changan Motors, the future is here and now — and there is no better time to flex its muscles in the Philippine automotive scene.

Inchcape Takes Over Distributorship Of Changan In The Philippines

Inchcape, the leading global automotive distributor, announced today that it has been appointed by Changan International Corporation (“Changan”) to distribute Changan vehicles in the Philippines. The distributorship will be operated by Inchcape Philippines, a joint venture between Inchcape and the CATS Group of Companies.

Is Honda Ready To Revive The NSX As A High-Performance EV Sportscar?

It looks like Honda’s ready to create a next-generation NSX sportscar, only this time it’ll be a fully-electric, high-performance vehicle.

6,500-kilometer Great Philippine Overland Loop Aims To Show Beauty Of The Philippines

Mototesto Overland Equipment is kicking off an epic 20-day journey to circle around the Philippines from September 24 to October 13 with adventurers and their overlanding-equipped rides.

Toyota Motor PH Says Stocks Are Beginning To Normalize, But Reminds Customers To Be Wary

Toyota Motor Philippines says that they’ve put the challenges of the chip shortage behind them and that stocks (for most vehicles) are starting to normalize. However, they admit that some vehicles such as the Hiace Super Grandia pictured above, continue to have limited stocks.

Next-Generation Toyota Tamaraw Is Function-Led Design; To Be Priced Around P750K?

Akio Toyoda understands the importance of the Toyota IMV or Innovative International Muti-purpose Vehicle to markets such as ASEAN. After all, he was overseeing the region when Toyota unveiled it way back in 2004.

Kia Just Launched Its Most Affordable EV: The 2024 Ray EV MPV

Kia has finally launched the Ray EV—its most affordable battery electric vehicle (BEV) with a starting price of just 27.35 million won (P 1.167 million).

Nissan Delaying Launch Of Next-Generation Kicks SUV

Good news to current Nissan Kicks owners: the launch of the next-generation model has been delayed. The bad news? Well, the delay is due to issues pertaining to the upcoming all-new replacement.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

This Is Your First Look At The Next-Generation Toyota Tamaraw

Toyota Motor Philippines remains committed to assembly of vehicles in the Philippines. It showcased the next-generation Tamaraw which will be assembled at the carmaker’s Sta. Rosa, Laguna plant starting in 2024.

Toyota Chairman Calls On Other Japanese Carmakers To Help Develop Philippine Auto Industry

Toyota Motor Chairman Akio Toyoda is hoping for a deeper cooperation between Japanese carmakers in the Philippines in order to grow local parts assembly.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

MPT Mobility Acquires Roadside Assistance Company AACI

MPT Mobility Corp., the innovations arm of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), announces the successful acquisition of Assist and Assistance Concept Inc. (AACI), a company wholly-owned by AXA Partners Holding SA. This move reinforces MPT Mobility Corporation’s commitment to improving the mobility landscape in the country by providing comprehensive technology-based solutions which address transport and mobility challenges and enhance the travel experience of motorists and commuters.

As PH-Bound Jaecoo 7 Undergoes Durability Test, Engineers Cite A "Miracle"

In a lead up to its market launch in global markets, including the Philippines, the Jaecoo 7 is undergoing an arduous road test in order to guarantee its reliability and durability.

Suzuki Auto Fest Returns With First Leg At SM City Bacoor Cavite

The Suzuki Auto Festival is back and this time, the two-day event will happen this coming August 26 and 27, 2023 at the Lower Ground Level of the SM City Bacoor in Cavite.

This Scaled Down Bentley Blower Is Road Legal And Fully Electric

The Little Car Company specializes in building “junior cars” in partnership with some of the most iconic car manufacturers including Ferrari, Aston Martin, and even Tamiya. Most of the time, they’re not road legal and are basically a plaything for kids and kids at heart.

Hyundai Continues Design Leadership With Three Red Dot Awards

Hyundai continues its streak at the Red Dot Awards further asserting its leadership in the field of design.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Review: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 GLS 2WD Long Range

The Ioniq 5 isn’t Hyundai’s first EV, but it is their first EV that happens to turn heads. If you’ve only seen it from pictures, you’d presume it’s sized like a compact hatchback, sort of like a retro-futuristic Pony—the brand’s first mass-produced and exported car. However, it’s a big all-electric crossover. You can credit the bespoke E-GMP platform for that, and it’s a strength that Hyundai keeps on leaning on to make this one of the brightest gems for the year.

Mitsubishi Tritron Ralliart Bags Team Championship At 2023 Asia Cross Country Rally

Team Mitsubishi Ralliart bagged the Team Championship in the 2023 Asia Cross Country Rally (AXCR) thanks to a 100 percent finish record for its all-new, sixth-generation Triton pickup truck.

Saturday, August 19, 2023

ASEAN NCAP Recognizes All-New 2024 Honda CR-V For "Amazing Safety Performance"

Leading up to its Philippine launch on September 13, Honda has revealed that its all-new, sixth-generation CR-V compact SUV has managed to score a 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating.

Lamborghini Shows Lanzador Ultra GT (And It's Electric)

Lamborghini has unveiled the Lanzador—a high-riding 2+2 grand tourer that will form the basis of a purely electric high-performance vehicle.

Friday, August 18, 2023

Isuzu Treats Customers With Drive & Fly, VIP Promos

Isuzu customers may soon enjoy travelling for free through its Drive & Fly promo, from August 15 to October 31, customers who will purchase the new Isuzu D-Max and Isuzu mu-X will a get a chance to win a trip for two to Tokyo, or trip for four to Boracay or Palawan.

Find Out Who Will Be The Hot Wheels Philippine Legend This August 26

Hot Wheels, in cooperation with Concept One Wheels and Toy Kingdom, is bringing the Hot Wheels Legends Tour to the Philippines.