HONDA Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has officially launched its high-performance icon—the 6th Generation Civic Type R. According to Honda the latest model is by far the most powerful in Type R’s 30-year history. None other than HCPI president Masahiko Nakamura presented their latest halo model embodying the brand’s challenging spirit with the latest innovations.
THIS is a different kind of corporate social responsibility (CSR). With Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) becoming a chief partner of the FIBA (World Basketball Federation), Toyota will play a hugely significant role in the country’s hosting of the World Cup in August-September that features the Top 16 basketball powers in the world.
ISN’T it nice to note that of late, many of our industry players have become environment-conscious?
SUZUKI Philippines Inc. (SPH) finally rolled out its take on sustainable mobility in the country—the highly-anticipated New Ertiga Hybrid version. During the last 8th PIMS, SPH previewed the new version highlighting the manufacturer’s proprietary Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) technology. The latest “mild” hybrid version now comes standard and offers in GA M/T, GL AT, and GLX AT variants—the first and only in the seven-seater compact MPV class.
DURING its preview at the 8th Philippine International Motor Show last year, the all-new Honda BR-V received a positive market response. Mainly, the strong approval was attributed to its fresh look with exuding SUV appeal and bigger dimensions.
MY guest today will educate us on what Toyota Motor Philippines’ (TMP) Mobility platform is all about. As the founding head of TMP’s newly-minted project, Cristina “Tini” Arevalo is perfect for the lecture, navigating for us the road map to Mobility’s thrust towards a new era in motorization. Here:
DON’T fret over an industry report that the Philippines ranked fifth among six Asean (Association of Southeast Nation) economies in overall vehicle output from January to November last year.
HYUNDAI Motor’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) model has been accorded one of the most prestigious accolades in a car awards competition. Recently, the IONIQ 5 all-electric SUV topped other models, such as BMW iX, Land Rover Range Rover, and Renault Arkana, to win the 2022-2023 Import Car of the Year at Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY). While Hyundai’s all-electric SUV was also named one of the 10 Best Cars of the Year, this is the first time for a Korean automaker to win an award at the JCOTY.
LAS VEGAS — Sony unveiled a new high-tech prototype car it will produce in partnership with Honda at the CES tech show Wednesday.
SUSTAINABLE mobility has arrived in the Philippines, and more electric vehicle (EV) distributors are bringing in myriads of their respective EV models.
ONE good thing about San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is its long-admired consistency of commitment when it adopts a policy. Unwavering.
ISUZU Philippines Corp. (IPC) recently announced its change in leadership beginning in 2023, with the appointment of Tetsuya Fujita as its new president. Arriving in January 2023, Fujita is a Senior Executive of Isuzu Motors Limited Japan (IML) with more than three decades of experience under IML handling different overseas markets like the United States and Latin America.
THE microchip shortage continues to bedevil the motoring industry. Without the chips, car production suffers terribly—almost on a worldwide scale.
THE 8th Philippine International Motor Show demonstrated that sustainable mobility is already here in the country.
A car giant that forgets not to share the Yuletide’s festive mood through an intimate lunch with media folk is Toyota, with no less than the company’s top honcho never failing to grace the occasion.
BOASTING over 23,000 units sold in the Philippines since its introduction in 2016, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) officially launched the all-new BR-V to pay tribute to its strong market reception, becoming one of HCPI’s best-selling models. According to HCPI, the latest-generation seven-seater compact SUV has received a positive market response for its fresh look with exuding SUV appeal and bigger dimensions during its preview at the 8th Philippine International Motor Show last September 2022.
VOLVO continues to expand as it announces the opening next year of its dealership in Pampanga, another robust proof that the industry is on a redoubtable rebound.
SHELL Mamplasan mobility site in South Luzon Expressway, Biñan, Laguna, will be powered by renewable energy from Shell Energy Philippines (SEPH). Shell Mamplasan is the second Shell mobility site powered by renewable energy from SEPH following the successful transition of Shell North Luzon Tollway 1 (NLT1) in Balagtas, Bulacan.
HERE is Jade B. Sison again, commandeering my space—gladly.
HYUNDAI Motor Philippines, Inc. (HMPH) has entered the compact MPV arena and expanded its lineup by bringing in the new Stargazer. According to HMPH, the brand is putting forward a new era in the local MPV segment through futuristic styling, advanced driver assistance technologies, and premium space and comfort. The company also claims that this new seven-seater model aims at Filipino families looking for a vehicle that can meet their daily mobility needs, modern lifestyle, and preference.
PRACTICALLY a hermit I was from March 2020 until recently—blame it on the pandemic—when I cut loose from prison-like life. What triggered the escape was my coverage of the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Vios Cup November 18 to 19 at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.
AFTER the successful launch of the latest generations of Ranger and Everest, Ford Philippines took select members of the motoring media on an experiential test drive to Clark Freeport Zone.
MOTORSPORTS fans and racers alike trek to Clark Freeport this weekend for the third and final leg of the TGR (Toyota Gazoo Racing) Vios Cup, the country’s benchmark of car racing for nearly a decade now as only the likes of Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is capable of staging—and sustaining it no matter the odds.
AS part of its ongoing efforts to improve the brand’s reputation through the Isuzu Outlet Standardization (IOS) program, Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) has recently inaugurated the bigger and better Isuzu Davao dealership. Operated by Southern Motors of Davao, Inc. (SMDI), the company has been serving the needs of city residents for more than seventy years. Isuzu Davao is reiterating its commitment to give the people of Davao the most exemplary customer satisfaction with the improved facilities.
HERE is Jade B. Sison again, this time updating us on Lexus’ huge hop from purely selling to dwelling on the silver screen. It’s another bold leap that only the brave can muster. Jade’s item:
AUTO iCON is a newly established leading premium auto group south of Metro Manila, offering nine distinct automotive brands. The company is guided by its apparent mission to provide freedom of movement for all through distinctive, appealing, affordable, and sustainable mobility solutions.
HERE is a bit of a human interest story from Sunshine Cabrera of Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP).
WHEN Volkswagen rolled out its smallest SUV T-Cross, the global market accepted it with a resounding sales figure. Achieving approximately 300,000 units sold globally two years after debut, despite the effects of the pandemic, we could not agree more. Also, the timing could not have been more perfect when Volkswagen Philippines brought in the subcompact SUV last year to respond to public anticipation and to present the new model with the brand’s global “refresh” campaign.
IT is barely 90 days before Christmas. That means almost every car buff is itching to buy that dream car before December 25 comes along.
NISSAN Philippines is back in the MPV segment with the recent launch of the All-New Livina.
MY son-in-law drove a Conquest recently from Manila to Lucena and back on a full tank.
The expansion thrust of Kia Philippines continues with the groundbreaking of Kia Batangas City last September 22 at the Batangas City Grand Terminal, Diversion Road, Barangay Alangilan, Batangas City.
ELECTRIC vehicles not yet safe?
Amid the rise of road mishaps involving motorcycles, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Acting Chairman Carlo Dimayuga III bared a new plan to install exclusive motorcycle lanes in select Metro Manila streets.
AFTER more than twenty successful years of operation, Isuzu Gencars, Inc. is soon relocating its San Pablo dealership to a new location.
NOT known to many is the fact that President Marcos Jr. has been a Formula One fan for the longest time.
AMONG all the spectacles during the recently concluded 8th PIMS, the displays of full-electric and hybrid vehicles are one for the books. Never in the history of Philippine motor shows has such an extensive roster of green machines showcased the advent of sustainable mobility.
THE Russia-Ukraine war is driving car giants out of Russia. Toyota leads the batch, according to Nikkei Asia.
MOTOR show fans may have missed the long-running Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) from a pandemic hiatus a few years back.
WHAT caught my attention in the just-ended 8th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) was Spencer Yu’s pre-event statement. As quoted by Inquirer’s Tessa R. Salazar, Stephen, my good friend cum president of SMC Car Asia, said: “The BMW iX is the first battery electric vehicle (BEV) that BMW introduced here in the Philippines last April and the reception has been overwhelming for BEVs.”
With the horrendous traffic Filipino motorists face every day, switching to Euro 4 could just be the best consolation they can ever get.
“MOVEMENT That Inspires’ is proudly on display in the Kia Philippines booth at the 8th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS), currently being held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. The brand’s exhibit highlights its move towards electric vehicles and, more importantly, sustainability.
SEAOIL, the leading independent fuel company in the Philippines, reiterates its pledge to deliver excellent customer experience through the Alagang SEAOIL campaign.
THE motoring sector is now fast coming back to life as the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS), whose four-year interruption was aggravated by the pandemic, has been revived.
IT has been ten years since Bermaz Auto Philippines Inc (BAP) was established and became Mazda’s official vehicle and parts distributor in the country.
IT won’t be long, yeah, when electric vehicles will finally ease out fossil fuel-fed cars out of our garage. The earliest prediction is 1935.
I MISSED Leg 2 of the 2022 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Vios Cup recently held again at Clark International Speedway but no worries, though. Sunshine Cabrera ably subbed for me and thus, here is her report.
LONG-running motorsport event Philippine Rallycross (PHRX) Series recently awarded the winners of the 2021 Rallycross Season. Held at the Two Bott’s Resto Bar Co., in Southwoods Ecocentrum in Biñan, Laguna, the awarding ceremony finally took place after several postponements due to the pandemic.
THE country’s automotive industry leader Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMP), recently inaugurated Toyota Mobility Solutions Philippines, Inc. (TMSPH) as its new wholly-owned subsidiary providing mobility-related services.
YOU want to buy your dream car but, unfortunately, there is no supply.
ANOTHER full-electric vehicle made it to the local market—WM Motor Philippines (WMPH) recently unveiled the Weltmeister W5 full-electric compact crossover. Early this year, WMPH became the newest automotive company to enter the local market and the official Weltmeister car distributor in the country. After several online teasers, the recently introduced full-electric crossover became WMPH’s first model offering.
WHY must we become impersonal?What’s the point in penalizing someone you have not personally seen violating a traffic rule?
The next-generation Ford Everest has officially made its local debut in the country, blending adventure-ready capability with exceptional comfort and customer-focused technology in a rugged, refined, and fun to drive SUV.
Ford Philippines has also launched the much-awaited next-generation Ford Ranger, the smartest, most versatile, and most capable Ranger ever. The next-gen Ranger features improved capability and comfort, advanced technologies, and smart connectivity that deliver new and improved experiences to pick-up customers.
PILIPINAS Shell Petroleum Corp. recently introduced two sustainability initiatives for local motorists. First was the launch of the pioneer Nature-based Solutions (NBS) Carbon Offset Service for drivers, followed by Shell Recharge, the company’s first high-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging service in the country. The latter is also the first of its kind installed on Philippine expressways.
THE best deserves only the best. That seems very natural for both Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) and Petron Corporation.
ONE of the Philippines’ largest multi-brand automotive and motorcycle groups, AC Motors recently inaugurated its multi-brand dealership AC Motors Centrale in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The one-stop shop facility sits at the center of Metro Manila’s commercial district. Further, it manifests the Ayala group’s readiness to move Filipino motorists towards the future of mobility.
INDUSTRY performance continues to rebound as sales hit a whopping 26.8-percent increase last month. This can only be attributed again to the so-called “spending vengeance” car clients had been resorting to as the pandemic appears consistently to be on the wane.
THE GLB is the most versatile premium compact SUV of Mercedes-Benz. Long wheelbase, striking SUV design and impressive widescreen cockpit.
THE All-New Lite Ace that was launched to a smashing success last weekend can be had at P2,903.50 per week. If that’s not a steal, what is?
HONG KONG — Baidu, a Chinese search engine and artificial intelligence firm, unveiled its latest electric autonomous driving vehicle on Thursday.
IT is number 48 for Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) as it recently inaugurated the newest dealership in Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Subic, Zambales.
TOYOTA has not stopped surprising us, coming up anew with another game-changer today, July 15, by launching its latest Lite Ace model at the iconic Ali Mall in Cubao, Quezon City.
SUZUKI Philippines Inc. (SPH), the country’s pioneer compact car distributor, rings in the second half of the year by announcing the return of its customer favorite, new and improved, Four the Win Promo.
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) and Philippine Airlines-Mabuhay Miles (PAL) recently launched a partnership that allows you to convert your points on the road with Shell Go+ to PAL Mabuhay Miles to get you closer to your next dream destination.
ISUZU has just joined the industry’s elite achievers by scoring another scintillating milestone, recording its 10 millionth sale of its much-admired Traviz.Launched in late 2019, the Traviz lightweight truck quickly became a favourite among choosy business owners nationwide, surging to that 10-million sales plateau in June this year. Noted for its last-mile delivery operations—arriving to destinations almost without fail on time—Traviz continues to enjoy its lofty position as a game-changer in its segment.
SEVERAL weeks after its official debut, Suzuki Philippines hosted a media drive for us to take the first dibs on the all-new Celerio finally.
THE much-missed live action of the TGR Vios Cup will blast off on Saturday, July 2, at the famous Clark International Speedway in Angeles City, Pampanga, featuring the Circuit Championship and the Autocross Challenge.
THE industry is on a blazing rally, recording a 20-percent increase in vehicle sales in May.
WITH 3.5 million units sold globally, the HR-V nameplate is no stranger in the subcompact crossover segment. Years before its segment became one of the dominant placers today; the HR-V has been around for Honda to offer as a revolutionary vehicle for active individuals. Since the introduction of the 2nd generation and its updated version in the Philippines, the model has already achieved more than 7,000 units sold, showing the warm reception of the brand’s subcompact crossover.
IT is still practically a new kid in town but already, it has assaulted the market in maverick fashion. I refer to Rush that was rolled out of Toyota’s massive assembly lines not too long ago.
MITSUBISHI Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) concluded the summer season by bringing updated versions of their two best-selling models—the New Xpander and Strada GLS Line. These models represent the brand’s strong presence in the MPV and Pickup truck segments. For the most part, the update’s highlight is the streamlined and tougher looks of the two model’s already fine appearances.
SAN Miguel Corp. (SMC) just won’t stop on its infrastructure-building spree.
SUZUKI Philippines is no stranger when it comes to offering small city cars. Recently, the Japanese automaker has recharged the awareness of its well-received subcompact hatchback by bringing in the all-new Celerio.
THE good news is, the world-class airport project of Ramon S. Ang (RSA) has gotten the approval of a crucial export credit insurance (ECI) scheme in the venture’s land development phase.
SINCE its Philippine debut, the HR-V achieved more than 7,000 units sold. Globally, Honda sold around 3.5 million units as of December 2021. These figures only show the warm reception of the brand’s subcompact crossover. Recently, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) finally unveiled the latest generation HR-V possessing significant enhancements that the Japanese automaker claims to surely “Heighten your Senses.”
DANNY “Sir John” Isla, the founding president of Lexus Philippines, writes about his vacation in his birthplace. He has been living with his entire family in Auckland, New Zealand, since he retired some years back. Here:
ISUZU Philippines Corp. (IPC) is keeping the ball rolling in its commitment to dealership network expansion. This time, the leading truck manufacturer in the country boosts its presence in the Visayas region. Soon to open in Roxas City is a new Isuzu dealership under the helm of Isuzu Cebu Inc. (ICI). IPC and ICI recently acted a formal signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Agreement.
VINCE Socco, the perennial pillar of Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), writes to say about his recent trip to Cebu, gushing over his “three lechon-filled” meals during his new-found “freedom!” Here:
A FRIEND of mine has four vehicles with four different numbers for an ending
WHEN Maxus Philippines ushered in the G50 late last year, the compact MPV presented itself as a multi-purpose vehicle embodiment’s ‘do-it-all’ attitude. Available in four variants (1.3T Comfort, 1.5T Pro, 1.5T Elite, and 1.5T Premium), all carry the slogan and can do “Max more.” Moreover, it’s infused with the brand’s 124 years of British-bred heritage, global expertise, and experience in light commercial vehicles.
WHILE we were “asleep,” the subway system for Metro Manila was launched without much fanfare. In case you haven’t noticed, it began in 2018.
IN today’s SUV-dominated market, the preferential factor for sedans may have diminished, but Honda is still optimistic for their celebrated Civic model with the introduction of the 11th generation. The Civic is certainly deep-rooted with an established identity, and it is here to stay for enthusiasts around the world to relish.
A hidden wonder from the slew of Toyota models old and new is the latest Hilux—the GRS 4×4. It is such a find that blew my mind. Two members of the family were also mesmerized, amazed by its performance as it stood out from even among its closest rivals in the market.
THE recently concluded Manila International Auto Show or MIAS, which was held on April 7 to 10, was a rousing success. This year’s theme “Setting Gears in Motion” fits the event perfectly as annual spectacle was postponed last year due to the raging pandemic.
HONDA has received one gold medal and two silver citations from the recent 5th Driven to Serve awards of the Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists (SPMJ) for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in the areas of environment, COVID-19 response, and road safety. Cheers!
FOR Kia Philippines, achieving its 2021 sales milestone is an excellent way to start the new year and gear up to move further. As an opening salvo for 2022, they recently ushered in the all-new Kia Carnival. Now donning an SUV-inspired exterior design, it still offers the space, comfort, and convenience the nameplate has been known for, all these years. The Korean automaker now aptly designates the latest generation, a Grand Utility Vehicle (GUV).
LEXUS will announce its first dedicated Battery EV (electric vehicle) model, the RZ through a digital online program, on April 20, according to Jade B. Sison.
TOYOTA Motor Philippines (TMP) has entered the subcompact SUV competition with the recent introduction of the all-new Raize. The leading auto distributor is proud to bring one of its most awaited vehicles of the year. The all-new Raize (pronounced as “Raise” or “Race”) is a versatile SUV that provides utility and fun for everyday use and leisure activities.
WITH the arrival last month of the 2022 MG HS SUV, it becomes the newest MG model to join MG Philippines’ growing stable of global, British heritage MG vehicles.
ONE of the oldest dealerships of Isuzu in the country, Gencars Makati, recently underwent a major facelift in line with the company’s newest policy that orders all dealerships to follow their latest showroom design aptly called Isuzu Outlet Standard program or IOS.