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Honda Philippines debuts the All-New Honda Civic Type R

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.

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TMP’s different brand of CSR

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.

Suzuki rolls out the New Ertiga Hybrid

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.

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Toyota’s Mobility platform explained

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:

Hyundai IONIQ 5 is “Japan Import Car of the 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.

Isuzu Philippines appoints new president

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.

Make way for the all-new Honda BR-V

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.

Hyundai Motor Philippines brings in the 2023 Stargazer MPV

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.

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Vios Cup frees me like a bird

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.

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Vios Cup also a panacea

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.

Isuzu Davao inaugurates bigger and better IOS dealership

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.

Trendy and then some 

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.

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Vintage Vince voices heretical retort

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.”

2021 Philippine Rallycross Series winners awarded

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.

WM Philippines brings in the Weltmeister W5 full-electric crossover

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.

Shell introduces first EV charging station and carbon offset program

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.

Ayala group inaugurates one-stop shop dealership

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.

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Continuing rebound, Tullahan & Singapore F1

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.

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Traviz thrusts Isuzu to ranks of elite achievers

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.

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Vios Cup live engine roar returns

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.

Hi-rider and revolutionary in its true sense 

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.

Mitsubishi unveils its two enhanced models

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. 

Make way for the all-new Honda HR-V

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.” 

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Best of both worlds

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 formally opens Roxas dealership

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.

Maxus G50 proves it can do ‘Max more’  

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.

The sensitized Civic 

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. 

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Hilux hidden wonder; Veloz is here

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.

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Honda hauls media awards; Lexus lineup

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!

Here comes the all-new Kia Carnival

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). 

Toyota brings in the all-new Raize

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.

Isuzu Gencars Makati is the new face of IOS

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.