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3 PHL Chevrolet dealers named ‘GM Grandmasters’

CHEVROLET Philippines said three of its dealers were named among GM Grandmasters for 2017. The company explained “Grandmasters” refer to GM’s best-performing dealers in terms of sales, service and after-sales in Southeast Asia.

The winners from the Philippines were Chevrolet Pasig, Chevrolet Cebu and Chevrolet Ilocos Norte.

Chevrolet said dealers from Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam were also cited in the awards. It added dealers were selected based on vehicle and parts sales, service, customer satisfaction and facility standards.

“Our dealer partners are critical to our success. Thanks to their outstanding contributions and hard work, we grew our sales in Southeast Asia by 16% in 2017 compared to 2016. In the Philippines, our sales grew by 11% in 2017, thanks to great new vehicle launches,” said GM Southeast Asia President Ian Nicholls.

Ford vehicles with Sync now integrate Waze app

WAZE users worldwide can now project the app’s real-time traffic and navigation service onto the touch screen panels — and can even control the app via voice commands — in Ford vehicles via the car maker’s Sync AppLink feature, Ford said in a news release.

Ford explained users can simply connect their Waze-equipped Apple iPhone to the USB port of their Ford vehicle and view the service as it is projected onto the touch screen.

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to access the smart phone features, apps and services they care about most in the car, without having to pick up their device,” said Don Butler, executive director, connected vehicle platform and product, at Ford Motor Co.

Ford said Waze can be accessed in its vehicles equipped with Sync 3 software version 3.0 or greater.

Isuzu Mu-X owners’ club completes 1,000-km. trip

MEMBERS of the Isuzu Mu-X Owners Philippines, or muXOP, on May 1 completed a 1,000-kilometer tour of Catanduanes, Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) said.

It added 20 Mu-X SUVs, along with IPC representatives aboard a pair of new Mu-X variants powered by Isuzu’s new BluePower RZ4E engine, took part in the tour that started at the South Luzon Expressway in Calamba, Laguna, on April 27. The group drove to the Tabaco Port in Albay, where it boarded a ferry boat to the San Andres Port in Catanduanes.

IPC said muXOP, headed by Val Estor, is less than a year old and already counts over 2,000 members.

Mr. Estor said the new RZ4E engine will “motivate Mu-X owners to embark on more trips” because of the engine’s “vastly improved fuel efficiency, significantly reduced noise and vibration, and cleaner emissions.”

The RZ4E engine represents Isuzu’s foray into smaller but higher-output engines.