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Toyota goes green with all-new Corolla Altis

TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES (TMP) unveiled last week another game-changer -- a hybrid model of its longest-running model, the Corolla. The spectacular launch of the all-new Corolla Altis, held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, marks another milestone in TMP history as the model is the first in its local Toyota lineup to feature three of the brand’s latest technologies in one variant.

Mercedes-Benz rolls out new CLA

LOCAL MERCEDES-BENZ importer and distributor Auto Nation Group unveiled last week at the hip Versus Barcade in Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City the new second-generation CLA Class -- a compact sedan that features a sporty yet elegant design with its coupé profile.

Isuzu unveils new top-of-the-line pickup

A LITTLE OVER a decade and a half has passed since Isuzu introduced what would become one of its most iconic diesel workhorses -- and now the Japanese commercial vehicle specialist rolls out the most stylish and fully equipped iteration of its pickup yet, the D-MAX LS-A.

Nissan lays on the tech in refreshed Terra, Navara Black Edition

NISSAN is piling on the technology in its two key best-sellers in the Philippines: the Terra midsize SUV and the Navara pickup. In an event held last Tuesday at its showroom in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Nissan took the wraps off the upgraded and refreshed Terra with new exterior updates and the Nissan Advanced Display Audio as well as the Navara Black Edition with added Nissan Intelligent Mobility features.

Toyota redefines the family van

By Manny N. de los Reyes THE TOYOTA ALPHARD better start looking over its shoulders. There’s a new kid on the block and it’s eyeing...

Bermaz rolls out all-new Mazda3

BERMAZ AUTO PHILIPPINES (BAP), the official distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country, unveiled last week five variants of the much-anticipated all-new Mazda3.

Pagani unveils 800hp Huayra Roadster BC

A COMPLETELY new Roadster creature. A tribute to scientific research, beauty, and uniqueness. An unprecedented technical challenge. To exceed the customer’s expectations. This is the mission and how, in 2017, the idea of the Huayra Roadster BC came to life. From a curious set of circumstances, a demanding research project was launched with a meticulous, almost obsessive focus on details and design in order to create a highly distinctive, street-legal Pagani hypercar that would combine the unparalleled sensations of driving a roadster with the most advanced technology available today.

Ford Everest gets Raptor power

YOU’VE GOT to have been living in a cave if you haven’t yet heard of the Raptor, Ford’s twin-turbo (Bi-Turbo, in Ford-speak) super-truck. It’s widely regarded, here and abroad, as the alpha of midsize pickups, thanks to its class-leading 213ps of power and 500Nm of torque from, ironically enough, its smallest-in-class 2.0-liter engine. That over-achieving motor is mated to another class-leading Raptor feature -- that amazing 10-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota goes on 2nd leg of Hybrid Campus Tour

TO BOOST its efforts in bringing vehicle electrification closer to the public, automotive leader Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) established a partnership with De La Salle University (DLSU) and staged the second leg of its Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Campus Tour in the university’s Manila campus.

Subaru introduces XV GT Edition

I WAS in the Motor Image head office in Singapore earlier this year to interview the world-renowned dog whisperer, Cesar Millan, (who happens to be a Subaru ambassador and was taping his TV episodes there) when I came across a very well-dressed Subaru XV.

Peugeot ramps up its presence with 3008 Active

I GOT to test Peugeot’s 3008 GT Line early this year and came away very impressed. First, the new 3008 is nothing less than a radical departure from its predecessor. While the previous model was virtuously practical, it had wallflower styling that seemed to appeal more to soccer moms more concerned about child seat mounts and baby stroller-carrying capacity than eye-candy styling.

Suzuki PHL climbs up sales rankings

I HAD the pleasure and good fortune of being seated beside Suzuki Philippines’s Director and General Manager Keiichi Suzuki during a media dinner last Wednesday night.

Mitsubishi goes Black

MITSUBISHI adds a new eye-candy dimension to the best-selling Montero Sport with the introduction of the Montero Sport Black Series. The limited edition Black Series comes with GLS 2WD specs and with an automatic transmission only.

5 reasons why the new Ford Expedition is the ideal road...

WITH ITS formidable size, you won’t miss the all-new Ford Expedition on the road. Having debuted at the Manila International Auto Show last year, the new Expedition ups the ante among full-size SUVs with its commanding style, more powerful yet more fuel-efficient engine, and a host of luxury features.

Isuzu announces landmark PUV-X program

ISUZU Philippines Corp. (IPC) unveiled its PUV-X program that provides the optimum “Isuzu Advantage” for its public utility vehicle (PUV) stakeholders and users at the recently concluded Philippine Bus & Truck 2019 Expo held over the weekend at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

FOTON Gratour MiniVan 1.5: The P570,000 8-seat MPV

MOST CAR MODELS that come with various engine displacements or seating configurations usually have substantially higher prices for the variants with the larger engine size or greater seating capacity.

High Rollers at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

GOODWOOD, UK -- Count on Rolls-Royce to make everyone attending the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed to feel right at home. Goodwood, after all, is literally the Home of Rolls-Royce, the iconic luxury automaker having made this tranquil English estate in the Sussex countryside its headquarters since Jan. 1, 2003.

MINI makes maximum impact at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

GOODWOOD, UK -- Diminutive dimensions aside, MINI made a big splash as the iconic British brand continued its 60th anniversary celebrations at the ever-festive Goodwood Festival of Speed, which ran from Thursday to Sunday the other week.

Experiencing the ‘go anywhere’ capabilities of the Nissan Patrol

NISSAN has a new campaign for its legendary 4x4, the Nissan Patrol. It’s called “Go Anywhere” and Nissan wants to put its money where its mouth is.

Grab, Citi tie up for co-branded credit card

IN A press conference held last week at Greensun in Makati City, Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading app, and Citi, the largest pan-regional credit card issuer, have teamed up to offer a co-branded Citi Grab credit card that promises users of a life in the fast lane with exclusive offers and rewarding features.

Isuzu turns over modern PUVs to Boracay transport cooperative

RESIDENTS and tourists of Boracay Island will not only get to enjoy one of the world’s best beaches, they will now also get to travel around this tropical paradise in utmost comfort, convenience, and safety on board the Isuzu modern public utility vehicles (PUVs).

Redefining the hatchback and sedan — An interview with the chief...

A VISIT last week to Mazda’s home proving ground in Mine, an hour’s coach ride from Fukuoka City in Japan, brought me face to face with the young and fashionable designer of the all-new 2020 Mazda3.

BMW rolls out all-new 3 Series, Z4 Roadster

THE LATEST iteration of the car that created the sports sedan segment has landed on Philippine shores. And making for an even bigger splash is its accompaniment by its sexy roadster sibling.

AC Industrials brings in Maxus

AYALA CORP.’s automotive business arm, AC Industrials, launched last Wednesday the Maxus brand in a festive event at the Blue Leaf Filipinas in Parañaque City.

Cross country with the Volvo XC40

ENTHUSIASTS of Swedish premium car maker Volvo know that the title of this article is redundant. That’s because the “XC” in the model name of this week’s test car stands for “Cross Country.”

Fab fun with the Forester

WHEN YOU want to go trekking through mud and sand and driving over rocks and even across a river, you’d normally bring a dedicated 4x4 like a tricked out old Land Cruiser, Defender, or Wrangler -- not a shiny, luxurious crossover.

Sand and sea with the Mitsubishi Strada

SAN VICENTE, PALAWAN -- Drive a nice car in heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic and you’d be hard-pressed to appreciate it.

The Lexus of minivans

I’VE BEEN to just about every major motor show in every corner of the globe. I’m used to seeing sleek new models being unveiled. I’m used to seeing racecars and supercars that look incredibly fast (and often are). I’m used to seeing concept cars that are so outlandish that they often don’t even see the light of day.

BWORLD TEST: MG ZS AT Alpha

MG is a British sports car maker that dates back to 1924. Its halcyon years were the 40’s through the 70’s, when it came out with some of the most iconic roadsters of the time. These included the immortal MG TC, TD and TF of the 40’s and 50’s, followed by the MGA, MGB, MGB GT coupe, and MG Midget from the 60’s through the 80’s.

PGA Cars opens Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley showrooms in BGC

PGA CARS, the exclusive importer and distributor of Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, and Bentley, recently opened a four-brand showroom located at the heart of the bustling upscale metropolis of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig. This gallery of luxury and ultra-luxury automobiles reflects each brand’s global corporate identity, taking inspiration from their respective company’s rich history.

Honda launches all-new Brio

“BRIO” is Spanish for “spirit,” “vigor,” or “vivacity.”

Piaggio unveils APÉ 3-wheeler diesel, Piaggio Porter 1000

IN THE late 1940s, the Italians were reeling from the effects of WWII. Knowing that people lacked the ability to acquire and pay for the upkeep of four-wheeled vehicles, aircraft designer Corradino D’Ascanio -- creator of the Vespa -- came up with a solution. He designed a small, three-wheeled commercial vehicle that could help rebuild Italy’s economy from the ground, giving small entrepreneurs a chance at surviving the new financial environment.

Nissan Almera N-Sport: Sporty subcompact

THE subcompact sedan segment is the biggest and most competitive in the four-door passenger car realm. Needless to say, any player has to have the right attributes and skill sets to come out victorious.

Volvo gets set for an electric future with new hybrid powertrains

VOLVO HAS taken a major step towards its electric future with the release of new or upgraded electrified powertrain options, which will be made available across its entire global range of sedans and SUVs.

Suzuki’s solid subcompact: The Dzire

WHILE its platform-mate, the Suzuki Swift hatchback, is on its third generation here in the Philippines, the all-new Dzire subcompact sedan is only on its second. The latest versions of the two small Suzukis were unveiled locally late last year.

Mazda throws a curve

IT’S NOTHING LESS than a design revolution. Make a car without so much as a single character line; but instead employ curves to give the car, well, character.

Porsche Cayenne: The sports car when size (and space) matters

I WASN’T a big fan of the Porsche Cayenne when it made its global debut in 2002. Sure, it had the celebrated Porsche build quality, luxury, exclusivity, and of course, performance. But what I felt it lacked, at least for its first generation, was the vaunted Porsche styling. Sure, it had Porsche styling cues, but it was a distant departure from the timelessly graceful lines of the 911.

Suzuki rolls out the all-new Jimny

SUZUKI has unveiled the much-awaited all-new Jimny. Suzuki’s new baby 4x4 boasts a simple, rugged design and promises the same legendary off-road capability that remains faithful to its iconic predecessors.

Volvo rolls out its new baby SUV, the XC40

RESURGENT Volvo, enjoying unprecedented growth in both the local and global automotive markets, has yet another surefire hit on its hands. It’s the Swedish car maker’s smallest-ever SUV, and it’s called the XC40.