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Toyota unveils ‘Woven City’

TOYOTA has rolled out its crystal ball and showed a glimpse of the future with the unveiling of plans to build a prototype “city of the future” on a 70-hectare site on no less than the base of spectacular Mt. Fuji in Japan.

Bentley redefines pre-owned car ownership with ‘Certified by Bentley’ global program

BRITISH ultra-luxury car maker Bentley recently launched a new global program that sets the benchmark for purchases of luxury pre-owned cars, and which opens the door into the rarefied world of Bentley ownership.

Rolls-Royce sells highest number of cars ever in 2019

BRITISH ULTRA-LUXURY car maker Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has set a new record as it delivered the highest number of cars in 2019 -- the highest number of automobiles sold in a year in the storied marque’s 116-year history.

Subaru unveils stunning VIZIV Adrenaline Concept, new Forester variants, updated Impreza...

SINGAPORE -- Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Singapore and close to a dozen other countries in the region, announced a slew of new and face-lifted production models as well as a show-stopping concept car in the 2020 edition of the Singapore Motorshow.

5 cars to wait for this 2020: Plus 5 cars to...

THE YEAR 2019 was a banner year for Filipino car enthusiasts -- not just sports car lovers but even for those who prefer sport sedans, crossovers, SUVs, or even hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). Aside from the spectacular Toyota Supra GR, we had several unique models like the Hyundai Ioniq and Kona electric cars, the stunning Kia Stinger luxury sports sedan, the sensuously stylish all-new Mazda CX-30 and CX-8 crossovers, and nearly a dozen new Audis, BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes. We even got a mainstream hybrid vehicle in the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid.

Autohub Group unveils Vespa’s Primavera S Special Edition

IN 1968, the first version of Vespa Primavera arrived on the world stage -- and immediately became a revolution for the scooter industry. Small, nimble, and propelled by a perky engine, the Primavera gave freedom to several generations and remained in continuous production until 1982.

Toyota Motor PHL president announces end of 4-year term

INDUSTRY LEADER Toyota Motor Philippines’ President Satoru Suzuki recently bid farewell to members of the media as he concludes his four-year term as president of the local automotive.

Mazda showcases ‘premium experience’ with new CX-30, CX-8

MAZDA PHILIPPINES’ two all-new crossovers made their public debut over the weekend at the Bonifacio High Street Big Bear Oval. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 compact crossover and the all-new 2020 Mazda CX-8 three-row crossover headed the Hiroshima-based car maker’s expanded CX family lineup of upscale, stylish and fun-to-drive crossovers in a display and test drive activity designed to let customers discover and experience the next-generation Mazda Premium.

UAAGI brings in Chery brand

IT WOULD take guts to bring in a brand that failed in this market more than a decade ago. But if there is one automotive distributor that could pull it off, it could only be the United Asia Auto Group, Inc. (UAAGI).

Porsche unveils all-electric Taycan

SINGAPORE -- The Force is strong in this collaboration. Two legendary icons, Porsche and Star Wars, joined forces (pardon the pun) at the Porsche Asia Pacific debut of the spectacular new all-electric Taycan in Singapore last Thursday, ahead of its regional (and Philippine) launch in 2020.

Toyota strengthens Vios midrange with new XLE

THE PRODUCT planning staff of Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) must be incredibly busy. Not only does the market leader purvey a staggering 18 models in its local lineup, its best-selling model, the locally made Vios, has no less than 10 variants.

Porsche introduces new Taycan sports sedan in Barcelona

FUTURISTIC VISIONS of supercars zooming along highways without consuming a drop of fossil-based fuel is happening -- right now. This future is today as Porsche introduces its latest model lineup -- the fully electric Porsche Taycan -- to its global dealer network during an event held recently in Barcelona, Spain. And because a Porsche event is never complete without including the firsthand experience of driving, guests were able to put the Taycan through its paces on the iconic racetrack of Catalunya -- the home circuit of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Mazda unveils 2020 CX-5

Mazda announced recently the entry of a new variant in the Mazda CX-5 model range as it formally introduced the 2020 model year lineup of its premium five-seat crossover. With the Mazda CX-5 2.0-liter Front-Wheel Drive Sport, customers may now enjoy “all options” specifications previously available only in the CX-5’s two all-wheel drive variants (the 2.5-liter All-Wheel Drive Sport Gas and the 2.2-liter All-Wheel Drive Sport Diesel).

Honda holds world debut of all-new Jazz

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. held last week the world premiere of the all-new Jazz (“Fit” in its home market) at the 46th edition of the bi-annual Tokyo Motor Show at the Tokyo International Convention Center, more popularly known as Big Sight.

FOTON PHL distributor to relaunch Chery brand

FOTON PHILIPPINES distributor and manufacturer United Asia Auto Group, Inc. (UAAGI) formally inked last Oct. 15 the deal to bring in its second Chinese automotive brand in the Philippines, Chery.

MINI PHL celebrates 60 years of an icon

ONLY ONE CAR can lay claim to being true to its original identity even 60 years after its rules-defying pioneer first put wheels to the ground.

The four-wheeled private jet — The all-new Bentley Flying Spur

A SPUR is a small spike or small-spiked wheel built into a horse rider’s heels to “spur” a horse forward. The harder the rider digs his heels into the sides of a horse, the faster the horse runs.

Mitsubishi unveils 2020 Montero Sport

MITSUBISHI recently took the wraps off the 2020 Montero Sport in a festive unveiling at the Grand Ballroom of Okada Manila in Parañaque City.

2020 MG 5 sedan makes Metro Manila debut

HAVING MADE its Philippine introduction down south with a debut appearance at the recent Cebu Auto Show, MG Philippines’ new subcompact sedan, the MG 5, now makes its Metro Manila premiere with a festive unveiling via concert show at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center last Thursday.

Volkswagen unveils Lavida Club Edition

VOLKSWAGEN celebrated its sixth anniversary in the Philippines with an expansive family-themed mall display held recently at the TriNoma Activity Center in EDSA, Quezon City.

Suzuki launches Carry subcompact utility vehicle

SMALL CAR specialist Suzuki Philippines, Inc. (SPH) introduced Thursday last week its newest generation of workhorse vehicle, the all-new Suzuki Carry. Designed to meet the light cargo transport needs of commercial users, the Carry features upgraded specifications and a lightweight, fuel-efficient engine.

Honda launches all-new Accord

HONDA CARS PHILIPPINES Inc. (HCPI) unveiled last week its all-new 10th-generation Accord at an understatedly elegant event at the upscale Blackbird restaurant in Makati City.

Lexus facelifts the RX

SAY HELLO to the 2020 edition of Lexus’ best-selling SUV, the RX -- a pioneer in the luxury SUV segment, not just for Lexus, but for the entire genre, when it made its world debut way back in 1998.

Buyers enjoy huge deals at Foton’s Big AtTRUCKtion

THE RAINS poured down, and so did a shower of great deals and discounts at FOTON Motor Philippines’ (FMPI) Big AtTRUCKtion held last Sept. 12-13, at the Megatent Events Venue in Libis, Quezon City.

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).