Own a Changan car for as low as P361 per day with the ‘Kailangan, Changan’ promo

Hot on the heels of its “Kailangan, Changan Weekend Market Car Fair and Test Drive” expo at Landers Arcovia Pasig, Changan Motor Philippines, Inc. (CMPI) launches the “Kailangan, Changan” sales promo.

The local arm of the state-owned Chinese automaker has partnered with BPI Family Savings Bank, Inc., to provide hopeful customers with a flexible deal with any of Changan’s powerhouse lineup.

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The Alsvin 1.4L 5MT sedan can be had for as low as P361 per day, or equivalent to a monthly payment of P10,823 for 60 months. This is based on the Alsvin 1.4L 5MT’s suggested retail price (SRP) of P579,000 with a 20 percent down payment of P115,800.

On the other hand, the 1.5-liter model of the Alsvin can be had for P402 per day or P12,051 for 60 months based on its P639,000, SRP after a 20-percent down payment of P127,800.

Meanwhile, the Alsvin 1.5L DCT Platinum model is offered with a net daily amortization of P429 or P12,869 for 60 months, with a 20 percent down payment of P135,800, based on its P679,000 SRP.

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Those on the market for an SUV can drive home a CS35 Plus or a CS75 Plus with similarly flexible monthly amortization deals. The former can be availed for as low as P21,872 per month for 60 months with a 20 percent down payment of P213,800 based on the CS35 Plus’ P1,069,000 while the latter is offered for P25,938 per month for 60 months with a 20-percent down payment of P259,800 based on a P1,299,000 SRP.

The Kailangan, Changan promo comes with all-in package inclusive of a one-year comprehensive motor car insurance, three-year LTO registration, free Chattel mortgage, and standard freebies such as tint, floor mats, and seat covers.

Photos from Changan 

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Mulliner’s first bespoke electrified Bentley is the V6 hybrid Flying Spur

The Flying Spur Mulliner is the first electrified Bentley made by Mulliner, the British car marque’s bespoke division.  The Flying Spur Mulliner is available with V6 Hybrid, V8, and W12 engines. 

Revealed at the prestigious Monterey Car Week in California, the spiffy sedan has been created and handcrafted in Great Britain. This model flies as the flagship of the Bentley range. 

Mulliner has fitted the car 22-inch wheels, in a gray paint and polished finish, with self-levelling wheel caps that remain upright as the wheels rotate. A “Double Diamond” front grille and chrome front lower grille are matched by bespoke Mulliner branded wing vents and Satin Silver painted mirror caps.

The iconic Bentley Flying B is electronically deployed and illuminated, while the Flying Spur Mulliner also features jewel fuel and oil caps.

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Inside the Flying Spur Mulliner, overmats welcome passengers in one among the overmats’ eight custom-made, three-color combinations. The sumptuously trimmed cockpit is complemented by accent color piping and unique Mulliner embroidery to the hand-stitched seats.

The luxurious Diamond-in-Diamond interior quilting involves an embroidery process that alone took 18 months to develop. Each diamond contains exactly 712 individual stitches,  each one aligned to the exact center of the diamond it creates.

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The classic Bentley theme continues in the LED driver’s instrument panel, with stylish new and exclusive Mulliner graphics. The now famous Bentley Rotating Display, sports pedals, heated duo-tone three-spoke steering wheel and panoramic sunroof further add to the luxurious ambience.

.Flying Spur Mulliner customers receive leather-bound keys in a unique, Mulliner-branded handcrafted presentation box, which matches the three-color cabin configuration of their car. The two keys are provided in similarly color-matched cases with contrast stitching.

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Photos from Bentley

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The pros and cons of the Suzuki APV

Only a few vehicles are as aptly named as the Suzuki All-Purpose Vehicle, or APV for short. Since its local introduction sometime between 2005 and 2006, the APV has been the workhorse of businesses, and chariot of families. 

There are two variants of the APV, the GA and GLX, which go for P593,000 and P813,000, respectively. Aside from cargo gear, the two APV variants can both accommodate eight people. They also share a fair amount of aces and flaws. 

1. Distinctive design  

With its boxy posturing, short nose, and cab-forward design, the APV’s looks are similar to Volkswagen’s Multivan Kombi. Given that the Kombi is an upscale German model, that leads us to the next pro of the APV. 

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2. Value for money 

Taking a look at the APV’s range of prices, it is little surprise that this Japanese-developed vehicle is chosen by enterprises and families as their basic transport of choice. Three rows for less than P1 million pesos seem like a bargain. 

3. Basics covered

While it isn’t toting as many toys as its younger sibling the Ertiga, the APV still comes with the basics. The equipment list is comprised of power windows, aircon for the first and second row, and an eight-inch infotainment screen. 

Suzuki APV4. Reliable 

Considering how long it has been on sale and in production, it’s likely that many shops are carrying spare parts for the APV. Add to that Suzuki’s reputation for reliability, then the APV is sure to provide many years of service. 

1. Average refinement 

The APV’s 1.6-liter gas mill is located under the two front seats. That means that when the engine’s 91hp and 127Nm of torque are flexing their muscles, noise may permeate into the cabin. NVH levels, as well as ride quality, may also reveal the vehicle’s age. 

2. Manual only

Available solely with a five-speed manual, that might limit the APV’s appeal to drivers seeking driving convenience. On the upside, this might be good news to those who desire maximum fuel efficiency. 

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3. Safety features lacking

The APV comes equipped with ABS and three-point seatbelts. That appears slightly archaic compared to the competition’s stability controls, hill hold functions, and multiple airbags.

Photos from Suzuki

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Future Mahindra SUVs to wear Twin Peaks visual identity

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. unveiled its new visual identity, including a brand-new logo that will differentiate its SUV portfolio. Called the Twin Peaks logo, the “visual identity is in tune with the company’s focus to be makers of sophisticated and authentic SUVs.

Twin Peaks was designed by the Mahindra Design Team, and will be first worn on Mahindra’s XUV700

Speaking about the visual identity, Mahindra Executive Director Rajesh Jejurikar said: “An important facet of leading change is articulating the transformation of our brand. Our new visual identity is a manifestation of what we stand for as we build a truly differentiated and authentic SUV brand for personal exploration and adventure.”

Inspired by the brand statement “Explore the Impossible,” Twin Peaks will be seen throughout the SUV product portfolio, across 1,300 customer and service touchpoints and 823 cities by 2022. The “Road Ahead” logo will be retained for Mahindra’s commercial vehicle products and the farm equipment sector.

Highlighting the roadmap for the visual identity implementation, CEO of the automotive division of the Indian brand Veejay Nakra said: “It’s not only a new logo but a representation of the rejuvenated spirit at Mahindra. What better platform than the new XUV700 to showcase it to the world?

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“The visual overhaul of our identity will be carried in a phased manner across our SUV nameplates, and across virtual and physical touch-points where our customers interact with us.”

Photos from Mahindra

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Honda PH releases guidelines for safeguard deposit refund

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines, has released guidelines for the standard process flow for the refund of the provisional safeguard deposit cash bond.

Customers may start to process their refund request starting August 16, 2021. 

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has ordered the stoppage of safeguard measures on imported motor vehicles. 

HCPI customers may claim their safeguard deposit refund by first downloading and filling out the Safeguard Refund Form online through this link

A complete Safeguard Refund Form, along with attached requirements must be submitted to dealers. The requirements are the following:

  • Signed and accomplished Safeguard Refund Form.
  • Acknowledgement / collection / provisional receipt.
  • Vehicle sales invoice.
  • Vehicle’s official receipt and certificate of registration.
  • One valid government-issued identification card.
  • For those who prefer to receive their refund via bank deposit instead of cheque, customers must indicate their bank details in the Safeguard Refund Form. Otherwise, refund release will automatically be in actual cheque for claiming at the dealership.
  • The dealer shall validate requirements and form of customer. If eligible for Safeguard Refund, customer will be receiving an update from their dealership of transaction that their refund is for processing.
  • Once the refund has been processed and approved, the dealer shall contact the customer once the Safeguard Refund is ready for release, either for deposit or for cheque release at the dealership.
  • Upon claiming the refund, customers must bring the original documents for verification. For health, safety, and security purposes, online process and verification may be applied by dealer and customers as well.

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Photos from Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI)

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Hyundai PH sales climb in July, thanks to CV sales

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) has announced its slow-yet-steady climb in monthly sales in July after experiencing a 4.1-percent growth as compared to the previous month.

In a statement, the local importer of Hyundai vehicles in the country announced that it has sold 845 units in the last month, which only reflects a 33-unit difference in comparison to the June 2021’s 812 delivered vehicles to customers.

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The biggest growth in terms of percentage came from the commercial vehicle segment after selling 93 units — a 232.1-percent rise from the 28 units retailed in June. The sales trailblazer for the segment is the HD50S that is being utilized as the Hyundai Modern Jeepney Class II and Class III.

Meanwhile, the light commercial vehicles segment sales dipped by 12.1 percent, after having a 340-vehicle volume last July.

Passenger cars, on the other hand, went up by 3.8 percent in sales versus June. The main driver for the segment is the locally assembled Hyundai Accent with a 23.9-percent increase in sales in July versus June.

The overall sales for the full seven months for HARI went down by 18 percent, selling only 7,008 units unlike the 8,542 units rolled out to clients in the same period for 2020.

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This is despite the stellar 446.2 percent growth year-to-date by Hyundai trucks and buses. The strong vehicle sales for the whole seven months of 2021 were led by the HD65 and HD36, and the HD50S.

“Hyundai trucks have become the choice of last-mile logistics providers and government agencies due to their tough build, dependability, and flexible platform.  While HARI’s Modern Jeepney line has gained considerable presence in Northern Luzon and VisMin, endorsed and supported by local government units (LGUs) and major transport cooperatives,” HARI claimed in a statement.

Photos from Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.

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What’s inside the Nissan GT-R?

The Nissan GT-R is one of the most popular cars produced by the Japanese automotive brand. It has appeared in video games and movies with its most popular on-screen appearance as Brian O’Conner’s ride in the Fast and Furious franchise.

Those wondering what it could have been like driving behind the wheel of the famed “Godzilla” are in for a treat. Because today, we will be taking a peek at what’s inside the Nissan GT-R.

Pop culture trained us to expect racing seats, four-point seatbelts, roll cages, or a NOS tank when we think of the GT-R’s cabin. That’s why it’s surprising to know that the interior of the current-gen GT-R sports an abundance of luxurious leather.

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Nissan says that the new GT-R has been designed to blend comfort and capability and positions it as “artisan meets engineer.”

That said, you get power-adjustable heated sports seats finished in hand-stitched semi-aniline leather, a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a dash cover created from a single leather hide, and some leather accents on the doors and door handles.

Honestly, the refreshed interior of the GT-R feels more like Deckard Shaw than Brian O’Conner.

Nissan packed the GT-R with some decent car tech including an eight-inch advanced touchscreen audio that features Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Audio is delivered to an 11-speaker Bose Premium audio system with dual subwoofers.

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The actual infotainment screen can be controlled using the all-new Display Commander that lets drivers toggle up and down, side-to-side, rotate, scroll through and control the infotainment system, all without the need to look down or touch the display screen.

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And to help drivers get in the mood as they play their favorite Eurobeat music, Nissan packed the GT-R with active sound enhancement and active noise cancellation technology.

Nissans have earned a reputation in the Philippine automotive industry as a brand with good air-conditioning. Needless to say, Nissan’s premium performance-oriented packs an air-conditioning system that won’t disappoint.

You’ll find a dual-zone automatic air-conditioner paired with precision-touch vents and etched aluminum bezel knobs.

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The Nissan GT-R is currently offered in two variants: the GT-R Premium and the GT-R Nismo. Pricing is upon request.

Photos from Nissan

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McLaren looks back at a fruitful decade, bares plans for global expansion

British luxury sports car manufacturer McLaren Automotive celebrates 10 fruitful years and looks to further expand its operations in the next decade. 

As part of the company’s second-decade Horizon2030 business plan, McLaren Automotive will increase its presence in markets outside of Europe starting with its 100th retail store in China.

“In just 10 short years we, together with our dedicated retailer network, have grown from our first retailer in London to opening our 100th retailer which will be in China later this year, a market which has been growing very strongly and winning many fans,” said McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt.

Since the automaker launched its first global retailer in London, McLaren Automotive has expanded its retail presence in over 40 countries and has launched several iconic models like the 720S, the 675LT, the P1TM, and the GT. Other notable additions to McLaren’s growing stable include ultra-exclusive Ultimate models: the McLaren Senna, Speedtail, and the Elva roadster.

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In its first 10 years, McLaren Automotive also opened its bespoke division, the McLaren Special Operations (MSO). The automaker’s in-house customization team allows supercar owners to personalize their McLarens.

McLaren Automotive also opened a second facility in its first decade — the McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) — which is situated in Yorkshire. The MCTC facility is responsible for the brand’s low-weight and well-packaged carbon fiber architecture used in the all-new series hybrid Artura supercar.

“It is also fitting given the very global nature of our company and ambitions and our second decade is an intensely exciting and innovative one not only for McLaren but also for the wider automotive world. As we embrace a future of electrification with the all-new and lightweight McLaren Artura, we’ll continue to push the boundaries in the pursuit of creating the world’s finest drivers’ cars,” Flewitt adds.

Photos from McLaren Automotive

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WATCH: Lamborghini revives Countach nameplate

Last week, Lamborghini announced that the Countach is coming back. And during the weekend, the house of the Raging Bull finally revealed the highly-anticipated return of the iconic sports car.

The Countach LPI 800-4 made its awaited return at “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” a motoring event held in Carmel Valley, Quail Lodge Golf Course, California.

You can check out the video of the official reveal here.

“The Countach LPI 800-4 is a visionary car of the moment, just as its forerunner was,” said Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann.

“One of the most important automotive icons, the Countach not only embodies the design and engineering tenet of Lamborghini but represents our philosophy of reinventing boundaries, achieving the unexpected and extraordinary and, most importantly, being the ‘stuff of dreams.’ The Countach LPI 800-4 pays homage to this Lamborghini legacy but it is not retrospective; it imagines how the iconic Countach of the ’70s and ’80s might have evolved into an elite super sports model of this decade. It upholds the Lamborghini tradition of looking forward, of exploring new design and technology avenues while celebrating the DNA of our brand. It is a Lamborghini that innately expresses the marque’s enduring and emotive power: always inspirational and thrilling to see, hear and most of all drive,” added the Lamborghini boss.

The new Countach stays true to its wedge-shaped roots. Its distinctive silhouette runs from front to rear coupled with sharp angles and lines that define its iconic automotive design. At the front is the bonnet with a long, low rectangular grille, and headlights inspired by the 1985 LP5000 Quattrovalvole edition.

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Sitting atop the carbon fiber monocoque with aluminum front and rear frames is a full carbon fiber body with an electrochromic glass fixed on the monocoque roof. At the side are electrically operated, heated, and foldable side mirrors.

It rides on a combination of 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch wheels at the back fitted with carbon-ceramic discs brakes and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

Owners can choose from a range of heritage colors including Impact White, Giallo Countach, and Verde Medio. Contemporary finishes include paint options such as Viola Pasifae or Blu Uranus.

Inside the Countach LPI 800-4 is a model-specific 8.4-inch HDMI center touchscreen panel to manage the supercar’s various connectivity features. It is housed in a center console fitted with carbon fiber trims that blend well with the cabin’s modern appeal.

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Power will come from both an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor. The gasoline mill can produce a maximum power output of 773hp and 720Nm of torque while the electric motor can generate 33hp and 35Nm of torque. The ICE and the electric powertrain give the Countach LPI 800-4 a combined power output of 807hp.

The hybrid powerplant is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system and rear mechanical self-locking differential.

Overall, this powertrain setup gives the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 a top speed of 355kph and can speed from standstill to 100kph in just 2.8 seconds.

“The engineering team that developed the original Countach advanced Lamborghini’s pioneering technical approach, delivering unexpected innovations and the best performance available in a production car,” said Lamborghini Chief Technology Officer Maurizio Reggiani.

“That spirit inherently drives Lamborghini R&D, resulting in the pioneering hybrid technology in the LPI 800-4, and the emotive driving experience and top-line performance expected from a flagship V12 Lamborghini,” Reggiani added.

The rebooted Countach will be produced only in a limited run of 112 units. Deliveries are expected to start in the first quarter of next year.

Photos from Lamborghini

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Ford to launch 2022 GT ’64 Heritage Edition

Ford has recently announced that it will soon launch a limited-edition GT supercar that pays homage to the 1964 Ford GT prototype that led to America’s only Le Mans-winning supercar.

Dubbed the 2022 Ford GT ’64 Heritage Edition, this upcoming supercar harks back to Ford’s 1964 Ford GT prototype that debuted at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) on April 3, 1964. It took home Le Mans wins from 1966 to 1969, and again in 2016.

“This is the first Ford GT Heritage Edition that goes beyond celebrating race wins — this one goes deep, and honors the earliest of Ford supercar heritage. The Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition is a modern interpretation of the original, with no mistaking what this car is paying tribute to,” said Ford GT Program Manager Mike Severson.

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The 2022 Ford GT ’64 Heritage Edition wears Wimbledon White paint with Antimatter Blue graphics paired with an over-the-roof triple racing stripe.

An abundance of carbon fiber accents can also be found outside the supercar including an exposed carbon fiber front splitter, side sills, mirror stalks, engine louvers, a rear diffuser finished in gloss, and 20-inch Antimatter Blue-painted carbon fiber wheels coupled with Brembo brake calipers in silver with black graphics.

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Ford said that the same carbon fiber theme extends to the 2022 Ford GT ’64 Heritage Edition’s interior. It can be found on the supercar’s door sills, lower A-pillars, console, and seats.

Likewise, plenty of premium leather can be found inside the cabin which includes Lightspeed Blue Alcantara-wrapped seats (with silver stitching), the Ebony leather and Lightspeed Blue Alcantara-wrapped instrument panel, Ebony Alcantara leather-wrapped pillars and headliner, Ebony Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel.

Antimatter Blue accents can also be found on the 2022 Ford GT ’64 Heritage Edition’s instrument panel, door register bezels, and seat X-braces.

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“There are a lot of milestone moments in the history of Ford GT that we’ve celebrated, but the team was unanimous in believing the original prototype was the right vehicle this time around. That 1964 prototype unleashed the creative genius of the Ford Advanced Vehicles team and paved the way for the Ford GT program. It put all of this in motion,” Severson added.

Other cars in Ford’s prestigious “Heritage Edition” lineup include the 2006 Ford GT Gulf Livery Heritage Edition (only 343 built), 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition (only 27 built), 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition (only 39 built), 2019 Ford GT ’68 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition (only 50 built), 2020 Ford GT ’69 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition (only 50 built), and the 2021 Ford GT ’66 Daytona Heritage Edition (in production).

The limited-edition supercar will only be made available for approved Ford GT customers. Ford says that production is expected to begin in January next year.

Photos from Ford

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Isuzu PH teases all-new Isuzu mu-X

With around a month to go before its supposed launchIsuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has released a teaser image of the all-new Isuzu mu-X.

The local arm of the Japanese vehicle manufacturer posted over its social media page and its company website the grille of the latest version of the much-anticipated SUV offering.

This move reinforces the information relayed to Carmudi Philippines that the model will be launched late third quarter this year.

Based on the information relayed back in late July, the local introduction is slated to be held “sometime between August to September… What’s sure is that it will not reach October,” the source added.

However, given that the country is now on stricter lockdown due to the surge of COVID-19 cases, the possibility of its scheduled virtual launch could also be affected.

The forthcoming iteration of the mu-X, which was already in retail in Thailand since November last year, is expected to enjoy similar updates found on the all-new Isuzu D-Max.

Aside from the grille layout, the mu-X is expected to feature a new exterior and cabin design as well as Advance Driver Assist System (ADAS) technology.

The Thai-spec mu-X is fitted with saddle brown leather seats, ambient lights and a refreshed dashboard design for its interiors.

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Further, the upcoming version of the mu-X will receive both the 3.0 liter 4JJ-TCX (3.0liter Ddi Blue Power) and the 1.9 RZ4E-TC (1.9 Blue Power Gen 2) engines.

Moreover, the Isuzu mu-X carries six hues as far as the neighboring country is concerned: Marrakech Sugar, White Dolomite Pearl, Red Atna, Black Bavarian Mica, Iceberg Money and Bohemian Silver Metallic.

Photos from Isuzu Thailand, Isuzu Philippines

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Nissan PH reduces Navara pricing following safeguard duty halt

Following the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) move to stop the collection of the safeguard bond in the country, Nissan has adjusted the standard pricing of the recently launched Navara.

Nissan Philippines President and Managing Director Atsushi Najima said the company is welcoming the government’s move to halt the collection of the added tax.

“Nissan welcomes the decision of the Tariff Commission and Department of Trade and Industry not to implement definitive general safeguard duties on imported vehicles. We believe this move greatly benefits our customers and the automotive industry as a whole,” Najima said.

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Earlier, DTI issued Administrative Order No. 21-04, dismissing the petition for general safeguard measures on the importation of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, acting on the recommendation of the Tariff Commission.  

Below is the latest pricing of the pick-up truck offering from the Japanese automaker adapted since August 12:

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Further, Nissan stated that the buyers of the 2021 Nissan Navara from April 8 and August 11 are eligible for a non-interest-bearing rebate of the safeguard duties included in the original price announced during the launch of the pickup.

“Nissan dealerships will reach out to customers entitled to the rebate to inform and guide them throughout a timely and orderly rebate process,” the company added.

For more information on the rebate process, customers can also call the Nissan Customer Assistance Center at (02) 8403-6593.

Photos from Nissan in the Philippines

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The Toyota Corolla hits 50 million units in worldwide sales

Toyota announced that the Corolla badge recently reached a milestone 50 million units in sales.

According to the Japanese automotive titan, the milestone achieved by the Toyota Corolla “underscores the robust confidence and belief in the Corolla’s build quality, reliability, safety, and durability.”

In a span of 12 generations and 55 years (and counting), the Toyota Corolla has been made available in more than 150 countries around the world. To note how many Corollas were built, think of it this way: about one in every five Toyotas built is a Corolla.

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Toyota Motor Asia-Pacific Chief Operating Officer Hao Tien expressed delight over the latest feat that the brand has reached.

“The Corolla in many ways, mirrors the growth story of Toyota around the world. It has kept faithful to its heritage and ethos of bringing happiness to every person who drives one; it has also stayed nimble with the times, always keeping several steps ahead in terms of design, comfort, and technological features to ensure uncompromising safety, performance and reliability,” Tien was quoted as saying, noting that he too is a proud Corolla owner.

“On behalf of Toyota, we would like to thank and express our deep appreciation to all Toyota dealers and Corolla owners who have contributed to this global milestone. We are confident with your continued and enthusiastic support, Corolla will remain a well-loved and trusted model for decades to come.”

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Further, Toyota noted that among the models that it has produced, the Corolla offers hybrid electric options — “drawing from the leadership of Toyota in electrification technology since the launch of the Prius Hybrid 21 years ago.” “The 11th-generation Corolla — introduced in 2012 — is the first model to offer hybrid electric options, making the Corolla fans a variety: hybrid and internal combustion drivetrains.

“The Corolla is a car that is always ready to evolve to meet customers’ current needs. For this reason, it has been a long-term favorite of customers all over the world,” Chief Engineer in charge of Development of the 12th-Generation Corolla Yasushi Ueda was quoted as saying.

The Toyota Corolla is available in different variations. In Asia, the most popular Corolla option is the four-door sedan. However, Toyota has introduced the Corolla Cross SUV, expanding Corolla lineup further.  Apart from the Philippines, the Corolla Cross is available in other Asian markets including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Vietnam.

Photos from Toyota Motor Philippines, Toyota Times

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LTO eyes P2.616-B budget to address license plate backlog

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is now requesting for a P2.616-billion budget for calendar year 2022 in the agency’s bid to produce 16 million license plates by June 30 next year.

This was the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) following news reports pertaining to the 2020 Recommendations and Observations of the Commission on Audit (COA), particularly on the delivery of motor vehicle license plates.

In a statement, the department noted that the reported backlog is due to a lack of budget, citing the difference between the allocated budget and the one granted since two years back.

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“Please note that the LTO, just like any other national government agency, remits all its revenues collected to the national treasury. Thus, it needs to request its budget allocation from the national government to address all its programs and activities,” the department shared.

The agency requested in 2019 for an allocation of P1,869,274,000 for calendar year 2020 but was only granted P696,747,000.

The following year, it asked for a P3,574,755,000 budget was only given P925,412,000. “Note that out of this allocation, only P736,747,000 was actually released to the LTO, which would only be sufficient to supply the license plates for calendar year 2021, and not the backlog,” the DOTr explained.

Photo from Department of Transportation - Philippines Facebook page

“Accordingly, the LTO has already requested a budget allocation of P2,616,364,198.17 for calendar year 2022 so that the agency can meet the demand to produce 16 million license plates by 30 June 2022. Therefore, the LTO wishes that it will be given the needed budget allotment to address the backlog in the motor vehicle license plates,” the department added.

Further, the DOTr revealed that the LTO is eyeing to outsource the production of plates for calendar years 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2022, to complete the projected 16 million plates by June 30 next year, instead of 2024.

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“Rest assured that the current LTO administration is doing everything it can to address all the MC and MV plates backlogs. We will not stop until all these affected license plates are produced and distributed to their rightful owners,” the DOTr ended.

Photos from Land Transportation Office-National Capital Region West Office and Department of Transportation – Philippines Facebook pages

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Suzuki Celerio vs. other subcompacts in the same price point

The Suzuki Celerio is the Japanese small carmaker’s entry into the local subcompact hatch segment. Suzuki touts the Celerio as a hatch that’s “head and shoulders above the rest.”

Outside, it has a simple and straightforward design. You get a sharp front grille flanked by headlamps and fog lamps on each side. It also has fender-mounted turn signals, body-color door handles, and taillights with integrated turn signals at the rear.

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The same vibe can be seen inside the Celerio with an interior that leans toward practicality. Amid the abundance of hard plastic is an analog instrument panel with a tachometer, a seven-inch multimedia touchscreen panel, and a manual air-conditioner.

Powering the Celerio is Suzuki’s 1.0-liter K10B gasoline engine which can be mated to either a five-speed manual tranny or a CVT. This setup makes 67hp and 90Nm of torque.

Safety-wise, the Suzuki Celerio packs four three-point ELR seatbelts, dual airbags, side-impact beams, remote control locks, child-proof rear doors, an anti-lock brake system (ABS), and a reverse sensor.

Suzuki offers the Celerio in two variants: the Celerio M/T-1.0L and the Celerio CVT-1.0L. These subcompacts are priced at P558,000 and P628,000, respectively.

Currently, the Suzuki Celerio competes with a few popular names in the category. Here are a few.

Arguably one of the most common subcompacts in the Philippines, you’d find them almost anywhere and in fact, you might even own one yourself.

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The Toyota Wigo offers a snazzier exterior than the Celerio. Its more modern design features a honeycomb grille paired with projector halogen headlamps and foglamps. At the rear are LED combination lamps with a rear spoiler and a high-mount stop lamp.

A “Sport Kit” can be purchased as an additional add-on to enhance the Wigo’s appeals which adds a sporty front spoiler, side skirt, rear skirt, a two-tone rear spoiler, “TRD S” decals, and “TRD S” badges.

Inside is an LCD-type A/C panel and a seven-inch touchscreen audio panel.

The Toyota Wigo is equipped with a 1.0 VVT-i engine that can be mated to either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. It makes 65hp and 89Nm of torque.

In terms of safety, the Toyota Wigo gets two airbags, ABS, a rear sensor, a rear camera, a dashcam, anti-theft programs, and wireless door locks.

Toyota is offering the Wigo in four trims including the Wigo 1.0 VVT-i E M/T priced at P568,000, Wigo 1.0 VVT-i G M/T for P623,000, the Wigo 1.0 VVT-i G A/T for P658,000, and the Wigo 1.0 TRD S AT priced at P700,000.

The Kia Picanto is also a good alternative for those looking for a stylish subcompact city car.

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At the front is the South Korean carmaker’s iconic tiger-nose grille together with two projector headlamps and a two-part foglamp. The side profile is similar to the aforementioned cars with body-color door handles and 14-inch wheels. At the rear is a spoiler with a third brake lamp and two taillamps and rear foglamps.

Inside the spacious cabin is an analog instrument panel with a 2.6-inch mono-LCD screen and a seven-inch infotainment system.

The Kia Picanto can be had in two engine options: a 1.0-liter Kappa MPI engine or a more powerful 1.2-liter Kappa MPI mill. The former produces 66hp with 95Nm of torque while the former offers 82hp with 122Nm of torque.

To ensure the safety of its occupants, the Kia Picanto is equipped with ABS, a reverse camera, and a suite of airbags.

It’s currently offered in four variants: the Picanto 1.0 LX MT, the Picanto 1.0 LX AT, the Picanto 1.2 EX MT, and the Picanto 1.2 EX AT. These subcompacts are priced at P590,000, P635,000, P700,000, and P745,000, respectively.

Last on the list is the Chevy Spark, it offers a more modern take on a subcompact’s exterior with a somewhat smiling front grille with plenty of chrome accents. The Spark is fitted with projector headlamps with DRL. Halogen taillamps accompany the high-mount stop lamp integrated at the rear spoiler.

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Inside you get a seven-inch infotainment system and an instrument cluster with analog gauges.

The Chevrolet Spark is powered by a 1.4-liter mated to a five-speed manual tranny or a CVT. Together, the powertrain setup makes 98hp and 128Nm of torque.

When it comes to safety, it offers a slew of airbags, side-door impact beams, ABS, traction control, electronic stability control, and hill-start assist.

Chevrolet Philippines is offering the Spark in three variants including the Spark 1.4-liter CVT Premier, the Spark LT 1.4-liter CVT, and the Spark LT 1.4-liter MT. Prices start at P649,888.

Photos from Suzuki, Toyota, Kia, Chevrolet

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Mazda PH announces ‘special service campaign’ for all 1st-gen Mazda 3s

Mazda Philippines is currently offering a special service campaign for all first-gen Mazda 3 models sold in the country.

The Japanese carmaker has taken this initiative in relation to the steering wheel brand emblems that may become brittle over time and deteriorate. Replacing the steering wheel can prevent the brand emblem from breaking and becoming projectiles in the event of a driver-side airbag deployment.

Mazda’s local arm points out that the affected units were produced between 2004 to 2008 and were sold by the previous distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country.

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Thankfully, no issues have been reported relating to this issue Mazda Philippines has nonetheless decided to proactively proceed with the campaign in the interest of the owners’ safety.

Owners of the said Mazda model can contact their nearest Mazda dealerships to sign up and be a part of this campaign. The list of participating branches can be found on Mazda’s website. The process will take only 45 minutes, said the automaker.

“Mazda Philippines is committed to ensuring the safety of Mazda owners by providing proactive service and safety campaigns,” said Mazda Philippines CEO and President Steven Tan.

“As soon as we received confirmation of the issue with the Mazda 3 units sold by the Mazda Japan, we set in motion the special service campaign process in cooperation with our dealerships. We believe the safety of Mazda owners is paramount and is essential as we ensure the proper and continued operation and service of their vehicles during these trying times,” he added.

Mazda Philippines will also offer a 50-percent discount on BK-series Mazda 3 parts in its current inventory.

“Due to the age of the BK-series Mazda 3, we believe providing easier access to maintenance and replacement parts will benefit our Mazda 3 owners and allow them to further enjoy reliable service from their vehicles,” concluded Tan.

Photos from Mazda

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Stylish siblings: A look at the Nissan Juke variants

Such a wackily styled car, with its bug-eyed face and swinging 370Z-esque rear, would probably be a turn-off to many consumers, but that wasn’t the case with the Nissan Juke. Worldwide, it landed and left showroom floors en masse in 2010.

The Nissan also had its share of admirers here in its 2016 local release. And so many were saddened to learn that the Juke was quietly phased out this year. Those who desire the spunky crossover can fork out between P600,000 to P800,000 for used examples.

When new, the Juke went for P1.02 million in its Upper CVT variety, and P1.239 million in Nismo spec. 

Under the Juke’s hood, which is flanked by signal lights on either side, resides a 1.6-liter, inline four-cylinder engine that pushes out 114hp and 154Nm of torque. The engine is shared between the Upper and Nismo. 

The engine is mated to Nissan’s signature X-tronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), known for delivering quick and seamless shifts. Sadly though, Philippine-spec Juke cars didn’t get a manual gearbox. 

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The Juke wheelbase is 2,520 millimeters long, and suspension comprises an independent MacPherson system at the front and a torsion beam axle out back. The crossover only drove its front wheels.

It may be named so, but the Juke Nismo got its sportiness from a styling kit. That kit included a redesigned front bumper, 17-inch black alloy wheels, and a rear diffuser and exhaust finisher. Red details made this trim more unique. 

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Both cars share have the same interior equipment list, the highlight of which is the I-CON system. Aside from infotainment and driving modes, I-CON manages the air-conditioner, heater, and drive information in one operating system, which used—get this—physical buttons! 

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Safety

Intelligent Lane Intervention, Moving Object Detection, and Vehicle Dynamic Control, are included in the Juke’s Nissan Safety Shield. 

Lane Intervention signals an alert if the car veers into another lane, Object Detection monitors for objects appearing behind during reversing maneuvers, while Dynamic Control counteracts over- or understeer. 

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Photos from Nissan

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Ford PH marks one year since Territory launch

The Ford Territory will be marking its first year in the Philippines tomorrow with numerous feathers to its cap already.

Launched August 14 last year, Ford Philippines expressed confidence in the model that according to the company, “brings to life the Ford DNA in its overall design, engineering, and capability” — in line with the brand’s global quality standards.

Below are the milestones that the Ford Territory reached in a span of 12 months.

Ford Territory

Ford Philippines  shared that the Territory sales reached 3,323 units, which represents 56 percent of market share.

The badge also is the second best-selling vehicle in the local product portfolio for Ford, next to the Ranger.  Based on the company records, over 30 percent of the local distributor’s sold units in the first half of 2021 were Territory vehicles. It also sold 5,000 units by June.

Ford Territory

Such a following paved the way for the creation of the Ford Territory Club Philippines (FTCP), a car group over Facebook made up of 12,000 members. Further, the Ford Territory received citations from various outfits.

 Ford Philippines managing director Michael Breen cited the strong support from customers, dealers, partners, and employees. “We are excited to sustain the momentum for the remainder of the year as we see more Filipinos enjoy driving a Ford Territory and owning every moment of it.”

Photos from Ford Philippines

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Mini, Paul Smith create the Mini Strip which takes minimalism to another level

The Mini Strip, made in collaboration with fashion designer Paul Smith, aims to show how car design and production could be more sustainable.

The car starts its eco-credentials with its electric powertrain. On the exterior, the Mini Strip wears exposed screws that attach the unpainted and recycled black plastic trim, as well as its galvanized steel panels that are painted in a thin film of transparent paint. The paint allows the grinding marks on the body to be seen, which were caused by the manufacturing process. Smith described this as “the perfect imperfection.”

Mini Strip

Elsewhere, the grille trim and wheel covers are made from recycled Perspex. The material intends to reduce drag, increase range, and save weight and costs. The same material is used for the panoramic roof that also shows the bare metal bodyshell. 

Inside, the Strip is, well, even more stripped out with the steering wheel and A-pillar airbags seen behind mesh grilles. Recycled cork is used on the doors and dashboard, while the central Mini speedometer is replaced by a mount for the driver’s smartphone, which acts as the car’s infotainment system.

Mini Strip

The interior is free of leather and chrome, and uses recycled materials instead.  The floor mats are made from recycled rubber, while the exposed screws throughout the interior show how the car can be dismantled and recycled. Climbing ropes are colored orange, and put on the Strip as its door pulls and seatbelts.

Mini Strip

Photos from Mini 

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BMW in North America issues Toyota GR Supra recall

BMW North America has issued a recall for the 2020 Toyota GR Supra after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) released a statement saying that its “engine management software may cause loss of braking assist.”

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Those puzzled by BMW’s move to issue a recall for the Toyota Supra could look back at the history of the Japanese sports car. The 2020 Toyota Supra isn’t exactly all JDM. In fact, the Toyota Supra has BMW blood in it. It borrows a BMW powerplant as well as other interior amenities.

That said, when recalls are made, it’s BMW that has to step in. And BMW has done that for quite some time now as this recall is actually the Supras’ seventh.

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From 2019 to 2020, the Toyota Supra has been recalled for several reasons including “improperly welded seat belt guide loop mount,” “no back-up camera display image,” “loss of headlight function,” “possible damage to steering gear tie rods,” horizontal headlamp adjustment issues,” and “possible failure of fuel tank weld.”

It’s good to note that the 2020 Toyota Supra is built in the same plant as the BMW Z4 in Graz, Austria. That’s why other BMW models like the 2020 M340i, M340i xDrive, 540i, 540i xDrive, X3 M40i, 2020-2021 X4 M40i, 745Le xDrive, 2019-2021 Z4 M40i were included in the said NHTSA recall.

The traffic safety agency says that to remedy the said fault, “dealers will update the engine management software, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 1, 2021.”

The NHTSA says the potential number of units affected is at astound 50,000.

Photos from Toyota and the NHTSA

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Toyota PH updates fleet management service

After launching its GPS-based Toyota Fleet Connected Service, the leading automotive brand in the country, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP),  has pushed its capabilities further with the launching of the Fleet Management Service (FMS).

Launched in July, the latest offering is designed to help business owners and operators manage vehicle assets and optimize productivity. Through this, operators and owners can manage the complete lifecycle of their fleet — from vehicle purchase to disposal —to efficiently manage the company’s resources and improve productivity in day-to-day fleet operations.

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The service package includes vehicle registration renewal and transfer of ownership and will notify owners when the vehicles are scheduled for preventive maintenance.

Aside from that, the FMS covers driver training arrangements, insurance claiming and renewal processes, emergency roadside assistance, and disposal arrangement through Toyota Certified Used Vehicle channels.

“With Fleet Management Service, you are not only ensured of Toyota Sure Advantage of quality, durability, and reliability, but also of cost savings through optimized fleet assets and maximized operational efficiency,” TMP said in its statement 

Currently, Toyota serves the fleet management needs of Toyota Financial Services Philippines. “With their extensive and all-inclusive packages, the expansion to include more satisfied clients is a sure feat in their plans,” it noted.

Photos from Toyota Motor Philippines

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Safe sedan: The bullet and explosive-proof Mercedes-Benz S 680 Guard

Heads of state and business leaders can take entrust their lives to the new special protection version of the S-Class, the S 680 Guard 4MATIC.

The Guard met the highest ballistic test level for civilian vehicles with protection class VPAM VR10, while offering ultimate resistance against explosives. The certification by Beschussamt Ulm, a ballistic testing authority,  was carried out for the first time using so-called biofidelic dummies, whose bone and soft tissue constructions imitate the human body. 

As Mercedes-Benz said it has been building special protection vehicles since 1928, the S 680 Guard 4Matic benefits from the many years of experience. The integrated protection system (iSS) now uses a tailor-made car bodyshell, rather than the previous iSS being shoehorned to the standard car.   

The protective cell is made from an aluminum outer skin, which serves as a design shell and ensures the car’s inconspicuous appearance. The iSS includes the adaptation of the suspension, engine, and transmission to ensure that the car’s performance can cope with the armoring. 

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In addition to the unseen armoring elements of the S 680 Guard, the transparent area of the windows is an essential part of the protection concept. The material and thickness of the multi-layer glass “sandwich” meet the high requirements of the VR10 safety classification, while the inner surfaces of the glass are coated with polycarbonate for splinter protection. 

As a result of the stronger body and windows, the S 680 Guard can withstand fire from an assault rifle, as verified by the mentioned Beschussamt Ulm, a testing and certification body for weapons, ammunition, and safety. The S-Class Guard’s said VR10 VPAM is rated at Version Three of BRV (Bullet Resistant Vehicles). 

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All of the protection resulted in heavier doors, so Mercedes-Benz fitted to the safe sedan power assisted doors and windows. The doors its windows use hydraulics so that minimal effort is needed to open or shut them. In case of power failure, the objects can still work thanks to their backup power source. 

Even if the S 680 Guard is as secure as a tank, the German car marque made the interior as luxurious as it can be.

Mercedes-Benz-S-680-GuardThe four- and five-seater versions of the Guard can both hold their own with their sister models, with more than 80 individualization options, from Active Ambient Lighting and a media display featuring OLED technology through to a first-class rear suite and rear airbag.

There are almost no restrictions on trim parts and color combinations. However, optional extras that contradict the protective purpose, such as a sliding sunroof, are not available.

With all-wheel drive, the S-Class Guard is powered by the V12 M279 engine that generates with 603hp. The new ride will premiere worldwide in September. 

Photos from Mercedes Benz

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Yamaha suspends Maverick Viñales from Austrian GP

Yamaha announced the abrupt suspension of Maverick Viñales from the Austrian Grand Prix through an official statement issued by the Monster Energy Yamaha Moto GP team on its official website.

According to Yamaha, the Spanish racer has been pulled out of the Austrian GP “due to the unexplained irregular operation of the motorcycle by the rider during last weekend’s Styria MotoGP race.”

Was Viñales rightly accused of blowing out his own engine?

Yamaha continues by saying that the team’s decision was based on an “in-depth analysis of telemetry and data over the last days.”

The racing team believes that Viñales’ actions in the race could have potentially caused significant damage to his YZR-M1 bike’s engine. Yamaha adds that the state of the bike “could have caused serious risks to the rider himself and possibly posed a danger to all other riders in the MotoGP race.”

In addition, Yamaha says that they are not looking to replace Viñales in the Austrian GP in the Red Bull Ring race track in Spielberg, Styria, Austria.

This means that the racing team will only be left with Fabio “El Diablo” Quartararo. To which the French racer commented in a press conference, “I have no proper comments. Not really surprised. I think and I guess many people know what happened. For me, it’s no problem to ride alone. Difficult to say something, better to ask Yamaha people than myself. For me, it won’t change anything about my weekend.”

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Yamaha says that decisions regarding the future races will be taken after a more detailed analysis of the situation and further discussions between the team and the rider.

Photos from MotoGP

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Aston Martin withdraws appeal on Vettel’s Hungarian GP disqualification

Aston Martin has withdrawn its appeal to FIA against Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vettel finished second at the Hungaroring behind winner Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton. However, Vettel was disqualified when the FIA was unable to take the required one-liter fuel sample from his car following the race, as per technical regulations.

The team immediately announced its intention to appeal, and sought a “right of review” to reverse the decision and get Vettel back in second.

Race stewards reportedly rejected the Aston Martin team’s request for review. They also ascertained that as per AM team boss Otmar Szafnauer’s claim, that a faulty fuel pump caused the lack of fuel, was not relevant to the original decision.

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Afterwards, the team said that it would no longer be pursuing an appeal.

A statement from the team read: “Having considered our position and having noted the FIA stewards’ verdict that there was clear new evidence of a fuel system failure, we have nonetheless withdrawn our appeal on the basis that we believe doing so outweighs the benefits of it being heard.

The decision means Vettel’s disqualification stands, as does the promotion by one position of all the drivers who finished behind him, including Hamilton, who inherits second place, and Carlos Sainz, who inherits third.

Vettel himself stays in 12th place with 30 points in the drivers’ standings, while Aston Martin are seventh on 48 points in the constructors’.

Photos from Aston Martin

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WATCH: Husqvarna previews Norden 901 prototype

In a recent video uploaded on Husqvarna’s official YouTube channel, the Swedish bike maker showcased its latest adventure-touring motorcycle — the Norden 901.

You can check it out here.

The four-minute clip features South African-Swiss explorer Mike Horn and five-time Dakar Rally racer Cyril Despres riding the latest “Husky” in Iceland’s various scenic locations. This video was released after a series of teaser clips in Husqvarna’s TY channel, dubbed the “Norden 901 story.”

Both Horn and Despres brave Iceland’s unique terrains riding the Norden 901 prototype. The video reveals how the Swiss touring bike can manage to ride through rock, sand, dirt, and water.

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The all-terrain prototypes seen in the video sport the round LED headlights used on the Svartpilen and Vitpilen naked sports bikes. Here it’s shown to have been paired with two supplementary lights to increase road visibility when riding at night.

Round side mirrors highlight the modern-retro style of the touring bike along with low windscreens that seem to come in clear and tinted options.

The fairings are finished in white with yellow stripes while donning the large Husqvarna logo. If you look closely, each bike appears to have had the signature of Horn or Despres indicating that Husky might release special-edition models based on the adventure bikes used by either the extreme adventurer or the rally racer.

In addition, the bikes do sport disc brakes front and back with mudguards and skid plates to protect the engine when riding on rough terrains. They also showed the adventure bikes wearing Akrapovič exhaust pipes.

The Husqvarna Norden 901 was first revealed by the motorcycle manufacturer two years ago and is based on the KTM 890 Adventure platform. Pricing and detailed specs are to be announced soon.

Photo from Husqvarna’s Instagram page and YouTube channel

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EVAP defers 9th PH EV Summit to next month

Following the strict lockdown implementation that placed select regions under enhanced community quarantine again, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) has rescheduled the 9th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVS) from August 26-27 to September 23-24, 2021.

In a statement, EVAP President Edmund Araga said that the conference was adjusted to show its support to the government’s response to address the resurgence of cases due to the highly transmissible Delta variant of the COVID-19.

“PEVS is all set to stage its second virtual summit this year, but we are one with the rest of the industry in cooperating with efforts to curtail the further spread of this dreaded coronavirus,” he said.

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This year’s conference is the second year the program will be done online via Zoom.

The PEVS, which carries the theme “Accelerating the Switch to Electro-Mobility in the Philippines,” is expected to be an important platform for policy dialogue and exchange of knowledge, experiences, and best practices to bolster the efforts in the adoption of electro-mobility in the local transport as well as driving towards national government’s a low-carbon economy.

Expected to be one of the highlights is the symbolic signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by stakeholders to fast-track the switch to EV and its related technologies. Keynote messages will be delivered by the EV champions of the legislative and executive branches of the government. The British Embassy Manila will also support, and participate in, the event for the first time.

For those who want to attend, registration is still ongoing through www.evap.com.ph.

Photos from Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines                            

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Mini PH will sell only 5 units of the Mini John Cooper Works GP Inspired Edition

Mini Asia and British Automobiles Inc. announced that the John Cooper Works GP Inspired Edition is now available for the Philippine market.

The latest offering from the European marque “draws upon the mettle of its forebear, the third-generation Mini John Cooper Works GP,” Mini said in a statement.

Powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with Mini TwinPower Turbo technology, the John Cooper Works GP Inspired Edition provides up to 231hp and 320 Nm of pulling power — to excite its driver.

Mini JCW GP Inspired Edition

Mini Asia Head Kidd Yam said that the launch was made following the overwhelming response for the Mini John Cooper Works GP that was launched in the country in October last year.

“As such, we’ve specially developed the Mini John Cooper Works GP Inspired Edition to cater (to) fans who weren’t able to get their hands on the original, but still want to own a unique piece of motorsports history. This special edition was first conceptualized in Singapore, and only five units will be available in the Philippines,” he said.

Mini JCW GP Inspired Edition

Meanwhile, Autohub Group of Companies and Mini Philippines President Willy Tee Ten said,  “Mini has a longstanding history in motor racing, and the John Cooper Works range draws on this experience to bring authentic racetrack flair to the road. The Mini John Cooper Works GP Inspired Edition packs on the essence of John Cooper Works, and we are very pleased to launch this highly-anticipated model here in the Philippines.”

Mini JCW GP Inspired Edition

On the outside, the Mini John Cooper Works GP Inspired Edition is colored in Racing Grey metallic for its body and a Melting Silver metallic for the roof. It also has black accents for its engine bonnet scoop, door handles and fuel lid. It is also fitted with a John Cooper Works rear spoiler and mirror caps.

For its interior, the newest offering is fitted with John Cooper Works sports seats at the front in Dinamica leather combination. The steering wheel is covered in Walknappa leather with red stitching highlights and a 3D-printed metal center marking. The metal paddle shifters manage the car’s eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission.

Mini JCW GP Inspired Edition

The Mini John Cooper Works GP Inspired Edition sits on 18-inch lightweight forged wheels The GP lettering is plentiful — from the inside and out. These two letters can be seen in the rear spoilers, the hubcaps, floor mats and just below the headrest.  Meanwhile, the phrase “GP Inspired” is also seen as door decals and on the glossy part of the dashboard fascia.

It is equipped with a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system as well as other innovations like Park Distance Control in the front and rear, Driving Assistant package (a camera-based system that recognizes and reports speed limits), Mini Head-Up Display (displays relevant information right in the driver’s line of vision), a digital high-beam assistant with adaptive LED matrix headlights, as well as collision warning and pedestrian warning systems with city braking function.

Mini JCW GP Inspired Edition

The Mini John Cooper Works GP Inspired Edition is being sold at P3.99 million. 

Those who would like to get an appointment to see the Mini John Cooper Works GP Inspired Edition in the metal may log on to https://secure.Mini.com.ph/gp-inspired-edition/.

Photos from Mini Philippines

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Mitsubishi PH ‘Downpour Deals’ promo extended to end of Aug.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) extends its Downpour Deals promo until August 31, 2021.

The said promo offers attractive deals on the Mirage and Mirage G4XpanderStradaMontero Sport, and L300.

The Mirage and the outgoing Mirage G4 — with a fuel-efficient engine that can register up to 23.1 kilometers per liter — gets an all-in down payment deal as low as P28,000.   

Meanwhile, the Xpander seven-seater MPV — which offers flexible seating and cargo configuration, can be driven home for as low as P58,000 all-in down payment.

MMPC Downpour Deals for August

 The rugged Mitsubishi Strada, which is powered by a 2.4L in-line DOHC with VGT and MIVEC engine that deliverers a maximum of 181hp and 430nm of torque can be driven home for P128,000 all-in down payment.

Those targeting the tech-driven Montero Sport are in for a treat as the SUV can be brought home with P168,000 all-in down payment.

Lastly, the utilitarian L300 can be of advantage to entrepreneurs as it is being retailed with a P88,000 low down payment

Photos from Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation

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Small sedan shakedown: Nissan Almera vs. Toyota Vios

Shoppers of the Toyota Vios can choose from 10 variants of the car. That makes the Toyota sedan more diverse than ever to meet the wide-ranging needs of consumers, and surely among the reasons it the country’s best-selling car

Those willing to go against the subcompact sedan tide could look at the Nissan Almera. Launched in 2013, Nissan has boasted its small sedan’s rear accommodations to be the best in class. But is that enough to usurp the Vios? 

There are six variants of the Almera, which start at P657,000 for the base model with the 1.2-liter will, and finish at P933,000 for the N-Sport trim with a 1.5-liter motor.

Power and torque outputs of the 1.2 are 78hp and 106Nm, and the 1.5 gets 98hp and 134Nm. A five-speed manual is standard for the base 1.2, while it’s an option in the rest of the range, next to the four-speed auto. 

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The 10 Vios variants are priced from P681,000 to P1.02 million. Cars lower in the range use a 1.3-liter mill, while the upper varieties, like the Vios GR-S, are powered by 1.5-liter engines. 

Toyota Vios G

A total of 106hp and 140Nm of torque comes from the 1.5-liter, while the 1.3-liter has 98hp and 123Nm. Both engines can be paired to a continuous variable transmission (CVT) or five-speed manual. 

Nissan said the 1.2 MT Almera has a “dealer option” audio system, which reflects this variant’s modesty.

Middle trims use a 6.75-inch touchscreen display audio system with Bluetooth, while a choice of leather seats interior trims, and an intelligent key with push engine start/stop are available up the range. It’s also plugged to be the only car in its class with rear aircon vents

Nissan-Almera

For a sportier look, the N-Sport Almera wears a sharper front bumper, chrome front grille, side and rear skirts, a lip-type rear spoiler, and snazzier wheels. 

Nissan Almera N-Sport

Depending on the model of Vios, audio systems can come in the form of a 2DIN with CD/MP3 with Bluetooth, USB, and AUX connectivity, or a 6.75-inch display audio. The latter has the usual AM/FM, AUX, Bluetooth, USB, voice command, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Toyota-Vios

To up street cred, the Vios GR-S carries a GR (Gazoo Racing) emblem, an angrier-looking front bumper and grille, a spoiler, and black wheels. 

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For safety features, the Almera offers driver and front passenger airbags, anti-lock brakes, and three-point ELR seatbelts. An immobilizer also comes standard for all trims.

All Vios models come with vehicle stability control, hill start assist, and anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist. Side curtain airbags are a reassuring sight in the upper variants, too. 

Nissan is also known for its reliability, as well as ice-cold aircon systems. It’s likely the Almera will carry what the brand is known for. 

Toyota-Vios

However, those qualities may not be enough to dethrone the Vios in the sales charts. This car possesses a fresher design and engineering, as well as a tech-expo of an equipment list. 

Photos from Nissan, Toyota

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Suzuki Dzire: Flop or fire?

The Suzuki Dzire is a mini subcompact made and manufactured by small car specialist Suzuki. It competes in the same segment as the Toyota Wigo, Honda Brio, and the Mitsubishi Mirage G4.

It was originally launched in 2013 and has had several iterations since then. The current-generation Dzire was recently refreshed in February giving Suzuki’s subcompact a new bumper and a refreshed grille.

The revamped model is out to prove that it has more than just new looks to offer. That said, we check out if the new Dzire is flop or fire.

1. Fuel-efficient mill

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The Suzuki Dzire packs a 1.2-liter engine. It’s the brand’s K12M powerplant that produces a decent 82hp and 113Nm of torque. It’s paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or Suzuki’s auto gear shift (AGS) automated manual tranny.

Its powertrain setup allows the Suzuki Dzire’s GA and GL variants to clock in as many as 26.51kpl while the GL+ registers a maximum of 25.99kpl. Suzuki says that the Dzire’s mileage rating was witnessed and certified by the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP).

2. Easy to maintain

dzire-performance

Another selling point of the Suzuki Dzire is that the car is generally easy to maintain. Suzuki vehicles are widely sold in the Philippines, and finding spares wouldn’t prove to be a challenge. Suzuki has over 70 dealerships nationwide covering major cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

3. Impressive safety features

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For its price, the safety features offered by the Suzuki Dzire are quite impressive.

To start off, the Suzuki Dzire features the automaker’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT). It works by effectively absorbing impact on the body and dispersing the collision energy across the frame to mitigate any damage to the vehicle and its occupants.

In the same way, the Dzire features a pedestrian injury-mitigating body. The structure of this subcompact’s hood, front windscreen wiper area, front bumper, and other parts is designed to mitigate head and leg injuries in the event of a collision with a pedestrian.

Other safety features include the electronic stability program (ESP), a suite of airbags, and reverse parking sensors.

1. A tight five-seater

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Suzuki markets the Dzire as a five-seater sedan. However, the rear seating seems to be a bit tight for three full-sized adults.

On the other hand, the Suzuki Dzire makes for a spacious four-seater. It even has a rear seat armrest with two cup holders.

2. Lacks features

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The Suzuki Dzire is equipped with basic driving amenities which could work for or against you. That said, both the driver and its passengers won’t have plenty of toys to play with.

Included is a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a steering wheel with controls for audio and communication, 12-volt sockets, and manual air-conditioning with A/C vents at the rear.

The Suzuki Dzire is currently offered in three variants: Dzire GA 1.2L – M/T, the new Dzire GL 1.2L – M/T, and the new Dzire GL+ 1.2L Auto Gear Shift (AGS). These subcompacts are priced at P549,900, P648,000, and P708,000 respectively.

Here at Carmudi, we also have a wide selection of pre-loved Suzuki Dzires which you can check here.

Photos from Suzuki

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Jaguar adds gadgets, R-Dynamic Black model to F-Pace

Jaguar has added to the F-Pace range the R-Dynamic Black trim, which adds gloss black mirror caps, fixed panoramic roof, and privacy glass to the SUV.  Complementing these elements are 20-inch wheels clad in the dark color. 

The R-Dynamic Black is offered with a choice of refined, efficient and responsive Ingenium powertrains, from the 160hp mild hybrid (MHEV) four-cylinder diesel to the 398hp plug-in hybrid (PHEV) gasoline. 

Jaguar has also introduced more technology across the F-Pace range, such as self-sealing tires. The tires feature an integrated sealant layer within the tire cavity, so when an object penetrates the tread, the sealant surrounds the object to form an air-tight seal, maintaining air pressure and enabling the driver to continue the journey. 

Jaguar F-Pace

The F-Pace’s new Air Purge feature freshens the cabin air before the journey begins. In motion, cabin CO2 sensing monitors and regulates the carbon dioxide level in the vehicle interior for enhanced comfort.

Available soon via Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) updates will be wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. More driver assistance technology, such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, aim to deliver even greater support to the driver. 

The 562hp F-Pace SVR flagship has been made more desirable than ever with Black Pack styling kit available for the first time. The black-accessories wearing SUV is now available in the UK. 

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Photos from Jaguar

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Chevrolet’s upcoming electric Silverado will feature four-wheel steering

Chevrolet revealed the Silverado electric pickup with the addition of available four-wheel steering and 24-inch wheels. 

Four-Wheel Steer is a chassis feature that enables the vehicle to steer all four wheels, which aim to tighten turning radius at low speeds, and improve handling and stability at higher speeds. Trailering dynamics will benefit from this feature, as well. 

Designed as an EV from the ground up, the Silverado electric pickup aims to combine Chevrolet’s Ultium Platform and Silverado’s proven capability. The fleet and retail versions of the electric Silverado will offer customers a variety of options. 

Chevrolet-Silverado-E-Teaser-1

The Bow Tie brand remains tight-lipped about the EV Silverado. It has been speculated that the model’s estimated range will total more than 400 miles (645 kilometers) on a full charge.

The electric pickup will be built at General Motors’ Factory Zero plant, which spans 4.5 million square feet and is said to be the new flagship assembly plant for EVs. It’s also part of the automaker giant’s plans to offer only EVs come 2035. 

Photos from Chevrolet

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Chevrolet’s upcoming electric Silverado will feature four-wheel steering

Chevrolet revealed the Silverado electric pickup with the addition of available four-wheel steering and 24-inch wheels. 

Four-Wheel Steer is a chassis feature that enables the vehicle to steer all four wheels, which aim to tighten turning radius at low speeds, and improve handling and stability at higher speeds. Trailering dynamics will benefit from this feature, as well. 

Designed as an EV from the ground up, the Silverado electric pickup aims to combine Chevrolet’s Ultium Platform and Silverado’s proven capability. The fleet and retail versions of the electric Silverado will offer customers a variety of options. 

Chevrolet-Silverado-E-Teaser-1

The Bow Tie brand remains tight-lipped about the EV Silverado. It has been speculated that the model’s estimated range will total more than 400 miles (645 kilometers) on a full charge.

The electric pickup will be built at General Motors’ Factory Zero plant, which spans 4.5 million square feet and is said to be the new flagship assembly plant for EVs. It’s also part of the automaker giant’s plans to offer only EVs come 2035. 

Photos from Chevrolet

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Chevrolet’s upcoming electric Silverado will feature four-wheel steering

Chevrolet revealed the Silverado electric pickup with the addition of available four-wheel steering and 24-inch wheels. 

Four-Wheel Steer is a chassis feature that enables the vehicle to steer all four wheels, which aim to tighten turning radius at low speeds, and improve handling and stability at higher speeds. Trailering dynamics will benefit from this feature, as well. 

Designed as an EV from the ground up, the Silverado electric pickup aims to combine Chevrolet’s Ultium Platform and Silverado’s proven capability. The fleet and retail versions of the electric Silverado will offer customers a variety of options. 

Chevrolet-Silverado-E-Teaser-1

The Bow Tie brand remains tight-lipped about the EV Silverado. It has been speculated that the model’s estimated range will total more than 400 miles (645 kilometers) on a full charge.

The electric pickup will be built at General Motors’ Factory Zero plant, which spans 4.5 million square feet and is said to be the new flagship assembly plant for EVs. It’s also part of the automaker giant’s plans to offer only EVs come 2035. 

Photos from Chevrolet

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Chevrolet revealed the Silverado electric pickup with the addition of available four-wheel steering and 24-inch wheels. 

Four-Wheel Steer is a chassis feature that enables the vehicle to steer all four wheels, which aim to tighten turning radius at low speeds, and improve handling and stability at higher speeds. Trailering dynamics will benefit from this feature, as well. 

Designed as an EV from the ground up, the Silverado electric pickup aims to combine Chevrolet’s Ultium Platform and Silverado’s proven capability. The fleet and retail versions of the electric Silverado will offer customers a variety of options. 

Chevrolet-Silverado-E-Teaser-1

The Bow Tie brand remains tight-lipped about the EV Silverado. It has been speculated that the model’s estimated range will total more than 400 miles (645 kilometers) on a full charge.

The electric pickup will be built at General Motors’ Factory Zero plant, which spans 4.5 million square feet and is said to be the new flagship assembly plant for EVs. It’s also part of the automaker giant’s plans to offer only EVs come 2035. 

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Toyota congratulates GTTA who won medals at Tokyo Olympics

The regional arm of Japanese automotive giant Toyota in Asia expressed pride over the achievement of three Global Team Toyota Athletes (GTTA) from Asia who competed at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo as they represented their respective countries.

According to Toyota, more than 120 GTTA joined the recently concluded Olympics. These athletes who pushed themselves “Higher, Faster, Stronger” began their journey with a battle cry to “Start Your Impossible” (SYI), Toyota’s first-ever global corporate initiative.

“To every GTTA who won medals and broke records, we offer you our heartiest congratulations; to every other GTTA — each of you too have achieved your impossible by overcoming odds, challenges, and even adversities to compete at the Olympic Games,” the company stated.

The GTTA from Asia are Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (Badminton) from Indonesia; Joseph Schooling Singapore (Swimming); and Panipak Wongpattanakit from Thailand (Taekwondo), who won Thailand’s first gold at this year’s meet.

“Each of you took a different road to get here, and you represent different countries and regions. You are all here at Tokyo 2020 as a Toyota athlete, and I’m very proud of all of you. This is where you fight for your place in history, and your place is at the top of the podium! Please know that I am here for you, and that Toyota will do everything possible to support you. Because we are a family, and family takes care of family,” Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda told the Global Team Toyota Athletes (GTTA) prior to the games.

Ernie Gawilan

Meanwhile, eight of the almost 60 GTTA who will join the Paralympic Games Tokyo on August 24 to September 5 will be from Team Toyota in Asia. They are the following:

  • Philippines: Ernie Gawilan (in photo above) – Para Swimming
  • India: Amit Kumar Saroha, Discus Thrower – Para Athletics
  • Indonesia: Ni Nengah Widasih, Para Powerlifting
  • Malaysia: Abdul Latif Romly, Long Jump – Para Athletics
  • Singapore: Toh Wei Soong, Para Swimming
  • Singapore (Toyota Motor Asia Pacific): Sophie Soon, Para Swimming
  • Thailand: Anchaya Ketkaew, Para Swimming
  • Vietnam: Nguyen Thanh Trung, Para Swimming

 TMAP Chief Operating Office Hao Tien congratulated the Team Toyota athletes who competed for their National Olympic Teams in Tokyo.

“We are so proud of their journey, and we know that each is poised for even greater achievements to come. Every Team Toyota athlete has inspired us with their unwavering commitment to their sport, and we do hope that they will continue to ‘Achieve Your Impossible’ through their hero projects like promoting greater road safety, and helping orphans

“To our Team Toyota athletes headed to the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 – Amit, Ni Nengah, Latif, Ernie, Wei Soong, Sophie, Anchaya and Trung – know that you are part of the Toyota family. We will be rooting and cheering for you, as you give of your best in your sport. You are already each a champion in overcoming adversity to excel in what you do and love!” Tien added. 

Ernie Gawilan

TMAP has partnered with these athletes who are also known as Dual Heroes, as they have their own “hero projects” with local partners and organizations in their own communities.

“These partnerships have enabled each athlete to pursue different initiatives for social transformation. These initiatives include literary to road safety programs, providing training facilities for sports, supporting children and youth, empowering women, arts and culture, and advocating a more sustainable environment,” Toyota explained.

Photos from Toyota Motor Philippines

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Ford PH extends promo for EcoSport, Everest, Ranger, and Transit

Ford Philippines has extended its attractive deals and offers for select models up the end of this month. Still covered in the promo are the EcoSport, Everest, Ranger and Transit.

Ford Philippines Marketing Director Patrick Manigbas said that promo extension was made so that more customers can enjoy cash discounts, low monthly fees, special financing options and additional deals.

“Safe mobility is very important during the pandemic, and at Ford, we continue to make the ownership experience easier for our customers so they can have their own Ford SUV, pickup truck or van which they can use to move around safely,” Manigbas noted.

Ford Ecosport

Buyers of the Ford EcoSport can enjoy as much as P188,000 cash discount, dropping the price of the 1.5L Trend M/T variant to P750,000. Customers can also take advantage of the P7,999 low monthly fee, with free four months amortization or zero interest up to 60 months.

The EcoSport 1.5L Trend A/T is being retailed on a variety of options such as a cash discount of P130,000, low monthly fee of P8,588 with free three months amortization or zero interest up to 36 months. 

An additional special offer for the two variants includes an outright P45,000 cash savings or free five-year scheduled service plan, five-year warranty (instead of the usual three years). A five-year roadside assistance is also offered as a package. 

Meanwhile, the EcoSport 1.0L Titanium A/T is still available with a P150,000 discount for cash buyers.

Ford Everest Sport 4x2

Those eyeing to bring home a Ford Everest this month may get a cash discount of up to P80,000 or P18,888 monthly fee for the Everest Sport 4×2 A/T. The Everest 2.0L Titanium 4×2 A/T and Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4×4 A/T can be bought with a P50,000 cash discount upon purchase. 

Further, the Ford Ranger 2.2L XLS 4×2 M/T is yours for the taking at the following terms: a P99,000 cash discount; an all-in-down payment of P98,000 or a P9,999 low monthly fee. 

The following Ranger variants discounts are offered with the following cash discounts:

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The Ranger Raptor is still available with the Raptor Premium Care Package inclusive of a free five-year scheduled service plan, five-year warranty (from three years), and five-year emergency roadside assistance.

 Lastly, the Transit 2.2L 4×2 M/T is given a P200,000 cash discount and free five-year scheduled service plan.

Photos from Ford Philippines

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Suzuki S-Presso: A kick of colors

Suzuki launched the S-Presso in April last year. And despite its silent release in the middle of the global pandemic, the Suzuki S-Presso immediately gained traction because of its character that lived up to its namesake.

Here’s an example. In spite of its small and compact dimensions, the S-Presso offers perky colors which kind of makes this subcompact not everyone’s cup of joe. Ready to find out what they are?

s-presso-orange

This is a lively and loud color that best suits the message the Suzuki S-Presso is trying to get across. In orange, the S-Presso looks like a fun vehicle to drive. And thanks to its compact 1.0-liter gasoline engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, let’s just say it doesn’t just look the part.

s-presso-red

Alright, the S-Presso is no hot hatch. However, this paint brings out its bold and adventurous character.

Don’t be afraid to take the S-Presso with you on your escapades. It’s packed with enough features to keep you safe while having fun. Things like the anti-lock brake system (ABS) and Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) body will ensure your overall safety.

Metallic Granite Grey

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Seriously, this paint gives the S-Presso a tough look and a can-do attitude, and we’re buying it. Small though it may be, you can rely on this subcompact’s 239-liters of boot space to carry more than just laundry and groceries.

The Suzuki S-Presso is supported by MacPhersons at the front and a torsion beam setup at the rear.

Metallic Silky Silver

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Like most vehicles wearing silver paint, the Suzuki S-Presso looks sleek and stylish. Silver gives the S-Presso a modern minimalist look, something you’ll realize the moment you step inside the cabin.

There aren’t a lot of toys inside the S-Presso, although you get the essentials. Past the steering wheel is a digital instrument cluster, while a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system sits in the middle of the dashboard.

Suzuki is currently offering the S-Presso in one variant with a single engine option. A brand-new Suzuki S-Presso will set you back P523,000.

Looking for second-hand alternatives? Check out Carmudi Philippines’ selection of used Suzuki S-Pressos here

Photos from Suzuki

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GAC Motor PH opens virtual showroom

To better cater to its target market in today’s setting, GAC Motor Philippines has announced that it now has a virtual showroom.

In a statement, the local distributor of the Chinese automotive marque opened the virtual showroom (seen via showroom.gacmotorph.com) in a time when customers are looking for safer and more convenient ways to shop for a new vehicle.

The newest showroom is an integrated site for the GAC Motor Philippines vehicle lineup, complete with interactive touch points relevant information on the desired vehicle model. Customers can request for a quotation, book a test drive, make a reservation, interact with sales and after-sales representatives—all in just a few taps on one’s mobile device.

GAC virtual showroom

The virtual showroom will also give users an online tour of the facilities that the flagship showroom GAC Motor Metrowalk, Pasig have. 

“As we learn to adapt during these hard times, we want to make our customers feel that we are here for every milestone, and we are ready to assist them with their concerns about their vehicles,” GAC Motor Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Wilbert Lim was quoted as saying.

GAC virtual showroom

The GAC Motor Philippines homepage has an information tab that will help the customer know GAC Motor better — its achievements, partner brands, supply chain, its vehicle development center, and awards received. It also has a tab for news to keep customers updated on the happenings of GAC Motor Philippines. Aside from that, potential partners can also inquire on how to apply for a GAC Motor dealership.

Further, customers can still download the vehicle brochure of the targeted model and find an authorized GAC Motor dealer near their vicinity. It also features a “Compare Vehicle” section where customers may select up to three GAC models to help the customers decide for their next car.

Photos from Legado Motors Inc.

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All aboard: Alternatives to the crowd-hauling Nissan NV350 Urvan

With its choice of 15 or 18 seats, Nissan‘s familiar NV350 Urvan is among the transporters of choice for large families, operators of UV Express units, and vehicle rental services that look to ferry the most people in one go.

For propulsion, the NV350 Urvan uses a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine that puts out 127hp and 356Nm of torque. The three of its variants mate the mill to five-speed manual, while the two Premium variants offer a choice between the said manual and a five-speed automatic.

Depending on variant, the Urvan can accommodate the mentioned 15 or 18 passengers, or a van-load of items in its three-seater Cargo version.  Prices for all this real estate goes from P1.162 to P1.866 million. At the price point, families and entrepreneurs may look at other new vans in the market, or an upscale used one they fancy.  

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For the price of the NV350 Urvan, the familiar Hiace van can be had (excluding the top-dog Grandia models, which reach almost P3 million). So, the Hiace Commuter trim, with its 15 seats, is a better match to the Nissan. 

Hiace Commuter Deluxe

This van also bears that T badge, which has become synonymous with dependability. Like its competitor, this is also preferred by UV Express operators. 

With a wide range of prices, the Grand Starex has something for everyone. The range includes a cargo van and nine- and 10-seater passenger vans.

Grand STarex

The nine-passenger Grand Starex comes with a front and rear climate control system that keeps all passengers cozy. To get them to their destination, a 2.5-liter CRDi engine that generates 168hp and 441Nm of torque moves the van. 

The Chinese-owned Maxus brand landed in the Philippines in mid-2019, and it brought along with it a massive people hauler in the guise of the V80. 

Maxus V80

Public utility vehicle operators will find their next ride in the 18- or 15-seater V80 Transport, while businesses with delivery services will love the Flex’s vast cargo hold. A 2.5-liter turbocharged intercooled diesel engine powers this NV350 Urvan rival. 

Foton Transvan HR (P1.168 to P1.263 million)

If the Chinese manufacturer’s reputable buses and trucks are anything to go by, then the Transvan HR shouldn’t disappoint. It comes in 13-, 15-, and 16-seat configurations to suit different needs.

foton transvan

As for specs, it packs a 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel engine that delivers 90hp and 225Nm of torque for all variants, with a five-speed manual serving as the only transmission option. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution provide safety. 

Alright, this may lose to NV350 Urvan when it comes to seat count, but those who want one of the finest crowd carriers could consider used examples of the Alphard. 

alphard-4

Among other niceties, the Alphard offers mood lighting, leather captain seats with their own respective ottomans, automatic climate control, and doors that automatically close and open at a press of a button. 

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Maxus G10 with Assist Package owner helps family’s patriarch, whole family to move around

Six months back, Theo Sandico bought a Maxus G10 with Assist Package to help his family move around, with his 95-year old father as main consideration.

Sandico is confident that the move to buy the aforementioned model is the right decision as it is an ideal option for the elderly, persons with disabilities, and recovering patients.

The Sandico household noted that the G10 van offers a “spacious, comfortable and very nice body design, and it is the only van that has an “’Assist Package.'”

Maxus G10 with Assist package

They also shared that the G10 van with Assist Package’s programmable swivel seat strategically mounted on the second row beside the sliding door “has been very helpful” to get their patriarch into and out of the van.

Further, Sandico said that his father was able to safely and conveniently make important trips such as getting his COVID-19 vaccination and occasional trips from their hometown in Pampanga with the help of the swivel chair and comfortable passenger experience inside the G10 van. 

They have no problems bringing the whole family as the nine-seater van has a spacious interior and comfort amenities without compromising comfort or ride safety.

Maxus G10 with Assist package

Moreover, Sandico said that the Maxus Quezon Avenue dealership has attended to them very well through after-sales services that they need despite the lockdowns.

 “The Maxus dealership personnel have performed exceptionally well and efficiently. Despite the limited manpower as a result of strict quarantine protocols, they would call, even from home, to remind and inform us of the scheduled periodic maintenance service for our G10 van,” he said.

To learn more about Maxus in the country and its offers, log on to http://www.maxus.com.ph and like and follow Maxus Philippines’ Facebook page and Instagram account at @maxusph.

Photos from Maxus Philippines

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Lamborghini pays homage to Bologna porticos with hybrid Sián

UNESCO has named the porticos of Bologna a World Heritage Site, following years of work by the municipality of the Emilia-Romagna Region and its partners. 

Automobili Lamborghini paid homage to Bologna’s porticos, which are defined as a structure with styled columns that support a roof, with the Lamborghini Sián. The hybrid Sián packs a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 and a supercapacitor to produce 807hp. It can run from zero to 100kph in less than 2.9 seconds, and top speed sits at a cozy 350kph.

Lamborghini-Sián

With its 62 kilometers of porticoes, the oldest of which date back to the 12th century, one of Bologna’s most characteristic architectural symbols becomes recognizable all over the world, Lamborghini said.

The porticoes have also been described in famous poems, songs, and novels. They include the oldest portico of the Alemanni to the world’s longest portico leading to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca atop Colle della Guardia, made up of 666 arches over 3,796 meters.

Lamborghini-Sián

UNESCO’s recognition of Bologna’s porticoes marks the 58th site worldwide awarded for cultural and social interest. UNESCO, or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, was established after the Second World War to build peace through international cooperation in education, the sciences, culture, communication, and information.

Lamborghini-Sián

The Sián is part of Direzione Cor Tauri, or the roadmap of greener future Lamborghini models.

In Cor Tauri, the Italian marque will celebrate its last year of the combustion engine from this year to 2022, shift to hybrid power by the end of 2024, and afterwards, will change the lineup to full electric offerings. 

Photos from Lamborghini

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Geely PH sales more than triple in H1

Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP) claimed that its sales grew by more than three times in the first half of 2021 from the same period last year.

According to the Geely distributor in the country, sales for the whole six months this year reached 2,426 units — which is a 342-percent jump compared to the 2020 figures, enabling the company to take ninth position in total industry sales

 

Geely Angeles

The said number has made Geely the only Chinese vehicle manufacturer to join the Top 10 automotive distributors locally.

SGAP President and Chief Executive Officer Yosuke Nishi noted that such sales strength was exercised despite the challenges that the industry experienced during the January to June period.

“This year has its own challenges. Just as the industry was starting to recover from the pandemic, safeguard duty was imposed on imported vehicles and the re-implementation of stricter quarantine restrictions in the second quarter. We had to be flexible with our strategies to keep up with the volatile situation,” Nishi explained.

Yosuke Nishi

Based on SGAP numbers, the Coolray led the strong sales performance — besting its competitors in the subcompact 4×2 SUV segment — after selling 1,312 units. This translates to 153-percent rise in comparison to 2020’s 518 units rolled out from showrooms.

Relatedly, the company has been concentrating on further growing the sales of its existing models: Coolray, Azkarra, and Okavango as well rapidly expanding its dealer network.

Geely Manila

“It is important to us that we are able to reach our growing number of customers especially now that more people are beginning to notice Geely all over the country,” Nishi added. 

Late last year, Geely Automobile International Corporation Deputy General Manager Jenny Jin revealed plans to bring in a new model, announcing that the upcoming unit would be a sedan. It was supposed to come out in April.

Photos from Sojitz G Auto Philippines

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Volkswagen Santana: Reliable, sensible, reputable

The Volkswagen Santana is one of VW’s entries in the local compact sedan segment competing with the likes of other industry staples like the Toyota Vios, Honda Civic, and the Nissan Almera.

However, the VW Santana offers something that the aforementioned cars don’t. That’s what we’re going to find out as William Russell Scheirman Jr., President and CEO of Scheirman Construction Consolidated Incorporated (SCCI), tells us his story.

When Scheirman was considering the car brand he would buy for his employees at SCCI, it didn’t take long for him to decide that he would go with a brand that’s close to his heart. Scheirman himself owned and drove a VW Golf back in his native Germany.

He chose a fleet of Santanas for his engineers at SCCI which he describes as a “very smart-looking car that would get them to and from project sites safely, efficiently, and reliably on a daily basis.”

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The SCCI boss believes that the choice of a company vehicle is crucial in moving the company forward. Thus, he puts his trust and confidence in a brand that has proven its ability to make reliable cars through the years.

His decision to acquire the VW Santanas for his company is backed by his own experience and knowledge that VWs are world-class vehicles. That said, the precision-engineering qualities and characteristics of Volkswagen in Germany are also echoed in all other Volkswagen manufacturing and distribution hubs anywhere in the world — the Philippines included.

“It’s very impressive that the Santana in the Philippines would not only offer German-quality design, engineering, and craftsmanship but also offer such an accessible price point. As a businessman who owns his own company and is familiar with the entire Asian market, such qualities of the Santana make it easy for me to decide to go for it,” said Scheirman as he explained why he thinks that the Santana is the best bang-for-the-buck compact sedan.

“I would definitely recommend the Volkswagen Santana for those who are considering buying a car that would perfectly meet their needs for that classic design look, undeniable Volkswagen heritage, efficient and easy operation, affordable ownership and maintenance costs, and dependable everyday city driving,” Scheirman concluded.

To him, the VW Santana marries two important aspects one should always look out for when buying a car: reliability and sensibility.

Photos from Volkswagen

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Kia EV6 given CO2 footprint certification for raw material use

The Kia EV6 has achieved product carbon footprint certification and “Carbon Measured” label from Carbon Trust. The latter is a global climate change and sustainability consultancy, while Kia is now the first Korean vehicle manufacturer to achieve the certificate.

Total greenhouse gas emissions for the EV6 were measured using the PAS2050 Standards as part of the Carbon Trust’s robust product assessment. This covers emissions from the extraction of raw materials through to the end-of-life of the product and is measured in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).

The Carbon Trust “Carbon Measured” label validates the accuracy of these measurements and provides customers with independently reviewed information about the carbon impact of their purchase.

The Plan S strategy puts electrification at the forefront of the company’s future, and sets the foundations for a full product lineup featuring 11 new battery electric vehicles by 2026, with the EV6 being the first model to be launched under this new strategy. 

Kia EV6

Kia said it has given every consideration to ensuring that EV6 provides more than just zero emissions mobility, measuring and reducing its carbon footprint throughout the vehicle’s lifecycle. That was done through the acquisition of raw materials, procurement and transportation of parts, vehicle assembly, distribution, use, and end-of-life recycling.

Based on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the EV6 offers class-leading interior space, and 800V ultra-fast charging. 

A range of eco-friendly materials have been introduced to EV6 including PET recycled plastics, floor mats and seat coverings meaning one model contains the equivalent of 107 500ml PET bottles.

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As a global climate change and sustainability consultancy, Carbon Trust advises businesses on their opportunities in a sustainable, low-carbon world. It measures and certifies the environmental footprint of organizations, supply chains, and products.

The EV6 is powered by two battery options, 58.0kWh and 77.4kWh, both using an energy-dense nickel-cobalt-manganese battery pack. The crossover can be optioned with rear- or all-wheel drive. 

RWD cars will be fitted with a 58.0kWh battery and a 160kW rear motor to net 167hp, while a 77.4 kWh battery with a the same rear motor will produce the 218hp. On the other hand, AWD EV6s will have a 70kW and an 160kW motor front and back, respectively, that combine with a 77.4kWh battery to yield 313hp.

An upcoming GT version will run on a 77.4kWh battery, a 160kW front motor, and a 270kW rear one, that all work together for a 576hp output.

Photos from Kia

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WATCH: Nissan Ariya’s new, next-gen haptic controls

Nissan has always been at the forefront of automotive innovation. Heck, the brand has been experimenting on brain imaging and analysis to test and train Nissan Formula E drivers.

On that note, the Japanese automaker has revealed how it can help shape the future of how humans interact with their vehicles. This technology, according to Nissan, will be showcased in the electric crossover SUV — the Ariya.

Nissan revealed that during the design and development process of the Ariya, its engineers didn’t just consider the ergonomics involved in reaching toward the dashboard. They also looked into creating a new look and feel for controls that drivers generally take for granted.

That said, they reinvented “cabin space, touch, and positioning.”

Ariya’s interior was intended to be an open, spacious cabin that offers a sense of calm and serenity. It’s reflected by the dashboard that emanates a modern minimalist feel. The dash is free of traditional buttons typically found on today’s crossovers. The traditional knobs, keys, and dials have been integrated into the stylish wood-grained dashboard.

With no tactile switches, Ariya’s dash operates using haptic feedback controls which function in the same way our smartphones do. The dash reacts to touch and communicates through fingertip vibrations.

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“We created a clean space by blending the haptic controls with the grain of the interior’s wood-grain finish. We did this in a way that didn’t affect the performance of the controls, allowing us to achieve both functionality and an attractive appearance,” explained Nissan Senior Designer Hideki Tago.

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He added, “By applying a wood-grain pattern to the plastic panels with a hydro-printing process, we gave them a very realistic wood-like feeling. At the same time, this allowed transparent icons to come to life when illuminated.”

Another part of the process that makes the design and development of Ariya’s haptic touch controls is the fine-tuning of the vibrations and sounds, which the engineer in charge of the Ariya’s interior HMI development, Tomotaka Igarashi explained thus, “Vibration and sound are inseparable. It may seem obvious, but this challenged our team to develop a unique sound that would match the expectations of the driver while also designing it to be as pleasant as possible.”

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The haptic buttons in the Nissan Ariya have been grouped into two specific areas within the cabin: one is on the dashboard and the other is on the center armrest. This allowed Nissan to have the driver as well as both the front and rear passengers experience Ariya’s new haptic technology.

Nissan also released a video showing Ariya’s next-gen haptic controls. You can check it out here.

The new haptic touch technology featured in the Nissan Ariya is just one example of how design and function have been woven into Nissan’s all-electric crossover SUV.

Nissan is already taking pre-orders for the Ariya in Japan. It is also planned to be released in Europe, North America, and China by the end of 2021.

Photos from Nissan

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Yamaha thanks Valentino Rossi for 16 years of MotoGP partnership

As nine-time World Champion and Grand Prix racing legend Valentino Rossi  announced his retirement from MotoGP after the 2021 season, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Yamaha Motor Racing thanked Rossi for what will be 16 exciting years of partnership.

Yamaha plans to maintain a close working relationship with the Italian racer after 2021 through various collaborations, including the VR46 Riders Academy and the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp training and racing programs. 

Yamaha and Rossi’s story started with an iconic victory at Valentino’s first GP race for Yamaha in South Africa in 2004. Since then, Rossi secured 142 podiums to date, 56 GP victories, and won four MotoGP World Championship titles in 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009.

“‘The Doctor’s’ astounding achievements, unparalleled passion for racing, and unrivalled charisma make up a huge part of Yamaha’s and MotoGP’s heritage, earning him…the epithet ‘GOAT,’ or the ‘greatest of all time,'” Yamaha expressed. 

Valentino Rossi retired

“Valentino is a living legend whose successes and personal flair contributed to Yamaha’s legacy and heritage in abundance,” Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis said. 

“His unparalleled skills… will definitely be greatly missed by the fans, the media, the MotoGP paddock,” Jarvis added. 

With 56 wins from 264 races, Yamaha said that 42-year-old Rossi is the only rider to win premier class titles on five different types of motorcycles. The bikes were powered by 500cc, 800cc, 990cc four- and five-cylinder, and 1,000cc engines. 

He is also the sole MotoGP rider to excel in rally racing, as a seven-time winner of the Monza Rally Show, and as a winner at the GTE Am-class of the 2019 Gulf 12 Hours at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Valentino Rossi

“We thank him for his incredible efforts, unequalled skills, and never-failing passion and optimism,” Yamaha CEO Yoshihiro Hidaka said. 

“We will forever cherish the precious memories we made together and hope to keep adding to them with him as a Yamaha brand ambassador,” Hidaka concluded. 

Photos from Valentino Rossi VR46 Official Facebook page, Yamaha

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Nissan US reveals pricing for 2022 Frontier

Nissan just released the pricing for the upcoming 2022 Frontier in the US.

According to Nissan, the 2022 Frontier will be made available in two variants: the 2022 Nissan Frontier King Cab and the 2022 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab.

The 2022 Nissan Frontier King Cab will come in four trims, the Frontier S King Cab 4×2, Frontier SV King Cab 4×2, Frontier S King Cab 4×4, Frontier SV King Cab 4×4. Pricing, said Nissan, are US$27,840, US$30,540, US$31,040, and US$33,740 respectively.

On the other hand, the 2022 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab will come in eight trims. These include the Frontier S Crew Cab 4×2 (US$29,340), Frontier SV Crew Cab 4×2 SWB (US$32,140), Frontier SV Crew Cab 4×2 LWB (US$34,040), Frontier S Crew Cab 4×4 (US$32,340), Frontier SV Crew Cab 4×4 SWB (US$35,140), Frontier SV Crew Cab 4×4 LWB (US$37,040), Frontier PRO-X Crew Cab 4×2 (US$34,240), and the Frontier PRO-4X Crew Cab 4×4 (US$37,240).

The upcoming 2022 Nissan Frontier will see an all-new powerful, rugged, and distinct design. Nissan’s midsize pickup truck will feature a new massive grille and chiseled hood, framed by new precision interlocking headlights. At the sides are massive vertical fenders as well as a high eye-point and high shoulder bodysides. Muscular rear fenders combine with the rear bumper complete the redesigned exterior.

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More aggressive are the specially-equipped 4×4-only Frontier PRO-4X and the 2022 2WD-only Frontier PRO-X trims which add LED headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, LED fog lights, and Lava Red grille accents.

It will be made available in nine color options which include premium colors like Tactical Green Metallic, Baja Storm, and Cardinal Red Metallic Tricolor.

The 2022 Nissan Frontier will also feature modern truck techs such as a nine-inch color touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless smartphone charging are also available, says Nissan.

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The class-exclusive Intelligent Forward Collision Warning will be a standard feature while the class-exclusive Traffic Sign Recognition, Nissan Safety Shield 360 will be made available as an optional add-on on every trim. In addition, the 2022 Nissan Frontier will also be the first-ever Nissan to feature the Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and Off-Road Mode.

“The all-new 2022 Frontier builds on Nissan’s six-plus decades of mid-size truck leadership with a bold new exterior, adventure-oriented interior, and the latest driver assistance and connectivity technologies,” said Nissan US Marketing and Sales Senior VP Mike Colleran.

“It’s an authentic midsize truck with a range of body, drivetrain, and equipment configurations carefully selected to fit customer needs,” he adds.

The 2022 Nissan Frontier will arrive in US dealerships in September. 

Photos from Nissan

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Suzuki PH extends ‘Ride Your Dream’ promo until end of month

Suzuki Philippines Incorporated (SPH) has extended its last month’s Ride Your Dream promo up until the end of this month.

In a statement, the local arm of the Japanese compact car distributor in the country said the promo effectivity was lengthened “due to popular demand” to help aspiring Suzuki customers take advantage of the deal that was rolled out in July.

Suzuki PH Ride Your Dream promo for Ertiga

“One of Suzuki’s time-tested and established commitments is to continue to find ways to make the brand accessible to our existing and future client bases,” SPH Vice President and General Manager of Automobile Division Keiichi Suzuki was quoted as saying.

“The pandemic has encouraged our creativity in seeking avenues to explore and ways to achieve this. And so to our loyal patrons, keep on the lookout for more exciting deals and promos on the horizon,” he added.

Suzuki PH Ride Your Dream promo for Swift

In the promo, SPH offers attractive promotions for its three models: the  CelerioErtiga, and the Swift.

For the Ertiga, which has been Suzuki’s best-seller in the country since its introduction, customers may take home the MPV by paying a down payment of as low as P39,000, depending on the variant chosen or a discount of P90,000 for cash buyers of any variant.

Suzuki PH Ride Your Dream for Celerio

Meanwhile, the Suzuki Swift — 5,000,000 units of which have already been delivered to customers  —is made available this month with cash discounts of P80,000 across all variants or down payment terms of as low as P29,000.

Lastly, the Celerio subcompact hatch is given to customers with a cash discount of up to P80,000 or down payment deal as low as P18,000.

Photos from Suzuki Philippines Inc.

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Toyota PH’s upgraded app eyes to elevate customer experience

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has upgraded its mobile app in its bid to raise the level of experience for its customers.

TMP First Vice President Sherwin Chualim said that the updated myToyota app addresses the need for accessible products and services during these times.

“Part of our commitment to providing ever-better products and services is continuously improving the customer experience — from inquiring about your dream Toyota, acquiring and taking care of your vehicle, and moving on to your next Toyota — through any of our 71 Toyota dealerships nationwide or through our amplified digital touchpoints. With the new myToyota app, life with Toyota is made easy, worry-free, and happier in a tap,” he explained in a release.

The new myToyota app

Through the myToyota app, mobile phone users can explore TMP’s vehicle lineup, browse the latest car deals, book car appointments, purchase vehicle upgrades and packages, and get access to services like roadside assistance.  

The unified platform tackles the Toyota customers’ need end-to-end; from car-buying, to maintenance needs and upgrades, after-sales deals and assistance, and even up to vehicle trade-ins.

The myToyota app showroom features a carousel displaying featured vehicles and provides a 360-degree virtual viewing of a model of choice. It also has a vehicle configurator that lets users pick available color options, choose compatible accessories and other items for the vehicle. Aside from that, it provides access to the financing calculator and allows users to chat with a dealer for contact information.

The app also allows users to see the available service packages and applicable promos as well as pick a preferred delivery schedule for items ordered.

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Car care in the digital sphere

Via the myToyota App, Toyota car owners can check and choose service schedules and easily monitor the vehicle’s preventive maintenance schedules. Apart from keeping tabs on the car’s service history, it can also check repair status and informs users of available service packages and promos. App users can also reschedule or cancel the service appointment the same way they have scheduled it.

Moreover, users can learn about the status of their vehicle’s insurance through the link to the e-policy and can easily be redirected to the Online Store’s Insurance Renewal page to get a detailed computation and submit a renewal request. 

Photos from Toyota Motor Philippines

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Battle of the LCVs: Suzuki Carry vs. Tata Ace

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us Filipinos have relied on courier services to have parcels, food, and even groceries delivered to our doorstep. Not only is this a more convenient way of shopping for our daily necessities, it also allows us to have the things that we need without having to get out of our comfort or safety zone.

That said, the demand for light commercial vehicles, or LCVs, has also increased.

Today, we’re looking at two small utility trucks often used by most delivery companies and courier services today. They are the Suzuki Carry and the Tata Ace. Let’s find out which among the two will come out on top in this battle of the LCVs.

Suzuki Carry

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  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 4,344mm x 1,765mm x 2,030mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,205mm
  • Ground Clearance: 160mm

Tata Ace

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  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 3,800x mm x 1,500mm x 1,845mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,100mm
  • Ground Clearance: 160mm

On paper, the Japanese offers larger dimensions. This translates to a larger load capacity as the mini-truck from India can only carry a maximum payload of 710kg while the Suzuki Carry can carry as much as 940kg.

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The larger wheelbase of the Suzuki Carry also means that it can keep your cargo safe even on rough roads. The longer the distance between the wheels, the less bumpy the ride is.

On that note, we give this round to the Suzuki Carry.

Commercial vehicles are hardly known for their interior. They are designed with function and utility in mind rather than comfort and convenience.

Both the Tata Ace and the Suzuki Carry feature basic, but essential interior amenities. We’re talking about a steering wheel, analog gauges, a basic car radio, and manual air-conditioning.

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That said, this round’s a tie.

Under the hood, the Suzuki Carry packs a 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This powertrain setup gives the Suzuki Carry 95hp and 135Nm of torque.

Meanwhile, powering the Tata Ace is the automaker’s 475 TCIC (BSIII) engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. The two-cylinder 702cc petrol mill can create 16hp and 38Nm of torque.

With more pulling power, this round goes to the Suzuki Carry.

In terms of safety, both the Suzuki Carry and the Tata Ace are equipped with their own respective seatbelts.

And yes, that’s about it.

Variant and pricing

Suzuki Carry – P654,000

Tata Ace – P369,000

The Suzuki Carry may cost twice as much as the Tata Ace but its engine and payload capacity make the additional moolah all worth it.

In choosing between LCVs, it’s best to consider what type of business you’re going to use them for? Say you need a vehicle to deliver purified water around your subdivision, the Tata Ace might be a good option. But if your business needs a partner with a little more muscle, then the Suzuki Carry might be the better choice.

Photos from Suzuki and Tata 

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Examining the Nissan Navara variants

When the Nissan Navara was first launched in 2015, it made waves with its multilink coil-spring suspension used in its rear. Compared to the segment-standard leaf springs, Nissan deemed that coils could translate to better handling and ride quality. 

However, that also meant that with a fully loaded bed, the Navara apparently had a tendency to bottom out. And so in the recent refresh, the pickup was given dual-rate coil springs to remedy the issue. The prerequisite design tweaks were done as well. 

What’s more, the Navara was given a suite of intelligent driving tech and a “segment-first” five-year/ 150,000-kilometer warranty. The warranty and styling updates, among others, are present in the Navara’s eight variants, whose prices start at P1.149 to P 1.849 million. 

The pickup range also shares a 2.5-liter diesel engine with 187hp and 450Nm of torque. The base model gets the same mill but with 160hp and 403Nm. Depending on the variant, the engine paired to seven-speed auto or six-speed manual. That said, there are more differences among the Navara variants. 

The entry-level Navara is recognizable with its 17-inch steel wheels, and black door handles and side view mirrors. 

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Inside, the EL uses a two-din audio system, which can play music via Aux, Bluetooth, USB, four speakers. Fabric wraps the two rows of seats here, and the front ones are manually adjusted. Meanwhile, the front occupants’ fatigue is said to be lessened with Zero Gravity seats, which is standard for all Navara models. 

Seventeen-inch alloy rollers, chrome door handles, side steps, and side mirror signal lights distinguish the two Navara VE Calibre trucks. 

From these varieties upward, an eight-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and built-in navigation takes center stage. Six speakers are also present, as are manual fabric seats and dual zone climate control. 

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Wearing the same exterior accoutrements as the VE models, this Navara is made unique by its four-wheel drive system. Using a switch, the driver can select whether the Navara VE 4×4 can drive its rear wheels only, or all four. The nifty feature works even when the truck is in motion. 

As the top-tier variants, these Navara models come equipped with power folding mirrors and silver roof rails in their exteriors. Reversing sensors help the driver avoid backing into objects or other vehicles. 

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Inside, the Zero Gravity seats are wrapped in leather, the 2.5-liter diesel engine is started and shut off by a button, and the windshield is made clear by rain sensing wipers. 

The new Pro-4X top-dog variant sports the new Navara’s styling updates but with added touches. It includes an orange-accented front bumper, black grille, door handles, roof racks, running boards, and 17-inch black wheels shod in all-terrain tires.

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Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) is reserved for the Navara Pro-4X. NIM includes Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Emergency Braking. With Intelligent Around-View Monitor, surrounding obstacles are shown to the driver when the Navara is in four-wheel drive mode.

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Photos from Nissan 

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Audi to present Skysphere autonomous vehicle concept

Audi will present the Skysphere Concept at its design center in Malibu, California soon.  To create excitement for the car, Audi Head of Design Marc Lichte and Senior Vice President Henrik Wenders discussed the vehicle’s styling inspiration in a video

With a long front end and a swooping rear, the brand’s executives said that the Skysphere takes inspiration from the Horch 853A, a large coupe from the 1930s. 

Audi claims that the Skysphere can do dual duty as a driver’s car, or an autonomous vehicle. The car, which looks like a grand tourer, transforms its cabin into a lounge when it is driving on its own devices. 

Audi-SkysphereAlong with this possible coupe, Audi also teased the Grand Sphere and Urban Sphere. All three cars are said to be the brand’s attempt to “reinvent mobility as we know it today.” The gadgets don’t stop at the autonomous features, as the cars also aim to recognize owners and learn their preferred car settings. 

audi-grand-sphereJudging from the illustration of the Grand Sphere’s shape, it can be assumed that the car might be one of the Ingolstadt brand’s Sportback models. It features a long cabin and sloping rear end. 

The Urban Sphere, with its upright stance, could be Audi’s version of Volkswagen‘s ID. crossovers, which use the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) all-electric architecture.

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Photos from Audi

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Geely Manila is now ready to serve customers

Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP) has announced that its dealership in Manila under the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC)-led House of Investments (HOI) is now open for business.

Located at 1502 Paz Mendoza Guazon Street, Paco, Manila, Geely Manila is now ready to serve customers in Manila from Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Originally scheduled to open last April, the newest facility covers 1,697 square meters that houses a showroom that can display five cars and six service bays.

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SGAP President and Chief Exeutive Officer Yosuke Nishi welcomed this milestone for both SGAP and Yuchengco Group’s House of Investments. “Operating and keeping businesses afloat have become a struggle since the past year. We are grateful for our partners who continue to trust and invest in us amid this challenging time.”

Earlier, HOI President and Chief Executive Officer Lorenzo Tan said that Geely Manila is the company’s dealership opened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since June 2020, HOI has closed five dealerships under Japanese automakers Honda and Isuzu.

The closure of Honda Fairview, Honda Marikina, Honda Marcos Highway Honda Kalookan and Isuzu Greenhills came after the Yuchengco-led group informed the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) of the move.

Photos from Sojitz G Auto Philippines

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Ram Trucks PH launches new 1500 Rebel

Ram Trucks Philippines looks to shake things up in the local truck segment as it introduces the new Ram 1500 Rebel.

Outside, the larger-than-life pickup truck offers stylish and functional features. It boasts an abundance of blacked-out trims all over the exterior including the daylight opening moldings, exterior mirrors, headlamp bezels, premium power mirrors, rear bumper, exhaust pipes, tubular side steps, and its 18-inch mid-gloss black wheels.

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In fact, the scores of black accents are among of the two things that separate the new 1500 Rebel and the 1500 Laramie — exterior-wise, that is. The other is the two-tone finish and the black body graphics around the truck.

Other features fitted on the 1500 Rebel’s exterior lean towards function and utility such as the class-exclusive RamBox storage system which allows owners to store equipment and essentials on a compartment just above the rear fenders of the Rebel.

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There’s also a huge bed at the rear with an exterior outlet for any equipment you might need to plug in and a divider for organizing your gear.

Supporting the full-size pickup truck are Bilstein Performance-tuned shock absorbers paired with anti-lock four-wheel FNC disc brakes.

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Inside, the 1500 Rebel offers a spacious interior with similar functional features like the seven-inch instrument cluster, the steering wheel with integrated controls, and the 12-inch infotainment system. It does come with typical connectivity features like Aux, USB, Bluetooth, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. However, the large touchscreen display works best with navigation as it allows you to conveniently see the lay of the land.

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That said, the 1500 Rebel is equipped with safety and convenience features to help you tackle any terrain like the electronic range select, electronic roll mitigation, electronic stability control, hill start assist, hill descent control, and traction control.

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At the core of this beast is a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI MDS VVT engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain setup allows the 1500 Rebel to achieve a maximum power output of 395hp and 555Nm of torque.

The Ram 1500 Rebel will set you back P4,090,000.

Photos from Ram Trucks

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Hyundai PH holds promo for PMS customers this month

Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) announced that it will hold a raffle promo exclusive for its preventive maintenance service (PMS) customers in time for its anniversary month.

Dubbed as “Hyundai Ayos,” the raffle promo is open for those who will book an appointment to have their car serviced. Raffle coupons are to be dropped at designated drop boxes on or before August 21 noontime to be included in the raffle to be held by the end of August.

Hyundai Ayos promo

Customers will have a chance to win a car care kit, a pressure washer, or P2,000-discount on the next PMS that can be claimed at any Hyundai dealership nationwide.

Photos from Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.

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Toyota Indonesia unveils latest GR lineup

Toyota Indonesia just dropped its latest GR lineup which covers everything from the brand’s subcompact hatchback to its SUV offerings.

The newest Gazoo Racing models were announced on Toyota Indonesia’s various social media accounts including its Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Featured are five models which include the hot hatches Toyota Yaris GR Sport and Toyota Agya (locally known as the Wigo) GR Sport. Toyota’s MPV offering, the Veloz GR Limited (called Avanza in the Philippines), is joined by the Toyota Rush GR Sport, and the Toyota Fortuner GR Sport SUVs.

The Indonesian-spec Yaris GR Sport features a wide honeycomb grille flanked by LED headlamps and LED foglamps on each side. At the rear is a striking bumper diffuser complementing the aerodynamic spoiler with a high-mount stop lamp.

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The same can be said with the Agya. It also packs a striking front fascia paired with a combination of LED headlights and foglights. At the rear is also a diffuser which looks good with the rear spoiler and the J-shaped rear lamps.

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Both hatchback models ride on alloy wheels and feature plenty of “GR” branding on the exterior.

Getting the GR treatment is also the Veloz GR Limited. While the hatchbacks showcase a honeycomb grille, the Veloz comes with a horizontal design with a special GR badge. A long line connects the LED headlamps while faux air intakes sit atop the front foglamps.

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At the rear is a bumper diffuser with two reflectors and faux air intakes that mirror what’s at the front. A specially designed panel for the license plate sits at the bottom of the horizontal accent that connects the combination rear lamps.

The Veloz GR Limited sports black outer mirrors and black alloy wheels.

Toyota Indonesia’s GR-spec Rush offers a black chrome grille flanked by advanced LED headlamps and a front bumper spoiler. Integrated LED rear combination lamps provide illumination at the back of the crossover SUV and GR branded diffusers echo the styling of the Toyota Rush at the front.

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At the side is a smart entry feature that allows owners to enter the SUV with ease. Side body moldings also accentuate the Rush GR Sport’s side profile together with automatic side mirrors and a 17-inch alloy wheel.

Taking the GR style to bolder and more dominating heights is the Fortuner GR Sport. It offers a grater-like dark chrome grille coupled with LED headlamps. Honeycomb patterns adorn the sides of the LED front foglamps.

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At the rear is a relatively bold diffuser with sharp LED rear lamps and a power tailgate with a kick sensor.

The Yaris GR is priced at IDR248,300,000 while the Agya GR Sport is at IDR144,900,000. On the other hand, the Rush GR Sport comes with a price tag of IDR245,000,000 while the Fortuner GR Sport has a sticker price of IDR484,600,000. Lastly, the Veloz GR Limited spots an IDR221,400,000 price tag on Toyota Indonesia’s website.

Her in the Philippines, Toyota’s GR-spec offerings include the Vios GR-S and the GR Supra

Photos from Toyota

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Renault, Geely to collaborate for hybrid vehicles in China, South Korea

Renault Group, a global company with French roots and 120 years of history in the automotive industry, and Geely Holding Group, China’s largest privately owned automotive group, jointly announced an memorandum of understanding (MoU) framework agreement part of the “Renaulution Plan.”

The cooperation, focused on China and South Korea as initial key core markets, will allow Renault and Geely to share resources and technologies for hybrid vehicle development.

The development will happen in “the fast-growing Asian markets,” Renault said. It also follows the adoption by Geely Holding’s opensource strategy for its full vehicle architectures. 

In China, both firms will introduce Renault-branded hybrid cars, which are based on Geely’s “existing technologies and mature industrial footprint.”

Samsung QM6

By then, the French company said it will take on the branding strategy, channel and service development, and defining the appropriate customer journey.

In South Korea, where Renault Samsung Motors has over two decades of experience, the MoU allows the two groups to jointly explore localization of vehicles based on Lynk & Co’s energy-efficient vehicle platforms for local markets.

Both partners will continue to explore in-depth further potential, “under the spirit of open and innovative partnership mode.”

Photos from Geely, Renault Group

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The Kia Soul EV Boardmasters ‘surfs’ on zero-emission, off-road goodies

Kia UK has revealed the Soul EV Boardmasters Edition, a recycled pre-production car saved from the crusher and made beach-ready. 

Made exclusively for surfers, the Soul EV Boardmasters Edition is a special one-off car created to mark the launch of Boardmasters 2021 in Cornwall, UK. Kia UK is the automotive partner for the major surfing and music festival. 

The zero-emission Soul EV fits closely with the Boardmasters ethos of sustainability and lessening one’s impact on the environment. The donor car’s 64kWh long-range battery pack and 201hp is standard

Kia-Soul-EV-Boardmasters-Edition

This beach buggy wears 16-inch bright white steel wheels and chunky 265/75 R16 Maxxis Bighorn sand tires, renowned for their use in cross-country competitions and rally raids. With each tire at 30 inches in diameter, this change alone necessitated significant reworking to the bulkhead and front foot wells.

The fully independent suspension also features new custom adaptors and modified struts, with a three-inch lift to accommodate the new wheels and tires. It also boasts a modest increase in track width, while ground clearance front and rear is raised to more than 300 millimeters. The suspension’s geometry has been adjusted. 

One of the more striking features is the Soul EV Boardmaster’s custom-built steel roof rack. Constructed out of lightweight steel tubing, which can be easily recycled at the end of its life, the rack has been made to accommodate a pair of seven-foot Tahe Bic Malibu surfboards.

The rack’s shape and relatively low profile allows the car to avoid overhead height restrictors, while also enabling the tailgate to open fully to access the cargo area. 

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The board rack is paired with a roof-mounted solar panel and a pair of Lazer ST4 Evolution LED spotlights. The spotlights provide a powerful source of light for early mornings and late evenings on the beach, and are in custom housings to protect them from the elements or potential damage when loading or unloading boards.

The solar charging system can also power a mini fridge or other auxiliary appliances with renewable energy while the driver is away from their car. The system operates independently of the car’s main battery pack so as to have zero impact on vehicle efficiency.

Fitted with a 12V leisure battery and mains inverter, it can power the LED lamp and other electrical devices without reducing vehicle range.

Modifications continue inside, with the removal of the Soul EV’s rear bench seats in favor of something more practical for tackling sea and sand.

Kia-Soul-EV-Boardmasters-Edition

With the rear seats removed, the Soul EV Boardmaster offers an expansive wooden deck up to the back of the two front seats. The desk was constructed out of PEFC-certified spruce, from forests managed sustainably in line with strict international standards.

Stained white was painted on to the deck to give a lighter seaside vibe to the cabin, the deck also protects the cabin from the wet. Its surface also traps grains of sand and prevents them from falling into hard-to-reach cracks between seats.

Opening the tailgate also gives access to a fold-out bench, an open-air seat made out of reclaimed wood to provide somewhere surfers can socialize. This is accompanied by a swing-out arm, which extends out of the tailgate from the roof of the cabin and provides somewhere to hang and dry a pair of damp wetsuits. Users can also hang a towel off the arm, to create a slightly more private changing area.

Kia-Soul-EV-Boardmasters-Edition

Photos from Kia UK

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The Kia Soul EV Boardmasters ‘surfs’ on zero-emission, off-road goodies

Kia UK has revealed the Soul EV Boardmasters Edition, a recycled pre-production car saved from the crusher and made beach-ready. 

Made exclusively for surfers, the Soul EV Boardmasters Edition is a special one-off car created to mark the launch of Boardmasters 2021 in Cornwall, UK. Kia UK is the automotive partner for the major surfing and music festival. 

The zero-emission Soul EV fits closely with the Boardmasters ethos of sustainability and lessening one’s impact on the environment. The donor car’s 64kWh long-range battery pack and 201hp is standard

Kia-Soul-EV-Boardmasters-Edition

This beach buggy wears 16-inch bright white steel wheels and chunky 265/75 R16 Maxxis Bighorn sand tires, renowned for their use in cross-country competitions and rally raids. With each tire at 30 inches in diameter, this change alone necessitated significant reworking to the bulkhead and front foot wells.

The fully independent suspension also features new custom adaptors and modified struts, with a three-inch lift to accommodate the new wheels and tires. It also boasts a modest increase in track width, while ground clearance front and rear is raised to more than 300 millimeters. The suspension’s geometry has been adjusted. 

One of the more striking features is the Soul EV Boardmaster’s custom-built steel roof rack. Constructed out of lightweight steel tubing, which can be easily recycled at the end of its life, the rack has been made to accommodate a pair of seven-foot Tahe Bic Malibu surfboards.

The rack’s shape and relatively low profile allows the car to avoid overhead height restrictors, while also enabling the tailgate to open fully to access the cargo area. 

Kia-Soul-EV-Boardmasters-Edition

The board rack is paired with a roof-mounted solar panel and a pair of Lazer ST4 Evolution LED spotlights. The spotlights provide a powerful source of light for early mornings and late evenings on the beach, and are in custom housings to protect them from the elements or potential damage when loading or unloading boards.

The solar charging system can also power a mini fridge or other auxiliary appliances with renewable energy while the driver is away from their car. The system operates independently of the car’s main battery pack so as to have zero impact on vehicle efficiency.

Fitted with a 12V leisure battery and mains inverter, it can power the LED lamp and other electrical devices without reducing vehicle range.

Modifications continue inside, with the removal of the Soul EV’s rear bench seats in favor of something more practical for tackling sea and sand.

Kia-Soul-EV-Boardmasters-Edition

With the rear seats removed, the Soul EV Boardmaster offers an expansive wooden deck up to the back of the two front seats. The desk was constructed out of PEFC-certified spruce, from forests managed sustainably in line with strict international standards.

Stained white was painted on to the deck to give a lighter seaside vibe to the cabin, the deck also protects the cabin from the wet. Its surface also traps grains of sand and prevents them from falling into hard-to-reach cracks between seats.

Opening the tailgate also gives access to a fold-out bench, an open-air seat made out of reclaimed wood to provide somewhere surfers can socialize. This is accompanied by a swing-out arm, which extends out of the tailgate from the roof of the cabin and provides somewhere to hang and dry a pair of damp wetsuits. Users can also hang a towel off the arm, to create a slightly more private changing area.

Kia-Soul-EV-Boardmasters-Edition

Photos from Kia UK

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The Kia Soul EV Boardmasters ‘surfs’ on zero-emission, off-road goodies

Kia UK has revealed the Soul EV Boardmasters Edition, a recycled pre-production car saved from the crusher and made beach-ready. 

Made exclusively for surfers, the Soul EV Boardmasters Edition is a special one-off car created to mark the launch of Boardmasters 2021 in Cornwall, UK. Kia UK is the automotive partner for the major surfing and music festival. 

The zero-emission Soul EV fits closely with the Boardmasters ethos of sustainability and lessening one’s impact on the environment. The donor car’s 64kWh long-range battery pack and 201hp is standard

Kia-Soul-EV-Boardmasters-Edition

This beach buggy wears 16-inch bright white steel wheels and chunky 265/75 R16 Maxxis Bighorn sand tires, renowned for their use in cross-country competitions and rally raids. With each tire at 30 inches in diameter, this change alone necessitated significant reworking to the bulkhead and front foot wells.

The fully independent suspension also features new custom adaptors and modified struts, with a three-inch lift to accommodate the new wheels and tires. It also boasts a modest increase in track width, while ground clearance front and rear is raised to more than 300 millimeters. The suspension’s geometry has been adjusted. 

One of the more striking features is the Soul EV Boardmaster’s custom-built steel roof rack. Constructed out of lightweight steel tubing, which can be easily recycled at the end of its life, the rack has been made to accommodate a pair of seven-foot Tahe Bic Malibu surfboards.

The rack’s shape and relatively low profile allows the car to avoid overhead height restrictors, while also enabling the tailgate to open fully to access the cargo area. 

Kia-Soul-EV-Boardmasters-Edition

The board rack is paired with a roof-mounted solar panel and a pair of Lazer ST4 Evolution LED spotlights. The spotlights provide a powerful source of light for early mornings and late evenings on the beach, and are in custom housings to protect them from the elements or potential damage when loading or unloading boards.

The solar charging system can also power a mini fridge or other auxiliary appliances with renewable energy while the driver is away from their car. The system operates independently of the car’s main battery pack so as to have zero impact on vehicle efficiency.

Fitted with a 12V leisure battery and mains inverter, it can power the LED lamp and other electrical devices without reducing vehicle range.

Modifications continue inside, with the removal of the Soul EV’s rear bench seats in favor of something more practical for tackling sea and sand.

Kia-Soul-EV-Boardmasters-Edition

With the rear seats removed, the Soul EV Boardmaster offers an expansive wooden deck up to the back of the two front seats. The desk was constructed out of PEFC-certified spruce, from forests managed sustainably in line with strict international standards.

Stained white was painted on to the deck to give a lighter seaside vibe to the cabin, the deck also protects the cabin from the wet. Its surface also traps grains of sand and prevents them from falling into hard-to-reach cracks between seats.

Opening the tailgate also gives access to a fold-out bench, an open-air seat made out of reclaimed wood to provide somewhere surfers can socialize. This is accompanied by a swing-out arm, which extends out of the tailgate from the roof of the cabin and provides somewhere to hang and dry a pair of damp wetsuits. Users can also hang a towel off the arm, to create a slightly more private changing area.

Kia-Soul-EV-Boardmasters-Edition

Photos from Kia UK

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Trimotors ready for local production of Bajaj 3-wheelers if needed

As many Filipinos are now looking at putting up their own business, it seems that Trimotors Technology Corporation (TTC) has also enjoyed good sales of its Bajaj RE product in the country.

Knowing its three-wheeler offering can be utilized by small and medium entrepreneurs, local government units, among others, TTC continues to strike while the iron is hot to help, thereby pushing its presence even more.

But what will happen if the demand for the products grow exponentially?

MAxima Cargo Bajaj

TTC Senior Vice President for Operations Roy Casas said that there is a possibility to put up a manufacturing facility here.

“As of now, we import Bajaj in SKD (semi knocked-down) configuration. But of course, with the volume maybe in the future, we are planning to do the CKD (complete knocked-down), so we need a plant, manufacturing facilities here (in the Philippines>,” Casas revealed in a virtual roundtable meeting.

Should the company opt to put up the facility, TTC will most likely be pushing for the local economy to grow more as it will spur more jobs.

“For now, we can only say that there is a plan to build the facility and it is still in the works. Once we complete the product lineup, hit the targeted volume of units and accomplish the paperwork on the government side, that’s the only time we can answer when,” Casas told Carmudi Philippines in an interview.

RE Special Edition

Back in November last year, Trimotors widened its lineup by offering the Maxima Series (Maxima Z and Maxima Cargo) and RE Special Edition. The company announced back then that parts and services will not be a problem as its 900 branches around the country are ready to serve clients.  

The Bajaj RE is powered by a 198.88 CC DTS-I fuel-injected engine matched to a constant mesh, four-speed manual transmission that has a maximum torque of 17.1Nm. Although having the same displacement as the previous version, some adjustments were made such as the installation of a silencer assembly on the engine crankcase with enhanced timing chain to ensure the powertrain’s smoother and quieter operation.

Photos from Bajaj Philippines

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Honda launches U-Go e-scoot in China

Honda — through Wuyang-Honda — just launched its latest electric scoot in China, the U-Go. The lightweight e-scoot is designed and engineered for city driving and features the Japanese automaker’s latest innovations in electric scooter mobility.

In terms of looks, the U-Go gives off the same vibes as the Honda e. Honda says that the U-Go was built around the brand’s “Simple and Clean” concept which uses an integrated design language.

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At its front is a minimal and functional LED headlight that boasts 40,000cd (candelas) that shines brighter and wider for increased road visibility. Above the headlight are two similarly minimal turn signals. And for those who just hate having turn signals poking at the rear, its sporty tail features suspended taillights with integrated turn signals.

Mileage, speed, and battery level are displayed on a small yet crisp LCD screen.

Propulsion will come from an electric motor which will be made available in two versions. One is a 1.2kW continuous-rated hub motor with a peak rating of 1.8kW while the other comes with a rating of 0.8kW. These motors have a top speed of 53kph and 43kph respectively.

The electric motor will be powered by a removable and rechargeable lithium-ion battery with IP67 level protection. The battery is seated in a sturdy aluminum alloy battery box which protects the battery against impact.

According to Honda, the battery provides an estimated range of 65km and can be extended to 130km with the use of an additional battery.

Safety-wise, Honda outfitted the U-Go e-scoot with two rear shock absorbers, a motorcycle-grade thickened high-strength steel frame, and an improved braking system.

The Honda U-Go will ride on 12-inch front and 10-inch rear alloy wheels.

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Locally, we’ve yet to see an electric scooter from Honda. And honestly, we’re excited to find out if Honda will consider releasing the U-Go in the Philippines.

Their current lineup consists of staples like the Click, the BeAT, and big boy scoots like the PCX and the ADV.

Photos from Honda

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Tech a look inside the Nissan Terra

All Terra trims welcome front occupants with so-called Zero Gravity seats. “Inspired by the weightless posture of astronauts in area, Nissan engineers developed front seats that provide generous assistance and might assist reduce fatigue,” is how the Japanese carmaker described those perches..
Another function found in the seats is the one-touch folding for the 2nd row. A button in the cargo location folds down the middle row, so theres no requirement to walk to the side of the automobile and do the folding manually. EL ranges get a 6.75-inch touchscreen audio display screen; VE and VL ones use an eight-inch infotainment with the phone matching functions for Apple and Android phones, in addition to built-in navigation. 6 speakers are used across the range..

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A Terra VL-exclusive feature is an 11-inch home entertainment system installed on the cabins ceiling. Dual zone automatic environment is unique to the top-spec Terra, while rear aircon vents provide the brands famous wintry cooling..
The highlight Intelligent Around-View Monitor provides a 360-degree view of challenges listed below, when the Terra VL is taken off-road. When off-road, the power circulation, steering angle, and longitudinal/lateral disposition of the lorry are flashed in the Terras instrument cluster..

Introduced in 2018, the Nissan Terra may be late to the midsize SUV celebration, however it brought with it fresh features to offset wasted time.
Among these toys is Nissans Intelligent Mobility Suite (NIM), readily available in the Terras higher trim levels. The Terra is powered by a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine, which may be slightly smaller in displacement against the competition, but churns out a decent 187hp and 450Nm of torque.
Rates for the Terra range from P1.539 to P2.211 million across its 5 versions, consisted of two EL, one VE, and 2 VL grades. Considering its costs and how competitive the sector is, definitely the Terra has a wealth of attractive interior functions..

Amongst these toys is Nissans Intelligent Mobility Suite (NIM), available in the Terras higher trim levels. The Terra is powered by a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine, which might be somewhat smaller sized in displacement against the competition, however churns out a good 187hp and 450Nm of torque. Another function found in the seats is the one-touch folding for the second row. EL ranges get a 6.75-inch touchscreen audio display; VE and VL ones use an eight-inch infotainment with the phone matching functions for Apple and Android phones, as well as built-in navigation.

There are an overall of 6 air bags inside the Terra– 4 at the front and 2 curtain airbags running the whole length of the cabin. The bright side is that these safety cushions are basic across the lineup..
Other security features that the Terra functions, depending on variation, are the rear parking sensors and cam, and the abovementioned blind spot and lane departure warning gadgets. Tire pressure monitoring and traction control press the SUVs safety quotient further..
Pictures from Nissan.
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MMDA, Bayad partner to enable erring motorists to pay fines digitally

In a declaration, both Bayad and MMDA highlighted the significance of establishing an online payment system for traffic infraction fines. “In todays period of digital change, this alternative cashless payment option offers higher benefit for our clients especially in the middle of the ongoing pandemic. Contactless payment also implies less direct exposure to the general public (no contact deal) and less possibility of getting the COVID-19 infection,” MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos was estimated as stating..
” With Bayads digital payment platforms, we are particular that this effort will fast-track the existing procedure and will translate to much better services to the general public and better traffic on the road,” he included. Bayad President and Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Ferrer said that simplifying the settlement will motivate Filipinos to attend to their obligations.
” Today marks the start of an amazing brand-new chapter in Bayad and MMDAs existing five-year alliance to assist Filipino commuters and drivers pay their fines and obligations in a more practical way. By helping ease the procedure of MMDA traffic violation settlement, we are motivating more Filipinos to responsibly fulfill their commitments by making it easy for them as they can pay through our onsite or online channels” Ferrer shared.
Aside from MMDA, Bayad has actually been teaming up for digital payment solutions with over 22 government partner billers, which consists of the Government Service Insurance System, Social Security System, Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), PhilHealth, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, National Bureau of Investigation, to name a few.
Photos from Bayad.
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In a declaration, both Bayad and MMDA highlighted the significance of developing an online payment system for traffic infraction fines.

Through the most current online payment arrangements, Filipinos who have offenses relating to traffic, jaywalking, and anti-littering, need not to go to the MMDA head office or take the time off from work simply to pay for the ticket. This is because those who have gotten the ticket may make use of Bayads more than 60,000 touch points across the country.

Multi-channel payment company Bayad has restored its ties with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) that will make it possible for the motoring public to pay traffic fines through digital means.
Just recently, Bayad and MMDA (along with the Landbank of the Philippines) conducted a collaboration signing event to reveal that the Bayad App and Bayad Online digital platforms can now help anybody who has to settle traffic charges. Through the current online payment plans, Filipinos who have infractions relating to traffic, jaywalking, and anti-littering, need not to go to the MMDA head workplace or take the time off from work just to pay for the ticket. Since those who have gotten the ticket might make use of Bayads more than 60,000 touch points across the nation, this is.

A peek inside the Suzuki Swift

With the rear seats raised, the Suzuki Swift can bring 242 liters of load.
Interested in driving home a Suzuki Swift? This subcompact hatch is presently utilized in three versions: Swift GL 1.2 L – M/T, Swift GL 1.2 L – CVT, and the Swift Special Edition 1.2 L – CVT. These designs are priced at P775,000, P819,000, and P869,000, respectively.
Wish to take a look at some secondhand options? Search our option of utilized Swift systems here.
Images from Suzuki.
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Regardless of its small size, the Suzuki Swift utilizes plenty of space for your everyday freight. This subcompact hatch is currently utilized in three variations: Swift GL 1.2 L – M/T, Swift GL 1.2 L – CVT, and the Swift Special Edition 1.2 L – CVT.

The Suzuki Swift has gone through numerous versions and the most recent generation has really had its total height lowered. The revamped interior includes the same head clearance as its predecessor.
The general vertical location and lateral area for the rear seats have really been increased by 23mm. According to Suzuki, the front seats have actually been shifted 10mm to the outdoors, producing more location between front-seat residents.
With a spending plan friendly rate tag, its not unexpected to discover plenty of material inside the Suzuki Swift. Youll find fabric trims on the door trims and on the seats. The material sports a black shade though which works well with the pitch-black aesthetic appeals of the lorries interior.

This subcompact hatch is presently utilized in three versions: Swift GL 1.2 L – M/T, Swift GL 1.2 L – CVT, and the Swift Special Edition 1.2 L – CVT.

In spite of its small size, the Suzuki Swift provides lots of room for your daily freight. The Suzuki Swift revealed that it had a lot more to supply than a Mini-inspired look. Regardless of its small size, the Suzuki Swift uses plenty of space for your everyday freight. This subcompact hatch is currently utilized in 3 variations: Swift GL 1.2 L – M/T, Swift GL 1.2 L – CVT, and the Swift Special Edition 1.2 L – CVT.

In spite of its little size, the Suzuki Swift offers lots of space for your daily freight. At the front is a glove box, a console box tray, front door pockets, and 2 front cup holders. At the rear is a cup holder, a rear door bottle holder, and passenger-seat back pockets.

The Swift is a subcompact hatchback offered by Japanese carmaker Suzuki Because of its Euro-inspired outside, it has really been one of the automobile brands most significant nameplates thinking about that its preliminary launch.
On that note, it has actually won the hearts of numerous Filipino car purchasers who are in the market for a hot subcompact hatch. The Suzuki Swift revealed that it had a lot more to offer than a Mini-inspired look. It had a modern-looking interior with fairly modern-day facilities highlighted by its “motorist very first” style.
Care to see how excellent this hatchs interior is? Discover out as we take a sneak peek inside the Suzuki Swift.

Youll be impressed that the Suzuki Swift can bring as much as 556 liters of payload, when the rear seats are folded, that is. That specified, this subcompact hatch can assist you bring your day-to-day freight around town like laundry and groceries.

Hyundai PH updates website to kick off 20-year celebration

HARI President and Chief Executive Officer Ma. In a declaration, the regional supplier for the Korean vehicle manufacturer in the Philippines shared that the upgraded website is expected to “double the ease and the enjoyable of getting your vehicle shopping and upkeep requires right from house.”.

Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) has actually announced that it has really updated its website in time for its 20th anniversary of being in organization in your location.
HARI President and Chief Executive Officer Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo has officially exposed the enhanced and new hyundai.ph website, which she stated is “one of the many unique presents that we have actually lined up to thank everyone who has in fact supported the Hyundai brand name through the years.” In a declaration, the local supplier for the Korean car maker in the Philippines shared that the redesigned website is expected to “double the ease and the pleasurable of getting your vehicle shopping and upkeep needs right from home.”.

Business bore in mind that browsing the updated site is now much quicker offered that it is cloud-hosted, which cuts the packaging time to get the details about Hyundai in the Philippines much quicker. HARI guaranteed that due to the fact that it is cloud-hosted, dishonest people will have a more difficult time attempting to get into the system, making sure that the individual details that the client supplied is secured and safe.
Considering that a majority of the users (93 percent) of the older variation of the site are examining through mobile phone, the brand-new site is now more mobile-friendly, making it much easier and accessible from virtually any gadget. Aside from being more easy to use (thanks to its new user interface), HARI stated that the updated site is now fun and vibrant with its “dynamic content that keeps you engaged and upgraded on all-things Hyundai.”.

” In short, its your Hyundai dealer in a pocket, with all that you need to learn more about Hyundais passenger automobile and commercial vehicle lineup, attentively developed for a seamless experience,” HARI defined.
HARI stated that after he website upgrade, the company is also targeting to additional enhance are HOMEPage quote and automobile loan platform; HUB for Genuine Parts and @YourService for online parts buying and service go to booking.
” Weve upgraded our website to make life much easier for the now market … Hyundai.ph shall be our main platform to relate to our stakeholders as we drive forward into the next 20 years. I invite everyone to take a look at our product to find how we are establishing better journeys with you,” Agudo concluded.
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VIPs to be driven around Macallan Estate in Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

Following the declaration last month of a long-term trademark name collaboration in between Bentley and The Macallan, the new hybrid is the really first of 2 irreversible estate automobiles for The Macallan, to be joined by a coordinating Flying Spur Hybrid. The outside of this Bentayga Hybrid is completed in dark green metal shade called Viridian, which pays homage to the over 60,000 trees on the Macallan Estate. The seats have a section embroidered in Cumbrian Green thread that describes The Macallans Easter Elchies House mark.

Following the declaration last month of a long-lasting brand name collaboration in between Bentley and The Macallan, the new hybrid is the very first of 2 long-lasting estate vehicles for The Macallan, to be signed up with by a matching Flying Spur Hybrid. The outside of this Bentayga Hybrid is ended up in dark green metallic shade called Viridian, which appreciates the over 60,000 trees on the Macallan Estate. Following the declaration last month of a long-term brand name collaboration in between Bentley and The Macallan, the new hybrid is the really first of 2 long-term estate cars for The Macallan, to be joined by a matching Flying Spur Hybrid.

Bentley provided a brand-new Bentayga Hybrid, total with bespoke Mulliner information, to Scotch whisky producer Macallan Estate in Speyside, Scotland.
Following the declaration last month of a lasting brand name collaboration in between Bentley and The Macallan, the new hybrid is the very first of 2 long-lasting estate automobiles for The Macallan, to be signed up with by a matching Flying Spur Hybrid. The brand-new stimulated SUV will be utilized to carry visitors within the Estate. It will be charged on site by recently installed charging points utilizing 100 percent REGO (Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin)- certified eco-friendly electrical energy, sourced completely from Wardlaw Wood Wind Farm in Scotland.
The outside of this Bentayga Hybrid is ended up in dark green metal shade called Viridian, which admires the over 60,000 trees on the Macallan Estate. The remainder of the body has the Blackline Specification that covers the common brightwork in a gloss black surface. The crossover flights on 22-inch wheels with black pockets and machined faces.
Inside, leather in the colors of Porpoise and Cumbrian Green are plentiful. The seats have a location embroidered in Cumbrian Green thread that lays out The Macallans Easter Elchies House mark. To simulate the hue of scotch, Liquid Amber is the color selected for the wood veneer trim.
The whisky brand name names name appears on the side sills and control panel, while LED welcome lights predict the Easter Elchies House mark.
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4 things you didn’t know about the Lamborghini Aventador

A few of its defining features consist of the comprehensive use of carbon fiber in its body, the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva (LDVA), the individualized TFT digital control panel display screens, and the 12-cylinder, 6.5-liter “Longitudinale Posteriore” (LP) engine that provides it 770 horses and 720Nm of almost immediate torque.
The Aventador Ultimae is a limited-edition style which will simply see 350 coupes and 250 roadsters.
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In spite of being labeled “the last of its kind,” the Aventador is still thought of among the most popular V12 incredibly cars and trucks to have actually used the badge of popular bull.
And now, the Italian carmaker shares 4 trivia you may not comprehend about the distinguished Aventador. According to Lamborghini, more Aventadors have really been provided than the total sum of all V12 designs of the brands past.

In September of last year, the Aventador reached its 10,000 th system, topping the 7,000 limit system set by its predecessors. The Aventador has gone beyond all the sales of the Murcielago in its 5th production year.
A supercar as special as the Aventador has enhanced the silver screen and starred in some of the most popular movies in movie theater history.
One of its most impressive appearances has really got to be in the Dark Knight series. Who could forget the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 sporting the “Gotham – 649 8227” license plate driven by none aside from Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) in Batman Begins?
And while numerous bat fans would argue that Michael Keatons batmobile in his 1989 rendition of the cape crusader is the absolute best in the franchise, you simply cant disagree that Bales Aventador is as popular.
There were likewise other Lambos in Bales Dark Knight trilogy like the Murciélago Roadster in Batman Begins (the extremely first movement image) and the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 in the Dark Knight (2nd movement picture).

And now, the Italian carmaker shares 4 trivia you may not understand about the popular Aventador. Now, the Italian carmaker shares four trivia you might not comprehend about the renowned Aventador. In September of last year, the Aventador reached its 10,000 th system, topping the 7,000 limit system set by its predecessors. The Aventador has actually exceeded all the sales of the Murcielago in its 5th production year. The Aventador “Walk of Fame”

Now, the Italian carmaker shares four trivia you might not comprehend about the popular Aventador. In September of last year, the Aventador reached its 10,000 th system, topping the 7,000 limitation unit set by its predecessors.

It permitted the Aventador to have rear-steering wheels which can be managed to develop a customizable driving experience.

The most current– and the last– Aventador in the series is the Ultimae. It represents the peak of the Aventador design and showcases the finest that this bull needs to offer.

The Lamborghini Aventador is the first Lambo that adopted the adjustable Driving Mode a.k.a., the MagneRide adaptive suspension which includes four driving modes including Strada, Sport, Corsa, and EGO.

Automakers in CA issue joint statement in support of new federal vehicle emission standards

5 automobile manufacturers operating in California– BMW, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and Volvo Cars– just recently released a joint declaration concerning the Biden Administrations move to set brand-new federal vehicle emissions requirements.
Thats why we support the Administrations goal of reaching an electrical truck future and praise President Bidens management on investing and reducing emissions in crucial infrastructure to obtain these declines. While the California structure business are driving towards 40 to 50 percent of our sales being EVs in the next nine years, strong action from our partners in the federal government is essential to developing customer demand for electrical cars and put us on track to accomplish the worldwide dedications of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The present administrations handle truck emission standards supersedes Trumps transfer to rescind the then neat automobile program established by the Obama administration.
This long-awaited policy aims to target 50 percent of all autos sold by 2030 to be electric and would assist introduce an electrical age for the United States vehicle industry. The strategy to accept electrical lorries on a bigger scale will help United States car company compete with Chinese makers. Picture from Honda
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Lexus GX SUV also gets Black Line treatment in US

Inside the GX Black Line is a headliner in black, as well as a mix of surface area areas covered in bi-tone black Nuluxe with gray-colored increase inserts and stitching. Matte Black Ash Wood cut on the GXs directing wheel is basic on all Black Line Special Editions. With Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), the GX enhances handling and trip comfort by helping to keep the vehicle level in both on and off-road conditions. When the GX experiences an uneven surface, one compressed cylinder activates fluid to stream to the other cylinder, helping the automobile to keep all 4 wheels on the ground.

The premium suite of linked innovation provides numerous approaches to remain connected, including the three-year Lexus Enform Remote trial, which remotely begins the engine using pick wise gadgets.
With Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), the GX enhances handling and flight convenience by assisting to keep the truck level in both on and off-road conditions. When the GX stumbles upon an uneven surface, one compressed cylinder triggers fluid to stream to the other cylinder, helping the lorry to keep all four wheels on the ground. Another possession of the GX for on-road smoothness is the available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

Torsen torque-sensing minimal slip center differential, on the other hand, distributes power 40:60 front to back under a lot of driving conditions and modifies the ratio as needed based upon wheel slip. The four-wheel-drive system supplies a low variety for slow speed off-road driving, and the center differential can be digitally locked.
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After the UX and RX, the GX is next to get updates from Lexus USA. The GX can now be had in a Black Line Special Edition guise, which is likewise readily offered in Starfire Pearl, Black Onyx and Nori Green Pearl color options.
Inside the GX Black Line is a headliner in black, in addition to a mix of surface area areas covered in bi-tone black Nuluxe with gray-colored increase inserts and stitching. Matte Black Ash Wood trim on the GXs directing wheel is standard on all Black Line Special Editions. Lexus roof rail cross bars are an alternative. A better center console, updated 10.3-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa mix, become part of the GX Black Lines connection tech. 6 USB ports throughout the GX can charge gadgets.

Inside the GX Black Line is a headliner in black, as well as a mix of surface locations covered in bi-tone black Nuluxe with gray-colored boost inserts and stitching. Matte Black Ash Wood cut on the GXs assisting wheel is standard on all Black Line Special Editions. Inside the GX Black Line is a headliner in black, in addition to a combination of surface area locations covered in bi-tone black Nuluxe with gray-colored increase inserts and stitching. Matte Black Ash Wood trim on the GXs assisting wheel is standard on all Black Line Special Editions.

Cleanfuel opens station in San Ildefonso, Bulacan

” Considering that the beginning of Cleanfuel, we have actually continuously taken pride in using high quality and economical fuel items that will assist more Filipino chauffeurs include more kilometers to every fuel purchase. Cleanfuel continues to remain committed to bringing more monetary opportunities in every city” Cleanfuel President Jesus Suntay mentioned. Aside from that, the new Cleanfuel San Ildefonso provides top-notch functions like roomy and tidy air-conditioned washrooms, air and water services, and other state-of-the-art items that regional lorry chauffeurs can experience and thrill in.
Much more, Cleanfuels rewards program and cashless payments options supply various payment services to clients.
On the other hand, Suntay bared techniques of opening another station in the municipality to cover the towns in between and close by. “We more than happy that various Filipino drivers are patronizing our fuel items which assist them enjoy quality fuel at a portion of the rate,” Suntay included.

Considering that the beginning of Cleanfuel, we have constantly taken pride in offering high quality and affordable fuel items that will help more Filipino motorists include more kilometers to every fuel purchase. Cleanfuel continues to remain devoted to bringing more financial chances in every city” Cleanfuel President Jesus Suntay specified. Because the start of Cleanfuel, we have actually continuously taken pride in using high quality and economical fuel products that will assist more Filipino car motorists include more kilometers to every fuel purchase. Aside from that, the brand-new Cleanfuel San Ildefonso uses top-notch centers like tidy and large air-conditioned bathrooms, air and water services, and other premium products that local vehicle chauffeurs can take and experience satisfaction in.

Independent fuel company Cleanfuel simply recently opened its latest station in Central Luzon, days before the re-imposition of a more stringent lockdown in the country following the rise of COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variation.
The freshly inaugurated San Ildefonso station is the 3rd station in the Bulacan area, as the brand continues to cover more ground in the area. Found in Barangay Sapang Putol, the company bore in mind that the most present station is prepared for to supply “quality fuel for less” to the citizens of the 36 barangays in the area while aiding efforts to increase the local farming activities, metalcraft industries, logistics, cement and manufacturing business in the area. With its opening, drivers in the location can now top up their lorries with its items such as Clean 91, Premium 95, and top-quality diesel.

Cleanfuel made sure customers who stop at San Ildefonso or any of its stations in the country that its manpower follows the rigid safety procedures to secure both customers and its labor force versus the feared infection.
Business assures to include more retail stations in Metro Manila in addition to other areas in the Luzon grid. “There are more to anticipate in the coming months for Cleanfuel We are set to open more stations in Rizal (Tanay), Los Baños, San Pablo, Batangas, Quezon (Sariaya), Mandaluyong, and another in Pangasinan (Urdaneta), ideally as quickly as the more stringent lockdown protocols are raised,” the Cleanfuel president concluded.
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” Because the start of Cleanfuel, we have constantly taken pride in providing high quality and economical fuel products that will help more Filipino lorry chauffeurs consist of more kilometers to every fuel purchase. Aside from that, the new Cleanfuel San Ildefonso utilizes first-class centers like large and neat air-conditioned restrooms, air and water services, and other high-quality products that local automobile drivers can experience and take pleasure in.
The business guarantees to add more retail stations in Metro Manila along with other locations in the Luzon grid.

Volkswagen ID.5 GTX to appear at Munich auto show

According to VW, the ID.5 GTX will be introduced as a “disguised principle” at the 2021 International Motor Show Germany which will take area from September 7 to September 12. The ID.5 GTX will be based on the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) all-electric architecture and will be tailored up with VWs Car2X innovation.

According to VW, the ID.5 GTX will be presented as a “disguised concept” at the 2021 International Motor Show Germany which will take location from September 7 to September 12. The ID.5 GTX will be the really first electrical SUV to feature a coupe shape which equates to fluid lines that are both trendy and elegant. The ID.5 GTX will be based upon the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) all-electric architecture and will be prepared with VWs Car2X development.

Volkswagen just recently exposed that the ID.5 GTX is set to make a take a look at the upcoming IAA Munich Motor Show.
According to VW, the ID.5 GTX will be presented as a “disguised concept” at the 2021 International Motor Show Germany which will happen from September 7 to September 12. The ID.5 GTX will be the extremely first electric SUV to consist of a coupe shape which equates to fluid lines that are both advanced and elegant. The ID.5 GTX will be based upon the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) all-electric architecture and will be geared up with VWs Car2X development.
Outdoors, the ID.5 GTX sports the IQ.Light LED matrix headlights with a light strip that tapers towards the Volkswagen logo design that includes 3 powerful, illuminated honeycomb elements.
Offering the ID.5 GTX its advanced look are the sloping A-pillars that have actually been positioned near the front. As an outcome, the SUV coupe thrills in a low roofline that extends over the body and tapers out in an integrated rear spoiler.
At the rear, the ID.5 GTX functions LED rear lights with a 3D design complemented by a light strip and horizontal lines.
Volkswagen also mentions that the ID.5 GTX will be powered by an electrical engine on both the front and rear axles of the SUV coupe. The dual-engine four-wheel-drive, stated VW, guarantees strong driving performance, impressive traction, and elegant handling.
The German car producer has not yet revealed the numbers fretting the EV SUV nevertheless they confirmed that the big lithium-ion battery in between the axles makes it possible for a forecasted variety of approximately 497km.
The ID.5 GTX is set to get here in car dealerships next year.
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According to VW, the ID.5 GTX will be introduced as a “disguised concept” at the 2021 International Motor Show Germany which will take place from September 7 to September 12.