Nissan—its very name means Japan Industries. Nissan is strongly positioned in the global market, with a range of industry-leading technology, from electric vehicles like the Leaf to its motorsports presence through Infiniti and allied brand Renault in Formula One. Its cars are among the best in their respective fields, and it is about to get [...]
CATS Motors Inc., the Philippine distributor for Mercedes-Benz, recently unveiled the new CLA 45 AMG and the A 45 AMG in an intimate gathering of VIP guests in its Mercedes-Benz Greenhills showroom. This adds to its roster of AMG-powered Mercedes-Benzes already available in the local market. Felix Ang, President of CATS Motors, Inc. says that the [...]
In a reaction to news reports appearing last week about the upcoming Asian V8 Championships being held in the Philippines, Nicholas W. Craw, president and CEO of Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (Accus), FIA Inc, e-mailed Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) president Gus Lagman last Wednesday (March 5). Craw’s letter indicated, in [...]
Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), exclusive distributor of Kia Motors in the Philippines, has just confirmed that it is looking into the possibility of joining the PBA for the next season. If everything comes into fruition, it will mark the first entry of a car brand in the league since 1983. Ginia R. Domingo, CAC President, [...]
If we have the Wigo, Toyota Europe gets the Aygo. Like the Wigo, Aygo is an A-segment hatchback with a 1.0-liter engine. Only it gets a more adventurous design, even more so than the first-generation car. And it isn’t produced by Daihatsu. Aygo gets a characteristic X-theme design that seeks to evoke Japanese elements, [...]
Maserati has shown its Alfieri 2+2 concept sports car at the Geneva auto show. Maserati calls it a realistic and 100% functional prototype that previews the design of future Maserati sports cars. Named after one of the Maserati brothers who founded the company in Bologna 100 years ago. The Alfieri was created at the Maserati Centro [...]
Apple is about to get into your car in the smoothest way possible. The computer giant has launched CarPlay, which integrates its iOS mobile operating system into a car’s information and entertainment system. CarPlay includes maps, phone interface and message display that will use the car’s buttons and dashboard display. Initially, the interface requires that [...]
The North Luzon Expressway Harbor Link, a project of the Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC) is nearly complete. The project’s last component is Section 10, a 5.65-kilometer four-lane elevated road. The road is designed to link MacArthur Highway in Valezuela City to C3 Road in Caloocan City, and provide a route for traffic heading to [...]
One day after a shuttle van for Skyway employees became the second vehicle to fall off the elevated highway in four months, the head of a watch group monitoring government infrastructure projects called for higher and stronger guardrails on the Skyway. Citizens Infrastructure Integrity Watchdog (Infrawatch) executive director Ricardo Ramos said in a statement [...]
In last week’s issue, Inquirer Motoring “faced off” three MPVs (multipurpose vehicles) in terms of space and drive. On the day that the Inquirer Motoring team got to drive them all together, these were some of the more notable observations:
After a spectacular media launch in Cebu last Wednesday starring popular singers Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) released the Wigo to motoring journalists for testing after their return to Metro Manila. I was one of the lucky few who got first dibs at Toyota’s entry in the fiercely competitive mini-compact segment.
Their unique selling proposition is that they’re multipurpose, and their buyers know how “multi” this can be—from cramming in as many as nine warm bodies to squeezing in the biggest of those appliances or balikbayan boxes. MPV may stand for multipurpose vehicle or multipassenger vehicle, but they might as well be called multipurpose versatility.
Being a die-hard Porsche 911 fanatic, a trip last year to the Frankfurt Motor Show, where Porsche unveiled the Type 901 prototype 50 years ago, a side trip to Stuttgart suburb Zuffenhausen was a must. The goal? To finally see the new Porsche Museum, a place I consider a spiritual home of sorts.
Following the success of the Mazda SkyActiv Experiment last year, Mazda Philippines conducted a second staging of the highly acclaimed fuel-economy run, this time for bloggers and car clubs.
This Volkswagen has the potential to do just that. Never before has a Jetta had this much sports appeal, this much fuel efficiency or this large a size.