Nissan is under new management in the Philippines. New company Nissan Philippines Inc. under president Kenji Naito, general affairs head SJ Huh and sales manager Lee Junia, will be responsible for the unified sales and marketing of the Japanese brand. Their initial offerings: a pair of all-new sedans: the Nissan Altima and Sylphy. Nissan Altima [...]
The capture of one of the country’s most wanted fugitives, Delfin Lee, was abetted by his love of luxury vehicles. Lee was a real-estate magnate and owner of GlobeAsiatique Realty Holdings Corp. He went into hiding after a Pampanga judge ordered him and four others arrested for syndicated estafa. Lee’s clients sued the developer for [...]
Last year, the summer heat didn’t deter car enthusiasts and buyers from going to the 2013 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) as MIAS welcomed more than 96,000 visitors during its four-day weekend show. With over 30,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor exhibitions, MIAS had a total of 28 automotive brands and nine new model [...]
Three traffic marshals of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) allegedly beat up a truck driver and were briefly detained by the Quezon City police shortly after midnight Friday. Enrico Derelo filed a complaint against Anthony Solinas, 24, Mark Lester Banaag, 31, and Juan Pagulayan, 32, of the MMDA. Supt. Richard Fiesta, commander of [...]
Honda has revealed the Civic Type R Concept model which points to the styling direction for the exterior design of the highly-anticipated production new Type R that will debut in Europe during 2015. Described by the design team as a ‘racing car for the road’ rather than a high performance version of a road car, [...]
Parañaque City, like the city of Manila, has also stepped up the implementation of its own truck ban. The ban has been in place since February, according to the city’s Traffic Management Office. The city enacted ordinances barring trucks and other vehicles weighing five tons or more from using certain roads. A 24-hour [...]
David Beckham has joined Jaguar as a brand ambassador and will support significant forthcoming Jaguar product launches in China. British sporting icon Beckham will feature in above-the-line marketing campaigns for the brand in one of its most significant international markets. Bob Grace, Jaguar Land Rover China Managing Director, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that David will [...]
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 [...]
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 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.