There have been some exhilarating starts and nervous stops. The Philippine automotive industry has been characterized as a one-step-back, two-steps-forward sector the first seven months of 2014, where record-setting double-digit growth has been tempered somewhat by sobering news that some auto firms are considering relocating their manufacturing and assembly facilities to neighboring countries.
When Antonio Zara, the new president and managing director of Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI), was working overseas, he noticed that most of the Filipinos he met also working abroad wanted to go home when they retired. For 15 years, Zara was the vice president or managing director of marketing and sales of General Motors in several countries, living consecutively in Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and Korea after a four-year stint with GM in Manila. But he had always told his friends, “I don’t believe in exporting labor. I want to retire young and contribute in some way to our country.” So when the offer came from Nissan Motor Co. to lead NPI (he will be 48 next month), he saw it as his chance to give back to his homeland.
When Volvo was turned over to its Chinese owners several years ago, there was much doubt about the direction that the Sweden-based company is taking.
The car is one of the more vulnerable spaces that one stays in, unlike the home or office, which are usually more secure. While traveling in a car, one is subject to attack, whether it’s a petty criminal or a sophisticated gang.
The country’s biggest auto loan provider is back again with its “Auto Madness Fever” this September.
Multimedia celebrity and Audi Philippines brand ambassadress Anne Curtis recently presented the all-new, third-generation Audi A3 via an exclusive event at the Audi showroom in Bonifacio Global City.
Suzuki will launch the all-new Vitara SUV at the Paris Motor Show in October. Meanwhile, the company has released the first official photo of the Vitara. The new car continues the model name first used more than 25 years ago, also on a small SUV. Suzuki is using the “floating roof” effect for the Vitara, [...]
Inquirer Lifestyle writer Cathy Yamsuan shared some of her insights into the ongoing investigation of the murder of race car driver and motorsports proponent Ferdinand “Enzo” Pastor. According to Ms. Yamsuan, the alleged involvement of Enzo’s widow, Daliah Guerrero-Pastor, in the killing, has shocked Manila’s high society. Ms. Yamsuan writes: The elegant-looking Daliah [...]
Mandaluyong police are looking into the case of a naked teenager who apparently fell out or was pushed out from a car on Monday. According to the police, the driver of the silver Toyota Camry who allegedly kidnapped and raped the teenager in Mandaluyong City may not be a foreigner but a Filipino. Mandaluyong [...]
The Chevrolet Sonic is one of the more distinctive subcompacts in the market.
Small car fans, rejoice. Honda has taken the wraps off an A-segment vehicle that can perform well in the city and on the highway, with that proper Honda driving feel. With the City and Jazz moving up in size and price, the time is right for Honda to bring in a new hatchback and sedan to serve as its entry-level cars.
Whenever the Nissan Sentra is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is a taxicab or a dowdy entry-level compact sedan. All that is changing now that the Sylphy, the Sentra’s presumed successor in the keenly competed C segment, has been launched on the market by Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI)
Globe, the county’s leading telecommunications network, and its partner the Lotus F1 team, held a race-themed event dubbed “slipstream” at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC). The event featured our very own, Filipino-Swiss Formula Renault 3.5 driver Marlon Stockinger. He has been on the cusp of being the first Filipino to drive in the pinnacle [...]
Have some spare time while waiting for that Lego set to arrive? Toyota has just the thing for you. The Japanese company has released the simplest build-it-yourself kit possible: five model cars in printable pdf form. They depict the Corolla, Prius, RAV4, Land Cruiser, and 86, with three color variations for each model. The cars [...]
Don’t be taken in by appearances. There may not have been lavish song-and-dance numbers, flashy celebrities, nor scene-stealing VIPs and blinding fireworks. But with simple gestures and sincere words, the brilliance of the day’s event all happened in the heart.