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Car makers report sluggish sales in Aug.

Car sales grew only by 8.7 percent in August, the slowest in four months, data from automotive and truck manufacturers showed. According to a joint report of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (Campi) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA), member companies sold 35,309 units in August, an 8.7 percent increase from […]

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Hyundai PH bullish on new car assembly venture

Coming on the heels of a remarkable double-digit growth in February, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, caps the first quarter of 2017 on sustained momentum with its recent foray into car assembly. Here’s the news from Hyundai: In what is considered a strategic response to the […]

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Trends to transform auto industry

Forecasting trends in the auto industry is a tricky business. A great number of people have tried but their efforts got confounded in a lot of cases due to the rise of new technologies and changing consumer preferences.

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Auto execs expect another record-breaking year

IT SEEMS the auto industry is on its way to beating its 350,000 unit sales forecast this year. With 167,481 units already sold, over 36,000 more than what was posted during the same period last year, auto execs are more determined and inspired than ever.

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Mitsubishi plans to develop PH into an export hub

TOKYO—Mitsubishi Motors Corp. of Japan is betting big on its operations in the Philippines as it targets to make the country one of its export hubs in the region. MMC chair and CEO Osamu Masuko  told reporters here that the company wanted to ramp up the factory output of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. to about […]

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Nissan reports taking stake in Mitsubishi, drop in profit

TOKYO — Nissan, which is taking a 34 percent stake in scandal-ridden Japanese rival Mitsubishi Motors, suffered a 40 percent plunge in January-March profit as sales dipped and currency perks faded. Nissan Motor Co. reported a 71 billion yen ($651 million) profit for the quarter Thursday. It had a 119 billion yen profit the same […]

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Vehicle industry set record sales in April


The Philippine automotive industry has set another record performance in April with vehicle sales hitting 27,697 units, up 30 percent from year-ago level. This brought total vehicle sales in the first four months of the year to 104,176 units, reflecting growth of 23.8 percent, based on data from the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the […]

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Toyota’s projects 35-percent profit plunge as yen perk fades

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. is projecting a 35-percent plunge in profit for the fiscal year through March 2017, as the perks of a favorable exchange rate fade, and it reported a 4-percent drop in profit for January-March on-year at 426.6 billion yen ($3.9 billion). The Japanese automaker is expecting 1.5 trillion yen ($13.8 billion) […]

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PH motorcycle sales seen revving up in ’16

The Philippine motorcycle industry expects to continue its strong performance this year with at least a 15-percent growth in sales, driven by robust domestic demand. Last year, motorcycle sales grew by 8 percent to 850,509 units—reportedly the best performance among member-countries of the Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries (Fami), according to the Motorcycle Development Program […]

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PH auto sector bucks sales decline trend in region

The Philippines has bucked the trend of continued decline in motor vehicle sales in the region, and remained among the most lucrative markets for automotive companies. Data from the Asean Automotive Federation showed that the Philippines was one of only three member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that registered an increase in vehicle […]

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Jun 13, 2018

Over the course of 14 years writing about cars, I have driven a handful of Italian machines. All have

May 16, 2018

Porsche makes the extremely desirable GT3 even more so—by making you work.

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