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In the multi-continental “car wars” being waged in the Philippines, covering both sides of what can be argued the most economically powerful region of the world–the north Atlantic–gives anyone that strategic trade edge. And last Oct. 11 in a posh hotel in Bonifacio Global City, Filipino-owned The Covenant Car Company Inc (TCCCI) waved not the flag of surrender, but that bearing the crosses of saints George, Andrew and Patrick.
United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI), the official distributor of Foton vehicles in the Philippines announced an innovative after-sales service feature to strenghten its capability and reach by coming up with an industry-first mobile service program for Foton customers who have a hard time having their units serviced in their respective dealers. Dubbed as the “EC Mobile Service Truck Program,” highly trained and authorized mechanics using specialized shop tools and genuine parts are on call to provide quality service to a growing number of customers. “We are aware that not all our customers are in close proximity to a dealership,” said UAAGI president Rommel Sytin. “That is a pain point we want to address with this new and timely service.”
Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai trucks and buses as well as passenger cars in the Philippines, opened the three-day Hyundai Power Solutions Expo at the Laus Group Event Centre in San Fernando, Pampanga yesterday.
If there’s one vehicle in the Lexus line-up that I’ve been very curious about to try and enjoy, it has been the NX300. As much as I love low-slung rocket-sleds, sports cars and massive torque and horsepower, the reality is that such cars are only actually enjoyable to drive on early weekend mornings. When traffic is sparse and non-existent. And if and when I actually do wake-up. My current lifestyle (as with most professionals and adults) means loads upon loads of work, with weekends being the only respite. In the time that I do need to drive, I need to go far distances, usually driving for hours on end, ferrying people and / or precious cargo, through some poor roads and equally poor weather conditions. Indeed, a sports car makes little sense 99% of the time for me.
The mid-autumn festival is a time to celebrate a full harvest and to offer thanksgiving. The custom is celebrated by ethnic Chinese in the Philippines, and it’s become popular among their Filipino friends as well.
By 2025, Porsche foresees that half their vehicle model range will be electric-powered, prompting the brand to invest heavily into the electrification of its automobiles. This electrification includes hybrids, plug-in-hybrids and full electric vehicles or EV’s.
The Ford Ranger Raptor may have been born in Australia, having been developed there, and it’s now here on our islands. Ford showcased the new Ranger Raptor, during the Ford Island Conquest activities that are now going around Luzon. Also on hand are the rest of the refreshed Ranger lineup, the Everest, and 2018 EcoSport. Dubbed as the experiential test drive roadshow, the Ford Island Conquest will be rolling into the Solenad Nuvali Activity Area on October 19-21, 2018 and at SM Clark Events Center on October 26-28, 2018.
These past few days, my socmed news feed has been flooded with rants, particularly from the offroading community, over what they call unjust apprehensions by the Land Transportation Office.
The idea of being first to move in to a certain location is similar to the old adage, “the early bird gets the worm” as one is able to establish strong brand recognition and product/service loyalty before other entrants. This holds true especially in the automotive business where one should be always on the lookout for growth opportunities—even if that business is already the Japanese juggernaut, Toyota.
That’s what the Land Transportation Office, under Francis Ray Almora, Director for Law Enforcement in the agency will have us all believe in and be charged with. Because we love to modify, upgrade and personalize our cars.