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THE introduction of a new pickup variant and an SUV model highlighted the opening of Auto Asia’s first dealership, which brings together in one facility the Korean Ssangyong and the Chinese Changan automotive brands. The brands are distributed locally by SsangYong Berjaya Motor Philippines, Inc. and Berjaya Auto Asia, Inc. The companies’ president, Japheth Castillo, […]
AYALA Corporation’s AC Industrials, under which AC Motors belongs, on June 5 marked the launch of Maxus Philippines — the sixth brand to join the group’s automotive manufacturing and distributorship portfolio. According to the company, Maxus is owned by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) after the China-based conglomerate acquired the assets of Leyland DAF Vans […]
MAXUS vans have been spotted on roads in Cavite, Batangas and Quezon, among other places. Now, what is Maxus? It’s a brand known in Europe for its commercial vehicles. And it’s a brand which will soon be added to Ayala Automotive Group’s portfolio, which in recent years have included Volkswagen, KTM and, just last year, […]
A recently launched Chinese SUV featured a host of new technologies including an anime-style holographic personal assistant to help navigate for the driver. The SUV is the Bestune T77 from Chinese car maker First Automobile Works. The anime girl assistant is part of the “holographic intelligent control system” for the vehicle. It also comes with […]
Conglomerate Ayala Corp. has expanded its automotive portfolio with a deal to bring Maxus – a new brand of light commercial vehicles – to the Philippines, marking the fifth brand in its dealership portfolio. SAIC Maxus Automotive Co. Ltd. (Maxus) has appointed AC Industrial Technology Holdings Inc. (AC Industrials) as the official distributor of Maxus […]
How can you provide safety systems such as airbags and seatbelts, if no one knows where or how the passengers will be seated immediately before a collision?
BAODING, China — Wei Jianjun is the chief matchmaker in China’s love affair with the SUV. A decade ago, the chairman of Great Wall Motors Ltd. saw opportunity as the bulky vehicles began shedding their image in China as a farm tool. Wei cut back on making sedans and poured resources into its fledgling line […]
ONE OF the forerunners in the Philippine trucking industry is introducing a powerful heavy duty truck, the JAC Gallop. Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd., widely known as JAC Motors, is a leading automaker in the country today. With its reputation of quality and affordable vehicles in the international market, JAC has easily gained the trust of […]
I’ve had the pleasure (or should I say displeasure?) of driving a whole load of China-made cars which were generally, in my opinion, unfit for public consumption and road use. Stories of door handles coming off or various pieces of trim falling off, foglamps included, with all but the force of closing the doors are common, rampant and crucially for me at least, very real.