There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look younger and fresher, than to age like wine. Take it from the French and their quest for aesthetics and romanticism. It’s no surprise that the ‘Spirit of the Snob Appeal’ is translated to their cars as well. At the recently-concluded 2013 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), Eurobrands Distributor Inc (EDI), the official distributor of Peugeot in the Philippines, unveiled their newly refreshed sports coupe, the RCZ.
Ever since its 3rd generation model, the CR-V has been strictly a 5-seat crossover. They've tossed out the 3rd row seating found in the first two models in favor of more luggage space. But Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) was reminded that there are some families out there with extra members that want to go along for the ride too. So, starting this April 2013, the Japan-made 2.0 LX and 2.4 EX variants will now come with a Detachable 3rd Row Seat accessory at no extra cost.
Honda claims that the new 3rd row seat is lightweight, making it easy to attach or detach depending on the load requirement. It can even fold flat in case you're too lazy to take it out.
This is the car we've all been waiting for. Well, at least we at Kotse.com have. Why? Because it's the prettiest and most well-engineered midsize sedan we've seen in a long while, not only from Mazda, but from everyone else. The all-new 2013 Mazda 6 is the 3rd generation of the series Mazda started in 2002. Not only is it packed with SKYACTIV technology nose to tail, it also promises a larger interior space and better fuel economy than ever before.
The latest generation all-new Mazda 6 was recently launched at the 2013 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). Berjaya Auto Philippines, Mazda's new local distributor, even gave us a quick preview at the newly-opened Mazda Pasig before the show opened. So please do hear our reasons why you should want one too.
Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera | Photos by Christopher Kho
Just a week ago, the new Ford Fiesta, with its 1.0L EcoBoost engine, made its ASEAN debut at the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show. From our sources within Ford Philippines, we knew that the facelifted model will be coming to the Philippines within the year. But we didn't expect them to pull a rabbit out of the hat when it made a special 1-day appearance at the 9th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS).
Honestly, we didn’t expect the new Fiesta to make it to the show, let alone a local-spec left-hand-drive unit. We only found out when we saw a peculiar little car covered with a silver silk cloth on Ford's display. Sadly, Ford decided to hide it from public view for the remaining three days of the show.
Barely four months have passed since the all-new Mirage was launched, and yet Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is already recalling 1,420 examples of their latest subcompact hatchback. The voluntary safety recall was issued to address concerns about the Antilock Brake System or ABS. Coverage of of this recall are units sold between November 2012 and March 2013.
MMPC's principal Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has discovered that the front wheel speed sensors on the affected Mirage units had insufficient waterproofing. And if penetrated by water from rain or during carwash, it may cause the ABS to not function correctly. Although there has been no reported accident as a consequence of this problem, MMPC is voluntarily conducting this safety recall as a its proactive commitment to quality and customer safety.
The corner of Taft Avenue and EDSA is known for its heavy traffic flow at any given time of day, so much so that it was chosen as one of the locations for the filiming of ‘The Bourne Legacy’ last year for that reason. But the government hopes to rid the area of its reputation by constructing a flyover, which adds a total of four lanes - two northbound lanes (1.42 km) and two southbound lanes (under 1 km) - to the span of EDSA that connects Malibay Bridge in Makati City to F.B. Harrison Street near the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City.
Words by Leslie Sy | Photos courtesy of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
Five years have passed since we saw an all-new Accord, so it's just timely that Honda showcased an all-new model at the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show in Thailand. The 9th generation Accord is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and comes with two new engines - one of which incorporates Honda's new “Earth Dreams” technology.
If you remember, we first featured the all-new Accord's USDM version back in August 2012. And as it turns out, we're getting the exact same model here in Asia, except for some minor mechanical alterations. Plus, this is our first time to see what it looks like inside, so better read on.
Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
It didn’t take too long for Mitsubishi to go from “not bad” to “much better.” The i-MiEV (short for Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) was first introduced to the Japanese market in 2009, followed by the rest of the world a year later. And as of December 2012, over 22,000 examples of this EV (although rebadged in other countries) had been sold worldwide.
Two-time Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka even took on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb using a muscled-up version of the i-MiEV - the i-MiEV Evolution - in July 2012. It was meant to gather information for Mitsubishi’s R&D team, who hoped to use the data for further developments of future EV’s. Cut to less than a year later, and the fruit of this labor was showcased at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. This is the Mitsubishi CA-MiEV Concept.