In 2012, we got the opportunity to field test one of the latest quintessential sports car, the Toyota 86.
It bears one of the most attractive modern interpretations of the classic sports car silhouette - a svelte low hood and roof line, steeply-raked windscreen, two doors, two seats (we don't consider the rear vestigial seats to be real), and a sweeping short rear end. Its character lines show the level of attention to detail that the designers put into the 86. One such example are the indents on the hood that wrap around the Toyota emblem and flow all the way to the roof. Not only does it look good, but also have an aerodynamic function. This is an indication that the engineers have been given free reign too.
At last, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has responded to the Global Airbag Recall fiasco that has also affected Nissan, Honda, and Mazda. They just announced that an estimated 3,500 units of the Toyota Corolla Altis sold locally might be affected by the global recall that's caused by a faulty passenger airbag.
Affected units are said to be assembled between May 11, 2001 and March 31, 2003 only, but they can't pinpoint exactly which ones were equipped with these faulty airbags. That means customers whose vehicles fall within the said production date should visit an authorized Toyota dealership nationwide to have it checked. And if found defective, Toyota will replace the part at no cost to the customer.
Just yesterday, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) issued a voluntary safety recall of some 9,743 units of 2001 - 2002 Civics and CR-Vs due to a faulty passenger side airbag. This was part of Honda's global campaign that involves more than 1.1 million vehicles world wide. Well, from the looks of it, they're not the only one with this problem because fellow Japanese giants Toyota, Nissan, and Mazda are also dealing with the same problem too.
You see, these four have been souring their airbag inflators from Takata - the world's second largest supplier of airbags and seatbelts. But due to a manufacturing defect, the airbags Takata supplied may not inflate correctly and cause injury. So technically, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, or Honda are not at fault as some others would perceive.
Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) recently hosted its Annual Dealer Conference where it recognized the remarkable performance of its dealer network and its staff, in areas of Sales, After Sales, Customer Satisfaction, and Overall Dealer Operations. Likewise, TMP was also awarded by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMP), Toyota Motor Asia Pacific (TMAP) and Mitsui & Co., for its achievements from the previous year.
The most coveted “President's Award of Excellence” (equivalent to Dealer of the Year to others) was presented to Toyota Cabanatuan, which was only one of the several awards it received that night. They were also awarded the President's Cup of CS Excellence for garnering the highest rating in Customer Satisfaction amongst all Toyota dealers nationwide. Toyota Cabanatuan President Jose Tan, Jr. received the awards in behalf of his team.
Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is giving motorists a helping hand this Holy Week so everyone can have a worry-free road trip. Before you set out on your journey, have your Toyota checked by Toyota-certified technicians to make sure it's in tip top shape. Just visit any of the Toyota dealerships nationwide from February 25 to March 23 to get a FREE 20-point vehicle safety inspection.
Then, TMP will head out onto the open road for the Toyota Motorist Assistance this coming Holy Week. From Maundy Thursday (March 28) to Easter Sunday (March 31), service teams will be deployed at eight major destinations across Luzon to provide FREE roadside assistance and repairs to ALL vehicles with emergency concerns. That's right. Help is open to ALL vehicles regardless of make and model. This service tradition has been going on for the past 22 years, and this year, they'll be extending out a helping hand in these areas:
2012 was truly a milestone year for Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) when they achieved their 11th consecutive Triple Crown. That means they're No. 1 in sales in the Passenger Car segment, Commercial Vehicle segment, and Overall Sales. TMP sold a total of 65,396 units and earned them 41.7% of the market share, which is their highest-ever since they started operations in 1988. And as a way of thanking all their loyal customers, they're giving you an upsized treat when you buy a Toyota this month.
Toyota's Great Upgreats promo gives you a chance to win an even bigger Toyota when you buy Toyota. You can win an Altis when you buy a Vios; a Camry when you buy an Altis; a Fortuner when you buy an Innova; or an all-new RAV4 when you buy a Fortuner.
A car brand in the Philippines earns one of these “crowns” when they top the industry's sales chart in either the Passenger Car (PC), segment, Commercial Vehicle (CV) segment, or in Overall Sales. And since 2002, only Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has captured all three.
TMP sold a total of 65,396 vehicles in 2012 which captures 41.7% of the total market share. 21,291 of these fall under the PC segment, while another 44,105 belong to the CV segment. Not only do these numbers bag the country's largest automaker their 11th consecutive Triple Crown, but is also their highest since the start of operations in 1988. As an added bonus, TMP's 20% growth last year bests the industry's 11%.
Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is starting the year right by giving us something to rave about as they unveiled the long due all-new 2014 RAV4. It looks nothing like its predecessors; that’s for sure.
Presented in Red Mica Metallic, the all-new RAV4 was definitely dressed to impress. Its now well defined features are a very welcome change from the bulbous details it once had. It was almost like the final episode of 'The Biggest Loser.' The once rotund figure had evolved into what looks like a hunkier version of himself. It looks like Toyota really stepped up to make a worthy competitor of the RAV4 against the likes of the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson.
Only 11 months has passed this 2012, and yet, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has already broken their annual sales record in history. Based on the latest CAMPI report, TMP and Lexus Manila Inc. has sold a total of 58,890 units this year so far, capturing 34.6% of the market share.
This achievement puts TMP on track to take their 11th consecutive Triple Crown with the top spot in the Passenger Car Segment (30.8%), Commercial Vehicle Segment (36.8%), and Overall Sales.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation
By now, you would have already seen pictures of the all-new 2013 RAV4, which is sleeker, smarter, and somewhat stouter than the model it replaces. It just made its world debut at the recent LA Auto Show, so we were guessing that it should take a couple more months before it arrives on our shores. But according to Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) President Michinobu Sugata, the all-new RAV4 is actually ready to hit local dealerships by January 2013.
Sugata made the rather surprising announcement at a private Christmas luncheon with the press. And more importantly, they gave us a copy of the brochure (complete with all the specs), which we're more than happy to share with you.