Words by Christopher Kho
toyota airbag
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.
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Words by Christopher Kho
almera frontAs hard as it is to admit, Nissan is no longer selling as many cars here in the Philippines as they used to. They were one of only three remaining car brands in the 80's and went toe-to-toe with other re-emerging Japanese giants back in the 90's. Heck, they even had a full-fledged local motorsports program then. If memory serves me right, their last hot item was the Sentra Exalta from a decade ago (sure the X-TRAIL was a success too, but not as lucrative as the Sentras) and sales have sadly dwindled since then. But this 2013, we honestly believe (and I think they do, too) that Nissan Motor Philippines Inc. (NMPI) has the winning ticket to turn their fortunes around, and it goes by name Almera.
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Get ready to go into high gear because Nissan Motor Philippines, Inc. (NMPI) is putting the FUN in this year's 4th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS). Slated on August 16 to 19 at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City, NMPI's booth will be pure bliss as they bring in exciting new cars, with an appearance of a special guest that's close to home.
This is your chance to get up close and personal with Nissan's newest celebrities. Launched back in June, the dressed-up Grand Livina Highway Star will be shining on the show's floor, fitted with stylish upgrades from Autech Japan. Sharing the limelight is the new X-TRAIL Highway Star that's sure to dazzle.
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Sunday, 06 March 2011 21:46

Nissan X-Trail X-Train Challenge

Words and photos by Ferman Lao
Regular readers at Kotse.com would recall that a few weeks ago, I wrote about a road trip to Pico de Loro in Batangas which took us through a challenging bike trail. Well, exactly a week later, I was up early again for Nissan Motors Philippines Inc.'s (NMPI) X-Trail CVT test drive-slash-road trip.

Our destination for the day trip was some three hours away in Acuatico Resort, San Juan, Batangas which meant that a 6:00am call time would give me plenty of seat time spent in the X-Trail. My phone rang at exactly 5:45 am and the guys from Nissan informed that they're just 20 minutes away from the agreed pick up point. Getting there several minutes before they did, the group arrived in a Nissan Urvan consisting of Business Mirror's Ira Panganiban, Manila Bulletin's Iñigo Roces, and Auto Review's Ron and Ronald delos Reyes. Although I know that it's going to be a long day, I wasn't going to be the one to make it longer for the other guys in the van. 
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