Words by Christopher Kho
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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
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Well that's disappointing. All four 2013 winners of Playstation's GT Academy have been denied entry into this year's British GT Championship on the grounds that they're “too fast” in a sport where going fast is the name of the game. Ironic isn't it?
You see, back in 2012, GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough entered the British GT Championship alongside Alex Buncombe in the national Pro-Am category. As the “amateur,” Mardenborough was expected to be slower of the pair, but proved otherwise. The two pushed their Team RJN Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 that they almost won the championship.
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Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera | Photos courtesy of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
resonance mainConcept cars are hints of what car manufacturers may have in store for the next few years. They’re styled to thrill and, sometimes, tickle our imagination. This is also the best medium to showcase their latest tech. And the latest to turn our heads and tickle our senses is Nissan's Resonance Concept, which will be the basis of the next-generation Murano.
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Words and photos by Jose Carlo R. Sapera
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The first generation Nissan Murano arrived in the Philippines way back in 2006 via grey market importers. Powered by a 350Z-derived 3.5L V6, we thought of it as Nissan's very own sporty and classy crossover SUV -- it surely looked the part. Soon after, Nissan Motors Philippines Inc. (NMPI) got wind of this mighty SUV and began bringing it in themselves. But when it came to its successor, the Murano Z51, the local distribution switched over to Universal Motors Philippines (UMC), Nissan's local distributor of Light Commercial Vehicles. Technically, that shouldn't really change the buying and ownership experience, but we just wanted to get the word out. Now that we got that bit out of the way, we can start talking about the details.
This all-new 2011 Murano is based on Nissan's D-platform which it shares with the Teana. It has somewhat lost the old Murano's boy-racer appeal and now looks a lot more grown-up and sophisticated. Still, its unique futuristic styling makes it stand out from any crowd. So, does it still hold to its promise of being a classy crossover like before?
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Words by Christopher Kho
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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Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of Nissan Europe
The gruelling 24 Hours of LeMans endurance race has traditionally been the venue for manufacturers to try out wild and innovative new technologies in motorsports. The rigors of racing flat-out at over 300 km/h for 24 hours non-stop are an excellent test bed of engineering prowess. As such, LeMans has seen some interesting technologies and innovations, such as rotary engines, gas turbines, turbo diesels, and most recently, hybrids. Yet despite the "Prototype" classification, today's LMP (LeMans Prototype) cars follow strict regulations in terms of size, shape and engine load-out.
At this year's race, however, Nissan and Highcroft Racing are doing something different. They're running an actual, honest-to-goodness... prototype. Developed in conjunction with Panoz Motorsports, who are no strangers to unusual designs, the DeltaWing promises to be a truly revolutionary race car.
Published in Motorsports
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:48

Nissan's Invitation concept is crystal clear

Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of Nissan Motor Company
invitation_frontquarterThey aren't saying much in the brief press release, and what little is there is kind of vague, but from what we're being told by Nissan, the INVITATION Concept is a game changer. Yeah, if you look like Schumacher, you can drive like him, right? At least the styling shows that Nissan are benchmarking the best in the business. For those of you who don't see what I'm talking about, compare the photo above to Honda's friendly-neighborhood B-segment hatchback. If you still don't, time to see your optometrist. The INVITATION promises many innovative features, few of which have ever been seen on a B-class car before. Innovative technologies such as the "Around View Monitor" and Safety Shield come standard on the INVITATION. No further details are given except an expected ultra-low CO2 number.
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Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of Nissan Motorsports
Before the Nissan GT-R made a name for itself as the supercar-slaying cult hero of the streets, it was already widely known as a giant-killer on the racetrack. The legendarily super-sports car first gained notoriety for its utter dominance in Japan’s Grand Touring Car and Super GT championships as well as Australia's Super Car series. Its unbeatable performance on the track is what first earned it the name "Gojira" (Godzilla).
Of course, these were purpose-built racecars with little in common with the road-going version; but now, interested buyers can own an honest-to-goodness GT-R racecar through Nismo’s GT3 customer program.
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Words and photos by Christopher Kho
What does a Nissan Sentra 200, Subaru Forester 2.0XS, and Kia Sportage AWD all have in common? Except for the other Kia Sportage DLX on the scene, last Sunday’s line-up was all powered by a four-cylinder 2.0L engine and fall above the one-million peso price range. But as similar as this bunch may seem on paper, they prove to be very different animals on the road. That's what we found out on a cloudy second day of the 2011-2012 Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) Test Fest last September 18, 2011, at the All Terra Cyclery in Ortigas Home Depot in Pasig City.
The eager group of motor heads got together bright and early for a quick spin around the day's selection. With only four cars on the menu, it meant that the day would end early, and we can all go home to salvage the remaining hours of what was supposed to be our day off. Ideally, each test day should be able to accommodate at least seven test vehicles, if this year's 42 nominees were distributed equally. However, due to some scheduling difficulties, we fell short of being ideal by a mile.
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Words by Jade Lu | Photos by Christopher Kho
It looks like the search for the 2011-2012 Car of the Year - Philippines (COTY-P) is off to a good start! Over a dozen of Philippine's motoring journalists gathered last Sunday, 11 September 2011, at the All Terra Cyclery, located in the Ortigas Home Depot complex. 
As one might recall, Car of the Year testings are done in two phases. The first phase, as we had done and will continue for the next few Sundays, is the subjective testing, where cars are judged by their looks, feel, and performance subjectively based on the tester’s experience as motoring media. The second phase is the technical test, where cars are tested on acceleration, braking, and handing to produce objective numerical data.
Aptly our appetizers and first on the chopping board were small cars - Suzuki Swift, Kia Picanto M/T and A/T, and Lifan LF 320 - with a dash of luxury - Nissan Teana 3.5L V6 - in the mix. When asked about his feelings about this year’s COTY-P, Ferman Lao, President of the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) and Editorial Director of Kotse.com, said, “We have a lot of new cars now. I'm actually looking forward to testing all those cars, because a lot of them are all new models and they're a big jump over the previous models they're replacing. And if the first batch is any indication, it's going to be a very difficult decision for [CAGI].”
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