Words by Christopher Kho
 
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Berjaya Auto Philippines, the local distributor of Mazda, may only be a few months old since they started operations in 2013, but they're now taking a big leap into motorsports. No, they're not going to race locally, but instead, they've inked a deal to back Filipina-American race car driver Michele Bumgarner on her campaign in the Mazda Road to Indy series. Yes, Michele is a she!
 
The Mazda Road to Indy was made to develop drivers, such as Michele, for the IZOD IndyCar Series - the top tier open-wheel formula race series in the USA. Think of it as the Formula 1 of North America, but racing on street courses, race tracks, and ovals. She'll be racing in the Pro Mazda Championship in 2014, driving a 495 kg single seat open-wheel formula car that's powered by a 1.3L Mazda-supplied Renesis rotary engine. And when she does, Michele will be the sole female driver not only in the Pro Mazda Championship, but the entire Mazda Road to Indy series.
Published in Motorsports
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.
Published in News
 
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After the long search, the 2012 - 2013 Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) has finally been revealed last April 4, 2013 at the 9th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) held at the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC). Following the footsteps of last year’s winner, the Hyundai Elantra - of which we see many of on the streets - this year’s champ is none other than the all-new Mitsubishi Mirage GLS MT.
Published in Car of the Year
Words by Christopher Kho
 
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What's the point of having an extended warranty if you'll have to follow a strict preventive maintenance schedule that costs an arm and a leg? Plus, they'll void it even if you miss just one appointment. And don't even get me started about making warranty claims. Please, we're customers, not criminals.
 
Thankfully, the new people behind Mazda, Berjaya Auto Philippines, wants all their new customers to be treated like family. That's why they created the YOJIN3 Mazda Total Care program so you and your Mazda will have three years of TLC and a worry-free ownership experience.
 
Derived from the Japanese word “Youjin” which translates as “care” in English, the YOUJIN3 Total Care program offers (a) FREE 3-Year Periodic Maintenance Service, (b) 3-Year Roadside Assistance with exclusive Mazda concierge service, and (c) 3-Year bumper-to-bumper Manufacturer Warranty.
Published in News
Words by Jade Lu | Photos by Hans Gerald Chua
 
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Last Saturday, January 26, 2013, was the final day of the qualitative testing for the 2012 - 2013 Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P). It was a day for big brutes once again, as Hyundai sent the Santa Fe R-2.2 GLS 6AT 2WD and Premium 4WD, which were matched by Toyota’s Fortuner 4x2 G DSL AT and Hilux 4x2 G MT and Mazda’s CX-5 and BT-50. The Honda CR-V made its reprise with the 2.0 S and 2.4 SX variant, this time made in Thailand with local specs (Honda sent the Japan-made CR-V last time).
 
It was the fitting ending for this chapter. The cars weren’t too exciting to leave us done and fulfilled at the end of the day; they were mellowed down to leave us wanting more. Of course, “more” would come to us during the technical testing at the Clark International Speedway on February 25 to 27, when the cars will once again converge for the acceleration, braking, and handling tests. But until that comes, we were satisfied enough with the cars we’ve driven to keep us at ease until the end of February. Hopefully, the sky will stay clear of rain clouds and strong winds until then.
 
With that last hurrah, here are some final words from our writers about the cars of Day 9:
Published in Car of the Year
Words by Christopher Kho
 
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Well waddya know. Contrary to popular belief, the The Toyota 86, and its fraternal twin the Subaru BRZ, apparently is not the best car to come out from the land of the rising sun this year. Beating it by 45 votes is the all-new Mazda CX-5 which earned the coveted title of 2012 - 2013 Car of the Year Japan.
 
According to the Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) committee, the 86 and BRZ did impress with its “thrilling rear-wheel-drive handling, high-revving boxer engine, and reasonable price. But it was the CX-5's “revolutionary SKYACTIV technology, great handling, and economical clean diesel engine” that impressed the jurors the most.
Published in News
 
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So that you'd know what your chances are of surviving an accident in an all-new CX-5, the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) put Mazda's latest crossover to the test for you. They've crashed it head on, against a pole, and even onto a hapless dummy pedestrian all in the name of safety. And after the dust has settled, not only did the CX-5 pass with flying colors, but it also achieved the maximum five-star safety rating, which pretty much means you, your passengers, and that annoying jaywalker should be able to walk away in case of a crash.
Published in Road Safety
 
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Get ready to go SKY high this weekend as Mazda Philippines gives us a first taste of their revolutionary SKYACTIV Technology. Head on over to the Mazda Expo from April 21 to 22, 2012 at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City and get up close and personal with the all-new CX-5 and Mazda 3.
Published in Upcoming Events
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Mazda Motor Corporation 
 
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Just a week ago, Mazda Philippines divulged that three all-new models are headed our way in the second quarter of 2012. It was pretty obvious that the first two models are the all-new Mazda 3 and BT-50, but we were still in the dark about the third. After a bit of internet scouring, we were all stumped when a little bird told us that, barely eight months since its world debut in Frankfurt, the all-new CX-5 is ready to hit the local showrooms in April.
Published in News
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Mazda Motor Corporation 
 
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When the Mazda Takeri made its debut at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, it came with a complete spec-sheet, which hints that this concept is just about ready to hit production. And considering its size and time of launch, we're beginning to speculate that this could be the 2013 Mazda 6 in disguise. 
 
Would you believe it - this four-door saloon actually runs on Mazda's Skyactiv 2.2L diesel engine, the same engine found in the CX-5. Bundled with i-STOP technology, it shuts off the engine during idle moments and re-ignites with a single compression, thus eliminating the load on the battery and starter motor. The Takeri also benefits from Mazda's unique regenerative system called i-ELOOP that should improve diving performance and fuel economy according to the brochure. Wouldn’t this imply that the Takeri's also a hybrid of some sort?
Published in Concept
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