Free car check-up as Caltex-Pugad Mobile Mechanics mark year 2

Manila, Philippines, January 29, 2015 – In celebration of its second year of providing quality and affordable automotive services, the Mobile Mechanic program, an on-call car repair service staffed by former youth migrants, is offering a free car check-up as a way of thanking loyal patrons. The check-up includes tests on brakes, tires, headlights and battery fluid levels, among others. As an added incentive, each customer also gets a 10% discount on car wash for every preventive maintenance service.


Manila, January 26, 2015:  SOLAR Transport and Automotive Resources Corp. (STAR Corp.), authorized distributor of BYD Auto China Ltd. Co., and Areza Motor Sales (AMS) signed a memorandum of understanding recently at the BYD Shaw showroom which will pave the way for the opening of a BYD dealership in Batangas.  This development will make the BYD brand well represented in the southwestern Luzon area as BYD Batangas provides support for sales, after-sales and spare parts and accessories to the growing number of BYD customers.

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Bagong Kotse, 1-Month Libre from BPI Family Auto Loan!

MAKATI CITY— BPI Family Auto Loan pioneers another extraordinary offer in the car and car financing industry
with the first-ever Bagong Kotse, 1-Month Libre promo! With this new campaign clients will enjoy big savings
with the free 1 month loan amortization they get when they avail of a BPI Family Auto Loan.



2014 Suzuki Swift 1.2L AT – Going Beyond Expectations
Words and Photo by Leslie Sy

Once in a while, a car comes along that delivers beyond one's expectations. The 2014 Suzuki Swift 1.2L was recently launched in the Philippine market. This entry-level Swift is priced lower to entice buyers who might be price-sensitive in the way they choose a car purchase. Does the Swift 1.2L feels like a stripped down model like entry level cars of the 1980s or does it still deliver that proper mini-car feel that many buyers are looking in this car segment.

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Pilipinas Taj Autogroup Inc. (PTAJ), the exclusive distributor of Tata Motors Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles in the Philippines, continues to grow nationwide through its Tata Davao dealership, inaugurated this December 18, 2014. Already operating since the brand’s launch in the Manila International Auto show earlier this year, the dealership is now fully operational and is graced by the presence of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Indian Ambassador to the Philippines L.D. Ralte and, Tata Motors Limited, Mr. R.T. Wasan, Head International Business Commercial Vehicles, and Pilipinas Taj Autogroup Inc., Chairman and President, Mr. David Coyukiat.


November 24, 2014 – Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines surprises the market once more as they uncover their New CR-V at Enderun Tent, McKinley Hill. The event marks HCPI’s 7th newest offering for the Philippine Market, following the Accord, City, Jazz, Brio, Brio Amaze and the Civic.
The Honda CR-V prides itself as being one of the pioneer models which created a new category of vehicles that can be used comfortably and freely in a wide range of situations and can be used in both urban and recreation driving. Since then, Honda has further improved the CR-V to top its previous generations.

Now on its fourth generation, the New CR-V unveiled by HCPI was developed under the “Value Up CR-V Concept”. The development team who worked on the New CR-V improved the synergy of three main ideas – efficiency, functionality and confidence which were translated to a vehicle that has the feeling and efficiency of a passenger car, the functionality of a minivan and the security and confidence of an SUV.

To ably go well with various lifestyles and keep up with the demands of modern living, the New CR-V is available in both 2.4 and 2.0 liter i-VTEC engine displacements mated to either a 5-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2.4 liter engine is capable to deliver maximum power output of 185 ps at 7,000 rpm for the 2.4 liter variant and 153 ps at 6,500 rpm for the 2.0 liter engine. In addition, the New CR-V is now equipped with paddle shift technology that delivers superb driving convenience of a manual transmission. Further, should one opt for a more fuel-efficient drive, all variants of the New CR-V are equipped with the Eco Assist System and Eco Coaching Ambient Meter that promote and encourage a more fuel efficient driving habit.

The New CR-V presents itself with sleeker and more masculine exterior design with new front and rear bumper garnish, prominent front grille, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and a redesigned sporty 17-inch alloy wheel. Its new styling blends perfectly with the New CR-V’s over-all premium finish for a more refined yet tougher look.



Matching the New CR-V’s bold exterior is an interior that offers an impression of sophistication and modern appeal; with black interior toned with plush leather seats, a driver seat that has lumbar support and can be electronically adjusted in 8 ways, smart entry with push start system and incorporation of new innovative onboard infotainment system. The New CR-V features two colored screens that enhance the overall user experience - the intelligent Multi Information Display (i-MID) which shows information such as fuel consumption, trip computer and Honda’s intuitive 7-inch touch screen display audio and this time coupled with a built-in navigation system.

These screens work hand in hand to operate the hands-free telephone function and audio streaming via Bluetooth connectivity, promoting safety and convenience. The i-MID and touch screen display audio can also be controlled easily via the controls mounted on the leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Furthermore, to be able to take full advantage of the display audio unit, the New CR-V is equipped with various useful ports such as USB and the new HDMI port which allows smartphone connection and/or mirroring on the display audio screen.

As always, Honda is committed to bring new values and innovation to its products for its most valued customers. The New CR-V is the first-ever Honda vehicle available locally to be equipped with Honda’s exclusive safety technology, LaneWatch. A tiny camera located on the passenger-side mirror can be manually or automatically activated when you signal right. A live video displays on the Display Audio and provides the driver a view almost 4 times greater than using the passenger-side mirror. Blind spots are now a thing of the past with Honda’s patented LaneWatch Technology.

The comprehensive methodology on vehicle safety is furthermore backed up by the New CR-V’s multi-view reverse camera that is capable of displaying in three views (normal, wide, and top down) with dynamic guidelines, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) that automatically flashes the brake and hazard lights when it senses an emergency stop normally during heavy braking situations, driver and passenger SRS airbags, side airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist.

The New CR-V is available in four variants with the following introductory prices:

2.0 V MT Php 1,313,000

2.0 V AT Php 1,353,000

2.0 S AT Php 1,483,000

2.4 SX AT Php 1,673,000

Available in five colors:

Copper Sunset Pearl (2.0 S and 2.4 SX only)

White Orchid Pearl (2.0 S and 2.4 SX only)

Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic (2.0 S and 2.0 V only)

Crystal Black Pearl

Modern Steel Metallic

Check out the New CR-V at any authorized Honda dealerships nationwide or visit for more details.

There were no crashes, but lots of burning — as the best drifters in the Philippines smoked out tires and engines in the recently concluded 2014 Hyundai Lateral Drift Championship. In its ninth year, and second in partnership with Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), this season’s drift championship showcased 40 drivers, proving the immense growth of the sport in the country.

Enthusiasts and spectators who graced the competition wouldn’t have missed the Hyundai Genesis Coupe with a sticker that shouts “Anyone can drive in a straight line, but only a few can drift.” This is exactly what drifting has become: a sport in a new level.


CALOOCAN City, Philippines – In recent years, diesel-powered vehicles have become more attractive to motorists as diesel cars evolve from smoke-belching slowcoaches to sporty, fuel-efficient and clean automobiles. This transformation has largely been due to Bosch’s invention of modern high-pressure injection systems and common rail diesel engine designs. In a committed effort to ensure that diesel cars in the Philippines are more road-worthy and less pollutant, Malabon Diesel, the pioneers of the first Bosch Diesel Center in the Philippines, has earned the distinction of operating the first Bosch diesel cleanroom in the country.

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