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The icon has officially landed. Berjaya Auto Philippines, Mazda’s appointed distributor in the country, has recently unwrapped the MX-5  in our market. If you salivated on the outgoing model, we’re pretty sure you’ll be breaking your piggy banks for this.

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Words and photos by Carlo Sapera

When Volkswagen returned to the country after more than a decade of absence in September 2013, it was reason enough for me to be excited. The dream of being behind the wheel of a modern Veedub is about to materialize.

 

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ONLINE CAR CLASSIFIEDS ORGANIZED FORUM ON THE AUTO EMERGING MARKET.

A recent survey from an online-based classifieds Carmudi revealed that e-commerce on automobiles in the Philippines continues to flourish given the steady economic growth, widespread use of the internet and the upward trend on vehicle sales.

Honda City Euro 4 Approved

July 28, 2015– Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) announces that the New City has officially acquired EURO 4 emission standard certification from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). This is the first vehicle in Honda’s line-up to be locally certified with EURO 4 level emission standards. The certification is pursuant to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2015-04 which mandates that all new passenger and light vehicles, and heavy duty motor vehicles made available in the market should comply with EURO 4 emission standards by January 2016 from the present EURO 2 emission standards.

HR-V 5-Star ASEAN NCAP Rating

July 29, 2015 – Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) announces that its newly launched All-New HR-V 1.8 EL variant was given a 5-star rating in the crash test conducted by the ASEAN NCAP (ASEAN New Car Assessment Program) last July 16, 2015 at the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS). The result further emphasizes Honda’s commitment for both safety to its customers and for overall road safety.

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Batangas Racing Circuit, Philippines (30 July 2015) – Dondon Portugal bested the 13-car field despite mechanical issues with his GT 300 Mitsubishi Evolution VIII race car in the 3rd Round of the 2015 Yokohama Philippine GT Championship last July 26 at the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC).

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Westlake Village/Stuttgart. Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer Porsche enjoys an outstanding reputation with its US customers. This is confirmed by the 20th edition of the renowned 'Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout' (APEAL) study produced by US market research institute J.D. Power. For the eleventh time in succession, Porsche occupies first place in the overall rankings and thus continues to be the make of car with the greatest appeal for drivers in the USA.

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Award-winning streak continues as it readies to conquer Philippine roads

The Volvo XC90 has been named Car of the Year 2015 and Large SUV of the Year at this year’s Auto Express New Car Awards. This is in addition to an already long list of accolades that only proves it has only gotten better.

Volvo Cars’ award-winning XC90 is already close to selling out its entire first year’s planned production run of 50,000 cars. To date over 44,000 cars have been ordered. Volvo Philippines has also opened its order books so interested buyers, SUV enthusiasts and Volvo loyalists can already queue up for this much-awaited Volvo.