A total of five dealerships under Japanese automakers Honda and Isuzu will close shop starting today (June 2).This as the House of Investments Inc. (HoI) has informed the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) that it will shutter Honda Fairview, Honda Marikina, Honda Marcos Highway Honda Kalookan, as well as Isuzu Greenhills.Dealership operations had been suspended since March 20, 2020, as the country was placed under lockdown due to the local outbreak COVID-19.In a letter addressed to the PSE, Ma. Esperanza Joven, vice president for finance of the Yuchengco-led company explained the reason for the closure. "In an effort to streamline the car dealership business operations of the House of Investments, the Company conducted a careful and thorough assessment of its business organization, dealerships and the needed manpower, machines and processes..."Pursuant to such assessment, the Company has decided to implement such business measures that will ensure overall greater efficiency, particularly the closure of the following car dealerships effective 02 June, 2020 and the implementation of the redundancy program in connection with the same, " the letter added. Based on its website, the YGC arm also controls Isuzu Manila, Leyte, and Commonwealth, as well as Honda Quezon Avenue, Manila, Honda Greenhills and a service center in Tandang Sora. Despite the cutdown, Honda Cars Philippines Incorporated (HCPI) assured that it will continue to provide ample support to customers. HCPI Vice President for Sales Atty. Louie Soriano said that the closure for the abovementioned dealerships under their badge will take effect June 30."Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) expresses its regrets as these dealerships have been valued partners in contributing to Honda’s local operations over the past number of years."According to Soriano, "HCPI values its customers and remains committed in ensuring customer satisfaction. HCPI reassures the public that the existing dealerships in Metro Manila as well as nearby provinces will be able to sufficiently service customers that may be impacted by the closure of these dealerships and continue to provide both sales and aftersales service for customers in these areas."In addition, mobile service facilities will also be set up in strategic locations to address basic and more immediate customers’ assistance in the aforementioned affected areas," he said. He also said that despite the closure, the local arm for the Japanese automaker still has 34 dealerships around the country, including two upcoming dealerships, which are scheduled to be operational soon. "All these dealerships will continue to offer sales and aftersales services," he said. As for the discrepancy on the date of closure, HCPI said that the days in between June 2 and 30 are for the transition phase. Further, HCPI urges customers to contact the nearest dealership or their customer service personnel at (632) 8-857-7240 for any queries. Photo from Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. Also read:Honda Cars PH to Impose Stringent Measures Vs Covid-19 in DealershipsHonda Cars Dishes Help to Medical Frontliners in Laguna2020 Honda Odyssey, Passport Hailed as 2020 “Best Cars for Families” Awards
It was on May 29, 1960 when Sir Stirling Moss drove his Lotus for almost three hours of harsh rain, hustling through the streets of Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix. It was the first ever victory in a Formula 1 world championship race for Lotus. Moss beat his closest competitor, Bruce McLaren, by 52 seconds.After the first victory by Moss, Lotus race cars went on to win 80 more times, delivering six Drivers’ Championships and seven Constructors’ Championships.The car was a Lotus Type 18, which Lotus founder Colin Chapman believed was the automaker’s first proper Formula 1 car, was a perfect match to the tight, twisting streets of Monaco. “Today we mark not just a legendary driver and a remarkable achievement, but the start of a defining period in the history of Lotus. Sir Stirling Moss is a name etched into motorsport folklore, and his skill at the Monaco Grand Prix exactly 60 years ago was the catalyst for our successful heritage in Formula 1. That overwhelming drive to defy expectations and explore the limits of what’s possible is still engrained within the Lotus DNA to this day, " Phil Popham, Lotus Cars CEO, said. On May 29, 2020, 60 years after the historic event, British marque Lotus paid tribute to the beginning of its truly remarkable Formula 1 history with a new US LOT Sessions podcast celebrating the 60th anniversary of his victory. It features an exclusive interview with motorsport journalist Damien Smith and discusses the significance of the race for Lotus and Stirling Moss. You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and ShoutEngine.Clive Chapman, Managing Director of Classic Team Lotus and son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, said: “Moss winning the 1960 Monaco GP was a classic David vs. Goliath-type story, which was well-received and an important boost to the Lotus marque, still in its relatively early days. Moss was naturally quick, thoughtful and mechanically sympathetic – all characteristics which were of utmost benefit at Monaco, back when the race was three hours long.”“Rob Walker and my father enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship which realised great success throughout the 1960s. Walker’s enduring relationship with Sir Stirling Moss was even stronger. Evidently Walker, as privateer entrant and sponsor, provided Moss with what he needed in order to realise his prodigious ability.”Photos from Lotus Also Read: Lotus Elise Cup 250 Bathurst Edition Honors Endurance RaceFirst All-New Lotus in More Than a Decade is All-Electric Hypercar
Lego just keeps upping the ante with its automotive scale models.After wowing the world with its Bugatti Chiron kit two years ago, the brick toy builder, followed by the highly-successful Porsche 911 GT3 RS model that came complete with shocks and racing gear.This year, Lego has set its sights on Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.Made up of 3,696 pieces in all, the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 “embodies the beauty and power of the hybrid Lamborghini super sports car, and it’s now more real than ever,” the Italian sports car maker describes.Lego painstakingly recreated the Sián’s advanced features in authentic detail, including a jaw-dropping replica of the V12 engine sitting under the block model’s rear engine cover. The car’s not just for show, either, as there’s plenty of movable parts to enjoy, including the rear spoiler, front and rear suspension, steering wheel, tires and scissor doors.Speaking of the doors, lift up those swinging scissors and you’ll be immersed in an almost faithful recreation of the Sián’s cockpit, complete with paddle shifters that control the fully-functioning eight-speed sequential transmission.LEGO made sure that everything you see in the model, you’ll also see available in the real-life Sián, including the vivid lime green color and elegant golden rims.As a rear-engined vehicle, the Sián’s luggage compartment sits under the bonnet, and the LEGO model fills this storage space up with a Lamborghini overnight bag, together with a unique serial number that unlocks special content on the Lamborghini official website.LEGO has started selling the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 directly from LEGO stores and its official online store since June 1, and then from many retailers globally starting August 1. Owners have a chance to access an exclusive series of videocasts by Automobili Lamborghini and LEGO experts once they scan the QR code that accompanies their purchase.“Now you can recreate the feeling of slipping behind the wheel of a top super sports car and take time out from everyday life with this stunning LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 building set,” the company said with the new model kit’s unveiling.“Capturing the original car’s visionary design, this 1:8 scale model is packed with a wealth of authentic details, bringing you closer than ever to the real thing.”Photos from Automobili Lamborghini Also read:Physicist Dad Builds 3D-Printed Lambo for SonLamborghini Lambo V12 Vision GT Unveiled for PS4
American automaker Ford has just announced that the Mustang Mach 1 is roaring back to life this year, with its debut coming in the next few weeks. The iconic fastback coupe debuted in the late 60s, during the first golden era of muscle cars. The Mach 1 is set to return for Mustang enthusiasts looking for the classic naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 performance in a new golden age of power as a new choice in the lineup of the world’s best-selling sports car.“Mach 1 has a special place in Mustang history, and it’s time for this special edition to claim the top spot in our 5.0-liter V8 performance lineup and reward our most hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who demand that next level of power, precision and collectability,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Icons.“Like the original, the all-new Mustang Mach 1 will be true to its heritage, delivering great looks and as the most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever.”The Mach 1 debuted in 1969 and immediately found its niche in the Mustang lineup, delivering superb performance with its GT handling suspension. In the succeeding years, the Mach 1 saw improved performance versus Mustang GT and was more attainable than Shelby and Boss variants.“Mach 1 has always been that bridge between base Mustangs and the Shelby models,” said Ted Ryan, heritage brand manager, Ford Archives.“From a style and handling perspective, the original Mach 1 managed to stand out as unique, even in the Mustang lineup – and as the name implies, it could really move.”Two years after its debut, the 1971 Mach 1 hit the road longer and larger than its predecessor, with an assortment of powerful engine options. In 1974, Mach 1 was updated again, this time in a hatchback configuration. This Mach 1 generation spanned a five-year run. It was until 2003 that Mach 1 returned, lasting for about two years on the market. The mixture of modern technology and power, along with the nostalgia of 1970s-era Mach 1 design elements: its unique Mach 1 handling suspension with larger Brembo front-disc brakes improved on-road performance, while its matte black spoiler and hood stripe helped the coupe standout.Some 17 years later, the all-new 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is set to return as the most track-ready 5.0-liter Mustang ever, once again delivering design magic while adding to its performance legacy. Photos from Ford USA Also Read: Confirmed: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is Most Powerful Ford Ever Made2020 Ford Mustang Will Have Budget-Friendly, Entry-Level Performance Variant
Despite being one of the hardest hit industries by the COVID-19 pandemic, the automotive sector has managed to launch massive efforts to fight the disease, with different companies and organizations rallying to help flatten the curve, from manufacturing and distributing personal protective equipment (PPEs), to providing free rides to frontliners, and beyond.Even fuel companies continuously has extended more than a limb: take the case of Petron Corporation.During the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the Philippines oil giant partnered with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to provide fuel subsidy for those providing free ride services to health workers. Petron and DOTr are now announcing that the subsidy is once again extended to June 15.Petron has extended its fuel subsidy twice already, initially moving the service from May 1, the ECQ’s original end date, to May 15. The company then moved the deadline again to May 31, the period when Metro Manila transitioned from ECQ to modified ECQ.“I am happy to report that the DOTr Free Ride for Health Workers Program breached the 1-million total ridership nationwide on 30 May 2020. Petron, as one of our partners in this endeavor, has been instrumental in reaching this milestone,” DOTr Undersecretary for Administrative Affairs Artemio Tuazon Jr. said in a statement.“Thus, the extension of the fuel subsidy is a welcome development. Secretary Tugade, and the whole of DOTr, are grateful for Petron’s generosity to extend the assistance until June 15, for this will come a long way to further help our health workers, especially now that the NCR and its neighboring Regions have been placed under GCQ,” Tuazon added.Throughout its fuel subsidy program, Petron continued to provide 50 liters of fuel to 60 vehicle units per day or a total daily allocation of 3,000 liters.Aside from the fuel subsidy, Petron also permitted the use of four of its stations as makeshift terminals for participating private bus units carrying frontliners.These Petron stations are located at Filinvest in Alabang, Macapagal Blvd. in Parañaque City, East Avenue in Quezon City, and in Mandaluyong City.Photos from DOTr, Petron Corp. Also read:Mitsubishi PH Loans L300 Vans to Gov’t Covid-19 Response UnitsHonda PH resumes operations in GCQ areas, with precautions
As Metro Manila has transcended to general community quarantine, the local arm for Korean automaker Kia made it easier to acquire their offerings by way of extending its latest promotion. Kia Philippines, now under the Ayala Group, has extended the Deals Designed for You promo till end of this month. The offers dish out exciting deals for Picanto, Soluto, Rio, Forte, Sportage, Sorento, Grand Carnival, and K2500, which can be availe either through an all-in, low downpayment plan, a zero percent interest program, or with a cash discount."Kia Philippines extends its Deals Designed for You promo to give more Filipinos the chance to own a vehicle that is backed by global awards and recognitions," Kia President Manny Aligada said. With the need for self-mobility, compact cars like the Picanto and the Soluto, have become quite popular among Filipino consumers. The Picanto gives buyers the versatility of a hatchback with features like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the convenience of a reverse camera. It is powered by either a 1.0-liter 67 hp and 95 Nm or a 1.2-liter mill with 84 hp and 122 Nm. Buyers have a choice of either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.The Soluto, on the other hand, comes in a practical 4-door configuration that can seat five people in comfort, along with their luggage. It also boasts of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as other safety features like rear parking sensors (for EX) and a reverse camera. This feature-packed sedan is powered by a 1.4-liter Kappa engine with 95 hp and 132 Nm at, mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. On the same note, business people who are looking to jumpstart their trade may also consider vehicles like the K2500. It comes in a number of body configurations such as the Karga people carrier, Kargo goods carrier, a dropside pick-up, and a closed van, among others. It is equipped with a 2.5-liter common-rail diesel engine with 130 hp and 255 Nm. Power is sent to the wheels via 5-speed manual and comes with the option of two-wheel or four-wheel drive.Through the promo, the Picanto is now offered with a P21,000 downpayment or a P30,000 cash discount. The Soluto, meanwhile, comes with either a P26,000 all-in downpayment or P30,000 slashed from the price.The K2500 can be taken home with a P48,000 all-in downpayment scheme or a P35,000 cash discount.Besides these three hot sellers, Kia Philippines also makes owning its other vehicles easy. The Sportage is now available for as low as P1,000 all-in downpayment. Buyers can also get it at zero percent interest for 24 monthly installments or, with a P100,000 cash discount.Those looking for more seating can go for either the Sorento, with a P47,000 all-in downpayment, zero percent interest for 24 months, or a P120,000 discount; or a Grand Carnival that goes for P52,000 all-in downpayment, zero percent interest for 18 months, or a P100,000 discount.The Forte and Rio both come with a P50,000 discount. The Rio comes with a P25,000 all-in down while the Forte is available for as low as P37,000 all-in downpayment.Customers who wish to check out a Kia vehicle are encouraged to book an appointment with their preferred Kia dealership. Photos from Kia Philippines Also read:More Unboxing, But No Launches for Kia PHKia PH Prepares for New Norm Ops
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that its Free Ride for Health Workers Program, which provides point-to-point buses to frontliners and healthcare workers, has now served over 1 million of medical professionals, helping them get to their respective destinations safely and on time.As of May 31, the DOTr program, launched back in March, has reached a nationwide ridership total of 1,015,770, with 266,533 ridership in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Greater Manila area and 749,237 from the provincial regions.Starting off with just three routes, the program ballooned to 19 routes in Luzon, and even extended to provincial cities.“The role of our essential frontliners, enforcers and drivers is no joke. Every day they risk their lives for the welfare and safety of health workers who in turn help to save lives and continue to fight COVID-19 disease,” DOTr said in a statement announcing the milestone.“We are grateful for the sacrifice of service for the ongoing operation of the DOTr Free Ride Service for Health Workers,” the statement added.DOTr went on to express its heartfelt thanks to those who supported the initiative, among them Petron Corporation, who has been providing fuel subsidy since April 13 and extended the service to June 15.“I am happy to report that the DOTr Free Ride for Health Workers Program breached the 1-million total ridership nationwide on 30 May 2020. Petron, as one of our partners in this endeavor, has been instrumental in reaching this milestone,” DOTr Undersecretary for Administrative Affairs Artemio Tuazon Jr. said in a public address.“Thus, the extension of the fuel subsidy is a welcome development. Secretary Tugade, and the whole of DOTr, are grateful for Petron’s generosity to extend the assistance until June 15, for this will come a long way to further help our health workers, especially now that the NCR and its neighboring Regions have been placed under GCQ,” Tuazon Jr. added.Aside from Petron, the DOTr also teamed up with other oil firms such as CleanFuel, Total Philippines, Phoenix Petroleum, and Seaoil Philippines.Earlier, Cleanfuel and Phoenix have also extended their fuel subsidy programs.DOTr also thanked other companies for their support.“Taos na pasasalamat po ang nais iparating ng Kagawaran sa PLDT Enterprise, Vectras Inc., sa Google Philippines, at sa sakay.ph dahil naging posible at mas pinadali para sa ating mga frontliners na malaman ang LIVE LOCATION at ruta ng mga bus units,” DOTr relayed in a Facebook post.DOTr also acknowledged the help of bus operators including M Transport, San Agustin, MetroExpress, RRCG, Megaworld Corp. (Citylink), Precious Grace Transport, Ceres Transport, Jac Liner, Dagupan Bus, St. Rose Transit, Hafti Transport, Jasper Jean, Pascual, Hi-Star, Pamana, Ube Express, G-Liner, Thelman Transit, and Manrose, among many others.Photos from Petron and Department of Transportation Facebook pages Also read:Hyundai Announces World’s First Continuously Variable Valve Duration EngineCES 2020: Nissan Uncovers All-Electric All-Wheel-Drive Twin Motor System
A Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition will join the 2021 Porsche 911 lineup, the German automaker announced late Monday, adding yet another model to the ever-growing stable of special-edition 911s from the company's Exclusive Manufaktur division. The Heritage Design Edition will be identified by a host of throwback interior and exterior design elements, including the teardrops on each front fender and the motorsports graphics on the flanks. Gold badges are also included, as is the rear Porsche Heritage logo designed to evoke the commemorative badges of the Porsche 356.
Today, a video that surfaced on Twitter shows a Tesla Model 3 driving, without waiver or interruption, directly into a flipped-over truck on the highway. The clip, which occurred in Taiwan, has some viewers questioning and speculating what happened to the driver, if he was paying attention, and if any Tesla safety functions were in use at the time. The incident occurred this morning on National Freeway 1 in Taiwan.
A top Aston Martin shareholder cut its stake in the British carmaker by nearly 5%, a regulatory filing showed on Monday. Italian private-equity firm Investindustrial Advisors Ltd disclosed a stake of 14.99% in Aston Martin as of May 29, compared with its previous stake of 19.92%. It was not immediately clear why the fund cut its stake.
The upcoming Jeep Wagoneer is taking shape, as shown by new spy photos sent to Autoblog Monday. While mules and early prototypes of Jeep's new three-row SUV have been spotted in the wild multiple times in the past year, this is the first time we've seen any demonstrable progress on the new truck's exterior. When Wagoneer prototypes were first spotted on public roads last year, they wore thick, bulky, black camouflage that hid most of the truck's form.
Japan will veto Lebanon's $10 billion bailout request if decision-makers in the Middle Eastern nation don't deport former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, according to lawyers. Ghosn's cunning plan — which he orchestrated with the help of a former Green Beret arrested in 2020 — was worthy of a James Bond movie, but it didn't take Lebanon's financial difficulties into account.
The world is a crazy place and this is a crazy time. Everyone is looking for a good way to unwind, even us. We've been streaming racing and driving games on Twitch, Youtube, and Mixer a few days a week for a while now, but we're expanding that for the immediate future.
Toyota has issued a recall for certain 2019-2020 RAV4 and RAV4 hybrid crossovers due to the risk of defective suspension parts. In total, 9,502 vehicles might have cracked lower suspension parts that lead to a dangerous situation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) posted campaign No. 20V286000 on May 20, 2020.
Gordon Murray is staying on the offensive about his T.50 supercar, working the phones recently to let all know that "This car will deliver — and this is a promise — the driving experience of [a McLaren] F1, but better, better in so many ways,” because he and his team have "fixed the things we knew were wrong with the F1." Two factors he credited for the T.50's estimated performance specs are bespoke parts, and the relentless focus on weight savings they enable. Technology improvements since the creation of the McLaren F1 and the use of a bespoke 3.9-liter Cosworth V12 gives the team even more freedom than Murray had with his icon.
Sales at Infiniti in 2019 were down in the dumps. While the market as a whole fell 1.2 percent, Infiniti brand sales were down 21 percent. None of those numbers looks great, but Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta still sees a path forward for Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti.
Chevrolet confirmed it built about 2,700 units of the 2020 Corvette between February 3, when the model entered production, and March 20, when the Bowling Green, Kentucky, factory shut down to fight the coronavirus. Harlan Charles, the model's product manager, revealed Chevrolet will build about 20,181 cars for the 2020 model year. Reaching this goal depends on a variety of factors: Chevrolet needs to be able to keep the plant open without disruptions, which rests on how the virus spreads, and its suppliers must keep up with demand.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is currently one of the sharpest crossovers available on the market. With mean stacked headlights and a sculpted body, it brings style to a tame mainstream segment. European aftermarket customization shop Carlex Design took notice and gave the crossover a custom treatment that ups its presence even further with a Maybach-style paint scheme and upgraded interior.
Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso joined Toyota's testing team to put the updated Hilux pickup through its paces. Toyota introduced the current-generation Hilux in 2015, so the truck isn't scheduled to retire yet; its predecessor remained in production for 11 years. Peeking through the camouflage suggests the visual changes include thinner lights and a grille that brings the Hilux in line with recent additions to the Toyota range, like the RAV4.
Life has been good in our 2020 Volvo S60 T8 long-term tester as of late. Volvo quotes the same figure for our T8 PHEV as it does for the gas-only T5 and T6 — both of those lack a lithium-ion battery pack running along their respective spines. The equipment: Two carry-on suitcases sized (24 inches long, 15.5 wide, 10 deep); one carry-on suitcase (21.7L x 13.7W x 9 D); one medium-size suitcase you have to check (24.5L x 16.8W x 11.5D) and two larger, full-size suitcases (33.8L x 21.5W x 13D) and (28.1L x 18W x 10.5D).
The 2021 GMC Yukon configurator is open for real and imaginary business. It's missing a number of important options, though, like the AT4 trim and the Premium Capability Package that installs the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, so the configurator is best suited for practice runs at the moment. Playing our usual game, we started with a livery build in base SLT 2WD trim for an airport shuttle to compare to the livery 2021 Tahoe we built a few days ago.
Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD will supply EV batteries to U.S. automaker Ford, a document on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology showed on Monday. Ford's China venture with Changan Automobile is seeking government approval to build a plug-in hybrid model equipped with BYD's batteries, according to the document. Shenzhen-based BYD, which is backed by U.S. investor Warren Buffett, said it would supply EV components including batteries and power management devices.
In our post on the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe and cabriolet, we wrote that not seeing any AMG E 63 trims yet "makes the E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet the highest performing versions of their particular body styles within the E-Class lineup for the time being."
Casually driving down the wide, winding road that crosses the north part of Wolfsburg, Germany, is like taking a three-minute lesson in Volkswagen history. The picturesque Wolfsburg castle whose image has appeared on millions of cars is visible through the trees on the right. Look left, and you can't miss the gargantuan Volkswagen factory where many of the castle-branded cars have been manufactured.
Germany's Ministry of Economics has proposed a $6.2 billion (5 billion euro or £4.5 billion) buyer bonus scheme as part of an impending stimulus package in an effort to boost car sales, two people close to the matter said on Sunday. Global car sales have slumped as production lines and showrooms shut in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The heads of the co-governing Social Democrats (SPD) and Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) are expected to present the overall stimulus package on Tuesday, which could total up to 80 billion euros, according to one media report.