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IPC Signs MOA with JZGMSAT

October 14, 2019

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) and the Jacobo Z. Gonzales Memorial School of Arts and Trade (JZGMSAT) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last September.      This was the second MOA signing between IPC and JZGMSAT. The first was on July 3, 2017, wherein IPC donated three mock-up/cutaway engines, and implemented its Diesel Engine Technology Training Program to JZGMSAT students enrolled in the Automotive Servicing course.      In the September 3 MOA signing, IPC turned over two Automotive Lifters, another mock-up Isuzu engine, and five computers. The addition of the Lifters are seen to help the students accomplish their NC3 Automotive Servicing accreditation. After the signing, JZGMSAT trainees performed a demonstration of their servicing skills. Alumni of the JZGMSAT Automotive Servicing course were also on hand to convey their special message during the formal signing ceremonies.      IPC President Hajime Koso remarked during his speech before students and guests at the signing ceremony that, as IPC has remained true to its mantra of being “Your Responsible Partner”, it has always prioritized efforts to contribute “to the progress of society.”      “Without a progressive society, no business will grow. IPC’s goal, then, is to help create a knowledge-sharing culture in the Philippines. That is why, we invest on knowledge. Knowledge inspires innovation. Innovation, on the other hand, is the key to a progressive, healthy economy,” Mr. Koso said.      IPC first trained 12 CALABARZON-TESDA Automotive Trainers on Diesel Engine Technology at the IPC Plant in June 2017, in preparation for the first MOA between IPC and JZGMSAT. The full implementation of the training program for the initial batch of 114 JZGMSAT students was held July 2017 to May 2018.      The training program covered topics such as: Direct and Indirect Fuel Injection; Valve trains; Carbon Dioxide Reduction Technology; Common Rail Fuel Injection, and; Engine Management System.      The new MOA will add the Isuzu PUV Modernized Jeepney Model Product Review to the training program scheduled for 2020. This includes topics on the main features and specifications of the modernized Isuzu PUVs, and a familiarization of their drivetrain and under chassis components.      Under the new MOA, IPC will also provide an opportunity to qualified JZGMSAT students for possible employment in Isuzu dealerships that need technicians. The MOA signing was witnessed by representatives of IPC, JZGMSAT, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Signing the MOA were IPC President Hajime Koso, JZGMSAT Vocational School Administrator III Benito Reyes, and TESDA Regional Director Florencio Sunico, Jr.

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Isuzu Celebrates 5th Year of mu-X with Limited Edition mu-X Boondock

October 14, 2019

Five years after its market introduction, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) hosted a special Grand Family Event to celebrate its best-selling SUV, the Isuzu mu-X.      Held at the Filinvest Tent Alabang, IPC invited some 300 Isuzu vehicles coming from their big car clubs – Team Isuzu Pilipinas, Team Isuzu Car Enthusiast and mu-X Owners Philippines in a whole day of fun and activities like the car club motor show, mini games, parts & accessories display, Isuzu iconic vehicle display and a free concert at the end of the day.      “Introduced in 2014, the Isuzu mu-X became an instant hit to Filipino families nationwide, mainly due to its excellent performance, elegant styling and outstanding comfort – factors that are very important for a family vehicle,” said IPC President Hajime Koso.      During the event, IPC also introduced its latest addition to the mu-X line-up, a limited 5th year anniversary edition, the Isuzu mu-X Boondock. The Isuzu mu-X Boondock is more than just aesthetics, its lift kit suspension and off-road tires are designed for off-roading performance.      The Boondock Edition is based on the popular mu-X 3.0L LS-A. Equipped with upgraded features to increase ride height to 247mm and get that off-road look that the Boondock is known for. Running on the ever reliable 4JJ1-TC Blue Power Engine, the mu-X Boondock can provide 177PS maximum power and 380 N-m maximum torque, that is EURO 4 compliant.      Completing its off-road look, the new Isuzu mu-X Boondock comes with a gray over fender, newly designed front bumper, steel step board with Boondock logo and a fully functional roof rail with cross bar, perfect for family road trips.      “Isuzu mu-X Boondock Limited Edition is truly as special treat to the mid-size SUV market. Coming from the success of the Boondock Series, this variant is a great addition to the mu-X line-up. Which has proven its outstanding performance, impressive design, comfort, safety and over-all reliability as family vehicle in the past five years,” Koso added.      Available in 4×2 automatic transmission, the mu-X Boondock comes exclusively for Havana Brown body color.

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Celebrating Meaningful Banking and Merrier Bonding

October 14, 2019

Metrobank holds the 6th Annual Metrobank Golf Tournament for Cebu clients   Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank), in celebration of its strong partnership with Japanese corporate clients, recently held its Annual Golf Tournament at the Cebu Country Club.      In a continuous effort to promote recreational gatherings for the bank’s esteemed partners in the Queen City of the South, Metrobank held the sixth edition of its highly-anticipated and well-attended golf series. The event was made more special as the bank recently launched its latest branding campaign, Meaningful Banking, to reiterate its commitment of delivering not just meaningful service but also delightful experiences.       Staying true to this, Metrobank awarded the grand champion of Class A with luxurious Anantara Hotel and Resorts, Phuket Thailand vacation package.      As one of the leading universal banks in the country, Metrobank has a meaningful partnership with Japanese businesses and key industry players. Particularly in Cebu City, Metrobank strives to fortify and grow its partnerships via its regional Japan Desk, supported by a team of Japanese consultants. The Cebu-based facility, strongly backed by the head office in Manila, further helps their clients to conduct their local operations and expansions with ease. The bank likewise has wide branch and ATM networks in the city.      Cebu is one of the major destinations of direct foreign investors specifically for manufacturing and service oriented companies. Domestic economic activities are expected to grow as it is likely to receive a huge portion of the projected USD1.24 billion investment pledges which could potentially generate 16,000 jobs.       “Anchored on our promise to foster and provide Meaningful Banking, we aim to move, change, and grow together with our Japanese clients here in Cebu. We will support them in every step of the way, as they scale up their businesses. This golf tournament is just one way we demonstrate this commitment outside the usual banking solutions” said Metrobank Corporate Banking Group Head Anthony Ocampo Jr.      Since 1996, Metrobank has been developing alliances with businesses from Japan, including the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Japan Finance Corporation, and 65 other major Japanese financial institutions. In the same year, Metrobank became the first local bank to be granted a license to operate in Tokyo and Osaka by the Ministry of Finance.      This service commitment to customers reflects the bank’s recent citations from The Asian Banker, a prestigious award-giving body for the Asia Pacific region. They lauded the financial company as the Best Managed Bank in the Philippines. Metrobank’s products and services on cash management, trade finance, and foreign exchange were likewise recognized by the same award-giving institution.

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Nissan Cagayan de Oro hosts Patrol Royale night

October 14, 2019

NISSAN Cagayan de Oro under president Jefferson Rolida brought to Cagayan de Oro last October 11 top executives of Nissan Philippines led by president and managing director Atsushi Najima for the Nissan Patrol Royale night.      The event at Grand Caprice Restaurant was meant to introduce to the public in Cagayan de Oro City and nearby areas the new 2019 Nissan Patrol Royale which is the latest iteration of the Patrol line.      Along this line, exclusive discounts and financing schemes were offered on the day of the event only and to entice the public, a 50” LED smart television set and five action cameras were raffled off to the participants.      Nissan Philippines also brought to the venue the winners of the recently concluded Miss Asia Pacific International 2019 – grand winner Chaiyenne Husiman, first runner-up Eonna Constanza, second runner-up Jessica Cianchino and fourth runner-up Fiorella Cortez Arbenz to spice up the event.      The new 2019 Nissan Patrol Royale is part of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility series.      “We’re using new technologies to transform cars from mere driving machines into partners. Together, the journey is more confident, connected and exciting. It’s a future already taking shape in the Nissan you drive today,” remarked Najima.      The new 2019 Nissan Patrol Royale is made with more power. Dominate your drive with a maximum power of 400 hp/5,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 560 Nm/4,000 rpm.      Control your drive with a seven-speed transmission that can shift to a manual shift mode. Relax inside the luxurious cabin with interior trims and premium leather seats, now with a tan option. Enjoy your ride with the 8” multisource entertainment system equipped with BOSE premium audio and smartphone connectivity.      Using a virtual 360-degree bird’s eye view that provides a full perspective while parking, the onboard cameras give you visual and audible alerts when the system detects movement around your vehicle. In reverse, the display helps you see what’s directly behind you while the overhead view helps with smaller objects that may be hidden below your window. The side is a great help for seeing how close you are to the curb. With a front and overhead view, you know just how far to pull up without going too far. This is Intelligent Mobility at work.      Nissan Cagayan de Oro is located at Elipe Park, Rodolfo N. Pelaez Blvd., this city.

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Suzuki PH Unleashes the All-new Katana

October 14, 2019

Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH), together with Wheeltek, unveiled the much-awaited all-new Katana during the recently concluded Moto Heritage Weekend 2019.       Forged to perfection and polished to a magnificent radiance. Engineered to provide maximum control and optimum performance. Finely crafted to take riding pleasure to a new level. The Suzuki Katana is destined to create a new legend.      From the sharp lines and highlights defining the length of its body to the rider-friendly performance of its 110kW (150PS) engine, every detail of the Suzuki KATANA speaks of distinctive beauty.      While its design cues pay due homage to the iconic GSX1100S Katana, which stole the hearts of riders around the world in 1981, the Katana is a thoroughly modern machine that is breathtaking to behold and inspiring to ride.      The Japanese katana is beautiful to gaze upon and unbelievably exciting to wield. The epitome of fine craftsmanship, this famed sword combines sophisticated Japanese aesthetics and pure beauty into a sharp design. These characteristics made it the perfect motif for the Suzuki Katana.      The Katana also symbolizes well Suzuki’s uncompromising commitment to craftsmanship. Suzuki’s dedication to creating distinctive beauty includes paying due respect to tradition while at the same time aiming to incorporate the latest advances in styling and technology. Built to delight and polished to perfection, the Suzuki Katana is ready to forge the path to a new era of riding excitement.      Distinctive styling points abound. The LED headlight and LED front position lights accent the sharp lines of the cowling that covers the custom-designed instrument panel. The sleek two-tone seat is comfortable, and the seat strap provides the passenger with a good grip. The tail light features a striking lighting pattern, and the satellite rear fender extending from the swingarm complements the clean, compact and sharp look of the rear. All this is complemented by the Katana’s upswept black muffler.      Japanese swordsmiths devote countless hours to repeatedly forging, hammering, folding and welding raw steel to achieve the right balance needed for the blade to perform optimally. This process is absolutely critical in achieving the desired result.      Fired by the same spirit, Suzuki’s development team tested and tuned each component time and again until they were satisfied the Katana would deliver the optimal balance of power, comfort and control.      At the heart of the Katana’s powerful performance is a custom long-stroke version of the legendary fuel-injected 999cm3 inline-four engine that first proved itself on the 2005-2008 GSX-R1000. Its broad torque output range combines with a new throttle control that delivers this power smoothly. Both the induction roar and exhaust note are tuned to heighten the visceral sense of riding pleasure, while also contributing to performance and combustion efficiency.      Putting this power on the road in a controllable, effective manner is a back-torque-limiting clutch, Suzuki’s three-mode traction control system, and new tires with a tubeless inner structure designed exclusively for the Katana. FUJICO disc brakes with Brembo front brake calipers and an Antilock Brake System (ABS) provide reliable and predictable stopping power.      The all-new Katana is available at an SRP of P 817,000.      Source: www.globalsuzuki.com

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New Partner in Business: All-new Suzuki Carry

October 14, 2019

Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH), the country’s pioneer subcompact car distributor, introduces its newest breed of workhorse vehicle, the all-new Suzuki Carry.      Designed to meet the needs of commercial businesses, the all-new Carry is packed with upgraded features and a lightweight yet fuel-efficient engine, making it a tough and reliable partner to drive every Filipino business owners to success.      “Filipinos are a hard-working people. The all-new Suzuki Carry is engineered to match the level of dedication Filipinos put into their businesses. We designed this new workhorse vehicle to deliver any business requirements with efficiency and power to do more. With the all-new Suzuki Carry, we extend the Suzuki Way of Life! to small and medium enterprises and be a part of their journey to success,” Suzuki Philippines Director and Automobile Division General Manager Keiichi Suzuki shares.      Succeeding the Suzuki Super Carry, which bagged the 2016 Best Commercial Utility Vehicle by Car Awards Group, Inc., the all-new Carry amps performance with a stronger and fuel-efficient K15B 1.5-liter engine, providing more power to carry out every task in any road conditions with ease. This upgrade delivers more output power at 96hp/5,600rpm and torque at 135N.m/4,400rpm over the entire range, giving business owners the confidence to deliver on their business commitments.      The all-new Carry stays true to its nature as a reliable and functional workhorse with its exterior design exuding simplicity, durability and a good sense of balance. It has a wider and longer body with access to side gates opening from all sides, making loading and unloading cargo of any size and shape easier. The new truck is also packed with 22-rope hooks to secure any cargo during transit.      Supported with a bed 365mm longer and 75mm wider than its predecessor, the all-new Carry boasts a greater loading capacity of 940kg with better weight distribution when fully loaded. Its cabin space now features a more spacious design to ensure a more comfortable seating position with ample distance between the hip point and the center of the accelerator pedal. Aside from the added storage in the dashboard and the cabin, the shift lever is now situated on the dashboard to provide extra legroom for an optimum driving experience.      The all-new Suzuki Carry can be converted and modified to suit any business needs. It can be used as a utility van, cargo truck, or pick-up truck with the same reliability and functionality expected of a trusted workhorse.      The All–New Carry price starts at:      • 509,000 – Carry truck      • 576,000 – Carry Cargo Van      • 614,000 – Carry Utility Van

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