motoring

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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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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Experience Isuzu 4x4 Toughness at SM Lanang This Weekend

September 21, 2019

D-MAX, which has proven its tough performance and durability over the years.      “We are delighted to welcome each and every one of you to this remarkable opportunity that Isuzu Philippines Corporation has given to Davaoenos who are wholeheartedly Isuzu Enthusiasts. Isuzu D-MAX has been your strong partner in carrying load, conquering severe road conditions and tough terrains and delivering your business needs on time. Moreover, Isuzu D-MAX has shared wonderful experience and memories with your families as it brings you to your place of adventures. Undoubtedly, Isuzu engines has been tested from past generations up to the present with its strength, durability and Fuel Efficiency. It is truly TOUGH ENOUGH FOR ANYTHING” said Jockson Liu, President and General Manager of Southern Motors of Davao, Inc. in his welcome remarks.      Southern Motors of Davao, Inc. will be giving away Isuzu Premium Items and Caltex Discount Cards to all Isuzu Vehicle owners who will avail of the FREE QUICK INSPECTION of your Isuzu vehicles this weekend.      With its reliable 4JJ1 TCX 3.0 liter 4 cylinder in line Blue Power Diesel engine with VGS turbo intercooler, the D MAX can produce up to 177PS maximum power and 380Nm maximum torque capable of traversing any terrain.      Complementing its exceptional off road performance, the new D MAX LS A features a very stylish exterior as it now comes with a new redesigned front bumper and dark gray radiator grille, side view mirror, fender lip, cargo extender, and roof rail that will surely turn heads on the road.      Apart from the 4x4 Test Drive, IPC also made a special Mindanao launch and display event at the SM Lanang Atrium, for clients to check the units more closely after they have gone through the test drive or vice versa.      “The new D MAX LS A has a true character of a pick-up. Through this test drive activity, we will be able to showcase to the public its exceptional off road capabilities, strong under chassis and powerful engine. Bringing this event in Davao is strategic. as expect to make a comeback in the pick-up segment specially in this region,” said IPC President Hajime Koso.      The new D MAX LS A comes in the following colors: Cosmic Black, Sapphire Blue, Titanium Silver, Red Spinel, Splash White, Silky Pearl White. With all the added features on the D MAX LS A, IPC announced that there will be a more competitive pricing for this variant.      “Continuing our tradition of 4x4 test drives, we are fielding two units of Isuzu’s most powerful pick-up, the 2020 D-MAX LS-A 4x4, and two units of our top of the line 4x4 D-Max LS for you to test drive using the most difficult driving situations. We believe that this is the most effective way of proving that when it comes to 4x4 driving, Isuzu is your best choice. ln relation to this, the new Isuzu D-MAX LS-A will join the rank of the premium pick-up models in the country, with its new STYLISH YET FUNCTIONAL design, and competitive pricing that does not compromise Isuzu D-MAX‘s core value of being TOUGH ENOUGH FOR ANYTHING” Koso added.      To know more about the Isuzu D MAX LS A, its new features and pricing, log on to www.isuzuphil.com or visit any of the Isuzu dealerships nationwide.

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