motoring

Jack of all trades. – Suzuki Super Carry Utility Van

September 11, 2017

Built to endure the toughest of conditions, the alll-new Suzuki Super Carry is equipped with strength, high quality performance, superior loading capacity and a Euro-4 certified Diesel engine, Super Carry is really meant to serve as a perfect fit for any kind of business’ requirements in a manner that truly cares for the environment. Super Carry is equipped with a light steering wheel and a low turning radius of 4.3M which allows effortless driving no matter how heavy the cargo is and ensures easy maneuverability even in tight areas. It features latest automotive technologies – the 793cc, 2-cylinder and DDis Euro-4 diesel engine with 5 speed manual transmission, and a peak power of 32 HP @ 3,500 RPM and torque of 75 NM @ 2,000 RPM – making the vehicle more cost efficient and eco-friendly than others of the same caliber. It consumes a mere liter of diesel for an average distance of 22.07 km which makes going around for errands less costly and more practical. The new engine is also equipped with an Engine Control Module or ECM that monitors its condition during servicing and ensures continuous peak performance. It complies to the latest regulations on emissions standards and exhibits lower emissions than Euro-2 engines at 68 percent less particulate matter emissions, 57 percent less nitrogen oxides emissions, and 50 percent less carbon monoxide emissions, for a more environment-friendly driving. The designers of the Super Carry gave careful thought to the comfort and convenience of the driver and passengers and enhanced both via the vehicle’s spacious interior and cabin features. With the driver seat adjustable up to 90mm coupled with the extended portion of the passenger seat, there is enough legroom and space for the driver to lie down and combat fatigue in between long drives. The cabin also features numerous cubbyholes, trays, pockets and storage spaces for documents, food items and other necessities. Underneath the seats are thick glass fiber heat shields for better insulation. The bulb/balloon type weather strip in the Super Carry also lessens noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). To add to the driving comfort, its pedals, gear shift knob and instrument panels are all ergonomically positioned. The vehicle’s rear window is also bigger and can readily be opened with an ergonomically placed locking mechanism. This allows a large amount of air to flow inside the cabin when needed. Fitted with theft prevention measures, Super Carry features a lock-on fuel tank cap, a secured spare tire mounting bracket, and battery with provision of lock. Inside the cabin, the seats are equipped with a 3-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelt. The Super Carry ensures superior braking performance via a front ventilated disk brake for better heat dissipation, plus drum brakes on the rear featuring Load Sensing Proportioning Valves (LSPV) for stabilized braking in different load conditions. Sealing the deal are the high tensile and galvanized chassis materials used in the Super Carry. The galvanized materials provide more resistance to rust while high tensile materials limit intrusion inside the cabin. Its integrated sheet metal body front panel enhances body quality and rigidity, as well as, ensures the driver’s safety. This is complemented up front with a bigger windscreen for better driver visibility. The Super Carry has a 1 Din Audio Unit with Built-In speaker featuring AM/FM Tuning, USB/SD Interface, Auxiliary input and LCD display will make driving the Super Carry more enjoyable.

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Off-road athlete - Suzuki Grand Vitara SE

August 28, 2017

Not everyone who buys an SUV plans to take it off-road. For most of of us, just the thought of owning a vehicle that can take you through some rough spots is enough to justify spending the additional premium. Well, why not? Most of our roads, even in urban areas, are anything but smooth anyway. The Suzuki Grand Vitara may be classified as one of those “softroaders”. It is a step up from the common sedan but not as cumbersome to drive in congested areas as a chunky 4x4. It may not compare to the capability of a full-on off-roader but it has ample grunt and ground clearance to take on quite a few obstacles in its path. The Grand Vitara is propelled by a 2.393 cc, 4-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 168 hp @ 6000 rpm and 227 Nm @ 3800 rpm. The mill is matted to a 4-speed (gate-type) automatic transmission with an A/T power switch. As with most Suzukis I’ve tested, pressing this button gives you a little bit of boost when additional power is needed. With a ground clearance of 200 mm, it may not be designed to cross rivers and streams but it can certainly traverse flooded city streets during monsoon rains. Make no mistake though, this machine still allow a resonable amount of fun when you decide to wander off the beaten path. I’ve spent around 80% of the time in heavy traffic and I was able to achieve an average of 8.3 kilometers to a liter. With a fuel tank capacity of 66 liters, you would be able to do a great deal of exploring before worrying about running out of gas. In the concrete jungle, driving the Grand Vitara is a blast,handling is light and precise. Squeezing in through narrow gaps in traffic won’t be a problem, just be mindful of the large side mirrors. The ride is a bit on the firm side but the trade-off is the excellent composure when taking corners. You’ll find driving on twisty mountain roads quite entertaining. Speaking of which, this elegant compact SUV is loaded with technology to keep your passengers from boredom when stuck in traffic. It comes with an android-ready touchscreen entartainment system which not only plays music from multiple sources, you can also watch movies via DVD or USB. Heck, your kids can even sing-a-long to Moana tunes through Youtube. Morever, the auto climate control system did an amazing job of keeping all occupants comfy amidst the terrible summer heat. The Grand Vitara offers an impressive 398 liters of boot space. If all 5 seats are not going to be occupied, the split-folding second row gives way to allow a total of 758 liters of cargo space. This definitely puts the “U” in SUV. The Grand Vitara Special Edition variant you see on the photos is priced at P 1,210,000 and it comes with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and gorgeous 18-inch wheels all with disc brakes. Another variant with 17-inch wheels is available at P1,160,000 but if you are in the market for an elegantly sporty SUV, always go with more grandeur.

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Isuzu joins 2017 Transport and Logistics Expo

August 25, 2017

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) participates in the 2017 Transport and Logistics Philippines slated on August 17 to 19 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. For the three-day program, the authority on diesel-powered trucks and utility vehicles will showcase three models from their existing line-up such as the FVM34 with 32-feet Fruehauf Wing Van body, the EXR5IF tractor head and their EXZ5IK tractor head. Isuzu has been a part of the annual supply hub in the country in 2015. Since then, they have consistently participated in the event aimed to tap the transport and logistics sector, which is the market for their light, medium and up to heavy-duty trucks. This year, IPC participated as one of the major sponsors for the expo, making it their second time to extend partnership since started joining the event in 2015. IPC President Hajime Koso underscored the growth of economy in the increasing numbers of industry players. “The rise of both the conventional market and e-commerce has produced exciting numbers for budding and established industry players,” Koso said. “Such results would lead to the further development of the transport and logistics center, making all stakeholders benefit from this,” he added. Further, the IPC chief said that they are looking forward that the event would continue for the years to come and vowed to be part of the transport and logistics expo as it is a great avenue to all concerned stakeholders where possible clienteles meet. “Events like these provide the much-needed assistance to the buyers, an additional boost on opportunities for industry giants and level the playing field for the new entrants,” he explained. The 2017 Transport and Logistics Philippines is a trade show for supply chain solutions, and has been growing steadily as the needs of the market continuously increases. Buyers can keep themselves up-to-date on the latest products, equipment, and solutions that is set to keep their businesses ahead of the competition.

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Yamaha offers more benefits to Yclub members

August 25, 2017

Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc. has built an incredible community for riders where they can thrive through their passion and dedication for riding. The Yamaha Club began with a special discount privilege for all their members and this 2017, they have created a rewards system to give their riders a greater level of exclusivity. During their recent press conference at the Y-ZONE, they announced that the purchase of any Yamaha Club member of any Yamaha parts,Apparel, Yamalube, and Helmets will now have an equal amount of points which they can exchange for premium items or an inclusion to a special Yclub event. Also, it was the introduction of the sponsors of the club. The Consumer Care Products Incorporated, Petron Corporation, FDR Tires, and Racing Boy. They stated that the involvement of their brand is not only a testment to their dedication to Yamaha Club riders but also the fusion of innovation between the companies. Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc. Sales and Marketing Director Kaoru Ogura alongside Marketing Section Senior Manager, Ryan Jude Camus led the official contract signing and a celebratory toast that marked the beginning of great things for the Yamaha Club.

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