motoring

Ford Launches the New Everest Sport

May 25, 2020

Ford Philippines recently held the digital launch of the new Ford Everest Sport as it continues to expand its SUV portfolio with the addition of a new variant in its Ford Everest line-up. The new Everest Sport features an enhanced design and a host of driver-assist technologies that will help widen the appeal of the Ford Everest among customers who appreciate the vehicle’s versatility, safety, and capability. “The new Everest Sport supports the Everest’s position as one of the safest and most capable SUVs in the market today,” shares PK Umashankar, managing director, Ford Philippines. “We are confident that the new Ford Everest Sport will set another standard for mid-size SUVs in the market with its design and technology that match various needs and lifestyles.” The new Everest Sport is powered by a 2.0L Turbo Diesel Engine which offers 180PS of power and 420Nm of torque and is matched with Ford’s latest 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift™ – helping to deliver better acceleration, fuel efficiency, and smoothness across on-road and off-road environments.  The latest Everest variant is a standout on the road with unique black body exterior accents such as a new mesh grille design, an embossed EVEREST hood badge at the front, gloss black painted wheels and exterior mirrors on the side, black tailgate applique in the rear and a‘SPORT’ decal on the liftgate. LED projector headlamps, daytime running lights and 20-inch alloy wheels also come standard in the new Everest Sport. Inside its spacious cabin, the new Everest Sport features a unique blue stitching accent around the steering wheel, dashboard, seats, center, console, and door trims delivering a sporty premium feel. Adding value to the Sport is a standard leather seat with 8-way power driver seat function, smart keyless entry with push button start, and a power liftgate with hands-freefunction. For entertainment and connectivity, it is equipped with an 8-inch LCD Touchscreen, Sync® 3with Apple Carplay and Android Auto Connectivity, two USB ports, and 10 speakers.  The new Everest Sport also boasts of segment-leading features for optimal driver comfort, convenience, and safety which include Cruise Control, Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS), Rear View Camera, Rear Parking Sensors, and Electronic Stability Control with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), and Roll StabilityControl. Adding to all these are seven (7) airbags including side, curtain, and driver knee airbags. The new Everest Sport is available at a starting retail price of P1,868,000 and will be available in all Ford dealerships nationwide starting May 22, 2020. Customers who will reserve the new Everest Sport on or before May 31, 2020 will get a free 3-year scheduled service plan. It comes in four (4) colors: Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, and Deep Crystal Blue, a new color variant available to the Ford Everest and is exclusive to the new Everest Sport. Ford also introduced new feature upgrades to its Everest Titanium series to make the driving experience safer and more convenient for its customers. The Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4×4 AT and Everest 2.0L Turbo Titanium 4×2 AT now come with LED projector headlamps, with the addition of high-mount USB feature for the 4×4 variant with no price increase.

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IPC Provincial Dealerships Resumes Operations Under GCQ Guidelines

May 19, 2020

Isuzu Philippines Corporation has re-opened a number of its provincial dealers as government eases quarantine measures. These dealerships are located in areas declared by the government’s Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) as being qualified to be downgraded from the strict Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status to General Community Quarantine (GCQ), which means that certain non-essential economic and social activities may resume, but would still follow certain guidelines to minimize the public’s exposure to, and spread of, the deadly Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CoViD-19).     The following Isuzu dealerships are already open: Isuzu Isabela, Iguig, Naga, Calapan, Dumaguete, Bohol, Leyte, Cagayan De Oro, Butuan, Dipolog and General Santos.     In compliance with the IATF-EID’s guidelines for businesses within the GCQ-designated areas, these dealerships shall strictly enforce health measures such as social distancing and regular disinfection of showroom and service shop.     For onsite servicing and vehicle deliveries and pickups, physical distancing will still be enforced, as well as wearing face masks. Subject vehicles shall also be disinfected before and after servicing. For vehicles to be picked up for servicing, customers are advised to remove all valuables from the vehicle;     Before releasing to customers, brand new vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Vehicles that will be brought in for servicing, on the other hand, will be cleaned and disinfected prior to entering the service area and before releasing to customers.     The same operational measures shall be followed for other Isuzu dealerships that will open in other parts of the country once their areas are downgraded from ECQ to GCQ.     Isuzu clients are encouraged to contact the dealership’s hotline to book for sales and service appointment for faster transaction once in the showroom. For the list of dealer hotline, log on to www.isuzuphil.com for more details.     IPC and its nationwide network of 45 dealers have always kept the Filipinos’ health, safety, and well-being in mind. In this “new normal” forced upon the world by a global pandemic, IPC continues to be every Filipino’s responsible partner.

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Toyota Launches New Products and Services for New Normal Operations

May 19, 2020

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) continues to deliver ever-better products and services to provide convenience and safety to customers amidst the country’s transition to the new normal. TMP’s digital platforms are constantly updated to make information readily available, and more features will be coming soon to meet every customer’s needs anytime and anywhere. TMP will also be offering more options and deals that will make car purchase lighter for customers.     TMP recently launched a dedicated webpage at https://toyota.com.ph/hereforyouwhich contains regular updates on dealer openings, frequently asked questions, the latest COVID-related news and announcements for customers, and links to assist our customers in any other inquiries they might have.      The Customer Assistance Center is also operational and is accessible at customerassistance@toyota.com.ph for any customer concerns and inquiries.     While some dealerships are still waiting for their respective local government units to allow resumption of operations, customers can check out their dream Toyota in the comfort and safety of their homes at https://toyota.com.ph/vehicles. Information such as vehicle specifications and features, price list, and current promos are also available here. For further inquiries on specific models, customers may leave their personal information in the inquiry form and choose their preferred dealer.  The virtual showroom will be available soon to provide our customers with the dealership experience in a better digital platform from making inquiries to looking at their preferred vehicles’ exterior and interior without having to leave their homes.     While some dealerships are still waiting for their respective local government units to allow resumption of operations, customers can check out their dream Toyota in the comfort and safety of their homes at https://toyota.com.ph/vehicles. Information such as vehicle specifications and features, price list, and current promos are also available here. For further inquiries on specific models, customers may leave their personal information in the inquiry form and choose their preferred dealer.  The virtual showroom will be available soon to provide our customers with the dealership experience in a better digital platform from making inquiries to looking at their preferred vehicles’ exterior and interior without having to leave their homes.     TMP values the importance of mobility and acknowledges the challenges that come with the new normal and GCQ. TMP will continue to provide flexible financing schemes, extended payment terms, and payment holiday terms to ensure that car purchase is lighter for our customers. Free services like periodic maintenance, insurance, and BactaKlenz vehicle sanitation will also be available so the customers get more value with their purchase.     Check out https://toyota.com.ph/news/ToyotaAdvisory for updates on advisories and daily dealer reopening schedule. For more Toyota updates, visit www.toyota.com.ph or check out Toyota’s official social media pages at ToyotaMotorPhilippines (Facebook and Instagram), and @ToyotaMotorPH (Twitter).

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Kawasaki Joins the Fight Against Covid-19 by Producing Medical Face Shields for Donation

May 19, 2020

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has begun manufacturing medical face shields and gowns at our Kobe and Harima factories, and has been donating them to medical facilities since the 20th of April.     Up to 500 medical face shields can be made per day using the transparent pattern film used for steel processing, and up to 1,400 medical gowns can be produced per day based on the guidelines by Osaka University Hospital. We have been donating the supplies to Kawasaki Hospital (Kobe City) since 20th April, and plan to supply to other prefectural hospitals as well through the Hyogo Prefecture Hospital Bureau.     KHI would like to express their appreciation for the medical staff who have been devoting themselves on the frontlines. By utilizing their design, production and quality control techniques to efficiently produce medical face shields and gowns for donation to medical institutions, they hope to contribute to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.     KHI also reaches out to those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. They sincerely hope that those currently suffering from the virus will recover quickly, and that the spread of COVID-19 will end as soon as possible.

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Maxus Offers Worry-free Ownership, Emergency Roadside Assistance

April 21, 2020

During these extraordinary days, every trip is essential to your family’s well-being and health. These are the days when you need your vehicle to perform at its best.      On board a Maxus vehicle, not only will you get the optimal power, performance, adaptability, and versatility of British-bred light commercial vehicle, you will also get maximum peace of mind through Maxus Philippines’ aftersales support.      For every Maxus G10 multi-purpose vehicle, Maxus V80 passenger, cargo or utility van, and Maxus T60 pickup purchased, Maxus Philippines has automatically guaranteed a total package of aftersales services. These are the following:      •    A 24/7 emergency roadside assistance, a pick-up and delivery service for customers, and on-site servicing for corporate fleet accounts. However, in consideration of the various community quarantine requirements in different local governments, servicing response time may vary from area to area, depending on the coordination among the LGU, vehicle owner, and the particular Maxus Philippines service provider;      •    For the Maxus G10 MPV, the periodic maintenance service (PMS) interval schedule covers the first 5,000 kms or 6 months and every succeeding 10,000 kms or every 12 months, whichever comes first. This is more convenient and more cost-efficient compared to the industry-standard 5,000-km PMS interval;      •    For the Maxus V80 and T60 variants, the PMS interval schedule is set for the first 5,000 kms or 6 months, and every succeeding 15,000 kms or every 12 months*;      •    All PMS schedules for the G10, V80, and T60 that fall within the duration of the extended enhanced community quarantine shall be extended for another 30 days after the official lifting of the quarantine period;      •    For all G10 MPV and V80 variants purchased since Maxus Philippines began operations in June 2019, the general warranty remains at 3 years or 100,000 kms*;      •    For all 4x2 and 4x4 variants of the Maxus T60 pickup, the general warranty for the Maxus T60 is 5 years or 100,000 kms*.

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Ford Shares Tips on Keeping Your Car in Shape During Quarantine

April 21, 2020

With the extension of the enhanced community quarantine until April 30, 2020 to further contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, private vehicles will now have to be parked in the garage for a longer period of time, limiting movement only to purchase essential products such as food and medicines. In order to keep your vehicle in good condition while parked in your garage, here are car care tips from Ford that you can follow: 1. Choose a parking spot      Picking a spot where to park your vehicle is very important to its overall well-being. Do not park it on grass or soil, because moisture can make its way up and rust certain parts of your vehicle. Make sure to choose a covered area, or an area out of direct sunlight, and has a solid floor.   2. Give your vehicle a wash  Spend time to wash your vehicle in your garage or parking area once in a while to ensure you are able to remove dirt particles or even bird droppings. These will be harder to remove after a couple of days if left uncleaned.  3. Clean and place a dehumidifier inside the cabin  Give your interior thorough vacuum and throw away food particles or remnants. Having a clean car will avoid insects and animals from entering your vehicle and potentially causing damage to it. Placing an off the shelf dehumidifier inside your vehicle can help combat unwanted moisture, especially in more humid climates.   4. Fill up the fuel tank Make sure to fill the fuel all the way to the brim. This avoids a gap in your fuel tank where oxygen can oxidize. Oxidization is a chemical reaction between the fuel and oxygen which results in gum forming in your fuel tank, which can cause damage to your vehicle if not properly cleaned before using. 5. Overinflate the tires The tire pressure can slowly drop over a period of time, even when the car is not in use. Ensure that you overinflate your tires and the spare tire before parking your vehicle. This can also avoid flat spots forming on your tires. 6. Leave the parking brake down If you leave your parking brake engaged, it could possibly become stuck or seized after being parked over time. Unless you are parked on a slope, simply shift your vehicle into Park for automatic transmissions, or engage the first gear for manual transmissions.  Keep in mind about shifting back the transmission to Park or engage the gear back to neutral for manual transmission when starting the car. 7. Lift your wiper blades      This very simple advice can save you money and time after the strict travel restrictions. Lift the wipers and place a ball of cloth underneath it so the blades are not touching the windshield. Heat can damage the wiper blades over time and take away its wiping credibility. 8. Start your car once a week Take at least 10 minutes every week to start your vehicle. Let the engine idle so the oil and other fluids can circulate through the engine. This will also enable to recharge your battery if you do not have a trickle charger. This will keep your battery healthy and ensure an efficient start every time.

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