motoring

Nissan Philippines Gives Customers Dependable Insurance Coverage with Nissan Assured Program

July 1, 2019

Nissan, the Philippines’ third largest automaker in sales, has partnered with Mercantile Insurance to offer a new vehicle insurance program for their customers.      The Nissan Assured Program provides customers quality insurance coverage and reliable service response at competitive rates, under the automaker’s brand. “By giving customers the Nissan guarantee to quickly respond to insurance claims with our award-winning services, we are affirming our commitment in sustaining and enhancing the overall customer ownership experience,” said Atsushi Najima, Nissan Philippines President and Managing Director.

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IPC Holds 2019 Isuzu Service Skills Olympics (ISSO)

July 1, 2019

Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) held its Isuzu Service Skills Olympics (ISSO) at IPC Plant at the Laguna Technopark in Binan, Laguna. On its 14th year, ISSO has been competitive and was definitely a fierce one as each participant evidently did not hold back in showcasing their skills and knowledge in service.      IPC President Hajime Koso congratulated the participants for being the chosen representatives of their respective Isuzu dealers. In his welcome remarks, he said, “Today, you are also called ‘Olympians’, because you represent the best of our dealership networks, and I predict that you will exceed your own expectations. After this local staging, the world is waiting,” Koso said, referring to Isuzu World Technical Competitions where IPC’s Team Pilipinas, comprised of the winners of the ISSO, has performed consistently and exceptionally well since 2006.      Koso also thanked Isuzu Heart and Smile Project (IHSP) for the invaluable contribution to the development of the IPC After-sales program through the automotive servicing vocational course program that Mr. Ida started in 2008 in collaboration with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and World Vision Philippines—an international Christian, humanitarian, advocacy organization      “Through this groundbreaking vocational course, IPC and its partners have been able to give once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our young, less-privileged but hardworking Filipinos to be part of the Isuzu family. IHSP has been instrumental in improving not only the quality of our aftersales service to our loyal customers, but more importantly, the lives of many poor Filipinos,” Koso added.      In his message, Mr. Ida thanked IPC for giving him the opportunity to have an impact on the lives of the Filipino people. “I have always believed that the best asset of any company is its people. And when you bring out the best from your people, the company is able to perform at its best. The Isuzu-Tesda Auto Mechanic training course program is solid proof that Filipinos, when given the opportunity, can rise to world-class levels. I am very thankful that our students and graduates chose to stay with us to share their talents and time. I leave you now feeling truly confident that what we have started will continue in good hands for years to come.”      It was nearly sundown when the winners were finally announced.  For this year’s edition of the ISSO, the Champion for Service Technician Category were Mark Anthony Arroyo (TESDA Tacloban Alumni) and Jan Michael Manzon, representative of Isuzu Cavite; ArjhayPulvera (TESDA Tacloban Alumni) and Reynaldo Gepulle as first runner up from Isuzu Alabang; and Harvay Jay T. Ragrag (TESDA Tacloban Alumni) and Gilbert Regis (TESDA Tacloban Alumni) won as 2ndrunner up, representatives of Isuzu Isabela.      For the Service Advisor Category, the champion was Kevin O. Oliva (Isuzu Alabang); 1st Runner up was Joseph Clarito (Isuzu Cavite); and 2nd Runner Up was Josie James Marilla (Isuzu Cagayan de Oro).      ISSO also had a Parts Staff Category and the champion for this category was Mark Anthony Rañola (Isuzu Commonwealth); 1st runner up was Cristy Plazuela(Isuzu Iloilo); and 2nd runner up was Christopher Garcia (Isuzu Cabanatuan).      The dealer overall champion was Isuzu Alabang.

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Suzuki sealed sweeping victories at the Super Series Nationwide Championship-Davao GP

July 1, 2019

Team Suzuki secured a dominant win at the midway round of the Super Series Nationwide Championship by bringing home six trophies and five championship titles at Davao GP coupled with an outstanding turnout of its one make races – the Skydrive Sport Cup and Raider Breed Wars. Team Suzuki-VMan Racing April King Mascardo did not disappoint his Davaoeño fans by giving them a remarkable performance at Davao GP. After his failed attempt in sealing a podium win last year on his home ground, Mascardo ensured that his comeback would be big by taking not just one but three championship titles. The Davaoeño rider’s confidence in the practice and qualifying session was so evident that he was able to secure all of the pole positions in the races he championed in - the Super Underbone Sealed Engine, the Super Underbone Open and the Super Scooter Sealed Engine categories. He even improved his best lap time at 24.489 from the qualifying session to 24.402 at the final race of the Super Underbone Sealed Engine category using the powerful Raider R150 Fi. Mascardo led by getting a holeshot, breaking away from the pack and then maintaining his race pace until the last lap. His succeeding races seemed like a replay of his first race performance bringing the crowd to their feet every time he crossed the finish line. The same scenario went with Rmand Salandanan who was also a consistent topper at the Skydrive Sport Cup securing the Pole Position and championship title in the category at Davao GP. The Regional Underbone Grand Prix (RUGP) running exclusively in Visayas and Mindanao in the Novice/Intermediate category was also claimed by Roel Rubin and Djereck Ondillo with their Raider R150 Fi units who finished at the 1st and 2nd Runner Up, respectively. Nikko Nambatac on the other hand, took home the 3rd spot at the Raider Breed Wars.       The enthusiastic crowd of Davao was as equally intense as the rich pool of riders who participated at the Skydrive Sport Cup and Raider Breed Wars. Registrants of the Suzuki Skydrive Sport Cup easily got a good grip of the beginner’s bike making it a perfect companion for rookie and novice riders. It was the top rankers Rmand Salandan (Champion), Polo Arellano (1st Runner Up) and Deo Pondoc (3rd Runner Up) again who emerged victorious during the race. An all ladies category for the Suzuki Skydrive Sport Cup also ran for the first time to give way for young female riders who wanted to experience the new fashion scooter on the racetrack. Grabbing the podium for this were Yna Marie Enriquez (Champion), Angelie Sala (1st Runner Up), and Richelle Del Rosario (2nd Runner Up). Meanwhile, the power and performance of the Raider R150 Fi was showcased once again in Mindanao with the following winners: Polo Arellano (Champion), Deo Pondoc (1st Runner Up), and Nikko Nambatac (2nd Runner Up).  

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Suzuki Ciaz: Perfect for Ride Sharing

June 24, 2019

Suzuki Philippines (SPH), the country’s pioneer compact car distributor, reinforces its presence in the transport network vehicle service (TNVS) ecosystem to help address the need of Filipino commuters and drivers with the Suzuki Ciaz.        Ride sharing continues to be seen as one solution to the traffic situation in the metro. With its combined fuel efficiency, space and comfort, Suzuki’s popular subcompact sedan is sure to bring Filipinos to their destination safely and conveniently, definitely the Suzuki Way of Life!       Designed for great driving performance, Suzuki Ciaz is the reliable partner on the road, be it for personal use or for ride-sharing. Running on a refined K14B engine, the Ciaz has a lightweight and aerodynamic body for enhanced efficiency. Adding to it is its roomy and ergonomically designed interior that ensures a comfortable ride for both driver and passenger.       Sleek multimedia unit and wireless connectivity make for superior entertainment while on the road. Preloaded applications such as Waze help in navigating unfamiliar routes or tracking new areas, providing accurate directions to reach the target destination much faster.       Picking up and driving for passengers with luggage and boxes is not a challenge. Suzuki Ciaz has a roomy cabin luggage capacity of 495 liters, enough to fit bags and boxes for travel or simply transporting from the mall or grocery.       Danny Dimaranan, a TNVS driver for years now, can attest to these benefits as he shared, “I got high ratings because of the comfort that the Suzuki Ciaz gives.” Adding to it, “Economy wise, for this kind of job, this is really far from the fuel consumption from the other cars that I have owned before.”       SPH makes it even easier to join the robust ride-sharing ecosystem in the Philippines and drive a brand new TNVS vehicle with Suzuki Ciaz.       From June 1 to 30, 2019, a purchase of the Suzuki Ciaz will come with either a one-year free PMS or 20K mileage, valid from the release date of the vehicle until August 30, 2020 in all authorized Suzuki dealership nationwide. The maintenance package covers the three variants, namely GL Manual Transmission, GL Automatic Transmission and the Premium GLX, and comes with free labor from any dealerships.      Drive a Suzuki Ciaz and earn while experiencing the Suzuki Way of Life! For more information on the Suzuki Ciaz, visit http://suzuki.com.ph/auto/, like it on https://twitter.com/SuzukiAutoPH and follow on Instagram at @suzukiautoph.

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Suzuki Holds Fun Fair Test Drive

June 24, 2019

Pioneer compact car distributor Suzuki Philippines drives its way to every Juan with more fun and exciting treats with the Suzuki Fun Fair Test Drive.      Simultaneous test drives nationwide was held this weekend at selected Suzuki dealerships. Car enthusiasts and the general public had a chance to experience first-hand driving Suzuki’s key models such as the Suzuki Vitara, all-new Dzire, all-new Swift, all-new Ertiga and Ciaz during this two-day fair.      Selected Suzuki dealerships in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao opened their doors during the Fun Fair Test Drive with fun activities and prizes for everyone. Special discounts and exciting freebies awaited those who ordered upon testing any of the Suzuki Philippines vehicles.      Mark your calendar and visit the Suzuki Philippines Facebook page to check out the future Suzuki events near you. See more and experience the #SuzukiWayOfLife as you test drive a Suzuki vehicles.  

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FEATURE: Paralympic Swimmer Inspires Kids at Toyota Start Your Impossible Clinic to Chase Dreams

June 20, 2019

Asian Para Games gold medalist Ernie Gawilan was working as a housekeeper in Samal Island, Davao del Norte when he had his first encounter with the water. Swimming coach Jude Corpuz took notice of Gawilan’s habit of visiting the ocean during his free time, saw potential, and decided to train him under his Persons with Disabilities (PWD) team. This opened doors for Gawilan to compete at the 2008 Philippine Olympic Festival, his first official competition.      Gawilan’s remarkable performance caught the attention of first placer Arnel Aba who invited him to join the national team. This was the beginning of the countless competitions and achievements in his career as a national athlete.       Fast forward to 2019, Gawilan bagged the Silver Medal for the 400m Freestyle Finals at the Singapore World Para Swimming World Series. He continues to bring pride to the Philippines and the Paralympic community as he qualifies for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.      Taking inspiration from Gawilan’s remarkable story, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) started a 10-day swim clinic that aims to encourage aspiring swimmers aged 6 to 14 to take the first step in their athletic journey, and pursue their interest in swimming. The program is under Start Your Impossible – a global initiative that helps empower people and communities to spark change through the power of mobility.      Gawilan who is TMP’s Start Your Impossible ambassador was present during the opening program, accompanied by Philippine Para-Athlete Swim Team coach Tony Ong. Gawilan delivered a message to the aspiring swimmers, saying that they should pursue their dreams despite the challenges in life, and citing his own personal experience as an example. He also demonstrated some of his techniques to the swim clinic students.       By the end of the clinic, TMP held a graduation ceremony where students who performed remarkably, based on the evaluation of the swimming coaches, were recognized.       “We started this program to help the children take the first step in pursuing their dreams. Just like how our Start Your Impossible Hero Ernie Gawilan started his athletic journey with humble beginnings, we hope that we have inspired the kids to continue and persevere after finishing our program,” says TMP Vice President for Marketing Services, Ms. Elijah Marcial.      With Toyota’s global direction of transitioning from an automotive manufacturer to a mobility company, the global campaign “Start Your Impossible” was launched with the ultimate vision: Mobility for All. The campaign highlights stories of Olympic and Paralympic athletes who are in continuous pursuit of excellence through hard work and determination without being limited by the challenges.       The swim clinic is one of the many projects under Start Your Impossible here in the Philippines. These projects support multiple advocacies leading up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more information on the Start Your Impossible Campaign, visit www.toyota.com.ph or Toyota’s official social media pages at ToyotaMotorPhilippines (Facebook and Instagram), and @ToyotaMotorPH (Twitter).      More information on the global campaign is also available at https://startyourimpossible.asia/.

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