motoring

Motorcycle Industry Continues Upswing, MDPPA Achieves 21% Growth in 2018

April 1, 2019

The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association Inc. (MDPPA), an organization of premier motorcycle brands in the Philippines, namely: Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha, has recently released its final tally of motorcycle sales in 2018. The MDPPA achieves 21% annual sales growth with a total of 1,580,926 units sold last year. The total sales figures were broken down into five market segments: Underbone or Moped (MP), Backbone or Business model (BU), Scooter (AT), Street or Standard (ST) and higher displacement motorcycles over 250cc (Others).      Leading the pack in terms of sales is the scooter segment at 577,722 units. This translates to a 48% sales growth from 2017. Coming in second is the Backbone model segment, having 494,842 units sold.Previously the best-performing segment, it still attained a solid 13% growth. While the moped segment only achieved a modest 1% growth, these motorcycles still sold steadily at 494,842 units. Street or Standard segment showed 15% increase having sold 69,627 units.       With the prevailing market forces, the MDPPA expects the upward trend in motorcycle sales to continue as it forecasted a 20% increase in sales in 2019. As the motorcycle rider population grows, the MDPPA stays committed to its advocacy on road safety for the benefit of their even expanding customer base. As a member of the Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries (FAMI) and the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), the MDPPA adheres to strict international standards with regards to the quality of its products and is constantly working with relevant government agencies to help establish policies that aim to improve the lives of the motorcycle riding public.

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Kawasaki Presents the Rouser Dare Venture Finalists

April 1, 2019

Kawasaki Motors Philippines Corp. recently announced the lucky 10 riders who will be competing in the first motorcycle-centered, digital reality show – the Rouser Dare Venture! The Rouser Dare venture is the only online reality show in the Philippines which gathers riders from all backgrounds to participate in several adventurous tasks that will showcase the Rouser’s endurance and power.      Present during the official reveal are the executives of KMPC; headed its President and Chairman of the Board, Mr. Hisashi Nishizawa; together with Bajaj Auto Limited’s Country Manager for the Philippines Mr. Krishanu Sarkar.      The 10 specially selected riders will travel to Pampanga and will battle it out in a series of challenges that are designed to push our riders to their limit both physically and mentally, and will test their skills as riders on the Rouser NS160. At the end of every webisode, 1 to 2 contestants will be eliminated. The last rider standing will win PHP 100,000, one (1) Rouser NS160, and will have the honor to be declared as the Grand Dare Venture Winner!      The Rouser Dare Venture officially airs on the Rouser Philippines Youtube and Facebook Pages on Summer of 2019.      Official List of Rouser Dareventure’s Top 10 Riders      1. Ryan Tiatco: Metro Manila 2. Mark Benosa: Taguig City, Metro Manila 3. Rabby Dayrit: Quezon City 4. Teodulo Lorca III: Las Pinas city 5. Mharjorie Andres: Quirino, Isabela 6. Archie Templado: Batangas City 7. Cristina Aspan: Bacolod City, Negros Occidental 8. Russell Ban: Roxas City Capiz 9. Henry Philip Malaton IIIL Cagayan de oro City 10. Marcenito Pableo: Tagum City, Davao del Norte

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Hino Inaugurates First Negros Dealership

April 1, 2019

Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the country, has officially inaugurated its first Negros dealership in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Another proof of Hino’s commitment to deliver Total Support to its customers, Hino Negros is set to bring premium quality products and efficient services to address the trucking and bus needs of the Sugarbowl of the Philippines and its neighboring cities.      Strategically located along the main road northbound of Bacolod, this new dealership is accessible to more Filipino customers and business partners. It is expected to deliver reliable logistic support, demand for which is rising alongside the steady economic growth in the region. The major industries in the region include agriculture, bioethanol fuel, information technology, business process outsourcing and construction.      “We saw the huge potential of the market here nine months ago when we first broke ground in this area. It brings us great pride and excitement to see the Hino Negros dealership being fully operational and ready to serve customers who are in need of a trusty partner for their truck and bus needs. We are confident that the quality we offer will make our products stand out among the medium and heavy-duty truck segments in the local market here,” shares HMP Chairman Mr. Vicente T. Mills, Jr.      As a 3S dealership center, Hino Negros is fully equipped to provide trucking and bus solutions for every customer need. Aside from its showroom facility where Hino’s lineup of products is displayed, the dealership has express service bays and a dedicated after-sales service facility to accommodate check-up and other maintenance requirements. The dealership is managed by Truckmax Sales and Services, Inc. under the leadership of its president, Mr. Aylwin Y. Yap.      “Hino Negros will provide Sales, Service, and Spare Parts of Hino vehicles to serve the growing demand of this progressive city. As part of the Hino Network, we will not only support you with quality vehicles but we will be there to provide you Total Support. It means minimizing customer’s downtime by putting in place unsurpassed abilities to service and maintain customer vehicles. In Total Support activities, of course, aftersales service is the most important. To fully support our customers, we will also provide safety & eco-driving driver’s training which are still part of our Total Support activities. Aside from trainings, we will provide offsite maintenance through our mobile workshop and fleet maintenance program. We will definitely continue to pursue excellence and quality of our products and services at all times — that is the Hino promise,” says HMP President Mr. Mitsuharu Tabata.      HMP has been engaged in the assembly and exclusive distribution of quality Hino trucks and buses in the Philippines for more than 40 years now. HMP addresses the transport needs of businesses ranging from small and medium enterprises to big corporations by providing safe, durable and reliable trucks and buses.

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Suzuki Philippines Holds Three-leg Activation for All-new Jimny All-Grip Pro

March 24, 2019

Suzuki Philippines brought home the much-talked about vehicle for Filipino adventurers- the all-new Jimny All-Grip Pro. The price of the all-new Jimny All-Grip Pro was revealed in a recently held launch in Taguig City. The launch was part of a three-leg activation that was strategically mounted in key parts of NCR. The second leg was held last March 15-17 and the third leg was staged this past weekend at the UP Town Central Plaza.       During these dates, off-road enthusiasts can check out the fourth generation of Suzuki’s trademark 4x4 and other models live and up close. Fun activities and games await off-road adventurers during each leg of the launch.       Designed to deliver authentic 4x4 experience, the all-new Jimny features All Grip Pro for high off-road capability that allows instant response and maneuver through difficult terrain.       The fourth iteration of this popular Suzuki SUV uses a ladder frame that is more resistant than a monocoque body to torsion and is therefore better suited for off-road, rough terrain. Compared with many SUVs today with independent suspensions, the Jimny uses a long-stroke 3-link suspension and rigid full wheel axles on both front and rear for strong traction on uneven terrain.      The Jimny can climb over obstacles and steep hills without scrapping its bumpers or underbody. The vehicle’s 37-degree specialized approach angle, 28-degree ramp breakover angle and 49-degree departure angle allow it to maneuver over ridges and verticals.      With its part-time 4WD with low-range transfer gear, the Jimny can switch between 4WD and 2WD to achieve optimal off-road performance and better fuel economy and enhanced cornering on paved roads, respectively. The SUV also has extra torque in the 4L mode for rough terrain.      Whether the day calls for multiple projects off site or unplanned long trips outside the metro, the all-new Suzuki Jimny can handle the challenge by combining hill hold control, hill descent control and brake limited slip-differential (LSD) traction control. These braking assistance systems allow for better control in rough road conditions.      The fourth-generation SUV sports a square body for better situational awareness.  Its compact dimensions allow the Jimny to maneuver through narrow mountain trails and thick forests, a clear advantage over larger off-road vehicles. Its light weight lets it conquer mud, sand and up steep slippery slopes where heavier vehicles tend to get stuck.       The Jimny’s look and body express off-road functionality in every detail, from the tough square form to the 15-inch alloy wheels painted in dark-metallic gray. The angled bumper is optimized for off-road terrain while the square wheel arches allow for easier tire changes. Molded black bumpers, wheel arch extensions and side sills help block pebbles from scratching the body panels. The iconic round headlamps inherited from past models are completely separated to allow independent replacement.      The interior mirrors the simple and straightforward exterior. Black is used to minimize distraction, with functional parts such as center switches and dials in metallic colors for easy use. The instrument panel and surrounding parts have scratch- and stain-resistant grained finish while the circular steering wheel has a leather cover to withstand rough handling.      The multimedia audio unit features a bigger 9-inch capacitive touchscreen with large icons and soft buttons for easy control. It features off-line GPS navigation system and off-road audio guide.      The all-new Jimny accommodates 53 liters more luggage than the previous model. Small items can be stored in a removable luggage box for easier organization.      The all-new Jimny uses a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder K15B engine that delivers stronger torque at all rpm than the previous Jimny. It features a specially designed flywheel for engine flexibility and improved NVH and a lightweight resin belt cover and fuel tank. The optimized intake system and long nozzle injector enhance fuel efficiency. The Jimny All-Grip Pro also features Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT), which scatters collision energy across the vehicle frame to mitigate damage to the car and passengers.      To reduce driver stress and fatigue, one of the top design considerations for the new Jimny, the SUV’s ladder frame rigidity was increased and the body mounts redesigned for lower vibration. The front seat cushion frames are 70mm wider and 50mm taller for better shock absorption. Unpleasant noise inside the cabin was reduced through the strategic placement of sound-absorbing material throughout the body.       For greater dependability, the Jimny All-Grip Pro use zinc-coated steel more extensively and has a more effective floor undercoating and seater coatings at panel edges to protect it against rust caused by salt from river crossings.      Jimny Fans can choose their vehicle’s armor because this off-road warrior comes in two variants: monotone and two-tone.The monotone variants are Pearl Bluish Black, Solid Medium Gray, Metallic Silky Silver, Superior White and Solid Jungle Green while the two-tone variants are Solid Kinetic Yellow, Metallic Brisk Blue and Metallic Chiffon Ivory.      Prices for the all-new Jimny are Php 975,000 for GL MT; Php 1,035,000 for the GL AT; Php 1,085,000 for the GLX AT monotone and Php 1,095,000 for the GLX AT two-tone.       The Suzuki Jimny All-Grip Pro is now available in all authorized Suzuki dealers.

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Toyota partners with Mapua for the first hybrid electric vehicle campus tour

March 24, 2019

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) jumpstarted its Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) campus tour series by forging a partnership with MAPUA University’s Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) Department. The first leg of the educational caravan, held at the MAPUA school grounds in Intramuros, Manila, offered both students and faculty a firsthand look on the benefits of HEV technology through a symposium and an all-day test drive activity.      The experiential event coincided with the MME Department’s 79th Anniversary, making the Toyota Prius and Toyota Prius C units the centerpiece of their Engineering Week’s opening day.      During the ceremonial ribbon-cutting with student council leaders, TMP First Vice President Ms. Cristina Arevalo stated: “Our goal is to raise public awareness on the advantages of using HEV technology. There is no better way to start the advocacy than with our future engineers and craftsmen, who will shape our tomorrow.”      Toyota Motor Philippines brought in technical experts from its manufacturing plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna to conduct three sessions of a one-hour symposium discussing the environmental impact of emissions from various energy sources, and how fuel-efficient but powerful hybrids like the Prius contribute to minimizing the automotive industry’s carbon footprint.      A dedicated test drive area also welcomed students for a short route with the Prius C hatchback. Accompanied by a Toyota technical representative to answer their questions, the test drive activity was enjoyed by almost a hundred student-drivers.      “It’s a real eye-opener for us,” said Paolo Napao, a 3rd Year Manufacturing Engineering student. He is among the first to try out the Prius C and attend the educational seminar afterwards. “You barely notice the engine starting because it’s so quiet, and the self-charging battery makes it very convenient,” he added. Throughout the event, the students were able to break down the concept of synergy between the gas engine and electric motor plus battery of the Prius model.      MAPUA University is currently the first Toyota partner in its series of HEV campus tours, with University of Santo Tomas (UST) and De La Salle University (DLSU) to follow in the coming months. This TMP effort is aligned with the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, posed by Toyota Motor Corporation President Mr. Akio Toyoda to promote a sustainable approach to the future of mobility.      For more updates on events and promos, visit TMP’s official website at www.toyota.com.ph and follow the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ToyotaMotorPhilippines.

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Nissan CDO tops vehicle sales nationwide

March 22, 2019

NISSAN Cagayan de Oro was bestowed two major awards during the Nissan Philippines, Inc. 4th annual Dealer of the Year Awards held last March 8 at Okada Manila in Parañaque City. During the occasion, Nissan Cagayan de Oro garnered Top in Vehicle Sales and Excellence in Sales Headed by Nissan President Mr. Jefferson Rolida, General Sales Manager Ms. Mars Martinez-Abadiano and Marketing Manager Mr. Brian Serafino. The two stunning glass white trophies bear the signature of Nissan Philippines Inc.’s president and managing director, Ramesh Narasimhan. NPI has been founded on September 2013 as a joint venture between Nissan Motor Company and Universal Motors Corporation, and has long since held this awards event since 2016. From that moment on, it has become one of the most rapidly growing automotive establishments in the Philippines. This event is one of the many indications of NPI’s remarkable growth and success in the country, one of the ways the excellence of Nissan dealers and its sales force nationwide is recognized. Through their hard work, Filipinos are able to experience services and products with the highest quality every year. Thus, NPI has brought forth major contribution to strengthening the company’s name and its market and sales. In present time, there are 43 dealers all over the country and NPI’s constant increase in sales makes this awards show possible and worthy of its existence. The highest recognition, Dealer of the Year, is given to dealerships with the best performance in all facets of dealer operations, and is divided into three groups—NCR, Urban Provincial, and Rural. As Nissan CDO’s mission is to be able to build a community in the vehicle industry where customers are ultimately satisfied by continually communicating and providing premium care, these two awards definitely highlight and emphasize their success in reaching this goal.

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