motoring

FOTON PH inaugurates grander Cagayan de Oro showroom

July 31, 2019

Just three weeks after inaugurating its Metro Clark showroom, FOTON Philippines continues its dealership expansion with the opening of a grander and newly-renovated Cagayan De Oro facility.      “As our brand grows, we also want our customers to experience how great FOTON is when they purchase their vehicles and during the after sales processes. We want them to feel FOTON’s welcoming ambiance, and have a hassle-free ownership experience as soon as they enter our dealership,” said FOTON Cagayan De Oro Dealer Principal Roger L. Chiu.      Now situated at a larger and more accessible site along Gusa Highway, the FOTON Cagayan de Oro dealership showcases a two-storey state-of-the-art building on a 2,000 square meter lot.      The showroom is capable of exhibiting 30 vehicles with 10 bays in its service area. It also houses parts and accessories counters and a contemporary customer lounge where clients can sit back and relax while waiting for their vehicles to be serviced.      “The inauguration of FOTON Cagayan de Oro marks yet another milestone in our persistent commitment to establish fruitful and everlasting relationships with our patrons. We continuously strive to reach our customers in different areas around the Philippines, and deliver world-class FOTON products and services by providing an extraordinary customer experience with us,” said FOTON Philippines President Rommel Sytin.      First inaugurated in 2008, FOTON Cagayan de Oro is the first FOTON dealership to be established outside Metro Manila.      “We are truly grateful to FOTON Philippines and United Asia Automotive Group Inc., for its long-term support and encouragement over the past 10 years,” Chiu added.      The introduction of a dependable yet affordable make of passenger cars, commercial trucks, and specialized vehicles for the transportation needs of Cagayan de Oro has clearly contributed to the region's multi-faceted and continuous growth.      “For the past decade, I’m proud to say that FOTON Cagayan de Oro has strongly impacted the region’s trade and commerce, banking, infrastructure development, employment, public services, and, widely, the private sector,” Chiu noted.      Dubbed the “City of Golden Opportunities”, Cagayan de Oro proves has proven its vast potential for business opportunities. Its booming economic expansion as evidenced by high-rise hotels, condominiums, malls, IT/BPO companies, hotels and restaurants, and fast-paced real estate developments, continue to cement its reputation as the gateway to Northern Mindanao.      “Since our brand reached the Philippines, we have been driven by the philosophy of ‘Empowering Businesses’ through our products and services. Our team is geared up to ensure worry-free vehicle buying and owning experience for every customer and unwavering support to our dealer partners as well,” Sytin says with pride.      The company announced that FOTON plans to open 30 dealerships across the country by the end of the year. These outlets will be offering passenger vehicles including vans, pick-up trucks, and Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV); light, medium and  heavy-duty trucks; and heavy machinery—all designed for the increasing demands of various businesses in the region.      Chiu noted, “Our team is here to address FOTON’s commitment through best-in-class purchasing and service offerings at our full-fledged facility. As ambassadors of FOTON, we look forward to representing the premium brand by demonstrating their renowned products and service quality to the people in the region, ensuring the highest level of satisfaction of the valuable customers.”      “We are glad to have intensified our reach in Northern Mindanao, which is a very important aspect of our growth strategy, thus aligning with our approach to offer advanced amenities and quality services through strategically located network set-ups in different parts of the Philippines,” Sytin concluded.      FOTON is known as Asia’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles including passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, heavy-duty trucks and heavy machineries. For inquiries, call (02) 459-2121 or 0999-9999998. You may also visit www.foton.com.ph or www.facebook.com/FOTONPhilippines.

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Consistent Sales Growth Boosts Suzuki Philippines’ Industry and CAMPI Rankings

July 29, 2019

Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH), the country’s pioneer subcompact car distributor, closes the first half of 2019 on a high note, posting 14 percent sales growth over the same period last year and climbing to the sixth spot in the local automobile industry ranking and fifth place in the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI) ranking.       “We started the year on the right foot and strengthened our efforts in Q2 to reach more Filipino customers. Our aggressive and strategic marketing campaigns are key in pushing up our position both in the Philippine automobile industry and CAMPI rankings. These achievements reflect the Filipinos’ growing trust in our brand and the quality Suzuki cars that we provide. We are more driven now more than ever to bring only quality driving experience in every Suzuki ride,” shared SPH Director and General Manager for Automobile Division Keiichi Suzuki.      Committed to giving quality driving experience to every Filipino, SPH continues to assure the market with best-performance vehicles such as the New Ertiga, Swift, Celerio, Dzire and Vitara. These top-selling Suzuki vehicles collectively contributed 77 percent to total H1 2019 sales.      The top-favorite 7-seater family vehicle Ertiga is still the number one best-selling Suzuki vehicle in this year’s lineup with a 34 percent share of sales. The introduction of the new Ertiga Black Interior ramped up sales even further. Its fuel efficiency and spacious interior complement the elegance and modern style, giving the Ertiga a strong edge over its competitors.      Following Ertiga as a top-selling Suzuki vehicle is the hatchback well-loved by millennials. The Suzuki Swift contributed 13 percent to overall sales for the first half of the year.      The Celerio ranks third among Suzuki’s top-selling vehicles with an 11 percent shares of sales. Powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-liter DOHC engine, the hatchback is available with either a five-speed manual transmission or a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT), making it the first model in its segment to offer CVT. Its compact design surprises with an interior that provides ample space, legroom and storage for stress-free driving.       SPH buckles up for continued strong growth these succeeding months with more targeted marketing strategies. Besides continuous efforts to bring the vehicles closer to the target markets through product displays and test drives, SPH reinforces its presence in the transport scene through active campaigns and promotions, including for those in the transport vehicle service (TNVS) ecosystem.      SPH makes ride sharing a more comfortable experience not just for drivers but for the commuters as well with the Suzuki Ciaz. A reliable partner on the road, the Ciaz runs on a refined K14B engine and has a lightweight and aerodynamic body for enhanced efficiency. Its roomy and ergonomically designed interior ensures a safe and comfortable ride for both the driver and passengers.

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Ranger Leads Ford PH’s Q2 2019 Record Retail Sales

July 22, 2019

Ford Philippines announced second quarter retail sales of 5,667 vehicles, driven by an all-time record quarterly performance of the segment-defining Ranger pickup truck.      Second quarter retail sales for the Ranger rose 25 percent to a record 3,694 vehicles, driving its year-to-date total up 25 percent to 6,836 vehicles.      “The Ranger remains one of the country’s most preferred pickup trucks, and continues to set the benchmark for the segment with its versatility, capability, power, and class-leading driver assist technologies,” said PK Umashankar, managing director, Ford Philippines.       The “Built Ford Tough” Ranger lineup in the Philippines has grown to 11 variants, including the recent addition of the Ranger XLS Sport which features striking design enhancements for the XLS variant that further strengthen its rugged, visual appeal.       Second quarter sales for the Everest mid-size SUV totaled 1,274 units, pushing up year-to-date sales to 2,919 vehicles. The EcoSport mini-SUV delivered second quarter sales of 487 units, driving its year-to-dates sales to 1,020 vehicles.      The Ford EcoSport boasts improved driving performance with either the 1.0L EcoBoost engine or the new and more powerful 1.5L TiVCT engine with 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s more street smart than the previous version, with a bolder look and design, refined interior, and more smart and safe features and driver-assist technologies.

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Honda Debuts Refreshed BR-V

July 22, 2019

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile unit in the Philippines, unveils the New BR-V at the City of Dreams Manila, Paranaque City.      The New Honda BR-V revolves around the grand concept of “Enhance SUV Image”. Itshowcases a masculine and premium look with its sleeker design and advanced features. Upfront, the New BR-V presents a new Chrome Front Grille that is perfectly paired with a new Front Bumper for both variants. Included in the updates is its new LED Daytime Running Lights for 1.5 V CVT variant, while maintaining its Halogen Headlights and Fog Lights for both variants. Its newly designed 16” Alloy Wheel also contributes to its long wide stance for a more commanding road presence. For a more convenient driving experience, the Power Folding Door Mirrors with Integrated Side Turn Signals is still available for the 1.5 V CVT. At the back, a newly designed Rear Bumper is provided to give it a stronger character. Both variants still get the roof rail while the 1.5 V CVT also gets a new Shark Fin Antenna that enhances its masculine and premium look.      The New Honda BR-V’s interior received exciting updates as well. The 1.5 S CVT variant is equipped with a 7-inch Capacitive Touchscreen Display Audio while the 1.5 V CVT is equipped with a 7-inch Capacitive Touchscreen Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For added convenience, both variants of the New BR-V are now equipped with a reverse camera. The New BR-V maintains a spacious and comfortable cabin that provides ample legroom and head clearance. The New BR-V’s 1.5 V CVT is equipped with a new stylish Leather Interior. To complement the seats, new Red leather accents were added to the door panel armrest while new Red stickers are now found in steering wheel and shift knob to accentuate the new design for 1.5 V CVT. To complete the refreshed interior design, both grades’ interior decoration was also improved and changed into Dark Steel.      The New Honda BR-V is powered by the 1.5 Liter i-VTEC Engine that provides 88kW(120Ps) at 6,600rpm and 145 N-m (14.8kg-m) at 4,600rpm. The engine is mated to Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that delivers a smooth, refined and fuel-efficient driving performance. The 1.5 V CVT comes with Smart Entry with Push Start System for convenience and Paddle Shifters for an engaging driving experience. Honda’s Eco Assist System, which consists of the ECON mode and Eco-Coaching Ambient Light, is also available to help encourage drivers to drive efficiently.      The New BR-V aims to provide peace of mind on the road with Honda’s G-force Control (G-CON) Collision Safety Body that dissipates G-forces in the event of a crash and disperses it away from the vehicle’s occupants on impact. Moreover, standard on both variants are Driver and Front Passenger SRS Airbags; Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) that prevents wheel lock during sudden braking; Hill Start Assist (HSA) that averts backward roll when the vehicle moves from a static position on an incline; Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) that restricts sideway skidding during cornering; and Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock that activates when the vehicle accelerates. Additionally, catering to the needs of every Filipino family, the New BR-V comes with ISO-FIX Anchors to securely latch a child seat, making the New BR-V worthy of its 5-Star ASEAN NCAP rating in the Adult Occupancy Protection (AOP) category.      The New BR-V is now available at all 38 Honda dealerships nationwide with the following suggested Retail Prices:      • 1.5 V CVT- Php 1,155,000      • 1.5 S CVT- Php 1,035,000

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Petron Blaze-powered Mazda Wins Kalayaan Cup 12-hour Endurance Run

July 22, 2019

At the 2019 Petron Kalayaan Cup 12-hour endurance run held at the Clark International Speedway last June 12, Team Race Form Garage 2233, driving a Mazda Miata Global Cup Car, emerged as the overall champion. Powered by Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6—recognized as the best gasoline in the country—the Miata was able to complete 274 laps of the 4.2-km track during the 12-hour run. Team Race Form Garage 2233 is managed by Francis Godinez with Antonio Brias, Don Pastor, Enrique Hormillo, and Jason Choachuy as drivers.      Petron-sponsored teams also performed well in other Independence Day race categories. Driving a Honda Civic, Mon Dimapilis, Danby Yaptinchay, Ditrie Villacorta, and Allen Escoto of the Petron Blaze Racing Team won the Class 2 championship with 220 laps. At the same time, Carlo Consumido’s Petron Tora Tora team with Chad Parian, Walter Rillorta, Francis de los Reyes, and Paolo Yaptinchay on a Honda Civic hatchback finished 1st runner-up in the Class 1 category.      The Petron Kalayaan Cup is an endurance race traditionally held during the Philippine Independence Day. A car is driven by a team of alternating drivers attempting to complete as many laps as possible in the race circuit. The official fuel for all competing cars is Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6 with its Triaction performance advantages, (1) better engine protection for longer engine life; (2) better mileage for longer drives; and (3) better power.      As the industry leader, Petron is also a major force in Philippine motorsports, providing support for such events as the Toyota Vios Cup, Formula 4 Southeast Asia, Asian Karting Series, IAME Karting, Kalayaan Cup, Rainforest Challenge (Diesel), to name a few.

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Donsals debuts 35 new business class units to ply Initao-CDO route

July 15, 2019

MAVERICK PUV operator Donald Rey Ellarina, also known as Donsals, unveiled on Monday (July 15, 2019) 35 new business class units as part of his contribution to the government's PUV modernization program. It is another landmark to the homegrown public transport firm which started its roots in the western part of Misamis Oriental plying state-of-the-art jeepneys in the 1990s. When the PUV trend in the Philippines transitioned to airconditioned vans in the 2000s, Donsals led the bandwagon, ditched its old open-air jeepney fleet and pioneered public van transport in Northern Mindanao, still plying the western Misamis Oriental route from Initao municipality to Cagayan de Oro City. Today marks another breakthrough for the company. The all-new Toyota Coaster six wheelers have a 29-seat capacity each and are all Euro 5 compliant. Each unit has its own WiFi connectivity on board and a 22" flat screen TV. It also has a back compartment with styro boxes provided for passengers who have wet goods. For safety purposes, all units are equipped with close-circuit security cameras. All drivers are likewise instructed to keep the maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour. With GPS connectivity, a warning will automatically blink at Donsals headquarters in Laguindingan should any driver breaches the speed limit. Ellarina said drivers who violate this policy will face one-week suspension. These and other features are indeed proof that the PUV modernization program of the government can be a success.

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