motoring

Nissan Seals Partnership with Shell to Give Customers a Chance to Win 5-year Fuel Supply

June 3, 2019

Nissan, the Philippines’ third largest automaker in automotive sales, is partnering with Shell Fuels to give customers in the Philippines a chance to win free fuel for five years. The initiative is part of several customer-focused activities developed by the two global brands.      “Today, it’s all about the customers. It’s about giving them our best products and services – cars and fuels that work best together,” said Kit Bermudez, Shell National Sales Manager and Marketing Manager for Retail. “If you have an entry level vehicle that needs fuel efficiency, we have Shell FuelSave. If you have a Nissan Patrol and need power and performance, we also have the Shell V-Power. There’s always a Shell fuel that works great with whatever your drive is.”      Nissan Philippines General Manager for Marketing Dino Obias, said that this partnership will create significant impact for both brands, particularly recent with fuel price rises, through initiatives that show how Nissan and Shell can collaborate to make journeys even better for motorists.      “At Nissan, our customers always come first. And that is why we are supporting them by creating a retail campaign that gives them a chance to win free fuel for five years,” explained Obias. “Starting with this, we are subsequently looking forward to continuing our partnership with Shell in the months to come.”      Under the Shell-Nissan partnership, all customers who purchase a participating Nissan model via cash or bank purchase order of financing will be automatically entitled to join the raffle promo.      A customer will get a chance to win Free Shell Fuels with the corresponding prizes (whichever comes first):      –Five years or P500,000 worth of Shell Fuels      –Three years or P300,000 worth of Shell Fuels      –One year of P100,000 worth of Shell Fuels      This raffle promotion can be availed on top of all other existing or ongoing Nissan Promotions from April 1 to June 30, 2019. For more information on this offer, visit www.nissan.ph/latestdeals.

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An Uplifting Driving Experience – Suzuki Swift GLX CVT

May 18, 2019

Suzuki is known for their vehicle models that create a cult following. One model in particular is the Suzuki Swift. Now in 4th generation, it has undergone some changes in styling cues but has retained the endearing boxy silhouette that came to define its character. The result is an overall styling that appears muscular yet compact. The blacked-out pillars create the look of a floating roof and wrap-around windows. The eye-catching 16-inch polished alloy wheels completes the whole package.      The Swift is propelled by a 1,197 cc 4-cylinder DOHC gasoline engine which produces 82 HP @ 6,000 rpm and 113 nm @ 4,200 rpm. The engine was re-designed to reduce friction and improve combustion for better fuel economy. To further emphasize Suzuki’s commitment to efficiency, the Swift is now fitted with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). I have spent most of my time driving it in stop-and-go urban traffic and I was still able to achieve around 12 kilometers per liter. This car, however, is not only about saving fuel but about having a fun driving experience as well. Engaging the Sport Mode on twisty mountain roads beyond city limits, I managed 10 kilometers per liter. As with its predecessors, this Swift’s handling is spot on and it inspires confidence when taking corners at higher speeds. The trade-off is a firm ride, though the set up on this one felt better at smoothing out the bumps compared to those in the previous generations.       Since most of us spend a lot of time sitting in traffic, Suzuki equipped the Swift with amenities to help keep each trip a pleasurable experience. Some of which are only available in vehicles at higher price points. An automatic air-conditioning system maintains a consistent cabin temperature regardless of outside temperature. In fact, it kept the interior surprisingly cool amidst the summer heat we are having now. Keep your passengers entertained with the 8-inch Infotainment System Display. The screen is strategically placed to minimize glare and the sound quality is excellent. You will be able to hear every line in your favorite movie clearly despite the traffic noise. One feature that is not usually available in cars in this category is the Cruise Control, which is a big plus when driving on tollways. You won’t have to keep looking at the speedometer to maintain the proper speed so you won’t take your eyes off the road. In my experience, it also helps in fuel economy.       What I personally appreciated about the Swift is its D-shaped steering wheel. Not only does it add sporty appeal, it also leaves more vertical leg room for taller drivers like myself. It does partially block my view of the speedometer, though, even after adjusting the tilt of the steering wheel. The instrument panel consists of analog speedo and tachometer, and a trip computer display that reads out real time fuel mileage. As Suzuki generously endowed the Swift with creature comfort features, they also did not scrimp on safety features as well. All Swift variants are equipped with anti-lock brakes with EBD function. Dual front air bags come as standard too. The GLX variant I have tested also has parking sensors and reverse camera which helped me ease into those tight mall parking spaces.       The all-new Swift has a 242-liter trunk space, quite generous for a car this size. The second row also has a 60/40 folding configuration for more versatility. With the second row completely folded, you get 556 liters of cargo space. Not bad, for a cute little hatch. The all-new Swift is available in three variants: GL MT, GL CVT and GLX CVT. Price starts at P 755, 000. If you are in the market for an economical daily ride that offers a driving experience befitting its marketing slogan, then the all-new Swift is worth looking into.

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Suzuki PH Closes Q1 2019 With Consistent Growth, Ertiga Remains the Best-seller in Product Line-up

May 13, 2019

Suzuki Philippines (SPH), the country’s pioneer compact car distributor, wrapped up the first quarter of the year with consistent sales growth, securing the 6th spot in the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) roster.       The Ertiga remains the brand’s best-selling vehicle, accounting for 33% of the total sales for the quarter. The Celerio came in second with 12.3% of sales while the Dzire contributed 11.6%.       SPH’s strong performance this first quarter comes on the heels of a successful 2018, which marked strong sales, expansion in key cities across the country and back-to-back recognitions from several renowned award-giving bodies.       “We started 2019 consistent and stable, and so far, we have maintained our momentum. Our performance at the start of the year is setting the pace for the rest of 2019. We are confident of achieving substantial sales growth and reaching more customers through aggressive marketing efforts and nationwide promotional campaigns,” shared SPH Director and General Manager for Automobile Division Keiichi Suzuki.       Three of the most sought-after models in the Philippine automotive market and the company’s top-selling vehicles in recent months, the Ertiga, Celerio and Dzire collectively boosted sales for the first quarter of 2019.       With 33% share of total sales for the quarter, the top favorite family vehicle Ertiga remains the best-selling Suzuki vehicle. The launch of its black interior model in February helped spur sales even further for the Ertiga. The 7-seater MPV combines elegance and strength, blending modern style and maximum functionality to let riders enjoy their days in style.       The Celerio retains its place as the second best-selling vehicle with a 12.3% share of sales. This hatchback, known for its space and roomy dimension, can accommodate of up to 254-liters worth of cargo with an uncompromised 5-seater capacity. Alongside its remarkable fuel efficiency that ups the ante for its category.         The Dzire positions itself as another Suzuki best-seller at third place with 11.6% of total quarter sales. C! Magazine’s Best Mini Compact of 2018 awardee is increasingly being recognized in the market as one of the most affordable units in its category.       SPH’s strategic marketing efforts help bring the brand closer to more Filipinos and introduce them to the Suzuki Way of Life!          SPH’s participation and presence at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) last April reflected the brand’s competence in the market by highlighting how its vehicles deliver combined fun, functionality and comfort to give Filipinos optimal driving experience.       During the four-day event, the brand’s most-valued vehicles—the multifunction 7-seater all-new Ertiga, multi-awarded subcompact sedan Ciaz, bold and relentless 4x4 all-new Jimny, well-loved hatchback Swift, exquisite sedan Dzire and stylish SUV Vitara—were available for preview.       In line with SPH’s nationwide advocacy of raising awareness about road safety, Suzuki Safety Scouts encouraged guests at the trade event to join the campaign. Visitors were able to register kids 4 to 14 years old for free to become an official Suzuki Safety Scout.  

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Suzuki Moto Dominates Commuter Underbone Segment, Total Sales Up by 36% in Q1

May 13, 2019

Suzuki Motorcycles - a division of Suzuki Philippines Incorporated, and one of the big four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers in the country, showed a strong start in terms of volume sales this 2019 as reflected on Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc.’s (MDPPA) data. This is after the brand’s 1st quarter sales records indicate a growth of 36%, which is even higher than the total combined sales growth of its members (Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha) posted at 22% versus last year. This very impressive performance also demonstrates that Suzuki, which will be celebrating its 100th year in 2020, attained the biggest growth of 2% in Philippine market share, among the four Japanese manufacturers compared to 2018.      These results are brought about by the brand’s sales achievement in the Underbone and Scooter categories as a by-product of the brand’s integrated sales, marketing and brand communication strategies. The records affirmed Suzuki as now the most preferred Underbone maker in the Philippines, with 45% market share in the said category, due to the steadfast domination of the Underbone King - Raider R150 and the No. 1 Selling Underbone Motorcycle in the Country (Underbone Leisure Category) - Smash Stylish Colors. The data also shows the very warm welcome of the Filipinos to the Skydrive Sport, which is Suzuki’s latest offer at the Scooter segment. Launched in August last year, this ride is perfect for beginners and young riders, and is instrumental for the Japanese giant’s growth of 357% in the Scooter category.      Kicking off the year with this data, Suzuki Philippines Incorporated, which is also one of the top performing markets among all Suzuki motorcycles’ subsidiaries in the world, is off to a bright and optimistic 2019.

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Honda Unveils the All-New Brio, Comes in Sportier RS Variant

May 6, 2019

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile unit in the Philippines, is pleased to introduce the All-New 2019 Honda Brio as Honda’s entry to the A-Segment passenger car category in the Philippines. This is a response to customers who aspire to own and experience Honda’s signature sporty and practical characteristics in an affordable package.      Now on its 2nd generation, The All-New Brio was developed based on the grand concept “Proud Over Class”. The grand concept stemmed from the intention to improve aspects of the vehicle that its users need. With this, the All-New Brio was developed to be one-class above its segment with significant improvements specifically with its dimensions.      The All-New Brio boasts a very spacious interior feel. Given the extended wheelbase, the rear passenger legroom now provides a more comfortable rear cabin space with added legroom compared to its predecessor. As for the cargo space, the All-New Brio also manages to feature a well accommodating 258 Liters of cargo space with the rear seats up thanks to its additional extended cargo area. Given its hatchback body style, cargo capacity can be increased to 710 liters with the rear seats folded down. This flexible interior space allows the All-New Brio to carry various cargo given its compact body size.      Powering the All-New Brio is a new 1.2 Liter 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine that produces a maximum power of 90 ps at 6,000 rpm and 11.2 kg-m of torque at 4,800 rpm. This is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed based on Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology. The engine and transmission combined provide a smooth, powerful off-the-line acceleration and efficient fuel economy for Honda’s new small hatchback. For those who prefer driving a Manual Transmission, a 5-Speed Manual Transmission option will be available for the 1.2 S MT Variant.      Honda will be offering the All-New Honda Brio at the following Special Introductory Suggested Retail Prices until June 2019:      1.2 RS Black Top Navi CVT: Php 732,000      1.2 RS Navi CVT: PHP 727,000      1.2 V CVT: PHP 646,000      1.2 S MT: PHP 585,000.

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Nissan PH Gets Third Spot in Market Ranking, Navara Pick-up Dominates Sales

May 6, 2019

Nissan in the Philippines closed its fiscal year with 58.5% growth in March, according to the latest figures released by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI). Nissan rose to third place within the automotive manufacturers ranks, up from sixth place last year. Nissan now holds 11.3% market share amongst CAMPI members, also increasing from last year’s 6.1%.       The Nissan Navara drove the sales record for Nissan, accounting for 47.4% of total sales, and becoming one of the pick-up segment’s top-selling models. Notably, the Nissan Terra already contributed 16.3% of the total sales since the brand started selling the M-SUV last August. Other models that performed well include the Nissan Urvan and Nissan Almera, contributing 16.9% and 14.9% of the total sales, respectively.      “Nissan’s achievements come from putting the customer at the heart of everything we do, and transforming the way people drive and live in the Philippines,” says Atsushi Najima, the new president and managing director of Nissan in the Philippines. “Our success is built upon the strong foundations laid by my predecessors, the people of Nissan, and the dealer network. From here, our goal is to sustain this game-changing growth by focusing on delivering quality service, exceptional customer experience, and exciting products equipped with Nissan Intelligent mobility.”      As part of its future development plans, the company recently announced that it would be launching the Nissan LEAF in the Philippines by 2020. Nissan also has plans to expand its dealership network to more areas in the country and improve its branches through the global retail visual identity known as the Nissan Retail Concept.

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