motoring

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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Suzuki Auto Fest 2019 Goes to Iloilo at the End of the Month

July 15, 2019

Suzuki Philippines, Inc., the country’s pioneer subcompact car distributor, takes this years’ Suzuki Auto Festival nationwide. The series of exhibits will be held in various SM Supermalls nationwide bringing the Suzuki award-winning cars and the Suzuki Way of Life even closer to more Filipinos.      Join in on the fun and experience Suzuki vehicles up close and personal in the following venues and dates:      SM City Iloilo, July 27-28      SM City BF Parañaque, August 17-18      SM City General Santos, September 21-22      SM City Davao, October 26-27      This year’s Suzuki Auto Festival will showcase the most-valued Suzuki units such as the Suzuki Ciaz, Swift, Dzire, Vitara, all-new Ertiga and the all-new Jimny alongside Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle. Games and fun activities await car enthusiasts and families to help them bond during the weekend festivities. The Suzuki Safety Scouts Corner will also be there and will be a sure hit with the kids.      Suzuki Philippines Director and Automobile Division General Manager Keiichi Suzuki shared, “We have made it our consistent goal to provide Filipinos with innovations and design that will fit their various lifestyles. Suzuki Philippines is experiencing a business momentum right now due to the consistent support from our valued customers. The Suzuki Auto Festival is a series of celebrations we hold every year as our way of giving back and reminding the Filipinos of our commitment to innovate. We are looking forward to seeing our fans in the exhibits and for them to experience the Suzuki Way of Life!”      For more information about Suzuki Philippines and their automobiles, please visit http://suzuki.com.ph/auto/ and like them on www.facebook.com/SuzukiAutoPH, https://twitter.com/SuzukiAutoPH and follow on Instagram at @suzukiautoph.

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Suzuki Ciaz ensures fuel-efficient, safe, comfortable ride share

July 15, 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.       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.      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.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!

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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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