motoring

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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Nissan Electrifies UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid

June 17, 2019

Nissan is powering the UEFA Champions League Final by providing 363 Nissan LEAF vehicles and e-NV200 vans to transport officials and visitors to Madrid, creating a mega-fleet that will cover more than 220,000 all-electric kilometers.      Now in its fifth season as Official Automotive Sponsor of the world’s largest annual sporting event, Nissan aims to improve air quality and reduce the environmental impact on the host city during this high-traffic weekend, with the largest zero-emissions fleet in the history of the competition.      This year the Nissan fleet also includes a Nissan LEAF NISMO RC 2.0 race car, which will be used by Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos as he delivers the UEFA Champions League Trophy from the UEFA Champions Festival in Puerta del Sol to the EstadioMetropolitano.      With dual electric motors, all-wheel drive and an aggressive body shape – as well as a custom-designed aerodynamic trophy display case for this event – the LEAF NISMO RC 2.0 demonstrates the latest in the performance side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology. It has double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, containing advanced electric battery technology and drivetrain components sourced from the Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric car.      The final comes as Nissan prepares to begin deliveries of the new LEAF e+ to European customers, introducing a new 62kWh battery with a range of 385km, new personalisation options and equipped with Nissan’s e-Pedal and ProPILOT technologies.      Gareth Dunsmore, Divisional General Manager of Marketing Communications, Connected Car Services, Customer Experience, at Nissan Europe said: “The Champions League Final and Nissan’s electric vehicles are a perfect match because they are both exciting and at the top of their game. We are thrilled to offer attendees the experience of zero emissions transportation on the streets of Madrid, a city that is already at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution.”      The city of Madrid has banned old diesel and petrol cars from some parts of the city center as part of a move to reduce congestion and pollution. A new low-emissions zone covers 472 hectares (1,166 acres) and means that all petrol vehicles registered before 2000 and diesel ones registered before 2006 are banned from the area unless they are used by residents of the area or meet other exemptions. Only vehicles with zero emissions are permitted in downtown Madrid and the city has installed more than 110 car chargers to encourage further electrification.      To bolster that infrastructure over the course of the UEFA Champions League Final weekend, Nissan has added an additional 36 chargers around the city which will all be deployed in Spain after the event.      The Nissan LEAF is made at Nissan’s award-winning plant in Sunderland, UK, for export to markets across Europe, including Spain. The LEAF remains the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, with global sales of more than 410,000 and sales in Europe leading the competition with 41,589 units in 2018.

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AC Industrials Launches Maxus Philippines

June 17, 2019

AC Industrials, an Ayala company, recently launched Maxus Philippines to add to its Automotive brand line-up. Maxus Philippines introduced its flagship model the G10 family multipurpose vehicle (MPV), and the V80 Comfort, Flex and Transport vans.      Maxus Philippines thus becomes the sixth automotive brand partner under AC Industrials’ wing, which includes other world-renowned car brands Honda, Isuzu, Volkswagen, Kia and KTM motorcycles.      The Maxus auto brand traces its British roots to as far back as the creation of the Leyland Steam Van in 1896, followed by the start of Leyland Motors in 1907. This company eventually expanded its products to include sedans, buses and other commercial vehicles throughout its long history. The Maxus nameplate first appeared with the launch of the “Maxus” prototype LD100 van at the end of 2004. The distinctive Maxus V80 and Maxus G10 first rolled out in 2011 and 2014, respectively, with the Maxus G10 establishing the Maxus brand image.      Through this 123-year history, Maxus has become one of Europe’s most influential and recognized commercial vehicle brands, and a leader in the design, production and distribution of international commercial vehicles.      Leyland DAF Vans (LDV), a successor company to Leyland Motors, launched the Maxus brand in 2004, and in 2010, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) acquired the assets of the LDV Group and continued the Maxus brand which has current distributorships in Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Africa, among others. In the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, Maxus vehicles continue to be sold under the LDV brand.      Maxus has been investing in new technologies, prototyping a pure electric wide-body light bus in 2014, an all-electric MPV in 2016, and a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and internet-connected SUV in 2017.      It is this European heritage, coupled with the powerful global support of SAIC that provides AC Industrials with the confidence to introduce the Maxus automobile brand in the Philippines. AC Industrials and Maxus Philippines CEO Arthur Tan said, “The Maxus brand continues AC Industrials’ strategy of providing automobiles and motorcycles that not only speak of the rich heritage of their countries of origin, but are also the best examples of a global collaboration in vehicle engineering, design, assembly, and distribution.”      Maxus Philippines President Felipe Estrella, in describing the company and its vehicle offers, said: “All of our automotive brands offer unique value propositions to particular segments of the motoring market, and we envision Maxus to be very competitive in the commercial vehicle category, particularly in the passenger van and MPV segments. Not only does its strength lie in transporting families, Maxus also adds a distinct proposition to cargo transport and shuttle services, offering our multitude of Pinoy small and medium-sized entrepreneurs the opportunity to get their shuttle and cargo businesses going in style, comfort and power.”

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Kawasaki Presents Winner of First Rouser Dare Venture Philippines

June 17, 2019

Mark Philip Benosa, more popularly known as Makie to his friends and fellow riders was crowned Grand Winner of the first season of the first online motorcycle reality show in the country, Rouser Dare Venture Philippines during the live airing of its final episode last June 1, 2019 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.      A grand prize winner of Php 100,000 and a brand new Rouser NS160, Makie is a long-time Rouser rider from Taguig and is considered one of the more influential riders in the Rouser community.      Coming in second to Makie was Henry Malaton III, the youngest rider of the group; a 23-year old rider from Cagayan de Oro city.      The winner was announced by Rouser Dare Venture Philippines host, Zach Lucero as he explained the rigorous final challenge that our riders faced, which was a combination of motorcycle riding, and hiking to the mouth of the Mt. Pinatubo crater.      Along with them for the ride was the Rouser NS160, which was the same unit used by each of the participants since the first day of challenges. The Rouser NS160 units in question were kept in their stock condition, and no parts or modifications were changed or done along the way.      The grand awarding ceremony was also attended by representatives from the highly supportive Rouser clubs, motorcycle dealers, members of the motorcycle media, and executives from Kawasaki Motors Philippines Corporation, headed by its Vice President for Finance, Mr. Yasuhiro Yamada.      Also present during the awarding were the 8 other finalists who were eliminated over the course of the 9-episode journey.      All 10 episodes of the Rouser Dare Venture Philippines are available for viewing on the Rouser Philippines official facebook page, and official Youtube Channel.

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D-MAX Boondock Debuts in ‘Open House’ as Part of the “I Love Isuzu” Campaign

June 4, 2019

A month after the festive and successful launch of the “I Love Isuzu” campaign last April 25 at the Festival Supermall in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) shifts the celebration a bit further south at Isuzu Santa Rosa.      The focus of the “Open House” has now been the launch of the new Isuzu D-MAX Boondock.      The “Open House” concept, part of the “I Love Isuzu” campaign, makes Isuzu Santa Rosa dealership, its vehicle roster and aftermarket services, closer to its customers and potential buyers by way of fun and engaging activities, contests and promotions; the introduction of the new D-MAX Boondock.      The festivities started early with the motorcade of 24 vehicles drumming up excitement along the designated route from a Shell station in Biñan going to the dealership.      The D-MAX Boondock was finally revealed after IPC Product Planning Head Robert Carlos described the new and exciting details about the pick-up. Based on initial feedback by customers and members of the D-MAX Club coming from Team Isuzu Pilipinas and Team ICE in attendance, the D-MAX Boondock Edition packs in more of the tough, durable, and powerful persona that truly befits its name, its intended natural habitat.      The D-MAX Boondock Edition fits the utilitarian vehicle profile sought after by the premium lifestyle, with its higher ride height of 247 mm, 1, 900 mm overall height, off-road look, and a muscular stance that looks tough enough for anything that comes its way.      Based on the popular D-MAX 3.0L LS, the D-MAX Boondock Edition is fitted with 265/70 R 17 All-terrain tires wrapped around black alloy wheel R17 rims. This all-terrain tire has been engineered to provide ultimate traction across various conditions, whether rolling down the highway or leaving the pavement behind.      Monotube nitrogen-charged performance shock absorbers ensure instantaneous response to changing road conditions and offering faster damping reaction. As a result, improved steering control on different terrain and driving conditions is achieved.      The steel side steps not only give easy access but offer valuable protection to the pick-up body. The honeycomb design with the Boondock logo also helps in no-fuss cleaning and provides better traction during ingress and egress.      To complement the overall look, the D-MAX Boondock Edition is equipped with roof rail, cargo extender, rocker panel, over fender, and a massive Boondock decalinstalled at the tailgate.      Of course, the D-MAX Boondock Edition walks the talk, with its powerful, Euro-4 emissions rated 4JJ1-TCX 4-Cylinder in-line Blue Power 3.0-liter diesel engine with turbo intercooler and VGS Turbo Charger mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with gearshift indicator or a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift. The D-MAX Boondock Edition is able to generate maximum power outputs of 177 PS at 3,600 RPM and 380 Nm of torque at 1,800 to 2,800 RPM.      Available in Cosmic Black and Galena Gray colors, the Isuzu D-MAX Boondock Edition is priced at P1.390 million for the D-MAX 3.0 4×2 LS MT Boondock, and P1.455 million for the D-MAX 3.0 4×2 LS AT Boondock.      Beyond the debut of the Isuzu D-MAX Boondock Edition, the “Open House” in Isuzu Sta. Rosa underscores how valuable Isuzu customers and the Filipino motoring public are to IPC, and it shows once more in the “I Love Isuzu” campaign in the dealership.      The “I Love Isuzu” campaign has entailed months of research, planning, and collaboration among IPC and its dealers, business partners, suppliers, and the various Isuzu auto clubs across the country. The campaign perfectly represents IPC and continues the good relationship with long-time clients and partners.      The “I Love Isuzu” campaign has hinged on not just Isuzu vehicles’ exceptional durability, reliability, power, performance, and fuel-efficiency, but also on the entire motoring lifestyle experience of their owners and their families and friends, the kind of lifestyle experiences that have evolved into fond memories throughout the decades.      Isuzu Sta. Rosa’s “Open House” as an integral part of the campaign, has lined up various activities and rewards schemes for its clients, customers and stakeholders, including: Special 10K worth of Isuzu Parts Coupon for closed transactions, 3K worth of SHELL Fuel Voucher for every successful referral offered to existing clients and 20% Isuzu Genuine Parts Discount. In addition to this, a whole day of bankers’ and client test drive, Fleet Service Clinic and open service shop for clients.      To know more about IPC’s “I Love Isuzu” campaign, upcoming Isuzu Dealer Open House schedules, and the D-MAX Boondock Edition as well as the complete roster of Isuzu commercial vehicles and light commercial vehicles, visit your nearest Isuzu dealer or log on to www.isuzuphil.com.

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