motoring

Suzuki launched 3 bikes, raffled-off 2, at the Motorsiklo Xklusibo’s 8th anniversary celebration

September 25, 2017

Suzuki Philippines is in full force during the Motorsiklo Xklusibo’s 8th anniversary celebration aptly called as MX GR82B8 (MX great to be eight) at Tagaytay International Convention Center (TICC) with the arrival of the brand’s well coveted motorcycles – the Raider R150 Fi and the GSX Series – GSX-R150 and GSX-S150. Over 14,000 riders attended the annual gathering and witnessed the public introduction of the latest Suzuki bikes which have been the topic of all riders’ discussions especially on social media for the past months not only because of their handsome looks but more because of their power and performance. These are: the fuel-injected brother of the Underbone King which is considered as the Pinnacle of Hyper Underbones – the Raider R150 Fi and the revolutionary lightweight sportbikes which came from the renowned Suzuki GSX lineage – the full faired GSX-R150 and the naked GSX-S150. The launch was held as part of MX’s program which was attended by Suzuki Philippines President Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki, Marketing Manager Mr. Monch Bontogon and Regional Sales Manager for South Luzon Mr. Mitsunori Shiraishi with Team Suzuki Pilipinas’ Luzon representative Eane Jaye Sobretodo. Club Suzuki Raiders Philippines (CSRP), the Raider R150 Summit dance contest champion also did an amazing performance at the launch. What served as the highlight of the event was when Suzuki raffled off 2 Raider R150s – a carburetor and a fuel-injected model. The lucky winners were Mr. Roberto Gutierrez of Camarines Sur for the Raider R150 carb and Mr. Rolando Fernandez for the Raider R150 Fi.

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Suzuki car clubs strengthen ties, help communities and the environment

September 25, 2017

Pioneer compact car distributor Suzuki Philippines (SPH) supports the series of activities organized by several car clubs from the growing Team Suzuki Philippines (TSP) family. Accredited car clubs Swift 1.2 Philippines and Vitara Club of the Philippines recently held outreach programs in support of their respective Suzuki vehicles and as part of efforts to reach out to more communities and create a positive impact. Suzuki Philippines Assistant General Manager Cecil Capacete commended the efforts of Swift 1.2 and VCP: “On behalf of Suzuki Philippines, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude for your continued and heartfelt support for the brand. These outreach activities and programs have always been in line with our objectives. They reiterate that our efforts and vision go beyond providing quality and practical compact cars. We are delighted and honored to be an instrument in achieving your goal of making a difference as a means of bringing to more Filipinos the Suzuki way of life.” Swift 1.2 Philippines conducted its first ever outreach program in partnership with the No One In Need Movement. The activity, held at San Diego Restoration Village in Valenzuela City, was participated in by more than 40 kids and community members, who joined the games and program that included singing, drawing and dancing. Prizes were given away to the delight of the kid attendees. The event mirrors the club’s mission to strengthen camaraderie among its members. It also supports Suzuki’s commitment to give more Filipinos a better understanding of the Suzuki Way of Life. “We would like to thank Suzuki Philippines for the support they have given us in making our first outreach activity possible. We at Swift 1.2 were brought together two years ago by our love and support for Swift. Over time, we realized we have more things in common. Wanting to touch other people’s lives and make a difference is among them. We are definitely excited to do more of this in the future,” shares Swift 1.2 Philippines officer Argel Lapuz. Established in 2015, Swift 1.2 quickly expanded over a span of only two years. It currently comprises more than 500 members and is expected to continue growing in the years ahead, a reflection of the success of Suzuki’s most famous hatchback. Equipped with a stylish and elegant façade, Swift continues, without a doubt, to earn favorable market response. VCP recently held a tree-planting activity at the Treasure Mountain in Tanay, Rizal. The event, which was attended by more than 50 members and their families and friends, was capped by an overnight fellowship. The participants bonded during the camping, sharing not just food but laughter, stories and experiences as well to make the VCP family even closer. “As the oldest car club of Suzuki Philippines, we would like to show our sincerest gratitude to the company for their continued support. This year’s tree-planting activity not only provided an opportunity to help the environment but also allowed us members to take some time off our usual routines and bond. We are definitely looking forward to a more fruitful relationship among the VCP members and with Suzuki Philippines,” VCP President Mike Borja said. Unlike the Swift 1.2 that comprises mostly young professionals, the VCP is made up of athletic and adventurous individuals. It currently has more than 550 members. “To Team Suzuki Philippines, we are most grateful for the support you have given the company. You have for many years now continued to work with us amid our heightened efforts to bring our vehicles to more Filipino homes and make Suzuki vehicles every Filipino’s most-trusted companion. Your team spirit has always inspired us—and will continue to inspire us—to forge ahead and gear up for more milestones and successes,” SuzukiPhilippines General Manager for Automobile Mr. Shuzo Hoshikura shared.

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2017 Honda Pride Ride Successful

September 19, 2017

Davao City -- The Honda Gen-S sponsored event held on September 9-10,2017 at the Eden Nature Park and Resort at Toril, Davao City. Is a success with the participation of various firms and spectators with the arrival of the participating riders in the Flagship shop, the motorcade registration House Rules and Regulations were properly relayed to the participating teams. Ample preparation such as safety Riding Reminders Orientation, Hand Signals, and the Distribution of Motorcade Jersey, Snacks, Riders kits were conducted. The Motorcade started at Buhangin at 8:30 AM by the Davao Team and Guess Speaker Tomoaki Watanabe, and arrived was greeted by Dancers and Drum Beaters at the Eden Nature Park, The opening day was conducted with Video cooping by the Host Riders. Various topics were discussed, particularly on the Program Flow, and test Ride by HSDC A safety Riding Seminar & Team Building Service of Games have strengthened the participation of the attendees. A Minor Raffle in the evening contributed to the excitement of the participants. The entertainment by comedians and Dancers made the evening filled with humour and laughter. The Singing contest and Honda Got Talent show exhibited the hidden talents of the participants, at the surprise of the spectators. At the Concluding part of the evening was the awarding of winners, both for Riders of the Night and the Team Building/ Games. Also Awarding of club certificates, Club President Testimony, and the Major Raffle were successfully conducted. Local Band Entertainment and Fellowship for the Riders made the concluding event of the Night Significant. During the Second Day, September 10, 2017, the Davao conducted survey to the participants. The distribution of Certificate of participation, Distribution of Gas Allowance and Group Picture followed the event. The Concluding Part was an Open Forum of Honda Club Presidents with Honda Improvement HPI activities, Club Support to Honda Philippines Inc.( HPI) The participants from all over Mindanao was 250 riders, consisting of Joint Association of Riders, such as 2017 Honda Pride Riders or Honda Gen. S Riders, the association of Yamaha Riders, Suzuki Riders and Kawasaki Riders at the initiative of 2017 Honda Gen- S Riders. The Success of the event was attributed to the Host Honda Phil., Inc. ( HPI ), and the team members, I.e., Tin Garcia, Vince Marlili, Ceddie Urmenita and Macky Sacmar, and Paul Baste. (Correspondent Sara C. Castor)

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2017 Honda Pride Ride Successful

September 19, 2017

Davao City -- The Honda Gen-S sponsored event held on September 9-10,2017 at the Eden Nature Park and Resort at Toril, Davao City. Is a success with the participation of various firms and spectators with the arrival of the participating riders in the Flagship shop, the motorcade registration House Rules and Regulations were properly relayed to the participating teams. Ample preparation such as safety Riding Reminders Orientation, Hand Signals, and the Distribution of Motorcade Jersey, Snacks, Riders kits were conducted. The Motorcade started at Buhangin at 8:30 AM by the Davao Team and Guess Speaker Tomoaki Watanabe, and arrived was greeted by Dancers and Drum Beaters at the Eden Nature Park, The opening day was conducted with Video cooping by the Host Riders. Various topics were discussed, particularly on the Program Flow, and test Ride by HSDC A safety Riding Seminar & Team Building Service of Games have strengthened the participation of the attendees. A Minor Raffle in the evening contributed to the excitement of the participants. The entertainment by comedians and Dancers made the evening filled with humour and laughter. The Singing contest and Honda Got Talent show exhibited the hidden talents of the participants, at the surprise of the spectators. At the Concluding part of the evening was the awarding of winners, both for Riders of the Night and the Team Building/ Games. Also Awarding of club certificates, Club President Testimony, and the Major Raffle were successfully conducted. Local Band Entertainment and Fellowship for the Riders made the concluding event of the Night Significant. During the Second Day, September 10, 2017, the Davao conducted survey to the participants. The distribution of Certificate of participation, Distribution of Gas Allowance and Group Picture followed the event. The Concluding Part was an Open Forum of Honda Club Presidents with Honda Improvement HPI activities, Club Support to Honda Philippines Inc.( HPI) The participants from all over Mindanao was 250 riders, consisting of Joint Association of Riders, such as 2017 Honda Pride Riders or Honda Gen. S Riders, the association of Yamaha Riders, Suzuki Riders and Kawasaki Riders at the initiative of 2017 Honda Gen- S Riders. The Success of the event was attributed to the Host Honda Phil., Inc. ( HPI ), and the team members, I.e., Tin Garcia, Vince Marlili, Ceddie Urmenita and Macky Sacmar, and Paul Baste. (Correspondent Sara C. Castor)

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Jack of all trades. – Suzuki Super Carry Utility Van

September 11, 2017

Built to endure the toughest of conditions, the alll-new Suzuki Super Carry is equipped with strength, high quality performance, superior loading capacity and a Euro-4 certified Diesel engine, Super Carry is really meant to serve as a perfect fit for any kind of business’ requirements in a manner that truly cares for the environment. Super Carry is equipped with a light steering wheel and a low turning radius of 4.3M which allows effortless driving no matter how heavy the cargo is and ensures easy maneuverability even in tight areas. It features latest automotive technologies – the 793cc, 2-cylinder and DDis Euro-4 diesel engine with 5 speed manual transmission, and a peak power of 32 HP @ 3,500 RPM and torque of 75 NM @ 2,000 RPM – making the vehicle more cost efficient and eco-friendly than others of the same caliber. It consumes a mere liter of diesel for an average distance of 22.07 km which makes going around for errands less costly and more practical. The new engine is also equipped with an Engine Control Module or ECM that monitors its condition during servicing and ensures continuous peak performance. It complies to the latest regulations on emissions standards and exhibits lower emissions than Euro-2 engines at 68 percent less particulate matter emissions, 57 percent less nitrogen oxides emissions, and 50 percent less carbon monoxide emissions, for a more environment-friendly driving. The designers of the Super Carry gave careful thought to the comfort and convenience of the driver and passengers and enhanced both via the vehicle’s spacious interior and cabin features. With the driver seat adjustable up to 90mm coupled with the extended portion of the passenger seat, there is enough legroom and space for the driver to lie down and combat fatigue in between long drives. The cabin also features numerous cubbyholes, trays, pockets and storage spaces for documents, food items and other necessities. Underneath the seats are thick glass fiber heat shields for better insulation. The bulb/balloon type weather strip in the Super Carry also lessens noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). To add to the driving comfort, its pedals, gear shift knob and instrument panels are all ergonomically positioned. The vehicle’s rear window is also bigger and can readily be opened with an ergonomically placed locking mechanism. This allows a large amount of air to flow inside the cabin when needed. Fitted with theft prevention measures, Super Carry features a lock-on fuel tank cap, a secured spare tire mounting bracket, and battery with provision of lock. Inside the cabin, the seats are equipped with a 3-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelt. The Super Carry ensures superior braking performance via a front ventilated disk brake for better heat dissipation, plus drum brakes on the rear featuring Load Sensing Proportioning Valves (LSPV) for stabilized braking in different load conditions. Sealing the deal are the high tensile and galvanized chassis materials used in the Super Carry. The galvanized materials provide more resistance to rust while high tensile materials limit intrusion inside the cabin. Its integrated sheet metal body front panel enhances body quality and rigidity, as well as, ensures the driver’s safety. This is complemented up front with a bigger windscreen for better driver visibility. The Super Carry has a 1 Din Audio Unit with Built-In speaker featuring AM/FM Tuning, USB/SD Interface, Auxiliary input and LCD display will make driving the Super Carry more enjoyable.

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Off-road athlete - Suzuki Grand Vitara SE

August 28, 2017

Not everyone who buys an SUV plans to take it off-road. For most of of us, just the thought of owning a vehicle that can take you through some rough spots is enough to justify spending the additional premium. Well, why not? Most of our roads, even in urban areas, are anything but smooth anyway. The Suzuki Grand Vitara may be classified as one of those “softroaders”. It is a step up from the common sedan but not as cumbersome to drive in congested areas as a chunky 4x4. It may not compare to the capability of a full-on off-roader but it has ample grunt and ground clearance to take on quite a few obstacles in its path. The Grand Vitara is propelled by a 2.393 cc, 4-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 168 hp @ 6000 rpm and 227 Nm @ 3800 rpm. The mill is matted to a 4-speed (gate-type) automatic transmission with an A/T power switch. As with most Suzukis I’ve tested, pressing this button gives you a little bit of boost when additional power is needed. With a ground clearance of 200 mm, it may not be designed to cross rivers and streams but it can certainly traverse flooded city streets during monsoon rains. Make no mistake though, this machine still allow a resonable amount of fun when you decide to wander off the beaten path. I’ve spent around 80% of the time in heavy traffic and I was able to achieve an average of 8.3 kilometers to a liter. With a fuel tank capacity of 66 liters, you would be able to do a great deal of exploring before worrying about running out of gas. In the concrete jungle, driving the Grand Vitara is a blast,handling is light and precise. Squeezing in through narrow gaps in traffic won’t be a problem, just be mindful of the large side mirrors. The ride is a bit on the firm side but the trade-off is the excellent composure when taking corners. You’ll find driving on twisty mountain roads quite entertaining. Speaking of which, this elegant compact SUV is loaded with technology to keep your passengers from boredom when stuck in traffic. It comes with an android-ready touchscreen entartainment system which not only plays music from multiple sources, you can also watch movies via DVD or USB. Heck, your kids can even sing-a-long to Moana tunes through Youtube. Morever, the auto climate control system did an amazing job of keeping all occupants comfy amidst the terrible summer heat. The Grand Vitara offers an impressive 398 liters of boot space. If all 5 seats are not going to be occupied, the split-folding second row gives way to allow a total of 758 liters of cargo space. This definitely puts the “U” in SUV. The Grand Vitara Special Edition variant you see on the photos is priced at P 1,210,000 and it comes with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and gorgeous 18-inch wheels all with disc brakes. Another variant with 17-inch wheels is available at P1,160,000 but if you are in the market for an elegantly sporty SUV, always go with more grandeur.

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