Thursday, September 29, 2016

Aston Martin begins production of DB11 grand tourer

Roughly two months after Aston Martin ceased the production of its DB9 grand tourer, the British carmaker has announced that it has begun to produce its successor, the highly-anticipated DB11, with the first units being delivered to customers by October 2016.



"It's an exciting moment for the entire company when the first car of a new model goes into production," said Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Andy Palmer, who will personally inspect the first 1,000 cars to assure the quality of the vehicle. "The DB11 is a special car and it heralds the start of a new and exciting era for Aston Martin."


The Aston Martin DB11 was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last March. To date, over 3,000 orders have reportedly been placed for the DB11 which will all be hand-built at the company's sports car production plant and headquarters, in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Press Release: Honda sales up by 19% versus year-ago performance

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda's automobile business unit in the Philippines, proudly announces its sales performance for the month of August 2016. HCPI's Year-To-Date (YTD) sales grew by 19% from January to August with a total of 14,496 vehicle sales, compared to the same period in 2015 with 12,167 vehicles sold. The reported sales increase is attributed to the brand's main contributors, particularly the New City and the New Mobilio.



The New Honda City remains as the best-selling model among HCPI's 14 vehicle line-up with a remarkable 41% share in HCPI's year-to-date sales. It also advances its segment for leading the 1.5-liter sedan category. HCPI strives to increase its City sales by introducing a new Limited Edition Variant for its only locally produced vehicle. The New City 1.5 E Limited Edition Variant is equipped with exclusive Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Door Visors, speed-sensing Auto Door Lock, key fob with Panic Button, and a Limited Edition emblem.

Furthermore, HCPI takes pride in the New Honda Mobilio for contributing a significant 24% in HCPI's year-to-date sales, and is now HCPI's second best-selling model. Since its introduction in the Philippine market last year, the New Mobilio already leads the 1.5-liter Multipurpose Utility Vehicle (MUV) segment with 127% sales ahead of its main competitor.

HCPI continues to serve the market by constantly developing and providing more high-quality vehicles. During the 6th Philippine International Motor Show, HCPI launched its newest seven-seater SUV, the All-New Honda BR-V. The All-New BR-V’s spacious seven-seating capacity, masculine exterior design, conveniently-sized body, advanced features, and top-notch safety technology will surely delight the Filipino family looking for a fully-packed but affordable SUV.

For more information on Honda’s latest news, products and events, visit www.hondaphil.com or any authorized Honda dealership nationwide.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Press Release: The Honda Jazz dazzles in Lunar Silver Metallic

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda's automobile business unit in the Philippines, releases the Honda Jazz in Lunar Silver Metallic, a color emanating a tastefully upscale appeal that befits the pioneer in the subcompact hatchback segment. The Lunar Silver Metallic color option will be offered on all Jazz variants--the 1.5 V MT, the 1.5 V CVT, the 1.5 VX CVT, and the 1.5 VX+ CVT.



Versatility and performance complement the style of the Jazz Lunar Silver Metallic. Like all other variants of the Jazz, the Jazz Lunar Silver Metallic carries the patented ULTR Seat that lends a flexible and generously spaced interior. The ULTR seat can be adjusted to four modes depending on passenger and cargo hauling needs--Utility, Long, Tall, and Refresh (ULTR) Modes:
  • Utility Mode -- with the ULTR seat folded flat, the Jazz can carry two passengers as well as large items;
  • Long Mode -- with the ULTR seat folded flat and the front passenger seat reclined all the way back, the Jazz can carry two passengers and a long item with a maximum length of 226cm;
  • Tall Mode -- with the ULTR seat folded up, the Jazz can carry up to three passengers as well as tall items with a maximum height of 100cm in the second row; and
  • Refresh Mode -- with the front seats reclined all the way back to connect with the rear seats, the Jazz allows both the driver and the passenger to lounge and relax inside the car 

Performance remains uncompromised since the Jazz is powered by a refined 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine that delivers a maximum power output of 120ps at 6,600 rpm. The engine is mated to either a five-speed Manual Transmission or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Honda Earth Dreams Technology for a powerful yet fuel-efficient driving performance.

Besides having innovative and high-performance features, the Jazz trumps the competition in the field of fuel-efficiency. In the Department of Energy (DOE) Euro 4 Fuel Economy Run held earlier this year, the Honda Jazz 1.5 VX CVT gathered a 28.6 km/L efficiency rating, the highest among other Honda entries and the best in class among subcompact hatchbacks. This is attributed to the Jazz's ECO Assist System which consists of the ECON Mode that controls the engine, drive-by-wire, transmission, and air-conditioning to optimize fuel consumption, and the Eco Coach Ambient Light that changes color to indicate throttle input and promote fuel-efficient driving.

The Jazz 1.5 VX CVT and 1.5 VX+ CVT variants are also integrated with advanced features such as a seven-inch Touch Screen Display Audio, Hands-free Telephone (HFT) and Audio Streaming via Bluetooth Connectivity, as well as Touch Panel Auto Aircon that all add a premium appeal to the dashboard. Auxiliary, USB, and HDMI ports are available for passengers to connect and mirror their smart phones on the display audio with ease. Both Jazz variants are equipped with a Smart Key with Push Start System for added convenience to the driver.

Like other Honda vehicles, the Jazz is packed with safety technology for the peace of mind of its occupants. All Jazz variants come standard with Driver and Front Passenger SRS Airbags and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Additional features like Hill Start Assist (HSA), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) are offered in the 1.5 VX CVT and 1.5 VX+ CVT variants, plus Side Airbags and Side Curtain Airbags for the 1.5 VX+ CVT.

HCPI is now accepting reservations for the Jazz Lunar Silver Metallic with the following suggested retail prices:
  • 1.5 VX+ CVT -- P968,000 
  • 1.5 VX CVT -- P928,000 
  • 1.5 V CVT -- P828,000 
  • 1.5 V MT -- P788,000

Other colors include:

  • Attract Yellow Pearl (1.5 VX+ CVT and 1.5 VX CVT only) 
  • Vivid Sky Blue Pearl (1.5 VX+ CVT and 1.5 VX CVT only) 
  • Modern Steel Metallic (1.5 VX+ CVT and 1.5 VX CVT only) 
  • Taffeta White 
  • Rallye Red

For more information on the Jazz, drop by the nearest authorized Honda dealership or visit HCPI’s official website, www.hondaphil.com.

Miami Heat still unsure of Chris Bosh's future with the team

The intertwined fate of the Miami Heat and Chris Bosh remain unclear as they head into the 2016-2017 NBA season. Following the physical examination of the five-time All-Star power forward/center prior to the start of team's pre-season training camp, the Heat announced that it is unable to give Bosh the go-signal "to return to basketball activities" and that it has no timetable for his return.



This is definitely bad news for Bosh whose struggle with blood clots since the 2015 All-Star Game has sidelined him from the game for most of the past two seasons. If the blood clotting continues to prevent Bosh from rejoining the Heat, he may very well retire for good before the start of the season.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

BMW's short film series "The Hire" is coming back with "The Escape"

On April 26, 2001, BMW came up with a series of short films it called The Hire which starred Clive Owen as an unnamed driver who has been hired to complete a variety of missions. To mark the series' 15th anniversary, the German carmaker has announced that it has come up with a new short film entitled The Escape.



Helmed by Neill Blomkamp, The Escape has Owen once again reprising the role of The Driver and joining him are Dakota Fanning, Jon Bernthal, and Vera Farmiga. Also returning are the original series' creative director, Bruce Bildstein, executive producer Brian DiLorenzo, and creative consultant David Carter who also co-wrote the film with Blomkamp.


The first series of The Hire consisted of five short films, with John Frankenheimer's Ambush being followed by Ang Lee's Chosen, Wong Kar-Wai's The Follow, Guy Ritchie's Star, and Alejandro Inarritu's Powder Keg. Executive produced by David Fincher, the first season was reportedly viewed over 11 million times in four months.

The second series debuted over a year later in October 2002 with John Woo's Hostage followed by Joe Carnahan's The Ticker, and Tony Scott's Beat the Devil. Scott also teamed up with his brother Ridley Scott as the series' executive producers.

BMW's "The Hire" series proved to be so popular and ground-breaking that it received numerous accolades, from inspiring the Cannes International Advertising Festival to create the Titanium Lion in 2003 "to honor creative ideas that point to a new direction for the industry and redefine the creative landscape" to being inducted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in 2003.

"The Escape" will premiere on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (Monday, October 24, 2016 at 6 a.m. Philippine time) on BMWFilms.com. But while we're waiting for it, you can check out the sneak peek of the short film below.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

No PIMS 2016 coverage, folks! Sorry!

Unfortunately, asthma got the best of me on the week of the 2016 Philippine International Motor Show, hence the lack of coverage of the biennial event.

If I may suggest though, why not take a look at the galleries of the 2016 Manila International Auto Show girls and cars?

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Press Release: The all-new Honda BR-V nationwide tour begins

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda's automobile business unit in the Philippines, will display the All-New Honda BR-V, Honda's newest seven-seater SUV, at select malls and Honda dealerships beginning September 20, 2016.



After its official debut in the 6th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) at World Trade Center Manila, customers who want to see the All-New BR-V in the metal, check out its interior, and know more about its features can drop by the following venues:

NATIONWIDE TOUR*

Date
Location
Address
Variant
September 20 to 21, 2016 Honda Cars Carmona SLEX Autoplex, Carmona/Biñan Toll Gate, South Luzon Expressway, Brgy. Maduya, Carmona, Cavite 1.5 S CVT
Honda Cars Calamba National Highway, Brgy. Milagrosa, Calamba, Laguna 1.5 V Navi CVT
September 23 to 25, 2016 Lucky Chinatown Mall 293 Lachambre St., Binondo, Manila 1.5 V Navi CVT
September 27 to 28, 2016 Honda Cars Manila Bay 6513 Bradco Avenue, Aseana Business Park, Parañaque 1.5 V Navi CVT
Honda Cars Kalookan 598 EDSA Balintawak, Brgy. 95, Caloocan 1.5 S CVT
September 30 to October 2, 2016 Honda Cars Rizal Km. 22, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Brgy. San Juan, Cainta, Rizal 1.5 S CVT
Honda Cars San Pablo National Highway, Brgy. San Nicolas, San Pablo, Laguna 1.5 V Navi CVT
*Additional nationwide tour dates to follow 

The All-New BR-V Nationwide Tour will allow customers to see and experience the All-New BR-V’s spacious seven-seating capacity, masculine exterior design, conveniently-sized body, advanced features, and top-notch safety technology.

The All-New BR-V is available in two variants, namely, the entry-level 1.5 S CVT and the top-of-the-line 1.5 V Navi CVT. Interested customers can reserve the All-New BR-V at any of the 34 Honda dealerships nationwide. Deliveries will begin in December 2016.

Customers can also choose among a range of colors offered for the All-New BR-V:

  • White Orchid Pearl (1.5 V Navi only) 
  • Premium Amber Metallic (1.5 V Navi only) 
  • Modern Steel Metallic 
  • Lunar Silver Metallic 
  • Crystal Black Pearl 
  • Taffeta White (1.5 S only) 
 For more information on the All-New BR-V’s nationwide tour, visit HCPI’s website at www.hondaphil.com and HCPI's official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Hondaphil.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Press Release: Honda Inaugurates New Dealer Showroom in Manila Bay

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda's automobile business unit in the Philippines, opens its 34th dealership in Manila Bay area under the Business group of AC Industrial Technology Holdings, Inc. Honda Cars Manila Bay (HCMB) is located at the Bradco Ave., Aseana Business Estate Park, Paranaque City with a 3,000sqm lot size having a 754sqm showroom that has a modern and up-to-date facilities and design with a two-story structure for the showroom that will have the most number of display vehicles to be maximized with 22 cars. This is for HCMB to showcase more variants of each Honda vehicle line-up for the customers. HCMB will also open its Service facility with the most advanced equipment and quality service to cater Honda customers.






HCMB will continuously provide excellent Sales and Service to meet customer satisfaction in line with HCPI's commitment in producing and delivering innovative products that meets every Filipinos' driving needs. And with this partnership between HCPI and AC Industrial Technology Holdings, Inc., the dedication will be experienced in the newly-opened HCMB dealership.

Visit Honda Cars Manila Bay and see the line-up of Honda vehicles displayed in the showroom. Open every Monday to Sunday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM for Sales and 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM for Service.

Monday, September 5, 2016

The 6th Philippine International Motor Show is happening next week!

The Philippine International Motor Show, the lone motor show in the country that's organized by most of the market's major brands through the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc., will be holding the sixth installment of the biennial event from September 14 to 18 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

The theme of this year’s show is "Steer The Future" with the tagline "CAMPI: Driving Progress, Empowering Society," highlighting the automotive industry's contributions to the advancement of the country and its economy.

"PIMS is proof that the automotive industry remains robust these past few years," said CAMPI President Atty. Rommel Gutierrez. "We are excited to stage it this year as we lead Filipinos to a future of better mobility and transportation, and contribute to the country's progress."

Participated in by 17 of the Philippines' top car manufacturers and distributors, namely BAIC, BMW, Daewoo Bus, Foton, Honda, Isuzu, Jeep, KIA, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Peugeot, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen, attendees can expect to see these brands showcase not only their product lineup but also their latest models which are expected to make their debut at the show. Confirmed to appear on our shores officially for the very first time at PIMS are the following:




* Mazda CX-3


* Nissan GT-R




* All-New Toyota Prius




* Volkswagen CC


New variants and updated vehicles models will also be on display at the show, like the refreshed Isuzu D-Max, Honda City 1.5 E Limited Edition, and seven-seater dual-clutch Kia Soul. A handful of vehicles are also expected to draw the attendees attention, namely the BMW i8 hybrid, the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 Formula 1 car, and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hybrid SUV.

Honda Cars Philippines is also teasing that it will debut an all-new seven-seater SUV at the show and we predict it's the Honda BR-V which we reported will make its debut at around this time back in December 2015.

PIMS 2016 will also have an After-Sales Pavilion where car owners can shop for upgrades and genuine parts for their vehicles, both old and new, while a test drive area outside the venue will allow prospective car buyers to test drive different vehicle brands and types in one location.

The 6th PIMS is co-presented by Total Philippines and has BPI Family Savings Bank as its official auto loan partner. Tickets to the show are available at SM Tickets for only P100. For more information, visit smtickets.com or dial 470-22-22.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Jenson Button extends contract with McLaren-Honda but will be designated as third driver from 2017 Formula 1 season onward

Jenson Button has finally quashed the rumors that the 2016 Formula 1 season will be his last following McLaren-Honda's announcement that he will continue on with the team as part of an "innovative three-driver strategy" for the 2017 and 2018 Formula 1 seasons.

"Having extended his contract to include 2017 and 2018, he’ll continue to be a senior, influential and committed member of the team, and will remain centrally involved in the development of our cars," McLaren Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ron Dennis said of Button . "He'll also be available to race for us if circumstances require it. On behalf of all at McLaren-Honda, I want to say how thrilled we are that Jenson has extended his contractual relationship with us. Moreover, I’m absolutely certain that the depth of his experience and the currency of his expertise will give us an advantage over our opposition next season."



As one of the most senior drivers on the grid, coupled with McLaren-Honda's subpar performance this season, many have speculated that Button will be retiring from the sport at the end of the season. However, although Button has chosen to extend his contract for two more years and will continue to play "an active role as a key member of the team," the driver's line-up for the 2017 season will be bannered by two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso and the team's current reserve driver, Stoffel Vandoorne.


In effect, Button and Vandoorne will be swapping roles from the 2017 onward, with Button relegated to being McLaren-Honda's reserve driver and taking on  the mantle of developing its race cars while Vandoorne will be helping Alonso recapture the team's former glory.

"I'm delighted that I’ll be staying on as a key member of the McLaren-Honda team," Button said in a statement. "In fact I'm massively excited about my new role, which has come about as a result of a number of in-depth chats with Ron. Specifically, I'm looking forward to becoming even more deeply involved in the team's efforts to bring about the success we've all been striving to deliver. To be clear, I'm very definitely not retiring. I'm contracted for both 2017 and 2018, I intend to work hard on car-development, and I'm sure I’ll get behind the wheel of the new car at some point."

Vandoorne won't be wet behind the ears when he takes to the track next season following his Formula 1 at the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix when he replaced Alonso after the latter was declared unfit to race following his high-speed crash at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.

"It's an enormous honor to become a McLaren-Honda race driver, and I promise to work as hard as any Formula 1 driver ever has before. I already know the team extremely well...and I've already raced the car once and tested it often. I have total confidence in the potential of the McLaren-Honda project, and I firmly believe that, racing alongside a brilliant and experienced driver, I'll be able to make a strong contribution to the team's future World Championship successes."