Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Press Release: Honda showcases dynamic capabilities of its SUV lineup at the Honda SUV Test Drive event

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda's automobile business unit in the Philippines, recently concluded the Honda SUV Test Drive in Tagaytay with its entire lineup of high-performance SUVs--the Honda HR-V, the Honda CR-V, the Honda Pilot, and, finally, the All-New Honda BR-V.

Amid the breathtaking view of Tagaytay Highlands, HCPI put its four SUVs to the test by allowing media participants to drive the vehicles through on-road, off-road, and customized tracks that simulate various road conditions. All four SUVs were driven on uphill and downhill runs through straight and winding roads to test their power, handling, and safety features.

Every part of the road course truly allowed the participants to experience every vehicle's dynamic driving performance, powerful engine, and effortless handling. The uphill and downhill drives demonstrated the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) capabilities of all four SUVs that prevented the vehicles from skidding sideways during cornering, and rolling back on inclines.

The Honda HR-V 1.8 EL CVT proved its drivability and handling at every turn, conquering every curve and slope of Tagaytay Highlands, while providing comfort and space for its occupants. Its 1.8-liter powertrain portrayed powerful driving performance, producing a maximum power output of 141ps at 6,500 rpm and 172Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. This engine is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Honda's Earth Dreams Technology for optimal fuel efficiency.

Meanwhile, Honda's All-Wheel Drive (AWD) SUVs, the CR-V and the Pilot, were driven over rough roads with varying steepness levels to assess their performance and safety features. Honda’s SUV line-up provided utmost driver and passenger comfort in different road conditions as the participants traversed steep light mud trails and dirt hills with ease.

The Honda CR-V 2.4 SX AWD proved capable of delivering maximum power output of 185ps at 7,000 rpm. The CR-V allowed the media participants to experience comfort and safety in different driving conditions, which were further demonstrated through its Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), VSA, and HSA.

The All-New Honda Pilot 3.5 EX-L AWD showcased confident driving performance with its 3.5-liter Direct Injection i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) and 6-speed Automatic Transmission that delivers maximum power output of 284ps. The All-New Pilot also features a new Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4), an All Wheel Drive system with torque-vectoring function that provides torque across the rear axle to aid cornering. This helps deliver more dynamic handling that provides effortless, efficient, and dynamic all-weather performance. This function is paired with the New Intelligent Traction Management system that offers four different All Wheel Drive modes (normal, snow, mud, and sand).

The highlight of the test drive was the recently launched All-New Honda BR-V, Honda's newest and the first-of-its kind seven-seater SUV in the country. The participants drove the All-New Honda BR-V 1.5 V Navi CVT on extensive laps across Tagaytay Highlands.  In terms of looks, the All-New BR-V 1.5 V Navi CVT held its own beside the rest of the Honda SUV lineup with its solid frame and masculine body. In terms of performance, the All-New BR-V equally impressed with its 1.5-liter engine mated with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). It powerfully drove steep uphill climbs carrying a full load, and effectively engaged the twists and turns of Tagaytay Highlands. The All-New BR-V proves to be a capable seven-seater SUV designed for long-distance adventures and cargo-hauling trips with the family.

HCPI is now accepting reservations for the All-New BR-V in all 34 Honda dealerships nationwide. Customer delivery will begin this December 2016.

For more information on Honda's SUV lineup, drop by the nearest authorized Honda dealership or visit HCPI’s official website,

Photos taken with Lenovo Vibe Shot

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Press Release: Be road-ready for the rainy days

With the streets of the metro once again turning into one big virtual swimming pool because of the weather, your car is your best friend to keep you safe and dry on the road. Wouldn't it be awful if your trusty car breaks down in the middle of a downpour? 

Don't let that happen to you! One of the best things you can do to keep your car from malfunctioning is to make sure it is ready to brave the weather by getting regular oil changes.

But why is an oil change important? Well, imagine this: your car's engine is made up of many metal parts, all moving and working hard together to keep it running with the help of engine oil. This constant movement causes friction, which lessens the effectivity of your engine oil and can cause damage to your engine over time. Add severe weather conditions to the mix, and you've got an engine that will have to work extra hard to take you to places. This increases the risk of your car breaking down on the road, which can be extra troublesome during a heavy downpour.

Don't be caught in this situation just because you put off getting an oil change. Make it a habit to get regular oil changes. With your busy schedule, it's best to take your car to a service center to get your oil change professionally done. The frequency of getting an oil change varies per vehicle, and service centers can give you advice on how often you need to bring your car back to be serviced.

Have a go-to oil change center like Shell Helix Oil Change+ (SHOC+), where you can just sit back and relax at the air-conditioned lounge with free Wi-Fi while expert mechanics work on your vehicle. The professional and friendly mechanics at SHOC+ use only quality Shell lubricants in every oil change. SHOC+ has also partnered with the Don Bosco Technical Institute to conduct Modern Engines and Lubrication Services training for all their mechanics, giving your car only the best possible service. Finding the nearest SHOC+ center is also convenient, with over 200 locations at different Shell stations nationwide.

"We at Shell understand that motorists lead busy lives, so aside from our quality fuels and lubricants, we also offer expert car maintenance services at Shell Helix Oil Change+ to keep their vehicles running right. This is especially important during the rainy season, when motorist are more dependent on their vehicles," says Anthony Lawrence Yam, Pilipinas Shell's Vice President for Retail.

By providing quality fuel products and services to motorists around the world, Shell gained its foothold as a global leader in power and energy that pioneers next generation technology in developing new energy sources, producing smarter products, building smarter infrastructure and providing energy efficient engineering solutions that ultimately promote cleaner energy, smarter mobility, energy efficiency and a new energy future to address the energy challenge.

At Shell Helix Oil Change+, you get more than just an  oil change. You also get peace of mind with every drive--rain or shine.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Press Release: Honda’s September sales is second highest in its history

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda's automobile business unit in the Philippines, is pleased to announce that its overall sales in September of this year is the second highest ever recorded in HCPI's sales history with a total of 2,520 vehicles sold. The highest recorded sales achievement of HCPI was in March of the same year, with 2,663 vehicles sold. 

In the passenger car segment, Honda's September sales grew by 57% from its August sales. A total of 1,747 units were sold in September, a significant increase from 1,113 units sold in the previous month. Honda's biggest contributor in this segment is still the Honda City, with 847 units sold in September alone. To further elevate the ownership experience of customers, HCPI recently launched a Limited Edition variant of the Honda City--The New Honda City 1.5 E Limited Edition. The New City 1.5 E Limited Edition comes with exclusive Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Door Visors, Speed-sensing Auto Door Lock, Key Fob with Panic Button, as well as a Limited Edition emblem.
Another significant contributor to Honda's sales in the passenger car segment is the All-New Honda Civic, with 602 units sold in September alone. HCPI is committed to bring in more units of the All-New Honda Civic in the future, especially with the market's increasingly favorable response since the 10th generation Civic's launch last April. 1,443 units of the All-New Honda Civic were already delivered to Honda's dealerships nationwide from June to September. It is now readily available for interested customers.

Additionally, HCPI expects to reach more customers by launching three All-New Honda Civic Modulo variants--the All-New Civic 1.8 E CVT Modulo, the RS Turbo Modulo, and the RS Turbo Modulo Sport. All three Modulo variants flaunt an even more aggressive appeal through a seamless integration of a Front Under Spoiler, Side Under Spoiler, Rear Under Spoiler, Exhaust Pipe Finisher (1 pair for the RS Turbo Modulo and the RS Turbo Modulo Sport variants) and a Modulo emblem. The 1.8 E CVT Modulo variant gets an additional Deck Lid Spoiler, while the RS Turbo Modulo Sport variant receives 17-inch Matte Black Modulo Alloy Wheels.

As for Honda vehicles in commercial segment--which includes the Mobilio, the HR-V, and the CR-V--sales grew by 48% from August to September. This segment also achieved a 70.5% growth in Year-To-Date (YTD) sales, owing to the 6,457 units sold from January to September 2016 compared to the 3,787 units sold in the same period of 2015. Moreover, the Mobilio still edges out its main competitor and remains to be the best-selling 1.5-liter MUV in the market with 3,889 units sold from January to September of 2016. Such sales achievements reflect the unabated appreciation by the market of the Mobilio's style, versatility, and practicality. HCPI believes that the Mobilio's sporty exterior, spacious cabin, and comfortable sedan-like ride will attract more customers looking for a high-quality but affordable MUV.

HCPI seeks to continue its sales momentum by relentlessly providing the market with an unparalleled driving experience from more vehicles with high-qua lity features. The All-New Honda BR-V, Honda's 7-seater SUV launched last September at the 6th Philippine International Motor Show, is another vehicle poised to satisfy the needs of the market, especially in the SUV segment. Filipino families can count on the All-New BR-V's 7-seating capacity, masculine exterior design, conveniently-sized body, advanced features, and top-notch safety technology. Reservations for the All-New BR-V are ongoing, and the deliveries are to begin in December 2016. All customers are invited to take part in the ongoing All-New BR-V Nationwide Tour and take advantage of it by dropping by the following venues: 

October 18 to 19, 2016
Honda Cars Ilocos
Brgy. 16, San Marcos, Payas, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
1.5 V Navi CVT
October 21 to 23, 2016
Honda Cars Cebu
A. Soriano Ave., North Reclamation Area, Cebu City, Cebu
1.5 S CVT
Honda Cars Pampanga
Brgy. San Agustin, McArthur Highway, San Fernando, Pampanga
1.5 V Navi CVT
TriNoma Mall
Triangle Park, North Triangle, Ayala Vertis North, Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila
1.5 V Navi CVT
October 24 to 25, 2016
Honda Cars Mandaue
A.S. Fortuna St., Mandaue City, Cebu
1.5 S CVT
October 25 to 26, 2016
Honda Cars Isabela
National Highway, Brgy. Tagaran, Cauayan City, Isabela
1.5 V Navi CVT
October 28 to 31, 2016
Honda Cars Carmona
Tetra Trading, SLEX – Carmona Toll Plaza, Brgy. Maduya, Carmona, Cavite  
1.5 V Navi CVT
Honda Cars Bulacan
McArthur Highway, Poblacion, Guiguinto, Bulacan
1.5 V Navi CVT
Honda Cars Batangas
Diversion Road, Brgy. Bolbok, Batangas City, Batangas
1.5 S CVT
October 29 to 31, 2016
Honda Cars Calamba
National Highway, Brgy. Milagrosa, Calamba
1.5 V Navi CVT
*Additional nationwide tour dates to follow

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

Press Release: Hyundai PH sales leaps 50% in first nine months

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the country, kept its growth momentum as it remains as one of the automotive industry's high flyers. Hyundai closed its 2016 nine-month sales with a robust 50% growth, mainly attributed by both Passenger Car (PC) segment and Light Commercial Vehicles (PCV) segment. All in all, the company sold a total of 25,021 units by the end of September.

As the front runner of HARI's growth, the PC segment grew at a double-digit rate of 56% in the first nine months of the year. The Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) segment, meanwhile, was not far from the spotlight as it pushed its nine-month sales to 37% from previous year.

Meanwhile, third quarter results showed 53% growth for the PC segment, while the LCV segment improved its sales by 23%.

Philippine GDP expanded by 7.0% for second quarter of 2016--the fastest quarterly expansion since the 7.9% GDP of the same period in 2013. Growth contributors include the consumer and infrastructure spending during the tail-end of the election period, as well as the buoyant business and consumer sentiment, adequate credit, and domestic liquidity.

Amidst the proposal to increase taxes on both fuel and automotive vehicles, a strong macroeconomic foundation, higher disposable income, and an upbeat rating in auto-buying intentions, has kept an opportunistic view for the demand of automotive vehicles. Hyundai's positive growth strengthens this sentiment and only validates the claim of 2016 being the year of the company's renascence.

"Nearing the close of 2016, a more favorable outlook is seen for the remainder of the year as Hyundai is likely to maintain its growth momentum, mirroring the vitality of the country's economy and its fast-growing automotive industry. With an endless potential, the company will continue to relentlessly satisfy its customers with its line-up of modern premium products and services," said HARI President and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo in a statement.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Petron is first to bring Euro V-quality fuel to the Philippine market

It hasn't been a year since Petron Corporation launched in the Philippine market its full range of locally-produced Euro IV-quality fuels yet the country's leading petroleum company has set another milestone by introducing the first Euro V-quality fuel in the Philippines nationwide--the Petron Blaze 100 Euro 5.

According to Petron, the Blaze 100 Euro 5 fuel contains less sulfur at 10ppm (parts per million) when compared to Euro 4 fuels at 50ppm. Therefore, it's 500% cleaner than standard Euro 4 fuels and has less benzene (less than 1% of volume) compared to the local standard which allows up to 2% by volume in gasoline.

As such, Petron claims the Blaze 100 Euro 5 offers the following benefits:
  • Optimal power and acceleration due to extremely high octane and performance additives; 
  • Exceptional engine cleanliness because of its high quality base fuel and fully synthetic detergent additive; 
  • Better fuel economy due to its friction modifier and combustion improver additives; and 
  • Lower emissions and longer catalytic converter life.
Although the Blaze 100 Euro V is recommended for high-end, high-performance vehicles, Petron asserts that its formulation will improve the power and fuel economy of other vehicles as well.

"Petron is proud to introduce another revolutionary fuel specially formulated for Philippine driving conditions," said Petron President and CEO Ramon Ang in a statement. "With the highest octane rating but the lowest sulfur content, Petron Blaze 100 Euro 5 is the best gasoline in the market by far in terms of power, efficiency, and reduced emissions.

We will continue to innovate and lead in fuels technology so we can put more savings in our customers’ pockets while improving air quality across the nation," Ang added.

MMDA to extend "no window hours" to 8pm, to expand coverage to include 14 major thoroughfares by November 1

Effective yesterday, October 17, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) began to strictly implement its updates to the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program, otherwise known as the number-coding scheme.

 Photo from Wikimedia Commons

For the uninitiated, the number-coding scheme means your car is barred from the metro's streets from 7am to 7pm on a certain day of the week depending on the last digit of its license plate: 1 and 2 on Mondays; 3 and 4 on Tuesdays; 5 and 6 on Wednesdays; 7 and 8 on Thursdays; and 9 and 0 on Fridays. Up until recently though, the only time you could use your car while it's covered by the scheme are during the so-called "Window Hours" from 10am to 3pm save for the cities of Las Piñas and Makati which strictly enforces the 7am to 7pm ban with no exception, unless your family name is Binay, we guess.

Anyway, the recently-implemented updates are comprised of two major developments. The first is that Mandaluyong City has joined Makati and Las Piñas in implementing a "No Window Hours" ban on cars covered by the number-coding scheme. The second is that the agency has removed the "Window Hours"on EDSA, C-5 Circumferential Road, Alabang-Zapote Road and Roxas Boulevard" which means if your car is covered by the number-coding scheme and you're using one of the aforementioned thoroughfares between 10am and 3pm, the MMDA and/or local government units will apprehend you for violating the program.

That's not all though because, as a motorist, the worst is yet to come and will probably challenge your creativity in finding a way to get to your destination if you insist on using your vehicle while it's covered by the number-coding scheme. That's because come November 1 according to, the MMDA will expand the coverage of the "No Window Hours" to 16 more major roads in Metro Manila. So, joining EDSA, C-5, Alabang-Zapote Road, and Roxas Boulevard on November 1 are the following:
  • CM Recto Avenue
  • Pres. Quirino Avenue
  • Araneta Avenue
  • EDSA
  • C.P. Garcia Avenue
  • Bulacan-Rizal-Manila-Cavite Regional Expressway
  • Roxas Blvd.
  • Taft Avenue
  • SLEX
  • Shaw Boulevard
  • Ortigas Avenue
  • Magsaysay Blvd./Aurora Blvd.
  • Quezon Avenue/Commonweath Avenue
  • A. Bonifacio Avenue
  • Rizal Avenue
  • Del Pan/Marcos Highway/MacArthur Highway
In addition to more roads being covered by the "No Window Hours" program, the MMDA will also extend by one hour the number-coding scheme which means from the current 7am to 7pm ban, it will be from 7am to 8pm come November 1.

Good luck to all of us, then.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Press Release: It’s the Most Wonderful Deal of the Year from Honda!

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda's automobile business unit in the Philippines is inviting you to the most wonderful deal of the year as Honda offers Low-Cash Out for City, Mobilio, and HR-V. Now you can drive any of these models for as low as P25,000 down payment for the City E Limited Edition, P47,000 for the Mobilio 1.5 E MT, and P66,000 for the HR-V 1.8 E CVT. This offer will run for the whole month of October 2016.

To make this season even more exciting, HCPI is giving out additional prizes for customers who will inquire, test drive, reserve, and purchase any Honda vehicle from October 5 to 31, 2016. For every transaction, customers will be entitled to get a corresponding raffle coupon which gives customers a chance to win gadgets such as the iPhone 7, Go Pro Hero 5 Black, or Cash Rebate of P100,000 in a monthly draw. HCPI will also be giving away one All-New Honda BR-V, Honda's affordable seven-seater SUV, as the Grand Prize to be raffled in January 2017. Definitely this is the most wonderful deal you will get from Honda and this will surely be a great way to celebrate the Christmas season this year.

To join the raffle, customers should inquire, test dive, and reserve any Honda vehicle in any authorized Honda dealerships and shall be given the corresponding quantity of raffle coupons for each customer transaction.

With this, customers will have more chances of winning from the accumulated raffle entries from each transaction even better when customers purchased a Honda. Winners will be drawn at the Department of Trade and Industry, Region IVA in the presence of a DTI representative on November 14, 2016.

Aside from the accumulated raffle entry, customers who will test drive and experience the advantages of Honda will get limited free items such as a Honda Powerbank for the month of October 2016.

The All-New Honda BR-V is the newest seven-seater SUV that was launched in the Philippines last September 2016. This addition to Honda’s model line-up is designed to suit every Filipino family's taste of style, practicality, and adventure with its remarkable masculine design and performance from its 1.5 liter i-VTEC Engine that is built with Earth Dreams Technology Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for a smooth, exhilarating, and fuel-efficient drive.

Join this wonderful offer from Honda and you might just be one of the first owners of the All-New BR-V or win the exciting prizes.

For more information and mechanics, visit the nearest authorized Honda dealerships nationwide or the HCPI’s website,

Friday, October 7, 2016

Ford introduces new Ranger FX4 variant

Ford Philippines recently introduced to the market a new variant of its wildly popular Ranger pickups--the Ford Ranger FX4. Unlike new variants that most carmakers overload with chrome trims and accents, the American brand went the other way by fitting the vehicle with black elements.

The FX4's new grille, for example, comes in black and incorporates a mesh pattern design. Also rendered in black are the fog light bezels, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a new sports bar while a graphic element draws your attention to the hood, under which resides Ford's proven 160hp and 385Nm 2.2-liter Duratorq  diesel engine.

To make the FX4's rear stand out from other Ranger variants, its tailgate has a blacked-out decal with the RANGER model name laid out in negative space, allowing the body color to show through.

The dark finishes continues in the FX4's interior to give the pickup a premium look and feel, giving it a unique level of refinement within the Ranger lineup. Completing the upgrades to the vehicle is the FX4 logo embroidered on the leather seats.

The new Ford Ranger FX4 is available in Cool White, Aluminum Metallic, Meteor Grey, and Jet Black at the following price points:

• Ranger FX4 (Six-speed Manual Transmission) at P1.299 million, and
• Ranger FX4 (Six-speed Automatic Transmission) at P1.359 million

You can check out the Ford Ranger FX4 at your nearest Ford dealerships now.