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  • Be closer to nature at the Outdoor Expo North 2023 on Feb. 24-26

    If you’re fed up with always going to the beach or to a swanky hotel for your vacation, why not try camping in your car? The Outdoor Expo North 2023 lets you do just that by offering space for up to 400 campers at the Alviera Estate in Porac, Pampanga. Each camper will get around 30 square meters of camping space, with bathroom facilities available onsite. The Alviera Estate in Porac, Pampanga will be transformed into a camping ground from February 24 to 26. PHOTO FROM OUTDOOR EXPO NORTH The org

    VJVJ

    Jan 27, 2023

  • Kia Philippines inaugurates new-look Kia Acropolis

    Kia Philippines has inaugurated a new dealership under its new corporate identity located along a bustling business and commercial district in Metro Manila. Kia Acropolis is the 7th dealership that wears this fresh new look following in the footsteps of Kia Alabang, Kia Sto. Tomas, Kia BGC, Kia Ortigas, and Kia Kawit. While this is just the start, all 42 Kia dealerships nationwide will soon have refreshed exteriors and share the brand’s revamped interior design aesthetic by next year. More than

    JoeyJoey

    Jan 27, 2023

  • Toyota Philippines bumps 2023 prices for Corolla Cross, Hilux

    Toyota Motor Philippines has increased the price of the Toyota Corolla Cross, and Toyota Hilux for 2023. This marks the second time Toyota has increased the pricing of the Hilux since their recent spec upgrade in August 2022. Why the price increase? The Toyota Hilux now gets local data communication modules (LDCM) connected to the car’s electronic control unit that lets the vehicle send data like fuel level, warnings, and kilometer readings to the brand’s local and regional servers. All variants

    JoeyJoey

    Jan 27, 2023

  • Channel the spirit of Type R with Casio's limited-edition Honda Racing watch

    The last time we featured a watch on AutoFun Philippines, it was Casio’s homage to the Initial D and MF Ghost manga. The Japanese watchmaker is at it again with the Casio EDIFICE Honda Racing Red Edition. It commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Suzuka Circuit’s establishment by Honda. The Suzuka International Racing Course, as Formula 1 fans know, is a 5.8-km FIA Grade 1 race track in Suzuka, Japan. This is where the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix has been held since 2009. It started life a

    VJVJ

    Jan 27, 2023

  • Hyundai Motor Group promotes South Korea to host the World Expo for 2030 at WEF

    The Hyundai Motor Group has promoted the South Korean city of Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo at the World Economic Forum (WEF) that happened last Jan. 16 to 20. During the WEF, Hyundai had a fleet of 58 vehicles wrapped with Busan’s World Expo 2030 logo to promote the city to the forum-attending world political and business leaders, Swiss citizens, and other visitors. The fleet consisted of 45 eco-friendly models, including 18 Genesis Electrified G80, eight GV60, four Electrified GV70,

    JoeyJoey

    Jan 26, 2023

  • Akio Toyoda to step down, Lexus, GAZOO Racing chief Koji Sato named new Toyota president and CEO

    Toyota Motor Corporation announced on January 26, 2023 that company president and CEO Akio Toyoda will step down on April 1, 2023. Taking Toyoda’s place is 53-year-old Koji Sato, who is the president of Toyota’s luxury car arm Lexus and the Japanese carmaker’s motorsports division GAZOO Racing. Sato is also Toyota’s chief branding officer. Meanwhile, the 66-year-old Toyoda, who is the grandson of company founder Kiichiro Toyoda, will replace Takeshi Uchiyamada as Toyota’s chairman. The corporate

    VJVJ

    Jan 26, 2023

  • Deciphering tactics: Nissan Philippines drops Almera VL Turbo N-Sport, pushes VE Turbo N-Sport model for 2023

    Nissan Philippines has discontinued the Nissan Almera VL Turbo N-Sport model for 2023 upon checking the brand’s local website. This move is a surprise as the Japanese automaker has yet to make a prior official public announcement about dropping the top-of-the-line model from the Almera variant lineup. The new Nissan Almera VE N-Sport is now the top-of-the-line model for the sedan’s local lineup. It is priced at ₱1,049,000, making it roughly ₱49,000 more affordable than the Almera VL Turbo N-Spor

    JoeyJoey

    Jan 26, 2023

  • Hyundai IONIQ 6 debuts at the 2023 Auto Expo in India

    The Hyundai IONIQ 6 electric vehicle (EV) sedan debuted at the Auto Expo 2023 in India. It marks the fourth EV Hyundai will bring to the global market, right after the Kona EV, the Hyundai IONIQ, and the IONIQ 5. It rides on the brand’s E-GMP platform, which is dedicated to battery electric vehicles. Coupe-like styling On the outside, the Hyundai IONIQ 6 looks more like a coupe than a sedan thanks to its sloping roofline, elongated cuts, and creases, which give the vehicle a sleeker appearance.

    JoeyJoey

    Jan 26, 2023

  • Officially official: 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross launched in the Philippines with a ₱1.328-M starting price tag

    Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) officially launches the 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross today with an official starting price of ₱1,328,000, as we reported previously. The latest iteration of the modern 7-seater MPV with SUV capabilities sports a new design, a reworked interior, plus new features that make the vehicle more exciting. It also model redefines the MPV segment sporting a more advanced and progressive look while combining luxury and comfort seen in premium vehicles. It

    JoeyJoey

    Jan 26, 2023

  • Philippines, too? Toyota Indonesia mulls over selling Toyota Vios Hybrid

    The Philippines may still have the previous-generation Toyota Vios, but it certainly remains popular after topping the 2022 sales charts. Nonetheless, many of our ASEAN neighbors already have the all-new, fourth-generation Vios that was first launched in Thailand on August 2022. Indonesia, meanwhile, got the new Vios on October 2022, where our friends from our sister publication WapCar reported that a hybrid version may also be included in the line-up. “Toyota bukan sahaja akan menawarkan Toyota

    VJVJ

    Jan 26, 2023

  • Electrified 7-seater showdown: 2023 Toyota Innova Hybrid vs. 2023 Geely Okavango

    The 2023 Toyota Innova is one of the most-awaited multi-purpose vehicles (MPV) in the Philippines. Debuting in Indonesia on November 2022, one of the headlines for the newest iteration of Toyota’s popular MPV is the dropping of the venerable 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine in favor of a hybrid drivetrain. Although there is no word yet on when the all-new Innova will arrive in the Philippines, it will face another large seven-seater with a mild-hybrid powerplant – the Geely Okavango. For this electr

    VJVJ

    Jan 25, 2023

  • How to deal with exploitative car dealerships? You have options!

    Price-gouging has long been an illicit practice in the local car industry, particularly at new-car dealerships. It refers to dealers asking for more money on top of a new car’s list price, which already includes a profit margin. This happens most often with models that have very high demand. The added charges are imposed either by forcing the buyer to take a financing program – where the buyer can get the car immediately at the cost of high monthly payments, which the dealer gets a cut of – or t

    VJVJ

    Jan 25, 2023

  • Honda Cars Philippines expanding in 2023, Honda Connect coming soon

    The 2023 Honda Civic Type R launch came with a plethora of information from Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) Not only did the automaker release information about two more vehicles entering the market soon, a hybrid and a non-hybrid model. It also talked about its expansion plans in the country. Also read: ₱3.88 million 2023 Honda Civic Type R FL5 unveiled in the Philippines Expanding the brand During his speech during the Civic Type R launch, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. President Masahiko Naka

    JoeyJoey

    Jan 25, 2023

  • ARB Everest and Ranger off-road accessories now Ford-official, 3-year warranty included

    Ford Philippines has announced that it has joined forces with global off-road accessories provider ARB to give owners of the next-generation Ford Everest and Ford Ranger access to various off-road parts for their vehicles. The partnership between the two companies offers a wide range of accessories that have undergone evaluation by Ford and ARB engineers to ensure compatibility with the automaker’s next-generation lineup of vehicles. Owners of the next-gen Everest and Ranger will be able to equi

    JoeyJoey

    Jan 25, 2023

  • All-new 2024 Hyundai Kona launched in South Korea

    The all-new 2024 Hyundai Kona was launched on January 2023 in its home market of South Korea. The crossover is available with internal combustion (ICE), hybrid-electric (HEV), and battery-electric (BEV) variants, which is in line with the Korean carmaker’s drive to have 23 eco-friendly models by 2025. Styling-wise, the new Kona follows the spaceship-like design language of models like the Hyundai Staria van, with elements like the highly placed LED daytime-running-light strip and the low headlig

    VJVJ

    Jan 25, 2023

  • A fully charged launch: The 2023 BMW iX3 enters the Philippine market with ₱4.59-M SRP

    SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp, the official importer, and distributor of BMW vehicles in the Philippines, has officially launched the new BMW iX3 electric vehicle (EV). Coming at ₱4,590,000, it sits close enough to the soon-to-be-launched sub-4 million-peso Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 to make EV intenders think twice about their purchase. It is also sits close to the BMW X3 xDrive 20d M Sport offering. This also marks the second fully electric BMW model to enter the Philippine market right afte

    JoeyJoey

    Jan 25, 2023

  • Toyota Motor Philippines teams up with SBP, Gilas Pilipinas for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

    Toyota is coming back to the local basketball scene for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the country’s national sports association for basketball, announced in a January 2023 press statement that Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has signed on as a major sponsor for this season. The carmaker will also support the Philippine men's national basketball team, Gilas Pilipinas. “It is with great appreciation and warmth that we welcome Toyota Motor Philippines

    VJVJ

    Jan 24, 2023

  • Are Honda Cars dealers gouging Civic Type R buyers?

    Since the launch of the Honda Civic Type R FL5 last week, interest in the Japanese hot hatch has skyrocketed. During the brand's media Thanksgiving event, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. executives claimed that only 40 units of the Civic Type R were initially brought in, and 39 of these will be sold to the public through its dealers. Some new owners have already posted their latest acquisitions on social media, proud to be the first to own a certified everyday sports car. With so few units availabl

    MikkoMikko

    Jan 24, 2023

  • The BYD Seagull is a mini EV that may cost under ₱500K

    Chinese carmaker BYD seems intent on making an electric-vehicle (EV) lineup of aquatic friends. After the Seal compact executive sedan and the Dolphin subcompact hatchback, the company is now planning to unveil a mini EV that hangs out near the ocean but has wings. Well, sort of. Based on photos from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the government agency that handles vehicle homologation, the BYD Seagull will take on the likes of the adorable Ora White Cat smal

    VJVJ

    Jan 24, 2023

  • Honda Cars Philippines set to launch a hybrid model for 2023

    After the successful launch of the 2023 Honda Civic Type R, Honda Philippines is set to unveil three more models this year, and one of them is a hybrid. This is according to Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. president, Masahiko Nakamura, during his speech at the launch where he stated, "In addition, please watch out as we will also be officially introducing three exciting Honda models this year, including a hybrid electric vehicle model." While no specific model names were dropped, we can look to Hon

    JoeyJoey

    Jan 24, 2023

  • Checking the basics: The Mitsubishi Xpander's safety features

    For a good chunk of the late-2000s until the mid-2010s, the safety features of the Philippine market entry-level multipurpose vehicle (MPV) were pretty much spartan. There was little more beyond front windshield wipers, headlights, brake discs for the front wheels, brake drums for the rear wheels, a parking brake with a handle, an anti-lock braking system and a driver’s side airbag. Fancier variants got things like electronic brakeforce distribution, foglights, a front passenger airbag, and a re

    JudeJude

    Jan 23, 2023

  • Marcos E.O. on import duties will help EV industry flourish -- EVAP head Araga

    Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) president Edmund Araga. A win for electric vehicle (EV) owners, buyers and sellers. That is how Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) president Edmund Araga described the executive order (E.O.) signed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Jan. 13, 2023. “Finally, our EV industry will totally roll out in line with Executive Order No. 12 of PBBM as it opens a very good opportunity for those interested EV enthusiasts and advocat

    VJVJ

    Jan 23, 2023

  • Surprise (not)! 8 of top 10 vehicles sold in 2022 were Toyotas -- CAMPI

    At some point or another, during your elementary and high school days, there was one student who always got a big chunk of the achievement awards. In a similar vein (albeit in the Philippine auto industry setting), that student is Toyota Motor Philippines. According to information gleaned from the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI), which is the largest automotive group in the country, Toyota once again dominated in 2022 by having eight of the top 10 models and nine o

    JudeJude

    Jan 23, 2023

  • Truth: The Mitsubishi Xpander is a fuel-saver

    A Mitsubishi Xpander multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) is a fuel saver? ‘Tis true! Normally, entry-level utility vehicles and fuel-saving are mutually exclusive terms. That is because their gas-fed engines, lacking forced induction and dealing with such a heavy body, make these four-wheelers petrol guzzlers. However, the Mitsubishi Xpander (and its chunkier Xpander Cross sibling) seems to have gotten the right balance of seven-seat practicality and fuel-sipping. This was proven in a 2018 fuel economy

    JudeJude

    Jan 23, 2023

  • It's shocking: Do you get your money's worth with EVs?

    When speaking about how expensive Electric Vehicles are, we can’t get away from the fact that, despite the TRAIN and EVIDA laws already being implemented, EVs are still prohibitively priced. For the sake of argument, though, there are calculations that can be done to see if it’s actually going to save you money in the long run. Let’s take the cheapest available EVs in the Philippines, the Wuling Mini EV, and the BYD Dolphin. Why the two, you may ask? Officially, the BYD Dolphin is the cheapest E

    MarkMark

    Jan 22, 2023

  • Xpander Kryptonite: Weaknesses of Mitsubishi's top-selling model

    In today’s world, the fight between cars is always about who brings more to the table. The new generation of buyers – millennials, Gen Z, and even Gen Alpha – are looking more at spec sheet than performance, trading speed for sensibility and performance for practicality. The modern driver looks for things old cars don’t have, which might pose an issue for a vehicle such as the Mitsubishi Xpander. Under the hood The Mitsubishi Xpander is part of a long line of MPVs targeted at new and returning f

    MarkMark

    Jan 22, 2023

  • AutoFun Philippines Rearview Roundup: A week of wonderful launches before the Lunar New Year

    Gong Xi Fa Cai. Today is Chinese New Year! And because it’s a Sunday, it’s also time for your weekly dose of the AutoFun Philippines Rearview Roundup. We take a look at all the stories we published last week and find the five that you loved the most. Here are our hottest stories from Jan. 16 to 20, 2023 as we welcome the Year of the Water Rabbit. Cheapest mild-hybrid on sale The Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid is a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) with a multitude of superlatives. It’s not only the cheapest mil

    VJVJ

    Jan 22, 2023

  • Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray -- all-wheel drive and 664 PS of V8 hybrid goodness

    Most hybrid electric vehicles (EV) are family cars that get you around while sipping as little fuel as possible. The Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray, on the other hand, is a hybrid that takes you around corners and along straights as fast as physics and your bravery would allow. General Motors (GM) unveiled its first electrified Corvette on January 2023. Under its sculpted engine cover lies the 6.2-liter, single-cam, overhead-valve, 16-valve V8 gasoline engine found in the standard Corvette Stingray. T

    VJVJ

    Jan 21, 2023

  • Is new always better? Fresh features to love in the 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross

    With every new generation of vehicles, or even during the middle of its mid-cycle, manufacturers need to offer new toys and features to keep people interested. With the new 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross, the story is no different. Also Read: Here's a peek at the 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross ahead of its Jan. 26 launch New looks On the outside, the new 2023 Mitsubishi Xpander Cross looks like a total departure from the Mitsubishi Xpander MPV it’s based on, looking more SUV than even the pre-face

    MarkMark

    Jan 21, 2023

  • Tetsuya Fujita named new Isuzu Philippines president

    Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) kicked off 2023 with a bittersweet farewell and a joyful hello. The Japanese carmaker said goodbye to its president Noboru Murakami, who industry veteran Tetsuya Fujita officially succeeded at a January 2023 turnover ceremony. IPC said Murakami expressed his gratitude for the support he received during his term and announced his confidence that “Fujita’s leadership skills will further drive the company into new heights.” Fujita has extensive experience in sale

    VJVJ

    Jan 21, 2023

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