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New Polestar optimization makes XC90 T8 the most powerful Volvo ever

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine with Polestar Performance Optimisation

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine with Polestar Performance Optimisation

The new generation Polestar Performance Optimization has just been released for the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine, making the world’s most powerful and cleanest SUV even faster and more inspiring to drive.

The Polestar optimization increases the performance to 421 hp and 680 Nm* and 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, all this with unchanged, class-leading consumption of 2.1 l/100 km and 43 km of pure electric range.

The new generation Polestar optimization does not only optimize the engine performance, but rather the entire drivetrain in five key areas. By improving throttle response, gearshift hold, speed and precision, as well as overall engine performance, the XC90 T8 reaches a new level of driving pleasure.

”Just a week after the introduction of the S90 and V90 optimization, we move forward by launching our optimization for the exciting and technically advanced XC90 T8 Twin Engine. This gives customers who want a new level of driving pleasure with their XC90 an easily accessible and attractive performance increase,” said Niels Möller, Chief Operating Officer of Polestar.

One of the main features of the new optimization is the gear hold function that holds the selected gear during cornering at high lateral g-forces. This prevents unwanted gearshifts mid-corner that can unsettle the balance of the car, providing the driver with improved response and control during active driving.

Reigning four-time Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) champion and Polestar Cyan Racing driver Thed Björk has been part of the optimization development.

”It is amazing for me as a racing and development driver to be able to work with the same kind of technology and philosophy for the XC90 as with my S60 race car. While an SUV like the XC90 might be far from what we usually work with, the core of the optimization is the very same thing. It is about creating driving pleasure and usable performance, something I definitely think we have achieved,” said Thed Björk, who drives a Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 with Drive-E technology in the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship.

In the Philippines, the Polestar Performance Optimization option is available for those who would like an amped-up performance for their Volvos. This performance upgrade is available on select model years so it is advisable to call or visit the Volvo Service Center to confirm if your Volvo can be optimized.

All changes as part of the Polestar Performance Optimization are made with certified emissions, fuel consumption, service intervals and Volvo warranties unchanged.

Volvo XC90 R-Design - model year 2016

Volvo XC90 R-Design – model year 2016

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Hyundai Elantra wins 2016 International Design Award

  • Elantra received the 2016 International Design Excellence (IDEA®) Bronze
  • This top honor shows that Hyundai is committed to creating bold and extraordinary designs
2017 Elantra Sedan

2017 Elantra Sedan

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra received the 2016 International Design Excellence (IDEA®) Bronze in the Automotive & Transportation 2016 Category for its outstanding and unique design.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is among more than 1,700 designs projects from 30-plus countries that competed in IDEA 2016. Jury Chair Cameron Campbell, IDSA, led a team of global design experts from June 3 to 6 at the iconic Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI to judge more than 600 finalists. The result—26 Gold; 47 Silver; and 63 Bronze IDEA winners that span a wide range of 21 categories such as social impact; medical and scientific innovations; transportation; home and garden; office; personal accessories; children’s products; sporting goods; and much more. “I value the critical discussions with my peers from diverse disciplines in defining the best of design,” said Campbell.

“This top honor for the 2017 Elantra shows that Hyundai Motor is committed to creating bold and extraordinary designs,” said Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group. “This award for the 2017 Elantra makes us proud and is a great recognition for our design leadership.”

IDEA® is a premier international design competition, recognizing and promoting design excellence across a wide array of industries and disciplines conducted annually by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). IDEA judging is based on the following criteria of Design Excellence: Design Innovation, Benefit to the User, Benefit to the Client, Benefit to Society and Appropriate Aesthetics.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra, offered as a traditional compact sedan, an efficient turbocharged Eco model and a performance-minded upcoming Sport edition, sports a bold aerodynamic design with a comprehensive suite of safety features, modern interior styling with class-above features and user-friendly technologies.

Filipino racers make history at the Suzuki Asian Challenge


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It was a successful Round 3 for Team Suzuki Pilipinas at the Suzuki Asian Challenge (SAC) as they made history for the country at the Suzuki International Circuit in Japan. Following their success in the previous legs of the series, the team made a lot of firsts in this leg which proved the world that we, Filipinos can go side by side and rise in the very competitive world of international racing.

History was made when April King Mascardo’s (#43) strong performance during the qualifying landed him the pole position – a first for a Filipino in an international racing event. Pole sitter Mascardo holds the fastest course record of 2:52.455 – 5.3 seconds quicker than last year’s pole. Following this is Eane Jaye Sobretodo’s (#22) top podium finish that is another first for a Filipino an international motorcycle race. Mario Borbon, Jr. (#29) finished off on the 2nd place making it a 1-2 finish, one more first for the country.

On race 1, Mascardo was leading with Indonesian riders Jefri Tosema and Muhammad Sapril on his trail. The three racers went head to head during the last lap but unfortunately crashed altogether giving way to other riders behind them Team Suzuki Pilipinas members’ Sobretodo and Borbon to lead the race landing them on the podium.

Race 2 was more challenging as Mascardo had a crash causing him not to finish the race. Sobretodo took over the lead but cut through by a big pack landing him on 9th place. Borbon followed on 10th place.

In the overall standings, Team Suzuki Pilipinas all secured a position in top 10 with Sobretodo on 4th place, Mascardo on 5th and Borbon on 7th. With the promising feat that they have been showing the country, the riders are more inspired to do and excel more. They will once again face the Suzuki Asian Challenge racetrack on August 5 to 7 at Sentul Indonesia for the 4th round.

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Truck Fest takes center stage in Pampanga

Isuzu Philippines seeks to further serve Central Luzon market, holds Truck Fest in Pampanga

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THROUGH a diverse range of reliable, durable and fuel-efficient truck models Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) has addressed the requirements of various commercial establishments in the thriving locations of Central Luzon for decades now. From June 2 to 4, IPC will further strengthen this relationship with the region’s business community by holding the Isuzu Truck Fest – Clark at the Parking B area of SM City Clark on M. A. Roxas Highway, Brgy. Malabanias, Angeles City, Pampanga.

As a leading assembler and seller of commercial vehicles and trucks, IPC at Isuzu Truck Fest – Clark will present a lineup of truck models that have been configured to serve varied applications, all of which capturing the show’s theme of “Trucks for Life.”

“For decades now Isuzu Philippines has fostered a mutually beneficial partnership with our customers in Central Luzon, and a clear indication of this is the Isuzu brand’s sustained popularity in this very important region. Central Luzon, and Pampanga in particular, represents a significant contribution to the national economy, and we in IPC are quite appreciative that the large portion of the region’s business populace continuously rely on the Isuzu brand when it comes to transportation requirements,” said IPC President Hajime Koso.

“Isuzu Truck Fest – Clark seeks to present even more innovative mobility solutions to the Central Luzon market,” he added.

At the show, 15 truck models make up these mobility solutions. Headlining the display are Isuzu’s C-Series and E-Series heavy-duty models that are renowned both globally and locally for their quality, durability and reliability. The C-Series is represented by the CYZ51M, which is configured as either a dump truck or a mixer. The E-Series arrives at the show as the EXZ51K tractor head and as the EXR51F fuel tanker. Another EXR51F comes with a 30,000 L trailer.

Exemplifying Isuzu’s medium-duty trucks are the FVM 10-door and gullwing van models, and the FRR aluminum van with side doors. Meanwhile, the versatility of Isuzu’s N-Series light-duty truck models, which have been the Philippines’ bestselling in the segment for more than 16 consecutive years, is demonstrated by an NKR71, an NPR85 dropside, an NHR Flexi Truck, an NPS with a Flexi Body, and an NPR that is configured as an aluminum van or as a refrigerated van. Another NHR unit is displayed as the I-Van, which can carry more passengers than any other similar shuttle van sold in the market.

Besides demonstrating the multitude of possibilities that the various truck models offer to any commercial activity, they are also backed by Isuzu’s unmatched expertise in diesel technology. The wide availability of parts to support the vehicles’ operation for numerous years, and the competent service provided by a large network of dealerships, are also a couple of advantages that Isuzu truck models endow to customers.

“Isuzu truly values and appreciates the trust shown to us by our customers in Central Luzon. Rest assured that, in return, we will ensure that the products and services best suited to the requirements of the market get to them,” Koso said.