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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

Truck Fest Clark (3)

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.


Volvo Philippines gives P500K discount this summer to celebrate record-breaking global sales

Volvo Celebrates Record-breaking 500,000 Global Sales Volume in 2015:

Up to P500,000 off on Volvo models in PH

Volvo XC60, exterior, side, front

Volvo XC60, exterior, side, front

In celebration of a Volvo’s record-breaking global sales performance in 2015 – a total of 503,127 units sold – Volvo Philippines is giving its customers a PhP 500,000.00 discount on new Volvos purchased this summer. This is the first time Volvo has sold more than half a million cars in its 89-year history and in recognition of this sales victory, Volvo PH is giving this rare half-a-million treat to Volvo patrons who are interested to buy a Volvo V40 R-Design, S60 R-Design, XC60 R-Design, and the multi awarded SUV of the YEAR XC90 for limited time only (starting April 15 to May 31, 2016).

2016 is also looking up with Volvo reporting an 11.5 percent growth in March and a strong first quarter growth of 11.9 percent. Volvo Cars continues to grow sales globally in March, selling 52, 279 cars. Sales of the All-New Volvo XC90 was the main growth driver globally, while the XC60 was the best-selling model overall.

The United States reported a sales increase of 15.9 percent versus the same month last year, marking the ninth consecutive month of double-digit growth. Sales in Europe as a whole were up by 13.1 percent with growth across the region with the UK being the fastest growing market for the month. Volvo China reported sales of 7,542 cars in March, up 13.9 percent. The best selling cars were the Volvo XC60 and S60L models.

The new Volvo XC90, exterior

The new Volvo XC90, exterior

Volvo V40 R-Design - model year 2016, exterior Colour: Power Blue

Volvo V40 R-Design – model year 2016, exterior
Colour: Power Blue

MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires fitted to the BMW M4 GTS

Specially developed versions of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires will be the sole original equipment fitment on the new limited special model BMW M4 GTS.


As a track car that is approved for road use, the job of Michelin’s engineers was to design an ultra-high-performance tire which is able to operate safely in a variety of road and track conditions around the world. To this end, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for the BMW M4 GTS were produced using not only Bi-Compound asymmetric tread patterns but also an asymmetric casing design. This offers the optimum balance between handling, grip and tire life.

During the development process Michelin produced and tested more than 1,000 prototype tires and 400 special series tires which were tested by both Michelin and BMW M test drivers.

To achieve all of the performance characteristics demanded by BMW M, Michelin’s engineers focused on the interaction between the tire’s tread compounds, architecture and profile, and between the tires on each axle. This ensured not only good road manners in terms of steering effort and response, balance and comfort but also fast laptimes and consistent performance on track – with a particular objective to limit heat build-up and wear.

In addition to Michelin’s Bi-Compound technology, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires also incorporate the motorsport-developed Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0. This optimises pressure in the tire’s contact patch so the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track, whether driving in a straight line or cornering.

As well as the bespoke technical elements used inside the tyre, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires also use Premium Touch Technology in the design of the sidewalls. This means that as well as offering very high levels of performance, the tires also look good – an important consideration when fitted to a car as stylish and focused as the new BMW M4 GTS.

The tire sizes are as follows:

265/35 ZR 19 Front and 285/30 ZR 20 Rear

Ford Continues Momentum, Introduces New Variants of EcoSport and Everest at Manila International Auto Show


  • Ford holds largest stand at the 2016 Manila International Auto Show and features its line-up of best-selling cars, SUVs, and trucks, including new 2016 variants of the EcoSport and all-new Everest
  • The limited EcoSport Black Edition comes with stylized trims and accessories to give it a sportier and rugged stance
  • The new Everest Titanium 2.2L 4×2 AT variant equipped with Premium Package adds to Ford’s SUV options that suit a wide variety of Filipino lifestyles

MANILA, Philippines, 7 April 2016 – Ford Philippines takes center stage at the 2016 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) with the introduction of new variants of the EcoSport and all-new Everest, bringing even more power of choice to Filipino customers.

Ford officially launched the EcoSport Black Edition and the Everest Titanium 2.2L 4×2 AT with Premium Package at MIAS, which are both now available at all Ford dealerships nationwide.

“We expect these latest additions to our showroom will contribute to our momentum, while reflecting our ongoing plan to continue bringing world-class global Ford vehicles to the Philippines,” said Lance Mosley, managing director, Ford Philippines.

EcoSport Black Edition
The special EcoSport Black Edition takes on a sportier look for the 1.5L Titanium, stylized with trims and accessories all coated with a black finish, giving the EcoSport a bolder look on the road.


The EcoSport Black Edition comes with…

  • Black 16 inch alloy wheels
  • Black Lower Grille Surround and Upper Grille Bezel
  • Black Out Dual Halogen Headlamps with Signature Light
  • Front Fog Lamps with Black Bezel, and
  • Side Turn Signal Lamps on black-painted Exterior Mirrors

Completing the look are roof cross bars, a rear spoiler, sports pedals, and illuminated scuff plates.  It also features Keyless Swing Gate, Push-Start Button, Rear Parking Sensors, and SYNC 2 among others for added convenience to the driver.

The EcoSport Black Edition will be offered at the stunning price of PHP 998,000 Pesos and is now available for bookings at your nearest Ford dealership.

Everest Titanium 2.2L 4×2 AT with Premium Package

The new Everest Titanium 2.2L 4×2 AT with Premium Package adds to Ford’s SUV lineup that suits a wide variety of Filipino lifestyles. Previously offered only on the Titanium 3.2L 4×4 variant, the Everest Premium Package comes with the following additional safety, smart, and convenience features:

  • HID Projector and Auto-Leveling Headlamps
  • Power Panoramic Moon Roof
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Headlamp Washer
  • 230V Inverter
  • Power Liftgate
  • 3rd Row Powerfold Seats
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Heads Up Display Warning (Collision Mitigation)
  • Lane Keeping System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Active Park Assist
  • 8-Way Power Adjustable Passenger Seat

The Everest Titanium 2.2L 4×2 AT with Premium Package is priced at PHP 1,799,000.  Ford dealerships nationwide are now accepting bookings.

The Ford stand showcases a lineup of Ford’s most popular cars, trucks and SUVs which includes the EcoSport, new Ranger, and all-new Everest, as well as the iconic Mustang, and the premium North American-built Explorer and Expedition Platinum SUVs.

Ford’s stand also features displays that highlight the company’s ongoing commitment to deliver quality, fuel-efficient, safe and smart technology with every vehicle they offer.

Ford is holding a test-drive area at MIAS where customers can experience the EcoSport, Ranger and Everest. Sales consultants are available to attend to customer queries and bookings.

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