PIMS 2014: Jeep Philippines Holds Dynamic Preview Of 2015 Cherokee Trailhawk

Jeep Philippines held a preview of their Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk at the 2014 Philippine International Motor Show.


The 2015 Jeep Cherokee, now a compact-midsize crossover, is also Jeep’s most competitive bet at capturing a market share from the high-end or top-of-the-line models of mainstream compact crossovers such as the Subaru Forester 2.0 XT, Toyota RAV-4 AWD, and more.


Show at the 2014 PIMS is the Trailhawk variant. More than just a crossover for show, the Trailhawk is Trail Rated by Jeep, meaning it is truly a legitimate off-roader. The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk has an approach angle of 29.8 degrees, a 32.1 degree departure angle, and a 23.3 degree breakover angle. Combined with features such as Jeep Active Drive Lock with locking differential and its skid plates, the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk clearly has all the go and all the show that a true 4×4 possesses.

Powering the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is a 2.4 liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine from the Fiat family, and in case you still aren’t aware, Italian car manufacturer Fiat bought the whole Chrysler group back in 2009. The Tigershark engine produces 185 hp and 232 Nm of torque, and is mated to a ZF 9-Speed Automatic Transmission, one of the first few production cars in the world to have a 9-Speed transmission.

PIMS 2014: Honda Releases The City Mugen Edition (With Pricing)

The Honda City Mugen had its world premiere as a prototype at the City’s launch event earlier this year, and a couple of days before the Philippine International Motor Show,  Honda Cars Philippines has been releasing advertisements on its Facebook page regarding the City Mugen, but without an announcement regarding its price. Thankfully, pricing has now been released by Honda Cars Philippines, and the City Mugen is now officially on sale.

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Priced at P1,030,000, the Honda City Mugen is a VX variant with 17 inch wheels, complete with a nut and lock set, a front, side, and rear under spoiler, and a Mugen sports grille. In case you’re wondering, the Mugen graphics and the carbon-fiber side mirror covers equipped on the display vehicle at the autoshow isn’t included. If you’ve already bought a Honda City, the Mugen kit is sold separately as well at a price of P189,000.


Honda Cars Philippines says that the Honda City Mugen is only available in limited quantities. If you’re interested, better grab one now.

PIMS 2014: Volkswagen Release The Jetta Sport Edition, Previews The Golf GTI (With Complete Specifications)

Volkswagen is a brand that is also well known for building cars that are really fun to drive, and at the 2014 Philippine International Motor Show, Volkswagen Philippines has released the new Jetta Sport.

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The Volkswagen Jetta, yours for P1,480,000, is a body-kitted version of the Jetta 2.0 TDI MT. Added external improvements include a bodykit, and a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels, riding on a set of 225/40 R18 tires. There are no changes in the interior and the powertrain, which produces 110 hp and 280 Nm of torque.

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However, the true star of the Volkswagen booth is the Volkswagen Golf GTI. A true star in the making, setting the benchmark for european hot hatches for more than 30 years.


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The Volkswagen Golf GTI will be sold sometime in the year 2015, and should give the Filipinos a taste of what a true hot hatch should be. Powering the Golf GTI is a turbocharged 2.0 liter petrol engine, producing 217 hp and 250 Nm of torque, propelling this hot hatchback from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds. Only one transmission choice will be offered in 2015, and it is Volkswagen’s excellent DSG dual-clutch transmission.


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To make sure the Golf GTI has top-notch handling, it has a double wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar, and a multi-link rear suspension with stabilizer bar. Creature comforts include keyless entry with push button start, and a touch screen infotainment system. Keeping the driver and front passenger in place are a pair of power-adjustable sport bucket seats.


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PIMS 2014: Mazda Launches New 3 Speed And Showcases Partnership With Bose

Launched this April, one of the highly regarded compact sedans to date, even garnering a nomination from the 2014 World Car Of The Year Awards, Berjaya Auto, Mazda’s distributor in the Philippines is launching the new Mazda 3 Speed.


The Mazda 3 Speed is a 2.0 R hatchback variant with a front, side, and rear spoiler, high-gloss black 18-inch alloy wheels, and high-gloss black side mirrors. In the inside, a beautifully appointed white leather interior greets the driver. A power driver’s seat and DVD entertainment system is added as a bonus.


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The Philippine International Motor Show is also the venue of Mazda’s showcase of its partnership with sound system company Bose. Audiophiles will be happy to know that the Mazda 3 Speed also has Bose sound system, which perfectly complements that car’s DVD entertainment system. Already a standard feature in the CX-5 2.5 AWD Sport (and it sounds great too, read my review by clicking here) and MX-5 25th Anniversary, the Bose sound system is now equipped in the Mazda 6 and CX-9 Grand Touring as well. Should you purchase a Bose-equipped Mazda, Berjaya Auto is giving customers a 20% discount voucher on Bose products through Bose’s Philippine distributor, Eleksis Marketing Corporation.


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The following are the prices for the Mazda vehicles with the Bose sound system.

Mazda 3 Speed: P1,298,000 (+P16,800 for Soul Red Metallic)
Mazda CX-5 AWD Sport: P1,685,000 (+P16,800 for Soul Red Metallic)
Mazda 6: P1,745,000 (+P16,800 for Soul Red Metallic)
Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary: P1,800,000
Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring: P2,399,000

PIMS 2014: Honda Amazes With The Launch Of The Brio and Brio Amaze (Including The NSX Concept)

Honda wants a share of the supermini segment. Are they too little too late? Let’s hope not. At the Philippine International Motor Show, Honda Cars Philippines has launched the all-new Honda Brio hatchback and its sedan sibling, the Brio Amaze.


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The Honda Brio and Brio Amaze is set by Honda Cars Philippines to be wholly distinct from its competitors, especially when it comes to the car’s powertrain. While the competition offers three-cylinder engines, the Brio and Brio Amaze is equipped with the 1.3 liter 4-cylinder from the third generation Honda City, putting out a class-leading 98 hp and 127 Nm of torque. There are two transmission choices. A 5-Speed manual, and unique to the Honda Brio, a 5-Speed automatic, while the rest of the competition uses a 4-Speed automatic. Combined with the Brio hatch’s shorter but wider stance, increasing agility, the Brio hatch is developed by Honda to be the sportscar of the supermini segment.

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A lot is expected from the Honda Brio siblings, especially since Honda has moved the City and Jazz upmarket, even making the said vehicles have a purely 1.5 liter engine line-up. In a country were value is highly appreciated, simply adding a powerful engine won’t easily drive buyers away from the Toyota Wigo, Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4. Buyers also want a lot of features too. The Honda Brio comes standard with power windows, mirrors, and door locks on all variants, while power mirrors are unavailable in the base Brio Amaze E. Safety hasn’t been left out as well. Driver and passenger airbags, and ABS with EBD is standard across the range. A 2DIN navigation system with Bluetooth and DVD is equipped in the top trim V variants. Unique to the Brio V variant, the navigation system is also equipped with a built-in internet connectivity with WiFi, a first-in-class feature. Externally, only the top trim 1.3 V Variants of the Brio and Brio Amaze is equipped with a 14-inch alloy wheels.

Aside from Honda Cars Philippines using the Philippine International Motor Show in order to launch the Brio and Brio Amaze, they pulled out two huge surprises to the discerning crowd. Setting the Filipino’s excitement at Honda’s return to Formula 1, Honda displayed to the public their 2013 championship winning Super Japan Formula SF13, which was driven to victory by race car driver Naoki Yamamoto of Team Mugen.


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But the true star of their racing and sporting heritage display is the successor to what is known as one of the world’s most iconic supercars. One of Japan’s best, which first introduces aluminum construction in a production car, and Honda’s first application of VTEC in their engines. They premiered to the Philippine public the Honda NSX Concept, the successor to the original NSX. It will be powered by a mid-mounted V6 engine with three electric motors. An innovation that will be first seen in the NSX once it is released in 2015 is the ability to send negative torque to the inside wheels when cornering, ensuring grippy cornering at high speeds.

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The Brio and Brio Amaze was crowded, which made taking clear photos difficult. The following photos show the exterior of the Brio Amaze, and the interior plus engine of the Brio hatch.


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Honda Brio Pricing:

1.3 S: P599,000 (MT), P639,000 (AT)
1.3 V: P679,000 (MT), P719,000 (AT)

Honda Brio Amaze Pricing:

1.3 E: P629,000 (MT)
1.3 S: P689,000 (AT)
1.3 V: P729,000 (MT), P769,000 (AT)

Ford Entices Buyers Even More With Limited Edition Trekker

Ford’s Ranger is selling like hotcakes here in the Philippines, with even some dealers stating that there is even a waiting list as long as 6 months even. It easily can be said the Ford can walk away happy from their sales performance, but they haven’t, and they released this, the Ford Ranger Trekker.


It is essentially an XLT variant with a manual transmission, equipped with accessories such as a hard tonneau cover, chrome bar, black bar, and an under-rail bed liner with a four tie down hook set.


Interested buyers should know that only 225 of these Rangers will be sold, at a price of P1,139,000. These units are now on sale on Ford dealers nationwide.

Lexus Manila Launches The Striking Lexus NX

Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, used to be known as a brand devoid of anything that is exciting. A polar opposite from its German rivals. Fast forward to today, and that isn’t entirely the case anymore. With the majority of its product portfolio now completely isolated from any mainstream Toyota on sale, excluding the LX and GX luxury SUVs, Lexus has been gaining attention ever since, a trend first started by the introduction of the LFA supercar. A promise that whatever lessons they learned when building the LFA, it will also trickle down to its more mainstream models, and just as we have witnessed with the Lexus IS, it seems that the Lexus brand is a now a polar opposite of what it used to be, and with the arrival of the Lexus NX, this should further bring interest to the Lexus brand.


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Designed under the theme of “Premium Urban Sports Gear”, the Lexus NX promises to be an exciting luxury crossover that feels like it is perfectly tailored to the driver’s needs. This development theme has resulted in very unusual and bold design statements in the vehicle. The  trademark “spindle grille” is bolder than ever, and the LED headlamps with its L-shaped motif is a further testament to NX’s exciting development theme.


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Inside, the “Premium Urban Sports Gear” theme continues. There is an angular center stack, wrapped in exquisite metal, and replacing the mouse-like control of the Lexus Remote Touch Interface is a new laptop-style touchpad. Still a rarity in the luxury segment, the Lexus NX comes standard with turn-by-turn navigation, with navigation guidance also being displayed in the LCD screen between the gauges. Another piece of technology that should please the NX’s target market, a younger demographic, include a segment first wireless charging pad.

Propelling this boldly-styled SUV forward is a hybrid powertrain, which consists of a 2.5 liter atkinson cycle petrol engine and 2 electric motors powering the front and rear wheels. The 2.5 liter atkinson cycle engine produces 153 hp and 210 Nm of torque, while the combined output of the two electric motors is 194 hp. Lexus Manila will be selling the NX 300h first, while the NX 200t, including the F Sport model, will be sold at a future date.

Because the JPEPA only covers Japanese-made vehicles with a 3.0 liter or larger engine size, the Lexus NX’s SRP is slightly higher than expected at P3,908,000, in which it is slightly higher priced than its even bigger sibling, the Lexus RX 350 at P3,898,000. One thing is for sure though. While the RX makes up for space, the NX makes up for its hybrid powertrain and sophisticated styling.


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