Subaru Adds Variants To Forester and Impreza

MotorImage Pilipinas added a new variant to the Subaru Impreza and Subaru Forester. More choices mean more customers right? The new Impreza 2.0i is equipped with the following features, and has a lower introductory price (P1,128,000) than the 2.0i with a 6-MT (P1,158,000).

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- Lineartronic CVT
- 16-inch aluminum wheels
- Front and rear fog lamps
- HID headlamps
- Pop-up-type headlamp washers
- Cruise control
- Paddle shifters
- Automatic A/C with anti-dust filter
- USB/AUX audio connectivity
- Bluetooth hands-free system

More interesting is the new Subaru Forester 2.0i Premium, because there used to be a huge gap between the turbocharged 2.0 XT (P1,898,000) and the 2.0i-L (1,398,000) in terms of price. What if you want some of the 2.0 XT’s features, but only need the power of the 2.0 i-L? Then this Forester 2.0i Premium is the perfect one for you (P1,558,000).

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- 18-inch aluminum wheels
- Auto on/off headlamps
- Power-sliding tilt-adjustable glass sunroof
- Power rear gate
- Leather seats
- Eight-way power-adjustable driver seat
- Smart entry with push button start

Under The Spotlight: The Toyota For The Masses

Toyota has launched to the public the all-new, all-affordable Toyota Wigo, a Toyota that was designed to be the perfect first car to first time car buyers.

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Also known as the Toyota Agya in Indonesia, the Toyota Wigo is a result of Indonesia’s Low Cost Green Car Program. It is designed so that it would be affordable to buy and very affordable to run.

Despite its entry-level price, quality, size, and credibilities, the Toyota Wigo is equipped with features expected from a vehicle at a class above. The top trim G comes equipped with a 2DIN touch screen media system with GPS, DVD, and USB, keyless entry and immobilizer, ABS, power windows, and dual side airbags.

Powering the Toyota Wigo is an engine that wasn’t designed for drag racing. Rather, it was designed to be frugal. It is a 1.0 liter 1KR-FE 3-cylinder engine that makes 64 hp and 85 Nm of torque. It is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic, with the base model 1.0 E exclusively mated to a 5-speed manual.

Now, for the price. Of course, being the most affordable Toyota should mean it is the cheapest Toyota in their line-up, and if that’s what you’re thinking, then you’re definitely right.

1.0 G 4-AT – P534,000
1.0 G 5-MT – P499,000
1.0 E 5-MT – P448,000

Under The Spotlight: Hyundai PH Launches The Grand i10

Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) has launched their new subcompact, the Hyundai Grand i10.

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While similar in looks with the standard second generation i10, it actually has dimensional differences over the standard i10 sold in Europe, which is patly one of the reasons being called “Grand”. It has an 80 mm increase in length, with the wheelbase growing by 100 mm, and also wider by 65 mm. This results to more room than the standard i10.

It was first launched in India, the Grand i10′s main target market, and to further enforce that, the Grand i10 is also manufactured in India, which is headed by none other than Hyundai Motor India.

The new Hyundai Grand i10 adopts Hyundai’s continual use of their design language called “Fluidic Sculpture”, which makes the Hyundai Grand i10 much prettier than the car it replaces.

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The interior has also been redesigned, with more upmarket feeling materials, and chic color combinations. Beige is the dominant color in the low to mid spec variants, while higher end variants have an orange interior.

Powering the Hyundai Grand i10 are two engine choices. A 1.0 liter gasoline engine that produces 65 hp and 94 Nm of torque, and a 1.2 liter gasoline engine that produces 86 hp and 120 Nm of torque. Transmission choices are either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic, with the 1.2 liter exclusively with a 4-speed automatic.

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All variants are equipped with a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, multi-function display, and driver’s side power window. The two top trim L variants, available only with a 4-speed automatic, are generously equipped with smart keyless entry with push button start, cooled glovebox, rear view camera including back-up sensors, dual SRS airbags, 2DIN LCD touchscreen audio with DVD and GPS navigation, power folding mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, and 14 inch alloy wheels.

The following are the introductory prices for the Grand i10, which means these could still change.

1.0 E 5MT – P518,00
1.0 S 5MT – P558,000
1.0 S 4AT – P588,000
1.0 L 4AT – P658,000
1.2 L 4AT – P688,000

If you are interested in seeing the Grand i10, HARI will bring the Grand i10 on a mall tour. Take note of these dates.

Robinsons Galleria – February 15-24
SM Center Las Piñas – February 15-19
SM City Bicutan – February 15-19
SM City Marikina – Februaru 15-19
SM City San Lazaro – February 15-19
SM City Sucat – February 15-19
Theater Mall – February 15-16
SM Mall Of Asia – February 20-26
SM City North EDSA – February 20-22
Trinoma – February 21-23
Glorietta – February 21-23
Virra Mall – February 21-23

Under The Spotlight: BMW 4 Series Coupe Now Available

The new BMW 4 Series is now available at all of BMW’s 8 dealerships. It was launched last night at BMW’s beautiful Autoallee Dealership.

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The BMW 4 Series is part of their new naming strategy, wherein coupes, convertibles, GranCoupes, and everything else in between, bear an even number (i.e. 2 Series, 4 Series, 6 Series). The new 4 Series is longer and wider than the 3 Series Coupe it replaces with shorter overhangs, giving it typical BMW proportions. It looks dynamic and well sculpted. The 4 Series also proudly carries BMW’s new face, wherein the headlamps and the now three dimensional grille are united with each other.

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The interior is also typical BMW, with a center console that is angled towards the driver. A 6.5-inch iDrive screen dominates the top of the center console. The interior can carry 4 passengers as well, enveloped in soft and supple leather.

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The BMW 4 Series that was launched is a 420d, which means it is powered by a 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine, which produces 184 hp and 380 Nm of torque. Power is delivered though a quick shifting 8-Speed Automatic Transmission with Paddle Shifters. BMW EfficientDynamics play a role in the 4 Series’ fuel efficiency. Regenerative braking, ECO PRO mode, Auto Start/Stop function, and a body that is designed to slip effortlessly though the air,the 4 Series promises to be a driver’s car without compromising fuel economy.

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More engine choices will follow suit, including a more powerful 2.0 liter turbocharged engine (the BMW 428i). The price for this BMW 420d is P3.99M

Under The Spotlight: The Innova Grows A Bigger, Bolder Face (w/ Poll)

February 10, 2014 marks the date when the 2014 Toyota Innova was launched in the Philippine market. As the country’s best selling MPV/AUV, failure is not an option.

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The Toyota Innova has been on sale since 2005, and since then, has undergone three makeovers. To keep the Innova staying fresh, a new, large grille has been added, along with new rear trunk garnish, and a new lower front fascia design.

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The inside has also been revised, with a new center console design, and new trim pieces. A 2-DIN touch screen head unit with navigation capability has been added at the top spec V variant.

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Powering the Toyota Innova are the same 2.5 liter D-4D diesel and 2.0 VVT-i engine that came with it almost 9 years ago. Transmission choices also remain the same, mated either to a 4-Speed Automatic or a 5-Speed Manual.

These photos are from Top Gear Philippines’ photographer Igor Mamita, which will also be used as the official brochure shots for the new Innova.

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V 4-AT – P1,206,000
G 4-AT – P1,123,000
G 5-MT – P1,058,000
E 4-AT – P1,007,000
E 5-MT – P942,000
J 5-MT – P832,000

2.5 D-4D

V 4-AT – P1,261,000
G 4-AT – P1,178,000
G 5-MT – P1,113,000
E 4-AT – P1,062,000
E 5-MT – P997,000
J 5-MT – P887,000

Honestly though, the front end looks garish, and the rear even worse, because of the rear trunk trim that looks like an afterthought, but I may be wrong, and many of you think it actually looks good. Take the poll below and tell me what you think of the new Toyota Innova.

Under The Spotlight: The First Mini SUV In The Philippines

Ford has enjoyed rapid growth over the years, which also results in a line up today that is one of the most vibrant in the ASEAN region. Take note, the Ford Mustang, Explorer, and Expedition, does not have a right-hand drive (RHD) model, which is partly the reason why it isn’t sold in any of our ASEAN neighbors. What’s amazing about this is that, the Explorer and Mustang are sold in good numbers, with the Explorer sold at around 200-300 units a month, and the Mustang at 30-40 units a month. Ford, it seems, won’t be loosing steam this year with the launch of the first mini SUV in the country, the Ford EcoSport.

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A category that was trendsetted by the Nissan Juke (though the first generation 2-door Toyota RAV4 was the first small SUV, it isn’t until the Nissan Juke that the category became really popular to buyers) to satisfy the public’s desire for an SUV that has a footprint small enough to fit in a congested urban jungle, yet has the ride height, ground clearance, and versatility of an SUV, the small Ford EcoSport is the next big thing in human mobility.

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The Ford EcoSport ride on the Ford Fiesta’s platform. With a length of 4,000 mm (4,241 mm when including the rear spare tire), a width of 2,057 mm, and a height of 1,696 mm, the Ford EcoSport has a body that can be easily described as tall and short, but wide enough not to look as skinny as a Japanese kei car. Plastic cladding, a 200 mm ground clearance, and a 550 mm water wading capability further differentiate the EcoSport from the Ford Fiesta. Attention grabbing looks, and colors that can be considered an eye candy to most people complete the cheeky and cheerful looks of the Ford EcoSport.

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Powering the Ford EcoSport is the same 1.5 liter 4-cylinder Ti-VCT engine from the Ford Fiesta, producing 108 hp at 6,300 rpm, and 142 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. Power is delivered exclusively through the front wheels via a 6-Speed Manual, or Ford’s Powershift 6-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission.

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One of the reasons why Ford is on fire at the moment is because of their very generous equipment levels. All models come with ISOFIX Child Seat Fixings, Courtesy Lights, Multi-Function Display, Heated Rear Windows, Welcome Home/Leaving Home Lights, Halogen Headlamps with LED Daytime Accent Lights, and Dual Airbags. The top-spec Titanium variant, meanwhile, gets more sophisticated kit, including a Smart Key Access System with Push Button Start, Sunrooof, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, Rain Sensing Wipers, Automatic Headlamps, ABS with EDB and Hill Launch Assist, Lumbar Support for the seats, Automatic Climate Control, and Ford’s SYNC with Bluetooth and Voice Command. Leather seats complete the package of the EcoSport Titanium model.

Pricing for the Ford EcoSport are as follows.

Titanium 6-speed DCT – P975,000
Trend 6-speed DCT – P875,000
Trend 6-speed MT – P825,000
Ambiente 6-speed MT – P775,000

Under The Spotlight: Honda Launches The All-New Accord

January 27, 2014 marks the date when Honda Cars Philippines Inc. launched the all-new Accord, more than a year after it was released in the global market.

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Better, not bigger, is the theme of the all-new Honda Accord. The eighth generation’s external dimensions are already at the border of being consider a full-size sedan. With a 76mm decrease in overall length, yet having an increase in legroom by 25mm and an increase in trunk space by 30 liters, the Honda Accord is the perfect example of Honda’s “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum” principle.

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Powering the new Honda Accord are a pair of i-VTEC engines with Earth Dreams Technology. The first being a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder producing 172 hp at 6,200 rpm, and 225 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The other engine choice is a 3.5 liter V6 that produces 277 hp at 6,200 rpm, and 339 Nm of torque at 4,900 rpm. Earth Dreams Technology brings improvements to the engine that make it more fuel efficient. Sadly, even though the 2.4 liter 4-cylinder is actually a brand-new K24 engine from Honda, it is not the one with a higher compression ratio and direct injection, citing our fuels as the culprit for not offering the said engine. Power is delivered via a 5-speed automatic transmission for the 2.4, and a 6-speed automatic transmission for the V6, both equipped with paddle shifters.

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New features include dual-projector LED Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, huge 8-inch i-MID screen that works in conjunction with the secondary touch screen below for the audio system, rear seat audio controls, Bluetooth audio streaming and telephone, Emergency Stop Signal, which pulsates the hazard lights if the Accord experiences hard braking in order to warn the drivers behind, Multi-Angle Rear View Camera, Active Cornering Lights, Hill Start Assist, and plenty of airbags (with the addition of side curtain airbags for the 3.5 V6). The V6 on the other hand, gains Front Passenger Seat Auxiliary Switches, which enables the rear passenger to move the seat forward for more legroom, and seat memory. Improvements in refinement has also rendered the Honda Accord to be one of the quietest cabins in its class, helped by another pair of new features called ASC (Active Sound Control) and ANC (Active Noise Control).

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There are also some structural innovations with the all-new Accord. Honda has successfully fused together aluminium and steel together in the subframe, a feat that was deemed almost impossible to do reliably. This results in a chassis that is lighter yet stronger and more rigid. Despite switching to a MacPherson Strut front suspension from the more sophisticated Double Wishbone front suspension, the Accord is more dynamic to drive, helped by the introduction of the aluminium and steel subframe.

Pricing for the Honda Accord are as follows

Honda Accor 2.4S – P1,720,000
Honda Accord 3.5 SV – P2,097,000

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Modulo-equipped Honda Accord

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