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.

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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.

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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.

Chevrolet Introduces The Trailblazer LTX Variant

The Chevrolet Trailblazer has been a huge success for Chevrolet in the Philippines. Its huge increase monthly sales are mainly attributed to the Trailblazer and the Colorado pick-up, and to further make a dent on the market dominated by the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Montero Sport, The Covenant Car Company Inc., Chevrolet’s distributor in the Philippines, is launching a new LTX variant.

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The LTX will fill the gap between the base LT and top-spec LTZ. The LTX variant is priced at P1,588,888, and this should give Trailblazer buyers one more option as to what variant perfectly suits them best.

The LTX variant comes with new design 18-inch alloy wheels, blacked-out B-pillar, leather seats, and an electrochromic rear view mirror, which also houses a 4.3-inch LCD screen that displays whatever the standard rear-view camera sees.

The LTX is still powered by the same 2.8 Duramax CRDI VGT diesel engine, which produces a still class leading 200 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Power is distributed by a 6-speed automatic transmission. With the addition of this new variant, the Chevrolet Trailblazer should further strengthen its position in a very highly competitive segment.

Isuzu Launches The D-Max X-Series

The Generation Y, or people who are born from the ’80s to the 2000s, are what many people consider as the hip and trendy. Always updated with the latest trends, which is further enforced by the fact that it’s mostly the Gen. Y that are truly connected and always online with their smartphones and tablets. Always updated with what is the coolest. Not that the Isuzu D-Max isn’t a hip and cool pick-up, but what better way is there to strengthen the D-Max’s appeal to the hip and cool, but to launch the new Isuzu D-Max X-Series.

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The Isuzu D-Max X-Series is essentially the LS variant with a bit more sex appeal. Upgrades include an aero kit, racing stripes, cargo spoiler, side steps, cargo bedliner, 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels and grille, and a red Isuzu badge.  Inside, there are black fabric seats with a few red bits, and a steering wheel with a red Isuzu logo.

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The Isuzu D-Max X-Series is powered by the same 4JJ1-TC 3.0 liter CRDI turbocharged diesel engine that produces 144 hp and 294 Nm of torque.

The Isuzu D-Max X-Series is available in two colors. Venetian Red Mica and Silky White Pearl, the latter being a P10,000 option. The pricing for this hip and cool pick-up truck is P1,234,000 for the manual and P1,286,000 for the automatic.

Mitsubishi Motors Nips and Tucks The ASX

The Mitsubishi ASX has been around us for a while now, even receiving a facelift a year ago. This time around, the 2015 ASX is now available in two attractive variants, with equipment and exterior changes to boot.

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There are two variants, the GLS and GSR, priced at P1,148,000 and P1,248,000, but if you buy the Mitsubishi ASX now until October 31, 2014, the ASX is yours for P50,000 less.

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Both variants are powered by the same 2.0 liter DOHC MIVEC engine from the original ASX, producing 148 hp and 197 nm of torque. It is mated to a new version of Mitsubishi’s CVT with a 6-Speed sports mode.

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Both variants are well equipped, featuring an integrated touch screen infotainment system with DVD, CD, Bluetooth and is also navigation ready, HID headlamps with headlamp washers, tire pressure monitoring system, and a newly designed center console with carbon fiber accents. The GSR variants, meanwhile, are equipped with leather seats, LED daytime running lights, and get this, a panoramic moonroof with LED illumination, which is perfect for romantic or relaxing evening drives.

If all these sound very appealing to you, don’t forget that a P50,000 discount is on offer until October 31, 2014.

Chevrolet Philippines Adds A New Malibu Variant

At last year’s Chevrolet Motorama, which was held at the SM Mall Of Asia, The Covenant Car Company Inc. (TCCCI) launched their Malibu midsize sedan. In a bid to appeal to an even wider audience, Chevrolet has introduced a new, more affordable  LT variant.

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The Chevrolet Malibu LT is priced at P1,398,888, while the LTZ’s price has been adjusted, now costing P1,528,888, from P1,498,888. It is still powered by the same 2.4 liter petrol engine that produces 165 hp and 225 Nm of torque. The bigger news is in the equipment. Projector-type halogen headlights replace the HID headlamps, the Dual Tailpipes are now flushed into the body, and the 17 inch alloy wheels replace the 18 inch alloy wheels. The parking sensors and the rear view camera have also been ditched. The leather steering wheel has also been swapped for urethane ones. Apart from these, the Malibu is still business as usual.

If you are cross shopping between a Toyota Camry and a Honda Accord, the Chevrolet Malibu is worth a look.

Subaru Adds A Stick To the WRX, Adds New WRX STI Variant

Good things certainly comes to those who wait. Many were appalled to the idea of launching the Subaru WRX only with an eco-friendly and gas-friendly CVT. While it does have inherent advantages in day-to-day living, the durability and performance credentials of a CVT on a racetrack is still unproven. Well, for those who had faith in MotorImage Pilipinas shouldn’t fret no more. The Subaru WRX is not available with a 6-Speed manual transmission.

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Priced at P1,818,000, the Subaru WRX is priced lower than the CVT variant, at the expense of some equipment. While the CVT illuminates the road with LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, the manual version does the same duty by means of a halogen projector-type headlamp with LED daytime running lights. Inside, the leather seats have been swapped for fabric ones, and the smart entry system with push button start has been replaced by a traditional keyless entry system and a twist key slot. The power adjustable seats have also been swapped for manual adjustable ones. Other than that, core WRX technologies such as the Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, Active Torque Vectoring, and Hill Start Assist remain.

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It also must be noted that the WRX STI with its trademark rear wing returns. The non-winged WRX STI is now called the WRX STI Premium. The WRX STI’s core technologies remain, such as the Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, Active Torque Vectoring, and Hill Start Assist. The WRX STI, priced at 2,498,000, sees some equipment changes. Apart from the wing, it loses the 18 inch forged BBS wheels in favor of 18 inch cast alloy black wheels, and the sunroof has been ditched as well. The interior also has been changed as well, with the winged STI having leather and alcantara upholstery, while in the process, loses the power adjustable driver’s seat.

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The WRX STI is now priced at P2,598,000, a 100,000 increase, in order to make room for the return of the winged WRX STI. Do all these changes make the ever popular WRX and WRX STI even more appealing?

Autostrada Motore Inc. Launches The Ferrari 458 Spider

Autostrada Motore Inc., the official Ferrari and Maserati distributor in the Philippines, has just launched the Ferrari 458 Spider.

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The Ferrari 458 was intended to be developed to be both a coupe and a spider, and this puts inherent advantages to the 458 Spider’s structure. First, a lot of chassis strengthening wasn’t necessary, reducing the weight to be added in the first place, which also means not much of the 458 Italia’s chassis rigidity has been lost. Another advantage to this is it has a seamless design, with the all-aluminium roof integrating well into the design. The aluminium roof only takes 14 seconds to fully deploy, though it can only do so when the car isn’t in motion.

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The Ferrari 458 Spider’s engine is unchanged from the coupe. It is still the same 4.5 liter direct-injected V8 that produces 562 hp and 540 Nm of torque.  It takes 3.4 seconds for the 458 Spider to reach 100 km/h from a standstill.

Together with the Ferrari 458 Italia and the 458 Speciale, the Maranello manufacturer broadens its appeal to the discerning customers who want a mid-engined V8 supercar. Pricing for the Ferrari 458 Spider is of course, unannounced, but one thing’s for sure, I surely cannot afford to buy one.

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