PGA Cars Launches The Facelifted Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 is the brand’s competitor on this fairly new small SUV segment, which it rivals with the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. PGA Cars has launched the facelifted version of the Audi Q3, and with it, announcing a P400,000 price drop.


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The facelifted 2015 Audi Q3 sports a redesigned grille, now made chunkier and more hexagonal in shape, in line with the brand’s new design language. Chunkier details and more pronounced wheel arches make the Q3 a tougher and more aggressive small premium SUV.


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Inside, the Q3 introduces a set of new features that boosts its safety and luxury credentials such as LED ambient lighting, Audi’s MMI, now with Navigation Plus, power-adjustable front seats, and collision prevention braking assist.

Changes in the Audi Q3 are not just in its features and sheetmetal. The powetrain has also been updated. What was once a 2.0 TDI diesel engine under the hood, the Audi Q3 now boasts a smaller, but equally powerful and efficient 1.4 liter turbocharged, direct injected petrol engine, producing 150 hp. The new engine is also equipped with Audi’s cylinder on demand technology. The 4-cylinder engine can run on 2-cylinder only when the car is driven at a relaxed pace. This boosts its fuel efficiency and reduces its CO2 emissions substantially over the 2.0 liter TDI engine it replaces. Power is sent via Audi’s excellent 7-Speed S Tronic dual clutch transmisson.

The Audi Q3 is now priced at P2,990,000, P400,000 less than the model it replaces. A very appealing price isn’t it, especially if you consider the amount of new technologies and features the refreshed Q3 receives. Interested? Drop by any of Audi’s dealerships today, located in Greenhills, Alabang, and Bonifacio Global City.

Rolls-Royce Manila Launches The Ghost Series II (With Video)

Rolls-Royce Philippines just recently inaugurated its permanent dealership in Bonifacio Globla City, and the motor car brand from Goodwood used this opportunity to launch the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II.


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The Rolls-Royce Ghost is the brand’s entry level luxury car, but it doesn’t mean it is accessible to everyone. Priced at no less than P31.5 million for the standard wheelbase model and P35 million for the long wheelbase model, the Rolls-Royce Ghost remains to be an exclusive luxury. It may be based from the same platform as the BMW 7 Series, but the Ghost maintains its reputation as one of the best riding cars in the world. Because it is based on the 7 Series, it does offer a certain degree of sporty handling, and Rolls-Royce further strengthened the Ghost’s image as a more dynamic Rolls-Royce than the Phantom by making details such as the Spirit of Ecstasy angled more forward to bring a sense of dynamism. Other changes from the pre-facelift model include a new pair of full LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights.


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Inside, the full-grain leather from the Phantom has been further processed in order to create the texture and scent that is unmistakably Rolls-Royce. As expected at this price point, fine wood ornaments and metal trimmings are abundant, and while the Rolls-Royce Ghost is already known for its quiet ride, additional sound insulation has been added, because, heck why not?

Powering the Rolls-Royce Ghost is a twin-turbo 6.6 liter V12 engine, producing a mighty 563 hp and 780 Nm of torque, enough to haul this 2 tonne luxury car in less than 6 seconds. The engine, while powerful, isn’t tuned for sporty driving, but rather, it is tuned for overtaking less important cars without any fuss and drama.

Interested? Visit Rolls-Royce’s Manila dealership located in Bonifacio Global City today, and stare in awe at the powerful statement only a Rolls-Royce can deliver.


Volkswagen Finally Launches The Much Awaited Golf GTI

After the preview of the Golf GTI at the 2014 Philippine International Motor Show, the Volkswagen Golf GTI has finally been launched in the Philippines.


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The Volkswagen Golf GTI probably is a car that needs no introduction, but just to make sure everyone knows what’s up with this car, well here is its introduction. The Volkswagen Golf GTI has shaped the hot hatch segment for the past 30 years, delivering power and everyday usability unlike any other hot hatch. A true hot hatch should be fast, but liveable to be used everyday.


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On the outside, just to make sure you won’t mistake it for another Volkswagen, let alone a normal Golf, red accents at the grille are a reminder that you aren’t just dealing with a normal hatchback. Just so you know, there are differences in this model compared to the Taiwan unit previewed at the 2014 Philippine International Motor Show. Gone is the sunroof, but in return, the Golf GTI is now equipped with the original “Austin” design alloy wheels. Lastly, the GTI is equipped with a some bits of subtle body kit for aerodynamics and a more aggressive stance.


Making this hot hatch powerful but practical for everyday use is its 2.0 liter turbocharged 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 6-Speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.

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. Inside, creature comforts include keyless entry with push button start, and a touch screen “Composition Colour” infotainment system with Bluetooth, SD Cars, USB, AUX, AM/FM, and a reverse camera, just to make sure you won’t scratch the GTI’s ass. Keeping the driver and front passenger in check while both are subjected on the forces when cornering fast are a pair of power-adjustable sport bucket seats designed in its trademark “Clark” design fabric seats.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI in the Philippines marks the arrival of the original hot hatch in the country, and for now, the GTI is one of only three hot hatches sold in the Philippines, the other being the Mini Cooper S and Peugeot 208 GTI. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is priced at P2,290,000

Complete Specifications (Unchanged from 2014 PIMS)

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Volkswagen Philippines Launches The Facelifted Polo Hatchback

The Volkswagen Polo is the German brand’s subcompact offering, competing with the City, Jazz, Fiesta, Vios, and the likes. A standout feature of the Polo Sedan we currently have is its 1.6 TDI diesel engine, with only the Accent being the other vehicle with a diesel engine. As good as it may be, the lack of an automatic transmission, which most people buy nowadays, and also the lack of many modern standout features keeps it from being a true volume seller, as Volkswagen’s best selling car locally is the Tiguan. The new Volkswagen Polo Hatch is now here, and in facelifted form as well.


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*International model shown. Local unit consists of a 15 inch “Riverside” design 15 inch rims. Photo may vary from actual PH unit. 

The Polo Hatch is marketed by Volkswagen as a Volkswagen for young professionals. They hope that young people will consider a Polo to be their first car. In order to achieve that, an elegant but youthful look must be achieved. Psychedelic colors are offered in the new Polo Hatch, and this very bright orange color we see is the primary color that Volkswagen markets it with. 15 inch “Riverside” design alloy wheels keep the exterior looking fresh and sporty.


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“Touch screen “Composition Color” MIB infotainment not offered. RCD 320 monochrome radio instead of the color touch screen is equipped in the Philippine market Polo. Photo may vary from actual unit.”

Inside, upgraded materials, “Livon” design fabric seats, and a new center console give it a contemporary and classy vibe that Volkswagens have been known for. Volkswagen’s RCD 320 with radio, CD, MP3, Aux-in, SD card/USB slot, and Bluetooth connectivity is finally offered as standard. Other features that boosts practicality include a 60:40 split folding rear seat, and steering wheel audio controls, and for safety, dual SRS airbags, ABS, Park Distance Control, 3 point seatbelts for all 5 occupants, and ISOFIX child seat anchors keep everyone in check in the case of an accident.


Powering the Volkswagen Polo Hatch is a 1.6 liter MPI multi-port injection petrol engine instead of the same TDI diesel engine powering the Polo Sedan. The engine produces 105 hp @ 5,250 rpm and 153 Nm of torque @ 3,750 rpm. Power is distributed through a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission. This powertrain combination gives the Polo Hatch an Euro IV emission rating.

Volkswagen Philippines aims this Polo Hatch to become a volume seller, and in order to achieve this, price should also be competitive. The Volkswagen Polo Hatch is sold for P950,000, and Volkswagen is offering an attractive P95,000 financing package scheme.

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Nissan PH Launches The All-New NP300 Navara

Nissan is betting its success in the pick-up truck segment by launching the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara. A pick-up truck that carries on Nissan’s 80 year heritage in building trucks that are reliable, tough, and dependable for families or businesses to use.


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Externally, the Nissan NP300 Navara aims not just to be a truck for, well, doing truck duties, they aim that the NP300 Navara is a truck that has been designed to do things in a special way, aiming to set the benchmark in technology, comfort, design, and refinement. Outside, features normally found on higher-end vehicles have made their way onto the NP300, such as the first LED Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights in its segment, and Nissan’s trademark V-Motion grille that makes it more elegant compared to its competition. Large 18-inch wheels, an integrated spoiler, and a rising beltline further emphasize its elegant yet tough and powerful character.


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Inside, the NP300 aims to provide a premium feeling ambience to its occupants. For instance, rear aircon vents are standard on all variants, ensuring even the rear passengers receive ventilation. For more comfort on longer drives, Nissan’s proven Zero Gravity Seats inspired from NASA, is also equipped in this truck.

Nissan claims that this new NP300 is more refined, more economical, faster, and comfortable to be in, and it is in the comfortable area that they have their claim to fame. Whereas other trucks have a leaf spring rear suspension, the NP300 Navara has a 5-link Coil Spring rear suspension, and as we have experience in our MU-Xs, Trailblazers, and other SUVs that are truck based, the difference in ride quality is night and day.

Another benchmarking feature of the Nissan NP300 is its powertrain. The 2.5 liter DOHC inline-4 VGS (Variable Geometry System) turbocharged diesel engine is the most powerful 2.5 liter diesel in its class, producing 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque. 4×2 variants make do with the same engine, but in a different state of tune, producing 163 hp and 403 Nm of torque. The powertrain’s claim to fame is its 7-Speed Automatic transmission, which is straight from the Nissan 370Z, however, gear ratios have been optimized for the fastest acceleration and fuel efficiency that best matches that NP300.


Nissan also aims to set the benchmark in interior equipment as well. Nissan’s Fine Vision instrument cluster is standard on all variants, which includes an LCD screen between the gauges with 3D graphics. Other class-leading features include a heavily-featured steering wheel with cruise control, Bluetooth and audio functions, a 5.0 inch color display with 6-CD changer, Bluetooth Audio and USB, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, and a Smart Key w/ Push Button Start.

The following are the [introductory] prices of the Nissan NP300 Navara. For complete specs, visit my partner website, The Ultimate Car Guide.

4×2 Models
4×2 – P898,000 (MT)
4×2 Calibre – P938,000 (MT)
4×2 EL Calibre – P1,038,000 (MT)/P1,108,000 (AT)

4×4 Models
4×4 EL – P1,256,000 (MT)
4×4 VL – P1,4210,000 (MT)/P1,490,000 (AT)

Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Starts 2015 With A Bang, Releases 2 New Models

In an unexpected move by Toyota Motor Philippine Corporation, they have launched two models immediately today. The facelifted Toyota Prius C, and in a move that is fast by any standard in the industry, just a few days after its global debut in Japan, the 3rd generation Toyota Alphard has also been released in the Philippine market.

Toyota Prius C (P1,573,000 – 1,578,000 + P15,000 for White Pearl)


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The Toyota Prius C is a cutesy little hybrid hatchback that is meant to offer people a more affordable entry into Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain. However, being similarly priced with the Toyota 86 meant people will rather snatch up the fun to drive sportscar rather than a slow Prius C. Changes in the exterior include a front bumper design that is seemed to be inspired from the Toyota 86, while there are a few changes to the interior trimmings as well. The hybrid powertrain is made up of a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor, producing a total output of 99 hp. It is mated to an e-CVT.


New features for the Toyota Prius C include a factory installed GPS, and in a field where a factory-installed GPS is still a rarity, this is a good thing. An emergency stop signal similar to those found in recent Hondas is now equipped as well, wherein the LED tail lights will flash vigorously when the driver brakes hard.

Toyota Alphard (P3,292,000)


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The Toyota Alphard is one of the market’s favorite luxury vans or MPVs. It is posh, very comfortable to be in, thanks to its second row ottoman seats, and has the right amount of authority and stateliness for people to respect it on the road. When the 3rd generation Alphard had is global debut a few days ago, the public’s reception on the Alphard’s exterior design were on the negative side, but on the bright side, it did make people talk about it even more than before.

The third generation Toyota Alphard’s obvious change is its rather polarizing design. It’s hard to ignore the large grille and swoopy tail lights, which are done in LEDs. Inside, there are even more changes. The interior design has an even more upmarket design than the already upmarket design its predecessor already had.




Interior highlights of the all-new Alphard include LED ambient lighting in the roof, with 16 color choices, an 8-speaker audio system, a large 4.2 inch TFT color display between the gauges, and other niceties such as the 2nd row Ottoman seats.


Whereas most MPVs resort towards cheaper to build torsion beam rear suspensions, the Toyota Alphard goes the opposite direction, and switches towards a double wishbone suspension, and they claim that the Toyota Alphard is a more dynamic vehicle to drive than the vehicle it replaces.

The new Toyota Alphard is powered only by a 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine, with the 2.4 liter engine officially dropped from the line up. It produces 276 hp, and is mated to a 6-Speed Automatic.

If you’re interested, visit one of 44 of Toyota’s dealerships for more information.



Last year’s crown for the Car Of The Year award went to the Mazda 6, an excellent midsize executive sedan that looks and drives unlike any other vehicle. A plethora of launches happened this 2014, and with Toyota achieving a 100,000 unit milestone, sales numbers are definitely better than ever, and not just for Toyota. Most major automakers will be ending 2014 with record breaking sales as well. If there is any automaker we should commend this 2014, it would be Honda. When Toshio Kuwahara said that he’d keep the media busy this year, well, he wasn’t kidding. Honda launched more vehicles than any other automaker would dare, launching a staggering 7 models. Will any of Honda’s cars appear in the COTY list, or perhaps even be crowned as Go Flat Out’s COTY? Scroll down to find out.

5TH PLACE: Toyota Corolla Altis

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Surprised to see the Toyota Corolla Altis? Well, I’m surprised I placed it in my list as well, but here’s why. See, the Toyota Corolla Altis wasn’t known for fun to drive dynamics, and even worse, was a joke to anyone who loves driving. Well, there’s nothing wrong with it, because it’s a comfortable and reliable car, but it didn’t have any excitement at all. Well, this new generation somehow changes that. While still not a fun to drive car by any means, its handling credentials is more well balanced, and with the “keen look and under priority” design language that Toyota has infused into the Corolla Altis, it is now far from being called a boring looking car. It hits the perfect spot between sport and elegance in terms of how it looks and feels, effectively changing the public’s perception of Toyota’s appliance, and here at Go Flat Out, cars that changes a buyer’s perception towards a car, for the better, are highly appreciated, and that alone makes the Corolla worthy of the fifth spot.



Last year, the Lexus IS was placed second, another sports sedan that also changed the public’s perception towards what used to be a boring luxury brand. Now that all of Lexus’s products carry the brand’s Spindle Grille, Lexus was able to further up the ante in terms of design with the Lexus NX. It looks unlike any other crossover, or pretty much, any car out there, with its tri-L-shaped LED headlamps and cuts and creases that seem like it has been sculpted by a Japanese Samurai. While the hybrid powertrain may not be the sportiest set ups especially when compared to its German rivals, its sporty handling credentials do make a statement, this is not your ordinary luxury crossover, and being a standout in design is highly appreciated here at Go Flat Out.

3RD PLACE: Nissan X-Trail


Nissan has been slowly building its brand back from scratch, which started with the takeover of Nissan Philippines by the main Nissan that we know from Japan. In a bid to regain trust and confidence from the consumers, Nissan needs an excellent product portfolio, and the new Nissan X-Trail is Nissan’s best bet so far, and here’s why. The Philippine market loves crossovers, thanks to their tall ride height, car-like driving dynamics, and practicality, but most of them are no good off-road, which does make sense since the majority of buyers only take their crossovers to schools, dropping off their kids. What about those who fancy a bit of off-roading? That’s where the Nissan X-Trail stands out. It has a *4×4-i system, and with a twist of the knob, the front or rear wheels can be completely locked depending on which has the most grip. Yet, despite its off-road credentials, its on road manners are unaffected, cosseting even, since your are wrapped around by one of the most beautifully made cabins in its class. Being the jack of more than one trade is highly appreciated here at Go Flat Out, and these traits keep the Nissan X-Trail at the 3rd spot.

2ND PLACE: Mazda 3


Last year’s winner was the Mazda 6, and here we are, another Mazda on our COTY list. The Mazda 3 is one of the industry’s highly-acclaimed vehicles. Almost all media outlets are singing praises for this car, and for a good reason. It’s a sexy looking machine, and the way it drives is even better. It is the sportiest driving compact sedan or hatchback in its segment. If the traffic situation is being too unfriendly towards you, the Mazda 3 is there to soothe you with its beautifully made cabin. Just like the Mazda 6 and CX-5, the Mazda 3 is also the recipient of Ward’s Best Interiors award. Everything is ergonomically laid out, save it for the head-up display on the 2.0 R variant, and the MZD connect system, which is controlled by a German luxury sedan style giant center knob, is one of the best infotainment systems I’ve experienced in a mainstream car. i-ELOOP, my most favorite feature Mazda feature, eliminates the load from the engine to power the electronics, keeping the engine at its rightful duty, to power the car forward. Along with the i-STOP Start/Stop system and a host of other Skyactiv Technologies, the Mazda 3 is one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its class. Stylish, fun to drive, and fuel-efficient. Being a stand out in more than one respect is highly appreciated here at Go Flat Out, but there is one aspect that it slightly doesn’t stand out, and that is interior space. While it isn’t by any means cramped since I perfectly fit at the back, compare it to the Toyota Corolla Altis and most of its competition, the difference becomes apparent, and regrettably, this keeps it from taking the top spot.

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1ST PLACE: Honda City and Jazz

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While I was creating a shortlist of what set of cars deserve the Car Of The Year Award, I had a seriously hard time deciding between the Mazda 3, Honda Jazz, and Honda City, on which of the three should take the crown for this year’s Car Of The Year. All the three cars represent a huge step forward for the generations they replace. Since all of these three cars are so good, a careful analysis of what negatives did I experience while I had my time with these cars were made, and the Honda Jazz and City are practically the pair of cars where I experienced the least negatives. Both cars represent Honda’s excellence in interior packaging, making the most of the available space. Both cars also have substantially higher quality and fit and finish than the model it replaces. Both cars are also fun to drive on a twisty winding road. Both cars also introduced a host of new technologies and connectivity features unheard of in any of its competitors, heck even in the bigger compact class. Both cars also have substantially better refinement and better sound insulation, almost on par with the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Fiesta. The Honda City and Jazz, I believe, are hard to separate, as these two cars complement each other. These pair of cars are leaps and bounds a huge improvement on literally all aspects compared to its predecessors. Go Flat Out highly appreciates cars that are literally excellent in almost all aspects, and for these reasons, the Honda City and Jazz are Go Flat Out’s Car Of The Year.

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A summary as seen on The Ultimate Car Guide.

Happy New Year To Everyone!


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