Honda Enters The Entry-Level MPV Market With The Mobilio

Honda wants to increase its appeal, and in order to cover all important segments in the market, Honda needs an entry-level MPV to rival the Toyota Avanza, Suzuki Ertiga, and Chevrolet Spin, and here is Honda’s answer. The Honda Mobilio.

The Honda Mobilio is based from a stretched platform of the Brio. It is developed around the needs of affordable mobility for 7 people, hence its name. HCPI’s Toshio Kuwahara states that when developing the Mobilio, careful though and analysis on the cultures of numerous Asian countries was carefully considered into the development. As a result, the Mobilio stands as Honda’s first foray into the affordable MPV segment, but as they so claim, with the excitement and a little bit of sportiness a Honda is known for.

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The exterior of the Honda Mobilio is clearly based from the Brio, but with added excitement from its global MPV siblings. What happens if the JDM Honda Odyssey and USDM Honda Odyssey had a honeymoon in Tahiti? They give birth to the Mobilio. The window line that mimics the lightning bolt window line of the USDM Odyssey is present, while the D-pillars with a semi-floating effect is clearly inspired from the chrome character detail found in the JDM Odyssey’s D-pillar. As a result, the exterior design is a mishmash of different inspirations that, while may not seem as a unified design, does create an athletic and sophisticated looks when compared to all of its staid-looking rivals.

The interior design is also based from the Brio, including the center console that is angled towards the driver, a clear hint of what the Mobilio possesses. The interior is mainly done in black, which brings a sophisticated and youthful look over its rivals that have a more grown up but harder to clean beige interiors. Window lines are low, especially in the second row where the lightning bolt window line takes effect. Access to the third row doesn’t require heavy use of anyone’s muscles, thanks to the one touch tumble and fold operation of the second row seats. 9 cupholders throughout the cabin means that all 7 people will surely have their smiles despite the summer heat we are currently experiencing.

Powering the Honda Mobilio is a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine from the Honda City and Jazz. It produces 120 hp and 145 Nm of torque, sent either through a 5-Speed Manual, or Honda’s Earth Dreams CVT. I have reviewed the Honda City and Jazz equipped with the said CVT, and if you have read my review, you know how I liked the transmission because of its refinement, responsiveness, and fuel efficiency. The CVT transmission puts the Honda Mobilio at a huge advantage over the competition with an ancient 4-Speed Automatic. Yes kids, other manufacturers still make a 4-Speed Automatic for their vehicles.

The Honda Mobilio is aimed to be a game changer in all respects. In terms of interior space, exterior design, and powetrain, I believe they have raised the bar in these aspects. What about features? It is a firm yes. Steering wheel controls, blue-lit instrument gauges, LED high mount stop lamp, and rear AC vents are offered as standard across the range. LED side mirror turn signals, foglights, A 2-DIN radio with USB Audio with Bluetooth telephone and audio is offered from the 1.5 E CVT upwards, while the 1.5 RS Navi is equipped with a touch screen system with navigation. ABS and Dual SRS airbags, are the safety features that are equipped as standard across the range. With the growing concern towards child occupant safety, ISOFIX child seat anchors are standard across the range, and the Mobilio is the first in its segment to offer this safety feature across the line-up.

The Honda Mobilio is aimed to be a game changer in the segment, and in the pursuit of increasing Honda’s appeal to a wider range of customers, the Mobilio might give Honda an edge. With the Mobilio being priced quite well given its features and powertrain, especially the lower end variants, the Mobilio may eventually become one of Honda’s best sellers in the Philippines.

1.5 E MT: P807,000
1.5 V CVT: P877,000
1.5 RS Navi: P967,000

Honda Cars Philippines Introduces Limited Editions Of Jazz, CR-V

Some of us want to stand out from the crowd. Just look at some of us when we dress up everyday. Some dress up preppy, and to some extent, certain people can’t start their day without their obligatory #ootd post. If you drive a popular car, chances are, there’d be someone who has the same car as yours in the parking lot. Thankfully, for people like you, Honda has a solution. Introducing the limited editions of the Honda Jazz and CR-V. honda-cr-v-gold-brown-limited-ed The Honda CR-V Gold Brown Metallic Edition is basically the same 2.4 SX CR-V with an exquisite paint job. The color alters depending on how light strikes it, the same way Mazda’s Soul Red Metallic does. Other than the paint job, it’s basically the same 2.4 SX CR-V with Honda’s excellent LaneWatch Blind Spot Camera. The Honda CR-V will only be sold in 10 units with an asking price of P1,688,000, basically the same price as the standard CR-V 2.4 SX. honda-jazz-limited-ed The Honda Jazz Cool Blue Edition, meanwhile, is more than just its striking blue color (trust me, I’ve seen one in person already). It  is a Jazz VX fitted with a Modulo body kit, grille, spoiler, seatback pockets, and cargo tray. Because of the Modulo kits, the Jazz’s price tag is slightly higher over the standard VX, now at P938,000, and only 20 units will be sold. Interested in any of these limited editions units. Go to a Honda dealer now and be part of a select few who has a special edition Honda Jazz and CR-V.

Isuzu Adds VGS Turbo To Entire 2015 D-Max Line-Up

The pick-up wars has never been more interesting than this year. With the release of the Mitsubishi Strada, Nissan NP300 Navara, and the upcoming release of the facelifted Ford Ranger, packed with plenty of driver assist systems, and the upcoming Toyota Hilux, which is Toyota’s worst kept secret, Isuzu isn’t letting its guard down. The Isuzu D-Max has been updated for 2015, now including the 2.5 liter VGS-equipped diesel engine from the MU-X in its entire line-up.


Apart from a new engine, the Isuzu D-Max also receives new features across the line-up. Now standard for 2015 are LED rear lamps, bed liner, redesigned projector headlamps, and rear parking sensors. Inside, a touch screen system with navigaton is now equipped as standard.

For 2015, a new variant called the LT-X is released. The LT-X variant bridges the gap between the LS and the more utilitarian LT variants. The LT-X variant is easily distinguished by its 15 inch alloy wheels.

Safety has also been upgraded for 2015. Dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, are now standard. Child safety is now also recognized here in the Philippines (finally) and the Isuzu D-Max is now equipped with ISOFIX child seat anchors as standard across the line-up.

Do these new features sound tempting? Decide whether it’s your next pick-up truck by checking the prices down below.

LT M/T – P 872,000
LT-X M/T – P 935,000
LT M/T 4×4 – P 1,178,000
LS M/T 4×2 – P 1,154,000
LS A/T 4×2 – P 1,206,000
LS M/T 4×4 – P 1,428,000
LS A/T 4×4 – P 1,487,000

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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