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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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!

Lamborghini Huracan Debuts In The Philippines

The Lamborghini Gallardo has been with us for almost 10 years, and despite its long life, the Gallardo was still able to hold on its own and still be desirable, despite newer competition from the Maranello company. The company from Sant’Agata, Bolognese’s local distributor, which is PGACars, has launched the Lamborghini Gallardo’s replacement, the all-new Lamborghini Huracan to the discerning Philippine public.


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An improvement in all aspects, from design that has been inspired from the Aventador, to its lightweight and very stiff construction, the Lamborghni Huracan remains to be a relentless force in the raging bull’s lineup of extremely designed supercars. The 5.0 liter V10 is carried-over from the Gallardo, but the engine now produces 610 hp, 40 more over the Gallardo. Power goes to all four wheels via a new 7-Speed “Doppia Frizione” dual-clutch transmission, which is a major improvement over the single-cluth 6-Speed semi-automatic transmission. All these improvements lets the Huracan sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.0 seconds.

The body of the Huracan is 50% stiffer and 10% lighter than its predecessor, thanks to a combination of aluminium and carbon fiber for its monocoque body.

Despite its performance credentials, Lamborghini was able to make the Huracan even more fuel-efficient, that is, if you care about fuel efficiency in a car like this. Lamborghini claims an 8 km/l average, thanks to Start/Stop technology and direct injecton. Good luck reaching that figure in a car like this.


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Inside, it gets a similar interior design from the Aventador, and yet, Lamborghini was able to put more technology in it. A 12-inch TFT LCD screen which is based from the all-new Audi TT’s is easily noticeable. It also acts as the main screen for the Lamborghini’s Audi MMI-based system, since it is the driver who needs the information such as navigation, oil temperature, and if it even matters to you, Lamborghini Huracan buyer,  fuel consumption.

2,000 units have already been sold globally since the Lamborghini Huracan was released, and 23 have already been sold in the Philippines as we speak. The Lamborghini Huracan sells for P20-26 million Pesos.

Honda Cars Philippines Reveals The Facelifted 2015 CR-V

The Honda CR-V has been one of the Philippines’ best selling crossovers, yet over the years, it has been beaten by a few of its rivals in terms of sales, mainly the Subaru Forester, and the Korean diesel powered twins, the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. Despite these, the CR-V still manages to sell generally well, and in order to keep prospective buyers interested in this excellent crossover, Honda has given it a facelift. Only months after it’s global release, Honda Cars Philippines was able to act fast, and it is now here in the Philippines. The 2015 Honda CR-V.


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More than just a CR-V with fancy new headlights with LED daytime running lights, a new black gloss grille, and fancier rims, Honda also threw in plenty of technology that aims to make the CR-V experience even more pleasing.

Honda’s excellent Display Audio infotainment system also reaches the new CR-V. Equipped on the 2.0 S variant and in the 2.4 SX variant, the Display Audio interface is equipped with navigation, with the i-MID assisting in giving turn-by-turn directions to the driver as well.


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The interior of the all-new Honda CR-V has been spruced up, now having the same soft padded faux stitched dashboard found in the Honda City and Jazz. Together with the black interior, the new Honda CR-V’s interior quality lends it an upmarket and sporty vibe. Silver interior trim adorns the 2.0 V variant, while the 2.0 S and 2.4 SX variants have wood trim.

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Included in the top trim 2.4 SX variant is Honda’s exclusive LaneWatch Blind Spot camera. What it does is through a camera mounted on the right side view mirror, the driver can see what is on his blind spot whenever he uses the right turn signal, or by pressing a button on the signal stalks.

The Honda CR-V retains the same powertrain combination as before. The 2.0 liter engine is an R20A SOHC i-VTEC engine, producing 153 hp and 190 Nm of torque, while the K20A DOHC i-VTEC engine produces 185 hp and 220 Nm of torque. Power is delivered through the front or all wheels, via a 5-Speed Automatic Transmission. A 6-Speed Manual Transmission is available only for the 2.0 V variant. Paddle shifters offer a sporty drive, and are standard on the 2.0 S and 2.4 SX variants.

Safety features highlight the new Honda CR-V. Standard on all variants include 2 airbags, ABS with EBD, and a rear view camera, while the 2.0 S and 2.4 SX variants are equipped with Hill Start Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, Vehicle Stability Assist, and 4 airbags.

The 2015 Honda CR-V is now on sale on all Honda dealers nationwide.

2.0 V MT: P1,313,000
2.0 V AT: P1,353,000
2.0 S AT: P1,483,000
2.4 SV AT: P1,673,000

Lexus Manila Launches The LFA’s Lovechild, The RC and RC F

Lexus is a luxury brand that has been reinventing its image. Each new model carries the new L-Finesse design language that incorporates their menacing Spindle Grille front end, effectively changing the character of each model that receives the treatment. This time though, the Lexus in topic is a completely new model, and it rivals the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. Welcome, the all-new Lexus RC and RC F.


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The Lexus RC is Lexus’s answer to those German rivals, and they responded with a design that is unlike any other vehicle on the road today. The signature spindle grille, Tri-L shaped LED headlamps with the LED daytime running lights separated from the main headlamp clusters are instantly recognizable from afar, and the L-shaped LED rear lights that also pierce through the boot lid adds further aggression to the rear end of the Lexus RC.


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The Lexus RC F, meanwhile, is the Japanese luxury marque’s rival to the venerable BMW M4, and the RC F’s unique selling proposition? Its naturally aspirated V8 engine. Whereas its German rivals have switched to smaller displacement turbocharged engines, Lexus stuck to the proper sportscar powertrain. Naturally aspirated engines provide a much more raw engine note, and the lack of turbos means there is no turbo lag to worry.

Underneath the sheemetal, the Lexus RC is a combination of three vehicles. The front came from the GS’s, the middle from the previous generation IS convertible for stiffness, and the rear from the IS sedan. What do all these three cars possess? They lead the way in Lexus’s sporting character, and combining them all three should lead to a car that’s very exhilarating to drive, unlike any other Lexus created.


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The are two RCs currently offered. The standard RC 350 and the RC F (not to be confused with F Sport). The RC 350 is powered by the same 3.5 liter 2GR-FSE V6 that powers the Lexus IS and GS. It is equipped with D-4S direct and port injection, producing 306 hp and 375 Nm of torque, which is sent through the rear wheels via an 8-Speed Automatic Transmission.


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The RC F is the full-on package, packing a potent 5.0 liter 2UR-GSE V8 that produces 467 hp and 550 Nm of torque, and this power is produces without any turbos or superchargers, an amazing feat since all its rivals are switching to small displacement, turbocharged engines in order to create more power but less fuel consumption. The downside to this trend is that the engine notes are not that raw.

The secret to the RC F’s fuel efficiency is its Dual Mode Cycle. Typical combustion engines run using the Otto Cycle, while for the petrol engines with hybrids, they use the Atkinson Cycle. The benefit of Atkinson Cycle engines is fuel efficiency, but its downside is a lot less power. So, in order to utilize the best of both worlds, Lexus enabled the engine to run on the Otto Cycle on heavy driving, and on Atkinson Cycle when simply cruising down the road. Each cycle counteracts the negatives of the other.


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Inside, the Lexus RCs carry the interior design of the Lexus IS, which is also inspired from the LFA supercar. It has a predominantly horizontal design and a rising center stack that proves to be very ergonomic and unobtrusive in operation.


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Being a Lexus, the Lexus RC is filled with creature comforts. Standard on all models include a leather interior, seat cushions that are integrated into the upholstery itself so that weight is distributed evenly, Lexus’s Remote Touch Interface (RTI) with a touchpad and Navigation, and the Lexus Drive Mode Selector. Features unique to the Lexus RC F, meanwhile, includes the virtual gauge cluster inspired from the LFA, a G Sensor and a Lap Timer, both of which are included in the TFT LCD virtual gauge cluster.

The price for all this menacing goodness? Thanks yet again to the Japan Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), the Lexus RC and RC F are priced competitively. The RC 350 sells for P3,648,000 and the RC F sells for P5,868,000. These are not affordable prices, but when compared to its German rivals, the BMW 420d (P3,990,000) and the BMW M4 (P8,000,000 est.), the value proposition of these luxury sports coupes are further noticed.

Honda Wants To Bring Adrenaline To Your Christmas By Releasing The Jazz Mugen Edition

The Honda Jazz has always been a fun car to drive, especially on a twisty mountain road. Releasing a Honda Jazz Mugen edition seems to be an enticing idea, and it should be, since a Mugen variant will certainly up the ante of the Honda Jazz’s sporty character. With only 30 units available, the Honda Jazz Mugen is certainly not for everyone, and if you truly think you deserve a Honda Jazz Mugen for Christmas, then what are you waiting for? Santa Claus ain’t coming to your home to give you a new Honda Jazz Mugen.


Automatic transmission models of the Honda Jazz, or any other vehicle as a matter of fact, outsell manual transmission vehicles by a very huge margin, which makes this Mugen edition a treat. Priced at P908,000, it’s price is clearly off from Honda’s blue Jazz VX+ with the full Mugen treatment that they are now letting journalists take it for a drive. This is because, the base car of the Jazz Mugen edition is a base model 1.5 V with a manual transmission, which is priced at P778,000. This effectively means that there is a P130,000 increase over the standard model.

The Honda Jazz Mugen edition has a Mugen front grille, tailgate spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, complete with a wheel-nut-and-lock set, and an emblem. Only two colors are available. Rallye Red and Taffetta White.

Meanwhile, buyers of the Honda City will be in for a treat this Christmas. Honda will offer a Modulo organizing kit, which are essentially accessories that will further make the Honda City’s trunk a lot more practical than it already is. These freebies will be offered until December 31, 2014 only.


Honda Cars Philippines Updates The Civic For 2015

When the facelifted Honda Civic was launched earlier this year, it shrunk the compact sedan’s variants from four (4) to three (3). The base S variant with a manual transmission was removed, and the mid-level E and high-trim EL variant came standard with Modulo and Mugen bodykits, respectively. For its 2015 model year, the Honda Civic has received another update, this time focusing on the interior, and the re-introduction of the 1.8 S manual variant and non-bodykitted models of the E and EL variants.


From three variants, there are now 6 to choose from. Listed below are the prices of each Honda Civic variant.

  • 2.0 EL Mugen: P1,368,000
  • 2.0 EL: P1,238,000
  • 1.8 E Modulo: P1,118,000
  • 1.8 E: P1,058,000
  • 1.8 S AT: P988,000
  • 1.8 S MT: P948,000

All models are now fitted with an all-black interior theme, which brings a sporty vibe to the Civic’s cabin, regardless of the trim level. New features have also been introduced to select variants. Smart key with push-button start, 60:40 split folding rear seats, automatic headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers are now equipped to the 1.8 E and 2.0 EL variants. New features exclusive to the 2.0 EL variants include a host of safety features such as Hill Start Assist, and front passenger seatbelt reminder.

With so much variants and models now offered by Honda for the Philippine market, there certainly has never been a better time to buy a new Honda.


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