Kia car prices in the Philippines as of June 2012

Car sale: Our friends from Kia sent us the latest price list (June 2012) for your reference.

PICANTO
PICANTO 1.0L LX GAS MT Php 545,000.00
PICANTO 1.0L LX GAS AT Php 599,000.00
PICANTO 1.2L EX GAS MT Php 625,000.00
RIO
RIO 1.2L LX MT Php 598,000.00
RIO 1.4L EX MT Php 678,000.00
RIO 1.4L EX AT Php 718,000.00
RIO 1.4L EX MT LIMITED EDITION Php 848,000.00
RIO 1.4L EX AT LIMITED EDITION Php 888,000.00
RIO 1.4L EX AT HATCHBACK Php 838,000.00
RIO 1.4L EX AT HATCHBACK LOW DOWN Php 998,000.00
SOUL
SOUL 1.6 CVVT LX AT Php 899,000.00
SOUL 1.6L D-CVVT LX AT (6-SPEED) Php 919,000.00
CARENS
CARENS 2.0L CRDI LX MT Php 899,000.00
CARENS 2.0L CRDI LX AT Php 949,000.00
CARNIVAL
CARNIVAL 2.9L CRDI LX MT SWB Php 1,150,000.00
CARNIVAL 2.9L CRDI LX AT LWB Php 1,450,000.00
CARNIVAL 2.9L CRDI EX AT SWB Php 1,210,000.00
CARNIVAL 2.9L CRDI EX AT LWB Php 1,550,000.00
SPORTAGE
SPORTAGE 2.0L 4X2 GAS AT Php 1,158,000.00
SPORTAGE 2.0L 4X4 GAS AT Php 1,258,000.00
SPORTAGE 2.4L 4X4 GAS AT EX DELUXE Php 1,698,000.00
SORENTO
SORENTO 2.2L 4X2 LX DIESEL AT (5str) Php 1,590,000.00
SORENTO 2.2L 4X2 EX DIESEL AT (7str) Php 1,790,000.00
SORENTO 2.4L 4X2  EX GAS AT (7str) Php 1,690,000.00
K2700
K2700 4X2 DORPSIDE MT Php 775,000.00
K2700 4X2 ALUMINIUM VAN MT Php 835,000.00
K2700 4X2 PANORAMIC W/ AC MT Php 895,000.00
K2700 4X4 DROPSIDE MT Php 835,000.00
K2700 4X4 ALUMINIUM VAN MT Php 900,000.00
K2700 4X4 DC DROPSIDE MT Php 915,000.00
K2700 4X4 DC PICK-UP W/ AC MT Php 935,000.00
K2700 4X4 PANORAMIC W/ AC MT Php 960,000.00

For inquiries and promos, please call CONNIE ORPILLA of KIA MOTORS PASIG at 0932-428-1845.

If you need a car loan, you can call our friends from BPI and Metrobank:

BPI: Janet Castro – 09175547628, 217-4337, 646-4033
METROBANK: Joy Guevara – 647-8023, 647-8025

Thoughts on restoring the Mitsubishi “box-type” Lancer — a non-expert car review

Just last week, some friends asked me if restoring the box type Lancer would be worth it. One friend was particularly interested in giving a car like this to his “first-time-driver” son for his college commute. It got me thinking about my very first car which I got almost 20 years ago. Here’s my non-expert take on this “almost-classic” car.

Mitsubishi Lancer box type

Photo Credit: By VolkswagenKing28 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]

The first car I ever bought was a 1986 Mitsubishi Lancer SL with manual transmission. I got it in 1994. At that time, it was a popular car. It was boxy and it was cool. During that time, a brand new Lancer EL cost P300,000. The then-8-year-old box-type was selling for P150,000. Continue reading Thoughts on restoring the Mitsubishi “box-type” Lancer — a non-expert car review

Hyundai car prices in the Philippines as of June 2012

Car sale: Our friends from Hyundai sent us the latest price list (June 2012) for your reference.

GRAND STAREX CRDi

  • 2.5 VGT GLS M/T-10str. — Php1,563,000
  • 2.5 VGT GLS A/T-10str.SWIVEL — Php1,733,000
  • 2.5 VGT GLS M/T-12 str. — Php1,603,000
  • 2.5 VGT GOLD A/T-10 str. — Php1,848,000
  • 2.5 GRAND STAREX LIMOUSINE — Php2,728,000

GRAND STAREX TCi

  • 2.5 GL M/T-10str — Php1,283,000
  • 2.5 GL M/T-12str — Php1,323,000
  • 2.5 GLS A/T-10str — Php1,453,000

Test drive: Ford Everest 2nd Gen. 2007-2010 — a non-expert car review

I didn’t like the first generation Everest. To me, it was too much like a truck. Compared to the Pajero and Fortuner, the 1st Gen. Everest looked uninspired and quite dated. I somewhat get this feeling that around 10 years ago, Ford was just desperate to offer an SUV alternative cheaper than the Expedition or Explorer that they took the Ranger Pick-up and fused a campershell to make it resemble a wagon. The result was a “Sport Utility Vehicle” which was a lot more “Utility” and not really that “Sporty”.

Then came the 2nd Gen. Ford Everest. This one is a much better designed vehicle. Smooth, rounded where it counts, and still massive like a Ford SUV should. It still has a truck feel, but this truck is a fashionable one.

Ford Everest 2007 2010
Ford Everest 2007 to 2010. Copyright 2012 Pinoyautoblog.com

Being a “sedan” guy all my life, I found this vehicle initially hard to handle. Driving a car which is long, wide, and tall, I couldn’t see a good part of the road right in front of me; I can barely fit on the narrow side streets in Project 4, QC; and I am sure to scrape a pipe or the ceiling in many of the parking lots in the metro. And don’t even think of parking in Shangrila Edsa Plaza, Citibank Eastwood, or Rufino Tower — the side walls of the parking ramp will most likely be covered with your paint color before you get through. Honestly, for a while then, I was afraid that if I ever lose control of the vehicle, I would literally squash a few cars beneath me. But when i got the hang of it, it totally changed my view on SUV’s.

Continue reading Test drive: Ford Everest 2nd Gen. 2007-2010 — a non-expert car review

Toyota car prices in the Philippines as of June 2012

Car sale: Our friends from Toyota sent us the latest price list (June 2012) for your reference.

ALTIS

  • 2.0 V A/T (WP) — Php1,155,000 (Colors: WHITE PEARL)
  • 2.0 V A/T — Php1,140,000 (Colors: SILVER, MEDIUM SILVER, BEIGE MET., BLACK)
  • 1.6V A/T (WP) — Php975,000 (Colors: WHITE PEARL)
  • 1.6V A/T — Php960,000 (Colors: SILVER, MEDIUM SILVER, BEIGE MET., BLACK)
  • 1.6 G AT — Php899,000 (Colors: SILVER, MEDIUM SILVER, BEIGE MET., BLACK)
  • 1.6 G M/T — Php863,000 (Colors: SILVER, MEDIUM SILVER, BEIGE MET., BLACK)
  • 1.6 E M/T — Php809,000 (Colors: SILVER, BEIGE MET., SUPER WHITE, BLACK)

News: Texting while driving can land you in jail.

Just recently, the U.S. has already convicted the first driver charged of motor vehicle homicide by texting, and he’s just 18 years old.

Texting while driving

Photo credit: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0). By mrJasonWeaver, used with permission. 

Aaron Deveau, 18, faces up to four years in prison. According to Yahoo News, Deveau was texting on Feb. 20, 2011, when his vehicle swerved to the oncoming lane and crashed head on into a truck, killing the driver of the truck, a 55-year-old father of three.

Continue reading News: Texting while driving can land you in jail.

Isuzu car prices in the Philippines as of June 2012

Car sale: Our friends from Isuzu sent us the latest price list (June 2012) for your reference.

2012 ISUZU CROSSWIND

  • XS – SRP: P750,000 (Colors: Glacial White)
  • XL – SRP: P794,000 (Colors: Glacial White, Titanium Silver)
  • XT – SRP: P883,000 (Colors: Glacial White, Midnight Blue, Rich Red)
  • XUV MT – P1,042,000 (Colors: Glacial White, Titanium Silver, Midnight Blue)
  • XUV AT  – P1,102,000 (Colors: Glacial White, Titanium Silver, Midnight Blue)
  • Sportivo MT/MT JS – P1,160,000 (Colors: Ebony Black, Rich Red, Satin Silver)
  • Sportivo AT – P1,225,000 (Colors: Ebony Black, Rich Red, Satin Silver)

Continue reading Isuzu car prices in the Philippines as of June 2012

Don’t buy this second hand car! Not so obvious signs you should look out for.

You already know the standard guidelines on 2nd hand car or used car buying:

1. bring a mechanic (or someone who knows cars) with you; 2. closely check on the car body for repairs or paint jobs done; and 3. make sure the registration papers are clean, legit, and updated.

Aside from that, here are a few more tell-tale signs that you may want to consider:

enginelightstickerPhoto credit: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0). By Twelvizm, used with permission. 

1. Tires tell a story

Are the tires worn out or mismatched?

We expect tires to get worn out, as much as we expect the car owner to replace them when they do get worn out. Continue reading Don’t buy this second hand car! Not so obvious signs you should look out for.

Mercedes-Benz’s real invisible car — something to look out for!

Last March, luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz rolled out the closest thing you can get to an “invisible” car today.

Built specifically for an environment-related marketing campaign, Mercedes covered one side of a B-class hatchback with some flexible LED panels. On the other side, a Canon digital SLR was set up to capture the “hidden view” (areas obstructed by the car itself). The camera then streamed a live video feed which was displayed on the LED panels, thereby making the car “invisible” at certain angles.

It actually looks amazing. Here’s a video courtesy of Mashable.

Sorry guys, the invisible car is not really for sale. But it does prove that the concept of invisibility using a camera and a screen can work. Who knows, with improvements in LED screens and cameras, the invisible car may soon become a reality.

Video courtesy of Mashable.com.

News: A real flying car to hit the market by end year. Place your reservations now!

Many have failed trying to build a flying car. Traditionally, they start with a car and try to make it fly. Terrafugia, a US company, did it differently. They took a small plane and tried to make it “street-legal”. This is what they came up with…

And so far, it works! Terrafugia’s Transition® completed its successful first flight  in New York last March. Not yet impressed? Consider the following:

  1. It can be driven on roads and highways.
  2. It can be parked in a single car garage.
  3. It flies using unleaded automotive fuel
  4. It has crumple zones, airbags, and full vehicle parachute
  5. It seats 2 with extra space for luggage and a golf bag.

Continue reading News: A real flying car to hit the market by end year. Place your reservations now!

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