Whoever said that all women prefer clothes and makeup over cars should go out more often. Many women love cars just as much as men do. The main difference lies on what women look for when choosing a car.
I, for one, look for a car which is fuel efficient, spacious, reliable, and of course, stylish. I don’t really know much about engine displacement, dipsticks or fenders; but I do know that fuel efficiency is important since I know how much I pay for gas, and something that isn’t easy or fun to drive is a car I wouldn’t want.Speaking of style, it’s mostly the guys who like to trick out their prized vehicles. As the fairer sex, though I’d like my car to be stylish, I’d still want it to be practical, thank you very much.
So let me present to you a short list of cars in the Philippines that I think are easy on the eyes, perfect for a girls’ lifestyle, well-priced, and generously outfitted with the right amount of features – the cars I would recommend for Pinays. Continue reading Top 5 Cars for Pinays – by Pinay Auto Blogger
I just saw the funniest car review video… and Batman was in it.
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Video uploaded by RECOMBU (http://www.recombu.com/cars) on Youtube.
In London, journalist Rory Reid was doing a car review video on the Hyundai i30 when Batman (i.e. actually a Toronto-based comedian wearing the Batman costume), interrupted and gave his own opinion on the Hyundai. “Batman” literally got into the car and did a test drive. Staying in character, “Batman” didn’t have much to say about the car but he did make a lot of side comments which came out quite funny.
I’m not sure if it was actually a Hyundai or a Batman movie marketing gimmick but it sure got me interested in the car.
During the funny discussions, Rory was able to unobtrusively highlight some key aspects about the Hyundai i30:
- 1.6 Liter 16Valve Diesel engine — Smooth and quiet drive — you barely can tell it’s running on a diesel engine
- Lot of room at the back and huge trunk
- Has Integrated Stop & Go (ISG) feature — the engine stops/starts while on a standstill or slowdown in traffic
- Acceleration: 0 to 60 in 11 secs.
- Nice wheels – comes with 16″ mags, GPS, voice control, other bells and whistles
- Fuel efficiency: 75 miles per gallon
- And it comes in Black
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
I’ve been busy these past few weeks, but we’ve been fortunate enough to have test-driven a handful of cars during that time. So far, we’ve been through the usual review rounds with a Ford Fiesta S, Mazda2 and Hyundai Tucson. These next weekends, we have the Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevy Spark.
Checking out fuel efficiency, carrying capacity, proper inflation of car tires, different engine displacements, trims, features and models does take some time, especially for writers like us with deadlines and assignments. Reviews are coming soon, so watch this space.
Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the official Hyundai distributor in the Philippines maintains a positive sales outlook for the year, with a 6% growth in May compared with the same period last year. This growth has been mostly fueled by commercial vehicles and SUV sales.
Hyundai sustains its momentum, as it posted total sales of 1,643 units in May this year or 6% growth from the same month last year. By category, sales of light commercial vehicles rose by 16% while that of passenger cars declined slightly by 3%. By models, the boost came largely from Tucson which expanded by 52% and the new models, Sonata and Elantra, which sold 75 units and 291 units, respectively. This brings sales performance for the first five months of 2011 to 3% growth or 8,062 units.
Hyundai is focusing on channel partners for fleet purchases, and this includes banks, projects and other commercial operations. Meanwhile, the company is confident that 2011 sales outlook will further improve, due to economic growth in the country.
The Philippine Hyundai distributor, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) has posted a 3 percent growth from January to April this year. This is in comparison to same time last year.
“The sales prove positive for Hyundai, as the figures show that Filipinos are growing increasingly supportive of ways to minimize fuel consumption and their carbon footprint with their patronage of vehicles that are energy-efficient,” said Fe Perez-Agudo, president and chief executive of HARI, noting the significant gains of Hyundai’s fuel-efficient range of vehicles.
Although the high sales of the auto industry for the first quarter this year have been reported by CAMPI, HARI is no longer a member hence they are reporting their own sales figures.
Article via Malaya Business Insight | Image via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
Although the Car of the Year awarding is still set on April 7 to 10, Topgear Philippines have listed down the category winners but have withheld the Car of the Year to the event itself at the Manila International Auto Show.
The 2010/2011 Philippine Car of the Year category winners are:
- Ford Fiesta (subcompact car);
- Chevrolet Cruze (compact car);
- Hyundai Sonata (midsize car);
- Jaguar XF (premium midsize car);
- Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan (sports car);
- Kia Soul (subcompact crossover);
- Mitsubishi ASX (compact crossover 2WD);
- Hyundai Tucson (compact crossover 4WD);
- Hyundai Santa Fe (midsize crossover);
- Nissan Murano (premium crossover);
- Foton MPX (van/MPV);
- Toyota Alphard (premium van/MPV);
- Mitsubishi Montero Sport (midsize SUV);
- and Foton Blizzard (pickup).
As a rule, one of the cars listed above will win the Car of the Year Philippines for 2011.
[Article via Topgear PH ]