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Honda still cautious, CAMPI is optimistic

The Philippine auto industry has undoubtedly been largely affected by the Japan Earthquake last March 2011. Most car part importers have become very cautious in predicting future sales and have decided to lower them and optimize production thru a myriad of ways.

One of these manufacturers is Honda Car Philippines, Inc.

“Currently, we are on an indefinite ‘yellow flag’ status—meaning we are on an alert mode—because of the fluidity of the situation. We will conduct a monthly review [to assess the situation],” Voltaire Gonzales, head of Honda Cars Philippines sales department…

He also said the company might not be able to reach the 17,600 units predicted this year.

However, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI) has said it will remain with its forecast since sales will pick up come the latter part of the year. According to Elizabeth Lee, CAMPI President, they will stay the course:

“Despite the difficulties we face due to the lack of supply of some vehicles and parts, we are optimistic that we will be able to recover the lost sales given the full-year outlook.”

The Philippine auto industry will know by next financial year-end report as to who was right.

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Mazda PH posts 13% sales increase

With Japanese import car parts having trouble lately, the local car manufacturers seems to be having a great quarter. One of them is Mazda Philippines as it posts a 13 percent growth this quarter compared to same period last year.

The company has sold 1,080 units in from January to April 2011, which when compared to last year, is a 13 percent increase. April has been the strongest month so far:

In April, Mazda sold a total of 236 as a result of the strong performance of the Mazda2 and Mazda3. The Mazda2 saw April sales of 94 units, up 18 percent versus the same month last year. Year-to-date sales of the popular sub-compact total 335 units, representing a 55 percent increase.

Congratulations to Mazda, we hope the other car manufacturers find a way to emulate them.

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MMDA goes back on Commonwealth Road

The MMDA has decided to get into the trenches again as they have lifted their no-contact policy and decided to go on the road and become a presence again.

This means traffic enforcers may now order speed limit violators to stop and personally issue traffic tickets to them, instead of just recording their information from CCTV cameras and then sending them notices.

Violators face a fine of P1,200.

This follows after the death of renowned journalist and professor Chit Estella-Simbulan a few nights ago after the taxi was riding in was smashed by a speeding bus.

The MMDA will be present again starting Monday, and will continue monitoring even from night to dawn.

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What makes a good driver?

Although this is Pinoy Auto Blog, being a good driver encompasses the whole world.

Gaby Dela Merced, just one of the PH best drivers

This infograph shows what a good driver should be (that is, according to the insurance world that is)

A good driver should be:

  • Licensed
  • Without more than one violation point
  • Without more than one dismissal of charges for incidents that would have resulted in one violation point
  • Without DUIs during the past seven years

Is there such a driver in the Philippines? Are you one? If you have yet to drive, then it would be best to make this your goal. If you are already driving then maintain your pristine record. If you are missing one or a few of the qualities above, don’t give up being a good driver.

How Good is Your Driving

How good is your driving? by Car Insurance Comparison

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Kia is the Philippine Azkals official transport provider

It looks like you’ll be seeing the Philippine Azkals players in Kia cars these days as it has been chosen as the team’s official transport provider, thanks to its local distributor, Columbian Autocar Corporation.

“Love for football and support of the Azkals is shared by both the young and young-at-heart,” said Palermo Soriano, Jr., head of Kia’s Marketing Services. “We are proud to support truly inspiring athletes, who have the potential to be a world-class team.”

Naturally, the team is extremely pleased about this situation:

“We are thankful for the show of confidence from Kia, as well as from the rest of our countrymen, and now the players, team management and coaching staff are that much more motivated to train hard and give our best,” said Azkals team manager Dan Palami.

If you’d like to know who is getting what Kia car, it’s best to check out their official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Mayor Bistek tests e-Trikes

With the interest of his constituency in Quezon City, Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista is trying out e-tricycles, or better known as e-Trikes, and is thinking of replacing its current roster of gas-guzzling, smoke pollution emitting tricycles.

Here are some details on the e-Trikes:

  • It costs PHP 117,000 per unit.
  • It can travel 100 to 130 kms on a single charge
  • It can carry up to four persons
  • It takes eight hours to charge
  • The charger is solar-powered, using 2,500-watt tiles

Transportation fares should be similar to how much the operators charge with four or two-stroke engines.

The e-trikes were developed by the Kasangga Party-list and Netherlands-based Technostrat Design and Research Corporation it also includes Winace Holdings Philippines as project partner.

Article via: Manila Bulletin |

Hyundai reports 3 percent growth from Jan to Apr

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.

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Flat Growth Rate Expected

According to Frank Nacua, secretary-general of the Philippine Automotive Federation Inc., the Philippine auto industry is expecting a flat sales growth this year.

“Flat growth will be expected this year for the local car industry,” Frank Nacua, secretary-general of the Philippine Automotive Federation Inc., told reporters in a chance interview. He said the industry’s growth target of 4 percent to 5 percent drawn up at the start of the year would not be possibly achieved and that a revision of goal was imminent.

This was somewhat mirrored by Elizabeth Lee, Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. president:

“Although the supply of vehicles to date is ample to meet the market demand at this time, common problems across brand makes are starting to affect the production of vehicles locally,” she said, adding that common issues include logistics and the disruption to the supply chain for some key parts.

It seems that it’s better to have lower expectations of sales rather than higher at this point of the year after how the Japan quake has affected the local auto industry.

Article via: Manila Standard Today | Image via: Open for Business

Ford offers services for out of warranty cars

If you or anyone you know has a Ford that is out of warranty, then you should check this out.

Ford Group Philippines (FGP) is offering service and original parts for out of warranty Ford car owners.

“In addition to providing world-class Ford vehicles, we continuously aim to further enhance and improve our already best-in-class customer service experience,” said David Macasadia, vice president of Ford’s customer service division. “This new campaign will help further strengthen our leading cost-of-ownership equation, and help our customers continue to feel the difference of today’s Ford.”

But that’s not all, they’ll also give free oil filters to those who’ll avail of periodic maintenance service within May.

All of this is only available for the following models bought within 2004 to 2007:

  • Escape
  • Focus
  • Ranger
  • Everest

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Sen. Recto wants tax incentives for green cars

In the interest of pushing the Philippines away from oil dependency, Senator Recto is proposing that tax incentives be given to those who import, convert, manufacture, or assemble green cars.

“Other countries like Israel and China are already declaring freedom from petroleum dependence in the next three or four decades, we want to start the ball rolling by paving the way for a legislation that would fast track our shift to e-vehicles,” he said.

It’s great that the senator is looking towards a future where the country will be rid of oil addiction. We have yet to see whether this will result in the reduction of taxes or prices on green cars like hybrids and EVs. For one, giving the public access to inexpensive hybrid vehicles or cheap car hire for green-oriented rentals and public utility vehicles will help reduce pollution and greenhouse gases in the country, particularly the metropolitan areas. Current tax and price structures are steep, though, and you even get to pay more for green cars like EVs and hybrids, which are seen as a luxury.

Sen. Recto’s bill is Senate Bill 2536. Will we see a green revolution here anytime soon?

Article via: GMA News | Image By Mike Gonzalez (TheCoffee) (cropped from File:Ralph Recto.jpg) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons