Category Archives: Car News

Pinoy’s rattan and bamboo car makes a splash at Milan show

Pinoy car designer makes a splash at Milan. The designer, Kenneth Cobonpue, is known more for his furniture designs, but his car design made of rattan, bamboo, steel, and carbon fiber has impressed the organizers at the “Imagination and Innovation” exhibit in Via Tortona.

The car named Phoenix, was supposed to project “this era’s thrust towards artisanship and craftsmanship, biodegradability and environment-friendliness, as opposed to assembly-line production and high technology—the contrast between man’s handiwork and machine.”

The car took only 10 days to build in Cebu.

The only missing component is the engine. However, Cobonpue was focused more on other things:

“This is to show people that our design aesthetic goes beyond furniture, that as Asian we can extend even to designing transportation,”

I hope that this will inspire others in further designing and creating a car shell that will be friendly to the environment.


Chevy Motorama 2011 at the Mall of Asia [Chevy is SPARKing Up the SM MOA Music Hall]

Chevrolet Philippines is again holding its Motorama promo this February 18 to 20, 2011. While no details have been posted yet, I’m sure this will include discounts on various Chevy models. From the promo poster, though, it looks like Chevy Philippines is introducing the all new Spark. (Image used with permission.)

The event will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. Last year’s Motorama (October 2010) offered gift certificates, test drives, 0% interest financing plans, low downpayment plans and even drive-now-pay-later plans.

Will post more details soon.

Win a Canon Powershot G12, HP Mini & HTC Wildfire from Honda Philippines’ Jazz Live it Up Online Photo Contest

We recently reviewed a Honda Jazz on a weekend trip (review still to come), and while it’s not the biggest car in terms of volume, it’s certainly versatile and flexible, especially with the different seat configurations. That’s why Honda is giving gadgets to photographers who can creatively capture this versatility. Prizes at stake include a Canon Powershot G12, an HP Mini and an HTC Wildfire smartphone.

Here’s the media release.

Join Honda Cars Philippines, Inc.’s Jazz Live it Up online photo contest for a chance to win cool gadgets. With its surprisingly huge cabin space and versatile seat configuration, you can practically live up your lifestyle inside the Honda Jazz.

Simply capture the things you can do inside the Jazz and upload the photograph in You may set-up your kids’ playground or even have a picnic inside the car during your family’s out of town trip. The possibilities are endless with the Honda Jazz.

Be sure to write a short description of the photograph. The photograph that shows the most creative and most original idea wins.

Jazz Live it Up online photo contest runs until February 28, 2011. Contest shall award the three best photographs. 1st prize winner gets to take home a Canon G12 while 2nd and 3rd prize winners shall receive an HP Mininote and HTC Wildfire mobile phone, respectively. Winners are to present a valid ID and printed email confirmation by Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. upon claiming of prizes.

Revolutionizing the concept of small cars, the Honda Jazz has outshined competition in terms of interior space and functionality with its versatile ULTRA seats. Powered by the i-VTEC engine, the Jazz also delivers outstanding fuel economy without sacrificing power output. These amazing features make the Jazz the unbeatable choice of the media for Most Fuel Efficient and Most Functional Passenger Cabin for three times in a row during the Auto Focus Automobile of the Year Awards and 2010 Consumer Choice of the Year during the Annual C! Awards. Loaded with numerous innovative technologies, it is no surprise that the Honda Jazz has gained worldwide popularity that reaches cumulative sales of over 3.5 million units since its debut in 2001.

Check the Honda Jazz in any of 28 Honda dealerships nationwide. You may also virtually play with the different seat configurations of the Jazz and load exciting items for any of the three fun destinations on the website by simply visiting Just remember to try before you buy. Be smart! Test drive!

Nissan “Prolific” Promo Offers Discounts, Free Monthly Payments & Zero Percent Interest this Chinese new Year

Nissan Motor Philippines has announced its Prolific promo to welcome the Year of the Rabbit. With the promo, Nissan buyers can avail of up to 12 months free monthly payments, low downpayment packages, zero-percent financing schemes and low monthly amortizations.

Here are a few ways you can save by buying a Nissan.

6 to 12 months free monthly payments with 50% down payment

  • Grand Livina 1.8 MT Elite – Pay only 54 months out of 60 (PhP 59,442 savings)
  • Sentra 200 2.0 MT – Pay only 54 months out of 60 (PhP 72,738 savings)
  • X-TRAIL 2.0 AT 4×2 – Pay only 54 months out of 60 (PhP 75,186 savings)
  • X-TRAIL CVT 2.5 4×2 – Pay only 54 months out of 60 (PhP 93,522 savings)
  • Sentra 1.6 MT GSX – Pay only 48 months out of 60 (PhP 105,300 savings)
  • Sentra 1.3 MT GX STD – Pay only 48 months out of 60 (PhP 84,516 savings)

Low downpayment offers

This comes with free one-year comprehensive insurance, 3-year LTO registration and free chattel mortgage fee.

  • Grand Livina 1.8 MT Elite – PhP 99,000
  • Sentra 200 2.0 MT – PhP 118,000
  • X-TRAIL 2.0 AT 4×2 – PhP 160,000

Low monthly terms, with 50% down payment, for 60-month term

  • Grand Livina 1.8 MT Elite – PhP 7,900 / mo
  • Sentra 200 2.0 MT – PhP 9,800 / mo
  • X-TRAIL 2.0 AT 4×2 – PhP 10,500 / mo

Zero percent interest on 3-year term at 50% down payment

  • Grand Livina 1.8 MT Elite
  • Sentra 200 2.0 MT
  • X-TRAIL 2.0 AT 4×2

The promo is available with all Nissan dealers nationwide, subject to bank approval.

Philippine auto industry marks all-time high sales with 27.2% growth

The auto industry of the Philippines exceeded the highest sales in the history of the country with a striking 27.2% growth last year compared to the sales last 2009.

With 168,490 units sold in 2010, the auto industry surpassed the highest-ever sales of 162,000 in 1996, according to the recent report provided by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI).

Passenger cars grew by 27% for 2010 with a total sale of 58,691 units. On the other hand, commercial vehicles posted a growth of 27.4%.

Since 2010 can be considered as a landmark year for the Philippine auto industry, CAMPI expects the performance of sales for this year to be a positive one.

[via Auto Industriya]

LTFRB: Taxi drivers who charge new P40 flag-down rate before Jan 21 face sanctions

Taxi drivers and operators who begin charging P40 flag-down rate before January 21 will face heavy penalties from Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

P3,000 penalty will be given for every violation of overcharging whenever the P40 flag-down rate is enforced before January 21 which is its actual effective date. In the process, the license could be lost due to such violation.

The approved adjusted flag-down rate for taxis will only take effect after 15 days of its publication nationwide—save for Baguio City where local operators had filed fare increase petition.

However, the P40 flag-down rate may only be applied if the taxi drivers and operators adhere to the usage of usage of properly calibrated taxi meter and installation of meter that issues receipts.

[via Breaking News PH]

Government focuses more on local auto industry, not exports

The Philippine government looks forward to prioritizing the exploitation of the domestic market of the local automotive industry rather than promoting exports, according to Department of Trade and Industry Board of Investments (BoI) Managing Head Cristino L. Panlilio.

Locally made utility vehicles can aggressively be brought forward by asking the Congress to lower excise taxes, said Panlilio.

In line with this, the agency is still working on the implementing rules for the new Motor Vehicle Development Program (MVDP).

The government aims to equally explore perks that are not just limited to Asian utility vehicles but also go beyond domestic market segments.

Malacañang announces official Philippine Holidays for 2011

Before heading on to 2011, Malacañang released the official list of 2011 Philippine Holidays.

President Benigno S. Aquino III signed the Proclamation No. 84 (Declaring the Regular Holidays, Special (Non-working) Days, and Special Holiday (For All Schools) for the Year 2011.

The Regular Holidays of the Philippines in 2011 are as follows:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1 (Saturday)
  • Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Saturday)
  • Maundy Thursday – April 21
  • Good Friday – April 22
  • Labor Day – May 1 (Sunday)
  • Independence Day – June 12 (Sunday)
  • National Heroes Day – August 29 (Last Monday of August)
  • Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Wednesday)
  • Christmas Day – December 25 (Sunday)
  • Rizal Day – December 30 (Friday)

The following days are Special Non-Working Days of the Philippines in 2011:

  • Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Sunday)
  • All Saints Day – November 1 (Tuesday)
  • Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Saturday)

The Special Holiday of the Philippines in 2011 (for all schools):

  • EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Friday)

Provisions for the national holidays are also proclaimed alongside the observance of the following:

  • Eid’l Fitr
  • Eidul Adha

However, the exact dates for Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha are still to be determined based on the Islamic calendar.

Oplan Isnabero aims to protect commuters from abusive taxi drivers this 2010 Christmas season

During the Christmas and New Year season, millions of Filipinos go out together with their families and friends. For taxi drivers, this presents their ideal work scenario: the demand is much higher than the supply.

But there are abusive taxi drivers everywhere. Some taxi drivers snob passengers, others choose passengers, and there are those who fix the rate instead of using the meter.

To protect commuters from abusive taxi drivers, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) relived “Oplan Isnabero”.

Any commuter who was denied to board, ignored, forced to pay fixed rate, or asked for additional payment can call and complain through these numbers:

DOTC hotline for Abusive Taxi Drivers (“Abusadong Taxi Drivers”):

Oplan Isnabero is being implemented by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

It just makes me wonder why this has to be implemented just during this season. Why not protect the commuters against abusive taxi driver all-year round? Just my thought.

MMDA dispatches tow trucks to haul away illegally parked vehicles

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has set off several tow trucks along major roads and secondary streets in order to remedy the heavy traffic scenarios in Metro Manila.

Any vehicle that is caught to be illegally parked, hence the obstruction of roads and the worsening of the traffic conditions, will be hauled away as part of the tighter focus of MMDA to the Christmas season and the growing crowd.

Parking space is truly a problem for many motorists especially because Christmas Day is just a few days away and malls are becoming more and more jam-packed.

MMDA aims to let motorists practice proper parking discipline so as not to have their vehicles towed.