Category Archives: Car News

MMDA to motorists: Check your vehicles

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advises motorists to check their vehicles in time with the holiday season wherein heavy traffic virtually everywhere is to be expected.

According to MMDA spokesperson Tina Velasco, checking the vehicles of motorists must be done as a protective measure. This is also in line with the prevention from road-related accidents.

Velasco related “domino effect” to how held up vehicles can affect traffic and even worsen it.

In relation to this, higher penalty is suggested by MMDA as far as illegal parking is concerned. The suggestion was raised during the meeting of the Metro Manila Council (MMC), added Velasco.

MMC is made up of 17 local chief executives of Metro Manila.

[via source]

Ford export line to add one more model in 2011

The stage is set for an additional model to the latest product offerings of Ford Motor Co. Philippines (FMCP) come next year.

According to Cristino Panlilio, Board of Investments manager, Ford Motor is ready to turn the country to a hub for the newest model. It is yet to be announced whether it is a pick-up or a mini sports utility vehicle.

Additionally, new opportunities with regards to new product programs are being planned for the Philippines. However, FMCP keeps things private for the meantime.

The latest report about the export sale of FCMP shows that it reached 75,000 units for the past eight years.

Since 2002, FMPC has provided Ford Escape, Ford Focus, and Mazda3 to the Philippines, as well as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Honda to recall defective Fit subcompacts

1.35 million Fit subcompacts will be recalled by Honda Motor Co around the world in order to fix defective headlights wiring.

Fit cars that were assembled in Japan from November 2001 to October 2007 are subject to the said recall. These cars were mostly from the Suzuka industrial unit of Honda.

Majority of the Fit cars, which is around 735,000 units, are from Japan. 385,000 units will be recalled in Europe where the unit is known as Jazz. There are also units from Africa, and the Middle East, and Asia including the Philippines.

The estimated cost for the recall is 3.6 billion yen or $43 million. According to a spokesman of Honda in Tokyo, there was no accident associated to the Fit cars with defects but this will bring a great impact to the auto company.


MMDA Lifts Number Coding on December 24, 27 & 31 [MMDA Suspends Color Coding in Time for Holidays]

If your plate number ends in 1, 2, 9 or 0, you’re in luck, as the MMDA will be suspending the number coding (or “color” coding) scheme these following days, in line with the holiday season:

  • Friday, December 24, 2010
  • Monday, December 27, 2010
  • Friday, December 31, 2010

These days have also been declared by Malacañang as non-working days, in observance of Christmas day and New Year’s day.

Number Coding Scheme for Buses Implemented

Just last week, the MMDA started implementation of a new UVVRP or Vehicular Volume Reduction Program. The new number coding scheme now includes buses plying Metro Manila. Last November 15th, bus companies ran a strike in protest of the inclusion of buses in the number coding scheme. The protest inconvenienced commuters and motorists in the area, particularly since classes in several levels were also suspended.

In recent news, the MMDA and LTFRB are reportedly planning to file complaints against bus operators that participated in the strike.

Studies have still to show the effectiveness of the modified UVVRP in alleviating traffic congestion in Metro Manila. Buses are often pointed out as sources of congestion, particularly nearing bus stops along major thoroughfares, such as EDSA, Commonwealth, Quezon Avenue, and the like.

With the number coding scheme, vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are banned from metro streets from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays. On Tuesdays, 3 and 4 are banned. On Wednesdays, 5 and 6. On Thursdays, 7 and 8, and on Fridays, 9 and 0. Most cities and municipalities have window periods (e.g. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) in which private vehicles can pass streets–mostly during off-peak hours.

What do you think of the new number coding scheme? Is it effective? Or is it currently being counteracted by the usual holiday rush that’s common during the months of November and December?

Nissan Philippines Holds the Great Nissan Car-O-Sale November 12 to 14, 2010

If you’re in the market for a new car, you might want to check out Nissan’s Great Car-o-Sale this coming weekend. The company is offering discounts, raffles, and quick financing credit checks at the Fort Bonifacio Open Field in Taguig.

For three days only, customers will get a chance to avail an attractive package of savings, plus fun and entertainment for the whole family. All walk-in customers will get an instant P15,000 discount, while an additional P5,000 discount will be awarded to all current Nissan vehicle owners. What’s more, customers can also avail of up to P30,000 discount when they trade-in their current vehicle for any brand new NMPI model.

The event will also feature raffles and prizes. Test drive participants can win an iPad, while walk-in customers will all get iPod shuffles. The Car-o-Sale is part of Nissan Motor Philippines’ 28th year anniversary.

Apart from Nissan’s sales discounts and promos, the event will also feature a Quick Service area, where Nissan owners can get a free 25-point checkup and diagnostic service. Customers can also get big discounts on parts and labor, including free 1L of oil from Total for those getting an oil change.

For more information, you can check out the Nissan Philippines website or any local dealership nationwide.

Drive Now, Text Later

If there is one thing familiar to you these days, it is that of banning the use of mobile phones while driving. It has become customary to answer calls or text messages regardless if you are on the road. Through this, the growing number of car accidents have swelled mainly because a single second of taking your eyes of the road can lead to dire consequences which most drivers today totally disregard.

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This is really a habit that should be corrected. Actually, drivers know that this should not be done and yet they continue to disregard such. Keeping your eyes on the road is a must and this includes being on a full stop or on the move. People claim that they need to answer their messages or calls but perhaps if they would consider what would happen if they bump into another car or worst, a person due to their hard-headedness.

To date, there have been laws where drivers who use their mobile phones will be apprehended. Not a bad way to make people to stop texting while driving. But what if they are using a heavily dark tinted vehicle? How will the traffic enforcers or police be able to know if the people are indeed using their phones while they are on the go?

The sad thing about society is that people always want to live on the forbidden side. Texting while driving is something that doesn’t need to be enforced by law. But since people are so enthusiastic about using their phones while driving, more lives are being claimed by the day. Hopefully though it will not be yours.

Car Sale Decline Expected for Brand New and Second Hand

In a time where finances are much of a burden, people are turning towards public transportation to get to their point of destination. For the time being that the economy is on a turnstile, sacrifices which include that of using your own car is not only a necessity but an option.

Through all of this you have to wonder how cars will fare. This covers both brand new and second hand vehicles in the market. In short, to gain extra income for rising expenses, selling your car may be an option. But that is if someone will buy it.

Through the years we have seen a lot of Filipinos buying second hand cars like the usual Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic or even the Mazda 323. But today, people have stayed away from them, seeing them as additional expenses as far as fuel and car maintenance is concerned. On the average you can expect to spend at least PHP 5,000.00 on a car for maintenance while gasoline varies depending on your destination. And no thanks to the regular price increases, people are left with nothing much to spend for gas these days.

For the brand new vehicles, who in his right mind can afford to spare on the average PHP 700,000.00 to PHP 1,000,000 on a car these days? They can always use the financial assistance from banks but can you handle the monthly amortization that ranges from PHP12,000.00 to PHP25,000.00 a month? That is like spending rent on an apartment and perhaps your monthly utilities and groceries already.

The point here is that cars are a luxury. While we all want to live in it, we just have to face the fact that now is not a great time to pursue it. We can dream of buying a car. But let us wait for the right time to do it.

Hybrid Cars: Sacrificing Comfort and Style

Hybrid cars are the new demand these days, no thanks to the growing problems of continuous oil and fuel price hikes. While we see this is as a good resolution, obviously we will have to sacrifice a lot of things such as comfort and style. Hybrid cars are modernized looking cars that are getting close to what we all had in mind when we were projecting the future look of transportation.

Hyundai Blue Will
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The latest batch of hybrid cars do have that futuristic look but apparently, the usual leg room and the mileage that we normally get from the traditional vehicles will have to be modified a bit, a lot of it pointing towards issues that will definitely not sit well with most people looking for luxury when it comes to getting places.

Apparently the shift towards modernized hybrid cars will have its impact. Some may like it while others will not. But this early there are bound to be limited options considering car manufacturers such as Honda and Toyota have only begun developing these cars at present. Notable is the Toyota Prius which has gotten a lot of attention in the process. Honda is not far behind and expect other ones trying to stay afoot with them as the demand for alternative modes of transportation is gearing up.

Cost-wise, there will be other factors such as alternative fuel that will headline the news. Compatibility will certainly be something since alternative fuel development will be needed. That is perhaps one hindrance that most car manufacturers have to contend with since engines of these hybrid cars will have their share of fuel preferences. Better yet, if they can accommodate these bio-fuels and the traditional gasoline (assuming they stabilize in the future) would be great alternatives. You just never know when everything may go back to normal hence these considerations are on the car manufacturers line of developmental issues.