Volkswagen brings in AT variants of newly popular Santana compact sedan

When Volkswagen Philippines launched their China-sourced Santana sedan last May (along with four other models manufactured by Volkswagen Shanghai), the model that they introduced with only a manual gearbox variant and with an astounding P686k price tag, it prompted this natural follow up:  when will they have a 'matic?  The answer is November and in … Continue reading Volkswagen brings in AT variants of newly popular Santana compact sedan

Isuzu offers tens of thousands in discounts to OFWs, possibly causing an earlier remittance surge this year

In an elegant move that reminds us of their strong fundamentals as well as their stake in a solid customer base amongst a robust working class, Isuzu Philippines now offers tens of thousands in cash discounts to overseas Filipino workers starting this month and continuing for the rest of 2018. We'd speculate that the incentives … Continue reading Isuzu offers tens of thousands in discounts to OFWs, possibly causing an earlier remittance surge this year

China’s BAIC partners up with behind-the-scenes giant Magna of North America

After their major win overtaking Nissan and Tesla sales with their all-electric EC hatchbacks, leading Chinese carmaker BAIC partners up with North American giant Magna International to build electric vehicles at a 180,000-unit annual capacity plant in Zhenjian. Press Statement by BAIC Philippines, "BAIC and silent giant Magna partner up to make electric vehicles in … Continue reading China’s BAIC partners up with behind-the-scenes giant Magna of North America

Hino invests further in workforce, breaks ground on new technical training center

Hino Motors Philippines, the country's second largest truckmaker and the top brand with trademark in-house body-building operations, is investing further in the country's workforce, breaking ground on a new building to house a technical training center as well as new offices at their expansive grounds in Canlubang, Laguna. The new facility will have 17,990sqm of … Continue reading Hino invests further in workforce, breaks ground on new technical training center

Bestselling BAIC electric hatchback beats Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S in first quarter 2018

From China, where energy strategies reach beyond maxing out efficiencies and scrubbing up emissions from gasoline and diesel fuel, comes the BAIC EC electric car that outsold the popular Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S in the first quarter of the year.  Unmistakably an economy model, the BAIC EC hatchback is a fitting leader, harking … Continue reading Bestselling BAIC electric hatchback beats Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S in first quarter 2018

Volkswagen offers free first year maintenance service on new China-sourced models

For their newly introduced Tiguan crossover SUV, and Santana and Lavida sedans, Volkswagen Philippines will spring for keeping these customers' cars in warranty-eligible condition through the first years' preventive maintenance visits.  After recently lowering the buy-in for the premium VW brand with these models sourced from Volkswagen Shanghai, Volkswagen Philippines now reduces the cost of … Continue reading Volkswagen offers free first year maintenance service on new China-sourced models