motoring

Toyota PH affirms power to lead with unveiling of New Fortuner

October 21, 2020

Continuing its streak of digital vehicle launches, leading mobility company Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has started the last quarter of 2020 with a highly-anticipated update on one of the most popular models in its lineup – the Toyota Fortuner. The New Fortuner range is headlined by the new LTD variant in 4x4 and 4x2 which comes in an exclusive design, followed by Q and V variants in automatic transmission, and the G variant available in AT and MT.  Starting at Php 1.63M for the G MT variant, TMP assures Filipinos of great value for money with Toyota’s signature quality, durability, and reliability embedded in the DNA of the country’s best-selling and well-loved Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). During the online launch of the New Fortuner, TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto recalled how the Fortuner changed the local automotive landscape at a time when entry level sedans and Asian utility vehicles were the affordable crowd favorite. “The Fortuner captured the hearts of many Filipinos as proven by strong sales.  It has an SUV body perfect for the Philippines’ flood-prone streets, an array of variants including a fuel-efficient diesel engine, a macho look that satisfies desires, and most of all, an affordable price – making it an achievable dream!” said Okamoto.  “The new Fortuner is SMARTER, STRONGER and SAFER than ever!  With its refreshed line-up led by the top-of-the-line premium LTD grade, the country’s best-selling SUV just got better!” he added. Since the Fortuner’s entry in the local market in 2005, TMP has already sold over 220,000 units of this highly-recognized SUV. In 2017, the Fortuner was crowned best-selling vehicle in the country. Just this August, the model dominated the mid-sized SUV category with over 30% market share. With the 2020 update, the Fortuner gets more confident, prestigious, safe, further proving itself a formidable and reliable SUV, perfect for any city or off-road drive.   Drive in style, drive to lead The New Fortuner LTD’s look is made more striking and more elegant coming in the 2-tone color black roof color lineup, a bolder and sportier front and rear bumper design, and machine-cut 18” alloy wheels. Split-type LED headlamps and LED front foglamps, sequential turn signal lamps, and the redesigned LED rear combination lamps give the LTD variant a more dynamic design while maintaining visibility on the road. The Q and V variants also get LED foglamps and redesigned LED rear combination lamps, as well as Bi-Beam LED Headlamps with LED Line Guide - Daytime Running Lights. G variants also now come with Bi-Beam LED Headlamps with LED DRL.   Confidence, ease, and control Ingress is smooth and easy with Smart Entry and Push Start System for LTD, Q, and V grades. The LTD variant features an elegant interior in leather with maroon accents, as well as galaxy black trim and interior illumination which adds to the sophisticated interior look of the vehicle. The Q variant also gets the classy black leather interior complemented by a dark wood trim. The driver gets more control over the ride with various modes: Eco and Sport for LTD and Q variants, Eco and Power for V and G variants, and easy access to switches on the steering wheel and through the Apple CarPlay/Android Auto-compatible audio system across all variants. LTD, Q, and V variants feature 8” display audio. Comfort and entertainment is guaranteed the whole journey for the driver and passengers as LTD and Q variants have 8-Way Power Adjust front seats, and Front Seat Ventilation System for the LTD variant. Never lose power with the wireless charger and rear USB chargers available on LTD, Q, and V grades, and experience premium sound quality over the LTD variants’ 9-speaker JBL sound system. Feel at ease throughout the ride with front and rear automatic control for V grades and up.   Made stronger and more efficient The New Fortuner LTD and Q variants are powered by the 1GD-FTV engine which gives 201 HP (204 Ps) max output and 500 Nm max torque, while the V and G variants have the 2GD-FTV engine which gives 147 HP (150Ps) max output and 400 Nm max torque.  The 2GD engine is improved for the New Fortuner V and G variants and enjoys 5% improvement in fuel efficiency versus the previous generation Fortuner.   Toyota Safety Sense now available in the New Fortuner With safety as Toyota’s utmost priority, the New Fortuner is the latest addition to the expanding Toyota Safety Sense (TSS)-equipped models in TMP’s official lineup. Made better and safer than ever, TSS settings previously featured in select Toyota models such as the Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control are now available for the Fortuner LTD and Q. All variants come with SRS airbags (7 for the LTD variants), 3-pt. ELR seatbelts, Anti-Lock Brake System with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, and Hill-Start Assist Control. The 4x4 LTD variant also has Downhill Assist Control. All variants also come with a total of 6 clearance and back sonars, in addition to the Panoramic View Monitor that comes with the LTD, Q, and V variants or reverse camera for the G variants.   Pricing The New Fortuner will be available in all of TMP’s 70 dealerships across the country by October 19, 2020. The New Fortuner is also available for safely-distanced viewing in our virtual showroom. Get the full dealership experience online and check out the product highlights, view the interior and exterior in 3D, calculate payments, and submit inquiries direct to any preferred dealer via https://toyota.com.ph/fortuner. For more information on the New Fortuner, visit TMP’s official website at www.toyota.com.ph and follow the official social media pages at ToyotaMotorPhilippines (Facebook and Instagram), @ToyotaMotorPH (Twitter), and Toyota PH (Viber and Telegram).

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Trucks dealer NZH International expands to Mindanao

July 27, 2020

QUEZON City-based NZH International Vehicle & Machinery, Inc. has established its first branch outside Luzon right here in Cagayan de Oro City. NZH Mindanao was inaugurated last Saturday (July 18) in its premises at the heart of the city particularly at Cugman Highway. It is now the fourth branch of the ever growing NZH International Vehicle & Machinery, Inc. which has maintained two more branches in the northern part of the country outside of its flagship dealership in Quezon City. According to NZH International Vehicle & Machinery, Inc. national sales director Robin Lu, they chose Cagayan de Oro as their stepping stone in other parts of the Philippines even in this time of pandemic since the government here has managed the COVID-19 crisis well so as to steer the economy as well. In the words of Maybelle Quilnat of NZH Mindanao herself, she opined that the administration of Mayor Oscar Moreno has recognized the continuing relevance of supply providers such as their business in keeping the economy float and at the same time managing the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, Quilnat also said that NZH International Vehicle & Machinery, Inc. ventured into the Mindanao market particularly here in Cagayan de Oro City since it is the gateway to the northern part of the island. Quilnat said that industry vehicle providers such as their company are essential especially at this time of the pandemic to keep the movement of supplies stable. NZH Mindanao has a wide range of Shacman dumptrucks, transit mixers, tractor heads, wing vans and cargo trucks. She said that these are used in construction, freight forwarding, aggregates trucking and mining, among others. “Even during the time of pandemic, they continue to operate.” For his part, Moreno expressed his gratitude to NZH International Vehicle & Machinery, Inc. for putting their investments in Cagayan de Oro City in the midst of these trying times, saying they are not just helping to buoy up the economy but their transport conveyances are essential in all sectors. At present, Shacman heavy duty trucks are sold in more than 90 countries, the export and export volume ranking in the leading position of the industry, providing a full range of logistics solutions. Indeed it is here in the Philippines. Lu said the trend of the trucking industry in the country is for the logistics and construction sectors to buy durable equipment over less expensive but unworthy ones. He assured potential clients that NZH International Vehicle & Machinery, Inc. excels in after-sales service in all its dealerships nationwide.

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Toyota Motor Philippines Online E-Sports program – GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines

June 15, 2020

This move was brought about by the latest situation where safety is of highest concern to everyone and mass gatherings like physical races are foreseen to be limited in the coming months. “Safety of our customers, employees, and fans are always at the top of our priority,” expressed TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto.  “But we also recognize the value of waku-doki spirit in everyone!  This is a great way to sustain the excitement of motorsports program in the Philippines in a safe environment.” The GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines, an e-racing event under Toyota’s Gazoo Racing motorsports program, will be fully held online and will be open to the public, ages 18 and above.  “Finally, Toyota fans can participate in our sports program at the comfort and safety of their own homes.  We also expect this activity to reach a wider and younger audience, based on the profile of gamers.”  The online e-race, using Toyota’s legendary sports car icon, the GR Supra, is expected to start in July 2020.  Winners of the e-race will get a chance to participate in the regional finals, the GR Supra GT Cup – Asia. E-Sports in the Philippines have grown in popularity over the years. The addition of E-sports programs in various international competitions, producing Filipino medalists, have further legitimized the sport. The GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines is Toyota’s fun and safe alternative to holding the country’s number one motorsports program, The Vios Racing Festival. Usually held in 3 legs from the second to the fourth quarter, the current situation makes it very challenging for Toyota, the racings teams, the drivers, and public spectators to do this physical event. “We look forward to a better 2021 Vios Racing Festival Season where we can go back to the tracks again and feel the heat and excitement.  But for now, we invite everyone to join the GR Supra GT Cup Asia E-Sports Program,” Okamoto concluded. More details of the GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines will be announced soon.  Stay tuned at Toyota.com.ph and facebook/ToyotaMotorPhilippines to get updates.

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Hino Reopens Dealerships Nationwide

June 15, 2020

Hino Motors Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the country, recently reopened its doors to Filipinos as the national quarantine guidelines eased up. All of Hino’s 21 dealerships nationwide are back in operations. With the majority of the country now in General Community Quarantine (GCQ), Modified GCQ (MGCQ) and many business establishments are already reopening, Hino resumes operations to help the economy recuperate from the hit it took from the COVID-19 pandemic. Hino’s reopening of its dealerships is in line with the provisions and guidelines of community quarantine on each area. To ensure the health and safety of its customers, workers and partners, Hino observes strict cleanliness and health protocols such as the regular checking of temperature. All dealerships nationwide will undergo regular and thorough sanitization to maintain a safe and clean environment. Those entering the dealerships are required to hand sanitize with alcohol and to keep their face masks on during their entire stay inside. In compliance with physical distancing guidelines, only a limited number of customers will be allowed at a time. Hino will also be stringent in limiting human contact for all customer transactions. Hino has 21 3S dealerships across Metro Manila and key provincial cities. Below is the list of operational Hino 3S dealerships: NCR: Hino Balintawak Hino J. Abad Santos Hino U.N. Avenue Hino Pasig Hino Paranaque Luzon: Hino Isabela Hino Nueva Ecija Hino Pampanga Hino Carmona Hino Laguna Hino Batangas Hino Naga   Visayas: Hino Leyte Hino Panay Hino Negros Hino Cebu Hino Mandaue   Mindanao: Hino Butuan Hino Cagayan de Oro Hino Davao Hino Gen. Santos To access Hino’s full list of dealership centers and contact numbers, customers may refer to this link. More announcements are updated in Hino’s official website and social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.

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The New Normal of Personal Mobility

June 15, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted almost every aspect in people’s lives, as well as, the global economy.  With that, a “new normal” that requires maintaining physical distancing and safe hygienic practices has been established by the government. Although the Philippines was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine since March 17, the government recently announced new guidelines to gradually ease the lockdown and slowly open up the economy starting May 16, moving the NCR to a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).  With the shift in status, still, mobility will remain limited, particularly public transportation, due to government measures to limit the virus from further spreading. According to an article by Moovit, the world experienced a decline in public transportation from about 70 percent to 90 percent among commuters from January to April this year. Another study also said that the greatest risk for a person to get ill is exposure to mass gatherings, particularly public transportation, because of exposure to crowds or contact with surfaces touched by people such as handrails and door handles. This reinforces the importance of not only physical distancing but minimized travel aside from staying at home. So when you can finally go out, it will be important to consider clever ways of commuting. One such way will be investing in motorcycles as a means of solo transportation. Motorcycles can become a reliable and convenient mode of transportation, especially during these trying times that commuters need to remain safe from crowds along with the added protection of full-face helmets and face masks. Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) joins the country as it works to meet the challenges posed by the global health crisis through promoting physical distancing and providing a safe and convenient mode of mobility. “This pandemic is expected to remain with us throughout the year. So, we must ensure the safety of Filipinos by providing the possible transportation solutions that will allow mobility at a reasonable price, yet keep them safe,” said Susumu Mitsuishi, President of HPI. The array of cutting-edge motorcycles busy on the streets, such as the Honda BeAT, Genio, CLICK, and the PCX150 is an indication that Honda’s AT bikes are becoming predominant.  This signifies that the company has been true to its “ONE DREAM” campaign, which is helping fulfill people’s dreams while experiencing the joy of mobility. And in today’s reality, provide a safer way for people staying home to still access badly needed necessities and return to work for their living. “It brings us great fulfillment that our motorcycles are of great importance especially during these days, bringing safety for people against the dangerous virus,” Mitsuishi said.

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MG Philippines Implements Safety and Hygiene Protocols in Dealerships Nationwide

June 13, 2020

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI) — MG Philippines — In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, MG Philippines has taken special action to place the safety of its clients at the forefront of the business. More stringent safety protocols involving unit disinfection and sanitization have been put in place with regards to the pre-delivery inspection (PDI) of each brand new MG unit, while MG dealerships nationwide heighten the levels of their existing safety and hygiene practices. During PDI, each brand new MG unit will undergo a disinfection treatment system, where an atomized anti-bacterial solution fumigates and deeply penetrates areas of the car’s cabin such as the ventilation system, carpets, cushions, and beddings to kill bacteria in hard to reach places. It will also target, in particular, the air conditioning system of each car, removing bacteria, spores, mold, and micro-organisms. This treatment offers non-toxic, long-term protection against the regeneration of germs and microbes. Existing MG clients may likewise bring their already-purchased MG units to select dealerships nationwide to avail of these services for a minimal fee. Aside from the disinfection of MG units, each MG dealership in the Philippines heightened its existing hygiene and sanitization protocols. This will lessen the chances of dealership structures—including the showroom floor, service bays, and admin offices—being affected by viral traces, bacteria, and contaminants. MG dealership personnel have also been fully briefed on the do’s and don’ts with regard to stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus and will put these into practice when while dealing with clients and among themselves at the workplace, and also in their homes with their families. The following enhanced safety measures are progressively put in place at MG Philippine dealerships nationwide: *Foot pad disinfectants at showroom main entrance and service workshop entrance *Hand sanitizer dispensers available around the showroom floor and in the admin offices *Body temperature scanning for all who enter the dealership premises *Scheduled vehicle and parts delivery (with disinfection) *Appointment-based service transactions *Sanitized consultation areas for clients *Scheduled daily and weekly sanitization of all areas in dealership facility These dealerships strictly follow the new health guidelines enumerated above, while also encouraging social distancing and limiting the number of clients and vehicles being serviced each day. Each dealership also encourages clients to call ahead or use the My MG mobile app to schedule an appointment before making a visit, as this will ensure that the needs of each client are fulfilled while adhering to the recommendation to practice safe social distancing and limiting the amount of people in the dealership at any given time. “In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it is our duty to provide solutions that safeguard our clients and all who work in our dealerships, our warehouses, and everyone else affiliated with the MG brand,” says Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, President and CEO of MG Philippines. “We are also focused on delivering each brand new MG with the assurance that these vehicles are thoroughly sanitized and will not pose a health risk to anyone who rides in them.” MG Philippines’ aftersales complements also address the need for social distancing and limiting interaction with crowds. The Mobile Garage service sends a certified MG technician to addresses any major technical and mechanical issues you may have with your MG. The My MG App, on the other hand, allows you to schedule a PMS from your smartphone, saving you trips to and from the dealership. The My MG App also allows you to check parts and make reservations for these, and allows you to locate the dealership nearest to you using your smartphone’s built-in GPS. You can also talk to one of our capable operators through the 24/7 MG Hotline (+632-5328-4664) and make inquiries about MG products, promos, and sales, and also schedule aftersales services. MG Philippines encourages everyone to engage in pro-active health and hygiene practices, especially with regard to their cars. Left unchecked, cars can become a breeding ground for disease. Simple things like regularly wiping down high-contact areas like your steering wheel, doors, and dashboard; regularly changing your air filter (or hosing it down if you have a washable type); and disinfecting your seats will go a long way in the fight against the spread of germs and bacteria.

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