Carmudi Philippines https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal The Automotive Industry: Under the Hood Mon, 26 Oct 2020 09:17:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://imgcdnblog.carmudi.com.ph/carmudi-ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/01132114/favicon-50x50.gif Carmudi Philippines https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/ 32 32 <![CDATA[Oil firms drop price on diesel, kerosene]]> https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/oil-firms-drop-price-on-diesel-kerosene/ Oil firms are set to implement an oil price rollback on diesel and kerosene tomorrow Tuesday, (October 27, 2020).

Based on their respective advisories, Petron, Shell Philippines and Cleanfuel are reducing the price of diesel by P0.25 per liter. No movement for gasoline pump prices shall be made.

Further, both Petron and Shell will also cut down the price of kerosene by P0.15 per liter.

Fuel station

Other oil firms are expected to make the same adjustments tomorrow.

Last week, oil firms increased the prices of diesel and kerosene by P0.25 per liter and P0.20 per liter, respectively, while rolling back gasoline by P0.25 per liter.

Photos from Ruben D. Manahan IV

Also read:

Local Oil Chief says Global Oil Price Collapse Good for Import-Dependent PH

Top 24 Fuel Efficient Cars In The Philippines

5 Tips on How To Get Better Fuel Economy while Driving on Highway

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https://www.carmudi.com.ph Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Oil firms are set to implement an oil price rollback on diesel and kerosene tomorrow Tuesday, (October 27, 2020).
<![CDATA[Oil firms drop price on diesel, kerosene]]> https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/oil-firms-drop-price-on-diesel-kerosene/ Oil firms are set to implement an oil price rollback on diesel and kerosene tomorrow Tuesday, (October 27, 2020).

Based on their respective advisories, Petron, Shell Philippines and Cleanfuel are reducing the price of diesel by P0.25 per liter. No movement for gasoline pump prices shall be made.

Further, both Petron and Shell will also cut down the price of kerosene by P0.15 per liter.

Fuel station

Other oil firms are expected to make the same adjustments tomorrow.

Last week, oil firms increased the prices of diesel and kerosene by P0.25 per liter and P0.20 per liter, respectively, while rolling back gasoline by P0.25 per liter.

Photos from Ruben D. Manahan IV

Also read:

Local Oil Chief says Global Oil Price Collapse Good for Import-Dependent PH

Top 24 Fuel Efficient Cars In The Philippines

5 Tips on How To Get Better Fuel Economy while Driving on Highway

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https://www.carmudi.com.ph Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Oil firms are set to implement an oil price rollback on diesel and kerosene tomorrow Tuesday, (October 27, 2020).
<![CDATA[Suzuki PH brings four new rides to update bike stable]]> https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/suzuki-ph-brings-four-new-rides-to-update-bike-stable/ Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) has just launched a pair of scooters and another pair of backbone motorcycles to address the problem of mobility availability in the country following the restrictions imposed by the government to curb possible transmission of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic.

Starting next month, the Suzuki Burgman Street and Skydrive Crossover will be available in dealerships, while the two variants of the Gixxer will be offered come December.

Burgman STreet

Wearing the same luxurious Burgman lineage, Burgman Street is offering sophistication and comfort at practical pricing.

Equipped with an aluminum four-stroke, single cylinder, 125cc fuel- injected engine, the Burgman Street is said to cover 53.50 kilometers per liter of fuel (according to World Motorcycle Test Cycle).

The Burgman has a contemporary design complemented by a full digital instrument panel with a Digital Clock, Fuel Gauge and an Oil Change Indicator to remind the scheduled oil change at a given preset distance. It also shows a Dual Trip Meter to monitor the distance between trips and measures the fuel-efficiency.

To maximize space, the Burgman Street also comes with a two-liter Lidded Front Glove Box with Optional USB Charger and a 21-liter underseat compartment.

For convenience and safety, it has been fitted with an Integrated Engine Start and Kill Switch, and an elevated seating position wide floorboard for a more flexible foot position.

Available in Metallic Matte Fibroin Gray and Glass Sparkle Black, the Burgman Street is priced at P76,900.

Skydrive Crossover

Once a simpleton, the Suzuki Skydrive now wears more spunk with Crossover version—designed for easy adventure.

Powering the Suzuki Skydrive Crossover is a 113-cc engine. It dropped the main housing in the throttle, and now wears sport touring handlebars, showing its aggressive character complemented by colorful decals. Likewise, colored brake calipers and suspension add more character.

It has a Full Digital Instrument Panel that displays a trip-meter, digital clock, speedometer and battery voltage indicator.

The Suzuki Skydrive Crossover has a 740-mm seat height but with a 150-ground clearance. Providing the stopping power is the front disc brake.

Wearing tones such as Daytona Yellow, Pearl Ash Blue, Strong Red and Solid Black, the Suzuki Skydrive Crossover has a price tag of P69,900.

Gixxer

Further exuding the performance ride that Suzuki is known for are two new variants of the Gixxer, which now wear a bigger engine.

A known street fighter, the Gixxer 250 has a sport twin, Gixxer SF250. Both offers are equipped with a newly developed engine 250cc, SOHC, Oil-Cooled, four-valve, fuel injected engine. Aside from being oil-cooled, it has Electric Fan for an improved cooling performance.

In terms of style, the Gixxer 250 wears the same yet improved hardline aura of its predecessor, thanks to its overall sharp lines matched to its athletic-looking LED Head and Tail Lights.

Improving its display, the Gixxer 250 has an Inverted Instrument Panel. The Dual Exhaust Muffler has a Split Seat. which provides the dashing character while giving better riding position.

The slim Gixxer 250 Series has a High Rigidity Frame and Swing Arm to make it more stable and durable. The seven-step Adjustable Rear Suspension is present for a more comfortable ride. It sports a Large Diameter Front Disc Brake (around 300mm) for high braking force and Dual-Channel ABS System that prevents the wheels from locking up.

The Gixxer 250 is sold in Metallic Matte Black and priced at P165,000 while the Gixxer SF250—which has Special Edition Triton Blue and Silver option—is offered at a P175,000. As mentioned, these two will be around starting December.

Photos from Suzuki Philippines Inc.

Also read:

Suzuki celebrates centennial with Limited-Run GSX-R1000R

Suzuki expands adventure motorbike lineup with V-Strom 1050 XT

Suzuki PH Brings in More Big Bikes for Local Market

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https://www.carmudi.com.ph Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Suzuki Philippines Inc.
<![CDATA[Suzuki PH brings four new rides to update bike stable]]> https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/suzuki-ph-brings-four-new-rides-to-update-bike-stable/ Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) has just launched a pair of scooters and another pair of backbone motorcycles to address the problem of mobility availability in the country following the restrictions imposed by the government to curb possible transmission of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic.

Starting next month, the Suzuki Burgman Street and Skydrive Crossover will be available in dealerships, while the two variants of the Gixxer will be offered come December.

Burgman STreet

Wearing the same luxurious Burgman lineage, Burgman Street is offering sophistication and comfort at practical pricing.

Equipped with an aluminum four-stroke, single cylinder, 125cc fuel- injected engine, the Burgman Street is said to cover 53.50 kilometers per liter of fuel (according to World Motorcycle Test Cycle).

The Burgman has a contemporary design complemented by a full digital instrument panel with a Digital Clock, Fuel Gauge and an Oil Change Indicator to remind the scheduled oil change at a given preset distance. It also shows a Dual Trip Meter to monitor the distance between trips and measures the fuel-efficiency.

To maximize space, the Burgman Street also comes with a two-liter Lidded Front Glove Box with Optional USB Charger and a 21-liter underseat compartment.

For convenience and safety, it has been fitted with an Integrated Engine Start and Kill Switch, and an elevated seating position wide floorboard for a more flexible foot position.

Available in Metallic Matte Fibroin Gray and Glass Sparkle Black, the Burgman Street is priced at P76,900.

Skydrive Crossover

Once a simpleton, the Suzuki Skydrive now wears more spunk with Crossover version—designed for easy adventure.

Powering the Suzuki Skydrive Crossover is a 113-cc engine. It dropped the main housing in the throttle, and now wears sport touring handlebars, showing its aggressive character complemented by colorful decals. Likewise, colored brake calipers and suspension add more character.

It has a Full Digital Instrument Panel that displays a trip-meter, digital clock, speedometer and battery voltage indicator.

The Suzuki Skydrive Crossover has a 740-mm seat height but with a 150-ground clearance. Providing the stopping power is the front disc brake.

Wearing tones such as Daytona Yellow, Pearl Ash Blue, Strong Red and Solid Black, the Suzuki Skydrive Crossover has a price tag of P69,900.

Gixxer

Further exuding the performance ride that Suzuki is known for are two new variants of the Gixxer, which now wear a bigger engine.

A known street fighter, the Gixxer 250 has a sport twin, Gixxer SF250. Both offers are equipped with a newly developed engine 250cc, SOHC, Oil-Cooled, four-valve, fuel injected engine. Aside from being oil-cooled, it has Electric Fan for an improved cooling performance.

In terms of style, the Gixxer 250 wears the same yet improved hardline aura of its predecessor, thanks to its overall sharp lines matched to its athletic-looking LED Head and Tail Lights.

Improving its display, the Gixxer 250 has an Inverted Instrument Panel. The Dual Exhaust Muffler has a Split Seat. which provides the dashing character while giving better riding position.

The slim Gixxer 250 Series has a High Rigidity Frame and Swing Arm to make it more stable and durable. The seven-step Adjustable Rear Suspension is present for a more comfortable ride. It sports a Large Diameter Front Disc Brake (around 300mm) for high braking force and Dual-Channel ABS System that prevents the wheels from locking up.

The Gixxer 250 is sold in Metallic Matte Black and priced at P165,000 while the Gixxer SF250—which has Special Edition Triton Blue and Silver option—is offered at a P175,000. As mentioned, these two will be around starting December.

Photos from Suzuki Philippines Inc.

Also read:

Suzuki celebrates centennial with Limited-Run GSX-R1000R

Suzuki expands adventure motorbike lineup with V-Strom 1050 XT

Suzuki PH Brings in More Big Bikes for Local Market

]]>
https://www.carmudi.com.ph Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Suzuki Philippines Inc.
<![CDATA[Suzuki PH brings four new rides to update bike stable]]> https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/suzuki-ph-brings-four-new-rides-to-update-bike-stable/ Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) has just launched a pair of scooters and another pair of backbone motorcycles to address the problem of mobility availability in the country following the restrictions imposed by the government to curb possible transmission of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic.

Starting next month, the Suzuki Burgman Street and Skydrive Crossover will be available in dealerships, while the two variants of the Gixxer will be offered come December.

Burgman STreet

Wearing the same luxurious Burgman lineage, Burgman Street is offering sophistication and comfort at practical pricing.

Equipped with an aluminum four-stroke, single cylinder, 125cc fuel- injected engine, the Burgman Street is said to cover 53.50 kilometers per liter of fuel (according to World Motorcycle Test Cycle).

The Burgman has a contemporary design complemented by a full digital instrument panel with a Digital Clock, Fuel Gauge and an Oil Change Indicator to remind the scheduled oil change at a given preset distance. It also shows a Dual Trip Meter to monitor the distance between trips and measures the fuel-efficiency.

To maximize space, the Burgman Street also comes with a two-liter Lidded Front Glove Box with Optional USB Charger and a 21-liter underseat compartment.

For convenience and safety, it has been fitted with an Integrated Engine Start and Kill Switch, and an elevated seating position wide floorboard for a more flexible foot position.

Available in Metallic Matte Fibroin Gray and Glass Sparkle Black, the Burgman Street is priced at P76,900.

Skydrive Crossover

Once a simpleton, the Suzuki Skydrive now wears more spunk with Crossover version—designed for easy adventure.

Powering the Suzuki Skydrive Crossover is a 113-cc engine. It dropped the main housing in the throttle, and now wears sport touring handlebars, showing its aggressive character complemented by colorful decals. Likewise, colored brake calipers and suspension add more character.

It has a Full Digital Instrument Panel that displays a trip-meter, digital clock, speedometer and battery voltage indicator.

The Suzuki Skydrive Crossover has a 740-mm seat height but with a 150-ground clearance. Providing the stopping power is the front disc brake.

Wearing tones such as Daytona Yellow, Pearl Ash Blue, Strong Red and Solid Black, the Suzuki Skydrive Crossover has a price tag of P69,900.

Gixxer

Further exuding the performance ride that Suzuki is known for are two new variants of the Gixxer, which now wear a bigger engine.

A known street fighter, the Gixxer 250 has a sport twin, Gixxer SF250. Both offers are equipped with a newly developed engine 250cc, SOHC, Oil-Cooled, four-valve, fuel injected engine. Aside from being oil-cooled, it has Electric Fan for an improved cooling performance.

In terms of style, the Gixxer 250 wears the same yet improved hardline aura of its predecessor, thanks to its overall sharp lines matched to its athletic-looking LED Head and Tail Lights.

Improving its display, the Gixxer 250 has an Inverted Instrument Panel. The Dual Exhaust Muffler has a Split Seat. which provides the dashing character while giving better riding position.

The slim Gixxer 250 Series has a High Rigidity Frame and Swing Arm to make it more stable and durable. The seven-step Adjustable Rear Suspension is present for a more comfortable ride. It sports a Large Diameter Front Disc Brake (around 300mm) for high braking force and Dual-Channel ABS System that prevents the wheels from locking up.

The Gixxer 250 is sold in Metallic Matte Black and priced at P165,000 while the Gixxer SF250—which has Special Edition Triton Blue and Silver option—is offered at a P175,000. As mentioned, these two will be around starting December.

Photos from Suzuki Philippines Inc.

Also read:

Suzuki celebrates centennial with Limited-Run GSX-R1000R

Suzuki expands adventure motorbike lineup with V-Strom 1050 XT

Suzuki PH Brings in More Big Bikes for Local Market

]]>
https://www.carmudi.com.ph Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Suzuki Philippines Inc.
<![CDATA[Toyota Alphard vs. the competition: Your other local minivan options]]> https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/toyota-alphard-vs-the-competition-your-other-local-minivan-options/ Spacious, comfortable, and upscale—the Toyota Alphard has long set itself apart from the minivan market as an option that’s a lot more elegant than the rest of those generic passenger and utility vans commonly seen today.

For families who want to enjoy utmost comfort during travel, the Alphard “is a first-class experience on wheels,” as described by the Japanese carmaker. Luxuriously designed cabin with leather seats and complete control function, advanced safety systems (including surround airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), and more), and a robust 296hp, 361Nm V6 engine make the Toyota Alphard a serious contender that definitely merits your attention when hunting for a van.

toyota-alphard-front-angle-low-view-556450

With a PHP3.91 million price tag, naturally, you’ll want to know what other minivan options are available to you out there. Here’s a list of the Alphard’s biggest rivals.

Hyundai Grand Starex (PHP1.4 to PHP2.57 Million)

hyundai-grand-starex-2018-front-angle-low-view-553632

As one of the longest minivan nameplates in the country, the Hyundai Grand Starex has certainly weathered some ups and downs. The current model, available in gasoline (2.5 CRDi GLS 4-cylinder, 168hp and 441Nm) and diesel (2.5-liter 4-cylinder common rail with a variable geometry turbo, 173hp and 450Nm of torque), also offers automatic and manual gearbox options.

With a seating capacity for nine, the Grand Starex is definitely a forerunner for those living with extended family members. For ultimate comfort, the Grand Starex comes with a front and rear climate control system that keeps all passengers cozy. A touchscreen dashboard links to a larger drop down LCD screen so that occupants front and back can operate the vehicle’s onboard infotainment system. A dual sunroof is also standard.

Honda Odyssey (PHP2.29 to PHP2.69 Million)

honda-odyssey-front-angle-low-view-782428

It seems that with every new version of the Honda Odyssey, it gets even more family-friendly. Losing its gas-guzzling V6 engine in favor of the fuel-efficient Earth Dreams Technology power mill, this popular minivan also now comes with added comfort and convenience courtesy of a plushier second row chairs, start-stop button, and other nifty creature comforts.

As mentioned, under the hood of this roomy seven-seater is a 2.4-liter inline-4 DOHC i-VTEC Earth Dreams Technology engine paired with a CVT transmission that delivers 173 hp and 226 Nm of torque. Inside, an awesome environment welcomes occupants with a spacious 2-2-3 seating configuration, 7-inch touchscreen display audio, and fold-flat magic seats. The top variant gets a nine-inch rear entertainment system with DVD and HDMI connectivity. Meanwhile, the second row features fully reclining, fully cushioned leather captain seats with ottoman that can be adjusted forward, backward, and side-to-side so that even senior family members will have no problem achieving the most relaxing positions possible.

Kia Grand Carnival (PHP2 to PHP2.4 million)

kia-grand-carnival-front-angle-low-view-820373

Time and again, Kia's seven-seater Kia Grand Carnival shows that it places great value on space for occupants. A decent seller for the South Korean brand since its arrival 1998, the Carnival nameplate has already sold over two million units globally.

Powering the Kia Grand Carnival is a 2.2-liter Euro 4-compliant 2.2 Turbocharged intercooler VGT diesel engine that dishes out 197hp and 441Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode. Philippine car buyers have three Kia Grand Carnival trims to choose from, with 11-seater options available.

For its infotainment, the Grand Carnival has an 8-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The leather-upholstered seats are extremely flexible thanks to stand-up 2nd row seats and pop-up sinking third row seats, allowing owners to maximize storage as necessary.

Peugeot Traveller (PHP3.44 - PHP3.59 million)

peugeot-traveller-front-angle-low-view-292279

Given the PHP3.44 million starting price, it's safe to say that Peugeot’s minivan offering isn't going to make any top 10 best seller lists any time soon, but with what's on the menu, the Peugeot Traveller is guaranteed to make a lot of jaws drop.

Under the hood of this 7-seater MPV is a 2.0-liter BlueHDi inline-4 diesel delivering a maximum output of 150hp and max torque of 370Nm. A six-speed fully automatic transmission with Quickshift technology provides impressively swift responses, smooth drivability and optimal CO2 emissions.

Inside, the top-of-the-line Peugeot Traveller Premium MPV makes long journeys more enjoyable with a 7-inch color touchscreen with integrated PEUGEOT Mirror Screen functionality that permits Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connections. This upscale MPV seats up to seven passengers in highly configurable seats.

All the seats have adjustable pitches, so every passenger receives plenty of legroom. A sliding, retractable table helps deliver a lounge setup. The seats can also be removed for more cargo space as necessary. For those looking for more capacity, there’s a Long WheelBase option available.

Maxus G10 (PHP1.79 million)

maxus

New Chinese vehicle brand Maxus officially expanded its operations to the Philippines just last year, the automotive distribution and retail group of AC Industrials of the Ayala Group of Companies, and as its opening salvo, released two massive people haulers in the guise of the Maxus V80 and G10. While the former is more of a workhorse commercial vehicle, the G10 is every bit the multi-purpose van the extended Filipino family deserves.

The Maxus G10 van is powered by a 1.9-liter turbo diesel common rail direct injection engine, good for 148hp and 350Nm. The rear-wheel propelled drivetrain speeds up via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, the G10’s chairs are upholstered in a leather and fabric combo. There’s a 10-way powered seat for the driver and a 4-way powered chair for the front passenger. There’s also  an option of a pre-installed wheelchair for its second-row seat, which makes the G10 one of the best options for those with disabled family members. Noteworthy safety features include a double layer welded body, front and rear parking sensors, immobilizer, surround airbags (driver, front passenger, side), and reverse parking camera.

GAC GM8 (PHP2.88 million)

gac-gm8-front-angle-low-view-578711

The minivan market can certainly use more variety. This means that there’s always a place for newcomers like the GAC GM8 in the Philippine auto sales industry. The 2020 GAC GM8 was just launched in the middle of this year, the same engine as its predecessor—2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that puts out 197hp and 320Nm of torque. Shifting is managed by a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual select.

Inside, the GAC GM8 takes the extra effort to be more entertaining, as it is now equipped with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that allows for AM/FM radio and provides slots for USB, SD, and Aux inputs, while also allowing Bluetooth connectivity. Apple CarPlay compatibility is available only for the top GT variant.

Other nifty features include captain seats on the second row, three-zone automatic climate control (with a separate second-row control panel for the rear occupants), traction control, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, anti-rollover system, and surround airbags.

Photos from Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, Kia, Peugeot, Maxus, GAC

Also read:

Kia releases 4th-gen Carnival design details

Honda scores production milestones for July

]]>
https://www.carmudi.com.ph Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Spacious, comfortable, and upscale—the Toyota Alphard has long set itself apart from the minivan market as an option that’s a lot more elegant than the rest of those generic passenger and utility vans commonly seen today.
<![CDATA[Toyota Alphard vs. the competition: Your other local minivan options]]> https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/toyota-alphard-vs-the-competition-your-other-local-minivan-options/ Spacious, comfortable, and upscale—the Toyota Alphard has long set itself apart from the minivan market as an option that’s a lot more elegant than the rest of those generic passenger and utility vans commonly seen today.

For families who want to enjoy utmost comfort during travel, the Alphard “is a first-class experience on wheels,” as described by the Japanese carmaker. Luxuriously designed cabin with leather seats and complete control function, advanced safety systems (including surround airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), and more), and a robust 296hp, 361Nm V6 engine make the Toyota Alphard a serious contender that definitely merits your attention when hunting for a van.

toyota-alphard-front-angle-low-view-556450

With a PHP3.91 million price tag, naturally, you’ll want to know what other minivan options are available to you out there. Here’s a list of the Alphard’s biggest rivals.

Hyundai Grand Starex (PHP1.4 to PHP2.57 Million)

hyundai-grand-starex-2018-front-angle-low-view-553632

As one of the longest minivan nameplates in the country, the Hyundai Grand Starex has certainly weathered some ups and downs. The current model, available in gasoline (2.5 CRDi GLS 4-cylinder, 168hp and 441Nm) and diesel (2.5-liter 4-cylinder common rail with a variable geometry turbo, 173hp and 450Nm of torque), also offers automatic and manual gearbox options.

With a seating capacity for nine, the Grand Starex is definitely a forerunner for those living with extended family members. For ultimate comfort, the Grand Starex comes with a front and rear climate control system that keeps all passengers cozy. A touchscreen dashboard links to a larger drop down LCD screen so that occupants front and back can operate the vehicle’s onboard infotainment system. A dual sunroof is also standard.

Honda Odyssey (PHP2.29 to PHP2.69 Million)

honda-odyssey-front-angle-low-view-782428

It seems that with every new version of the Honda Odyssey, it gets even more family-friendly. Losing its gas-guzzling V6 engine in favor of the fuel-efficient Earth Dreams Technology power mill, this popular minivan also now comes with added comfort and convenience courtesy of a plushier second row chairs, start-stop button, and other nifty creature comforts.

As mentioned, under the hood of this roomy seven-seater is a 2.4-liter inline-4 DOHC i-VTEC Earth Dreams Technology engine paired with a CVT transmission that delivers 173 hp and 226 Nm of torque. Inside, an awesome environment welcomes occupants with a spacious 2-2-3 seating configuration, 7-inch touchscreen display audio, and fold-flat magic seats. The top variant gets a nine-inch rear entertainment system with DVD and HDMI connectivity. Meanwhile, the second row features fully reclining, fully cushioned leather captain seats with ottoman that can be adjusted forward, backward, and side-to-side so that even senior family members will have no problem achieving the most relaxing positions possible.

Kia Grand Carnival (PHP2 to PHP2.4 million)

kia-grand-carnival-front-angle-low-view-820373

Time and again, Kia's seven-seater Kia Grand Carnival shows that it places great value on space for occupants. A decent seller for the South Korean brand since its arrival 1998, the Carnival nameplate has already sold over two million units globally.

Powering the Kia Grand Carnival is a 2.2-liter Euro 4-compliant 2.2 Turbocharged intercooler VGT diesel engine that dishes out 197hp and 441Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode. Philippine car buyers have three Kia Grand Carnival trims to choose from, with 11-seater options available.

For its infotainment, the Grand Carnival has an 8-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The leather-upholstered seats are extremely flexible thanks to stand-up 2nd row seats and pop-up sinking third row seats, allowing owners to maximize storage as necessary.

Peugeot Traveller (PHP3.44 - PHP3.59 million)

peugeot-traveller-front-angle-low-view-292279

Given the PHP3.44 million starting price, it's safe to say that Peugeot’s minivan offering isn't going to make any top 10 best seller lists any time soon, but with what's on the menu, the Peugeot Traveller is guaranteed to make a lot of jaws drop.

Under the hood of this 7-seater MPV is a 2.0-liter BlueHDi inline-4 diesel delivering a maximum output of 150hp and max torque of 370Nm. A six-speed fully automatic transmission with Quickshift technology provides impressively swift responses, smooth drivability and optimal CO2 emissions.

Inside, the top-of-the-line Peugeot Traveller Premium MPV makes long journeys more enjoyable with a 7-inch color touchscreen with integrated PEUGEOT Mirror Screen functionality that permits Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connections. This upscale MPV seats up to seven passengers in highly configurable seats.

All the seats have adjustable pitches, so every passenger receives plenty of legroom. A sliding, retractable table helps deliver a lounge setup. The seats can also be removed for more cargo space as necessary. For those looking for more capacity, there’s a Long WheelBase option available.

Maxus G10 (PHP1.79 million)

maxus

New Chinese vehicle brand Maxus officially expanded its operations to the Philippines just last year, the automotive distribution and retail group of AC Industrials of the Ayala Group of Companies, and as its opening salvo, released two massive people haulers in the guise of the Maxus V80 and G10. While the former is more of a workhorse commercial vehicle, the G10 is every bit the multi-purpose van the extended Filipino family deserves.

The Maxus G10 van is powered by a 1.9-liter turbo diesel common rail direct injection engine, good for 148hp and 350Nm. The rear-wheel propelled drivetrain speeds up via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, the G10’s chairs are upholstered in a leather and fabric combo. There’s a 10-way powered seat for the driver and a 4-way powered chair for the front passenger. There’s also  an option of a pre-installed wheelchair for its second-row seat, which makes the G10 one of the best options for those with disabled family members. Noteworthy safety features include a double layer welded body, front and rear parking sensors, immobilizer, surround airbags (driver, front passenger, side), and reverse parking camera.

GAC GM8 (PHP2.88 million)

gac-gm8-front-angle-low-view-578711

The minivan market can certainly use more variety. This means that there’s always a place for newcomers like the GAC GM8 in the Philippine auto sales industry. The 2020 GAC GM8 was just launched in the middle of this year, the same engine as its predecessor—2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that puts out 197hp and 320Nm of torque. Shifting is managed by a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual select.

Inside, the GAC GM8 takes the extra effort to be more entertaining, as it is now equipped with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that allows for AM/FM radio and provides slots for USB, SD, and Aux inputs, while also allowing Bluetooth connectivity. Apple CarPlay compatibility is available only for the top GT variant.

Other nifty features include captain seats on the second row, three-zone automatic climate control (with a separate second-row control panel for the rear occupants), traction control, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, anti-rollover system, and surround airbags.

Photos from Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, Kia, Peugeot, Maxus, GAC

Also read:

Kia releases 4th-gen Carnival design details

Honda scores production milestones for July

]]>
https://www.carmudi.com.ph Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Spacious, comfortable, and upscale—the Toyota Alphard has long set itself apart from the minivan market as an option that’s a lot more elegant than the rest of those generic passenger and utility vans commonly seen today.
<![CDATA[Toyota Alphard vs. the competition: Your other local minivan options]]> https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/toyota-alphard-vs-the-competition-your-other-local-minivan-options/ Spacious, comfortable, and upscale—the Toyota Alphard has long set itself apart from the minivan market as an option that’s a lot more elegant than the rest of those generic passenger and utility vans commonly seen today.

For families who want to enjoy utmost comfort during travel, the Alphard “is a first-class experience on wheels,” as described by the Japanese carmaker. Luxuriously designed cabin with leather seats and complete control function, advanced safety systems (including surround airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), and more), and a robust 296hp, 361Nm V6 engine make the Toyota Alphard a serious contender that definitely merits your attention when hunting for a van.

toyota-alphard-front-angle-low-view-556450

With a PHP3.91 million price tag, naturally, you’ll want to know what other minivan options are available to you out there. Here’s a list of the Alphard’s biggest rivals.

Hyundai Grand Starex (PHP1.4 to PHP2.57 Million)

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As one of the longest minivan nameplates in the country, the Hyundai Grand Starex has certainly weathered some ups and downs. The current model, available in gasoline (2.5 CRDi GLS 4-cylinder, 168hp and 441Nm) and diesel (2.5-liter 4-cylinder common rail with a variable geometry turbo, 173hp and 450Nm of torque), also offers automatic and manual gearbox options.

With a seating capacity for nine, the Grand Starex is definitely a forerunner for those living with extended family members. For ultimate comfort, the Grand Starex comes with a front and rear climate control system that keeps all passengers cozy. A touchscreen dashboard links to a larger drop down LCD screen so that occupants front and back can operate the vehicle’s onboard infotainment system. A dual sunroof is also standard.

Honda Odyssey (PHP2.29 to PHP2.69 Million)

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It seems that with every new version of the Honda Odyssey, it gets even more family-friendly. Losing its gas-guzzling V6 engine in favor of the fuel-efficient Earth Dreams Technology power mill, this popular minivan also now comes with added comfort and convenience courtesy of a plushier second row chairs, start-stop button, and other nifty creature comforts.

As mentioned, under the hood of this roomy seven-seater is a 2.4-liter inline-4 DOHC i-VTEC Earth Dreams Technology engine paired with a CVT transmission that delivers 173 hp and 226 Nm of torque. Inside, an awesome environment welcomes occupants with a spacious 2-2-3 seating configuration, 7-inch touchscreen display audio, and fold-flat magic seats. The top variant gets a nine-inch rear entertainment system with DVD and HDMI connectivity. Meanwhile, the second row features fully reclining, fully cushioned leather captain seats with ottoman that can be adjusted forward, backward, and side-to-side so that even senior family members will have no problem achieving the most relaxing positions possible.

Kia Grand Carnival (PHP2 to PHP2.4 million)

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Time and again, Kia's seven-seater Kia Grand Carnival shows that it places great value on space for occupants. A decent seller for the South Korean brand since its arrival 1998, the Carnival nameplate has already sold over two million units globally.

Powering the Kia Grand Carnival is a 2.2-liter Euro 4-compliant 2.2 Turbocharged intercooler VGT diesel engine that dishes out 197hp and 441Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode. Philippine car buyers have three Kia Grand Carnival trims to choose from, with 11-seater options available.

For its infotainment, the Grand Carnival has an 8-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The leather-upholstered seats are extremely flexible thanks to stand-up 2nd row seats and pop-up sinking third row seats, allowing owners to maximize storage as necessary.

Peugeot Traveller (PHP3.44 - PHP3.59 million)

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Given the PHP3.44 million starting price, it's safe to say that Peugeot’s minivan offering isn't going to make any top 10 best seller lists any time soon, but with what's on the menu, the Peugeot Traveller is guaranteed to make a lot of jaws drop.

Under the hood of this 7-seater MPV is a 2.0-liter BlueHDi inline-4 diesel delivering a maximum output of 150hp and max torque of 370Nm. A six-speed fully automatic transmission with Quickshift technology provides impressively swift responses, smooth drivability and optimal CO2 emissions.

Inside, the top-of-the-line Peugeot Traveller Premium MPV makes long journeys more enjoyable with a 7-inch color touchscreen with integrated PEUGEOT Mirror Screen functionality that permits Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connections. This upscale MPV seats up to seven passengers in highly configurable seats.

All the seats have adjustable pitches, so every passenger receives plenty of legroom. A sliding, retractable table helps deliver a lounge setup. The seats can also be removed for more cargo space as necessary. For those looking for more capacity, there’s a Long WheelBase option available.

Maxus G10 (PHP1.79 million)

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New Chinese vehicle brand Maxus officially expanded its operations to the Philippines just last year, the automotive distribution and retail group of AC Industrials of the Ayala Group of Companies, and as its opening salvo, released two massive people haulers in the guise of the Maxus V80 and G10. While the former is more of a workhorse commercial vehicle, the G10 is every bit the multi-purpose van the extended Filipino family deserves.

The Maxus G10 van is powered by a 1.9-liter turbo diesel common rail direct injection engine, good for 148hp and 350Nm. The rear-wheel propelled drivetrain speeds up via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, the G10’s chairs are upholstered in a leather and fabric combo. There’s a 10-way powered seat for the driver and a 4-way powered chair for the front passenger. There’s also  an option of a pre-installed wheelchair for its second-row seat, which makes the G10 one of the best options for those with disabled family members. Noteworthy safety features include a double layer welded body, front and rear parking sensors, immobilizer, surround airbags (driver, front passenger, side), and reverse parking camera.

GAC GM8 (PHP2.88 million)

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The minivan market can certainly use more variety. This means that there’s always a place for newcomers like the GAC GM8 in the Philippine auto sales industry. The 2020 GAC GM8 was just launched in the middle of this year, the same engine as its predecessor—2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that puts out 197hp and 320Nm of torque. Shifting is managed by a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual select.

Inside, the GAC GM8 takes the extra effort to be more entertaining, as it is now equipped with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that allows for AM/FM radio and provides slots for USB, SD, and Aux inputs, while also allowing Bluetooth connectivity. Apple CarPlay compatibility is available only for the top GT variant.

Other nifty features include captain seats on the second row, three-zone automatic climate control (with a separate second-row control panel for the rear occupants), traction control, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, anti-rollover system, and surround airbags.

Photos from Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, Kia, Peugeot, Maxus, GAC

Also read:

Kia releases 4th-gen Carnival design details

Honda scores production milestones for July

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https://www.carmudi.com.ph Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Spacious, comfortable, and upscale—the Toyota Alphard has long set itself apart from the minivan market as an option that’s a lot more elegant than the rest of those generic passenger and utility vans commonly seen today.
<![CDATA[Toyota Alphard vs. the competition: Your other local minivan options]]> https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/toyota-alphard-vs-the-competition-your-other-local-minivan-options/ Spacious, comfortable, and upscale—the Toyota Alphard has long set itself apart from the minivan market as an option that’s a lot more elegant than the rest of those generic passenger and utility vans commonly seen today.

For families who want to enjoy utmost comfort during travel, the Alphard “is a first-class experience on wheels,” as described by the Japanese carmaker. Luxuriously designed cabin with leather seats and complete control function, advanced safety systems (including surround airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), and more), and a robust 296hp, 361Nm V6 engine make the Toyota Alphard a serious contender that definitely merits your attention when hunting for a van.

toyota-alphard-front-angle-low-view-556450

With a PHP3.91 million price tag, naturally, you’ll want to know what other minivan options are available to you out there. Here’s a list of the Alphard’s biggest rivals.

Hyundai Grand Starex (PHP1.4 to PHP2.57 Million)

hyundai-grand-starex-2018-front-angle-low-view-553632

As one of the longest minivan nameplates in the country, the Hyundai Grand Starex has certainly weathered some ups and downs. The current model, available in gasoline (2.5 CRDi GLS 4-cylinder, 168hp and 441Nm) and diesel (2.5-liter 4-cylinder common rail with a variable geometry turbo, 173hp and 450Nm of torque), also offers automatic and manual gearbox options.

With a seating capacity for nine, the Grand Starex is definitely a forerunner for those living with extended family members. For ultimate comfort, the Grand Starex comes with a front and rear climate control system that keeps all passengers cozy. A touchscreen dashboard links to a larger drop down LCD screen so that occupants front and back can operate the vehicle’s onboard infotainment system. A dual sunroof is also standard.

Honda Odyssey (PHP2.29 to PHP2.69 Million)

honda-odyssey-front-angle-low-view-782428

It seems that with every new version of the Honda Odyssey, it gets even more family-friendly. Losing its gas-guzzling V6 engine in favor of the fuel-efficient Earth Dreams Technology power mill, this popular minivan also now comes with added comfort and convenience courtesy of a plushier second row chairs, start-stop button, and other nifty creature comforts.

As mentioned, under the hood of this roomy seven-seater is a 2.4-liter inline-4 DOHC i-VTEC Earth Dreams Technology engine paired with a CVT transmission that delivers 173 hp and 226 Nm of torque. Inside, an awesome environment welcomes occupants with a spacious 2-2-3 seating configuration, 7-inch touchscreen display audio, and fold-flat magic seats. The top variant gets a nine-inch rear entertainment system with DVD and HDMI connectivity. Meanwhile, the second row features fully reclining, fully cushioned leather captain seats with ottoman that can be adjusted forward, backward, and side-to-side so that even senior family members will have no problem achieving the most relaxing positions possible.

Kia Grand Carnival (PHP2 to PHP2.4 million)

kia-grand-carnival-front-angle-low-view-820373

Time and again, Kia's seven-seater Kia Grand Carnival shows that it places great value on space for occupants. A decent seller for the South Korean brand since its arrival 1998, the Carnival nameplate has already sold over two million units globally.

Powering the Kia Grand Carnival is a 2.2-liter Euro 4-compliant 2.2 Turbocharged intercooler VGT diesel engine that dishes out 197hp and 441Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode. Philippine car buyers have three Kia Grand Carnival trims to choose from, with 11-seater options available.

For its infotainment, the Grand Carnival has an 8-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The leather-upholstered seats are extremely flexible thanks to stand-up 2nd row seats and pop-up sinking third row seats, allowing owners to maximize storage as necessary.

Peugeot Traveller (PHP3.44 - PHP3.59 million)

peugeot-traveller-front-angle-low-view-292279

Given the PHP3.44 million starting price, it's safe to say that Peugeot’s minivan offering isn't going to make any top 10 best seller lists any time soon, but with what's on the menu, the Peugeot Traveller is guaranteed to make a lot of jaws drop.

Under the hood of this 7-seater MPV is a 2.0-liter BlueHDi inline-4 diesel delivering a maximum output of 150hp and max torque of 370Nm. A six-speed fully automatic transmission with Quickshift technology provides impressively swift responses, smooth drivability and optimal CO2 emissions.

Inside, the top-of-the-line Peugeot Traveller Premium MPV makes long journeys more enjoyable with a 7-inch color touchscreen with integrated PEUGEOT Mirror Screen functionality that permits Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connections. This upscale MPV seats up to seven passengers in highly configurable seats.

All the seats have adjustable pitches, so every passenger receives plenty of legroom. A sliding, retractable table helps deliver a lounge setup. The seats can also be removed for more cargo space as necessary. For those looking for more capacity, there’s a Long WheelBase option available.

Maxus G10 (PHP1.79 million)

maxus

New Chinese vehicle brand Maxus officially expanded its operations to the Philippines just last year, the automotive distribution and retail group of AC Industrials of the Ayala Group of Companies, and as its opening salvo, released two massive people haulers in the guise of the Maxus V80 and G10. While the former is more of a workhorse commercial vehicle, the G10 is every bit the multi-purpose van the extended Filipino family deserves.

The Maxus G10 van is powered by a 1.9-liter turbo diesel common rail direct injection engine, good for 148hp and 350Nm. The rear-wheel propelled drivetrain speeds up via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, the G10’s chairs are upholstered in a leather and fabric combo. There’s a 10-way powered seat for the driver and a 4-way powered chair for the front passenger. There’s also  an option of a pre-installed wheelchair for its second-row seat, which makes the G10 one of the best options for those with disabled family members. Noteworthy safety features include a double layer welded body, front and rear parking sensors, immobilizer, surround airbags (driver, front passenger, side), and reverse parking camera.

GAC GM8 (PHP2.88 million)

gac-gm8-front-angle-low-view-578711

The minivan market can certainly use more variety. This means that there’s always a place for newcomers like the GAC GM8 in the Philippine auto sales industry. The 2020 GAC GM8 was just launched in the middle of this year, the same engine as its predecessor—2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that puts out 197hp and 320Nm of torque. Shifting is managed by a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual select.

Inside, the GAC GM8 takes the extra effort to be more entertaining, as it is now equipped with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that allows for AM/FM radio and provides slots for USB, SD, and Aux inputs, while also allowing Bluetooth connectivity. Apple CarPlay compatibility is available only for the top GT variant.

Other nifty features include captain seats on the second row, three-zone automatic climate control (with a separate second-row control panel for the rear occupants), traction control, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, anti-rollover system, and surround airbags.

Photos from Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, Kia, Peugeot, Maxus, GAC

Also read:

Kia releases 4th-gen Carnival design details

Honda scores production milestones for July

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https://www.carmudi.com.ph Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Spacious, comfortable, and upscale—the Toyota Alphard has long set itself apart from the minivan market as an option that’s a lot more elegant than the rest of those generic passenger and utility vans commonly seen today.
<![CDATA[Expressways extend deadline of RFID cashless payment implementation]]> https://www.carmudi.com.ph/journal/expressways-extend-deadline-of-rfid-cashless-payment-implementation/ Motorists need not panic that they still do not have the RFID stickers when taking to the expressways, as both the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) and the San Miguel Corporation (SMC)-led expressways in the Luzon grid will be extending the deadline for the implementation of the full cashless payment.

Based on their respective advisories, the MPTC and SMC will still issue RFID stickers to motorists.

MPTC said that vehicles without RFID will be directed to RFID installation lanes for those who will take North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex), C5 Link, and Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) to have their stickers placed. The corresponding toll fee charge for their passage on that particular day will be deducted to the initial load in getting the RFID stickers.

 

MPTC Chief of Technology and MPT South President and General Manager Roberto Bontia said that they will convert some of the few cash lanes left to RFID installation lanes.

“We will convert some of the remaining cash lanes in all toll plazas of MPTC expressways to RFID installation lanes. At the same time, the off-site customer service stations will continue to operate and install RFID stickers,” he said.

“The stickers will remain to be free except for the initial load,” Bontia added.

Further, NLEX Corporation J. Luigi Bautista said MPTC will open RFID installation lanes in all entry toll plazas to serve motorists who have not gotten their Easytrip RFID yet even after November 2. Aside from these drive-thru installation lanes, other RFID installation and reloading sites in various locations will remain open. At NLEX-SCTEX, there will also be drive-thru reloading lanes in Balintawak, Mindanao, Bocaue, Angeles, and Tipo.

“There’s no need for those who will not travel on November 2 or infrequent expressway travelers to be in a rush to get the RFID stickers since they can have the RFID installed on the day of their travel.  This is to avoid overcrowding and long queues at the installation sites,” Bautista said.

“In anticipation, we will have our RFID Assist Squads positioned at the toll plaza as it has always been our priority to help any motorist who would like to use our expressways at any time,” Bautista said.

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Meanwhile, SMC has announced that they will push the mandatory cashless toll collection deadline for the tollways under them until end of next month.

In their statement, the SMC said that though the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the Skyway System, NAIA Expressway, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX)—is ready to implement full cashless toll collection on November 2, they have to prolong the deadline period as many motorists have yet to secure their own RFID sticker.

“By November 2, all lanes at our toll plazas will be fully capable and converted to electronic toll collection, in full compliance with the government’s mandate. However, after careful study and deliberation, and especially in consideration of so many motorists who have not been able to secure an Autosweep RFID account because of the volume of applications we have today, we have decided to extend the deadline to November 30,” the SMC stated.

“This means that from November 2 to 30, vehicles without RFID will still be allowed to enter the expressways. Hopefully, this will give more time for motorists to get their RFID stickers,” it added.

With the latest imposition of target, SMC said that November 30 would be the absolute and those without RFID stickers will not be allowed to enter SMC operated tollways.

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Motorists will be apprehended and issued a citation ticket should they fail to conform to the government mandate.

To provide more convenience to motorists, SMC has set up installation and reloading lanes at toll plaza entry points, in addition to the installation and reloading stations already set up in strategic locations in Metro Manila and Luzon provinces. 

Earlier, the SMC President and COO Ramon Ang expressed their readiness to comply on the cashless payment scheme. “We have completed the reconfiguration of these cashless lanes to help ensure a smooth transition and hopefully, minimal delays for motorists. Implementing this measure is a priority for us because it is in line with government health regulations and it will better protect both our motorists and expressway employees,” Ang said.

“We support government policy to go cashless. We also believe it will stem the spread of the virus even as we keep transportation and mobility open and efficient. I would like to remind the public: For your added convenience and safety, please avail now of your free RFID stickers at our toll plazas. There are no requirements, so it will be very quick and easy,” he added.

Photos from NLEX Corporation, San Miguel Corporation

Also read:

NLEX, SMC Aid Frontliners in Expressways

RFID, Easytag, Autosweep to be valid at all tollways soon

SMC banks on SLEX TR5, Pasig River Expressway as next game-changers

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https://www.carmudi.com.ph Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Motorists need not panic that they still do not have the RFID stickers when taking to the expressways, as both the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) and the San Miguel Corporation (SMC)-led expressways in the Luzon grid will be extending the deadline for the implementation of the full cashless payment.