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German firms press lifting of truck ban

GPCCI general manager Nadine Fund: Reconsider truck ban PHOTO FROM GPCCI.ORG/

German firms operating in the country have joined repeated calls for Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to lift the truck ban in key routes in Manila, stressing that this “regretful” policy will only cripple the country’s booming economy.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

PH car industry still lagging behind Asean neighbors

The Philippine automotive industry continued to trudge behind its Southeast Asian neighbors, ranking last among five countries in terms of motor vehicle production as of end-December 2013.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Sales of Ford vehicles surge 79%


Ford Group Philippines posted a 79-percent surge in vehicle sales in the first eight months to 8,360 units, making it the fastest growing automotive brand in the country this year.

Posted: September 6th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Trading on Berjaya suspended following buy-in deal into UK car distribution firm

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The Philippine Stock Exchange suspended trading on Berjaya Philippines Inc. on Monday following the acquisition by the local unit of Malaysian conglomerate Berjaya of a 29.81 percent stake in London-listed luxury car distribution firm H.R. Owen Group.

Posted: June 17th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Ayala subsidiary gets deal to manufacture electronic parts for Mazda cars


Ayala-led Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. has bagged a deal to manufacture HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and blower units for Mazda cars at its plant in Guadalajara, Mexico, starting in the first quarter of 2014.

Posted: February 1st, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Filipinos famished for the frugal, functional


They say fast, Toyota goes “function.” They say furious, Toyota points to “frugal.” With utter confidence, Toyota’s frediction, er, prediction for the industry for 2013 would be that more car buyers would opt for practicality.

Posted: January 1st, 2013 in Headlines,Inquirer Features,Motoring | Read More »

Good and bad signs for the local automotive industry


I recently attended the press conference launching the Fourth Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS), organized by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and to be held on August 16 to 19. A total of 13 car companies were represented in the event, including BMW, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Toyota, Lexus, Isuzu, Suzuki, Honda, Nissan, JMC and Mitsubishi.

Posted: July 4th, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

Bosch upbeat on PH market


The Bosch Group expects 2012 to bring double-digit growth in sales for its Philippine operations as the domestic market expands, Robert Bosch Philippines managing director Joseph Hong said in a briefing.

Posted: June 7th, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

Ecopia tire: Best of both worlds

BRIDGESTONE officials launch the Ecopia via a tree-planting activity at La Mesa.

In the march toward eco-friendly driving, having a set of tires that delivers the best of both worlds—by being environmentally safe without compromising performance and dependability—is the obvious choice.

Posted: May 2nd, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

Mysteries under the hood

NOTHING beats a well-oiled engine with a well-oiled machine driving it.

Now that I have your attention, let me enlighten you on the mumbo jumbo under the hood of your car. When I started driving in college, I did not even know how to open the hood of my dad’s car let alone try to make something out of it. Unlike men, whose brain and body, I think, is the inspirational blueprint for car engines (multiple activations leading to a single explosive outcome) as they can talk shop for hours and probably know which screw goes where in a thousand plus moving part machine but forgets your birthday and anniversary which is just two out of 365 days of the year.

Posted: May 2nd, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

Honda scraps 1,000 flood-ravaged cars in Thailand

Japanese automaker Honda on Tuesday began destroying more than 1,000 cars in Thailand to reassure customers that no vehicles damaged in the country’s recent flood crisis will ever be sold.

Posted: December 27th, 2011 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Toyota quarterly profit drops 18.5 percent to $1B

Toyota says its July-September profit dropped 18.5 percent to 80.4 billion yen ($1 billion) as it made and sold fewer cars because of parts shortages caused by the March tsunami disaster in northeastern Japan.

Posted: November 8th, 2011 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »



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