This is the car we've all been waiting for. Well, at least we at Kotse.com have. Why? Because it's the prettiest and most well-engineered midsize sedan we've seen in a long while, not only from Mazda, but from everyone else. The all-new 2013 Mazda 6 is the 3rd generation of the series Mazda started in 2002. Not only is it packed with SKYACTIV technology nose to tail, it also promises a larger interior space and better fuel economy than ever before.
The latest generation all-new Mazda 6 was recently launched at the 2013 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). Berjaya Auto Philippines, Mazda's new local distributor, even gave us a quick preview at the newly-opened Mazda Pasig before the show opened. So please do hear our reasons why you should want one too.
Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera | Photos by Christopher Kho
Just a week ago, the new Ford Fiesta, with its 1.0L EcoBoost engine, made its ASEAN debut at the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show. From our sources within Ford Philippines, we knew that the facelifted model will be coming to the Philippines within the year. But we didn't expect them to pull a rabbit out of the hat when it made a special 1-day appearance at the 9th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS).
Honestly, we didn’t expect the new Fiesta to make it to the show, let alone a local-spec left-hand-drive unit. We only found out when we saw a peculiar little car covered with a silver silk cloth on Ford's display. Sadly, Ford decided to hide it from public view for the remaining three days of the show.
Barely four months have passed since the all-new Mirage was launched, and yet Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is already recalling 1,420 examples of their latest subcompact hatchback. The voluntary safety recall was issued to address concerns about the Antilock Brake System or ABS. Coverage of of this recall are units sold between November 2012 and March 2013.
MMPC's principal Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has discovered that the front wheel speed sensors on the affected Mirage units had insufficient waterproofing. And if penetrated by water from rain or during carwash, it may cause the ABS to not function correctly. Although there has been no reported accident as a consequence of this problem, MMPC is voluntarily conducting this safety recall as a its proactive commitment to quality and customer safety.
The corner of Taft Avenue and EDSA is known for its heavy traffic flow at any given time of day, so much so that it was chosen as one of the locations for the filiming of ‘The Bourne Legacy’ last year for that reason. But the government hopes to rid the area of its reputation by constructing a flyover, which adds a total of four lanes - two northbound lanes (1.42 km) and two southbound lanes (under 1 km) - to the span of EDSA that connects Malibay Bridge in Makati City to F.B. Harrison Street near the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City.
Words by Leslie Sy | Photos courtesy of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
Five years have passed since we saw an all-new Accord, so it's just timely that Honda showcased an all-new model at the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show in Thailand. The 9th generation Accord is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and comes with two new engines - one of which incorporates Honda's new “Earth Dreams” technology.
If you remember, we first featured the all-new Accord's USDM version back in August 2012. And as it turns out, we're getting the exact same model here in Asia, except for some minor mechanical alterations. Plus, this is our first time to see what it looks like inside, so better read on.
Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
It didn’t take too long for Mitsubishi to go from “not bad” to “much better.” The i-MiEV (short for Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) was first introduced to the Japanese market in 2009, followed by the rest of the world a year later. And as of December 2012, over 22,000 examples of this EV (although rebadged in other countries) had been sold worldwide.
Two-time Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka even took on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb using a muscled-up version of the i-MiEV - the i-MiEV Evolution - in July 2012. It was meant to gather information for Mitsubishi’s R&D team, who hoped to use the data for further developments of future EV’s. Cut to less than a year later, and the fruit of this labor was showcased at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. This is the Mitsubishi CA-MiEV Concept.
Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera | Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company
The demand for more fuel efficient cars has been on the rise as pump prices becomes more and more expensive. One brand that is addressing this concern is Ford, who has poured out all their efforts to develop a little engine that could known simply as the 1.0L EcoBoost. Ford's new mil has already won accolades such as the 2012 International Engine of the Year and Popular Mechanics' Breakthrough Award just to name a few. And if we're lucky, we could be driving one on Philippine roads as early as this year.
At the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show, Ford introduced the much-awaited refreshed 2014 Fiesta that's bundled with the three-cylinder 1.0L EcoBoost engine. If three-cylinders and 1.0L sounds puny or underpowered to you, think again.
The chaps from the Assocation of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) is staging their Innovation Congress (ICON) this week to convene the top minds from government, business, and academe under one roof. Why? Well, they want this group of intellectuals to “tackle global trends in innovation and current issues and policies that affect the automotive industry.” Big names such as Maria Ressa, Alfredo Yao, and Hyundai's Creative Design Manager Casey Hyun will take the stage and give their 2 cents worth about “innovation.”
But if the ICON Forum is not your cup of tea, maybe their Innovation in Mobility Expo is more up your alley. Running from April 5 to 7, 2013 at 'The Icon' on 32nd Avenue cor. 9th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, the Expo will display vehicles from AVID members such as MINI, Mercedes-Benz, Foton, and Volvo. Best of all, here are the 6 new cars you shouldn't dare miss at the ICON Mobility Expo.