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Nelson Piquet Jr. earned the first victory of his Red Bull Global Rallycross career in Saturday’s Red Bull GRC Washington DC presented by Volkswagen. After finishing runner-up to Patrik Sandell in last year’s inaugural race in DC, Piquet turned the tables by holding off Sandell from start to finish in this season’s final.

“Thanks to my team—they’ve been making the car quicker and quicker every race, and we’ve just been getting more and more competitive,” Piquet said after Saturday’s main event. “Patrik kept it clean the whole race, and I think that was a bit of a thank you from last year, when we were battling together, he finished first and I finished second. All of our sponsors have been supporting us for such a long time, and they deserved a win. Hopefully this is just the first one!”

“It’s a great event to be here in DC this weekend,” said Clark Campbell, motorsports general manager, Volkswagen of America. “We thought this track was really a racy track, and the cars looked cool out there bouncing around the rough sections. We think coming back to the same location two years in a row has been really helpful for the series, and we hope to continue to grow some momentum in the markets we come back to.”

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IN BRIEF: Alex Keyes rebounded from a disappointing home race weekend in Detroit to win his second GRC Lites race of the season in Washington DC. As he did at MCAS New River during his first win, he held off a hard-charging Oliver Eriksson of Olsbergs MSE for the victory; Keyes’ Dreyer & Reinbold Racing teammate Miles Maroney placed third to grab the Supercar points lead.

 

New Ranger WT

•Ford Philippines launches the new Ford Ranger, building on its world-class capabilities with a new look and cutting-edgetechnologies that help achieve more.

•New front end gives the new Ranger a bolder, more modern appearance; new car-like interior combines sporty style, exceptional craftsmanship, and improved functionality that help the new Ranger stand apart from the crowd.

•Suspension tuning for improved ride comfort and handling, with advancedsmart features available in the rangemake the new Ranger one of the smartest trucks on the road.

•Improved ride and powerful, efficient latest-generation Duratorq diesel engines help to deliver on Ford’s fun-to-drive promise.

•Available in September at all dealerships nationwide offered in thirteen variants.

Honda sustains strong performance photo support

August 19, 2015 – Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) starts the second half of 2015 strong, attaining exceptional sales and outstanding after-sales service performance.

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Company’s June sales figures highest in six months

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, August 20, 2015— Complementing an impressive Q1 2015 sales performance, Suzuki Philippines maintained its momentum in Q2 to post a 65% year-to-date sales increase over last year’s 1H figures. This is the highest growth increment so far this year for the company, whose June sales tally is also the highest selling month in 1H 2015.

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LOS ANGELES, California (August 6, 2015) – Red Bull Global Rallycross and Subaru of America, Inc., in conjunction with Subaru Tecnica International, today announced that Subaru Tecnica International will be the presenting sponsor of the rallycross doubleheader event at the Port of Los Angeles this September 12-13.

Special guest drivers Travis Pastrana and David Higgins will join the Red Bull Global Rallycross field in top-spec Subaru rallycross cars for both races. The pair will compete as teammates to Subaru Rally Team USA’s full-time Red Bull GRC drivers Sverre Isachsen and Bucky Lasek for the eighth and ninth rounds of the 2015 championship.

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The icon has officially landed. Berjaya Auto Philippines, Mazda’s appointed distributor in the country, has recently unwrapped the MX-5  in our market. If you salivated on the outgoing model, we’re pretty sure you’ll be breaking your piggy banks for this.

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Words and photos by Carlo Sapera

When Volkswagen returned to the country after more than a decade of absence in September 2013, it was reason enough for me to be excited. The dream of being behind the wheel of a modern Veedub is about to materialize.

 

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