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Subaru Forester

Subaru cuts prices of select models

SUBARU distributor Motor Image Pilipinas said it is reducing the prices of some select Subaru models despite the higher taxes now imposed on vehicles. The discounted prices are only offered this month.

The price of the Subaru Forester 2.0i-L has been reduced by P70,000, making it P1.398 million; the Forester 2.0i-P by P60,000 to P1.618 million; and the Forester 2.0 XT by P50,000 to P1.898 million.

Also discounted are the prices of the new Subaru XV and Outback, now both equipped with the brand’s EyeSight driver assist technologies. The XV 2.0 i-S’s price was cut by P50,000, making it P1.538 million, while that of the Outback 3.6 R was reduced by P80,000 to P2.208 million.


Phoenix, RCBC unveil ‘lifestyle credit card’

PHOENIX Petroleum on April 26 announced a partnership with RCBC Bankard in which it launched the Phoenix RCBC Bankard Mastercard, described by the company as a “lifestyle credit card packed with exclusive benefits for motorists,” as well as with “lifestyle access” and points rewards.

Phoenix said cardholders get a 5% rebate on purchases of its fuel, free towing and roadside assistance, accident insurance coverage, 5% discount on Phoenix gasoline and diesel engine oils, and conversion of rewards points to free flights, gift vouchers, or cash rebates. Other privileges include a real-time SMS alert service that lets cardholders have security and control over their spending; conversion of straight purchases to installment; access to cash anywhere in the world; free travel insurance and purchase protection; and a bills payment facility.

“The Phoenix-RCBC Bankard Mastercard is a continuation of our initiatives aimed at bringing our fuel products and services to a higher level and at providing a competitive and credible alternative from that of the majors,” Phoenix Petroleum COO Henry Albert Fadullon said during the card’s launch program.


Hyundai PHL tops brand’s awards

PHILIPPINE distributor Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) said it took top awards recently given by parent company Hyundai Motor Company.

HARI said its commercial vehicle division won Hyundai’s 2017 Regional Excellence Award for Asia & Pacific, besting 15 other markets in the region, as it was cited for its “rapid growth in sales, bold marketing campaigns and unparalleled brand loyalty.” The company added sales of its commercial vehicles grew 883% in 2017.

HARI said its passenger car division was recognized with the 2017 Best Sales Award for “hitting the highest sales volume in the region, besting the 27 other distributorships in Asia Pacific.”

The two awards followed HARI’s citation for excellence in Customer Satisfaction in After-Sales in Asia-Pacific, according to the company.


Isuzu tech school graduates

Isuzu presents new tech school graduates

ISUZU Motors Ltd., through Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) and its partners Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and World Vision Philippines, recently presented the latest batch of 18 service technician graduates who completed their National Competency Certificate program — a four-level program administered by the regional branch of TESDA that offers vocations for automotive servicing.

In a statement, IPC said the new graduates completed NC1 to NC4 training, the latter being the highest level of certification in the country. The technical training course is a two-year program backed by the Isuzu-TESDA Auto Mechanic Training Center that aims to produce highly skilled Filipino automotive service mechanics who can serve the country.

IPC noted the project started in 2008, and that the recent graduation program was the 13th held at the training center.