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Suzuki subcompacts get new safety items

Suzuki subcompacts get new safety items

SUZUKI’s subcompacts have received upgraded safety features.

The brand’s distributor in the Philippines said the new items in the Celerio and Alto “redefines comfortable and enjoyable driving by guaranteeing peace of mind.” It cited the Celerio has been fitted with a reverse parking sensor, which adds to ABS and the car’s use of high-tensile steel in its structure.

The Alto now has ABS and dual air bags. Like the Celerio, it also has a rigid but light structure made from high-tensile steel.

Shuzo Hoshikura, general manager at Suzuki Philippines’ automobile division, said the safety upgrades are a “testament to Suzuki’s commitment to continuously improve its product portfolio.”

Suzuki said the Celerio is also equipped with a seven-inch touch screen panel for its multimedia system.

It added that, until Oct. 31, the model’s 1.0 GL M/T variant can be bought for as low as P58,000 down payment while the Alto 800 STD is available for a low down payment offer of P28,000.


Mitsubishi expands clean diesel tour

MITSUBISHI Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) has been promoting the advantages of Mitsubishi’s MIVEC Clean Diesel technology through test-drive sessions. The company said the activities were successful, and so it is expanding the event to more venues.

MMPC announced its MIVEC Clean Diesel Advantage Test Drive Tour will be held on Oct. 14-15 in Bacolod City, South Cotabato, Davao City and Zamboanga City; and on Oct. 28-29 in San Fernando, Pampanga, and Calasiao, Pangasinan.

The company added people who test-drive the vehicles will get a discount coupon worth P5,000, which can be used in the purchase of a Mitsubishi Montero Sport or Strada. A vehicle check-up program that is free of charge is also available.


Aston Martin chief cited for achievements
Andy Palmer

Aston Martin chief cited for achievements

ASTON Martin announced its president and CEO has been given the Eurostar Award for “Superluxury CEO” by editors of Automotive News Europe during a ceremony held on the sidelines of the recent International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Andy Palmer, who joined Aston Martin in 2014, is credited for having immediately unveiled the company’s six-year Second Century plan in which the entire range of Aston Martin models are targeted to be replaced and expanded. The first product of this is the 2016 release of the Aston Martin DB11.

Other achievements Aston Martin credits to Mr. Palmer are the “record first-half profits” the company has logged this year, the new investment secured for a second manufacturing facility (to rise in Wales, UK, where the Aston Martin’s first SUV will be built), and the “breakthrough partnership” with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, which is expected to produce the Aston Martin Valkyrie “hypercar.”


Toyota graduate tops TESDA tilt

Toyota graduate tops TESDA tilt

KATHLEEN CLAIRE ABAD, a graduate of the two-year Toyota General Job Automotive Servicing course at the Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) School of Technology, won the Automobile Technology category of the Technical Educational Skills Development Authority (TESDA) — Laguna Provincial Skills Competition 2017. Ms. Abad scored 99% in the practical competency tests that covered Automotive Servicing National Certification Levels I-III. TMP said this is the second time a TMP Tech graduate has won the TESDA competition. Shown in photo are (from left) TMP Tech technical director Roberto Arzadon, TESDA provincial director Jaime Castillo, Ms. Abad and her coach, Apolinar Rampola, during the awarding ceremonies held at Jacobo Gonzales Memorial School of Arts and Trade in Biñan, Laguna.

Andy Palmer

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