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BMW to debut MPV in mall exhibit

BMW to debut MPV in mall exhibit

THE seven-seat version of BMW’s MPV will be introduced on Oct. 27 during the opening of the BMW Roadshow 2017.

Asian Carmakers Corp. (ACC), distributor of the brand in the Philippines, said the new 2 Series Gran Tourer will head the display of other BMW cars during the event, which will be held until Oct. 29 at Power Plant mall in Makati City. Other activities are also lined up at the road show.

“Over the years, BMW has consistently spread Joy through industry-leading vehicles as well as unique customer experiences. We are proud to host a four-weekend exhibition that will further promote our promise of Sheer Driving Pleasure to the discerning motoring public and our loyal clientele,” said Maricar C. Parco, president of ACC.

Besides the car display, visitors may also view the BMW Lifestyle Collection that includes apparel and accessories, ACC said.

Toyota announces P5.2-B CARS investment

TOYOTA Motor Philippines (TMP) said it had invested P5.2 billion in the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) program of the government, the announcement for which was made by company president Satoru Suzuki during the opening of the 1st Philippine Auto Parts Expo.

TMP said the increase in investment follows the establishment of a plastic injection facility in its Santa Rosa, Laguna plant, the expansion of its press parts facility, and the introduction of new hemming technology.

The company added it is also localizing additional press parts on top of the 50% total body shell weight requirement of CARS.

Castrol’s mechanics to compete internationally

THE Partner for Life program of Castrol Philippines is set to honor a fourth set of deserving motorcycle mechanics.

Castrol Philippines said the mechanics, who will represent the country in the Castrol Asia Pacific Mechanic Contest that will be held on Nov. 8-10 in Thailand, are Roel Ian Bustaleño, Joy Cabras, Joveryl Nesperos and Jackson Li, all of whom are employed at LKK Motor Parts in Davao.

The mechanics qualified for the competition after they were crowned Partner for Life 2016 champions in the Philippines. Castrol Philippines explained mechanics enrolled in the program underwent three technical training modules over six months, after which the best among them are selected to compete and be named as “Castrol Mechanics of the Year.”

“Castrol’s Partner for Life program gives us the opportunity to help develop more mechanics [and turn them] into knowledgeable, confident advisors,” said Maria Tañada, country sales director at Castrol Philippines.

First Fuso dealership in Cebu to rise

MITSUBISHI dealer Fast Autoworld Philippines Corp. (FAPC) will soon put up another Mitsubishi Motors outlet, as well as the first Fuso truck dealership in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. said in a statement.

It added the construction of additional outlets in Cebu is meant to address the growing demand for vehicle sales and service in the province, as well as to attend to the medium- and heavy-duty truck requirements of Cebu businesses.

The facilities are expected to start operating in November 2018.

Hyundai delivers new buses to Victory Liner

Hyundai delivers new buses to Victory Liner

PHILIPPINE distributor Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) said it has turned over 20 Hyundai Universe luxury buses to Victory Liner, Inc. (VLI). The delivery signifies Hyundai’s commitment to provide a stronger motoring experience for VLI and its customers through reliable high-performance commercial vehicles, as well as efficient after-sales service, HARI said. Present during the turnover program are (from left) HARI AVP for technical quality assurance section Eric Ortiz; HARI vice-president for commercial trade division Jimmy Trazo; Hyundai Trucks and Buses Commonwealth SVP and treasurer Carmen Pineda-San Juan, and president Anna Lynne San Juan-Ponferrada; VLI vice-president for operations Edward Hernandez; and VLI General Maintenance manager Bernabe Hernandez.

Tata Motors opens Pampanga branch

Tata Motors opens Pampanga branch

TATA Motors’ distributor Pilipinas Taj Autogroup, Inc. (PTAJ) announced it opened its newest dealership on Oct. 5.

Tata’s new facility, located in San Fernando, Pampanga, along the automotive row in Olongapo-Gapan Road, offers the brand’s entire lineup in the Philippines, which from 10-wheel Prima trucks to subcompact passenger cars.

PTAJ said the dealership can display seven vehicles and also has seven service work bays.