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Philippines in the second market to receive Nissan's new Terra SUV

NISSAN has launched the new Terra frame-based SUV in South East Asia, beginning with the Philippines, underlining the company’s commitment to the region. The Philippines is the second market in the world to get the vehicle. It was first made available in China last April but fitted with a gasoline power plant. The Philippine version will use a diesel engine that also powers the Nissan Navara. 

Nissan will also introduce the new Nissan Terra in Thailand and Indonesia during later this year, with the markets of Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam to follow. Media from these countries were invited to this regional launch done here in the Philippines. 

The new Nissan Terra combines top-in-class engine performance with spacious comfort and advanced driving technology, allowing customers to take on any journey with confidence.


“The new Nissan Terra is built on our more than 60 years of SUV heritage, which includes iconic models such as the Nissan Patrol,” Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president for Nissan's Light Commercial Vehicle business said.

“The Nissan Terra design is both capable and practical, reliable for everyday use while also giving our customers the ability to unhook from daily life and undertake adventure.”

With the new Nissan Terra, Nissan meets South East Asia’s increasing demand for mid-size SUVs and new cars in general. The SUV segment remains to be in the top three volume and growth drivers for South East Asia.

The vehicle will be built at Nissan’s production hub in Thailand for the South East Asian market.

“The new Nissan Terra is being built in and for South East Asia. It demonstrates our commitment to making innovation accessible to more customers in the region,” Yutaka Sanada, Nissan’s regional senior vice president for the Asia and Oceania region said.

“This Terra also marks the latest step in our product offensive for the region. This is an important part of delivering Nissan’s mid-term business plan Nissan M.O.V.E. 2022 for this region,” Sanada said.

The new Nissan Terra, a name derived from the Latin word for Earth, was introduced to the region on Monday on a plain between two majestic volcanos at Clark in the Philippines. It is not a replacement for the long running Nissan Terrano SUV, despite the similarity in name the product concept is very different. 

Seating seven people comfortably, with best in class cabin space, the new Nissan Terra comes with a full flat second-row seat folding and tumbling seat function, making it ideal for urban but also off-road adventures with family and friends.

“The ingenious combination of high performance, best-in-class cabin space and Nissan Intelligent Mobility features gives family and friends the confidence to go anywhere,” said Vincent Wijnen, Nissan’s head of marketing and sales for the Asia and Oceania region.

The new Nissan Terra is equipped with a versatile ladder-frame chassis, reinforced to give it greater rigidity for an authentic off-road drive. It also features a five-link coil spring rear suspension system and rigid rear-wheel axle, ensuring that comfort and convenience aren't compromised by its strength and durability.

For the Philippines, the YD25 diesel engine offers the best acceleration performance in its class, ensuring a smooth yet powerful drive, with its 190 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque.

The vehicle also features advanced technologies for a safer and more confident drive. These innovative technologies called Nissan Intelligent Mobility include Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection. The Nissan Terra is the first SUV with the Smart Rear View Mirror, allowing drivers unobstructed views from a camera mounted at the back.

Along with safety technologies comes increased control, with a 4WD-DIFF lock system and Hill Start Assist. Hill Descent Control helps maintain speed control in steep downhill driving.

The vehicle is ideal for the region as its top ground clearance, at 225 millimeters, reduces the risk of damage from rough, uneven roads and from driving in flooded areas. 

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Customers in the Philippines can pre-order the new Nissan Terra as of today, with deliveries starting from August 2018. 


BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) returns to the cockpit of a race car at the DTM races .

Munich. BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) returns to the cockpit of a race car: at the DTM races at Misano, Italy (25th/26th August), the 51-year-old will make a guest appearance in a BMW M4 DTM. The DTM umbrella organisation, the ITR, as well as the two other manufacturers involved in the DTM, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, have given the green-light for this guest start. The BMW M Motorsport engineers, who have worked with Zanardi in the past, are currently collaborating with him on the development of a system to modify the BMW M4 DTM to suit his needs. The DTM race appearance at Misano is another step on the way to Daytona (USA), where the Italian will contest the legendary 24-hour race in January 2019.

Zanardi’s preparation for his guest start gets underway this weekend (1st to 3rd June), when he will accompany the BMW DTM teams and drivers at the Hungaroring near Budapest (HUN), to familiarise himself with the details of procedures, structures and processes in the DTM. A roll-out and test drives are additional steps planned for the coming weeks. Dates and locations will be announced at a later date. In addition, with regard to the technical feasibility, BMW Motorsport is working closely with the DMSB, who supports the project.

“I am incredibly excited about racing the BMW M4 DTM at Misano because I always dreamt of adding the DTM experience into my ‘book of best moments’ in my motorsport career. DTM has for many years been one of the motorsport disciplines that are the pinnacles of racing regarding technology, the speed of the car and the level of the competition, which these days is higher than ever. The skills of the drivers competing in DTM and the preparation of the teams are, in my view, as good as in Formula One. They are top of the game and you can’t get any better than that. And on the other hand that is what concerns me and will make me to approach this challenge with a lot of respect, knowing that it will be one of toughest things I have ever done in my racing career. I am really grateful that BMW offered to start this project and to all the engineers in Munich who are already preparing the car. I will do my very best to represent them in such a competitive field," Zanardi said.

The BMW works driver and brand ambassador has already visited numerous DTM events and has also been behind the wheel of a BMW DTM race car many times. In recognition of winning two gold medals at the Paralympic Games in London (GBR), Zanardi completed a sensational test in a modified BMW M3 DTM at the Nürburgring (GER) in 2012. 

“Alex Zanardi as a guest starter in Misano – that will be a real sensation in an already spectacular DTM season. The fans can look forward to a fantastic race weekend in Misano: the DTM’s first guest appearance at this track, the first ever night race in the DTM and Alex Zanardi, who as the ‘local hero’ will play his part in making this event a special experience for everyone. Our thanks go to the ITR and our colleagues from Audi and Mercedes-Benz for giving the green-light for this guest start. Our engineers are currently using all their expertise and ideas to work on modifying the BMW M4 DTM to suit Alex’s requirements. We are looking forward to having Alex in our BMW DTM family," Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director said.

At the 2015 DTM season finale at Hockenheim (GER), he was at the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM race taxi. However, starting a DTM race is a first for Zanardi.

Zanardi has enjoyed success in BMW racing cars for many years. In 2003, just two years after his accident in the CART race at the Lausitzring (GER) in which he lost both legs, he contested the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) season finale at Monza (ITA) in a BMW 320i adapted to his needs to the delight of fans. 2004 saw Zanardi contest the entire ETCC season, and between 2005 and 2009, he competed in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (FIA WTCC) with BMW Team Italy-Spain – ROAL Motorsport. On 28th August 2005, Zanardi caused a sensation in Oschersleben (GER) when he became the first physically impaired driver to win a world championship race. He celebrated a total of four wins in the FIA WTCC. 

Since 2010, Zanardi has focussed on his second passion, para-cycling. He began a successful career in this discipline, in which he has won a total of four Paralympic gold medals and ten world championship titles to date.

2014 saw Zanardi return to the race cockpit and contest the entire season of the Blancpain GT Sprint Series in a modified BMW Z4 GT3. The next highlight came in 2015 when, with Timo Glock (GER) and Bruno Spengler (CAN), he participated in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) in a BMW Z4 GT3. The trio battled for a top five position down to the wire, but a technical defect forced them to retire in the final hour of racing. Zanardi’s last official race outing was on 16th October 2016 as a guest starter at the season finale of the Italian GT Championship at Mugello (ITA), where he made his debut in the BMW M6 GT3 – and celebrated a sensational win in the Sunday race.

“We are delighted to welcome such a well-known guest starter to the DTM for our debut at Misano. Alex Zanardi is very popular, not only in his home country of Italy. His extraordinarily impressive performances as an athlete, as well as his unwavering optimism and his humanity go way beyond sport and have already inspired an audience of millions around the world. Alex doesn't approach any task half-heartedly – quite the opposite is true. So, we know he will be preparing for his DTM guest appearance extremely professionally and full of ambition, so as to deliver a top performance in front of his home crowd. Welcome to the DTM dear Alex!," Gerhard Berger, ITR Chairman expressed.


Cited for design, emissions, economy, handling, films too!

“Auto Zeitung”: Audi A7 Sportback wins Design Trophy
More than 13,000 readers of “Auto Zeitung” cast their votes for the best new car designs in five classes in the Design Trophy competition. The new Audi A7 Sportback won in the “Sedans/ Station wagons/Minivans” category with 13.5 percent of the votes cast. The large four-door coupé also took third place in the overall “Champion of All Classes" standings. With this victory, Audi continues its Design Trophy success story. The R8 (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 13.4 – 12.6* [17.6 – 18.7 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 306 – 287* [492.5 – 461.9 g/mi] dominated the sports cars in 2016; in 2017 the A5 Sportback dominated the sedans.
(May 2018)

World Media Festival: two awards for Audi A8 films
The jury of the World Media Festival has honored two Audi films with the intermedia globe award: the full-length documentary “Making of the Audi A8”, produced for n-tv by Hamburg-based production company M4 Automotive, was presented with the GOLD award in the “Technology Documentation” category. The jury awarded Audi the silver prize in the “Web TV: product presentations” category for the Audi A8 Spiderman film, which attracted attention during the advance communication campaign for the world premiere of the Audi A8. The award ceremony took place during the 19th World Media Festival.
(May 2018)

“Automovil Panamericano Magazine”: Audi A3 selected as best compact sedan
The Audi A3 sedan has won the “Compact sedan” category of the Best Cars 2018 awards from Automovil Panamericano magazine of Mexico for the third consecutive time. For the first time this year, social media followers and fans of the magazine voted alongside readers.
(May 2018)

Car of the Year in Luxembourg: five prizes for Audi
Audi has won five prizes in the Car of the Year awards in Luxembourg. The A3 prevailed with around a quarter of the votes in the compact class. Second place went to the A8 in the luxury class, to the Q2 among compact SUVs and to the Q5 among the midsize SUVs. The Audi A5 Coupé took third place in the sports cars, convertibles & coupés segment. The automotive editorial staff of the Saint-Paul Luxembourg media company nominated the cars from the various categories and 21,000 readers voted on their rankings.
(April 2018) 

Schibsted Motor Awards in Spain: victory for the Audi A8
The Audi A8 has been selected as one of the best full-size sedans of 2018 in the Schibsted Motor Awards in Spain. This competition was organized by the popular automotive portal Users could choose from more than 50 models in eight categories.
(April 2018)

Taiwan COTY Award: Audi A5 Sportback best sedan
The Audi A5 Sportback is the best large sedan of 2018. This was the verdict of the jury of the Taiwan Car of the Year Awards. The jury especially praised the elegant exterior design, high-tech features such as the Audi virtual cockpit and the superb driving dynamics of the car. The award is presented by “CarNews” magazine, the country’s most popular automotive magazine. Among the more than 30 jurors were automotive journalists as well as car enthusiasts, scholars and lifestyle journalists.
(April 2018)

MECOTY in Abu Dhabi: Audi with three wins
Audi achieved a triple victory in the Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY) Awards in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates): The TT RS (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.4 – 8.2* [28.0 – 28.7 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 192 – 187* [309 – 300.9 g/mi]) was honored as best sports coupé; the RS 3 sedan (fuel consumption combined in l/100: 8.4 – 8.3* [28.0 – 28.3 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 191 - 188* [307.4 – 302.6 g/mi]) was named the best compact sports sedan; and the S5 (fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 7.7 – 7.5* [30.5 – 31.4 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 – 170* [280.0 – 273.6 g/mi]) was chosen the best premium sports coupé. As a result, the brand with the four rings won in three of the five classes in which it competed. The 16 jurors – media representatives from several Middle East countries – had subjected the nominated cars to a multistage selection process over a period of ten months. The MECOTY took place in 2018 for the fifth time – and Audi has been the dominant brand among the list of previous winners.
(April 2018)

Car of the Year Award in Dubai: Audi wins with A8 and RS 5 Coupé
Double victory for Audi in the United Arab Emirates: The Audi A8 and RS 5 Coupé (fuel consumption, combined in l/100 km: 8.7 [27.0 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 197 [317 g/mi]) won their respective categories in the Car of the Year 2018 competition organized by “Wheels” magazine. The jury members assessed the 60 nominated models on the basis of test drives. They praised the wealth of new technologies in the Audi luxury sedan and the emotional sportiness and safety equipment in the coupé. This was the second victory in the region this year for the A8, after having been voted the best large premium sedan by “Automobile” magazine.
(March 2018)

FEATURED PHOTO: Audi A7 Sportsback

Distinctive, unmistakable, A7.

From its sharp lights with distinctive light signature via its upstanding front end with a single wide frame and its coupé-like silhouette to its sculptural rear end, the Audi A7 Sportback is an ambassador of a revolutionary language of design, carrying classic quattro genes at the same time. 

Proof that one can remain true to oneself through reinvention.


Creating a culture of road safety through skills training

PHOTO: Safety consciousness. Top photo. Explaining Honda’s global safety program is Jun Lomibao, DSP Head, HSDC. Bottom photo. 10th anniversary celebrations were held right on the track. 

PHILIPPINE roads would be a safer to transverse, if Honda’s Safety Driving Center (HSDC) can be replicated all over the country. For over 10 years the HSDC offers programs in road safety training that aims to help safeguard the well being of motorcycle riders and automobile drivers. 

As the first motorcycle riding school in the country that transformed into a world-class training center offering comprehensive driver education for four-wheeled vehicles, it now also provides truck driver certification. But unknown to many, the HSDC began even earlier than 10 years ago.  

In the ‘80s Honda Philippines Inc. ran the Honda Riding Academy (HRA) in the same location where the driving center is now. The HRA then had an on-road course similar to, but less sophisticated and very limited compared to the huge facility it has now.  Behind the old HRA that had only one classroom, a motocross track was located, the main jump of which was found just after the water tank. During that time the school used leather riding boots, open face helmets and heavy leather gloves as protection. It not only taught safe riding, it also trained riders for skillful and accurate motorcycle driving. 

HSDC celebrated its 10th anniversary and thanksgiving last Saturday, May 26, along with other members of the Honda group of companies. These are Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI,) Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI,) and Honda Manufacturing Parts Corporation (HPMC.)

During the celebration various stakeholders involved with or who have trained in the HSDC spoke about the benefits that the center provided and called for greater awareness for road safety especially for motorcyclists who are more vulnerable. These included trainers and students whose lives have been changed because of the safety consciousness training provided by HSDC.

“The Honda Safety Driving Center is at the heart of a safety consciousness to create a safety culture. That is our aim that is why today we have all our stakeholders here. So they can all learn what we are going to do to promote this road safety lifestyle,” HSDC operations manager Joseph dela Cruz told Malaya Business Insight.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, HSDC updates the public about the projects they have done so far after the launch of the One Honda Road Safety (1HRS) for our Family Campaign, a joint advocacy of the Honda group of companies. The program received an award from the Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists (SPMJ) as one of the best road safety programs.

“This is HSDC’s milestone and long-term commitment to building a community of safe and responsible road users,” dela Cruz added. 

HSDC also launches its newest services, such as the Basic Group Riding Course, the Big Bike Safety Riding Course, the Executive Driving Course, and Kids on Safety Program. This is added to its training courses for Beginners and Refreshers, as well as Seminars that provide the rules of the road and demonstrate proper and legal safety maneuvers for motorcycle riding. These programs are ideal for those who want to learn safety techniques, relearn driving, and awareness as a Safe Road User.

The celebration also coincides with the thanksgiving and awarding of the Certificate of Appreciation to all of its road safety program partners. Since it is important to HSDC that its riders make it home safely, it awards its partners to recognize their efforts in helping make this goal into a reality. 

The HSDC is a 2.4-hectare facility that has eight training rooms that can handle from 10 participants to up to 120 students at any one time. It also maintains a library that is fast becoming a vast data resource center on everything about safety. The world-class training circuit simulates traffic network and actual road conditions. The simulation environment prepares students for proper road interaction while their confidence is being developed.

Motorcycle Courses include slalom, S-course, figure 8, narrow plank and bumpy path. These are all intended to develop essential skills in balancing, turning, braking and throttle control. Moreover, riding exercises in these are performed in various set-up and levels of difficulty to equip riders with safety techniques that are very useful in today’s traffic conditions.

The Automobile training circuit is made-up of s-course, crank, slopes, 3-point turn and parking exercises. Comprehensive training in these courses will make learners more analytical and precise with their driving maneuvers.

The track also incorporates actual vehicular traffic channels like controlled intersection, merging traffic, round-about and slopes. In these courses, learners will be familiarized with the right-of-way rule without risking self and the motoring public. These are also vital in making learners understand the varying characteristics of other road users. In doing so, courtesy and respect becomes inherent to the new generation of responsible drivers.

HSDC sets to strengthen its programs on road safety, accident prevention, and risk reduction through its new training innovations and Dealer Road Safety Program, which features training courses and audiovisuals to provide customers with road safety tips. These tips also aim to eliminate bad habits on the road, which alarmingly cause accidents that kill over 10,300 Filipinos a year according to the World Health Organization. This is why it is important for HSDC to provide these courses to promote intelligent, safe and responsible motorcycle riding.

“Our commitment for road safety is aligned with Honda’s commitment to provide quality products and services with technological expertise,” Jun but also safe riding practices for every Filipino family to further experience the joy of riding Honda motorcycles and driving Honda cars. 

Safe Driving

Bad riding and driving habits on the road alarmingly cause accidents that kill over 10,300 Filipinos a year according to the World Health Organization.