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Isuzu Philippines’ technicians clinch top spots in world competition



FILIPINO talent shined on the global stage as the team fielded by Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) to the 11th Isuzu World Technical Competition — known as the I1 Grand Prix (GP) — secured the leading spots in the event’s categories.

The I1GP is where technicians from different Isuzu subsidiaries and operations worldwide converge to showcase their skills and capabilities. Following a competition format, I1GP allows participants to directly measure their performance on a level playing field against their best peers from around the world.

On Nov. 3 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, the Philippine contingent clinched the second spot in the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) Division, beating Thailand and trailing Indonesia. The IPC group team was composed of coach Bong Corocoto, IPC Assistant Section Head for Technical Service, and technicians Jumar Venano from Isuzu Pasig and Charlie Belano from Isuzu Alabang.

On Dec. 1 at the Isuzu Monozukuri Training Center in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, the IPC contingent took home third in the event’s Commercial Vehicle (CV) Division. The Filipino team landed behind Colombia and Indonesia.

The Philippine team was comprised of technicians Crispin Maldonado of Isuzu Pasig and Erwin Cartagena of Isuzu Cabanatuan. Serving as coach was IPC Assistant Section Head for Training Nap Marquez.


Volkswagen chosen by Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa



Following Makati Shangri-La’s delivery of its all-new luxury fleet of Volkswagen Passat and Jetta units just a few months ago, Shangri La’s Mactan Resort & Spa also received its new fleet of Jetta units as part of its efforts to upgrade and expand its existing vehicles to cater to its more discerning guests.

The purchase of Jetta cars was arranged through Nissan Car Lease Philippines, Inc. (NCLPI), the same premium transport provider for several of the Philippines’ 5-star hotels, in partnership with Volkswagen Philippines, the exclusive country distributor of Volkswagen cars.

The ceremonial turnover was represented by Volkswagen Cebu Branch Manager, Ren Dumaraos, NCLPI President Louie Banson and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa General Manager, Renè D. Egle.

The Jetta, Volkswagen Philippines’ best-selling sedan in 2016, is known for its premium comfortable ride, spacious legroom and cargo, five-star Euro NCAP safety features, highly efficient turbo diesel engine, and elegant design—ideal qualities for Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa’s guests availing of the resort’s private car service who are mostly international holidaymakers and leisure travelers.

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Subaru to increase prices of select vehicles effective January 2017


Motor Image Pilipinas Inc. (MIPI) is committed in bringing vehicles of exceptional engineering, design, functionality, safety and quality by offering an outstanding roster of Subaru vehicles to the Philippines. However, due to unstable currency conversion rates, adjustments will be observed. While MIPI has made efforts to keep its current prices, the cost of importing the vehicles are significantly higher than before.

Effective January 1, 2017, MIPI will be implementing an increase in prices of certain vehicle units. This price increase is mainly due to the continuous weakening of Philippine Peso in recent months. The erratic changes in FOREX rates will cause MIPI to raise the prices of Subaru XV, Forester, and Levorg models starting January 2017.


Volvo PH continues support for Chosen Children


Once again, Volvo Philippines visited the Chosen Children Village Foundation, Inc. in Silang, Cavite to lend its support in aid of the rehabilitation and development of children in this home. As one of the partners of the Nordic Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (NordCham), Volvo also shared its blessings with the children through a monetary donation. Special guests, including the Ambassador of Sweden to the Philippines, Harald Fries and his wife Susan, were comfortably transported to the village onboard the new Volvo XC90.

NordCham’s current President, Bo Lundqvist, together with other benevolent donors, spearheaded this effort. They were there to personally endorse the proceeds from the Chamber’s Crayfish Fest.

With care for people at the heart of its operations, Volvo has introduced several class-leading and world-first innovations that put emphasis on child safety in cars. With over 50 years of knowledge and expertise, Volvo brings in-car child protection leagues ahead from its competitors starting with the world’s first rear-facing child seat prototype in a PV544 back in 1964 to the latest innovation is an Inflatable Child Seat Concept that is easily tucked away in a small bag when not in use. Aside from these technological advancements, the people at Volvo Philippines has always displayed a healthy support for the youth with previous programs such as the Voice of Leadership and Child Safety Seminars aimed at not only protecting, but also educating and developing future leaders.

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