Sep 14, 2016

Today is D-Day (Display Day)

Today marks the start of the grandest display of the latest automobile models in the country. It will also include some models that will have its premier introduction to the Philippine market.

The 5-day Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) starts today all the way to the weekend up to Sunday at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Staged every 2 years, this enormous car showcase is organized by CAMPI (Chamber of Automobile Manufacturers in the Philippines) for all its members to make the public better acquainted with its market offerings and latest automotive technologies.

Here's the alphabetical list of participants, namely: BAIC, BMW, Daewoo Bus, Foton, Honda, Isuzu, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Peugeot, Suzuki, Toyota and Volkswagen.

The organizers have guaranteed that within these 5 days there are not only “many things to see”, there are also “a lot of exciting things to do”.

Part of the slew of things to do is to cast your vote daily for your favorite cars to be part of the exclusive elite line up of the year's most popular automobile models in each category of sedans, SUVs, MPVs, pick ups, sports cars, etc. to win this year's Auto Focus People's Choice Awards. It will also include “the” most popular automobile or the 2016-2017 Automobile of the Year - People's Choice, among Standard distinct from Luxury model line-ups.


Sub Compact Sedan Compact Sedan
1. Toyota Vios 1. Toyota Corola Altis
2. Mitsubishi Mirage G4 2. Mazda3
3. Honda City 3. Honda Civic
4. Hyundai Accent 4. Suzuki Ciaz
5. Mitsubishi Mirage 5. Hyundai Elantra

Midsize Sedan Multi-Purpose Vehicle
1. Toyota Wigo 1. Toyota Innova
2. Toyota Camry 2. Toyota Avanza
3. Mitsubishi Adventure 3. Honda Civic
4. Mazda6 4. Honda Mobilio
5. Honda Accord 5. Isuzu Crosswind

Compact SUV Midsize SUV
1. Ford EcoSport 1. Toyota Fortuner
2. Honda HR-V 2. Ford Everest
3. Hyndai Tucson 3. Mitsubishi Montero Sport
4. Subaru Forester 4. Isuzu MU-X
5. Honda CR-V 5. Chevy Trailblazer

Pick up Van
1. Toyota Hilux 1. Toyota HiAce
2. Ford Ranger 2. Nissan Urvan
3. Mitsubishi Strada 3. Hyundai Grand Starex
4. Nissan Navara 4. Peugeot Expert
5. Isuzu D-Max 5. BAIC MZ45

Sports Car Open
1. Toyota 86 1. Nissan Juke
2. Subaru WRX STI 2. Subaru XB
3. Subaru WRX 2.0 3. Subaru Outback
4. Honda CR-Z 4.Subaru Levorg
5. Subaru BRZ 5. Peugeot 3008


1. Ford Explorer
2. Toyota Prado
3. Mitsubishi Pajero
4. Ford Expedition
5. Nissan Patrol Royale


Sub Compact Sedan Compact Sedan
1. MINI Cooper 1. BMW 3-Series
2. Volkswagen Golf GTI 2. Mercedes Benz C-Class
3. BMW 1 Series 3. Mercedes Benz CLA-Class
4. Audi A1 Sportback 4. Lexus IS350
5. Porsche 911 Carrera GT3 RS 5. Volkswagen Beetle

Midsize Sedan Large Sedan
1. BMW 7-Series 1. BMW 3-Series
2. Volkswagen Passat 2. Mercedes Benz S-Class
3. Lexus LS350 3. Chrysler 300C
4. Mercedes Benz E-Class 4. Lexus LS460
5. Audi A6 5. Audi A8

Compact SUV Midsize SUV
1. Lexus RX350 1. BMW X3
2. Volkswagen Tiguan 2. Porsche Macan
3. Mercedes Benz GLA-Class 3. Volkswagen Toureg
4. BMW X1 4. Mercedes Benz GLE
5. Mercedes Benz GLC 5. Audi Q5

1. Toyota Land Cruiser 200 1. BMW 2-Series Active Tour
2. Lexus LX570 2. Mercedes Benz V-Class
3. BMW X5 3. Mercedes Benz B-Class
4. Audi Q7 S 4. Volkswagen Touran
5. Chevrolet Suburban 5. Peugeot 5008

Van Open
1. Lexus NX200t 1. BMW 2-Series Active Tour
2. Honda Odyssey 2. Volvo V60 Cross Country
3. Chrysler Town & Country

Sports Car

1. Ford Mustang
2. BMW Z4
3. Porsche Carrera S
4. Lamborghini Huracan
5. Porsche Boxter

The voting site can be found right at the lobby of the World Trade Center all throughout the staging of the PIMS - and you get free drinks just for casting your vote.

Here are the `top selling models' in the country

Continuing what we started last week of listing the country's 10 top-selling automobile manufacturers and importers, what we have now for the motoring public to know is a list of the top-selling models in each of the vehicle categories.

As I mentioned last week, this list has been culled from the documented information of registered vehicles from January to July 2016 with the LTO (Land Transportation Office) as provided by STRADCOM, the official IT provider of the LTO as duly authorized by the LTO itself. To wit; (Based on Categories of Auto Focus People's Choice Awards)

Let me again reiterate that this is part of our duty to inform the general motoring public and there are no intentions whatsoever to put anyone into bad light or favor any particular company.

Volkswagens, no less for Makati Shangri-La Hotel

A formal turnover last week of 31 units of the VW Passat marked the beginning of a formidable partnership between Makati Shangri-La Hotel and Volkswagen Philippines. It also completes the total 80 VW units purchased by the hotel including 40 units of the sub compact sedan Jetta among others.

During the event, where the motoring media was invited we learned that the Makati Shangri-La Hotel was recently voted as the `Best Business Hotel in Manila' by Business Traveller (Asia Pacific), a distinction it has held for seven consecutive years since 2009. On the other hand, the Passat limousine was awarded the `2015 European Car of the Year' and was also recognized in the 2015 Geneva Motor Show for `Best in Class Performance' on interior and technology.

"The combination of power, fuel efficiency and world class German automotive engineering, design and craftsmanship characteristic of every Volkswagen model make the Passat the ideal vehicle for business travellers who choose the Makati Shangri-La as their hotel, assuring them of premium comfort and convenience even during airport transfers," remarked John Paul "JP" Orbeta, the very amiable VW Philippines president during the formal turnover ceremonies held at the Shangri-La Hotel.  

STV ARCC is definitely "a go"

The latest project of the SPMJ (Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists) proved that indeed most of the automotive industry players are not just preoccupied with the concern to sell more cars in the country, they are also concerned about the country itself.

Dubbed "Driven to Serve", the undertaking's goal is to recognize outstanding CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) projects that are being undertaken by the industry and to encourage the others that still don't have any.

On its maiden year, SPMJ has lined up the following categories that would be the basis for the awards of recognition, namely; environment, community development, education and road safety.   

Happy Motoring!!!

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Ray Butch Gamboa graduated from the College of Arts and Letters of the University of Sto. Tomas. It was a course that should have been preparatory to a law degree, but the call of broadcasting aborted his plans.

At the age of 16, while still a student, Butch tried his hand at disc jockeying, landing a job at Mareco Broadcasting Network’s AM stations DZBM and DZLM. From there, Butch moved on with his illustrious career as a popular disc jockey, riding the airwaves of Bob Stewart’s middle-of-the-road music at DZXX, and ending his disc jockeying career at ABS-CBN’s DZYL and DZQL.

From there, he stayed on with ABS-CBN, covering live the proceedings at the Manila Stock Exchange and eventually entered into the world of television sales as an account manager for the premier channel of ABS-CBN Channel 2.

In the early 70’s, at the outbreak of Martial Law, Butch was one of the thousands of professionals who woke up jobless when then President Marcos declared the new status of the nation. With the closure of ABS-CBN, Butch ventured into different fields outside of broadcast. He tried his hand and with ease and success at export (Costume jewelry), real estate (brokerage), and restaurants (fast food).

In 1987, after the revolution, with the broadcast industry back to its free state, and with its irresistible call ringing in his ears, Butch made his inevitable comeback and pioneered in a local motoring show, producing Motoring Today on Channel 4 and co-hosting with local motor sports’ living legend Pocholo Ramirez.

After 4 years, he ventured into another pioneering format by producing and hosting Business & Leisure, which was originally aired on ABS-CBN’s Channel 2. The format eventually espoused similar ones in other different channels. But the clones in due course faded away leaving the original staying on airing on Channel 4 and eventually on Shop TV on Sky Cable’s Channel 13.

The following year, the pioneering spirit in Butch spurred him to produce another TV show, Race Weekend, also on Channel 4, covering circuit racing at the Subic International Raceway after the motor sport’s hiatus of 17 years. But when similar shows with duplicated formats sprouted, he decided to give way and ended the program after a year, although still enjoying unparalleled viewership.

In 1998, when the local automotive industry was in a slump, Butch contributed his share to help the ailing industry by producing another popular motoring-related show, this time exclusive to the automobile and its industry—Auto Focus, which became a vehicle for local automotive assemblers and importers to showcase their products and dwell on the industry’s latest technological developments.

In 2003, Butch teamed up with his brother, Rey Gamboa who was a former Shell executive and presently one Philippine Star’s business columnist to co-produce and co-host the TV show Breaking Barriers on Channel 13. It is a talk show that features guests who are in the news and in the middle of controversies. The program ventures to draw deeper insights into current issues to learn how they impact to our daily lives.

Today, Motoring Today on its 28th year of service to the general motoring public still enjoys its unprecedented loyal vierwership nationwide while Auto Focus, after 16 years has firmly established its niche viewership among automobile enthusiasts and on the other hand Business & Leisure is on its 24th year dishing out current business issues and lifestyle features.

Today, aside from writing weekly columns for the Philippine Star (Motoring Today on Wednesdays and Business & Leisure on Saturdays) and executive producer / host of weekly TV shows (Motoring Today, airs Sundays on Solar Sports Channel 70, Business & Leisure, airs Tuesdays on Shop TV, Sky Cable Channel 13 and Auto Focus airs Thursdays on Shop TV, Sky Cable Channel 13, Ray Butch Gamboa is currently the Chairman and CEO of Sunshine Television Production and Marketing Services Corp., President of Gamcor Management and Development Corp., Chairman of Asia-Pacific Realty Corporation, President and Chairman of Socio-Communication Foundation for Asia and Founding Chairman of the Society of Phil. Motoring Journalists (SPMJ)