The local and foreign automotive industry had another busy week. With that, we published a number of notable news items for the last 120 hours. In case you miss a bit, here’s a recap of the latest news in the automotive industry.
Local News Recap
First up, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) started the 2nd quarter of 2016 with a 37.5% year-over-year growth. This figure enabled the company to register its second best sales month this 2016. According to IPC, they sold 8,798 units from January to April 2016, 2,402 units more from the same period last year. For April 2016 alone, IPC delivered a 54% month-over-month increase with 2,219 units sold. mu-X led the brand’s positive sales performance with 983 units sold.
On the other hand, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that they will conduct their second MMShakeDrill. This activity will simulate possible events that could happen if a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Metro Manila. MMDA said that the second MMShakeDrill will happen in June 22, 2016 at around 9 a.m. and the traffic along the northbound lane of EDSA is expected to be at a standstill for about an hour.
In addition, MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos wants to have traffic education in the curriculum of all schools. Carlos believes that traffic education would mold young individuals on how to be courteous on the road.
Foreign News Recap
Ford announced that they are using air pollution to develop foam and plastic components for vehicles. The blue oval brand is creating and testing new foam and plastic components using captured carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce car seats and engine parts. Researchers expect to see the new biomaterials in Ford production vehicles within five years.
Hyundai Motor Company hires former Bentley car designer SangYup Lee as its Vice President of Styling. Lee will handle the task of developing new design directions for Hyundai vehicles. He will officially join Hyundai in June 2016.
Other notable foreign news would be the unveiling of Volvo’s 40 Series concept vehicles which preview the look of the brand’s small cars lineup. Moreover, Chevrolet has revealed a special edition Camaro to commemorate the car’s 50th anniversary.
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