The year 2016 ended on a high note, at least for car sales. According to the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI), the industry logged a total of 34,101 units sold in December, which is 3.5 percent higher than November 2016’s sales and 27.8 percent better than December 2015’s records.
This year, expect newer cars from your favorite makers to hit the dealerships. We’re looking at some of the hottest and most exciting models to ever roll out. Check them out here:
Nissan Juke N-Style
The funky SUV just got funkier with the newest special edition from Nissan. The limited-edition variant (only 500 units to be sold) of the surprise hit is called Juke N-Style, and it comes with a “bolder and more impressive look.”
It has two color swatches available—Cosmic Blue with White Accents and Black Obsidian with Yellow Accents—and sports a rear spoiler, tailgate handle, side mirror caps, and contrasting accentuating colors. The N-Style is being sold at P1,080,000.
2017 Honda City
Following the major overhaul of its brother, the 2017 Honda Civic, it was rumored that the City would also undergo some major facelift.
The new City takes design cues from the Civic, such as the redesigned fascia that follows the Solid Wing Face style other Honda units already use. Inside, it feels familiar, save for a few upgrades such redesigned seats, gunmetal trim, and ambient lights.\
Not only does the City excel in the design department; its 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine is also reported to have an improved 117 PS and 146 Nm and connected to either a five-speed manual transmission or continuous variable transmission.
2017 Mazda MX-5 5 Miata RF
Since news of a new Miata spread like wildfire last year, people were wondering what the new roadster would look like. To the surprise of the many, this year’s Miata will come with a retractable fastback, which is similar to Porsche’s signature Targa top.
Abandoning the power retractable hardtop that came with the previous models, Mazda reinvented the Miata with a retractable fastback because of the shorter length of the car, which led to a stylish new roofline.
Interested buyers can choose between two SKYACTIV engines: a 1.5 liter and 2.0 liter variant coupled with either a six-speed automatic or a manual transmission.
2018 Subaru XV
A report by AutoIndustriya already confirms that the 2018 Subaru XV is set to become available in the Philippines later this year. Based on the elevated version of the hatchback Impreza, the XV is likely to follow the footsteps of its progenitor.
With additional ride height and extra body cladding on the lower portion of the car, the XV is poised to sport a fiercer, more aggressive look.
While most speculations for the new XV were based on the concepts, it’s expected to come with EyeSight, Subaru’s total driver assist technology.
2017 Isuzu D-Max LS
Isuzu is slated to release a revamp of most loved (or, to some, feared) pickup. The D-Max LS, one of the strongest contenders in the pickup class, will get a nice retouch that will make it exponentially better than its predecessor.
Equipped with the all-new 3.0 liter 4JJ1-TC Variable Geometry System (VGS) engine, the D-Max is said to provide excellent performance on whatever terrain you put it.
It also comes with modern touches: a better climate control with a circular interface, overhauled dashboard, and touchscreen entertainment interface. The exterior of the D-Max also boasts of renewed façade, bigger grills, more aggressive headlamps shapes, and 18-inch spoke wheels.
Rumored to sell for P1.57 million, the Isuzu D-Max will dissolve the lines between sport, performance, and style.