• The cars to watch out for in 2016

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    Automobile companies in the Philippines are targeting to sell over 350,000 units this year. With that crazy number (959 cars per day), Fast Times has assembled a list of all-new rides that could come our way and buyers should wait for. Here are some of them:

    Toyota Fortuner
    The all-new Toyota Fortuner is expected to be launched sometime this year. The second-generation SUV is likely to come with both two wheel drive and four wheel drive variants with power-plant options of either a 2.4-liter diesel engine or a 2.7-liter gasoline-fed engine.

    Mitsubishi Montero Sport
    Mitsubishi Philippines is all set to unveil the second-generation, all-new Montero Sport. This new sport utility vehicle (SUV) was showcased at the Bangkok Motor Show late last year and will be sold in the country as a completely built unit (CBU) from Mitsubishi’s Laemchabang Plant in Thailand. The SUV receives a full re-design and is powered by a smaller but more powerful 4N15 2.4-liter MIVEC common-rail turbo diesel engine rated at 181 horsepower at 3,500 revolutions per minute with a maximum torque of 430 Newton-meters of torque at 2,500 rpm. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with built-in sport mode, Idle Neutral Control (INC) and G-Sensor.

    All-new Hyundai Elantra
    Hyundai will soon introduce the compact car with just about everything. Elantra’s available features open up a world of possibilities. There’s a segment-first hands-free smart trunk and an Integrated Memory System for the driver’s seat and exterior mirrors. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available, plus a premium Infinity audio system and HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lighting System.

    BMW X1
    BMW is expected to introduce to the Philippine market the all-new X1, the company’s smallest crossover in their sport activity vehicle (SAV) line-up. The all-new SAV is no longer based on the 1 Series and instead, shares its underpinnings from the Mini Countryman. For the first time in its model history, the X1 receives a transverse mounted engine layout, indicating that it will be front wheel drive. The new X1 is the second BMW to go front wheel drive after the release of the 2 Series Active Tourer. The front wheel drive models get an sDrive designation while the all wheel drive models will be called xDrive.

    Chevrolet Spark 800
    Unconfirmed reports have it that Chevrolet will be introducting an all-new Chevrolet Spark hatchback with a smaller 800-cubic centimeter engine to rival the likes of the Suzuki Alto and the Hyundai Eon. We’ve heard that Chevrolet will be introducing an all-new model to the B-segment and this surely fits the bill.

    Chevy Sonic
    The Chevy Sonic is a sporty, small car for those who want more than just a way to get around. It’s for people who love to have a little fun behind the wheel thanks to the available turbocharged engine that offers a 17-kilometers per liter fuel consumption.

    Volvo XC90
    Volvo will be taking the wraps off its second-generation XC90 in Manila this year. The first generation XC90 was inaugurated in 2002 and carried on all the way through the 2014 model year. Fourteen years and 600,000-plus units sold later, the 2016 model is a long-overdue successor that will surely delight Volvo fans.

    Ford Focus RS
    Ford Motor Company revealed the third-generation Ford Focus RS in Germany last year. Debuting with Ford’s latest tech, the 2016 Focus RS features a redesigned exterior along with an EcoBoost powertrain that outputs more than 300 PS (296 hp) that is mated to an all wheel drive system. Let’s see if Ford Philippines will add this model to their line-up this year.

    Nissan GTR
    The Nissan GT-R is one of the world’s top-performing production cars with a seemingly, brutish character that hides a surprising level of capability and accessible performance.
    Nissan Philippines has confirmed the entry of this monster by mid-year.

    Mitsubishi Evolution X Final Edition
    Evolution fans will definitely do anything to get their hands on this limited edition sports car. With a ready 291 brake horsepower on tap at 6,500 rpm and a full 300 pound-feet of torque beginning at 4,000 rpm, the last of the series Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X has already been certified by car collectors as a future collectible. Only 1,600 examples will be built. How many will reach the Philippines? That’s the big question.

    Toyota Innova
    The all-new Toyota Innova was finally launched in the Indonesian market last month. The front of the 2016 Innova is more aggressive compared to the previous model. It now gets an SUV-like stance at the front with a large windshield, high seating and a large grille. The headlamps are also less rounded and more boxy with sharp edge styling. The wheel arches are now more subtle and the side profile also gets some changes over the ongoing variant. The highlight of the new model is the design of the rear-quarter glass, which surely looks interesting. Available with either a 2.4-liter diesel engine or a 2.0-liter gasoline-fed power-plant, the new-generation multi-purpose vehicle or MPV is expected to be introduced in the country soon.

    Volvo V60 Cross Country
    Volvo Philippines is all set to introduce the more rugged version of the V60 estate. With a 201-millimeter ride height, this Cross Country model sits 65 millimeters higher than a standard V60. Cosmetic styling additions include front and rear skid plates, a metallic honeycomb front grille, wheel arch extensions and gloss trim around the doors and mirrors. The Cross Country also gets dual exhaust tailpipes for a more premium look.

    Kia Sportage
    Kia has revealed its new Sportage at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Through the grape vine, Fast Times heard Kia Philippines will introduce this model to the country soon, with a variant that can drive itself.

    Jeep Renegade
    The Jeep Philippines is bringing to the country its contender to the small sport-utility segment, the Renegade. The smaller Jeep model offers practicality, unique styling and 4×4 capabilities, all at a great value. The four-door, five-passenger Renegade is either powered by a 160-hp MultiAir 1.4-liter four cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, or by a 180-hp MultiAir 2.4-liter four cylinder engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission. No details yet have been released on its official Philippine launch.

    Masda cx-3
    Mazda is coming out with an all new sub-compact crossover SUV that boosts a sporty handling characteristics, stylish exterior design and upscale interiors. Mazda’s challenger to the compact crossover segment is expetected to give the competition a run for their money.

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    Chevy’s sixth generation Camaro seems to heading to the country this year.
    Unveiled at the Detroit Grand Prix circuit on Belle Isle Park, the redesigned Camaro bears a strong resemblance to the fifth generation. The new Camaro is available with two new engines, plus a more powerful edition of the 6.2-liter LT-1 V-8. A new eight-speed automatic transmission option, all-new sheetmetal with improved aerodynamics and all-new interiors are offered.

    All-new Mercedes Benz E-Class
    The all-new Mercedes Benz E-Class is set to be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show this January. Knowing full well that the seventh-generation E-Class is a technological masterpiece, buyers should hold on to their cash as the luxury car is set to land on Philippine soil in the very near future.

    Audi R8
    The second generation Audi R8 debuted in Geneva with more style, added power and even greater capability. While its form may be familiar, the automaker’s mid-engine super car has been remade from the ground up and now incorporates new design, engineering and technology from Audi’s successful racing programs. In its most potent R8 V10 Plus form, this exhilarating two-seater is simply “the most powerful and fastest series-production Audi of all time.” We are more than certain PGA Cars will surely offer this model to its customers soon.

    Mitsubishi Outlander
    Mitsubishi has unveiled the facelifted version of the Outlander crossover SUV at the New York auto show. The facelifted SUV features styling cues from Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV Concept-S. Sporting a new front-end, the Outlander is expected to be unveiled in the second quarter of this year.

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