AutoIndustriya.com, the country's pioneering and leading automotive portal, today celebrates 21 years of bringing the latest auto news and reviews to Filipinos online.
It was on September 25, 2000, that AutoIndustriya.com went live, founded upon the ideas of two young automotive enthusiasts: Brent Co and Benjamin Ngo.
Online media was still quite new at the time in the Philippines, but AutoIndustriya.com quickly became a leading forum for car enthusiasts and motorists. But as time went on, the company transitioned to becoming a portal for the latest happenings in the Philippine auto industry, a source for test drives of the cars on the market, and award-winning opinions on motoring trends and issues.
“Back when we started, people didn't know us... actually, many didn't even go online yet and there was no mobile data,” said Brent Co, AutoIndustriya.com founder. “But we kept working on it and introduced ourselves to a very traditionalist auto industry culture. We didn't have social media back then; we did it with a smiley, a handshake, and a business card.”
Initially, AutoIndustriya.com was just composed of a handful of friends that liked cars and wanted to be around cars, but eventually, the team started to grow and take on new ambitious challenges. In 2009, Vince Pornelos joined the team, and together they revamped their objectives to present Filipino readers with honest reviews of the latest cars in showrooms.
“We had doubts about our new style when I came on board. Many top executives were used to friendly vehicle test drive articles in the Philippines, but we wanted to change that.” says Vince Pornelos of AutoIndustriya. “Today, our reviews are respected in the industry and by consumers because we say what we really think and give our true impressions of what a car is like behind the wheel.”
In 2013, Brent handed off the lead as AutoIndustriya.com Editor-in-chief to Vince, himself already a veteran of the motoring media. Today, the team has grown from a small group of a handful of friends to a much larger team comprised of editors, writers, contributors, photographers, and videographers. The only requirement is simple: have a passion for cars that comes out with every article, every photograph, and every video online.
Brent, Benjamin, and Vince then went to take AutoIndustriya.com to where it is now the leading homegrown and fully Filipino-owned automotive website with a strong presence on all major social media portals such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
“Times have indeed changed, but our mission stays the same,” says Brent Co, AutoIndustriya.com founder. “We will always strive to publish concise auto news together with frank and honest automotive reviews because we believe the Filipino consumer deserves to know.”
As a treat for readers and viewers, AutoIndustriya.com has released its Viber sticker set to commemorate the special milestone, which can be downloaded for free through the QR code.