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Alcohol discontent

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‘IF YOU’RE going to drive, don’t drink.  If you’re going to drink, don’t drive.’ File photo

The approval last May of Republic Act No. 10586, aka “An Act Penalizing Persons Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Dangerous Drugs and Similar Substances,” was hardly noticed by the general public. Private car owners and operators of public utility vehicles and commercial vehicles did not comment or react, most likely because they were unaware of the heavy penalties imposed by the new law and the potential for its abuse by unscrupulous deputized law enforcers.

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Avid fans growth

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AVID chair and president Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (Avid) reported a 20-percent surge in sales of Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) in the first half of 2013.

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

What makes cars safe?

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When Toyota Motor Corp. deputy chief engineer Takatomo Suzuki presented the all-new Vios’ improvements at the launching extravaganza last week, one of the first he mentioned was the increased number of spot welds. It underscored the major role that spot welds play in making a car safe. Spot welds not only make a car safe, they also help to reduce rattles and road noise.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Motoring | Read More »

The 2013 Mirage story, Chapter Two

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A blue Mirage G4 about to roll off the assembly line

Last year, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) invited two bunches of motoring and business journalists on two separate trips to Thailand to preview the all-new 2013 Mirage subcompact. The comebacking hatchback, developed under Mitsubishi’s “Global Small Concept” to meet the specs of Thailand’s fuel-efficient Global Eco Car program, sold so well worldwide that Chapter Two of the Mirage story was sure to be written.

Posted: July 10th, 2013 in Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Mercedes-Benz’s AMG-tweaked 2013 A250 Sport Hatchback

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PROMINENT diamond grille, powerful contours, athletic stance: the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport. Photo by Aida Sevilla-Mendoza

Ever wonder what the initials AMG mean and why, when attached to a Mercedes-Benz, they strike awe in the hearts of car enthusiasts and competitors?

Posted: July 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The 2013 Volvo V40: a worthy contender

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THE 2013 Volvo V40 luxury compact hatchback: clean Scandinavian lines and sculpted muscular elegance

There was a time when Volvo was only always associated with luxurious safety and nothing more. Lately, however, the Scandinavian car brand has broken tradition by producing stunningly stylish and agile as well as very safe cars. The newest model to push the envelope is the 2013 V40, which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012.

Posted: June 25th, 2013 in Motoring | Read More »

A deadly double standard on safety

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Is there a deadly double standard in car manufacturing when it comes to the safety of entry-level vehicles built in emerging-market nations?

Posted: June 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Motoring | Read More »

First drive: The 2013 Titanium Ford Focus

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Inside the all-new Ford Kinetic-Designed body is the advanced Intelligent Protection System.

In the fiercely competitive compact-car segment, some models are more enjoyable to drive than others. For now, the 2013 Ford Focus is way ahead in this aspect and here’s why.

Posted: June 12th, 2013 in Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

What’s new with the Mazda6

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THE NEW Mazda6’s low-slung profile combines Kodo, the soul of dynamic motion, with  Skyactiv technology.

Last April, Mazda Motor Co., Japan’s fifth biggest automaker by number of units produced and the most export-reliant, announced that it will post a net profit for the first time in five years. While the weakening of the yen by 21 percent against the dollar since mid-November contributed to the $261.1 million net profit, Mazda executives said new technologies dubbed SkyActiv also played a key role in the company’s rebound.

Posted: June 4th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Innovating to rebound

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Does it make sense for a car manufacturer to continue investing in future growth and to increase spending on the research and development of innovations when sales are slumping due to a financial crisis? It made sense for BMW during the subprime mortgage crisis that hit the United States in 2008-2009. BMW cut production back then but expanded its factory in Spatenburg and added a second factory in China. The gamble paid off: BMW continues to post phenomenal sales growth in China, up 39 percent in the third quarter of 2012, and a more modest 1-percent rise in the United States in the same period.

Posted: May 28th, 2013 in Motoring | Read More »

Why Texas loves trucks

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A 1998 Ford F-150

Forget hybrids and small, fuel-frugal cars when you’re in Texas. The Lone Star State, where I spent five days last week, loves big, gas-guzzling pickup trucks. The number of trucks of various nameplates and ages seen on the road or parked at shopping centers is so ubiquitous that I just had to go around taking snapshots of them.

Posted: May 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Waiting for the return of the Lincoln Continental

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Talk about class! Landing at Dulles International Airport (IAD) to visit my ailing brother Eddie in Gaithersburg, Maryland, I was picked up by an airport limousine sent by my sister-in-law Rorie. The limo was a black Lincoln Continental driven and owned by Liz Reynolds.

Posted: May 14th, 2013 in Inquirer Features,Motoring | Read More »

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