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The 12 best-looking front grilles of 2013

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2014 FORD Fiesta Sport

Have you noticed lately that the front grilles of new cars are bigger and wider, shaped like a gaping mouth and/or with a bottom mouth under the front bumper? The accentuated trapezoidal, hexagonal or honeycomb mesh grille bordered by vertical or angular LED daytime running lights gives the front fascia a more aggressive, wider look without actually increasing the proportions of the car.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Motoring | Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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