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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 »

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 »

10% Ethanol in your gas tank starts Easter Monday

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Enjoy driving with E5 gasoline in your fuel tank while you can.  Starting April 1, which happens to be both Easter Monday and April Fool’s Day, gasoline fuel sold and distributed by every oil company in this country should contain 10 percent bioethanol, thanks to the go signal of the National Biofuels Board (NBB).   [...]

Posted: March 26th, 2013 in Inquirer Features | Read More »

Nitrogen-inflated tires: Cool!

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My car’s tires are cool—not because they shod expensive aftermarket rims, but because they are inflated with pure nitrogen. Filling nitrogen in tires helps to keep the insides of the tires cool, even at high speeds. Thus the valve caps of my tires are green, indicating cool, eco-friendly nitrogen content that enhances fuel efficiency.

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring | Read More »

Volvo jumpstarts 2013 marketing campaign

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WELCOMING the new North Edsa dealership are, from left, Volvo Cars Asia Pacific (VCAP) regional business manager Ai Phing Teh; Volvo North Edsa vice chair and CFO William Tan; Volvo North Edsa chair and CEO Vincent Licup; VCAP president Carl Goran Larsson; Viking Cars Inc. first EVP Roselyn M. Dimalanta; VCAP CFO Roslin Oi and Viking Cars sales services  AVP Froilan M. Valencia.

Since Volvo Car was purchased by China’s Geely Holdings Group from Ford Motor Co. in 2010, it will soon be China-centered, right? Wrong. On the contrary, Volvo will continue operating as a strong, independent carmaker with a multibillion-dollar program ongoing in its plants in Sweden and Ghent, Belgium, to develop a new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) that will cover most of Volvo’s next-generation cars.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A peek into the future: Augmented reality windshields, biometric sensors

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Overlaying real world images with digital ones, the augmented reality windshield can display driving directions, text messages or impending hazards, all without requiring the driver to take his eyes off the road. Augmented reality has been in the iPhone since 2008, but it can radically change the way we drive and interact with technology. INTERNET SOURCES

If you’re dazzled by all the high-tech innovations found in new cars today—such as Bluetooth, Blind Spot obstacle detection, Active City Safety, Active Cruise Control radar, Collision Warning with full auto brake and pedestrian detection, Attention Assist to detect drowsy driving and Active Park Assis—get ready to be dazzled some more.

Posted: January 1st, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring | Read More »

Free trade agreements roil global auto manufacturers

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When I was in South Korea for five days last month, I noticed that very few European and American cars were on the road in Seoul and Keosu. Ninety-nine percent of the motor vehicles were Korean brands.

Posted: August 8th, 2012 in Columnists,Motoring | Read More »

Hot wheels, rare parts and accessories at Otobursa

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A ROW of vintage Toyota Land Cruisers in the ‘Past’ area of Otobursa

Have you ever heard of Otobursa? Neither had I, until Inquirer Motoring was invited to find out what it’s all about. Otobursa Tumplek Blek, Indonesia’s largest and most comprehensive automotive bazaar, is unknown in Southeast Asia although it has been held annually since 1999. So the organizer, Otomotif Group, the country’s biggest automotive multimedia conglomerate, invited journalists from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines to attend the 13th Otobursa last Saturday and Sunday at the Gelora Bung Karno Plaza & East Parking Lot. The Inquirer was the only Philippine media invited.

Posted: May 15th, 2012 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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