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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 »

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 »

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 »

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