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PH auto sector still lags behind Asean peers

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The Philippine automotive sector continued to lag behind its peers in the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in terms of sales, despite posting an 18-percent sales growth as of the end of July this year.

Posted: September 9th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Mitsubishi sales soar

The blockbuster Mirage launch at the SMX featured Mitsubishi Motors Corp. president Osamu Masuko and top officials of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. Mitsubishi Motors Philippines sold 21,282 units in the first half of 2013, 25.5 percent more than the 16,956 units sold during the same period last year.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) sold 21,282 units in the first half of the year, 25.5 percent more than the 16,956 units sold during the same period last year.

Posted: July 26th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

V is for vibe, victory and Vios

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The author (third from left) with the Chicdriven and Makeup Test Crew: Brenda Tuason, Pia Casequin and Sheila Johnson of Trapik.com

Toyota threw a string of parties last week that would put any party-loving person in their “happy place”: the launch of the all-new Vios. Aside from their “value for money” persona, the manufacturing giant decided it wouldn’t hurt to be “fun” too.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,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 »

D-Max: Ready for any adventure

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The D-Max’s ground clearance of 22.5 cm (23.5 cm in the 4x4 edition) could drive through any challenges—like this sinking and very uneven portion of the road near Sagada.

My definition of adventure is driving to a place 400 kilometers away from Manila, during a heavy downpour, and at some point traversing steep and muddy paths while thinking about the breathtaking views of mountains and pine trees that would soon unfold when the sun starts shining. Or, simply put, going to Sagada while driving the all-new Isuzu D-Max.

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

Mercedes-Benz’s Silver Arrow car fetches $31M

British auction house Bonhams conducted an auction last July 12 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and all eyes were glued to the car under lot number 320—a 1954 Mercedes-Benz type W 196 R Grand Prix single-seat racing car, the original Juan Manuel Fangio winning Grand Prix car.

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

The Chevrolet Colorado is built to work and play hard

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The four-wheel drive system can be switched from rear-wheel drive to four-wheel drive high or four-wheel drive low via a convenient console-mounted switch.

Beasts of burden don’t need to look good. Chevrolet apparently didn’t get the memo on that, because from Day One, the Colorado pickup was designed to be a tough, no-compromise workhorse and a good-looking personal transport unit, in equal measure.

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

Nissan resurrects Datsun to woo emerging market buyers

Indian artists pose with the newly launched Datsun Go car after their performance in New Delhi, India, Monday, July 15, 2013. Nissan has introduced the first new Datsun model in more than three decades in the Indian capital. The company hopes bringing back the brand that built its US business will fuel growth in emerging markets with a new generation of car buyers. The reimagined Datsun—a five-seat hatchback—will go on sale in India next year for under 400,000 rupees (about $6,670).  AP PHOTO/MANISH SWARUP

Japanese carmaker Nissan resurrected its iconic budget Datsun marque on Monday to woo a new generation of cost-conscious buyers in emerging markets.

Posted: July 16th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Toyota launches the next generation of its best-selling sedan Vios

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Toyota Motor Corp. president Akio Toyoda (right), Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) vice chair Alfred Ty (left) and other TMPC officials pour champagne on the all-new Vios during a rolloff ceremony at the company’s plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Chances are, you cannot take a journey in Metro Manila without seeing a Toyota Vios. Whether it’s a family car picking up kids from school, or a souped-up TRD version zipping along the highway, or a base model doing taxi duty, the Vios is literally everywhere in the city. As Toyota’s best-selling passenger car, the humble sedan has enjoyed immense success. More than 100,000 units have been sold worldwide. It’s no surprise that Toyota Motor Philippines is about to replace a model that is still at the top of the car charts, with its all-new successor. The company’s philosophy of kaizen, or continuous improvement, demands no less.

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

New Wimby champion Murray still seen driving his trusty VW Polo around

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Andy Murray

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray ended the 77-year wait for a British win in the Wimbledon Championship as Murray walked out on to Centre Court giving a successor to Fred Perry, the last British man to win the men’s singles at Wimbledon.

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

Riding the wave of change

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Mild excursions off-road are fine.

Of course, not all SUVs are created equal. They come in all shapes and sizes, have different engine displacements, off-road capabilities as well as interior appointments. But now that “crossover” SUVs (those that have the attributes of an SUV but ride on a car-like platform) are a hit with the public, Hyundai, one of the leading car manufacturers in the country, wants us to take notice of how way different its latest crossover SUV is from the rest of its competitors.

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

Weapons of mass distraction

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The Subaru BR-Z is comfortable enough to pull double duty as a daily driver and weekend toy car.

We’re lucky to be alive in this day and age of Philippine motoring. We have an overabundance of choices when it comes to cars, and we finally have reached a level of sophistication wherein we can see an affordable performance sports car as a very viable means of everyday transportation. We won’t get dirty looks from neighbors (perhaps only envious ones at best), nor should we feel the wrath of the BIR scrutinizing and assessing our very souls.

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

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