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Car shopping for Christmas

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Everybody loves deals. A free gift for a product bought. Free tickets with a subscription. Discounted group buys.

Posted: December 19th, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

Chevrolet ranks highest again in JD Power’s Customer Satisfaction Index

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American business author and Fortune 500 companies adviser Michael LeBoeuf once said that “a satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.”

Posted: August 1st, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

Luxury showdown ‘looms’ between Camry, Kizashi

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Has it been just coincidence that two Japanese car companies—Suzuki and Toyota—are fruits of the loom?

Posted: May 2nd, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

Hyundai vehicle sales up 44%

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Sales of Hyundai vehicles surged by 44 percent to 6,767 units in the first quarter of 2012, from only 4,712 units sold in the same period last year.

Posted: April 23rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

How to judge a man by his car

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Let’s face it, we all like to judge a book by its cover. We also judge him by his watch, his shoes, the thickness of his hair and the number of his platinum credit cards. The external package that encases a possible prince charming or boyfriend from hell, is the first thing you see. It is the banner that catches your attention to have a second look, gives your brain time to decide if you like what you see. This does not mean you are superficial—there is a scientific explanation to it. Any species gets attracted to a possible good mate, which includes characteristics such as body size (to create big healthy offspring), physical symmetry (to create a good-looking offspring) and pack status (protection and providing for the offspring.) In our time, this is now measured with power, wealth and social status.

Posted: April 17th, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

Testing unsafe cars in emerging markets

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For many years now, speculation has been rife that many popular car models sold in emerging markets like the Philippines are not as safe as the same car models sold in developed countries. This is because these car models have been “dumbed down” and stripped of some of their safety features to make them affordable for the target market in the developing countries.

Posted: February 28th, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

The Bulls of Chicago Auto Show 2012

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The Chicago Auto Show, which ended last February 19, is considered the smallest among the five North American auto shows but the largest in terms of square area. It is among the oldest auto shows as well, with over a century of showcasing motoring excellence since 1901. The halls of McCormick Place in the windy city of Chicago saw a total of 18 major production debuts and launches this year and while it seems the recently concluded Detroit auto show overshadows the Chicago version, there were some interesting highlights to be noted there. These are some of the new cars that the American buying public welcomed during the event.

Posted: February 21st, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

The James Bond car collection opens in Beaulieu

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A VISITOR photographs the Glastron GT-150 Jump Boat with the BMW 750iL at the press preview of the Bond in Motion exhibition at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum. AFP

This week, Eon Productions and Beaulieu will feature 50 cars used in various James Bond movies to celebrate the world’s most famous spy movie franchise’s five decades in motion picture. Dubbed as “Bond in Motion,” the exhibit will run from January to December at the National Motor Museum in Hampshire, England.

Posted: January 17th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Memorable drives of 2011

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The new Porsche 911 Carrera S is displayed at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California. KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/GETTY IMAGES/AFP

2011 has been a very big year for me and, more importantly, the local motoring scene with the launch and arrival of some cars that should shake up the landscape. Here’s a look back at some of my most memorable motoring experiences of 2011. 1.) Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4—it’s not every day you get invited to [...]

Posted: January 3rd, 2012 in Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Hot new cars to watch out for in 2012

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If you add up the numbers 2, 0, 1 and 2, you’ll come up with 5. The number five in certain ancient Far Eastern cultures signify change. And 2012 is perhaps the best year yet to consider changing that tired old jalopy in the driveway for something new, exciting, safer and more enjoyable to drive. [...]

Posted: December 27th, 2011 in Motoring | Read More »

2011: The year of driving ‘out of the ordinary’

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SPOTTED in Salzburg, Austria: BMW 321. Photo by Tessa R. Salazar

Guilty as charged, your Honor.

I must admit that, despite the doom-and-gloom scenarios of dwindling oil supplies, skyrocketing fuel prices, and the increasing effects of climate change brought to us in great part by the never-ending activities of the motoring industry, I still thoroughly enjoyed the trips and test drives here and abroad. The most memorable ones, of course, were those that brought me face-to-face, or face-to-fascia, with the legendary automobiles, with some even allowing me the pleasure of being behind the wheel.

Posted: December 20th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Hot cars set to make 2012 very exciting

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THE 2013 Subaru BRZ is one of the most anticipated cars next year.

So the car market is heating up next year, which means more choices for the car-loving market. We’ve seen certain segments grow this year, particularly high-end, sports and luxury cars. Though this segment might make up for a small percentage of the overall market, it shows just how much more sophisticated the local market is becoming, as high-end cars with high-end features will soon slowly start trickling down to other more affordable mass-market cars. It’s also a segment I’m excited to see prosper, because come on, let’s face it, the most desirable, most fun-to-drive cars are in the upper echelon of the industry.

Posted: December 20th, 2011 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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