By Charles E. Buban
Two things are happening in places where Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) has presence: A sharp rise in demand for small cars is being observed in emerging markets while demand for vehicles with big-displacement engines has slowed down in advanced economies as consumers become more conscious on how eco-friendly the vehicles they will buy.
By Aida Sevilla Mendoza
Remember when the Kia Rio was regarded as the cheapest-looking and plainest subcompact car on the market? Not anymore. Kia’s design studio in Irvine, California, completely revamped the Rio from bumper to bumper for the 2012 model year with young buyers in mind to convey power, agility and aggressiveness. The all-new Rio, especially the hatchback, is the best-looking Rio ever, thanks to touches of European flair inputted by Kia’s chief design officer Peter Schreyer, who was pirated from Audi/Volkswagen some years ago.
By Jason K. Ang
Lexus Manila just took the wraps off its new flagship, the LS 460L ultra-luxury sedan. The 2013 LS carries the brand’s new design language, as well as a whole boatload of convenience and comfort features. It also has a strong hint of something that has only recently been introduced throughout the Lexus lineup—a dash of sportiness.
As the second best-selling car among all nameplates in the United States in 2011, the Nissan Altima has come a long way in the 20 years since it was first introduced. Now, with the arrival in summer 2012 of the all-new fifth generation design – the most innovative Altima yet – Nissan promises to shake [...]
Kia recently revealed the first official photographs of its all-new flagship sedan to be launched during the first half of this year in the Korean market. Referred to by its codename “KH” until now, the company also confirmed that the Korean market name will be “K9”—while the name for export markets, as well as overseas launch timings, will be revealed later this year.