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The Mirage in real-time

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THE SPUNKY little Mirage in somber grey mica. PHOTOS BY AIDA SEVILLA-MENDOZA

Sometimes you wonder why a little budget car like the Mitsubishi Mirage was tested on a big racetrack like the Bira Circuit in Thailand half a year before its launch on the Philippine market. The low-tech, low-cost, lightweight Mirage is by no means a high-performance car or sports car whose power, speed and agility needs to be proven on a racing circuit.

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 in Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Mitsubishi’s potential game-changer

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THE OUTLANDER PHEV has the potential to be a game-changer: With some of the best economy figures, all-wheel capability and a spacious interior, it will surely appeal to a lot of buyers.

Overshadowed by last week’s 50th anniversary bash of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. was Osamu Masuko’s announcement of the imminent rollout of the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of the upcoming 2013 Outlander crossover.

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Hyundai’s punchy little diesel hatchback

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HYUNDAI’S signature hexagonal grille dominates the front fascia.

When motoring journalists from seven countries including the Philippines tested the all-new, fluidic-sculptured subcompact Hyundai Accent in Dubai in February 2011, many of us asked when a diesel version would be offered in our country. Evasive answers didn’t give us much hope.

Posted: February 19th, 2013 in Motoring | Read More »

Subcompact twin test: Toyota Vios and Toyota Yaris

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WITH careful driving, a few choice modifications here and there, you’ll be surprised at how fun these pocket rockets are to drive.

I love small cars. With small cars, you can have a lot of fun driving, but without spending too much, and have enough laughs and giggles without going scary fast. Small cars are inherently more responsive, thanks to their light weight. You don’t need huge power, super wide tires (which kill steering feel) and monstrously powerful brakes to have fun.

Posted: February 19th, 2013 in Motoring | Read More »

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