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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino VOLVO now has the latest addition to its well-known Cross Country variants with their elegant V90 station wagon and the good news is, it’s already here. The country’s exclusive distributor Scandinavian Motors Corp. finally brought in this tough, yet very much elegant, estate. Presented along...
WHEN Peugeot Philippines decided to embark on a sports-marketing program to solidify its positioning as a premium automotive brand in the Philippines, the direction was served on a silver platter. With Peugeot being an erstwhile partner in the storied French Open, tennis was the obvious answer. The sport was and...
Story & Photos by Patrick P. Tulfo THEY say asphalt and water make a deadly combination when driving, but not when it’s on the racetrack with professional race car drivers behind the wheels. This may very well sum up the second leg of the fourth edition of the highly anticipated...
Story & Photos by Patrick P. Tulfo THE mu-X, Isuzu’s flagship model and its lone entry in the highly competitive midsize sports-utility vehicle (SUV) segment—soldiers on relatively unchanged for the first half of 2017, at least for the 4x4 LS-A (automatic) variant lent to this scribe. It’s the 4x2 variants...
Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino IN 1917, the first-ever car bearing the bejeweled three-diamond emblem was the Model A built by then Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. The company went on to build Japan’s very first series-produced vehicle with a 22-car production. And between the post-World War II and 1970’s...
AS expected, Race 2 of the Vios Cup Season 4 went well at the Clark International Speedway last weekend. Not even a speck of a glitch marred the occasion. Not even the rains, reduced to almost a daylong drizzle, could dampen the enthusiasm of the 52 or so racers,...
Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino WITH all the innovations taking place in the automotive industry, the Indian car manufacturer Mahindra is still in the business of producing rugged and basic utility vehicles. One of their creations is the Enforcer model, which is also known globally as the Bolero. Here,...
THE roaring romance between man and machine will be relived anew when the Vios Cup’s Season 4 Race 2 zooms off on June 10 at the SMC-Clark International Speedway in Angeles City, Pampanga. Again highlighted to the core would be the sight of another exodus of car buffs, as well...
Story & photos by Ronald Rey M. de los Reyes THIS scribe is a proud father of two  adorable kids—a 3-year-old daughter (about to turn 4 this November) and her older brother (7- year-old Tyron). Until now it still runs vividly in my head that it was one sunny Saturday morning,...
SIZE matters! At least as far as expressways are concerned. The North Luzon Expressway (Nlex) Corp. managers and engineers seem to think so, as they haven’t stopped innovating. They thought of adding 64 new lane-kilometers to an existing stretch. So a two-lane roadway becomes a three- to four-lane stretch. Only recently,...
SINCE the introduction of its latest generation, remarkable enhancements kept on coming for this popular subcompact sedan. In fact, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) proved that there’s always room for innovations when they recently unveiled the new City. Bearing the manufacturer’s grand concept of “Advanced Energetic Smart Star”, this latest iteration...

Stop the crash

OTHER than its recent launch in Thailand early this year that aimed to promote the latest life-saving crash avoidance technologies, “Stop the Crash!” was also the battle cry of the organizers of the recently held 7th Asean Automobile Safety Forum in Berjaya Hotel, Makati City. Spearheading the convention was...
I MISSED the awards night of the STV Auto Rallye Corporate Challenge winners. One of my three Lexus Teams won twice and I only have praises for my gallant heroes Mike Lee and Mico Lee of Toyota Alabang, and Brent Co of Auto Industriya. Congrats, fellers! In spirit (fueled by...
Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino ONCE again, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has set the bar in organizing their exclusive drive event—worthy of anticipation and recollection. For more than a decade, the annual Toyota Road Trek has touched the hearts and minds of the participants, as it has become...
Story & photos by Patrick P. Tulfo JUST a few months shy of the debut of the current Montero model, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) faced probably what could be its biggest debacle yet. It will be recalled that the issue, known as “Sudden Unintended Acceleration” (SUA), beset the previous Montero...

Here comes the Rio deal

Story & photos by Ronald Rey M. de los Reyes BEING one of the primary drivers of increased sales and brand awareness in the country, the Kia Rio has indeed been the real deal for Columbian Autocar Corp. (CAC) for the past years in the Philippines. Recently, CAC, which is the exclusive...
THE attention of the motor sport world turns to France for the greatest endurance event of the year, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, on June 17 and 18. Sixty cars will line up on the grid before the French Tricolour flag drops to mark the start of the...
Story & photos by Patrick P. Tulfo THE looming excise tax that is poised to raise the prices of vehicles through the roof, especially in the luxury segment, didn’t deter Aston Martin Manila from unveiling the latest Vanquish S Super GT in the country. The very first Vanquish model rose to...
THE Toyota Road Trek, if things went well as planned—and it should, given God’s endless grace—must be heading home today (Friday). The three-day joust of country driving, et al., in keeping with cherished traditions started on Wednesday (May 17). It took off in Manila via Surigao City, Toyota dutifully...
Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino THE much-awaited Vios Cup’s first race of the season finally kicked off. And not even the blistering heat stopped spectators from pouring in to cheer for their favorites, particularly the new celebrity drivers. So much action was seen during the closing rounds that the...
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