CHIANG RAI, Thailand—On a 140-kilometer drive on seamless highways and roughest back roads, over two dozen journalists from the Philippines tested the all-new Ford Everest in anticipation of the SUV’s launch across Asia-Pacific markets in the coming months.
IF YOU’RE worth $16.5 billion, headquartered in the heart of the world’s second most populous nation, and considered among the world’s most powerful companies, wouldn’t you also try your luck in a country that’s on a roll? That’s what Mahindra & Mahindra has done. Via Asianbrands Motors Corp, it has entered the Philippine automotive […]
STUTTGART-BASED sportscar manufacturer Porsche enjoys an outstanding reputation with its US customers, according to the 20th edition of the renowned Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study produced by US market research institute JD Power.
SUZUKI Philippines Inc. (SPH), the only integrated motorcycle and automobile company in the country, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its latest car dealership, Suzuki Auto Sta. Rosa.
VOLVO Cars, the premium carmaker, has acquired 100 percent of Polestar, the Swedish high-performance car company, including the Polestar brand. Polestar will now be used as the model name for special high-performance Volvos. Polestar will also in future utilize Volvo’s twin engine electrification technology to develop next generation performance cars. Volvo is the […]
RECENTLY, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) barged into the lucrative compact seven-seat multipurpose vehicle (MPV) segment by introducing the 2015 Mobilio and branding it as an “MUV.” Not an MPV or AUV (Asian utility vehicle) but a multi-use vehicle. HCPI called the Mobilio an MUV to signify what makes it different from an AUV or […]
Two hackers have demonstrated a security vulnerability of a modern car by taking over a 2014 Jeep Cherokee over the Internet. In the demonstration, hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek remotely took over the Jeep being driven by a Wired reporter. The hackers were able to shut down the car’s transmission, deactivate its brakes, and […]
Amid complaints from commuters tired of the snail-paced traffic flow on Edsa, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will open a counterflow or “zipper” lane for southbound vehicles from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday starting Wednesday. The counterflow lane will be on the northbound lane of Edsa from SM Megamall to […]
Metro Manila commuters bound for Cavite province and vice versa can expect their trip to be shorter by an average of 45 minutes with the opening of the P2-billion Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX) this Friday. According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the road project—also known as Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway Link Road—is […]
Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) again threw down the fuel economy gauntlet by announcing that the manual and automatic versions of its newly launched 2.5-liter D-Max 4×2 achieved exceptional fuel economy ratings. During a five-day tour of Luzon wherein each of the two pickup trucks had to run on just one full tank of diesel, the […]
If you are looking for a modestly priced, high-performance SUV with some serious offroading capabilities, you might wish to consider the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 3.6L V6. Priced at about P2.3 million, it is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. It has a torque of 347 Newton-meters and an output of 284 horsepower mated […]
THE CX-5 compact crossover, the first Mazda model to feature the Kodo Soul in Motion design language and SkyActiv technology, won the Japan Car of the Year title in 2012, the same year its global sales started. In 2013, the Philippine Car Awards Group Inc. (Cagi) named it the Best Compact 4×4 and 4×2 Crossover […]
Can Metro Manila’s traffic woes ever disappear?” The National Academy of Science and Technology asked me that question at its 36th Annual Scientific Meeting on July 9. For harassed Metro Manila commuters, it is a question begging for an answer—yesterday. Our traffic congestion has become “world-class” in a pejorative sense—although it did not appear on […]
Toyota Motor Co. has launched the second-generation Fortuner SUV in Thailand and Australia. The new Fortuner was designed in Australia, while Thailand will be its main production base. The new car promises higher levels of refinement, better fuel-efficiency, and improved safety.
SINGAPORE–Almost every passenger who takes her taxi wonders why Annie Lim, an attractive 41-year-old, drives a taxi for a living. Some have asked her: With your youthful looks and long hair, might you not fare better in a sales job? The taxi driver of three months was the subject of a Hardware Zone forum thread […]