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CBUs outnumber CKDs among top 10 PH car brands

The January-October 2017 year-to-date sales reports of over 20 Philippine automotive industry players reconfirm that completely built up (CBU) imports greatly outnumber models assembled locally from completely knocked down (CKD) packs.

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Looking back: 32 years of the auto industry

When the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) was founded in 1985, the Progressive Car Manufacturing Program (PCMP), hatched in 1973 and flaunted as a model car program in Southeast Asia, was collapsing.

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80% local vehicle component still a dream

The spreadsheet below shows how much CBUs (complete built ups) outnumber locally assembled CKDs (complete knock downs) in car dealer showrooms these days.

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Why the Ssangyong Tivoli XLV is different

With two Korean car manufacturers, Hyundai and Kia, having successfully entered the Philippine market, another Korean challenger arrived a few years ago.

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The return of the Vitara

The Vitara (not to be confused with the Grand Vitara) was the first four-wheel Suzuki motor vehicle, along with the Samurai, to be sold in the Philippines, starting in 1994.

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The 2018 Kia Picanto GT Line is the most stylish in its class

How much weight do consumers give to exterior design when they are shopping for a mini subcompact passenger car?

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’76 low rider, American re-made

To many car buffs, there is no sweeter sound on earth than the deep-throated rumble of a V8 engine.

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Tracking the 2017 Chevrolet Trax

Chevrolet’s global entry in the booming subcompact crossover market began production in April 2013. By 2015, the Trax had made its first full year of sales in the United States, where it became the third bestseller in its segment. Over here, the second generation Trax for the 2017 model year was launched at the 2016 […]

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When in Texas, love trucks

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” the saying goes. Well, when in Texas, love trucks as the Texans do. On my second visit to the Lone Star State a week ago, I saw again how pickup trucks outnumber cars and SUVs on the road, especially in the suburbs and rural communities. This time, […]

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Senior-friendly new cars

Dallas, Texas—One of the nice things about traveling to the United States at this time of year is that you get to buy the Consumer Reports New Cars issue.

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Dec 13, 2017

While the 45th Tokyo Motor Show is long over, many of us who visited still feel nostalgic and excited