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Top 3 affordable picks of 2017

The newly signed Train (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) law makes buying a new car more complicated than ever before. Set to take effect at the start of 2018, Train increases the excise tax rates on vehicles that most consumers who qualify for car financing can afford. In Bracket 1, vehicles sold at net […]

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TRAIN delivers year-end surprise to auto industry

The approved auto excise tax rates of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) delivered a year-end surprise to the Philippine automotive industry. TRAIN has got the car companies re-crunching numbers for their 2018 business plans and projections. It was “not as expected” said Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) president Rommel […]

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Is the death of the internal combustion engine being foretold?

Last July, the British government announced that it will ban all new gasoline and diesel vehicles by the year 2040, following France’s announcement that it will do the same.

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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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Mar 14, 2018

While I generally like cars to go fast, because they are more fun, I’m a huge fan of Shell

Mar 07, 2018

A reader recently asked why we weren’t going deep into the technical as much lately. He was referring to

Mar 07, 2018

Quick question: What would you do if some attacked you in your car? Would you just cower and try