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Tom Matano, the man many call Mr. Miata and one of those credited with bringing the now-iconic little car to the world, has called the Miata Club of the Philippines one of the most actively enthusiastic, if not the most, in the world. And he has pretty much met them all. His message to the […]
You could argue that the GLC is the modern equivalent of the E Class, the Mercedes Benz that is basically just a good, solid performer and an excellent example of the marque’s holistic approach to carmaking.
Stuttgart and June means the International Engine of the Year Awards, and this year marked some things that stayed the same and some things that were very interestingly different.
We are going into the second half of the year, and we have seen big changes in the watch world. Last year saw some significant upheaval, such as when the Hong Kong market lost its strong position in terms of being the biggest and most important market in the world. Remember though that a lot moves through the HK market outwards, so clearly these aren’t just buyers living in the former colony. Also, note that it is in the interests of distributors and retailers to have as many sales as possible attributed to them so that they can get a better allotment of pieces. More boutiques, for example, should mean better access to the special limited editions and such. Anyway, Hong Kong was moving down. The United States was actually moving up. Europe was in general down. The Philippines? Everyone’s baby, a small market that was growing at a very impressive rate. This has its risks though, everyone moves quick money (in terms of financial markets and investments) in but that money can move out and the process can mess with consistency.
When we drove the first MINI Countryman years ago, we were expecting not to like it.
The spindle works.
In this new car, the flagship of the Lexus line, the spindle grill—that was somewhat controversial to some—works. Its levels of aggressiveness and flair combined well with the identity of the whole car.
As the image of Arturo Macapagal looked on, his son Alex officially opened the latest Toyota home.
Several decades ago, the Philippine car market was given the little Mitsubishi Mirage.
You can learn a lot about a car company by spending time where it grew. If you hang around Stuttgart, Germany, for example, you will be able to experience the wonderfully winding roads and byways that bring you to, in, and around that area.
One of the most relaxing drives I ever had was in a relatively small car. I had an earlier Prius for testing, and I used it to bring my kids to school and pick them up for a week.