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The freedom to not own a car

Traffic congestion along Edsa —INQUIRER PHOTO/RICHARD A. REYES

Because of the grossly inadequate mass transportation system in Metro Manila and other urban centers, people are encouraged to buy a car.

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Channeling Miss U while driving

The Philippines just finished the successful hosting of the Miss Universe Pageant, and while we are still in a Miss U high, hopefully we can translate some of the grace of the beauty queens into our everyday driving.

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Big luxury sedans tease Philippine market

IT IS INTERESTING how the sedan market has changed. A fair amount of the four-door car segment has shifted over to things that sit a bit higher off the ground. As a result, our stalwart sedans don’t always seem to get as much attention as they used to.       The difference in all […]

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Calma crowned Vios Cup Season 2 overall winner

ANDRES Calma, son of Philippine basketball legend Hector Calma, cemented his place in a different sport when he was declared champion of this year’s edition of the Toyota Vios Cup (Season 2) One Make Race.     Calma received a brand new manual Vios 1.5G, one of the biggest prize in local motorsports, for his […]

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A consumer’s top picks of 2015

2015 HAS been an exciting year for the Philippine automotive industry as it looks headed to surpass its 310,000 sales target.   For consumers, it was a compelling year, too, since the car manufacturers and importers vied with one another in launching new nameplates, all-new models or refreshed ones.   The wider range and variety […]

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December sales to solidify best-ever year for PH auto industry

THE BIG news this year would have been the phenomenal effort of car companies to reach a previously unattainable sales target of 310,000 units.   When the final numbers are tallied for the year, the members of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (Campi) expect to cap off a record year since […]

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Eight ways to prevent and stop Sudden Unintended Acceleration

THERE’S been a lot of media coverage (social, responsible, and otherwise) about the incidents rounded up under the dubious heading of “Sudden Unintended Acceleration.” The very name is unhelpful. All car crashes, except for ones deliberately wanted by the driver, can be called “sudden and “unintended,” and all movements of a vehicle can be termed […]

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Executive editions get sleeker, fun to drive, too

EXECUTIVE sedans, as the term “executive” suggests, are normally those coveted by people who have reached a certain level in their careers that give them the opportunity to choose larger sedans that bear a more sophisticated and commanding appeal.   They are usually those who get things done remotely from their big and cushy armchairs […]

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Moving people on minivans gains speed–and style

THIS YEAR, we have several new models and three new entries in the MPV/minivan category including the Honda’s Mobilio, Mahindra’s Xylo MPV, Mercedes-Benz’s V-Class, Kia’s Grand Carnival and BMW’s first-ever MPV, the 2 Series Active Tourer.       The effects of global warming and extreme weather like flash floods and stronger typhoons make the […]

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Oil firms ready for Euro 4 implementation

MINDFUL of the mandatory use of the cleaner and more efficient global fuel standard called Euro 4, by January 2016, oil firms have started offering a full range of compliant fuel products. “It’s mandatory on Jan. 1 so practically all oil firms have introduced Euro 4 fuels, especially in Metro Manila,” Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada […]

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Oct 18, 2017

It's not often that one is given an invitation to visit Rolls-Royce, purveyors of one of the best, if

Oct 11, 2017

How many times did you ever use the title of this column to answer a variety of question: