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Audi A6 2.0 TFSI S-Tronic MHEV: halfway into the future

While the automotive industry slowly prepares to go into an electrified future, be it fully EV, or some form of hybrid or another, they all have stop-gap measures to tide things over until the next evolutionary phase…

Harmony between driver and car is at the core of Mazda

  This year, Mazda celebrates its 100th anniversary. Founded as a cork manufacturer in 2020, the Toyo Kogyo Co. Ltd. eventually produced tricycles and cars, and was renamed the Mazda Motor Manufacturer. The company's name sprang from…

Feng shui tips for the Year of the Metal Rat

If predictions prove true, 2020 would finally be a lucky year for motoring and allied industries. After some not-so-good years, the Year of the Metal Rat would usher in brighter days for the industry. What’s in it…

Discounting the discount

Toyota Philippines, in a recent announcement on their social media channel, offered a 20 percent discount on parts and labor for servicing on vehicles affected by the recent Taal Volcano eruption. Here’s what was posted: “Toyota Motor…

Safety driving tips through volcanic ash fall

  If you live anywhere near Taal Volcano, you would undoubtedly know about the on-going eruption, and that ash fall has reach far north. Volcanic ash isn’t just hazardous to humans, animals and vegetation. Our cars are…

How our ‘relationship’ with our cars is changing

I write this as I sit in a small resort on a beach, and every vehicle other than ours was an SUV or a pickup truck. I brought a sporty wagon, and a rather low one at…

Exciting road trips for 2020

Every New Year brings new challenges and bucket lists of things to do or places to go for the weekend warriors. With new exciting car models from the popular brands and relatively unexplored destinations, 2020 will be…

Coming soon: Evoltis, Raize, Stonic

Car models with names needing some serious wikipedia search for what they really mean are just about to be shipped here. So to which brands do models like Evoltis, Raize, Stonic and Taycan belong? Here’s the second…

Mazda 3 2020 Sportback: the gold standard

Bouncing back from a rather struggling 2019, the automotive industry is awash with new products introduced in the latter part of last year to help turn the tide and revitalize the local industry. One of the many…

Disaster strikes and you need to be ready!

In 2015, I wrote in this column how to pack a Disaster Survival Kit (DSK) right after a series of earthquakes and Typhoon Yolanda made life miserable for people living in various parts of the Philippines. Now…