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4th Gen Prius: Silently into the future

Imagine for a moment, that one day, all cars will be somewhat similar to the Prius: hybrid, if not electric.

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Mapuans become Prius fans

Mapuans become Prius fans

“I hope this will be my first car,” quipped Anthony Malana, a third year mechanical engineering student, while he test drove the Prius C last March 18 inside the Mapua University school grounds in Intramuros, Manila.

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Toyota recalls 2.4 million hybrids due to stalling problems

TOKYO  — Toyota Motor Corp. says it has issued a recall for 2.43 million hybrid vehicles in Japan and elsewhere for potential problems with stalling. The company said Friday that in rare cases the vehicles might fail to enter a “failsafe” driving mode, lose power and stall. Power steering and braking would still work but […]

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More for less

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.

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Toyota recalls 1.43 million vehicles for defective air bags

TOKYO — Toyota is recalling 1.43 million vehicles globally for defective air bags, although it is not part of the massive recalls of Takata air bags, the Japanese automaker said Wednesday. Toyota Motor Corp. said it does not know of any fatalities or injuries related to the latest recalls. Being recalled are the Prius hybrid, […]

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Toyota Prius C first drive: is this the country’s most efficient car?

In 2013, during a press conference in Nagoya, Japan, this author asked Toyota chief engineer Kouji Toyoshima: Do Toyota’s hybrid cars really need to sacrifice form in favor of function? The query came on the heels of public criticism that the automaker’s flagship eco-car, the hybrid Prius, came in a “bland” design, whereas some of […]

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Toyota PH launches new Prius C hybrid

Aside from the all-new Alphard MPV, Toyota Motor Philippines launched the new Prius C hybrid hatchback. The facelifted Prius C features a “fresher and younger” look courtesy of a new bumper and front fascia. The interior has also been revamped for a more youthful look. Safety has been improved with vehicle stability control and traction […]

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Motoring trends 2015: Will lower fuel prices kill hybrids and electric vehicles?

MOTORISTS have breathed a sigh of relief this Christmas season. Not because of any respite from traffic, which has been worse than ever, but because fuel prices have gone down. It’s unusual that fuel prices have decreased during winter season, as demand usually goes up due to the need to heat homes and buildings. The […]

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Toyota gives sneak preview of its hybrid future

Toyota will spearhead a new era in hybrid technology with its next generation Prius, promising further gains in fuel economy and reduced emissions. As part of its focus on its hybrid leadership and achievements at the Frankfurt motor show, Toyota has provided a sneak preview of the technical advances that will underpin future Toyota and […]

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Jun 19, 2019

The Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback represent a crucial period in the Hiroshima-based manufacturer’s history.

May 29, 2019

The International Engine (now with + POWERTRAIN) of the Year Awards has a wide array of winners, and almost

May 29, 2019

f there's any hard evidence that this so-called "golden age of motorization" in the Philippines is well underway, it's

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