Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: 2015 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Perhaps it’s age, but there’s nothing more satisfying than driving an executive sedan after a hard day’s work. Though most will still dream about owning a Nissan GT-R or 370Z, they’re not exactly the best kind of car you’ll want to drive home in traffic after spending the day in meetings in a monkey suit. After all that work stress, you’ll want something that cushions and cuddles you as you drive through Manila’s horrendous traffic, commuting two hours in stop-and-go traffic just to get home. This is the sort of role the Nissan Altima fulfills and fulfills beautifully.

Monday, January 26, 2015

4 Volvo Models Earn 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick+


Volvo Cars has once again performed very well in the annual IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Awards. In this year's honors list, four Volvo cars made the Top Safety Pick+ grade: the S60, V60, S80 and XC60. Volvo Cars was the only European brand with more than two models on the list.

Audi at the CES 2015


A four-core processor processing eight billion operations per second. A virtual tachometer with a needle that is rendered anew 60 times per second to ensure absolutely fluid motion. 3D sound to match a concert hall and appearing to come from every direction, an Audi tablet as a multimedia control panel and simple wireless communication between your mobile devices and your car all demonstrate how diverse the future of the automobile is at Audi. All this and convenience, too: piloted parking and innovative Audi wireless charging (AWC) technology pave the way for electric mobility. A laser headlight shining ahead hundreds of feet and a car lapping the famous Hockenheim speedway at 240 km/h (149.1 mph) without a driver – Audi is a leading and driving force in all technology areas relating to electronics and electrics. At CES in Las Vegas, the world’s most important electronics exhibition, Audi makes a splash with a host of new technologies.

Save More and Be Safe with Michelin


The New Year calls for new tires, and here’s good news! If you buy new Michelin tires, you can earn additional cash vouchers too.

Michelin is offering, for a purchase of a pair of Michelin tires for passenger car or light truck (PCLT) of the same pattern and tire size (14-inches and above), Sodexo cash vouchers worth P 500. The more tires you buy, the bigger cash vounchers you get.

The vouchers are valid anytime with no expiry date. Take note though that the promotion cannot be used in conjunction with other sales activities offered by respective dealers.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It's All About the Engineering: Why are VWs Premium Priced?


During the 29th All VW Classic/Custom/New-Generation Car Show, it was inevitable that someone was going to ask about the current Volkswagen line-up’s pricing. In particular, how premium it is compared to how it was sold before, which was as “the people’s car”.

A Window into the Soul: Mazda's KODO - The Soul of Motion Upclose

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Countless driving events have been done, each touting a specific aspect of a new car. However, none has emphasized the beauty of its design. Though certain makes and models could pioneer such an activity, none could be a more fitting subject as Mazda’s current line-up. Imbued with KODO – The Soul of Motion, the CX-5, Mazda6, and Mazda3 all share the sculpted look that evokes a sense of movement. It’s a visual representation of beauty and tension that’s seen in the split-second a predator pounces on its prey. In that frozen moment, it’s expressive, emotional, and strong—traits that tie in perfectly with Mazda’s heritage.

Friday, January 23, 2015

H2O Salamander is the Philippines's Flood Solution (w/ Brochure)

Photos by Christian Halili of Top Gear Philippines
Floods have become an all too common occurrence in the Philippines. In the past year alone, weeks of productivity have been literally washed away due to the cancellation of work and school. In fact, 42,000 barangays nationwide have been identified as flood-prone and both the private and public sector are pumping out money and resources just to ensure the safety not just of their property, but more importantly, of lives as well.

Kia to Reveal All-New Carnival, Sorento this 2015


Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines laid down their plans for 2015 including the launch of two all-new models which are certainly sought-after by Filipino consumers.

Touran Popemobile and New Golf GTI Headline 29th All VW Classic/Custom/New Generation Car Show


Volkswagen Philippines is showing off its current and upcoming new models at the 29th All VW Classic/Custom/New Generation Car Show to be held on Sunday, January 25 at the Camp Aguinaldo Grand Parade Grounds in Quezon City.

AVID Sales End 2014 with 13-Percent Growth


Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) saw its sales grow by 13% in 2014 to a total of 35,565 units versus the 31,399 units the group posted in 2013.