Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Review: 2014 Subaru WRX M/T

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Say what you want, but there’s a level of purity to a manual transmission that cannot be matched by any sort of automated gearbox. There’s something about having complete control of when to up or downshift that cannot be replicated by a two-pedal set-up. And though everyone else sees the manual gearbox heading the way of the dinosaurs, Subaru sees things differently. Backpedaling on their decision to offer the all-new WRX solely with a Lineartronic CVT, the 6-speed manual finally arrives to the Philippines six months later.

Monday, September 1, 2014

There and Back Again: What Makes the All-new Honda Jazz Handle So Well

Photos by Ulysses Ang and Honda Press
For those who say that there aren’t any good driving roads in the Philippines, I say you should go out more often. And though some so-called enthusiasts are more than happy pummeling the tires off their cars in a straight line (think NLEX, SLEX, or anything else ending in ‘EX’), real men like it bent. And twisty. And hardcore. Located a mere 15 kilometers or so east of the Ortigas Central Business District is the start of the infamous “Tanayburgring”—a clockwise loop of twisty, mountainous road stretching from Tanay, Rizal looping down to Quezon, Laguna, and Cavite before ending back up in Makati City. It’s a long, arduous route with no fancy pants coffee shop stopovers (at least for the first part) and one that really separates the men from the boys. So like a boy entering into puberty, I took to the Tanayburgring (well, at least a part of it) for the very first time and my weapon of choice: the all-new Honda Jazz.

Volkswagen Philippines Turns Over Beetle to 8-Year Old Raffle Winner

Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. (ACEI), the official importer and distributor of Volkswagen cars in the Philippines, formally turned over the new 21st Century Beetle to eight-year-old Cherub Nikolai Bedaño.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Game Has Changed: Lexus Launches All-New NX

Lexus is finally getting into the highly-competitive premium compact crossover segment with the launch of the all-new NX. Following in the track of the GS and IS sedans, the NX marries Lexus’s bold, dramatic design with a platform engineered with the help of racers. Inside out, it’s a crossover truly inspired by performance vehicles.

Michelin Claims First FIA WRC Win with Hyundai Motorsports

The ADAC Rallye Deutschland, round nine of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), ended on Sunday, August 24, with the first win – and first one-two finish! – for Hyundai Motorsport in rallying’s showcase series.

Cavite Inaugurates Second E-Trike Charging Station

The City of Bacoor in Cavite goes green with the inauguration of its second charging station for electric tricycles (Etrikes) this coming Friday, August 29, 2014 at the V Central Mall. To lead in the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon is Usec. Donato Marcos of the Department of Energy. This second charging station will be commercially operated by KEA Industrial Corporation, a local assembler of ETrikes with a manufacturing plant in Barangay Mambog IV, Bacoor City.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Honda Cars Philippines Receives Recognition in Sustainable Business Awards

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines received citations in the recently held Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) in Dusit Thani, Manila. HCPI bested other companies in the Supply Chain Management category and received a special recognition for Business Responsibility and Ethics.

Kia Builds Roster for PBA Basketball Team

The world of basketball– players, fans, and teams alike– wait with bated breaths every year for draft day. This year was especially special for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) as they welcome three new expansion teams for its 40th season.

Review: 2014 Ford EcoSport 1.5 Titanium

Photos by Ulysses Ang
When the Ford EcoSport launched, it was lauded as the best thing to hit the market since, well, sliced bread. Through a careful series of drives and activities, the EcoSport went from strength to strength making you wonder why you should even consider another car. Within the confines of a controlled environment with pre-determined routes and such, it certainly was getting perfect scores. Outside the glitz and glamour of the motor show floor or even exotic locales, the EcoSport loses a bit of that luster. Don’t get it wrong, it’s still a great vehicle, but one that’s just not exactly perfect.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Suzuki Opens First 3S Dealership in Mandaluyong

Good news for Suzuki customers in Mandaluyong area: the first Suzuki 3S shop is now operating at full throttle. The dealership opening marked a new milestone eight years into the partnership between Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH), the only integrated motorcycle and automobile company in the country, and the Shaw Motor Plaza Corporation (SMPC).