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In the UK they just introduced the Mini First variant, and it will sell for £10,950 (P870,000). It may be their entry-level model, but with features like regenerative braking, auto start-stop, and variable valve timing, it doesn't scrimp on technology. mini-first-1 mini-first-2 Sure the rims could use an upgrade, but that's nothing a trip to Banawe can't fix. And the interior is just sweet. It looks a bit spartan, but tell me, don't you want to hop in, drive it, and see the big speedo rise while you change gears via the round shift knob? mini-first-3 I certainly do. I know our government can't give this to me for P870,000, but can they give it for a little over P1 million? Is it too much to ask that they not put motoring enjoyment too far beyond our reach? And while they're at it, although I know I'm entering the realm of fantasy here, can they make sure the taxes we pay go to public services and utilities and not kickbacks? Okay, that's enough for now. Let's end this on a positive note. We know the Mini is coming for sure, and by next year we will be electing a new set of pretentious officials to public office. Let's make it count, I know the pickings may be slim, but let's hang in there and support those who can make a difference. And maybe someday, we can afford to drive the cars we want--on good roads that we paid for. (Photos courtesy of Mini)

Dinzo Tabamo
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Dinzo has been fascinated with cars since he was 12 years old, when he picked up a car magazine in his cousin's bedroom. It is a passion that never waned.
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