Articles about Launch Pad

The Japanese carmaker has rediscovered its truck game
Once upon a time, trucks made up a big part of Mazda's business portfolio. The brand's first product was the 1931 DA cargo trike, which spawned a successful line of cargo trucks that culminated in the gigantic 1971-1974 T-
The tried-and-tested formula gets bolstered by a bold look and upgraded infotainment
There's no denying that 2020 was a bloodbath in terms of automotive sales. Well, a bloodbath in terms of business, in general. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Whether it's an exit sign or yet another
*Really, it is
There's a strange connection between Top Gear editors and the Honda Jazz. At one point in our publication's timeline, no less than three of our staffers owned this subcompact hatchback: former editor-in-chief Vernon B. Sarne, former managing editor
Truck Wars 2.0 officially begins
In 2015, then Nissan Philippines president Toti Zara made a bold announcement when the Japanese carmaker launched the current generation of the Navara. "Let the truck wars begin!" was his battle cry.It was a daring challenge to the Navara's competitors
At this point, all the Toyota Fortuner has to do is show up
Thirty thousand, two hundred and twelve. As of October 16, that's how many people clicked on our story of the 2021 Toyota Fortuner's tentative prices, according to Google Analytics. As anyone who browses the Internet regularly would know, clicking signifies
The spec sheet promises good things
You know you're getting older as an automotive journalist when manufacturers start building cars for people younger than you. I was born in 1990, and it wasn't so long ago that I fell into the target age group for entry-
The MPV to beat
It's exceedingly hot under the noonday sun, out here surrounded by towering stacks of shipping containers at Mitsubishi Motors PH's new stockyard. In the six years since the Japanese automaker moved into its new South Luzon production facility, it has
In case you’re wondering, this is what a performance sedan is all about
It only takes a few moments for me to realize I'm driving something special. The control surfaces and where your body makes contact with the car should communicate the essence of the vehicle immediately. If, as a driver, you can tell
It’s shaping up to be a real contender
The Nissan Terra has been in our market for almost a year now. While we don't have any concrete sales figures to back up our claim, we're going to ahead and say that it's doing pretty well for Nissan
The all-new Brio brings Honda back into contention in the mini-hatch segment
When Honda showed off the NSC (New Small Concept) at the New Delhi Auto Show back in 2010, it was signaling its intent to tackle the economy-car class in developing markets. This was a segment in which Honda had struggled due
Toyotas don’t get any tougher-looking than this
So I'm sitting inside the car next to Mark, our photographer, for what seems like forever, fiddling with the controls and the infotainment system, doing everything in my power to keep from falling asleep as we wait for security-which, at
Will it prevail?
Is it just me, or do cars just keep getting bigger? No, I don't mean that Hyundai Eons are suddenly challenging vertical-clearance bars in parking lots. What I mean is that the market is constantly seeing new bang-for-buck
X marks the spot
It's rather intimidating walking into the Mitsubishi plant for the first time. I haven't been here since the old tenant of the compound moved out, and I'm still trying to get my bearings. I'm walking past rows and
Forest for the trees
Knife-edged shadows slide across the ground as we idle past the same corner for the hundredth time. It's a blisteringly sunny day, and the harsh light means we can only record in-car video while driving in a northwesterly direction.
We drive the RS variant to find out
So, just like the Mobilio and Jazz before it, the Honda HR-V has received a new 'RS' variant alongside a refresh. It's a nice-looking crossover for sure, with its cool bodykit and Phoenix Orange paint finish--
It's a handsome crossover
The SMX Convention Center in SM Aura was the venue of the launch of a highly anticipated crossover-the Ford EcoSport. Even if we did get our hands on it before the big day (check out our Launch Pad stories), these events
Our exclusive first drive
We're sure we were not the only ones disappointed when the Ford EcoSport first came out in our market and it didn't have an EcoBoost engine option. I mean, come on, this model already has 'Eco'
The segment better watch out
Yes, the new Ford EcoSport has landed. By now you've probably read our in-depth Launch Pad story and are already familiar with the vehicle's new price tags. If not, do click on the links above to check
And gets Eco-Squared in the process
These are the days I live for: Another Top Gear PH shoot out in the middle of nowhere. Nothing but me, a brand-new car, and rolling roads as far as the eye can see. An invitation to indulge in some spirited
Featuring some sporty additions
So it looks like the HR-V is following in the footsteps of the rest of the Japanese carmaker's lineup. Honda Cars Philippines has just unveiled the refreshed version of its subcompact crossover, and along with it a new RS
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