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In case you’re wondering, this is what a performance sedan is all about
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
An exclusive first drive
If we had to pick an undisputed king of the Philippine streets, it would have to be the Toyota Vios. If you don't agree, take a look at any parking lot or street corner and count the number of units
A few more angles of the car you'll eventually see on every street corner
The king of subcompact sedans has returned. We are, of course, referring to the Philippine launch of the all-new Toyota Vios, which has its sights set on overthrowing its Fortuner sibling to become the country's best-selling vehicle once
Will it be 2018's best-selling vehicle?
The dust hasn't quite settled from the launch of the Rush, and Toyota is already pulling the trigger on its second model launch for the year. This one's The Big One. Spy shots have been circulating on social
Are you digging its new look?
Last night, Suzuki Philippines officially launched the all-new Swift. As soon as the covers were pulled off of the Japanese carmaker's freshest hatchback offering, it was already apparent that it had at least one thing going for it: Its stylish
And it makes perfect sense
Euro styling in an Asian package. It seems to be all the rage these days. Think back to when Peter Schreyer made the move from Audi to Kia in the mid-2000s, ushering in a new era for the Korean brand. All
The cheapest European-badged car in PH
It goes without saying that the subcompact sedan segment is one of the most important, not to mention most competitive, markets for local car manufacturers. Nearly every major player has something to offer, and for some, these models are their bread and
Are you ready to go German?
The subcompact class in the Philippines has one undisputed king: The Toyota Vios. After that, you've got other offerings like the Honda City, Mitsubishi Mirage, Suzuki Ciaz, and Mazda 2. As with many segments, it's one dominated by Japanese badges.
Can it compete with the Toyota Vios and Honda City?
The year 2013 saw the reintroduction of the Volkswagen brand into the Philippines, and with the efforts of the Ayala's Automobile Central Enterprise Inc. (ACEI), it has enjoyed moderate sales success. Its lineup initially included the Jetta, Tiguan, Touran, Beetle,
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