A beautiful piece of Japanese engineering
We've been waiting for this for quite some time already, but now we're finally here: The all-new Mazda 3 has officially arrived.After a series of spy shots, a test drive in Sepang, and weeks of chatter and anticipation,
Mazda’s compact contender looks and drives as sharp as ever
A couple of years ago, this look would be something outside the realm of production lines-a vision confined to a designer's drawing board or an idea stuck on a rotating platform at an international car show.A couple of years
A launch could be imminent
The all-new Mazda 3 is coming. As to exactly when we aren't certain yet...though if these images are anything to go by, 'soon' would be a pretty safe bet.The photos you're looking at were sent to us
Why not both?
Damn, would you look at that. The all-new Mazda 3 right here in the Philippines. Granted, this isn't the car's official launch-it isn't available yet, no prices and variants have been announced, and the vehicles you see
Units are selling fast
The third-generation Mazda 3 has proven to be a success story in the Philippines. The compact is actually the best-selling Mazda model in the country. With the recent unveiling of the all-new 3 in the Philippines, it's only
Hatchback or sedan?
Mazda has unveiled the all-new 3 ahead of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Japanese carmaker's popular compact offering in sedan and hatchback form flaunts sleeker looks, a more elegant vibe, and-most important-a Skyactiv-X powertrain.Those
Will it come with Skyactiv-X?
Back in 2017, we had the pleasure of seeing the Mazda Kai Concept in the metal during the Tokyo Motor Show. Even better? We had an opportunity to chat with its designer Yasutake Tsuchida-the same dude who worked on the current-
Another track record falls
For the last few weeks Honda's been setting front-wheel drive, production car records at various European race tracks. The car? Our favorite big hot-hatch, the Civic Type R.First came Estoril, then Silverstone, Spa, and Magny Cours. For its
You need to experience it behind the wheel
Allow me to start with a disclaimer: I didn't fall for the Civic Type R as much as I did the Lancer Evolution or the WRX STI, or at least I refused to, just to spare myself from falling for a
In a new color, too
Hot damn. The latest batch of Honda Civic Type Rs have arrived in the Philippines, and if you thought the Japanese performance hatch couldn't look any cooler, you thought wrong.Pictured above are the aforementioned units rolling down a local port
A day of enjoying fine Japanese things
There's a 300hp Japanese hot hatch waiting in your garage, with a full tank of gas and no destination. Of course, with a car like the Honda Civic Type R, a destination is somewhat irrelevant. You can go to a convenience
Take our money
It's finally here. The most awaited Honda-no, car model-in the history of automotive fandom. Do we even need an introduction to this car? The Type R is the upgraded, mythical version of the beloved Honda Civic. For decades other
It has all the bases covered
What is it?The Focus matters here at Planet Top Gear, because over the years it has been a consistently good drive, as well as throwing up some of our fave hot hatches, under the ST and RS badges.But the outgoing
There's more to it than the looks
1) It's all new, global but European.That new platform--called C2--is the basis of it all. All Ford's global divisions got together, and specified what they wanted from the ground-up new car. Then the designers and engineers
The first batch of 100 cars was sold out in 48 hours
Almost 11 months from the day Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) publicly revealed its mythical Civic Type R, the Japanese carmaker held its culminating event for the first batch of lucky owners. At the Clark International Speedway, a track day was organized
Toyota is revealing one in Geneva
The Toyota Corolla is without a doubt one of the Japanese carmaker's most respected-not to mention most memorable-nameplates. But can you imagine the model sporting a hatch instead of a trunk, like our market is accustomed to? That would
Our first encounter with the 300+hp beast
The smooth concrete of the the newly opened Petron station on NLEX Km44 northbound is just begging to be christened by some burnt rubber. Or at least that's what one of our companions is thinking. Peter, who is kind enough to
This is the first red Type R we've seen
While new owners of the Honda Civic Type R can do whatever they want with the coveted hatchback, it's nice to see one example going to someone who can bring out its potential. We were in Honda Cars Quezon City recently,
We hope so
Mazda has announced that it will be displaying a new concept compact hatchback at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan later this month.The company says that the vehicle "fuses next-generation technology and design," and will be powered by the
A jack of all trades?
Think Different-so went one memorable ad. That was for a computer, but the same could easily apply to cars, particularly sporty ones. Hyundai certainly had 'different' in mind when it created the Veloster. It's a mash-up of several different
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