Ride one, we want to
Star Wars is an unprecedented feat in entertainment. Forty-two years have passed since the release of the first film, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, in the US back in 1977. The final installment in the series, Star Wars: The
No car is too sacred to modify
SEMA is America's monolithic tuning convention where the great, the good, and those people looking to wash illegitimate money go to show off their modified wares to the world. Well, each January, the same thing happens in Japan. It's called
Kawaii!
In 2019, Japan's best-selling car shifted 253,500 units. We don't have the end-of-year stats for the Philippine market yet, but for a bit of context, our 2019 midyear report showed that the best-selling brand in
In hybrid form
Ever been to Tokyo and thought, 'This would be much more interesting if it looked a little more like London'? Yeah, us neither. Still, that's not going to stop the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) from giving it a go. Don'
Held at the famous Tsukuba Circuit
Each year, there's a British motoring event that shouldn't just be dog-eared into your diary, but tattooed. We are of course talking about the marvelous throwback spectacle commonly known as Goodwood Revival. The three-day festival celebrates the finest
911s as wide as the eye can see
If you're a fan of arse-engined cars from Stuttgart, you've probably heard of Rauh-Welt Begriff. Or RWB, to give it its shorter moniker. They're the crazy Porsches with outlandishly widebody kits and the kind of wings that
“I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be held hostage"
Disgraced former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has fled Japan and is now taking refuge in the Lebanese Republic.According to a report by the New York Times and Lebanese newspaper Al-Joumhouriya, Ghosn escaped to Lebanon via a private jet from Turkey.
Has it really been that long since the event was first held?
It's hard to believe that the Tokyo Motor Show has been held since 1954. During that year, of the 267 vehicles exhibited at the event, only 17 were passenger cars. This was because of the high demand for commercial-use vehicles
Could there be an afterlife for this collection of sad, abandoned cars?
You may have seen our recent article on the abandoned Toyota Supra race car. To the surprise of many, that legendary racer had been left to rot for over 15 years. Unsurprisingly, a lot you were sad about that-especially the generation
“No one wanted it—it was too complex to run, too expensive”
Secondhand car dealers use all kind of zany bait to try and lure potential buyers in. In the US, those giant inflatable men that look like they're having a disco seizure are common. In the UK, they tend to park an
Now this is what we call an office
For many Filipinos, the thought of the daily commute to the workplace is one that invokes feelings of dread-it's like our butts are glued to the bed every time we need to get up in the wee hours of the
A new imperial era is here
In a historic move earlier this year, the Japanese government allowed Emperor Akihito to abdicate his throne on account of his deteriorating health, bringing an end to the country's Heisei Era. His son, Naruhito, has now ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne-
“I sell cars up to ¥20 million and have a five-year waiting list”
I guess this must be purgatory... for no other reason than I don't know if I'm standing at the rusty, padlocked gates of automotive heaven or hell. Behind them, over 400 'R31' Nissan Skylines-all forlorn, disemboweled, and methodically stacked
Lectures, simulators, and hours of first-aid training
In case you haven't noticed, our roads are getting messier, more chaotic, and more difficult to deal with than ever before. Is it the number of buses plying our streets? The number of cars? Or our inane habit of not giving
This year is going to be good
The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) has released the dates of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and this year, the event will be held from October 24 to November 4 with the theme of 'Open Future.'That's 12 days of the
Aptitude tests, simulators, first-aid training—this is how Japan does driver education
I'm not the best driver. If anything, I'm probably the most scared and unconfident driver whose name has ever graced the Top Gear Philippines staff box. And despite my being part of the country's number one automotive publication for
There’s plenty of room for improvement on our end
We recently went on a trip to Japan to observe a driving school in Japan. During the trip, we encouraged our Instagram followers to ask what they want to know about learning to drive in Japan. One of the questions we got
Here’s how they’re deemed fit to be behind the wheel
Given that their country has an ideal train system, reliable bus lines, and even honest taxi drivers, younger Japanese nationals and citizens apparently don't see the much of a point in getting a driver's license or owning a car.Reports
Pretty sure this isn’t your average driving school
In the world's busiest and most congested cities, buildings are designed upward to produce more floor space while using a small amount of land. But how would facilities such as a driving school-those that demand big, open spaces-be built
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