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We got to push these bad boys to the limit
I just had a thrilling weekend competing in the Vios Autocross Challenge in a Toyota Vios Cup Car! Who would've thought that a humble subcompact sedan would make for such an exhilarating racer?We all know the ubiquitous Toyota Vios. Introduced
A ’70s child’s take on the people’s car of today
As a child of the '70s, I had always thought of the Volkswagen brand as synonymous with the iconic Beetle. It was our first family car, and we simply called it the Volks. Our late father, many years later, would fondly recount
Blink, and you might miss the subtle details
I've been standing in front of the 2019 Honda Civic RS for several minutes, and I haven't quite realized it yet. Okay, so maybe I should be a little embarrassed, as a veteran motoring writer, not to have noticed the
Sometimes it's all you need
She squints a little at my lab results, and as her eyes furrow, I become anxious and my blood pressure rises accordingly (thank goodness she already took my BP). But in the end, she explains that other than carrying excess weight that'
It’s been an expensive year so far
The law applies to all, otherwise to none at all.It's a sentiment that we truly believe in, especially when it comes to traffic laws. We believe no one should be immune to enforcement and due punishment-including us. We really
Our attempt to try a car-less future
When people ask me what car I drive to work, my answer usually surprises them: Whatever Grab car arrives at my village. The reality is, driving in our city isn't fun anymore. It's mind-numbing gridlock with a sprinkling of
It’s not worth it
Whenever a new law gets enacted in the Philippines, we have a tendency to dismiss it as another of the government's in-the-moment measures that are bound to be forgotten as quickly as another Enteng Kabisote sequel. Even if the
How the subcompact sedan plans to reinvigorate the Korean brand
Some things just aren’t meant to last
Hey. I was doing just fine before I met you.Well, not really. Before we met, I relied on public transport and the generosity of college dormmates to get around. And if those weren't available, I was forced to use my
Cars shape you in ways you won’t even notice
It's 3am, raining cats and dogs outside, and I'm sitting cold and soaked inside a Honda Jazz parked in the middle of an empty BGC lot. There's an 80lb fridge sitting in the rear seat, and several boxes of
This is not a proper review
Manual. Soft top. Ceramic white. Fabric seats. That's the exact Miata I will buy. Someday. The RF variants are fine, but I knew the moment I laid my eyes on this off-white color during the 2016 media launch that it'
And I loved every second of it
On January 26, another contender in the local pickup wars was introduced: the new Mitsubishi Strada. And for the grand event, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines invited us to Pampanga to witness and experience the cool tricks its new truck can do off the
“To drive, it just feels like logical evolution of the 991”
Yep, you're correct-it doesn't look much different from the last one. Which itself was quite clearly related to the one before it, and now you come to mention it, wasn't dissimilar to the one before that.There were
Ferrari 488 Pista vs. McLaren 600LT vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS at Circuit de Charade
A big one, this. Porsche vs. Ferrari vs. McLaren. Wings, turbos, and 700hp. Yes, car safety has moved on in the last 50 years and the electronics are very clever these days, but to see these three growl down the pitlane is
Two quite different sports cars battle it out
Two cars separated by 99hp, £70,000 (P4.8 million), eight-tenths from 0-100kph, and 64kph at the top end. Not much competition when it comes to image, either: The Vantage is a tailored suit; the M2 Competition, a pair of
Where the craziness of the grid spectacle is beaten only by the intensity of the racing
Everything is familiar, except it isn't. Not quite. There is shotgun neon, and purposeful bustle. There are huddles of shops, striding people and the pulse of commerce, industrious swarms of taxis and more neon, layered upon each other in a deluge
Iñigo Anton is a kid to watch
Anybody who has followed Philippine motorsports over the last two decades knows that Carlos Anton is a force to be reckoned with. The lowdown: He's a multi-awarded racer in various racing disciplines, ranging from slalom to touring cars. I know
Our Botchi Santos shares his car-guy journey
For the most part, I never imagined myself being a Toyota guy. I've owned three Toyotas in the last ten years, but prior to that, I had owned Mitsubishis and a Nissan. But my Toyota ownership has been quite interesting, gut-
It can really do it all
Sting's 'Desert Rose' was released in 1999 and quickly climbed the charts. It's a heady mix of hard-pounding bass, futuristic arpeggio effects, traditional tabla percussion, and the melodic wail of Algerian singer Cheb Mami's soaring vocals above Sting'
Not for the faint of heart
The '90s were a wonderful time for cars, especially for JDM models which have now become bonafide classics. I was born at the start of the decade, so I was too young to have driven any of them then, but I admired
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