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An ill-fated, overlooked gem
In 2013, Honda Cars Philippines had a model lineup that could only be described as lackluster. Think the much-maligned ninth-gen Civic and the not-too-exciting fourth-gen CR-V. Gone were the days of the Civic SiR, and still
The third-generation release is still quite the looker
The relationship between the Mazda BT-50 and the Ford Ranger goes as far back as the early '70s with the Courier, Ford's entry to the compact-pickup segment then dominated by Toyota and Datsun (Nissan). It was manufactured by Mazda,
It's a real off-road machine
The first-generation Suzuki Vitara came out in 1988, but did not officially reach Philippine shores until 1994. When it was eventually sold here, it was only available with a manual transmission-which, in hindsight, was a good thing, as early Vitaras
It was the ultimate barakada-mobile in the '90s
The Toyota Liteace first arrived locally in the early '80s in the form of the Townace available on the gray market. Those who fancied one but didn't want the gray-market option, though, had to wait until the late '80s, when
Nissan’s answer to the CR-V and RAV4
The year 2001 saw the launch of the X-Trail in Japan as Nissan's answer to the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, both of which were then in their second generation. This meant the X- Trail had to compete
A well-loved model
Chariot, Expo and Nimbus: These were names the Mitsubishi Space Wagon went by in other markets. In the US, it even crossed brand boundaries during Mitsubishi's joint venture with Chrysler in the '80s, and was sold as the Dodge/Plymouth Colt
This is a wagon with character
In the Philippine car market, General Motors' sedan offerings have always been associated with Daewoo's-small wonder considering it is common knowledge that GM has a stake in Daewoo. In a sense, then, one could actually say the Chevrolet Optra's
The model that launched a Banawe taillight revolution
The Lexus IS200 and its JDM-only sibling the Toyota Altezza were first introduced in Japan in late 1998, and in western markets a year later. Both cars were meant to take on the then unrivaled compact sports-sedan segment king, the
It isn’t a soft-roader. It’s hardcore
The Nissan Terrano was first launched worldwide in 1986 and began life locally as the Pathfinder pickup. But unlike its truck predecessor, which was only available locally with a diesel engine, the Terrano was available with both a diesel lump and a
A small off-roader that has a big following. Here’s why
Ever since the Daihatsu Feroza's local introduction back in the late '80s, its smaller-engined variants had been deemed inappropriate for the Filipino buyer's taste, so thankfully for us, we always had the beefier 1.6-liter version. This-combined
Looking for an off-road rig with all the comforts?
Suzuki isn't the biggest or most successful automaker in the world, but in certain niches, it has an enviable reputation and presence. While its sales in recent decades have been buoyed by the strong demand for microcars in India (where its
It has quite the reputation
The Toyota Hilux is a truck that needs no introduction. This is the car that kicked Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi out of Chad in the infamous 1987 "Toyota War," a feat that cemented its reputation as the AK-47 of pickup trucks.
More City than Accord?
The Honda Civic, once an enthusiast favorite, seems to have lost its way. After the conservative ES Civic of the early 2000s, the FD of 2006 seemed a return to form, with tight handling, revvy engines, and even a sporty 2.0-
It still looks fantastic
Introduced in 2012, the fourth-generation CR-V followed the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy, retaining its predecessor's mechanical package and body, albeit with a roofline lowered for better aerodynamics. Front-wheel-drive variants with the
But why would anyone let this go?
The MX-5 Miata started with a simple idea: to make a fun, affordable sports car in the vein of the classic '60s British roadster, but with modern technology. The first-generation NA model was an instant hit in 1989, providing intimate
A good bargain for what you get
The Kia Rio has always been rather stylish, but the brand kicked things up a notch with the Schreyer-styled third- generation car launched locally in 2012. While still retaining a taxi variant, the range was optimized for the 'lifestyle' market, with
The ‘affordable’ Korean sports car
In 2009, the Genesis Coupe entered a Philippine market starved of affordable rear-wheel-drive sports cars, the last being the Nissan Silvia, which entered in tiny numbers a decade earlier. The Hyundai was a surprise hit. And within a few short
An SUV for the (middle class) masses
As part of the 'Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle' triumvirate alongside the Innova and the Hilux, the Fortuner was the first truly 21st century ladder frame SUV in its class. Over the years, it has ruled the sales charts thanks to a
In the market for a secondhand pickup?
Launched in 2005 under the 'Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle' program, the Toyota Hilux shared many of its underpinnings and mechanical attributes with the Innova MPV and the Fortuner SUV. This allowed Toyota to offer a fully modern pickup with fuel-efficient
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