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Ranging from P2-4 million: 20 SUVs that show you’ve made it...

SPORT utility vehicles or SUVs have gone a long way. From vehicles known for their utility and practicality, they’ve become symbols of success. True enough, pickup-based SUVs, like the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Ford Everest, Nissan Terra, and Chevrolet Trailblazer, have become the top choice of vehicle, displacing midsize executive sedans in the process.

Audi Q8: Crossover Qandy

CAN an SUV be both large and fun? This seems to be the question that German carmaker Audi sought out to answer when its designers worked on the Q8. The first-ever in its lineage, the full-size luxury crossover SUV debuted in the market last year — with a regional unveiling in October by way of the Audi Brand Experience (ABE) Singapore.

The Evolution of the Hypercar — featuring Pagani

FOUNDED IN 1992, Pagani Automobili S.p.A, or simply better known as Pagani, named after its founder and master carbon-fiber manufacturer, Horacio Pagani, has been building, what I would like to describe as, the redefinition of the supercar, in very measured numbers. As much as I champion and embrace fully electric and alternative fuel vehicles, I am still from the old school of thinking that a car is more than the sum of all its parts. The supercar standard was arguably first established with the Lamborghini Miura in 1966. That new standard was the alchemy of melding exotic design with extreme dynamic performance in all measures.

Suzuki rolls out the all-new Jimny

SUZUKI has unveiled the much-awaited all-new Jimny. Suzuki’s new baby 4x4 boasts a simple, rugged design and promises the same legendary off-road capability that remains faithful to its iconic predecessors.

Volvo rolls out its new baby SUV, the XC40

RESURGENT Volvo, enjoying unprecedented growth in both the local and global automotive markets, has yet another surefire hit on its hands. It’s the Swedish car maker’s smallest-ever SUV, and it’s called the XC40.

Pedaling through history, eliminating further ‘bloodshed’

IT’S that time of the year to go outdoors and enjoy the summer sun. While many have opted to go to the beach this year (water troubles in the Metro may have had a hand in this choice), our group of cyclists turned our sights northward and upward, and decided to do something no other recreational and weekend warrior bikers have dared done before.

This 4×4 is also a daily driver:Jeep wrangles a ladies’ man

GENERALLY, vehicles built for off-road driving are hardly known for subtlety, or even creature comforts. The ability to take on the most difficult of terrains often overrides the interest in providing finesse and refinement because, well, it just doesn’t look the part.

The conquering Cullinan:First Rolls-Royce sport-ute rolls into PHL

PURISTS may have screamed “Sacrilege!” at the mere idea of uber-luxury brand Rolls-Royce deigning to put out an SUV, but the fuss all surely looks like much ado about nothing now. It was a logical next step, anyway.

Toyota donates coaster to Paralympics group

TOYOTA Motor Philippines (TMP) said it recently turned over a Toyota Coaster to the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) to support Filipino Paralympics athletes. The donation was made under Toyota Motor Corporation’s global initiative, called “Start Your Impossible,” which aims to provide opportunities to Paralympics athletes.

New BMW X5 arrives:Boss man cometh again

HOW appropriate it was for SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation (SMCACDC), official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, to mark the March 11 arrival of the popular Sports Activity Vehicle -- that’s BMW parlance for SUV -- BMW X5 with San Miguel Corporation president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang in attendance.

Jimny Eat World:Suzuki Philippines brings in all-new version of iconic ‘cute...

THERE were a few bright spots in last year’s automotive scene, what with the onset of the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) Law, which effectively stymied a multi-year run of growth for the domestic industry owing to higher vehicle price tags, with a few exceptions.

Music and MG:Free concerts headline brand’s summer push

MG PHILIPPINES on March 9 kicked off the first in a series of live, free musical concerts dubbed “MG Live!” at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

Jaguar’s electric crossover voted European Car of the Year

JAGUAR’S fully electric compact crossover, the I-Pace, has been named the 2019 European Car of the Year (COTY).

Nissan to sell Leaf EV in PHL in 2020

THE Nissan Leaf electric vehicle will be sold in the Philippines and Indonesia in 2020 as Nissan Motor plans to assemble EV components in key Southeast Asian markets.

Audi goes on EV offensive at Geneva motor show

FOUR new all-electric drive vehicles, four new plug-in hybrid versions of existing models, and a fully electric racecar -- these are what Audi is displaying at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, which opened on March 5 and which ends on March 17.

Autohub turns 20:Aims for bigger footprint

LET’S face it: The automobile sector is among the world’s cutthroat industries where competition at whatever price point is equally intense. The passion to succeed is expressed in the commensurate urgency to generate sales numbers.

Terra fuerte!:Nissan’s midsize SUV takes on the trails of Mount Mayon

CALL it coincidence or divine providence. The belated arrival in 2018 of the Nissan Terra, Nissan Philippines, Inc.’s (NPI) first entry in the local midsize SUV category, may have served as the crowning glory of a banner year for the Japanese car manufacturer in the country.

New Ferrari F8 Tributo packs brand’s most powerful V8 ever

FERRARI at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday introduced the new F8 Tributo, the most powerful V8-powered road car in the brand’s history.

UK trade envoy visits Bentley Manila

THE United Kingdom’s Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to the Philippines, Richard Graham, recently visited the Bentley Manila showroom in Bonifacio Global City. He was accompanied by British ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce and UK Trade and Investment director Richard Colley.

Shell Eco-Marathon marks 10th edition, returns to Malaysia

THIS year’s Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Asia will be held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, where it debuted in 2010.

Are you ready for online car shopping?

One of the biggest stories in the automotive industry right now is Tesla’s announcement that it is shifting its business model in the US (and around the world eventually) to strictly online car-selling. In other words, the American electric vehicle manufacturer is shutting down its physical stores in favor of an all-encompassing digital one.

Notte and nice

SEVENTY-five-year-old scooter brand Vespa has long reached iconic status around the world for its distinctive design and performance. One of seven mobility companies owned by Piaggio & Co. SpA, the brand has never shied away from evolving.

Own the ‘night’

THE Vespa Notte (“notte” is Italian for “night”) is the special series available for the 150cc version of the Vespa Sprint) and the 300cc variant of the Vespa GTS Super -- meaning two of the most recent large-frame Vespa scooters.

Audi Q5 2.0 TDI: Executive chic in award-winning mid-size package

MUCH fanfare has surrounded the enthroning of the Q8 as Audi’s preeminent SUV. Supplanting the Q7, the mid-size Q8 is imagined by the Ingolstadt-based premium car maker as “[uniting] the elegance of a four-door luxury coupe with the practical versatility of a large SUV than can be used for both business and leisure.”

Ayala Automotive fuses sight, sound in Art Fair piece

IAN Carlo Jaucian’s “Car Keys” was the featured work of Ayala Corporation (AC) Automotive in the 2019 edition of Art Fair Philippines held on Feb. 22-24 at The Link in Makati City.

Dashboard (02/27/19)

PHILIPPINE Chevrolet distributor The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI) said it is offering all-in low down payment options on select Chevrolet models.

Toyota holds new Hiace’s world premiere in PHL

CONFIRMING the veracity of the buzz leading to the much-awaited launch of its new vehicle, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) presented the all-new iteration of its popular van nameplate. Unveiled on Feb. 18 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taguig City was the sixth-generation Toyota Hiace.

The Queen’s gambit:Hyundai’s new Reina subcompact sedan gives a royal tour...

FILIPINOS are used to having women lead the way. We’ve already had two female presidents, two vice-presidents, and two chief justices. And then there are the countless other female civic leaders and corporate captains of industries.

Lamborghini Urus takes top Robb Report award

THE Lamborghini Urus was named the 2019 Robb Report Car of the Year. In a statement Lamborghini Manila quoted the American luxury-lifestyle publication as saying the super SUV is a “class-defying breed.”

Lexus shows off bespoke tires inspired by Nike Air Force 1...

LEXUS announced it collaborated with street wear designer John Elliott in creating bespoke tires for the new Lexus UX. The tires, billed the “Sole of the UX,” were inspired by the all-white John Elliott x Nike Air Force 1 (AF1) sneaker and, according to Lexus, embody the “spirit of clean, purposeful, and modern design.”

Comebacking old guard:All-new Toyota RAV4 to target ‘niche’ market

TOYOTA Motor Philippines (TMP) continues to beef up its portfolio of sport-utility vehicles with the introduction of the all-new Toyota RAV4. Unveiled at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater in Taguig City on Feb. 8, the fifth generation of the compact SUV first seen in 1994 comes at a time when the global appetite for the ute continues to drive sales (one in every three vehicles sold worldwide is an SUV).

New Suzuki Ertiga turns up the (cargo) volume

JUST a week after the Jan. 23 introduction of the second-generation Suzuki Ertiga compact MPV, Suzuki Philippines, Inc. mounted a ride-and-drive activity using the new model.

Audi’s fast wagon RS 4 Avant now sold in PHL

IT made its world debut in September 2017 as a 2018 model, and now, this fourth version of the Audi RS 4 Avant is available in the Philippines. Avant is Audi-speak for its wagon variants while RS designates the high-performance renditions of Audi models. The RS 4 identifies the model generations of the Audi A4 -- including a sedan and a cabriolet -- which were given the high-performance treatment.

New subcompact sedan Soluto unveiled: Ayala presents revitalized Kia PHL

IT’S official: Ayala Corporation takes control of Kia Philippines. The rejuvenated brand was re-launched on Jan. 20 through a major event attended by Ayala officials, dealer-partners and other guests.

Heavily revised Mitsubishi Strada debuts in PHL, sold in 6 variants

ON NOV. 9, 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) held in Bangkok, Thailand, the global premiere of the upgraded Mitsubishi Triton -- or Strada, in some markets, including the Philippines (the model is also sold in other places as the L200). During the launch program, MMC chief executive officer Osamu Masuko underscored the Strada’s importance in the company’s lineup, saying the pickup provides a “solid foundation on which we will grow our business in Thailand, the ASEAN region and the world.”

Less is more:6 fuel-efficient drivers top Isuzu’s economy run

THE usually placid headquarters of Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) at the Laguna Technopark in Biñan, Laguna province was abuzz with activity on the morning of Jan. 26. And it wasn’t just because of the daily “rajio taiso,” or the morning stretching exercises Japanese companies use to wake up the sleepy muscles of its staff.

Toyota changes format of one-make race series

TOYOTA MOTOR Philippines (TMP) announced it is introducing changes to its motor sports program this year with the launch of the Vios Racing Festival 2019.

Whether you approve or not, Chinese-made cars are coming

Last year, when Volkswagen Philippines launched five new vehicles sourced from China, many people were livid. How could a German automaker with a rich heritage foist Chinese-made cars on them? Anywhere but China, commented some of these consumers. Much of the feedback was so negative that it was hard to tell whether customers were upset because they thought Chinese products were inferior or because they hated the People’s Republic for entirely political reasons.