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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 fully electric compact crossover, the I-Pace, has been named the 2019 European Car of the Year (COTY).
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.
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.
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.
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.
THIS year’s Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Asia will be held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, where it debuted in 2010.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.