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2020 Chery Tiggo 7: A Refreshing Battle of the Senses

As a motoring enthusiast first and a journalist after, I’ve driven, ridden, and evaluated hundreds of vehicles. I’ve seen the transition from carburetors to electronic fuel injection, the digitalization of formerly analog automotive components, the rise and proliferation of electronic driving aids, and the gradually changing direction towards electro-mobilization. With 12 years in the auto industry and 20 years in ...

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2020 Ecooter E1+: Intelligent Electric Cutie

The current COVID-19 pandemic has compelled people to reinvent their lifestyles as it has compelled companies to pivot their businesses. There is now more focus on essential goods and services as well as the care and protection of the environment. To signify their commitment to minimizing pollution, major carmakers are introducing hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) ...

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2020 Kia Forte Turbo GT: Turbocharged Modern Sleeper

I was driving along the rain-soaked toll ways with the cruise control set at 100 km/h when I saw a white late-model pickup truck beginning to loom large in my rear view mirror. The pickup truck was obviously being driven way above the speed limit so I gave way and moved to the slower lane on the right. But the ...

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2020 Volkswagen Santana GTS: Rekindling Passion Responsibly

Most modern vehicles are designed to transport you from point A to point B safely, quietly, comfortably, and efficiently. There are some vehicles that can transport you the same way but with more luxury, more verve, or more passion. And then, there are vehicles that can transport you back in time. These are the ones that can bring the zing ...

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2020 Land Rover Defender 110 S P400 Explorer: Sneak Peek and Short Drive

I have to admit that I have very limited experience driving the iconic Land Rover. The first time I ever rode in one was when I was a grade school student in the 1970s. My uncle Nestor Razon would sometimes swing by our house in his old 1960-something Land Rover Series II service vehicle on his way to work and ...

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2020 Mercedes-Benz V220d Avantgarde: Songs For A Winsome Luxury Van

Buying a brand new car is always an exciting experience. You go through a plethora of choices – from sedans to crossovers to SUVs, pickup trucks and passenger vans – leaf through brochures or browse over online reviews, and then decide on a particular brand and a specific model. Once you’ve ascertained that you have the budget, you visit a ...

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2020 Chery Tiggo 5X Lux: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The Chinese idiomatic phrase “Wo Hu Cang Long” translates to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and refers to the undercurrents of emotion, passion, and secret desires that lie beneath the surface of polite society and civil behavior. The phrase comes from one of the works of the ancient Chinese poet Yu Xin that says, “behind the rock in the dark probably ...

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2020 Honda HR-V 1.8 RS Navi CVT: Orange-Glazed Subcompact Simplicity

In our review of the 2019 Honda Jazz 1.5 RS Navi CVT, I stated that I was a big fan of the Jazz because of its intelligent and functional design, its performance and handling capabilities, its fuel mileage, and of course, its affordable price. But, after driving Honda’s HR-V, I’m beginning to be a bit inclined towards subcompact crossover vehicles ...

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2020 Jaguar F-Pace 2.0d R-Sport: Getting Spoiled

My wife Shawie and I were daydreaming. We were planning to live a simple life even if we were able to generate a huge windfall from the new business we were creating. When we become successful in our new endeavor, the only extravagance that we vowed to allow ourselves to indulge in would be a new house, a reliable and ...

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