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2020 Toyota Supra: From Supra to Super Car

A short stint behind the wheel of the 2020 Toyota Supra may not be enough to constitute a comprehensive test drive. But since the new sports car we test drove was lent to us by a supportive private owner and not part of the Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) media test fleet, we eagerly grabbed the opportunity to get a feel ...

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2019 Toyota Hilux Conquest 2.8 4×4 A/T: El Conquistador De Mi Corazon

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “conquest” as “the act or process of conquering” or as “something conquered especially a territory appropriated in war” or as “a person whose favor or hand has been won”. Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) couldn’t have picked a better name for its top-of-the-line pickup truck, the Toyota Hilux Conquest because it has won the hearts and ...

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2019 Kia Soluto 1.4 EX A/T: Exceeding Expectations

The January 2019 launch of the all-new Kia Soluto, the Korean automaker’s entry-level model, reminded us of a defining conversation we had a few years ago with the owner of a motorcycle manufacturer who was apprehensive to lend their 100 cc single-cylinder standard motorbike for a test ride and evaluation for our sister publication, MotorCycle Magazine. “After riding high-end super ...

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2019 Audi Q2 1.0 TFSI: Shattering the Liter Engine Myth

I have to admit that I was quite skeptical when they handed me the keys to the 2019 Audi Q2 1.0 TFSI. After all, it isn’t everyday that I get to drive a compact German crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) finished in a bright and eye-catching hue of Vegas Yellow. But that’s not why I’m skeptic: It’s the one-liter engine ...

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Toyota RAV4: 25 Years of Recreational Driving Fun

It’s hard to believe that the Toyota RAV4 has been around for a quarter of a century already. It debuted in 1994 as the first compact crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) and its name was an amalgamation meaning “Recreational Activity Vehicle 4WD”. Toyota Motor Corporation created the RAV4 in response to their customers’ demands for a vehicle that had the ...

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Tripping The Lights Fantastic On My 54th Birthday

I was asleep and dreaming about driving a yellow Ferrari 458 Spider with my wife Shawie when I heard her voice whispering gently in my ear. “Wake up, sleepy head”, she teased me. “It’s your birthday tomorrow! I’m going to give you what you’ve always been dreaming about ever since we started dating. I’m going to buy you a sports ...

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2019 Honda Jazz 1.5 RS Navi CVT: All That Jazz!

I am a big fan of the Honda Jazz. Consider that when it was introduced in 2001, the first-generation Jazz (GD-series) or Fit, as it is labelled in other markets, immediately achieved international recognition by winning Japan Car of the Year for 2001-2002 and Japan Car of the Year 30th Anniversary Special Award “Best 3rd Decade Car“; RJC Car of the Year Award 2002; Top ...

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2019 Volkswagen Santana 1.4 Trendline: The People’s Car Returns

“Volkswagen” is an amalgamated German word that combines “volks” (people) and “wagen” (car) to describe the originator’s goal to create the people’s car or a German car that can be afforded by the masses. The original people’s car was the 1938 Volkswagen Type 1, which could be purchased through a special savings scheme called Kraft durch Freude (Strength through Joy) or ...

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2011 Mazda MX-5 PRHT: Revisiting a Drive from a Different Time

While digging through the Power Wheels Magazine archives, we found a Driven article about the 2011 Mazda MX-5 with the PRHT or power retractable hard top. Former Power Wheels Magazine Editor-in-Chief Dino Directo III, who’s now the Motoring Editor of Manila Times and Editorial Director of Autocar Philippines, wrote about his time behind the wheel of Mazda’s phenomenal roadster that put a smile on his ...

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