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2017 Toyota 86 M/T: Scratching An Itch That Needed To Be Scratched

Sales records show that private vehicles with automatic transmissions (A/T) currently outsell vehicles with manual transmissions (M/T), especially after vehicular traffic in the country has turned from bad to worse. The number of A/T units in the car manufacturers’ test fleets also reflects this sales phenomenon and buyers’ preference. Most of the new vehicles sent to us for evaluation have ...

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2021 Chery Tiggo 7 Pro: And The Hits Just Keep On Coming!

Despite the pandemic situation in 2020, we got to test drive the entire crossover/sport utility vehicle (SUV) model line-up of Chery Philippines. We were quite impressed with all the models, starting with the entry-level Tiggo 2 subcompact crossover vehicle, to the more-upmarket Tiggo 5X Lux compact SUV, to the fully-equipped Tiggo 7, and up to the top-of-the-line Tiggo 8. After ...

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2021 Maxus T60 Pro 4×2 A/T: Are You Tough Enough?

We’ve been doing a lot of cleaning and organizing during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the metropolis was under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), we did a general clean-up of our residence and home office while under quarantine. When the restrictions were eased, we had some repairs done to our house. These past few months, we’ve been reorganizing our other businesses to ...

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2020 Suzuki Dzire 1.2 GL+: Subcompact Premium Sedan

My very first job was selling brand-new cars in 1989. Back then, features like power steering, power windows, power side mirrors, and central door locking were only found in expensive luxury cars. In the 1990s, mid-priced sedans began having these power features but only the top-end luxury cars had body-colored bumpers, a premium sound system, and rear aircon vents. In ...

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2020 Chery Tiggo 2: Fun-Sized Ideal Car for First-Time Buyers (and Working Moms, Too!)

When it comes to cars, I must admit that I’m a late bloomer. I learned to drive only in 2004 and I only drive cars with an automatic transmission. My first car was our family car, an older compact 4-door sedan, which was replaced three years later by a newer subcompact 5-door hatchback. Before I joined the business of my ...

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2020 Maxus G10: Family Van For The New Normal

It was just one of those days. We were going to celebrate my wife’s 50th birthday with a weekend family lunch at our favorite steak house. She was going to fetch her mom, her brother and a family friend while our two grown kids and I were going to fetch my mom, my sister and their helper. and bring the ...

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2020 Chery Tiggo 8 Lux EX: The Chery on Top

The phrase “cherry on top” is a metaphor that means adding something small and special to something that is already nice to make it much more enriched. It comes from the idea that a bowl of ice cream topped with whipped cream is made even more wonderful when a maraschino cherry is put on top of the sweet concoction. Our ...

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2020 Maxus G50 Pro: Delightful To Drive (No Stiff Upper Lip Needed)

Those who know me very well know that I call a spade a spade. I have very little tolerance for lies, untruths and half-truths. Thus, when a Chinese car company focuses the majority of their advertising campaign on the “British-ness” of their products, I tend to question the authenticity of their claim. After all, a company owning the intellectual property ...

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2021 Chery Arrizo 5E EV: An Electrifyingly Pleasant Surprise

My wife Shawie and I were pleasantly surprised to receive an unscheduled demo vehicle from Chery Auto Philippines. We weren’t expecting another Chery test drive so soon, especially since we just had the top-of-the-line Tiggo 8 the previous weekend. My wife called up Elgie Nunez of United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI) just to be sure, and Elgie apologized when ...

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2020 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 AWD: A Short But Sweet Electrifying Drive

The invitation from Ryan Bermudez of Jaguar Philippines was short notice but it was so unique and intriguing that we felt compelled to go. We were invited to test drive the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 AWD, the company’s first fully electric vehicle, at the site of the new Sevina Park exclusive townhouses in Biñan, Laguna. Since the test drive was ...

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