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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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2020 Honda BR-V: Underrated Overachiever

As Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) celebrates their 30th anniversary this month of October, we got to drive a Honda BR-V, the company’s 7-seat compact crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV). The abbreviation BR-V stands for Bold Runabout Vehicle, which Honda designed specifically for the Asian market to satisfy the demands for an affordable SUV that has a sleek design, high ground ...

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2020 Qingling Isuzu Taga 4×2: Driving The Other Prototype

At the time the government imposed an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to control the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, we were just about to conduct a test drive of a prototype 4×4 pickup truck that is based on the Isuzu D-Max. Back in March 2020, we were about to evaluate a Qingling Isuzu Taga 4×4, which is made by Qingling ...

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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 Jaguar XF R-Sport: An Executive Sedan You’d Love To Drive Yourself

We have to admit that we have a soft spot for the older Jaguar flagship sedans. We’ve always admired the classic elegance and graceful shape of the 1968-1992 Jaguar XJ (Series 1, 2 and 3) with their quadruple round headlamps, chrome grille, thin pillars, tapered rear, and eloquent overall design. This elegant design lineage remained intact up to the 2003-2009 ...

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