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2021 Suzuki XL7: Multi-Purpose Vehicle Defined and Updated

“Do it your way. Make the most of every moment and don’t settle for anything less. The XL7 complements your adventurous attitude with robust styling.” – This is how Suzuki Philippines, Inc. (SPH) markets the Suzuki XL7 multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in their website. I somehow tend to agree with their ad copy about “making the most of every moment” and ...

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2021 Toyota Vios 1.3 XLE CVT: The Beauty of Simplicity and Ubiquity

Merriam-Webster defines the word “ubiquitous” as “existing or being everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread”. Ubiquitous is an accurate word to describe Toyota Motor Philippines‘ front-wheel drive (FWD) four-door subcompact sedan, the Toyota Vios. Now on its third generation, the Vios is one of the most popular and best-selling nameplates in the local automotive market. Everywhere you look, ...

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2021 Maxus V80 Comfort: Driving to a Mission of Hope in Pangasinan

Our job as motoring journalists often brings opportunities to help our less fortunate countrymen. Before the National Capital Region (NCR) was placed under the so-called “NCR Bubble” lockdown towards the end of March 2021 to stem the spread of the Coronavirus, we were tasked to chronicle Bridgestone Philippines’ donation of classrooms to the Talogtog-Bateng Elementary School in Mangaldan, Pangasinan through ...

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2021 Kia Stonic EX A/T: Speedy Tonic Against The Common Crossover

A portmanteau is a blend of words in which parts of multiple words are combined to form a new word, such as “motel”, which was coined by blending the words “motor” and “hotel”. It was not surprising that Kia Motors, the Korean car brand with “The Power to Surprise” motto, used a portmanteau blending “speedy” and “tonic” to name its ...

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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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