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The living legend

Once upon a time, well in 1985 to be exact, Honda Motor Company decided to build a D-segment vehicle that was to represent the brand in terms of luxury and sophistication. This nameplate was to become the flagship model, to cater to a niche market seeking nothing but the finest in terms of amenities, comfort and performance. It was launched with a comprehensive set of plush appointments and safety equipment never before installed in a Honda. The Legend came so fully stocked that the only option available for buyers was the choice between an automatic or manual transmission. It set the bar pretty high, not just for Honda which created a whole new division — Acura — for the Legend, but it also prompted other Japanese manufacturers to open up a luxury …

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Cutting-edge SUV

Out of all the models you can see at the Lexus Manila showroom in Bonifacio Global City, the RX 350 is probably the one that stands out versus all other models in its segment. The Deep Blue Mica shines under the sun like a newly minted coin with more edges than a ‘katana’, and those aren’t even its best features. Categorized as a luxury compact SUV, the RX 350 Premium is endowed with some pretty high-end stuff. But surprisingly, it wasn’t just the leather, the chrome or fancy trimmings that got me excited to spend a weekend with it. Sharp looks As other automakers soften the looks of their SUVS to give it a more conservative and plain exterior, Lexus decided to go the complete opposite way. Only a year old, this gregariously bold and daring …

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Cruisin’ in a Malibu

hevy’s known for many things, but one that stands out is their trucks. The Trailblazer and the pickup truck it is based on, the Colorado, are top of mind choices for those in the market for big, robust and capable vehicles. But surprisingly, Chevy’s also got a solid option for young professionals that are looking for something more than a basic run-of-the-mill executive vehicle; something that has elegance and sophistication without losing that sense of fun and…..for the lack of a better term, sportiness. The Malibu Named after the popular beach city in California, the eighth generation’s exterior seems more toned down than the vivacious lifestyle of Malibu dwellers, but that’s not to say it doesn’t bring in the ‘fun’ aspect of driving. The Malibu 2.4 AT LTZ, which is the subject of our …

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Get ready for Season 3

Celebrity racers, heart-pounding action, intense wheel-to-wheel racing and live concerts all for free and packed in a weekend of fun and entertainment for the entire family. That only means one thing, the Vios Cup is back! The biggest motorsports event in the country is set to debut Season 3 on Mar. 19, at the Clark International Speedway and according to Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), this will even be better than the last. 54 racers from 45 individual teams plus nine celebrity racers have signed up for Vios Cup Season 3, making the starting grid of the first race this season the biggest ever. Super Sporting Class To make the race more breathtaking for the fans and more challenging to the highly competitive racers, TMP has added a new race category called the Super Sporting …

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The future of luxury is here

Move the front seat with just the slightest touch, adjust the volume by simply waving your hand, or look out into the night illuminated by laser headlamps. These are just a taste of the technology that could change how automotive luxury is experienced. For the lucky few who’ve made bank last year, let me talk to you about the all-new BMW 740Li and 750Li. New engine, new core Befitting its status as BMW’s flagship sedan, the all-new 7-Series popped the ‘event cherry’ of the newly constructed Shangri-la Hotel BGC. It’s offered in 740Li and 750Li trims. The 740Li pairs BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology with an inline-six engine to crank out 326 Hp and 450 Nm of torque — enough to get it from 0-100 kph in 5.6 seconds. A completely redeveloped 4.4 V8 with BMW …

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Touchdown, Pilot

While the fly-bys and aerial show went on last week during the EDSA anniversary, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. proudly cleared the runway for the arrival of its own high-flyer, the all-new Honda Pilot. Introduced as a boxy eight-seater exactly 10 years ago in the country, Honda’s third generation mid-size SUV comes completely reshaped and re-imagined, and fully-stocked with the latest in-car and safety technologies. Fly features Right off the bat you’ll realize that it doesn’t look anything like its predecessor. While it is set a little lower than the second generation, it adds about two inches to the wheelbase, making it longer and wider. At the front quarter angle it looks somewhat like a bigger CR-V, but from a wider perspective the all-new Pilot looks unique and distinctly sexy with its newfound curves. Designed and …

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Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. expands to trucks and buses

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) expands its lineup of vehicles as an official distributor of Hyundai commercial vehicles in the Philippines. Last Feb. 15, coinciding with HARI’s 15th anniversary, executives from South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Company (HMC); Kim It Tae, Director of Commercial Vehicles, Hyundai Motor Company; and Kang Seong-Gi, General Manager, Commercial Vehicles Asia & Pacific Headquarters,  formalized the partnership by signing a memorandum of agreement with HARI president and CEO, Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, chairman emeritus, Richard L. Lee, and chairman, Edward S. Go. HARI aims to become the first name in commercial vehicles with this new partnership and it comes at a time when the Philippines is investing heavily on infrastructure with approximately US$ 2.9 billion worth of projects in the pipeline. These projects, which are significant pieces of the national …

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What do you love about your car?

promo by a petroleum company last Monday that asked motorists to show how much they love their car on social media was like a memo to all saying that Valentine’s Day is here. Men won’t have a problem relating for obvious reasons but I notice women nowadays showing the same amount of emotion to their daily drives. And with the traffic these days, the only thing you spend more time in is your desk at work and your bed at home. So I figured, let’s talk about the things to love about driving — features you love most about your car. We’ll rate the following features using X’s and O’s with XOXO being the highest. Displacement, horsepower and torque aside, there’s so much more to vehicles nowadays than what you get from under …

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The summit of the Everest

Just like the mountain that it was named after, the all-new Ford Everest has come a long, long way from its humble beginnings. Its 2006 predecessor now feels more like a distant cousin twice removed than simply a model that’s just two generations old. We take a look-see at what all the hype is about. Read on as we tackle Ford’s top draw, the all-new Everest Titanium 3.2L 4x4 AT. Filling up in all the right places Just like a gangly teen with good genes and a healthy appetite, the all-new Everest has filled up quite nicely in all the right places. It has rounded out all-around and along the edges giving it a fuller and more robust appearance. The Everest’s design is now sleeker and more fluid from any angle, yet is able …

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Satoru Suzuki steps in as new Toyota PH president

As Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) gears up for what is shaping up to be its fifteenth consecutive year of dominating Passenger and Commercial vehicle, and overall auto sales, it will do so with a new leader at the helm. Michinobu Sugata, the outgoing president of TMP, has recently concluded his fantastic tour-of-duty that began in 2010. Since taking over as the sixth president of TMP, Sugata not only expanded the lineup of Toyota models being offered in the country, he also grew the number of dealerships from 28 to 49 all around the Philippines. Under Sugata’s leadership, TMP started breaking sales records in 2012 and they haven’t looked back ever since. In 2014, TMP broke the 100-thousand annual unit sales mark, putting them in the elite Global Toyota 100k Club. Just last year, …

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