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Decongesting cities

There are two common fallacies crassly employed by some government functionaries and businessmen. 1) Traffic is the problem. 2) You cannot stop progress. The spin to this is traffic is a sign of progress and development. It is, to be candid, an apologist approach, if not an attempt at misdirection, indeed, a patronizing commentary. The real issue is ill-administration in enforcing strict land use, zoning, government reservations, easements, set-backs, etc., and, instead, for the right price, caving in to the unbridled impetus of business to recoup investments ASAP, purposely constructing in areas where urban flow is detected, resulting in progressive obstruction, inconvenience, gridlock, and deteriorating collaterals of social and health risks. Urban congestion is actually the starting point of stand-still vehicular movement in Philippine cities and the staggering loss in opportunity cost. …

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Setting a new standard for crossovers

Everybody wants to go smaller to lessen fuel consumption and improve weight management for better overall efficiency. Automakers have been cutting down on engine displacement like you’ve been cutting down on carbs to free up some space for the holiday feast. It’s all well and good on paper, but as soon as you get behind the wheel and drive your first kilometer, all emotion and passion for driving goes out the window because majority feel the underwhelming performance due to the lack of power. The Covenant Car Company Incorporated (TCCCI), distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the Philippines, hopes to ‘bring back that loving feeling’ by introducing the very first crossover in the country that is powered by a small displacement turbocharged engine. WELCOME THE CHEVY TRAX 1.4T LT Being a crossover, the Trax shares …

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Wheels to expect in 2016

New year, new possibilities and among them is the prospect of upgrading to brand new wheels or getting yourself your first-ever. With so many auto manufacturers offering their ‘best’, from compacts to full-size and sedans to pick-up trucks, choosing may actually be the hardest part. Before you get into impulse-buying, here’s a list of what to expect from the automotive market as we start 2016 to give you a heads-up on what just got here and what’s coming soon. TOYOTA The country’s number one automaker is set to ring in 2016 with two major product launches, the all-new Fortuner and Innova. SUV fans have been eagerly awaiting news on when Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) was going to fully upgrade the 11-year old Fortuner and I’m pleased to say that in less than a week, TMP …

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Toyota introduces the future of auto production

The number one automaker in the world has just figured out a new way to make vehicles even better, inside and out. Using the all-new Prius as the poster child of the new platform, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) brought the international media to Fuji International Speedway in Japan to officially introduce the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). TOYOTA NEW GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE It sounds all fancy, but in a nutshell, the TNGA is a new development framework that will give TMC the freedom to accelerate research and development (R&D) in order to make all future vehicles more attractive in looks and performance, all while reducing cost so that each model may be priced more competitively. In other words, it is like having your cake and eating it too. Sharing platforms or frameworks lets TMC improve …

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