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Commuting executive-style with Avis

The worsening traffic, approaching holiday season and recent implementation of new traffic rules may hamper our ability to drive around town, yet getting around to meetings or errands is easier than most think. Most individuals will quickly turn to their phones to book a car from a transportation network vehicle services (TNVS), like Uber or Grab. Yet, for those with busy schedules and multiple stops, the waiting time and costs can quickly pile up. Thankfully, there’s a new alternative. As it celebrates its 44th anniversary, Avis Philippines is offering clients a chauffeur-driven ride within Metro Manila, called The Executive Class. With The Executive Class, clients may book a vehicle for up to 13 hours per day in a single booking. The chauffeured vehicle will pick up the client wherever desired, bring them to …

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The fast future Audi launches the 2017 R8 V10 Plus

Audi Philippines took the wraps off the second-generation . The modern supercar is propelled by a naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine, bucking the current trend of competitors that have replaced large displacement engines with smaller ones, assisted by turbos or electric power units. It makes an unmistakable arrival with full-LED headlights. Large air inlets with vertical fins flank the wide, signature Singleframe grill finished in gloss black. Another identifying mark of the V10 Plus are the carbon fiber sideblades in gloss silver in the standard model. The rear features a ventilation screen over the engine compartment, a broad air diffuser integrated into the rear bumper and, as standard in the V10 Plus, a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) fixed wing. The R8 V10 Plus is designed for maximum driving dynamics, being the fastest, sharpest, and …

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Open for adventure

There are many picturesque and exciting beach destinations around the Southeast Asian region, yet exploring them in Minis adds a whole new dimension. Among them, the island of Bali, Indonesia is easily one of the most popular. The locale welcomes millions of tourists a year, and it's not hard to see why. The island's unique Hindu influence, Asian hospitality and tempting blend of beaches both for surfing and swimming make for a packed itinerary. It is here that we were flown in by Mini Asia to experience the unique destination in two of their newest vehicles: the Cooper S Cabriolet and Cooper S Clubman. Both vehicles feature the latest generation of Mini styling. It's characterized by the English Bulldog-like “under bite”, twin intake scoops on the lower bumper, and rounded spoke wheels. Easily …

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Honda Philippines produces 5 millionth motorcycle

Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), manufacturer and distributor of motorcycles, celebrated its milestone of 5 millionth motorcycle manufactured in the country. To mark this occasion, HPI invited members of the press, special guests and VIPs to witness the 5 millionth unit, a red XRM 125 swathed in unique livery and drivetrain components finished in chrome, rolling off the production line and undergoing final inspection in its Tanauan, Batangas plant. The XRM 1245 is a particularly sentimental model for HPI, being the only motard underbone in its class, the company’s bestseller, and a model unique to the Philippines. The unit was joined by other special milestone motorcycles celebrating the 4 millionth, 3 millionth, 2 millionth, and first million motorcycles produced in the Philippines. Present for the momentous occasion and sharing some inspirational words were …

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The 6th Philippine International Motor Show’s surprises

Photos by AutoIndustriya.com The 6th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) opened its doors last Sept. 14-18, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, serving as a showcase of the past, present and future automotive technologies coupled with exciting activities for those in attendance. For those that missed it, all is not lost as we round up the pleasant surprises that awaited visitors to the event. Upon entry into the venue, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) set up a Brand Heritage Display composed of vehicles that played key roles in the participating brands’ histories. Total Philippines Corporation and BPI Family Savings Bank had pavilions for visitors to experience their services. TopGear had a Drift Box Challenge with Crazy Carts traversing a course. C! set up their Top Driver Challenge and …

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Cars are the stars of PIMS

Car aficionados, those looking to buy a new vehicle, or families keen for fun activities will find much to see and do at the Sixth Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS), running until Sept. 16, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. The country’s top automotive brands, members of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI), will once again gather under one roof guided by the theme, “Steer The Future” with the tagline “CAMPI: Driving Progress, Empowering Society.” This year’s PIMS will highlight the automotive industry’s valuable contributions to the advancement of the country and its economy, with a showcase the latest vehicles and automotive technologies. Set to participate in this years event are: BAIC, BMW, Daewoo Bus, Foton, Honda, Isuzu, Jeep, KIA, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, …

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Driving progress

The country’s top automotive brands will once again gather under one roof for the Sixth Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) this Sept. 14-18, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Members of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI), comprised of 18 of the top car manufacturers and distributors, gathered at The Marriot to drum up support for the upcoming event. This year’s PIMS is guided by the theme, “Steer The Future” with the tagline “CAMPI: Driving Progress, Empowering Society.” As such, the show will highlights the automotive industry’s valuable contributions to the advancement of the country and its economy, with a showcase the latest vehicles and automotive technologies. Set to participate in this years event are: BAIC, BMW, Daewoo Bus, Foton, Honda, Isuzu, Jeep, KIA, Lexus, …

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Morris Garages brings in first crossover

British marque, Morris Garages (MG), is strengthening its presence in the Philippine market with the launch of its new GS crossover SUV. It employs the brand’s 'Faceted Flow' design philosophy to imbue the vehicle with sleek “shard” headlights and tail lights, yet large bumpers and generous use of scratch proof material in front and behind. Inside, the GS features hooded instrument binnacles, intergrated entertainment and climate control systems as well as generous use of piano gloss accents for the dashboard. The second row seats have 60/40 split fold function to grant more cargo space or carry bulky items. Propelling the vehicle is a SGE 1.5TGI direct injection turbo-charged engine paired with a TST seven-speed dry dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. This is regulated by an intelligent all-wheel drive system that MG claims …

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Own the world

Captains of industry are often seen comfortably seated at the back of their large sedans. Yet for those leaders that prefer a more hands-on approach, there is the Rolls-Royce Wraith. Why would one opt for the Wraith over being chauffeured in a Ghost or Phantom? Unlike the typical chauffer-driven four-door variety, the Wraith is the most sporting of the RR lineup. It's the platinum car for the platinum card carrier and, besides privileged parking, will warrant for its owner the red carpet treatment just by rolling up to an establishment. This land yacht in its own right is built upon the Ghost platform. By classification, it is a grand tourer coupe, yet its length can still the size and space of a BMW 7-series to shame. The Wraith boasts of distinct character …

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Power to the people carrier

Being easy to drive, very fuel efficient, bulletproof reliable and capable of carrying a mix of people and cargo, it’s no surprise that the Innova has practically become an indispensable member of the Filipino family. It’s come in many forms since its first launch in 2005, yet none as hotly anticipated as this all-new second generation. When it was first launched, it made sure to include “revolution” in its tagline, as a subtle nod to the Revo AUV it replaced. It continues to salute to its predecessor with its more SUV-like form. It’s not just for looks as this new form also makes the new Innova longer, wider and taller, hence more spacious inside. While its body certainly draws stares, it’s the interior that will leave jaws dropped. Its interior has no …

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