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Road markings and what they mean

There's not a week that passes by without a photo of an erring motorist popping up on the Facebook feed, most likely in blatant violation of posted traffic signs or street markings. To serve as a refresher, and to possibly curb horrific incidents in graphic viral videos, have a look out our short summary of common road markings and what they mean. Solid white line Lateral solid lines (stretching across your path) warn of obstacles that can cross a vehicle's path. You'll see them just before intersections, pedestrian crossings, railroad crossings and the like. A solid line across the width of the road marks where your vehicle must come to a full stop, unless indicated to proceed by a traffic light or when clear. Keep your front tire from crossing the white line …

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Carving through the Canary Islands

Off the west coast of Africa are a chain of islands built up by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. They abruptly rise out of the sea to form the Canary Islands, a colony of Spain. In Tenerife, the largest of the islands, we were invited by Porsche to take a drive on the island’s numerous narrow and winding roads in the 2016 911 Carrera, Carrera S, and Carrera S Cabriolet. The new 911 can be identified by its new headlights, with stacked projectors inside the conventional oval housing. Lower on the front, the LED daytime running lights are housed in a narrower strip, serving as both park lights and indicators. Vents sit just under it with active flaps to adjust aerodynamics as the car accelerates. Behind, the rear vents have been …

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Unmasking the new Mirage

As a timely response to the recent arrival of new competitors in the small car scene, Mitsubishi has launched its updated 2016 Mirage at the Solaire Resort & Casino in Pasay City last week. The small hatchback features improvements to the exterior and interior along with the endorsement of the country’s most popular duo, Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards. The new Mirage sports a new face with a larger grille, new projector headlights with integrated daytime running lamps, and additional chrome trim on the front bumper. A new set of wheels give it a more upmarket feel. While behind, new LED tail lights make it distinct from afar. More new features are the “Welcome” and “Coming Home” lights. Welcome lights turn on when the vehicle is unlocked through the key fob, allowing …

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All eyes on China

Boasting of six consecutive years of record new car sales and the largest number of new vehicles built, it's no surprise that the world continues to turn its eyes to China when it hosts a motor show. In spite of the recent slowdown, it still continues to be a massive market. Proof of this is the numerous exclusive models and modifications offered by mainstream brands in the country. China's own manufacturers also take advantage of this world stage, debuting to the world their latest creations. A visit to Auto China 2016, also known as the Beijing Motor Show, proved to be an eye-opener, giving a glimpse, not just of how the world's established automakers see the potential in China, but how their homegrown brands see the global market. One of the automotive …

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Porsche unveils 718 Cayman in Beijing

All eyes were set on China this week for the Beijing International Auto Show. It should come as no surprise as the country has set records for largest new vehicles sales six years in a row, and the most automobiles produced since 2008. As such, sports car maker Porsche has chosen Auto China 2016 — the biannual Beijing international auto show — as the venue for the premier of its latest sports car, the 718 Cayman. In 2015, the country was the sports car maker's strongest single market for the first time, with Porsche delivering 58,009 vehicles there. In China, sports cars appeal primarily to young customers, with under-30-year-olds account for one-third of the customers for Boxster and Cayman in its most recent survey.   Homage to a past champion With a crowd gathered …

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Fast cat shows off its claws

Jaguar Cars, Inc. (JCI) recently held  its “Jaguar F-Type Experience” at the Clark International Speedway, where media and special guests drove the Jaguar F-Type Coupé. The sports car is the marque’s most performance-focused production Jaguar yet. “We are introducing the Jaguar F-TYPE to a wider segment including the younger, more performance-oriented drivers who will appreciate its sportiness, as well as its Jaguar flagship looks. The F-Type definitely breaks into supercar territory with undeniable performance features to make this Jaguar a powerful contender in its class,” said Wellington Soong, Chair and President of Jaguar Cars, Inc. The new all-aluminium Jaguar F-Type Coupé is a performance-oriented car with styling that hints of its historic E-Type ancestor, complemented by the power under its bonnet. It is available in two versions; the F-Type R Coupé, propelled …

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Suzuki Ciaz officially launched

Suzuki Philippines is daring to enter the competitive B-segment sedan market with the launched of its Ciaz last week in Makati. Positioned squarely against market leaders like the Toyota Vios, Honda City, and Hyundai Accent, the Ciaz is planning to offer a more comfortable and spacious ride, being the longest car in its class. The Ciaz offers a sophisticated exterior and interior, along with an array of standard equipment. Suzuki claims it has bigger door apertures, which allows for increased legroom, headroom and shoulder-room. The Ciaz is offered in two trim levels: the entry-level GL and the range-topping GLX. The GL features projector-type headlights, a chrome grill, a glass-printed antenna, power side mirrors, color-keyed door handles and window trims, and 15-inch wheels and keyless entry. Inside is an instrument cluster with a …

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Smart solutions

The automotive industry shows no sign of slowing down, as evidenced by the fanfare at the recent Manila International Auto Show. Presented by Worldbex Services International, there were many examples of vehicles adhering to the “Smart Mobility” theme. Chevrolet One such example was the Chevrolet Sail, the American marque’s new B-segment sedan, that hopes to do battle in the fiercely competitive segment. Chevrolet brand ambassadors, Zoren and Maverick Legaspi were present for the vehicle’s debut at the show. It’s powered by either a 1.3-liter engine with a five-speed manual transmission or a 1.5-liter engine with a four-speed automatic transmission. More details will be announced when the vehicle arrives in June this year. Besides the Sail, Chevrolet also had much of its line up positioned around the Chevrolet Hub, like the Trailblazer, Trax and Colorado. …

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An African adventure in Palawan

Fortunes are won and lost in the fiercely competitive Pickup-based Passenger Vehicle (PPV) or 7-seater SUV segment, only serving to highlight the importance of these models in their respective brands’ lineups. Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) is well aware of this fact, and as such, spares no expense in improving and showcasing the many abilities of its Mu-X SUV. Just recently, IPC flew select members of the media to the picturesque isle of Busuanga in Palawan. And while any journey here typically entails an itinerary of rest and relaxation, it would be no simple feat for the SUVs we would be driving. Thanks to the growing popularity of the region among tourists, it is already seeing some infrastructure development in the form of more regular flights, ferries and more roads. Yet that improvement …

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Inside Racing Bike Fest

Just a week before the Manila International Auto Show, the World Trade Center hosted another gather of vehicles in the form of the Inside Racing Bike Festival and TradeShow, last April 2 and 3. Now in its 10th year, the annual motorcycle motorshow gathered some of the country’s largest motorcycle manufacturers, custom shops, aftermarket parts and accessory suppliers and associated industries. Long lines to enter hardly daunted visitors as the IR Bike Fest served as the venue for motorcycle model premieres and debuts, as well as launches of some the newest products. Besides the manufacturer booths, Inside Racing also staged a custom bikeshow with some of the craziest custom concepts lined in between booths. Stoked, Inc. also had its special surfing-inspired custom bike show with various scramblers and café racers adhering …

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