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Mitsubishi 4×4 camp

Text by Neil Pagulayan, Photos by Neil Pagulayan and Mitsubishi Motors Vehicles like the Mitsubishi Montero Sport and Strada pickup have been designed to tackle some serious off-road conditions. Yet few of us ever get to experience them at the absolute off-road limit. As such, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines, Corp. (MMPC) took it upon themselves to show us just what these vehicles can do. Called the 4x4 Camp, the event was held at the 78 hectare Tarlac Recreational Park, with special guest driver: two-time Paris-Dakkar Rally champ, Hiroshi Masouka. Masuoka-san claimed back to back wins in 2002 and 2003 at the Paris-Dakar Rally driving the Pajero. With the all-new Montero Sport being its spiritual successor, there could be no better man to show us how tough the vehicle really was. One look at the Montero …

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What are the benefits of carpooling?

A statement that had a lot of commuters and drivers losing their cool is when Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the traffic in the metro is just a byproduct of Filipinos’ ‘state of mind’. While the number coding scheme is widely adapted (and confusing in certain areas), it creates the second problem of people buying second cars to allow them to get around when their cars are affected. A solution that some people are aware of that has quite a number of interesting side-effects, is carpooling. Generally, carpooling is an arrangement between several people to take a single car to a common destination. In other countries, people do this especially when they all happen to work in the same office and live within the same general area. It’s a transportation solution and it can save you …

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Stanford researchers test air bag bike helmet

By Xinhua SAN FRANCISCO -- Researchers at Stanford University have tested a bike helmet that comes in a soft pocket worn around the neck and pops up, like an air bag, around a person's head when it senses a potential collision. Traditional "foam bike helmets can and have been proven to reduce the likelihood of skull fracture and other, more severe brain injury," said David Camarillo, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford. "But, I think many falsely believe that a bike helmet is there to protect against a concussion. That's not true." Given that bicycling is the leading cause of sports- and activity-related concussion and brain injury in the United States, Camarillo's lab, which works on understanding and preventing concussion, decided to test a new type of helmet that is originally designed …

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Road sense driven to serve

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is an active verb in the motoring industry. Not many know that in the midst of the roaring engines of power, auto industry companies have been deeply involved in community development in its many forms. Did you know that hectares have been reforested and mangroves replanted? Many school buildings have been constructed and free vocational and technical education is offered with hundreds of graduates who now have better paying jobs. There are also road safety seminars conducted among those who are too young to drive to make them aware of the proper use of roads early. Another car company regularly conducts driving lessons to give proper instructions to enhance driving skills. And those are only among the many CSR projects that continue to be implemented without much publicity. The …

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Yamaha unleashes a fierce experience

A new fierce riding experience awaits riders on the lookout for a new street motorcycle. Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. (YMPI) took the wraps off the the TFX-150 at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia. The TFX, which stands for “The Fierce Experience,” is a 150cc lightweight motorcycle, featuring naked styling, and a supermoto stance. An under cowl and side cowls give it some street fighter styling cues. It takes inspiration from its larger MT-series stablemates. Astute Yamaha fans will notice it looks very similar to the MT-Slaz 125 just recently launched in Thailand. Like the MT-Slaz, the TFX is built upon the Deltabox frame. Unique to the TFX-150 is the single cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC engine with EFI. It produces 16hp at 8,500rpm and 14.3Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. Keeping it afloat …

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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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A race like no other

Linkin Park, Maroon 5, Robbie Williams, Bon Jovi, the Biebs, even Boy George, and more recently Bastille and Imagine Dragons, all have something in common, and it's not who they dated. That would be weird… really weird. These marquee names have all, at one point in time, lit up and rocked out the Padang stage as part of the sights and sounds spectacle that is the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix (SGP). An eye-popping thirty-three performers were live throughout the weekend of September 16-18 and not the Zika virus nor the heat and humidity of the city-state of Singapore was going to stop me from checking out the 2016 Formula 1 SGP. Photos courtesy of Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit The track used by F1 cars is actually composed of regular streets, making …

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Return of the tough trucks

Hear the word “Chevrolet” and two things will immediately come to mind: muscle cars like the Corvette and Camaro, or rugged pickups trucks and SUVs that tear up the countryside. Such is Chevrolet’s excellent brand recall and awareness that they’ve managed to train our brains to subconsciously link them to all-American muscle and hard-working trucks. It comes as no surprise then that when Chevrolet proudly proclaimed, “We know trucks” during the launch of their new Trailblazer SUV and Colorado pickup, we completely believed them. Oozing machismo Exterior changes are rather subtle, but are significant enough to make a noticeable difference. The changes are most apparent up front, with reshaped headlights with daytime running lamps combined with an aggressively large grille and hood enhancing its masculine features. Large 18-inch alloys adorn all higher-end …

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Nissan High Performance Center to sell and service GT-R

By Neil Pagulayan Fresh from its highly publicized launch at the 6th Philippine International Motor Show, the Nissan GT-R has finally landed in the Philippines. For those keen to know where they can make a reservation and pick up the unit, it will be exclusively available at the Nissan High Performance Center (NHPC), formerly Nissan Quezon Avenue. MGM Motors Inc., owner of Nissan Ortigas and Nissan Quezon Ave. was recently appointed as the official distributor of the Nissan GT-R in the Philippines.  Their Quezon Avenue dealership is now an NHPC, and is the only authorized seller and service center of the 2017 Nissan GT-R.  A facility was built for the Nissan GT-Rs with specialized equipment like a Jon Beam four wheel alignment, SST Tools for GT-Rs, a Celette Electric Body Aligner and …

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