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Okada Manila ready for New Year’s Eve Countdown

MANILA’S iconic ultra-luxury integrated resort, Okada Manila, is gearing up for its most explosive entertainment lineup to date. Okada will hold its annual New Year’s Eve Countdown on December 31, titled “NYE Countdown 2020: New Year’s Eve Gold Rush.”

Chery Headquarters in Wuhu, China

Chery is back!

THE Chery Automobile Co. LTD and United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI) have officially entered into a distributorship agreement on October 15 in Wuhu, China. The accord was signed by Zhang Guibing, president of Chery International, and Rommel Sytin, president of UAAGI, which is also the distributor of Foton, another China-made brand, in the Philippines.

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Geely: Leading the future of innovation

AFTER visiting Geely’s high-tech plant and headquarters in China, we had a better understanding of their company and its vision. Geely is by far a leader in technology and innovation. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group was founded in 1986. Eleven years later, ZGH entered the automotive industry and has since been focused on technological innovation and sustainable development.

Total bliss at Seda Lio

EL Nido, Palawan, is known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs, small and large lagoons, as well as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago, which is a group of islands with steep cliffs, dive sites and fish-filled crystal-clear waters.

Total bliss at Seda Lio

El Nido, Palawan, is known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs, small and large lagoons as well as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago, which is a group of islands with steep cliffs, dive sites and fish-filled crystal-clear waters.

Trials, tears and triumph in Sepang

THE 10th Shell Eco-Marathon Asia “Make the Future Live” came to a close in Sepang, Malaysia, on May 2, 2019, after three successive days of competition among teams from the Philippines, Thailand, China and Singapore, who set out to prove who could produce the best energy efficiency within their respective prototype categories or, put simply, to determine whose car can go the farthest using the least amount of energy.

Shell Eco-Marathon kicks off in Malaysia

SEPANG, MALAYSIA—The Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2019, which is now on its 10th year, was opened today at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia with its event titled “Make the Future Live”. The Shell Eco-marathon Asia is one of the world’s longest running student mileage competitions that challenge teams to design, build and test ultra-energy efficient vehicles.

UTRIP asks government to review new importation requirements

IN a recent briefing with the Used Trucks Rebuilders and Importers Association of the Philippines (UTRIP), the organization fears that the operations of their members in rebuilding used trucks may have only up to June 30, 2019 to conduct their business given new imposition by the government that are in virtually impossible to be compliant with.

Auto Shanghai 2019: VW rules the Middle Kingdom

VOLKSWAGEN has been in the Chinese market for more than 30 years. In fact, the German carmaker has established such a stable foothold in China that it now has the largest share of passenger cars sold, as confirmed by the latest car delivery figures. In the first quarter of the year alone, the Volkswagen brand delivered 722,800 cars to customers there, for an increase of 6.5 percent over last year.  Indeed, Volkswagen now rules the Middle Kingdom insofar as cars are concerned.

Ultimate finesse

IT was Valentine’s week, and that meant a trip out of town. This time, my husband and I went to Baguio for our anniversary where the weather was 9 degrees Celsius. The mountain roads were challenging because of the blind curves, steep hills, zigzags, unpredictable weather conditions and possibility of falling rocks. We passed through Kennon Road, which was undergoing repairs due to recent landslides. It only took us three and a half hours to get to Baguio via the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx).

Audi Q5: Stylish all-rounder

IT was Valentine’s week and that meant a trip out of town. This time, my husband and I went to Baguio for our anniversary where the weather was 9◦C.The mountain roads were challenging because of the blind curves, steep hills, zigzags, unpredictable weather conditions and possibility of falling rocks. We passed through Kennon Road, which was undergoing repairs due to recent landslides. It only took us three and a half hours to get to Baguio via the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx).

Going electric in style while helping the environment

LAST New Year’s Eve, our family was at the Okada Manila where we celebrated the Countdown to 2019 and watched the fireworks. While waiting for our vehicle outside the hotel, we saw that the air was full of smoke due to the fireworks. I had to tell my family to cover their noses and try not to breathe in the polluted air. I also overheard people talking about how harmful the smoke emitted by fireworks was and that it could pose a health risk particularly to people who suffer from asthma and other pulmonary issues.

SAIC: Shaping the future of automobiles

BEFORE we test-drove and visited the Shanghai Motor Passenger Vehicle Co.’s (SMPV) factory, Design Center, Crash Test and Climatic Wind Tunnel in Lingang, Shanghai, recently, top executives of SAIC Motors provided us a better understanding of their background and tremendous growth, as well as their foresight as a response to the rapid change in the global business environment. 

The 2018 Manila Auto Salon opens

THE 12th Manila Auto Salon and 24th Sport Truck Show will run until December 2 at the SMX Convention Center by SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. There will be over 200 show stopping vehicles for display and competition conceptualized and organized by the leading motoring events production company Tradeshow International, Inc., This event is by far the most comprehensive motor show for customized vehicles, performance cars, sport utility vehicles, 4x4s, off-roaders with a retail section for products and services. Both events occupy all four trade halls of the convention center, which is located on 9,000 square meters of “show vehicles” and automotive product treats perfect for Christmas shopping for the car lovers.

The sound of power

THE Vantage nameplate has been the heartbeat of Aston Martin’s purest models for seven decades and has been worn by some true icons, as well as a trademark to James Bond movies.

Superb beyond its class

GONE are the days when the Mercedes-Benz cars were big and the star emblems stood on top of the hood, which represents the automaker’s drive toward universal motorization with its engines dominating the land, sea, and air (three points).

Home of the POTUS

IT was 226 years ago when the White House became the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States of America. The White House began construction along the banks of the Potomac River on October 13, 1792.

DENR fields personnel, equipment in disaster clearing ops

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has mobilized at least 87 chainsaws to fast track the cutting of felled trees in areas badly affected by typhoon Ompong. DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu committed the agency’s resources, including its field personnel, to continue providing assistance to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the local government units (LGUs) in their road clearing operations.

Volkswagen’s best sellers visit Bali of the North

VOLKSWAGEN Philippines recently took us to the provinces of Central Luzon onboard their global best sellers, the new Santana, Lavida and Tiguan—the same models that were launched three months ago. To allow us to test their capabilities, Volkswagen put us in their vehicles, which we drove on a Filipiniana-themed lifestyle tour of Pampanga, Nueva Ecija and Bulacan.

MMDA willing to amend HOVL traffic scheme on EDSA

IN Pasay City today, August 16, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said that he spoke to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and is open to amending the High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes (HOVL) traffic scheme on EDSA after receiving mixed reactions during its dry run, which began yesterday.

SsangYong announces 2018 lineup

SSANGYONG Berjaya Motor Philippines (SBMP), the exclusive distributor of SsangYong vehicles and parts in the country, introduced today its new products, which was held at the Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig City. The new Tivoli Premium Sport is a more homey interior finish, and the updated Tivoli XLV. Both received substantial design improvements and upgrades intended to deliver a more refined and mature crossover experience.

Issue on PUV Modernization Program SPMJ holds 1st forum

SEVERAL transport groups and vehicle manufacturing companies have expressed their support for the Duterte administration’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) through a memorandum of agreement, which was signed in February at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and witnessed by officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The manufacturers have also committed to produce more than 3,000 modern jeepneys in the second quarter of 2018.

Daikin leads environmental sustainability

PEOPLE sweat and may dehydrate, especially during the summer months, in countries that have hot and humid climates with temperatures ranging from 24 degree Celsius (75.2 Fahrenheit) to 45 degree Celsius (113 Fahrenheit).

Ford set to launch 7 vehicles

DESPITE the new vehicle excise-tax regime, Ford Philippines continues to sell their SUV lineup, as well as the Ranger pickup.  According to their latest report, Ford Philippines had their best-ever January performance with retail sales rising 9 percent from a year ago to 2,737 vehicles.

Mitsubishi’s message for the next century: Drive your ambition

MITSUBISHI Motors Corp. (MMC) had one of the most conspicuous and eagerly awaited presentations during the Press Day of the 45th Tokyo Motor Show (TMS) when it held the world premier of the e-Evolution Concept on October 25. The e-Evolution Concept, which will be on display at the Tokyo Big Sight until November 5, shared the spotlight with Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross, Outlander PHEV, Delica D:5, RVR and eK Custom, among others.

It’s more than just driving

AFTER all those years telling the stories of different people, I finally decided that it was time to write about the man who has served as my mentor, an inspiration and who also happens to be my husband in my career as a motoring journalist.

Megaworld brings more smiles to Bacolod

BACOLOD, which is the capital city of the province of Negros Occidental, bears the nickname “The City of Smiles”. It is also known as the “Land of Sweet People” because of its culinary heritage, which boasts of such gastronomic delights.

Vista Residences offers a new home in paradise

BORACAY, which is the most popular beach island in the country known for its pure white powdery sand, beautiful sunsets, finest hotels, watersports activities, great food and lively nightlife, is also called the “island that never sleeps”.

Fly high with FoilaFly

ARE you living your life to the fullest? Do you wish you had more freedom? Or do you wish you had more adventure and more time to do them? There are just too many things that we want to do, don’t we? Like exploring our country’s 7,100 islands other than experiencing them from the skies above?

Duterte views Philippine-made Mitsubishi Mirage up close

MITSUBISHI Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) presented on Monday the first Philippine-made Mirage G4 to President Duterte in a ceremony held at Malacañang, which was headed by Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) President and CEO Osamu Masuko, Sojitz Corp. Vice Chairman Shijeki Dantani and MMPC President and CEO Yoshiaki Kato.

Common station to help metro commuters

“TAMA na. Nagkasundo na. Gawin na!” A rephrasing of a political chant that became popular in the 1980s, this succinctly expresses the sentiment of thousands of Metro Manila commuters regarding the implementation of the long-delayed government plan to interconnect three key light rail transit lines. First envisioned in 2009, the plan calls for the building of a station on the Edsa-North Avenue-West Avenue junction, where two giant shopping malls are located: SM City North Edsa and TriNoMa of the Ayala Group.

Rides that matter

DO you remember the first time you ever rode a bicycle? Can you still recall the thrill and excitement that you felt? In my case, I was around 7 years old, and I was envious of the beautiful bike that belonged to my Uncle Dodi, who was almost the same age as I was.

Heaven is what you drive on Earth

4212016 6WHEN this writer, along with several other motoring hacks, was recently invited by Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) to experience paradise for three days in Palawan, I knew that we were in for another unforgettable adventure in an equally unforgettable vehicle.

Home for the young and the restless

DWELLINGS with designs and engineering which captivate the senses have been known to alter one’s perception of the environment. This gives credence to the notion that the significance of living spaces is how they relate to people. In addition to how they serve as our homes, we should also consider the way they reflect on us and our way of life. Simply put, our emotions, thoughts and feelings are inevitably intertwined with the places that we live.

Honda fuels ‘The Power of Dreams’ at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show

EXCITING and inspiring as always, the Tokyo Motor Show (TMS), did not fail to influence and stimulate the motoring world. The 44th edition of the biannual event kicked off last week at the Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward, where thousands of visitors, including this writer, got first dibs on the latest automotive trends and a glimpse of future mobility. Automakers displayed their latest lineups, cutting-edge environment-friendly cars and concept models that provide ideas of what the vehicles of tomorrow will look like and key technologies that will have an impact on the lives of motorists, such as autonomous driving systems.

Must-have travel gadgets from MiLi

APPLE products are known for their world-class quality and excellent durability. That’s why they are much sought after despite being sold at premium prices. In order to keep up with the high demand for its products, Apple had to outsource its production to other companies, and one of them is the Hali-Power, which was founded in 2003.

Michinobu Sugata: What were you doing when you were 25?

ACCORDING to Republican and political strategist Gary Teal, 25 is the age that most people look back to—when they seek to evaluate how they’ve fared in life, and ponder the things they did but wish they hadn’t done—the things they wish that they had done but didn’t, and the heavy cost of the time they wasted.

A five-star haven in Bohol

ONE of the best places in the world to spend a vacation is right here in the Philippines. Aside from having beautiful beaches, the country has so many interesting places or tourists spots to visit.

A taste of the new world

THROUGH the invitation of the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB), this writer recently revisited Guam. The first time I saw the island was nearly 25 years ago and I’m quite astonished by what it has become today.

Built on power and performance

SOME animals are compared to cars because of their behavior, power, style and speed.  In Thailand, the elephant was chosen as the country’s national animal because of its long life, its symbolism for livelihood and its historic role as transportation for the Thai people.

Simple pleasures from the Traveller

YOU might probably be thinking or wondering of what vehicle to get for Father’s Day or still planning on a road trip for your family because summer is almost over, although it should handle the rainy season just as good. Then, there’s no better way than to drive a big van that is roomy and has ample space for luggage anytime of the year—the Foton View Traveller.

Thank you, Henry

MY father and I have the same birthday and we always celebrated it together. I remember that I had just turned seven in October 1969, when my dad got himself a birthday present—a new car. He was an absolute fanatic of automobiles and I saw how he always showered unconditional love upon the vehicles that he owned, but there was something different about this particular one, which also became my favorite among all the cars in our garage.

Automakers strut their stuff at MIAS 2015

LAST year’s Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) proved to be spectacular as more than 100,000 visitors crowded into the World Trade Center (WTC) Manila in Pasay City to view up close around 512 cars, trucks, and classic and vintage cars, as well as motorbike displays put up by the exhibitors and their staff.

Baic? Why not?

‘WHAT you’re not familiar with, you don’t trust, and what you don’t trust, you won’t buy—I guess this is human instinct. When it comes to transportation, this is also true as we only purchase items that we have tried and tested.

Daikin unveils new VRV units

DAIKIN, the pioneer in the Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology, recently launched its newest model—the VRV IV-S—on February 26 and 27 at the New World Hotel in Makati City.

All eyes are on the new Strada

EVERY now and then, this writer is asked which pickup truck is a good buy and my answer is always: “It depends on what you’re looking for.” If you want a ready-for-all-road-conditions kind of truck with a car-like ride, and you’re asking me right at this moment, I would say go for the all-new Mitsubishi Strada/L200.

Manila all prepped for Papal visit

DURING the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines, the city of Manila will close important roads to traffic, namely, Taft Avenue, starting from the intersection on Quirino Avenue to Dagohoy, and Leon Guinto Streets around the Apostolic Nunciature, where the pope’s official residence will be located. Only residents and their vehicles will be allowed to enter Leon Guinto Street.

What’s a Tiguan?

MANY people are aware that Volkswagen is back and has brought in several models, including its SUVs with exotic-sounding names. One of them has a moniker that is unfamiliar to many motorists and, when encountering it for the first time, people ask: “What’s a Tiguan?”

A practical and convenient way to fly

FOR people who have hectic schedules and are always on the go, time is gold and every second counts. Here in the Philippines, where the worsening traffic jams are expected to progress to a standstill as the countdown to the Yuletide celebration begins, people are looking for alternative means of transportation that can take them to their destination in just a matter of minutes.

The best of Japan takes to the skies

CONSIDERED by many as a favorite destination, Japan and its fine cities offers a bevy of irresistible allures to travelers from all over the world.  This writer, for instance, has been to Japan several times, yet every trip has proven to be unique on each occasion for several reasons.

XCellently, XCiting

SINCE the 1960s, Japan’s auto manufacturers have evolved tremendously. In fact, Japan is now the third-largest automotive producer in the world with an annual production of 9.9 million automobiles.