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VJ Bacungan · Sep 24, 2023 08:20 AM
As I write this, a great haze has blanketed the whole of Metro Manila and various parts of Luzon.
That’s because Taal Volcano is once again spewing noxious ash clouds, similar to what it did in 2020 before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and vehicle emissions according to PAGASA. Although a worldwide virus outbreak seems unlikely, it’s best to stay indoors and wear a strong N95 mask to keep your lungs safe.
Unlike other carmakers, Toyota has not “put all its eggs in one basket” in terms of electrified mobility.
The Japanese brand is hard at work developing hydrogen fuel-cell technology, which combines the clean mobility of a full electric vehicle (EV), but is just as easy to fuel up as a regular internal combustion car.
One such model is the hydrogen-powered Toyota Hilux that is now available in the United Kingdom. Would such a vehicle also be popular locally?
Mercedes-Benz Philippines wants a cut of the local luxury EV market, which has become lucrative for rivals like Audi.
That’s why the German automaker launched a three-model assault with the EQA and EQB EV crossovers, as well as the EQE EV midsize sedan. You get all the panache of a Mercedes-Benz with zero tailpipe emissions.
Omoda and Jaecoo are due to launch in the Philippines in late-2023.
But the Chinese carmakers have gone all-out with showing off what’s in store for Filipino buyers. One of these is the Jaecoo 8 crossover that AutoFun Philippines Content Head Mikko David tried out while in China.
Do you think the Jaecoo 8 can snag sales away from established Japanese rivals?
An award-winning multimedia journalist, editor, and host for online and TV who has written in-depth stories on road safety and the Philippine elections. Outside of the media, VJ is an accomplished motorsports champion, English teacher, and dancer.