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  • JMS23: Japan fights for relevance in an evolving mobility world

    After a four-year hiatus, the Japanese Mobility Show (formerly known as the Tokyo Motor Show) is back. What was once the region’s premier automotive event, JMS, now presents a more inclusive program for motorists and the general public who wish to maximize their mobility. Now, more than before, the show veers away from being just about cars as most Japanese carmakers embrace various forms of mobility, from personal to mass and everything in between. Despite its more inclusive approach to providi

    Mikko DavidMikko David

    Nov 1, 2023

  • COUNTERSTEER: Why the China-car hate?

    “In this business, you gotta have a tough skin.” This is what Visor.Ph Editor-in-Chief Vernon Sarne told me at last week's BMW M2 launch event. Chief, as I fondly call him to this day (he got me to join Top Gear Philippines magazine as a cover photographer and writer back in 2010), has seen it all and has been through wars ordinary people would have waived the white flag early on. The mental and physical stress this job entails can be too much for someone who cares about his craft. So when we he

    Mikko DavidMikko David

    Sep 20, 2023

  • The iniquity of trial by publicity

    When print, radio, and television were the only sources of information, this was how a person, a brand, or even a whole country was brought down. The relentless negative narratives pushed by agenda-driven personalities would ensure that all mass media was fed with the storylines crafted to shape public opinion for or against a target. In today’s age of social media, the same is true but on a magnified scale. News and information travel faster. More opinions are heard by a larger audience than ev

    Mikko DavidMikko David

    Aug 31, 2023

  • INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Why CAMPI's 2022 numbers could have been better

    There is no doubt that 2022 was a fine year for the Philippine auto industry. Likely buoyed by the May 2022 elections and relaxed pandemic restrictions, a recent report from the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) showed that 352,596 units were sold by its members for 2022’s entirety, compared to 2021’s 268,488. In that regard, one could definitely put the local auto industry as a winner, given its aforementioned outpu

    Jude MorteJude Morte

    Jan 18, 2023

  • EV-ready: Is the Philippines prepared to go green?

    If you haven’t heard, the rest of the world has started pulling the proverbial plug on Internal Combustion – Norway has set a goal to only sell Zero Emissions vehicles by 2025, the European Union and Korea by 2035, and even Singapore has promised to make it by 2030, too, while the United States of America has promised that half of their new car sales by 2030 will be zero emissions too. Suffice it to say, the days of internal combustion are numbered, but are Filipinos ready for a Zero-Emission fu

    Mark PolicarpioMark Policarpio

    Jan 11, 2023

  • #PIMS2022: Rating Each Brand's Display at the 8th PIMS

    To say that the 8th Philippine International Motor Show was a success is an understatement. Its return is the culmination of four years of preparation and cooperation among auto industry players. Countless hours dedicated by each brand's hardworking staff made sure they could maximize their exposure at this biennial event. And for that, we tip our hats off to the industry. An oft-underrated aspect of each PIMS is the look and layout of each car company participant booth. After all, there has to

    Mikko DavidMikko David

    Sep 20, 2022

  • PIMS 2022: The Electric Vehicle Turning Point

    Over the past decade, an oft-repeated but rarely turned into concrete action posit of the local auto industry was a need to shift to electric and hybrid cars. The 2022 Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) showed attendees that the shift above wasn't just idle chat. Pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hybrid vehicles (HEVs) were highlights of more than one automaker at PIMS. For example, Kia's EV6 full-electric compact crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) was front and center at the

    Jude MorteJude Morte

    Sep 19, 2022

  • How to reverse park without a backup camera

    How to reverse park without a camera The backup or reverse camera is an accessory that now comes standard in almost every vehicle that rolls off the showroom. It assists the driver in reversing into those tricky parking spots and shows him how far, or near, his car is to another vehicle or an obstacle. Some even go one up better and have a 360-view option offered where the screen on your dashboard looks like you're watching yourself park with a drone hovering over your vehicle, making the chore


    Sep 2, 2022

  • Toyota Hilux 2022 Achieves Stellar Fuel Economy

    The Toyota Hilux has been one of those popularly reliable workhorses in the US that gets the job done in any form of weather with an awesome pulling power that supports 3500kg of the cargo load. While two optionally superb diesel engines make the said burden worthwhile as a 2.4-liter unit that is heavily borrowed from the Innova Crysta produces 150 Ps and 360 Nm of torque that comes chained and to a 6-speed torque converter or 5-speed manual gearbox also sending power to the rear wheels. Moreove


    Jul 19, 2022

  • 2022 Isuzu mu-X Fuel Economy: What is the real fuel consumption figure?

    Before, choosing a vehicle involves approving the aesthetic beauty, seeking which among all possesses your necessary performance output, and making sure that it comes with several safety features to keep you and your family safe in all your travels. But, not anymore, as fuel consumption plays a vital role in settling with a vehicle for several years because of the continuously fluctuating fuel prices these days. As we hardly see the fuel prices to make halt spiking soon, a fuel-efficient car is


    Jul 13, 2022

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