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All-New Suzuki Celerio Drive to Batangas: Live Big Every Moment

When Suzuki Philippines, Inc. (SPH) launched the latest generation of their subcompact model, their General Manager for Automobile, Norihide Takei, was quoted as saying, “The all-new Suzuki Celerio has evolved into a compact car that will make people’s life easier, more convenient, and will allow to express one’s personality in an age where diversity is expected. We are confident that ...

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All-New 2022 Chery Tiggo 8 Pro Media Drive: Challenging the Populists’ Vote

Despite the number of candidates in the recent national elections, political analysts believe that there were only two actual choices for the voters – populists and revisionists. The populists wanted to continue the programs of the current administration while the revisionists wanted to implement drastic changes. An advertising executive opined that the revisionists suffered a disconnect with the voters because ...

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Maxus G50 Media Drive to Subic: A Historic Drive and Max More!

My guide around the test track, Jaime Ramirez, was sitting calmly in the front passenger’s seat. He instructed me to accelerate into the corner and slam on the brakes in mid-turn. “What? That’s nuts!”, my brain was questioning the idea. “That would be counter-intuitive. It will upset the balance of the car and make it slide out of the track. ...

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Kia K2500 Series 4×2 and 4×4 Light Trucks: K-ring for the Kargo and the Kargador

It was one of those days when I had to get up from a comfortable bed before 5:00 AM to prepare for a short, one-day out-of-town media drive. I had to leave early from our home in Quezon City to beat the morning rush hour traffic and make it in time to the swab test scheduled at 6:45 AM in ...

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Launching the 2021 Nissan Navara in a Bold, Exciting and Socially Responsible Way

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in the country on March 2020, almost every aspect of life that involved face-to-face activities came to a screeching halt. Car launches and out-of-town drives were discouraged due to health  and safety protocols. Most car brands pivoted to a New Normal and started launching new models online, mostly through via Zoom digital conferences. A ...

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More Than A Slogan: 2020 Kia Seltos and Kia PH’s 1st Anniversary Drive

So, there I was, sitting in the back seat in one of the 10 brand-new Kia Seltos as we took off from Capitol Commons in Pasig City to our day drive to the surfing Mecca that is Baler in Quezon Province. Assigned to take us out of the city in our Seltos was a lady driver, Arabelle Jimenez, and it ...

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Nissan Go Anywhere Drive: Demystifying the Island of Siquijor

“Siquijor? What are you going to do in Siquijor?” my deeply superstitious mother asked me when I told her that I’ll be away for three days to go on a media drive with Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI). My 80-year-old Mama believes that the manananggal (half-bodied vampires), aswang (shape-shifting evil spirits), mangbabarang (evil spell casters), and bruja (witches) still run rampant ...

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Cleanfuel’s Six Road Safety Tips During This Rainy Season

The Metro has been lashed by heavy, torrential rains lately, and as you very well know, wet, rain-drenched roads mean decreased visibility and increased risk of accidents. Let these tips guide you to be ever vigilant and stay safe on the road. SLOW DOWN. Driving fast in the rain is dangerous, because it increases your chance of hydroplaning and losing ...

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When Tradition Gives Way to Evolution: The All-New Suzuki Swift Drive to Las Casas Filipinas

As I always do in most of the media test drives I participate in, I try to come up with a nice story angle to tie-in our destination with the vehicles we’re driving to get there. In my 19 years as a motoring journalist, there were some hits – where the organizers or the communications head of the car maker ...

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Go Anywhere with the New Nissan Terra

It’s been quite a while since I’ve gone off-road on a 4×4 adventure drive. Thus, when Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) invited yours truly for a “Go Anywhere” drive around Bicol with the new Nissan Terra sport utility vehicle (SUV), it was hard to say no. More so when I learned that NPI President Ramesh Narasimhan will be joining us on ...

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