Aries B. Espinosa

Cool as ICE

The automotive world is transitioning to electrification. The number of electric vehicles (EVs) being sold, as well as the number of EV owners worldwide, are growing steadily. Here in the Philippines, though the trend isn’t yet as pronounced, a growing number of car companies are introducing their full EVs—not just hybrids—into the market. The belief …

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Mini cooper

Just the horsepower, not the skin; MINI to stop using animal-derived leather

Animal skin will no longer be part of the future upholstery of BMW-owned British car marque MINI. This was declared by MINI design chief Oliver Heilmer in an interview with UK-based Autocar magazine. “We don’t need leather any more in the future, because we don’t believe it’s sustainable,” he told Autocar’s Pier Ward (autocar.co.uk). “We’re …

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Man riding a biycle on a busy street

The 12 most dangerous spots for a cyclist

Anyone who has experienced cycling on Metro Manila’s streets would conclude that this megalopolis isn’t that bike-friendly. The road networks and the transport infrastructure have been clearly set up to favor motorized vehicles. It’s a bias that has seen some tragic results for the two-wheeled community. According to figures from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority–the …

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Expanding the caring

After its Philippine debut early this year, Mitsubishi’s small SUV Xpander has finally taken members of the local motoring media on its official ride-and-drive this November 23 and 24 from Manila to Subic Bay in Zambales, then onwards to Bataan province. Boasting of spacious legroom, minimal noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), and sedan-like suspension and …

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Isuzu's modernized jeepney

The Philippines’ leading truckbuilders showcase their versions of the modernized jeepney in 2018 PhilBus & Truck Show

It’s happening now until July 15 at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. The country’s leading bus and truck builders and importers are showcasing not only their latest range of buses, trucks and commercial vehicles, but also their own modern versions of the country’s iconic jeepney. In line …

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