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Without any annual International Auto Show to boast about, the Brits are left wondering how to satisfy their petrol head fix. I was at the 2008 British International Auto Show held at Excel, London, and, judging by the attendance of car manufacturers and new launches, it was nowhere near the pomp and drama of the likes of Geneva, Frankfurt, or Paris. 
 
But every year, over 200,000 certified petrol, gear, or piston heads from all over the world gather around 12,000 acres of glorious woodlands, empty fields, and a racetrack nestled along a woody estate and perched above Chichester in West Sussex. Showcasing the world’s best race car drivers behind the wheels of the most exotic, fastest, and rarest cars the planet has ever seen, this is the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Words and photos by Jose Carlo R. Sapera
 
classichunt_mainTo celebrate their 500,000th production unit in the country since 1989, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) launched the search for the earliest locally-manufactured Toyota vehicle back in March 2012 called the “Classic Toyota Hunt.” 
 
The mechanics were simple. Simply present your oldest locally-produced Toyota in your nearest Toyota Dealership and stand to win a brand new Innova. Of course, vehicles must be in running condition to qualify, and its engine, body, and chassis must be original, not modified and tampered with. And after the searching the entire nation, Mr. Anthony G. Chengliong and his 1989 Toyota Crown Deluxe emerged as the winner.
Words by Niky Tamayo
 
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Though it’s something many of us in the auto industry knew was coming, it’s still saddening to hear that Ford Philippines will be closing down the Ford Motor Company Philippines (FMCP) plant at the end of the year, as they close down operations with the rollout of the last Ford Escape, and perhaps the last Ford, to be produced in the Philippines.
 
This is not to say that Ford is leaving the Philippines completely. Ford Group Philippines is staying. The Ford dealership network is staying. Ford sales are better than ever. But in a tough, competitive global economy, production streamlining means everything, and despite endless deliberations and discussions on how to continue on in the Philippines, Ford is pulling the plug on its historic plant, simply because it no longer makes financial sense to build in the Philippines.
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The Land Rover Club of the Philippines (LRCP) is more than just your typical car club. Yes, they do love showing off their best sheet metal and getting down and dirty four wheeling on the weekends; but other times, they go beyond by lending a helping hand in times of crisis or representing the country in international events.
Story by Ronnie Trinidad of Sprocketph.com
 
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Red Bull driver and 2005 Formula D Champion Rhys Millen invaded the streets of Manila last April 30, 2012 as part of the world's biggest energy drink's “Action Attack on the Philippines” event to launch the brand in the country. While thousands of spectators, a couple dozen security officers, and a handful of hired extras were able to watch the 39-year-old New Zealander burn up some rubber up close, I was one of the few lucky people who were able to personally meet the man himself.
Words by Ferman Lao | Photos by Christopher Kho
 
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Ok, perhaps it's not exactly 10,000, but with the least capable vehicle available for testing producing almost three times more than your typical subcompact, while the most powerful easily over 500, to it's easy be lulled into thinking that the day's selection had a total power output was within that region... or a bit more. In fact, the experience could undoubtedly be the automotive equivalent of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's “The Greatest Show on Earth.” This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Porsche World Roadshow = a day wherein every model in the Porsche catalog are driven in the manner they were designed to be driven, made possible only by Porsche AG and PGA Cars Inc.
Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of www.ejeepney.org
 
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It may seem hard to believe, considering the state of the economy, but there are now nearly seven million motor vehicles registered in the Philippines. While the sheer numbers should make for greater mobility and productivity for our workforce, there is the little issue of all those vehicles being on the road at the exact same time, causing massive traffic jams. As they still burn fuel when sitting still in traffic, this situation costs us billions of Pesos every year in oil imports, as well as cause massive air pollution. And that's where the E-Jeepney comes in.
Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera
 
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After the Spanish, Japanese, and Americans invaded the Philippines over the past centuries, it's now the Chinese who are keen on invading our country, not to claim new territories, but rather to dominate the local automotive industry. These new Chinese car manufacturers have been around for a few years now and have been making waves in their own different ways. But because they're still relatively in an infancy stage as compared to the Koreans and long-established Japanese, some have yet to rid themselves of their bad habit of coming up with tongue-twisting names and very peculiar designs. And to tickle your thoughts, here are some of the most intriguing look-a-likes we've found.
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