Words and photos by Ian Magbanua

mbde2013-1First off, let me start this by quietly raising a beer to these twins of our generation, SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY. Thank you, for advancing our lives in beautiful ways and making the automobile possible. See, it doesn't really matter if you're an old-school or nu-scholl motorhead, there is a spattering of science and technology in every generation of the automobile. In itself, the Car is a product of Science and Technology, no matter what year, make or model. So, CHEERS!

And on a beautiful, sunny Saturday, CATS Motors Inc., the local Mercedes benz distributor, brought us to Subic Bay Internationational Airport to show us the latest practical advancements in motoring technology: The Mercedes Benz Driving Experience 2013.

Words by Christopher Kho
 
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As a regular motorist (if that's a fair general classification), I drive an average of 10,000 km a year within Metro Manila, at an average speed of 40 km/h if I'm lucky, and get 8.5 km/L in my 2006 Civic. Given that premise, I never saw the need to fill up on high octane unleaded gasoline. Instead, I settle for regular which probably saves me around P140 per full tank over the fancy stuff. Then came Petron with their new Blaze 100 Euro 4 fuel.
Words by Leslie Sy
 
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Traffic jams are a daily reality for anyone who drives around Metro Manila. Day or night. And it only gets worse even if it rains ever so slightly. With today's technology and internet connectivity, there should be some way of knowing which roads are free and which ones are to avoid altogether in real time, right?
 
There are those like MMDA's Traffic Navigator that does well to inform its users of the traffic condition on major roads in the Metro. But what about the thousands of kilometers that are not covered by the MMDA's system? Fortunately there is a solution and it's an app called Waze - available for both iOS and Android devices. Best part is, it's free.
Words by Christian Peña
 
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There are only two fundamental elements in the world of car customization: wheels and body kits. These are the very first things one should ever consider changing to improve how their ride looks, way before lowering springs, exhausts, and paint. But while wheel choices may already seem endless in terms of design, size, and offset, choosing the perfect body kit for your car is much more difficult than that. Not only do you have to find the style that best suits your taste, you'll also have to consider quality, durability, material, and even weight. On top of that, installing body kits is a long term commitment that you can't simply swap out like a set of wheels.
 
With those things in mind, Acero Intertrade offers a wide range of aero and body kits for the growing number of Filipino car enthusiasts who are willing to pay a premium for a higher quality product. Think of it as an investment that will surely pay you dividends in style points and longevity.
Words and photos by Christopher Kho
 
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My occupation allows me to drive almost all the new cars you see on the road. We typically test them for performance, handling, and fuel-efficiency. Of course, it’s also good put these set of wheels through our daily routines to see just how practical they are. But nothing assesses a car's comfort quite like doing errands outside our comfort zone. And to prove a point, Ford Philippines turned us burly men into Mr. Moms for a day with the all-new Focus.
 
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Short on cash? Why not buy second-hand? That seems to be a great idea if you're buying appliances, furniture, or maybe even articles of clothing. But would you really buy an imported, converted second-hand truck for your business? 
 
It might seem cheap at first, but it could be like adopting a 10-year-old dog. Before any of you animal activists air out your opinions, hear me out. While an old pooch may only have a few years left and cost extra for frequent check-ups at the vet, at least it will love you unconditionally. A second-hand truck's low price, on the other hand, might look enticing, but the risks could outweigh the benefits
 
Thankfully, the country's diesel expert, Isuzu Philippine Corporation (IPC), has listed down these Top 10 reasons why you should buy Trucks brand new.
Words and graphics by Niky Tamayo
 
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On the second week of August 2012, three days of continuous rain plagued Metro Manila and submerged most of its roads and homes under several feet of floodwaters. It was like Ondoy all over again. Apart from people losing their homes and, worse, their lives, these events also reminded us once again how ill-informed and unprepared motorists are for driving in flooded conditions. To do our part, Kotse.com has prepared an easy survival guide to ensure you and your most expensive appliance survive even under the worst weather conditions.
Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera | Photos by Leslie Sy
 
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I've been driving for more than 10 years now, and my friends and loved ones always remind me to drive safely at all times. Though it might be more fun in the Philippines, it doesn't take an expert to know that the accident rate in our country is pretty high. According to the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), there were a total of 1,833 people killed and 29,000 people injured in more than 85,000 road accidents last year. The numbers speak for themselves. Road accidents is a big problem in the Philippines, and it needs to be addressed quickly. 
 
That's why last July, Total Philippines Corporation gathered people together from the different sectors of society to help raise awareness in road safety. Called Total Drive City, we were asked to drive around the streets of the Metro and prove just how safe of a driver we really were. Participants for the day-long event included the Philippine National Police (PNP), members from the motoring media, driving schools, car manufacturers, car dealers, and private car owners.
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