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Only a handful of people in this world ever manage to drive their cars so far that they'd see the day the odometer flips over. But one man from Norway, Maine, USA, gears up for a personal challenge to clock in one million miles (or 1.6 million kilometers) on his 1990 Honda Accord. Joe LoCicero or Million Mile Joe as everyone now knows him, is an insurance claims adjuster who logs around 62,500 miles each year, four times more than the average American driver's 14,000 miles/year, by driving from one Honda dealer to another. “I feel like a human ping-pong ball crossing the state,” said Joe. 
 
The pursuit to reach one million miles began when Joe's Accord reached 300,000 miles. Since then, he started keeping track of his milage and now has 661 photos of his car's odometer. And unlike other record attempts that deliberately take time off to spend months on the road, this undertaking is achieved solely based on Joe's occupational daily driving routine. 
 
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Global ink and toner experts, Cartridge World Philippines has signed up to support the search for 2011 - 2012 Car of the Year-Philippines (COTY-P). Organized by the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI), this year's quest involves over 40 vehicles in 10 categories - all vying for the coveted title of Car of the Year.

Cartridge World Philippines counts car dealers and manufacturers among its client base. According to its Chair and CEO Babylyn Decena-Newfield, an avowed car enthusiast: "We want to be part of the industry in our own little way by partnering with CAGI. Our products and services may not be aligned with the industry, but complements the idea behind the value of approved and quality products."  
 
By offering remanufactured and refilled ink and laser toner cartridges, Cartridge World Philippines also believes it is reducing waste and helping protect the environment.
Words by Christopher Kho
 
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The Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) officially gears up for 2011 - 2012 Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P), with a launch held last August 26, 2011 at the Congo Grille El Pueblo in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The special event was attended by representatives from the various car manufacturers in the Philippines, sponsors, special guests, and motoring journalists. Now on its 8th year, CAGI is once again on the search for the country's best on four wheels.  
 
Nominees vying for this year's COTY title are open to all new passenger and commercial vehicles introduced in the Philippine market within November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011. Re-introduced models that have undergone a “facelift” or a minor model change within the said period, however, must have revisions in the drivetrain, suspension, or engine line-up to be eligible.
Words by Andre Palma
 
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My first encounter with an automatic gearbox was back in college. Somehow, as the proctoring professor arrived at the examination room, I found myself separated from my exam permit during finals week. With my usual dumb luck, the said permit was a kilometer away and it was raining. A set of keys was tossed in my direction and off I went, down four flights of stairs with my academic life hanging in the balance. A sense of hope filled me. I could still make finals.
 
After fiddling with a Solex lock for what seemed to be an eternity, I jumped into the driver’s seat of the Ford Laser hatch, and in a single motion, kicked the clutch and tried to fumble the gear stick into neutral. To my horror, there wasn’t a clutch pedal in the car. Add to that the fact that the usual H-pattern gear change was missing as well. In its place were the mocking letters P, R, N, and D

It was then when I panicked.
Words by Andre Palma
 
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Everything began with a phone call. It must have been 1999, and I was looking for go faster parts for a B16A. You know, the kind of engine a punk sticks into a tiny, made-for-grocery-runs Honda to turn it into a street fighter. The guy I was talking to seemed to know what he was talking about but sounded surprised I knew what I was talking about. His suspicion was that obvious. Why the wariness, you may ask?
 
Difficult as it may seem, talking cars is easy. Anyone can do it. Heck, monkeys can be trained to talk via flashcards, right? Speaking about cars with a hint of passion is a little more difficult but not impossible. Actually being devoted (and I don’t use that word loosely) to the automobile, savoring every nuance of that sickness, well that is quite rare. 
 
Suffice it to say; I think Ferman picked that up from the first time we talked. I was, have been, and will always be sick in the head with cars. Apparently, so is he.
Words and photos by Ferman Lao
 
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Regular readers at Kotse.com would recall that a few weeks ago, I wrote about a road trip to Pico de Loro in Batangas which took us through a challenging bike trail. Well, exactly a week later, I was up early again for Nissan Motors Philippines Inc.'s (NMPI) X-Trail CVT test drive-slash-road trip.

Our destination for the day trip was some three hours away in Acuatico Resort, San Juan, Batangas which meant that a 6:00am call time would give me plenty of seat time spent in the X-Trail. My phone rang at exactly 5:45 am and the guys from Nissan informed that they're just 20 minutes away from the agreed pick up point. Getting there several minutes before they did, the group arrived in a Nissan Urvan consisting of Business Mirror's Ira Panganiban, Manila Bulletin's Iñigo Roces, and Auto Review's Ron and Ronald delos Reyes. Although I know that it's going to be a long day, I wasn't going to be the one to make it longer for the other guys in the van. 
Words by Ferman Lao | Photos courtesy of Isuzu Philippines Corp.
 
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The day started early with a cracking call time at 6:30 in the morning. After receiving a call from Chairman, Isuzu's fondly named car jockey, informing me that they were on the way to pick me up, I hurriedly grabbed my gear and headed towards the agreed pick up point along Banawe Street in Quezon City. Right on the dot, they arrived in a brand-spanking new Alterra Urban Cruiser with Ardie Lopez and brother Third of Auto Extreme on board, whom they've picked up earlier. You see, tardiness shouldn't be in anyone's dictionary, and it definitely wasn't in Isuzu's. 

Having Ardie take the shotgun seat and Third beg off due to a medical emergency meant that, I would be having the back seat all of the Alterra to myself. After the cursory greetings and high fives, I toss my rucksack in and settled in the seat behind Chairman and hunkered down for what I thought would be a long ride.
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