Words by Christopher Kho | Photos by Hans Gerald Chua and author
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On a regular day, we'd have around 8 to 10 cars to drive at the Qualitative Testing for the 2012 - 2013 Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P). But this was no regular day. Last January 12, 2013, the boys and girls of the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) found themselves face-to-face with 17 shiny new cars and they had to drive every single one of them. Though the experience was fun, we were all left battered and bruised by the day's end. Still, we got to drive big, small, and everything in between.
The smallest of the bunch were all four variants of the all-new Mirage from Mitsubishi. Following on its trail are the trio of Chevrolet Sonics, in both hatchback and notchback (sedan) forms. Then there were the heavyweights. Chevrolet brought three Colorados with 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains; Foton stepped up with their own all-new Thunder 4x2 and 4x4; and Mitsubishi fielded their 3.0L V6-equipped Montero Sport. But I guess it goes without saying that the crème de la crème were from newcomer Peugeot, who brought their entire line-up: the 3008 crossover, 5008 mpv, 508 sedan, and RCZ sports coupe.
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Words by Ferman Lao | Photos and video courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
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A camouflaged prototype of the next generation Corvette C7 has been available for download since November 2012. And since then, nearly 500,000 fans of Gran Turismo 5 (GT5) have done just that so they can race this new American muscle on track before the real deal hits showrooms near the end of 2013. But now that the world has seen the Corvette Stingray C7 in all its glory at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the powers that be at Chevrolet and Polyphony Digital Inc. (developers of the Gran Turismo franchise) worked together to deliver the closest thing anyone can get to driving the latest 'Vette.
The best part is, it's a free download, since January 15 2013, at the PlayStation Store on PlayStation 3 for anyone who owns the game.
Published in Games
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 10:19

COTY 2012 - 2013 Test Fest Day 6: Take us away

Words by Jade Lu | Photos by Hans Gerald Chua and Christopher Kho
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If there was one thing the Kotse.com crew looked forward to when the New Year started, it was this. On the very first Saturday of 2013, the boys and girls of the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) gathered at the Eton Centris parking lot for the sixth round of the 2012 - 2013 Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) Test Fest.
The first models on the chopping block for 2013 looked like they were ready to take us a long, long way from home. We’d be ready to take these fine examples on a road trip at the drop of a hat. Chevrolet was first to arrive with the Trailblazer LTZ 4x4 A/T and the Orlando LT A/T. Toyota sent us the Avanza 1.3E, Avanza 1.5G, Prius C, and Camry 2.5V. Hyundai’s dynamic duo of the Sonata 2.0 GLS 6AT Limited and Tucson Theta II T2.0 Limited 4WD left us all wondering what new treats these models have in store.
Published in Car of the Year
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Hands down, the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is currently the most APEAL-ing subcompact in the US - that's according to J.D. Power's 2012 US Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) study.
The win speaks a lot about the Sonic's attributes. Apparently, new vehicle buyers in North America are beginning to find smaller cars just as appealing as larger ones they previously owned. The study shows that today's subcompact and compact cars are just as “APEAL-ing” as midsized cars four years ago. And the biggest factor associated with this trend is the better fuel economy offered by these new small cars. Runner-ups for the category were the Fiat 500 and Ford Fiesta.
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Would you believe, market studies have shown that today's pickup truck owners generally have active, achiever, and multi-tasking lifestyles. So to better suit these people who are always on the go, The Covenant Car Company Inc. (TCCCI), otherwise known as Chevrolet Philippines, has taken their all-new Colorado online. 
As the bow-tie brand's first vehicle-specific microsite in the country, www.chevroletcolorado.com.ph is more than just your regular online brochure. Instead of simply listing down all the info, features, and specs that would otherwise bore the heck out of the typical web user, they went the extra mile to create an appealing, responsive, and engaging website that would better cater to the Colorado's potential customers.
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Chevrolet introduced its very first pick-up - the Series 490 - way back in 1918. It got its name from its price tag of $490 and was slated up against the Model T which was sold at $495 at the time. The Series 490 had a 2.8L four-cylinder engine that could propel it to a maximum speed of 48 km/h and came standard with electric horns, a speedometer, ammeter, dome lights, and headlight dimmers - features we take for granted these days, but they were at the forefront of engineering 94 years ago. By the end of its seven year production run, Chevrolet was able to sell over 700,000 examples of the Series 490. Now, in 2012, the bow tie brand is continuing its truck building heritage with the all-new Colorado.
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The bow tie brand is out to give a helping hand this Holy Week as The Covenant Car Company Inc. (TCCCI), the importer and distributor of Chevrolet in the country, proudly brings back its Chevy Roadside Assistance program for 2012. Now, there's no need to worry about that upcoming road trip.
It's always a good idea to have your vehicle checked for its road-worthiness. And with Chevrolet's Roadside Assistance program, you can get a safety check-up for FREE at select Shell Service Stations. It also makes availing of pertinent services such as tightening of bolts, replacing fan belts, radiator hoses, and spark plugs a lot easier. This would the perfect time to have your Chevy's ignition and fuel system, brakes, and clutch checked and adjusted before you head out on your road trip.
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Friday, 03 February 2012 08:39

Car names defined

Words by Christopher Kho and Jade Lu
Car makers across the globe name their latest models after elaborate words from the English dictionary (except for the Europeans who use a labyrinth of letters and numbers) to somehow reflect its prominent characteristics and dazzle their patrons over its obscure moniker. But after a multitude of brochures, advertisements, test drives, and car reviews, have we really given some thought what some of these nameplates really mean? Thankfully, the internet - and notably the guys at Dictionary.com - has put together a list of definitions for some of the most prominent and memorable car models ever to grace this planet.
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Remember back when Chevrolet unveiled the Beat, Groove, and Trax concepts at the 2007 New York Auto Show to let consumers pick the styling for what we know as the Spark today? Yeah, I was bummed when the Trax lost, too. Now Chevrolet is going one step further, bringing two radically new concepts to Detroit and asking the people to help the bow tie brand "co-create" its next sporty vehicle. Take your pick: Tru 140S or the Code 130R?
The Tru 140S Concept is a sleek, exotic piece of sheet metal built on the same platform that underpins the Chevrolet Cruze and the Volt hybrid. It straddles the technology gap between the two, featuring the Cruze's turbocharged 1.4 liter engine settled with direct injection and start-stop technology. This front-wheel drive sports coupe boosts power to 150 hp and allows it to boast highway economy in excess of 17 km/l.
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With the 2011 WTCC manufacturer's title in the bag, it was left to Chevrolet's top two drivers to duel it out for the driver’s championship. Yvan Muller went to the historic street circuit of Macau with a mere 20-point lead over teammate Rob Huff. And with a total of 50 points up for grabs over the weekend, this would prove to be a fight to the finish in the WTCC's season finale. 
In a fierce battle, Huff kept the charging two-time WTCC champion at bay to win both races. Starting from pole in race one, Huff tried to pull away from the aggressive Muller, but was unable to shake off the Frenchman, who stuck by his bumper until the chequered flag. In race two, Huff hustled to the lead from P3, while Muller, who started from P8, managed to sneak past up to P3 to keep his championship hopes alive.
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