Words and photos by Jose Carlo R. Sapera
 
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The first generation Nissan Murano arrived in the Philippines way back in 2006 via grey market importers. Powered by a 350Z-derived 3.5L V6, we thought of it as Nissan's very own sporty and classy crossover SUV -- it surely looked the part. Soon after, Nissan Motors Philippines Inc. (NMPI) got wind of this mighty SUV and began bringing it in themselves. But when it came to its successor, the Murano Z51, the local distribution switched over to Universal Motors Philippines (UMC), Nissan's local distributor of Light Commercial Vehicles. Technically, that shouldn't really change the buying and ownership experience, but we just wanted to get the word out. Now that we got that bit out of the way, we can start talking about the details.
 
This all-new 2011 Murano is based on Nissan's D-platform which it shares with the Teana. It has somewhat lost the old Murano's boy-racer appeal and now looks a lot more grown-up and sophisticated. Still, its unique futuristic styling makes it stand out from any crowd. So, does it still hold to its promise of being a classy crossover like before?
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Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of Bentley Motors Limited
 
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Global recession and gas prices may still be on everyone's mind, but apparently not on Bentley’s. Unveiling at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, the EXP 9 F SUV concept is the company's way of exploring “new terrain.” (Their words, not mine.) Of course, this being a Bentley, it can't very well stoop to using twin-turbo V8s like the proletariat. The Concept features a 6.0L W12 engine that "could" develop 600 hp and 800 Nm... if his eminence so desires.
 
To remind you that this thing has a twin-turbocharged engine, the 23-inch wheels are designed to look like turbines. So are the air intakes around the daytime running lights. And even though the headlights are not much different from those on current production Bentleys, gosh-darn-it, they look kind of turbo-fanny, too.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photo and video courtesy of Porsche AG
 
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Originally codenamed the 'Cajun', Porsche has now traded the somewhat edible alias of its new small sporty SUV for a more vigorous title: the Macan. And if you think that it's still in a concept stage, well, think again because according to Porsche, production begins in 2013
 
Porsche has not released any details or specs of its upcoming SUV. Sources, however, point towards the probability that the Macan will be riding on the same platform as the Audi Q5, but with Porsche's own running gear. We don't think they'd be crazy enough to fit in the Cayenne's V8, so a smaller V6 or even a four-cylinder hybrid model sounds more realistic. But then again, we shouldn't be underestimating the Germans.
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