Words by Rico Soriano
 
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2012 is a big year for Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP). Apart from setting an all-time sales record in the Philippines last July, they also launched all-new models and revised versions of their existing product portfolio, starting from the smart Prius C, to the familiar Fortuner-Hilux-Innova IMV models, and the all-new Camry. These further cement Toyota on the top of almost any car buyers’ wish-list. 
 
However, if there’s a market segment where Toyota seems to languish, it’s the compact SUV segment where the aging and pricey RAV4 is surpassed by new players in the market with the likes of the Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and Subaru XV.  
 
In other markets, the Recreational Active Vehicle with 4WD - more commonly known as the RAV4 - received a Camry-esque facelift as a final refresh, but that model didn’t officially make it to our shores. With the current RAV4 now due for a complete makeover, rumors have spread that an all-new model, based on the Camry's platform, will start production by the third quarter of this year.
Words by Jopet Tocino
 
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Over the past decade, the once called “dark horses” of the automotive industry have been coming up with a lot of new and exciting offerings. So much so that, some have ever led to believe that kimchi, is now hotter than wasabi. Yes, I'm talking about the Koreans, and they're really giving the Japanese a run for their money when it comes to making quality automobiles. One of them is KIA, and they've got something new brewing up that should turn the world on its head. 
 
Scheduled to make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show on the 27th of September, KIA just recently released the first teaser images of their upcoming all-new 2013 Carens. They have, however, unwittingly tried to disguise its final appearance by publishing the photo negatives. So, to give you a better view of what it will look like in two month's time, we've inverted the colors for you.
Words by Jopet Tocino | Photos courtesy of Toyota Motor Company
 
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Japan - the land where some of the world's most outrageous ideas and things come from - has yet another one to add to the list. At the recent Tokyo Toy Show 2012, Toyota unveiled the Camette Concept. Named after the Japanese word for “care,” their latest “family-oriented” concept looks more like something that jumped out of Car Town than a would-be production car.
Words by Hans Gerard Chua | Photos courtesy of Jaguar Cars Limited
 
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Remember our story about a new concept roadster from Jaguar, the C-X16? Well, guess what? The big cat have confirmed that this concept, launched at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, will finally become a reality. Given the official name F-TYPE, it's scheduled to enter production very very soon and we should be able to see it in the sheet metal later this year. The only difference we can see in this early prototype from the concept is that they've turned the coupe into a soft top roadster.
Words by Jade Lu | Photos and video courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. 
 
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Back in 2009, Honda unveiled the U3-X, their brand new personal mobility device with the goal of “coexisting in harmony with people” and some of you may have seen it in action at the 2010 Manila International Auto Show. It was more or less a battery-powered omni-directional unicycle. Nonetheless, it was an example of just how far Honda’s technologies have reached.
 
Fast forward a few years: The U3-X gets an update. Now dubbed as the UNI-CUB, Honda’s personal mobility device gets a supporting rear wheel and now has actual seats instead of foldable flaps for your… cheeks.
Words by Hans Gerald Chua | Photos courtesy of Audi AG
 
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Ingolstadt, Germany must be a very boring place to live in, because Audi has done it again. They've taken the taken the entrails from its mini-monster, the TT RS, and shoved it up the wazoo of their compact crossover, thus creating a mind-blowing 360 horsepower RS Q3. While it's still a concept, this should give the engineers at Audi a new toy to play with 'til it hits production... that is, if it ever does.
Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos and story courtesy of Tony Weichselbraun
 
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Microcar lovers, rejoice! BMW's iconic Isetta has been re-imagined for the 21st Century as an urban electric runabout that's twice as stylish as a SMART and twice as cute as Wall-E.
 
Of course, that's what we'd be saying if BMW had actually released the eSetta concept. Unfortunately, it's a simple styling exercise performed by designer Tony Weichselbraun in what we can only describe as a very public job application to the German car manufacturer.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Hyundai Motor America 
 
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The great minds at Hyundai can no longer contain their excitement over the Korean automaker's upcoming crossover SUV, that's why they had to publish online teaser images of their all-new 2013 Santa Fe just to keep themselves from going crazy. And after taking a good look, we're now just as giddy as they are. 
 
Scheduled to make its world premier at the 2012 New York International Auto Show in April, the third-generation Santa Fe is the latest model to be shaped from Hyundai's “Fluidic Sculpture” design philosophy. And to prevent it from looking like the rest of its siblings, they've adopted a new design concept called “Storm Edge”, which will also be the trend for their future SUV's. But even with all their hard work, we still think it looks like a super-sized Tucson.
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