Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos by Christopher Kho
 
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Perhaps one of the most unusual displays at the 4th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) is the Ape three-wheeler. It’s aptly named, as there is something monkey-ish about the thing. A product of Piaggio, the Ape was designed in Italy specifically for the Indian market. Being a Piaggio product, it obviously shares some architecture with the famed scooter line that spawned the Vespa, with a scooter front end mated to a robust swing axle rear. It’s available in a variety of forms, from dropside to closed van to auto-rickshaw. While most people wouldn’t get up in a blather over a motorcycle-based three-wheel delivery vehicle, given the ready availability of local and Chinese conversions, the APE has something these two-stroke wonders don’t: A diesel engine.
 
Maybe it’s not the most appealing of cars, with its cramped cabin and scooter-based controls. Rear swing axles won’t inspire confidence, either, for anyone familiar with old VW Beetles. But this is not a sports car. It’s a low speed urban delivery vehicle built specifically for business. And it costs less than a Segway.
Words by Christopher Kho 
 
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Who would have thought that a three-ton pick-up truck can actually get better mileage than a fun and frugal subcompact hatchback? Yes, that's right. In a recent fuel economy run supervised by the Department of Energy (DOE), the all-new Ford Ranger clocked up 1,623 kilometers on a single tank of fuel that averages an incredible 19.44 km/L. That's 0.44 km/L better than what the Ford Fiesta did in an similar run last year.
Words by Niky Tamayo | Video courtesy of Toyota UK
 
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“Can you feel it? Can you feel the thrill of being alive?”
 
Brad Pitt or Britney Spears spots aside, car commercials aren’t usually big news, but this one is making waves. Toyota UK commissioned music video director Adam Berg to create a spot to spearhead their “Real Deal” marketing campaign and the result is fantastic. It’s about a man who’s tired of his artificial world of pixels, pretense, and driver assists. A world where “feeling” is a capital offense. 
 
What follows is a combination of “The Matrix”, “Max Payne,” and “The Truman Show”, made in a gritty film noir style. The only complaint is that it's just 90 seconds - about two hours too short, but it does get the point across. Toyota doesn’t make dull, pixelated, pretentious cars, anymore. It makes Toyota GT-86s. And they’re available in red, mind you, not beige and gray. Of course, you don’t have to go to a seedy underground shop to buy one (apparently with a big bag of drug money), you can buy them at your regular Toyota dealership. Or you could if they weren’t sold out.
 
Oh well, the commercial’s pretty nice.
 
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With today's unstable fuel prices, it's important for us motorists to get the most out of our cars. That is why Michelin has these Top 5 Tips to help us save on gas and get the most mileage out of our fuel. 
 
Make sure your tires are properly inflated
Under-inflated tires have a higher rolling resistance, and requires more fuel. Make it a practice to check your tire pressure at least once every month to improve gas mileage by more than 3 percent. Remember to let the tires cool down before taking measurements to avoid getting a false reading, since heat increases pressure.
Words by Niky Tamayo
 
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Perhaps no design house is more storied or better known than the House of Pininfarina (Pinin SpA). This Carrozeria has been responsible for some of the most iconic automobile designs of all time, including the Ferrari Testarossa, the Maserati Quattroporte, and the Ferrari Dino
 
But Pinin has not always been about supercars. The houses credits include such notable cars as the MGB GT and the achingly beautiful Peugeot 406 Coupé. Even the lowly Hyundai Matrix wears the coveted Pininfarina badge. Be sure to take a look next time you see one. This flexibility has helped ensure the success and longevity of the design firm, and is testament to the quality of leadership Sergio lent to the house that bears his name.
 
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After the dust had settled at the eliminations for the 2012 Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Suzuki U23 National Cup, only 10 teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao remain standing for the 2013 Finale.
 
The elimination round was held last February to May 2012, where 33 teams vied for the prestigious PFF Suzuki U23 National Cup, which is a local adaptation of the AFF Suzuki Cup organized by the ASEAN Football Federation for the competing national teams in South East Asia. Luzon qualifiers include football associations from Masbate, Laguna, and Baguio - Benguet, while the Visayas regional qualifiers were Negros Occidental, Iloilo, and Cebu. Lastly, North Cotabato, Iligan - Lanao del Norte, Davao and Zamboanga del Norte - Dipolog from Mindanao round up the Top 10.
Words by Rico Soriano  
 
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At the recent 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards, Ford’s 1.0-liter three cylinder EcoBoost engine carried the day and took home the coveted title of this year’s International Engine of the Year. The prestigious competition's panel of juries, made up of over 70 of the world’s most-respected motoring journalists, voted for Ford’s punchy yet fuel-frugal engine, which will have plenty of action under the hood of the all-new 2013 Focus. And on top of that, Ford's compact EcoBoost engine also took home the accolades for the “Best New Engine of 2012” and “Sub-1.0-liter” categories.
 
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While time travel has yet to be invented, 3M is sharing its secrets on how you can turn back the hands of time and keep your car looking like new. By investing just a few hours of your time each week, with a little elbow grease, and help from 3M's Car Care products, you should be able to rub on a couple more thousand Pesos on your car's value. Give your car the love it deserves with a good detailing job for the paint, tires, windshield, engine, and interior. 
 
Here are 3M's Top 8 Anti-Aging Car Care Tips:
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