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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.
Words by Hans Gerald Chua
 
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Ever wished you could drive around the streets of Metro Manila, especially on EDSA, without encountering a traffic jam even on weekday rush hours? Study shows that traffic jams occur when one inattentive driver suddenly hits the brakes - creating a chain reaction that leads to a complete traffic stoppage for a few dozen cars behind. Well, it seems like Honda has already successfully developed a system that could solve all that. 
 
With help from the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Honda Motor Co. Ltd developed the world first's technology that could detect the potential for traffic congestion. It also monitors the vehicle's acceleration and deceleration behavior to determine whether the driver's driving pattern could cause traffic.
 
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For a modern-day Formula 1 driver, the strict physical requirements of their occupation pretty much strikes alcohol out from their diet. But for 2009 World Champion Jenson Button, not only was he able to taste the best Scotch whisky Johnnie Walker had to offer, he was also given the chance to create a rare and unique blend just for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team.
Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of Aptera 
 
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A welcome surprise greeted showgoers at the recent Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. The Aptera 2e, that flightless bird of fancy that once promised to revolutionize motoring, is apparently not dead. ZAP, champion of cheap and cheesy Chinese electric three wheelers, has teamed up with Jonway Automotive to produce the futuristic Aptera.
 
The Aptera 2e has had a colorful history. First announced in 2006, it promised to be a revolution in motoring, with its aircraft inspired design, lightweight body, and hybrid drivetrain. But after its official launch in 2008, it's been a roller-coaster ride for Aptera and its fantastic-looking car. 
 
In other words, it's been mostly downhill.
 
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Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) recently launched the new 2012 Crosswind Special Edition. And to experience its capabilities and new features, they shipped five examples of their latest AUV, along with a group of motoring journalists, over to Puerto Princesa, Palawan last April for a different kind of road trip. Of course, as one of the country's premier tourist destinations, it was also the perfect opportunity for them to have a little R&R and visit Palawan's best.
Words and photos by Christopher Kho 
 
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Every 5,000 km or so, the cars we drive requires an engine oil change. What comes out of your vehicle is a dark gooey fluid that no where near resembles the clear golden motor oil poured in a few thousand kilometers ago. But have you ever given thought to what happens to dirty used oil? While most if it ends up as waste, Valvoline Philippines is out to save the world one oil change at a time with NextGen, a premium motor oil that's made with 50% recycled oil. Thinking green, even its neon green bottle is made out of recycled materials.
 
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Ferdinand Alexander Porsche - son of Ferry Porsche and grandson of Ferdinand Porsche - quietly passed away last April 5, 2012 in Salzburg, Austria at the age of 76.  
 
He was the man who single-handedly created the iconic shape to Porsche's most renowned sportscar, the 911. It was 49 years ago when the very first 911 made its public debut at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show. Six generations later, the latest 991 still bares the same distinct silhouette of Ferdinand Alexander's first 911 design. But even in his death, his spirit lives on with the special line of sports cars he helped create.
 
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With a fleet size of over 43,000 vehicles worldwide, FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, is on a mission to reduce its fuel consumption and environmental-impact by changing the daily driving habits of hundreds of FedEx drivers. The Eco-drive campaign was recently launched to improve fuel efficiency, beginning in the Asia-Pacific region.
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