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 
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.
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 
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.
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.
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.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Mazda Motor Corporation 
Just a week ago, Mazda Philippines divulged that three all-new models are headed our way in the second quarter of 2012. It was pretty obvious that the first two models are the all-new Mazda 3 and BT-50, but we were still in the dark about the third. After a bit of internet scouring, we were all stumped when a little bird told us that, barely eight months since its world debut in Frankfurt, the all-new CX-5 is ready to hit the local showrooms in April.
Words by Ferman Lao
CATS Motors Inc., the distributor of distinguished brands Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge in the Philippines, recently introduced their new automotive rental services under the banner of Sixt Rent a Car to let people "Ride First Class, Pay Economy"
An affiliate of the European car rental company of the same name, they offer rental of premium and luxury vehicles at an affordable price from CATS' own pool of dealers - all in tip top, worry-free, and practically brand new condition. Top clients can choose from their German line of Mercedes-Benz's such as the latest C-, E-, and S-Class, or perhaps a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Chrysler 300C if they prefer American. But if more passenger space is required, Sixt Rent a Car also has a healthy selection mega people movers, from a 7-seater Chrysler Town & Country, an 8-seater Hyundai Starex, all the way to a super-sized 9-seater Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. And for those who want to stay low key, opt for a Mazda 2, Mazda 3, or a Hyundai Elantra.
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