Words by Christopher Kho
Since its launch a year ago, Ford has badged its fun-loving little Fiesta with the words “fuel efficient.” But with no official numbers to back-up the claim, we couldn't quite put our finger on how “fuel efficient” this small car really is. Now, as it celebrates is 1st birthday in the Philippines, the blue oval brand finally gets to put its foot where its mouth is. 
In a recent fuel economy run supervised by the Department of Energy (DOE), four of Ford's Fiesta's set out to prove just how fuel-frugal they can be. The challenge was to take a 700-kilometer expedition from Balintawak to Vigan and back on a single tank of gas. With the DOE keeping a watchful eye, all four Fiesta's were inspected, and its hoods, lift gates, and fuel gates were officially sealed before setting off. 
Suzuki Philippines is no stranger to the sport of football. As one of the Azkals' firm supporters at the 2010 AFF Suzuki Challenge Cup, they also hosted the first-ever PFF Suzuki U-23 National Cup with the Philippine Football Federation last year. For the players' relentless efforts in competing for the country's pride, Suzuki Philippines' Motorcycle Division pays homage to a special league of players that deserves recognition for all their hard-earned victories. Dubbed as “Hometown Heroes,” members of the Philippine Men's National Football Team - Chieffy Caligdong, Ian Araneta, Roel Gener, Yannick Tuason, and Paolo Pascual - are embarking on a new campaign with Suzuki to give praise to the the cities they hail from. 
All five players of the Hometown Heroes are motorcycle riders, with most of them coming from Visayas and Mindanao. That's why Suzuki's latest campaign gives them the recognition they deserve through billboards and print ads in the cities of Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu, and Davao, where all these players are from.  
In its relentless drive to keep skies blue, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) partnered with Shell in the search for the Philippines’ Fuel Economy Team. Powered by Honda's Civic 1.8 liter models, Shell's fuel economy boot camp turned the country's biggest fuel spenders into fuel-saving advocates to represent the Philippines in the Shell Eco-Marathon in Sepang, Malaysia. The top 10 finalists underwent a whole day of rigorous training at the Honda Safety Driving Center in Parañaque City where they learned how to park their gas-guzzling habits. 
For a lot of us, owning a nice car comes with the worries of maintenance. Keeping the fancy wheels in tip top shape can be an arduous task, which is why Viking Cars Inc. (VCI), the exclusive distributor of Volvo cars in the Philippines, is offering a new 5 Year Warranty Program.
With Volvo’s best-in-class 5 Year Warranty Program, your brand new Volvo’s needs are sure to be taken cared of regardless of mileage. All repairs will be done in Volvo’s authorized service center to assure no less than the best quality services.  And in case of any mishaps while you’re out and about, don’t worry; the Program comes with 24-hour roadside assistance.
Words and photos by Christopher Kho
We can't stop fuel prices from going up, up, and away, but Shell reckons that their newest fuel recipe is the answer to our pump gas problems. Beginning July 15, 2011, Shell FuelSave Unleaded and FuelSave Diesel will find its way to Shell stations in Luzon, making it Shell's most advanced fuel economy formula in the Philippines. Designed to improve fuel efficiency from the very first tank fill, Shell is confident enough to stand by their statement that FuelSave Unleaded and Diesel will help drivers “Save up to 1 liter per tank.“
Photos courtesy of the Macau Grand Prix Committee 
Macau might be best known for its high-rolling casinos, but on a special weekend in November each year, everyone puts their cards down on the table as they turn the city's streets into a circuit. Be part of history with tour packages from Red Rock Travel (RRT) when the lights turn green at the 58th Macau Grand Prix on November 17 to 20, 2011.
The Macau Grand Prix is the only street circuit in the world where both cars and motorcycle races are held. With 6.2 kilometers of fast straights, tight corners, and uncompromising crash barriers to deal with each lap, it's easily one of the most demanding circuits in the world. It's also where future Formula One champions are made, where the roster of winners's circle includes David Coulthard, Michael Schumacher, and the late Ayrton Senna. The Philippines has also made its mark in the Macau Grand Prix with Arsenio “Dodjie” Laurel as the GP's first consecutive two-time champion in 62' and 63'. 
Porsche proved that it still is Germany's favorite sports car brand when it topped 7 out of 15 categories in the “The Sportiest Cars of 2011” survey conducted by the German Sport Auto magazine. No other marque came close to winning as many first places in this year's survey, beating fellow Deutsch marques Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Heading the polls is Porsche's army of 911's - the Carrera GTS, the topless Turbo S Cabriolet, and its two road-going race cars, the 911 GT3 and GT3 RS.  
Words by Leslie Sy
Plying through Metro Manila's busy roads, there'd be times when we'd get stuck in the worst traffic jams that we all wished we never left the comforts of the office or the house. And for the longest time, we relied on making weird faces, giving the “bird sign” at hapless traffic enforcers, or screaming like a deranged lunatic at the car next to ours as a way of coping with stress. Thankfully, the MMDA and TV5 finally joined forces to come up with the first online traffic monitoring system; saving us all from the trouble of traffic jams, and thus slowing down my receding hairline. 
MMDA's new “Traffic Navigator” is a live traffic condition monitor for six of Metro Manila's major roads, available for free to anyone connected to the web. Updated every few minutes, it currently covers EDSA, Quezon Ave., España, C5, Roxas Boulevard, and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). Although the graphics suspiciously look like a rip-off of Hong Kong and Singapore's subway maps, the site's interface is simple, quick to understand, and (most importantly) idiot-proof. 
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