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Words and photos by Carlo Sapera

Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the official distributor of Kia vehicles in the country, has unveiled its latest offering in the compact car segment. They brought in not one, not two, but three body styles: the Forte sedan, Forte 5 hatchback, and Forte Koup.

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Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) come in different sizes. Bulk and size come to mind when you hear the popular acronym.

Today, the concept of SUV has evolved. Some manufacturers have derived theirs from small platforms. The Ford EcoSport is one concrete example that is currently sold in many markets worldwide and uses the Global B-car platform. This Fiesta-based SUV is actually selling well and you have to wait for some time to get one. So why is it successful?

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In the old days, entry level hatchbacks are thought to have boring and tasteless amenities. Times has changed and the appreciation for hatchbacks has turned positive due to its increasing demand. Today, you’ll find many features that are commonly found on bigger and more expensive cars.

Recently, Honda Cars Philippines lent their lime green Brio 1.3 S automatic hatchback for me to sample. So, how did it fair with its Chinese, Japanese, and Korean competitors?

Photos|Text|Leslie Sy

ext front 01The all-new 2014 Mazda3 sedan was launched into the Philippine market earlier this year and it is the third generation of the car that first hit the road back in 2003. In the past ten years has it benefited from recent developments in technology as seen with our mobile phones or has it grown dull and fat around it's proverbial belly as with some cars? Will your low-tech dad love it or loathe it? Let me take you for a drive in the 2014 Mazda3 and let's find out together.

Words by: Carlo Sapera | Photos by Jeric Dy

1Sub-compacts are on the rise. With the rising oil prices, many car manufacturers nowadays have fuel sipping compacts to battle this unfortunate situation that we deal almost every week. Currently, major Japanese auto makers have spread their cards in the market. Chinese car brands are also in the game. May I now introduce you to the BYD F0 (F-zero) 1.0 MT hatchback. Could this newcomer give a good deal? Let’s find out.

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