Words by Kevin Siy | Photos and video courtesy of Volkswagen AG
 
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Wolfsburg, Germany - In front of 200 journalists, Volkswagen Management Board Member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg unveiled the Polo R WRC, announcing Volkswagen’s entry into the World Rally Championship (WRC) by 2013. For Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen, this move exemplifies Volkswagen’s commitment in traversing new horizons, new challenges.

Debris and Obstacles
The WRC surrounds itself with the worst extremes: varying climatic conditions, and different ground types that include mud, ice, and gravel. The Polo R WRC has to be built in a way that extends the frontiers of technology, precision, and ingenuity; so it could defy reliability as it conquers the blazing heat of South America and freezing conditions in Scandinavia.
  
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At the recently-concluded New York International Auto Show, Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) proudly received the distinction as the 2011 International Sedan of the Year for the all-new Volvo S60. The scandinavian sports sedan was deemed best-in-class for its most superlative connection with consumer lifestyle by the International Car of the Year (ICOTY) jury.

"To receive the International Sedan of the Year award and be named 'Most Dependable' demonstrate first-hand that the Volvo S60 connects with consumers' lifestyles on both an emotional and rational level," said Doug Speck, president and CEO of VCNA, who accepted the award. "From our advanced technology safety features and masterful Scandinavian design, to its best-in-class fuel economy and award-winning engine, the S60 delivers something for everyone. It is without a doubt a game changer for us."
 
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The Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC) celebrates its brand leadership with a two-day celebration dubbed as the “BMW Xpo”. The two day display will put on a fun filled weekend on May 6 to 7, 2011, from 9am to 6pm, at the BMW Pavilion in Fort Bonifacio, right behind the NBC Tent.
 
ACC, the exclusive distributor of BMW vehicles, not only represents Sheer Driving Pleasure but is also bringing joy beyond the driving experience by offering exclusive financing rates for brand new and pre-loved BMWs in partnership with BPI and Union Bank. 
Words and photos by Christopher Kho | Video courtesy of Pilipinas Shell
 
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Ever since our cars first tasted the exhilarating performance boost from Shell's V-Power fuel, the experience of driving has never been the same again. Developed on the race track with the Ferrari Formula One team, V-Power has now found its way into the pumps of the 34,000 Shell stations worldwide. And to celebrate its success in the country, Pilipinas Shell is giving its guests a natural high by propelling them into a new dimension. Enter the World of Shell V-Power. 

From April 29 to May 1, 2011, get an adrenaline rush by sprinting to the SM Megmall Megatrade Hall 2 and stepping into the flat-out World of Shell V-Power. Come into the realm of great Italian supercars with the exclusive display of scarlet red Ferrari's, namely the F575, F599, and F430. Plus, there's a black sheep in the heard, the sophisticated Maserati Gran Turismo S. But besides the Italians, the Union Jack gang also has a piece of the action rolling in with a ferocious Range Rover Sport and two fierce Jaguar XF's.
 
avt_nav01AVT, the leading OE supplier of multimedia and navigation systems in the Philippines, puts their latest Infotainment system on the spotlight at the recently-concluded Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) last April 7 to 10, 2011 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.
 
Designed to replace factory-installed 2-DIN head units, AVT now offers a sophisticated multimedia information system that integrates navigation with audio-video capabilities. The customized package is a perfect fit for specific vehicles available in the local market, styled to match the vehicle's interior design to provide an OE feel. There's also an add-on backing-up camera option to aid parking. All AVT models feature a high-resolution touch screen, SD card slot, multi-media functionality, and voice prompt technology.
Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
 
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At the sound of the word universe it’s not uncommon for one to be reminded of the wonders of black holes, super novae, and constellations. Coupled with the words futuristic and vehicle, even I stop and recall the likes of the USS Enterprise or perhaps Anakin Skywalker’s racing pod at the Boonta Eve Classic.

There is no stopping the human mind from conceiving marvelous ideas, and looking back, it seems like we are but a few steps to achieving what we once thought were mere ideas of science fiction. Volvo Car Corporation recently took a step forward to the future with the release of the Concept Universe.
Words by Jade Lu | Video courtesy of The Covenant Car Company Inc. 
 
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It seems like Chevrolet has been on a winning streak lately, and we’re not just talking about the Cruze being crowned the Philippines’ Car of the Year 2010 - 2011. The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), Chevrolet’s exclusive distributor in the Philippines, took the opportunity to make a few gems shine during the 7th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) last April 7 to 10, 2011 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. 

Testing the Waters
Listening to the public’s plea, the new diesel variant of the Cruze was one of the stars that twinkled at the Chevrolet show space during MIAS. “The Cruze has been selling well here in the Philippines and we expect the new Diesel Cruze to be just as popular. It will have everything that customers have been telling us they want…” announced Martin Apfel, General Motors President for South East Asia Operations.  
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
 
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After last year's championship victory, Volvo Polestar Racing is keen to hold onto their title as the 2011 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) gets underway on April 23, 2011 in Jyllandsringen, Denmark. Temperatures are running high in the team's headquarters as they're even more determined to win both the team and driver's championship again. 

The Quick C30 DRIVe
The team will be campaigning two newly-developed Volvo C30's for this year's season. STCC rules require teams to run chassis based on the standard production cars, but the only parts that remained original were the C30's body shell and doors. Polestar Racing was also given special access to Volvo's wind tunnel to further improve the car's aerodynamics with the addition of a front air splitter, wider wheel arches, and a rear wing. By stripping the C30 to its bare necessities, they were able to bring its weight down to 1,164 kg.