Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
 
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Mercedes-Benz celebrates the 60th birthday of its most versatile workhorse by letting the public build one of their own. To be more exact, the German automaker tied up exclusively with LEGO, the third largest toy manufacturer in the world, to design its biggest LEGO Technic kit yet, The Unimog U400. 
 
 
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Ford's all-new Fiesta just got hitched with the Awesome crew of 99.5RT. Functioning as the DJ's official ride for upcoming events and campus tours, the Fiesta hatchback struts in style around the busy streets of Metro Manila foiled in a special 99.5RT livery. Just like one of the country’s leading radio networks, all-the new Ford Fiesta has shot its way to the top of the highly competitive small car segment with its hip features, making it a perfect match for 99.5RT that brings cutting edge music on the radio waves each day.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Audi 
 
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The boys at Audi surely know how to push things over the edge when they created the 503 horsepower A1 clubsport quattro. This pint-sized hatchback is a one-off creation built to test Audi's technological limits. Powered by a 2.5 liter turbo-charged five-cylinder TFSI engine with quattro permanent all-wheel drive, this could be a prelude to Audi's return to the WRC.
 
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The A1 clubsport quattro is designed to be a road-legal track monster. Weighing in at just 1,390 kg, it can achieve supercar figures, catapulting from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds and reach 200 km/h 7.2 seconds later. And by adopting the TT RS' six-speed manual transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive, this hot hatch should easily reach a limited top speed of 250 km/h. 
 
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Petron Lakbay Alalay, the county’s longest-running and most extensive motorist assistance program, has aligned its activities to strongly support the United Nation's Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which was launched last May 11, 2011. Initial programs include free safety checks offered at participating Petron stations that helps ensure vehicles are well-maintained for worry-free travel. Petron also has a Mobile Lakbay Alalay project that sends road safety tips as well as car care and service reminders to registered mobile phone users.
 
The campaign was rolled out in the Philippines under the auspices of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the Philippine Global Road Safety Partnership (PGRSP), and international agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos and video courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
 
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With a US$1m grant from the Swedish Energy Agency, Volvo is developing a lightweight, inexpensive, and eco-efficient boost to give a four-cylinder engine the power of a six. Called the Flywheel Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), Volvo's unique approach to the technology is purely mechanical and doesn't need to convert kinetic into electrical energy that a Formula One or hybrid system does. 
 
 
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As the frequent drizzles, showers, and downpours turn our city streets into streams, we don't need PAGASA to tell us that the rainy season has arrived. Though the rain may bring in cooler weather, it also increases the risk of road accidents due to poor visibility and slippery roads. That's why the Ford Service team has whipped up these important Road Safety tips to help you navigate through wet roads and reach your destination safely. 
May 26 to 29, 2011 at the SMX Convention Center
Photos by Christopher Kho
 
Video courtesy of www.informatiiauto.ro
 
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Volvo's emergency brake assist system recently topped the comparison test done by the ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V.), Europe's largest automobile club. Besting the Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS, BMW 530, VW Passat, and Infiniti M37, the Volvo V60 was the only car to achieve a “very good” rating during an evaluation of each model's emergency brake assist systems performance in different collision situations. 
 
The ADAC tested each system in various traffic scenarios: collision with a vehicle traveling at low speed, collision with a braking vehicle, collision with a vehicle that has come to a stop, and collision with a stationary vehicle. Results show that both Volvo's City Safety and “Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection” systems allowed the V60 to automatically avoid the collision or decelerated it so that the impact velocity was massively reduced. With both systems receiving a “very good” rating, ADAC's testers praised the emphasis on accident avoidance in Volvo's system, which included a warning tone and LED's projected into the windscreen that alerts the driver of the imminent danger.