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Provincial dealerships sprout

Business is very good in the local automotive industry, which has seen continuous growth sales-wise in the last six years. In 2017, our market...

Sedans are officially an endangered species

In its recent first-quarter financial report, Ford Motor Company bared its grand plan on how to stay profitable in the foreseeable future, and this...

Is the auto industry not able to support the local motoring...

Motoring journalism was born out of the automotive industry’s need to promote its products. We members of the motoring press can act cool all...

The tricky process of bringing back a previously damaged car brand

On my automotive website (visor.ph), I recently told the story of a Pampanga-based businessman who is currently in the process of bringing Abarth and...

Did LTFRB drive Uber away?

If you have been a regular rider of Uber, you already know that the American ride-sharing company is pulling out of Southeast Asia (which,...

A car show in a country where public transportation sucks

Metro Manila had become so clogged -- so crowded -- that President Duterte declared in December that the megalopolis could be dead in 25...

Trust issues will now hound autonomous cars

If you regularly consume car-related content and you feel like you’ve been reading “autonomous vehicles” and “artificial intelligence” a lot lately, you’re not alone....

The luxury car segment and FOMO marketing

So we’ve reached the point where the advancement of technology in car design, engineering and manufacturing is so fast-paced that vehicle models are starting...

China to merge bank, insurance regulators in massive overhaul

BEIJING -- China unveiled plans on Tuesday for the biggest shake-up of government in recent years, including the merger of its banking and insurance...

One automaker is still working on its diesel technology

When the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer officially classified diesel exhaust as carcinogenic -- or cancer-causing, to put it bluntly...

Corporate culture makes or breaks the brand

When I went to Taiwan last week upon the invitation of the Dutch truck manufacturer DAF, the first order of the day was a...

Chinese automakers, Facebook, and how to cunningly ensnare the world

I joined the social-media platform Facebook in 2007. Back then, it was nothing more than a fun, harmless way to connect with friends and...

You collect automotive books? Read this

If you’re one of those who feel suffocated in the age of social media, you must be cheering every time you detect even the...

What would make you buy an electric vehicle?

As I sat through a presentation at last week’s “Nissan Futures” symposium in Singapore, my thoughts raced back to 1886, when German automotive engineer...

Too much monkey business

The New York Times article was pretty damning. In 2014, three German automakers funded a laboratory experiment in the American state of New Mexico...

Time to make our driver’s license expensive

I don’t know about you, but I got my driver’s license fairly easily. No, I did not pay a fixer to expedite the process,...

First, we park

My former art director and my one-time publisher at the automotive publication I used to work for, have put up a car-themed shirt brand...

The march toward electric cars is accelerating

For years, we’ve been hearing about electrification in the automotive industry and how global markets will soon be awash with electric cars. And for...

DoTr wants you to arrive for work within 35 minutes

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) is on a roll, kicking off 2018 like a possessed government agency that’s racing against time. Well, time is...

Merging LTFRB and LTO is good business sense

Before proceeding, I want to make it clear that I’m not a fan of House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez. Hard to believe in someone...

The year when we started considering not owning a car

If you’ve been following automotive news with any sort of regularity, you’re likely familiar with the concept of autonomous (or self-driving) cars. That is...

Car market trends you can expect with the new taxation scheme

By the time you read this, chances are President Duterte will have already signed into law the newly minted Tax Reform for Acceleration and...

How self-driving cars could change our world

If you haven’t been keeping tabs on the evolution of motor vehicles, you probably don’t know that we’re merely a few years away from...

The importance of trusting your gut

The customer is king, says the people-pleasing entrepreneur who constantly worries that negative feedback could shutter his business. I have personally worked for bosses...

How Chinese automakers are going for world domination

What if we wake up one day and the Chinese already own all of the global car industry? That’s a preposterous thought, isn’t it?...

You can always tell when a new car model is arriving

To be informed about the latest car introductions, consumers essentially rely on advertisements. The problem is that, for many of these new vehicles, the...

When your two passions sit on your wrist

There is a natural link between automobiles and wristwatches. For one, cars are used to race and beat time records all the time; watches,...

How I covered my first Tokyo Motor Show 20 years ago

By the time you read this, I will have arrived in Japan for the biennial Tokyo Motor Show (TMS), whose theme for its 45th...

Made in Japan

Back in 2008, my then-65-year-old and US-based father was about to buy his very first car. He wanted a Ford Mustang, which I thought...

With the Civic Type R, Honda officially reclaims its mojo

In the 1990s, when a dude wanted to impress both girls and other guys, he’d get a Honda Civic. The Toyota Corolla was the...

Let me tell you about my dinner with Maria Ozawa

Last month, Lexus Manila executive vice-president Ichiro Suzuki (yes, same name as the baseball player) sent me a text message, wishing to plan a...

Seriously, why are we still carrying car keys?

The other day, I had an emergency that needed the humble mobility of my personal car. Alas, my key was somewhere else, unwittingly forgotten...

Toyota the chip leader

If you play poker, you know what “chip leader” means. If you don’t, it’s the player with the biggest stack of chips. Which means...

How government can help expedite entry of electric cars

Last week, I attended the global launch of the second-generation Nissan Leaf in Japan. As Filipino journalists were invited to the event, I won’t...

Green with envy

Don't Drink and Write By Vernon B. Sarne Nearly six years ago, in December 2011, I drove the Chevrolet Volt electric-hybrid car on public roads in...