Carl Cabusas

Cebuano with zest for cars, gadgets, watches, travel, food, and real estate.

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2018 - 2019 Suzuki Vitara

The Vitara nameplate has always been an important vehicle for Suzuki. For the time being, it’s their only large 4x4, and 4x2 SUV aside from their small, go anywhere SUV, the 3 door Jimny. The previous generation Vitara has been around from 2005 – 2015.  The current generation Suzuki Vitara was introduced in the International market last 2015 as a 2016 model. The latest facelift was launched quietly in the Philippines in early October of 2019.

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EV, Hybrid and the Future of Motoring in the Philippines

We have heard so much about this in the past, that Hybrid and full Electric Vehicles (EV) may soon be a mainstream choice in the car industry in the Philippines. This took a while because our Gov't didn't offer any incentives to bring in cleaner and energy sustainable vehicles at a lower price. Also, there aren't any infrastructure like charging stations to support EV charging in public places yet. Other than that, our Government before didn't also allow Registration of vehicles that are not powered by normal combustion engines and lastly, 2 things; 1.

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Hyundai's Remarkable Flagship SUV: The First-Ever Palisade

Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., the Philippines' official distributor of Hyundai passenger and commercial vehicles, proudly introduced Hyundai's newest flagship SUV to the Philippine public at the 2019 Manila International Auo Show: the 2020 Hyundai Palisade.

The name Palisade refers to the picturesque and affluent Pacific Palisades community in Southern California known for modern architectural masterpiece homes and spectacular sunsets.

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Bringing out the joy in driving with the Mini Cooper S

From a design standpoint, there is no mistaking a Mini Cooper.

From its cute size, boxy design, fun character and great driving dynamics, the love for Mini transcends time and demographics.

It is instantly recognizable as a Mini no matter which angle you look at it.

So for 2018, Mini initiated a Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) or a facelift for the Mini Cooper series. The overall design has remained unchanged since the all-new design was launched in 2014, save for some nip and tuck in areas around the exterior where it is mostly needed.

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Trading in for a new Nissan made easier with NIC Certified Pre-Owned program

Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) expanded its services by offering the Nissan Intelligent Choice (NIC) to Cebuanos through the Nissan Cebu-South branch of the Gateway Group in Highway Linao, Talisay City.

The NIC, which allows customers to trade their pre-loved vehicles for Nissan’s brand-new units, was launched at the dealership last Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

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The all new 2017 Suzuki Vitara landed in Autocentrale, Inc. Cebu

The all new Vitara gained a new design for 2017 while shedding some size and kilos off its scale. The all new look is sharper, compact and more modern than the outgoing model. The new Vitara comes in various shade of colors in different dual color trims.

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THE ALL NEW (G30) BMW 5 SERIES LAUNCHED IN CEBU

There are car launches and there is “THE car launch event” and the recent BMW event was certainly one of the most anticipated car launch event in local motoring industry this year.  It was the launch of the all new, BMW 5 series internally called the G30.  The 5 series have been around for 45 years and it is currently on its 7th generation. Why is it so important for BMW?  Well for one, if it wasn’t then it would not have survived 45 years.

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The 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser (LC200) test drive

It’s been a long time coming, to actually test drive for a long term basis a Toyota Land Cruiser 200 series. You see, it’s quite hard to source a test unit from local dealers because they would always reason that, it’s by indent orders only. Therefore no test units are available. But hey, come on guys! Isn’t that supposed to be the case? Aren’t local dealers supposed to provide test units for those hard to sell vehicles in their product list to make it easier for wanna be buyers to decide?

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Know your drive: 2017 Chrysler 300C Review

This is a car that captures your sight, not necessarily your emotion at first. Then you start to get curious and slowly you start to appreciate it for what it is, an American muscle car in 4 doors. Once you get to know this car, what’s underneath it and what it can do, your emotion starts to shift to liking it. For a massive car, it’s got tons of sex appeal. I mean who doesn’t like sex appeal, right? Massive size aside, it’s not ashamed to hide its angular bulk on the road.  It’s not as smooth looking as large German
sedans, but it sure is eye catching.

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First impression: 2016 Mazda CX5 Skyactiv D (2.2 diesel)

At first glance, it would be hard to tell that the 2016 Mazda CX5 has undergone a facelift. But look closely and compare it to the earlier model and you will notice subtle changes like its newly redesigned grill and redesign headlights with adoptive capabilities. The interior too offers some subtle changes like soft plastics touches all around the cabin and better noise insulation from the outside world. Sadly though, there are still bits and pieces of hard plastic materials in the lower part of the dashboard and in the lower part of the door panels.

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