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TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had taken a ride in several self-driving vehicles on public roads in the capital to showcase the technology ahead of this week’s opening of the Tokyo Motor Show. Abe tried auto-piloting vehicles from Toyota, Honda and Nissan on the roads around Japan’s National Diet…

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THE Electric Vehicle Alliance (EVA) announced it will hold the third staging of the Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit at the Meralco Compund in Pasig City on November 28 to 29. EVA is composed of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), Meralco, Clean Air Initiative Asia and the Institute…

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THE Manila North Tollways (MNTC), builder and operator of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), last week launched its recognition program for bus and truck companies called the NLEXcellence Safety Awards. MNTC will cite the exemplary performance of the companies in promoting and ensuring safety on the road. MNTC chief executive…

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PHILIPPINE distributor of Kia vehicles, Columbian Autocar Corp. (CAC), announced it had a turned over a brand-new Kia Soul to the grand prize winner in its Drive to 20 First Quarter promo. CAC explained the Drive to 20 raffle draw is a year-long effort that celebrates its 20th year in…

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The Volvo XC60 D5 was given the distinction of being the best premium compact SUV at the 9th Annual C! Awards, organized by C! Magazine. The car fuses all-wheel drive with a fuel-efficient diesel engine, creating a capable crossover. The XC60 sells for P3.295 million while the XC60 T5 gasoline…

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THE Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. announced it was recently named a Thomson Reuters 2013 Top 100 Global Innovator for its achievements as one of the world’s most innovative companies. This is the third-straight year that it has been recognized by Thomson Reuters, according to Goodyear. “This recognition is further…

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VALENCIA, Spain: Spanish sensation Marc Marquez is on a fast-track to greatness after dominating this year’s MotoGP in his record-shattering rookie season where he became the youngest-ever world champion at the age of 20. His effortless transition to the premier class has staggered his Repsol Honda team and the sport’s…

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TEAM Suzuki’s Wayne Maxwell has clinched the 2013 Australian Superbike (ASBK) Championship at the recent Phillip Island round of the race series, making it back-to-back ASBK titles for the Motul-powered Suzuki contingent and its GSX-R1000. Maxwell claimed Superpole with a new national best lap-time of 1:32.274 around the scenic 4.445-kilometer…

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Lexus GX460 dons spindle grille as it joins brand’s range of posh sport-utes LEXUS Manila has completed its compact/midsize/huge trio of luxurious sport-utility vehicles as it released last week the 2014 Lexus GX460—the brand’s median SUV. The latest model adds to the compact crossover RX and the full-size LX sport-ute.…

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CHICAGO: The US auto industry extended its steady gains in October despite economic uncertainty caused by a government shutdown. Total industry sales rose 11 percent in October while the sales pace came in at an adjusted, annualized rate of 15.2 million vehicles. That was the weakest pace since April, but…

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