Celebrating their second decade this year, Isuzu Philippines organized the biggest meet-up of the marque’s vehicle owner clubs in the country and showcased their phenomenal success in shaping the mindset of Filipino motorists. Car owners came from all over and assembled a museum on wheels, on many wheels, bringing Isuzu’s very first Hi-Lander which evolved … Continue reading The Isuzu Big Meet: a two decade history writ large in big-boned utilities
With the go-anywhere Crosswind XUV (sleek base variant of the sporty kind of Crosswind), we went off the beaten track north of Metro Manila. Instead of the usual drive further up to Baguio we hanged a left onto SCTEX. And, instead of the westward push to Subic Bay, we exited at Dinalupihan to get onto … Continue reading Discovery drive, Bataan
The first step up from the Crosswind's street-dressed X_ variants (the XS, XL and XT), the XUV goes sporty with the addition of protective polymer fender flares and waist panels (for bouncing off rock impacts), big 235/70 R15 tires, a spare tire rear mount, and the option for a robust 4-speed JATCO automatic gearbox. With … Continue reading Quick note: the Crosswind’s X-factor on the middle-child XUV variant
We dive deep into the details of the JATCO-sourced automatic transmission on Crosswind XUV and Sportivo variants, and come back up with a notion on how to get acceleration that's closer to how you'd feel it with a stick-shift. Impressive with its economy, although limited to an 83hp rating because it tops out quickly, the … Continue reading The Pump: getting smarter acceleration from a Crosswind A/T
On an Isuzu Crosswind XUV or Sportivo with an automatic gearbox, crossing the 2000rpm threshold with this tactic gets you smarter, quieter acceleration. For the how and the why, see our full write-up.
The Adarna Group Foundation had this two-part mission for Nueva Ecija. First, scout a route through rough roads to an elementary school on the eastern approaches to Gapan City, the place where they’d be bringing their Barangay Early Literacy Program (BELP) the following month. Second, bring volunteers to do BELP classes for the kids and … Continue reading On mission: the relentless Isuzu Crosswind