BIG as the D-Max is, the iconic high-riding truck is still at home on city streets. Rich torque for sprinting and short-shifting: With torque peaking early at 320Nm, this D-Max variant feels good in a sprint but a better use of the early onset push is to go easy on the throttle and trigger those … Continue reading The Isuzu D-Max LS 2.5L 4×2 MT, at home in the city
With a typical SUV's seven-passenger loadout, we take the new Super Carry UV variant down dense downhill twisties, underscoring the importance of its rugged undercarriage under heavy load. Strong/stable front: Steering is light and predictable even when going downhill, braking and then turning. The Super Carry’s signature tension rods shape the wheel mounts into strong … Continue reading Taking Suzuki’s all-new Super Carry DOWN the Tagaytay-Talisay road
Built thick and rigid, and powered by a truck’s turbodiesel, the Tata Indigo subcompact sedan is the heaviest in its class. She sounds like a minibus gone throaty, but she’s fast, and she's nimble. Her undercarriage engineering harks back to when front-wheel-drive was still a new, premium layout--something to make the most of with independent … Continue reading The Tata Indigo, a gem of unfashionable overengineering
Set to launch next month and priced to move in the hotly contested compact MPV segment, the new BAIC M20 goes on an in-house, pre-launch test-drive to rustic Sagada through historic Kennon Road and Halsema Highway. Introduced by BAIC Philippines last year in time for the 2015 awards testing season, the M20 MPV is now … Continue reading The new BAIC M20 on its shakedown cruise to Sagada
We spot what makes the scaled down but classically configured Suzuki Jimny 4x4 such an easy fun drive, both on and slightly off city grids.
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.
On the 300hp BYD Qin, using both engine and electromotor in hybrid mode to accelerate spectacularly in quiet Eco or throaty Sport setting, the Dual Mode II plug-in powerplant also charges the battery when you cruise, keeping you off city power grids.
We drive the BYD Qin with its remote control fob and record what happens inside the powerful, next-generation hybrid.
On the Tata Vista Ini with its 75ps 1.4L SAFIRE petrol burner, we discover that the engine from FIAT delivers rich torque at the low end (as expected on an 8-valve SOHC) but stands following the Rule of Twos, to address the wide ratio gap between first and second gears: get past the 20km/h and … Continue reading Driving the Tata Vista Ini with its 75ps 1.4L SAFIRE engine