Allow me to present some very important, practical and technical aspects when it comes to buying a pre-owned car.
Carmudi Philippines has over the last two and a half years, grown to become the largest automotive–focused classifieds website in the Philippines with over 30,000 listings and close to 1.5 million unique visits a month.
Another good reason to get comprehensive car insurance is the fact that the Philippines endures an average of nine tropical storms in a year.
The online marketplace is getting increasingly pervasive by the day and, with improving broadband connectivity, we can only expect it to become more prevalent.
Whether you drive your own car or choose to suffer the indignity of public transport, the result is about the same. Unless, you ride a motorcycle.
Cities, businesses, and governments around the world are recognizing the benefits and the need to incorporate EVs for a smarter, sustainable future. It is no longer a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’.
Compared to other ASEAN countries, the Philippines is very far from reaching market saturation. Low car ownership ratio indicates high potential for the Philippine auto market.
One look at our cover is all it takes to know why this column is titled such. The Huracán is arguably the most pleasing and, dare I say, sensual Lamborghini to every roll out of their Sant’Agata, Bolognese factory. With 610 asphalt-burning horsepower in all-wheel-drive guise, the Huracán launches from zero to 100 km/h in a knuckle-whitening 3.2 seconds. Lightning fast, indeed.
But that’s not only what this column is about.
Even faster – from a publication perspective – is the conceptualization, construction and printing of this magazine, the first and only printed edition of what was originally intended
to be purely an e-magazine. From the time Kris, Cholo (Syquia, our COO) and I first discussed the idea 50 days ago with nothing except a Michelin notepad and Shell ballpoint pen (we
are car guys, after all), to the time you now pinch this issue warmly between your fingers, everything was accomplished in record time.
What started out as a 50-page idea grew to 80 – with the same deadline; what should have been one new-car focus grew to four. What, in concept, should have been a newsletter grew into a full-on magazine with columns, reviews, advertisers and my renewed addiction to caffeine.
All done, thank God, lightning fast. But not at the expense of quality. In our maiden issue, you’ll read about the fabulous Lamborghini Huracán, Rolls-Royce Dawn, Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli Zegna editions, among other great and practical vehicles. You’ll also hear from two amazing gentlemen, Lamborghini Manila’s Erick Jarlego, who has the distinct pleasure of overseeing every Lamborghini sold through their dealership; and Andy Sta. Maria, a true gentleman and president of THE car club to end all car clubs, the Manila Sports Car Club. Every magazine has columnists; we wanted to do something different. Not because Carmudi’s core business is selling cars, but simply because we were starting on a clean slate as a publication. We wanted to give our readers a glimpse into the other side of the industry; and we were absolutely stoked – no, blessed – to have two of the Philippines’ most respected auto industry captains – CAMPI President Rommel R. Gutierrez, and EMotors Inc.’s President and cofounder Elizabeth H. Lee – accept our invitation to write insightful columns for us on a regular basis. And write columns, they did.
That’s also the rate at which the Philippine automotive industry has been growing. For the past four consecutive years, sales records have been set and broken. For 2016, all foreseeable metrics point to the addition of between 330,000 to 370,000 new vehicles on our roads. And you though traffic was bad enough yesterday. While this is great news for our local automotiveindustry, the DPWH, MMDA and other related government agencies must step up their game to build new roads to help expand and subsequently decongest our bursting National Capital Region; while ensuring that our existing roads don’t deteriorate further, particularly now that the wet season is at hand. Otherwise our roads will fill up with cars and floodwater –