Monday, May 21, 2018

Car Features - Top 30 Best Selling Vehicles of the USA for 2012

For 2012, there were 14.1 million cars sold in the USA, good times despite a hurricane wrecking havoc the northeast and Obama winning a second term.Yes, we all know that the Americans have different tastes compared to the ASEAN market but there are some cars that are sold similarly to us.

Out of the 12 months, let's look back on America's best sellers for 2012. Look out for our best sellers for USA from 2002 up to 2011. We have included the increase/decrease from 2011.

Disclaimer: Some photos used are Philippine/ASEAN spec, which may differ from what USA has to offer.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Car Features - Top 30 Best Selling Vehicles of the USA for 2013

For 2013, there were 15.5 million units of cars sold and driven off dealer showrooms. Yes, we all know that the Americans have different tastes compared to the ASEAN market but there are some cars that are sold similarly to us.

Out of the 12 months, let's look back on America's best sellers for 2016. Look out for our best sellers for USA from 2002 up to 2012. We have included the increase/decrease from 2012.

Disclaimer: Some photos used are Philippine/ASEAN spec, which may differ from what USA has to offer.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Car Features - Top 30 Best Selling Vehicles of the USA for 2014

For 2014, 16.5 million vehicles were driven off showrooms across the USA. Still, pickup trucks are kings and passenger cars still dominate. Yes, we all know that the Americans have different tastes compared to the ASEAN market but there are some cars that are sold similarly to us.

Out of the 12 months, let's look back on America's best sellers for 2014. Look out for our best sellers for USA from 2002 up to 2013. We have included the increase/decrease from 2013.

Disclaimer: Some photos used are Philippine/ASEAN spec, which may differ from what USA has to offer.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Car Features - Top 30 Best Selling Vehicles of the USA for 2015

For 2015, there are 17.4 million cars sold in the 50 plus one states in the USA, up from 16 million ones. This could be the last year where passenger cars clinged the top ten with two compact SUVs on tow while we all know, pickup trucks are still best sellers. Yes, we all know that the Americans have different tastes compared to the ASEAN market but there are some cars that are sold similarly to us.

Out of the 12 months, let's look back on America's best sellers for 2015. Look out for our best sellers for USA from 2002 up to 2015. We have included the increase/decrease from 2014.

Disclaimer: Some photos used are Philippine/ASEAN spec, which may differ from what USA has to offer.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Car Features - Top 30 Best Selling Vehicles of the USA for 2016

17.5 million cars, that was the number for all new cars sold in the USA for all 366 days (because it's leap year) of 2016, despite the elections held in November which placed Donald Trump into power. Pickup trucks are still best sellers, the SUV craze is going up while passenger cars are falling down. Yes, we all know that the Americans have different tastes compared to the ASEAN market but there are some cars that are sold similarly to us.

Out of the 12 months, let's look back on America's best sellers for 2016. Look out for our best sellers for USA from 2002 up to 2015. We have included the increase/decrease from 2015.

Disclaimer: Some photos used are Philippine/ASEAN spec, which may differ from what USA has to offer.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Car Features - Same Car, Different Names: The Korean Brands

At the very last day of April, our badge engineering saga deals with Korean manufacturers which includes Hyundai, Kia, and Ssangyong. GM Daewoo vehicles are listed on our General Motors article while Renault Samsung cars goes to our Renault list. Sure, we are dealing with three brands but rebadging could happen.

In order for a car to be counted on this list, the vehicle must have a different name using the same shell (exterior modifications are usually done) but sold under a different brand. And to avoid a super long list, we would limit vehicles which were launched from 1990s and above. Do take note the year range represents the entire vehicle line (including those of its twins) even if the original model was killed. In order to be listed, the base vehicle must be from Hyundai, Kia, or Ssangyong.

Would the list be as spicy as Kimchi? Let us find out.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Used Car Review - Ford Expedition (2007-2017)

This car had an unusually long run for this generation.

2007-2017 Ford Expedition

History

The Ford Expedition has a special place among Filipino motorists especially during the early to the middle part of the 2000s, especially that rich business tycoons bought them brand new back then and you have arrived if you had one since gas prices aren't a huge issue. Ten years ago, its popularity somewhat dwindled with the third generation model as the upper class shifted to Japanese rivals with diesel engines and the first and second generation models had low resale values that became a favorite among networkers (MLM companies like Uno and Frontrow) because it may be old but commands power.

Developed under the U324 code in which it is basically an update of the second generation model that focused on the mechanical parts while improvements were also done inside and out. Logically enough, Ford launched this vehicle at the Houston (Texas) Auto Show as majority of Expeditions are sold in that state in 2006 as a 2007 model year vehicle. This is the first time that an extended length model was introduced (as a replacement to the Excursion) which gives loyal Blue Oval owners choices as well as a one model rival to General Motors.

January 2007 saw the introduction of the third generation Expedition, which was all together launched with the fourth generation Explorer and the refreshed Escape (for the Asian market) and Everest. Do take note that 2007 til 2010 models are sold as the Eddie Bauer with the later ones using the XLT (5.4 models, late 2010 to 2014) and Platinum (3.5, 2015 and up) names. Another thing to look at is the length, with the standard size from 2007 to 2010 and the extended body (called the EL) from 2009 until its discontinuation.

Value and Costs
With a 10 year run, third gen Expeditions have varying prices from P600,000 for the standard body Eddie Bauer to as high as P3,000,000 for a Platinum model having a chunk of the warranty. This is no Land Cruiser when it comes to resale value, so if you want something large and have the money to burn, this is it.

Despite the fact this is a ten year old model, parts are common among American parts specialists plus maintenance isn't for the kuripot in heart. Fuel consumption will give you nightmares if you don't have the money plus with this car having lots of electronic toys, things may go wrong.

Exterior and Interior
As mentioned earlier, it is basically an improved second generation model. Still, the hollow block silhouette is there but the chrome grille gives it more presence.

The Expedition's interior, especially the long wheelbase ones, means business. Its three rows can comfortably fit full size adults without complaining for space and can accommodate extra for your luggage. Thankfully, the controls are easy to reach and understand although some touches that don't befit a three million peso car exist. With a 10 year run, interior upgrades are done especially with the audio system (later ones had Ford's SYNC and MyFord) to keep up with the times.

Engine
For 2007 to 2014 models, a 5.4 gasoline V8 carrying 310hp at 5,100rpm and 365Nm at 3,600rpm comes standard while later ones use a 3.5 V6 with Ford's Ecoboost technology that has 365hp at 5,000rpm and 569Nm at 2,250rpm with both engines paired to a six-speed automatic. Either engine will give you more than decent power at all times but fuel consumption is poor, but it is a given.

Driving Impressions
Unlike competitors that drives like a truck, this one is much better especially that it does not tremble at corners or road bumps plus it likes to be driven at straight roads.

Verdict
Sure, it does not have any diesel engine and the length may intimidate some newbie driver, the Expedition still has the presence and the symbol which some people find. And as a second hand choice, if you have the resources, it is one solid choice.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Car Profiles - Ford Escape (2015-2016)

2015-2016 Ford Escape

The Good: Athletic turbo engines, high levels of quality

The Bad: Turbo engines may prove to be expensive to maintain

The Say: While an outstanding package, it isn't practical as others.

Go For: 1.6 SE
Avoid:

Price Range: P800,000-P1,150,000
Our Rating: ****

Related Review: None as of the Moment

See the different versions of this vehicle:
2015-2016

Car Profiles - Volkswagen Beetle (2014-2017)

2014-2017 Volkswagen Beetle

The Good: Stylish, powerful engines

The Bad: Impractical, some cheap feeling materials

The Say: Not the best choice for all seasons, unless you prefer cuteness and nostalgia.

Go For: 1.4
Avoid:

Price Range: P1,000,000-P1,600,000
Our Rating: ***

Related Review: Used Car Review - Volkswagen Beetle (2014-2017)

See the different versions of this vehicle:
2014-2017

Car Profiles - Toyota Previa (2006-2017)

2006-2017 Toyota Previa

The Good: Topnotch interior quality, manageable and practical

The Bad: Firm ride, no diesel

The Say: Luxurious and practical at the same time.

Go For: 2.4 Q
Avoid:

Price Range: P560,000-P1,000,000
Our Rating: ****

Related Review: Used Car Review - Toyota Previa (2006-2017)

See the different versions of this vehicle:
2006-2017