Aug 16, 2017

Might as well do it right!

The hottest issue in the country's transport sector currently is the inevitable phase out of the iconic jeepney by starting with the ban of PUVs (public utility vehicles) that are 15 years old and older.

One of the major objectives of the long sought-after move is to lessen pollution levels in the country by drastically reducing the number of vehicles with unacceptable or illegal levels of carbon emissions, which is dominant in the ranks of these old jeepneys. The alternative being pushed is the use of electric-powered engines. Another objective of the phase out is to greatly upgrade the standards of safety, comfort, convenience and reliability of PUVs for the benefit of commuters, which when achieved may convince many private vehicle owners to shift to PUVs instead and dramatically reduce vehicle density in the metro to help lessen traffic congestion.

When a phase out is introduced a worthy substitute is logically expected. You don't just declare something unfit, especially a cultural icon at that, without introducing something that is a lot better than what you are getting rid of.

In achieving the first above-mentioned major objective, the most practical option being considered is the use of e-Jeepneys, which have zero emissions.

As for the second objective, several designs have been submitted but as one of our readers has opined, the design that would best meet the aim of upgrading the standards of safety is that which would have the passengers facing front, instead of the present configuration where they are in a row while to meet the required standards of convenience and practicality, that which havethe entrance on the side near the front instead of the back is best recommended.

Requesting not to be named, to avoid the ire of those who submitted contrary designs, our reader explains that seated facing forward lessens injuries should a collision happens, aside from the fact that seats can even be fitted with lap belts for further passenger protection when such an accident occurs.

Now having the entrance on the side near the driver would have better ingress and egress control preventing passengers' wanton disregard for illegal loading and unloading areas. It would also be easier for fare payments and the giving of change and would be perfect should the electronic card-payment scheme be implemented.

The phase out is a quantum leap for the country's transport sector. We might as well do it right.

The country's top-selling Premium Luxury models

Two weeks ago we started in this column listing the top twenty automobile manufacturers and importers in terms of their vehicle registration during the first half of 2017 as reported to by the LTO ( Land Transportation Office) and documented by STRADCOM, its official IT provider, which we figure would best represent their actual sales for the same period. We followed this up last week with the list of top-selling models in each vehicle category under the Standard classification. We end the series this week by listing the top-selling models under the Premium Luxury classification.






  1. MINI Cooper



  1. M-Benz B-Class


  1. M-Benz A-Class



  1. Peugeot 5008


  1. BMW 1 Series



  1. BMW 2 Series Active Tourer










Compact SUV/Crossover


  1. M-Benz C-Class



  1. Lexus NX200t


  1. BMW 3 Series



  1. BMW X1


  1. Lexus IS350



  1. M-Benz GLC







Midsize Sedan



Midsize SUV/Crossover


  1. M-Benz E-Class



  1. Lexus RX350


  1. Lexus ES350



  1. BMW X3


  1. BMW 5 Series



  1. M-Benz GLE







Large Sedan



Large SUV/Crossover


  1. M-Benz S-Class



  1. Toyota LC200


  1. BMW 7 Series



  1. Lexus LX570


  1. Volvo S90



  1. Toyota Prado







Sports Car





  1. Dodge Challenger



  1. Toyota Alphard


  1. Porsche Boxster



  1. Honda Odyssey


  1. M-Benz SLC-Class



  1. M-Benz V-Class



Country's 1st diesel-powered Honda model is here

Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) last week took the covers off the much-anticipated All-New CR-V, the first ever model with a diesel variant in Honda's automobile line up in the Philippines.

The 5th generation CR-V shall be offered in three 7 -seater diesel variants and a 5-seater gasoline variant.

The 7-seater variants come with 1.6-liter DOHC i-DTEC Diesel TURBO engine with max power of 120Ps and peak torque of 300Nm mated to a new 9-Speed Automatic Transmission with Electric Gear Selector and Paddle Shifters.

On the other hand, Honda retains on the 5 -seater variant its 2.0-liter SOHC i-VTEC gasoline engine that produces a max output of 154Ps and peak torque of189Nm mated to a new CVT ( Continuously Variable Transmission).

There are quite a number of new features and enhancements not only in the all-new CR-V's technical specs but in its exterior, interior and safety aspects as well, which we strongly suggest you check out yourself in any Honda dealership located nationwide.

All 36 HCPI dealerships have started accepting reservations for the All-New CR-V with the 5-seater gasoline variant already readily available while the 7-seater variants will start delivery by end of September 2017.

The all-new CR-V comes in the following variants and SRPs:

1) SX Diesel 9AT, AWD, 7-seater - Php 2,049,000.00

2) S Diesel 9AT, 7-seater - Php 1,759,000.00

3) V Diesel 9AT - Php 1,569,000.00

4) 2.0S (gasoline), 5-seater - Php 1,539,000.00

Petron offers premium collections for car enthusiasts

As a follow up to the exclusive Lamborghini toy car collection for motoring enthusiasts, now comes the exclusive Petron Lamborghini Lifestyle Series.

For every Five Hundred pesos (Php500) of single or accumulated purchase of specific Petron products, the customer is entitled to buy one of the following; an original Lamborghini cap, a Lamborghini anti-spill mug or a Lamborghini umbrella.

This limited exclusive offer runs from August 15 - 31, 2017 only.

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Ray Butch Gamboa graduated from the College of Arts and Letters of the University of Sto. Tomas. It was a course that should have been preparatory to a law degree, but the call of broadcasting aborted his plans.

At the age of 16, while still a student, Butch tried his hand at disc jockeying, landing a job at Mareco Broadcasting Network’s AM stations DZBM and DZLM. From there, Butch moved on with his illustrious career as a popular disc jockey, riding the airwaves of Bob Stewart’s middle-of-the-road music at DZXX, and ending his disc jockeying career at ABS-CBN’s DZYL and DZQL.

From there, he stayed on with ABS-CBN, covering live the proceedings at the Manila Stock Exchange and eventually entered into the world of television sales as an account manager for the premier channel of ABS-CBN Channel 2.

In the early 70’s, at the outbreak of Martial Law, Butch was one of the thousands of professionals who woke up jobless when then President Marcos declared the new status of the nation. With the closure of ABS-CBN, Butch ventured into different fields outside of broadcast. He tried his hand and with ease and success at export (Costume jewelry), real estate (brokerage), and restaurants (fast food).

In 1987, after the revolution, with the broadcast industry back to its free state, and with its irresistible call ringing in his ears, Butch made his inevitable comeback and pioneered in a local motoring show, producing Motoring Today on Channel 4 and co-hosting with local motor sports’ living legend Pocholo Ramirez.

After 4 years, he ventured into another pioneering format by producing and hosting Business & Leisure, which was originally aired on ABS-CBN’s Channel 2. The format eventually espoused similar ones in other different channels. But the clones in due course faded away leaving the original staying on airing on Channel 4 and eventually on Shop TV on Sky Cable’s Channel 13.

The following year, the pioneering spirit in Butch spurred him to produce another TV show, Race Weekend, also on Channel 4, covering circuit racing at the Subic International Raceway after the motor sport’s hiatus of 17 years. But when similar shows with duplicated formats sprouted, he decided to give way and ended the program after a year, although still enjoying unparalleled viewership.

In 1998, when the local automotive industry was in a slump, Butch contributed his share to help the ailing industry by producing another popular motoring-related show, this time exclusive to the automobile and its industry—Auto Focus, which became a vehicle for local automotive assemblers and importers to showcase their products and dwell on the industry’s latest technological developments.

In 2003, Butch teamed up with his brother, Rey Gamboa who was a former Shell executive and presently one Philippine Star’s business columnist to co-produce and co-host the TV show Breaking Barriers on Channel 13. It is a talk show that features guests who are in the news and in the middle of controversies. The program ventures to draw deeper insights into current issues to learn how they impact to our daily lives.

Today, Motoring Today on its 28th year of service to the general motoring public still enjoys its unprecedented loyal vierwership nationwide while Auto Focus, after 16 years has firmly established its niche viewership among automobile enthusiasts and on the other hand Business & Leisure is on its 24th year dishing out current business issues and lifestyle features.

Today, aside from writing weekly columns for the Philippine Star (Motoring Today on Wednesdays and Business & Leisure on Saturdays) and executive producer / host of weekly TV shows (Motoring Today, airs Sundays on Solar Sports Channel 70, Business & Leisure, airs Tuesdays on Shop TV, Sky Cable Channel 13 and Auto Focus airs Thursdays on Shop TV, Sky Cable Channel 13, Ray Butch Gamboa is currently the Chairman and CEO of Sunshine Television Production and Marketing Services Corp., President of Gamcor Management and Development Corp., Chairman of Asia-Pacific Realty Corporation, President and Chairman of Socio-Communication Foundation for Asia and Founding Chairman of the Society of Phil. Motoring Journalists (SPMJ)