Saturday, November 19, 2011

North American debut of Abarth 500 looks HOT

The Fiat Abarth 500 has arrived in the USA, courtesy of Chrysler, and this latest US Commercial for the Abarth 500 seems to be somewhat...HOT.

This ad's getting a bit naughty, and also the new Abarth 500. Speaking of which, what's the song on the 2012 Abarth 500 commercial? Okay, here's the answer: Smokescreen by Willis

Mama Said...

It was like it happened in rare basis when my mother point me out some kind of a weird car, mommy said that "Do you like this car?". If I look at my car where my mommy pointed, it was like this car's too ugly. I mean hey, that's my mom. She has no knowledge about cars.

Anyway, as I spent several moments watching Top Gear episodes, I just saw some of the most weird looking cars I have ever seen and imagine if my mom point out one of these...

1) Reliant Robin

I could only imagine that this three-wheeler was actually the car I saw on Mr. Bean as the blue car that keeps causing accidents. What makes it so weird that this car is seen on Top Gear. Most notable Top Gear Reliant Robin moments were when the Reliant Robin turned into a space shuttle (and ended in a failure)...

...and when Jeremy Clarkson's behind the wheel of the Robin, it made several crashes.

If most of the people saw the Reliant Robin, chances are that they will say that they saw this one on Mr. Bean. tsk...tsk...

2) Peel P50

Even weirder than the Reliant Robin is the Peel P50. Surely, it's just the same three-wheeler but the third wheel's on the back. Unlike the Robin, it doesn't do crashes, Mr. Bean style. The Peel P50 is built from the Isle Of Man in the 1960's and this is the world's smallest production car according to Guinness World Records. Sadly though, there's no Reverse Gear and if you're stuck, you should need help from someone to pull you out. In Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson drove the Peel P50 inside the BBC Television Centre while he was attending at some kind of a seminar. Wouldn't believe that this small car can get inside a building?

Too bad I'm fat and I can't get inside the Peel P50.

3) G-Wiz

This isn't a car, it's just plain rubbish. On TopGear, this G-WIZ is slower than a table.Imagine if this one's an RC car but hey, Top Gear already did made an RC G-Wiz. Rest assured that the G-WIZ is not a car, it's just as pointless as a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe.

4) Marauder

This behemoth is unstoppable on its tracks. It can ram through walls, outsmart the towing trucks, crush through cars, and it can even survive against explosions...almost. No wonder a country like South Africa made the world's most unstoppable car, at least when Top Gear said during the Season 17 opener. Imagine if the terrorists are using this Marauder...

5) Ariel Atom

This is the speedster that ruined Jeremy Clarkson's face. The Ariel Atom is definitely the next best thing for a go-kart but no. This is not a go-kart, this is the ultimate in British lightweights since the Caterham and the Lotus Elise. Back then, the Ariel Atom is powered from a supercharged Honda K20A engine, which produces almost 300HP of power. There was also the Ariel Atom V8 which produces about 500HP of power but it has a power-to-weight ratio of 900hp/ton. That's twice as powerful as you get from the Bugatti Veyron or a Ferrari Enzo.

...couldn't come closer. Big or small, they look weird on the roads ahead.

Episode 3 of Toyota Camry's The One & Only Takes advantage of its Blind Spot Monitor

In Episode 3 of the reinvented 2012 Camry's web drama, The One & Only, we witnessed how the 2012 Camry Hybrid's blind spot monitor works. It's advanced that provides drivers prevent a potential collision, especially when you're chased by goons riding motorcycles.

Skoda Citigo

2012 Skoda Citigo

2012 Skoda Citigo

2012 Skoda Citigo interior

This is Skoda's version of the Volkswagen up! compact car that is the first of its kind and this would be the cheapest Skoda ever built to address the likes of the triplets Toyota Aygo, Citroen C1, and Peugeot 107. Adopting the "City Clever" concept, the new Skoda Citigo is a nippy little compact car that changes the game.

This is the first production car to be fitted with the new Skoda logo and this new Citigo compact car is surely revolutionize the Czech arm of Volkswagen group forever. However, in terms of design, the Citigo is just another Skoda because of its familiar face. The rear view seems to be more like the designers are playing MineCraft because of its squarish proportions. Here on the interior, it seems to be a little simple with some extras such as a navigation system. However, on the three-door version, there is a new Easy Entry system that provides access to the rear seats. There are lots of conveniences on the Citigo such as the special handbag hook integrated in to the glovebox opening mechanism, and a photograph holder on the central console, are two clever interior elements.

The Citigo is powered by a 1.0L MPi petrol engine that produces 44 to 55 PS of power and 95Nm of torque. It can go 0-100km/h in 14.4 to 13.2 seconds and flat-out the Citigo can go as much as 160 to 171km/h. It is mated with 5-speed manual transmission only.

The Citigo is the first Skoda to imply Head-Thorax side airbag to protect the heads of both the driver and the front seat passenger and the new City Safe Drive with emergency braking that allows the Citigo to brake automatically to avoid collisions. This technology is similar to Volvo's City Safety implied on the Volvo S60 and V60.

At the start, the Skoda Citigo is available in four colors; Zelená Spring metalíza, Černá Deep s perleťovým efektem, Žlutá Sunflower, and Červená Tornado.

My Comment:
The Skoda Citigo is how you say "Volkswagen up!" in Czech and this is the cheapest Skoda offered. Sales will start on its home market, Czech Republic, before the end of this year and the rest of Europe in the second half of next year. Initially, the three door is offered but word is that there will be a 5-door version next year.

The cheapest Skoda may sometimes be not so cheerful because once you get inside, you might think that this micro-mini is a bit rubbish. Most people living in the Czech Republic are looking for some fuel efficient cars, then welcome to the future, young people. The Citigo can go as much as 22.2km/L (4,5 Liter/100 km) of combined fuel economy and this would be okay if you're on the long haul. This city compact is tiny, cheap, and sometimes, it saves you a lot of money, well almost.

Photo: ŠKODA AUTO a.s.

ZL1 Concerns

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2013 Shelby GT500

With the introduction of the 2013MY Ford Mustang range and with the 2013MY Shelby GT500's power output reached the 650HP mark, it seems that the upcoming, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, on sale next year, has gotten some concerns, stating that this 580HP muscle car is now the victim and already got its butt kicked by the 2013MY Shelby GT500 because of the power output and the weight. Well, as for the concerns, Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer behind the Camaro ZL1 said that Camaro-Mustang arch rivalry are getting over the border since the Camaro returned in 2009. Yes, the days of "no replacement for displacement" is gone and the Camaro ZL1's not good enough for the drag race. He said that the upcoming ZL1 is promised to be a track-ready vehicle and he had to thank the Mustang fans because a car like the Chevrolet Camaro encouraged the Ford Mustang to throw everything they got.

Press Release:

Camaro Nation:

As you know, the blogs lit up with the announcement of the new 650-horsepower Mustang GT500, and I wanted to give you my perspective on the latest challenge from Dearborn.

The Mustang has been playing catch up since the moment the fifth-gen Camaro arrived in 2009. Since then, Camaro has been the best-selling sports car in America, indicating that consumers know which car offers the best performance, style and safety.

It is no coincidence that Mustang has introduced three 100-horsepower increases to keep pace with Camaro: First their V-6 was bumped to 305; then their V-8 went to 412, and now the GT500.

Even with the 100-hp increase, the 2013 GT500 will still not match the technology and sophistication of the 2012 Camaro ZL1.

The days of "no replacement for displacement," are over, and it's not enough to be fast in a straight line. With the Camaro ZL1, we set out to deliver integrated performance, and be equally good at acceleration, braking, grip, and turning. As you will soon see, that's why the Camaro ZL1 will set the performance benchmark for the segment.

Our approach was to make every Camaro ZL1 fully track-capable, from the factory. As we announced today, the ZL1 Coupe will start at $54,995 with standard Magnetic Ride Control, standard Performance Traction Management, and standard track-capable equipment such as a rear-differential cooler, brake cooling ducts, and an engine and transmission cooler.

None of our customers will have to buy extra options – or modify their ZL1 – for track-day usage. That is not the case for the current GT500, or their new car.

For Mustang fans, you're welcome. Clearly the Camaro has encouraged Ford to throw everything they can at us.

For Camaro fans, trust me, we are always listening to your feedback, and working hard to keep the Camaro in the lead.

Al O.

"Ligpit tayo later, ha?"

What just happened on the November 16, 2011 episode of Bubble Gang?

- Some Bubble Gags at the classroom to throw some crumpled paper at their heads

Baliw Ako!

- The couple bought themselves a brand new TV with voice recognition but it's not what you think...

Splash Report

- Hey Cheche and Bureche, who's going to play as the evil sister for the play? Beats us, we don't know who...

Cheche Bureche

- Word for the ventriloquist: What the puppet wants, the puppet gets!

- Anumang lutong ang pananalita ni Mommy, mas malutong parin ang kanyang fried chicken. Bubble Gang does the Alagang Magnolia Robot TV commercial for the Magnolia Fresh Chicken by spoofing this as Magnobia Fresh Chicken. Ligpit tayo later, ha?

Bubble Gang does Magnolia Fresh Chicken

- Ogie Alcasid explains the different effects of drinking beer aside from being drunk.

- Ayt! Ayt! Katahimikan! Katahimikan! Check out the BG Pick Up lines!



1) Sana assignment na lang ako! Para I-take home na lang kita!

2) Bola ka ba ng basketball? Ayaw kasing maagaw ng iba!

3) Neneng! Aray ko! Sakit ng ngipin ko! Ang sweet mo kasi!

4) Kailangan natin ng MMDA. Kasi puso natin, nagbabangaan!

Boy Pick Up

5) Miss, pag nagtayo ako ng tindahan, lahat ibebenta ko mura. Kasi sa'yo lang nagmamahal!

6) Pagtatanggol kita lagi! Kasi...kasi...kasi...di dumating ang alaga kong kalapati!

7) Kailangan ko ng first aid! Kasi, na-injured ako nung nahulog ako sa yo!

8) Picture ka ba? Kasi, nagkabukol si Pedro!

- Meet Super Senior, the super old superhero reporting for duty!

Super Senior

Anna Manalastas' final day

After Anna Manalastas (Coney Reyes/Xyriel Manabat), Jopet (Neil Coleta), and Bart (Rafael Rosell) succeeded from rescuing Sophia (Jodi Sta. Maria), Anna's long lost daughter, from the clutches of Miranda (Valerie Concepcion), and facing off against the Tagasundo (Pen Medina), and then when Tagasundo transform himself into Jake Cuenca while Tagabantay transform himself into Coco Martin for a one-on-one duel while Anna and the gang race against time to reach her mother at the hospital, here it is. This is Anna Manalastas' last day, which means, time for the 100 Days To Heaven finale.

In the finale, Anna Manalastas has no choice but go to hell with Tagasundo. While Anna's in Hell, there is a problem. Anna can't get through because of some mysterious barrier. Because of the barrier, Anna said the Tagasundo that she's not capable of being entered to Hell because for the past 100 days on Earth, she done a lot of good things, good things that made Anna a changed woman after all of her darkest pasts. This is what the Tagabantay said.

After Anna winning the battle against the Tagasundo with Tagabantay on her side, she has to return to Earth to say farewell to the gang, especially Sophia, Andres (Joel Torre), Bart, and Jopet. After the farewell, Anna Manalastas goes to heaven and while she's on heaven, she meets up with old friends Bruce (Smokey Manaloto) and Kevin (Louise Abuel). Also, Bobby (Dominic Ochoa) showed up and yes, he forgive Anna for all of his sins. What completes is when Anna's mother showed up and thankfully, they were together.

Moments later, Sophia's starting her day as the new CEO of The Toy Company and seems she's off to a good start until she met up with some familiar looking little girl who definitely look like young Anna. That concludes the story of 100 Days To Heaven. This show may be the most memorable drama not only because of little Anna's cuteness and life-changing stories, but that whole Sophia magic is something I will surely miss...

100 Days To Heaven ending

Friday, November 18, 2011

When Doraemon characters are all grown up in latest Toyota REBORN ad.

Back when we were kids, we had fun watching an anime titled Doraemon and we enjoyed the funniest misadventures of Doraemon, Nobita, and the gang. What happens if the characters from Doraemon are all grown up? The answer is courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation for its "ReBORN" campaign and the tagline "FUN TO DRIVE, AGAIN".

Firstly on the first ad, we saw Japanese actor Satoshi Tsumabuki playing as the 30-year-old Nobita and the Naoya Ogawa played as the 30-year-old Gian, now driving a Toyota Estima. Heh, even 20 years has passed, Gian still picking on Nobita but that's okay.

Later, on the latest ad, we witnessed Tomohisa Yamashita played as 30-year-old Suneo and Asami Mizukawa playing as the 30-year-old Shizuka. Here, we saw Toyota models like the RAV4, FJ Cruiser, Vellfire, Noah, and Wish. For an added surprise, actor Jean Reno (Wasabi, Leon, Ronin, Mission Impossible, Godzilla) for the first time being Doraemon. 

It was like what the heck? How did Mr. Alphard returned to be Doraemon for the Toyota REBORN commercial? It's like he's back! Never mind...

Glad we saw these Doraemon characters all grown up for the Toyota "ReBORN" campaign.

Speaking of which, what's that song played on the commercial? I'll give you the answer, it's Kiseki by GReeeeN.

Oreimo star in a reasonably priced Demio (and Axela)

Kuroneko's the star in a reasonably priced Mazda!

Seriously, it happened again at some newspaper ad for Chiba Mazda dealership and this time, it's Kuroneko's turn. Another Oreimo star in a reasonably priced Mazda, just like Kirino Kousaka from last time.

You could thank the guys who worked at the Chiba Mazda dealership teaming up with Oreimo characters to promote new Mazda models, especially the new Mazda Demio and the new Mazda Axela with SKYACTIV Technology.

Ambitious...but rubbish...

The new Swift RS

2012 Suzuki Swift RS

The special edition Suzuki Swift RS is tuned to be more European rather than being a Japanese compact car. The Swift RS uses the entry-level XG as its foundation but with Euro-tuned suspension for enhanced handling like a European car.

Special items in the Swift RS include a multi-reflector halogen fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, fabric seats, and shift lever stitched in silver, reclining rear seat, rear wing, side skirts, front and rear bumpers, door mirrors with LED side turn lamp, and 16-inch rims.

It's all about being sporty for the new Swift.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Run of Pagani Huayra

Pagani Huayra

Nationality: Italian

Top Speed: 227 MPH (365kph)

0 - 60 time: 3.4 seconds

BHP: 700 @ 6,000 rpm

Performance: Tier 5

Handling: Normal

Class: Supercar

Drivetrain: RWD

Manufacture Year: 2011

The Pagani Huayra is the Zonda replacement that ushered in the new age of the Italian supercar brand and this was named after Huayra-Tata, the god of wind from the Aymara legends. It made a world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Auto Salon in March.

The Pagani Huayra is powered by a 6.0L Mercedes-AMG M158 V12 twin-Turbo engine that produces over 700BHP of power and over 1,000Nm of torque. It can go 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and flat-out, the Huayra blows away in 227 MPH (365kph). It is mated with a transverse sequential seven speed gearbox with AMT robotized system. The Huayra weighs 1.350 kg and it has a 44:56 weight distribution.

According to the founder of Pagani, this car is made of more than 4,000 components that requires creativity, patience, and passion that Pagani shared with a fantastic young team and with the most competent partner in various sectors.

When we last saw this car as a Limited Edition bonus of Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed, this car is now a Need For Speed exclusive and now it carries on to Need For Speed The Run. NFS fans should be familiar about the Huayra but for first-timers, it takes mastery to control the Huayra in order for players to get through New York, fast! I mean, can I explain the rear spitting fire as I hit nitrous on it? Pretty cool huh? I never know that the Huayra is the next best thing for Pagani! I am really amazed the raw ferocity of the Huayra and this car's just like the Zonda. It looks scary to drive but they don't.

The ultimate Panamera

2012 Porsche Panamera GTS

The Panamera to end all Panameras!

The new 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS is the ultimate Panamera ever made because of its upgraded 4.8L NA engine that produces 430HP, upgraded brakes, lowered body, improved suspension, and everything that makes this new model so special in the eyes of the big boys who are interested with super saloons. Still, the looks are not quite good...

Further reading:

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Original Soundtrack

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Original Soundtrack

Celebrate 10 years of Halo with the original soundtrack of Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, the latest rendition of the original 2001 XBOX video game that celebrates the legendary video game's anniversary and this is how they say thank you for supporting the HALO series for ten years.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Original Soundtrack is a two-disc compilation packed with a total of 39 in-game BGMs Composed by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori, arranged by Paul Lipson, Lennie Moore, Tom Salta and Brian Trifon, and performed by the The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. This is the Original Soundtrack fit enough to relive the glory of Master Chief! HEROES NEVER DIE!

Disc One:

01 Random Slipspace Trajectory
02 Bravery, Brotherhood
03 Installation 04
04 An End of Dying
05 Pale Rider
06 Yawning Chasm
07 A Private Service
08 Rock in a Hard Place
09 Flotsam, Jetsam
10 Captain, My Captain
11 Suite Fall
12 Demons and Heretics
13 Exfiltration
14 Honest Negotiation Suite
15 Unless You Mean To Shoot
16 Infiltration
17 Strung

Disc Two:
01 Still, Moving
02 Lions and Tigers and...
03 Between Beams
04 Paranoid Illusion
05 Xenoarchaeology
06 Choreographite
07 In the Substance of it
08 How to Get Ahead in War
09 Unreliable Exploration
10 Dewy Decimate
11 First Step
12 Arborea Above
13 Bad Dream
14 Cloaked in Blackness
15 Strident
16 To Sleep
17 Marathon Sprint
18 Fragments
19 Heretic Machine
20 Unfortunate Discovery
21 Heliopause
22 Didactic Principal

Forza Motorsport 4 meets SUPER POTENTIAL

Making a milestone in Indy!

Before the Mitsubishi GTO (3000GT) emerged in the 1990's, there was this, the Mitsubishi Starion. Built in Nagoya, Japan, the Mitsubishi Starion is the brand's "Turbo Specialty Sports" that became a direct competitor to the Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, or even the Nissan Fairlady Z. It is said that this car was exported in the United States as this or as an OEM for the three Chrysler brands; namely Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth, as the Conquest.

The Starion's interior

Aside for being a memorable JDM Legend, the Mitsubishi Starion is proven to be a worthy contender in the motorsports world. It even tackled the Australian Production Car Championship, SCCA, Silverstone, Dutch National Touring Car Championship, Race de Nippon Tsukuba, All Japan Touring Car Race, and GHiland Touring Car 300 km Race.

Spirit of '80s

This JDM Legend is new on Forza Motorsport 4 and you are free to make a milestone out of this classic "Turbo Specialty Sports" that even in 29 years, the Star of Orion still looks good to drive as the other Mitsubishi cars, especially the Lancer Evolution models.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Veloster vs. Genesis Coupe

2012 Hyundai Veloster
2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The 2012MY Hyundai Veloster and the 2012MY (US 2013MY) Hyundai Genesis Coupe... Yes, they're both Koreans, both built from Hyundai, both are sportscars, both are feisty, both are good-looking, both are fun-to-drive, and...NO. Sorry Filipinos, you can't get these two because our local fuels are not compatible to the cars' direct injection technology. Yes I know, we can't get these two but if there's a chance, which of these two Hyundai sports cars you think is more fun? So, let's compare these two...

The Hyundai Veloster was launched in March 2011 and its the first of Hyundai's new Premium Youth Lab sub-brand, a sub-brand that caters the needs of the young adults. It is limited in 18,000 units (albeit in South Korea) and it's offered with the 6-speed manual, 6-speed auto and the brand's first DCT (Double Clutch Transmission). It was appeared in City Hunter Korean Drama as Lee Min Ho's car of choice, whatever that is. Some say that this car was supposed to be the successor of the Hyundai Tuscani but sorry, this isn't supposed to be despite this is an FF hatchback. What's surprising about the Veloster is the doors because it can open one door at the driver's side and two doors at the passenger's side! It might be weird but this is part of Hyundai's "New Thinking, New Possibilities" slogan. Under the hood is the Gamma GDi 1.6L engine that produces 140hp of power and 17.0kg-m og torque. Perhaps because this is powered by a GDi engine, HARI can't bring the Veloster because of the fuel concerns but for some Filipinos who want to get their hands on the Veloster, they want to find one on some direct importers from the Philippines, like for example; Hancars or Pitstop Motors. These importers allow them to import the Hyundai Veloster with a very reasonably price. Is this something that they could have shove it down Hyundai Asia Resources' throat? Not so fast...

Now about the 2012 Genesis Coupe, this is the facelifted version that keeps Korea's low-cost FR sportscar updated after being on service for three years since its debut in October 2008. For this facelifted Genesis Coupe, you should expect Veloster cue design on the front and the mildly revised rear. Let's not forget the all new interior that provides user-friendly experience and the JBL Audio System sounds excellent. The new Genesis Coupe is powered by a GDi 3.8L V6 engine and a turbocharged 2.0 TCi engine. These two engines combine performance and ecology in one hand and of course, sadly, we won't be getting the facelifted Genesis Coupe soon. Sorry about that but that's HARI's decision. Guess you may just stick with your outgoing, pre-facelift Genesis Coupe because HARI will remain the pre-facelifted Genesis Coupe and always will be until the facelifted version is ready.

The Genesis Coupe is focused to be more of a maniac because this is an FR sportscar, you could do some drifting on the ground and this is the best Hyundai sportscar ever made. The Veloster, though, it's only focused only on style rather than performance. You should be going bonkers to have one but you have to wave hi to these two from far away and that's why you should wait...

Need for Speed: The RUN

Need for Speed: The RUN

Prepare for the biggest cross-country race from San Francisco to New York that will leave your hearts shattered, sending your minds in spiral, and it will leave you in excessive daydreaming about this greatest battle of your life.

Need for Speed: The RUN, takes players on the role of Jack Rourke, a man who is taking on The RUN, a cross-country race from San Francisco to New York with no rules, no speed limits, zero allies! Be warned. Cops and villains want you dead and the reason why you're taking the risk is because you want to correct the biggest mistake you have done.

This game is all about survival of the fastest. You are Jack's competitive edge and you must take out your rivals in this cross-country bloodbath from The Golden Gate Bridge to The Empire State Building, surviving against the villains who want you dead, the cops who are chasing you, and of course the forces of nature. How far can you survive in this 3000 miles of hell?

The biggest stars of NFS: The RUN are the cars themselves. A half-a-century of cars is all you need if you want to get through New York with a selection of tuners, muscles, and exotics from Europe, America, and Asia. Drift through tight curves with the Toyota AE86, get through straight corners with the Boss 302 Mustang, or go all out with the Bugatti Veyron. There are a selection of cars you want to shove it down your rivals throat either on Story Mode, Challenge Series, or online!

With NFS Autolog, every second counts and Autolog monitors your every progress and see if you are the fastest person who made it from San Francisco to New York. Happily though, you can take photos, challenge against your rivals based on your skill, and show everyone who's boss.

Want to unlock all the cars and challenges but being lazy enough to progress through The RUN? Don't worry though that the Time Savers Pack is coming! The Time Savers Pack is a DLC that allows you to unlock most of the stuff that can be earned through the normal game progression. Maybe here's your chance to try out the Pagani Huayra you're dreaming about?

Don't forget that two Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Irina Shayk and Chrissy Teigen are making special appearances on The RUN because hot cars and women do really have a one-two combo.

NFS The Run stars Sean Faris from The Vampire Diaries as Jack Rourke and Christina Hendricks from Mad Men and Drive as Sam Harper.

Want to have the edge to get through New York? NFS The RUN Limited Edition gives you access to the latest vehicles such as the ferocious Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and for the first time, you can try out the all new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (Type 991)! Exclusive on the PS3 version, you can take advantage of the hottest cars such as the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Hennessey Venom GT, Gumpert Apollo Sports, Lamborghini Countach QV5000, Koenigsegg Agera R, Lexus LFA, and the Porsche Carrera GT. This is as explosive as the trailer Michael Bay made it...

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

In November 14, 2001, Halo was released on the original XBOX and this game ushered to the age we called HALO MANIA, where the Halo series became the fastest selling XBOX titles in history. In the first game, players pit the role of the Master Chief to solve the secrets of the mysterious alien planet and battle against the Covenant. Most are enjoying with the high tech human and alien weaponry especially taking a joyride with the military vehicle called the Warthog.

Now, in 2011, we celebrate the Halo series' 10th anniversary by playing the Halo game that was started it all, now fully remastered for the first time on XBOX 360! It's called Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the game that started the phenomenon is now heavily revised in stunning 1080p High Definition.

Even though the content is all new, the story remains the same, making players relieving the Master Chief moments in style. And there's more, the multiplayer maps from the classic Halo games are now revised, perfect enough to relive the great moments in Halo multiplayer history. There are tons of Achievements you can accomplish on the 10th anniversary offering of the first Halo game.

This is why HEROES NEVER DIE...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hyundai Genesis/Rohens Coupe Minor Change

Since its arrival in October 2008 as a 2009 model, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe (현대 제네시스 쿠페) really throws a curve to the Korean automaker as the brand's first FR sports coupe that uses the FR layout from the Genesis sedan. This was known to be a low-cost FR sports coupe that makes car aficionados purchasing it because they don't have enough money to buy the Nissan Fairlady Z, Infiniti G37 Coupe (Nissan Skyline Coupe), Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, or luxury ones like the BMW 3-Series Coupe or Audi A5. To stay true to the Hyundai slogan "New Thinking, New Possibilities", the Genesis Coupe finally deserved its first minor change after being on service for three years.

2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe interior

The revised 2012MY (US 2013MY) Hyundai Genesis Coupe brings this affordable sports car up the ante in today's trends and this facelifted model adopts Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture starting with the exterior cues that uses Hyundai's Design DNA. It features a Veloster-inspired front face and a mildly revised rear view that keeps this low-cost sportscar sleek and sporty to meet the trends of tomorrow. It's now lust-worthy, feisty, and sharp like a schoolgirl who has a body of a 25-year-old supermodel. Yes, mom, this is what we do at work.

What's surprisingly that the interior is heavily revised that was inspired from the Nissan Z34 Fairlady Z (370Z). This new interior provides loads on conveniences that keeps the inner driver happy such as a tilted and telescopic steering wheel, JBL Audio System, available DMB navigation system, USB connectivity, and front seats that can be stowed down to provide access to the rear seats. This is how luxury redefined in a hot car that was made by aficionados, for aficionados.

The new Genesis Coupe offers two new engines that brings liberated performance and refined fuel economy than the previous model. The new GDi 3.8L V6 engine equipped on the 380GT variant produces 350 horsepower of power and 40.8kg.m of torque. This helps the Genesis Coupe 380GT go from 0-100kph in 5.9 seconds and achieve 10.3km/l of fuel economy by a 6-speed manual and 9.6km/l by an 8-speed paddle shift transmission. The turbocharged 2.0 TCi engine on the Genesis Coupe 200 Turbo produces 275 horsepower of power and 38.2kg.m of torque. This helps the Genesis Coupe 200 Turbo go from 0-100km in 7.2 seconds and achieve 11.0km/l of fuel economy by a 6-speed MT and 10.9km/l by an 8-speed paddle shift AT.

The 2012MY (US 2013MY) Genesis Coupe is available in 7 colors: Cream White, Blue Shift, Horizon Blue, Super Red, Crystal Cooper, Magnetic Gray, and Timeless Black.

My Comment:
The redesigned Genesis Coupe really puts the glamour in this low-cost, Korean-made, premium sports coupe that is somewhat proven to be decent but rubbish in performance. Seems that it sacrificed its looks and this new model wants to be taken seriously. This new Genesis Coupe is now focused on the perfect balance of performance and fuel economy that this low-cost sports car would offer for the aficionados worldwide. Now, if only The Stig could drive the Genesis Coupe, oh wait, there is such thing as Top Gear Korea so there's a chance we could see The Stig driving the new Genesis Coupe...

This is the car you could getaway from it all...

Photo: Hyundai Motor Company

Top Gear at the Movies

Top Gear at the Movies

Popcorn? Check!

Action movie DVDs? Check!

Hot cars? Check!

Goons? Check!

Stuntmen? Check!

Dangerous obstacles? Check!

Richard Hammond and James May? Check...?

Yes, TG's Richard Hammond and James "Captain Slow" May are here for the action-packed Top Gear original video new on DVD and Blu-Ray. It's called Top Gear at the Movies and these two pull out some of the movie challenges inspired by classic movie car chases and stunt scenes of the 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, 2000's, and today. This packs more fun like blowing off an old Range Rover with plastic explosives! Also, you can expect special appearances of new cars such as the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, 2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe, 2011 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS, Super 2000 Skoda Fabia Rally Car, or even the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302!

A must have for every Top Gear fan who loves action-packed car chases and stunts inspired from movies!

Monday, November 14, 2011

BMW Z4 GT3 in FM4

Shooting for a next Top Gear episode
featuring the Z4 GT3!

What is the Z4 GT3?
The BMW Z4 GT3 is a track-only version of the BMW Z4 E89 that was made to satisfy customers, mostly private racing teams, to compete in various championships in accordance with GT3 regulations. As of January 2011, it achieved big when Claudia Hurtgen, Augusto Farfus, Tommy Miller, and Edward Sandstrom won the Dubai 24 Hours for Team Schubert. It's the first win in a marathon race, proving its potential with wins in its first appearance in the FIA GT3 European Championship. It was powered by a 4.4L V8 engine that produces 530HP of power and 383lb-ft of torque. Because most of its components are made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP), the BMW Z4 GT3 weighs 2,646lbs and it has a 50:50 weight balance, capable of being a proper decent handling racer.

The Stig tries out the Hatsune Miku Good Smile BMW Z4!

Forza player, Akasaka Mitsuke, recreated the Hatsune Miku Super GT BMW Z4 used in the 2011 Super GT season and most Japanese Forza 4 players were so impressed why did this FM4 player spent most of the time recreating the Super GT racer used in the 2011 season packed with everything Miku and Good Smile Racing. So good, even the Japanese otakus start asking how did a Forza player recreated this Super GT masterpiece.

F1 2011 Semi-Finals

The 2011 Formula One Semi Finals, held at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit packed a big suspense and F1 2011 World Champ Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull Racing spun himself, causing him an early retire after his F1 got a puncture damage at the second corner. Not only Vettel caused problems at Yas Marina, but also Jerome D'Ambrosio who got retired for braking problems, Daniel Ricciardo for electrical problems, and Sebastien Buemi for hydraulics problems.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton emerged as the Abu Dhabi GP winner while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso snagged 2nd place while McLaren's Jenson Button placed 3rd.

So, here it is. Ready for the Formula One 2011 Finals in Brazil this November 27? See you there!


What just happened on the November 13, 2011 episode of Lokomoko?

- Gym gags

- Ogag's Fine Dining

- The Talentadong Family are joining the dance at the ball!

- The struggle continues on the Lokomoko mini-drama, Babuyan, as Don Lucio (JC De Vera) meets up with the Mafia, addressing their vulcanizing problems, Milagros (Tuesday Vargas) serving different kinds of kangkong to the family, the family are saying goodbye to their pig, and Margaret readies the lamok to kill herself but backfired by her dad, Don Lucio.

- Who's Line Is It Anyhow?!

1) Hindi lahat ng may sungay, salbahe - Batman

2) Sorry na kung pinapainit ko ang ulo mo. - Lagnat

3) Palagi niyo na lang akong sinasabit sa mga lakad mo. - Backpack

4) Bakit gustong gusto nyo ako kahit mabaho ako? - bagoong

5) Ako ang pinakasikat sa lahat ng kasama ko - Star Apple

6) Gaano ba ako ka importante sa buhay nyo at ayaw niyo ako pakawalan? - Kriminal

7) Kay rami ko nang winasak na tahanan. - anay

Angry Bulilits

What just happened on the November 13, 2011 episode of Goin Bulilit?

- Goin Bulilit music video of Patuloy ang Pangarap by Angeline Quinto

- The Goin Bulilit kids are living the life as the Angry Birds!

- Hoy Guessing! Which of these Daguls is different?

Which Dagul is different?

- Bird-related USE IT jokes!

- Atty. Taberna is here again to solve your life problems on AY SUS MARYANO KA INGGO!

Ay Sus Maryano Ka Inggo!

- Hoy guessing! Where did Dagul hid? Box of TV? Box of rice cooker? Or a box of matches?

Where's Dagul?!

- Ready Get Set Goin!

Wow Mali pranks - November 13, 2011

Pranks pulled on the November 13, 2011 episode of Wow Mali:

1) Hoola - a visit to the manghuhula gets a bit too hoola.

2) Doray Alaskadora - Doray explores the differences of big and small (grande o pequeno) by any means of everyone's noses.

Doray's picking someone's nose

3) Laruan Lang Ito - Don't worry, we're getting excused by this crocodile props but we're not getting excused with someone carrying a snake!

4) Dikit Ipis - Okay, we ask for directions and stick a roach on your side. See if this roach freaks them out.

5) Manikurista Tutorial - Be careful! Some manikuristas are not good enough for this job!

6) Golfe de Gulat - This pro golfer's got the freak them out

7) Gusto mo ng chicks? - Hey man, do you want some chicks? Careful when you're answering, because you'll be getting a chick, the birdie kind of thing.

8) Korean Reporter - This reporter's not speaking Korean. That's just gibberish to freak out the Koreans

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The REAL Spark

2013 Chevrolet Spark

After proven to be a worldwide hit, it seems that the Chevrolet Spark compact hatchback is now ready to land in the United States next year! It's about time the Spark made it in the USA, or is it?

Driving Music (What is the name of the song on car commercial?) Volume 16

It's a commonly held belief that most North Americans are the ones who are obsessed at commercial songs. When was the last time we heard that are asking what was the song from the 2012 Toyota Prius Commercial. Yes...They are asking for the song heard from the Toyota Prius Family commercial or the Toyota Prius V Commercial. When will you idiots stop asking? Every time you heard a music on a certain car commercial, you often start asking what was that song and say it on a site called ADTUNES. Think about it, you UGLY AMERICANS never stop, don't you?

Anyway, here are another set of five Driving Musics (Car Commercial Songs) for you to shut up, sit down, and relax.

5) Monarchy of Roses by THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - as heard on the 2011 Nissan Elgrand Highway Star Urban Chrome Japanese TV Commercial.

4) Inhaler by Craig Armstrong - as heard on the 2007 Ssangyong New Kyron Korean TV Commercial.

3) RISKY - composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto and vocals by Iggy Pop - as heard on the 1987 Nissan Cedric Japanese TV Commercial starring Ryuichi Sakamoto.

2) Trophy by Chara - as heard from the 2007 Toyota bB Japanese Commercial.

1) Got to be Free by The Kinks - as heard from the latest Toyota Prius Family TV Commercial from USA titled People Person.

...well, there you go. Remember, this segment is always open if I caught some UGLY AMERICANS sputtering the question that what is the song on a certain car commercial. I'm watching you...

Call of Duty MW3

Call of Duty MW3

MW3 (Modern Warfare 3) is all about having fun in the battlefield and this latest installment is a war-scarred playground for the Veterans and Noobs alike. Get it? Fun for vets and n00bs alike!

MW3 spans an globe-trotting warfare from North America to Europe, using the skills you have learned from the past Call Of Duty videogames to blow away the competition. MW3's Spec Ops is back with new challenges and new surprises in order to win credits to buy weapons and parts to customize your favorite weapons from handguns, sub-machine guns, assault rifles, heavy firearms, and more. Also, you can gain experience to gain access to new weapons, air support, and more. There's also a new Survival Mode where you can pit your battle skills to the test against the toughest battlegrounds in MW3 history. Yes, this is how proven if you're a vet or n00b to this game.

Multiplayer plays a big role in the Call Of Duty series and here in MW3, it progresses even further thanks to its new killstreaks, new multiplayer modes, and different ways to play multiplayer challenges by your own rules.

What's new is the Weapon Proficiency and your weapon will grow into something powerful if you use it consistently. This is great for various battles solo or multiplayer.

The MW3 game brings Call of Duty to a whole new level and we are sure that this game succeed more just like last year's blockbuster, Black Ops. What we're hoping for that there will be DLC made for MW3 soon in order to bring maximum fun. You would probably go bonkers to play MW3 and that what's why you should.

Active Life Vehicle

2012 Chevrolet Orlando

The Covenant Car Company Inc launched the much awaited ALV (Active Life Vehicle), the Chevrolet Orlando, in the Philippines during the Chevy Motorama at SM Mall of Asia. Why the Chevrolet Orlando is called an ACTIVE LIFE VEHICLE? Simple, it combines the ruggedness of the SUV, minivan spacing, and sedan riding comfort. It was named after a popular family destination in Florida.

Fun fact is that this is the first Chevrolet introduced in South Korea as an initiative to phase out the poorly criticized Daewoo brand in favor of the Chevrolet brand and also the company name change from GM Daewoo Auto and Technology to GM Korea Company. You'll be glad that this Active Life Vehicle is made in Kunsan, South Korea.

2012 Chevrolet Orlando interior

This is a first in the Philippines to offer the new "EZ-TECH" that uses a switch to fold the seats automatically. We think that EZ-TECH can be proven useful if you want access at the back seats. Also first is the "Secret Cube" that can be accessed by flipping up the front faceplate of the audio system. Essential to hide something and it even has an USB port on that SECRET CUBE!

Available engine is the 1.8L petrol engine and its mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at 1,188,888 Philippine Pesos.


How it's nice it is to be back? Anyway, here's what happened on Banana Split's Clown In a Million:

With eight comedians remaining, their tasks is to pair up with a comedian with their own brand of gags. This is how tag-team works in comedy reasons. James Caraan and Mimi Aringo are working on their school gags, while Leo Priscilla and Onse doing their Sari-sari store gags, then, Super Tekla and Ichat are on their office gags, and Karen Dematera and Jandyll Aurea serving up some restaurant gags. Yes, all of them are very funny and worthy enough to leave the viewers saying NGE!

Once again, Super Tekla got an immunity! This is the second time Tekla gets an immunity. However, we said goodbye to comedian Jandyll Aurea. As of now, seven comedians are remaining. Watch Banana Split for more CLOWN IN A MILLION!
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