Saturday, January 11, 2014

The stars of Tokyo Auto Salon 2014


One of Japan's biggest aftermarket car show returns and up until this Sunday, visitors can enjoy the sights, sounds, and feels of modified cars displayed on the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon.

A whole array of carmakers presenting their customized show cars for the show and I couldn't stop the guests giving up their weekend to see them all. What are they? Here are the list of some of the custom cars you'll see, especially Subaru's STi NBR CHALLENGE 2014, a racing spec version of the upcoming 2015 WRX STi set for Detroit reveal next week.

  • Subaru Levorg Syms Concept
  • Subaru Levorg STi Performance Concept
  • Subaru Levorg Prova Concept
  • Subaru Levorg Premium Sports Concept
  • Subaru Levorg Corazon Sportier Concept
  • Hino Dutro X Loader
  • Hino Dutro X Hybrid Cargo
  • smart fortwo BRABUS Xclusive edition tailor made
  • Honda Mugen Vezel Concept
  • Subaru STi NBR Challenge 2014
  • Daihatsu KOPEN future included Xm1
  • Daihatsu KOPEN future included Rm2
  • Honda N-WGN Macaron Color Collection
  • Honda Vezel Modulo Concept
  • Honda N-ONE Modulo Concept
  • Honda N-ONE One-Make Race-spec car
  • Daihatsu KOPEN future included Rm1
  • Lexus 2014 SUPER GT GT500 Base Model
  • Honda N-BOX + ELEMENT Concept
  • Renaultsport Megane GENDARMERIE
  • Toyota Vitz RS G SPORTS Concept
  • Toyota Voxy concept MODELLISTA
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV T1-3G
  • Toyota Noah concept MODELLISTA
  • Toyota Harrier G SPORTS Concept
  • Toyota GRMN Mark X Concept
  • Toyota GRMN 86 Concept
  • Mitsubishi eK Space U-tone style
  • Mitsubishi eK Custom ROAR Complete Concept
  • Nissan Dayz Roox Highway Star Accessorized
  • Nissan X-TRAIL X-TREMER Package Stretched
  • Suzuki Spacia Custom S-Concept
  • Suzuki Hustler Customized
  • Mazda Grand-Am GX Mazda 6 SKYACTIV-D Racing
  • Mazda Axela Sport Mazda Design Concept 2014
  • Mazda Atenza Sedan Mazda Design Concept 2014
  • Nissan GT-R NISMO N Attack Package
  • Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500

...and more.

What's in our Car Town garage today? (January 11, 2014)

What's in our Car Town garage today?

2012 Renault Alpine A110-50

To celebrate the classic Renault Alpine A110's 50th birthday, the French carmaker revealed some sort of a homage concept, signalling the return of their high-performance Alpine brand in the future. Although, this concept racer looks very different from the original Alpine, the A110-50 is born to take on the world-class racetracks if it wishes to do so. It comes with the 3.5L 6-cylinder engine mounted in the middle producing 400HP of power and 422Nm of torque, while connected to a 6-speed sequential gearbox. Because it weighs 880kg, the A110-50's power-to-weight ratio is exceptionally good.

2012 Renault Alpine A110-50

2011 Ferrari FF

Launched at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the FF shook the world by its storm because for the first time, the FF is the first ever Ferrari to come with 4-seats. Not only that, this is the first ever Ferrari to come with four-wheel drive but this drivetrain is a bit different from what you think about because the FF comes with Ferrari's own 4RM four-wheel drive system where the torque is still delivered by the rear wheels while power can also be transferred to the front wheels when necessary. It comes with a new kind of V12 engine with direct injection technology, giving this a 0-100kph time of 3.7 seconds. After its announcement, a full-year supply of the FF has been sold out quickly.

2011 Ferrari FF

2005 Nissan 350Z

The legendary Nissan Z-car returned for the 21st century, bearing the chassis code of Z33. Although the 350Z is way beyond compare from the predecessors, this sportscar combines luxury and sportiness altogether to create a high-performance sportscar that can compete against its European rivals. As an everyday car, the 350Z is all about staying true to its grand touring character but as a tuner car, this really is quite a head-turner if enthusiasts take all the effort to tune the Z33 to a million ways.

2005 Nissan 350Z

"" #BubbleGang

On the January 10, 2014 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Convertible gags!

- The gays are establishing a gay TV network!

- IKAW AT ANG INA acknowledges...your status updates about a movie's ending!

- The trouble with selfie pics...

- Bubble Gang does Pond's by spoofing this commercial as FOND'S.

- It's Antonietta vs. Roi Vinzon!

- Problems got you underwater? No problem, Tata Lino's here again!

- The NOT GEO...where science investigates stuff for some many minutes before germs spread on a food that was dropped on land?

- Two models in the gym

- In Magpa-K Man Lang, we find out that how does this divorced wife found out what does her husband's woman had that she don't...

- Istambay, Istambay sa Looban, ang bida sa kwento ay si Geman, kahit mayroon MAN ang pangalan, parang siya'y di lalaki ang tingnan...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Let's Do The News! (January 9, 2014)

The big scoop today...

- Earlier, the annual feast of Saint Nazarene occurred earlier at the Quirino Grandstand and Cardinal Luis Tagle is offering some sermon and some prayers from last year's painful moments, including the Superstorm Yolanda. What's worse in this year's feast that...yes, it's more of a riot than ever and over the course of this feast, 636 devotees are injured.

- We all know that when it's winter in the USA, things are getting frosty but for this season, this is on a completely new level because as of January 6, 2014, some places registered at a -38 degrees celsius, way below the freezing point of water. So freezing, you can't get inside the car and the only thing you pulled is a car's door handle! Ouch!

- Lexus revealed their high-performance version of the RC coupe, called the RC F. It's set to debut at this year's 2014 NAIAS in Detroit, Michigan, next week.

V8-powered Lexus RC F revealed ahead of Detroit Auto Show
2015 Lexus RC F

- The ninth contents pack of The iDOLM@STER SHINY TV from the PS3 iM@S Channel app is now here under the "Wisdom" banner and for this DLC pack, say hello to Ritsuko Akizuki, five brand new songs for added challenge, a gravure music clip, and special appearance of Ryo Akizuki from iM@S Dearly Stars! This pack costs 1,500 Japanese Yen and for purchase, you get a special PS3 theme as well.

Also available on the iM@S Channel is G4U Volume 7 as well.

- Chrysler officially revealed the next-generation 200 midsize sedan and judging by it looks, the new 200 is a bit more like a posh version of the Dodge Dart. Engine choices for the new 200 are a 2.4L engine or a powerful 3.6L V6 engine, equipped with the brand's first 9-speed automatic.

2015 Chrysler 200

- In case you missed it, Shake It Up actress Bella Thorne served as the ambassador of a new campaign called iDECIDE, courtesy of Century Council, encouraging teens to make smart and healthy choices.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Let's Do The News! (January 8, 2014)

The big scoop today...

The French Goodyear plant hostage crisis

Two days ago, there was a hostage situation down at the Goodyear plant in Amiens, France, which is scheduled for closure where workers and members of the union called the General Confederation of Labour held company managers hostage, preventing them from leaving the soon-to-be-closed plant. Now, the managers were released with the help from the French authorities. The union-backed workers used large farm tires as a roadblock against site director Michel Dheilly and human resources manager Bernard Glesser in an office after a meeting over lay-off pay for the 1,250 employees who are set to lose their jobs at the factory. The French labor union want Goodyear to increase the packages offered to workers to 80,000 Euros.


PREVIEW: The Doctor's Lives and Times book

There's a new Doctor Who book out now at your nearest bookstore and it's called Doctor Who: The Doctor's Lives and Times. In this book, published and distributed by Harper Collins, it highlights the life and time of The Doctor, the last of the time lords, and how does this ever-changing hero spent a thousand years saving the universe. Here's a preview:

Doctor Who: The Doctor's Lives and Times is available to order now.

Forza 5 January IGN Pack

Now available at the XBOX Marketplace, the January IGN Pack for Forza Motorsport 5 on XBOX One sees the welcome addition of the Caterham brand for the first time in the franchise. Spearheaded by the lightweight and powerful Caterham Superlight R500, the lightweight car that won Top Gear COTY 2008, this DLC Pack features new additions like the Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage and the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, as well as returning favorites such as the Ford Escort RS1800, Chevrolet Impala SS 409, Ferrari 575M, Lamborghini Reventon, Ferrari 250 California, Nissan Fairlady Z 432, and Peugeot 205 Turbo 16.


Saints Row IV DLC Pack is all anime-ish

If you can't get enough of the insanity from Saints Row IV, the hilarity continues with the addition of the new ANIME PACK DLC Pack. With the $2.99 pricing, you can get a Braver Sword and the Kaiju-XL rifle as your new weapons as well as anime-inspired outfits to add some craziness to Saints Row IV.


Seat Leon Mk3 Cupra unveiled

2014 Seat Leon Cupra

The hot version of the third-generation Seat Leon, the Cupra, is finally unveiled and for the first time, it's available as a 3-door and 5-door respectively. Two different versions are offered such as the standard Cupra with the 2.0L TSi engine developing 265PS of power while the more powerful Cupra 280 version has its 2.0L engine uprooted to 280PS and comes with an available DSG. See more of this on this year's Geneva Motor Show this spring.

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Mayweather said that Pacman had his chance

In an interview with Ben Thompson of, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes a stab on Manny Pacquiao after failing to accept his fight two years ago. He said that the Filipino boxer had his opportunity and he blew it. It was about when he offered Pacman a 40 million dollar deal, which instead demanding a split of the PPV revenue.



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Let's Do The News! (January 7, 2014)

The big scoop today...

Charice's mom challenges her GF

Ever since Charice and her mom, Raquel Pempengco, are not getting along very well over the fact that Charice's a lesbian and dating with her girlfriend Alyssa Quijano, this whole controversy stirs more to the public. In last week's episode of "Buzz ng Bayan" on ABS-CBN, Charice's mom believed that Charice's girlfriend were both rivals in some singing competition in the past. You might remember that they're both rivals from Little Big Star on ABS-CBN since 2005. Perhaps no wonder why Charice's mom is always against her daughter's idea of dating with her former rival, that's for sure...


German chancellor Merkel injured from skiing

Just moments after F1 racer Michael Schumacher fell into coma after an injury from skiing, another skiing-related accident occurred to a high-profile personality and this time it's the turn of German chancellor Angela Merkel.


UK paper named Philippines one of the top destinations of 2014

It may not be a sympathy vote but a British broadsheet, The Daily Telegraph, named the Philippines as one of the top destinations to visit this year. Quite surprising though despite last year's SUPERSTORM YOLANDA disaster, the newspaper pleased the country for its "white-sand beaches, glorious landscapes and wildlife".


GLA45 AMG revealed

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG

The final production version of the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG was finally revealed to the world and believe me, this crossover comes with the same 2.0L turbo engine derived from the A45 AMG and the CLA45 AMG, producing 360HP of power. It's set to premiere at this year's 2014 NAIAS in Detroit, Michigan, USA and sales in the European market will commence this Summer.

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Nissan NV200 Vanette is London's new taxi

Nissan NV200 Vanette London cab

Looks like the British-made London taxi will meet its maker and its replacement will be from Japan. This new London taxi is based on the Nissan NV200 Vanette passenger van and would you look at that? The front view looks odd for a Vanette-based London cabbie of the future. Nissan's new take on the London cab is powered by a 1.6L petrol engine capable of 38MPG of fuel consumption and it's scheduled to be commissioned at the end of 2014, followed by an electric version of the cab.


Jennifer Saunders confirms "Absolutely Fabulous" movie

Comedian Jennifer Saunders, famed for comedy shows such as French and Saunders and Absolutely Fabulous, confirmed that the Absolutely Fabulous gets a green-light. In an interview from The Jonathan Ross Show, Saunders has been coerced into completing the script for the long-rumored film, partly by Joanna Lumley, and partly by her pal Dawn French, who bet her a hundred thousand pounds because of her procrastination. Hmmm....



Monday, January 6, 2014

The Geekdom's Guide to Sugar Peas

Sugar Peas!

When Catbug appears holding Sugar Peas, Danny says DROP 'EM! Catbug says OKAY! Anyone saw this? Yes, this is just one of the memorable moments from Bravest Warriors, although I'm not so sure how does sugar peas taste like and neither ate one...

Sugar to make one...simple really! Ask your parents to buy one of those to make one but for recommendation, we like to serve it with peas on a pod. A round pea only won't do its magic so it's best to stick with the peas on a pod.

With them around, best to cook with your heart's content. After cooking, be sure to add some sugar on it because by the name "sugar peas", it has to be sweet.

After minutes later, sugar peas is ready to serve in the bowl. If you're dressing as a Catbug...which is impossible for us because he's a critter and mascot trickery takes an expert level. But still, one bowl of sugar peas is enough to let your mate saying "DROP 'EM!"

Sugar peas...tastes so sweet, makes you drop it and say okay!

The geekdom's guide to sugar peas.

Let's Do The News! (January 6, 2014)

The big scoop today...

Manila-Clark bullet train plan pushed

Bulacan City governor Wilhelmino Alvarado said that the Regional Development Council eyes on the construction of the first rapid train system inspired from Japan's bullet train travel. He said whether the RDC would green-light the bullet train system or revive the Northrail project that would link Metro Manila to Clark, Pampanga. Either way, he said that the lifestyle of the people in Central Luzon will speed up a little while travel time is reduced.


Ayala firms sued for "negligence"

Three companies owned by the Ayala Corporation were sued over the May 2013 blast that destroyed units of Two Serendra in Taguig City. Earlier, a unit owner filed a complaint before the Pasig prosecutor's office against Alveo Land Corp., Bonifacio Gas Corp., and Makati Development Corp. These three will face a thirty-million peso lawsuit for "negligence"


2015 update on C7 Corvette features Performance Data Recorder

For the 2014 CES in Las Vegas, General Motors will feature a very unique Performance Data Recorder developed with Cosworth for the C7 Corvette Stingray. It features an HD 720P camera in the windshield header, a microphone in the cabin, and a GPS receiver that monitors the car's location five times quicker than ordinary sat-navs.


LA Officer report details about Paul Walker's death

A report from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office revealed its findings over the accident that killed FnF actor Paul Walker last year along with Roger Rodas in it. Based on the reports, the red Porsche Carrera GT with those two in it were travelling over 100mph when the accident occurred.


Peugeot 308 SW revealed

2015 Peugeot 308 SW

The station wagon version of the second-generation Peugeot 308 was finally revealed to the world and it will set to debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show this March while sales will begin this Spring.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

What's in our Car Town garage today? (January 5, 2014)

What's in our Car Town garage today?

2009 Pontiac G8

The muscular sport saloon, the Pontiac G8, is another Pontiac that was imported from Australia via Holden just like the last-generation GTO sports coupe. Even though it's a four-door saloon car, it's still a V8 muscle everyone can afford. The most powerful version is the the one with the 6.2L V8 engine producing 415HP of power. Even though the crowd is raving for the most affordable V8 car, the Pontiac was prematurely discontinued following with General Motors pulling the plug on the Pontiac division in the year 2010. Even though it's no longer available to us, the G8 is a rare car to see on American roads and served as the last Pontiac ever made.

2009 Pontiac G8

1980 Renault 5 Turbo

Before the Clio V6 emerged from the late 90's, there was the 5 Turbo in the 80's and like its spiritual successor, the R5 Turbo is a mid-engined hot hatch which comes with the 1.4L turbo engine producing 160PS of power. The first 400 models were made to comply WRC's Group 4 homologation and from 1981 to 1986, the Renault 5 Turbo racked up four victories! The 5 Turbo is just one of the most memorable sports cars ever made by the French.

1980 Renault 5 Turbo

2011 BMW X5

The BMW X5 first adopted the word Sport Activity Vehicle, which is kinda more of a marketing term for BMW's full size SUV and for its second-generation, the X5 still progresses further with a wide range of engine choices, cutting edge-technology on and off the road, and a luxury interior fit for a businessman to cozy around. There's even a high-performance M version as well.

2011 BMW X5

Let's Do The News! (January 5, 2014)

The big scoop today...

Japonies React

At the recent Japan Pony Con held somewhere at Kawasaki, Japan, there was a recently run panel about Japonies reacting the first season finale of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic when it came aired on the Japanese televisions a few moments ago. In case you never heard of, the recent Japan Pony Con featured a live interview (via Skype) with Michelle Creber, the casting voice behind Applebloom in the series, as well as an artist alley, some talk session with some Japonies (otakus are also Bronies), and then later, there's a quiz battle for those who know MLP, and a DJ Event for some closing time party. Anyway, this is the clip recently shown from the said event that sums it up...Japonies react about the MLP FiM Season 1 finale...


"Curly Fu" and "Peanut" is how you say Sherlock and Watson in Chinese

Even in China, there's no escaping the Sherlock fandom right now as when the fandom escalates to greater heights. With China being the next nation to have its taste of BBC's Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes' name in Chinese is "Curly Fu" while Dr. John Watson's name in Mandarin is "Hua Sheng" meaning "Peanut". While Chinese fans gone crazy over Sherlock, some would go for even crazier heights for some "gay-love theory" between Holmes and Watson.

Curly Fu and Peanut...those Chinese fans do gave them weird nicknames.


Subaru to launch new WRX STi on 2014 NAIAS

Subaru is set to use the 2014 North American International Auto Show at Detroit, Michigan as the stage to launch the brand new 2015 WRX STi sportscar. What could it be? Stay tuned for more...


Ferrari pays tribute to Schumi

While Michael Schumacher is still in the hospital recovering from a serious injury, currently fighting for his own life, the folks from Ferrari pay a tribute to the legend. The official Scuderia Ferrari Facebook page said "In these difficult days and on the occasion of his birthday, the Scuderia Ferrari clubs want to show their support for Michael Schumacher, organizing a silent and respectful event all in Red at the Grenoble University Hospital Center" other news...

Fans honored Schumi's 45th birthday outside the hospital. Take a look...


Just a little word Schumi, NEVER STOP FIGHTING!!! You can do this!

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