The im­pend­ing ex­cise tax in­crease means now is a good time to buy that car

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Noth­ing beats an SUV for prac­ti­cal pur­poses.

‘There’s a lot to look at with the on­slaught of new cars’

This year is shap­ing up to be a re­ally big year in the Philip­pine au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try—the big­gest one yet in its en­tire his­tory. With the im­pend­ing ex­cise tax increase next year, plus the con­tin­u­ous on­slaught of new ve­hi­cle in­tro­duc­tions to­ward the end of 2017, it has never been a bet­ter time to buy a new car.

Our guest this month is Gen Aquino, a cheer­ful, fun, and bub­bly young lady who hap­pens to be friends with our photographer, Jam Ramos. She’s a hard-working fi­nance man­ager at her busi­ness, loves hang­ing out with friends and trav­el­ing all over the world, and is also a very du­ti­ful aunt to her neph­ews and nieces. Her work re­quires her to slog through traf­fic from Or­ti­gas to Que­zon City on a daily ba­sis, but a few times ev­ery month, she drives up north to visit the com­pany’s satel­lite of­fices and deal­ers.

She there­fore needs a ca­pa­ble, comfy SUV that is loaded with safety equip­ment, and fuel-ef­fi­cient in stop-and-go con­di­tions and on long drives—but one that’s still fast and ex­cit­ing. With the re­cent on­slaught of new car re­leases, we’ve got a lot of op­tions to look at and con­sider. Prob­lem is, our car-shop­ping day falls on a very stormy after­noon. There are flash floods loom­ing and work can­cel­la­tions ga­lore, but we still push through to check out some cars.

If any­thing, the weather sets the tone for the type of ve­hi­cle Gen is plan­ning to pur­chase. An SUV re­ally is the most prac­ti­cal choice.

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