2018 Toyota Vios – Basic transportation goes fishing for a big update

The 2018 Toyota Vios has been given a facelift. Officially going on sale Summer 2018, it is now in-line with Toyota’s current design language. Love it or hate it, this big fish mouth Vios styling is much more aggressive than its predecessor, which was rather dull and uninspiring. Toyota Taiwan decided to retain the Vios…

Kia Picanto review (2017) – Solid affordable transportation?

The Kia Picanto a.k.a. Kia Morning in the Taiwan auto market is a relative late comer to the A-segment. Even though the car has been around since early in the decade, it was launched in the local market along with the Kia Carens/Rondo in 2015. The Kia used in this review is not a Taiwanese…

St. Louis Lambert Airport Wingtips Lounge review

St. Louis Lambert International Airport now has a new common use lounge for travelers to use. The Wingtips Lounge is located in Terminal 2 of the airport. Though this lounge has been open since mid-January its impossible for me to visit it unless I flew on a Southwest flight. I don’t often fly Southwest as much…

Ford Escort review – Familiar value oriented name returns

The subcompact car market in Taiwan is already quite saturated with several offerings by various automakers. Ford still sells the Fiesta sedan in some markets like the United States (Until the end of 2018 model year though), while in Taiwan the sedan Fiesta was discontinued after the 2014 model year due to poor sales. The…

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review – A familiar nameplate totally transformed

Mitsubishi’s original Eclipse as many of us remember it by was a sporty coupe/hatchback that was fun to drive. The earlier generation Eclipses even had all wheel drive and turbos, plus convertible variants, but in 2012 Mitsubishi decided put the Eclipse out in the pasture as popularity declined, sales waned, and its corporate financial woes…

BMW 330e plug-in hybrid review – Performance for a bright future

These days electrification is proliferating to all modes of transportation. The future of the automobile seems to be going towards electrification with countries pressing for requirements and regulations to phase out fossil fuels. Hybrids and all electric automobiles are becoming more common even with brands you’d never associate an electric or hybrid car with. The…