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Rev Bites: Not Releasing The New Juke Outside Europe Is A Misstep

One thing I noticed about the Philippine automotive market, let’s set aside their vanilla local car selections and focus on their love affair with Nissan Jukes.

This weird-looking crossover captures the hearts of many Filipinos as I’ve seen many of them roaming the Metro Manila streets!

Since the first-generation model has long passed on with no direct replacement in sight at the moment. I would think of offering the second-generation Nissan Juke would be a logical choice for Nissan PH to market.

By now, mainstream Philippine outlets are torn between this Juke or the other small (but blandly-designed) CUV the Nissan Kicks.

(This video was originally recorded live on Facebook last April.)


Taste Tests

Taste Test: 2020 SYM CRUiSYM 150 (Base) [PH-spec]

What are the chances when a certain motorcycle specifically built for a specific country, not a specific region like Southeast Asia, but a specific country like the Philippines!?

Yes, you heard it right! The SYM CRUiSYM 150 is specifically engineered and developed for the Philippine market! Based on the Globally-market SYM Jet 14 series (50cc, 125cc Air, 125cc Liquid, & the 200cc flagship), then SYM adopted the brand name of its Globally-marketed CRUiSYM series (50cc, 250cc, & 300cc) maxi-scooter name, and installed a powerful un-restricted 150cc Liquid-Cooled engine that produces more power than SYM’s own popular 200cc motor!

It is hard to believe because the 150cc market in the Philippines is so competitive, SYM has to devise a plan to compete with the likes of the Honda Click/Vario 150i, Yamaha’s twin 155cc’s Aerox/NVX & N Max, & the premium 150cc’s like the Like 150 and Vespa 150cc Series.

How good is this ‘Pinoy-specific’ CRUiSYM 150 on a ‘Taste Test’ setup!? Find out here!


Host Dealer / Distributor:

– SYM Philippines



– SYM Global


Dealer (PHI):

– Mitsukoshi Motors Philippines


Bite Tests

Bite Test: 2020 Suzuki Raider R150 Fi

The ‘Underbone King’ has evolved into a 4th generation model, equipped with a more sophisticated Electronic Fuel Injection and a more convenient digital gauge!

If you watched my previous ‘Bite Test,’ that was the 3rd-generation Raider R150 (Carburated model). This 4th-Gen is more powerful and better than the previous model.

But the question is how much of a difference compared to the 3rd-Gen model in a parking lot setting? It may not be much, but I will surely detect it one way or another!

The Raider R150 is also called the Satria 150 in Indonesia and Belang R150 in Malaysia. And only available in Southeast Asian markets exclusively. 


– Makina Moto Tiangge 2019


– Suzuki Motors Philippines [Motorcycles] (Philippines)


Taste Tests

Taste Test: 2020 Indian FTR 1200 S Rally Replica

This is a highly anticipated motorcycle. The money spent on its marketing department and flat track race program alone show as proof!

Was all the hype worth it? I saw the FTR series a year before, during the 2018’s AIM Expo in Las Vegas (, it delivers tons of promise!

And now, it’s here! Will it meet expectations? Should Harley-Davidson (Bronx 975), Ducati (Scambler 1100), & Triumph (Scrambler 1200) be worried? Find out here!


– Indian Motorcycle International


– GO AZ Indian Motorcycles (Scottsdale, AZ, USA)


– Indian Motorcycles Philippines (Quezon City, NCR, Philippines)