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Here’s your chance to test-drive your dream cars

Want to try the Jimny and the Ranger Raptor?

This is like the convenience store of test drives. PHOTO FROM JENNY BLEZA

It’s just a little more than a month before Christmas, and for many of us, that means shopping for a brand-new vehicle for ourselves or the family. So we have our wish list with several dream vehicles scribbled on it. How to finalize our car-shopping decision? By test-driving the candidates, of course!

Problem is, we hardly have the time these days to go to various dealerships to do that. Heavy traffic makes the task a truly daunting one, for starters. For another, some dealers don’t have available demo units of the cars we’re eyeing. What to do?

Well, if you live in Metro Manila (or even in peripheral areas), you might want to go to the 2018 Auto Focus Pre-Christmas Test Drive event, which will be held until November 18 (Sunday), from 11am to 9pm. Located at Block 12 (Concert Grounds) of the SM Mall of Asia compound, the marketing activity offers car buyers a one-stop venue for trying out the latest cars on the market.

Bet you have been waiting to drive this, haven’t you? PHOTO FROM JEFF LOPEZ

And when we say “latest” cars, we mean even models that have not been officially launched in the country. Like the extremely popular Suzuki Jimny.

Too bad there’s no off-road track to test this on. PHOTO FROM JENNY BLEZA

Even desirable vehicles that you will probably have a hard time test-driving at the dealership are present here—yes, including the Ford Ranger Raptor.

These vehicles are just waiting for you to drive them. PHOTO FROM JENNY BLEZA

A total of 12 car brands are participating in this event, so you’re in luck if the vehicle you’re planning on getting is manufactured by one of them. Here is the list of these automakers:

  • Ford
  • Honda
  • Isuzu
  • Mazda
  • MG
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Peugeot
  • SsangYong
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
You’re probably looking to purchase one of these vehicles. Best to try it out first to be sure. PHOTOS FROM JENNY BLEZA

You only have one full day left to visit the event. Admission is free. Bring the family and have fun getting behind the wheel of what could be your next car.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.