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THE POLITICAL ISSUE (APRIL 2010): THE NEW RANGE ROVER IS WORTH YOUR TAXES

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THE POLITICAL ISSUE (APRIL 2010): THE NEW RANGE ROVER IS WORTH YOUR TAXES

The local and national elections are just barely a month away. While the most powerful men and women in the land get busy convincing you that they're out to serve your interest, Top Gear gets busy reminding you not to be gullible. The fruit of that effort is this, our first-ever Political Issue.

On the cover is the 2010 Range Rover, probably the best SUV your congressman can splurge your (yes, your) money on. We count exactly 10 reasons why it is such a perfect vehicle for the typical Filipino politician.

We also report on BMW's new dark-horse model, the X1, as well as the three Italian motorcycle brands from MotoItalia (Piaggio, Vespa and Gilera). Meanwhile, we drive the Volvo XC60 all the way to Alicia, Isabela, to interview car nut and town councilor Ian Dy, who is currently running for vice mayor. (Ian Dy, by the way, is the boyfriend of the actress Heart Evangelista.)

For the Top Read, we tackle the most political issue in the car industry today: the product recall. We discuss what the recall is all about and why it is important not just to car buyers in the US but also to customers around the world. We then chronicle Toyota's recent missteps and the most significant recalls in the automotive industry's history.

For the Big Test, we compare three 4x2 midsize diesel SUVs (Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Isuzu Alterra and Ford Everest) and determine which one makes the best backup vehicle for a politician's convoy. Other Senate-approved vehicles tested are the Lexus LX570, the Mazda CX-7, the Honda CR-V, and the Mercedes-Benz ML350.

Among the personalities featured in this issue are car lovers turned politicos: bodykit designer Andy Cheng, race driver Tyson Sy and car enthusiast Arlene de Guzman. Plus, we have a story on Pinoy car designer Wini Camacho, who's making waves over at Daimler AG as you read this.

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