Julius Drey Latag, a 22-year old computer technology student, is definitely bound for better journeys as he now drives the globally acclaimed Hyundai Kona which he won via Shell Spin for Great Journeys raffle promo last December.
It all started when he decided to gas up his family ride at the Shell JP Laurel Highway in Lipa City Batangas as he’d normally do. Coming across a poster promoting the raffle, he decided to try his luck. “This is really my first car, something that’s to my name,” said Latag who would usually move around on a bike.
Driving the Kona would now be a big leap toward independence and mobility. “I am a bit nervous. It’s new. It’s a real beauty and I don’t want to have scratches on it!”
The Hyundai Kona is the Tucson’s funkier and more adventurous younger brother.
While much has been said about its head-turning style, what convinced various international award-giving bodies are its outstanding power, comfort, and safety features ideal for conquering long road trips:
—the Euro 4 compliant, 2.0-liter Atkinson gasoline engine mated to a 6-speed AT transmission generates a maximum power of 147ho/6,200rpm and 180Nm/4,500rpm maximum torque
—a body is proudly made with 51.8 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) body that boost its safety ratings in various crash tests done in Europe and North America
—modern, comfy interiors that promise ample head and leg room.
Behind the wheel of a brand new Kona, Latag said he is all set to take his dad and siblings on road trips to Tagaytay City and beyond (especially if restrictions are finally lifted). “With my favorite tunes blasting away, I am sure everyone inside my new ride will be safe, relaxed and at the same time excited for the better journeys ahead of us.”
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.