Growing up in Singapore, Chen’s first ride was a 2006 Toyota Corolla Altis (pictured). As the South East Asian cousin to the Toyota Corolla in North America, the Altis was outfitted with ‘luxury’ features such as parking sensors, automatic climate control, leather seats and even wood grain trim (which was 100% fake). Despite the modest underpinnings, the Altis gave Chen his first taste on the (mostly) joys of driving.
After his move to Canada, Chen decided to immense in the North American car culture by acquiring a 2010
Ford Fusion Lincoln MKZ. While a Mazda 6 underneath, everything else was American, both in design and operation. By no means a good car, it was a beginning of a love-hate relationship that ended several years and 120,000 kilometers later.
Now, Chen drives a 2017 Cadillac XT5 and reminisces about his time renting the Volvo XC90 in Iceland (pictured).
As a car enthusiast by birth, Chen has mastered the art of identifying cars. Point to any vehicle on the road today and prepare to be awed by the amount of info (make, model, price, styling, interior, features, etc.) he can tell you about it. It is like having a walking encyclopedia that actually works.
Coupled with the experience of having rented and driven more than 100 models from over 25 makes, Chen hopes to confess his thoughts on the rental car industry and is dedicated to bring you the information you need to boost your next rental car experience.