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All-new Honda Accord is filled with new tech to ensure your safety

Aims to provide absolute confidence while driving

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At an exclusive event earlier today, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. has officially introduced its all-new 10th-generation Honda Accord. This luxury sedan is bigger and comes with an array of new technologies that should make for a safer driving experience.

Beginning with the looks, it boasts a wider stance and lower roofline making it look sportier than before. The front fascia features a chrome wing grille and streamlined full-LED headlamps that come equipped with auto-leveling and high beam. Completing this setup are LED fog lights.

The roofline has also been designed to be lower and we see upswept body lines on its side which are partnered with prominent wheel arches. Meanwhile, we see C-shaped LED taillights that complement the lights up front and rounding up the exterior are 18-inch noise-reducing alloy wheels.

Inside, the cabin has been wrapped with high-quality materials and we see a combination of leather, wood, and metal that altogether give off that premium feel.

 

Its wider body and longer wheelbase also mean the cabin is bigger. The company boasts an additional 48mm of legroom at the back to make passengers more comfortable. This also translates to more cargo space.

In terms of features, the Accord sports a 7-inch TFT instrument cluster that displays important information for the driver. At the center is an 8-inch touch display for controlling music and even Honda’s SENSING functions which we’ll get to in a bit. It comes complete with a navigation app and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to integrate your smartphones.

Other convenience features include a Smart Key with Push Button Start and Remote Engine Start. There’s Walk Away Auto Lock, speed-sensing door locks, Electric Parking Brake with Auto Brake Hold, and Auto-Dimming Rear-View Mirror standard on the Accord.

Under the hood is a new 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine developed under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology. It outputs 190 horsepower, 243Nm of torque, and runs on a Continuously Variable Transmission. Together with the engine, it promises a responsive performance, acceleration, and efficient fuel economy.

The midsize sedan also has a Sport Mode to go with the paddle shifters for greater control over the vehicle’s transmission.

As mentioned earlier, it is equipped with what they call Honda SENSING technology which basically aims to provide a colission-free experience while driving.

This suite of safety tech includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and Low-Speed Follow that controls the vehicle’s acceleration and brakes — making it semi-autonomous.

All these are done through the use of two devices — one is called a millimeter-wave radar found in the front bumper and the other is a monocular camera mounted on the windshield. These two work hand-in-hand to monitor and assess various conditions ahead of the vehicle and give the driver feedback by providing corrective actions to aid in preventing collisions. We haven’t seen it in action so we’re yet to find out how exactly it does these things.

On top of that, the new Accord has a total of six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Emergency Stop Signal, front and rear parking sensors, Multiview Reverse Camera, LaneWatch Camera, and Straight Driving Assist.

The all-new Accord will be available at all Honda dealerships in the country with a retail price of PhP 2,288,000 and will be available in three colors — Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black, and Modern Steel Metallic.

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Honda Philippines launches the New Honda Civic Type R

Honda’s ultimate racing machine just got even better!

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Not everyone buys cars for the same reason. And not all cars are created equal. Some cars are for transport, while some are also for going from point A to point B, but with a whole lotta fun! For racing-bred folks, a VTEC kicking in would definitely put-up smiles.

On the July 27, 2021, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. proudly announced the launch of the New Honda Civic Type R in the country. It boasts a refreshed sporty look that is still quintessentially Civic.

What’s new?

The New Honda Civic Type R features an updated symmetrical design while retaining some of characteristics that gave its predecessor a distinctive look. It now comes equipped with a new front grille design with a thinner grille beam that allows a larger air intake.

Honda knew that if you are going to drive around a Civic Type R, you’d want to squeeze every bit of potential out of it. So, they made improvements on the suspension and brake systems for a more responsive handling. An updated radiator core helps decrease temperature during high-demand driving situations.

Another awesome new feature is the Active Sound Control (ASC), that enhances the cabin sound with engine noise through the audio systems when driving in Sport and +R modes. You’re in a performance car, loud noise is a must (winks).

Driver-assistive functions

Along with the standard safety features such as airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System and more, the New Civic Type R is installed with Honda SENSING for a safer mobility. A monocular camera works in conjunction with wave millimeter radar to monitor and assess the road conditions ahead. Honda’s driver-assistive features include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

The 2.0 liter VTEC TURBO engine supplies a maximum power output of 310 PS and 400 Nm at peak of torque. Its 6-speed manual transmission is equipped with a ‘rev match control’ system that enables the vehicle to sustain maximum power while changing gears.

Pricing and availability

The New Civic Type R will be available in three colors: Championship White, Racing Blue and Sonic Gray with a price tag of Php 3,210,000.00.

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I Took A Ride On a Self-Driving Tractor!

Just like your smartphone, AI powers tractors through the fields

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Unusual in the GadgetMatch YouTube channel is a visit to a big warehouse full of farming vehicles, windmills, and corn fields. But Michael Josh’s visit at John Deere’s booth last CES 2020 and hosting session in CES 2021 made him gain interest in smart farming equipment.

But do you know what do tractors and smartphones have in common? John Deere’s farming machines are in a way like farming robots. Just like smartphones, they also leverage the power of data and AI — or also known as Artificial Intelligence.

But what makes John Deere’s farming vehicles stand out from the rest? Find out more in our latest video!

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VanMoof X3 Review: The Tesla of E-Bikes?

Time to ride the future

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In a bustling city full of cars, bikes not only offer an easy passage from several location points, they also reduce your overall carbon footprint.

But what if someone makes bikes even smarter? Dutch-based VanMoof makes the perfect city bike that sports the right balance of high tech and coolness factor. And comes as part of a complete ecosystem that’s sure to make any city biker happy.

This is our review of the VanMoof X3 — which also applies to the VanMoof S3 if you’re planning on buying one.

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