The 46th Tokyo Motor Show is at full swing and one of the biggest names in car manufacturing has just unveiled its newest offering in the compact car segment. The all-new Honda Fit wants to cater to almost every lifestyle you may have — whether you want things simple or a bit flashy, rugged or elegant.
For the exterior’s design, the company gave importance to “emotional value” which is a new concept that they’re going for. Instead of going for design cues that are sleek and intimidating, Honda evidently took the more conservative route with softer curves and a generally mild-mannered expression.
Inside, the company boasts its “four dimensions of comfort” that should make everyday drives more enjoyable. From having a wide, comfortable view, body-stabilizing seats, smooth-running engine/motor, to a spacious interior, the all-new Fit should have you covered.
As mentioned previously, the company aims to cater to different lifestyles by offering its new compact car in five different trims or types:
The basic type of the all-new Fit offers both high-quality design and comfort. This type will feature a simple and endearing appeal. It includes a front face with a gentle look and a seamless flowing exterior.
This type strives to realize a relaxing and carefully designed space using the sense of sight and touch. This is achieved through coordinating colors and materials, including natural-looking fabric seats made with high-quality materials, a genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Prime Smooth soft padding.
This type features exciting color coordination and adopts water-repellent materials for the seat surfaces while soft padding has been installed on the instrument panel. It has a sporty and fashionable vibe which will enable customers to enjoy driving just like they enjoy fitness and sports.
This type features an exterior design developed exclusively for the CROSSTAR. It flaunts a set of 16-inch aluminum wheels that look good both in the city and outdoor environments.
As for the interior, water-repellent materials are also used for seat surfaces and soft padding on the instrument panel. This type projects a compact yet tough look.
Striving to create a space where people can spend elegant and comfortable time in, the LUXE comes standard with genuine leather seats while pursuing excellence in visual and tactile quality. For the exterior, platinum-style chrome plating and 16-inch aluminum wheels were adopted to increase the high-quality feel.
In addition to those trims, the Fit will also be available in a two-motor hybrid system called e:HEV.
As far as features are concerned, we’re far from over. This new offering comes with Honda Sensing technology which is what we saw on the recently launched Honda Accord in the Philippines. It basically uses cameras and sensors to be able to avoid collisions.
Another thing is the Honda CONNECT. It actually makes its debut along with the new Fit and offers three services.
First, you can use it to access certain vehicle functions remotely, then it connects the vehicle to emergency support in case a traffic accident happens, and finally, its “rush over” service dispatches a security guard when the system detects an abnormal situation happening to the vehicle.
There’s a new MX-5 Miata built for the track
Offering the joy of car racing at a reasonable cost
A favorite sports car of many, the Mazda MX-5 just got a serious upgrade as a track car.
This coming 2020, RaceGAS Dynamics will be introducing a new one-make sports car racing series called the Miata Spec Series. It’s the country’s only rear-wheel-drive sports car racing championship that features the latest edition of the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Developed for the track, the updated MX-5 is designed as an affordable car that will be equipped with custom competition parts to bring out its on-track full potential while still being street-legal.
We were able to review the MX-5 RF Club Edition roadster a few months back, and the performance of the stock MX-5 is already impressive enough.
There is an array of new upgrades including brand new Cusco coilovers and sway bar suspension components, a Sparco steering wheel, racing seat and racing harness, a six-point roll cage that allows operation of the soft top assembly, a full cat-back exhaust system, one set of 17×7.5-inch Concept One wheels and 215/45/ 17 Nitto tires, and finally, a full set of apparel which includes racing suit, shoes, and gloves.
Major engine, drivetrain, and electronic components will be sealed by the organizer prior to customer handover to ensure the cars’ conformity to the one-make racing formula.
President of RaceGAS Dynamics Allan Uy shares, “Ever since I began my racing career, I have always wanted to create a sports car series that allows the cars’ owners to enjoy their rides whether on the track or on the road. With the Mazda MX-5, we are able to realize this dream.” He further adds that the Miata Spec Series offers its participants the enjoyment of sports car racing at a reasonable cost.
Set to be released in May next year, Interested buyers may reach out to RaceGAS Dynamics through email ([email protected]) for inquiries about the cars and the upcoming 2020 Miata Spec Series season.
The expected introductory price is at PhP 2,500,000 for the brand new MX-5 Soft Top Manual Transmission unit by RaceGAS Dynamics.
Honda introduces its new and affordable City variant
Ready to take on any urban challenge
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. has just introduced its new and affordable Honda City. The Honda City 1.5 S CVT is currently the most affordable model in its family that comes with an Earth Dreams Technology Continuously Variable Transmission.
This series has been known as the brand’s best-selling nameplate in the Philippines and this time, the new City has a Euro-4 1.5-liter SOHC four-cylinder i-VTEC engine with Eco Assist System. Together with its CVT configuration, this subcompact sedan delivers 118hp and 145Nm of torque which produces a powerful yet efficient powertrain ready to take on any urban challenge.
To give a quick rundown of some of its features, the City 1.5 S CVT aims to give customers one of the best value for money propositions in its class. At this price point, you still get features such as front and rear windshield defoggers, power windows, power door locks, security alarm with immobilizer, LED daytime running lights, and keyless entry as standard.
Plus, since Honda makes no compromise when it comes to safety, the new City also offers dual airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD).
Priced at PhP 820,000, the Honda City is available in four different colors such as Lunar Silver, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal, Black Pearl, and Taffeta White. Units are already available in Honda dealerships nationwide.
The Tesla pickup just got a reveal date
We’ll finally see Elon Musk’s promising electric truck
People have always been on the lookout for any updates regarding Elon Musk’s upcoming pickup truck ever since he first announced the project. It got a lot of people excited as it promises more power for less the asking price. Well, we’re only a few days away from its unveiling as Musk finally announced its reveal date.
According to the main man of Tesla, the electric pickup truck will be unveiled on November 21, 2019 in Los Angeles near the SpaceX rocket factory.
If you still remember some of Musk’s previous tweets, his main concern for the upcoming truck is for “people to get a really great truck for US$ 49,000” and it seems like he’s dead set on doing that. It should also be more capable than other trucks like the Ford F150 and even outperform a Porsche 911.
In more than a week’s time, we’ll finally get to see the Tesla pickup and I for one am just looking forward to seeing what it will offer. In the meantime, you may read our article on what to expect when it finally gets unveiled.
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