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Android Auto gets a fresh new look!

Accomplish more with fewer taps

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Aiming to help drivers and passengers alike to have better entertainment experience and accomplish tasks while on the road, Android Auto is now rolling out with a new interface in more than 36 countries.

The new update carries a fresh app launcher in which you can find all your favorite apps with fewer taps — really important for drivers as they can’t afford to look away from the road for a long time.

As a preview, the bottom left button opens the app launcher where you’ll find familiar app icons laid out with your most commonly used apps automatically featured in the top row.

There are also Google Assistant badges now that update you of your schedule, give you a weather report, or read the latest news all while you’re driving.

A big part of Android Auto is its ease of navigation. Whether it be Google Maps or Waze, you can still find the fastest route to your destination through voice commands. If you already have a route queued up on your phone, the system will automatically load the directions when you get to your vehicle. Pretty convenient!

Additionally, the new navigation bar sits at the bottom of your display and allows you to manage multiple apps easily. This ensures that even though you’re listening to music, you won’t miss your next turn; or if you’re following directions, you can still easily pause or skip a song.

On the bottom right corner, a new notification button houses all of your recent calls, messages, and alerts. You can also keep in touch with friends and family while keeping your eyes on the road. This is done by long-pressing the mic button on the steering wheel, tapping on the mic button on your display, or simply saying “Hey Google” to have the Google Assistant help make calls, send messages, and read your notifications.

Visibility and the way the UI is presented is also important if you’re just going to glance over the menu while driving. This is why the refreshed Android Auto has been designed to now be easier to read and has a new dark theme so it doesn’t get too bright at night.

If your car has Android Auto support, you’ll start to see the new design over the next few weeks. I personally use Android Auto as most navigation systems from car brands are finicky to use. With this update, driving experience should be a lot easier and safer.

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Honda cars come with various promos this December

Honda owners may also win a brand new Honda Brio through a raffle

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This December, Honda is launching various promos for anyone looking to buy their first drives. From December 1 to 31, one can avail of discounts, exclusive deals, and special offerings on some car and motorcycle models.

All-in downpayment offers

Customers may avail of special all-in and regular all-in downpayment offers for Honda City, Brio, CR-V, and HR-V.

Model/Variant Price Downpayment For As Low As
21YM City 1.5 RS CVT PhP 1,048,000 PhP 34,000
20YM Brio 1.2 RS Black Top CVT PhP 735,000 PhP 29,000
21YM CR-V S Diesel 9AT PhP 1,888,000 PhP 130,000
21YM HR-V 1.8 E CVT PhP 1,296,000 PhP 71,000

Cash discounts for Honda cars and motorcycles

Meanwhile, customers may avail of cash discounts for Honda BR-V, Civic, and Civic Type R.

Model/Variant Price Discount
21YM BR-V 1.5 S CVT PhP 1,038,000 PhP 60,000
20YM Civic 1.8 E CVT PhP 1,188,000 PhP 50,000
19YM Civic Type R Turbo MT PhP 3,180,000 PhP 180,000

Those who purchase a Honda motorcycle may get PhP 5,000 discount for an all-new Honda City, BR-V, or Mobilio models. They simply have to sign up with their personal details on Honda Philippines’ online portal. After signing up, they will receive an email validation to confirm their qualification for the promo until January 31 only.

Referral reward, BPI Family offer, free items up for grabs

Honda owners who have successfully referred a buyer to a BR-V or an all-new City stand a chance to receive PhP 5,000 worth of e-gift vouchers. For anyone interested to join the referral program, one can visit this website to get started.

BPI’s Step Up Pay Plan is also available for the two aforementioned models, offering a 20% downpayment for a fixed 5-year loan term. Through the plan, one can also avail of the lowest monthly amortization for the first year of the loan term with a progressive increase in the succeeding years.

All customers purchasing a Honda car this December are entitled to receive a free Petron-Honda Value Card with an additional PhP 100 bonus for every 140 liters of gasoline or 200 liters of diesel accumulated this month. With the value card, customers may also take advantage of free towing and roadside assistance, and year-round personal accident insurance.

Meanwhile, customers who will purchase a new 18YM or 19YM Mobilio 1.5 RS Navi CVT will get a free Blaupunkt Air Purifier Airpure AP 1.0 set.

And a raffle with a Honda Brio as the grand prize

To cap off the holiday promo, a raffle will be held where one lucky winner will take home a brand-new Honda Brio 1.2 S M/T. Owners simply have to register and provide their contact details at Honda Philippines’ online portal, which will grant them one corresponding e-raffle entry.

A brand new Honda car is not the only item up for grabs with the raffle. Other items include:

  • iPhone 11 (1 winner)
  • iPhone Air, 3rd Gen (1 winner)
  • Nintendo Switch (1 winner)
  • Rustan’s Gift Certificate worth PhP 5,000 (3 winners)
  • Rustan’s Gift Certificate worth PhP 2,500 (3 winners)
  • Free gas worth PhP 8,000 (25 winners)

Owners who bring in their vehicle for preventive maintenance from today until March 18, 2021 may gain additional e-raffle entries. The additional e-raffle entry will be sent via email.

Meanwhile, the raffle will take place on March 23, 2021 with the winners being notified through registered email or through a phone call. The winners will also be posted on Honda Philippines’ official website and Facebook page. This is where one can also know more about the latest December promos from Honda itself.

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Honda opens its flagship store on Lazada

An all-new Honda City is also up for grabs

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Honda Lazada

Nowadays, most brands are taking to Lazada to sell their products. You wouldn’t normally think of automobile brands offering their products on the e-commerce platform, but one brand wants to prove you wrong. Recently, Honda Philippines just opened its first flagship store on Lazada.

Honda doesn’t actually let you purchase a car right from the e-commerce platform. Instead, you purchase a vehicle reservation voucher for your chosen Honda car. Through this system, you don’t have to visit a dealership anymore, ensuring quick and contactless transactions.

In the future, Honda is also planning to bring over other merchandise to its online store. These include — but not limited to — genuine parts and accessories for various models.

Reservation vouchers are accepted now on the following physical stores nationwide:

Luzon, NCR area

  • Quezon City
  • Manila
  • Greenhills
  • Alabang
  • Global City
  • Makati
  • Pasig
  • Shaw
  • Manila Bay
  • Baliuag

Luzon, other areas

  • Pangasinan
  • Ilocos Norte
  • San Pablo
  • Calamba
  • Lipa
  • Rizal
  • Carmona
  • Cagayan

Visayas and Mindanao

  • Cebu
  • Iloilo
  • Mandaue
  • Negros Occidental

Honda City up for grabs

Honda is also taking part in the upcoming 11.11 sale by Lazada. An all-new Honda City 1.5S CVT will be given away to one lucky customer. To join, a customer must follow the car brand’s store page to earn one e-raffle entry. By purchasing any item from the store, customers may earn four additional e-raffle entries.

Raffle draw will take hold on November 25, 2020. Honda will notify the winner through a phone call or registered email. The winner will also be announced on Lazada Facebook page, as well as the website and Facebook page of Honda Philippines.

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Ford Ranger, other SUVs come with exclusive deals this Truck Month

Solid deals all October long

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Getting a car feels like a necessity these days due to limited public transportation. Here in the Philippines, the rainy season brings floods and other weather hazards which make SUVs and pick-ups popular in the country.

Those on the lookout for their first SUV or pick-up purchase should take a look at Ford’s offering now. This Truck Month, the brand is offering exclusive perks on the Ford Ranger, Everest, EcoSport, and other SUVs. These perks are available only from October 1 to 31, 2020.

Discounts, downpayment deals, and free ownership package for Ford Ranger

The centerpiece of this year’s Truck Month is the cash discounts, low downpayment deals, and free ownership package with every purchase of a Ford Ranger Wildtrak, XLS, or Raptor.

The 4×2 Ranger 2.0L Wildtrak is getting a PhP 90,000 cash discount for the manual transmission variant. Meanwhile, the automatic transmission variant enjoys a discount of PhP 70,000.

Meanwhile, the Ranger 2.2L XLS MT variant is down to its lowest price of PhP 943,000. There’s a PhP 88,000 all-in downpayment option for the variant too.

And as for the Ranger Raptor, every purchase comes with a free Premium Care Package for a limited time. This package is inclusive of a five-year scheduled service plan, warranty, and roadside assistance. It is already a steal considering that the whole package is worth PhP 100,000.

Perks for Ford SUVs and Transit van

Select variants of the Ford Everest gets a PhP 50,000 cash discount. These variants include:

  • Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4×4 AT (2.0L)
  • Turbo Titanium 4×2 AT (2.0L)
  • Turbo Sport 4×2 AT (2.0L)

Even bigger discounts await buyers of the Everest 2.2L Trend 4×2 AT. For a time, it comes with a PhP 100,000 discount though customers can also avail the PhP 178,000 all-in downpayment.

Generous cash discounts also await the modest crossover from Ford, the EcoSport. The top-of-the-line EcoSport 1.0L EcoBoost Titanium AT and the 1.5L Titanium AT comes with PhP 150,000 discount. Meanwhile, there’s a PhP 90,000 discount for the 1.5L Trend AT and MT variant. Customers have the option to avail of PhP 38,000 all-in downpayment for 1.5L Titanium AT.

Premium SUVs from Ford also get exclusive deals and attractive financing options. Now, one can avail the Explorer 3.5L Sport EcoBoost AWD AT at 0% interest for 60% months at a 20% downpayment. The same financing options offer is also up for grabs with the Expedition Limited EL 4×4, whether it comes in bucket seats or not.

Meanwhile, the Explorer 2.3L EcoBoost LTD is available at 0% interest for 48 months at a 20% downpayment.

Rounding up these exclusive deals are cash discounts for Ford Transit. Getting the 15-seater van nets a discount of PhP 301,000. There’s a financing offer of PhP 68,000 downpayment or 0% interest for 36 months at a 20% downpayment. Ford is throwing in a free five-year schedule service plan on every purchase as well.

Visit the Ford Philippines website or any dealership nationwide to avail of these offers.

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