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CAGI begins test fest for Car and Truck of the Year 2017

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The Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) has officially begun the testing season in search for 2017’s Car and Truck of the Year awardees.

The aim of this event is to bring awareness to consumers regarding today’s available vehicles. Established back in 2004, CAGI conducts a series of qualitative and quantitative tests from participating brands. Qualitative tests determine the feel, fit, and look of the car while quantitative testing puts the performance mechanics of the vehicle to use and scores them accordingly. This includes acceleration, handling, and braking. Once the three-day test fest comes to an end, the CAGI Board of Directors together with KPMG Manabat & Co. collate the scores and award the fitting vehicles the Car of the Year and Truck of the Year in the Philippines.

The first day of the test fest began on September 23 and has seen a number of entries from companies like Chevrolet, Kia, Mazda, Mini, Subaru, and Volkswagen. CAGI President Ronald delos Reyes said that they’re expecting about 30 to 40 cars for this season.

“Since time immemorial, the rating of the vehicles given by the members of CAGI who are considered experts in the industry are designed to provide the consumers much-needed informed choices,” delos Reyes added.

Last year, the Honda Civic RS Turbo and Isuzu D-Max nabbed the Car of the Year and Truck of the Year trophies, respectively. Stay tuned as we wait for this year’s recipients of the prestigious awards.

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4 techie ways the Ford Ranger Raptor conquers the road

Tough but comfortable

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Have you ever wondered what type of technology lies underneath your car’s hood? Cars today are no longer just the mechanical machines of the last decade. Now, every car is packed with as much technology as our smartphones. From a complex infotainment system to an accurate terrain management system, you can look forward to more than horsepower or suspension. In the new Ford Ranger Raptor, you’ll find these tough features and more.

Here are the top technology features you’ll love in Ford Ranger Raptor.

We don’t need roads

As mentioned, the Ford Ranger Raptor sports an incredibly adaptable Terrain Management System. The feature comes with six pre-set driving modes, pushing out performance in any type of driving situation.

First, of course, you have the Normal mode, maximizing output from the 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine. By itself, the powertrain can deliver up to 213ps of horsepower and 500Nm of torque. Complementing this dynamic duo is a whopping 10-speed automatic transmission system.

Besides the ubiquitous pre-set, the Ranger Raptor also has Sport mode, Rock mode, Mud/Sand mode, Grass/Gravel/Snow mode, and a Baja mode for sand dunes. Regardless of which mode you prefer, the pickup truck’s race-bred suspension can endure anything with 2.5-inch Fox shocks and 33-inch all-terrain tires. It’s a perfect off-road vehicle.

A couch on the road

Technology isn’t just about gizmos and gadgets. Even a car seat’s engineering is a marvel of today’s technology. At the front, drivers and passengers will sit comfortably on body-contoured sport seats. The seats — as well as the steering wheel, the soft top instrument panel, and the shifter — were wrapped snugly with unique Raptor stitching. You’ll feel like you’re sitting on your living room couch.

Speaking of living room, both front and back passengers can keep their road (or off-road) trip entertaining with Sync 3, a capable infotainment system with voice-activated controls.

Safety first, always

This time around, Ford has added much more safety features than ever before. Besides the standard slew of car safety features, the Ranger Raptor also has a new Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. When you’re on a road, the pickup truck can keep you safe and sound with an automatic Lane Keeping System. It also comes with LED headlamps and a high mount USB port.

What’s more, Ford packed in all of these at no extra cost to the customer, making the pickup truck a perfect bang for your buck.

Premium care for a premium customer

Besides what they packed in their new pickup truck, Ford has built a new Ford Premium Care service for Ford Ranger Raptor customers. The new aftersales service comes with a whole host of convenient perks and necessities.

First of all, Ford upped the vehicle’s warranty by two years. Instead of the standard three-year warranty out of the factory, the Ranger Raptor’s warranty lasts for five years (or 150,000 kilometers, whichever comes first).

For maintenance, Ford will service the new pickup truck for up to five years (or 50,000 kilometers, whichever comes first). The scheduled service plan covers all parts and labor needed for preventive maintenance service.

Finally, the Ranger Raptor expands Ford’s Emergency Roadside Assistance service to five years, a big upgrade from the standard three-year service in the past. With the service, customers can get 24/7 assistance in the event of a vehicle breakdown. The service comes with free towing and minor onsite repairs like battery boosting, refueling, or a change of tires.

All three come at no extra cost to the customer. You’ll be paying the same price for more features.

Without a doubt, the new Ford Ranger Raptor is built Ford tough. Besides the comfortable type of ride that you’ve already come to expect from Ford, the new pickup truck comes packed with new comfort and safety features for a worry-free drive. It’s a tough monster built for anything and anywhere.

For more details visit the Ford Philippines website.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Ford Philippines

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A startup develops world’s first flying all-electric speedboat

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Of all the things you’ve read today, this is probably the first time you’re going to hear about the world’s first flying all-electric speedboat. In Sweden, a tech startup has already developed and launched the landmark sea vehicle. Recently, they received significant funding from one of the biggest names in infotainment, to boot.

The Swedish startup Candela Speed Boat AB started planning the product in 2015. Despite the multiyear journey, the startup finished the speedboat and started selling final products last year.

Now, after a year in production, Candela Speed Boat AB announced a monumental financial backing from Chris Anderson, the curator of TED Conferences. Though the company did not announce the exact numbers, the financial support is enough to fund a new round of research and development for the company.

Currently, the Candela Seven boasts up to 50 nautical miles of range at 20 knots. However, the speedboat can punch it even further up to 30 knots. More remarkably, it does the work using an all-electric motor. The battery charges for only 12 hours and comes with a nine-year warranty.

Of course, that’s all under-the-hood talk. You might be asking, what about the flying part?

Well, the Candela Seven has built-in, retractable hydrofoils underneath the main body. Fully unfurled, the speedboat towers above the water, preventing waves from slapping the fore. Besides the smoother tide, the hydrofoils provide a much quieter ride, allowing passengers to enjoy each other’s company in serenity.

The Candela Seven ships in nine different colors (with blue, white, and gray as the default options). Interested customers can inquire about the boat on Candela Speed Boat AB’s website.

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Uber intends to become fully electric by 2040

Chasing zero emissions

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Uber has announced it plans to operate 100 percent rides via electric vehicles by 2030 in the US, Canada, and Europe. For other markets, the goal is slightly extended to 2040. The shift will make the cab-hailing app entirely free of any carbon emissions.

The pledge comes in light of a recent report that criticized the company for its role in contributing pollution. Uber’s rival, Lyft also announced a similar plan to have an all-electric fleet by 2030, but it did not outline support for drivers.

Uber said its goal is to reduce the overall cost of ownership for electric vehicles to encourage drivers. It’s currently steeper than a conventional gasoline car.

The company will offer an extra US$ 1.50 per trip to drivers who pivot to electric vehicles. A US$ 0.5 tip will be given to hybrid drivers and the company is in talks with automakers for discounts and other incentives.

“Climate changes remains an existential threat and crisis that needs every person, every business and every nation to act,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said. “We know this is going to be hard.”

Uber’s ride-sharing program was a hit in Asian markets like India where transportation infrastructure is nascent.

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