Heading into CES 2016 we knew there was going to be a lot of new tech for automotives. True enough, there hasn’t been any shortage of car tech whether it’s already functional or something that could possibly hit the road in the future.
Speaking of the future, that’s exactly what’s written all over the Faraday Future’s (FF) FFZero1 – a concept electric car that looks like something Bruce Wayne would drive when he’s out fighting crime.
The FFZero1 on display is nearly as real as the Batmobile. It’s just a concept car and was used primarily to showcase what FF is potentially capable of.
Here’s a perfect example of technology making life easier for people – especially for the non car-savvy drivers. Hyundai went out of its way to build an augmented reality app for owners of its cars. Aptly called Virtual Guide, the app will walkthrough the user on how to perform basic car maintenance tasks.
Fire up Virtual Guide and point it to any part of the car and it’ll show digital dots for certain parts of the car. Tap on the dot to get a step-by-step maintenance walkthrough or how-to use if you’re inside the car.
It would be really nice if this piece of tech also makes its way onto other car manufacturers. And just imagine what the experience would be like with Microsoft’s augmented reality project Holo Lens.
Taking helping to another level
And since we’re talking about helping, that’s exactly what Ford and drone maker DJI is doing as it’s developing a vehicle-to-drone communication tech to help the United Nations in disaster relief aid.
This should allow responders to drive near a disaster-hit area, park in a safe place and then the car’s driver can launch and pilot the drone to scout and map the area while looking out for survivors all while staying at the driver’s seat.
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Ford imagines the technology can also be used for purposes other than disaster relief saying the agriculture and construction sectors can also benefit from this tech under development.
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Ford is also looking into integrating its vehicles with Amazon Echo and Wink. What will it do? Ford sees the possibility of car owners remotely starting and/or unlocking their cars, remotely checking fuel status as well as checking the car’s location. The integration also allows other nifty features like opening the garage door from the car.
What’s here and now for the company? Ford announced all of its cars that will be released this year will be compatible with either Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford car owners can pair their smartphones to the car’s dashboard for a smart experience inside the vehicle.
That’s it for now on car tech at CES 2016. Follow us on all our platforms for more updates!
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Honda opens its flagship store on Lazada
An all-new Honda City is also up for grabs
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
- Global City
- Manila Bay
Luzon, other areas
- Ilocos Norte
- San Pablo
Visayas and Mindanao
- 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.
Ford Ranger, other SUVs come with exclusive deals this Truck Month
Solid deals all October long
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.
Nissan debunks 4 electric vehicle myths
The Nissan LEAF demystifies common misconceptions about EVs
The Philippines is gearing up for a major shift in the automotive industry to EVs or electric vehicles as Nissan prepares to bring the Nissan LEAF to the Philippines. But before the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility arrives in the country, Nissan shares the top four electric vehicle myths and debunks them all.
Myth #1: EVs are slow
A recent experiment raced the Nissan LEAF against the fastest elements of nature — fire and wind, with the famous EV winning with its celebrated acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds.
With lesser moving parts, and a powerful electric motor, an EV accelerates faster than a regular engine car. With over 70 years of EV expertise, Nissan has designed the e-Powertrain that puts electric power straight to the wheels for instant acceleration, making the Nissan LEAF quicker on the start, for a smooth and very responsive drive.
Myth #2: An electric vehicle’s range capacity is limited
On a fully charged battery, the Nissan LEAF can cover 311kms. If you consider that the average daily drive around Metro Manila is 13.2km, you can drive around the National Capital Region in a fully charged Nissan LEAF for up to three weeks, without having to worry about an empty battery.
For out-of-town trips, the Nissan LEAF can take adventurers up to Baguio (246.6 km from Metro Manila) before you need to recharge.
Also, the Nissan LEAF’S ePedal combines both ease, excitement and innovation in EV technology. The innovative feature also enables you to drive using one foot pedal, allowing you to accelerate and brake depending on the foot pressure.
Even more impressive, Nissan’s ePedal is part of an advanced regenerative braking system, meaning the car will even recover a little bit of charge every time you brake.
Myth #3: Charging is a pain for electric vehicles
A common misconception is that electric vehicles can only be charged using quick charging stations. Although the Philippines currently has around 14 charging stations that are ready for the Nissan LEAF, most electric vehicle owners prefer to charge at home, since it is the most convenient option.
Similar to charging one’s mobile phone after a long day’s usage, the Nissan LEAF can be plugged into a regular electrical socket to charge it overnight. Charging with the universal cable usually takes about 12 to 15 hours to fully charge the Nissan LEAF.
For faster charging, users have the option to install a special wall box to speed up the charging time to 5 to 7 hours.
Myth #4: Electric cars are not exciting
With the Nissan LEAF as the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the possibilities of a safe, fun, and exciting driving experience are endless. What’s more exciting than an electric vehicle producing zero emissions and virtually no sound while drifting?
In this exhilarating demonstration, the Nissan LEAF showed how easily the mass-produced EV can churn out both maximum torque and force, while delivering virtually silent donuts and burnouts. The Nissan LEAF, with its rapid acceleration of 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, is quick on the start with a smooth and very responsive drive.
This is a slightly modified press release from Nissan Philippines.
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