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Chevrolet’s 2019 Silverado 1500 pick-up now official

Has eight variants for your unique needs and style

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan is now in full swing and General Motors’ Chevrolet has just officially announced its new 2019 Silverado 1500 pick-up.

Right off the bat, we can see a more dynamic exterior that parades a new look from the 2014 model. A rectangular grille with two striking bars up front is well-appreciated and gives the truck a meaner and more solid look. Headlights are also sleeker and are positioned strategically above the daytime running lamps.


2019 Silverado Custom featuring a body-color styling theme, 20-inch painted aluminum wheels, LED signature taillamps, and available integrated dual exhaust.

It’s not entirely about the looks, though, as the new Silverado is beefier. It sports a tougher material for the majority of the body — hood, doors, and tailgate are now made of aluminum.

The truck has also been stretched out. Its wheelbase is now longer so the interior and cargo can both accommodate more. With a tougher facade and elongated body, one might think that packing all those into the new truck will make it heavier, but it’s far from the truth. Instead, the company went for a mixed-material approach shaving off a chunk of weight (204kg to be exact) on the new model.

Under the hood, Chevrolet is offering something new: a Duramax 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel engine. This is an addition to the 6.2L petrol V8 engine and will be mated to General Motors’ Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.

2019 Silverado LTZ featuring chrome accents on the bumpers, front grille, mirror caps, door handles, and hockey-stick beltline, as well as power folding and heated outside rearview mirrors. Leather interior trim is standard equipment.

From there, a choice of six different engine and transmission options, plus a total of eight different models/trims are available. The company says this wide selection will cater to customers even with unique personalities.

To help buyers choose from the eight models, the company has divided them into three categories: High Value, High Volume, and High Feature. High Value is for those looking for the capability of a full-size truck at a low price, High Volume for standard capabilities and car-like bells and whistles, and High Feature for luxury car features.

Each trim has its own unique characteristic so buyers can choose from the familiar LT model to the new Custom and Trailboss iterations.

Production of the new Silverado 1500 has been reported to start as early as September of this year. Although owning one of these macho trucks can get pretty exciting, pricing for all the variants is yet to be disclosed.

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This lady ‘made’ the first-ever Tesla pickup truck

It actually looks nice

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Simone Giertz, a YouTuber and engineer, converted her Tesla Model 3 into a fully-functioning pickup truck. People have been anticipating the upcoming futuristic electric truck from Tesla but this lady has beaten Elon Musk to the punch…technically.

Giertz has always wanted a pickup truck and she likes Tesla vehicles as well. Not being able to wait for the official introduction of Musk’s truck, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Literally.


With the help of her friends, they stripped the Tesla Model 3 of its interior, tore the rear portion of the car, and loaded a truck bed on its back. An entertaining documentation is available on her channel and it shows the planning and actual process of turning a brand new Model 3 into what they now call Truckla — derived from “truck” and “Tesla”.

It’s even complete with its own promotional video set in the countryside complete with farm animals and Giertz whipping up a lasso. Pretty entertaining stuff.

Since it’s “available nowhere”, we still have to wait for Elon’s official Tesla truck. If you ask us, though, we wouldn’t mind having a compact version like Truckla if it had the capabilities of a truck in that sleek body.

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What makes the 2020 Range Rover Evoque one of the safest vehicles in the market?

It boasts a five-star safety rating

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Just recently, the 2020 Range Rover has been introduced to the Philippine market. And while it’s got the latest tech to make the riding experience easier and more comfortable, it’s also considered to be one of the safest vehicles available right now.

For starters, its Euro-spec model has received the highest possible rating (five stars) from the Euro NCAP safety rating. According to reports, testers were particularly impressed with its automatic emergency braking for pedestrian and cyclist detection.


They then added that the Evoque performed really well in all tested areas. These include frontal-impact tests, moderate overlap tests, side-impact tests, and more. Check out this video from Euro NCAP showing the Evoque undergo rigorous crash tests.

Apart from keeping the driver and passengers safe, the Range Rover Evoque is also safer for the environment. It uses a low-friction engine design which the company says has reduced nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 90%. It is also the first luxury compact SUV to be certified for emitting 80mg/km or less of pollution — passing the Real Driving Emissions stage 2 (RDE2) legislation in Europe.

This also certifies the Evoque for more than a year ahead of RDE2’s scheduled implementation on all new vehicles by 2020.

Adding to that is the fact that the SUV comes in a Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) option that allows you to maximize your fuel efficiency. The less gas you burn during your drive, the less pollution you emit.

Apart from those performances and achievements, the Evoque also boasts technologies that further ensure safety of those inside and outside the vehicle. We previously mentioned the company’s ClearSight Rear View Mirror that works when the rear view is obstructed and the world’s first Ground View technology for squeezing in tight spaces.

Together, all these work together to and make the Range Rover Evoque one of the safest vehicles available in the market today.

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The GadgetMatch team goes for ARCC 2019

It’s that time of the year again

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Sunshine TV’s Auto Rally Corporate Challenge (ARCC) season is here to enforce and remind everyone of road safety and driver discipline. It is also a celebration of the popular Sampaguita Rally in the Philippines back in 2001.

If you just heard of ARCC and have no idea what happens during the event, you may quickly read our feature from last year.


Ford had a total of three teams comprised of three members each

Just like the previous ARCC, each automotive brand can send up to three teams with three members per vehicle. And for 2019, Ford went with an all-Raptor lineup to join the competition.

Wii Gamboa of Sunshine TV kicks off the event

What’s different from last year was that this time, we had a solid GadgetMatch team for the driver, time-keeper, and navigator positions. As such, we’ve collected our experiences during the run to show how exactly the dynamics work between the three roles.

Rodneil (time-keeper):

Going into the rally, people were saying the time-keeper had perhaps the most challenging role because he had to do the math. While I’d like to think my math isn’t too shabby, there was more to the role than just crunching numbers.

Rodneil re-enacting his confused look after being given the handbook

Like anyone doing anything for the first time, I quickly entered into a mild panic the moment we were handed the handbook that contained the rally’s route. Sure, we prepared the night before but that didn’t seem to matter for the first few seconds. Luckily Kevin and Dan were a little more level-headed and helped me calm down lol.

It was smooth sailing from there, or at least that’s what I would like to think. I was flipping through the pages making sure I calculate the ideal time to complete a certain leg while also letting Kevin know if we should slow down or hit the pedal to the metal.

Each entry has a corresponding time to get from one point to the next

The second leg was a little bit rougher. We got lost and confused at multiple stops but were able to find our way somehow. The bonus stage was super fun because Kevin really got to take advantage of the Ranger Raptor’s capabilities sliding our way through the wet roads and dodging obstacles.

Even though I honestly wasn’t sure what I was doing 90% of the time, I’d like to think we did pretty okay and more than winning, I really like the teamwork we had during the rally.

Dan (navigator):

As a first-time participant in ARCC, I was both excited and nervous. When I was told that I’ll be the navigator for the team, I felt the pressure to make sure that we’re in the right way. I’ve always been good with directions, especially when I have a map with me. However, the directions included in the rally’s handbook were just arrows with minimal clues (see picture below) and it was definitely a challenge.

Making the right turn is important or it could offset the distance counter

Throughout the race, I had to closely coordinate with Kevin, the driver, so we don’t miss any turns. I also had to check in with Rodneil, the time-keeper, to keep track of the time. The first leg was relatively easy for me since we mostly passed by the expressway and long secondary roads that go around and through the rural areas.

The second leg was a different story. Just as it started, I got confused with the initial directions and the tiny traffic cones. Unlike with the first one, the second leg of the rally was within the city center. I had to deal with multiple intersections and a number of small roads that weren’t specified in the handbook. Sad to say, I was muddled and not able to keep my head in the game.

Overall, I had fun. It was enjoyable to have a different activity. I wasn’t in front of my laptop the whole day which means the rally really took my full attention.

Kevin (driver):

I’ve participated in ARCC for a couple of times now and I’ve always been the driver every single event. The reason being I feel it’s where I’d be effective the most and personally, I just enjoy driving. As the one behind the wheel, you basically just have to listen to both the time-keeper and navigator to tell you how fast you should go and where you should go.

A steady pace is one of the key things to keep in mind for the driver

Although that may sound simple, you also have to be able to know when to go beyond the recommended speed to make up for lost time, for example, or when to slow down when you’re ahead of the perfect time.

As Rodneil and Dan have already stressed out, the first of two legs was pretty simple and directions were straightforward. We didn’t miss any of the checkpoints and we’re actually pretty confident of our recorded times.

Different cars from different brands ready for flag off

During the afternoon leg, however, the directions were a little bit more complex — making us turn at more corners in short distances which made things a bit confusing. We found our way towards the right direction, though, and were able to make up for a few lost seconds. We even did good time during the bonus stage clocking in half a second past the perfect time.

Overall, it was still an enjoyable event that brought friendly competition between automotive brands. On top of that, STV was successful in making the event not only fun but also serve an important reminder to always follow traffic rules and practice road safety. It was awesome to once again represent Ford Philippines and this time, with our very own GadgetMatch team.

We’re looking forward to next year’s ARCC!

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