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Conquering Mt. Malasimbo with the Nissan Navara and its Around View Monitor

It has the brawns and brains to take on a mountain

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As a celebration of Navara’s third year in the Philippine market, Nissan recently rounded up media representatives and flew them to Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. The Navara is one of Nissan’s most successful vehicles, and is already part of the top three in the local pickup segment.

This event was also the perfect chance to put to test its new feature: the Around View Monitor (AVM). This is part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility initiative which we heard a lot of during the recent Nissan Futures in Singapore.

Kicking off from the southern-most tip of the island, we embarked on our eight-hour drive to Mt. Malasimbo. Each 2.5-liter Navara carried two to four persons. While some took turns driving, others braved the driver’s seat from start to finish.

The roads our convoy took were a combination of gravel, unfinished roads, remote paths with blind spots, steep inclines, and narrow lanes. I’ve already spent hours on Nissan’s zero-gravity seats in the past so I had no issues with ride comfort. These seats plus the truck’s multi-link suspension system actually made the drive comfortable — too comfortable that one of our passengers was asleep in the back seat almost the entire time (no, not dropping names!).

Once at Mt. Malasimbo, we got to finally make the most out of its AVM and other safety tech. An obstacle course was set up in different areas of the mountain which we took turns strategically maneuvering around.

It was during this time that the Around View Monitor proved the most useful. Blind spots — which would usually require an additional person to stick their head out and check how much room you still have — are now comfortably seen right at the monitor.

There’s also an option to have an even closer view of how far your tire is from an obstacle just by pressing one button. This made it easy to take accurate and calculated turns at the site’s steep and narrow inclines.

Other features that were in action while navigating through the twists and climbs of Mt. Malasimbo were Hill Start/Descent Assist, Traction Control, and Vehicle Dynamics Stability Control.

At this event, not only did everyone have fun catching up and driving, the Navara also proved itself as a vehicle that can keep up with your adventures, whether you’re sailing on a smooth highway or treading the road less traveled.

SEE ALSO: Nissan Futures 2018: Electrifying the Future

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All the essential gadgets you’ll ever need for a glamping trip

Visiting Chile with Nicole Scott of MobileGeeks!

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Traveling is a great deal of fun but packing the right gear can be a headache. So, I called for reinforcements.

I spoke with Nicole Scott, all-around traveler and co-founder of MobileGeeks, and asked her what her travel essentials are.

Nicole is always on the road which means she does everything while she’s traveling. She walked us through her last trip to Chile where she went glamping in the desert. These are her must-haves.

Some wheels to get there

The destination is the Atacama Desert, the driest on the planet. To get to the glamping spot, you need a ride.

For the few minutes drive from San Pedro to Atacama Loft & Glamp, the Audi Q8 is Nicole’s vehicle of choice. The Q8 has a host of smart features, and most importantly…

… it has wireless charging built in!

A phone to take photos with

In this area, there’s barely any reception. But these days, phones are still useful even without cell signal.

Nicole brought along her HTC U12+ for photo-taking purposes.

Working on the go

Since she’s always moving, Nicole is used to working on the go. She brings her Microsoft Surface Book everywhere. 

An external battery pack is also a must-have — this means an extra two hours of laptop time without having to plug into an actual electric socket.

Part of her setup is working with a mouse — Nicole shoots and edits, too. Her weapon of choice? The Microsoft Surface Arc.

Now, enough about work!

Adding some background music

A good pair of headphones is always a great idea when traveling, or when you’re horseback riding through the desert like Nicole.

These TaoTronics Bluetooth earphones are her favorite because they have great sound quality despite being pretty affordable.

Taking time to meditate with the scenery

Nicole always has her Fitbit Versa on her and on trips like this, it proves pretty useful.

She uses the Relax function to take time out of her day and enjoy the beautiful desert sights with breathing exercises.

Watch Nicole’s full video here:

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Honda offers limited edition City, BR-V, and Odyssey

Comes with a major discount, too

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Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. is proud to introduce limited edition variants of the new City, BR-V, and Odyssey. These souped-up models offer additional features, safety systems, and even discounts.

Adding to its slew of features, the new Honda City 1.5 Sport CVT has two new front tweeters for improved audio and entertainment experience. It is also equipped with new front, side, and rear under spoilers for a sportier look while a Sport Edition Emblem has been added to set it apart from the basic model.

This limited edition variant will be available for a suggested retail price of PhP 898,000 and will come in Modern Steel Metallic, Taffeta White, and Ruby Red Pearl.

The second best-selling model in the Philippines following the Honda City, the seven-seater BR-V 1.5 Touring CVT boasts fuel efficiency and new exterior features. This includes a tailgate spoiler, daytime running lights, shark fin antenna, and parking sensors to make backing up easier and safer.

It will be available for PhP 1,058,000 in Modern Steel Metallic color, Taffeta White, and Lunar Silver Metallic.

Last but definitely not the least, the luxury seven-seater minivan Odyssey EX-V CVT gets an exclusive variant with only 45 units available for sale. This package includes full leather interior, cradle captain seats with ottoman, and a lineup of driver assistive technology features.

For PhP 2,428,000, it will be available in Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, and Super Platinum Metallic.

To further sweeten the deal, Honda Philippines is offering to slash off PhP 50,000 to encourage customers to take advantage of the offer. Interested buyers may place reservations at any of the 38 Honda dealerships in the country.

SEE ALSO: New Honda Civic Type R arrives in PH

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Ford Ranger Raptor now up for pre-orders

Be one of the first to own it

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Ford’s factory-built performance truck is now up for pre-orders at dealerships in the Philippines.

Launched earlier this year at a grand event in Thailand, the Ranger Raptor combines Ford Performance DNA with the Ranger’s tough constitution. It’s thought to be a motocross bike, snowmobile, and an ATV rolled into one macho pickup truck.

With a capable diesel engine, terrain management system, and a host of safety features, Ford’s truck is a promising package for the rough riders. Color palettes include Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, Frozen White, and Conquer Grey.

Those who want to get first dibs on the Ranger Raptor can pre-order now by contacting or visiting any Ford dealer in the country. Pricing is still undisclosed but will be revealed closer to its launch date in the third quarter of this year.

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