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6 quick facts about MG’s vehicles

There’s a new player in town

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Sure, there’s already a wide selection of car brands in the Philippine automotive market and most of them have already established their presence here. But while British brand MG or Morris Garages is a fairly new player, it doesn’t mean they’re late in the game. The company recently introduced to the country its first wave of vehicles that offer good deals especially for those looking for their first car.

To get to know them a little better, we thought we’d share some quick facts about MG and the way its vehicles are manufactured.


1. British heritage, Chinese-owned

Although a British brand, MG is now under China’s largest vehicle manufacturer and exporter, SAIC Motor, which is a top-ranked Fortune 500 company. It is also China’s largest auto manufacturer and exporter. They have MG backed up in terms of finances and even its technologies. Which brings us to our second fact…

2. Using only cutting-edge systems

SAIC Motor’s 1.2 million square-meter plant in Lingang, Shanghai uses top of the line technologies to ensure that every MG vehicle rolling out of the assembly line is made with the highest quality. The facility is able to produce 880 units per day using laser-guided robotics for precision during assembly of each unit. Here’s a fun fact: SAIC Motor sold 7.05 million vehicles in 2018 alone.

3. Tried and tested

The SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle Company in Shanghai houses an R&D facility that does quality checks on all their vehicles before they are sent out to showrooms, including MG. These tests are no simple tests, either. Their variety of facilities include a safety lab, powertrain lab, thermal energy emission lab, architecture lab, thermal wind tunnel lab, and more.

4. Technologies to experience

The company is so proud of its high-tech tools that they have the SAIC Intelligent Plaza to showcase their best equipment. They take pride in it being the only auto-driving experience area that’s open to the public. It’s complete with a VR scenario test drive, intelligent robot service, and other intelligent experience projects. It’s basically a tech geek’s heaven, making it a go-to place whenever one is in the area.

5. MG in the Philippines

Technically and financially backed by SAIC Motor, MG can not only go toe-to-toe with bigger names in terms of quality, but it also offers more bang for your buck compared to some of its competitors. The company sees the Philippines as a new and promising market and aims to deliver world-class products and top-notch service.

6. Access to aftersales services

Here’s one more: Filipino MG owners will also have access to innovative aftersales services. The company is in partnership with independent service outlets including a Mobile Garage service caravan for regular preventive maintenance right at your garage. There’s the 1-hour Max and Go in case you’re in a hurry but still have to get that maintenance done, 24-hour roadside assistance, and an app for closely monitoring the car’s running stats and scheduling service appointments.

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Modified Land Rover Discovery has an entire lab for malaria research

Bringing the lab straight to the field

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Car brands have been coming up with ways to fit more baggage inside a vehicle — be it groceries, full-size suitcases, or even surfboards. Those are all good and impressive, but this special vehicle from Land Rover just upped the ante. An entire research laboratory is now mobile thanks to the modified Discovery. Not only that, this lab on wheels is helping beat malaria.

Addressing the current malaria situation in Africa, the Mobile Malaria Project was conceived as a trans-African journey to work closely with smaller research groups. Through the mobile genetic sequencing laboratory tucked inside the mid-size SUV, they aim to extract and sequence parasite and mosquito DNA. In other words, they’re bringing the lab research directly to the field this time.


Embarking on this journey of Discovery (pun intended) are three researchers from Oxford University. They will be driving through different countries in Africa, gathering needed research and educating groups with limited resources along the way.

Packing all the lab equipment needed onto the luxury SUV was no easy feat, either. The team needed a small freezer to keep test supplies cool, a reliable power source to run said freezer 24/7, and storage space. These were successfully installed in the vehicle but some things (like the two rear seats) were needed to be taken out.

 

Additionally, the scientifically pimped-out Discovery was installed with awnings to cover the sides of the car. This way, researchers will be able to work around the vehicle while the hot African sun is above them or even when rainstorms are passing.

It’s a very interesting project with a very promising goal in mind. If you want to know more and get into the details, you may visit their page.

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2019 Mazda 3 arrives in the Philippines

Still has the KODO design language

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The highly awaited 2019 Mazda 3 has finally arrived in the Philippines. This compact car (first seen during its grand debut in Los Angeles last year) still has the company’s KODO design language but comes with a fresher look.

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Up front, both the sedan and hatchback models have a large meshed grille with Mazda’s logo proudly sitting at the center. This is flanked with a more aggressive pair of headlamps that sort of stretch to its sides. Rounding up the front fascia is an accented lower lip.

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Walk to its back and you’ll be greeted by a refreshed tailgate that protrudes outward. Together with its rear bumper and new taillights, the Mazda 3 exudes a sportier, more agile vibe that blends well with the contours of its body. All that is standing on 18-inch alloy wheels.

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The same attention to detail that gives the exterior attitude can also be found inside. The seats are wrapped in elegant red leather while the rest of the interior has a simple approach. There’s an 8-inch infotainment display, three-spoke steering wheel, and redesigned control hub at the center.

Mazda Philippines wanted this event to be more like a welcome celebration for the arrival of the Mazda 3 in the country. As such, a number of things are not yet final. It’s still unclear if the models to go on sale here will already have the company’s SkyActiv-X technology that has the responsive traits of a gasoline engine with the conservative fuel consumption of a diesel unit.

Pricing and availability were also not disclosed, although Mazda says they will be announcing the details once everything has been finalized. We’ll just have to make do with the photos for now — good thing this car is such a looker.

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Nissan pushes through with electrification of Asia and Oceania

One step at a time

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It’s that time of the year again when Nissan gathers thought leaders, government officials, and media representatives from around the region to discuss how to improve and reshape the way people use transportation.

With the theme “Transform the way we drive and live,” this year’s Nissan Futures offers updated statistics and tackles the company’s plans and strategies to fully electrify Asia and Oceania.


Through a report, Nissan kicked off the event by showing us our current situation and where this could lead. They said that in about 30 years, the human population will hit 9.9 billion and two out of three people will be living in cities. This translates to more carbon footprint for each city and heavier air pollution for everyone if we simply continue going down this path.

“Asia Pacific is home to more than 2.1 billion urban residents, that is 60 percent of the world’s urban population. This brings increased pressure on the region’s cities and mobility systems. Events like Nissan Futures create the appropriate platform to discuss solutions for our region’s societies and mobility systems,” said Yutaka Sanada, Regional Senior Vice President for Asia and Oceania. “Driven by our Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision, we are committed to bringing safe, smart, and sustainable mobility to more people.”

Yutaka Sanada officially announces the arrival of Nissan Leaf to more countries.

READ MORE: NISSAN LEAF TO ARRIVE IN PHILIPPINES AND INDONESIA BY 2020

We already talked about the benefits of electric vehicles (as well as myths that surround them) and how they will significantly reduce tailpipe emissions on the streets and eventually reduce air pollution. With that in mind, Nissan envisions a city with a more sustainable environment by jumping on the electric bandwagon. And right now, their Leaf electric vehicle is what embodies their plans for the future.

“The Leaf remains the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, our strategy for moving more people to a better world,” said Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s Global Head of Marketing, Sales, and Electric Vehicles.

Just earlier this month, the Leaf cemented itself as the most successful EV to date — surpassing the 400,000 sales mark. Although, we weren’t that surprised since we got to drive and experience the Leaf for the second time. I’d say the drive was more exciting this year since we drove it around the open streets of Hong Kong and witnessed how it fared in terms of its safety features, handling, power, and battery consumption.

We made a short video of the drive:

Yes, we’re still far away from cities being fully electric, but Nissan is relentlessly pushing through. It has already put its foot in and is paving the way for electrification that will soon extend beyond the confines of a vehicle.

SEE ALSO: NISSAN INTELLIGENT MOBILITY FIRST LOOK

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