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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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Waze gets a new look!

It was long overdue and it’s finally here

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If you frequently take the roads and use Waze as your driving companion, you may have gotten used to how it look — no matter how dated it seemed. That’s changing now as the app is getting an all new look.

The company says the brand refresh “reinforces inclusivity and connection into every journey on the road.” Whatever that means, the revamped Waze app now follows a more flat design and with more expressive cartoony mood indicators.

The new visual language based on roads and maps which will also be seen in multiple places, including the Waze website, emails, and social channels.

“This brand refresh encapsulates that unique Waze experience visually, with a new grid format based on our map, new Moods to capture the infinite array of emotions we all feel while driving and a lively color palette that celebrates the joy that we always try to bring to the road, and the magic of our community and the way we work together for better,” said Waze Head of Creative Jake Shaw.

What do you think? Do you like this new look or do you prefer the old one?

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Nissan is making their electric cars better with all-wheel drive

Called the e-4ORCE

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When electric and hybrid vehicles started becoming popular, hardcore automobile enthusiasts steered clear for two main reasons: the lack of EV infrastructure and lack of power in early electric vehicles. Though the former remains a persistent problem today, modern carmakers are doing their best to create better and better powertrains in electric vehicles.

Nissan, for example, is developing a new system for its electric cars in the future. As you might know, Nissan’s contribution to the world of electric travel is the Nissan Leaf. With the upcoming technology that they call “e-4ORCE,” Nissan aims to pack more power into their electric packages. It’s all about improving the driving experience.

Now, you might be wondering about the weird name. Besides being a quirky twist on “force,” the name pertains to the technology’s new all-wheel drive. Previously, the Nissan Leaf subsisted on front-wheel drive.

More technically, e-4ORCE jams in a second electric motor, giving more boost and control to the system’s power. It improves acceleration and braking more efficiently. Handling also gets a bump, allowing drivers to control their vehicle exactly as they want it to do.

Despite the improvements in power, e-4ORCE also works on driver and passenger comfort. Driving is stabler and smoother. In turn, this improves driver confidence regardless of the road conditions.

Nissan first demonstrated this upcoming technology at last year’s CES 2019 using a custom Nissan Leaf e+. In the future, the carmaker hopes to add this technology to more mass-market electric vehicles.

SEE ALSO: Why Nissan’s new infotainment system looks better than others

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Digital keys lets you unlock your car with an iPhone

No more keys that’ll scratch your phone

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Apple wants to replace physical keys with an iPhone and the brand has announced a new feature at WWDC 2020 to make this possible. Digital keys are stored on your iPhone and can be used to unlock the car with just a single tap. Furthermore, you can share the key with your friends and family via iMessage.

Emily Schubert, Apple senior manager of car experience engineering, demonstrated how a driver can tap the door handle with their iPhone to unlock the sedan. To start the car, just keep the iPhone on the car’s charging pad and you’re good to go.

The technology leverages NFC (Near Field Communication) to interact with the car. The Wallet app is a safe haven for your keys and this is the same app where your Apple Card, as well as other tickets, are stored.

On the automobile side, BMW will be the first marque to introduce it to drivers. The digital key functionality shall feature first in the 2021 BMW 5 series this July. Apple said more cars that work with the system will come to the market next year. For electric cars, the tech giant is also working on its mapping application to show nearby charging points.

While Tesla owners will not be surprised by this announcement, it can bring a monumental change for many since it relies on existing technology and can support cars that are already on the road.

Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, said the tech giant is working on a standard with industry groups to realize a secure, “real” keyless experience by next year.

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