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Fisker outs EMotion luxury vehicle

A nonconformist company that’s setting standards

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Edgy. Dramatic. Emotionally-charged.

These are the words Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc., used to describe the physique of its new all-electric EMotion sedan during the official launch at the ongoing CES 2018.

For the unfamiliar, Fisker isn’t new to this industry. He’s been around as a car designer and automobile entrepreneur and has designed vehicles for BMW and Aston Martin. He has also made the Fisker Karma — an electric sports car — which didn’t quite take off back in 2012.

Back to this sexy vehicle. This designer car is equipped with the company’s advanced autonomous driving system composed of multiple light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors embedded in its body. They also used fast-reacting ultrasonic sensors and cameras to ensure safety while on the road — making it a level four self-driving car on a scale of zero to five levels.

The EMotion stands on 24-inch wheels and is equipped with the world’s first Butterfly Doors. According to the company, these are not just designed to invite you inside, but they also enhance accessibility. Tech comes in big time as the car uses its touch-sensitive sensors to automatically open the doors “up and out of the way.”

There is also a dedicated app that lets its users open and close the doors, lock them, and start the vehicle — all from a push of a button.

Inside, it’s a combination of leather, metal, and carbon fiber which all scream luxury. There is even a Chauffeur Edition apart from the standard model that has extra legroom for the rear seat with a large screen mounted in front for watching and controlling functions of the car.

It’s not all beauty, though, as the EMotion packs the muscle to perform on the road. It has a top speed of 259kph and carries a battery pack that can reach up to 400 miles or 644km on a single charge. Fisker wanted to one-up the competition in this aspect, and that he did.

The all-wheel-drive sedan will still run on a lithium-ion battery just like almost all EVs, but Fisker is looking at going for a solid-state pack. This will yield a much more efficient performance and is a lot smaller in size.

The EMotion has a target launch date of 2019, and is expected to cost US$ 130,000 when it is officially available to the public.

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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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