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Ford launches the all-new Ford Ranger FX4 MAX

Off-road beast

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What is it like to live the Ranger Life? Ford believes that it should be lived-out to the qmax with the all-new 2021 Ford Ranger FX4MAX! The all-new 4×4 variant bolsters Ford’s dominance of the local 4×4 passenger truck market.

The 2021 Ford Ranger FX4MAX slots itself between the range-topping Ford Ranger Raptor and the Wildtrak and offers the best of both worlds in terms of performance and hauling capacity as well as safety and convenience features.

The FX4 MAX’s suspension brings an off-road stance and capability with the new 2.0-inch monotube FOX TM shock absorbers in both front and rear. The rear suspension has a remote reservoir and leaf springs, enabling rapid recovery from extensive and prolonged off-road use. These are teamed with tuned coil-springs at the front. The leaf springs have been modified to provide greater compliance off road, while balancing payload and towing capability.

Complementing the FX4 MAX’s suspension are 17-inch alloy wheels with BFGoodrich all-terrain tires. The BFGoodrich tires provide outstanding traction on unsealed surfaces and feature tougher sidewalls.

Ranger FX4 MAX’s exterior catches the eye with the iconic F-O-R-D grille and a full-length tubular sports bar finished in matte black that allows easy access of the load box. Body-mounted metal hoop side steps with non-slip finish toughen the look and showcase the FX4 MAX’s commanding presence and attitude.

Inside you are treated to materials new to Ranger line with carbon-accents and Miko Suede inserts with FX4 MAX embroidery on the seats. Sports pedals provide better grip as well as all-weather floor mats for convenience and for when things get rough. The leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as the door inserts and dashboard integrate Black Alley inserts for a fresh and dynamic contrasting design.

Unique to the FX4 MAX is the auxiliary switch pack. Fitted on Ford trucks globally, including the legendary F-Series, this feature gives FX4 MAX owners the ability to easily connect and operate auxiliary accessories and equipment in a seamless and integrated solution. To support such additions, the FX4 MAX features a specific 250A alternator to support power supply to multiple accessories and reduce reliance on the vehicle’s battery.

Just like the Ranger Raptor and Wildtrak 4×4, the Ranger FX4 MAX is equipped with the 2.0- liter Bi-Turbo diesel engine, capable of generating 213PS of power and 500NM of torque. This is seamlessly mated with the 10-speed automatic transmission and thanks to the rugged and re-tuned suspension mated to leaf springs in the rear, it reinforces the powertrain and enables the FX4MAX a 981kg payload as well as 3,500kg of towing capability.

The Ranger FX4 MAX is also equipped with a host of smart and safety features that elevate the driving experience, while keeping both drivers and passengers protected on the road.

For convenience and connectivity, the Ranger FX4 MAX features an 8-inch color touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, Smart Keyless Entry with Push Button Start, SYNC 3 with Voice-Activated controls, Bluetooth with Phone/Audio streaming, two USB ports, and six speakers.

The Ranger FX4 MAX also offers unmatched safety and security with driver-assist features such as Cruise Control, ABS + EBD, Electronic Stability Control Including Roll-over Mitigation and Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist, Hill Descent Control, driver and passenger airbags, Rear Parking Sensors, and Child Seat ISOFIX Anchorage Points.

The Ranger FX4 MAX comes in six colors, including Arctic White, Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Meteor Grey, Blue Lightning, and True Red. It will be available in all Ford dealerships nationwide starting March 10, 2021 at a launch price of PhP 1,698,000.

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Ford Territory: Feel at ease while traveling in style

A feature-packed SUV with driver-assist technologies

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Ford Territory

When you see a Ford badge slapped onto a car, it is safe to assume it inherently will deliver in terms of quality and capabilities. The all-new Ford Territory is the carmaker’s take on a reasonably priced compact SUV. Ford presumably partnered up with JMC (Chinese automobile manufacturer) to trim down the costs in production while still ensuring quality by staying true to Ford’s expertise in design, engineering, and manufacturing.

This five-seater SUV comes equipped with safety features and the latest driver-assist technologies that meet global standards to give you a safe, convenient and comfortable driving experience. Does it stay true to Ford’s SUV heritage? Well, let’s find out!

Ford Territory

A real eye candy

Sophistication and toughness — it’s the best of both worlds.

Ford Territory

Up front, it features Ford’s signature trapezoidal grille, put together with sleek LED headlamps. It also has a pair of fog lamps and daytime running LED lights for more on-road visibility. A silver skid plate protects the underside of the front bumper in a fashionable manner.

Ford Territory

On the side panels are evident character lines with a floating roofline design that gives the car that striking appeal. Nice chrome accents on door handles, waistline and side claddings.


Armed with power folding side mirrors with turn signal repeaters.

Not only that, the mirrors also have underside puddle lights to illuminate the ground when you’re getting in and out of the car at night. Because who wants to step on something gross and then step on their car’s matting? No one!

Ford Territory
The Ford Territory comes with two-tone 18” multi-spoke alloy wheels. With a ground clearance of 180mm, you will have no problem traversing bumpy roads.

Looking at the back from afar, it’s as striking as the front and sides. Those curves!

Ford Territory

The trendy LED taillights are complimented by a chrome bar. A high-mount brake light comes pre-installed so you don’t have to.

Two not-so-fake-looking exhaust tips attached to the rear bumper skid plate add a sporty look. The real exhaust can be seen if you look down a little further.

The presence of the bold ‘Territory’ badge is somehow stating that this is a true SUV.

Ford Territory
Lift up the trunk and you’ll get plenty of cargo space for your usual grocery trips and travel necessities. It also has functional roof rails where you can attach a roof rack if you need to haul more items.

Ford Territory

The spare tire is located underneath the cargo floor along with a jack kit. You can store more essential tools in there if you need to.

Premium touch

Entering the Territory is easy, thanks to its keyless entry feature. By a push of a button, doors get unlocked as long as the key is within proximity range.

Interior

Ford Territory

Ford Territory

I liked how refreshing the interior looks. The combination of premium materials and incorporation of modern technology blend perfectly. The wooden trims that go around the door panels and dashboard give it an earthy feel.

Blending nature to indoor spaces is quite common in contemporary homes. That’s what came to my mind upon opening the panoramic moonroof. Letting more natural light get in the cabin makes you feel more connected to your surroundings.

Digital dashboard and more tech

With its 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, you can control the audio, air conditioning, ambient lighting color and more. Connecting your smartphone is made easy through Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Some functions won’t work while the car is moving so that the driver won’t be tempted to navigate the screen while driving.

The crisp 10-inch digital instrument cluster displays your driving information as well as the tire pressure monitoring system. The display theme is also customizable to suit your mood.

Having a wireless charging port comes in handy especially for long drives. Just make sure your phone is compatible and you’re good to go.


Ambient lighting enhances the mood of travel. It’s not distracting so you can enjoy it as much as you want. The only downside is that it is only visible at night.


These perforated leather seats are very comfortable. And the front two seats are heated/cooled for added comfort.

Legroom is not a problem in this car. Five passengers can travel with comfort. There is no large hump on the middle portion of the floor at the backseat. So, those who will sit in the middle won’t have a hard time finding a comfortable spot for their feet.

For the back passengers, the two air condition vents strive to do its cooling task. On a very hot day though, its coldness is insufficient.

The steering wheel is easy on the grip, thanks to its stylish perforated leather wrap. Controls for the instrument cluster and hands-free phone calls are on the steering wheel.

Along with other features are:

Scattered USB charging ports

Elevated center armrest with cup holders (backseat)

12V socket at the trunk

And an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Behind it is a high-mount USB port intended for dashcams or GoPro (dangling cables no more).

Minimalist cockpit controls

The layout of the center console is intuitive and easy to grasp.

Placement of buttons and toggle switches are easily accessible. It’s also equipped with an electronic parking brake that replaces the traditional hand-operated parking brake.

A wheel knob controls the volume of radio/music player. It also has a cup holder, perfect for coffee lovers out there.

Beside it is a very usable, spacious gate-fold-open storage space.

Inserting keys are slowly becoming a thing of the past with these modern cars. Just push a button and it’ll bring its engine to life. We usually see this feature exclusively on higher tier cars so it is great to have this in the Territory.

What is it like behind the wheel?

Driving the Ford Territory is piece of cake. I felt confident and safe while taking it on the road.

This proves that this car was designed with convenience and safety as the top priority in mind. Steering is very light, like butter. The car is very sturdy on bumps and stable even on sharp turns.

What gives it power is a 1.5L Ecoboost engine paired with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). It delivers sufficient power at 143ps and 225Nm of torque.

In normal “Drive” mode, there’s a noticeable slight delayed response on the accelerator. However, if you put it in ‘Sport’ mode, you’ll be satisfied with the performance. It manages to reach 0-60km/hr in around 4.5-5 seconds. That’s nowhere near a Mustang. But for a 1.5L engine in a big bodied car, that’s impressive.

Having a CVT made it easy on fuel consumption, supposedly. Granted that it is an SUV, it’ll consume more fuel compared to smaller MPVs and compact sedans. It squeezes around 8-10km/liter for city driving and 15km/liter on a highway.

Engine noise and unnecessary background noise is down to a minimum while you are inside the car, offering you a relaxed ride.

Safety is always a priority

Cameras installed at the front, rear and under side mirrors add an all-around vision.

The Ford Territory has advanced driver-assist safety technologies — the Ford Co-Pilot360.


HD 360-Degree camera lets you monitor the surroundings closely when backing up. At night, the cameras capture the areas well. Which is a really big help. The 360-view displays simulated aerial view of the car that helps the driver in avoiding obstacles on-the-fly.

The Territory can also parallel park by itself, upon driver’s command, with its Enhanced Active Park Assist. It also helps in reverse perpendicular parking.


Autonomous Emergency Braking, aided by a radar on the front chin, alerts you to a potential collision.


Proximity sensors help the driver in getting in and out tight spaces.

The Territory is equipped with six all-round airbags (front, side pillars and curtains) protecting passengers from every side. It also has adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, auto brake hold function and blind spot information system.

These safety features are all convenient and helpful, but it is safer to always check your surroundings when driving.

Verdict

The Ford Territory is all-in-all, ideal for daily use. Whether going on a ride alone or with friends and family, it’ll give you superb comfort and convenience so you can own every moment. All the functional features and aesthetically pleasing ornamentation show the extensive thought process that this car went through. A good car is a good car, regardless where it was made. It is undoubtedly a true Ford SUV.

Pricing and availability

The Ford Territory Trend is available at a starting price of PhP 1,277,000. If you want to get all the safety features, the Ford Territory Titanium+ is priced at PhP 1,310,000. It comes in six different colors: Ruby Red, Diffused Silver, Panther Black, Crystal Pearl White, Moonstone Blue and Star White.

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Sharp installs air purifying tech in Singapore cabs

The Plasmacluster Car Air Purifier will be in 240 local cabs

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Sharp Air

Singapore is back to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases. In response to the situation, Sharp is rolling out a nationwide installation of its Plasmacluster Car Air Purifier in 240 local cabs by June 2021.

The move was done to help protect cab drivers who are the first to interact with international tourists as they enter Singapore. They are responsible for bringing travelers across the island and thus must be protected.

Clean air inside the enclosed space of the car is of utmost importance and that’s why Sharp stepped in. A study from Japan showed that Sharp’s Plasmacluster Technology is capable of reducing over 90 percent of SARS-CoV-2 virus within 30 seconds.

Sharp Air

Sharp has had the technology and has been improving upon it since 2004. It’s present in all of their products that have anything to do with air treatment.

This move is part of Sharp’s “Travel Safe in Comfort” campaign. It’s the company’s way of giving back so both the taxi drivers and passengers feel at ease knowing they’re safe, comfortable, and hygienic, as they travel within island.

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Nissan Ariya rolls on the iconic Circuit de Monaco for its public drive

Zero-emission goodness

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Nissan has always demonstrated their commitment to innovation. The legendary Skyline GTR, back in its motorsports heyday, earned the nickname “Godzilla” with its dominance on the track. In the dawn of a new era, Nissan ventured to the all-electric crossover SUV segment with the new Nissan Ariya.

On May 24, 2021, the Nissan Ariya set wheels in Monaco. The place has a rich history in Grand Prix. It’s perfect for the first-ever public appearance of the Nissan Ariya. After all, the Ariya is representing the pinnacle of Nissan’s technologies and design.

A stunning futuristic vehicle paired with the ever-so glamorous sceneries of Monaco is truly a wonderful sight. Making laps displayed the capabilities of the e-4ORCE technology.

“Ariya is the epitome of Nissan’s innovation in electric mobility and this event marks a defining moment in the next chapter of Nissan’s EV journey,” as said by Arnaud Charpentier (Region Vice President, Product Strategy and Pricing, Nissan AMIEO).

The Ariya will surely bring a new and exciting way to move. Towards the end of 2021, some parts of the world will be able to enjoy this ‘force of wonder’.

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