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Mazda MX-5 RF Club Edition: A must-have sports car

Effortlessly ticks the right boxes

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This is the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 RF Club Edition. Tracing way back from its great grandfather in the ’90s, it has been a well-loved car and has been a favorite affordable sports car of many.

The company has been known for making beautiful cars through the years and is a car brand close to my heart due to my affinity for the RX-7 and RX-8 in my younger years. In addition to that, I remember always choosing an MX-5 Miata in the racing games I played back then. It was one of my all-time favorite cars simply because it looked good and was fun to modify.

It was the best-selling two-seat sports car in history, selling over 1 million units since it first came out. Each succeeding model was an improvement of the last and it still continues until today.

Now, the latest MX-5 has set the bar high. Just by looking at it is already exhilarating. Personally, it’s the best looking MX5 yet and I think the majority will agree with me.

This Club Edition variant in the Philippines sits just below the 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5 RF and comes with new Recaro seats, BBS alloy wheels, and some updates in features.

Other than that, it’s the same sexy design that many of us fell in love with. The wide panels and glossy curves make this car drop-dead gorgeous especially in that Soul Red Crystal – definitely makes it look glowing hot. In terms of design, it truly stands out among other cars in its segment.

Getting in the car, you instantly notice the sporty Recaro bucket seats wrapped in leather with suede accents and red stitching. You are seated in a very low position and pretty close to the road underneath you, while your legs are stretched all the way forward which kind of gives you that race car driver feel à la Formula 1.

The dashboard is well-designed and its minimalist approach is very pleasing to the eyes. You have classic circular air vents while its dashboard and steering wheel are also wrapped in leather. A notable design feature would be the metal door panels that match the color of the car. It gives you that well-appreciated connection between the exterior and interior while adding a lot of character for the cabin.

Mounted on the center of the dash is a 7-inch infotainment system with what the company calls Mazda Connect. It is very convenient and user-friendly and provides navigation, calls, and music hands-free . The center console is high and well-equipped with knobs and switches that make driving easier. Instead of concentrating on navigating through the touch display, you have a tactile knob at your fingertips.

A car’s audio system is something I am very particular with, and the MX-5’s 9-speaker Bose audio setup with integrated speakers on the seat’s headrest was more than impressive. It delivered superior audio quality even with the roof down and with wind noise. the speakers in the headrest gave me crystal clear audio and were very useful when making a hands-free phone call.

Turning on the engine, you straight away notice the low engine grunt even in idle. The engine sound is exceptional and this is what we expect a small sports car to sound like.

This car is not only made to look good. The MX-5 is also a proper sports car packed with plenty of power and agility. The 2.0 Skyactiv engine produces 184 horsepower which is more than sufficient for a car that weighs only a thousand kilograms.

Sport mode on, pedal to the metal, this car catapults you from 0-100 in less than 7 seconds. Driving the MX-5 in the open road will definitely get your heart pumping and your adrenaline rushing. This car just wants to be driven and is begging to be driven fast.

The paddle shifters are functional even when you’re not in Manual Sport Mode. This is a brilliant feature when you just want to overtake and downshift in a normal driving mode. Safety is also taken seriously — the massive Brembo brakes can bring the car to a halt from 100kph in under 3 seconds. You also get Lane Departure Warning as standard.

In terms of steering, this car is firm and steady and has a bit of weight to it at high speeds. This gives you a sense of control, especially in tight corners. The firm suspension plus the weight of the car makes cornering in neck-snapping speeds effortless.

Fuel consumption is remarkably economic, with the introduction of i-ELOOP regenerative braking and i-stop feature that shuts off the engine when stopped at traffic lights, for example.

This car gives you nearly the same presence and confidence as supercars that cost more. You just feel good in this car, not to mention that it’s a major head-turner especially when driving top down on a scenic road. It’s times like these that you just feel like you’re part of a movie scene or something.

I have nothing negative to say about the vehicle except maybe the rear is not as aggressive-looking as the front of the car, it felt inconsistent to the overall design of the car with round taillights in contrast to the angry headlights up front.

With the MX-5, you feel very connected to the car and the road. It may not be the best daily car as it’s not very utilitarian in its nature, but if you want to enjoy the open roads and really want to experience the essence and joy of driving, this is a must-have sports car.

See the MX-5 take on some twisties in this video:

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Honda Mobilio is PhP 250,000 off this February

Plus more amazing deals just for the month!

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Honda Philippines has lots of promos for car buyers this February. A PhP 250,000 discount is up for grabs with brand-new, old stock Mobilio and other Honda cars. Plus, special downpayment offers can be had only from February 1 to 28. On top of it all, buyers can win exciting prizes through an e-raffle just for this month.

Discounts for Mobilio and others

The first in Honda Philippines February promos is a staggering PhP 250,000 discount for the Mobilio. The discounted variant is 2019 1.5 RS Navi CVT which comes with a price tag of PhP 1,085,000.

Other Honda cars also get discounts like the following:

  • 2021 City 1.5 S CVT — PhP 30,000 off its PhP 888,000 retail price
  • 2021 BR-V 1.5 S CVT — PhP 60,000 off its PhP 1,038,000 retail price
  • 2020 Civic 1.8 E CVT — PhP 50,000 off its PhP 1,188,000 retail price
  • 2020 Odyssey 2.4 EX-V Navi CVT — PhP 50,000 off its PhP 2,698,000 retail price
  • 2019 Civic Type-R 2.0 Turbo MT — PhP 180,000 off its PhP 3,180,000 retail price

Special downpayment offers

Buyers may avail of special and regular all-in downpayment offers. For as low as PhP 28,000, they may avail of their first Honda car. Included models are the 2020 Brio, 2021 CR-V, and many more.

  • 2021 Jazz 1.5 RS Navi CVT — starts at PhP 54,000 downpayment (PhP 1,090,000 retail price)
  • 2020 Brio 1.2 S MT — starts at PhP 28,000 downpayment (PhP 601,000 retail price)
  • 2021 CR-V S Diesel 9AT — starts at PhP 115,000 downpayment (PhP 1,888,000 retail price)
  • 2021 HR-V 1.8 E CVT — starts at PhP 71,000 downpayment (PhP 1,296,000 retail price)

Freebies for everyone

Honda is also giving away a free one-year periodic maintenance service (PMS) for the purchase of any year and variant of BR-V until February 28. Upon the release of the vehicle, buyers will receive their 10K PMS/6th-month and 20K PMS/12th-month vouchers. Buyers must present both vouchers on their respective scheduled PMS dates, within the twelve-month period from the release date of their vehicles.

Meanwhile, those who purchase the 2019 Civic RS Turbo CVT or Mobilio 1.5 RS Navi CVT will also get a free Blaupunkt Air Purifier Airpure AP 1.0 set.

Sodexo+ gift certificates are also up for grabs until March 31 for those purchasing any variant of the all-new City or BR-V. To avail of the gift certificates, buyers must simply present their official vehicle receipt, certificate of registration, and deed of sale (for second-hand units) to their preferred dealership. The PhP 5,000 gift certificate will apply to any existing promo or discount.

For any car model purchased this month, Honda is bundling a free Petron Value Card too. Cardholders can earn 100 additional bonus points for every 140 liters (gasoline) or 200 liters (diesel) accumulated purchase per month. Additional perks include free towing and roadside assistance as well as year-round personal accident insurance.

A raffle that keeps on giving

This isn’t all that Honda Philippines has to offer. By successfully registering and providing contact information on this microsite, buyers will get one corresponding e-raffle entry for a chance to win exciting prizes. Forty winners can win one of the following items:

  • 1 winner of Honda Brio 1.2 S MT
  • 5 winners of Blaupunkt Air Purifier
  • 1 winner of iPad Air (3rd Gen, 64GB)
  • 1 winner of iPhone 11 (64GB)
  • 3 winners of Rustan’s Gift Certificate worth PHP 5,000 each
  • 3 winners of Sodexo Gift Certificate worth PHP 2,500 each
  • 1 winner of Nintendo Switch

The e-raffle will last until March 18, 2021. Those who have successfully registered online can get additional e-raffle entries by bringing their car to any authorized dealership for preventive maintenance service. The additional e-raffle entries will be sent by e-mail. The raffle draw will happen on March 23, with the lucky winners being notified through their registered email or a phone call.

Financing options

For interested buyers, they can avail of a special all-in financing program at 10% downpayment, with 36-60 months payment terms for select models. This financing program is available through BPI Family Savings Bank, RCBC, China Bank Savings, and Bank of Commerce.

Other all-in financing promo option offers, such as low cash-out, low monthly amortization, and free one-month amortization at 15%, 20%, and 25% all-in downpayment with 36-60 months payment terms are available through BPI Family Savings Bank, RCBC, Bank of Commerce, China Bank Savings, PNB, PSBank, UCPB, BDO, Maybank, Robinsons Bank, and Security Bank.

Customers may also submit their bank loan applications online through the Auto Loan link page on the website for select bank partners, subject to approval.

All these offers include a three-year LTO registration and chattel mortgage and a free one-year comprehensive insurance with acts of nature through select bank partners.

To know more about the promos and the latest updates, visit the nearest dealership or access Honda Philippines through its official website.

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Ford launches 2021 Ranger lineup

Ford’s Super Truck lineup is something to watch out for

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Ford is just getting started. If you think that the American Brand is willing to sit on its laurels after dominating the 4×4 Pickup sales for 2020, Ford Philippines is set to kick-off 2021 with a refreshed lineup for the Ford Ranger.

The biggest change to the New Ford Ranger comes with a more aggressive and sporty facia that embodies the brand’s legacy of being Ford Tough and ushering the call to Live the Ranger Life. The new Ranger sports a bolder look and new design elements, giving it a stronger impression and tougher stance on the road.

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Up front, you get a new eye-catching trapezoidal shape grille for all variants as well as Saber accents, on the Wildtrak reflecting the Ranger’s brand of unmatched design. The Ranger XLT on the other hand, comes with a new front grille with chrome accents and exterior gloss black accents on the front grille, exterior mirrors, door handles, and fog lamp bezel. Ranger XLS variants also come with a new front grille.

You can also consider the Ford Ranger as your GadgetMatch with Bluetooth connectivity as well as phone integration with Apple Carplay and Android Auto all cast on a glorious 8-inch screen. The New Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor also comes with Sync 3 voice-Activated controls that further enhances your audio experience.

Engine models available for the various variants include the 2.2 liter Duratorq TDCi Diesel engine that makes 160 PS at 3,200 RPM and 385Nm of torque at an insanely low 1,600-2,500 RPM, this comes with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission and available for the Ford Ranger XLS, XLT and FX4 Models.

You also have the 2.0 liter Ecoblue Engine Bi-Turbo Diesel engine for the Wildtrak and Raptor variants to the tune of up to 213 PS at 3,730 RPM and 500Nm of torque. This comes with Ford’s state of the art 10-speed Automatic Transmission.

Pricing and availability

Despite the lack of a fleet model, of which Ford Philippines is still mulling over the marketability, The Ford Ranger still has the most diverse roster of variants from the value packed Ranger XLS to the legit Baja-bred Raptor. Prices remain the same at the moment except for the XLT and FX4 models.

Ranger 2.0L BiTurbo Raptor 4×4 AT P1,998,000
Ranger 2.0L BiTurbo Wildtrak 4×4 AT P1,728,000
Ranger 2.0L Wildtrak 4×2 AT P1,455,000
Ranger 2.2L FX4 4×4 AT P1,416,000
Ranger 2.0L Wildtrak 4×2 MT P1,390,000
Ranger 2.2L FX4 4×4 MT P1,356,000
Ranger 2.2L 4×2 AT P1,316,000
Ranger 2.2L FX4 4×2 MT P1,256,000
Ranger 2.2L XLT 4×2 AT P1,236,000
Ranger 2.2L XLS 4×4 MT P1,181,000
Ranger 2.2L XLT 4×2 MT P1,176,000
Ranger 2.2L XLS 4×2 AT P1,092,000
Ranger 2.2L XLS 4×2 MT  P1,062,000

 

 

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Elon Musk’s Tesla is investing $1.5B in Bitcoin

It would start accepting Bitcoin as a payment method

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In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Tesla said it bought Bitcoins for more flexibility to diversify further and maximize returns on cash. To be precise, the company has invested a whopping US$ 1.5 billion in the cryptocurrency and intends to accept it as legal tender soon.

Obviously, just like his tweets, the announcement skyrocketed Bitcoin’s value by as much as 15 percent. The price of one Bitcoin even exceeded US$ 44,000 for a few minutes. Tesla is among the first to recognize cryptocurrency’s potential and intends to ride the wave with an early heads-up.

Bitcoin has been in the news for the longest of time, and its perception is quite polarised. The Bitcoin investors are confident that future currencies would be deregulated and support the free market’s principles. However, its volatility is too high, making it not a very suitable candidate for regular transactions. Adding to this, the currency is increasingly exploited by criminals to launder money and fund illegal activities.

Although Tesla is said to be in a unique position as far as accepting Bitcoin payments is concerned. The company does not have dealerships and directly sells its vehicles. A car is a huge purchase, and one can try paying via Bitcoin since the amount won’t be too minuscule. We don’t have a timeline on when you’ll be able to buy a Tesla in exchange for Bitcoins, but it’ll happen soon.

In a December 20 tweet, Elon Musk said that “Bitcoin is almost as bs as fiat money,” suggesting his belief that it is perhaps less “bs” than traditional government-backed currencies.

The most wonderful and mind-boggling thing about Bitcoin is, it could be worth US$ 500,000 after a year or even US$ 0. It’s a risky investment, but Musk has always preferred walking on a thread.

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