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MG 6 officially launched at MIAS 2019

A real looker

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MG didn’t want to miss the opportunity to be in the spotlight during the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). The company has launched the MG 6 that offers a sporty-looking ride that doesn’t let down on performance.

The MG 6 is proud to claim that it has a longer, taller, and wider body than others in its segment. This fastback sedan has a commanding presence thanks to its 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, body lines that evoke motion, and a confident front fascia.


Its sporty DNA continues when you step inside — with its two-tone seats, dash, and door panels. If that doesn’t give out a racing vibe, its flat-bottomed steering wheel should do the job.

At the heart of the vehicle is a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that outputs 162 horses and 250Nm of torque. For a comfortable ride, a combination of MacPherson struts up front and blade-type multi-link rear suspension are installed on the MG 6.

Pricing for the two variants of the MG 6 follows:

  • 1.5-liter turbo AT 7-speed TST Alpha — PhP 1,068,888 (introductory price)
  • 1.5-liter turbo AT 7-speed TST Trophy — PhP 1,168,888 (introductory price)

In addition to the MG 6, the company is also showcasing its other lineup including the MG ZS crossover SUV and MG RX5 compact SUV. These are available for test drives so be sure to drop by MG’s booth at the World Trade Center in Pasay City until April 7, Sunday.

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She implanted an RFID tag in her arm to operate a Tesla Model 3

A new way to never lose your keys again

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A software engineer who goes by the name Amie DD on YouTube wanted to do an ultimate Tesla Model 3 hack — one that involves implanting an RFID tag in her own body so she could unlock and operate her vehicle with just a wave of her arm.

She released a short documentary on her thought process and how she began the project. According to her, she’s not new to playing with RFID tags and implanting them in her body. So when she got her new Model 3 and found out it uses RFID to unlock and start the vehicle, she immediately came up with the idea.


To make this possible, Amie DD reached out to a body modification place capable of performing such procedures. You may watch the implant process here but be warned that it’s a bit graphic and shows blood.

She didn’t actually show in her video that it actually works but she told The Verge that it does. Amie DD even tweeted Elon Musk jokingly (probably) that she could run Musk’s Body Hacking Division.

It may sound cool and all — and props to her for having the courage to do something like that — but as for me, I think I’m okay with using standard keys right now.

 

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Jaguar wants Oxford Dictionary to update the definition of ‘car’

Literally redefining what a car is

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Jaguar is calling for the Oxford English Dictionary and OxfordDictionaries.com to update their official online definition of the word ‘car’.

The need for action is because Jaguar’s I-PACE, the company’s all-electric performance SUV, recently won the 2019 World Car of the Year and European Car of the Year. However, technically, the zero-emission vehicle doesn’t fall under the ‘car’ category if we’re going by its official meaning.


If you check online, Oxford English Dictionary — the principal historical dictionary of the English language — defines a car as, “a road vehicle powered by a motor (usually an internal combustion engine) designed to carry a driver and a small number of passengers, and usually having two front and two rear wheels, esp. for private, commercial, or leisure use.”

Meanwhile, the current definition of a car on OxfordDictionaries.com, a collection of dictionary websites produced by Oxford University Press, is: “a road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people.”

Now, being widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language, it just seems fitting to update the meaning of ‘car’. Jaguar has already submitted a formal application to both groups and have the definitions updated to include additional powertrains, including electric vehicles.

While these groups review the application, Jaguar is encouraging people to support the movement and share their thoughts on how the word should be defined. For those interested, you may use #RedefineTheCar along with your posts.

 

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The 2019 Chevrolet Spark is a fun ride for everyone!

Does the job without the fuss

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Who says only the boys can have all the fun driving and testing out cars? Watch as I take the 2019 Chevrolet Spark around the city and explore its features and capabilities.

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