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New Mercedes-Benz CLA arrives in PH

Sporty, classy, and techy

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Auto Nation Group, the importer and distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the Philippines, just launched the new Mercedes-Benz CLA that features a sporty yet elegant design. It also comes with technology that makes driving a lot more enjoyable.

Continuing as a design icon, the second-gen CLA kept its sporty design as a four-door coupe. It has a long, stretched bonnet and flared wheel arches that make for a commanding presence. Meanwhile, a diamond grille and LED high-performance headlamps with daylight running lamps are what greets you up front.

Its GT rear end sports a unique design that they call a ‘Coke-bottle shoulder’ and comes with narrow tail lamps making things sleek and attractive. Rounding up the exterior are 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

Step inside and you’ll be greeted with its leather-wrapped steering wheel while the seats, also wrapped in leather, have adjustable cushions for depth and angle. The interior also boasts an increased headroom and elbow room while the rear seats have a 40:20:40 split-folding orientation to accommodate more cargo space.

In terms of tech, the geek inside you will be glad to know that it features the latest generation Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system with a virtual assistant much like Apple’s Siri. It is activated through a press of a button on the steering wheel or by simply saying, “Hey Mercedes” from anywhere in the cabin.

The driver and passengers can use this feature to input destination, make a phone call, play music, and adjust the climate control. It’s also smart enough to recognize who’s speaking with its speech recognition program. Cool, right?

Finally, it supports Apple CarPlay for smartphone mirroring and hands-free experience and is displayed on one of its two 7-inch digital screens for the instrument cluster and media display.

Safety has always been a priority for Mercedes-Benz and the new CLA is equipped with Active Parking Assist with rear-view camera, Active Brake Assist, Adaptive brake lights, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Stability Program, Acceleration Skid Control, and Hill-Start Assist.

Additionally, it comes with Pedestrian Protection Active bonnet and multiple airbags with windowbags and kneebag for the driver.

Under the hood is a 4-cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that produces 136hp and 200Nm of torque. Finally, depending on weather and road conditions, it’s got Dynamic Select that allows the driver to shift between various driving modes.

To further cater to its lively market, the new CLA is available in an array of colors to choose from including:

  • Polar White
  • Digital White
  • Night Black
  • Mountain Gray
  • Denim Blue
  • Sun Yellow
  • Jupiter Red
  • Mojave Silver
  • Cosmos Black

The Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Progressive variant is priced at PhP 3,190,000 and is available in all Mercedes-Benz dealers nationwide.

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There’s a new MX-5 Miata built for the track

Offering the joy of car racing at a reasonable cost

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A favorite sports car of many, the Mazda MX-5 just got a serious upgrade as a track car.

This coming 2020, RaceGAS Dynamics will be introducing a new one-make sports car racing series called the Miata Spec Series. It’s the country’s only rear-wheel-drive sports car racing championship that features the latest edition of the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Latest edition of the 4th-gen MX-5 Miata

Developed for the track, the updated MX-5 is designed as an affordable car that will be equipped with custom competition parts to bring out its on-track full potential while still being street-legal.

We were able to review the MX-5 RF Club Edition roadster a few months back, and the performance of the stock MX-5 is already impressive enough.

There is an array of new upgrades including brand new Cusco coilovers and sway bar suspension components, a Sparco steering wheel, racing seat and racing harness, a six-point roll cage that allows operation of the soft top assembly, a full cat-back exhaust system, one set of 17×7.5-inch Concept One wheels and 215/45/ 17 Nitto tires, and finally, a full set of apparel which includes racing suit, shoes, and gloves.

Major engine, drivetrain, and electronic components will be sealed by the organizer prior to customer handover to ensure the cars’ conformity to the one-make racing formula.

President of RaceGAS Dynamics Allan Uy shares, “Ever since I began my racing career, I have always wanted to create a sports car series that allows the cars’ owners to enjoy their rides whether on the track or on the road. With the Mazda MX-5, we are able to realize this dream.” He further adds that the Miata Spec Series offers its participants the enjoyment of sports car racing at a reasonable cost.

Set to be released in May next year, Interested buyers may reach out to RaceGAS Dynamics through email ([email protected]) for inquiries about the cars and the upcoming 2020 Miata Spec Series season.

The expected introductory price is at PhP 2,500,000 for the brand new MX-5 Soft Top Manual Transmission unit by RaceGAS Dynamics.

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Honda introduces its new and affordable City variant

Ready to take on any urban challenge

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Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. has just introduced its new and affordable Honda City. The Honda City 1.5 S CVT is currently the most affordable model in its family that comes with an Earth Dreams Technology Continuously Variable Transmission.

This series has been known as the brand’s best-selling nameplate in the Philippines and this time, the new City has a Euro-4 1.5-liter SOHC four-cylinder i-VTEC engine with Eco Assist System. Together with its CVT configuration, this subcompact sedan delivers 118hp and 145Nm of torque which produces a powerful yet efficient powertrain ready to take on any urban challenge.

To give a quick rundown of some of its features, the City 1.5 S CVT aims to give customers one of the best value for money propositions in its class. At this price point, you still get features such as front and rear windshield defoggers, power windows, power door locks, security alarm with immobilizer, LED daytime running lights, and keyless entry as standard.

Plus, since Honda makes no compromise when it comes to safety, the new City also offers dual airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD).

Priced at PhP 820,000, the Honda City is available in four different colors such as Lunar Silver, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal, Black Pearl, and Taffeta White. Units are already available in Honda dealerships nationwide.

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The Tesla pickup just got a reveal date

We’ll finally see Elon Musk’s promising electric truck

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People have always been on the lookout for any updates regarding Elon Musk’s upcoming pickup truck ever since he first announced the project. It got a lot of people excited as it promises more power for less the asking price. Well, we’re only a few days away from its unveiling as Musk finally announced its reveal date.

According to the main man of Tesla, the electric pickup truck will be unveiled on November 21, 2019 in Los Angeles near the SpaceX rocket factory.

If you still remember some of Musk’s previous tweets, his main concern for the upcoming truck is for “people to get a really great truck for US$ 49,000” and it seems like he’s dead set on doing that. It should also be more capable than other trucks like the Ford F150 and even outperform a Porsche 911.

In more than a week’s time, we’ll finally get to see the Tesla pickup and I for one am just looking forward to seeing what it will offer. In the meantime, you may read our article on what to expect when it finally gets unveiled.

READ MORE: Anticipating the Tesla Pickup Truck: What you need to know

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