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People now more open to owning electric vehicles – Study

A sustainable future is the primary factor for consideration

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A new study shows that people in Southeast Asia continue to be highly enthusiastic about owning an electrified vehicle. It’s largely driven by a growing need to create a more sustainable future.

The second edition of the Nissan-commissioned study by Frost & Sullivan, titled “The Future of Electrified Vehicles in Southeast Asia” was released today during “Nissan FUTURES – Electrification and Beyond”, a virtual gathering of industry leaders, government officials and media.

Consumer research in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore reveals that nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents across Southeast Asia say they are more willing to consider an electrified vehicle than they were five years ago. 66% of consumers across the region believe they will inevitably adopt electrified mobility as part of their lives in the near future.

According to the study, 45% of Filipino car drivers state they would certainly consider an electrified vehicle as their next car purchase within the next three years. The positive impact to the environment is the most motivating factor for Filipinos to buy an electrified vehicle, as 46% of respondents — the highest in the region — feel strongly about the environment and climate change.

Contribution to a greener future

The study also unveils growing environmental awareness across Southeast Asia, with respondents believing that their adoption of an electrified vehicle would undoubtedly contribute to environmental protection. In 2020, 38% of regional respondents can be classified as ‘environmentalists’, compared to 34% in a similar research in 2018.

This group of consumers is driven by strong environmental awareness and climate change concerns. They view electrified vehicle use as a way to do their bit for the environment.

81% of study respondents across the region mentioned that their choice would be significantly influenced by different power sources. This care for the environment was found to be most important to consumers in the Philippines and Thailand.

Barriers for adoption reduced

The fear of running out of power before arriving at the charging station (48%) continues to be the most significant barrier in the adoption of an electrified vehicle across the region. While barriers remain, consumers are more enthusiastic about the adoption of electrified vehicles.

In line with the 2018 findings, over three-quarters of the recent study respondents (77%) indicate that tax benefits and installation of charging stations at apartment buildings (75%) are the top-2 incentives for them to switch to an electrified vehicle. For Filipinos to make that switch to EVs, survey respondents identify tax incentives (80%), charging infrastructure in residential areas (77%), and priority lanes for EVs (52%) as top incentives for that move. This demonstrates the ongoing need for car manufacturers, policy makers and private parties to collaborate to spur the adoption of electrified mobility.

About the study

The study “The Future of Electrified Vehicles in Southeast Asia” was conducted by Frost & Sullivan in September 2020 in six ASEAN markets: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. The findings are based on 3,000 online customer responses among car drivers in select cities, to understand customers’ awareness, attitudes, behavior and perceptions towards electrified vehicles. “Electrified vehicle” in this study means battery electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and e-POWER. It excludes full hybrid vehicles. The research is a follow-up from a study conducted in January 2018.


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Honda car parts and services are discounted until May 31

Discounts and deals for car parts and more!

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Honda Cars Philippines Inc. is making their car parts and services more affordable for a limited time with their “Summer Holiday Service Offers” promo. Customers can get discounts on various Honda car parts and more, and get awesome deals on services from today until May 31.

Discounts on various car parts

Select car parts, fluids, lubricants, and accessories can be had for 20% off during the promo. These accessories include:

  • PM 2.5 cabin filter
  • Regular cabin filter
  • Spark plug
  • Battery
  • Brake pad
  • Brake shoe
  • Mineral oil (10W30)
  • Super long life coolant
  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Manual transmission fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • HCF-2 CVTF fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Existing additives such as engine cleaner and engine oil treatment

Customers can also get a 20% discount on Honda-approved air filters. Meanwhile, a 50% discount is available for every purchase of two City and BR-V tires, which all include a seven-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Still on the subject of tires, customers can leverage the buy one take one promo for any original-equipped City (2013-2020 variants) and BR-V (2017-2021 variants) tires.

Deals on services

Deals are also on offer for different Honda services, including a free 30-point checkup and BLITZ one-hour Preventive Maintenance Service. A PhP 1,700 discount for mineral oil (10W30) change package is up for grabs too, which usually starts PhP 1,915 for out-of-warranty vehicles.

Customers can visit any participating Honda Cars dealerships or service centers, or access their website for more information about the promo.

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Nissan extends its Big Buys, Big Savings promo

Available only until April 30

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Good news for Nissan car buyers! The automotive brand has extended their “Big Buys, Big Savings” promo until the end of April.

For those who missed on the promo, there’s a lot of exciting deals for various Nissan car models. Customers can enjoy up to PhP 90,000 cash savings on select variants of Almera, Terra, Navara, and X-trail. The savings go up to PhP 104,000 for variants of Nissan Urvan and Sylphy.

It’s not just cash savings that customers can enjoy during the promo. They can also get a free spoiler for select variants of the Nissan Terra. Those buying select variants of Navara, on the other hand, can get a bed liner for free.

There’s a lot more exciting deals for everyone, so be sure to check out Nissan’s website today. Buyers may visit any participating Nissan dealerships nationwide to avail of the promo.

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Honda launches the all-new Honda City Hatchback

‘Energetic hatchback’

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With the introduction of the All-New Honda City Hatchback, Honda is expanding its renowned City model line-up serving as the brand’s newest offering in the B-Segment hatchback category.

GRAND CONCEPT

Compared to the Sedan’s grand concept of “Ambitious Sedan”, the All-New City Hatchback was derived from the grand concept of “Energetic hatchback” which aims to exude a more active and energetic character.  While sharing values in terms of comfort, premium and high quality with the sedan, the All-New City Hatchback aims to provide a sporty yet versatile and cool vehicle that would complement the diverse needs of customers based on their active lifestyle.

EXTERIOR

The exterior design in the All-New City hatchback was developed with a concept of “Energetic” by adding strength and the activeness of the sedan resulting in a “cutting edge” and “sporty” combination.  Given this concept, the All-New City Hatchback further emphasizes its sportiness by embodying a sleek exterior design combined with a low height and widened width presenting an energetic feel with solid power.

The All-New City Hatchback retains the same 2600mm wheelbase similar to that of the City sedan. However, given its hatchback body style, the All-New City Hatchback is 21mm taller and 204mm shorter than its sedan counterpart. This is due to the removal of its rear overhang giving it a sporty exterior look while maintaining the capability of diverse cargo capacity.

Available only with a lone RS variant, the All-New City Hatchback shares some RS design elements together with the sedan, giving a stronger impression of its sporty characteristics.

Upfront, The All-New City Hatchback comes with its RS Design Front Bumper and RS Design High Gloss Black front grille with RS Emblem, complemented by full LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights that expresses an integrated solid wing face similar to that of the RS sedan. At the side, the High Gloss Black Power Folding Mirrors and 16 inch Two-Tone Berlina Black Aluminum Alloy Wheels further contributes to the All-New City Hatchback’s strong side profile character design. At the rear, sporty styling cues such as the RS Design Rear Bumper with a sophisticated diffuser, High Gloss Black Tailgate spoiler and Full LED taillights give the All-New City Hatchback an impression of being more active and young complementing its distinct sporty hatchback look.

INTERIOR

On the inside, the All-New City Hatchback continues its “Energetic” concept with the vehicle’s interior. The All-New City Hatchback features a spacious cabin complemented by high quality materials similar to the sedan. Comprised noticeably of its suede and leather seats, black interior trims with red stitching and accents, leather wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with audio controls, front and rear center armrests, sports pedals and Multi-information Display with red illumination, the All-New City Hatchback embodies an overall premium interior complementing its sporty RS design exterior.

Given its hatchback styling and configuration, the All-New City Hatchback comes equipped with Honda’s signature Ultra Seats (ULTR) which allows the rear seats to be folded flat or flipped up giving the All-New City Hatchback the versatility to quickly adapt to a wide variety of passenger lifestyle and cargo hauling needs. The All-New City Hatchback features four ULTR adjustable modes namely:

  • Utility Mode: with the two rear seats folded flat, the vehicle can carry two passengers and accommodate large cargo items in the rear storage area.
  • Long Mode: with the front passenger seat fully reclined and rear passenger seat folded flat, the vehicle can carry two passengers and accommodate long cargo items such as surfboards.
  • Tall Mode: with the rear seats folded upward, the vehicle can accommodate tall items that need to remain upright, such as a large plant or tall luggage.
  • Refresh Mode: When removing the front-seat head restraints, moving the seats all the way forward and tilting the seatbacks all the way back, the Refresh Mode allows the front and rear seats to be connected providing a comfortable place for two people to relax.

On top of its premium yet sporty and versatile interior, the All-New City Hatchback also boasts an array of various technology features such as an 8-inch Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio with Apple CarPlay Android Auto & WebLink connectivity, an 8 (4 + 4 Tweeters) Speaker system, and a new Air Conditioning System with Rotary Knobs, Digital Display and Illumination.

Adding to the comfort and advanced features, the All-New City Hatchback also features a One Push Start System with Smart Entry Keyless Entry System and Remote Engine Start, which provides added convenience and ease of access.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Powering the All-New City Hatchback is a 1.5-Liter 4 Cylinder DOHC i-VTEC engine that produces a maximum power output of 121ps at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine is mated to Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that delivers a smooth, refined, powerful yet fuel-efficient driving performance while allowing for an engaging driving experience through the use of paddle shifters. Honda’s Eco Assist System, which consists of the ECON mode and Eco-Coaching Ambient Light is still available to help promote fuel efficient driving.

SAFETY

Together with its driving performance, fuel efficiency and versatile interior, Honda also gave utmost priority to safety. As standard, the All-New City Hatchback is equipped with G-Force Control (G-CON) body structure that helps to protect the vehicle’s cabin during collisions from any direction,  Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Agile Handling Assist (AHA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Multi-view Rear Camera with dynamic guidelines. To add to this, the All-New City Hatchback also comes standard with Six Airbags consisting of the dual front airbags, front driver and passenger side airbags and side curtain airbags. Given the array of safety features available, customers may expect top-notch collision safety performance with the All-New City Hatchback as it boasts a 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating, thus giving customers better safety and peace of mind on the road.

The All-New City Hatchback is now available at all 38 Honda dealerships nationwide with a suggested retail price (SRP) of Php 1,115,000 (Exclusive of PhP13,000 Safeguard Duty Cash deposit) and comes in four (4) colors:

  • Ignite Red Metallic
  • Meteoroid Gray Metallic (New Color)
  • Platinum White Pearl* (Additional PhP 20,000)
  • Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic (Available by June 2021)

To know more about the All-New City Hatchback, visit the nearest Honda Cars dealership, or access Honda Cars Philippines, Inc.’s VIRTUAL SHOWROOM through HCPI’s official website at www.hondaphil.com.


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