Less than two months into the year, we’re already getting some strange crossovers. For example, Microsoft recently acquired Activision Blizzard, a strange pairing in the gaming industry. Now, we turn our eyes to the automotive industry. Ferrari has inked a surprising partnership with Qualcomm for a run of smart cars.
Qualcomm is calling it “a strategic technology collaboration” wherein the company will lend its smart automotive solutions to Ferrari’s production of smarter road cars. For its part, Ferrari will adopt the Snapdragon Digital Chassis for its lineup of vehicles which will include cloud-based telematics and features for safety and driving experience.
Both companies will customize the digital cockpit experience to cater to Ferrari’s discerning customers. However, because the partnership is still fresh, neither Qualcomm nor Ferrari have described what the digital cockpit might look like, or which cars will grab the new system. That said, it should be exciting to see how Qualcomm’s smart systems will look in the luxury brand.
Besides the application in road cars, the partnership will also allow Qualcomm to become a partner for Ferrari’s Scuderia Ferrari F1 team starting this year’s season. Snapdragon will feature in the team’s F1-75 single-seaters.
It’s definitely a surprising partnership. The biggest players in the smart car niche market aren’t usually from the usual slate of luxury brands, even if luxury brands are already outing smart cars into their lineup.
Honda Civic Type R debuts in the Philippines: Price, availability
Most powerful model yet
Honda is starting 2023 with a bang, introducing the 6th generation Civic Type R to the Philippine market.
The most powerful yet from the line, the all-new sports car-looking Civic Type R will feature a handful of improvements from its exterior design all the way to a more ergonomic and immersive cabin inside.
Some changes include a wider and lower overall build, wider rear doors, a reshaped rear bumper, an elongated hood, and an aggressive front bumper design featuring a honeycomb grille mesh.
The LED headlamps and taillamps have also been redesigned, complementing the matte black finish on the 19-inch alloy wheels.
Of course, the Civic Type R isn’t just all about appearance; underneath the hood is a powerful 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC VTEC, turbo-charged in-line 4-cylinder engine for up to 420 Nm of torque.
The car features a 6-speed manual transmission with a Rev Match Control system for more precise and smoother shifting.
Immersive, comfortable interior
Inside the all-new Civic Type R is an immersive cabin with distinct features only available on the specific model.
There is an aluminum shift knob for added sportiness and a serialized Type R plate on the dashboard. The car has racing-inspired Alcantara seats, while a black and red motif stands out in interior finishes.
Behind the steering wheel is a 10.2-inch fully-digital instrument cluster. For its infotainment setup, the Type R features a 9-inch touchscreen with support for various connectivity and multimedia functions, such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 12-speaker Bose system.
Another exclusive offering for the Type R is the Honda LogR Performance Datalogger that monitors driving activity using both the car’s sensors and a built-in vehicle app.
Other comfort features include automatic air-conditioning, smart key card entry, one push start system, wireless charging, and more.
Advanced safety features
The 2023 Civic Type R comes with the full suite of Honda SENSING features, such as:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Road Departure Mitigation
- Lane Departure Warning
- Forward Collision Warning
- Auto-High Beam
Aside from these, the car also has a camera mounted behind the windshield which has an improved field of view (100 degrees from 50 degrees) while at the back is a multi-view rear camera.
Other safety offerings include:
- Anti-lock Brake System
- Electronic Brake-Force Distribution
- Vehicle Stability Assist
- Hill Start Assist
- Electric Parking Brake
- Auto Brake Hold
- ISOFIX child seat anchor
The all-new Honda Civic Type R retails for PhP 3,880,000 for the 2.0 VTEC Turbo Honda SENSING MT variant.
Visit any of Honda’s 37 car dealerships nationwide for the virtual showroom here for more details.
Xiaomi EV spotted in China
How do new cars get their first test runs on real roads? Common in the automotive space, prerelease vehicles often go on extensive tests on actual roads while disguised with non-revealing designs. As vehicles, electric vehicles are no different. A year ahead of their projected release date, Xiaomi and its first electric car have made surprise appearances in Chinese roads for test drives.
Reported by CarNewsChina (via ArenaEV), Xiaomi has reportedly unleased its unreleased electric vehicle in China. The timing of the tests foretell important tests for winter conditions, an important metric for vehicles in a country that gets its fair share of icy weather. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun reportedly participated in the tests himself.
All of the test vehicles were clothed in black fabric to obscure the final design. Spotters won’t be able to deduce much except from the outline. Speculations are already out and about, though.
The vehicle, codenamed Modena, will come with a variety of battery options including one from Chinese EV mainstay BYD. The battery will supposedly charge from empty to around 80 percent in just 15 minutes. It will also reportedly come with an unreleased automotive chipset from Qualcomm. It might ship with a price tag hovering between RMB 260,000 to RMB 350,000.
As with their first announcement back in 2021, Xiaomi is expected to launch the Modena sometime in 2024. Besides the first vehicle, the company is also working on another vehicle codenamed Lemans.
SEE ALSO: First Xiaomi car set for a 2024 launch
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There were a lot announced during CES 2023 — and by that we mean A LOT.
But some of our favorites include a portable solar-powered fridge with a built-in ice maker, a record-breaking electric vehicle that can go farther than any before, a laptop with a 3D display, heck even the future of foldable smartphones was unveiled!
Know more of them by watching our Best of CES 2023 round-up!
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