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Sony and Honda officially join forces for an electric vehicle

Envisioning a new car by 2025

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Everyone’s getting into electric vehicles. Though electric vehicles have been around for a while now, carmakers and tech companies alike are getting renewed drives to enter the EV market. Carmakers going electric isn’t a surprise, naturally. Interested tech companies are another story, though. It’s always interesting to see how companies primarily focused on handheld devices take on the automotive industry. Pretty soon, we’ll have another company to watch in the same space. Recently, Sony and Honda have announced a partnership to make electric vehicles together.

Officially announced through Honda, the two companies have signed a “memorandum of understanding,” stating their interest in forming a venture around electric vehicles. Being just a memorandum, the understanding does not mean anything official yet besides the intent to do so.

According to the memorandum, Sony and Honda will create the new company together sometime this year. The unknown company will merely “plan, design, develop, and sell” the electric vehicle. For its part, Honda will handle the manufacturing side of things. On the other hand, Sony hopes to infuse a mobility service platform for the vehicle. The new company is expected to sell its first vehicle in 2025.

Despite focusing mostly on other industries, Sony had already declared its intentions for an electric vehicle back in 2020. During that year’s CES presentation, the company presented the Vision-S, a concept car designed to provide maneuver automotive technology with entertainment.

On the other hand, Honda already sells electric vehicles. Most recently, the carmaker launched the Honda e, a funky electric car that dazzled in its debut in 2019.

SEE ALSO: Honda presses forward on its road safety advocacy programs

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Honda Civic Type R debuts in the Philippines: Price, availability

Most powerful model yet

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Honda Civic Type R

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

Price, availability

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.

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Xiaomi EV spotted in China

Named Modena

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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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Best of CES 2023

Next-Gen Foldables, Record-Breaking Electric Car, and a 3D Laptop without 3D Glasses

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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!

Featuring the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED, Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX, the next-gen foldables care of Samsung Display, and many more!

Know more of them by watching our Best of CES 2023 round-up!

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