Suzuki Philippines reveals pricing for 2019 Jimny

The wait is finally over



Announced globally mid last year, Suzuki has unveiled its pricing for the 2019 Jimny in the Philippines. There will be four variants available with a host of colors for your preference.

The fourth generation Jimny brings back the toughness that can take on the harsh beatings of the off-road while maintaining its stylish facade when it treads the city roads.

There are the circle headlamps in front flanking its trademark grille with Suzuki’s emblem in the middle. The company also promises better visibility for the driver through its flat, clamshell bonnet. There are drip rails for the roof edges, side sill covers, and wheel arch extensions that altogether make the vehicle look like it’s always ready to go on an adventure.

The 2019 Jimny is far from simply looking good. It’s got improvements that make it stand above its previous siblings like a new 1.5-liter engine from 1.3 liters in the past. And since it’s made for roads less traveled, it should have enough torque at low revolutions to successfully take you across dirt roads.

Additionally, it also boasts an ALLGRIP PRO technology which is basically Suzuki’s 4WD system made to handle high off-road usage. This goes with either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic tranny. In terms of safety, the new Jimny is packed with tech including the Suzuki Safety Support, Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning, and more.

The four new Jimny variants start with the GL monotone model and climb up to the GLX two-tone option with the following prices:

  • 1.5 GL MT (monotone) – PhP 975,000
  • 1.5 GL AT (monotone) – PhP 1,035,000
  • 1.5 GLX AT (monotone) – PhP 1,085,000
  • 1.5 GLX MT (two-tone) – PhP 1,095,000

Color choices for monotone options include Solid Jungle Green, Pearl Bluish Black, Metallic Silky Silver, Solid Medium Gray, and Superior White. If you want a little more variation in colors, you can opt to go for two-tone selections but you’ll need to add PhP 10,000. For that, you may choose between Metallic Brisk Blue, Metallic Chiffon Ivory, and Solid Kinetic Yellow.

Interested buyers may now reserve their units through any authorized Suzuki dealer in the country.


Modified Land Rover Discovery has an entire lab for malaria research

Bringing the lab straight to the field



Car brands have been coming up with ways to fit more baggage inside a vehicle — be it groceries, full-size suitcases, or even surfboards. Those are all good and impressive, but this special vehicle from Land Rover just upped the ante. An entire research laboratory is now mobile thanks to the modified Discovery. Not only that, this lab on wheels is helping beat malaria.

Addressing the current malaria situation in Africa, the Mobile Malaria Project was conceived as a trans-African journey to work closely with smaller research groups. Through the mobile genetic sequencing laboratory tucked inside the mid-size SUV, they aim to extract and sequence parasite and mosquito DNA. In other words, they’re bringing the lab research directly to the field this time.

Embarking on this journey of Discovery (pun intended) are three researchers from Oxford University. They will be driving through different countries in Africa, gathering needed research and educating groups with limited resources along the way.

Packing all the lab equipment needed onto the luxury SUV was no easy feat, either. The team needed a small freezer to keep test supplies cool, a reliable power source to run said freezer 24/7, and storage space. These were successfully installed in the vehicle but some things (like the two rear seats) were needed to be taken out.


Additionally, the scientifically pimped-out Discovery was installed with awnings to cover the sides of the car. This way, researchers will be able to work around the vehicle while the hot African sun is above them or even when rainstorms are passing.

It’s a very interesting project with a very promising goal in mind. If you want to know more and get into the details, you may visit their page.

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2019 Mazda 3 arrives in the Philippines

Still has the KODO design language



The highly awaited 2019 Mazda 3 has finally arrived in the Philippines. This compact car (first seen during its grand debut in Los Angeles last year) still has the company’s KODO design language but comes with a fresher look.

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Up front, both the sedan and hatchback models have a large meshed grille with Mazda’s logo proudly sitting at the center. This is flanked with a more aggressive pair of headlamps that sort of stretch to its sides. Rounding up the front fascia is an accented lower lip.

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Walk to its back and you’ll be greeted by a refreshed tailgate that protrudes outward. Together with its rear bumper and new taillights, the Mazda 3 exudes a sportier, more agile vibe that blends well with the contours of its body. All that is standing on 18-inch alloy wheels.

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The same attention to detail that gives the exterior attitude can also be found inside. The seats are wrapped in elegant red leather while the rest of the interior has a simple approach. There’s an 8-inch infotainment display, three-spoke steering wheel, and redesigned control hub at the center.

Mazda Philippines wanted this event to be more like a welcome celebration for the arrival of the Mazda 3 in the country. As such, a number of things are not yet final. It’s still unclear if the models to go on sale here will already have the company’s SkyActiv-X technology that has the responsive traits of a gasoline engine with the conservative fuel consumption of a diesel unit.

Pricing and availability were also not disclosed, although Mazda says they will be announcing the details once everything has been finalized. We’ll just have to make do with the photos for now — good thing this car is such a looker.

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Nissan pushes through with electrification of Asia and Oceania

One step at a time



It’s that time of the year again when Nissan gathers thought leaders, government officials, and media representatives from around the region to discuss how to improve and reshape the way people use transportation.

With the theme “Transform the way we drive and live,” this year’s Nissan Futures offers updated statistics and tackles the company’s plans and strategies to fully electrify Asia and Oceania.

Through a report, Nissan kicked off the event by showing us our current situation and where this could lead. They said that in about 30 years, the human population will hit 9.9 billion and two out of three people will be living in cities. This translates to more carbon footprint for each city and heavier air pollution for everyone if we simply continue going down this path.

“Asia Pacific is home to more than 2.1 billion urban residents, that is 60 percent of the world’s urban population. This brings increased pressure on the region’s cities and mobility systems. Events like Nissan Futures create the appropriate platform to discuss solutions for our region’s societies and mobility systems,” said Yutaka Sanada, Regional Senior Vice President for Asia and Oceania. “Driven by our Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision, we are committed to bringing safe, smart, and sustainable mobility to more people.”

Yutaka Sanada officially announces the arrival of Nissan Leaf to more countries.


We already talked about the benefits of electric vehicles (as well as myths that surround them) and how they will significantly reduce tailpipe emissions on the streets and eventually reduce air pollution. With that in mind, Nissan envisions a city with a more sustainable environment by jumping on the electric bandwagon. And right now, their Leaf electric vehicle is what embodies their plans for the future.

“The Leaf remains the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, our strategy for moving more people to a better world,” said Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s Global Head of Marketing, Sales, and Electric Vehicles.

Just earlier this month, the Leaf cemented itself as the most successful EV to date — surpassing the 400,000 sales mark. Although, we weren’t that surprised since we got to drive and experience the Leaf for the second time. I’d say the drive was more exciting this year since we drove it around the open streets of Hong Kong and witnessed how it fared in terms of its safety features, handling, power, and battery consumption.

We made a short video of the drive:

Yes, we’re still far away from cities being fully electric, but Nissan is relentlessly pushing through. It has already put its foot in and is paving the way for electrification that will soon extend beyond the confines of a vehicle.


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