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Suzuki flaunts its full-range lineup at MIAS 2019

Including the star-studded Jimny

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With all the announcements of Suzuki from the Dzire, Swift, and Ertiga, to the Ciaz, Vitara, and the star-studded Jimny over the last few months, Suzuki Philippines (SPH) finally showcased its full-range lineup at the 16th Manila International Auto Show.

Getting into the specifics, Suzuki’s full 2019 lineup starts with its two sedans: the premium Dzire and the multi-awarded subcompact Ciaz. They also have the seven-seater Ertiga, the popular hatchback Swift, the ultra-stylish Vitara SUV, and the well-loved mini 4×4 Jimny.


As Suzuki Philippines raises a nationwide advocacy campaign pertaining to road safety, they also let the young Suzuki Safety Scouts participate at the show. Children from ages four to 14 years old can register for free in order to become an official scout.

Besides the Suzuki Scout official uniform, participants undergo traffic safety training and receive road safety activity books that can help them a lot in testing their patience and discipline. That’s not all as there are also fun-filled activities and exciting prizes to be given away.

Keiichi Suzuki, Suzuki Philippines (SPH) Director and Automobile Division General Manager, said that showcasing their lineup at this year’s MIAS helps in promoting their mission of delivering exciting and fun-to-drive vehicles further.

As they continue bringing a wide range of vehicles with the right balance of performance, functionality, and even fun, Suzuki’s “Way of Life” tells you to bring your own Suzuki and travel either with your family during the weekend or spend an off-road adventure with friends.

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She implanted an RFID tag in her arm to operate a Tesla Model 3

A new way to never lose your keys again

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A software engineer who goes by the name Amie DD on YouTube wanted to do an ultimate Tesla Model 3 hack — one that involves implanting an RFID tag in her own body so she could unlock and operate her vehicle with just a wave of her arm.

She released a short documentary on her thought process and how she began the project. According to her, she’s not new to playing with RFID tags and implanting them in her body. So when she got her new Model 3 and found out it uses RFID to unlock and start the vehicle, she immediately came up with the idea.


To make this possible, Amie DD reached out to a body modification place capable of performing such procedures. You may watch the implant process here but be warned that it’s a bit graphic and shows blood.

She didn’t actually show in her video that it actually works but she told The Verge that it does. Amie DD even tweeted Elon Musk jokingly (probably) that she could run Musk’s Body Hacking Division.

It may sound cool and all — and props to her for having the courage to do something like that — but as for me, I think I’m okay with using standard keys right now.

 

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Jaguar wants Oxford Dictionary to update the definition of ‘car’

Literally redefining what a car is

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Jaguar is calling for the Oxford English Dictionary and OxfordDictionaries.com to update their official online definition of the word ‘car’.

The need for action is because Jaguar’s I-PACE, the company’s all-electric performance SUV, recently won the 2019 World Car of the Year and European Car of the Year. However, technically, the zero-emission vehicle doesn’t fall under the ‘car’ category if we’re going by its official meaning.


If you check online, Oxford English Dictionary — the principal historical dictionary of the English language — defines a car as, “a road vehicle powered by a motor (usually an internal combustion engine) designed to carry a driver and a small number of passengers, and usually having two front and two rear wheels, esp. for private, commercial, or leisure use.”

Meanwhile, the current definition of a car on OxfordDictionaries.com, a collection of dictionary websites produced by Oxford University Press, is: “a road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people.”

Now, being widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language, it just seems fitting to update the meaning of ‘car’. Jaguar has already submitted a formal application to both groups and have the definitions updated to include additional powertrains, including electric vehicles.

While these groups review the application, Jaguar is encouraging people to support the movement and share their thoughts on how the word should be defined. For those interested, you may use #RedefineTheCar along with your posts.

 

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The 2019 Chevrolet Spark is a fun ride for everyone!

Does the job without the fuss

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Who says only the boys can have all the fun driving and testing out cars? Watch as I take the 2019 Chevrolet Spark around the city and explore its features and capabilities.

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