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Suzuki launches all-new Dzire and Swift in the Philippines

Exciting upgrades on Suzuki’s popular vehicles

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Pioneer compact car distributor Suzuki Philippines hosted a grand launch to officially welcome two of its newest contenders in the B-segment — the all-new Dzire and Swift.

The Dzire is the Japanese company’s offering to those looking for an everyday car without breaking the bank. First and foremost, it offers Auto Gear Shift technology that promises the fuel efficiency of a manual transmission while enjoying the convenience of an automatic transmission.


Its front fascia shows a wide-open grille with silver accents that complement its multi-reflector headlamp. There are chrome trimmings on the rear as well, giving positive highlights to its compact body. The roofline, cabin, and surrounding area smoothly flow from the slanted A-pillar to forward sloping C-pillar, while its rear features a cluster of lamps with LED and a skirt-like bumper that round up the vehicle’s design.

Popping the hood reveals its 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 82PS at 6000rpm with 113Nm of torque at 4200rpm. There is the base GL variant with five-speed manual transmission while the top-of-the-line GL+ uses the aforementioned Auto Gear Shift with a five-speed automatic transmission.

The 2018 Dzire is also equipped with safety features like anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electric brakeforce distribution (EBD) functionality, brake assist, dual SRS front airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, side impact door beams for the front and rear, immobilizer, and security alarm.

Additionally, this new model is also lower and wider than the previous iteration and has a larger boot capacity so you can bring more to your urban adventures.

GL variants are available in Premium Arctic White, Metallic Silky Silver, and Pearl Midnight Black. While GL+ models will be in Premium Oxford Blue, Premium Sherwood Brown, Premium Arctic White, Pearl Midnight Black, and Metallic Magma Gray.

The all-new Swift, on the other hand, sees a redesign while still maintaining old features that customers have grown to love. It has the same set of vertically arranged headlamps as the Dzire with a larger grille but without the silver accents. It also features dynamic side-window treatment, blacked-out A-pillars to give the windows a wrap-around look, and pillar-mounted rear door handles to convey a stylish and sporty appearance.

It runs on the same 1.2-liter engine as the Dzire that churns out 82PS and 113Nm of torque. Suzuki is also offering the Swift in either 5-speed MT or CVT depending on the model.

They share almost the same safety tech like ABS with EBD, BA, dual SRS front airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, side impact door beams for the front and rear, and immobilizer. Customers will also enjoy rear parking sensors and a backup camera for the high-end GLX variant.

Colors available are Metallic Star Silver, Pearl Pure White, Metallic Speedy Blue, Metallic Mineral Gray, Pearl Super Black, and Pearl Ablaze Red.

There are two available models for the 2018 Dzire, while the 2018 Swift will come in three variants. See pricing below:

  • 2018 Dzire GL MT – PhP 638,000
  • 2018 Dzire GL+AGS – PhP 698,000
  • 2018 Swift GL MT – PhP 755,000
  • 2018 Swift GL CVT – PhP 799,000
  • 2018 Swift GLX CVT – PhP 899,000

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Stranger Things 3: What exactly is an ignition cable?

Possessed Billy knew what he was doing

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By now, you’ve probably seen the third and newest season of Stranger Things on Netflix. If you still haven’t, it goes without saying that there are spoilers ahead and you should stay away from this article.

Seeing a pop culture reference such as Stranger Things together with the seemingly unrelated world of automotive in one writeup such as this could be strange (pun intended) for some. We really don’t mind and thought it would be a fun and unique way to talk about the show and learn a few things from it, as well.


So we ask the question: What exactly is an ignition cable?

The ignition cable is part of a vehicle’s ignition system. In simplest terms, it’s a mechanism that starts the engine. By generating a high voltage from the car’s battery to the spark plugs in its engine, it causes them to ignite the engine’s combustion chambers and get it up and running.

And in order to transfer that voltage from the source to the engine, you’ll need an ignition cable as it’s like a subway system that acts as pathways for the voltage to pass through. So if the ignition cable is not present, there’s no way to start the car.

Back to Stranger Things, Billy (although already possessed by the Mind Flayer) obviously still had his knowledge on cars so he took away the ignition cable trapping our favorite gang at Starcourt Mall’s parking lot.

Just to further stress the importance of an ignition cable and the whole ignition system for that matter, we’d like to visit other possibilities and ask, “What if Billy didn’t take it away?”

Well, the plan was for Eleven and her group to go to Bauman’s secret place and stay safe while Joyce, Hopper, and the rest try to close the portal and render the Mind Flayer powerless. If their ignition cable was intact, they’d be a lot safer away from the Mind Flayer although we wouldn’t be able to see that amazing fireworks scene inside the mall.

Through this, we see the importance of that one small part under the hood of the car. In real life, it really pays to make sure that everything is in good working condition and that one faulty cable could mean trouble for you if remained unaddressed — unless there’s a car on display inside a mall somewhere that you can take spare parts from!

SEE ALSO: Netflix launches AR Trailer with Stranger Things 3

 

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You might soon have a pickup truck emoji thanks to Ford

Because it’s 🌏 Emoji Day

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Let’s admit it, not a day goes by without us sending out emoji to our family and friends. We all have our favorites, too — from Apple’s pleading face to the pinching hand emoji. But other users noticed there’s something else missing: the pickup truck emoji.

And who would have the authority to propose one but the truck specialist themselves? Ford submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium (which is the organization that reviews and approves proposals for new emoji) back in 2018 to include the pickup truck emoji. After some time, it has now been short-listed as a candidate for inclusion in the future.


“Given the F-series’ status as America’s best-selling truck for 42 consecutive years, there’s no one better than Ford to help bring an all-new pickup truck emoji to hard-working texters around the globe,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager.

If the emoji is indeed approved by early 2020, the design will be customized for all mobile platforms and you can just send a pickup emoji whenever you need a pickup. 😉

 

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2019 Honda Brio RS: The sporty baby Jazz

A fun ride through and through

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For millennials and young professionals, choosing which car to buy could be a tough choice to make. For some, it has to pass certain requirements like fuel efficiency, ride comfort, space, if it looks good, and more importantly if it fits the budget. This is what first came to my mind when we got to test the 2019 Honda Brio RS. I think it has all the criteria most of us need for our daily commute and I’ll tell you why.

At first glance, it will give you the impression of a baby Jazz as it follows traditional Honda design cues.  It looks far better than its competing compact hatchbacks and is definitely a big design upgrade than the previous generation Brio.  From the front, this car looks aggressive and masculine for its size. The rear, however, still leans on the conservative side. Together with its sporty side skirts, the side profile is sleek with forward-tilting character lines giving it a sense of action and speed.


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Being an RS variant, there are additional design upgrades which include the black roof, blacked-out honeycomb grille, a rear spoiler with mounted third brake light, 15-inch RS design alloy rims, and of course, the bright red RS badges plastered all over. These positively add to the sportiness of the vehicle.

Its Phoenix Orange Pearl body looked glowing hot when the sun hits and we like it

Hopping in, you will immediately notice the orange accents running through the air vents, glove box, and side panels, plus the orange stitching and patterns on the seats. Next, we see the 7-inch touch-enabled infotainment system at the center of the dash which is connected to six speakers. Although that’s the case, we still weren’t impressed with the sound quality as it felt a bit short on bass.

Whether as the driver or passenger, you are seated in a low orientation and feel very close and planted to the ground. The height of the steering wheel and dashboard takes some getting used to if you always drive tall cars. But don’t get the idea that it’s cramped up inside. The seats up front are spacious with plenty of headroom to spare while at the back we have a decent amount of legroom for the average Asian. The trunk was large enough to carry our equipment along with other stuff. It was impressively spacious for a car this size.

We drove to our favorite scenic route of the Sierra Madre mountains, putting the car through its paces. The Brio is powered by a 1.2-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine which I think is sufficient enough for a car this small. It is then mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with sport mode and the company’s Earth Dreams Technology.

This car gives you a smooth and quiet ride even at high speeds. The cabin is astonishingly quiet with very minimal wind noise and vibrations. Thanks to its CVT implementation, this car is so smooth that I didn’t realize I was already going 90 on a 50kph road.

You cannot ask it to drive like its more spirited cousins, though. It is not the fastest accelerating car and pushing down the gas pedal when overtaking or driving up a steep road takes the CVT some time to adjust and you won’t get that instant punch you were expecting.

The Brio also lacks traction control and other basic features like rear sensors and reverse camera. It doesn’t even have a center console box and an armrest, but these are things we can brush aside. In terms of fuel efficiency, we were able to average 11.1km/liter which is not bad considering we drove it aggressively through the winding and steep roads of Tanay, Rizal. Steering was light and handled tight corners remarkably.  Overall, this car gets the job done. It gets you where you need to go and is reliable, economical, safe, and don’t forget that it’s such a looker.

Will I recommend the Brio RS? In the city, this car would be perfect. Although it’s not the most powerful more so for long drives. I can tell you one thing, though, it sure is fun to drive. I’m actually not a big fan of small hatchbacks but it all boils down to the company’s target market. The Brio is tuned to be sporty and modernly stylish so it might appeal to those looking for something that looks fun and doesn’t break the bank.

With those, I could confidently say that the Brio RS has the edge over its small hatchback competitors in terms of performance and design. You won’t go wrong with this car.

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