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Sometimes, all you need is an efficient yet capable vehicle for your everyday drive in the city. The MG ZS ticks both but has something more up its sleeve — looking good.

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This is Mazda’s electric vehicle — the MX-30

The company makes its first foray into the EV scene

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Mazda just introduced the MX-30 which is its first entry to the EV segment. This vehicle is more than just a means of transportation, it is a lifestyle packed with fun technologies and comfort features designed and engineered for modern urban living.

This 5-seater crossover SUV is stunning both inside and out and stays true to the recognizable Mazda’s styling cues. The exterior is simple, solid, and futuristic in design — boasting its ”freestyle” opening doors reminiscent to the RX8.

Interior design is clean and packed with luxury in addition to the latest innovations. Choice of materials was given particular attention. Parts of the car are made of recycled plastic and cork which emphasizes texture and visual warmth, and at the same time are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

A simple horizontal layout can be seen on the dashboard creating a simplistic look and an introduction to a second touchscreen as an air-conditioning control panel. Additionally, it has a floating floor console that gives a sense of lightness and continuity. Instead of leather seats, you will find fabric made from recycled pet bottles that give off a soft and light touch.

Mazda aims to make the MX-30 an enjoyable driving experience with the introduction of a new electric drive technology called e-SKYACTIV. As a result, the MX-30 is a pure driving pleasure with dynamic performance and seamless operation.

This front-wheel-drive SUV runs on 35.5kWh lithium-ion prismatic batteries and delivers 105 kilowatts of power (142 horsepower) with a maximum torque of 264Nm (192 lb-ft) from the motor.

When it comes to safety, the MX-30 also comes with Mazda’s advanced safety technology called i-Activesense. This includes the company’s new functionalities like preventing collisions at intersections, keeping the car in its lane even without road markings, and a body built to absorb impacts.

For now, the MX-30 will only be available for pre-order in Europe with delivery scheduled for next year. At the time of writing, there are no announcements as to which markets will follow. The price is expected to be under £30,000 in the UK (US$ 39,000) including VAT and government grants.

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LG and Qualcomm team up to bring webOS to vehicles

Aiming for a better in-car infotainment system

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Whether you’re the driver or passenger, in-vehicle infotainment systems play an important role to keep us entertained during long drives and heavy traffic.

LG and Qualcomm have seen this importance and plans to be one of the first companies to further improve how we pass the time while inside a vehicle.

LG, known for its televisions and consumer products like smartphones and smartwatches, is already in the automotive industry and has been supplying dashboard panels and other components to different brands. On the other hand, Qualcomm plans to incorporate its AI know-how to improve the system, among other things.

Together, they plan to further develop webOS Auto by leveraging on LG’s recently announced webOS Open Source Edition 2.0 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Automotive Development Platform or ADP. By sharing resources and features, consumers will soon experience more convenient in-car entertainment.

webOS is a Linux-powered platform using LG’s experience in vehicle infotainment. By making use of its webOS Open Source Edition 2.0, developers can experience new features that will be incorporated in webOS Auto.

Meanwhile, the Snapdragon ADP features top-notch infotainment technologies supported through artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, advanced graphics for high-resolution multiple display configurations, and ultra HD media streaming.

“We very much value this collaboration with Qualcomm expands the ecosystem of the webOS Auto platform and with the latest solutions from Qualcomm such as 5G networks and multimedia, customers will be able to experience the same entertainment at home in connected cars.,” said Dr. I.P. Park, president and CTO of LG Electronics. “Together, webOS and Snapdragon ADP will provide a high-performing, comprehensive hardware and software platform for future vehicle infotainment systems.”

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2020 Mazda CX-5 officially launches in PH

Equipped for a smoother ride

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At an intimate event earlier today, Mazda Philippines has officially launched the 2020 Mazda CX-5 in the country. The models launched all came with petrol engines but the company says a diesel variant will be available next year for this compact crossover.

The new CX-5 boasts a six-speed automatic transmission that comes with Sport mode. On top of that, Mazda is headlining its G-Vectoring Control Plus technology which comes into play when you’re taking on a curve. The vehicle senses this and applies brakes on the outer wheels to allow a smooth transition as you exit said turn — minimizing body roll while adding stabilization.

It also received tweaks to further improve ride comfort and reduce driving fatigue for everyone onboard.

As of today, the launched models are as follows:

  • 2.5-liter Sport AWD (190PS, 252Nm)
  • 2.0-liter Sport 2WD (156PS, 200Nm)
  • 2.0L Pro 2WD (156PS, 200Nm)

These models come standard with leather seats, smart keyless entry, Dynamic Stability Control, Mazda Connect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the company’s i-Stop feature that cuts off the engine’s power when the vehicle is idle at a traffic light, for example.

Of course, going for the top-of-the-line model comes with exclusive features. This includes 19-inch alloy wheels (vs 17 inches on lower models) and an electric glass sunroof to let more light in. Meanwhile, a 10-speaker Bose sound setup is found on both the Sport variants in addition to a power liftgate and a 360-degree camera.

As for pricing, the base model is at PhP 1,730,000 while the FWD Sport climbs up to PhP 1,890,000. The top variant will set you back PhP 1,990,000 and the upcoming diesel model will be priced at PhP 2,230,000.

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