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Volkswagen to discontinue production of its Beetle

Bye, Beetle

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The Beetle says goodbye.

There have already been rumors that Volkswagen, the world’s second-largest car manufacturer, is planning to shut down production of its iconic Beetle. Those rumors have just been confirmed by the company’s R&D Chief, Frank Welsch.

At the ongoing Geneva Motor Show, Welsch said in an interview with Autocar that “two or three generations is enough for now.” He added that they just couldn’t make another new iteration of the Beetle.

New Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible

They recently announced the T-Roc Convertible, which will eventually fill the shoes of the Beetle in VW’s lineup once it becomes available sometime in 2020.

The Beetle has been the oldest model in this lineup, dating back to its first production in the 1930s. It was then revived in 1997 as the New Beetle and refreshed in 2011, dropping the “New” in its name.

Back then, it was made with the need of a people’s car (“Volkswagen” in German) that would be cheap and easy to mass produce.

Volkswagen Type 2 and I.D. Buzz Concept

Volkswagen has been known for its retro look and that design language won’t go with the Beetle. The company has revealed plans to revive the classic Type 2 in the form of an electric I.D. Buzz so that’s something else to look forward to.

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Next-gen Ford Everest, Ranger now official in the Philippines

Reserve yours now

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Ford Everest

After a long wait, the next-generation Ford Everest and Ford Ranger have finally arrived in the Philippines.

Alongside the local launch, Ford Philippines also announced that both the Everest and Ranger will come with a 5-year warranty, offering owners coverage for up to 150,000 kilometers of mileage. 

Both the new Everest and Ranger come with a wider track and longer wheelbase, complementing their powerful 2.0L Bi-Turbo or 2.0L Single Turbo engines which are capable of up to a 210PS maximum power and 500Nm maximum torque.

Depending on the variant, customers can enjoy either an 8- or 12-inch digital instrument cluster, and high-resolution infotainment touchscreen with the latest SYNC 4A which can be linked to a 360-degree camera display to help drivers in various situations.

The SUV and pick-up also have selectable drive modes such as Normal, Eco, Tow Haul, Slippery, Mud/Ruts, and Sand, giving owners a reliable vehicle even for off-road driving.

Smarter, safer than ever

As previously reported, the new Everest and Ranger variants sport an impressive list of safety features and driver assist technologies, making them the smartest and safest models yet for the SUV and pick-up.

These includes:

  • Active Park Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (with Stop and Go and Lane Centering)
  • Lane Keeping System with Road Edge Detection
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Evasive Steer Assist
  • Reverse Brake Assist
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Security Alarm System
  • Child Seat ISOFIX Anchor Points
  • Seven airbags across all variants

They also both have an Intelligent Oil Life Monitor (IOLM), a smart new feature that tells the owner when to have an oil change based on actual engine data, operating conditions, and driving habits.

Pricing, availability

For the full list of next-gen Ford Everest and Ford Ranger models and prices, refer to the lists below.

Variant Price
Everest 2.0L Bi-Turbo Titanium+ 4×4 AT PhP 2,495,000
Everest 2.0L Turbo Titanium+ 4×2 AT  PhP 2,179,000
Everest 2.0L Turbo Sport 4×2 AT PhP 2,089,000
Everest 2.0L Turbo Limited 4×2 AT PhP 1,999,000
Everest 2.0L Turbo Trend 4×2 AT PhP 1,799,000
Ranger 2.0L Bi-Turbo Wildtrak 4×4 AT PhP 1,875,000
Ranger 2.0L Turbo Wildtrak 4×2 AT PhP 1,569,000
Ranger 2.0L Turbo Sport 4×4 AT PhP 1,594,000
Ranger 2.0L Turbo Sport 4×2 AT PhP 1,474,000 
Ranger 2.0L Turbo XLT 4×2 AT PhP 1,374,000
Ranger 2.0L Turbo XLS 4×2 AT PhP 1,273,000
Ranger 2.0L Turbo XLS 4×2 MT PhP 1,198,000
Ranger 2.0L Turbo XL 4×4 MT PhP 1,198,000

Depending on the model, the available colors for each new vehicle include:

  • Ford Everest: Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, Equinox Bronze, Meteor Gray, Sedona Orange, Snowflake White Pearl, Blue Lightning
  • Ford Ranger: Arctic White, Absolute Black, Luxe Yellow, Snowflake White Pearl, Aluminum Metallic, Meteor Gray, Blue Lightning, Sedona Orange

Customers may visit the Ford website to reserve. A Ford Island Conquest test drive event is also happening from July 29 to 31, 2022 at Arcovia City in Pasig.

Over PhP 3 million worth of cash discounts and prizes are up for grabs for customers reserving personally at the three-day event.

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Nissan Kicks e-POWER given test drives before Philippines release

Fully electric drive SUV to launch in August

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NISSAN Kicks e-POWER

Ahead of its launch in the Philippines in August 2022, the Nissan Kicks e-POWER was given a test drive by members of the media during a two-day event held at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.

The hybrid compact SUV features a fully electric motor-driven e-POWER system wherein the wheels run on an electric motor. Separate from this is a gasoline engine whose sole purpose is to charge the lithium-ion battery, which eliminates the need for plug-in charging for hours and leads to an efficient and quiet ride.

The Kicks e-POWER also sports an innovative e-Pedal Step technology; here, drivers will only have to use the accelerator to move forward by stepping down. The car also automatically stops when the pedal is released, without even having to step on the brakes.

Aside from these, the car also features Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility technologies, such as:

  • Rear cross traffic alert (Premium Plus)
  • Intelligent cruise control (Premium Plus)
  • Blind spot warning (Premium Plus)
  • Intelligent emergency braking
  • Intelligent driver alertness
  • Intelligent trace control

Design wise, the Kicks e-POWER has both a modern 8-inch NissanConnect Infotainment System and 7-inch TFT Full Color Instrument Display, on top of its stylish interiors which includes a D-shaped multi-function steering wheel.

The impending release of the Kicks e-POWER in the Philippines is part of Nissan’s long-term goal of electrifying Nissan vehicles by 2030, and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The car has already been introduced in Japan earlier this year, while it is also available in Singapore as well starting at SG$ 142,800 – or roughly more than PhP 5 million.

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Show & Tell Episode 2: ESR

Better MagSafe accessories by ESR!

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ESR isn’t particularly a new brand. As a matter of fact, we’ve showcased some of their cool accessories in our previous videos including iPad cases as well as MagSafe accessories.

But what if MagSafe can get better? With HaloLock and CryoBoost technology of ESR, your iPhone can get better than before.

Here’s the second episode of our special segment “Show & Tell” featuring the latest ESR products for MagSafe-compatible iPhones.

 

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