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Why Honda SENSING also matters during heavy traffic

Automated accelerating, braking and more

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Honda SENSING

In introducing the all-new BR-V, Honda also expanded its range of vehicles equipped with Honda SENSING, its signature intelligent safety system.

This was first included in cars like the 11th Generation Civic, all-new HR-V, Civic Type R, and selected CR-V (S and SX Diesel AWD).

What exactly does Honda SENSING cover, and why does it matter to have such system especially in a season like this mad holiday rush? Here are several ways Honda SENSING helps drivers.

Automated accelerating, braking

First, Honda’s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is designed not only for open roads but also amidst traffic.

Its wide-view camera technology detects speed and distance of vehicles in front which leads to the vehicle automatically accelerating and decelerating the speed depending on the car in front.

Meanwhile, Low-Speed Follow (LSF) slows down the vehicle automatically to a complete stop and accelerates back up to the set speed when traffic conditions allow. These added conveniences aid drivers in thoroughfares like EDSA.

Advanced notification system

Next, the Lead Car Departure Notification (LCDN) system exclusive to the latest Honda SENSING uses a new camera for a wider field of view, combined with improved software.

This alerts drivers through visual and audio warnings when it senses cars in front that have already moved after a standstill.

Lane assist keeps you focused

The latest Honda SENSING package also includes Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), which assists the driver’s steering to keep the vehicle well-positioned inside its lane.

The steering wheel in fact vibrates and an icon will pop up on the TFT when the car departs the lane without using turn signals.

Complementing this is the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) which notifies if a driver has gone off course, all the more giving reminders to drivers not to forget the importance of turn signals.

Support during unavoidable instances

When the worse case scenarios happen, Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) will help drivers avoid a frontal collision or reduce impact when totally unavoidable.

The brakes will apply automatically in such instances. Once the collision has been prevented, the audible alarm will stop.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), on the other hand, helps the driver avoid collision by steering the car back to the center of the lane.

Booking a test drive of all Honda SENSING-equipped models are possible for customers to experience the difference first-hand.

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Honda Civic Type R debuts in the Philippines: Price, availability

Most powerful model yet

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Honda Civic Type R

Honda is starting 2023 with a bang, introducing the 6th generation Civic Type R to the Philippine market.

The most powerful yet from the line, the all-new sports car-looking Civic Type R will feature a handful of improvements from its exterior design all the way to a more ergonomic and immersive cabin inside.

Some changes include a wider and lower overall build, wider rear doors, a reshaped rear bumper, an elongated hood, and an aggressive front bumper design featuring a honeycomb grille mesh.

The LED headlamps and taillamps have also been redesigned, complementing the matte black finish on the 19-inch alloy wheels.

Of course, the Civic Type R isn’t just all about appearance; underneath the hood is a powerful 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC VTEC, turbo-charged in-line 4-cylinder engine for up to 420 Nm of torque.

The car features a 6-speed manual transmission with a Rev Match Control system for more precise and smoother shifting.

Immersive, comfortable interior

Inside the all-new Civic Type R is an immersive cabin with distinct features only available on the specific model.

There is an aluminum shift knob for added sportiness and a serialized Type R plate on the dashboard. The car has racing-inspired Alcantara seats, while a black and red motif stands out in interior finishes.

Behind the steering wheel is a 10.2-inch fully-digital instrument cluster. For its infotainment setup, the Type R features a 9-inch touchscreen with support for various connectivity and multimedia functions, such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 12-speaker Bose system.

Another exclusive offering for the Type R is the Honda LogR Performance Datalogger that monitors driving activity using both the car’s sensors and a built-in vehicle app.

Other comfort features include automatic air-conditioning, smart key card entry, one push start system, wireless charging, and more.

Advanced safety features

The 2023 Civic Type R comes with the full suite of Honda SENSING features, such as:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Auto-High Beam

Aside from these, the car also has a camera mounted behind the windshield which has an improved field of view (100 degrees from 50 degrees) while at the back is a multi-view rear camera.

Other safety offerings include:

  • Anti-lock Brake System
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution
  • Vehicle Stability Assist
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Electric Parking Brake
  • Auto Brake Hold
  • ISOFIX child seat anchor

Price, availability

The all-new Honda Civic Type R retails for PhP 3,880,000 for the 2.0 VTEC Turbo Honda SENSING MT variant.

Visit any of Honda’s 37 car dealerships nationwide for the virtual showroom here for more details.

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Xiaomi EV spotted in China

Named Modena

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How do new cars get their first test runs on real roads? Common in the automotive space, prerelease vehicles often go on extensive tests on actual roads while disguised with non-revealing designs. As vehicles, electric vehicles are no different. A year ahead of their projected release date, Xiaomi and its first electric car have made surprise appearances in Chinese roads for test drives.

Reported by CarNewsChina (via ArenaEV), Xiaomi has reportedly unleased its unreleased electric vehicle in China. The timing of the tests foretell important tests for winter conditions, an important metric for vehicles in a country that gets its fair share of icy weather. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun reportedly participated in the tests himself.

All of the test vehicles were clothed in black fabric to obscure the final design. Spotters won’t be able to deduce much except from the outline. Speculations are already out and about, though.

The vehicle, codenamed Modena, will come with a variety of battery options including one from Chinese EV mainstay BYD. The battery will supposedly charge from empty to around 80 percent in just 15 minutes. It will also reportedly come with an unreleased automotive chipset from Qualcomm. It might ship with a price tag hovering between RMB 260,000 to RMB 350,000.

As with their first announcement back in 2021, Xiaomi is expected to launch the Modena sometime in 2024. Besides the first vehicle, the company is also working on another vehicle codenamed Lemans.

SEE ALSO: First Xiaomi car set for a 2024 launch

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Best of CES 2023

Next-Gen Foldables, Record-Breaking Electric Car, and a 3D Laptop without 3D Glasses

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There were a lot announced during CES 2023 — and by that we mean A LOT.

But some of our favorites include a portable solar-powered fridge with a built-in ice maker, a record-breaking electric vehicle that can go farther than any before, a laptop with a 3D display, heck even the future of foldable smartphones was unveiled!

Featuring the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED, Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX, the next-gen foldables care of Samsung Display, and many more!

Know more of them by watching our Best of CES 2023 round-up!

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