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The road to zero traffic casualties

With the rapid motorization of the Philippines, it is not surprising that fender-bender incidents and even fatal traffic accidents are on the rise. But as accidents and their intensity are unpredictable, preparation in its many forms is key to significantly reduce injury to you, your passengers and even pedestrians. It is this preparation by Toyota, the world’s largest automaker that has piqued my attention. They recently gave me an in-depth look at their holistic approach to safety, which included crashing a brand new Prius right before my eyes just to prove a point. They toured me around their facility dedicated to making Toyotas the safest vehicles possible and promised to never stop their work until, in their own words, ‘traffic casualties are zero.’   Higashifuji Research& Development Center Sitting on a 43,825 square meter property is …

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Mazda prieviews CX-3

Berjaya Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country, has unveiled the latest addition to the Japanese brand’s new-generation vehicle lineup – the all-new Mazda CX-3. Dubbed by Mazda as a “Freestyle Crossover Vehicle,” the model was previewed ahead of its scheduled debut at the Philippine International Motor Show. The new vehicle serves as Mazda’s answer to the expanding sub-compact crossover market while still delivering a unique driving experience to the segment, catered to young, forward-thinking individuals and families. Like its stablemates, the Japan-made CX-3 carries the company’s trademark, Kodo: Soul of Motion design language and Skyactiv suite of body, chassis, suspension, engine and drivetrain technologies. “The new CX-3 is one of the most highly anticipated vehicles we have ever unveiled in the Philippine market,” said Steven Tan, President and CEO …

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Driving progress

The country’s top automotive brands will once again gather under one roof for the Sixth Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) this Sept. 14-18, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Members of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI), comprised of 18 of the top car manufacturers and distributors, gathered at The Marriot to drum up support for the upcoming event. This year’s PIMS is guided by the theme, “Steer The Future” with the tagline “CAMPI: Driving Progress, Empowering Society.” As such, the show will highlights the automotive industry’s valuable contributions to the advancement of the country and its economy, with a showcase the latest vehicles and automotive technologies. Set to participate in this years event are: BAIC, BMW, Daewoo Bus, Foton, Honda, Isuzu, Jeep, KIA, Lexus, …

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Makati Shangri-La launches partnership with Volkswagen

Makati Shangri-La receives new fleet of volkswagen premium cars, Monday, during a cermonial hand over. Makati Shangri-La has formally received 31 units of Passat limousines and 40 units of the compact sedan Jetta which formally marks the partnership with Volkswagen Philippines. Volkswagen Philippines and their remarkable standards is what inspires the Shangri-La company to choose the automotive brand, for they embodied the same as of the hotel's rich tradition and personalized service from the heart. For Nissan Car Lease Philippines, this symbolic fleet of Volkswagen cars for Makati Shangri-La’s guests enhances its services portfolio, while at the same time highlights the hotel and automaker’s credo of putting “people first”.

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New and improved Honda New City 1.5 E Limited Edition to launch this month

The Honda New City 1.5 E will make its way once again in the Philippine market with new and improved features. This limited edition vehicle is specifically tailored for the needs of an on-the-go Filipino. Exclusive only to the country, this model offers a more stylish exterior, with Daytime Running Lights (DRL), which keeps the car even more visible during the day. This vehicle is also versatile especially this rainy season. It is integrated with door visors, another addition to the brand new look. Honda made sure another level of security features are added. The New City 1.5 E is secured with a panic button, which enables an alarm and lights system when pressed at a long interval. In terms of fuel efficiency, the model comes with a 1.5 Liter i-VTEC engine with a …

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Small plane crashes in Slovenia, killing 3

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — A small plane has crashed in rainy weather in western Slovenia, killing the three people on board. Authorities said Friday that the plane went down late on Thursday near Bovec, in the Slovenian Alps. Rescuers found the plane early on Friday at the foot of the Kras peak. Police say the pilot had sent an emergency call around 1800GMT on Thursday before disappearing from the radar. Police say all three people on board were Slovenian citizens.

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Same old HILUX, but better

Text and Photos by Eric Tipan Back in the day, if you handled a small farm on the side, managed a startup SME full-time or simply wanted a go-anywhere, macho vehicle, chances are your choice would be a pickup and it would be a Toyota Hilux (remember Marty’s ride from Back to the Future?). As probably the quintessential pickup in the Philippines, its seventh generation exceeded a typical model cycle and stayed in the market successfully for 11 long years until the full model change finally came in the middle of last year. I pick up Toyota’s all-new pickup to see what’s up and how the 4x4 2.8 G AT improves to make the much-loved Hilux even better. ‘Keen look’ inside and out The exterior of the Hilux 4x4 2.8 G AT, and by default …

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BMW launches 7 series privileges programme

An impressive arrival isn’t the only thing that comes with a brand new BMW 7 Series. As a sweetener to the ownership experience, Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC), official importer and distributor of BMW, launches the BMW 7 Series Privileges Programme. The exclusive program entitles owners of the all-new BMW 7 Series, BMW’s flagship vehicle, to a selection of services that will complement the driving luxury offered by the vehicle. Among these services are a weekend getaway at Shangri-La at the Fort; a “gastronomic feast” prepared by a professional chef from Chateau 1771 in the confines of their own home or venue of their choice; a retreat at Chi The Spa, golf in the fairways of Ayala Land Premier’s Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club or Ayala Greenfield Estates Golf Course; a two-night …

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Unmanned metro to launch in 2017

Beijing has announced plans to unveil the country’s first domestically developed, fully automated subway next year, in tandem with the scheduled opening of the Yanfang line. The new line will connect the southeastern suburb of Yanshan, which houses a number of petroleum and chemical enterprises, with Fangshan, where passengers can transfer to trains bound for the center of Beijing. The operating system for the new line, which requires neither drivers nor attendants, is currently undergoing factory testing, and is expected to launch by the end of 2017. The benefits of a fully automated subway system include greater safety, better efficiency and a reduced workload for operators. Such systems are therefore growing in popularity worldwide. China began research for the automated subway system in 2010, in accordance with the Made-in-China 2025 strategy, a 10-year national …

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Scientists exit Hawaii dome after yearlong Mars simulation

HILO, Hawaii — Six scientists have completed a yearlong Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome in near isolation. For the past year, the group in the dome on a Mauna Loa mountain could go outside only while wearing spacesuits. On Sunday, the simulation ended, and the scientists emerged. Cyprien Verseux, a crew member from France, said the simulation shows a mission to Mars can succeed. "I can give you my personal impression which is that a mission to Mars in the close future is realistic. I think the technological and psychological obstacles can be overcome," Verseux said. Christiane Heinicke, a crew member from Germany, said the scientists were able to find their own water in a dry climate. "Showing that it works, you can actually get water from the ground that is …

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