Saturday, July 30, 2016

Alice Dixson is still fine at 47

Has anyone noticed how hot the weather has suddenly become in Metro Manila? That's probably because celebrity and "crush ng bayan" circa late '80s/early '90s Alice Dixson celebrated her 47th birthday recently. 
What's the connection, you ask? Well, that's because for the past couple of days, she's been posting photos of her in a bikini on her Instagram account, and her very first photo celebrating her birthday was one in her birthday suit (Yay!) albeit covered by a towel (Boo!).



If you don't believe us, check out her Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/alicedixson/. Better yet, we'll do you a favor by posting high-resolution copies of the said photos below. So, you're welcome.




   
  

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The last of the Aston Martin DB9s have been built. Long live the DB9.

Proving that it truly is a class act, Aston Martin has quietly announced that it has built the last few units of the Aston Martin DB9 supercar, 12 years after its production started at the British carmaker's then-newly-inaugurated plant in Gaydon, England in 2004.



The revelation was made on Twitter by no less than Aston Martin Chief Executive Andy Palmer, who likewise attached a couple of photos of the last few units, including one with its engine cover signed by the engineers and technicians that built that particular unit.





The DB9 is significant in Aston Martin's history because it was the first all-new model to be introduced by the carmaker under Ford's corporate umbrella as its predecessor, the DB7, was based on the Jaguar XJ platform which had been around since 1976!

As for the DB9, it was the first to utilize Aston Martin's aluminum VH platform which has since underpinned most of the current models like the Vantage and its variants, the Virage, the DBS, and the Rapide. So while the DB9 may be gone, it lives on in Aston Martin's other models.

Long live the Aston Martin DB9!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Check out how the Mitsubishi Lancer EX looks like in China

At the 2016 Manila International Auto Show, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines quietly unveiled the new look of the current-generation Mitsubishi Lancer EX. Gone is the front bumper with its "jet fighter grille" and in its place now is a more conventionally designed one with split upper and lower grilles that have been lined with chrome. Perhaps this is proof that Mitsubishi has no plans to further develop the Lancer, much more create a next-generation model.



Well, that's probably for the ASEAN-market Lancer because at the recent Auto China 2016 in Beijing, the Japanese carmaker unveiled its update for the compact sedan for the domestic market, and we have to admit, we like the way it modernized the "jet fighter grille" even further with its more angular corners.
 

Which front fascia do you prefer for the Mitsubishi Lancer EX?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Koenigsegg blames recent crash of rare One:1 on faulty ABS sensor

We're big fans of Koenigsegg because the Swedish carmaker has always been different from other supercar manufacturers. After all, who thought that the land of Ikea and Volvo would one day produce supercars and hypercars that can rival those produced by established German and Italian marques.
 


Koenigsegg always went against the grain and this time around, with the recent crash of one of the eight limited-edition Koenigsegg One:1 units at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit, the manufacturer once again did what other brands would keep as close to their carbon-fiber chests as possible--reveal what exactly went wrong in the car to cause the crash.


Well, the car is back in Koenigsegg's Angelholm production facility and, according to the carmaker, its analysis of the in-car telemetry data gathered after the crash indicated that the One:1's front left ABS wheel sensor malfunctioned during the run, causing the brake to lock up as the car was doing around 170kph on the Fuchsrohre section. It then hit the fence at the Adenauer Forst section at approximately 110kph, sending the car airborne for an estimated 22 meters while the car turned 180-degrees in mid-air "before it landed on its left rear wheel and pivoted to land parallel with the fence."

As for the cause of the fire that briefly engulfed the One:1, it was traced to the carbon-fiber rear panels coming in contact with the exhaust after the crash. The fire though was extinguished in time by the driver who used a fire extinguisher that was located in the car.



Koenigsegg clarified that although its data analysis showed that the dashboard warning light lit up immediately after the ABS wheel sensor malfunctioned, it may have been difficult to notice the light despite it being located centrally on the dashboard since the driver was wearing a helmet and was concentrating on driving the One:1 at high speed around the track. The driver also would not have noticed any difference in braking feel at that point as he was not braking hard enough to activate the ABS system.

Kudos to Koenigsegg for being so forthcoming with information regarding the crash. It's such a welcome change from carmakers and distributors who like to keep things secretive, and from publications that will always side with these brands so as not to offend them no matter how "fair" and "unbiased" they claim to be.

Koenigsegg's statement regarding the malfunction that caused the accident:


"A Koenigsegg One:1 endured a severe crash at the Nürburgring Circuit in Germany last Monday, 18th July. The accident occurred at approximately 16:30 hours, some 3.5 hours into a session of Industry Pool testing that began at 13:00 hours.

The vehicle has since returned to Ängelholm and upon examination of both the car and the on-board telemetry, we have been able to deduce the following:

The One:1 experienced front axle brake lock-up at approximately 170 km/h on a section of the track known as Fuchsröhre before hitting the fence at Adenauer Forst at approximately 110 km/h. The impact with the fence launched the car into the air for an estimated 22 meters while it turned 180 degrees before it landed on its left rear wheel and pivoted to land parallel with the fence. The airbags, fuel shut-off and other safety systems all deployed as they were designed to do.

There was a small fire in the rear section of the car due to contact between the carbonfibre rear panels and the exhaust upon landing. This fire was extinguished by the driver using a fire extinguisher that was located inside the car.

The accident has been traced to a fault with the front left ABS wheel sensor signal.

Data analysis shows that the dashboard ABS warning light was triggered as soon as the ABS wheel sensor malfunction occurred. The small yellow ABS warning light is located centrally in the dashboard but may be difficult for the driver to see when he is wearing a helmet and concentrating on high-speed driving around the circuit. The driver may not necessarily notice any difference in the braking feel as long as he is not near the ABS braking zone, i.e. braking hard enough that it would have triggered the ABS system.

Whilst the ABS warning was activated well in advance of lock-up, data analysis shows that the driver’s brake application at Fuchsröhre was the first brake application in the ABS zone. Hence, it was the first opportunity for the driver to notice the ABS fault through the brake pedal.

Our ABS system, like most, includes a back-up feature where the rear wheels are allowed to continue rotating in the event of an ABS fault that results in the front wheels locking up. Letting the rear wheels rotate instead of locking up together with the front wheels prevents the car from rotating. Instead, the car will continue in a straight line. The system worked to specification, as can be seen by the straight skid marks left by the front tires on the track prior to the car colliding with the fence.

Our engineers spent several hours on Wednesday, July 20th, replicating the fault using a similar car at our factory test track. The left front wheel ABS sensor was disconnected and ABS-level braking force was applied. We found results that were entirely consistent with those experienced by the One:1 at the Nürburgring.

If an ABS fault is triggered in the normal course of driving, the customer would normally take heed of the warning light, stop the car and have the fault attended to. As long as heavy ABS braking is not needed the car will stay fully drivable and most people would drive it to the nearest service facility to have them examine the system. It was our severe misfortune that this fault occurred just prior to the first instance of ABS-braking into a corner during high-speed testing on the world’s most demanding test track.

While the One:1 sustained severe damage to its exterior panels and sub-frames (front and rear), the carbon monocoque chassis and airbag restraint system performed according to design specifications and protected the driver well. Examination of the vehicle at our factory in Ängelholm shows that there were no fuel leaks, no oil leaks and no hydraulic fluid leaks whatsoever, which is positively reassuring, given the force of the impact. 

The carbon monocoque chassis has been examined at our factory in Ängelholm (photographed today, above). The monocoque is intact and will form the basis for the rebuild of the car in the near future, together with the engine, gearbox and many other systems. Both doors were fully operational, opening and closing in their original positions. The removable roof is fully intact and properly aligned.

Given this unfortunate and unlikely situation and given that we have the tools to further enhance our cars’ safety in this regard, we will implement software changes that will be rolled out to all applicable vehicles in the near future.

Modern Koenigseggs already have an Active Systems Warning regime in place. This is a system that is well above all legal requirements. The Active System Warning monitors all active systems in the car – the front aero flaps underneath the bumper, active ride height system, active rear wing and our active rebound dampening. If a fault is triggered in any of these active systems, a flashing light appears on the dashboard along with an ACTIVE SYSTEMS WARNING light. The car is then restricted to 100 km/h until the fault is fixed and cleared in the system. We will act immediately to include the ABS system in this Active Warning System regime. This will have the dual effect of heightening driver awareness of the fault and restricting vehicle output until the fault is fixed.

This incident will not stop us from continuing our intensive testing at the Nürburgring, but it will halt it for some time as the team behind the effort will focus on rebuilding this car before going back again. Today it is a bit hard to say exactly how long that will take but we will do it as efficiently as possible. Will we be back this year? That is also hard to say at this point, but we won’t say a definite ‘no’.

Koenigsegg Automotive AB is committed to building the world’s best performance cars. The world of high performance is inherently dangerous but a critical part of our commitment is making the cars as safe to drive as such cars can be. As is customary with severe Nürburgring accidents, our professional driver was taken to hospital for routine tests. Encouragingly, he was released later the same afternoon. We thank him for his alertness in putting out the fire directly after the impact.

We are also extremely grateful for the level of public support we have received since this incident. It is truly heartwarming.

Stay Tuned!"

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A rare Koenigsegg One:1 crashed at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit and this is what the Swedish hypercar manufacturer had to say about it

The Koenigsegg One:1 is one of the rarest hypercars in the world, with only eight units being built--including the lone prototype--from 2014 to 2015. So to read through various sources online that one such example crashed last weekend at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit is certainly heartbreaking.



According to GTSpirit.com. the crash happened as the car was making a run for the record of the Porsche 918 Spyder as the fastest production car to lap the famed track, with the crash reportedly happening at the Adenauer Forst section, a blind chicane that follows the fast Fuchsrohre segment. The report added that although the car caught fire after the incident, it was immediately contained and that the unnamed driver was able to walk away from the stricken hypercar.

Also, the One:1 unit in the photo above is the actual car, supposedly taken on July 14--just days before the crash. GTSpirit.com added that this particular unit is the second One:1 to be made and was the first to be privately registered.

Now, while most carmakers would try to sweep such incidents under the rug, Koenigsegg recently issued a statement about it, saying that the accident confirms "just how difficult it is to drive at this level on the world’s ultimate proving ground."

You can read the complete statement below as well as see a video of the aftermath of the crash and as the car was being retrieved and laid on a flatbed truck at the bottom. We only hope that, despite the crash, Koenigsegg won't be deterred from staging another attempt at a Nurburgring lap record sometime in the near future.

Koenioggseg's statement on the incident at the Nurburgring:

"Koenigsegg Automotive AB can confirm reports online that a Koenigsegg One:1 was involved in a crash during testing as part of Industry Pool at the Nurburgring on Monday, 18 July. The driver was taken to hospital as per standard procedures in such situations and was released the same afternoon.

Koenigsegg has participated in Industry Pool testing for a week in each of the last two months, working primarily on vehicle setups both for ongoing vehicle development and for an attempt at a Nurburgring lap record at some time in the future.

A Koenigsegg is an extreme performance car and must be tested accordingly. This is an inherently dangerous undertaking that must be conducted progressively and methodically, working point by point on all areas of our highly adjustable vehicles. Our primary concern is always driver safety and any testing is structured and conducted accordingly.

This incident is confirmation of just how difficult it is to drive at this level on the world’s ultimate proving ground. Obviously we are dismayed with this development but pleased that our safety systems worked as designed to protect our driver."


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Press Release: Honda reveals the New CR-Z 1.5 IMA Final Edition

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda's automobile business unit in the Philippines, officially announces the countdown to avail of the New CR-Z 1.5 IMA Final Edition. Customers are already encouraged to reserve at their nearest Honda dealership to take ownership on Honda's sport hybrid coupe.  HCPI will only accept orders for the New CR-Z 1.5 IMA Final Edition until July 31, 2016.


The New CR-Z 1.5 IMA Final Edition features an exclusive sophisticated black leather interior, and exterior embellished with a Final Edition sticker

Outside, the CR-Z 1.5 IMA Final Edition still sports a distinct sporty character with its 2-Tone Color complemented with black painted roof, door mirrors, and a tailgate sure to turn heads on the road. The overall sporty exterior of the New CR-Z 1.5 IMA Final Edition is further defined by its low-slung design, and sharp character lines.

Inside, the New CR-Z 1.5 IMA Final Edition boasts a modern and expansive cockpit integrated with a new Push Start System. It features a new 7-inch Touch Screen Display Audio, which also serves as a navigation system, and a display for the multi-view reverse camera. It is also equipped with an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), which replaces the traditional lever-type parking brake with a simple switch for added convenience in different driving situations.

The New CR-Z 1.5 IMA Final Edition is powered by a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine, and an Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) Hybrid System that sets itself apart from other lightweight sports cars in the Philippines. The Three Mode Drive System allows the driver to choose between ECON, Normal, and Sports mode for a more fun and dynamic driving experience. The Plus Sport Button provides the New CR-Z 1.5 IMA a sudden boost in performance with a simple push of a button.

The New CR-Z 1.5 IMA Final Edition retains the same suggested retail prices of P1.44 million for the six-speed Manual Transmission Variant, and P1.53 million for the Continuously Transmission Variant (CVT) with paddle shifters.

The New CR-Z 1.5 IMA Final Edition will be available in different colors, including the 2-Tone color option (black roof, door mirrors, and tailgate):

·        Helios Yellow Pearl (2-Tone) *
·        Milano Red (2-Tone) *
·        Premium White Pearl (2-Tone) *
·        Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic
·        Polished Metal Metallic **

*Additional Php 30,0000

**Per order basis

For more information on the New CR-Z 1.5 IMA Final Edition, please visit www.hondaphil.com or any Honda dealership nationwide.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Press Release: Honda unveils All-New Civic Modulo variants

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines, adds three new sportier variants for the All-New Civic with the introduction of the All-New Civic 1.8 E CVT Modulo, RS Turbo Modulo, and RS Turbo Modulo Sport variants.

Since its first appearance in the Philippine media launch last April, the All-New Civic has already accumulated over 2,300 reservations. HCPI responds to the positive feedback the All-New Civic received from the market by further amplifying its aggressive sporty appeal.


Designed and engineered to enhance the customer’s Honda experience, the All-New Civic Modulo variants are equipped with Modulo genuine accessories for both the exterior and interior. The three All-New Civic Modulo variants sport a Front Under Spoiler, Side Under Spoiler, Rear Under Spoiler, Exhaust Pipe Finisher (1 pair for the RS Turbo Modulo and RS Turbo Modulo Sport variants), and a Modulo emblem. Inside, these three Modulo variants are equipped with a Side Step Garnish.



The 1.8 E CVT Modulo variant also gets an additional Deck Lid Spoiler, while the RS Turbo Modulo Sport variant is made more distinctive with its 17-inch matte black Modulo Alloy Wheels.



Customers are sure to enjoy the Modulo genuine accessories, which have undergone rigorous testing to ensure the best quality. Modulo genuine accessories also come with a three-year warranty.

Under the hood, the RS Turbo Modulo and RS Turbo Modulo Sport variants are powered by a DOHC VTEC Turbo Engine that delivers a maximum torque of 22.0 kg-m at 1,700--5,500 rpm, and a maximum power output of 173 PS at 5,500 rpm. The 1.8 E CVT Modulo variant is equipped with a 1.8 liter engine, which produces a maximum torque of 17.4 kg-m at 4,300 rpm, and a maximum power output of 141 PS at 6,500 rpm. Both engines are mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Earth Dreams Technology. The RS Turbo variants are equipped with paddle shifters for an even sportier driving performance.

At the recent Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Eco Run, the All-New Civic RS Turbo recorded an impressive result of 27.56 km/L, which truly highlights its powerful driving performance with uncompromised fuel efficiency.

HCPI is now accepting reservations for the All-New Civic Modulo Variants, with the following suggested retail prices:

·        RS Turbo Modulo Sport: P1.51 million
·        RS Turbo Modulo: P1.445 million
·        1.8 E CVT Modulo: P1.143 million

Customers may choose from the following colors for the All-New Civic:

·        Cosmic Blue Metallic (new color)
·        Midnight Burgundy Pearl (new color)
·        Lunar Silver Metallic
·        White Orchid Pearl (additional Php 20,000)
·        Rallye Red (RS Turbo, RS Turbo Modulo, RS Turbo Modulo Sport variants only)
·        Modern Steel Metallic (1.8 E CVT and 1.8 E CVT Modulo variants only)

For more information and further updates on the All-New Civic, visit www.hondaphil.com or any authorized Honda dealership nationwide to inquire and test drive.

Mazda's next-generation pickup to be based on Isuzu's next-generation model

Mazda has revealed that it is working with Isuzu for the development of its next-generation pickup truck which, in turn, will be based on the latter's next-generation pickup truck as well.



The arrangement isn't new, at least in Mazda's case, since the current Mazda BT-50 pickup shares the same platform with the Ford Ranger as both models were developed when the Japanese carmaker was still under Ford's corporate umbrella. With the American carmaker divesting its interests in Mazda following the world financial crisis in 2008, it seems the Japanese brand was on the lookout for a collaborator for the BT-50's successor, which it has apparently found in Isuzu.

Mazda's collaboration with Isuzu though isn't new since both brands have supposedly been working together for more than 10 years, with the latter reportedly producing the former's trucks for the Japanese market.

Although Mazda wouldn't say when its next-generation pickup will go on sale, it did confirm that it will be sold "worldwide except North America."

Since commercial vehicles like pickup trucks are known as Isuzu's specialty, we're very eager to see what the collaboration between Mazda and Isuzu would be like.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Press Release: Honda achieved remarkable fuel efficiency in the first DOE Euro 4 Eco Run

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) proudly announces that its automobiles achieved remarkable fuel efficiency during the Department of Energy's (DOE) first Euro 4 economy run. The said event was conducted to come up with a benchmark to standardize the measurement of fuel economy under the Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program (PESLP), a mandatory DOE program requiring manufacturers, importers, and suppliers to comply with the prescribed energy labeling requirements and minimum energy performance standards.



HCPI, together with other automotive brands, joined this fuel economy run and participated their eight recently introduced products namely the New City, All-New Civic, New Mobilio, New HR-V, Jazz, CR-V, Brio, and Brio Amaze. The participating brands' vehicles traversed the 280-kilometer roads from Petron Clark station in Angeles City Pampanga to SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway), TPLEX (Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union-Expressway) and back, with the convoy led by DOE representatives. Before the activity started, all vehicles were lined up and filled to the brim with gasoline and sealed to ensure that none of the participants will be able to load gasoline during the course. The fuel used during the event was sponsored by Petron Corporation, its official gasoline partner. Each vehicle consisted of a driver and a navigator from the participating brand, and a representative from the media that served as an observer to ensure that the guidelines set were being followed. Other rules such as a maximum speed of 80kph, full blast air conditioner setting and allowable three-second rule or equivalent to five (5) car distance were also strictly implemented.

As a result, the Honda Jazz 1.5 VX CVT variant which gathered 28.60km/L has the highest efficiency rating among the Honda entries, and is considered best in class among the subcompact hatchbacks.

The All-New Honda Civic 1.5 RS Turbo launched in April 2016 records an impressive 27.56km/L. This Civic's top-of-the-line variant is treated with RS design sport elements and a DOHC VTEC Turbo Engine under its hood that delivers a maximum torque of 22.0kg-m (216Nm) at 1,700-5,500 rpm, and a maximum power output of 173PS (171hp) at 5,500 rpm. Having an engine equipped with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Earth Dreams Technology, the All-New Civic boasts a powerful driving performance and fuel efficiency.

Honda's best selling model, the New Honda City 1.5 E CVT got 26.02km/L. In an internal fuel economy run conducted in August 2015, the City also recorded the same level of fuel efficiency from combined city and highway driving from Metro Manila to Pangasinan. This proves the City's consistent and realistic fuel efficiency in different road and traffic conditions.

Furthermore, equally important in Honda's model line-up, the New Honda Mobilio 1.5 V CVT achieved a figure of 24.69km/L, considered the best in the compact MPV gasoline category; and the New Honda HR-V 1.8 E CVT with 24.82km/L, the best in crossover SUV category. On the other hand, the Honda CR-V 2.0 S AT with 20.59km/L, Honda Brio 1.3 S 5AT with 24.78km/L, and the Honda Brio Amaze with 23.77km/L also achieved good fuel efficiency results.


Model
Variant
Results
Jazz
1.5 VX CVT
28.60 km/L
Civic
1.5 RS Turbo CVT
27.56 km/L
City
1.5 E CVT
26.02 km/L
HR-V
1.8 E CVT
24.82 km/L
Brio
1.3 S 5AT
24.78 km/L
Mobilio
1.5 V CVT
24.69 km/L
Brio Amaze
1.3 V 5AT
23.77 km/L
CR-V
2.0 S 5AT
20.59 km/L

As early as 2004, HCPI started introducing EURO 4 ready products in the Philippines. By September 2015, HCPI was first among automotive brands to obtain EURO 4 certification from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for its locally manufactured and imported vehicles. As stated by HCPI President and General Manager, Toshio Kuwahara, "It has always been one of HCPI's thrusts to leave blue skies for our children, which is why Honda products are produced with the most consideration on the environment and its users. Moreover, in the midst of the increasing fuel costs, Honda believes that the new technologies and advancements in its engines promotes fuel efficiency and help its consumers save on resources for other essential commodities."

For more information on any of the models in Honda’s vehicle line up, please visit www.hondaphil.com or you may also visit any of the authorized dealerships nationwide to test drive a Honda vehicle today.