Saturday, November 16, 2013

Third-generation Honda Fit wins 2013-2014 Japan COTY

2014 Honda Fit Hybrid


The new, third-generation, Honda Fit wins the 2013-2014 Japan Car of the Year award thanks to its compact sizing, its dual clutch gearbox for a hybrid car, and packaging for its class. This is the 12th time Honda crowned the Japan COTY award. Their last win was in 2010 with their CR-Z sport hybrid but amazingly, this is the third time the Fit won the award, one for each generation.

The Volkswagen Golf VII won the Import Car of the Year, Volvo V40 won the Japan Car Design of the Year, while the Honda Accord Hybrid, with its clever two-motor hybrid system, won the Japan Car Technology of the Year.

Mercedes-Benz bids "Auf Wiedersehen" to the SLS AMG with Final Edition

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Final Edition

Since its 2010 launch, the SLS AMG is Mercedes-AMG's first halo vehicle and a spiritual successor to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. Sadly, it's time to say auf wiedersehen to this gullwinged supercar from Germany as the "Final Edition" will make a premiere at Los Angeles and Tokyo, giving this the sendoff it so richly deserved. Available in Coupe and Roadster guise, it carries the same 583HP V8 engine from the SLS GT model but the Final Edition comes with the black bonnet and a fixed rear wing. Up to 350 units will be made.

Report: Top Gear

SUPERSTORM YOLANDA: Stephen Colbert joins call for aid to PH, asks viewers to ‘out-donate China’



Comedian and host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert, praised the US for efforts sending relief efforts to the Philippines, which was battered by Superstorm Yolanda/Haiyan while making jokes about China's $100,000 donation to the Philippines. The joke? Ask the viewers to "out-donate" China after that too-short donation to the Philippines China has done to them.

Report: http://www.interaksyon.com/entertainment/stephen-colbert-joins-call-for-aid-to-ph-asks-viewers-to-out-donate-china/

"Pimple Panic"

On the November 15, 2013 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Drive-thru gags

- Ikaw at ang Ina knows about...Post, Like, Comment.

- Endorsecopy

- Bubble Gang does Eskinol by spoofing this commercial as ESKIMOL. No to dirt. No to pimples. Yes to fun!

Bubble Gang does Eskinol
- In this episode's ISTAMBAY SA LOOBAN: Kursunada ni boy itong si Marian, pero may mahigpit siyang kalaban...

- A dying father has his last wish...

Unang Hearing sa Spoon and Fork Barrel Scandal!

Chip Echosero and PJ Jingona - Tsenador


Sec. Leila De Anim

Dante Gimena

Atty. Lorna Kapunen
Mrs. Tina Polez
Benthor Uy
Mary Anne Santigo

- Gerry Gerinimo checks out some new medicines from the drugstore such as Jayatabs, Salongpants, Jackson's Baboy Lotion, Bibeflo Bibe Cologne, Brownies Baby Diapers, Bekydine, and Unclebiotic.

- Kidnapping with too much movie references thrown in.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Let's Do The News! (November 15, 2013)

The big news today...

1) Mazda CX-5's SCBS hits a snag, injures driver and passenger


Mazda CX-5 2013 ANNIVERSARY


The Smart City Brake System equipped on the Mazda CX-5 automatically activates the brakes and reduces the engine output at the same time. However, this safety system isn't fool-proof though as demonstrated by a report that in a Saitama Mazda dealership, a customer tries out the CX5's SCBS and failed, injuring both the driver and the dealership representative. Mazda expressed "sincere apologies" on their press statements regarding the accident.


2) The Night of The Doctor

One-hit wonder Eighth Doctor Paul McGann makes a comeback on this web-exclusive prologue to next week's The Day of The Doctor TV special. This online exclusive is called The Night of The Doctor and we see The Doctor fatally crash lands in the former colony of Gallifery, home to the Sisterhood of Karn. Watch the clip and find out:



3) Bravest Warriors S02E03

Frederator Studios' Cartoon Hangover streamed the third episode of Bravest Warriors season 2. This episode is titled Mexican Touchdown and on that episode, Danny and Plum are on an alien rescue. Watch this episode and smile if you want more.



4) Perodua showcases sedan concept at KLIMS13

Malaysian carmaker Perodua showcased their sedan concept called the Buddyz which claims to be "the perfect combination of local and global automotive trends".

Report: http://paultan.org/2013/11/14/perodua-buddyz-klims/

5) Availability of "GT5 My Home" and GT5 Photo Stream on www.gran-turismo.com

As the world prepares for GT6, Gran Turismo announced that GT5 My Home and GT5 Photo Stream will no longer be available on www.gran-turismo.com from 29 November, 01:00 EST. Equivalent services will be made available on www.gran-turismo.com for Gran Turismo 6 following launch of the title.

Source: Gran Turismo website

6) GT Racing 2 now available on iOS and Android

If you like Asphalt 8: Airborne, then you'll going to enjoy GT Racing 2, the newest sequel to the hit racing game made by Swiss-based game developer Gameloft. There are 67 cars from 35 manufacturers and 12 awesome location inspired tracks offered in this game and best of all, it's FREE TO PLAY on your iOS and Android! Download one now on the App Store or get it on Google Play.

7) Subaru Legacy Concept previews 6th generation model

2013 Subaru Legacy Concept

The Subaru Legacy will be 25 years old next year and the full model change is due next year so for a preview, Subaru will showcase the concept model that will preview the next-generation model. It will make a world premiere at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Details: http://www.netcarshow.com/subaru/2013-legacy_concept/

8) McLaren P1 sold out

It's official and you're too late, potential buyers. The over-900bhp hybrid hypercar, McLaren P1, is officially sold out as all 375 models have been accounted for.

Report: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/mclaren-p1-sold-out-2013-11-13

TTFN!!!

The Richard and Maya Wedding


This is the first time on Philippine television where this special episode gets its own global simulcast. Not only this special episode aired in ABS-CBN but globally via The Filipino Channel where in the same time, Filipinos worldwide get to watch the special Be Careful With My Heart episode. It's the wedding of Richard "Ser Chief" Lim (played by Richard Yap) and Maya Dela Rosa (played by Jodi Sta. Maria). Maya and Ser Chief, finally tied the knot.

SUPERSTORM YOLANDA: Hong Kongers' bashing of typhoon victims condemned



Hong Kong has remained unfriendly to the Philippines since the 2010 Quirino Grand Stand hostage drama where a former policeman killed some Hong Kong tourists held hostage. Now, a Hong Kong-based organization condemned some of the Hong Kong people who gave negative comments about the victims of Superstorm Yolanda (Haiyan). The group said in a statement "The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) expressed today its concern over abusive and derogatory remarks, made on the internet and through other public channels, by some members of the community in relation to the Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines"

Report: The Philippine Star

SUPERSTORM YOLANDA: De facto martial law



"De facto martial law" is in effect in Leyte and its capital Tacloban as authorities try to stop the looting and secure the relief goods being sent to areas heavily hit by Superstorm Yolanda last week, according to DILG Secretary Mar Roxas. He told CNN reporter Andrew Stevens that "martial law is de facto, meaning it's in place even if there's no technical paper legalizing it". The government have brought an additional 1,000 PNP police officers from outside.

Report: The Philippine Star

SUPERSTORM YOLANDA: Police official sacked over 10,000 fatality estimate



Eastern Visayas police (PRO8) regional director Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria, the police general who said that Superstorm Yolanda/Haiyan could have left over ten thousands died, was ordered relieved and would be replaced by his military academy classmate, Chief Superintendent Henry Losañes, current head of the PNP Maritime Group. The PNP leadership has yet to announce Soria's relief.

Report: The Philippine Star

SUPERSTORM YOLANDA: LA Lakers Typhoon Relief



The Los Angeles Lakers will donate $150,000, as well as give all proceeds from the Lakers Youth Foundation In-Arena Auctions at all Lakers home games between November 12-24, to the Philippine Red Cross to assist in the relief efforts for victims of Superstorm Yolanda/Haiyan that ravaged the eastern and central parts of the country last week.

For details on how you can donate: http://on.nba.com/1gO75h8

Top Gear USA S04E08


It's USA vs the world as the boys from Top Gear USA are comparing American exotics and see if they have the willpower to take down the Europeans.

Rut goes for the old Saleen S7, Adam goes for the Rossion Q1, which is more of an Americanized version of the Noble M400, and Tanner opts for the Lucra sportscar.

For their first challenge, they went to Beverly Hills and see which car gets photographed the most. Thanks to Adams cunning attempt, the Rossion really is a head-turner.

Then, it's off to the Mojave Desert for their next challenge. It's drag racing and the fastest of the three is the Lucra thanks to its power-to-weight ratio.

Next up, the boys are trying to get through the car's claimed top speed. The Lucra LC470 has a top speed of 180mph but Tanner managed to get 162. The S7 has a top speed of an estimated 199mph  but Rutledge done it in 160mph. The Q1 has a 189mph but for Adam, that's 145mph. On this challenge, that's another win for the LC470.

Now, it's USA vs Europe. For Adam, his Q1 will go up against the Ferrari 458 Italia. Of course, the European supercar enemies will be driven by themselves while their American rides will be driven by The Stig. The Rossion won against the Ferrari but can the S7 keep up against the Lamborghini LP700-4? The answer, yes. Surprisingly well. Meanwhile,  Tanner in the Porsche GT3 vs Stig in the Lucra. Race boy vs the tamed racing driver.

Even when Tanner get whacked by The Stig, American exotics win the challenge.


Tanner wins overall and he's all out to try out the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.


The power test involves how good the SLS Black is and even though it's a supercar, it corners very well. But to that, he has a race against time at Southern California's Highway 74. One of the most dangerous roads in America and he's got 10 minutes to get through.

Rain or shine, it's still worth a challenge and with less than a minute. the SLS Black made it. Tanner managed to beat the clock even in drizzling conditions.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

SUPERSTORM YOLANDA: Restaurant in Leyte gives Angus Beef to victims



A restaurant owner from Tacloban, Leyte, one of the areas heavily affected by Superstorm Yolanda, given away his stocks of food, especially Angus Beef, to the typhoon victims. He has to ensure that most of his food were safe to eat before being given to the victims.

Watch: http://n5e.interaksyon.com/top/E8B56618791B4ED/1001/angus-beef-ipinamigay-sa-tacloban-leyte

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SUPERSTORM YOLANDA: Fil-Am NBA coach talks about ‘Yolanda’ relief efforts



Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra talks about relief efforts for the Philippines after heavily battered by SUPERSTORM YOLANDA/HAIYAN in an interview from NBA TV's GameTalk. This two-time NBA champion coach reiterated the need for goods and aid for those heavily inflicted by the recent superstorm.

Watch: http://www.philstar.com/video-features/2013/11/13/1256271/watch-fil-am-nba-coach-talks-about-yolanda-relief-efforts

Yes, NBA Cares is appreciated for those who are generous enough to donate for the Haiyan victims. For more info on how you can help your favorite NBA teams and their partner organizations in their relief efforts, go to http://www.nba.com/cares

Let's Do The News! (November 13, 2013)

The big scoop today...

1) Customizing the 2014 Harrier

Of course, the new Toyota Harrier, which is now based on the current RAV4, DOES NOT preview the next Lexus RX even though they both gone through separate directions, Toyota offers some customization program for the new model such as:

Styling Packages:

2014 Toyota Harrier

2014 Toyota Harrier

2014 Toyota Harrier

TRD Sportivo:

2014 Toyota Harrier

and Modellista package:

2014 Toyota Harrier

Check them out at this URL:

2) Mazda Atenza with SKYACTIV Technology wins RJC Car of the Year

Third-generation Mazda Atenza

The third-generation Mazda Atenza (known worldwide as the 6) with its revolutionary SKYACTIV Technology wins the 2013-2014 RJC Car of the Year award. This car was launched late last year with orders twice of the annual sales plan. So far, sales continue with just 24,000 orders more. With its Kodo design and SKYACTIV Technology, you can be sure that the Mazda Atenza is by no doubt one of the best executive midsize sedans available on the market today.



3) Another Gymkhana for next year

Ken Block's Gymkhana 6 vid, in collaboration with NEED FOR SPEED, was a success but a Hoonigan's work is never done because based on the interview with TopGear.com, Ken Block plans for an even bigger Gymkhana vid next year. He said he's going to show his next Gymkhana vid to the world in the summer.

Full interview: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/ken-block-gymkhana-six-interview-2013-11-12

4) 2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC


From concept to reality, the production version of the new Lincoln MKC crossover is set to premiere at this year's LA Auto Show with an array of first-in-class features as well as the newly developed 2.3L EcoBoost engine. It's the second in the brand's plans to launch four new cars by 2016.

Details: http://www.netcarshow.com/lincoln/2015-mkc/

TTFN!!!

New Toyota Harrier (XU60)

The Toyota Harrier. When this first showed up on the Japanese market since December 1997, this crossover combines ruggedness of an SUV with the comfort of the luxury sedan, hence giving the title "Wild But Formal" and it was exported worldwide as the Lexus RX. However, with the Lexus RX arrived in Japan since the January of 2009, Toyota continues producing the Harrier, which in its second generation, until July 2013.

Shockingly, the unexpected thing happened because when Toyota throw a curve to the motoring press when they first showcase its brand new, third-generation Harrier, the whole world think that this new Harrier previews the next-generation Lexus RX because in the past, there were cars conceived as a Lexus but sold in Japan as a Toyota such as the Celsior, the Altezza, the Aristo, and the Soarer. They were born under the "Flagship One" initiative to create a luxury car that can challenge Europe's finest. There were also Toyotas rebadged as Lexus for export like the Windom and the Land Cruiser Cygnus. The first ES was essentially a Toyota Vista V20 but later it spawned into a Toyota Windom equivalent. The Land Cruiser Cygnus, which is a Land Cruiser 100 with a different flavor, was exported as the Lexus LX.

In the Summer of 2005, Lexus arrived in Japan, replacing the Celsior, Aristo, Soarer, and Altezza into LS, GS, SC (discontinued in 2010), and IS but the Windom and the Cygnus were discontinued in 2007 with their Lexus equivalents not sold in Japan.

2014 Toyota Harrier

So, here we are, the last remaining Toyota-to-Lexus model. Once previewed in the form of the SLV Concept since the 1997 Chicago Motor Show, the Harrier was launched in December 1997, just three months before exported to the world market as the RX. In 2003, the second-generation Harrier was launched under the banner "All Round Winner". With the Lexus RX launched in Japan since January 2009, the Harrier remains and now, we're looking into the successor of the last remaining Toyota-to-Lexus model and the truth is...and we're going to highlight this in bold letters...it’s NOT a preview of the 4th-gen Lexus RX. I repeat, it’s NOT a preview of the 4th-gen Lexus RX.

The brand new Toyota Harrier now shares its underpinnings from its little brother, the not-yet-sold-in-Japan Toyota RAV4, and if by means necessary, the new Harrier not only replaces its Lexus-based predecessor but also the Vanguard, which is based on the currently-sold-in-Japan third-generation RAV4. The exterior design uses the concept "Elegant velocity" thanks to its bizarre looks which Toyota Motor Corporation claims to give a sleek, speedy look that is instantly recognizable. Once more the new model makes use of LED lamps, standard in all models, and the optional clearance lamps (in a row of three) and rear combination lamps with gradient brightness.

2014 Toyota Harrier interior

2014 Toyota Harrier interior
While the new exterior isn't all about being a RAV4 with a fancy name and a sharp flair, the interior is pretty much more regular but since this is a luxury crossover in its own right, it's pretty much well-crafted here. I was expecting that the new Harrier will have the same interior as the current Lexus RX but they're not. It seats five, it has air conditioning, it has wooden trim, it has central heating, it has USB connectivity, nanoe, and then there's the Harrier-exclusive JBL Premium Sound System with 11 speakers and GreenEdge Technology.

What is GreenEdge Technology anyway? GreenEdge use less power while increasing audio output and improving both the accuracy and clarity of the sound. They're 90% efficient compared to conventional amplifiers, they typically play 6dB louder with increased audio fidelity, and across all listening volumes, clarity is greater than distortion.

The new Harrier is also available with Panoramic View Monitor, like the ones from Toyota's luxury minivans, the Alphard and the Vellfire, which shows around the car from the top to provide enhanced parking safety and it has four views; "Moving View", "Panoramic View and Wide View Front", "Side View", and "Panoramic View & Back View".

2014 Toyota Harrier
And now, the specs, but this time it's for real. The petrol version of the new Harrier comes with the 2.0L 3ZR-FAE engine with VALVEMATIC and Toyota Stop&Start System which produces a moderate 151PS of power, 193Nm of torque, and fuel economy of 16.0km/L calculated via JC08 Mode standards. It's mated with a Super CVT-i that helps sustain low RPM, even when during acceleration.

For the top-of-the-line Harrier Hybrid of let's call it H.H. because we're in a middle of "Message From H.H." right now, here's the official specs because the hybrid Harrier is powered by the same 2.5L 2AR-FXE engine from a Toyota Camry connected with two electric motors, because it has an E-Four hybrid 4WD system, and a traditional nickel metal battery. Combined power output is 197PS, which is two less than the Honda Accord Hybrid, and fuel economy is 21.8km/L. The CVT gearbox comes with a 6-speed sequential shift mode which is a bit of a meh rather than an ahh...

For a disclaimer about fuel economy; even though this was told by Toyota, your actual fuel consumption may vary so do please, think before you write to them.

2014 Toyota Harrier
The new Harrier is loaded with numerous safety features that you will notice such as Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent Clearance Sonar, Clearance Sonar and Back Sonar, Drive Start Control, Automatic High Beam, Pre-Crash Safety System, and Radar Cruise Control. Some of the features were fine but the Lane Departure and the Automatic High Beam were just loser features. Sometimes, they just can't work in a cold light of day. HEY! DON'T SHAKE THE STEERING WHEEL, MAKE NOISE, AND FLASH YOUR INSTRUMENTS! I'M DRIVING!!! Sorry about that but sometimes newer technology isn't always better.

Anyway, I hope the whole Harrier dilemma is finally answered...sort of. The quick summary is that the new Toyota Harrier (XU60) DOES NOT preview an upcoming Lexus RX, judging the fact that the Toyota Harrier and the Lexus RX have gone into separate ways, it replaces not only the old Lexus RX-based derivative but also the Vanguard, and it comes with a 2.0L petrol engine and a Camry-derived 2.5L hybrid powerplant. Questions on that?

Petrol or hybrid, it starts with the entry-level GRAND, mid-ranged ELEGANCE, and the top-of-the-line PREMIUM with the optional Advanced Package. Prices start from 2,909,000 Japanese Yen for the 2.0L GRAND up to 4,470,000 Japanese Yen for the Hybrid PREMIUM Advanced Package. The petrol model will be on sale in Japan on December 2 with a hybrid model scheduled for January 15 at Toyopet dealerships across Japan.

Yes, Toyota said it. The new Harrier is available ONLY in Japan.

Available colors: White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Dark Steel Mica, Black, Sparking Black Pearl Crystal Shine, Blackish Red Mica, and Dark Brown Metallic.

Photo: Toyota Motor Corporation

SUPERSTORM YOLANDA: DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal



The BBC posted a video about the DEC launched an appeal to help those affected by Superstorm Yolanda or Haiyan in the Philippines. If you're from the United Kingdom and willing to help families affected by the recent superstorm, donate now at http://bit.ly/1fz5TLx or call 0370-60-60-900. Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Let's Do The News! (November 12, 2013)

The big news today...

Tropical depression Zoraida

Even when the Philippines was still reeling from the massive destruction caused by Yolanda, PAGASA warned that there will be four to five more typhoons heading to the Philippines before the year ends. One of them is the latest entry, the Tropical Depression Zoraida. PAGASA said that Tropical Depression Zoraida made landfall in Caraga town as of 9:00 AM and based on the 11:00AM bulletin released by PAGASA, it's now slightly weakened and now packing  maximum winds of 52kph near the center. It's moving northwest at 30kph.

Due to Zoraida, the following areas have been placed under public storm warning signal number 1:

Cuyo Island
Palawan including Calamian Group of Islands
Siquijor
Southern Cebu
Bohol
Negros Oriental
Negros Occidental
Antique
Iloilo
Guimaras
Dinagat Province
Siargao Island
Agusan del Norte
Agusan del Sur
Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Sur
Davao Oriental
Compostela Valley
Davao del Norte
Samal Island
Bukidnon
Misamis Oriental
Misamis Occidental
Lanao del Norte
Lanao del Sur
North Cotabato
Camiguin Island
Northern Zamboanga del Norte
Zamboanga del Sur

DRIFT MUSCLE PHILIPPINES



A mystery special guest is coming at The Drift Muscle Philippines this December 7 to 8 at the Quirino Grandstand, Manila but who could that be? The clue is "DRIFT KING" but who? Find out soon...

CT 200h minor change at Guangzhou Motor Show


2014 Lexus CT
The Lexus CT hybrid hatchback has been around for two years since its January 2011 debut in Japan and for this year's Guangzhou Motor Show, the minor change model will be officially showcased and it features the brand's signature Spindle Grille first applied on last year's Lexus GS.

Report: http://lexusenthusiast.com/2013/11/11/updated-2014-lexus-ct-200h-to-debut-at-guangzhou-motor-show-in-china/

No Nurburgring on FM5?!

Much to the dismay that only 200 cars will be featured in the XBOX One launch title, Forza Motorsport 5, there are some reports that series creator Dan Greenwalt explained that classic real-world tracks needed light updating, and some of them needed heavy updating. Well, while the fan favorite Nurburgring is not included in FM5, that's worth a shocker.

Report: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/11/10/forza-motorsport-5-fewer-cars-tracks/

KuroBas threat suspect caught on cam

Investigators on the Kuroko's Basketball threat letters case announced that a CCTV feed caught a possible suspect on tape last year and the suspect described as a thin male wearing all black.

Report: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-11-11/kuroko-basketball-threat-suspect-caught-on-camera-last-year

TTFN!!!

BMW X5 F15

2014 BMW X5

The BMW X5 is the forefather of the luxury brand's Sport Activity Vehicle segment and even though this is just nothing but a marketing ploy, the X5 tries to be the German equivalent of our favorite SUV, the Range Rover. Now that the Range Rover's fully updated for today's generation, it seems that the BMW X5 wants to play hide and seek because there is now a new version.

The brand new third-generation BMW X5 truly states that instead of starting over from scratch, they want to make some big changes around here and overwrite it to keep it updated for today's generations. However, there's something peculiar about the new model and that is from the way it looks. What you can expect here is a design that is as weird as Richard Armitage reading bedtime stories on Cbeebies and just like the 3-Series, one end of the headlamp is stuck to the edge of the kidney grille. That doesn't seem right to me, more like west of weird even though the X5 was imported from America like its rival, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. And then because this is as big as the Palace of Westminster, I was expecting for the ride to be more...Vanessa Feltz-ish but not made for fooling everyone. So, what else?

Although it maybe more of a torpedo belly fired from a belly button, the new X5 features different suspension settings to choose from such as the Comfort, the Dynamic, and the all-of-the-above Professional which allows the driver to make it comfortable or sportier thanks to its adaptive suspension package. If you opt for the M Sport package, the suspension settings will be much more sportier than the standard model but if you have a member of the Parliament riding at your back, chances are he may fire you because you're going to mess up his coffee break.

2014 BMW X5
Most models do come with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive (except on the BMW X5 sDrive25d) system which makes this full-size SUV not just capable on most roads but also on rough roads but for the first time, there is now a rear-wheel drive version of the new model, meaning you can opt for a four-pot, 2.0-litre diesel with RWD. Sadly, however, because its heavy, drifting in one of these is highly impossible because if you do that, you may end up getting rolled out unexpectedly and when its raining or snowing, this RWD X5 is a no-no and it might be best to stick to the X5 with the xDrive feature because that's the way the cookie crumbles, apparently.

Engine choices, the new X5 is offered with the N57D30 3.0L straight-six diesel engine which generates 258PS of power, does 0 to 100kph in 6.9 seconds, and fuel economy of 14.5km/L, and the high-performance N63B44 V8 petrol engine which generates 450PS of power, 0-100kph of 5 seconds and fuel economy of 9.6km/L. In terms of power, the V8 model is the top pick but when it's fuel economy you're after, then it's the diesel model but be warned though, because most of the engines are Euro 6 compliant, set to be implemented in 2015, we can't have it in the Philippines because we're a Euro 2 country set to be Euro 4 in 2016 and most of our fuels are still dirty and still in the case of manganese, which remains harmful to the engines, theoretically.

2014 BMW X5 M50d

If you want a balance between performance and fuel economy, there's the new M50d model courtesy of BMW M Performance. The N57D30S1 3.0L diesel engine generates 381PS of power, 0-100kph time of 5.3 seconds, top speed normally limited to 250kph, and fuel economy of 14.9km/L. Although this is worth of a balance, the M50d model is one heck of an impolite feat because why would they make slightly high-performance diesel SUV that delivers the same power output of a V8 with the fuel economy of a compact car? That maybe morally incorrect but the M50d feels like English Mustard to me. It maybe on the same spicy level as wasabi and Tabasco but when these two spit out and cry like a baby, it truly is the last one standing. The only thing worse than that is a certain kids song currently stuck on your head. Shake it up real hard with these and you're in a yanking menace to forget it.

2014 BMW X5 interior

2014 BMW X5 interior
Apart from the way the new X5 F15 behaves, it's still a flagship SUV in its own right. It even has bigger space inside. The rear sets split 40:20:40 for added capacity and there's even dual TV screens on the back so when they got bored, they can watch movies on the go. That sounds posh but as for now the X5 is available only in 5-seater while a 7-seater model is still a possibility. Despite that, the interior is more comfortable and quieter. It feels like a 7-Series bimmer in Richard Armitage's facial expressions.

2014 BMW X5 
With prices start at around 62,700 Euros, the new X5 is almost 10K more than its rival MB M-Class but it's still the one to buy if you're looking for something that puts a new spin in the Sports Activity Vehicle genre. Even though it's more expensive than the M-Class, it's still more hushed, plush and smooth no matter where the new X5 takes and because of the quality, comfort, and refinement upgraded for the third-generation model, I should be saving some cash to buy one of these unless its Vatalihootsit Day.

Photo: BMW AG

Driving Music (What is the name of the song on car commercial?) Vol. 59


Information about your query "opel insignia commercial song"

Dear, idiot responsible for this unnecessary search query (in case I warned everyone you can't use chatty questions as search queries and I also warned that they should not turn the search engine into a chat box),

Your query "opel insignia commercial song" may have content that is owned or licensed by whoever copyright holder behind the song as heard from a car commercial. Speaking which, this whole Opel Insignia commercial song you're looking for is just an original song used exclusively for this commercial. I tried using the special app to detect songs heard in that commercial but nothing worked. Sorry.

Your claim is not penalizing your search browsing status. Acknowledge or dispute, welcome back to the segment where solves every car enthusiasts' questions about the title of the song of car commercials...with the risk of MATCHED THIRD PARTY CONTENT on their status. Acknowledge or dispute, it's your choice. This is DRIVING MUSIC on Leopaul's Blog.

Before they can say "Dispute Rejected, Claim Reinstated", here are another set of five Driving Musics that is worth "matched third party content"...

5) We've Only Just Begun by The Carpenters - from a Toyota Vista Ardeo commercial

4) Part I by Keith Jarrett - from the Honda Legend debut commercial since 1986.

3) Photomation by Jabberwocky feat. Wildstars - from the Peugeot 208 "Pinocchio 2.08" commercial 

2) Save Your Soul by Jamie Cullum - from the Toyota Alphard Hybrid "Garage" commercial

1) 風は西から by 奥田民生 - from Mazda BE A DRIVER commercial.

So, there you go. Another set of five Driving Musics waiting for you to get a copyright notice every time when you get a hold on those driving musics. 

Driving Music from Leopaul's Blog is the segment where solves every car enthusiasts' questions about the title of the song of car commercials...with the risk of MATCHED THIRD PARTY CONTENT on their status. Acknowledge or dispute, it's your choice.

SUPERSTORM YOLANDA: US kids sell lemonade to raise funds for Yolanda victims


There are some foreign countries, usually the USA, willing to give a helping hand to the Filipinos affected by Superstorm Yolanda, especially this pic that went viral recently...

Lemonade Ice Tea to help Typhoon Families


Twitter user @ShekinahEden snapped a photo of two kids selling lemonade where their profits will proceed to Superstorm Yolanda/Haiyan victims, two hours after she posted another tweet, expressing sympathy with those who survived typhoon Yolanda. That's very thoughtful, indeed, even foreigners were very kind enough to express sympathy for the victims.

Report: Interaksyon 

SUPERSTORM YOLANDA: Death toll now 1774


The NDRRMC placed the partial and official number of casualties due to super typhoon Yolanda at 1,774. 1,660 were from Region 8 alone with the remaining dead distributed over Regions 4A, 4B, 5, 6, 7 9 and 13. This partial and unofficial count may be more than what last year's Pablo/Bopha claimed in Mindanao but the clock is still ticking for this one because search-and-rescue operations are still ongoing and with this the number of recovered dead could still rise.

Report: Interaksyon

Thor: The Dark World

2013 has been proven to be a great year for two of the Avengers Iron Man and Thor. A couple of months ago, we witnessed Iron Man 3 and based on what I see, this movie was definitely worth spectacular but with the ending that is worth questioning what comes next for businessman Tony Stark.

Now it's the turn of the God of Thunder who wields the Hammer of the Gods and making a re-THOR-N (pun intended) on the big screen is pretty much of a gimmick right now because...how can the sequel stack up?

Thor: The Dark World
Chris Hemsworth reprises back his role of an avenger is worth of a challenge but on this sequel, things are getting a lot more challenging as he'll be facing against a malevolent force threatened to conquer nine realms into darkness. That enemy we're talking about is Malekith, the ruler of the Dark Elves, who was played by former Doctor Who lead actor Christopher Eccleston, and which is kinda surprising though because what we have here is Thor facing up against some sort of a evil villain who kinda look like a Teletubby but in expectation, played by the man who used to be Doctor Who. Kinda more of a twist that we never saw it coming but to make things a lot more expecting, Natalie Portman returned to the film as human ally Jane Foster while a Brit name Tom Hiddleston made a comeback as Thor's evil brother Loki.

Although the flow of the story may seem to be a mediocre at first but when it gets further, this sequel tries to show its true self, showing how cool this movie's going to be but for not fooling everyone. It's fine if you want to watch this movie with the whole family and friends but when things started to get a little chatty, I'd expect that this is not quite the movie recommended for your taste and best to watch this movie by yourself but still, even though the storyline is messy, you can be forgiven with tons of special effects as well as the fight scenes that will put our favorite God of Thunder to the test.

Better still, if you watched the original two years ago, it takes time to appreciate the sequel before its ready to be recommended but if I have to rate this movie, I'd say I'll give it a 3 out of 5 because while this movie is worth the wait, there are some downsides to this sequel. No matter what, this movie is definitely a must-watch for Marvel fans many.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Nissan Skyline V37

2014 Nissan Skyline

Welcome everyone to the new Nissan Skyline and when I say new, I mean, it's REALLY new.

This is the 13th-generation of one of Nissan's legendary names and for almost six decades, the Skyline legend has been the pinnacle of the Nissan history. There has been numerous tales regarding one of the oldest Japanese car names in its existence but for the brand new, 13th-generation Skyline, the legend puts a new spin because why? On the front, it has an Infiniti emblem on it while on the back, there's no logo on it. Just the garnish that says SKYLINE spelled out on it. Quite a bizarre feat, isn't it?

So what's new in the 13th Skyline even though the front now has an Infiniti badge on it? It has a new Direct Adaptive Steering which delivers precise handling and quickly communicates road surface feedback to the driver. There's also the Active Lane Control which uses a camera to detect direction of the vehicle based on the lane markers to help fine-tune the tire angle and steering reaction force. Also, it comes with the world's first Predictive Forward Collision Warning that detects possible collisions ahead and triggers and alert to the driver with a visual warning and audible buzzer.

There's more because in the past, bigger engines usually meant to be more power but for today's trends; bigger isn't better so when the engineers created the new Skyline, the big twist is that the brand new Skyline is now a hybrid but not what you expected to be because the hybrid system was derived from the flagship Fuga and Cima. It's a 3.5L V6 engine connected to an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery, making the new V37 Skyline delivering 364PS of power, that's more than the old model's 3.7L V6 engine it replaces and then there's the 7-speed Intelligent Dual Clutch Control hybrid transmission that delivers maximum torque and a more sportier drive than the CVTs most hybrids commonly have.

2014 Nissan Skyline interior

2014 Nissan Skyline interior
Inside, the new Skyline features dual monitors mounted on the dashboard which makes a certain yuppie feel more of a techie. It also comes with a proper wood trim inspired by the traditional Urushi painting technique called "Fuki-urushi" and "Kacchu". The added craftsmanship to the new interior truly adds a nice touch to this luxury sports saloon and once more, it even has increased rear knee room which is 20mm more than the previous model.

2014 Nissan Skyline

On normal roads, the Skyline feels more luxurious and the ride feels more like its European rivals. However, most of the improvements do come with the price and the new Skyline costs from around 4,496,100 yen to 5,537,700 yen, including consumption tax, and it goes on sale late February 2014 at Nissan dealers throughout Japan, meaning you have to wait longer for this new model.

But still, the Nissan Skyline has long been a rival to the Lexus IS but since it's much more sportier and more responsive to drive than its rival, the Lexus IS 300h, I find this to be more enjoyable but there's a catch; with the 3.5L V6 hybrid powerplant and the 7-speed gearbox, fuel economy is 18.4km/L, that's less than what the IS 300h had but let's remember, the IS 300h is less powerful and less exciting than this. As a matter of fact, the new V37 Skyline always love to feel at home at a more crowded part of Japan. This car is a game changer in its own right. You can enjoy driving one at a winding road without leaving you all the drama that caused you the hassle.

Despite donning the Infiniti badge, the new model still retains the good Skyline name, even though the new model do really made a huge spin in the Skyline history.

Available colors: Hagane Blue, Premium Brown, Crystal White Pearl, Garnet Black, Brilliant Silver, Dark Metal Grey, Radiant Red, and Super Black.

Photo: Nissan Motor Company
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