Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has instructed the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to implement LTFRB Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2018-005, which allows hatchback units to operate as public transport, on certain conditions.
Secretary Tugade gave the instruction upon hearing explanations from relevant transport officials and stakeholders concerning the matter.
“Implement the existing MC until such time that the same is modified and/or amended,” Tugade ordered. “Kung kailangang baguhin ang ilang dokumento, baguhin. Kung kailangang i-improve, dapat i-improve.“
Under MC 2018-005, all accredited hatchback units shall be allowed to operate as public transport provided that they only operate during the transition period of three years, only in Metro Manila, and charge a lower fare.
However, only hatchback units that were among the 55,000 units in the masterlist and whose applications were filed from March 5 to December 15, 2018 are entitled to the benefit granted by MC 2018-005.
According to DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Richmund de Leon, the LTFRB will need to amend the MC to allow the permanent classification of hatchbacks as transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units, and to re-enlist TNVS units that were previously removed from the masterlist.
“In bigger metropolitan areas like London and Tokyo, hatchbacks are allowed to operate as public transport. If first world countries and cities allow it, why can’t we? These vehicles are more fuel-efficient and, thus, are good for the environment,” de Leon pointed out.
He further cited that the inclusion of hatchbacks in the TNVS fleet will greatly benefit the commuting public.
“We are giving the commuters their transport options. Kung gusto niya na mas mura ang biyahe niya, mag-hatchback siya,” the undersecretary said.
De Leon likewise clarified that TNVS units that were previously delisted should be given priority for re-enlistment in the masterlist.
“Dapat bigyan ng priority iyong mga natanggal sa listahan dahil ‘yan ay ‘yung mga nakapag-invest na sa serbisyo. Mag-open tayo ng additional slots pero ‘wag natin pabayaan ‘yung mga natanggal sa listahan dati,” he said.
“Lahat ito, binabalanse at inaayos natin para sa kapakanan ng mga commuter. Secretary Tugade wants to make sure that transactions with government agencies will be easier, faster, and more efficient. That is why we are continuously coordinating with TNCs and other stakeholders to help us improve the system,” de Leon added.
God bless the Start/Stop button. With it, you no longer have to fumble for your keys, and starting your car is just a button push away. Not only that, it automates the entire system so that your engine automatically shuts off when idling, and turns on when you release the brake pedal. Nifty little piece of technology, isn’t it?
Unfortunately, not all cars come with a start/stop system, and if you’re vehicle still comes with the ol’ lock and key, then you have to contend with a lot of its inherent problems–one of which is your key refusing to turn.
So what’s the cause of an ignition key that won’t rotate? If you’re sure that there’s no issue with your key–meaning it’s not bent, in good condition, and works perfectly–then the problem may lie in related systems or the ignition lock cylinder itself. Here’s how to check for and solve these issues.
Steering column is locked
Most vehicles have a steering column that locks when the key is removed from the ignition. This problem is easily solved by turning the steering wheel at an angle or moving it back and forth until the key can turn.
Transmission is not in park or neutral
Your automatic transmission has a safety feature that doesn’t let you start the vehicle unless the gear is in Park or Neutral. That said, it’s a good idea to always check your gear before you turn the ignition on. You may have left the gear in Drive the last time you used the vehicle.
Ignition lock is stuck
It’s possible for the ignition lock to get stuck, especially if it’s old, or there’s debris inside. Try inserting the key in and out of the hole several times to dislodge any debris or pin. If this doesn’t work, spray WD-40 into the lock cylinder, then slide the key in and out again. If nothing works, it’s time to have a locksmith or mechanic take care of the problem.
With billions of emojis sent daily and nearly every mode of transportation including cars, scooters, boats, spaceships and ski lifts among the 3,000 approved icons available to emoji users, truck fans noticed a glaring omission: There is no pickup truck. Ford decided it was time to do something about this with the debut of the pickup truck emoji.
“When customers started demanding a truck emoji, our drive for continuous innovation meant we knew we had to help make it happen,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Given F-Series’ status as America’s best-selling truck for 42 consecutive years, there’s no one better than Ford to help bring an all-new pickup truck emoji to hard-working texters around the globe.”
In 2018, Ford submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium–the organization that reviews and approves proposals for new emoji–to add a truck to emoji keyboards everywhere. Now, the pickup truck emoji has been short-listed as a candidate for inclusion in a future version of Unicode.
The concept emoji’s capable styling has been tuned to meet current trends. “Our team spent a lot of time digging through message boards, texting influencers and watching social media feeds to really understand our customers’ needs,” said Eric Grenier, Ford social media manager. “People want a truck emoji that’s fresh, stylish, carries their ideas, and ‘tows’ the line on what a truck means. The end result is a modern icon that should give all truck fans a smiley face emoji.”
If the pickup truck emoji is approved in early 2020, the design will be customized for all mobile platforms to meet the needs of customers–from skilled tradespeople to active families and emoji lovers alike.
The Chevrolet Truck Month is back with more exciting deals on the Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck and Chevrolet Trailblazer midsize SUV. The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet automobiles and parts in the country, offers all-in low down payment deals and cash discounts on select models of the Colorado and Trailblazer.
All-in low down payments and cash savings are available on the following models:
Colorado 4×2 LT AT – PHP48,000 all-in low down payment or PHP100,000 cash discount
Colorado 4×2 LTX AT – PHP118,000 all-in low down payment or PHP50,000 cash discount
Colorado 4×4 LTZ MT – PHP128,000 all-in low down payment or PHP50,000 cash discount
Colorado 4×4 LTZ AT – PHP138,000 all-in low down payment or PHP50,000 cash discount
Trailblazer 4×2 LT MT – PHP88,000 all-in low down payment or PHP100,000 cash discount
Trailblazer 4×2 LT AT – PHP38,000 all-in low down payment or PHP150,000 cash discount
Trailblazer 4×2 LTX AT – PHP128,000 all-in low down payment or PHP80,000 cash discount
Trailblazer Phoenix AT – PHP158,000 all-in low down payment or PHP40,000 cash discount
Trailblazer 4×4 Z71 AT – PHP98,000 all-in low down payment or PHP100,000 cash discount
Chevrolet Truck Month
With more than 100 years of truck heritage, the Chevrolet Colorado is a strong and dependable pickup truck that allows you to do heavy-duty work and go on fun road adventures. Under the hood of the Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck is its signature 2.8-liter Duramax VGT turbodiesel engine that produces 200 hp and 500 Nm of torque, making it a powerful and efficient workhorse on the road. It also boasts of 800 mm water wading capacity, and one-ton payload and 3.5-ton towing capacity. The Chevrolet Colorado comes with a host of active and safety features, including Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control, Front Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Trailer Sway Control.
The Chevrolet Colorado is available for as low as PHP48,000 all-in low down payment or up to PHP100,000 discount on cash.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer brings together class-leading performance, premium styling, top-notch safety features, and seamlessly integrated technology to meet the versatile demands of increasingly discerning drivers and families. The seven-seater midsize SUV gives you the power you need on the road with its 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine that delivers best-in-class power and torque. It is packed with driver assist technologies including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert, to protect you and your passengers. It comes with intuitive technologies including the latest Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Anroid Auto plus a Remote Engine Start feature that allows the driver to smart start the vehicle remotely with a simple push of a button on the key fob.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer is available for as low as PHP38,000 all-in low down payment or up to PHP150,000 discount on cash.
Apart from the exciting deals on its power-driven pickup truck and midsize SUV, Chevrolet also offers all-in low down payments and cash discounts on the following vehicles:
Trax LS AT – PHP58,000 all-in low down payment or PHP70,000 cash discount
Trax LT AT – PHP38,000 all-in low down payment or PHP125,000 cash discount
Sail 1.3L LT MT – PHP58,000 all-in low down payment or PHP50,000 cash discount
Sail 1.5L LT AT – PHP68,000 all-in low down payment or PHP50,000 cash discount
Sail 1.5L LTZ AT – PHP58,000 all-in low down payment or PHP70,000 cash discount
Spark 1.4L LT MT – PHP38,000 all-in low down payment or PHP50,000 cash discount
Spark 1.4L Premier CVT – PHP58,000 all-in low down payment or PHP50,000 cash discount
Chevrolet Complete Care
Chevrolet vehicles come with the Chevrolet Complete Care Program to give you a worry-free drive.
The Chevrolet Colorado and Trailblazer come with a special five-year warranty coverage: three-year bumper to bumper warranty plus a two-year warranty on the Power Train or 100,000 kilometer, whichever comes first. The Chevrolet Trax, Chevrolet Sail, and Chevrolet Spark come with a five-year warranty program, which offers coverage of five years or 100,000 kms, whichever comes first.
Chevrolet vehicles also come with automatic enrollment to the 24/7 Chevrolet Emergency Roadside Support for three years, access to 24/7 Customer Care Hotline, guaranteed one-hour express service for select services, and non-stop service for the always on-the-go Chevy owner.
Avail of the Chevrolet Truck Month Promo until September 30, 2019. All-in low down payment promo includes free comprehensive insurance, three-year LTO registration, and Chattel Mortgage fees. Qualification for ownership packages is subject to bank approval. The promo is in partnership with China Bank Savings, PNB, Security Bank, BDO, RCBC, and Bank of Commerce.
The future looks bright and electrifying as numerous manufacturers are bringing to our shores their various offeringss for sustainable and greener mobility. For one, the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) is targeting to upgrade some 200,000 public utility jeepneys over the next six years. In the said project, manufacturers are offering either an electric-powered model or one that runs with an eco-friendly Euro 4 diesel engine.
You can find some of these vehicles–as well as a few for the private sector–at the Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit 2019, organized by the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), which runs until today only at the SMX Convention Center in the SM Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City.
It just keeps on growing larger–by the numbers and company space.
Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) recently moved to a larger office at the heart of Taguig.
Located at the EcoPrime Building in Bonifacio Global City, the inauguration was attended by Nissan Asia and Oceania Regional Senior Vice PresidentYutaka Sanada and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III who joined NPI President and Managing Director Atsushi Najima for the ceremonies.
During the event, Sanada highlighted the Philippines as an important market in the region.
“This office opening is very symbolic of the importance of the Philippines for Nissan, not just in the Asia and Oceania region, but globally. The Philippines is one of our fastest growing markets worldwide,” Sanada said.
“Today marks a key step in the growth story of Nissan creating a stronger platform for the launch of new technologies and electrification in the coming years,” he added.
With a floor space of 2,752 square meters, the new location is spread across two floors, that houses 12 meeting rooms and two conference rooms.
NPI has also implemented state-of-the-art communication technologies, including network connectivity and video conferencing.
The move follows the Japanese automaker’s record-breaking 40-percent growth by the end of 2018. It strengthened its place in the top three automotive brands within the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc., holding an 8.7-percentmarket share, compared to 5.3% in the previous year.
The automaker credits its growth to its strategic focus on its key pillars: Products, Service, Customer Experience, and People. NPI’s new and improved work environment is designed to empower its employees to serve its customers better, in delivering “innovations that excite.”
Good news to commuters coming from Bulacan going to EDSA: There are now Premium Point-to-Point buses in Bulacan municipalities Balagtas, Pandi and Plaridel going to EDSA-North Avenue as of July 17.
According to Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Spokesperson Mikael Andre Degilla, they’ve assigned the concessionaire to HM Transport Inc.
HM Transport Inc. Station Master Jojo Fernandez explained that routes from Balagtas to EDSA-North Avenue will temporarily exit Tabang Exit of North Luzon Expressway or NLEX. This will continue until the Balagtas-Pandi Provincial Road rehabilitation is finished.
Its provisional terminal for now will be in front of Ultra Mega-Balagtas beside the other bus terminals in the municipality.
The Pandi-EDSA North Avenue route’s terminal will be at Shell Station in Barangay Mapulang Lupa. The P2P route will pass through the Plaridel Bypass and exit NLEX via the Balagtas Exit.
For Plaridel-EDSA North Avenue route, the P2P terminal will be inside Primark Mall, which is beside the Pulilan boundary. The P2P route will also pass the Plaridel Bypass and exit NLEX via Balagtas Exit. It will not take the normal route via the Sta. Rita Exit.
Scheduled Time for P2P Buses
All three Bulacan routes are scheduled to travel to EDSA-North Ave from 4:30 AM until 7:30 PM.
Meanwhile, the schedule for commuters coming from EDSA going to Balagtas, Pandi, and Plaridel start at 6:00 AM until 9:30 PM. These EDSA-North Avenue P2P terminals are located at Trinoma Mall.
British supercar maker Lotus was acquired by Chinese automotive brand Geely in 2017, and the combo is now unveiling the first fruit of that union with the new Lotus Evija. Pronounced as ‘e-vi-ya,’ the car is poised to become the most powerful production car in the world, and the look isn’t half bad as well.
Pulling close to 2,000 hp, only 130 Evijas will be made, with production set to start in 2020. Each will have a GBP1.5 million starting price, which translates to overPHP95 million.
To be precise with the power output, the Evija makes 1,972 hp courtesy of four electric motors, each one assigned to a single wheel. Top speed is over 320 kph, and acceleration from 0-to-100 kph is achieved in under 3 seconds. As for the electric motors’ range, Lotus wants the car to be able to do over 400 kms, which is immediately impressive considering the power it generates.
The British car brand is also touting a 0-80 percent charging time of12 minutes, with full charge requiring only18 minutes total time. And this is only on 350kW chargers. When they incorporate 800kW charging technology in the future, Lotus says a full charge will only take just nine minutes tops.
As for the body construction, the Evija uses an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber monocoque chassis for a 1,680 kg vehicle weight, which subsequently makes it the lightest production EV car. The battery pack is mounted in the middle, mirroring the mid-engined layout of many Lotus sports cars past.
Aside from being the fastest and lightest production EV car, the Evija is also the first to use a main and dipped beam laser-lighting technology, further cementing the UK brand’s reputation as the world leader in high-performance, advanced technology automotive manufacturing.
“The Lotus Evija is a car like no other,” said Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham at the car’s London launch. “It will re-establish our brand in the hearts and minds of sports car fans and on the global automotive stage. It will also pave the way for further visionary models.”
“This is another amazing moment in the history of our company. The Evija is a true Lotus in every sense–it has been developed with an unwavering passion to push boundaries, to explore new ways of thinking and to apply ground-breaking technologies,” Popham added.
The Evija also ushers in a new design language for Lotus, which the brand is prepared to evolve further in its future cars. One of the most prominent features of this new design is the dramatic Venturi tunnel running through each rear quarter. Inside, fully adjustable racing seats and a multi-function steering wheel ensure utmost ergonomic comfort even when the car is pushed to its boundaries.
“We studied how Le Mans race cars use air flow creatively to go over, under and around the vehicle, but also through it,” said Russell Carr, design director at Lotus Cars. “This concept of ‘porosity’ is key to the Evija and has enabled us to create a timeless design with exceptional amounts of downforce.”
Matt Windle, the brand’s executive director of Sports Car Engineering, said in closing: “Every element of the Evija has been meticulously analyzed and validated. Precision engineering is nothing without human engagement, and that’s why technology with soul is the benchmark for this and every Lotus.”
Porsche is bringing virtual reality (VR) gaming to its cars with the introduction of Holoride technology. Unveiled at the Startup Autobahn Expo Day this Tuesday, July 16, Porsche and Holoride seek to show what the future of car entertainment can look like.
The goal of Holoride–which provides backseat passengers with VR goggles to wear–is “to give passengers the opportunity of immersing themselves in virtual entertainment worlds,” according to Porsche.
The technology syncs up with the motions of the vehicle so that the goggles can adapt to the car’s driving movements in real time. Syncing VR to the real world results in a highly immersive experience, which can help address motion sickness in passengers.
Future versions of the tech will see Holoride evaluate navigation data and adapt the length of the VR game to the calculated version of the trip. It may also be integrated with other entertainment services including film and music–even video conferences to allow passengers to work remotely in the backseat.
“We are grateful to Startup Autobahn for the many opportunities and contacts it has made possible for us,” claims Nils Wollny, CEO of Holoride. “This has given our projects a major boost in recent weeks, enabling us to realize a prototype in just 100 days.”
Holoride makes elastic content possible–one that’s especially designed for use in vehicles and adapts to motion, driving time and context. The makers of the tech claims that it’s an open platform approach, which allows other car manufacturers and content producers to use the VR system. In fact, Audi has a similar system in its cars.
When super typhoon Yolanda made landfall in Tacloban in November 2013, not may outside of the city know that one of the sectors to begin operating soon after was the public transport, specifically the 45 solar-powered jeepneys supplied by the Star 8 Green Technology–the precursor of today’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) of President Rodrigo Duterte‘s administration. Nearly six years later and the program has proven to be a success that 20 more solar jeepneys have been added to the fleet to ply new routes from the city’s downtown.
“This is really introducing better technology for the public and better jobs for the people. This will address the transportation needs of the city’s one million day-time population. It’s really important to provide mobility and convenience for the people,” said Mayor Alfred Romualdez during the launch last July 11.
Each unit carries 22 passengers with free Wi-Fi on board, overhead electric fan per passenger, and USB power port to charge their devices.
It has the capacity to travel approximately 100 kilometers on a full battery charge, plus another 10-15 km from solar power during daylight hours.
Solar jeepney driver Rodolfo Solidor, 60, said driving the modern jeepney has encouraged him to extend his working years. He earns PHP320 to PHP500 daily and has been driving the solar jeepney since its launch in early 2018.
“It’s power steering makes it easier for me to drive this jeepney, especially for an old man like me. I can drive for as long as I can breathe,” said Solidor who has been transporting commuters to the new Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center and relocation sites in Kawayan village.
The solar jeepneys, designed to replace the aging internal combustion engine-powered jeepneys, started its operations in Tacloban in December 2017.
The PUV modernization is a flagship project of the Duterte administration, which aims to restructure, modernize and make an environment-friendly transport system in the country.
The program also aims to provide drivers and operators with stable, sufficient, and dignified livelihoods and at the same time, to let the commuters enjoy a safe and comfortable transportation system.
State-run Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines earlier announced the availability of multi-billion loans to finance the acquisition of new PUVs to qualified prospective borrowers.