FUEL economy runs serve the purpose of putting some science into saving gas. These include drafting behind buses or trucks, driving with no aircon, coasting the vehicle in neutral and so on.
But those antics are for fuel economy extremists.
Any car can be fuel efficient if you keep it tuned and toned. Cars run their best and consume less fuel when they are well maintained. Do the simplest maintenance—such as regular oil changes, air-filter changes, and spark plug replacements—will lengthen the life of your vehicle as well as improve fuel economy and minimize emissions. Just follow the schedule in your owner’s manual. Here are the oft-repeated basics with some twists.
Watch your weight. Don’t carry around items you don’t need, and don’t carry unnecessary passengers just because. If you travel to the grocery with the wife and kids, may be good for family bonding. But here is the engineering measure. For every 100 pounds of additional weight in your vehicle, fuel economy decreases by one to two percent. All the kids and the wife might total 200 pounds or 4 percent additional fuel consumption. So leave yourself at home and let the wife do the groceries. After all, if you do it yourself, you are likely to end up buying the wrong brand of shampoo.
Racks should roll. Roof racks have become such fashionable items. Even the most aerodynamic ones create drag empty and increases it several times if it is luggage or boxes even if covered with tarpaulin. A roof box may help reduce drag, but it is better to keep bulky items inside the vehicle or trunk instead. Bikes, skis, surfboards add to drag but since there is not way to transport it, a good idea according to engineers is to manage it by knowing wind conditions. This is not rocket science, just stick out your finger and do not go against the wind.
If you really want a roof rack find one that has a quick release mechanism.
(Note to off roaders, yes it does look really cool for your rig to have a massive roof rack but to use it to carry your kid's school bags?)
Drive moderately. Related to knowing exactly when to drive (time of day really matters, if permitted) it also pays to drive calmly and moderately. The green light does not mean launching from the street like a drag racer. Jack-rabbit starts increase both fuel use and emissions, high-speed driving does the same and adds the element of crash danger. Doing 80 kph on the highway instead of 100 can cut your fuel use up to 20 percent. Driving moderately includes making more gradual stops.
By the way, in an article that appeared in Malaya Business Insight, tense driving is a major cause of road rage. There might be a link between road rage and the devil, but there is no scientific proof of this.
Idling is the devil’s workshop. The devil here is fuel usage. Idling uses a lot of fuel. Start-up may burn a little more fuel to get the engine moving, but idling can use in excess of 2 to 4 percent more fuel per additional minute. This is the logic behind start-stop engines like Mazda’s Skyactive. The “stop-start” technology automatically shuts off the engine and restarts it when you take your foot off the brake pedal. It can save up to 5 percent fuel consumption, but is hell on the battery. Once found once only found on electric vehicles (to save battery) this features pioneered by Mazda on regular cars has found favor to the fuel conscious.
By the way there is not scientific proof the devil indeed has a workshop. But it is known that fuel pipe emissions contribute to climate change. Every vehicle adds about 6 tons to greenhouse gases.
But that is nothing compared to the 11 tons of methane that comes from cow fart. And there are more cows than cars, mind you.
Watch your fuel economy. Most vehicles now have an econometer. With it you can consciously change your driving pattern or plan a route that can save more fuel. Conversely you can challenge yourself to continually drop in your vehicle's fuel usage. The visual expression in most econometers—a bar graph—shows how you have driven along a certain route. The next time you take that route cut down the fuel calories.
Keep track of your fuel economy. Different from the advice above by noting the odometer reading and the number of liters purchased each time you fill up you can come up with a target figure to meet. With prices of fuel continually fluctuating it is a good idea to make a mental note of how much gas is used. To calculate your gas mileage, divide the number of kilometers traveled between fill-ups by the liters filled up. There are apps to log such information in to make it easier to keep track of your fuel economy in real-time, so you can see how your driving habits are impacting your fuel efficiency.
Park in the shade. There are many covered parking lots now that may cost say P20 for the first 3 hours. Parking in the shade minimizes evaporation of fuel. That is a good P20 to both keep your vehicle cooler and save up some fuel evaporation (which technically is recovered through the charcoal filters in gas tanks) but may still affect tank content if done long enough. Newly manufactured cars in the service lots of the car makers loose about 1 liter of fuel to evaporation every month when constantly under the sun in summer.
Check your tires. Keeping your tires properly inflated and aligned saves fuel by reducing the amount of drag and road rolling resistance. Consider low rolling resistance tires when replacing tires. These can improve overall fuel economy by one to two percent for most passenger vehicles.
Kicking the tires does not equate to checking it. Only a proper tire gauge can tell you the condition of your tires.
Drive less. Use Waze to plan your trips. Plan your errands so you get the laundry, the groceries and deliver the books to your son’s dormitory in one go. Encourage carpooling. Leave the car home. Instead walk, bike, or take the bus (the LRT is still a deadly option at the moment). And do not buy a second car. It prevents you from driving when you are stuck with vehicle coding.
by Raymond G.B. Tribdino and Gregory Bautista
(A truncated version was published as part of Malaya Business Insight's Motoring Supplement.)
Environmental sustainability and waste reduction have been among Shell’s advocacies in creating a cleaner and greener future. Shell strives to help reduce and reuse waste while empowering customers and communities to contribute to social causes through its thousands of retail stations worldwide.
The Philippines is the third largest contributor of ocean plastic in the world. Knowing this, Shell has been working closely with global organization The Plastic Bank to address the problem and change this alarming fact. To date, two local projects have been launched under the partnership: The Shell Select Eco Tumblers and the all-new Shell Saltwater Supercars.
Each purchase of the Shell Saltwater Supercars allows customers to join the movement, with Php 2.00 out of each transaction being donated to The Plastic Bank in the Philippines. The proceeds will enable The Plastic Bank PH to empower communities at the bottom of the plastic recycling pyramid transition from subsistence to enterprise, from the margins to the center, and from the grassroots to the platforms.
Gearing towards the use of more sustainable materials, the racetracks that can be bought along with the Shell Saltwater Supercars are made from Bagasse which contains no additives or chemicals. Bagasse is a 100% biodegradable organic material that remains after sugarcane stalks are crushed to extract its juice.
About The Plastic Bank
The Plastic Bank was founded in 2013 in Vancouver, Canada. With a mission to minimize ocean plastic and improve lives at the same time, the organization hopes to help alleviate poverty by turning waste into currency.
Founders David Katz and Shaun Frankson are globally renowned for incentivizing local waste collection by allowing collectors to trade gathered ocean-bound plastic for money, items, or services. This allows them to turn the tide on waste by supporting collectors and helping improve their lives.
“Plastic Bank aims to provide large-scale sustainable premiums in every recycling community around the world,” said Lindsay Christianson, Plastic Bank Business Development Coordinator. “This is how we stop ocean plastic.”
Once traded in, the plastic collected is taken to recycling centers and sold at a premium to corporate clients for manufacturing. The purchase and use of recycled plastic help contribute to The Plastic Bank’s programs which include educating waste recyclers on proper hygiene and handling of plastic.
Earlier this year, Shell also allowed their customers to pursue a greener and more sustainable lifestyle through the Shell Select Eco Tumblers. Crafted from recycled plastics, the Eco Tumbler helps in keeping as much as two kilograms of plastic waste from ending up in the ocean.
Plastic Bank founder David Katz believes that all of us can be the solution to the problem and not the contributor. The Shell Saltwater Supercars will not only delight customers of all ages but also support proper plastic waste management for a better tomorrow.
Join the race against poverty and pollution. Visit Shell today and collect the Shell Saltwater Supercars available in four sleek models: Shadow (Black), Lightning (White), Fireball (Red), and Sunchaser (Yellow) until December 31, 2018.
Munich. BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) returns to the cockpit of a race car: at the DTM races at Misano, Italy (25th/26th August), the 51-year-old will make a guest appearance in a BMW M4 DTM. The DTM umbrella organisation, the ITR, as well as the two other manufacturers involved in the DTM, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, have given the green-light for this guest start. The BMW M Motorsport engineers, who have worked with Zanardi in the past, are currently collaborating with him on the development of a system to modify the BMW M4 DTM to suit his needs. The DTM race appearance at Misano is another step on the way to Daytona (USA), where the Italian will contest the legendary 24-hour race in January 2019.
Zanardi’s preparation for his guest start gets underway this weekend (1st to 3rd June), when he will accompany the BMW DTM teams and drivers at the Hungaroring near Budapest (HUN), to familiarise himself with the details of procedures, structures and processes in the DTM. A roll-out and test drives are additional steps planned for the coming weeks. Dates and locations will be announced at a later date. In addition, with regard to the technical feasibility, BMW Motorsport is working closely with the DMSB, who supports the project.
“I am incredibly excited about racing the BMW M4 DTM at Misano because I always dreamt of adding the DTM experience into my ‘book of best moments’ in my motorsport career. DTM has for many years been one of the motorsport disciplines that are the pinnacles of racing regarding technology, the speed of the car and the level of the competition, which these days is higher than ever. The skills of the drivers competing in DTM and the preparation of the teams are, in my view, as good as in Formula One. They are top of the game and you can’t get any better than that. And on the other hand that is what concerns me and will make me to approach this challenge with a lot of respect, knowing that it will be one of toughest things I have ever done in my racing career. I am really grateful that BMW offered to start this project and to all the engineers in Munich who are already preparing the car. I will do my very best to represent them in such a competitive field," Zanardi said.
The BMW works driver and brand ambassador has already visited numerous DTM events and has also been behind the wheel of a BMW DTM race car many times. In recognition of winning two gold medals at the Paralympic Games in London (GBR), Zanardi completed a sensational test in a modified BMW M3 DTM at the Nürburgring (GER) in 2012.
“Alex Zanardi as a guest starter in Misano – that will be a real sensation in an already spectacular DTM season. The fans can look forward to a fantastic race weekend in Misano: the DTM’s first guest appearance at this track, the first ever night race in the DTM and Alex Zanardi, who as the ‘local hero’ will play his part in making this event a special experience for everyone. Our thanks go to the ITR and our colleagues from Audi and Mercedes-Benz for giving the green-light for this guest start. Our engineers are currently using all their expertise and ideas to work on modifying the BMW M4 DTM to suit Alex’s requirements. We are looking forward to having Alex in our BMW DTM family," Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director said.
At the 2015 DTM season finale at Hockenheim (GER), he was at the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM race taxi. However, starting a DTM race is a first for Zanardi.
Zanardi has enjoyed success in BMW racing cars for many years. In 2003, just two years after his accident in the CART race at the Lausitzring (GER) in which he lost both legs, he contested the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) season finale at Monza (ITA) in a BMW 320i adapted to his needs to the delight of fans. 2004 saw Zanardi contest the entire ETCC season, and between 2005 and 2009, he competed in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (FIA WTCC) with BMW Team Italy-Spain – ROAL Motorsport. On 28th August 2005, Zanardi caused a sensation in Oschersleben (GER) when he became the first physically impaired driver to win a world championship race. He celebrated a total of four wins in the FIA WTCC.
Since 2010, Zanardi has focussed on his second passion, para-cycling. He began a successful career in this discipline, in which he has won a total of four Paralympic gold medals and ten world championship titles to date.
2014 saw Zanardi return to the race cockpit and contest the entire season of the Blancpain GT Sprint Series in a modified BMW Z4 GT3. The next highlight came in 2015 when, with Timo Glock (GER) and Bruno Spengler (CAN), he participated in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) in a BMW Z4 GT3. The trio battled for a top five position down to the wire, but a technical defect forced them to retire in the final hour of racing. Zanardi’s last official race outing was on 16th October 2016 as a guest starter at the season finale of the Italian GT Championship at Mugello (ITA), where he made his debut in the BMW M6 GT3 – and celebrated a sensational win in the Sunday race.
“We are delighted to welcome such a well-known guest starter to the DTM for our debut at Misano. Alex Zanardi is very popular, not only in his home country of Italy. His extraordinarily impressive performances as an athlete, as well as his unwavering optimism and his humanity go way beyond sport and have already inspired an audience of millions around the world. Alex doesn't approach any task half-heartedly – quite the opposite is true. So, we know he will be preparing for his DTM guest appearance extremely professionally and full of ambition, so as to deliver a top performance in front of his home crowd. Welcome to the DTM dear Alex!," Gerhard Berger, ITR Chairman expressed.
“Auto Zeitung”: Audi A7 Sportback wins Design Trophy
More than 13,000 readers of “Auto Zeitung” cast their votes for the best new car designs in five classes in the Design Trophy competition. The new Audi A7 Sportback won in the “Sedans/ Station wagons/Minivans” category with 13.5 percent of the votes cast. The large four-door coupé also took third place in the overall “Champion of All Classes" standings. With this victory, Audi continues its Design Trophy success story. The R8 (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 13.4 – 12.6* [17.6 – 18.7 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 306 – 287* [492.5 – 461.9 g/mi] dominated the sports cars in 2016; in 2017 the A5 Sportback dominated the sedans.
World Media Festival: two awards for Audi A8 films
The jury of the World Media Festival has honored two Audi films with the intermedia globe award: the full-length documentary “Making of the Audi A8”, produced for n-tv by Hamburg-based production company M4 Automotive, was presented with the GOLD award in the “Technology Documentation” category. The jury awarded Audi the silver prize in the “Web TV: product presentations” category for the Audi A8 Spiderman film, which attracted attention during the advance communication campaign for the world premiere of the Audi A8. The award ceremony took place during the 19th World Media Festival.
“Automovil Panamericano Magazine”: Audi A3 selected as best compact sedan
The Audi A3 sedan has won the “Compact sedan” category of the Best Cars 2018 awards from Automovil Panamericano magazine of Mexico for the third consecutive time. For the first time this year, social media followers and fans of the magazine voted alongside readers.
Car of the Year in Luxembourg: five prizes for Audi
Audi has won five prizes in the Car of the Year awards in Luxembourg. The A3 prevailed with around a quarter of the votes in the compact class. Second place went to the A8 in the luxury class, to the Q2 among compact SUVs and to the Q5 among the midsize SUVs. The Audi A5 Coupé took third place in the sports cars, convertibles & coupés segment. The automotive editorial staff of the Saint-Paul Luxembourg media company nominated the cars from the various categories and 21,000 readers voted on their rankings.
Schibsted Motor Awards in Spain: victory for the Audi A8
The Audi A8 has been selected as one of the best full-size sedans of 2018 in the Schibsted Motor Awards in Spain. This competition was organized by the popular automotive portal Coches.net. Users could choose from more than 50 models in eight categories.
Taiwan COTY Award: Audi A5 Sportback best sedan
The Audi A5 Sportback is the best large sedan of 2018. This was the verdict of the jury of the Taiwan Car of the Year Awards. The jury especially praised the elegant exterior design, high-tech features such as the Audi virtual cockpit and the superb driving dynamics of the car. The award is presented by “CarNews” magazine, the country’s most popular automotive magazine. Among the more than 30 jurors were automotive journalists as well as car enthusiasts, scholars and lifestyle journalists.
MECOTY in Abu Dhabi: Audi with three wins
Audi achieved a triple victory in the Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY) Awards in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates): The TT RS (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.4 – 8.2* [28.0 – 28.7 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 192 – 187* [309 – 300.9 g/mi]) was honored as best sports coupé; the RS 3 sedan (fuel consumption combined in l/100: 8.4 – 8.3* [28.0 – 28.3 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 191 - 188* [307.4 – 302.6 g/mi]) was named the best compact sports sedan; and the S5 (fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 7.7 – 7.5* [30.5 – 31.4 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 – 170* [280.0 – 273.6 g/mi]) was chosen the best premium sports coupé. As a result, the brand with the four rings won in three of the five classes in which it competed. The 16 jurors – media representatives from several Middle East countries – had subjected the nominated cars to a multistage selection process over a period of ten months. The MECOTY took place in 2018 for the fifth time – and Audi has been the dominant brand among the list of previous winners.
Car of the Year Award in Dubai: Audi wins with A8 and RS 5 Coupé
Double victory for Audi in the United Arab Emirates: The Audi A8 and RS 5 Coupé (fuel consumption, combined in l/100 km: 8.7 [27.0 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 197 [317 g/mi]) won their respective categories in the Car of the Year 2018 competition organized by “Wheels” magazine. The jury members assessed the 60 nominated models on the basis of test drives. They praised the wealth of new technologies in the Audi luxury sedan and the emotional sportiness and safety equipment in the coupé. This was the second victory in the region this year for the A8, after having been voted the best large premium sedan by “Automobile” magazine.
Distinctive, unmistakable, A7.
From its sharp lights with distinctive light signature via its upstanding front end with a single wide frame and its coupé-like silhouette to its sculptural rear end, the Audi A7 Sportback is an ambassador of a revolutionary language of design, carrying classic quattro genes at the same time.
Proof that one can remain true to oneself through reinvention.
PHOTO: Safety consciousness. Top photo. Explaining Honda’s global safety program is Jun Lomibao, DSP Head, HSDC. Bottom photo. 10th anniversary celebrations were held right on the track.
PHILIPPINE roads would be a safer to transverse, if Honda’s Safety Driving Center (HSDC) can be replicated all over the country. For over 10 years the HSDC offers programs in road safety training that aims to help safeguard the well being of motorcycle riders and automobile drivers.
As the first motorcycle riding school in the country that transformed into a world-class training center offering comprehensive driver education for four-wheeled vehicles, it now also provides truck driver certification. But unknown to many, the HSDC began even earlier than 10 years ago.
In the ‘80s Honda Philippines Inc. ran the Honda Riding Academy (HRA) in the same location where the driving center is now. The HRA then had an on-road course similar to, but less sophisticated and very limited compared to the huge facility it has now. Behind the old HRA that had only one classroom, a motocross track was located, the main jump of which was found just after the water tank. During that time the school used leather riding boots, open face helmets and heavy leather gloves as protection. It not only taught safe riding, it also trained riders for skillful and accurate motorcycle driving.
HSDC celebrated its 10th anniversary and thanksgiving last Saturday, May 26, along with other members of the Honda group of companies. These are Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI,) Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI,) and Honda Manufacturing Parts Corporation (HPMC.)
During the celebration various stakeholders involved with or who have trained in the HSDC spoke about the benefits that the center provided and called for greater awareness for road safety especially for motorcyclists who are more vulnerable. These included trainers and students whose lives have been changed because of the safety consciousness training provided by HSDC.
“The Honda Safety Driving Center is at the heart of a safety consciousness to create a safety culture. That is our aim that is why today we have all our stakeholders here. So they can all learn what we are going to do to promote this road safety lifestyle,” HSDC operations manager Joseph dela Cruz told Malaya Business Insight.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, HSDC updates the public about the projects they have done so far after the launch of the One Honda Road Safety (1HRS) for our Family Campaign, a joint advocacy of the Honda group of companies. The program received an award from the Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists (SPMJ) as one of the best road safety programs.
“This is HSDC’s milestone and long-term commitment to building a community of safe and responsible road users,” dela Cruz added.
HSDC also launches its newest services, such as the Basic Group Riding Course, the Big Bike Safety Riding Course, the Executive Driving Course, and Kids on Safety Program. This is added to its training courses for Beginners and Refreshers, as well as Seminars that provide the rules of the road and demonstrate proper and legal safety maneuvers for motorcycle riding. These programs are ideal for those who want to learn safety techniques, relearn driving, and awareness as a Safe Road User.
The celebration also coincides with the thanksgiving and awarding of the Certificate of Appreciation to all of its road safety program partners. Since it is important to HSDC that its riders make it home safely, it awards its partners to recognize their efforts in helping make this goal into a reality.
The HSDC is a 2.4-hectare facility that has eight training rooms that can handle from 10 participants to up to 120 students at any one time. It also maintains a library that is fast becoming a vast data resource center on everything about safety. The world-class training circuit simulates traffic network and actual road conditions. The simulation environment prepares students for proper road interaction while their confidence is being developed.
Motorcycle Courses include slalom, S-course, figure 8, narrow plank and bumpy path. These are all intended to develop essential skills in balancing, turning, braking and throttle control. Moreover, riding exercises in these are performed in various set-up and levels of difficulty to equip riders with safety techniques that are very useful in today’s traffic conditions.
The Automobile training circuit is made-up of s-course, crank, slopes, 3-point turn and parking exercises. Comprehensive training in these courses will make learners more analytical and precise with their driving maneuvers.
The track also incorporates actual vehicular traffic channels like controlled intersection, merging traffic, round-about and slopes. In these courses, learners will be familiarized with the right-of-way rule without risking self and the motoring public. These are also vital in making learners understand the varying characteristics of other road users. In doing so, courtesy and respect becomes inherent to the new generation of responsible drivers.
HSDC sets to strengthen its programs on road safety, accident prevention, and risk reduction through its new training innovations and Dealer Road Safety Program, which features training courses and audiovisuals to provide customers with road safety tips. These tips also aim to eliminate bad habits on the road, which alarmingly cause accidents that kill over 10,300 Filipinos a year according to the World Health Organization. This is why it is important for HSDC to provide these courses to promote intelligent, safe and responsible motorcycle riding.
“Our commitment for road safety is aligned with Honda’s commitment to provide quality products and services with technological expertise,” Jun but also safe riding practices for every Filipino family to further experience the joy of riding Honda motorcycles and driving Honda cars.
Bad riding and driving habits on the road alarmingly cause accidents that kill over 10,300 Filipinos a year according to the World Health Organization.
NISSAN has launched the new Terra frame-based SUV in South East Asia, beginning with the Philippines, underlining the company’s commitment to the region. The Philippines is the second market in the world to get the vehicle. It was first made available in China last April but fitted with a gasoline power plant. The Philippine version will use a diesel engine that also powers the Nissan Navara.
Nissan will also introduce the new Nissan Terra in Thailand and Indonesia during later this year, with the markets of Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam to follow. Media from these countries were invited to this regional launch done here in the Philippines.
The new Nissan Terra combines top-in-class engine performance with spacious comfort and advanced driving technology, allowing customers to take on any journey with confidence.
“The new Nissan Terra is built on our more than 60 years of SUV heritage, which includes iconic models such as the Nissan Patrol,” Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president for Nissan's Light Commercial Vehicle business said.
“The Nissan Terra design is both capable and practical, reliable for everyday use while also giving our customers the ability to unhook from daily life and undertake adventure.”
With the new Nissan Terra, Nissan meets South East Asia’s increasing demand for mid-size SUVs and new cars in general. The SUV segment remains to be in the top three volume and growth drivers for South East Asia.
The vehicle will be built at Nissan’s production hub in Thailand for the South East Asian market.
“The new Nissan Terra is being built in and for South East Asia. It demonstrates our commitment to making innovation accessible to more customers in the region,” Yutaka Sanada, Nissan’s regional senior vice president for the Asia and Oceania region said.
“This Terra also marks the latest step in our product offensive for the region. This is an important part of delivering Nissan’s mid-term business plan Nissan M.O.V.E. 2022 for this region,” Sanada said.
The new Nissan Terra, a name derived from the Latin word for Earth, was introduced to the region on Monday on a plain between two majestic volcanos at Clark in the Philippines. It is not a replacement for the long running Nissan Terrano SUV, despite the similarity in name the product concept is very different.
Seating seven people comfortably, with best in class cabin space, the new Nissan Terra comes with a full flat second-row seat folding and tumbling seat function, making it ideal for urban but also off-road adventures with family and friends.
“The ingenious combination of high performance, best-in-class cabin space and Nissan Intelligent Mobility features gives family and friends the confidence to go anywhere,” said Vincent Wijnen, Nissan’s head of marketing and sales for the Asia and Oceania region.
The new Nissan Terra is equipped with a versatile ladder-frame chassis, reinforced to give it greater rigidity for an authentic off-road drive. It also features a five-link coil spring rear suspension system and rigid rear-wheel axle, ensuring that comfort and convenience aren't compromised by its strength and durability.
For the Philippines, the YD25 diesel engine offers the best acceleration performance in its class, ensuring a smooth yet powerful drive, with its 190 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque.
The vehicle also features advanced technologies for a safer and more confident drive. These innovative technologies called Nissan Intelligent Mobility include Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection. The Nissan Terra is the first SUV with the Smart Rear View Mirror, allowing drivers unobstructed views from a camera mounted at the back.
Along with safety technologies comes increased control, with a 4WD-DIFF lock system and Hill Start Assist. Hill Descent Control helps maintain speed control in steep downhill driving.
The vehicle is ideal for the region as its top ground clearance, at 225 millimeters, reduces the risk of damage from rough, uneven roads and from driving in flooded areas.
Customers in the Philippines can pre-order the new Nissan Terra as of today, with deliveries starting from August 2018.