Saturday, November 7, 2015

Kalyeserye meets Gaya-Gaya Pa More

Photo: Official Eat Bulaga Facebook page

So this is what AlDub came up with their perfect impersonation in honor of the grand finals of this week's Bulaga Pa More challenge titled Gaya-Gaya Pa More, where celebs have to impersonate as one of the biggest stars in history.

In Gaya-Gaya Pa More, we've seen celebs doing their best impersonations on-stage. There's Regine Angeles as Ariana Grande, IC Mendoza as Lady Gaga, Ynez Veneracion as Jennifer Lopez, Mico Aytona as Michael Jackson, and Barbara Miguel as Beyonce. In the end, Mico Aytona is the winner of Gaya-Gaya Pa More.

Anyway, onto the Kalyeserye part and the celebrity tandem Alden Richards and Maine "Yaya Dub" Mendoza impersonated is none other than the legendary love team from a distant past; Guy and Pip. If anyone don't know who is Guy and Pip, it refers to two Philippine screen legends; Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III. They did very well on such impersonation right until the moment when Alden's going to give Yaya Dub the ring, only to found out the ring is missing!

Where is the ring? What's going on with AlDub? Keep watching Eat Bulaga every Mondays to Saturdays for more Kalyeserye antics!

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On the November 6, 2015 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Hulihin mo siya gags

- Wanna bet on this medical checkup?

- Expectation vs. Reality

- Sef Cadayona takes on TSUGI O CHORVA!

- A woman with a botox face has some issues to talk to...

- Advice pa more with Tata Lino!

- Someone thinks he's the tough guy everyone's feared...



- A dad tells his kid on how to survive an injection from the hospital.

- The unveiling of a time machine from the inventor who has issues with his life.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Let's Do The News! (November 6, 2015)



- US President Barack Obama claims that a bomb was on board a Russian airliner which crashed in Egypt last weekend during an interview with a radio station. He said that the US is taking the possibility very seriously. 

- Meanwhile, UK PM David Cameron and Russian president Vladimir Putin deny the US claims regarding a bomb that brought down the Russian airliner in Egypt. Putin said that the cause of the accident should be determined based on sources. Some say that the crash would ruin Russia's reputation if they begin retaliatory strikes against the Islamic State militants for their air campaign in Syria.

- Senator Grace Poe welcomed the offer of Senator Bongbong Marcos to undergo DNA test with her to help her find her biological parents. Could it be that Grace Poe's bloodline belong to the infamous Marcos? They will have to find out whether it's true or just a myth.

- The rise of incidents involving airline passengers found to be carrying live ammunition in the midst of the "tanim-bala" extortion scam had confused most agents of the National Bureau of Investigation. There could be numerous reasons other than extortion behind the scheme that victimize most senior travelers and OFWs in most terminals of the NAIA, according to the chief of the NBI anti-organized crime division.

- The Malacanang officials defend the Aquino administration over the latest allegation from Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo over their plan to hide away the street dwellers during the upcoming APEC Summit. According to the Deputy Presidential Spokesperson, cleaning off street dwellers is part of the DSWD and they're not just doing it every time when international leaders are visiting the Philippines.

- The NASA probe, New Horizons, is on course for a new destination more than one billion kilometers beyond Pluto. New Horizons is still sending data on Pluto's atmosphere and images of the surface.

- ICYMI: Forza Motorsport 6 collaborates with Bethesda's upcoming post-nuclear role-playing shooter game, Fallout 4, with special machines in store for the players. There was a specially-themed 1956 Ford F-100 featuring the iconic Fallout mascot, Vault Boy, offered as a gift for all FM6 players in honor of next week's release of the game. Also, those who played Fallout 4 on the XBOX One may receive a retro-futuristic car straight from the world of Fallout games, a Chryslus Rocket 69, soon.



- Don't forget about tomorrow! AlDub will be making a special appearance on the grand finals of Eat Bulaga's Bulaga Pa More: Gaya Gaya Pa More! Although we're still wondering what will Alden and Yaya Dub will impersonate as...

TTFN!!!

New Lexus RX (L20/L25)

2016 Lexus RX

Lexus' luxury crossover, the RX, is now on its fourth-generation (in world market terms anyway) and for its regeneration, the new RX wants to upset the opposition with its radical new design inside out as well as its new tech features suitable for a luxury SUV fit for those who want to mix business with pleasure. Performance-wise, it's not what you called wise, but anyway, let's dig first on what the new RX looks like.

2016 Lexus RX interior

In the eyes of an observer, the new RX's design looks more of a departure from the predecessors' designs which dates back to the first-generation Toyota Harrier, the SUV that was sold to the world market as the Lexus RX until now. Take note that today's Toyota Harrier shares nothing in common with this new Lexus RX, in case any one of you spill the beans. Anyway, in Toyota's eyes, the new design promises to be a more radical approach to today's crossovers, but in my opinion, that design is far too many. One thing that will scare most of us is the incredibly horrid LED sequential turn lamps which behaves like today's Ford Mustang do. Those sequential turn lamps are too scary and if you see one approaching, better not to look at it because it will be like seeing a man with his full moon.

Get inside and everything's well-organized like a well-organized desk, well sorta. On the driver's side, you feel busy because you have all the buttons at your disposal and while on the wheel, feels like you have little time to fiddle with the audio and sat-nav unless if you're at a set of lights, similar to a game of yacht with your pals. On the back, that's where the delightful part comes in because there's an available rear seat entertainment system where no one can argue which movie they want to watch while stuck at traffic. The boot space wasn't so bad even though the new RX has a sloping roofline that resembles a coupe-like silhouette.

2016 Lexus RX

Now, onto the performance side and for the new RX, there has been a shift in the lineup because the previous model's RX270 and the RX350 are removed for this generation and in return, the only petrol engine available for the new model is the 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine sourced from its little brother, the NX. The 8AR-FTS engine develops a power output of 238PS, 350Nm of torque output, and when mated with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, fuel economy is expected at 11.8km/L. Doesn't sound much but it has enough gusto to squeeze in.

Of course, the hybrid variant, the RX450h, is carried over from the previous model. Of course, it still has the same 2GR-FXE petrol engine but the new model featured new electric motors featuring a 123kW 6JM motor on the front, and for 4WD variants, a 50kW 2FM motor on the back. Combined, the maximum system power output is 313PS, 13PS more than the previous model and fuel consumption has been improved to 18.8km/L based on JC08 Mode standards. That sounds like a lot but like all good Japanese-made hybrids, it's stuck with the CVT gearbox so don't get too excited here. This is still like a polar bear asking what he wants with the other relatives, probably a grizzly bear and a panda bear of some sorts.

In F-Sport variants, the ride and handling has been improved slightly thanks to the addition of NAVI AI-AVS (Adaptive Variable Steering) as well as improved suspension setup for better dynamics. Yes, it maybe a sport utility vehicle but it handles like a luxury saloon. May not be as good as any European luxury crossovers but the new RX tries to keep its character running in a way a barista gets jolted with electricity.

2016 Lexus RX

For the new RX, it has learned two things straight from its bigger brother, the LX, and the recently facelifted Toyota Crown; first is the Lexus Safety System +, which features a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection Function, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, and Radar Cruise Control. Second is the ITS Connect and it uses Japan's ITS frequency to receive and share data between external infrastructure and other cars via vehicle-to-infrastructure communication (Right-turn Collision Caution, Red Light Caution, Signal Change Advisory) and vehicle-to-vehicle communication (Communicating Radar Cruise Control, Emergency Vehicle Notification).

The new RX starts from 4,950,000 to 7,425,000 Yen, which is utterly expensive for a Japanese crossover of that magnitude but when compared to its rivals like the Audi Q5 or the BMW X3, that is where the smart value for money kicked in. So what's to like about it? Its value, tech, interior, and the improved dynamics fit for a luxury car. What I don't like is its hybrid variant not too enthusiastic for the driver, turbocharging too mellow, the loss of the 3.5L V6 variant, and overall...get those stupid LED sequential turn lamps off my face.

Available colors: White Nova Glass Flake, Sonic Quartz, Platinum Silver Metallic, Sonic Titanium, Graphite Black Glass Flake, Black, Red Mica Crystal Shine, Amber Crystal Shine, Sleek Ecru Metallic, and Deep Blue Mica.

Photo: Toyota Motor Corporation

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Let's Do The News! (November 5, 2015)


- Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou stresses importance of meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping as their talks in Saturday will further promote cross-strait ties. Their meeting between the two leaders in Singapore will be the first since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

- Right now, Xi Jinping arrives in Vietnam despite anger over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

- According to the British foreign secretary, the Airbus 321 bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in Egypt last weekend, killing all 224 people on board, may have been brought down by an explosive device on board the aircraft.

- Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau has sworn in as Canadian prime minister following his center-left party victory in last month's general election, sparking the end of Conservative rule under former PM Stephen Harper. The swearing-in ceremony took place in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, following his unveiling of his cabinet of 30 other ministers.

- Maldives president Abdula Yameen declares a state of emergency two days before the rally by the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, giving sweeping powers to police and troops to arrest anti-government activists.

- Following reports of Senator Grace Poe's DNA tests returned negative, Senator Bongbong Marcos said that he's willing to undergo DNA testing if he would be asked to help the presidential candidate prove that her parents are Filipino.

- Max's Group, Inc., the parent company of the popular casual dining chain Max's Restaurant, plans to open at least 200 international outlets by the next five years. Right now, Max's Restaurant is already operating in some parts of the US, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates.

- The Nissan Juke has been around since its market launch last 2010 and to commemorate five years of their crossover, they've showed off a special clip featuring a full-scale replica made of origami.



- See how the ultimate Viper, the all-new Dodge Viper ACR, racked up most lap times in American racetracks.



- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga kalyeserye, veteran actress Gloria Romero guest stars as Tia Bebeng as she made an untimely arrival to meet the Kalye's Angels and AlDub as they're celebrating their 16th weeksary. Don't forget that AlDub's joining the Bulaga Pa More: Gaya Gaya Pa More grand finals on Saturday.

TTFN!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Let's Do The News! (November 4, 2015)



- Chinese president Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart, Ma Ying-jeou, are to hold talks in Singapore this Saturday, their first since Taiwan and mainland China split in 1949. The aim for the meeting between these two nations is to maintain and promote the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait.

- The chief of Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the US top military commander agree to further boost the nations' bilateral alliance. According to the chief of the SDF, the security situation in the Asia Pacific region is tense, therefore raising the degree to which the US-Japanese alliance contributes to peace and stability in the region.

- Egyptian government says experts are analysing the flight recorders retrieved from the Russian passenger plane that crashed landed in the Sinai Peninsula last weekend. So far, 196 people have been recovered and no signs of life. Based on the recordings, there was some unusual sounds occurred on the aircraft before its untimely crashed. It could be the work of Islamic State militants but officials claim that the IS weren't capable of taking down a plane at an altitude of about 9,400 meters.

- Suspected gunmen from the armed terrorist group Abu Sayyaf demanded a billion peso ransom for two Canadians and a Norwegian taking hostage somewhere in the southern part of the Philippines. It is the biggest ransom the Muslim terrorists sought for yeas. Army Brig. Gen. Alan arrojado said that their government maintains a no-ransom policy, meaning that they will not give in to their demands to secure the hostages' freedom.

- Senator Grace Poe admitted that the two DNA tests she underwent to verify her kinship with probable biological relatives both turned out to be negative. According to her interview from a radio station, the persons who were tapped for the medical procedure didn't match her DNA.

- Mercedes-Benz renamed the flagship SUV GL-Class into the ultra-luxurious GLS-Class, packed with improved dynamics, better range of engines, and more luxurious features.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class


- Hyundai announced that Genesis will be spawned into a luxury brand with a G-based naming structure. It will be expanded into six products by the next five years.

- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga Kalyeserye, the Kalye's Angels received a letter from Tia Bebeng saying that she's coming, hoping that they will not do what the letter told, including what the Kalye's Angels, Alden, and Yaya Dub are doing most of the time. Minutes later, Yaya Dub's missing! Where did she go? Find out next time and find out.

- According to the widow of the late veteran actor Robin Williams, he committed suicide because of dementia, not depression.

TTFN!!!

Forza Motorsport 6: Know your Bond Car - BMW Z8

MI6 Tanner to Forza 6 players,

As you may know, some of the Bond Cars recorded from the MI6's Q-Branch have been featured in Forza Motorsport 6, the latest installment in the highly-successful Forza franchise available exclusively on the XBOX One. I'll be briefing you with some of the most iconic Bond Cars featured in FM6.

z8 (1)

The BMW Z8 is an open-top grand tourer heavily inspired from the legendary BMW 507 of the 1950's.  As a production car, the Z8 features a combination of aluminum space frame and aluminum paneling. It's retro-inspired design was penned by Henrik Fisker who would later work for an Aston Martin DB9 before going on to create his own now-defunct car company behind the Fisker Karma PHEV.

Powering the Z8 is the similar 5.0L V8 from the BMW E39 M5, producing 394HP of power and 368.8ft-lb of torque, while mated with a 6-speed manual gearbox. 0-100kph takes about 4.7 seconds.

It was first revealed in the 1999 Bond film, The World is Not Enough, starring Pierce Brosnan, although its only shot to fame is when it went backwards for a few yards, fired a missile, and gets split into half. Later on, it was featured in Bond games such as 007 Racing, where a selection of Bond cars are featured in different missions, and 007: Agent Under Fire, a first-person shooter game.

In one episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson thinks that driving the Z8 feels like driving a Scania truck, so a tuned version, the Alpina Z8, was featured and when The Stig drove one, it set a lap time of 1:29.0.

We asked our Q-branch experts to send the Z8 round the Top Gear Test Track to see if this is as fast as the lap time set by The Stig several years ago.



After a lap round the Top Gear Track, our expert did it in 1:27.586, which is around two seconds faster than the lap time set by The Stig, which is quite an amazement for a Bond car that was underappreciated by some after watching it got split into half in a Bond movie.

MI6, end of transmission.

Need For Speed (2015 game)

Need For Speed (PS4)

Need For Speed (XBOX One)

The longest-running hardcore car racing franchise is back and now, the latest Need For Speed game delivers the ultimate definition of car culture where everyone can express their love of cars not as a car enthusiast but as a driver who live out driving as their personal hobby.

Drivers are welcomed in the nocturnal open-world landscape of Ventura Bay as they are free to do whatever the heck they want with their rides. In the new NFS, there are many ways to enjoy Ventura Bay you like as demonstrated by the biggest names in the car culture scene. You can race against your rivals, outrun the cops, perform stunts, customize your ride to make it unique, and form alliances so you'll never race alone.

From Japanese street tuners, European saloons, American muscle cars, to supercars, every car in Need For Speed is unique to the driver and to make them even more unique, they can customize it any way they like.

Yes, customization is mentioned and in Need For Speed, you now have many ways to customize your ride from visuals to performance upgrades. 

On the visual side, drivers can personalize it with body kits, wheels, aero parts, and of course, paint jobs. Although the new feature feels a bit limited, creating paint jobs for their favorite cars adds a nice impression to show the world your favorite car looks like. As for performance, feel free to upgrade whatever suits the situation such as adding more power, making it more driftable, more easier to handle, whatever floats you boat but remember, all cars differ to their performance so experiment upgrading with different rides and find out which setup fits your next race or which is great for escaping the cops.

Thanks to next-generation gaming, the graphics never felt more realistic than ever before and the way you play NFS is nothing like you've ever played before. That's an upside for this game as well as the customizations and many others but the downside goes to the choice of cars. Sure, you might have early access to future machines such as the all-new Ford Focus RS and the BMW M2 Coupe but while the current NFS car lineup is a great start, it feels somewhat lacking. Let's hope some DLC will remedy it but its too early to tell so you have to make do with all the rides offered in-game.

Another downside is when playing off-line, single-player gameplay is allowed but if you want to connect to multiplayer, you need subscription to either PlayStation Plus or XBOX Live Gold to do so, which is kinda lame because we miss the split-screen multiplayer goodness where you and your friends can enjoy this game anytime.

Although this may not be one of the best racing games of 2015, the newly reborn NFS game is a sure fire way to attract car lovers who share their passion for the car culture scene and with car culture is the key essence of this game, this is definitely the NFS game you want to have if you're a series veteran or newcomer alike.

Need For Speed is now available on the PS4 and XBOX One, and coming Spring 2016 for the PC.

F1 2015 - Mexican GP

Photo: Getty Images

After over two decades of hiatus, the Mexican Grand Prix has returned on this year's season and although everything's changed at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, its glorious past still remains the same, even though with numerous F1 drivers who are new to this track.

In the end, Nico Rosberg feels like he's back on the road after his gratuitous win at the Mexican GP, sending his teammate (and rival) Lewis Hamilton to 2nd place, due to downforce problems. That's another 1-2 finish for the Mercedes team. Williams' Valtteri Bottas placed 3rd.

Onto the overall standings, Lewis Hamilton still in 1st place with 345 points while Nico Rosberg, thanks to his win, sent him back to 2nd place with 272, and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel dropped back to 3rd with 251 points.

The semi-finals of the F1 2015 season will take place in Brazil on the 15th of November.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Let's Do The News! (November 3, 2015)



- ASEAN defense ministers started their two-day talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, following reports of an American destroyer vessel sailed within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese-made island in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea last week. This meeting hopes to gain support for their countries' stances in the ongoing maritime tensions in the South China Sea.

- According to a US State Department spokesperson, the United States will lift sanctions on Iran after monitoring its adherence to the international deal curbing Iran's nuclear development as the relevant nations have started necessary precautions. If the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies that Iran completed the necessary steps, the sanctions will be lifted.

- The first batch of bodies retrieved from Saturday's plane crash in Egypt has arrived in St. Petersburg in Russia. Last weekend, an Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula while on its way to the Russian city. Reports told that all 224 people onboard have died.

- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano files complaint  against DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and NAIA execus at the Office of the Ombudsman over the alleged tanim-bala scam that has been plaguing airline passengers everywhere. This scam involves some security officials who allegedly insert live rounds in the luggage of passengers and ask them for money in exchange of dropping charges of illegal possession of ammunition.

- A crossfire at a nightclub north of Lebanese capital city, Beirut, killed eight people including two officers and two members of a notorious crime family, according to reports,

- Available tomorrow on Forza Motorsport 6 for the XBOX One Console is the eBay Motors Car Pack featuring motorsport legends such as Senna's McLaren MP4/4, Lancia Corse Beta Montecarlo Turbo, Swiss Team MC Trofeo, Holden Torana A9X, Datsun 2000, Mazda SpeedSource Lola B12/80, and rather unique Plymouth Prowler. Car Pass owners can get it for free.




- W Motors, the Arab-based supercar company behind the Lykan Hypersport, is teasing their next supercar prior to Dubai International Motor Show, called the Fenyr Supersport.

- Earlier, a group of hackers, presumably the Hacktivist group Anonymous Philippines, hacked the official Twitter account of Maine "Yaya Dub" Mendoza, Now, Anonymous PH issued a public apology over the hacking of the popular EB presenter, famous for her AlDub antics on TV.

- Nolyn Cabahug, the leading tenor of the Philippines, passed away due to renal failure he was diagnosed six years ago.

TTFN!!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Let's Do The News! (November 2, 2015)


- 11 people are reportedly killed in a hotel attack in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Local police say a car rigged with explosives rammed into the hotel's entrance on Sunday and exploded. It is believed to be an attack caused by an Islamic militant group.

- The first-ever Japan-South Korea summit in three years became meaningful as the two leaders, Japan PM Shinzo Abe and South Korean president Park Geun-hye, sought to solve historical issues and improve bilateral ties.

- The Turkish ruling party, AKP, vows to form a single-party government on their own after winning a majority in the country's general elections. They've won 316 seats in parliament, well over the majority.

- US Secretary of State John Kerry met up with his counterparts from five Central Asian nations to discuss ways to combat terrorism. The foreign ministers agreed to cooperate in monitoring the movements of WMDs amid the increasing activities of Islamic State militants infiltrating the region from Afghanistan.

- Two hosts of Eat Bulaga, Joey de Leon and Tito Sotto, got offended by the Filipino Muslim community ever since they wore Arab garbs in the variety show's Halloween special last Saturday.

- Another teaser for the third-generation Buick LaCrosse flagship saloon was showcased prior to this month's LA Auto Show premiere.



- Check out this Amazon Fire TV commercial starring former Top Gear host, now host for Amazon original motoring show, Jeremy Clarkson.



- New Pokemon XY toys on the radar! In celebration of the latest chapter of the XY saga, titled Pokemon XY & Z, Takara Tomy announced new toys based on the latest season. On the Moncolle side, there is now Zygarde Core, Ash-Greninja, and Zygarde 10% Forme. They'll be out this December in time for Christmas. Be on a lookout for the Zygarde Special Pack featuring four forms of Zygarde from the Core, 10% Form, 50% Form, and the Complete Form. They'll be out this December for 3.800 Yen.

There's also a stuffed toy of Zygarde Core itself with a feature that it crawls when you wind up. Available this December for 2,000 Yen.

And now, a little something for everyone. The Pikachu Talk plush where you can talk with Pikachu and it responds with feelings. Want to know what in the world Pikachu says? A special device featuring our favorite archnemesis Meowth can explain what Pikachu says! Yours for just 4,200 Yen when it's on sale this December.

- Seiyuu Miyu Matsuki died on the 27th of October at the age of 38 due to an illness, according to her talent agency. Back in July, she announced that she'll be taking a break from her seiyuu career to focus on treating her pneumonia. Matsuki was known for her roles as Isumi Saginomiya from the Hayate the Combat Butler series, Magical Sapphire in Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, and many others.

TTFN!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fourth-generation Kia Sportage

2016 Kia Sportage

Shortly after its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show, this all-new, fourth-generation, Kia Sportage managed to slip in through Korean dealerships following its world premiere to the massive motoring public in Europe and for this new model, this new model claims to be more attractive than the previous model with its new look, new tech, and greater quality.

2016 Kia Sportage

2016 Kia Sportage interior

To getting to know more about the Sportage, first, let's get to know more about its design and for this new model, feels like there's some mixed results involved here. From the front view, it looks like an oversized version of its little brother, the Soul, while the side view looks oddly similar to its previous-generation Sportage, while on the back, it looks like they've stole it from the not-for-Japan Toyota RAV4. The new exterior looks very questionable, right? And now, let's take a look on the interior and some might jump through conclusions that it was plagued by its uniformity that most interiors of present-day Kia models had but take a closer look and be the judge of it. Practicality-wise, the new Sportage promises to be more convenient than the last one thanks to rear folding seats, 1,492 litres of boot space, and seating variations that will accommodate any luggage-related scenarios. It even has high-tech features such as the UVO II telematics system, smartphone connectivity, and a smart tailgate.

2016 Kia Sportage

Bear that in mind that the new Sportage uses the same underpinnings as the latest-generation Hyundai Tucson, meaning that the engine choices offered in the Sportage are the same as the Tucson such as the e-VGT R2.0 diesel engine connected with either a 6-speed manual or automatic as well as the smaller e-VGT U-II 1.7L diesel engine that develops 141PS of power and 34.7kg-m of torque,  mated with a 7-speed double-clutch gearbox. Fuel economy for the 2.0L model is expected from 12.4 to 15.0km/L while the 1.7L model can expect 15.0km/L of fuel consumption, although driver verification is strongly advised to figure out how fuel efficient is these variants.
 
One thing that drivers will notice is the Drive Mode Select button which allows the driver to switch between three driving modes; SPORT, NORMAL, or ECO. When in SPORT mode, it firms up the suspension and makes it sharper to handle but for a car like this, let's call it as sharp as your recently-sharped pencil rather than a knife. Other things you might be keen about are the 4WD Lock button and the Idle Stop and Go system which turns off the engine while pulling at a set of lights.

For added safety, the new Sportage comes with driving aids such as Auto Emergency Brake, Blind Spot Detection, Electronic Stability Control, Lane Departure Warning System, Static Binding Light, and Advanced SPAS which allows this one to park hands-free.

The MSRP for the new Sportage starts at 21,790,000 Korean Won, which sounds like a lot less compared to the Tucson even though they got the same stuff, but anyway, it's a smart buy for a crossover well-tailored for any occasion.

Photo: Kia Motors

Doctor Who S09E07


Two years ago, as quoted by the flashback from The Day of The Doctor, there was a ceasefire agreement that will reconcile both humans and Zygons to prevent further conflicts between them. Now, on this episode titled The Zygon Invasion, the ceasefire broke out and the Zygons unleashed war on Earth that will put everyone on the line, including UNIT and The Doctor.

The Doctor takes on a daring rescue mission to save Osgood and investigate the Zygon presence. Trouble is, there's a bit worse than that and as for Clara...she was taken over by a Zygon who looked like Clara and now...she's bent on world domination.

Let's find out next week as The Doctor faces the most extreme choice of all...

NEXT EPISODE PREVIEW:

Stars of 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

2015 Mazda RX-VISION Concept

The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show runs from now until the 8th of November, 2015 at the Tokyo Big Sight and on this year's TMS, there are some exciting concepts and production cars displayed for the general public not to mention some sporty concept cars that will up the ante for some Japanese carmakers as well as machines that will envision a world of autonomous driving science. So, let's list down the stars of this year's car show...

- Lexus LF-FC Concept - a fuel-cell premium saloon concept might preview a next-generation LS saloon in the foreseeable future.

- 2016 Toyota Prius - the most fuel-efficient Prius has arrived in Tokyo Motor Show for its fourth-generation, set to be on sale to the Japanese market at the end of the year.

- Toyota S-FR Concept  - A small concept sports car from Toyota showcases just how fun small cars can be.

- Toyota FCV Plus Concept - A fuel-cell concept car from Toyota

- Toyota Kikai Concept - A funky-looking concept car from Toyota features an agnostic common sense of a conventional car.

- Nissan Teatro for Dayz Concept - A concept car fit for the tech-savvy people thanks to its numerous gadgets offered as well as an on-board camera.

- Nissan IDS Concept - A zero emission electric concept car from Nissan showcases the science of autonomous driving.

- 2016 Honda Civic Type R - The Civic is back to the Japanese market only in Type R five-door hatchback form imported from Europe. It will be limited to 750 units when it's available before the year ends. It's powered by Honda's first ever 2.0L VTEC TURBO engine and it's known to be the fastest front-wheel drive car to lap round the Nurburgring.

- Honda Clarity Fuel Cell- Honda's new-generation fuel cell vehicle has been given a name and for this new Clarity, it has a cruising range of over 700km, the best-in-class among all FCVs.

- Honda Odyssey Hybrid - A hybrid version of the latest-generation Honda Odyssey flagship minivan featuring a SPORT HYBRID i-MMD powertrain derived from the Honda Accord Hybrid.

- Mazda RX-VISION Concept - This concept sports car from Mazda previews its newly reborn SKYACTIV-R rotary engine, dedicated to keep the rotary engine spirit of Mazda alive.

- Subaru Impreza 5-door Concept - This concept hatchback from Subaru previews the fifth-generation Impreza in the foreseeable future.

- Subaru Viziv Future Concept - A crossover concept car from Subaru

- 2016 Subaru WRX S4 SporVita - A special edition WRX S4 featuring a special Lapis Lazuli Pearl color and special seats provided by Mario Levi.

- 2016 Subaru Legacy B4 SporVita - A special edition Legacy B4 featuring a special Lapis Lazuli Pearl color and special seats provided by Mario Levi.

- 2016 Subaru WRX STi S207 - A special edition WRX STi with some components derived from its Nurburgring 24 Hour racecar, making it a road going track car that drivers can use it anywhere. Only 200 units will be made.

- Mitsubishi eX Concept - A compact crossover concept car might preview the next RVR.

- 2016 Suzuki Ignis - A new crossover from Suzuki that is set on sale very soon.

- 2016 Suzuki Baleno - A new compact hatchback from Suzuki featuring its first-ever BoosterJet 1.0L petrol engine.

- 2016 Suzuki Alto Works - The legendary Alto Works hot kei car has been revived and it's based on the current-generation Alto. It comes with a turbocharged 660cc engine mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

- Suzuki Ignis Trail Concept - A concept version derived from the production-spec Ignis.

- Suzuki Mighty Deck Concept - A concept car which is a modern take on the legendary Mighty Boy compact pickup truck.

- Suzuki Air Triser Concept - A concept minivan from Suzuki featuring a unique door sliding mechanism.

- Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo Concept - A concept van visualizes the science of autonomous driving

- 2016 BMW M4 GTS - A lightweight, track-focused version of the M4 featuring the first-ever water-injection system on its 3.0L 6-cylinder turbo petrol engine.

...and many more.

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