We’re Going Flat Out

Who knew that a simple school project could translate into a year’s worth of content and writing? That just happens to be the case with Go Flat Out. Born in 2012 as a simple blog by car nut and college student, Isaac Atienza, it has grown over the years. From car launches, interesting news pieces in the automotive industry, to actual test drives and driving impressions of locally available car models, it was decided to branch out and create a bigger and badder Go Flat Out. Isaac wanted to take it further.

That’s where we come in. Allow me to introduce the team of Go Flat Out for 2015.

Providing a wealth of manufacturer and distributor contacts is James Tagle. He’ll also be in charge of test drives and will be doing a bit of reviewing and writing when he’s not behind the wheel. Having grown up in a family that’s all about automobiles, he has driven his fair share of performance vehicles, on and off the track. His insights from a performance driving perspective will be invaluable when it comes to reviews and first impressions.

For marketing and promotions, Paulo Bustamante will be at the helm. No stranger to test-drives, he’ll be able to provide us with an everyday look at cars and how they fit in our daily lives, whether as a daily driver, or a toy to be driven on the weekends. He’ll also be handling photo and video shoots for our features and reviews. Despite this being his first foray into automotive writing, he’s positive and open to learn new things along the way.

Lastly, you have yours truly, Nico Ylanan. I’ll be dabbling in test drives, reviews and handling the overall writing and content of the site, together with Isaac Atienza. I currently write for a car blog for one of the top automotive selling sites in the country and have done several independent articles relating to the automotive industry. I grew up on the track, still remembering the heydays of PTCC in Subic, with my father who was helping manage one of the top teams in the country. I’ll be providing my own ideas and opinions from a performance standpoint, as well as a regular everyday driver. Think of it as a mixed, fair bag of criticism.

Rest assured, we plan to deliver content that’s not only informative and interesting, but pretty damn funny, as well. We are all car nuts through and through, and we would love to take you on this automotive journey with us, sharing a ton of laughs and bloopers along the way.

Cheers!

The Go Flat Out team

An All-New Go Flat Out (With Video Trailer)

Go Flat Out has been existing for a while now, and from this day on, Go Flat Out will now be operated by 4 car enthusiasts (and counting). This new collaboration between car enthusiasts will bring new and exciting reviews and other content to Go Flat Out. Kicking off this new partnership is this new trailer, featuring the legendary BMW M3 Coupé (E46).

Go Flat Out is now on social networks as well. Like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram for more petrolhead content.

Stay tuned to Go Flat Out for more, and thank you for continuing to give us the reason to exist and deliver much more special content.

Nissan Launches The NV350 Urvan, Undercuts The Hiace Commuter’s Price

If there is a segment in the automotive industry that is least contested, it would be this, the commercial van segment. Unless you’re a UV Express operator, or a travel and leisure operator, the general consumer isn’t interested in these moving boxes. The current Nissan Urvan we have has been in production in the Philippines since the Holocene Period, and yet not much really cared how old the Urvan is, even when compared to the Toyota Hiace. For a short period of time, we had the Nissan Urvan Estate, filling the role of having an Urvan for non-commercial use. Finally, the wait is over. The Nissan Urvan is receiving a replacement in the form of the Nissan NV350, and will be called the NV350 Urvan in our market.

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I won’t blame you if you thought the Nissan NV350 Urvan looks a lot like the Toyota Hiace. Not much creativity in terms of design exists in this segment, so it’s expected for them to look identical to each other. Outside, creases are present just above the wheel arches, just to add a little creativity that is otherwise absent in a segment full of boxes. Overall, the Nissan NV350 Urvan looks thoroughly more modern compared to the Urvan it replaces, and the Urvan can now truly compete head on with the Toyota Hiace.

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Inside, not a lot of things are happening as well in terms of design, since these types of vehicles are clearly emphasized for utility and space. A neat feature that the NV350 possesses over the Hiace Commute variant is that, the air conditioning runs all the way through the back (12 vents in total), which is essential in a climate as hot as ours. Also, making the Urvan just that bit modern is a shift indicator, which tells you when is the optimal time to shift.

The Nissan NV350 is powered by Nissan’s all-new YD25DDTi clean diesel 2.5 liter engine, found in the NP300 Navara. It’s a thoroughly modern engine, even more modern than the Toyota Hiace’s. It’s more powerful too,  producing 161 hp and 403 Nm of torque, and power goes through a 5-Speed Manual Transmission.

The Nissan NV350 Urvan aims to compete head to head with the Toyota Hiace, and while for the general consumer, interest is very low, there somehow is a competition when it comes to public transportation operators, hotel & resort operators, and even travel & leisure operators. While they may not be a significant chunk in the automotive industry, it is still an opportunity for Nissan to compete, as it aims to gain foothold in an industry where it once was one of the largest selling carmakers. Toyota is the top seller in every segment in the industry, including commercial vehicles, and its time for them to avoid letting their guard down, especially since pricing for the NV350 Urvan remains almost unchanged over the aging predecessor, as all variants undercut the P1,238,000 price of the Toyota Hiace Commuter.

15 Seater: P1,183,000
18 Seater: P1,196,000
3 Seater Cargo: P1,177,000

Go Flat Out Is Now On Facebook

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You can now connect socially on Go Flat Out on Facebook. Like us, and ask questions, post insights about the articles, and browse through some exclusive content that is unique to the Facebook page.

Through Go Flat Out on Facebook, be in the know of news not just about cars, but on other related topics such as weather updates from reliable news sources, keeping you and everyone else safe on the road.

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Honda Enters The Entry-Level MPV Market With The Mobilio

Honda wants to increase its appeal, and in order to cover all important segments in the market, Honda needs an entry-level MPV to rival the Toyota Avanza, Suzuki Ertiga, and Chevrolet Spin, and here is Honda’s answer. The Honda Mobilio.

The Honda Mobilio is based from a stretched platform of the Brio. It is developed around the needs of affordable mobility for 7 people, hence its name. HCPI’s Toshio Kuwahara states that when developing the Mobilio, careful though and analysis on the cultures of numerous Asian countries was carefully considered into the development. As a result, the Mobilio stands as Honda’s first foray into the affordable MPV segment, but as they so claim, with the excitement and a little bit of sportiness a Honda is known for.

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The exterior of the Honda Mobilio is clearly based from the Brio, but with added excitement from its global MPV siblings. What happens if the JDM Honda Odyssey and USDM Honda Odyssey had a honeymoon in Tahiti? They give birth to the Mobilio. The window line that mimics the lightning bolt window line of the USDM Odyssey is present, while the D-pillars with a semi-floating effect is clearly inspired from the chrome character detail found in the JDM Odyssey’s D-pillar. As a result, the exterior design is a mishmash of different inspirations that, while may not seem as a unified design, does create an athletic and sophisticated looks when compared to all of its staid-looking rivals.

The interior design is also based from the Brio, including the center console that is angled towards the driver, a clear hint of what the Mobilio possesses. The interior is mainly done in black, which brings a sophisticated and youthful look over its rivals that have a more grown up but harder to clean beige interiors. Window lines are low, especially in the second row where the lightning bolt window line takes effect. Access to the third row doesn’t require heavy use of anyone’s muscles, thanks to the one touch tumble and fold operation of the second row seats. 9 cupholders throughout the cabin means that all 7 people will surely have their smiles despite the summer heat we are currently experiencing.

Powering the Honda Mobilio is a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine from the Honda City and Jazz. It produces 120 hp and 145 Nm of torque, sent either through a 5-Speed Manual, or Honda’s Earth Dreams CVT. I have reviewed the Honda City and Jazz equipped with the said CVT, and if you have read my review, you know how I liked the transmission because of its refinement, responsiveness, and fuel efficiency. The CVT transmission puts the Honda Mobilio at a huge advantage over the competition with an ancient 4-Speed Automatic. Yes kids, other manufacturers still make a 4-Speed Automatic for their vehicles.

The Honda Mobilio is aimed to be a game changer in all respects. In terms of interior space, exterior design, and powetrain, I believe they have raised the bar in these aspects. What about features? It is a firm yes. Steering wheel controls, blue-lit instrument gauges, LED high mount stop lamp, and rear AC vents are offered as standard across the range. LED side mirror turn signals, foglights, A 2-DIN radio with USB Audio with Bluetooth telephone and audio is offered from the 1.5 E CVT upwards, while the 1.5 RS Navi is equipped with a touch screen system with navigation. ABS and Dual SRS airbags, are the safety features that are equipped as standard across the range. With the growing concern towards child occupant safety, ISOFIX child seat anchors are standard across the range, and the Mobilio is the first in its segment to offer this safety feature across the line-up.

The Honda Mobilio is aimed to be a game changer in the segment, and in the pursuit of increasing Honda’s appeal to a wider range of customers, the Mobilio might give Honda an edge. With the Mobilio being priced quite well given its features and powertrain, especially the lower end variants, the Mobilio may eventually become one of Honda’s best sellers in the Philippines.

1.5 E MT: P807,000
1.5 V CVT: P877,000
1.5 RS Navi: P967,000

Honda Cars Philippines Introduces Limited Editions Of Jazz, CR-V

Some of us want to stand out from the crowd. Just look at some of us when we dress up everyday. Some dress up preppy, and to some extent, certain people can’t start their day without their obligatory #ootd post. If you drive a popular car, chances are, there’d be someone who has the same car as yours in the parking lot. Thankfully, for people like you, Honda has a solution. Introducing the limited editions of the Honda Jazz and CR-V. honda-cr-v-gold-brown-limited-ed The Honda CR-V Gold Brown Metallic Edition is basically the same 2.4 SX CR-V with an exquisite paint job. The color alters depending on how light strikes it, the same way Mazda’s Soul Red Metallic does. Other than the paint job, it’s basically the same 2.4 SX CR-V with Honda’s excellent LaneWatch Blind Spot Camera. The Honda CR-V will only be sold in 10 units with an asking price of P1,688,000, basically the same price as the standard CR-V 2.4 SX. honda-jazz-limited-ed The Honda Jazz Cool Blue Edition, meanwhile, is more than just its striking blue color (trust me, I’ve seen one in person already). It  is a Jazz VX fitted with a Modulo body kit, grille, spoiler, seatback pockets, and cargo tray. Because of the Modulo kits, the Jazz’s price tag is slightly higher over the standard VX, now at P938,000, and only 20 units will be sold. Interested in any of these limited editions units. Go to a Honda dealer now and be part of a select few who has a special edition Honda Jazz and CR-V.

Isuzu Adds VGS Turbo To Entire 2015 D-Max Line-Up

The pick-up wars has never been more interesting than this year. With the release of the Mitsubishi Strada, Nissan NP300 Navara, and the upcoming release of the facelifted Ford Ranger, packed with plenty of driver assist systems, and the upcoming Toyota Hilux, which is Toyota’s worst kept secret, Isuzu isn’t letting its guard down. The Isuzu D-Max has been updated for 2015, now including the 2.5 liter VGS-equipped diesel engine from the MU-X in its entire line-up.

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Apart from a new engine, the Isuzu D-Max also receives new features across the line-up. Now standard for 2015 are LED rear lamps, bed liner, redesigned projector headlamps, and rear parking sensors. Inside, a touch screen system with navigaton is now equipped as standard.

For 2015, a new variant called the LT-X is released. The LT-X variant bridges the gap between the LS and the more utilitarian LT variants. The LT-X variant is easily distinguished by its 15 inch alloy wheels.

Safety has also been upgraded for 2015. Dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, are now standard. Child safety is now also recognized here in the Philippines (finally) and the Isuzu D-Max is now equipped with ISOFIX child seat anchors as standard across the line-up.

Do these new features sound tempting? Decide whether it’s your next pick-up truck by checking the prices down below.

LT M/T – P 872,000
LT-X M/T – P 935,000
LT M/T 4×4 – P 1,178,000
LS M/T 4×2 – P 1,154,000
LS A/T 4×2 – P 1,206,000
LS M/T 4×4 – P 1,428,000
LS A/T 4×4 – P 1,487,000

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