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Philippines To Receive Its First Shelby Dealer

Not every country gets the dealer for the cars that they want; it’s ultimately up to the manufacturer to decide if they think that the market is worth entering. Philippine’s auto enthusiasts finally have some good news from Shelby.

The Ford aftermarket company recently appointed an exclusive distributor for the Philippines; Autohub Group of Companies. The company will be in charge of selling aftermarket auto parts, including kits, as well as Shelby-modified vehicles, acting as the US manufacturer’s official and exclusive supplier.

Autohub Group of Companies President Willy Tee Ten says that they’ll be bringing in as many products from Shelby into the Philippine auto market as they can, acting as the exclusive distributor for the US company’s products, covering auto parts, accessories, as well as upgrades. They’ll also handle the installation of said parts, including kits and superchargers.

Autohub has stated that they won’t be selling Shelby cars immediately, but they’ll be doing so in the future, via indent orders, for those in the Philippines who are interested in owning their very own Shelby. The company has yet to reveal which models they’ll be selling, but there are talks that say it’ll be, at least, the Shelby GT, GT-S, and, possibly Super Snake.

As part of their deal, Autohub will be sending its technicians and mechanics to Shelby, in the US, for training. This will allow the distributor to properly install aftermarket upgrades, particularly the supercharger kits to the Mustang’s V8 iterations.

As for the distribution of Shelby vehicles, Tee Ten announced that Allen Pascual will be in charge, to act as the head of Shelby Philippines in the future, on top of his leading of the Autohub Car Care Services (ACCS), which handle all aftermarket parts and accessories under the Autohub Group umbrella.

Neither Shelby nor Autohub has revealed the date when Shelby Philippines will officially open, but Tee Ten reports that they’re just waiting for the finalization process to finish on the deal; with the final signature having yet to be filled out. He says that they’re expecting it around January; sometime in the earlier months of 2020.

 

 

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China Hitting Apple Over Map App

Geopolitics affects all sorts of businesses; even a Cartography illustrator can find themselves watching sociopolitics to make sure they don’t get caught in something.

Well, they might not be traditional cartographers, but Apple’s certainly taking heat over a map, well, a map app, as the Chinese Communist Party’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, called foul towards Apple Inc. due to allowing an app on their store that tracks the movement of the Hong Kong Police Force, which is being used by protestors and demonstrators.

The newspaper didn’t name the specific app, but called out Apple Inc. for what it saw as complicity in aiding the protestors and questioned Apple’s operations, saying that the US tech giant wasn’t thinking properly; not considering what they were doing.

One map available on the Apple app store is the HKmap.live, which has become the talk of Twitter for talk, both criticizing it and support it, and the protests. The developer of the app didn’t immediately respond to requests for comments on the matter, but Apple, in a recent tweet, stated that they had a lot of business considerations to make, but they would make things right.

Apple is only the latest company to take heat in regards to the democratic protests happening in Hong Kong, which has been going on since June 2019. While no Cartography illustrator business has taken heat, major companies like the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Vans, the sports brand, have been caught in the storm of controversy regarding the protests.

The piece that was published on the People’s Daily stated that Apple didn’t have a sense of morality and was ignoring the truth. It also said that making the HKmap.live app available on the Apple app store during such a time was enabling violent protestors in the country.

The paper even went so far as to say that letting the map app, and such ‘poisonous software’ on the Apple app store was a betrayal of the Chinese people.

As for the tech giant, it has received several requests to make comments on the matter, but has refused to state anything.

 

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