Test Drive - Renault CLIO (2018, 4th Gen F/L) 1.5 dCl Intense
In Korea, it is hard to look for small subcompact cars classified as B segment. This may be due to a variety of reasons, but it is also due to the fact that small cars have little merit compared to the marketability of compact (Small family) size cars, which might be classified as a C segment. In Korea, the presence of small cars has become less noticeable among microcar with various benefits, compact size cars with higher marketability and similar maintenance costs, and recent SUVs and CUVs. On the other hand, generally, a small-sized subcompact car can be someone's first car, a very practical second car, or even a role as a fashion item with plenty of personality. The area of subcompact car with small size and low price is quite tricky category that should have small but appropriate performance and interior space, meet driving performance, latest safety and environmental regulations, and consider mass production technology for competitive price range. The number of brands that can produce perfect and mass-producible small cars “properly” can be counted on the fingers of one hand across the globe. Going through four generations in the European subcompact car market, Renault Clio is the best-selling model in this tricky market, with more than 14 million units sold and a variety of awards. Introduced as Renault brand through Renault Samsung Motors in Korea as it is, Clio is the base model of Captur(well known as QM3 in Korea), which was already launched in Korea, and it is one of the most confident Renault cars. That Renault Samsung Motors present Clio as Renault brand as it is to this tough subcompact car market in Korea seems to have symbolic meaning more than simply increasing sales volume. ▲ Considered as the best seller in the European market, Clio of Renault ▲ Due to its wheel base, which is long compared to the whole length, and volumized body, it gives stronger presence than expected. Renault Clio is Renault’s representative subcompact car to be launched in 1990, following the ‘Renault 5' model, which has led Renault's Renaissance in the European compact car market. It has now reached the fourth-generation face-lift. In the meantime, it has won the 'European Car of the Year' twice and has maintained its top position in the European market for more than 10 years. The total sales volume has been recognized by the market with more than 14 million units so far, and it had been the first model to adopt Renault's new design strategy. ‘Love’, which is the first theme of Renault’s design themes, 6 types of ‘Life Flower’, is a motif of Clio’s design. The total length is 4,060mm, the width is 1,730mm, and the height is 1,450mm. The total length is just over 4m, but I do not think it is smaller than expected due to the design that highlighted the volumized body. Also, in the hatchback design of the short total length, the wheelbase is 2,590mm, which seems to be reduced the front and rear overhangs of the vehicle as much as possible. At the same time, the intense trim also has LED Pure Vision headlamps and 3D type LED rear combination lamps even in subcompact cars. It is seemed to aim at differentiation from the perception of the general subcompact car in terms of design. The interior of the car shows signs of bringing personality even within the restrictions and limitations of small cars. The parts such as illuminating kicking plates applied to the intense trim will make the vehicle look livelier to the driver. The internal design and configuration give a slight different feeling from QM3, which is already familiar to the domestic market. This might be because the arrangement is different while the components are shared similarly. Compared to the fancy center fascia of the newest cars of the higher class, it looks simple, but it only has necessary functions and the AVN-related operation is solved with the 7-inch display. ▲ The interior is similar to that of QM3, but there are some differences. ▲ The rear seats are prepared at a practical level. Interesting features that can be found indoors might be a center armrest on the seat, which can be also found in QM3. The armrest, which has a small storage space, has both convenience and discomfort. It is good to put arms, but sometimes hands are hampered when fastening the belt and sometimes it covers the cup holder of the center tunnel for the back seat. Another interesting feature is that the handbrake is attached to the passenger seat. It is confusing whether the design is for the left-hand traffic or the cup holder at the driver seat. The interior seat is made from both leather and velvet. It is satisfactory as it captures the small car's characteristic in terms of design and it is also smooth that fits the body well. The rear seat can be folded at 6:4, providing a practical space with 300L of basic trunk capacity. Notwithstanding small size of the vehicle, the rear seat provides enough space that even an adult can ride without any inconvenience through various optimizations. In addition, Clio is faithful in its use as the family car by equipping 3-point seat belts for all the seats, separable rear seat headrest, and ISOFIX. Clio had been brought in without any change of Renault brand, there is a slight change for Korean market. A typical example is AVN system 'Smart Connect 2' with 7-inch display. It has various functions including T-map navigation, easy parking, and smart phone full mirroring. In conjunction with the built-in rear-view camera, provides a parking assist function similar to the 'around view' without any additional camera. Besides, electronic chronic mirror (ECM) with electronic toll collection system (ETCS) function for convenience in the domestic environment is also applied. ▲ Clio is equipped with 1.5L dCI engine, which is also found in OM3. The powertrain is a combination of a 1.5L dCI engine and a 6DCT of Getrag, which is also seen in QM3. The maximum output is 90ps at 4,000rpm and the maximum torque is 22.4kg.m at 1,750-2,500rpm. This powertrain is a combination that emphasizes economic efficiency, symbolized by fuel efficiency. Clio’s average fuel economy certification by government is 17.7km/L even with the combination of P205/45ZR 17 tire size. What’s more, in almost everyday environments, the torque unique to diesel is used to make light drive without any major inconveniences. The lighter weight of the empty vehicle than that of QM3 makes it possible to reduce the burden on the output of the powertrain and increase lightness. For safety and convenience related to driving, it is equipped with electronic stability control (ESC), tire pressure monitor system, EBD-ABS, hill start assist (HSA), emergency stop signal (ESS), etc. Moreover, the cruise control and speed limiter are included as standard, and eco mode is provided to maximize the economy of the powertrain. In addition to this, the auto stop and start system is installed for maximizing the fuel efficiency, and it is interesting that Clio uses the 12V standard of the battery although it is equipped with these systems. The suspension uses a combination of a MacPherson strut at front wheels and torsion beam at rear wheels, which is regarded as a standard rule for small cars. The brake uses ventilated disc at front wheels and a drum brake at rear wheels. The use of drum brakes on the rear wheels seems to be an option of affordability for system setup and use, and now various electronic controls are being applied to the drum brakes. The steering system uses speed sensitive electronic power steering (SS EPS) and, in addition to the auto-lighting headlamps, another option that stands out regarding drive might be a rain-sensing wiper, which is basically installed. ▲ The model for the test drive is 1.5L dCl intense trim, which is an advanced specification. Acrofan has test-driven Renault Clio's intense model through Renault Clio media test drive hosted by Renault Samsung Motors held in Gangneung, Gangwon-do, Korea. The demonstrator was a 1.5 L dCI intense trim which has been launched in Korea. It is a full-option model equipped with an electronic chronic mirror with hi-pass function, which might not have much meaning in deciding the trim. The test course is 62km one-way from the Golden Tulip Sky Bay Gyeongpo Hotel to Haslla Artworld located on Jungdongjin beach. It was able to feel the ability of Clio in daily driving, high speed driving, and a slight winding. When you first get in the car, the seats using velvet material are soft and you might feel a bit high even though the height is adjusted as low as possible. Since many aspects of the interior design and atmosphere are shared with QM3 and the height is also similar to QM3 at the same time, it feels like riding QM3. The center fascia uses a touchscreen-based AVN, and the buttons are only for air conditioners and emergency lights. Although there is no more to be desired in terms of functions, it feels like going between the neatness and the emptiness. And the immediacy of audio control can be solved with the audio remote control of the steering wheel. The feeling of the first departure is light, and it feels like the power is not greatly lacking. With 90 ps, 22.4kg.m torque and 1,235kg for empty vehicle weight, and the weight per horsepower is not much different from the latest microcar, but it feels a bit different from a microcar. This is because the output and torque available at around 2,000rpm are considerable. The 6DCT shows movement that is close to the softness of the latest automatic transmissions and brings out the performance of the engine well. When accelerating at the low speed section, depending on how fast you step on the accelerator, sometime you might feel frustrated since it tries to increase the speed while maintaining the transmission gear ratio at an excessively low RPM. Acceleration up to the regulated speed for the highway around the city is somewhat satisfied. At 100~110km/h, the engine shows around 1,600~1,800rpm, and since it is near the starting point of the maximum torque interval, there is a room for additional acceleration. And a moderately smooth suspension in daily driving adequately controls the left and right movements while reducing shocks and leaving some movement of back and forth, so it has left a little fun aspect. The suspension, which conveys the unique feeling of French brands, seems to be a compromised setting that was used by cars of the previous generation, rather than the latest generation. I wonder what if the tire size was a 16-inch wheel. ▲ The ability of the powertrain itself is a little disappointing, but it is easy to pull out all of its potential. If you get out of the city and get on the highway, you might be a little disappointing at powertrain. When kept on accelerating after joining, the powertrain seems to be used all its energy at around 150km/h. This is probably because the torque drops after 3,000rpm and the shortcoming of the maximum output becomes evident. In terms of the car body and suspension, it is still stable enough and can run even more, but it is frustrating that the powertrain reveals its limit. Renault Samsung Motors has emphasized 'balance' in this 90 horsepower setting, but if a high power setting was equipped even if it is the same 1.5L dCI, I believe Clio could have both outstanding fuel-efficiency and performance. On the long uphill, which might have been a special case since the location was Gangwon-do, feel the lack of power a little bit in some cases. Of course, it is better than not being able to maintain speed like a microcar, but in any gear ratio that can be selected at a certain speed, all of them were ambiguous to maintain speed. The reason why Clio’s 90 horsepower powertrain did not have frustrating feelings until it meets this situation might be the maximum performance of powertrain can be expressed relatively easy without burdens. In case of a gasoline engine of a microcar, it is more difficult and cumbersome to pull out performance while actively using up to the high-rev range where the maximum output is generated. In winding, the suspension has a soft tendency, but it adjusts the speed of movement. So, it seems to be moderately soft and have a feeling of utilizing both fun and performance. At the corner that needs deceleration, Clio still gets out of the corner well, and when sudden braking and changes of direction are continued, a feeling of lifting rear part is evident, but the posture is steadily maintained. On the other hand, there was a case where the electronic control did not come in even when the tire was sliding with a slight understeer at the time of the test. The result of the discussion with the other test drivers was that the reasons were the slippery road surface of the time, tire performance that does not meet the electronic control setting standard, and the characteristics of electronic control intervention. It is a little disappointing to think that it is electronic control for such a bad condition. During the rain in the process of the test drive, the convenience equipment with high satisfaction were auto light and rain-sensing wiper. In addition, the T map navigation for the domestic model and the touch screen based AVN were pleasant in functions and touch response, and the BOSE 7 speakers were also satisfactory. However, the detail settings could be better. When I finished the test without overdriving by considering the road situation, the one-way fuel efficiency was just over 19km per liter, and it is surely good fuel efficiency, but the output reminded me of a feeling of disappointing. ▲ Clio cited the ‘B-segment import car’ as a competition, and has a strategy of winning as the position of a fashion car full of characteristics. The difficulty of the subcompact car market in Korea is not new, and there are strong movements of microcars, compact sized car, and small CUV around the market. In this situation, the strongest card for achieving its own performance is not merely a "small" car, but rather an emphasis on the value of a fashion car with a special personality. As Clio's price range, starting at 19.9 million won, is at the center of all of the segments mentioned above, it would be a useful strategy to show particular emotions and personality rather than practicality, performance, and economics that would be hard to dominate other segments. On the other hand, the entry of the Renault brand as it is will be an important starting point for Renault Samsung Motors' brand strategy in the future. The launch of Renault Samsung Motors is based on Nissan's technology, and this image is still left in ‘Samsung’. But the current portfolio is all based on Renault. As introducing the Renault brand ahead of renegotiation of brand license right, the reason of choosing ‘Clio’ that shows Renault’s character well might be due to changes such as erasing Nissan’s image of Renualt Samsung and the future brand strategy beyond market conditions. Clio is imported as an end product like QM3, but its position varies depending on the brand. The appearance and performance of the 'domestic-feeling imported car' Clio, which chose the competitors as the imported car bard of the same class, will be an important criterion for the future movement. Moreover, Renault Samsung Motors is ahead of the time when it has to decide its position between the development of the Renault brand and its own brand in Korea, and the start of the anxiety and change seems to engage with the appearance of 'Clio'.
Philips Korea Launches 'Sonicare DiamondClean Smart'
Philips Korea held a press conference at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul on the morning of January 16th, 2018. The press conference was organized to inform the launch of ‘DiamondClean Smart’, a new product of Sonicare, an electric toothbrushes brand of Philips, and to introduce the features of the product. The officials, including Vice President Seo Hong-pyo of Philips Korea Personal Health Business Department, Global Director Dr. Maha Yakob of Philips Oral Healthcare, attended the event. Vice President Seo Hong-pyo said, “The next most common illness after a recent cold is periodontitis. Periodontitis is not just a dental disease, but it is also linked to many other diseases, and if you can prevent periodontitis properly, you can escape from threats of many diseases. Philips Sonicare is a new product that combines the latest technologies, including artificial intelligence and the Internet of things, to help correct bad brushing habits. We hope that the efforts of Philips Sonicare to inform you about the importance of proper brushing habits will become well known, and I would like to ask for your attention.” ▲ Philips Korea’s 'Sonicare DiamondClean Smart' launching press conference was held. ▲ Vice President Seo Hong-pyo said, “We hope that the efforts of Philips Sonicare to inform you about the importance of proper brushing habits will become well known.” According to the announcement, 'DiamondClean Smart' is a smart toothbrush that is linked to the Sonicare app via Bluetooth. It also keeps track of brushing habits with connected and sensor technology, and informs the user about a proper brushing habit. A location sensor, scrubbing sensor, and pressure sensor of 'DiamondClean Smart' reconstruct the inside of mouth into a 3D map to monitor movement of the toothbrush, location and pressure to analyze brushing habits, and inform excessive pressure that causes tooth wear and damage during brushing through the LED and vibration of pressure-sensitive sensor ring located at the bottom of the main unit. In particular, the location sensor divides the oral cavity into 12 sections and minutely tracks the position of the toothbrush. The smart bristle that comes with the body consists of Premium Plaque Defense, Premium White, Premium Gum Care, and Tongue Cleaner+, each with RFID. 'DiamondClean Smart' has 5 cleaning modes, general cleaning, white+, deep clean+, gum care, and tongue clean, and 3 levels of strength adjustment. The optimum mode and the intensity are automatically set by recognizing RFID of the equipping bristle. It also analyzes the period of use of the bristles and the applied pressure, and informs the user of the appropriate replacement time at the bottom of the main unit and the app. 'Diamond Clean Smart' is available for three weeks when fully charged, and it is provided with a wireless charging cup that is automatically charged when the toothbrush body is lifted, and a carrying case with a USB cable charger. The color of the product is black, white, and pink. The price is set at 435,000 won. ▲ This product is a smart toothbrush that is linked with the management app via Bluetooth. At the event, Dr. Maha Yakob announced the results of a clinical trial conducted to check the effectiveness of Sonicare products in preventing periodontal disease. The experiment was conducted to measure the effects of Philips Sonicare 'DiamondClean' products and general manual toothbrushes on gingivitis, gum bleeding, and surface plaque when used for four weeks at home. In this study comparing the gingivitis reduction and plaque removal of Philips Sonicare 'DiamondClean' products and general manual toothbrushes, 141 healthy adults (average age 42.1 years) aged 18 to 70 years were randomized, parallel designed, and single blind studied. The subjects of the clinical study were divided into two groups, each given with ‘DiamondClean’ products or general manual toothbrushes to brush their teeth twice a day. As a result, compared to 4 weeks ago, the users of conventional manual toothbrushes showed a reduction of gingivitis by 19.1%, gingival bleeding by 31.4% and plaque by 8.0%, while DiamondClean product users reported reduction of gingivitis by 25.5%, gum bleeding by 57.4%, plaque by 34.9%, respectively.
Airbus C295 MPA for Korea Press Conference
On May 17, 2018, Airbus held a press conference at Seoul Plaza Hotel and proposed 20 C295 Maritime Patrol Aircrafts (MPA) to the government of the Republic of Korea to provide the most appropriate solution to the requirements of the Korean maritime patrol. As a company that develops and manufactures aircraft from the body to systems as a whole, Airbus emphasized that it supports both systems and weapon integrations, thereby providing surveillance and reconnaissance functions. Moreover, as a company that advanced the concept of maritime operations with 'P-3' improvement business, Airbus was confident about the suggestion of the optimal solution for a middle-range and long-range patrol. ▲ Brian Kim, Vice President of Airbus Korea Defense & Space Division ▲ Fernando Ciria, Head of Marketing of ISR and Tactical Aircraft at Airbus Defence & Space Brian Kim, Vice President of Airbus Korea Defense & Space Division, said at the press conference that Airbus would be willing to participate if given the opportunity for a competitive bid of the next MPA. He stated, “Considering the budget and requirements of the Korean government identified by Airbus, Airbus can offer a total of 20 C295 maritime patrols to the Korean government. If the R.O.K Navy has a large number of C295 MPAs, it will be able to monitor more extensive areas across the Korean peninsula more effectively, which will allow it to respond more quickly to potential external threats.” Also, he added, “The C295 MPA is equipped with state-of-the-art radar, sensors and mission-critical systems. Currently, Brazil, Chile, Oman, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and many other countries are using Airbus’s MPAs for the actual battles, which proves that the C295 is a proven fighter, not just a concept model. We expect significant savings for the government of the Republic of Korea on the basis of low introduction and operation costs compared to competitors of Airbus C295.” Airbus and Korea have long-term and strategic partnerships in a variety of industries including commercial aircraft, defense, space and helicopters. Earlier, Airbus had introduced the A330 MRTT, a multi-purpose tanker to the Republic of Korea Air Force. The ROKAF is also using the CN235 tactical aircraft equipped with the turboprop-powered engine, a previous model of the C295, for transport purposes. What’s more, Airbus helicopter products are in operation in the Korean defense industry and it has developed Surion helicopter for the use in the Republic of Korea Army with Korea Aerospace Industries, LTD. (KAI). Airbus also maintains close industrial cooperation with KAI, KAL-ASD, and many SMEs in Korea. Its business in Korea is expected to grow from $500 million in 2016 to $600 million in 2020. Airbus estimates that more than 6,000 jobs requiring highly skilled have been created through various projects in Korea. ▲ Airbus has been leading the business of maritime patrol aircrafts for more than 30 years since the P-3 advancement project. ▲ The C295 model was produced based on the development know-how of CN235, the global bestseller. ▲ Airbus presented its configuration optimized for the MPA business ordered by the Korean government. ▲ FITS (Fully Integrated Tactical System) components were introduced as a brain of the system ▲ Focusing on the Korea EEZ area and major base camps, the rationality of the C295 MPA specification is mainly explained. ▲ Since South Korea is surrounded by North Korea, China, Russia, Japan, etc., it has a special characteristic in its operations. ▲ Airbus emphasized inexpensive introduction and maintenance costs as its competitiveness. ▲ Airbus, following Boeing and SAAB, threw a ticket for Korean MPA bidding. ACROFAN explained the main features of the Korean anti-submarine operation and pointed out that bad weather is usually considered when an antisubmarine operation occurs. It asked for durability in these adverse conditions and explanations of related cases. Fernando Ciria, Head of Marketing of ISR and Tactical Aircraft at Airbus Defence & Space, answered, “The C295 MPA is a worldwide model. The C295 MPAs are also operating around Chilean Pacific coast and Antarctica. The customers who operate the C295 MPA in that harsh environment speak for us. Customer cases demonstrate the operational competence. In addition, onboard sensors allow detection of maritime vessels and sharing of information even in bad weather.” Also, he said, “The C295 MPA enables operations in bad situations. For reference, a recent Canadian contract would be a good example. Canada uses aircraft for search and rescue purposes, and when it is bad weather or the weather changes, it uses the aircraft for rescuing citizens. It also carries out a role of search and rescue in the mountains as well as in the sea. A total of 16 units will be deployed in northern Canada to perform search and rescue across Canada. Therefore, no matter how bad the weather conditions are, I think it will not be difficult to carry out the operations.
Road to WANNABLE... Wanna One’s First World Tour Concert ‘Wanna One World Tour [ONE : THE WORLD]’
Boy group Wanna One holds the long-awaited first world tour and paints the entire world into 'Golden Age'. Wanna One starts the first World Tour Concert ‘Wanna One World Tour <ONE : THE WORLD>’ starting with Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul, on June 1. A total of 60,000 seats were opened throughout three days for Seoul concert, which was held from June 1st to 3rd, and all the seats were sold out in 10 minutes. From last year’s ‘Wanna One Premier Show-Con’, ‘Periemer Fan-Con’ and finally ‘One : The World’, continuous sold-out procession highlighted syndrome class popularity of Wanna One, which struck K-pop world. (Image provided by CJ E&M) In particular, since the Seoul concert is the starting point of this world tour, CJ E&M prepared the best stage that integrated its delicate direction and production know-hows. Two super large video LED screens (30m x 20m), which are close to the world’s largest IMAX screen, installed on both sides of the main stage present overwhelming visual style. Here, about 200 speakers, the largest volume of the Gochek dome, attract about 20,000 audiences who filled Gocheok Sky Dome with the best sound. The magnificent tower at the center of the stage was installed in 36.5m, which symbolized the 365 days of the new world created by eleven members and the year 2018 that Wanna One will fill the entire world with golden age, to add the meaning of this Seoul Concert. 'One : The World' is the long-awaited first world tour concert by Wanna One, one of the most popular groups in Korea, to move towards the completion of 'Golden Age' around the world. A total of 20 concerts in three months in 14 cities around the world will be presented. Making significant headway, which is holding the world tour, from the first solo concert, Wanna One is heavily armed with the intense performance that has grown through the activities of the past and will lead audiences to the fantastic world 'One : The World' as the title of this tour. On the other hand, since 'One : The World' might be the only world tour concert of Wanna One, it will meet Wannable all over the world, break down the language barrier and become one through music. ‘One : The World’ will finally fill all the moments with unforgettable memories and present the stage like a special gift to fans around the world as well as Wanna One members.
Wanna One World Tour Concert ‘Wanna One World Tour [ONE : THE WORLD]’ Press Conference
Boy group Wanna One starts the first World Tour Concert ‘Wanna One World Tour <ONE : THE WORLD>’ starting with Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul, on June 1. On June 3, when the third performance was held, a press conference was held to hear the voices of Wanna One before going abroad at Gocheok Sky Dome Diamond Club from 3 pm. At the conference, we were able to hear the stories of the members about the World Tour and their special album. ▲ The first appearance of ‘1÷χ=1(UNDIVIDED)’ special album performance was made to fans. Wanna One's special album, ‘1÷χ=1(UNDIVIDED)’ is the fourth arithmetic series that embodies a combination of “various charm and infinite possibilities (χ) of Wanna One, which will be shown as a unit (÷), but shining even brighter when they become one (1)” into the equation. The album contains the story of you and my fateful love story that cannot be divided (UNDIVIDED) into anything, On June 17, 2017, eleven boys united by the name ‘Wanna One’ achieved “Golden Age”, which was promised to all, and brighten up the new light with ‘1÷χ=1(UNDIVIDED)’ from Jun 4, 2018. They will present not only their special album title track ‘Light’ that will light up Wanna One as a whole, but also four unit projects that will show each member’s attraction. 1. Triple Position – Kim Jae-hwan, Kang Daniel, Park Woo-jin X ZICO Kang Daniel said, “We put a message that the boys want to play toward the exit when feel tired from their daily lives. As we’ve got a lot of good results with Zico, this song became more interesting by containing the consistency of three of us.” 2. Number 1 – Park Ji-hoon, Bae Jin-young, Lai Guanlin X Dynamic Duo Park Ji-hoon said, “The song is minimal, but contains addictive hook. Our team is the youngest in Wanna One, but we put the aspect of becoming a real man.” 3. The Heal – Ong Seong-woo, Lee Dae-hwi X Heize Lee Dae-hwi said, “Heize produced a song called ‘Sandglass’. It's a song that tells people who are about to leave or are about to end that there will be hope of a new start if they turn around when the sandglass is over.” 4. Lean On Me – Yoon Ji-sung, Ha Sung-woon, Hwang Min-hyun X NELL Hwang Min-hyun said, “We expressed the message that I will take the memory to heart with the mind of ‘one more day’ rather than ‘eternity’, at the moment of separation with appealing vocal. ▲ Beginning with Seoul concert, Wanna One now visits Wannable all over the world. Wanna One's first world tour concert, 'Wanna One World Tour<ONE : THE WORLD>’ was the first step to meet fans all over the world, and it will be remembered forever as the most special moments in life towards Wonder World as a concert where Wannable all over the world become united. Wanna One suggested the unit stages and solo performances as a point of observation of the world tour which will be held all over the world. In particular, Wanna One members were confident that they are now able to show their fans their hard work, so prepared a lot to convey their thoughts and feelings. Hwang Min-hyun expressed his wish that through the last regular album, he would like to make a good album that Wannable could listen to. (Photographs courtesy of CJ E&M)
Counter-Strike Online 10th Anniversary Awards Sketch
On the afternoon of January 13, 2018, Nexon hosted the FPS online game ‘Counter-Strike Online 10th Anniversary Awards’ at the Nexon Arena in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. 'Counter Strike Online 10th Anniversary Awards' is designed to meet the 10th anniversary of Counter Strike Online service with many people who have played the game. It was held with 300 users through online ticket sales and winners' invitations. The event was progressed in the order of screening the 10th anniversary history of Counter Strike Online, ‘Counter Strike People Awards’, announcement of winter peak season updates, and user Q&A. It also brought pleasure through two types of special leagues for users, competitions with professional gamers and developers. In the announcement of the winter peak season updates, NEXON's CSO Development Team Leader Choi Jin-hyeok introduced about new contents of 'Counter Strike Online'. First, ‘Destruction System’, which can destroy the map with a dedicated weapon in the studio mode, presents a new joy. The system applies the function of destroying maps with a dedicated weapon to various studio-based modes. Outside of the studio, a dedicated weapon 'Rock Breaker' can be also used, and on the contrary, a weapon option that can 'destroy' is added to the existing weapons. Along with this new mode, Zombie AI mode and Team Deathmatch AI mode are added, and various device blocks such as warehouse block, coin block, and rock-paper-scissors block are updated. In addition, 'Magnum Launcher' was unveiled as a weapon for celebrating ‘Happy New Year of 2018’. The Magnum Launcher is a combination of a shotgun and a missile launcher, inheriting the appearance of Magnum Drill and the function of ‘Barling-11’. As for the future update direction, an Egyptian 'Stamper Zombie' skin item and a new 'Zombie Scenario Season 7' for presenting a full-scale confrontation with the company CRONOS will be added. In addition, the newly changed ranking competition and the official website are also presented in sequence. Meanwhile, Nexon carries out social contribution activities in commemoration of 10th anniversary of service. Nexon's new social contribution activities will be conducted in a ‘medical treatment expenses support for dischargers' in consideration of the genre of the game. ▲ Counter Strike Online 10th Anniversary was held. ▲ At the event, a history wall was set up to look back on the history of 'Counter Strike Online'. ▲ The event sent thanks to users through ‘Counter Strike People Awards’. ▲ In the user Q&A time, Yu Hwan-guk, the team leader of the development team 1, answered the question. ▲ Through the special league where users have competitions with professional gamers and developers, the event presented pleasure.
BenQ Korea Hosted Demonstration of W1700 4K UHD HDR CineHome Projector
On January 18, 2018, BenQ Korea held a demonstration introducing the performance of its products to media, partners and bloggers ahead of the launch of the W1700, a cinehome beam projector that supports 4K UHD resolution and HDR. The event at Guro Best Western Premier Hotel, Seoul, was attended by So Yoon-seok, branch manager of BenQ Korea, Ericsson Huang, senior manager of BenQ Projector Product Development Team, Dumas Chen, Director of BenQ Asia Pacific Business, and Director Choi Ik-hwan, a professor of Film Arts major at Soongsil University. ▲ BenQ introduced the 'W1700' model to Korea under the banner of distributing 4K projector. Participants were presented with a description of the 4K HDR projector implementation, a welcome speech on the importance of accurate color representation intended by the film director, an introduction and demonstration of the W1700 product, and a Q & A session. So Yoon-seok, Branch Manager of BenQ Korea stated his feelings. “The W1700 extends digital cinema technology of BenQ to the 4K UHD area. Now, it became possible to easily enjoy the magnificent screen like the theater at home with 4K UHD resolution.” In particular, at this day's demonstration, Ericsson Huang, senior manager of BenQ, emphasized color matching technology that translates HDR contents to be optimized to projection method and the ability to adapt to various conditions changes such as image size, gain value of screen, and brightness decrease of lamp for implementing outstanding HDR screen at the display with projection method. He said, “BenQ has been researching technology that implements better HDR screen on a projector than other companies for a long time and adopts unique technology such as auto color rendering technology and HDR film optimization technology to realize a more natural HDR screen.” ▲ So Yoon-seok, Branch Manager of BenQ Korea delivered a welcoming speech. ▲ Director Choi Ik-hwan, a professor of Film Arts major at Soongsil University, commented on the device as a producer. ▲ Ericsson Huang, Senior Manager of BenQ explained about technological contents about the device. Introduced at this demonstration, BenQ's W1700 uses a 0.47-inch single DMD chipset and enhanced XPR technology to make it smaller and slimmer than traditional 4K UHD projectors. The optical system optimized for 4K resolution and implements clear images with minimizes chromatic aberration. In addition, it supports HDR (HDR10) to reproduce the brightness and contrast ratio of the image to the same level as the actual image, and it is possible to play various types of 3D contents with 3D function. The W1700 supports dual RGB color wheels and unique CinematicColor technology to express more accurate and vivid colors. Its light weight of 4.2kg and slim design increase the installation convenience. The automatic vertical keystone and 1.2x zoom reduced spatial constraints. Currently, it is optimized for watching movies. If technology development becomes more innovative, 4K devices will be available as full HD standard products such as 'game mode'. ▲ The W1700 model is a projector that has been positioned as a leading edge of 4K popularization beyond the medium and large base area. BenQ's W1700 will be available in both domestic and offline shopping malls from mid-February, and its price is 1,990,000 won. Given that existing 4K projectors, including its high-end models, are priced between 3,000,000 won and 10,000,000 won, it is an aggressive pricing policy that lowers barriers to entry into 4K projectors. Jo Jung-hwan, general manager of BenQ Korea Projector PM, said, “The W1700 is a low-cost product that delivers 4K UHD resolution with superior picture quality to more homes. With the W1700 as the starting point, BenQ will be able to take the lead in popularizing the 4K HDR era by bringing a highly productive and innovative product to market.”
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Knights Chronicle Launches Worldwide! by Netmarble Corp.
Netmarble Corp., 15th June released its turn-based role-playing game for mobile devices, Knights Chronicle, on the Apple Store and Google Play. Featuring classic turn-based role-playing gameplay, a beautiful Japanese animation-inspired art style and a compelling story showing the same standard of quality as console and PC RPGs, Knight’s Chronicle follows the story of Lena, a creation of the goddess Lady Garnie, the mysterious young man Theo and his friends as they fight to protect the planet of Garniel, a place of magic and Spirits. With features like real-time party play, where players can form parties of up to five players to challenge multiplayer dungeons, explosive 3D-animated skills demonstrating the game’s flashy and gorgeously-detailed visuals, and with over 100 heroes for players to choose from, Knight’s Chronicle offers a true console-quality role-playing game experience in the palm of players’ hands. “We’re excited to bring a full-fledged mobile RPG experience to gamers during E3, one of the industry’s biggest events of the year,” said Young Jae Park, Netmarble’s Division Director. “We hope players will enjoy playing Knights Chronicle, our love letter to Japanese animation-inspired visuals, gameplay and battles and one of the most immersive and beautiful games available on mobile devices today.” Netmarble recently announced that Knights Chronicle surpassed over one million pre-registered players before launch. Players who have signed up will receive in-game items like SSR rated 6-star Rebecca, a member of the White Knights, 1 million gold, and 200 crystals For more information on Knights Chronicle, please visit http://knightsgbweb.netmarble.com/ Meanwhile, Netmarble Corp. strives to entertain audiences of all ages around the world by providing great mobile gaming experiences. Established in Korea in 2000, Netmarble is the fastest-growing mobile game company and consistently ranks as a top mobile developer and publisher worldwide. With more than 4,500 employees, Netmarble has been producing and servicing some of the most successful mobile games including Lineage 2: Revolution, MARVEL Future Fight, Everybody’s Marble, and Seven Knights. As a parent company to Kabam, a top mobile game developer in massively multiplayer free-to-play games, and the largest shareholder to Jam City, a leading casual social game developer, Netmarble has a strategic partnership with CJ E&M Corporation, Asia’s largest entertainment company, Tencent Holdings, Asia’s largest internet company, and NCsoft, a prominent MMORPG company. More information can be found at www.netmarble.com
211 Countries and Regions Took Part in the Sixth International Football for Friendship Children's Forum and the FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony
MOSCOW, June 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sixth International Football for Friendship Children's Forum was held in Moscow as a part of the Gazprom International Children's social programme Football for Friendship in official partnership with FIFA and FIFA World Cup 2018™. This Season was unique: 211 countries and regions participated in the event, representing six continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Oceania, North and South America. 1,500 children and their caregivers from around the world took part in the Forum. Total number of participants and guests topped 5,000. The Forum was attended by boys and girls including with disabilities as Young Players, Young Journalists and Young Coaches. A single common mission united them: promotion of human values, such as friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, honour. The event welcomed representatives of the Administration of the President, Olympic Committee, FIFA, Heads of the Football Federations, football stars, Olympic and Paralympic Champions and public figures. Iker Casillas, a Spanish football player, goalkeeper and captain of Portu greeted the young participants of Football for Friendship. Head Coach of the Russian junior team Alexander Kerzhakov, Syrian football player Firas Al-Khatib and Prince, Saudi Arabian Football Federation Administrative Director Abdulrahman Bin Ibrahim Al-Sayyar addressed to the children. The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazprom Viktor Zubkov has opened the Forum. Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Olga Golodets also greeted the Forum participants on behalf of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. "Gazprom being one the most social-oriented company in the world has always been supporting the promotion of children's sports. Football is the most popular sport and I think it fits the best in order to unite people on the basis of values that are close to each person on our Planet, no matter what country they live in. This is the possibility for the children to find new friends and achieve success in sports together," said the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazprom Viktor Zubkov. This year's winner of the children's voting for the reception of the main award of the project, the Nine Values Cup, was announced at the Forum. Among the 32 national teams, participating in the World Cup, young participants of the Football for Friendship have chosen the Brazilian national team for most fully meeting F4F values. The top three also included Russian and German teams. Moreover, Young Ambassadors of the Gazprom International Children`s social programme Football for Friendship visited the FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium. During the Opening ceremony that preceded the first match of the Championship between national teams of Russia and Saudi Arabia, the young sportsmen of the Football for Friendship from all the continents solemnly raised the flags their countries, participating in the programme this year. The flags of 211 states and regions rose up on the stadium`s tribunes during the song Angels performed by the famous British singer Robbie Williams and the Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina. After the opening ceremony the Young Ambassadors of football and friendship with great pleasure supported the game of the national teams of Russia and Saudi Arabia, that ended by the brilliant victory of the host country of the Championship with the score 5:0.
Using The Right Methods To Do The Right Things, Kada Story Takes The Lead in The Industry Through Professionalism
HANGZHOU, China, June 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The elementary reading of a child is the basis that determines the quality of the child's lifetime educational development. Producing content for children's elementary reading is a highly complex process that involves principles of child education, mechanisms in developmental psychology/physiology, and many other complicated factors that differ across individuals. To create professional, high-quality products for children's elementary reading, Kada Story, China's leading children's digital content platform, has joined forces with education experts to embark on the "Top-level Content Structure and Educational Value Research & Development For Internet Picture Book Reading Platforms" project. Interface of Kada Story's "Talent Program" Kada Story's undying commitment is to provide the best content to children. Since its founding, the company has been intricately molding products by combining the research results of experts in the field, experiences of top teachers, and the feedback results from actual children's reading. At the current stage, the "Talent Program" has been developed. This product is a customized elementary reading program specially designed for two to six-year-olds. It leverages on internet technology and merges picture books that children love with early child education processes, the result of which is a systematic, comprehensive, and exquisite elementary reading service for children. R & D for the top-level structure of the "Talent Program" combines professional input from multiple fields -- child education development theories, the needs in children's reading, internet product technology, etc. Experts from the project team used fundamental principles in child learning and development as the foundation on which the "Talent Program" was built. The product's underlying content logic addresses the 5 major fields in child development -- namely self-awareness, social-awareness, scientific exploration, arts, and language culture -- as well as 19 sub-fields. This structure centers on children and education. It ensures content diversity through a bottom-up approach, addressing the needs in children's reading. Different developmental formats are prescribed for children of different ages according to the psychological and awareness characteristics of the child, with content deployed from the bottom up, enhancing the multi-faceted, stable, and all-round development of the child under a system with the directive of providing graduated reading education. The setting of standards for the opening & ending instructions, and test questions of picture books is the result of painstaking efforts and deliberation by project team experts and teachers after delving deep into the essence of the content in picture books during the educational value R & D process. Logicalness, literary value, cultural value, as well as entertainment value have all been taken into account in the content generation process, so that the multi-faceted demands of children's elementary reading can be met with higher value, and better experiences delivered. At the same time, project team experts and teachers closely monitor the effects of "Talent Program" products on children in their use. Extensive analyses are conducted on children's reading abilities, interests, habits, and other important elements, and the content and product experience delivery of the "Talent Program" are constantly optimized and upgraded. By integrating real-time, actual reading experiences of children, the "Talent Program" effectively brings theory and actual application into union. Going forward, Kada Story will continually upgrade and optimize the "Talent Program" by drawing on the experiences of expert teachers, working on quality content/superior product designs, delivering quality experiences, using massive amounts of effective data, AI technology, etc., providing even better, more professional elementary reading products for children. The company will lead the way of development in the industry for children's elementary reading. View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/using-the-right-methods-to-do-the-right-things-kada-story-takes-the-lead-in-the-industry-through-professionalism-300667006.html
Roborock Expands Product Line in 2018: Xiaowa Lite Comes After Roborock S5 & Xiaomi Robot Vacuum Cleaner
BEIJING, June 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In September 2016, the Roborock developed Xiaomi robot vacuum cleaner was launched, and soon ranked at the top of the robot vacuum cleaner market in China that year. 12 months later, upgrades were made to the Xiaomi robot vacuum cleaner and the new product was named after Roborock for the first time, Roborock S5. Moreover, by revealing Xiaowa Lite in March 2018, Roborock brings their latest technology into mass market with a vision to help people enjoy the convenience and ease in life. It is the spirit of devoting constant technological exploration that helps Roborock create truly functional and durable technological products. Roborock - Live Free Roborock S5 Upgrades from Xiaomi Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Roborock S5 is one of the S series that represents Roborock's top-of-the-line products with cutting edge technology adopted to every detail for an ultimate cleaning experience. Highlights: High Precision Navigation: with the built-in Laser Distance Sensor (LDS), allows Roborock S5 scan its surrounding at 5x360 degree/second for precise distance information, which will then be computed with the industry-leading SLAM algorithm to generate a precise real-time map for navigation. Intelligent Route Planning: base on the precise real-time map, a route along edges first and then in Z-shape will be planned for efficient and complete cleaning. Powerful Suction: featured with 2000Pa powerful suction, Roborock S5 can easily suck away dust and dirt on the floor and carpet. Cleaner Performance: sweep and mop functions bring out a cleaner experience. Long Battery Life: uses 5200mAh Li-ion battery and intelligent auto recharge function. Remote Control: pairs with Mi Home APP everything is crystal clear from cleaning progress to remote control. Roborock Xiaowa Lite To offer an entry-level robot vacuum cleaner in the market, Roborock launches Xiaowa Lite as the first of its kind. With an attractive price for impressive cleaning experience, this is the Xiaowa series. Highlights: Adaptive Algorithm: Roborock Xiaowa Lite automatically chooses the optimum route according to the furniture arrangements and room size, and all the areas will be covered gradually in a certain period of time. High Power Fan: up to 1600Pa high negative pressure collect dust effectively. Extra-large Capacity: takes dirt and dust into a capacity of 640ml dust bin with no worry for frequently maintenance. Outstanding Battery Life: uses 2600mAh Li-ion battery and intelligent auto recharge function. Remote Control: pairs with Mi Home APP to enjoy a great convenience of timer cleaning and remote control. Availability Roborock S5 is available for purchase immediately through Roborock Official Website.www.roborock.com Roborock Xiaowa Lite is available for purchase immediately through Roborock Authorized Seller.https://www.geekbuying.com/item/Xiaomi-Xiaowa-Robot-Vacuum-Cleaner-Youth-Version-White-398176.html Find out more information through Roborock Official Website (visit: www.roborock.com), and welcome joining us on Facebook (visit: www.facebook.com/RoborockGlobal). *Roborock is a company invested by Xiaomi that specialize in the research, development and production of smart appliances. The distribution of this release is solely on behalf of Roborock. View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/roborock-expands-product-line-in-2018-xiaowa-lite-comes-after-roborock-s5--xiaomi-robot-vacuum-cleaner-300666972.html
Coca-Cola System Celebrates Opening of New, LEED-Certified Production Facility in Yunnan
KUNMING, China, June 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coca-Cola Company and Swire Group jointly celebrated the opening of a new plant in Yunnan today. The facility, which is the largest Coca-Cola production plant south of the Yangtze River in China, is a world-class operation that received a gold certification of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The investment is another example of the Coca-Cola system's commitment to investing and growing in China. The inauguration of the new plant included a visit from James Quincey, president and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company; and Merlin Swire, CEO of John Swire & Sons Limited, along with representatives from local government, The Coca-Cola Company and Swire Beverages. "Yunnan is promoting three provincial propositions: Green Energy, Green Food, and Healthy Living Place," said Wang Qingmei, Deputy Director of the Provincial Merchant Bureau. "This new plant coincides with our 'Green Food' proposition and contributes to the industry development in Yunnan." James Quincey, President and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company "Coca-Cola has been part of the tremendous changes in China since the opening of the market in 1979," Quincey said. "We started our business in China with a single brand, and we've gone on to build a portfolio of more than 20 brands in the market today. The new Yunnan plant marks a milestone in celebrating the upcoming 40th anniversary of Coca-Cola's return to China. Together with our bottling partners, we offer a growing portfolio to Chinese consumers, in addition to playing an important role in the communities where we operate." To meet the needs of the fast-growing market, Swire Coca-Cola Beverages Yunnan Limited decided to build a much larger production facility to replace the previous one. "Swire has significantly increased investment in our global Coca-Cola bottling business in recent years, and this new bottling plant is a good example of that. The increased capacity will help us satisfy millions of consumers and continue to drive sustainable growth throughout Yunnan," said Merlin Swire. The design and construction of the new Yunnan plant followed LEED standards: Photovoltaic power generators are located on the roof of the main building. The power generated will be integrated into the State Grid at an estimated annual capacity of 5 million kWh. To reduce summer heat and save energy, the plant uses natural lighting, intelligent lighting systems, two-way heat-protective glass and highly reflective materials that cover 75% of the roof. The plant includes a 600-cubic-meter rainwater collection facility for irrigation and street cleaning, which helps conserve water. The water treatment system can handle 3,120 cubic meters of water each day to meet national discharge standards. Some treated water is reused for irrigation and restrooms in the plant. Yunnan Swire Coca-Cola Beverages Company Ltd. is dedicated to adopting "green" concepts in local communities. Together with the China Women's Development Foundation, the Ministry of Commerce's Economic and Technical Exchange Center and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Coca-Cola will launch a regional, sustainable development program in Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture. The program will cover water replenishment, natural resource protection and women's empowerment to build a more sustainable, eco-economy on top of green farming and tourism initiatives. The Yunnan location has been involved in local community development since 1995. Eleven Project Hope Schools were built, and 10,000 women have been empowered by retail and internet skill trainings in the province. Meanwhile, 144 clean water facilities were installed in 128 rural schools, providing more than 37,000 students and teachers with clean drinking water. Nine million bottles of water were sent to 24 disaster impacted areas, and 3,000 college volunteers were trained for handling emergency situations. About The Coca-Cola Company The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries. In addition to the company's Coca-Cola brands, our portfolio includes some of the world's most valuable beverage brands, such as the AdeS soy-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, Innocent smoothies and juices, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO coconut water. We're constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to the market. We're also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, bringing economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. About Coca-Cola China Coca-Cola is one of the most well-known international brands in China. We have more than 20 brands and offer over 60 beverage choices to Chinese consumers. From returning to China in 1979 until 2017, the Coca-Cola system has invested $13 billion and established a total of 45 plants in China. The Coca-Cola system today employs more than 45,000 people in China, 99% of whom are local hires. At the same time, Coca-Cola and its bottling partners have been actively participating in educational and philanthropic initiatives, supporting environmental protection and contributing to the development of local communities. Coca-Cola is also the only company that has sponsored the Special Olympics, Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, EXPO, Universiade and Youth Olympics in China. For more information, please visit www.coca-cola.com.cn or follow our corporate account "Coca-Cola China" on Weibo or WeChat. About Swire Group Swire is a highly diversified global group, with principal business activities grouped into five categories: Property, Aviation, Beverages & Food Chain, Marine Services and Trading & Industrial. Many of its core businesses can be found within the Asia Pacific region, where traditionally Swire's operations have centred on Hong Kong and Mainland China. Within Asia, Swire's activities come under the Group's publicly quoted arm, Swire Pacific Limited. For more information, please visit Swire's website at www.swire.com. About Swire Beverages Swire Beverages is a division of Swire Pacific Limited. The division has the exclusive right to manufacture, market and distribute products of The Coca-Cola Company in 12 provincial areas on mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and 13 states in the Midwest of the United States, serving over 700 million people. On Mainland China, the company owns 18 factories scattered in Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Hubei, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Hainan, Yunnan and Shanghai. The close partnership with The Coca-Cola Company began in 1965, with the acquisition by Swire of the majority shareholding in the Hong Kong bottling company. Since then, Swire Beverages has become one of the largest bottling partners of The Coca-Cola Company. 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