Subaru Phev Possible Next Year, Pure Ev In 2021

Subaru PHEV possible next year, pure EV in 2021

Despite what its larger competitors are doing, Subaru has avoided the draw to create its own electric vehicle. Tighter emissions regulations around the globe, though, have the company reconsidering its options. The company is pouring a record amount of money into research and development, according to a report from Bloomberg, and that includes EV technology. Also, Subaru could introduce a plug-in hybrid as early as next year, and an all-electric vehicle by 2021.

Subaru CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga tells Bloomberg that the company doesn't need a dedicated platform for battery-powered cars, and will likely put plugs into existing models. This way, the automaker doesn't have to partner with another company beyond finding a supplier for the motor and battery, and can extract the full value out of its current nameplates. A previous report suggests that Subaru would electrify the Outback or the Forester, but Yoshinaga doesn't confirm this in his interview with Bloomberg. Instead he uses a model that recently ditched its hybrid version in a hypothetical example: "If there's already an attractive Subaru model, for example the XV crossover, and if a customer in Beijing wants one but is only allowed to buy an electric vehicle, if there's no electric version then he can't buy it. Providing the choice of an EV means the customer can still desire the same Subaru."

Sekai No Owari To Embark On Nationwide Outdoors Tour Next April

SEKAI NO OWARI to embark on nationwide outdoors tour next April

SEKAI NO OWARI will embark on a nationwide outdoors tour called "INSOMNIA TRAIN" next April.

The band wrapped up their nationwide dome & stadium tour in February, and they're getting ready to release their new single "RAIN" on July 5. Their upcoming tour will consist of 12 shows at 6 locations.

Princess Mako's Wedding Planned For Next Year: Sources

Princess Mako's wedding planned for next year: sources

The Imperial Household Agency is planning to hold Princess Mako and her university sweetheart Kei Komuro's wedding next year, sources close to the agency have revealed.

As well as deciding where the couple will live after marriage, there are many ceremonial rites that the agency and the couple must undertake before the wedding of a member of the Imperial Family, and the agency has judged that it is impossible to complete the process within the year.

Bolder 2018 Acura Tlx Arrives In Showrooms Next Month

Bolder 2018 Acura TLX Arrives in Showrooms Next Month The refreshed 2018 Acura TLX performance luxury sedan goes on sale June 1 with a more sporty and alluring look reflecting the brand's new design direction, along with an all-new TLX A-Spec variant, and new premium features. The 2018 TLX offers AcuraWatch™ as standard equipment on all grades, leading all luxury midsize sedans in the application of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. The new 2018 TLX 2.4L starts with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $33,000 while the V6 equipped models start at $36,200. The TLX V6 A-Spec is offered for the first time starting at $42,800.

Kyoto Plans To Tax Overnight Tourists Starting Next Year

Kyoto plans to tax overnight tourists starting next year

KYOTO--Officials of this hugely popular tourist destination plan to impose an accommodation tax on visitors using hotels and Japanese-style inns as early as April 2018, sources said May 10.

A Kyoto city government committee has been discussing a new tax system since August 2016 to obtain a financial source to deal with the increasing number of tourists, including measures to alleviate congestion.

Part Of Hiroshima A-bomb Museum Reopens, Full Renovation Eyed Next Yr

Part of Hiroshima A-bomb museum reopens, full renovation eyed next yr

The east building of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum reopened Wednesday following completion of renovations, with a new multimedia display showing images of the western Japan city before and after the U.S. bombing in 1945.

The museum said its main building will be closed Wednesday for quake-resistance works, with the aim of reopening in July 2018.

Rumor: Next-generation Lexus Ct Hatchback This Year?

Rumor: Next-Generation Lexus CT Hatchback This Year?

Taiwanese website U-Car is reporting that Lexus will release a next-generation CT hatchback as early as this year — here's a paraphrased translation:

The market was once thought Lexus intended to replace the existing CT 200h with a new crossover. However, according to overseas media reports, Lexus did not actually stop the development of a new generation of the CT 200h, and the new car is expected in August 2017 will be listed.

Honda Plotting New Ev For China, Could Launch Next Year

Honda Plotting New EV For China, Could Launch Next Year

After Renault-Nissan, Volkswagen and other automakers that plan to launch battery-powered cars in China, it's now time for Honda to follow a similar route.

The announcement was made by the brand's local chief, Yasuhide Mizuno, who spoke to journalists during the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, Reuters reports. Mizuno said that he expects the EV to hit showrooms before the end of 2018.

Isetan Mitsukoshi Chooses Akamatsu As Next Chairman

Isetan Mitsukoshi chooses Akamatsu as next chairman

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. said Monday it has named Ken Akamatsu, a Taiwanese unit leader, as chairman of the holding company for the major Japanese department store group.

Akamatsu, 64, deputy chairman at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store Co. of Taipei, will succeed Chairman and Representative Director Kunio Ishizuka, 67, who will step aside to become special adviser. The appointments are set to take effect on June 21 after a shareholder's meeting.

Next-gen Honda Accord Looks Like A Grown-up Civic

Next-gen Honda Accord looks like a grown-up Civic

Although it received a thorough refresh for 2016, the Honda Accord is starting to show its age. Our spy photographer has snapped pics of a heavily camouflaged next-generation Accord prototype. Though this car wears all of the typical detail-hiding wrap and loose covers of an early-build test vehicle, we can make out some Civic-inspired details through the mask. That should be no surprise, as the two cars will share more parts than ever before.

We have photos here of two different cars, but unfortunately the more revealing one was photographed from a great distance. The Accord's new face borrows heavily from the current Civic. There are thin, wide headlights that end at the grille, with LED daytime running lights flowing from the corners down and in. The grill itself is much larger, topped by what's likely a chrome bar with the Honda logo square in the middle. The shape of the foglight housing looks to mirror that of the daytime running lights.

Next 'layton' Game Will Be Arriving On Ios And Android This July

Next 'Layton' Game Will Be Arriving On iOS And Android This July

If you love puzzle games then there's a good chance that the Professor Layton series of puzzle games might be familiar to you. The game has typically been released on Nintendo's handheld 3DS gaming console first before finding its way to other platforms, like mobile, but it seems that the next Layton title could be hitting mobile first.

As reported by Kotaku, the developers at Level-5 have confirmed that the next Layton game titled "Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy" will be arriving to the US on mobile first on the 20th of July. Note that this release date also applies to the 3DS version of the game, but the 3DS version will be launched in Japan first.