McLaren has just about reached the point of desperation by now. One of the most victorious teams in F1 history, it hasn't won a race or even landed on the podium once in the past three seasons. And all signs point to it being Honda's fault.
That's why the team has been rumored to be considering other options for next season, and this latest report has really caught our attention.
Lexus is serious about setting expectations with the new semi-autonomous driving features debuting in the fifth-generation LS flagship — from Automotive News:
Dubbed Driver Emergency Stop Assist, the technology aims to keep drivers engaged when the LS is cruising down the highway in lane-tracing mode. That new cruise control system allows the car to stay centered in its lane and automatically steer around curves at low and high speeds.
The mystery sedan spotted on the Nürburgring last week has been identified by Best Car as the next-generation Toyota Crown, a Japan-only rear wheel drive sedan that shares a platform with the Lexus GS:
The new Toyota Crown is expected to be on a rear-wheel drive TGNA platform modified from the Lexus LC & Lexus LS, which begs the question — if Toyota is building a mid-size sedan exclusively for Japan, wouldn't it make sense to share development costs with a next-generation GS? Could the rumors of the GS's demise be premature?
YONAGO, Tottori Prefecture--The manga-covered Kitaro Train cars running on the JR Sakai Line are to be given a spooky makeover featuring six "yokai" monster illustrations, West Japan Railway Co.'s (JR West) Yonago branch has announced.
The train cars are currently illustrated with characters from the "Gegege no Kitaro" horror manga and anime series including Kitaro, Sunakake-Baba, Konaki-Jiji, Nezumi-Otoko, Neko-Musume and Medama-Oyaji.
Honda today revealed the 2018 Fit with fresh new styling, the addition of a Sport trim and the availability of Honda Sensing® on its popular hatchback. Updated styling at the front and rear, and a splash of additional color add vibrancy and infuse the versatile Fit with an enhanced youthful, sporty and emotional character. The availability of Honda Sensing® brings the suite of advanced safety and driver assistive technologies to the subcompact Fit.
"With sporty new styling and additional feature content, the 2018 Honda Fit ups the ante with new styling and sophistication not typically found in the subcompact segment," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division. "Fit has always represented a great value for subcompact customers and the addition of available Honda Sensing® to its fun-to-drive performance and unmatched versatility will keep the Honda Fit as the industry's benchmark subcompact."
Honda’s head of research and development Sekino Yosuke revealed the company’s intention of building an all-electric NSX to Autocar at the sidelines of the 1000hp 4-Motor Acura EV Concept demonstration event.
We reported last week when an image leaked online suggested that Sony had made a gold PlayStation 4 Slim. There doesn’t seem to be anything different about this console other than its gold color, which one has to agree, is a bit unorthodox for a gaming console. A new leak suggests that the gold PlayStation 4 Slim is going to be released next week.
The PlayStation 4 Slim is currently offered in matte black and glacier white colors only. This isn’t the first time that Sony has launched a gold-colored PS4. The original PS4 was sold through a competition with fast food chain Taco Bell in gold color.
Sony Electronics is announcing plans for its next-generation CineAlta digital motion picture camera system. This latest addition to the CineAlta family is being developed through careful research and close collaboration with creative professionals including Directors, Cinematographers and Digital Imaging Technicians. Through the implementation of features demanded by the industry, Sony is demonstrating its commitment to innovation and the creative freedom needed for feature filmmaking and production.
Remember, the FJ Cruiser was intended to evoke the memory of Toyota's famed FJ Land Cruiser series, which were (and still are) legendary for their off-road prowess and durability. The FJ had some legitimate off-road chops, too, but don't expect the same kind of mission statement from the TJ Cruiser, if it ever does hit the showroom floor. The FT-4X was marketed toward Millennials – which didn't sit well with some of us – and the TJ Cruiser would likely go down a similar path as a small, utilitarian crossover.
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."
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.