2021 Nissan Frontier Spied In King Cab And Crew Cab Forms

2021 Nissan Frontier spied in King Cab and Crew Cab forms

The wait for the redesigned 2021 Nissan Frontier won't be much longer at this point, but in the meantime, check out these fresh spy shots. A crew cab prototype truck was spotted on the road last year, and this is our first look at the King Cab. Plus, another Crew Cab is seen here driving with its smaller brethren for comparison.

This King Cab model appears to be a lower spec trim, as it's rocking halogen headlights — the crew cab also photographed here has LEDs. Folks who want a smaller truck will be happy to see that the King Cab has a pretty tiny cabin and a long bed hanging out back. It still doesn't look compact, but the smaller sized option is great to see.

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Toyota Gr010 Hybrid Le Mans Race Car Unveiled

Toyota GR010 Hybrid Le Mans race car unveiled

Toyota introduced the GR010 Hybrid hypercar it will enter in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). New from the ground up, the gasoline-electric racer will spawn a street-legal variant in the near future.

What you see in the gallery above is what you'll watch going flat-out when the GR010 begins racing later in 2021. Regulations only allow manufacturers to homologate one configuration, so Toyota won't be able to modify the car's aerodynamic package for low and high downforce circuits. Instead, an adjustable rear wing allows engineers to tweak the drag coefficient as needed. It will be slower than the TS050 it replaces, the company warned.

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Toyota Fined $180 Million For Clean Air Act Reporting Delays

Toyota fined $180 million for Clean Air Act reporting delays

WASHINGTON — Toyota Motor Corp settled a lengthy Justice Department civil probe into its delayed filing of emissions-related defect reports for $180 million, the government said on Thursday.

Reuters first reported the expected settlement, which resolves the violations of the Clean Air Act.

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Mazda Has Discontinued Its U.s. Diesel Models

Mazda has discontinued its U.S. diesel models

The Skyactiv-D diesel engine is officially dead in the United States, Mazda confirmed. Originally slated for introduction in the Mazda6 and only eventually offered in the CX-5 crossover, Mazda's oil-burner was a long time coming, and sure didn't stick around long. 

"After evaluating consumer demand, Mazda will no longer offer the Skyactiv-D diesel engine in the US market," a Mazda spokesperson told Roadshow on Thursday. 

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Nissan 400z Z35 Production Version Discovered In Patent Filing

Nissan 400Z Z35 production version discovered in patent filing

It's always disappointing when a beautiful concept gets watered down for the production version. However, with the seventh-generation Nissan Z, tentatively called the 400Z, that appears not to be the case. Images discovered in a patent filing show that the production version will remain remarkably faithful to the stunning Z Proto unveiled last year.

The production renderings, discovered in Australia's IP office by CarExpert, show a now-familiar shape set to go into production in 2022. The overall shape, sleek lines, and surfaces look identical to those of the Z Proto. However, look closely and you will notice, for example, cutlines for the front and rear bumper fascias that aren't present on the concept. Other differences from the Z Proto include side reflectors, a sensor behind the grille, front and rear parking sensors and keyholes for the doors and trunk.

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Nissan's 2021 Tokyo Auto Salon Lineup Includes Mobile Office Van

Nissan's 2021 Tokyo Auto Salon lineup includes mobile office van

Nissan has unveiled its lineup for this year's virtual Tokyo Auto Salon. The physical event was canceled due to a recent COVID-19 spike, in which Japan saw as many as 97 deaths in a single day. However, Nissan's first build for the aftermarket extravaganza might help with socially distant working.

The Nissan NV350 Caravan Office Pod is exactly what it sounds like. The cargo area of the van has been built with a modern desk and office chair. It's wholly contained in the van if you need to park somewhere in the city and work, or if you're in a more serene environment the entire pod slides out several feet so that you can type while technically being outside of your van.

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2021 Honda Ridgeline Gets New Styling, Awd, Higher Price

2021 Honda Ridgeline gets new styling, AWD, higher price

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is distinguished by its substantially redesigned nose. It has a taller hood and more squared-off grille that makes it look more truck-like than before. But it has more changes than just styling, such as some new and revised features, plus a more expensive price tag.

One of the most notable changes for the redesigned pickup is that front-wheel drive is gone. All models now have all-wheel drive as standard. All models also come with the carry-over 3.5-liter V6 making 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque and the nine-speed automatic transmission. The Ridgeline also gets a wider track by about three-quarters of an inch, plus a revised infotainment interface with larger icons and a physical volume knob.

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Alpine And Lotus Announced A Partnership To Build A Sporty Ev

Alpine and Lotus announced a partnership to build a sporty EV

Renault's performance-rooted Alpine division linked arms with Caterham to develop the current-generation A110, but it brought the project in-house after the partnership collapsed. It's again looking across the English Channel to design the model's replacement. It teamed up with Lotus to examine ways to create a nimble electric sports car.

Both companies issued a statement to cautiously explain the project remains at the embryonic stage. Development work hasn't started yet. Executives simply agreed to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study for the joint engineering, design, and development of a battery-powered model. On the French side, the car (assuming it's approved) will replace the A110. In the United Kingdom, it's unclear whether the Lotus-badged variant will take the torch from an existing model (like the Elise), or if it will be positioned as a standalone car.

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Ghosn Hid Part Of Nissan Salary, Fearing He'd Be Forced Out Of Renault, Exec Testifies

Ghosn hid part of Nissan salary, fearing he'd be forced out of Renault, exec testifies

TOKYO — Carlos Ghosn hid part of his compensation at Nissan because he feared the French government would force him out of Renault if it discovered how much he earned, an executive at the Japanese carmaker told a Tokyo court on Thursday.

Hari Nada, a former Nissan vice president in charge of legal affairs, has been described as organizer of a putsch against Ghosn and is a key whistleblower in the case brought by Japanese prosecutors against the former Nissan and Renault boss, who was arrested in 2018.

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Subaru Cuts Output By 'several Thousand' Cars In Japan, U.s. Over Microchip Shortage

Subaru cuts output by 'several thousand' cars in Japan, U.S. over microchip shortage

TOKYO — Japanese automaker Subaru Corp will cut output by "several thousand" vehicles this month in Japan and the United States, it said on Thursday, citing a global shortage of semiconductors.

Subaru will adjust production and reduce output at factories in Gunma, Japan, a company spokesman said without specifying exactly how many fewer cars will be made.

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