Honda Hr-v Sport Launched In The Uk, Costs Cr-v Money

Honda HR-V Sport Launched In The UK, Costs CR-V Money

The new Honda HR-V Sport will arrive in UK showrooms this April with a rather hefty price tag. The base model, which has a six-speed manual gearbox, costs at least £27,595 ($36,013/€31,770), whereas the CVT-equipped version can be had from £28,845 ($37,644/€33,209).

2020 Tokyo Games Costs To Be Capped At $12 Bil.

2020 Tokyo Games costs to be capped at $12 bil.

Officials of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games say that the overall budget for the 2020 Games will not exceed 12 billion dollars. The amount was suggested in December last year.

The committee is now reviewing the expenses that will be shared with the Tokyo metropolitan government and the central government.

New Toyota Ev Motor Needs Less Rare-earth Metal, So Costs Less To Make

New Toyota EV motor needs less rare-earth metal, so costs less to make

TOKYO — Toyota has found a way to reduce the amount of a key rare earth metal used in magnets for electric car motors by around 20 percent, which could tame the cost of producing electric cars and reduce the risk of a supply shortage of materials needed for their production. The Japanese automaker on Tuesday said it had developed a magnet which replaces some of the neodymium, a rare earth metal used in the world's most powerful permanent batteries, with more abundant and cheaper lanthanum and cerium, adding that it aimed to use the magnets in electric vehicle motors within the next 10 years. As production of hybrid and other electric cars is expected to ramp up in the coming years, automakers and electronics companies have been developing new high-powered magnets which require less rare earth metals to reduce costs and trim exposure to possible fluctuations in supply. A temporary export ban of neodymium by major supplier China in 2010 during a territorial dispute with Japan and periodic supply shortages have highlighted automakers' dependence on these materials. "An increase in electric car production will raise the need for motors, which will result in higher demand for neodymium down the line," Akira Kato, general project manager at Toyota's advanced R&D and engineering company, told reporters at a briefing in Tokyo. "If we continue to use neodymium at this pace we'll eventually experience a supply shortage ... so we wanted to come up with technology which would help conserve neodymium stocks." At the moment, magnets used in most automobiles to operate motors for everything from hybrid and other electric drivetrains to power steering systems comprise a total of around 30 percent of the rare earth elements neodymium, terbium and dysprosium. Automakers including Honda have found ways to eliminate dysprosium and terbium, which cost around $400 and $900 per kilogram, respectively, from magnets by increasing the amount of neodymium, which costs around $100 per kilogram. Toyota has come up with a way to cut out the expensive metals from the magnets and also reduce the amount of neodymium in favor of lanthanum and cerium, which each cost around $5-$7 per kilogram. Kato declined to give specific details on cost reductions, but said that Toyota could replace up to half of the neodymium used in magnets for motors which operate conventional vehicle functions like power windows with lanthanum and cerium, and around 20 percent for electric motor magnets. Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu

2017 Honda Clarity Electric Launched In The Us, Costs $269 Per Month

2017 Honda Clarity Electric Launched In The US, Costs $269 Per Month

The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric has begun arriving at dealerships in California and Oregon.

Looking virtually identical to the Clarity Fuel Cell, the Clarity Electric will be available to lease for $269 per month with a $1,730 down payment. The 36 month lease factors in the federal tax credit for eco-friendly vehicles and provides buyers with 24/7 roadside assistance as well as a mileage allotment of 20,000 miles (32,186 km) per year.

Nikon Coolpix W300 Rugged Compact Shoots 4k, Costs $390

Nikon Coolpix W300 rugged compact shoots 4K, costs $390

The Coolpix W300 updates Nikon's rugged compact lineup, offering a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, 4K/30p video recording, a 3" LCD, 24-120mm equiv. optical zoom and wireless connectivity via Snapbridge.

The all-weather W300 is freezeproof to -10° C / 14° F, waterproof to 30m / 100ft, dustproof and shockproof to an improved 2.4m / 7.9ft over the Coolpix AW130's 2.1m / 7ft rating. Also new compared to its predecessor is an Active Guide mode, offering quick access to data like altitude and location. 

Sony Ps4 Slim 1tb Costs $299

Sony PS4 Slim 1TB Costs $299

Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 Slim in September last year alongside the PlayStation 4 Pro. As the name suggests, it’s more or less the same console but one that has lost a few pounds and inches. At launch, it came with a 500GB hard drive and was priced at $299. Sony today announced that it has doubled the PlayStation 4 Slim storage to 1TB without increasing the price.

As previously mentioned, it’s more or less the same console that Sony released back in 2013. However, it does come with a slightly redesigned DualShock 4 controller. At launch, it was offered with a 500GB hard drive for $299.

Door Opens For Foreign Domestics But Costs, Protection Still Issues

Door opens for foreign domestics but costs, protection still issuesThe door has opened for the first foreign housekeepers to be hired under a Japanese government policy aimed at helping professional women re-enter the workforce after having children.
But as attention focuses on Kanagawa Prefecture and Osaka city, where domestic workers will begin training this month before being dispatched to several locations, problems remain regarding high service costs as well as questions about protecting workers' rights.

Subaru Dramatically Cutting Its Servicing Costs In Australia

Subaru dramatically cutting its servicing costs in AustraliaSubaru Australia’s importer is finally addressing one area we’ve long considered a grievance on its cars —service costs.
The 95 per cent new Impreza range launching this week will be the first Subaru models sold here with 12-month or 12,500km service intervals (whichever comes first) instead of the existing six-month/10,000km intervals across the rest of its range.