The biggest story out of the Subaru camp in Geneva is the new Viziv Adrenaline concept, but two more pedestrian reveals have much higher impacts on immediate production. Subaru debuted the new e-Boxer hybrid powertrain in both the Forester and the XV, the first electrified Subarus for Europe.
The unveilings come after Subaru showed off the Forester STI e-Boxer concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon, which somewhat predicted what we'd see here. Unlike America's XV Crosstrek hybrid that uses a plug-in setup, these models are cordless. In fact, from the outside, the only real indication these are hybrid models are a couple tiny badges on the front quarter and the rear, as well as some trim-specific styling.
In Japanese professional sumo, former yokozuna grand champion Kisenosato has made a debut as "oyakata" coach and pledged to continue to make a contribution to the sport.
Kisenosato retired on January 16th after suffering consecutive losses on the first three days in the year's first 15-day competition.
Special edition cars can be a bit lame sometimes, but we wouldn't consider the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, honoring six decades of continuous Land Cruiser production and set to debut at the Chicago Auto Show, to be one of them. We'll complain about meaningless badging from time to time, but take a look at the vintage "Toyota Land Cruiser" badge behind the rear window. The "Toyota" font and scripted "Land Cruiser" are about as old-school-cool as it gets, folks. It makes us wish Toyota would stick that badge on every Land Cruiser.
Enough with the badge, though. This Heritage Edition Land Cruiser gets bronze 18-inch forged BBS wheels with a "Toyota" center cap — also pretty cool. Other off-roading treatments include a running-board delete and lower body side molding delete for better clearances. All the other changes are appearance-related, but it's a pretty comprehensive overhaul for the ages-old Land Cruiser.
One of the things Japan is known for is its food, so much so that even their convenience stores are also held in high regard by many where you could quite literally have a multi-course meal of good quality in the store itself, thanks to its wide selection of foods. Lawson’s, one of the chains of convenience stores in the country, is also particularly known for their fried chicken.
These little bite-sized nuggets are cooked in the store itself and are extremely tasty and make for a great snack on the go, but like with most fried foods, they can get a bit stale when they get cold. However that won’t be the case in the future as Lawson’s Japan has debuted Karaage-kun (via SoraNews24), a fried chicken making robot that will be installed at Lawson’s TOC Osaki branch in Tokyo on the 11th of December.