Historically, the Toyota Corolla hasn't been associated with words like "interesting," "exciting" or anything resembling enthusiasm, with the obvious exception of the earlier rear-drive models. But the 2019 Corolla Hatchback seems different. It looks aggressive. It's going to be available with a manual. And since Toyota says that being fun-to-drive is the top reason for buying a small hatchback, here's hoping it will indeed be fun. But besides these tidbits, there are other interesting facets to the Corolla Hatchback that we learned while in New York.
It's way stiffer and has a lower center of gravity The new Corolla hatchback is built off of the TNGA modular platform that underpins the Prius, C-HR, Camry and now the RAV4. And one of the big benefits of this chassis is that it's pretty rigid. Toyota says that the new hatch is a full 60 percent more rigid than the current Corolla iM hatchback. The center of gravity has also been lowered by 2 cm. Both of these should help make it a more enjoyable car to drive.
With the Type R getting all the attention, it’s easy to forget that, in order for the Type R to become one of the class-leading hot hatches in the market, Honda had to significantly raise the bar for the regular Civic, too.
Based on a new chassis that’s 52 percent more rigid than before, the 10th generation Honda Civic is bigger than ever and features a multilink rear suspension for a more surefooted and sporty handling.
TORRANCE, Calif. – The redesigned 2018 Honda Fit is here – the sportiest and most fun-to-drive Fit yet – and to amplify the Fit's enhanced fun factor, Honda is debuting a new integrated marketing campaign, titled "Fit for Fun," focusing on the 'fun' attributes of the vehicle including: a new Sport trim, striking new colors and enhanced technology including Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Fit also now has available Honda Sensing® safety and driver assistive technologies on all trims. The "Fit for Fun" campaign is the brand's most robust multicultural, mobile and social-driven campaign to-date and rolls out with new TV creative and social content incorporating the fun and versatility of Fit, as communicated by comedians and influencers throughout.
"Honda has created a campaign for Fit specifically geared toward younger car buyers who lead busy lifestyles and are uber-connected," said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President of Honda Marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Millennials are the most diverse group of buyers out there, and the Honda brand has seen an increase of 12 percentage points in multicultural millennial buyers since 2010. We have created an engaging and comedy-driven campaign that speaks directly to these buyers where they spend the most time consuming media -- online."
Takenaka Corp and Hakuhodo Inc started to develop an IoT (Internet of Things)-based system for promoting the use of stairs in office buildings.
They plan to commercialize the system in 2019. The system uses wireless tags for identifying each individual and projects video suited for each person on the walls of a staircase. It is aimed at eliminating office workers' lack of exercise and preventing lifestyle-related diseases.
Dash cams aren't anything new, as years of police chase footage and Russian YouTube uploads show, but it is unusual for a car company to offer one from the factory, which is exactly what Nissan is doing with the JukeCam. It's not just a rudimentary one, either. It's a 360-degree unit developed with camera maker 360fly. It screws onto a mount that can be fitted to a Nissan Juke dash, and it records in 4K resolution.
Nissan suggests that it could be used to record driving adventures, or more pragmatically, be used to record potential evidence in the instance of a crash. It should be able to record constantly for all but the longest trips, since it's capable of storing up to three hours of footage. Nissan also suggests using it as a sort of 360-degree GoPro for sports, since this little camera can be removed and attached to a helmet mount. To demonstrate, Nissan found some professional pogo stick jumpers who wore the cameras while setting a Guinness World Record for most cars jumped over consecutively, which is three Nissan Jukes. You can check out the helmet cam footage, here.
"I want to do my own thing when I travel" and "coordinating my schedule with a friend is complicated" are just two of the reasons why more and more people are traveling alone. If you lack the confidence to go alone, however, don't worry. The travel industry offers tours especially for solo travelers, as well as ways to make solo trips efficiently.
Once you experience solo travel, you can get hooked like Yukiko Nishikawa, 67, of Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, who has enjoyed traveling on her own over the past decade.
The Toyota Fengchao Fun concept has been unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai motor show, and probably points the way to the look of the China and Asian market Camry.
From the side, the concept looks to feature smoothed out versions of the eighth-generation Camry’s doors. At the front and rear, the concept has unique styling, with cleaner and sharper details than the already unveiled North American Camry.
Those making their way to the Shanghai Auto Show this year might get hit with a strong case of déjà vu once they lay eyes on Toyota's Fun sedan concept.
Judging by its dimensions, shoulder line and A & C-pillar design, this concept seems to be previewing a car that we already know pretty well, namely the 2018 Toyota Camry, which already made its debut back in January at the Detroit Auto Show.