Although the latest CR-V, with its turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, has been available in the U.S. for months, it's only finally reaching Europe's shores. The Geneva Motor Show will be the site for the European-spec model's launch, with deliveries arriving in the fall. Honda is also taking this opportunity to announce that the European CR-V will get an optional third-row of seats, and when the hybrid version will go on sale.
This will be the first time the CR-V has ever been offered with three rows of seats. It should be a smart move for competing against the long-wheelbase VW Tiguan, which is the only version we get in the U.S., and the Nissan X-Trail, known here as the Rogue, all of which have available third rows. As for whether the three-row CR-V will be available in America, Honda wouldn't comment. But because it would be a strong selling point, and since it will only be available on the gas-powered CR-V, we suspect it will be an option here sooner than later.
Acura has had a tough time over the last few years determining its identity, but it seems that the brand is now settling on providing performance. At the Detroit Auto Show, Acura announced an expansion of the A-Spec trim, the revival of the Type-S moniker, and a new engine. That new engine is particularly interesting since it's a turbocharged V6, and only Acura will be using it. So don't expect to see some sort of Accord Type R with a crazy V6. Acura also revealed the engine will only be used with the company's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).
Type-S is another big deal, since no Acuras have worn the badge since the 2008 Acura TL Type-S. It will be a step above the current A-Spec trim, which is mildly sporty. Past Type-S models have always had the most powerful engines available. The company didn't give an estimate for when the Type-S trim will appear, nor what model will get it first.
SEKIGAHARA, Gifu Prefecture--The historic town of Sekigahara is basking in rediscovered glory, courtesy of out-of-towners eager to roam a medieval battlefield outfitted in samurai armor.
To get the most of their visit to the site of a decisive battle fought here in 1600, tourists can arrange to rent replica "kacchu" armor that gave warriors of old their fearsome look.
Mitsubishi are looking to challenge the likes of the Opel Corsa and Ford Fiesta with their very own supermini, which will serve as a replacement for the current Mirage.
It remains unknown at this point whether it will keep its moniker, but it will be offered across the European market, based on the same mechanicals as the next generation Renault Clio and Nissan Micra, AutoExpress reports.
The globally popular "Sword Art Online" anime series will spawn two new TV shows based on story arcs from the original light novel series.
News of the two shows, titled "Sword Art Online: Alicization" and "Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online," was announced at a stage event during the Dengeki Bunko light novel imprint's fall festival on Oct. 1.
Last week when we reviewed the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, we described it as a marvelous combination of industrial design and top hardware, praising the mirror-like body of the phone not only for the look, but also for the extra strength it provides.
And in a video posted today, YouTuber JerryRigEverything, who throws smartphones in extreme torture tests to determine their strength, confirms that the Xperia XZ Premium is the most durable phone launched by Sony, despite its glossy appearance.
Despite the success of its Leaf electric vehicle, it looks like Nissan is close to getting out of the business of building batteries, as Bloomberg reports. Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) began as a joint venture between Nissan and Japanese information technology company NEC, with Nissan owning a 51 percent stake. AESC provides the lithium-ion batteries for the Nissan Leaf and e-NV200, as well as some Renault vehicles. Now it appears that Nissan is preparing to sell its share of AESC to Chinese venture capital firm GSR Capital, with Bloomberg citing sources "with knowledge of the matter."
It's no big surprise, but it is a big deal, financially speaking, at around $988 million according to the Nikkei Asian Review. GSR could move some of AESC's manufacturing to its home province of Hubei, where it would be better positioned to take advantage of China's green-vehicle initiatives and growing EV market. Nissan is also in talks to sell its US and UK manufacturing facilities to GSR.