Honda Will Launch New Global Platform, Heavily Slash Trim Variants

Honda will launch new global platform, heavily slash trim variants

Along with Honda's announcement of the Honda E electric city car's production name, CEO Takahiro Hachigo today revealed a smattering of other initiatives and plans for Honda's future. Perhaps the most intriguing is a new vehicle platform to be announced next year with a "global model." It will be called Honda Architecture, and Honda says it's going to increase development efficiency and expand parts-sharing between models built on the platform. What Honda didn't tell us was what model we'll see on the platform first. Since the vehicle will be introduced next year, we expect it to be for the 2021 model year. It's tough to say which vehicle will be getting this platform first, as Honda has many global models: Civic, Accord, CR-V, Fit and HR-V.

The Accord and CR-V are both already loosely based on the Civic's platform, so where that car goes, the others will follow and vice-versa. The HR-V is a Fit-based crossover, but the new Fit was announced to be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show this fall — this means it can't be the car using the new platform, since Honda says the "Honda Architecture" is coming to a model announced in 2020. Honda also said this new Fit will be getting a next-generation version of its i-MMD hybrid system. We expect absolutely stellar fuel economy from a hybridized Fit — you can check out the next-gen Fit in spy photos here.

Watch A Heavily-modified, 2,000-hp Nissan Qashqai Hit 237 Mph

Watch A Heavily-Modified, 2,000-HP Nissan Qashqai Hit 237 MPHLast summer, Toyota flexed its muscles by lettings its tuned, 2,000-hp Land Speed Cruiser loose in a straight line. Despite being as big as a boat, the SUV managed to get up to 230 mph. Earlier this month, Severn Valley Motorsport threw its hat into the ridiculously fast SUV ring with its 2,000-hp Nissan Qashqai (better known as the Rogue Sport in the U.S.) and set a new record. Now, you can watch it in action.

Heavily Updated 2019 Toyota Corolla Im Spied Testing Again

Heavily Updated 2019 Toyota Corolla iM Spied Testing Again

The heavily updated Toyota Corolla iM hatchback has been spied testing in Los Angeles prior to its debut.

The Corolla iM, formerly referred to as the Scion iM, was rolled into Toyota’s lineup after the automaker killed off the Scion brand for 2017. Despite the Corolla iM being only three years old, it’s already due for an update thanks to its relation to the global variant, the Toyota Auris, which was introduced abroad back in 2012. The regular Corolla isn’t due for an update until 2020, so any changes applied to the iM version should give us an idea of what to expect from sedan going forward.

Baseball: Kokubo To Lean Heavily On Sugano Against Cuba

Baseball: Kokubo to lean heavily on Sugano against CubaThe day after an exhausting 11-inning World Baseball Classic marathon, Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo said his plan for Tuesday's game against Cuba will be to get a big start from Tomoyuki Sugano.
Kokubo's team remained unbeaten in the tournament with its 8-6 win over the Netherlands in their second-round opener at Tokyo Dome on Sunday. But the perfect record meant little to Kokubo, whose only sure route to the final round in Los Angeles is a perfect 3-0 record in Pool E. The quarterfinal pool in Tokyo also includes Israel, a 4-1 winner over Cuba on Sunday.

Sony Plans To Invest Heavily In Its Playstation Division This Year, Surprises Incoming

Sony Plans to Invest Heavily in Its PlayStation Division This Year, Surprises IncomingSony is apparently looking to invest heavily in expanding its PlayStation brand over the course of fiscal year 2015.
Sony's Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida has outlined the company's plans for the coming fiscal year, projecting a decrease in the operating income of the Game & Network Services division compared to this year, due mainly to the company's plans to "aggressively invest" in its operations.

Sony Is Heavily Invested In Having Virtual Reality

Sony Is Heavily Invested in Having Virtual Reality Even though EA is refraining from joining in the virtual-reality playground, Sony seems to be intent into making it an integral part of its future.
"It's definitely more than an experiment. We've made some commitments; we're putting significant investment into the product," Sony UK boss Andrew House said.