GIRRAWEEN, Australia — In 1994 I lived in Surry Hills, a suburb of Sydney, Australia. Back then, Surry Hills was artsy, edgy, and most important, cheap. One day I looked out my bedroom window and saw, parked in front of an office, a dark gray coupe. This lead-hued peril lurked behind a passing stream of subcompacts, utes, and round-edged Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons like a barracuda among the cast of "Finding Nemo." I had no idea what it was. I called my Australian roommate over to make a positive ID. He chuckled and said, "That? That's Godzilla," then walked away. I'd met the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R — "Gran Turismo Racer."
Australia's Wheels magazine had christened the Skyline GT-R "Godzilla" in the July 1989 issue, after the Japanese had already taken to calling the car obakemono, meaning "monster." In 1990, Nissan Motorsport Australia (NMA) entered one of the all-wheel-drive, twin-turbo howlers in the Australian Touring Car Championship. The R32 won one race.
SKE48 will release their new single "Stand by you" on December 12.
The senbatsu members for this single include Oba Mina, Obata Yuna, Ego Yuna, Kamata Natsuki, Kitagawa Ryoha, Kumazaki Haruka, Sato Kaho, Suenaga Oka, Sugawara Maya, Suda Akari, Soda Sarina, Takayanagi Akane, Takeuchi Saki, Hidaka Yuzuki, Furuhata Nao, Matsui Jurina, and Arai Yuki.
Honda recently renewed its U.S. trademark for the name "CDX," which the Japanese carmaker first applied for in 2015. Back then, observers expected the name to apply to an Acura version of the Honda HR-V, and they were right — but no one expected the CDX would go on sale only in China, in 2016.
For the past two years, the U.S. auto media has speculated on whether the CDX will ever make it here.
Lexus will debut the production model of the UX subcompact crossover at the Geneva Motor Show in March, according to a newspaper interview with Lexus Norway CEO Knut-Erik Jahnsen — from Dagens Næringsliv:
Later this year comes a model that will provide more sales in the small niche brand. A smaller SUV will be presented during the Geneva exhibition in March, and Jahnsen has a goal of selling 1500 to 2000 cars in two years, as part of the brand’s goal of selling 100,000 cars in Europe at the same time.