Honda Built Two New Civic Type R Concepts, One With Over 400hp, And This Rally Beast

Honda Built Two New Civic Type R Concepts, One With Over 400HP, And This Rally Beast

Honda UK has revealed a pair of modified Civic Type Rs at the annual SMMT Test Day, showcasing two different takes on the popular hot hatch; one is a road-legal example with a wide range of goodies added to it, along with an extra 94hp, and the other draws inspiration from Rally Raid cars, featuring a lift of over 4 inches.

Amano Develops New Type Of Semiconductor

Amano develops new type of semiconductor

A Japanese Nobel Prize-winning physicist says his team has successfully produced a high-quality semiconductor using a material also used in blue light-emitting diodes.

Professor Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University is one of the three scientists who shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for their contributions to the development of the diode.

Honda E Gets New Colors, And Reservation Books Are Now Open In Europe

Honda E gets new colors, and reservation books are now open in Europe

Potential customers for the Honda E have been allowed to "register interest" for the little electric car, but the order books officially open today. Your order is essentially placed through a reservation system wherein you choose your desired color of Honda E. Speaking of colors, there are now a total of five to choose from for initial ordering. You can check them out in the gallery above.

We've been staring at the white Honda E for awhile now, so it's great to see a bunch of new options for the cute car. All of the hues look superb, but we may be partial to the Crystal Blue or Charge Yellow. Whatever color you choose, it appears to retain the black accents on the hood and around the rest of the car. For the time being, there aren't any other customization options available. We imagine packages and options may become selectable later on if you actually commit to purchasing one.

Sony Launches New Xb900n Headphones To Compete With Beats

Sony Launches New XB900N Headphones To Compete With Beats


Sony’s XB or Extra Bass lineup of headphones has long been viewed as a competitor to Beats headphones. As the name suggests, they provide deeper bass with great sound quality. The company today unveiled a new pair of wireless headphones, the XB900N, to further compete with similar products from Beats.

The new XB900N have a style that’s not unlike Sony’s well-received WH-1000MX3 headphones. They even feature the same digital noise cancellation technology in addition to Bluetooth support for pairing with your devices.

Emperor Receives New Ambassadors

Emperor receives new ambassadors

Japan's Emperor Naruhito has received credentials from new foreign ambassadors for the first time since he ascended the throne.

The envoys from Luxembourg and Brunei rode horse-driven carriages from Tokyo Station to the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo on Thursday.

Fujifilm X100v Could Come With A Brand New Lens

Fujifilm X100V Could Come With A Brand New Lens

We had recently heard a rumor that the Fujifilm X100F successor, potentially known as the X100V or X200, will only be arriving in 2020. We are pretty excited for it given how good the X100 series has been, and now according to a new report from Fuji Rumors, it seems that there are more reasons to be excited for the camera.

This is because according to the publication’s sources, they have been told that the camera will come with a new lens. Why is this a big deal? For years, the X100 series comes with a 23mm f/2.0 fixed lens. In a way, this is what makes the camera so appealing because a 23mm lens is actually a pretty decent general purpose lens, where it’s not too wide or not too zoomed, making it idea for a walkaround lens.

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.