Why Is It Called Mazda Cx-30? Plus Other Questions Answered

Why is it called Mazda CX-30? Plus other questions answered

GENEVA — Mazda just introduced its latest crossover, the CX-30, and it left us raising an eyebrow. It's planned for a global release, including the United States, and it's supposed to slot between two compact crossovers that one might not think had room for another model. Plus it has a name that doesn't fit Mazda's typical nomenclature. So we thought we'd take a little time to explain some of those things, starting with the name.

Mazda arrived at the CX-30 name because of a self-created problem: the Chinese Mazda CX-4. The CX-4 name would be perfect for the CX-30, since it would fall right between the CX-3 and CX-5 where it's positioned. But with the name taken, and evidently no plans to discontinue, replace, or rename that Chinese model, Mazda needed something else, and fractions and decimals weren't on the table. So appending a zero was the plan.

Miyavi To Hold Zepp Tour, 'the Other Side'

MIYAVI to hold Zepp tour, 'THE OTHER SIDE'

MIYAVI will hold a Zepp tour titled 'Japan Tour 2019: THE OTHER SIDE' from May. 

MIYAVI will also hold a one-man live on February 23 at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California. 

Suzuki Jimny Black Bison Is Real, Looks Ready To Stomp On Other Off-roaders

Suzuki Jimny Black Bison is real, looks ready to stomp on other off-roaders

The internet darling Suzuki Jimny strikes again, except this time it's considerably less cute in the Wald Black Bison getup. We drove the little SUV late last year and found it to be good, rollicking fun, but this modified version looks like the little ute's foil.

Mechanically, the Jimny Black Bison is similar to the normal Jimny. This means it has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes all of 99 horsepower and 95 pound-feet of torque. Yep, that probably wouldn't fly in the U.S. The G-Wagen appearance absolutely would, though. A lift and side-exit exhaust appear to be the most obvious modifications we can see from the photos. The exhaust looks like a page straight out of AMG's playbook for the G-Wagen.

Nintendo Switch Reportedly Outsold All Other Consoles In 2018

Nintendo Switch Reportedly Outsold All Other Consoles In 2018

With the disaster that was the Nintendo Wii U, it’s hard to blame Nintendo’s critics and investors for being skeptical about the Switch. However the Switch has since proved the naysayers wrong where it managed to outsell the Wii U’s lifetime sales, and now it seems that according to the latest figures, the console managed to outsell all other consoles in 2018.

Note that the Switch is still very much far behind the Sony PS4 in terms of overall units sold (Microsoft hasn’t officially shared sales figures of the Xbox One), but at least as far as 2018 is concerned, the Switch outsold everyone else. It also managed to have the best December sales of any console of this current generation.

Nearly $50 Mil. To Other Middle East Dealers

Nearly $50 mil. to other Middle East dealers

NHK has learned that former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn paid nearly 50 million dollars to two Nissan dealers in the Middle East from the automaker's CEO reserve, which Ghosn could use at his discretion.

Ghosn has been detained since November, when he was arrested on suspicion of understating his executive compensation in Nissan securities reports.

Ghosn May Have Kept Money Intended For Other Execs

Ghosn may have kept money intended for other execs

NHK has learned that Nissan Motor used to pay to its executives nearly 9 million dollars less than the amount approved at its annual shareholders' meeting. Tokyo prosecutors suspect part of the amount may have gone to Chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Ghosn was arrested on Monday on suspicion of underreporting his income by about 44 million dollars over the 5-year period up until March 2015. Another Nissan executive, Greg Kelly, was also arrested.

Xperia Xz2 Premium Heading To The Uk After All, And Other Parts Of Europe

Xperia XZ2 Premium heading to the UK after all, and other parts of Europe

For a long time, it was unclear whether the Xperia XZ2 Premium would be heading to Europe. However, is now confirmed that the Xperia XZ2 Premium will arrive in the UK in limited quantities in late September, according to retailer Clove. They are currently taking pre-orders for £799 in both Chrome Black & Chrome Silver colours. Clove confirmed that only a few exclusive retailers will be stocking the handset in the UK.

Xperia Xz2 Goes Up Against Other Flagships In Water Resistance Test

Xperia XZ2 goes up against other flagships in water resistance test

The Xperia XZ2 is IP65 and IP68 dust and water resistant, as many flagships from Sony have been in the past. Sony has some pedigree in this area, being one of the first manufacturers to launch water resistant smartphones in the past. Youtuber Matthew Moniz put a number of current flagships to test to see how well they fared being dunked in water.

2018 Nissan Kicks Vs Other Tiny Crossovers: How They Compare On Paper

2018 Nissan Kicks vs other tiny crossovers: How they compare on paper

Anyone else have "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People stuck in their heads? Well, you do now. I couldn't be the only one. Anyway, the 2018 Nissan Kicks is a thing. It replaces the Nissan Juke, which Mr. Stocksdale thought was a bad idea and Mr. Myself thought was a smart idea. Nevertheless, neither of us were especially pumped up by the Kicks.

However, the majority of car buyers are all about SUVs, and this littlest segment of them has been multiplying like Tribbles in the past few years. The Juke was one of the first of these subcompact crossovers, but it was probably too oddball for a mainstream audience (not to mention inefficient) and never really caught on. Newer competitors certainly didn't help.