2020 Mazda Mx-5 Miata Rf Road Test | Automatic Transmission, Performance, Roof

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Road Test | Automatic transmission, performance, roof

Somewhere in Hiroshima, a parade of nearly finished Miatas glides along a track waiting to receive their beating hearts, the powertrains that'll let them ply their road-carving talents the world over. One – let's call him Fred – is eager to begin his new life as a 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata, bringing joy to his future owner and just generally being awesome, even if the RF power targa-ish roof that's already been applied to him is a tad dweeby. Visions of hairpins and power slides and expertly executed heal-toe downshifts dance in his head … and then it happens. He is given the one thing every new Miata dreads: an automatic transmission. Poor guy.

This will not, entirely at least, be yet another diatribe in the ongoing Quixotic campaign to Save the Manuals(!). Automatic transmissions can be quite good and even beneficial in sports cars, especially on the track where removing the need to operate a clutch and expertly execute those heal-toe downshifts lets you better focus on the steering, what the chassis is doing and just going faster. That the computers can shift quicker than you can is another obvious advantage.

Toyota Testing An Electric Car With A Solar Roof That Can Charge Itself

Toyota Testing An Electric Car With A Solar Roof That Can Charge Itself

The problem with electric cars is that they usually take a while to charge. Even fast charging still cannot compare to the speed it takes to refill a car with gas. We imagine that eventually there could be a point in time when we get used to charging times or when charging times drop, but until then, it seems that Toyota is exploring a new electric car concept.

As you can see in the photo above, Toyota is experimenting with a new electric car concept that comes with solar panels built into the roof, bonnet, and boot of the car. What this means is that as the car drives, the solar panels will be capable of drawing power from the sun, which in turn keeps the car’s battery charged.

2020 Subaru Outback Gets New-and-improved Roof Rack

2020 Subaru Outback gets new-and-improved roof rack

The next-generation, 2020 Subaru Outback introduced at the New York Auto Show is quite obviously an evolution of the vehicle it replaces. Actually, we wouldn't be surprised if many folks can't tell the difference between the new and previous ones on the outside.

There are many improved elements, however, and one of them is the Outback's unique roof rack system that returns for a third generation. As before, the roof rails swing inward to be their own cross bars. There's therefore no need to mount and remove separate crossbars, or alternatively, keep them on the car where they'll create noise and hurt fuel economy. Considering that so many Subaru owners mount things to the roofs of their cars (bikes, kayaks, gear boxes, skis, tents, etc.), this is one of those things than can really make the Outback stand out from the hordes of compact SUVs out there, including the Forester. The fact that the Outback's roof is lower, and therefore easier to lift thing upon, certainly helps.

Jongdari Tears Metal Roof Off Bus Shelter

Jongdari tears metal roof off bus shelter

Police say they believe winds from Typhoon Jongdari tore the metal roof off a bus shelter outside Japan Railway's Tsu Station in Mie Prefecture.

Jongdari has since been downgraded to a severe tropical storm.

Toyota: New 'prius Phv' Can Be Charged With On-roof Solar Panel

Toyota: New 'Prius PHV' Can Be Charged With On-roof Solar PanelToyota Motor Corp announced Feb 15, 2017, that it has fully-remodeled the "Prius PHV" plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV) and released it.
This time, Toyota increased EV driving range (per full charge) by more than 100% to 68.2km (approx 42.4 miles). Also, the company improved the fuel efficiency of Prius PHV as a hybrid car (when its battery runs out of charge) to 37.2km/L (approx 87.5mpg).

2017 Chicago Auto Show: The 2018 Toyota C-hr Will Get A Contrasting-color Roof Option, Nifty Teal Paint

2017 Chicago Auto Show: The 2018 Toyota C-HR will get a contrasting-color roof option, nifty teal paintWhile walking the floor of the Chicago auto show, we ran across a striking little Toyota C-HR crossover. While the car itself is equipped like other models we've seen, it sports an eye-catching bright metallic teal body, and gloss white contrasting roof. It also has prototype stickers that had us wondering whether the paint scheme was for production. A quick conversation with Toyota representatives on the floor, and we discovered that, yes, you'll be able to pick up a C-HR in this color.

The Mazda Mx-5 Miata Rf's Trick Roof Will Cost You At Least $2,555 Extra

The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF's trick roof will cost you at least $2,555 extraNow that loyal customers have been given the opportunity to preorder the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition, Mazda has finally announced pricing for the regular 2017 MX-5 RF lineup. The vehicle, with its gorgeous power retractable hardtop, will come in two trims – the MX-5 RF Club and Grand Touring when the vehicle goes on sale early next year.