We all know the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a truly wonderful car. It takes everything delightful about cars and driving and distills it into a compact and lightweight package. It's a car anyone can enjoy. My wife, who until recently has shown no real interest in sports cars beyond their design, wants one. I want one, too, but I couldn't get past the Miata's terrible seats. For 2018, there's finally an alternative.
The 2018 Miata got a number of minor updates. Most people I know were fawning over the new cherry-red top, but I was far more interested in the leather-wrapped Recaro seats. These are now included in the $3,770 Brembo/BBS package. Previously, that package just added a set of two-piston Brembo front brakes and black BBS wheels. Having put thousands and thousands of miles on various NDs, I didn't think it was really a worthwhile option unless you were planning to track the car regularly. These seats have changed my tune.
In many countries, you can find signs on buses and trains that lets commuters know that should they encounter someone elderly, or a parent with a young child, or someone who's handicapped, or a pregnant woman, that they should offer them a seat. Over in Japan, however, it seems that they have decided to go about this in a more hi-tech manner using an app.
Working together, Tokyo Metro and chat app LINE have announced a new feature that is meant to help pregnant women find seats on trains. The app will now feature a button called "I wish to sit" in its app, where tapping on it will attempt to locate a LINE user in close proximity who has pre-registered themselves to give up their seat should they be alerted to do so.
Toyota Motor Corp unveiled an SUV with three rows of seats in the Lexus brand of luxury cars at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, which was open to the public from Dec 1 to 10, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif, the US.
The SUV, "RX350L," was developed by increasing the number of seats of Toyota's SUV from two to three to respond to the needs for SUVs having three rows of seats.
Around 900,000 Honda Odyssey minivans have been recalled due to faulty second-row seats.
According to Honda, the second-row seats in certain 2011 to 2017 model year Odysseys may not be properly fastened and could tip forward. The problem has been linked to 46 reports of minor injuries, the Japanese automaker said. Around 800,000 of the vans are in the United States, with an undisclosed amount in Canada and Mexico. Around 2,000 of the vans are located outside of North America.
Automakers are always patenting interesting ideas their engineers may dream up and this latest creation from Toyota could be the long-awaited solution to a problem that affects pretty much every motorist.
The gap between the driver’s seat and center console is nearly impossible to reach down, especially for someone with big hands, yet seems to always be the place where miscellaneous items fall into and are difficult to retrieve, whether that be a smartphone, coins or pretty much anything else you may keep in your pockets.
Elsa Foley, an industrial engineer and mother of two young children, and Marlene Mendoza, a mechanical engineer and mother of three, decided to work on an idea to help remind drivers to check their back seats before walking away.
The all-new Honda Civic hatch may be one of the most practical cars in its segment, but it lacks a crucial item that used to be standard: Magic Seats.
The Honda Magic Seats system in the previous-generation Civic hatch would allow the seat bases to be folded up to allow a large storage area, and the seat backs could also be folded down flat for extra convenience. To see just how clever they are, check out our video on the ninth-gen Civic hatch.