Subaru And Honda Set All-time Single-month Sales Records In August

Subaru and Honda set all-time single-month sales records in August

While the U.S. and Japan continue to hash out the details for a new trade deal, American customers showed just how much they love Japanese automobiles. Both Honda America and Subaru of America exceeded expectations in August and set all-time sales records for units moved in a single month. The booming business was led, in part, by the Honda CR-V and Subaru Crosstrek, both of which posted their best sales months ever.  For Subaru, August 2019 marked the best sales month in company history and a claimed 93 straight months of yearly, month-over-month growth. Subaru sold 70,039 vehicles, which beats the December 2018 record of 64,541 vehicles. Top sellers were the Outback (17,110), the Forester (17,076), and the Crosstrek (15,860). The Ascent notably saw a 72.8 percent increase in sales compared to August 2018 with 7,319 sold.  Honda America, which includes Honda and Acura, sold 173,993 total vehicles, 158,804 of which were Hondas. That's up from 147,903 total sales in August 2018. Honda achieved these numbers with strong sales across its lineup, despite the less consumer interest in sedans in general. In August 2019, Honda sold 44,235 CR-Vs (the most ever in a single month) 14,381 Pilots, 10,190 Odysseys, 34,808 Civics, and 30,558 Accords. Acura's SUVs continue to be the company's best-sellers with 5,976 MDXs sold and 5,459 RDXs moved. 

Nissan Propilot Golf Ball Will Make You One-putt Every Single Green

Nissan ProPilot golf ball will make you one-putt every single green

Attention golfers: Put down that $5 Titleist. You don't want it anymore. At least on the green, it's not the best you can do. Nissan has your back with a brand new golf ball that finds the hole all on its own, so long as you're putting. It's called the ProPilot golf ball, and the video provided is really something (watch above). How does it work? First, you need an overhead camera. This camera detects the position of the ball and cup in real time. We're thinking we could play this one off as wanting to vlog our golf game with our buddies. Pay no mind to the floating camera above, we say. Once the ball starts moving, a monitoring system calculates the correct route needed based on the ball's movement. It then adjusts the trajectory accordingly. We're sure all the computer hardware will fit in your golf cart. Maybe you're worried you didn't hit the ball hard enough? It doesn't matter. There's an internal electric motor in the golf ball that can provide enough force to move the ball on its own. Sure, that's creepy, but it'll also save you the embarrassment of coming up inches short on that next 20-foot birdie putt. At this point, we're sure you all want to be the kid in the video absolutely shredding it on the green. It's now that we have to break your heart, and tell you that this golf ball is only a concept. Nissan hasn't shown any intention to sell a commercial version of its entire setup, which would likely cost thousands if it did. Honestly, though, that may be less than what you'd pay in a lifetime of golfing lessons. The company is going to let folks try it out, so long as you're in Yokohama, Japan. Visitors to the company HQ from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 will be allowed to feel like a putting god for a short time. Nissan is selling it as ProPilot Assist (its driver assistance system), but for golf. Now if only Nissan could figure out a way to make sure our drives landed in the fairway, too ...

Rubella Cases Exceed 100 In Single Week

Rubella cases exceed 100 in single week

Japanese health authorities say 109 cases of rubella, or German measles, were reported in the country in the week up to February 24.

They say it's the first time this year that the weekly total exceeded 100.

Details On Sashihara Rino's Graduation Single Revealed

Details on Sashihara Rino's graduation single revealed

The details on AKB48's 55th single, to be released on March 13, have been revealed. 

The title of Sashihara Rino's (HKT48) graduation single will be "Jiwaru DAYS." Type A's coupling track (currently untitled) will be sung by "AKB48 Coupling Senbatsu" comprised of Asai Nanami, Ota Nao, Onishi Momoka, Oda Erina, Kato Rena, Gyoten Yurina, Kubo Satone, Kuranoo Narumi, Komiyama Haruka, Sato Shiori, Suzuki Kurumi, Taguchi Manaka, Tanikawa Hijiri, Taniguchi Megu, Nishikawa Rei, Maeda Ayaka, Muto Tomu, Murayama Yuiri, Yamada Nanami, and Yokoyama Yui. 

Sashihara Rino To Be The Center For Akb48's 55th Single

Sashihara Rino to be the center for AKB48's 55th single

Some details for AKB48's 55th single (currently untitled), to be released on March 13, have been revealed. The senbatsu members for the title track have been selected, and Sashihara Rino (HKT48) will serve as center. 

This will be Sashihara's last single before graduation. Besides Sashihara, the senbatsu members are Yahagi Moeka (first time senbatsu), Okada Nana, Okabe Rin, Ogino Yuka, Oguri Yui, Kashiwagi Yui, Sakaguchi Nagisa, Shitao Miu, Shiroma Miru, Sugawara Maya, Suda Akari, Takahashi Juri, Takino Yumiko, Tanaka Miku, Nakai Rika, Matsui Jurina, Matsuoka Hana, Mukaichi Mion, Yamauchi Mizuki, Yokoyama Yui, and Yoshida Akari. 

King & Prince To Release 3rd Single 'kimi Wo Matteru'

King & Prince to release 3rd single 'Kimi wo Matteru'

King & Prince will release their third single "Kimi wo Matteru" on March 20. 

The title track is described as a support song that backs the feelings of those who are wanting to change as well as those who are looking for a new self. The single will be released in Limited Editions A & B and a Regular Edition. All types will include "Kaze ni Nore" as the coupling track. The Limited Edition A DVD will contain the PV and making for "Kimi wo Matteru," while the Limited Edition B DVD will include a footage called 'King & Prince TV #2.'

Scandal Announce Release Of First Single From Private Label

SCANDAL announce release of first single from private label

SCANDAL will release a double A-side single "Masterpiece / Mabataki" on March 27 as the first work to be released from their private label 'her.' 

"Masterpiece" is described as a positive rock tune about new beginnings and a hope for the future. The band has already performed this during last year's Zepp tour 'SCANDAL TOUR 2018: Kanshasai' and had been talked about amongst their fans. Meanwhile, "Mabataki" was written and composed by RINA (Dr, Vo), and is said to be a song opposite of "Masterpiece." 

Hyde's New Single To Include A Self Cover Of 'honey'

HYDE's new single to include a self cover of 'HONEY'

HYDE will release his new single "MAD QUALIA" on March 20. 

This is HYDE's second single of the year following "ZIPANG" released on February 6. It will include the title track, which was written as the image song for Capcom's action game 'Devil May Cry 5' and a self cover of L'Arc~en~Ciel's "HONEY."

Michishige Sayumi To Be Featured In Oomori Seiko's Next Single

Michishige Sayumi to be featured in Oomori Seiko's next single

Oomori Seiko will release a new single featuring Michishige Sayumi, titled "Zettai Kanojo feat. Michishige Sayumi," on March 13. 

Oomori made the new single announcement on January 20 during a program on LINE LIVE. This will be part one of her major debut fifth anniversary project 'Cho Kashu 5 Shunen Band Made Miracle 5!'

Keyakizaka46 Reveal Title Of 8th Single

Keyakizaka46 reveal title of 8th single

Keyakizaka46 have revealed the title of their new single to be released on February 27. 

The title of the group's eighth single will be "Kuroi Hitsuji" ("Black Sheep"). More detail will be revealed soon, so stay tuned! 

Akb48 To Release 55th Single In March

AKB48 to release 55th single in March

AKB48 have announced that they will be releasing their 55th single (currently untitled) on March 13. 

It says on their official blog, "At this time, we would like to announce the release of AKB48's 55th single. More information will be revealed when they have been set."