Are Toyota And Lexus Planning To Use Mazda's Straight-six And New Platform?

Are Toyota and Lexus planning to use Mazda's straight-six and new platform?

Japan's Best Car magazine has what appears to be a whopper of a rumor. The mag said it scooped Mazda's development of a straight-six engine that Mazda only revealed in March, the carmaker having buried the information in a financial statement. By way of Lexus Enthusiast and according to Google translate, Best Car writes that as it was speaking to a Toyota source on an unrelated matter, the magazine found out that Mazda's work on the straight-six was predicated on the engine's use in Toyota Group vehicles, which includes Lexus.

Here's the account of how the engine and Mazda's coming front-engined rear-drive platform, dubbed "Large Architecture," will make their way to Toyota City:

Is Sony Really Prepping A Smartphone With Six Rear Cameras?

Is Sony really prepping a smartphone with six rear cameras?

Some very surprising news emerged yesterday suggesting that Sony is working on a new Xperia smartphone that would have a total of six cameras on its rear, and two on the front. The news came from Twitter leaker Max J (@Samsung_News_) who has a good track record of leaks.

Mazda Is Developing Gas And Diesel Inline-six Engines

Mazda is developing gas and diesel inline-six engines

Once the favored engine configuration for luxury and high-performance cars, the inline-six suffered a bit when the transverse (east-west) engine configuration became popular during the shift to front-wheel drive cars. The packaging benefits are obvious – no driveshaft or transmission intruding on passenger space or rear differential on cargo volume, plus turning the engine 90 degrees meant the front of the car could be shorter. But the inline-six is slowly, slowly crawling out of near-obsolescence, notably in Volvo, Jaguar-Land Rover, and Mercedes-Benz products. Add Mazda to that mix: An investor report first spotted by Jalopnik and confirmed by Mazda reveals that the company is developing a Skyactiv-X and Skyactiv-D inline-six that will be installed longitudinally (north-south) in a new "Large Architecture" platform.

Before reading any further, let's catch up on the Skyactiv-X and -D technologies. The former basically burns gasoline like diesel, providing some benefits and advantages of both types of combustion - here's an explainer on how that all works. We drove a prototype 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X 4-cylinder engine in a Mazda3 mule, too. And the Skyactiv-D series of engines is a comparatively typical turbodiesel. Mazda has a 2.2-liter turbodiesel inline-4 that has had a long and convoluted development and certification process, but is finally showing up in the 2019 CX-5.

Six Names To Choose From, Half Based On Ancient Japanese Texts

Six names to choose from, half based on ancient Japanese texts

Members of a special panel considering the name of a new imperial era had six choices before them, three of which were rooted in ancient Japanese texts.

Despite the lack of official disclosure on the number of candidate names or what they were, several government sources revealed April 1 that six in total were presented.

Nissan Puts Legendary Rb26 Inline-six Engine Back Into Production

Nissan puts legendary RB26 inline-six engine back into production

One of the most difficult challenges for classic car enthusiasts is limited parts availability. But recently, that's become less of a problem for those restoring past iterations of Nissan's legendary Skyline models.

Just last year, Nissan scored positively among enthusiasts after its Nismo performance division said it would begin reproducing parts for some heritage models. Now, to the further delight of many Nissan lovers, Nismo just announced it will be expanding its heritage parts support even further by putting its legendary RB26 inline six back into production.

Six Members To Leave Ebisu Muscats

Six members to leave Ebisu Muscats

Ebisu Muscats will hold a live called 'Fuyu no Sotsugyoushiki ~Ittokukedo Watashitachi Zutto Muscats Sukidakara SP~' on December 15 at Stella Ball in Tokyo. 

The following six members will graduate after this live: Kamisaki Shiori, Kogawa Iori, Su-bu, Tamori Misaki, Natsume Hanami, and Minato Riku. A total of 37 members are scheduled to perform at this concert to see off the graduating members.

Sources: Six Former Aum Cult Members Executed

Sources: Six former Aum cult members executed

The main culprits behind a series of attacks that terrorized Japan in the 1990s are dead. Sources say 6 jailed members of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo have been executed. They were the last remaining members on death row. This comes after the cult's former leader and 6 other members were put to death in early July.

Aum members were involved in a series of crimes that left 29 people dead.