The Japanese government says it will set up a new employment system to ensure disabled people are hired in accordance with legal quotas. The move follows revelations of false reporting of disabled hiring by public institutions.
Members of the National Personnel Authority and other bodies met at the prime minister's office on Friday with 6 organizations of people with disabilities. Officials said they will accelerate reform efforts and establish the new system by the end of this fiscal year in March.
After 18 months on the market in the United States, the Buick Envision took its place as the third-best-selling vehicle among Buick's eight models, slotting in behind the Encore and Enclave. January sales this year jumped 13.7-percent year-over-year, just a few hundred behind the Enclave. Now, the Chinese-made compact SUV gets a modest makeover, but buyers of the 2019 Buick Envision will need to reach up into the upper trims to access the best of what's new.
The big mechanical upgrade comes with the option of GM's Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic instead of standard the six-speed. However, that appears to be limited to just two of the five available Envision trims: Premium I and Premium II. The base, Preferred, and Essence models stick with the six-speed only.
The Mazda CX-9 has received a 2018 model-year update just over a year since its initial release, bringing new technologies like the company’s G-Vectoring control system, along with a new colour.
Announced this week, the entire CX-9 range gets G-Vectoring Control (GVC), which adjusts engine torque in response to steering inputs, which the company claims helps to deliver “unified control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration g-forces, enhancing the vertical load on each wheel”.
Though the Mazda3 is mostly carry-over for the 2018 model year, Mazda has sweetened the deal on all trim levels ever so slightly with more standard equipment. Most notable is the inclusion of low-speed automatic emergency braking on the base Sport trim. That makes the feature standard on every version of Mazda3, and it's also included on manual transmission models. Touring's big change is the inclusion of the 184-horsepower 2.5-liter engine as the standard powertrain. This means you'll only be able to get the 2.0-liter engine on the Sport trim. Finally, Grand Touring gets a lighting upgrade with self-leveling LED lights up front along with LED taillights and running lights.
Mazda also supplies these additional features while barely changing prices. The Sport trim level increases by $250. The Touring trim actually drops in price by $355 for the sedan, and an impressive $1,555 for the hatchback (when compared with the existing Touring 2.5 trim level). Grand Touring pricing remains the same as the 2017 model year.