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:

Child Population Drops For 38 Straight Years

Child population drops for 38 straight years

May 5 is Children's Day in Japan. But the number of children in the country has declined for 38 straight years since 1982, and is now at an all-time-low.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs says the number of children under 15 years old totaled 15.33 million as of April 1 -- 7.85 million boys and 7.48 million girls.

Kobayashi Gets 6th Straight World Cup Ski Jump Win

Kobayashi gets 6th straight World Cup ski jump win

Japan's ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi has claimed his sixth straight World Cup win, equaling the tournament record.

Kobayashi finished first in the event in Val di Fiemme in Italy on Saturday. It is his ninth victory in the 2018-19 World Cup season.

Isuzu Ute Marked Ninth Straight Year Of Growth In 2017

Isuzu Ute marked ninth straight year of growth in 2017

Isuzu Ute sales jumped by 10.4 per cent year-on-year in 2017, making it the brand’s ninth successive year of double-digit growth.

The company sold a total of 25,804 cars in 2017, up from 23,379 in 2016. The growth was largely driven by the MU-X, with 8087 examples finding a home last year, while the D-Max ute overtook the Nissan Navara in fifth place on the one-tonne sales charts.

American Honda Sets 3rd Straight Annual Sales Record With Best-ever December For Trucks

American Honda Sets 3rd Straight Annual Sales Record with Best-Ever December for Trucks

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (AHM) today reported its third consecutive all-time annual sales record on sales of 1,641,429 Honda and Acura vehicles in 2017, an increase of 0.2 percent over its previous best set in 2016. AHM also set new annual and monthly sales records for light trucks, recording 840,450 sales in 2017 for a 3.3 percent gain, and 86,740 sales in December, rising 1.4 percent. The Honda Division also reported record annual sales, gaining 0.7 percent on total vehicle sales of 1,486,827 while Honda trucks set new December and annual records, rising 3.4 percent on December sales of 75,856 and 4.1 percent on 2017 sales of 734,269. Total Acura Division sales declined 12.2 percent in December on sales of 15,062, and 4.2 percent in 2017 on total vehicle sales of 154,602.

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With eight completely new or refreshed models in 2017, including a new generation of electrified vehicles, the Honda brand continued its commitment to strengthening passenger car light truck sales by leveraging its North American production operations to attract a record number of customers for the 4th consecutive year. 

1995 Mitsubishi Fto Is Straight Out Of Tokyo Drift

1995 Mitsubishi FTO Is Straight Out Of Tokyo Drift

In 2006, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift brought into the mainstream a once-popular sub-culture of car tuning that saw vehicles fitted with the wildest chrome wheels, exhausts, paint schemes and interiors imaginable. This 1995 Mitsubishi FTO GPX currently up for grabs on Car Sales in Australia is one of the victims of that era.

Initially produced exclusively for the Japanese market and later exported to markets including the UK, Australia and New Zealand, the FTO was a popular front-wheel drive sports car that can now be purchased on the cheap.