Subaru Brz Has Higher Manual Take-rate Than 86, And Other Subaru Manual Facts

Subaru BRZ has higher manual take-rate than 86, and other Subaru manual facts

Automakers are continuing to give us a peek at the popularity, or lack thereof, of the manual transmission. Our latest information comes from Subaru, which kindly shared its manual transmission take-rate numbers for 2018. One of the most interesting tidbits was that 78% of Subaru BRZs sold had a manual. What makes that so curious is its stark contrast to its twin, the Toyota 86, where only 33% of those sold in 2018 had a manual. On top of that, the BRZ has a stronger manual take-rate than the enthusiast darling Mazda Miata; the soft top had 76% of buyers going for a stick, and the RF had 52%. If we had to speculate, it seems the Subaru BRZ is attracting the hardcore sports car fans.

Although the BRZ manual sales are strong, it isn't the model that sells the most. The Subaru WRX tops it with 90% of buyers picking the manual over the CVT option. We of course suspect that plenty of regular WRX buyers are opting for the manual, though the number is likely partly boosted by the fact the STI version is only available with a manual.

Sony Rumored To Be Considering Take-two Acquisition

Sony Rumored To Be Considering Take-Two Acquisition

Take-Two is a company that some gamers might be familiar with. For those who aren’t, they are the publisher and parent company behind other developer studios such as 2K Games and Rockstar. Now it seems that there is a chance that Take-Two could be acquired by none other than Sony.

This is according to a report from Market Watch (via Game Informer) who claims that Sony is currently in negotiations to take over Take-Two. Details about the acquisition are scarce and all the publication had to say is that Sony is in “advanced board level discussions to acquire Take-Two Interactive in a mostly cash deal.”

Fukushima Daiichi Cleanup To Take Decades

Fukushima Daiichi cleanup to take decades

Work is continuing to decommission the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan's northeast.

The triple meltdown it suffered eight years ago after it was hit by an earthquake and tsunami is considered one of the world's worst nuclear accidents. The process is expected to take decades.

Russia: Release Of Boat Crew Could Take Time

Russia: Release of boat crew could take time

Russian authorities are suggesting it could be some time before they release the crew of a Japanese fishing boat seized last week.

Russian officials seized the boat, Number 68 Nishino-maru, on Wednesday in the Sea of Japan, citing alleged illegal fishing.

City Workers Take Path Of Ninja To Get Edge As Tourism Draw

City workers take path of ninja to get edge as tourism draw

KOKA, Shiga Prefecture--Fourteen municipal government employees descended upon a ninja experience facility here to learn to throw "shuriken" star-shaped daggers, as well as climb castle walls.

The special trip in mid-December, led by Kaoru Kurata, the mayor of Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, was part of the Ikeda Koka ninja group project, which was launched seven months ago at the initiative of the Ikeda municipal government to turn the city into a ninja hub.

Jal Captain Got Copilot To Take Breathalyzer Test

JAL captain got copilot to take breathalyzer test

Japan Airlines says one of its pilots cheated two years ago on a preflight breath test by asking somebody else to do it in his place.

The company said a 59-year-old captain got his copilot to take a test for him before their flight from Japan's Narita Airport to Chicago in December 2017.