Toyota La Coupe Prototype Is Real And Really Weird (official Update)

Toyota La Coupe Prototype Is Real And Really Weird (Official Update)

We reached out to Toyota and spoke to Senior Manager Nancy Hubbell about the La Coupe. She said that it’s an internal study from the carmaker’s Japanese division with no plans for getting it on the road. “It was just a concept study and they had to get some patents on it to show it in public,” Hubbell told Carscoops. “It was designed for Japan audiences and there's no talk of putting it into production.” (Update 4/18/2019)

'weird Hotels' Staffed By Robots To Add 10 Outlets Mainly In Tokyo

'Weird hotels' staffed by robots to add 10 outlets mainly in Tokyo

A hotel chain named Henn na Hotel (weird hotels) isn't scaring away potential guests with its odd-sounding name.

Instead, travel company H.I.S. Co. announced plans on Oct. 16 to open 10 additional Henn na Hotel branches in Tokyo's Tsukiji district, Osaka's Shinsaibashi district and elsewhere between December this year and March 2019.

Hybrid Lexus Lc500h Coupe Shows How Its Weird Cvt Works Under Full Load

Hybrid Lexus LC500h Coupe Shows How Its Weird CVT Works Under Full Load

While the vast majority of press coverage is taken by the V8-powered Lexus LC, there’s also the hybrid version that deserves some attention.

The Lexus LC500h is powered by the company’s so-called Multi Stage Hybrid System which was developed specifically for the needs of their flagship coupe. A 3.5-liter V6 engine that runs on the Atkinson cycle is still combined with two electric motors but the petrol unit gets lightweight valvetrain components and Dual VVT-i while the transmission is a whole new deal.

Kanta On Manga / Weird Science Manga Highlights 'umwelt'

KANTA ON MANGA / Weird science manga highlights 'Umwelt'

Rapid progress is being made in the field of genome editing, an advanced type of genetic engineering that involves directly rewriting genes. A technology called CRISPR-Cas9, which was introduced in 2012, is said to be able to edit gene information as simply as carrying out a cut and paste command on a computer, and there are hopes that the technology could lead to cures for hereditary diseases.

At the same time, some have said the ability to freely modify the genes of fertilized eggs is moving us closer to creating "designer babies." This week’s manga, "Designs," presents a world in the not-too-distant future where genetic technology has advanced even further and with more sinister results.

Scion Grabs Franco And Urkel In Weird Move To Sell Im And Ia

Scion grabs Franco and Urkel in Weird move to sell iM and iAScion has always been a little weird. With no-haggle pricing, standard premium features and cars shaped like toasters, Scion has proudly done things differently. Now, actors James Franco, Jaleel White, and an inflatable tube man take the all-new Scion iM and iA for a spin in the brand's newest ad campaign, titled "Weird, Right?" This is the largest marketing campaign for Scion since the brand's launch in 2003.

Next Honda Ridgeline To Eschew Weird Visuals

Next Honda Ridgeline to eschew weird visualsLast year, Honda gave us the first furtive glance at the next-generation Ridgeline with a shadowy photo of it in profile (above), and it promised that the pickup would "come to market in less than two years." That would have put the truck on track for a 2015 debut, but the automaker hasn't said anything more officially about the new model since then.