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Self-Healing Paint Makes The Jump From Fenders To Phones
Self-Healing Paint Makes The Jump From Fenders To Phones

Nissan developed self-healing paint to protect vehicles from the surface damage caused by parking lots, home garages, and the like. Known as "Scratch Shield", it's appeared on a handful of vehicles in the U.S. like the 2009 Infiniti G37, but now the paint's making the leap to objects that see much...Read More»

2009 Subaru Impreza Sedan GT
Subaru To Intro Additions To WRX Line at LA Auto Show

With the Los Angeles Auto Show around the corner, rumors of new-car introductions are beginning to swirl with latest intro information coming through the AutoWeek website and MSN. According to reports that surfaced a couple of days ago, Subaru will be expanding its performance-oriented WRX STi...Read More»

2011 Mazda2 facelift
Mazda2 Joins Electric Vehicle Project In Japan

Mazda may be a little late to the table when it comes to electric vehicle technology but the automaker is determined to catch up and has since announced that it will start trials of a new electric drive system in its compact Mazda2 hatchback. As we all know, the Mazda2 is set to go on sale in the...Read More»

Mitsubishi i minicar
Driven: Mitsubishi i Minicar

Would you buy a K-Car? It's probably not what you might think. So-called kei cars (or K-cars) are popular in Japan because of their tax exemptions and parking advantages. In this segment created more by regulation more than demand, they're limited to about 134 inches in length (more than two feet...Read More»

Nissan President and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn: Auto Sales Have Bottomed, Nowhere To Go But Up

Speaking at a World Economic Forum in New Delhi, Carlos Ghosn -- head of Nissan Motor Company and Renault SA -- had some interesting things to say about the global auto industry. Among the most notable and encouraging items, Ghosn believes that the international sales slump has ended and that the...Read More»

Mazda Miata from 20th anniversary celebrations in Japan
Mazda Miata Makes 20 (Yet Again)

We've mentioned before that the Mazda Miata (aka the Roadster or the MX-5) is celebrating its 20th birthday. In fact, we may have mentioned it a couple of times. But since we're such fans, what the hell: let's go for a third. Mazda has devoted an entire website to the little car on its big...Read More»

Panasonic's HD in-dash satnav
Panasonic Launches Pricey Blu-ray Player, In-Dash HD Satnav

Tech fans and early adopters, take note: Panasonic is prepping for the Japanese release of its new in-dash high-def navigation system and an in-car Blu-ray player. The latter is pretty standard, although its ¥99,750 ($1080) price tag isn't. However, that's nothing compared to the satnav, which not...Read More»

Mazda Roadster 20th anniversary edition
Mazda Miata Makes 20 (Again), Issues Special Edition Model

Back in February at the Chicago Auto Show, Mazda displayed a candy-colored array of Mazda Miatas (known elsewhere in the world as the MX-5 or the Roadster) to celebrate the model's 20th year of production. Now, the Hiroshima-based automaker is releasing a special edition of the popular two-seater...Read More»

2007 Honda CR-Z Concept
Honda Confirms CR-Z And Fit Hybrids For 2010

It’s official. Honda plans to launch two new hybrid vehicles next year: a sporty coupe based on 2007’s CR-Z concept car and a hybrid version of the compact Fit. Including the current Insight and Civic hybrids, Honda’s tally of the gasoline-electric vehicles will be up to four but there are...Read More»

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 burnout
More Zoom-Zoom: Japan Considers Mandatory Engine Noise For Hybrids

Remember when we raved about all-electric Zero Motorcycles but were let down by their lack of noise? (Jay Leno agreed.) Well, it turns out that folks have similar concerns about hybrid and electric cars--especially in places like Japan, where hybrid sales are strong. Because the motors of those...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Toyota to GM: No Hybrid Tech For You!

Toyota isn't going to help GM with its hybrid technology. Shocker! But these days anything is possible, and Toyota does have licensing relationships with Ford and Nissan for some hybrid technology, so it's not too far-fetched to be believable. Earlier today Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun published a story...Read More»

Honda Safety Navi
Honda Rolls Out Safety And Eco-Driving Simulator

Grab some coffee, or a Red Bull; here’s a racing game that almost certainly isn’t going to deliver a surge of adrenaline. Especially if you're the parent of a soon-to-be teen driver, take note. Pretty much the polar opposite of Grand Theft Auto or Gran Turismo and their ilk, this new package...Read More»

Honda Dog Friendly Element
Honda Element Says 'Bow Wow Wow Yippie Yo Yippie Yay'

Honda today kept things fun in New York, announcing Dog Friendly components fitted to its 2009 Element small SUV. Changes were made to a 2009 Element in order to make it a safer place for you pooch as well as lessening the chances of you colliding with your canine in the cabin. The Dog Friendly™...Read More»

2010 Subaru Forester with green-roof option
2010 Subaru Forester Gets Revolutionary 'Green Roof' Option

Nature-loving lesbians everywhere will surely rejoice at the introduction of Subaru's new environmentally-friendly, CO2 reducing, organic rooftop carpeting just announced for its award-winning 2010 Forester model. Subaru announced today it will soon be offering this new Green Roof option to its...Read More»

2009 Subaru Outback Ltd
2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i: Modest Power, Magnificent Details

We recently spent a few days in a 2009 Subaru Outback, which basically amounts to a Legacy sedan wearing a backpack and walking on stilts. With the 2010 Subaru Legacy debuting next week at the New York Auto Show and arriving at dealers this summer, it was a well-timed opportunity to get one last...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy
2010 Subaru Legacy Sports Swept Design, New York Debut

Sporting a style very close to the concept that was shown in January at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2010 Subaru Legacy makes its official debut next week at the New York International Auto Show. The vehicle will go on sale this summer at Subaru dealerships across the country. Phsyically, the 2010...Read More»

2009 Acura TL
Driven: 2009 Acura TL - Digital Delight

A member of our staff dubbed the new 2009 Acura TL "The Polynesian War Canoe". An apt handle: the newly redesigned sedan is swift, strikes awe (or fear) with its collection of angry angles, and stomps purposefully down the road. Many have criticized Acura's new beaky prow; Honda's luxury division...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
Mazda's February Japanese Sales, Export Volume Drop

Mazda today announced that its total domestic (Japanese) sales volume decreased 35.7 percent for February compared to that month one year ago. They didn't mention North American sales numbers, but noted that February exports of passenger and commercial vehicles decreased 63.8 percent year-on-year...Read More»

2009 Subaru Forester
Subaru Sales Continue Climb; Company Promotes Doll

Last week VW promoted Barbie's 50th anniversary with its proud, pink, special edition Malibu Barbie New Beetle Convertible. Subaru's promoting a doll, too...executive Thomas Doll. He's not quite the looker that Barbie is, but then again he appears to be less freakishly proportioned and has...Read More»

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