New VW GTI Launched With iPhone App, Mazda Diesels Could Come To U.S.: Today’s Car News

October 22, 2009
2010 VW GTI App Store Launch

2010 VW GTI App Store Launch

The 2010 Golf GTI is making it’s away across the U.S. and in the lead up to its arrival in showrooms Volkswagen has launched the car in its App Store, with the availability of the new “Real Racing GTI” game. [Motor Authority]

Mazda caught a lot of flak earlier this year for stating outright that it would answer every other brand's hybrids with clean diesels, then promptly flip-flopping and saying it was working on hybrids. The latest news comes straight out of Tokyo as the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show continues on, with the company's head of R&D Seita Kanai hinting that the automaker may launch a diesel in the U.S. if the market conditions were right. [Automotive News, sub req’d]

Toyota’s version of the Lexus HS 250h has made its debut in Japan. Called the Sai, the new compact hybrid will only be sold in Japan and by the looks of it we’re glad. [World Car Fans]

Infiniti is launching a new “Forest Air” climate control system for its 2011 M range. While it still offers cooling and heating, it adds to the package with air flow, odor and humidity controls. [Motor Trend]

Across the pond Honda, together with its Mugen performance arm, has confirmed that it will build 20 of its Mugen Civic Type-R road-legal race cars. A 2.0-liter high-rev engine with 236-horsepower in a car the size of a Fit--enough said. [EVO]

He may have just won the 2009 Formula One World Championship crown but the Jenson Button is selling off his assets, in this case a Black Bugatti Veyron that we hope hasn’t been trashed at a race track. [Autocar]

General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson will take a 25% pay cut as a part of President Obama’s pay reduction for the top 175 executives at seven companies that received the government’s bailout money this year. If you’re wondering, Fritz’s pay will reduce to $950,000 per year. [Detroit Free Press]

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