A U.S. judge said on Friday two Massachusetts men pose too great of a risk of flight to be released on bail given "spectacular" allegations that they helped orchestrate former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's escape from Japan. U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell said U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, had also failed to show they would likely succeed in fighting the charges underlying Japan's recent request for their extradition. Cabell cited allegations that the elder Taylor, a private security specialist, "used his skills and experience to plan and execute a most intricate, sophisticated, and deceptive scheme" to smuggle Ghosn out of Japan in a box on Dec. 29, 2019.
One of the hot car modification trends nowadays is to take a car never meant for off-roading, and give it some level of all-terrain capability. It's clear that Classic Youngtimers Consultancy in the Netherlands had this in mind when it modified this Nissan GT-R.
“This is a soccer mom’s car, but it’s kind of wicked, and I like that.” Back in 2013, one of my first track tests ever was of the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon at Willow Springs Raceway in California. What was said about this wagon back then still rings true now, even more so. Don’t be fooled by its looks, the E 63 S wagon is a performance car.
The Autoblog Show will return to Fios TV this Sunday, with its 10th and final episode of Season One. In this episode producers Alex Malburg and Christopher McGraw head to the mitten state in the dead of winter to test two very different vehicles, the impeccably designed Volvo S60 T8, and the latest generation of the Subaru Forester.
Before it morphed into the wood-sided Jeep Grand Wagoneer and became an SUV icon, Jeep's just-plain Wagoneer had already established itself as a pioneer in the field. The vehicle made its debut for the '63 model year, and this restored 1968 Wagoneer, for sale right now on eBay Motors, looks to be a sharp example of the breed.
If you're a longtime Autoblog reader you know we have a bit of a love affair with Blipshift. If you're unaware, Blipshift sells extremely limited-time, automotive themed t-shirts, with designs often submitted by artists all around the country. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that the new Ford Bronco is being revealed Monday, July 12th.
Nissan is busying itself for next week’s big debut of the Ariya electric crossover, the brand’s first new nameplate in years, and it’s keeping the hype machine primed with a new video teaser. Aside from the plastic cladding and a brief shot of the wheels spinning, we see the Ariya and its blacked-out roof from above before the footage ends with the model in silhouette. Finally, its running lights activate to illustrate its iteration of Nissan’s V-Motion fascia design.
Citing significant customer demand, Jeep has announced that it will now offer the EcoDiesel V6 in the 2021 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck. The engine has the same specifications as what you'll find in the Jeep Wrangler and the Ram 1500. It's also paired with the same eight-speed automatic transmission.
Europe's intellectual property authority opened the door to dozens of replicas when it ruled Ferrari no longer owns the rights to the 250 GTO's design. Ferrari developed the 250 GTO, but that's not enough to ensure the overall design remains its intellectual property. It trademarked the shape in 2008, according to Automobile, but its rights were challenged by a much smaller company named Ares that wants to sell a modern interpretation of the car based on the 812 Superfast.
Hollywood A-lister Michael Fassbender will contest the 2020 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) Porsche 911 RSR fielded by the Proton Competition race team, Porsche announced Friday. Fassbender has been working for several years toward his ultimate goal of racing in the infamous 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Red Bull have given "a definite no" to four-times Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel's hopes of returning to them next year, team boss Christian Horner said on Friday. The German, who is out of contract with Ferrari at the end of the season and facing an uncertain future, had said on Thursday he would say yes to a Red Bull drive if one was offered. Vettel won his titles with Red Bull from 2010-13 and remains on good terms with the Austrian energy drink brand's senior management.
Formula 1, like almost everything else in the world, has seen some tweaking and readjusting as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It's the latest installment in the officially licensed racing game series from Codemasters. Multimedia Producer Erik Maier: For anyone who has had a chance to tune into our twice-weekly livestream, you might have picked up on a few things.
Subaru has published full pricing information for the 2021 Crosstrek, which gains a bigger, more powerful engine and a handful of visual modifications. Pricing for the entry-level model starts at $23,295 once a mandatory $1,050 destination charge enters the equation, a figure that represents a modest $100 increase over the cheapest 2020 model. This price gets you a relatively basic crossover powered by a 2.0-liter flat-four rated at 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque.
Honda will buy a 1% stake in Chinese electric vehicle battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), and the two will jointly develop EV batteries, the companies said on Friday. The move comes at a time when auto manufacturers and EV battery makers are joining forces in pursuit of an electric future. CATL, based in Ningde, said last year it would develop batteries with Honda and also supply batteries to Tesla, Toyota and Volkswagen AG.
Lincoln is catering to buyers seeking a mostly chrome-free SUV by making the optional Monochromatic Package available on the Corsair, the Nautilus, and the Aviator. Lincoln made no mention of modifications in the cabin. 2021 Corsair and 2021 Aviator buyers who tick the Monochromatic Package box will be asked to choose from three colors named Pristine White, Infinite Black, and Asher Gray, respectively.
Toyota's growing GR Heritage Parts division will start manufacturing replacement parts for the 2000GT in the fall of 2020. As of writing, the replacement parts listed in the company's catalog are for the five-speed manual transmission or the differential. Enthusiasts rebuilding the 2.0-liter straight-six engine or looking for body panels won't be able to source parts from Toyota — at least not yet.
Ford said late Thursday new staffing restrictions imposed on plants producing car parts in the Mexican state of Chihuahua were "not sustainable," the latest sign U.S. automakers are still reeling from coronavirus lockdowns in Mexico. Mexico is a key part of a wider international supply chain crucial to U.S. carmakers, many of which operate factories across the border in Mexico due to lower labor costs. Chihuahua, where the state government has limited employee attendance to 50% in plants, is home to a Ford engine plant and many auto parts producers.
Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) announced that it will be holding its first virtual motorsport competition, the GR Supra GT Cup Asia-Philippines, and we know many are already eager to get behind the wheel.The competition is open to anyone, which means the first champion for this program could very well be you. That is, if you've got what it takes to represent the country’s colors and compete against Asia’s best of the best.The journey begins with a first step, which in this case, consists of a few taps of the keyboard.Those who want to join may register for free at the event's official registration page—www.toyota.com.ph/gtcup . Interested parties may choose one of the two major open categories, such as the Promotional Class for novice, casual virtual racers or enthusiasts and the Sporting Class for more advanced racers with professional virtual motorsports experience.Filipino citizens with a valid Philippine passport, aged 18 and above, with access to a PlayStation 4 using their own active PSN account and PS Plus subscription, and of course, the Gran Turismo Sport game, may join the competition for some virtual wheel-to-wheel action.Once registered, qualified applicants will simply have to wait for a notification from Toyota regarding official game rules and schedules. Official racers will then join a qualifying leaderboard challenge to identify the Top 24 from each class. The Top 24 will then race in the semi-final and the final race heats, and points will be assigned based on finishing time.The first qualifying round is set for July 23, while the finals will happen a week later.After that, competitors will continue to battle it out in the second and third round to happen in August and September respectively.Each round will have a higher point value and players will need to qualify for each round.The players from the two classes with the most points after the final round will be declared the Philippine champions and will participate in the Asian Regional Round in October.Aside from the two categories, two special classes are also open: the Celebrity and Media class where the third Philippine champion will come from, and the Junior class for players below 18 years old.Organized by TMP in partnership with Tuason Racing, the GR Supra GT Cup Asia-Philippines is a motorsport program under Toyota's global Gazoo Racing brand.This virtual one-make race is intended to ensure motorsports aficionados still get their dose of excitement from the tracks despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The upcoming virtual event is a part of TMP’s local motorsport development program, which includes its premier one-make-race, the Vios Racing Festival, set to resume in 2021.Photos from Toyota Motor PhilippinesAlso read: Toyota PH Launches Toyota GR Supra, to Have 170-Unit Supply Cap for 2019Toyota PH launches e-motorsport eventKnow What's Inside the PH-Spec Toyota GR Supra
The Hyundai Elantra is one of the more popular compact sedans in the market today, thanks to its combination of sleek styling, affordability, and overall dependability.But all too often, “affordable” is often synonymous with “boring,” “generic,” and “lacking.”For those who associate these words with the Elantra, Hyundai has something exciting in store especially for you.Earlier this week, Hyundai Motor Company released a design rendering of the new Elantra N Line sport sedan. With the N Line badging, the seventh-generation Elantra finally gets some much-needed infusion of performance enhancing tweaks including a sporty, low and wide style with mesh grille, single twin exhausts, side skirts and custom 18-inch alloy wheels.The mesh grille carries the N Line version of the South Korean carmaker’s signature cascading grille, enhanced by motorsport-inspired air intakes, then capped off with N Line badging.Behind the 18-inch alloy wheels are highly visible brake calipers, underlining the N Line Elantra’s sportier stance.Meanwhile, the side mirrors, N Line window accents and side skirts are all finished in the N Line’s signature gloss black. A lusciously sculpted rear completes the car’s overall low and wide styling, elevated further by single twin exhausts and a rear diffuser.Aside from providing Elantra shoppers with a performance-inspired option, the Elantra N Line is also intended to provide additional enticement for the N Brand, which is said to be “gaining popularity with drivers and performance enthusiasts around the world,” according to Hyundai.“Elantra N Line offers a more aggressive design that incorporates N Line’s signature red accents inside and out at an attractive price,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President, Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “This will definitely satisfy those who are looking to join the Hyundai N community.”Hyundai already offers Veloster N, i30 N and i30 Fastback N, and other N Line models in select markets.No word yet on when the Elantra N Line will hit the world’s showrooms. For now, we’ll have to make do with the regular Elantra, available at a price range of PHP970,000 to 1.06 million.Photos from HyundaiAlso read:Hyundai PH wants you to score a HOMERUN with latest promoHyundai delivers world’s first fuel cell heavy-duty truck to Switzerland
Toyota Motor Corporation prides itself in taking safety to another level. To help reduce traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities further, The world's number one car brand will progressively roll out two new systems: "Plus Support" for their new vehicles, and the retrofit "Pedal Misapplication Acceleration Control System II" for existing vehicles in Japan to avoid different accidents caused by accelerator pedal misapplication. Plus Support The Plus Support system will be included in the Prius and Prius PHV models starting on July 1, and will gradually be integrated to other new models in Toyota's lineup. Plus Support automatically engages when the vehicle doors are unlocked using a Plus Support Smart Key. Even if obstacles are absent from the vehicle's course, this system detects accelerator pedal misapplication and suppresses further acceleration. In addition to the Toyota Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS), which detects obstacles, suppresses acceleration, and applies brakes, Plus Support aims to further deter serious accidents and help reduce damage caused by misapplication of the accelerator pedal. If the vehicle's doors are unlocked using a conventional key, Plus Support will not be activated, and driving can be performed normally. Pedal Misapplication Acceleration Control System II This system will be installed in previous Prius models as a retrofit device. Although it is only currently available for the Prius, support will be offered for more models in the future. The system adds further acceleration suppression functionality to the existing "Pedal Misapplication Acceleration Control System" equipped in the vehicle, effectively muzzling out the acceleration when pedal misapplication is detected. This system aims to deter serious accidents and reduce damage caused by misuse of the accelerator, regardless of whether any obstacles are present around the vehicle when reversing. Toyota has improved the function while revising the system configuration, resulting in a product that costs 17,600 yen (Php 8,100) less than the existing product.Toyota is not installing these functions in its cars alone. In fact, the carmaker has already shared these technologies with other Japanese auto makers. The company hopes that the introduction of these safety systems can further reduce the number of serious accidents caused by pedal misapplication in parking lots and other areas. Expect the Plus Support and Pedal Misapplication Acceleration Control System II to come in many of Toyota's future models.Photos from Toyota Japan Toyota Japan releases live traffic map2 Toyota cars receive highest possible JNCAP safety ratings
Mobility has become quite the challenge with the threat of COVID-19 pandemic still present. With very limited transportation options, coupled with government-mandated restrictions on capacity, those who are going back to work with the easing of lockdown restrictions find themselves unable to get to their respective workspaces.TechTaxi Inc. seeks to change all that. The Filipino-owned software company has announced the arrival of barker.ph, a mobile application eyed to bridge the gap between public transport and commuters.The free mobile app will help commuters reserve their place in public transportation queues with a few simple taps on the app.According to TechTaxi Inc. CEO Vincent Calaor, the program aims to “digitize” and streamline the process and possibly cutting queue times, which would benefit operators, drivers and commuters. “Barker.ph aims to digitize this process for all of the parties involved including the operators, drivers, and the commuters. Association and transport groups simply need to coordinate with our team to register their destinations and they will be able to use its technology to manage and record the terminal queues including driver and vehicle details at several different locations,” Calaor explained.Drivers need to simply download the driver app and log-in. Once they’re near any registered vehicle terminal, the app will ask if they want to line their vehicle in queue.Based on a statement from the app's makers, drivers will be able to check how many other units are in line and the number of passengers in barker.ph’s priority line. If the driver confirms for the terminal point, the app automatically records that the vehicle is in queue and will give real-time updates on estimated time for onboarding passengers.“With this workflow, the system will be able to calculate exactly when a passenger can take the ride and avoid overcrowding the terminals since the barker.ph users will only need to go to the terminal on their time allotment. The app not only helps to digitize the queueing system but also directly aids in ensuring social distancing at terminals and less personal contacts between individuals at high-traffic terminals,” Calaor added.The app, which will only be available to Android users as of the moment, will have a dry run in one city in Metro Manila after today’s launch.Commuters may be able to use the app through these simple steps: 1. Check and choose the terminal points and routes. The app will show the estimated time the vehicles will onboard 2. Confirm place in the priority line reserved for the users of the app 3. Be at the terminal 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time for onboardingThe technology team of TechTaxi Inc. expressed firm belief that the country is inching slowly but surely towards digital transformation.Calaor told Carmudi Philippines that they are targeting to soft-launch the program next week as they are still on the dry-run stage of the program.The initial users, Calaor told, will be UV Express drivers/operators stationed in Meycauayan/Trinoma and Malolos Trinoma. The contactless/cashless payment option is still under consideration to further help users meet the government's physical distancing guidelines.“Part of our objective is to help. Our target is to help commuters. We saw that since June, public transport is very limited. Also, we want to assist in contact tracing, as we could use our system to trace who rode what at a given period,” he added.Photos from barker.ph Facebook PageAlso read: Online App Beebeep.ph Designed for Car Maintenance LaunchedJoyride Tops PH's Ride-Hailing Mobile Apps in Apple StoreBeat Number Coding with Waze's New Feature
Here’s some good news for those who wish better performance out of the Mazda3—the Japanese carmaker has just announced that their flagship model will soon be available with a 2.5-liter inline-four engine that produces a much-improved 250hp and 434Nm of torque. Both the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback will have the turbo engine as an option.Unfortunately, this welcome development comes with a few hitches. For starters, the more powerful engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, which means instead of having more in common with the performance-minded Mazdaspeed, the 2.5 Turbo is intended as a range-topping luxury variant for the Mazda3 line.Turbo owners will also need to keep using premium 93 octane fuel to hit the max number of horses, otherwise, using regular 87 octane will only yield 227hp.Moreover, there are no enhancements to be seen in the suspension, chassis, and brakes for this supposedly upgraded model.There’s also very little difference between the Turbo and naturally aspirated trims, with a few Turbo badges and larger exhaust tips serving as the only distinguishing features. The sedan version does come with a differently-styled front bumper along with a blacked-out mesh grille.All of these negatives can dampen one’s expectations from the Mazda3 Turbo somewhat. Nevertheless, 250hp is plenty impressive, especially when you consider that the 2020 Mazda3 we have locally maxes out at 152hp.A Premium Plus Package includes leather seats, navigation, rear automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic braking, 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, HomeLink wireless control system, and a nifty Traffic Jam Assist that provides steering inputs below 65 kmph to stay in lane.As for standard convenience features, the Mazda3 Turbo comes with 8.8-inch large center display with Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bose premium 12-speaker audio system, dual front USB inputs and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry.Mazda says it will release official pricing information in the months ahead, and the turbo models are expected to arrive before the end of the year beginning in North America and onward to other markets.Very recently, Mazda PH announced the availability of the Mazda3 edition100, which retails at PHP1.610 million—an addition of PHP100,000 over the top-of-the-line 2.0-liter Mazda3 Sportback Premium.Photos from Mazda Also read:PH models unaffected by latest Mazda recall in USMazda is now 100 years old
Despite the massive setback that the entire automotive industry experienced due to COVID-19, it appears car makers are slowly but surely regaining their traction. Last month, Volvo Cars sold a total of 61,483 units, as sales in the US returned to normal and markets in China and Europe both continued their positive trends. However, the total number of vehicles sold went down 2.1 percent from last June 2019, which saw the Swedish car brand sell off 62,775 total cars.Likewise, sales numbers for the first half of the year went down 20.8 percent as opposed to last year's figures. Volvo sold only 269,962 vehicles from January to June this year.On a more positive note, Volvo's sales in the US market went higher than last year at 10,385 cars, as many businesses reopened and a car-buying frenzy ensued post-lockdown. During the first six months however, US sales declined by 13.7 percent to 43,255 cars, compared with the same period a year ago.China is also another strong market for Volvo, as sales continuously grew year-over-year during the month, reaching 15,105 units sold. Likewise, the numbers also increased by 14.1 percent from June 2019's figures. However, from January to June 2020, sales declined by 3.0 percent, as opposed to the sales figures collected from January to June 2019. In Europe, sales figures kept showing signs of recovery for the entire June. Sales in the continent reached up to 28,277 cars for the whole month, down 6.5 percent versus the same month in 2019. In the first six months of the year, sales declined by 29.5 percent year-on-year.The XC60 was the company’s top selling model during the first six months of 2020, with total sales of 78,761 cars (from 2019's 97,203 cars), followed by the XC40 with 68,359 cars (from 61,864 cars in 2019) and the XC90 with 37,918 cars (from 2019's 47,818 cars).In the first six months, the share of Volvo Cars’ Recharge line-up of chargeable Volvo models more than doubled, compared with the same period last year. Recharge is the overarching brand name for all chargeable Volvo models with a fully electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain.Photos from Volvo Also Read: Volvo Reopens Torslanda Plant in SwedenVolvo to Lay Off 1,300 Workers in Sweden
The AC Motors-owned Maxus PH is just a few weeks away from the official unveiling of the eight-seater compact G50 MPV.We've given you a few bits of information that we learned about the Maxus G50 earlier, which is set to compete with giants in its segment such as Toyota Avanza, Honda Mobilio and Suzuki Ertiga. Today, we are adding more details prior to the big reveal.First, the Maxus G50 will come only in 1.5 gasoline-powered engine, making it the first in the local roster to run on petrol when it arrives. The 1.3 variant available in other markets will not be brought here.Further, the power mill of the yet-to-be introduced MPV will be mated to a seven speed dual clutch transmission, which should provide the car some good fuel efficiency numbers.However, despite the fact that it is fitted with a sole powertrain specification, the Maxus G50, which is close to the size of the Toyota Innova, will come in three variants.The launch of the Maxus G50 could be the first digital launch for AC Motors since Kia—also owned by the Ayala group—won't be launching their supposed newest local lineup member until fourth quarter of this year.Likewise, we have yet to hear any developments from Volkswagen Philippines regarding the T-Cross subcompact crossover that they plan to bring in this year also.Earlier, Maxus Philippines confirmed that the G50 will come in fun colors including Roland Purple, "designed to capture the fancy of young families."Photos from Maxus PhilippinesAlso read:What Other Models Could Maxus PH Bring In?Maxus vehicles now on LazadaWith or Without Covid-19, Maxus Offers Worry-Free Ownership, Roadside Assistance
Following its 65th anniversary, Yamaha, through its local distributor, brought to the country the latest addition to its roster, the XSR 155.Unveiled via Yamaha Philippines’ first-ever digital launch, this neo-retro model will go against the Honda CB150R in its segment.Powered by a liquid-cooled, four-stroke SOHC, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), the XSR155 (with initials that stand for Xtreme Street Racing), has been much-awaited by our local two-wheel aficionados since the early part of the year.The bike's rugged looks are inspired by the XSR Series, which combines timeless styling with Yamaha's latest components crafted with Racing DNA.According to Yamaha Philippines, the XSR155 was “designed to invoke a sense of freedom unique to its 155cc displacement class.”“The design combines the qualities of retro models and modern sport bikes and sits outside the three established categories of Supersport, Naked and Retro. It is a combination of authentic, retro exterior and all the motorcycling traditions behind it with exciting performance derived from the latest technology,” the company added.The XSR 155's features include a full-LCD digital speedometer housed in an authentic retro style gauge with an easy-to-read panel containing a transmission indicator.It also has an inverted front fork to ensure excellent shock absorption performance and handling with feedback from the front wheel, as well as solid front-end rigidity.Looks do not compromise the bike's practicality, as its classically-styled seat design gives riders freedom of riding position while housing the drip-shaped tank that boasts a 10.4-liter fuel-carrying capacity.The LED headlight and taillight design takes its cue from the higher-displacement XSR series siblings.The bike sits on 17-inch wheels, measuring 110/70 in the front and 140/70 in the rear. To mitigate the effects of engine braking during deceleration, the XSR 155 now has an Assist and Slipper Clutch system for smoother downshifting.Those who don’t want a full rebuild can choose from various bolt-on accessories that can either enhance the standard style or turn it into a Café Racer or Tracer-themed ride.Now available in the Yamaha Flagship Shop, the YZONE and Yamaha Rev Zones nationwide, the XSR 155 retails at P162,000 and is available in Garage Metal and Tech Black colorways.Photos from Yamaha PhilippinesAlso read: A Closer Look at the Yamaha XSR-155First Drive: Yamaha Mio GravisYamaha reveals 2020 NMax 155