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The Station: Exits at Waymo and Bird’s SPAC reveals its scooter-nomics

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. Here’s a crypto-meets-transportation story for you before we move onto the rest of the news. Just weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CFO Zach Kirkhorn said they believe in the lo...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Europe, Japan, Texas, Milan, Congress, Indonesia, Australia, California, Washington, La, China, Massachusetts, Singapore, India


Speed Read, 16 May 2021

We’re racking up the air miles this week, with a stunning new build from the top Japanese workshop Hidemo, a new chapter in the saga of the Easy Rider bikes, and a crisp BMW K100 from South Africa. Plus a trio of sweet limited editions from the European brand Husqvarna. Custom Triumph Bobber by Hidemo We’ve been keeping an eye on Hideya ‘Hide’ Togashi for a decade now, ever since we spotted a Hidemo shovelhead build on display at the Mooneyes show in Japan. Many builders have fallen by the...
Tags: Europe, Japan, America, South Africa, Motorcycles, Bmw, Audi, Husqvarna, Billy, Dan Haggerty, Haggerty, Donovan, Peter Fonda, Puig, Ben Hardy, BMW motorcycles


2021 Acura TLX Type S Picks Up the Pace this Weekend

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S will pace the field at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio this weekend. The TLX Type S’ debut is one we reported previously, with more details available now than Acura had previously released. For one, the TLX Type S has a new direct-injected, single twin-scroll […] The post 2021 Acura TLX Type S Picks Up the Pace this Weekend appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Media, Advertising, Marketing, Sales, Pr, Racing, Debut, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Engines, New Cars, Acura, Mid Ohio


2022 Acura MDX SUV Insurers’ Top Safety Pick

The 2022 Acura MDX SUV’s Top Safety Pick (TSP) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety runs counter to all the racing around done in Acura’s commercials. The MDX is the automaker’s third vehicle to receive the IIHS’s highest safety rating, along with the RDX and TLX. Rated tops for crashworthiness, the MDX was superior […] The post 2022 Acura MDX SUV Insurers’ Top Safety Pick appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Media, Safety, Advertising, Marketing, Awards, Insurance, Quality, SUV, Luxury, Autos, Sales And Marketing, SUVs, Branding


2022 Subaru Solterra eSUV Proclaimed

In 2022, the Subaru Solterra electric SUV will go on sale. Another Subaru-Toyota joint venture, it’ll roll on the new e-Subaru global platform. Just when you thought the market for another electric vehicle was saturated, here comes the sun and the earth, in Latin. Will there be more Latin names for new Subarus? Environmental responsibility […] The post 2022 Subaru Solterra eSUV Proclaimed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Japan, Technology, Safety, Marketing, Sales, Green, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, Toyota, Sales And Marketing, EVs, New Cars, Subaru, SUVs


2013-15 Honda Accords Heading in the Wrong Direction

2013-15 Honda Accords are under investigation by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a steering issue. Allegations of Accords suddenly losing control without warning have led to 107 complaints. According to a Motor1 report, there are as many as 1,120,470 Accords in the US that could be affected. This condition occurs under normal […] The post 2013-15 Honda Accords Heading in the Wrong Direction appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Safety, Government, US, Insurance, Maintenance, Quality, Recall, Used Cars, Autos, Honda, Loss Of Control, Suppliers, Nhtsa


Toyota Subsidiary Woven Acquires Lyft Autonomous Division

Toyota’s Woven Planet Holdings has acquired Level 5, Lyft’s self-driving unit. Woven Planet’s deal brings scientists, software engineers, and researchers together as one. Last year, we detailed the launch of Woven, but since that time they’ve been relatively quiet until now. Woven has put together engineers, research scientists, and mobility services experts. They’ve amassed sensing, […] The post Toyota Subsidiary Woven Acquires Lyft Autonomous Division appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Japan, Technology, Safety, Marketing, Global, Traffic, Green, Industry, Futurama, Electric Vehicles, Mergers, Autos, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Behind The Scenes


2021 BMW G 310 R Launched in Japan, To Rival KTM 390 Duke

Taking the competition level in the 300-400cc naked, streetfighter segment a...
Tags: Japan, Autos


The Rauh-Welt 997 Turbo Looks Like A Fat Cayman And I’m Here For It

RAUH-Welt Begriff, colloquially known as 'RWB' has revealed that it is working on body kits for the 997 generation of the Porsche 911 Turbo. On the tuner’s Instagram page, a post shows a black 997 Turbo with wide fenders, lower side skirts, and new bumpers. In addition to the cosmetic changes, the car that RWB is working on has custom gold wheels shod in wider tires. Compared to a stock 997 Turbo, the RWB 997 Turbo is significantly wider with massive 993 GT2-style bolt-on overfenders, plus a ma...
Tags: Japan, Instagram, Porsche, Autos, RAUH Welt Begriff, Porsche 997, RWB, Tuned Porsches, Akira Nakai, Rauh Welt, Nakai, 997


Tundra Versus the F-150 – What’s Wrong with Toyota?

Can the Toyota Tundra go toe-to-toe with the Ford F-150, and does it make sense to try? The F-150 is the most popular vehicle in the U.S., despite a 12 percent drop in sales. Ford still managed to sell 787, 422 F-150s in 2020. Toyota sold a little over 109,000 Tundras in 2020, down two […] The post Tundra Versus the F-150 – What’s Wrong with Toyota? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Technology, Sales, Quality, Production, Ford, Ram, Autos, F-150, Toyota, Trucks, Chevrolet, Nissan, New Cars, Titan, Silverado


2021 BMW G 310 GS Launched in Japan, INR 1.9 Lakh Costlier than in India

BMW Motorrad Japan has updated its Adventure range of products. The...
Tags: Japan, India, Autos, BMW Motorrad Japan


Ford dives 10% after warning 2nd-quarter production will be halved by a chip shortage

Workers build Ford F-150 trucks. Associated Press Ford shares fell as much as 10% on Thursday as the company expects a 50% hit to second-quarter production. The company said a global shortage of semiconductors will be a potential drag on its output. Ford said a fire at a Japanese chip supplier worsened the shortage situation. See more stories on Insider's business page. Ford shares tumbled to a two-month low Thursday after the vehicle maker said a worldwide shortage in semiconductor...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Cars, Trends, Markets, Vehicles, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Tim Cook, F-150, Trucks, F, Ev, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Associated Press Ford, Carla Mozee


Fine Wolf: A suave SYM 150 commuter from 2LOUD

The definition of a commuter bike varies from the East to the West. In Europe, a prime commuter would be something like a Royal Enfield 650. But in Asia, scooters and tiny singles rule the roost, and companies like SYM make a killing. This right here is an early 2000s-model SYM Wolf 150 Legend. As commuters go, it’s surprisingly attractive, with a pint-sized UJM vibe to it. And as the Taiwanese shop 2LOUD Custom has just shown, it’s ripe for customization too. This isn’t the first time tha...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Motorcycles, Honda, Max, Wolf, East, Hartford, Lu, Yicheng, Custom Motorcycles, Royal Enfield, Shinko


Tokyo Drifter: A Yamaha XV750 street tracker from Japan

Forty years ago, Yamaha made a brief foray into the flat track scene in the States with its XV750 race bike. Like most go-fast, turn-left machines, it was a bit of a looker—and provided inspiration for this phenomenal street tracker from Takashi Nihira. Nihira-san runs Wedge Motorcycle, one of the top Japanese custom shops. He’s won multiple awards at the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show and was tapped by BMW to participate in their G310R custom project. This XV750 is a commission, from a cust...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Usa, UK, Motorcycles, Tokyo, Bmw, States, Firestone, Hitachi, Exif, Ama, Yamaha, Brembo, Kellermann, SunStar


Honda Solidifies Its Existing Businesses

Honda Motor Company President Toshihiro Mibe’s first press conference, held April 23rd, was where he committed to solidifying Honda’s existing businesses. Honda is working to achieve carbon neutrality for all products and activities by 2050. Zero environmental impact not only for its products but their entire lifecycle. Areas of concentration include carbon neutrality, clean energy, […] The post Honda Solidifies Its Existing Businesses appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Technology, Media, Safety, Government, Global, Foreign Affairs, Green, Infrastructure, Motorcycles, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Clean Energy, Hydrogen, Honda, Electric Motorcycles


QOTD: Change the World’s Climate by 2030 or Just Talk About It?

The world’s climate has been centerstage the last two days. President Biden and other world leaders have vowed to reduce global warming by making drastic changes. Will they follow through? At the 2015 Paris climate accord, then-President Obama set greenhouse gas reduction at half what Biden has proposed. Former President Trump, Obama’s successor, did little […] The post QOTD: Change the World’s Climate by 2030 or Just Talk About It? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Asia, Europe, Japan, UK, Technology, Obama, Congress, Climate Change, Government, China, Germany, Global, Eu, Green, Infrastructure, Canada


2021’s Tokyo Motor Show Cancelled Thanks to COVID-19

Another-other One Bikes the Dust Yep… Here we are. It’s almost May of 2021, and many of us are still in qazi-lockdowns with things being cancelled left and right once again. The 2021 Tokyo Motor Show is cancelled after the Association of Japanese Car Manufacturers came together and decided that such a large event would negatively impact Japan’s current fragile state. I’m in Alberta, Canada, and we just went into our third round of lockdowns thanks to COVID-19 spreading like wildfire once again....
Tags: Japan, Show, Motorcycles, Tokyo, Cancellation, Alberta Canada, Tokyo Motor Show, JMA, Motorcycle News, Motor Show, COVID-19, Association of Japanese Car Manufacturers, Akyo Toyoda


Another Takata Airbag Tragedy

American Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that a defective Takata airbag inflator ruptured in the crash of a 2002 Honda Accord on January 9th in Lancaster County, South Carolina. The ruptured inflator led to the driver’s death. There have been 16 U.S. deaths and more than 200 injuries due to […] The post Another Takata Airbag Tragedy appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Safety, Global, Industry, Autos, Takata, Honda, Acura, American Honda, Takata Airbag Recall, Takata Airbag Inflators, News Blog, Lancaster County South Carolina, Airbag Inflator Injuries, Death By Inflator


300 Series Toyota Land Cruiser Leaked in Japan

  Leaked images have been circulating online of a new Toyota Land Cruiser that is obviously the upcoming 300 Series that will eventually supplant the now fourteen-year-old J200. Those with a penchant for boxy utility vehicles should be pleased, as Toyota’s longest-running model has not had its shape changed by much. There’s none of that fastback-inspired […] The post 300 Series Toyota Land Cruiser Leaked in Japan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Autos, Toyota, SUVs, Toyota Land Cruiser, News Blog, Spy Shots, lexus LX, Land Cruiser, 300 Series, J200, J300


Type S Origin Story: A Look Back at Acura’s Type S History

It all started with the 1997 NSX Type S in Japan, which led Honda R&D engineers in America to create a prototype coupe called the AC-R. From 2001 through 2008, Type S models played a significant role in Acura’s performance lineup. This video from Acura looks back at the Type S models through the years as we get ready for a new era of Type S cars.  Original article: Type S Origin Story: A Look Back at Acura’s Type S History
Tags: Japan, America, Magazine, Autos, Honda, Acura


All the electric vehicles that stood out at the Shanghai Auto Show

The 19th annual Shanghai Auto Show delivered a bevy of electric and tech-centric vehicles this year. Chinese, European and U.S. automakers showed off their latest offerings in every price segment, from the budget-minded ​​Wuling Hong Guang Mini via a joint venture between SAIC Motor Corp., General Motors Co. and Liuzhou Wuling Motors Co. to the luxury Mercedes EQS  — and everything in between. Several automakers touted the capabilities of their driver assistance systems, using terminology that s...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, Japan, China, Tech, Tesla, Hungary, Automotive, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Shanghai, Toyota, Getty, Volkswagen, North America


QOTD: Does Hyundai’s 2021 Ioniq Hybrid Deserve Awards?

  Hyundai’s 2021 Ioniq hybrid and plug-in hybrid received the Best Hybrid Car and Plug-In Hybrid awards from U.S. News & World Report. Our question is, are they the best hybrids or not? Did the right car(s) win? In this year’s Best Hybrid and Electric Cars awards, U.S. News & World Report identified seven eco-vehicle categories […] The post QOTD: Does Hyundai’s 2021 Ioniq Hybrid Deserve Awards? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Technology, Media, Marketing, Global, Sales, Tesla, Green, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Korea, Autos, Chevrolet, Audi, EVs, Hyundai


Electrified Toyota bZ4X Heading to Japan & China First, Then to the United States.

The Toyota bZ4X BEV concept was unveiled during Auto Shanghai 2021 and is the start of a new chapter for the automaker. Toyota plans to expand its electric vehicle offerings to around 70 models globally by 2025, including 15 new battery electric vehicles, seven of which will be Toyota bZ models. This bZ4X BEV concept, pictured here, is the first battery-electric vehicle under the Toyota bZ umbrella. The “bZ” stands for “Beyond Zero,” a reference to Toyota’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by...
Tags: Japan, China, United States, Autos, Toyota, Subaru, Carter, Toyota Motor North America, Bob Carter, Car News, Toyota Motor Corporation Toyota, BEV Availability Toyota


Hidemo Style: A 1970s Shovelhead from one of Japan’s best

The Japanese custom scene sets rather than follows trends. Japan’s top builders each have a unique and instantly recognizable style, and the machines they produce are usually hard to pigeonhole. This 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH Shovelhead from Hideya Togashi of Hide Motorcycle (that’s ‘Hee-day’) illustrates my point beautifully. Togashi-san’s client simply asked him to build a bobber, leaving the rest to the builder’s discretion. A wise move. Taking loose inspiration from the boardtrackers of...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Bsa, Harley, Andrews, Custom Motorcycles, Shovelhead, Skop, Bobber Motorcycles, Togashi, Hide Motorcycle, Hideya Togashi, Harley-Davidson Customs, Hideya, KB Performance pistons


Toyota has unveiled the first of 15 new electric vehicles it plans to sell by 2025

Toyota Toyota unveiled its new electric SUV at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show. The car is similar to a RAV4 in design, but rides lower and has a yoke steering wheel. The new EV is one of 15 the company plans to make by 2025. See more stories on Insider's business page. Toyota debuted its new all-electric SUV concept car on Monday at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show.The Toyota bZ4X is the first electric car under the company's new Beyond Zero (bZ) lineup of cars with zero carbon emissions....
Tags: Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Japan, News, China, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Ford, Toyota, Electric Car, Ford Mustang Mach, Toyota Toyota, Shanghai Auto Show, Toyota RAV4, Tech Insider


2022 Nissan NISMO GT-R Special Edition Flaunts Exclusivity

  The 2022 Nissan NISMO GT-R Special Edition was unveiled today in Japan. How much more exclusive can a limited-edition sports car be? It turns out this GT-R is pretty distinctive. It’s not just a badge and some decals that sets it apart.   First, it’s painted a NISMO-exclusive color called Stealth Gray. Rays 20-inch […] The post 2022 Nissan NISMO GT-R Special Edition Flaunts Exclusivity appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Design, Technology, Media, Marketing, Global, Autos, Japanese, Sales And Marketing, Nissan, Special Edition, Branding, Flagship, Sports Car, Nismo, Enthusiasm


Toyota taps Apex.AI for its autonomous vehicle operating system

Automakers shifting to all-electric and tech-laden vehicles have discovered that software — and more aptly software that is free of bugs and can be updated wirelessly — has become a consistent speed bump on the road to attracting customers. It is an issue that plagued Volkswagen’s launch of its all-electric VW ID.3, the 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.  Apex.AI, a startup founded by Bosch veterans and automated systems engineers Jan Becker and Dejan Pangercic, has spent fo...
Tags: Transportation, Japan, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Vw, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Volkswagen, Volvo, Sdk, Bosch, Becker, Ford Mustang Mach, Jan Becker, TÜV Nord


2022 Nissan GT-R Nismo Shows Off Its New Naked Carbon Bonnet

The new GT-R Nismo will be launched in Japan later this year, with a new special-edition model and cosmetic tweaks
Tags: Japan, Autos, Nissan, GT R Nismo


Made-in-India Suzuki Gixxer 250 Updated for MY2021 in Japan

Made-in-India Suzuki Gixxer 250 was launched in Japan last year. The...
Tags: Japan, India, Autos


Elderly Man Drove Car for 1 KM With Woman Atop Hood

An elderly man is said to have drove his vehicle with a woman forcibly splayed across the hood for over 1 km, the result of a dispute they had as the woman tried to stop the elderly man from driving by her. Taking place in Ibaraki’s Kasama City, a 78-year-old man was learned to have […]
Tags: Japan, Crime, Cars, Bizarre, Anime, Old People, Ibaraki, Kasama City



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