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Hype: Lexus Teases The Headlight Of Their New Concept. Backs It Up With Three Sentences. Seriously.

Posted on 10.21.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The month of teasers continues!  Today we have a teaser of a concept that Lexus is bringing to the Tokyo Motor Show this year and this may just win the award for the most vague teaser ever.  Generally speaking when OEMs release teaser images we at least get a hint of a body panel or the full car’s silhouette.  However this teaser is almost exclusively just a headlight.  There are very small hints of a front vender and hood but really the star of this photo is the headlight.

Believe it or not it gets more vague as the press release to accompany the teaser image is only three sentences!  Also, none of those sentences detail anything about the teaser image in question.  Really Lexus?  A headlight and three sentences?  I get that you want to keep things under wraps but if you are going to get people excited for your concept you gotta give us more than a headlight.  If a headlight is all you have then give us at least one sentence that hints to what is being teased!

The only thing about this that provides any insight is the title of the release which is “Lexus’ Vision of Progressive Luxury.”  Which tells us that this will be a luxury car but given that Lexus is a luxury brand I think most people would have figured that out anyway.


Admittedly it seems like I am being mostly negative about this but I am genuinely interested in what this concept will look like and what it will represent.  And to be totally fair, even though all Lexus gave us is a headlight I will admit it is a cool looking headlight.  I’m just giving them a hard time because I think the “teaser” strategy is becoming too obligatory.  I’d rather an OEM not say anything about what they plan to reveal at an auto show and surprise everyone than put out an incredibly vague image and press release just because its part of the current marketing playbook and this is coming from someone with a marketing degree!

Anyhow, what do you think this concept will be all about?  We have very little to go on so its open season on speculation here.  Could this be a new super luxury sedan?  SUV? Crossover? A hybrid?  Maybe a replacement for the CT200h?  Click the thumbnail for a bigger picture of this radical headlight and let us know your theories in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Oh and if you didn’t believe me about the press release you can see it for yourself in its entirety below.

Press Release:

October 21, 2015
See it all here, at 13:45 (JST) on October 28th.What do you want to see and know about most from the Lexus booth? Tell us by using hashtag #LexusInTokyo and you may receive an image or video reply from Lexus.

Learn more at: http://www.lexus-int.com/motorshow/2015-tokyo-motor-show/

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Hype: Scion Teases New Concept To Debut At LA Auto Show. We Know Exactly What It Isn’t.

Posted on 10.06.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


While normally this is the time that OEMs reveal teaser images for their SEMA builds, Scion is getting a Jump on the Auto Show season by revealing a teaser image of a new concept car that will make its debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show.  As you may remember a few years ago Scion revealed the concept that eventually turned into the new iA and iM production cars and Scion has promised that it would be releasing several new cars over the next few years so this announcement is not much of a surprise.

However the mystery is what the heck this thing will end up looking like and ultimately becoming.  I personally have no idea.  But, I think I know what not to expect.  Here is my short list of what this concept probably isn’t:

  • It probably isn’t the future replacement for the FR-S.  The FR-S is still selling like hot cakes as is.  No need to refresh it yet.
  • It probably isn’t another hatch back.  Scion just released the iM which fills the hatch back slot in their line up.
  • It is definitely not a time-machine.  Only Delorean’s can do that remember?

OK, OK its easy to play it safe by guessing what I think this concept wont be so I will man up and make a few guesses at what it could be:

  • It could be a cross-over SUV.  Its something that Scion hasn’t done yet and would be appealing to their target audience, the “urban” individual.
  • It could be a new front-wheel drive coupe.  The Scion tC is pretty long in the tooth at this point.  This is a good time to replace it with something new.
  • It could be a plug-in hybrid or full electric car.  Because, why not?

Obviously everything I’ve guessed on both sides could be totally wrong but speculation is fun!  The world will find out with certainty what this concept really is once it gets closer to its debut at the LA Auto Show this year.  Actually it will probably be before that during the obligatory before the “fill in the blank” auto show internet leak/reveal” period that happens before every major show.


Ether way, as soon as I know what it is I will let you guys know.  In the meantime you can click the thumbnail for a larger version of the teaser image and/or you could read the incredibly short and vague press release below to see if you can CSI any hidden details.

What do you think this new Scion concept will ultimately end up being?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

Third New Vehicle for Scion’s Youth Brand

TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Following the recent introduction of the Scion iM 5-door hatchback and the sporty Scion iA sedan, the youth division of Toyota is preparing to further expand its lineup with a third all-new vehicle, beginning in 2017. The world debut of the next Scion concept will take place at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov. 18-19, 2015.

About Scion

Scion continues to be the test laboratory division for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. From its start in 2003, Scion’s goal was to offer products and processes that stand apart from the crowd. Scion offers distinctive vehicles that reflect owners’ passions with a model line-up that includes the all-new iM five-door hatchback, the all-new iA sports sedan, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, the tC sports coupe, and the FR-S rear-wheel drive sports car. Scion also appeals to a youthful audience by offering a simple, no-haggle buying experience and by engaging with potential customers in meaningful and creative ways. For more information, visit www.scion.com.



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Hype: Mitsubishi Bids Farewell To The Lancer Evo With “Final Edition”

Posted on 10.05.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

If you’re an 80s kid like me then that means you were around in the early 90s when DC Comics decided to kill Superman.  I wasn’t into comic books back then but I was still pretty sad about it.  I mean it was Superman right?  He is an icon, a legend who has fought many battles and nearly always come out on top.  When I heard that Mitsubishi is ending production on the Lancer Evolution those feelings were brought back.  Another iconic superhero is being killed off.  However, Mitsubishi knows that the Evo means as much to the fans as it does to them so in order to give their rally fighting legend a proper send off they are releasing a special “Final Edition.”

This limited edition Lancer Evo is a mix of features and items from both the GSR and MR although it is mostly based off the GSR trim.  The engine output is boosted to 303HP which is a bit higher than the GSR and a 5ft-lbs of torque increase.  The suspension is upgraded to Bilstein shocks with Eibach springs all around.  The two front wheels get the big Brembo brake package normally reserved for the MR and at the corners are dark chrome finished Enkei wheels.  The middle of the front bumper, hood scoop, and other accents have been finished in gloss black to add contrast to either of the 4 available colors: new Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Gray, and Octane Blue.

Interior mods include a numbered plaque (only 1,600 models will be produced), black leather, and red stitching accents.  For a “Final Edition” I was hoping they would go a bit more free and loose with the performance numbers.  Perhaps something closer to the 430+ horsepower concept they showed off in Tokyo a while back.  But all things considered this model is a decent farewell.

Oh, and remember how I mentioned the death of Superman earlier?  Well, obviously Superman didn’t stay dead.  Here is hoping the same will be true for the Evo…

For more info about the Final Edition Lancer Evolution check out the press release below.  For pictures just click on any of the thumbnails you see for larger versions.  Finally, how do you feel about this?  Are you sad that the Lancer Evo is going away? Or do you think that the Evo should have been killed off long ago?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

  • The Final Edition is based off the current GSR model featuring new enhancements and increases to horsepower and torque

  • Only 1,600 units will be sold in the U.S. market, each marked by a numbered plaque


October 05, 2015 — CYPRESS, Calif. — Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today announced the details of the limited-production 2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition. Arguably the originator of the four-door sports car genre, the Lancer Evolution has seen ten generations – three of which were sold in the U.S. over 12 years. To send it off in style, Mitsubishi Motors will offer 1,600 numbered Final Edition models to the U.S. market with a MSRP of $37,995.

The Lancer Evolution Final Edition is based off the current GSR model, with exterior and interior enhancements not previously offered on the GSR. The heart of the Final Edition is a 5-speed transmission paired with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0L engine, producing 303 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 305 lb-ft torque at 4,000 rpm. Performance is further enhanced by use of lightweight two-piece Brembo® brake rotors up front, accompanied by Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs at all four corners. As with all 2015 Lancer Evolutions, the Final Edition model features Mitsubishi’s innovative and unmatched Super All-Wheel control system.

The Final Edition model receives exterior upgrades including a Final Edition badge in the rear, black painted aluminum roof, dark chrome painted Enkei® alloy wheels, gloss black center bumper and hood air outlet and dark chrome front grille surround. Final Edition models will be offered in four colors: new Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Gray and Octane Blue.

Inside, a numbered plaque on the center console denotes each of the 1,600 units created. In addition, Final Edition models receive a black headliner, pillars, sun visors and assist handles, and red accent stitching for sport seats, steering wheel, shift knob, console lid, floormats and e-brake handle.

“With its incredible combination of power, agility and Super All-Wheel Control, the Lancer Evolution is one of the most well-known sports sedans and is revered by ‘gearheads’ around the globe,” said MMNA executive vice president, Don Swearingen. “The Final Edition model pays homage to Evo’s remarkable place in automotive history and takes it one step further as the most powerful mass-production Lancer Evolution ever built.”

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Hype: Mazda Will Reveal New KOERU Sports Car Concept In Tokyo.

Posted on 09.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


A while back the top brass at Mazda assured us that the rotary engine would never really go away.  Although, as time went on Mazda has yet to make anything with the prefix “RX” in front of it leading many to believe that perhaps the dream really was over.  However, we may have a new spark of hope in the form of Mazda’s new “KOERU” sports car concept that they are set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Mazda released this teaser image (sorry for the grain but we had to up-res the photo) late yesterday to get the speculation mill turning.  Mazda said that the aim of the KOERU sports car design was to create a “modern look” while “condensing Mazda’s sports car history” into its design.  While not very much of the car is visible in the teaser shot it is still easy to see what Mazda is talking about.  The KOERU’s main line and curves all give off a very classic almost Jaguar-esque feel.  Although the rear quarter panels and curves of the tail lights remind me very much of the legendary third-generation RX-7.  Either way, I very much like what I see so far and it also gives me hope that we’ll see this as a production car some day with a rotary under the hood.

I’ll explain my theory a bit: I realize that this is just a concept and its very possible that this car will never be produced and is simply a design exercise.  However, I’d like to note a few things before I’m called a conspiracy theorist.  First, in the last decade or so, pretty much every concept that Mazda released with the exception of the “Furai”, has become a production car.  So, that is what leads me to believe this car has a very good shot at production.  What makes me think that this could be the next rotary is the fact that Mazda will be displaying a 1967 Cosmo Sport 110S next to the KOERU.  For those of you who don’t know, the Cosmo is the first rotary powered sports car Mazda ever built.  Hmm, Mazda’s first rotary being displayed next to a new sports car concept that is meant to pay tribute to Mazda’s sports car history…  Seems to me that Mazda is dropping a big hint here!

In addition to the KOERU sports car concept and the Cosmo, Mazda will also have a few MX-5’s on display including a Global MX-5 Cup spec car, a MX-5 NR-A which is described as having “party one-make race accessories”, and a special needs MX-5 that features a full suite of Hand Controls for physically challenged who do not have use of their legs.  All together Mazda’s booth should be a pretty fun place to visit.

For more info you can check out Mazda’s sparse press release below.  What do you think of the KOERU sports car concept?  Do you think this will be Mazda’s next rotary powered car?  Or do you think Mazda is just horribly trolling us all?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

Company highlighting driving joy with the slogan “Accelerate toward our dreams”

  • Tokyo Motor Show exhibit to feature Mazda KOERU, Cosmo Sport 110S and more


Hiroshima / Leverkusen, 30 September 2015. In another world premiere, Mazda will unveil a new sports car concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, which opens its doors to the media on 28 October and the public from 30 October to 8 November.

Despite its modern look, Mazda’s latest creation clearly embodies the carmaker’s lineage. Designers strove to condense the company’s sports car history to as great a degree as possible into this concept. True to the theme of the carmaker’s stand – “Accelerate toward our dreams” – Mazda is also highlighting the brand’s unique approach to the joy of driving. A special motor-sport exhibition will feature two racing-spec Mazda MX-5s, while the fabled 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S – the company’s first rotary powered mass-production model – compliments a display of Mazda’s convention-defying engineering legacy. The Mazda KOERU, a crossover SUV concept that debuted in Frankfurt in September, will be among the 14 models on hand at the Mazda stand alongside its award-winning model line-up featuring SKYACTIV Technology and KODO – Soul of Motion designs.

At SMART MOBILITY CITY, a regular feature of the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda will showcase safety technologies such as its innovative human machine interface, omnidirectional sensing concept, and systems developed according to the Mazda Proactive Safety philosophy. The latter aims to enhance peace of mind and driving fun by helping drivers recognise potential hazards and exercise good judgment when operating the vehicle.

Mazda’s press conference takes place at 08:30 on 28 October.

Reference exhibits Mazda sports car concept model (world premiere)
Mazda KOERU (Japan premiere)*
Mazda MX-5 Global Cup racing spec model
Mazda MX-5 NR-A (with race accessories)**
Mazda MX-5 special needs vehicle with hand controls**
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S (introduced in 1967)
Models currently available Mazda MX-5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5, Mazda6, Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda Flair Wagon (with wheelchair ramp)**
Technology exhibits SKYACTIV-G 2.5, SKYACTIV-D 2.2, SKYACTIV-D 1.5

*  On display until 3 November.
** On display from 30 October.

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Hype: Honda Reveals Turbocharged 10th Generation Civic In LA.

Posted on 09.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

During an event at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles last night Honda revealed the 10th generation Civic to a crowd of journalist and other industry figure heads…except us…we weren’t invited…sad face.  Anyway, we’ll forgive Honda (this time) merely because this new Civic has us so interested.  First things first: the 10th gen Civic is sporting a complete exterior re-design which seems to align more with the design language used on the current Honda Accord (at least in the front anyway).  The rear features what I like to call “bracket” taillights since they appear to bracket the reverse lights.

The sharp, downward-angled hip line certainly makes the new Civic look slightly aggressive.  The 10th gen Civic is actually 2 inches wider and 1 inch lower than the current model which also aids in accomplishing its sporty look.  However, the back feels like its screaming for a subtle trunk spoiler but other than that the new Civic looks pretty good overall.

The interior has gone up a few notches and has a touch more class than the 9th gen Civic interior.  The crown jewel of the cabin is a 7 inch touchscreen which is the hub for all of the 10th gen Civic’s infotainment.  The new system is also completely compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play as well so most cell phone users are covered.

The big story are the new engine options:  a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated iVTEC engine that will be offered with a 6 speed manual or a CVT automatic, and the marquee turbocharged 1.5 liter iVTEC engine that looks to be offered only with the CVT automatic which is a bit unfortunate but most likely done for efficiency.  Speaking of efficiency Honda claims that both engines are targeting fuel economy of 40 mpg and that the turbocharged variant will be the most powerful engine offered in a “non-Si Civic”.  While that might seem vague that is because Honda hasn’t released any horsepower or torque numbers for either of the two new engines.  We’ll have to wait a bit longer for that.

If you are underwhelmed by any of the engine news remember that the Type R is still to come and that is where Honda let their engineers run wild.  For now though, I think this new Civic is a nice improvement over the previous gen and I am really impressed with Honda for giving turbochargers a shot in America.

For a better look at the new Civic just click on the thumbnails for an HD resolution sized photo.  For more info check out the press release below.  What do you think about the new Civic?  How do you like its looks?  What do you think about the new engine options?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

Two new powertrains, including first Honda turbo engine in U.S.

  • Available Honda Sensing™ technologies
  • Compatible with Apple CarPlay®, the smarter, simpler way to use your iPhone in the car
  • Also supports Android Auto™
  • New styling includes significant use of LED lighting
  • New platform and package yields largest cabin in compact class


Sep 16, 2015 – LOS ANGELES — Honda took to YouTube today to unveil an all-new, dynamically styled 10th-generation 2016 Civic Sedan, slated for sale in the U.S. this fall. With a more athletic stance and sportier driving position, the 2016 Civic Sedan is a new-from-the-ground-up design intended to recapture the sporty character of Civic while creating the world’s best compact car – setting a new benchmark in the mainstream compact class for fun-to-drive performance, safety performance and fuel efficiency, together with a new level of refinement.

The Civic Sedan is the first in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that will include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si models, a 5-door hatchback and the first-ever Civic Type-R model for the U.S. market, comprising the most diverse and innovative lineup in Civic’s 43-year history.

“This tenth-generation Civic is quite simply the most ambitious remake of Civic we’ve ever done,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “We are bringing more new technology and innovative thinking to Civic than ever before to establish a new benchmark for fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency, safety performance and refinement in the compact class.”

Backing up the new Civic’s dramatic and sporty design with new power and efficiency, for the first time the 2016 Civic will feature two all-new engines – including the first-ever application of Honda turbo engine technology in the U.S. These powerful and fuel-efficient new engines combine with a sophisticated new body and chassis design to deliver incredibly responsive and sporty performance with a higher level of ride refinement and class-leading fuel efficiency.

The 2016 Civic Sedan will be available with the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation and, for the first time in a Honda, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow – bringing new value to the compact segment.

Further, the 2016 Civic lineup joins the freshened 2016 Accord in offering advanced smartphone integration with a new, 7-inch high-definition Display Audio touchscreen, offering tech-savvy customers a more advanced and intuitive connected-car experience.

Apple CarPlay® takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps. Apple CarPlay® is compatible with iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later.

Android Auto™ was designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way through touch and voice to minimize the potential for distraction so the driver can stay focused on the road. Compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, Android Auto features Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous popular apps.

Sporty Civic Design
The dramatic and sporty new Civic design is grounded in its more athletic stance and low and wide proportions. Compared to the current model, the 2016 Civic Sedan is nearly 2 inches wider and 1 inch lower with a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase, featuring a more compact and sporty front overhang, a longer, more aggressively sculpted hood and fastback-style tail.

The taut and tidy proportions of the new Civic Sedan are complemented and accentuated by refined design details, including sleek and swept-back bodylines, a sharp and aggressive face and bulging wheel arches. The new Civic’s more premium compact sedan character is also highlighted by its available LED exterior lighting, including new Honda LED headlights (in-line type), LED daytime running lights (standard) and distinctive C-shaped LED taillights (also standard).

“The new Civic really is the embodiment of our global design team’s goal of styling a dramatic form that follows and speaks to the dynamic function of this ambitious redesign,” said Jarad Hall, Senior Exterior Designer and project leader of the Civic Sedan, Honda R&D Americas. “The low and wide proportions, with the wheels pushed to the outmost corners, emphasize the Civic’s dynamic handling prowess and give the car a crouched and muscular look, like a tiger ready to pounce.”

Two All-new Engines
The 2016 Civic Sedan will feature two all-new, more powerful and fuel-efficient engines. Civic Sedan LX and EX trims will be powered by a 2.0-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder – the most powerful base engine ever offered on Civic – mated to either a 6-speed manual (LX trim) or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Civic Sedans in EX-T, EX-L trims and Touring trims will be powered by a 1.5-liter, direct-injected and turbocharged 16-valve DOHC inline-4, mated to a unique CVT, delivering a new level of responsiveness in this capacity class of turbocharged engine.

The new 1.5-liter powerplant is the first turbocharged engine on a U.S. Honda model and the most powerful engine ever offered on a non-Si Civic in America. Both engines will offer top-in-class performance and fuel efficiency, and are targeted to receive EPA highway fuel economy ratings in excess of 40 mpg. Additional powertrain details and specifications will be announced closer to launch.

Advanced and Sporty New Body and Chassis
The 2016 Civic will set a new standard for dynamic handling, steering, ride quality and cabin quietness in the compact class, courtesy of its all new platform, featuring the most rigid and tightly sealed body and the most sophisticated chassis in Civic history.

Advancing the sporty character of this all-new Civic is its more sporty driving position, with a one-inch lower hip point compared to the current car. The lower hip point is enabled by the new Civic’s lower floor and engine and its all-new suspension design. The new Civic chassis features a redesigned strut front suspension and a new multi-link rear suspension mounted to an ultra-rigid rear subframe.

Torsional rigidity of the new body is improved by 25 percent, aided in part by more intensive use of ultra-high-strength steel. Twelve percent of the unit body is made of ultra-high-strength steel, up from 1percent on the current model. Aerodynamic efficiency is improved by 12 percent to class-leading levels, in part through the use of full underbody covers—a Civic first. Despite its larger size, the new Civic unit body is 68 pounds lighter than before, while new body-sealing techniques result in a 58-percent reduction in cabin air leaks. Class-leading cabin quietness is further improved by the use of premium noise-reducing features, including a flush-mounted acoustic glass windshield, a more tightly sealed engine compartment and triple-sealed doors.

To achieve the Civic development team’s high targets for dynamic performance and refined ride quality, the new Civic Sedan utilizes hydraulic compliance bushings, a technology typically reserved for more expensive vehicles, aiding the isolation of road vibration. Additional new chassis technologies include variable gear ratio steering, beefier front and rear stabilizer bars and standard 4-wheel disc brakes, along with the application of new Agile Handling Assist brake-torque vectoring technology for more precise and agile cornering.

Spacious, Sophisticated and Advanced Cabin
The new Civic interior is designed to offer the most comfortable, sophisticated and premium-feeling cabin in the compact class. An additional 3.7 cubic feet of interior space translates into the largest cabin in the compact segment with 2 inches of added rear-seat legroom versus the outgoing model. In front, new ultra-thin front roof pillars enable class-leading forward visibility; and at the rear, trunk space has been increased by 2.6 cubic feet with a lower liftover height, larger opening and wider and taller cargo area. Civic Sedan EX and above trims will feature a 60/40 split and folding rear seat.

The 2016 Civic Sedan offers customers more premium features than ever before. New standard equipment includes automatic climate control – dual-zone on EX-L and higher trims; auto-up/down front power windows; an electronic parking brake with Brake Hold; Walk-Away auto door locks and an adjustable driver’s seat thigh support with 14 degrees of tilt (EX-L and above). All Civic Sedan models also feature a larger, reconfigurable new center console with up to 7.2 liters of secure storage space, approaching SUV levels of console utility.

The new Civic interior strikes a more premium tone with high-quality materials and high-contrast finishes. These include a new one-piece, soft-touch instrumental panel with molded stitching; more premium seat fabrics; a new full-color TFT center meter (EX and above trims); a center console with piano black finish and high-contrast sliver bezel; door inserts with live stitching; an LED shift indicator and LED overhead lighting; and for EX and higher trims, a leather shift boot. Upper grades offer even more premium features, including an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power front passenger’s seat, heated front and rear seats and heated side mirrors.

Civic Manufacturing
Civic Sedans for the North American market will be produced at the company’s Greensburg, Indiana and Alliston, Ontario, Canada auto plants. The new Civic’s 2.0-liter and 1.5-liter turbo engines will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio, and the vehicle’s two automatic transmissions (CVTs) will be sourced from Honda plants in Russells Point, Ohio, and Celaya, Mexico.

The new Civic utilizes numerous new manufacturing processes and technologies to advance quality, efficiency and fun-to-drive performance – the result of new investment in Honda automobile and engine plants in North America. This includes the addition of the company’s innovative new inner-frame weld body construction process in both Indiana and Canada, a system first utilized for production of the 2015 Honda Fit. This new general weld system creates a more lightweight, rigid and strong body structure that helps enable the Civic’s class-leading fuel efficiency, outstanding safety performance and fun-to-drive experience.

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Frankfurt 2015: Honda’s Tourer Active Life Concept Is Pretty Fresh

Posted on 09.10.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is about a week away and the OEMs are starting to roll out their pre-event interweb reveals.  There have already been a few but none of them really caught my eye until today when Honda showed off their Civic Tourer Active Life Concept which is really just another way to say “Civic wagon for people who love to ride bikes.”

The Active Life Concept, err I am just going to start calling it the “AFC” for the rest of this post if that’s ok.  Anyhow, the AFC utilizes all of its cargo space to house specialized “smart” bike racks that can accommodate two bikes and a retractable arm meant to hold bikes in place during maintenance.

The AFC also has an integrated air pump to refill tires, an extendable awning for shade, integrated tool boxes, bottle holders, and a large light in the back so that riders can see what their doing when they are loading or working on their bikes.  There is also an aerodynamically designed roof storage box for extra odds and ends needed for a cycling trip.

All that stuff is dope, especially for anyone who is a serious cyclist but what got my attention are the AFC’s sleek looks and the sweet two tone blue and black paint scheme.

Sadly if this car gets produced it probably won’t be sold in the United States since its foundation, the Civic Tourer isn’t sold in the states.  Which is really weird because I think the Civic Tourer would probably sell a lot better than that weird lookin’ Crosstour Accord!

Anyway, what do you think of the Tourer Active Life Concept?  If they produced it would you buy one?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.  To see bigger photos of the Active Life Concept just click on any of the thumbnail pictures in this post.  For more info check out the press release below.

Press Release:

  • Civic Tourer Active Life Concept makes its debut

  • GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title-holding Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC on display on Honda stand


Honda will reveal the Civic Tourer “Active Life Concept” at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, underlining the Tourer’s class leading cargo space and versatility within the C-segment. The Concept study shows that style and space can work together; a custom paint colour further enhances the sleek and sporty exterior and an accessorised interior demonstrates the Concept’s suitability for an active lifestyle and the needs of its customers.

Utilising the unique centre fuel tank layout, the Civic Tourer Active Life Concept makes full use of its 1668 litres* trunk space and a low loading height. Features include a smart loading rack capable of transporting two bicycles, along with a retractable arm which can be extended from the rack, making maintenance and repairs easier. Other maintenance accessories include a built in integrated air pump, a large light located on the tailgate, an extended shade area and a retractable bench making the Concept an ideal vehicle for cycling enthusiasts. Further accessories include a toolbox, bottle holder, water tank and a front wheel holder which are all integrated within the trunk side lining. Other clever storage solutions include a special aero shape roof box designed to accommodate essential cycling accessories such as shoes and helmets.

The dynamic exterior styling of the Civic Tourer Active Life Concept reflects the sporty and active lifestyle of the customer; featuring a custom blue paint finish with a lower gun metallic gradation and a silver roofline which help accentuate the Civic Tourer’s sleek styling and aerodynamic design. New 18-inch alloy wheels and a custom design rear bumper further highlight the

Civic Tourer’s sporty characteristics.

The interior also features a customised theme; blue stitching can be found on the steering wheel and on the gear shift, along with a sporty black roof lining, which is also found on the Civic Sport and Civic Type R.

The front seats combine both suede and leather and feature a carbon tape with blue piping that runs along the centre and along the upper outer areas of the seat, continuing into the suede door lining.

Of course, space doesn’t have to come at the cost of efficiency, and to demonstrate that belief, and proving in emphatic terms the efficiency of the new i-DTEC engines from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, the Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC recently set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for fuel efficiency. The 25-day ‘real-world’ challenge in June saw the car average 2.82 litres per 100km (100.31mpg) in a 13,498km (8,387 mile) drive across 24 contiguous EU countries.

See the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title-holding Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC and the Civic Tourer Active Life Concept as well as Honda’s new model range displayed at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show at stand B11 in Hall 9.0 (15-16 September).

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Hype: Subaru Bringing Limited Edition Color “Hyperblue” To BRZ And WRX STi.

Posted on 07.01.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The BRZ and the new WRX STi aren’t exactly long in the tooth but who says that something needs to be stale before it deserves a little shake up?  Subaru has decided that they want to throw a new super limited edition color at the BRZ and the STi dubbed “Hyper Blue”.  The hue is a much lighter shade than the “World Rally Blue Pearl” that we are used to seeing on Suby’s models.  Only 700 WRX STi cars and 500 BRZ cars will be sprayed with the new color for the US Market.  Both cars will feature color matched interior stitching and other accents to go with the new exterior color.

There is no mention on if a higher MSRP will accompany the new paint job but considering the limited numbers I think it would be safe to bet that these models will have a decent mark up on them when they hit dealerships this fall.  For more info check out the official press release below.  You can also click on the thumbnails for HD resolution pictures.   What do you think of the new color?  Love it?  Hate it?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

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Press Release:

  • Limited to 700 WRX STI & 500 BRZ

  • BRZ receives upgraded SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia

  • Rear Vision Camera now standard on BRZ

  • Exclusive Hyper Blue exterior paint and interior trims


Cherry Hill, N.J. –   Subaru of America, Inc. has announced the 2016 Series.HyperBlue limited edition available exclusively on BRZ and WRX STI models. As a follow up to the 2015 Series.Blue BRZ, the 2016 Series.HyperBlue cars feature exterior paint in Subaru’s exclusive Hyper Blue with matching interior trim. Production will be limited to 700 WRX STI and 500 BRZ cars for the United States. Vehicles will go on sale this Fall.

Series.Hyper.Blue WRX STI
Powered by the legendary 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged/intercooled BOXER engine, the WRX STI helped to pioneer the sport compact segment with a rally-bred drivetrain and Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Standard handling technologies include Active Torque Vectoring, Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control and a Brembo® Performance Brake System with Super Sport ABS.

The Series.HyperBlue trim brings exclusive blue stitching to the standard Alcantara® seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, manual transmission shifter boot, console as well as carpeted floor mats with the traditional Cherry Red STI logo. Series.HyperBlue WRX STI wears 18-inch BBS® Black Alloy wheels and black badging with black painted exterior mirrors. SUBARU STARLINK 7.0” Multimedia Navigation System comes standard on this trim with 9 Harman/Kardon® speakers and 440-watt amplifier.

The WRX STI is equipped exclusively with a specially reinforced 6-speed manual transmission. A flat-bottom, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel integrates switches for audio and Bluetooth. The STI Design electroluminescent gauge panel integrates a 3.5-in. central LCD screen that displays various functions such as windshield washer fluid and the selected gear.

The Series.HyperBlue models come standard with Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and PIN Code Access. Standard Welcome Lighting automatically turns on interior illumination and exterior lights as the driver approaches or departs the car.

Series.HyperBlue BRZ

The Subaru BRZ marked a return to the fundamentals of sports car design, emphasizing low vehicle weight, an ultra-low center of gravity and precision steering. A 200-horsepower 2.0-liter BOXER engine powers all BRZ models.

For 2016, the BRZ receives the STARLINK 6.2” Multimedia System with a 6.2-in. single-touch gesture display, AM/FM stereo with HD Radio®, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Radio Data Broadcast System, single-disc CD player, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod® control, iTunes® Tagging, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack. Smartphone integration features Aha™ and Pandora®, along with STARLINK cloud applications iHeartRadio®, Stitcher, Calendar, Music Player, News and Weather. New for 2016, the BRZ receives standard rear vision camera.

The Series.HyperBlue BRZ cabin features an exclusive design scheme. The leather and Alcantara upholstery includes Hyper blue leather seat bolsters and head restraints. Blue stitching accents the seats and the blue and black leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as the shift lever boot and leather-wrapped parking brake handle. The blue motif carries to the center console kneepads and door trim, accented by an embroidered silver BRZ logo on the front seatbacks. Carpeted floor mats also pick up the BRZ logo and blue stitching.

The exterior continues the Series.HyperBlue theme with 17-inch black alloy wheels, black glossy badging and painted black finish exterior mirrors. A frameless day/night rear-view mirror and simulated carbon fiber center dash panel add a high-tech look, and the finishing touch is an illuminated engine start / stop button.

Pricing on these models will be announced this Fall.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants, and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit media.subaru.com.

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Motorsport Hype: Lexus Builds RC-F GT Concept To Tackle Pikes Peak

Posted on 06.22.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


What happens when you combine Lexus’ IS-F CCS-R Pikes Peak car with a RC-F GT3 car?  You get the RC-F GT concept.  An RC-F coupe built and bred specifically to take on the 156 perilous corners of Pike’s Peak.  Lexus has tapped automotive media darling and hot shoe Justin Bell to pilot their RC-F GT up the peak this year and Bell will have a full arsenal of weapons to use in his hill climb attack.  The RC-F GT has just shy of 470HP, weighs 800lbs less than the street going model thanks to a diet of carbon fiber, and will stick to the road thanks to some Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD tires.

I’m not sure what the team’s target time is for the hill climb or exactly what class the RC-F GT will enter but the one thing that is certain is that Justin Bell is likely to have buckets full of fun piloting this thing to the peak.  Hopefully, we’ll get some tasty video of this thing in action at which I will share with you all!  In the meantime click the thumbnail below for pictures and for official specs see the press release below as well.

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Press Release:

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 22, 2015) – On June 28th, Lexus will compete in the Time Attack class of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The luxury automaker will be campaigning the all-new RC F GT Concept, a vehicle that builds upon the legacy of the IS F CCS-R vehicles that last competed at Pikes Peak in 2013. This historic event, now in its 93rd running, is a race against the clock that tests man and machine with the changing elements, altitude, and a treacherous 12.42 mile, 156 turn course that winds up the peak from 9,390 feet up to the 14,115 foot summit.

The new Lexus will be piloted up the mountain by British driving ace, 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, and automotive media personality Justin Bell. “With very little time behind the wheel, the RC F GT Concept has already proven fast and easy to drive, very much like the production models, actually. We expect the race car will only pick up pace as we engage more testing, tuning, and data acquisition on the mountain”, said Bell. A seasoned driver in a wide range of vehicles, Bell will bring his vast experience and knowledge to bear on the development side of the RC F GT Concept.

Serving as much more than a mere competition vehicle, the new RC F GT Concept represents  a pivotal piece of the Lexus F brand motorsports effort along with the forthcoming global GT3 program. Much like the IS F CCS-R vehicles whose efforts in motorsports helped develop key components such as the engine and transmission for the 2015 RC F, the new GT Concept program will continue to elaborate on the F brand’s performance mission, allowing Lexus engineers to experiment with prototype components, tuning ideas, settings, and software development.

A focused race car involving a high level of composite materials, the RCF GT Concept weighs about 800 lbs. less (3130 lbs.) than the street version, while retaining the same engine and transmission as the production RC F, though states of tune are adjusted for the competition environment. With RC F GT Concept, engineers can test the engine, transmission and chassis components in various conditions, experimenting with different tuning ideas, settings and software.

“The continued evolution of the F brand remains a top priority for Lexus, and motorsports provide us an outstanding opportunity to develop more than concepts and components for F brand products. Our niche line of high performance products are geared toward enthusiast drivers, and also make a very strong statement about Lexus’ engineering capabilities. Competition efforts like Pikes Peak help nurture a performance engineering culture and ideology that will have the greatest influence of future F brand products”, said Jeff Bracken group Vice President and General Manager Lexus division.

RC F GT Concept 

Curb weight 3130 lbs. (1420 kgs.)
Engine displacement 5.0 Liter
Horsepower/torque 467+ Hp at 7100 rpm/ 390+ lbs.-ft at 4800 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase 107.4 inches (2730 mm)
Overall Length 189.2 inches (4805 mm)
Overall Width 77.8 inches (1915 mm)
Overall Height 53.4 (1357 mm)
Weight Reduction Carbon fiber construction of: hood, roof, trunk lid, door panels, front and rear over fenders, front canards, rear spoiler, interior trim and dashboard. Polycarbonate window.
Tires Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08R 265/40R18
Yokohama ADVAN A005 280/680R18



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Hype: GReddy Now Taking Pre-Orders On Rocket Bunny V2 “Boss” Conversion For Nissan S14

Posted on 05.27.15 | Andrew Beckford 1 Comment


Love them or hate them, Rocket Bunny aero kits are what all the “cool children” are doing right now.  Just about every popular platform has a Rocket Bunny kit available and in some cases, several.  The latest Rocket Bunny kit to come out of TRA Kyoto is for the Nissan S14 (95-98 240SX).  Its actually the second kit for the S14.  The first (V1) kit was just about making things wider.  This new kit not only widens the S14’s stance but converts the front end into something completely different from what Nissan had in mind when they originally designed the car.

The Rocket Bunny V2 kit essentially converts the S14 into a very “muscle car” looking vehicle.  In fact the V2 kit’s nickname is the “Boss” conversion.  Perhaps that is a reference to the Boss 302 Mustang, yet this conversion actually resembles something closer to a Plymouth Barracuda.  To make things even more punk rock, the kit actually eliminates the rear bumper all together for a big rear diffuser.  The OEM bumper may still fit on the car but don’t quote us on that.

If this new Rocket Bunny aero kit stirs your lemonade, you can pre-order the V2 Boss conversion right now from GReddy.  The complete FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) kit which includes: a front lip, front bumper, hood, front fenders, grill, headlight mounts, headlights, side skirts, rear “duck tail” wing, rear fenders, and rear diffuser will set you back $4,380.  The conversion requires turn signals from an S13 and aren’t included in the package.

What do you think of the new Rocket Bunny V2 aero kit?  Do you like the muscle car conversion look?  Do you hate it?  Are you tired of Rocket Bunny kits or do you want to Rocket Bunny all the things?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.  For more pictures of the Boss conversion just click the thumbnails.

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[Source: GReddy.com]

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Hype Event: Scion Invites Industry Influencers And Media For A Casual Intro To The New Scion iM & iA

Posted on 05.19.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Usually, when a OEM introduces a new car to their line up the occasional is marked with pomp and circumstance in the form of a big event at some even bigger auto show with lights and cameras.  Scion tends to do things differently.  To celebrate their upcoming new models the iM and the iA Scion invited a group of industry influencers, car crews, and media out to the Toyota mothership campus for a private but casual car show.  Knowing that many influencers enjoy various types of cars Scion even encouraged owners of classic cars, low riders, and exotic cars to come out.  How cool is that?  Even cooler was the line up of food trucks serving up some pretty delicious fare.

A few aftermarket staple companies were on hand as well like GReddy and TEIN.  Formula Drift drivers Ken Gushi and Ryan Tuerck made an appearance and most importantly attendees had a chance to get up close and personal with the new Scion iA and iM.  I was lucky enough to get invited to the event thanks our friends at MotorMavens so of course I brought my trusty camera and whipped up a nice gallery for you!  Check it out below but make sure you are logged into your Facebook account to view it!

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