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Mazda SkyACTIV-R rotary engine: for RX sports car only; no platform sharing with MX-5
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Mazda SkyACTIV-R rotary engine: for RX sports car only; no platform sharing with MX-5

According to Mazda the development of it new SkyACTIV-R rotary engine will be strictly used for its top of the range RX sports car, which itself will use an entirely new platform instead of sharing that of the newly released MX-5. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Tokyo Motor Show today, Mazda’s global boss of R&D, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, confirmed the rotary engine is primarily for its range-topping sports car, however other applications are still possible...


Mazda SkyACTIV-R rotary engine: turbo inevitable, no electrification
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Mazda SkyACTIV-R rotary engine: turbo inevitable, no electrification

Mazda says the just announced rotary engine will first be introduced without any electrification, in order to showcase the company’s expertise in this field. Speaking to the Australian media at the Tokyo Motor Show today, Mazda’s global boss of R&D, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, said that any initial release of the rotary engine would be without electrification, though he admitted turbocharging is on the agenda...


Yamaha Sports Ride coupe revealed in Tokyo: Two-door, carbonfibre coupe previews brand's four-wheeled future
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Yamaha Sports Ride coupe revealed in Tokyo: Two-door, carbonfibre coupe previews brand's four-wheeled future

Yamaha Motor, the company known better for its motorcycles, revealed an exciting two-seat concept coupe at today’s Tokyo motor show called the Sports Ride Concept. Billed as a design exercise for now, the Sports Ride Concept is said to take the “involved and active feeling of riding a motorcycle… into a vehicle with quintessential sports car proportions”...


Lexus LF-FC concept revealed: "Progressive luxury" styling showcased in Tokyo
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Lexus LF-FC concept revealed: "Progressive luxury" styling showcased in Tokyo

Lexus has pulled the wraps from the latest in its long-running ‘LF’ concept series, this time in the form of the long and loaded LF-FC limousine. The four-seat concept’s coming was first confirmed last week, but reports over the past year had hinted at plans to unveil a large hydrogen-fuelled luxury car - a description that perfectly matches the LF-FC’s intent...


Hyundai unveils new GDI engine for hybrids, eight-speed automatic
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Hyundai unveils new GDI engine for hybrids, eight-speed automatic

At the company's annual powertrain conference, Hyundai unveiled a new 1.6-litre engine that's been designed specifically to work in hybrid drivetrains. The new Kappa 1.6-litre direct-injection four-cylinder petrol motor (above) has been engineered specifically with hybrid and plug-in hybrid setups in mind...


New Volkswagen Phaeton to be full-electric, still years away
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New Volkswagen Phaeton to be full-electric, still years away

The next-generation Volkswagen Phaeton - which may be previewed by the C Coupe GTE concept shown here - will be an all-electric vehicle that will set the tone for the future of vehicles from the German brand. Speaking to the media at today’s Tokyo motor show, Volkswagen CEO of passenger cars, Herbert Diess, confirmed the next Phaeton will be available as an electric vehicle only, with the car’s launch pushed back even further amid the decision to go EV only...


Volkswagen: being number one no longer the 'first priority'
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Volkswagen: being number one no longer the 'first priority'

Volkswagen says that maintaining its position as the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer is no longer its primary focus, as it aims to win back the trust and confidence of its customers. Volkswagen overtook Toyota in the first eight months of this year as the world’s largest manufacturer of vehicles, a goal that it had hoped to achieve by 2018...


Mitsubishi confirms brand-new premium SUV model line for 2017
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Mitsubishi confirms brand-new premium SUV model line for 2017

Mitsubishi Motors will introduce an all-new small SUV model in 2017 to complement its existing lineup of soft-roaders that currently comprises the ASX and the Outlander. The new model, confirmed today to CarAdvice by MMC president and COO Tetsuro Aikawa, will sit in between the ASX and Outlander, and will be based on the same platform as the latter...


Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo revealed: ‘Urban transformer’ previews driverless future
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Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo revealed: ‘Urban transformer’ previews driverless future

Mercedes-Benz has pulled the wraps from its new Vision Tokyo concept today, revealing the latest in a growing list of futuristic show cars. Arriving on the heels of January’s F015 concept, the Vision Tokyo brings the same focus on lifestyle-oriented driverless electric vehicle technology, combined with sleek futuristic styling...


Subaru WRX STI S207 limited edition unveiled in Tokyo
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Subaru WRX STI S207 limited edition unveiled in Tokyo

The Subaru WRX STI S207 limited edition has just been unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo motor show. STI's boffins have coaxed more performance out of the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine used in the WRX STI. For the S207, power has been increased from 227kW to 241kW, while torque has been raised from 422Nm to 431Nm...


Volkswagen EA189 engine fix to have no effect on performance
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Volkswagen EA189 engine fix to have no effect on performance

Volkswagen says the fix to its emission cheating diesel cars should have no effect on performance, with the majority of cars expected to have nothing but a software update. Speaking to the media at today’s Tokyo motor show, Volkswagen’s CEO of passenger cars, Herbert Diess, said that his company’s aim is to maintain the same levels of performance while meeting the required emission laws that the EA189 engines cheated using defeat devices...


Volkswagen "still believes" in the future of diesel engines
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Volkswagen "still believes" in the future of diesel engines

Volkswagen says it’s still committed to diesel engines, despite the problems of its emissions cheating scandal. Speaking to the media at the Tokyo motor show today, the Volkswagen brand’s CEO of passenger cars, Herbert Diess, apologised for his company’s actions before stating to journalists that diesel engines still make sense for both emissions regulations and certain types of vehicles...


Porsche Macan GTS pricing and specifications: 0-100km/h in 5.2s, available now
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Porsche Macan GTS pricing and specifications: 0-100km/h in 5.2s, available now

Porsche has taken the wraps off the $109,500 (plus on-road costs) 2016 Porsche Macan GTS, launching as a petrol-powered model that sits in between the Macan S and Macan Turbo, capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 5.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono package...


Volkswagen "did some things that were wrong" says brand CEO; focus now on electric
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Volkswagen "did some things that were wrong" says brand CEO; focus now on electric

Volkswagen’s new CEO says the company’s emission cheating actions in relation to its diesel engines “went against everything” that the company stands for. Speaking to the media at the Tokyo motor show today, Volkswagen’s CEO of passenger cars, Dr Herbert Diess, admitted that Volkswagen “did some things that were wrong"...


Nissan IDS driverless EV revealed - Video: Is this the next Leaf?
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Nissan IDS driverless EV revealed - Video: Is this the next Leaf?

Nissan has unveiled what could be the first look at its next Leaf electric hatch, with the added wonder of autonomous driving thrown in: the IDS concept. Revealed at the 2015 Tokyo motor show today, the IDS takes much from Nissan’s latest styling language - as seen with the new Maxima and Murano, the facelifted Altima and the Sway concept - while pushing the look further with even sharper lines and and a seriously aerodynamic profile...