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VIDEO: Fifth Gear Hates the Honda CR-Z Mugen

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Honda CR-Z Mugen Concept
The Fifth Gear crew had anticipated a test drive of Honda’s Mugen-tuned CR-Z, expecting a sports hybrid that was faster and more enjoyable to drive than the standard CR-Z. What they got instead is a performance hybrid that’s still too slow, too fidgety around corners, and “harder to live with”. According to the Fifth Gear tester, it’s as if Honda is trying too hard to make the CR-Z appear to be something it isn’t.

The CR-Z Mugen is powered by a supercharged 197-hp 1.5L hybrid powertrain, which compares favorably to the normal model’s 122-hp. We’re still waiting for the final version to go on sale.

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New, 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Debuts As A Mazda2 With A Nose Job

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New, 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

It’s a Toyota by name only and a Mazda in just about every other way.

Toyota gas brought back the Yaris Hatchback to compliment the new Yaris sedan that went on sale in 2018.

Like the Yaris sedan, the new Yaris Hatchback is essentially a Mazda2 with a Toyota face. The interior and mechanical bits, as well as the rest of the exterior, are all Mazda.

The latest Mazda2 is a good car, so the fact that Toyota decide to rebadge it is not necessarily a bad thing.

For it’s 2020 model year, the Yaris Hatchback will be offered in LE and XLE trim levels, both with a 1.5L four-cylinder rated at 106 horsepower. Power is governed by a six-speed automatic transmission.

Yaris LE models come standard with a seven-inch Touchscreen display audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 16-inch alloy wheels, Smart Key Entry with Push Button Start, a rear backup camera, a first aid kit, and several other features.

Upgrading to the Yaris XLE gets you such extras as leatherette seating surfaces, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic LED headlamps, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle.

Manufactured by Mazda in Mexico alongside the Yaris sedan, the new 2020 Toyota Yaris goes on sale in the second half of 2019.

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Fiat 500L Goes Extra Black For 2019 With Urbana Edition

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2019 Fiat 500L Urbana Edition, black MPV

Yes, the 500L is still sold in North American, and it’s just gotten darker.

Fiat has brought back the Urbana Edition for the 2019 500L Trekking trim in hopes of enticing more people to buy the ostensibly forgotten five-door, five passenger MPV.

Outside, the 500L Urbana Edition comes with a blackout theme complete with dark 17-inch aluminum wheels, door handles, body-side moldings, fog lamps, side mirrors and fascias.

Buyers can choose from five exterior paint colors — Black, Bronzo Metallizato bronze, Bianco white, Grigio Scuro gray, and Verde Bosco green — four of which can be matched with a black contrasting roof.

Inside, the dashboard dons a copper 500 logo and the seats are upholstered in black leather with copper contrast stitching.

Power for the 500L Trekking comes exclusively from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 160 horsepower (119 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque, transmitted to the wheels by a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 500L has struggled to find success in the United States. Last year, Fiat delivered just 1,413 units in all of 2018, representing a 15 percent drop from the volume in 2017.

Deliveries of the Fiat 500L Urbana Edition begin in spring 2019, with pricing starting at $23,920. Have you been enticed to get one?

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Toyota Kills The Prius C, Replaces It With Corolla Hybrid

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2018 Toyota Prius C Hybrid Hatchback

Buyers are encouraged to go for the new Corolla Hybrid instead.

Now that there is a hybrid version of the popular Corolla, Toyota figures it has one too many small hybrid vehicles in its lineup. It has quietly killed off the Prius C hybrid to give more breathing room for both the regular Prius and Corolla hybrid.

The Prius C debuted in 2011 as a smaller alternative to the Prius Liftback, but the Corolla Hybrid is bigger and more efficient, matching the standard Prius’s 52-mpg combined rating in the United States compared to the Prius C’s 46-mpg combined rating.

“You’re probably not going to see Prius C for long,” Toyota marketing vice president Ed Laukes told . “The Prius C has served its purpose well.”

The fuel-sipping Corolla is intended to maximize sales of Toyota’s hybrid powertrain platform by appealing to a broader group of customers who may be put off by the Prius’ polarizing looks but still want extremely good fuel efficiency.

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