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New, 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Ups The Fun, Tech And Style

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New Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback replaces the Corolla iM, which was previously the Scion iM.

Unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the hatchback version of the evergreen Corolla rides on Toyota New Global Architecture and adopts a more dynamic look despite having softer edges than its predecessor. A lower ride height, wider front and rear tracks, and wheels that have been pushed to the corners give it a sportier, more planted appearance.

Inside, one of the biggest news is the availability of Apple CarPlay connectivity (it comes standard), which Toyota has been reluctant to offer on its cars. It is accessed via a standard 8-inch touchscreen that also serves as gateway for vehicle settings, audio controls, navigation, smartphone, and Entune 3.0 apps.

Other convenience features include Bluetooth connectivity, a wireless charger for your cell phone, Amazon Alexa integration and Wi-Fi connect. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of Android Auto yet, though.

The Corolla Hatchback also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes a Pre-Collion system with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam and Lane Tracing Assist.

Power is provided by a new 2.0L four-cylinder engine that is smaller and lighter than the old 1.8L unit, paired with either a six-speed manual or CVT transmission. The latter has simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps, a Sport Mode, and paddle shifters.

We now live in a world where a Corolla gets a manual transmission but not the Toyota Supra — an actual sports car!

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV

Kia’s quirky crossover joins the high-range electric vehicle group.

The EPA has given the 2020 Kia Soul EV a driving range of up to 243 miles (391 km) on a single charge, placing it in the same class as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF e+, all of which get over 200 miles (322 km).

In fact, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack as the Kona Electric and Niro. Power is provided by an electric motor that generates 201-horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque and can be modulated with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, which automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, climate control settings, and set speed limits to help manage overall efficiency.

Similar to the Niro and Kona EVs, it will charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge. A DC Fast Charge port comes standard.

The 2020 Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the second half of 2019.

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Honda Civic Type R, NSX Supercar Turn Gold For Australia

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Gold Honda Civic Type R and NSX Supercar, Australia

The 50th Anniversary collection also features a golden lawnmower and power generator.

Honda has turned 50 years old in Australia, and to celebrate the milestone, designers wrapped a Civic Type R and NSX supercar in gold, along with its fleet of most notable motorcycles and power equipment.

The steadfast Japanese automaker officially entered the Australian market on February 4, 1969, and has since earned the respect of Australians of all ages for its undying pursuit of quality and reliability. Civic Type R and NSX aside, the celebratory vehicles include a golden CBR1000RR Fireblade motorcycle, CRF450L enduro, and CRF50F kids’ bike, as well as a golden lawnmower and power generator.

Gold Honda Vehicles

“Achieving 50 years of longevity and continuity in business is a significant milestone, but none of this would be possible without our people,” said Hiroyuki Shimizu, head of Honda Australia. “Most importantly… Honda would be nothing without our customers — both long-term customers and new customers all contribute to making this brand what it is today… I am incredibly grateful to all our customers for their ongoing loyalty, trust and belief in the Honda name.”

Whatever you need, Honda clearly has you covered. I mean, how many other automaker do you know that, in addition to cars, make lawnmowers?

Unfortunately, these gold Hondas are one-offs specifically intended for show and not for sale. Their gold vinyl wraps are made up of a gold chrome film as the first layer, topped with a clear satin laminate that helps disperse reflections.

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Honda Teases Its First Electric Car For Europe

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New Honda Electric Vehicle-prototype

The Japanese automaker is gearing up to electrify its European lineup.

Honda has released a teaser of its first electric vehicle for Europe.

Previewed by the well-received, retro-inspired Urban EV concept that debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new electric car will be a relatively boxy small hatchback that will borrow some styling cues from the concept, including its round headlights.

The Urban EV also had a striking yet simple interior with a massive touchscreen infotainment display, but we don’t expect the production car to have one quite as large.

We don’t know a lot about performance specifications, but a source at Honda has indicated that it will have a relatively short range of around 150 to 200 miles (241-322 km) on a full charge, which places it in the same playing field as the latest Nissan Leaf.

Honda’s new electric car is expected to go sale in Europe by the end of 2019 after making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It is part of the company’s commitment to have two thirds of its models in Europe be electrified by 2025.

Honda hasn’t said anything about bringing it to North America.

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