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That is a very very beautiful car. Wow!

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10 hours ago, kmeeg said:

I didn't know that Mazda 3 has AWD option till today.

 

AWD was always there but it was mainly to get the car moving on a slightly snowy road. However MAZDAZoom versions and other sports versions came with AWD systems that were designed to put max power on to the tarmac; but these were limited production vehicles.

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8 hours ago, vag2 said:

meanwhile, Mazda sticks to nonhybrids and focusing on improving gasoline engines. First gasoline with compression ignition released in US.

http://europe.autonews.com/article/20181127/COPY/311279914?template=mobile02&X-IgnoreUserAgent=1

Well..yes but no....the engines in the article are the US spec engines and what will be available for the most of the world. Mazda have been claiming the non-hybrid and focus on gasoline song for sometime, but they still did put the Hybrid in the Axela. The general consensus seems to be that whilst the primary engines will be the SkyActive G/D/X there will also be a Hybrid variant for the Japanese market (again...still pure speculation at this point because Japanese specs have not been released.

Some interior pics....the last few pics...grey hatch with maroon interior is apparently a special color scheme just for the hatch

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1 hour ago, iRage said:

Well..yes but no....the engines in the article are the US spec engines and what will be available for the most of the world. Mazda have been claiming the non-hybrid and focus on gasoline song for sometime, but they still did put the Hybrid in the Axela. The general consensus seems to be that whilst the primary engines will be the SkyActive G/D/X there will also be a Hybrid variant for the Japanese market (again...still pure speculation at this point because Japanese specs have not been released.

Some interior pics....the last few pics...grey hatch with maroon interior is apparently a special color scheme just for the hatch

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The Mazda is just wow.... an absolute thing of beauty. 

On the other hand just saw the Triton and the Delica - whoever's designing them at Mitsubishi must be watching too much Gundam... and here I was thinking it couldn't get any worse than the suzuki spacia... the delica is the epitome of hideousness. 

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2018-2019 Japan Car of the Year Award

Winner : Volvo XC90

2nd Place : Corolla Sports

3rd : VW Polo

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Toyota Mexico apparently posted some pics of the new Supra (seems to be official) a few days ahead of time. the pictures apparently were taken from a presentation/session at the Tokyo Auto Salon. I suppose its not much different from what we have all been imagining it to be...

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..and the GR Super GT concept shown at the Tokyo Autosalon going on right now

Published GR Supra SUPER GT CONCEPT

..and....Toyota showcased a GR version of the Daihatsu Copen

Copen GR Sports expanding the base of the series

and finally...another production run of the Mark X GRMN. Thisi time they will put out 350 units...what is different from the previous GRMN (100 units made ?)...different gearing of the rear plus some engine tweaks and nearly 220 additional welding spots :)

The second generation mark X GRMN

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Selfdriving Prius? (Modified of cause). I guess it will take a long time this to happen in our country as far more intelligence needed with our traffic.

 

 

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1 hour ago, kmeeg said:

Selfdriving Prius? (Modified of cause). I guess it will take a long time this to happen in our country as far more intelligence needed with our traffic.

 

 

Yes...pretty much all the Japanese manufactures have been toying with driverless cars for public transport. Even for the 2020 Olympics Toyota hopes to have driverless cars in the village. They are even pilotting driverless buses in certain areas (but the driver sits behind the wheel for peace of mind).

At CES2019 I think there was a driverless Lexus GS as well. 

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Honda Japan has announced the arrival of the Vezel 1.5 Turbo version.This would likely to become the best of both worlds without the expensive dual clutch replacement for Sri Lankans.

https://www.honda.co.jp/VEZEL/touring/?from=navi_banner2_c

Also the new 2019 Honda Insight is announced, which carries an eye watering starting price tag of 3,200,000yen

https://www.honda.co.jp/INSIGHT/webcatalog/type/hybrid/#ex_black

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Honda Japan has announced the arrival of the Vezel 1.5 Turbo version.This would likely to become the best of both worlds without the expensive dual clutch replacement for Sri Lankans.
https://www.honda.co.jp/VEZEL/touring/?from=navi_banner2_c
Also the new 2019 Honda Insight is announced, which carries an eye watering starting price tag of 3,200,000yen
https://www.honda.co.jp/INSIGHT/webcatalog/type/hybrid/#ex_black
Is it CVT? I don't see any mention of a chang e of the transmission. It could still be a DCT.

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29 minutes ago, Hyaenidae said:

Is it CVT? I don't see any mention of a chang e of the transmission. It could still be a DCT.

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Usually the Honda 1.5 Turbo engine is paired with the CVT in the Civic and therefore it is more likely to be a CVT

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16 hours ago, Hyaenidae said:

Is it CVT? I don't see any mention of a chang e of the transmission. It could still be a DCT.

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Wait what ? 

I was 97.5% certain and convinced that the Gasoline variants that came with the L15B engine (right from the time the car was launched) came with a CVT. It was the Hybrid which came with the LEB engine that got the DCT. If you look at any spec sheet you will see that Honda specifically says 1.5L i-VTEC+i-DCT and 1.5L i-VTEC. 

So I don't know why in Sri Lanka people got 1.5L gasoline Vezels with a DCT :P

As for the Insight price. Well..the starting price for the Insight was 3.2mil yen or something. 3.6mil yen was the high spec one...so it is pretty much the same price as the Prius and for the slightly higher price, Honda seems to be trying ot justify it by emphasizing that it is a bit more premium (hell I would pay the extra bit of money to have a car that looks normal as opposed to something that looks like....well the Prius).

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20 minutes ago, iRage said:

Wait what ? 

I was 97.5% certain and convinced that the Gasoline variants that came with the L15B engine (right from the time the car was launched) came with a CVT. It was the Hybrid which came with the LEB engine that got the DCT

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Ahh, sorry for the brainfart... totally forgot non-hybrid Vezels 😛 

21 minutes ago, iRage said:

 

So I don't know why in Sri Lanka people got 1.5L gasoline Vezels with a DCT :P

 

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It's a Sri Lankan thing :D non-hybrid Vezels are next to non-existent around here so the first thing that pops into mind when someone mentions the Vezel is - DCT!

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