Mazda to launch CX-8 in Japan

Mazda will introduce a new model named CX-8 on the Japanese market. Essentially a stretched CX-5, the CX-8 will offer seating for up to seven passengers, a turbodiesel 2.2-liter engine, and a six-speed automatic transmission. As of writing, it's too early to tell whether the soft-roader will be sold on our shores.   


Skoda announces Karoq crossover

Volkswagen's Czech Republic-based Skoda division has announced a new crossover named Karoq. The soft-roader will replace the Yeti when it goes on sale in Europe and abroad later this year.   


Hyundai previews Kona crossover

Hyundai has released another dark teaser image that previews the brand-new Kona crossover. We still don't know precisely when the model will make its official debut, or whether it will be sold in the United States. The brand's promotional material emphasizes the Kona was developed for Europe.   


ICYMI: Oregon fines resident for doing math without a license

An Oregon resident has been fined by the state's Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying for "practicing engineering in the state without a license" after he attempted to share the results of his personal research into traffic light timing with officials. Mats Järlström was fined $500. He plans to contest the fine in court.


Navdy partners with Glympse to send live ETAs as you drive

Navdy's aftermarket heads-up displays will soon offer customers the ability to update their friends with projected arrival times as they drive, thanks to a partnership with Glympse. The new, virtually eyes- and hands-free integration will allow drivers to update friends (and other contacts) with their location and ETA on demand, rather than requiring them to send messages via smartphone.


Honda sets global production record

For the fiscal year ending in March, the company has set all-time production records in North America, Asia and China.   


Pininfarina to become premium EV brand?

Pininfarina parent company Mahindra is considering turning the storied Italian coachbuilder into a premium electric car brand to rival Tesla. The first model could be a supercar inspired by the H2 Speed concept shown last year in Geneva. Insiders warn that a final decision hasn't been made yet.


Mercedes gets Google Home, Amazon Alexa compatibility

Mercedes-Benz has introduced Google Home and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Owners can now remotely start, lock, and locate their car, and send an address to the navigation system.   


NEVS teams up with Iconiq for future EV

NEVS -- the Chinese brand that purchased Saab's carcass -- has teamed up with a China-based startup named Iconiq to build electric cars. The two brands will form a joint-venture to manufacture cars in China, and in the former Saab factory in Sweden.


Volkswagen to sell Ducati?

Cash-strapped from the Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen could sell Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati. Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha are all potential buyers, according to Autocar.