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The Tokyo Auto Salon makes a return as a physical event for 2022, and it with comes the Japanese auto industry’s time to shine. For all the latest news, including car reveals, concepts, and tuned show cars, check out our TAS2022 hub!
Honda’s popular HR-V is coming to the North American market, but now we have confirmation of just how different it’ll look from the international version released last year. Honda’s sketches show off an oval grille, sweptback headlights, conventional rear door handles, and a two-tone bumper. Specifications remain unconfirmed, but we expect the Civic’s 2.0-liter four-pot engine to appear.
Targeted at luxury pickup offerings such as the GMC Denali, the all-new Tundra Capstone features several options that put it a class above the Platinum and 1794 trim levels that used to rule the roost. These include chrome mirror caps, 22-inch chrome wheels, power running boards, a power bed step, heated and ventilated leather seats, and a heated steering wheel. There’s also a panoramic moonroof, an illuminated Capstone logo on the dash, a JBL sound system, and acoustic glass.
Brazil will be the first market to get the facelifted Jeep Renegade, which has now been previewed ahead of a full reveal in the coming months. Changes are limited to a shorter fascia, a reworked grille, new DRLs, modified taillights, and a different rear bumper. Brazil also gets a 1.3-liter T270 turbo-flex engine which is unlikely to make an appearance in other markets. However, U.S. and European customers can expect the cosmetic changes to appear sometime in the near future.
Toyota’s new GR GT3 Coupe Concept looks very different from anything else seen before, primarily as it isn’t based on an existing production car. There’s no indication that the GR GT3 will make it onto a racetrack or into customers’ hands, but it sure looks the business.
As the name implied, the shocking XM Concept was just that: a concept. However it’s no secret that a production version is coming soon, and our independent illustrations predict just what it might look like. Although the overall impact is toned down just a bit, there’s no escaping the jumbo-sized kidney grilles. The overall proportions, though, are surprisingly pleasing. Expect Level-3 autonomous driving tech, as well as some serious power under the hood courtesy of a V8 and the plug-in ‘M Hybrid drive’ system.
Ford’s order books for the Bronco are pretty full, which means long waiting lists and jacked up prices for those wanting instant gratification. At least, unless you’re Wendy Sue H., who managed to find a 2021 car sitting at a dealer lot in Fairbanks, Alaska. The car had been ordered by a customer whose financing fell through, leaving the Bronco up for grabs. Perhaps most surprisingly, the dealership didn’t slap on a hefty mark-up, letting it go for MSRP.
Parking can be tricky for some of us, especially if you’re new to driving. But you probably wouldn’t want to go about it in the way one Chinese driver did. In what can only be described as a shocking display of dangerous driving, a black sedan slams into a row of parked cars, mounting the first few and somehow landing in an empty slot. We’re pretty sure that wasn’t their intention in the first place, but, even accidentally, they did end up into a parking spot!
What Else Is Making The News
Google Wants UK Workers Back At Offices, Invests $1 Billion
A lot of us have got used to working from home, or at least some kind of hybrid arrangement. But now, Google is backing a return to offices, expanding its capacity in the UK by 50 percent and spending £730 mn ($1.0 billion) to “reinvigorate” the work environment. “We’re keen to see everybody come back in and see a vibrant workspace again,” Google’s UK boss, Ronan Harris, told the BBC.
Novak Djokovic’s Visa Revoked, He Remains Detained
Australia’s prime minister defended the decision to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa again.
“Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected,” he said.https://t.co/iCofIY2F6w
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 14, 2022
Novak Djokovic may be deported after his visa has been canceled a second time. This time, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said that he had canceled the tennis star’s visa with his ministerial discretion on public interests grounds. The tennis World No. 1 remains in an immigration detention hotel, where he was put earlier this week.