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Nissan has released the first promotional video for the mildly face lifted Patrol, following several spy photos we published at the beginning of the month.

 2014 Nissan Patrol facelift spied undisguised

Now in its sixth generation, the current Patrol was launched in 2010 so Nissan has prepared a mid-cycle update for its popular SUV. Don’t expect a lot of changes as we only notice subtle modifications to the front fascia and the taillight graphics. There also seem to be a fresh new design for the alloys and tan leather upholstery inside the cabin which also gets a wood-trimmed steering wheel.

Nissan has also introduced a limited-run Patrol Black Special Edition which will be offered in 200 units. These cars will come several enhancements such as red seats, chrome detailing and a black matte exterior paint scheme.

Source : Al Ain Japan 

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Le Mans team Jota unveils Mazda MX-5 GT

Jota has officially unveiled their Mazda MX-5 GT. Following a year of development and testing Mazda handed over the project in its entirety to the Le Mans specialist race team.
Drawing inspiration from the concept that debuted at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the MX-5 GT is based on the MX-5 Roadster Coupe Sport Tech and features an upgraded 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 203 bhp (151 kW). This enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h).
 Le Mans team Jota unveils Mazda MX-5 GT
The car has also been equipped with a brilliant black roof, a carbon fiber rear diffuser and anthracite alloy wheels.  There’s also Bilstein dampers and leather Recaro seats. Options include a carbon fiber front splitter, a carbon fiber rear spoiler and an Öhlins suspension.
The MX-5 GT is hand-finished to order at Jota and available for sale exclusively from Lodge Garage Mazda in Aylesbury, UK. Pricing starts at £29,995 ($48,430 / €35,430).  

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A Japanese video has surfaced that shows what appears to be a prototype for the 2015 Subaru WRX. The video was made earlier this year and was primarily created to showcase Subaru’s new EyeSight driving assistance technology.
 2015 Subaru WRX caught on camera almost undisguised? 
 
We first saw the model at the New York Auto Show in March when Subaru unveiled the stunning WRX Concept. In the months that followed, numerous prototypes have been spotted and close comparison leads us to believe the model above is a virtually undisguised prototype we are pining to see.
2015 Subaru WRX caught on camera almost undisguised? 
 
The front end has striking similarities to the concept and prototypes already seen including the huge air intake built into the hood. The low quality of the video makes it a little more difficult to confidently identify the model, but it doesn’t hurt to add a little speculation.
Source: Al Ain Japan

Toyota has managed to maintain its position as the world’s most valuable automotive brand

Toyota has managed to maintain its position as the world’s most valuable automotive brand. They beat off stiff competition from BMW and Mercedes to take the top spot. German brands dominate the top 10 with half of them coming from the European country.
 Toyota beats German rivals as most valuable auto brand
According to the report, Toyota’s brand is worth $35.3 billion which also makes it the 10th most valuable of all brands.
In the overall list, Coca-Cola has slipped from top spot down to third after being overtaken by Apple and Google respectively after the tech giants achieved massive brand growth in the past 10 months.
Top 10 automotive brands (value)
  1. Toyota ($35.3 billion)
  2. Mercedes ($31.9 billion)
  3. BMW ($31.8 billion)
  4. Honda ($18.4 billion)
  5. VW ($11.1 billion)
  6. Ford ($9.1 billion)
  7. Hyundai ($9.0 billion)
  8. Audi ($7.7 billion)
  9. Porsche ($6.4 billion)
  10. Nissan ($6.2 billion)
Source:  Al Ain Japan

Subaru has announced the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Subaru has announced the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid will be priced from $25,995 when it goes on sale in the United States later this year.
Designed to combine fuel-efficiency with go-anywhere capability, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is distinguished by an active shutter grille, unique alloy wheels, LED taillights and an optional Plasma Green Pearl exterior that is exclusive to the hybrid model. The crossover also has additional sound deadening material, a revised instrument cluster, an improved HVAC system and a 4.3-inch LCD multi-information display that shows the status of the hybrid system.
 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid gets detailed and priced
Power is provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that develops 148 bhp (110 kW) and 145 lb-ft (196 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission which has an integrated electric motor that produces 13 bhp (9 kW) and 48 lb-ft (65 Nm) of torque. This setup enables the model to return an estimated 28 mpg city / 34 mpg highway / 31 mpg combined (US).
Despite the addition of the hybrid technology, the model still retains the XV’s off-road capability thanks to 8.7-inches (221mm) of ground clearance and a Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. The model has also been equipped with “special chassis tuning” for more agile handling.
Source: Al Ain Japan

Toyota has announced the introduction of the i-Road

Toyota has announced the introduction of the i-Road personal mobility concept to the “Ha:mo” urban transport system trials. The concept, which made its world debut at 2012 Geneva motor show, will be used alongside existing Toyota COMS personal mobility vehicles from early 2014.
Toyota i-Road
“Ha:mo” is an urban transport system designed to combine all forms of public and private transport with the aim of improving traffic flow and minimising emissions. The system uses electric vehicle car sharing and traffic routing information to ensure the most appropriate form of transportation is used by travellers.
Toyota i-Road
The introduction of Toyota’s i-Road concept is just one action in the expansion of the “Ha:mo” system:
1. Increase in size of electric vehicle fleet
Number of COMS electric vehicles increased from 10 to 100 in October. All COMS vehicles will be fitted with keyless operation.
Number of Yamaha PAS power-assisted bicycles increased from 10 to 100 in October.
Toyota i-Road
2. Introduction of “Ha:mo” smartphone application
The new “Ha:mo” application will have a range of features including:
Suggestion of new route options based upon traffic flow and local vehicle station stocking levels
Reservation of vehicles
Access to local bus timetables
‘Push’ notifications of predicted traffic congestion and weekly traffic congestion forecasts that encourage the use of different roads and transportation methods
Toyota i-Road
3. Increase in number of vehicle stations
Users will be able to rent and return vehicles at 17 new locations from October, an increase from the four currently in operation. These stations will be conveniently located near main train stations and major public facilities.
Toyota i-Road to join Japanese Urban Transport System
Toyota has announced the introduction of the i-Road personal mobility concept to the “Ha:mo” urban transport system trials. The concept, which made its world debut at 2012 Geneva motor show, will be used alongside existing Toyota COMS personal mobility vehicles from early 2014.
“Ha:mo” is an urban transport system designed to combine all forms of public and private transport with the aim of improving traffic flow and minimising emissions. The system uses electric vehicle car sharing and traffic routing information to ensure the most appropriate form of transportation is used by travellers.
4. Trials of Fee-based Sharing Service
From October 1, a fee system will be introduced to the commercial feasibility of the sharing service. Fees will start at 200 yen (around £1.30) for the first 10 minutes and 20 yen (around £0.13) per minute thereafter.
5. Increase in number of Ha:mo members
“Ha:mo” membership is projected to rise from 100 to 1,000 in October, improving the level of data being received from the trial. Trials of Fee-based Sharing Service
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