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Mazda celebrated the production of one million MX-5 roadsters on April 22.

Over the past 27 years, the two-seat, rear-wheel drive roadster has actually become the most successful in automotive history. To celebrate this milestone, Mazda has actually decked out that production model along with 1,000,000 badging along the hood and doors along with the names of every one of the generational versions: NA, NB, NC and ND.

Mazda will certainly have actually this special automobile displayed at fan events in Japan and about the world. The tour will certainly begin Might 3 at the Hiroshima Flower Festival — in the city that created the very first MX-5 spine in April 1989. The special model will certainly come to Canada toward the end of the summer.

Honda brings spine Accord Hybrid for 2017

One year after removing the Accord Hybrid from the Honda roster, the Japanese brand is bringing it spine for 2017.

The return of the Accord Hybrid won’t merely be a footnote. It makes its comeback along with an improve of 16 horsepower for a total combined output of 212 horsepower thanks to brand-new electric motors and a a lot more efficient 2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. In addition, it will certainly offer best-in-class fuel economy numbers for the mid-size hybrid sedan segment along with anticipated consumption of 4.9/5.1/5.0 L/100 km (city/highway/combined).

“The brand-new Honda Accord Hybrid is the supreme Accord ― the most refined, technologically advanced and, of course, most fuel-efficient in the lineup,” said Dave Gardner, Honda Canada’s senior vice president of operations.

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid will certainly arrive in showrooms this summer in two available trims — Hybrid and Hybrid Touring — along with pricing to be announced closer to launch.

Oil giant Shell, in collaboration along with former McLaren F1 and Formula One designer Gordon Murray, revealed a mini three-seat city automobile called the Project M concept.

Project M has actually been three years in the making, and it only gained sense for its very first official appearance to come on Earth Day. According to Shell, the mini automobile uses a 43 horsepower three cylinder engine that’s capable of achieving fuel economy numbers of 2.2 L/100 km, if steered at a stable 74 km/h. Otherwise, its fuel economy edges up to 2.6 L/100 km. The crucial stat for the concept is that it uses 34 per cent much less electricity compared to a regular gasoline car.

It’s rare to see an oil giant involved in the progression of a car, yet that’s exactly what it has actually taken Murray to see his dream of a compact, fuel-efficient three-seat ride come true. It Might not have actually any kind of doors, yet its 1,200 lb. roof opens up in the front, allowing entry to the entire cockpit through one single latch.

In true Earth Day fashion, the Project M Concept Can easily be recycled at the end of its life, as its physique is gained of mostly recycled carbon fibre.

Ford to expand green automobile lineup to fulfill China’s emission standards

China has actually become a essential sales ground for several automakers, yet the world’s most populous country is regarding to implement the most stringent set of emissions regulations.

These rules will certainly offer generous motivations to electrified cars.

According to Automotive News, Ford Motor Company — the second-largest automaker in China — intends to remain ahead of the game and improve its market share in China by building up a green automobile lineup along with a strategy to introduce 13 brand-new electrified vehicles by 2020.

Recently, Ford completed a $5 billion expansion to build brand-new factories and extra car models, and now 10 to 25 per cent of those vehicles will certainly be battery equipped. The very first couple of vehicles of this strategy coming to market will certainly be the Mondeo Hybrid and the C-Max Energi plug-in Hybrid.

Lego’s Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a technical marvel

Do you remember building a truck or a estate gained of Lego? It probably took about 10 minutes, sometimes more.

These days, Lego is even more scientific and advanced, and that’s clearly reflected in a massive 2,704-piece set for the 1:8 scale Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It comes in a unique boxed package along with exclusive rims, a flat-6 engine and an instruction manual that is large enough to be used as a coffee-table book.

The precise detailing of this Lego set is on the extreme, crafted along with auto enthusiasts in mind. As you begin building it, you will certainly see the details in its base, including a dual-clutch gearbox, paddle shifters, yellow brake calipers, regular Porsche red shock absorbers and its own unique laser-engraved serial number.

Given the quantity of design detail and functionality that went in to making the Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS, it shouldn’t surprise you that it will certainly retail for $349.99 as quickly as it goes on sale June 1.

FCA recall a lot more compared to 1.1 million cars

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has actually announced a recall of a lot more compared to 1.1 million vehicles worldwide, including an estimated 52,144 in Canada.

The recall stems from the electronic shift lever in vehicles along with eight-rate automatic transmissions that Might confuse drivers along with whether they’ve placed their car in park prior to exiting.

The system is all-electronic. Pretty compared to moving the shifter forward in order to relocate from Drive to Park, the driver in affected vehicles would certainly push the lever forward three times. If the driver exits the automobile prior to it’s in park, they will certainly be Offered a dashboard warning along with some chimes, yet the engine stays on along with the potential for the car to roll.

The vehicles affected by the recall consist of 2012-14 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, too as 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. FCA plans to fix the problem by changing the gear shift setup, adding a lot more alert warnings and preventing the car from moving as quickly as the door is open.

This gear shift confusion has actually led to 41 reported injuries that might be potentially related to the problem.

Video: Spot model Gigi Hadid in a BMW M2

Typically, it shouldn’t be hard to spot American supermodel Gigi Hadid.

However, BMW’s marketing wing has actually gotten creative in a video called “Maintain your eyes on Gigi”

In the video, Hadid trots out in a red dress alongside 5 identical Long Beach Blue Metallic BMW M2s. She after that proceeds to enter the passenger edge on one of the 5 vehicles. The target along with the 360 YouTube video is to Maintain monitor of which automobile she is in throughout a short drive.

This will certainly be a challenge, as every one of 5 M2s quickly charge ahead in a race that sees every one of the cars weave from one edge to the other, at times blocking the automobile you’re attempting to follow.